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[Witch Way] Volume #6 Issue #3 -- The Start of Fall!
August 13, 2013
Hi, Welcome to Autumn!

Ken's Korner

Here we are at harvest time again! It’s just past Lughnasadh, and the beginning of Fall. I know, the calendar on your wall says Fall doesn’t start until next month, but those of us who pay attention to the environment around us, realize that the season has changed. While it may still be oppressively hot, look at the changes since Midsummer.

Here in Colorado, the moisture of the Monsoon flow has begun. We are getting rainstorms almost daily, where at the height of Summer, there were none at all. This natural seasonal event happens every year at the beginning of August. Just as seeing my first Robin at Imbolc, told me that Spring was here, these rains are telling me that it is Fall. I don’t need a calendar to tell me what I can see by looking out the window.

Last weekend and the beginning of the week, was overcast and rainy. Everyone was commenting on how much it felt like Fall. Well of course! We have had rain every day this week, some places beyond the point of flooding. This happens every year, and our ancestors recognized this. Modern people have extremely short memories. They can’t remember what happened last week, so you can’t expect them to remember that this same thing happened last year.

Short attention spans and memories also creates the problem of not remembering lessons learned. We go through painful times in order to learn lessons of what not to do. When your life is going great, you are not learning. As Marcus Leader points out in his article this month, our subconscious mind gives us what it believes we want. Sometimes that causes us more grief than good, but we are Witches and Pagans. We know how to create our own reality.

Creating Reality is what Witches do. Or more specifically, intentionally creating Reality, is what Witches do. Everyone creates their own Reality, they just don’t realize they control it. If you want to be rich, you can be rich, and I mean that in terms of materially, emotionally, and spiritually, since they are all the same. If you want a loving partner, and a family, you can have them. Whatever it is you want most, you can have it! It’s your choice.

This means you cannot blame anyone but yourself for your failures, but it also means that no one else can take the credit for your achievements! Evy touches upon this in her article this month about Pagan Standard Time, and I have been a huge opponent of PST for a very long time. If you want something, go after it. Now, not tomorrow. Putting it off only gives you excuses for failure.

Gwynalda’s article about Dispelling the Wiccan Mystique, talks about how learning about The Craft is also learning about yourself, and what works for you. Don’t let others hold you back because they claim to know the “right” way. Do what you feel is right for you, in the way it feels right to do it. That is the mark of a true Witch.

Julie returns this month with an article on Jasmine, and its properties, and we also have a guest author Rhuddlwm, who writes about Synchronicity. All in all, this month is a very full newsletter. Sit back, relax, and take the time to really read it. I think you’ll find that no matter who you are, or what you’re looking for, you’ll find something of interest this month.

Blessed Be,
Ken

Ken Biles



Plants, Petals, & Potions

by Julie Andaverde

Jasmine Plant

Summer time is one of my favorite times of year! July is spent with warm nights in a lover’s arms, the breeze rustling through my hair, and the sweet scent of jasmine on the wind. This time of year is a time for sweet, ripened fruits, summer flings, and the sun coaxing the pretty flowers out of their shells to lure us out of our own shells. Summer is indeed a magical time of year!

Herb: Jasmine
Latin Name: Jasminum officinale, J. grandiflorum
Family: Oleaceae
Parts Used: flowers **CAUTION: the berries are poisonous!
Magical Uses: love, money, prophetic dreams
Gods and Goddesses: Diana, Vishnu

History and Folklore:

Jasmine is known by reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac. In the language of flowers, Jasmine symbolizes grace and elegance, an apt description of this exotic flower's wonderful aroma. Its name stems from the feminine "Jessamine" which is derived from the Persian "Yasmin". Native to India, it is widely cultivated in South China commercially. Jasminum Sambac, another strain of the herb, is the national flower of the Philippines. Jasminum Sambac is also the source of Jasmine Tea, Jasmine perfumery, and some liqueurs. Jasmine has been used in perfumery since ancient times and acts as a powerful aphrodisiac!

