Friday, February 24, 2012

Drawing Down The Moon PBP Week 8-D

 Drawing Down The Moon
        This is done by invoking the Goddess directly into ones self, if solitary, if in a coven the High Priestess may go into a trance like state and speak the words of the Goddess and in others, it may be a formal monologue calling  upon the Goddess in her many forms.
        It is said that you should do this on the night of the full moon or on the nights immediately before (although I myself have done it on many occasions when the full moon has already come and gone.) Of course for this ritual it is best done out doors unless you have neighbors you don't want in your business or the weather isn't cooperating then it may be done indoors near a window or door and if that isn't possible use strong visualisation.
       Drawing Down The Moon is filling yourself with Divine Light or the Essence of the Goddess. In Gardnerian Wicca this is only done by the High Priestess but with so many of us now being Solitary any man or woman may Draw Down The Moon.
        There are many benefits of Drawing Down The Moon as an ongoing practice.... Since this is considered Divine Light and is the source of Life this practice may help with many issues.....

  • Empowerment
  • Healing from illness or injury and improving well-being
  • Letting go of fear and accepting courage
  • releasing pessimism or doubt and increasing faith
  • Relieving depression and increasing Joy
  • Overcoming spiritual apathy or resistance
  • Transforming any negative state to a positive on--mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual
  • Boosting your energy
  • Increasing self-esteem

      This can be done with any of Her light but it is best done with the Full Moon unless you are seeking Energy from a specific Moon phase. Make sure you are clear with your intention to draw in the Eternal Divine Light only. Example: the Waning Moon is a time of letting go, cleansing, and releasing. If this is what you are wanting to do then make sure you invoke only this energy.
       Remember with clear intention you can invoke pure Divine Essence at any phase of the Moon as long as you set that as your main intention!   

Friday, February 17, 2012

PBP Week 7 letter D- Dreams

    To many a dream is just a dream but to others it is their subconscious giving them answers or direction.
      Not all dreams are remembered but the ones that are give us clues to the questions we have been asking, or a glimpse into the future we might have. We all have the power to change that future of course! Unless that is the future we see for ourselves.
      We can meet our spirit guides/animals and our patrons/deities in our dreams as well.
       There are many types of dreams..... You have.....
  • Daydreams
  • False Awakening Dreams 
  • Lucid Dreams
  • Nightmares
  • Recurring Dreams
  • Healing Dreams
  • Prophetic Dreams
  • Signal Dreams
  • Epic Dreams
  • Progressive Dreams and
  • Mutual Dreams
All of these are interesting in their own way and i bet most of us has had a few dreams that fall into one of these categories but didn't know exactly what it meant.

      There are also  a lot of dream Interpretation books and web sights out and about but I found the best thing for me to do is take what stood out the most in my dream and figure out what it meant to me.... For example lets say I dreamed of an Oak tree. Well to me it means strong so I may come to realize that I am becoming stronger in different aspects of my life. But the Oak may mean something different to you that's why it is important to keep a dream journal so when you awake you can write down what stood out the most and jot down what each symbol means to you, then come up with an answer to your dream.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Week 6 letter C- Chanting

Chanting is a means of raising energy, creating sacred space and performing magic

Chanting (e.g., mantrasacred text, the name of God/Spirit, etc.) is a commonly used spiritual practice. Like prayer, chant may be a component of either personal or group practice. Diverse spiritual traditions consider chant a route to spiritual development.
Some examples include chant in AfricanHawaiiian, and Native American cultures, Gregorian chantVedic chant, Jewish hazzanQur'an readingBaha'i chants, various Buddhist chants, variousmantras, and the chanting of psalms and prayers especially in Roman CatholicEastern OrthodoxLutheran and Anglican churches (see Anglican Chant).
Chant practices vary. Tibetan Buddhist chant involves throat singing, where multiple pitches are produced by each performer. The concept of chanting mantras is of particular significance in manyHindu traditions and other closely related Dharmic Religions. For example, the Hare Krishna movement is based especially on the chanting of Sanskrit Names of God in the Vaishnava tradition. Japanese Shigin (詩吟), or 'chanted poetry', mirrors Zen Buddhist principles and is sung from the Dan tien (or lower abdomen) — the locus of power in Eastern traditions.

Chanting is done in both covens and by solitary Witches alike,  we use it to raise power, in meditation and calming. Many other religions use chanting as well you have the Monks whom chant and also the Native Americans used it as well.
  I personally use it when I need to calm down I have two favorite Calming chants that I will share with the rest of you....  There are many different ways to do it I'm sure although I have not studied them all I would love to study a few of them. 

Take three slow breaths and then chant the following three times

I am calm at last
My mind is at peace.
From this moment on I trust
That all my worries cease.
So Mote it Be!

Calming Chant:
Chant this simple rhyme whenever you feel worried or scared:

I am peaceful,
I am strong
Though dark my seem so long
For day must follow every night,
Everything is alright.
I am always safe from harm,
The goddess holds me in her arms.

I really enjoy these two chants they really seem to help when all else seems to fail.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Centering PBP week 5

 The process of moving one's consciousness to one's spiritual or psychic center, leading to a feeling of great peace, calmness, strength, clarity and stability.

  When we read this definition we all strive to fell this way at some point in the day. Weather you are a stay at home parent (like myself) or a layer or even working with people on a daily bases, things tend to get to us and we become off center.
  Even while writing this I had to stop and center myself due to everything going on around me. It doesn't matter where you are you can always center yourself and I find myself using it throughout the day.
  There is a helpful exercise you can do called bhramari breathing or if you have the the time take a walk outdoors and focus your attention on any large and massive object. Inhale and take the objects mass into yourself through your eyes and breath. (However, if it's a building, be sure to take in only it's mass and not the various human energies permeating it.) You soon will feel calm and stable.
  I know the one thing I like to do is go outside and close my eyes and take everything around me in (the sun, trees, or even moon at night) I then feel myself becoming Centered and can go about my day or night with no problem.