Greetings, Sacred Tribe! I hope this Full Strawberry Moon is sharing its mysteries with you as you read this post. While you may not be able to see Her due to the rain, She is up there, pouring blessings on you even now. Take a moment to sit in silence, breathe, and close your eyes.Read more
Today I meet my death. Looking into its eyes, I know it. It is me. The old me, In danger of rotting Before my purpose is fulfilled. In danger of stagnating, Not letting the heart flow Like rivers of blood onto parched soil. Today, the sickle swings, cutting me down at the knees, Felling meRead more
“She is the Mother, She laces his vest, she sets his sword, She kisses him goodbye, knowing his fate. But wait!” “She is the Lover, She laces his breast, she sets his flail, She kisses him goodbye, closing the door. There’s more!” “She is the Crone, Old and gray, She watches as he fades away,Read more
“Let the celebration begin!” he exclaimed as he entered the grand ballroom lined with party goers. He had been anticipating this evening from the moment that Yule chimed in the New Year. Though immortal, Mercury was aware of the passage of time in the mortal world. A moment such as this must be noted, heRead more
My name is Maria ‘Peacock’ Barrett and I am a WITCH! I was raised in an atypical family where I was encouraged by example to stretch my boundaries and embrace nature, as well as other cultures and traditions from around the globe. Although my parents were raised as Protestants, I was exposed as a child to alternative ideasRead more
Until this spring, when I went off on the road to promote my book ‘Reflections: Grimoire of a Modern Witch”, I had been facilitating a New Moon Sister Circle here in Dayton, using the tools provided to me by the Unify Global Sisterhood Circle as my reference for teaching and meditation tools. As a facilitator,Read more
“I am the law of truth
The path of integrity
Preserver of the code
And in my heart justice lives
I weigh all the deeds against
My feather of truth
Then I give the lessons
I create the opportunities
I open the pathways
I graciously bestow
That which needs to be learned
To right all wrongs”j
Ma’at is the Egyptian Goddess of Justice. At the time of our deaths, she weighs our souls in her magickal scales against her Feather of Justice. If our souls are too heavy, she bars our entrance to the afterlife and sends us to her sister, the Goddess Amenhait, who in her hippo/crocodile/lion form, devours us for our transgressions.
Today, pray that Ma’at will intercede on behalf of Justice and a lifting of the darkness in the souls who live outside the Light! Stay safe! Many blessings!!!
Today, I am joining my friend, Ponsi, at the Buddhist Meditation Temple in Huber Heights for their open meal. As this happens to be the day that I also do my Tarot Tuesday live feed, I will go early and do the live video from there. This prompted me to want to explore the Temple as a magickal tool.
Temples have long been an important part of spiritual practices. Göbekli Tepe was founded about 11,500 years ago. Its circular compounds on top of a tell are composed by massive T-shaped stone pillars decorated with abstract, enigmatic pictograms and animal reliefs. It is arguably world’s oldest temple. Mount Ecclesia’s Temple with its round 12-sided building architecture set on top of a mesa and facing east, the rising Sun. The modern-day temple is ornamented with alchemical and astrological symbols. The Temple of Hephaestus, a Doric Greek temple in Athens with the original entrance facing east, was constructed in 449 BC, and in the 9th century, Borobudur, one of the largest Buddhist structures, located in Central Java, Indonesia, was built.
A temple (from the Latin word templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual rituals and activities such as prayer, meditation, and sacrifice. The term is typically used for such buildings belonging to all faiths where a more specific term such as church, mosque or synagogue is not generally used in English. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism among religions with many modern followers, as well as other modern and ancient religions such as the Ancient Egyptians.
The form and function of a temple is thus very variable, though they are often considered by believers to be in some sense the “house” of one or more deities. Typically offerings of some sort are made to the deity, and other rituals enacted, and a special group of clergy maintain and operate the temple. The degree to which the whole population of believers can access the building varies significantly as well. Often parts or even the whole main building can only be accessed by the clergy. Temples typically have a main building and a larger precinct, which may contain many other buildings.
The word comes from Ancient Rome, where a templum constituted a sacred precinct as defined by a priest, or augur. It has the same root as the word “template”, a plan in preparation of the building that was marked out on the ground by the augur. Templa also became associated with the dwelling places of a god or gods. Despite the specific set of meanings associated with the word, it has now become widely used to describe a house of worship for any number of religions and is even used for time periods prior to the Romans.
The Romans usually referred to the holy place of a pagan religion as fanum; in some cases this referred to a sacred grove, in others to a temple. Medieval Latin writers also used the word templum. In some cases it is hard to determine whether it was a building or an outdoor shrine. For temple buildings of the Old Norse, the term hof is often used. In my case, I am a licensed minister of the Temple of the Divine Spirit, a loosely based Pagan organization that gathers in Nature in local parks or designated sacred groves. We have also held ‘Temple’ (ritual and/or ceremony) indoors at various locations. Beginning this November, we will be gathering at the Mystical Wellness Center for our sacred events.
*informatin provided in part by Wikipedia.com
As we quickly reach the height of the Sun and its peak in the Summer sky, let’s take a look at Sun Gods and Goddesses. Because of its extreme masculine energy, we often associate Summer Solstice with Gods such as Apollo, Helios, and Ra. But there are also sun Goddesses in a few traditions. Among those are Sol (Sunna), the Norse goddess of the Sun, and Liza, her Incan counterpart. both with beautiful mythos and mystery. The one that called to me years ago was Amaterasu, a beautiful Japanese Sun Goddess who is known as the Queen of the Sky and the Mother of the Japanese people. There are many tales of her and her brother, the Moon.
If you would like to work with Her energy sometime, try doing a tea ceremony, reading tea leaves, or leaving offerings for her of golden flowers, cakes, or honey on mirrored glass. Anything gold or shiny is right up her alley!
for more info about Amaterasu, please visit https://mythopedia.com/japanese-mythology/gods/amaterasu/
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My name is Maria ‘Peacock’ Barrett and I am a WITCH! I was raised in an atypical family where I was encouraged by example to stretch my boundaries and embrace nature, as well as other cultures and traditions from around the globe. Although my parents were raised as Protestants, I was exposed as a child to alternative ideas ranging from Taoism and Buddhism to transcendental meditation and tarot card reading. As I got older, we occasionally attended a Unitarian Universalist church. I was also exposed in limited doses to Catholicism, Judaism, and a cult called The Way. None of these seemed to fit.
As an adult, the idea of Paganism was introduced to me by a friend. I was immediately drawn to it and its focus on Nature and the interconnection between mankind and the Divine. I was also moved by its astonishing honesty and atmosphere of non-judgment, of trust and love. Since 1989, I have never looked back or regretted my decision to place my feet on this path.