Magical Uses:

Jasmine is an herb of love and protection, and is associated with Diana or Vishnu. Jasmine is associated with the feminine, maternal aspect of the Divine Universe. Jasmine is used in love charms, sachets, and incenses. Add the dried flowers to love oil or charm bags to attract love. Some Burn Jasmine in the bedroom to induce prophetic dreams. Its beautiful aroma is calming and helps to lift one's spirits. Dreaming of Jasmine is said to foretell good fortune and an early marriage. The oil of Jasmine is considered one of the best for dressing a candle; burning a candle with this oil gives psychic protection and brings health to one's aura. Jasmine is associated with Quartz crystals and storing them together is mutually beneficial. Quartz can be kept with Jasmine to enhance and extend the magical properties of the flowers. Jasmine helps promote new, innovative ideas. It is also used in Ostara celebrations.

Medicinal uses:

In the language of flowers, the White Jasmine is said to symbolize deep affection, happiness, and elegance. This lovely and delicate flower is grown throughout Asia, including upwards of two hundred different species. In India it is a sacred flower known as "moonlight of the grove", and is traditionally woven into bridal wreathes. In China it is a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty, and the flower's oil has been used to scent women's hair and bodies in India for centuries.

There are few flowers that match Jasmine's essential oil in its intoxicating perfume, sweetness, and beauty. As an herbal remedy however, Jasmine is often overlooked and underutilized. It has been used in healing traditions for many centuries and is a powerful ally for women and the female reproductive system. The flowers will help to calm the nerves, soothe emotional woes, relieve heavy painful periods, PMS, and tension headaches. It can help to harmonize the menstrual cycle and is a nice general tonic for the reproductive system. The tea of Jasmine flowers is also known to be an aphrodisiac, and has been used to stimulate low sexual drive.

Jasmine is useful for a range of respiratory issues including infections, coughs, difficulty breathing and also for infections in the genital and urinary systems. Topically it makes a beautiful bath for dry and irritated skin, and as a cool compress it can ease eye inflammation.

In some herbal traditions, the root is used to treat headaches, insomnia, and pain due to dislocated joints and broken bones (it is reported to have anesthetic properties). Several Jasminium species have been used in cancer treatment for both pain management and immunity. Jasmine flower oil is important in high-grade perfumes and cosmetics, such as creams, oils, soaps, and shampoos. Jasmine is beneficial for the skin, reducing problems, such as dry, greasy, irritated or sensitive skin (it’s good for dry, sensitive skin, especially when there is redness or itching). Its flowers are used in Jasmine tea and other herbal black and green teas. The roots and leaves of some Jasmine species have been used in folk medicine as an anthelmintic, active against ringworm and tapeworm. Jasmine is also used to treat muscle spasms, sprains, catarrh, coughs, hoarseness, laryngitis, uterine disorders, labor pains, frigidity, depression and nervous exhaustion. Several types of Jasmine are used as ornamental plants, and they have a sweet smell. (Like many white, scented flowers, Jasmine releases much of its fragrance in the evening). It can be started by leafy stem cuttings, layering, or seed. Jasminum Sambac is an evergreen shrub growing to 10 feet.

Effects:

This herb has been known to decrease the activity of the central nervous system and as a result has a calming effect. Contraindications: There are no reports of contraindications or side effects when used properly.

This time of year when the warm breeze at dusk beckons, let the intoxicating scent and magical properties of jasmine and enhance your days with love, prophecy, and the lazy calmness that accompanies this time of year.

Resources:

  • Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. St. Paul, Minesotta; Llewellyn Publications. 2000
  • Dunwich, Gerina. The Wicca Garden. New York, New York; Kensington Publishing Corporation. 1996
  • Grieve, Mrs. M. A Modern Herbal. New York; Dover Publications, Incorporated 1971
  • Hopman, Ellen Evert. A Druid's Herbal. Rochester, Vermont; Destiny Books. 1995

Love, light, and blessings!
Julie Andaverde

DISCLAIMER: It should be understood that Julie Andaverde is not a medical doctor, nor is Witch Way a medical journal. Some of the herbs and ingredients discussed in this column can be dangerous or even deadly if misused. Proportions and ratios discussed are based on personal observation and experience. Use of any herbs or ingredients is at your own discretion and risk. None of the information contained herein should be construed as medical advice. Always consult a trained medical professional.





The Witching Hour

by Marcus Leader

Unleashing The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Alex went over the notes he had prepared for his ritual that evening, reading and memorizing each line so that he could flawlessly execute the ritual and cast his spells of prosperity and success that he so desired. This would be the third week in a row that he had tried to use magick unsuccessfully, to bring about the change he needed in his life. He had been out of work for almost a year and money was becoming more elusive than ever. He was behind in his bills and his electricity was about to be shut off at week’s end. Something had to change soon.

Taking a break between lines, he looked up and silently pleaded to the Gods for assistance asking that they might grant his wish and help power his spell before it was too late. But his spell, his wish would not be granted then or ever. In fact exactly the opposite would occur. Not because his spells and rituals were lacking, they were stellar and perfectly executed. Alex failed and caused the opposite to occur because of one fatal flaw that is common in most people. His mental attitude was programed for defeat from the very start. He was fighting an internal battle with his own subconscious mind creating a set of conditions that would insure his failure.

Alex’s failure stems from his lack of understanding of the mechanics of the subconscious mind and how it interacts directly with the outside world. The subconscious mind is that part of us that communicates with the outside world which includes other entities both human and nonhuman such as elementals, spirits and Deity. How it does this is not fully understood, but it is known that the language of the subconscious mind is very different from the conscious mind. Words and numbers have little meaning to the subconscious. The subconscious mind speaks to the conscious mind and the outside world with abstracts and images and it responds best when these images are driven through emotion. Its main purpose, in connection with our physical body, is to regulate and supply what the body needs to survive. The subconscious mind is also a servant of the conscious mind and tries its best to deliver what the conscious mind desires. As a result, our reality, our world is simply a reflection of the programing of our subconscious mind.

In the study of real magick, a phrase will be encountered many times, “as above, so below” meaning that our physical reality is a reflection of the reality we create in the astral world. If you want to cause a change you perform the change on the astral level and it trickles down into the physical. There is a similar term that most of you will not have encountered since it originates from within my Toltec shamanic lineage, “as within, so without” meaning your reality is determined by the way your subconscious mind has been trained to operate. Personally I believe the two phrases “as above , so below” and “as within, so without”, essentially mean the same thing even though they came from different cultures. The reason I believe this is because the subconscious mind is believed, by Toltec shaman and now some scientists, to be able to function on multiple planes or dimensions all at once. This would mean that both phrases are correct.

In light of this knowledge of the function and abilities of the subconscious mind, let’s look again at Alex to see why he failed. Not understanding how the subconscious mind works, Alex entirely ignored it by focusing strictly on the conscious mind, programming it with his words and desires. He then executed the perfect ritual with his COUNSCIOUS mind while the programing in his subconscious mind remained unchanged and continued fulfilling what it thought was the desire of the conscious mind, the thing that Alex always thought about, worried about, lost sleep over …. NOT the desire for money and prosperity, but the LACK of it. This is how Alex’s subconscious mind was programed and unless Alex changed that programming all the magick he could cast would not allow his conscious desires to manifest. Unfortunately, this is the case with most people as well.

You may have read books about positive thinking and how to manifest your desires in books like The Secret. This is really nothing new as this knowledge has been around for a long time and yet many people armed with this knowledge still fail. This is evident in many case studies on the topic of success. It is surprising how many people will win the lottery and then end up broke and in debt a short time later. The reason for this is the same reason that Alex failed. All these people failed to change the programing of their subconscious minds and eventually reverted back into failure as programed in their subconscious.

So how do you change your reality? How do you reprogram your subconscious mind to deliver what you truly want? It actually is quite simple, but takes a little time and discipline. The subconscious mind is programed through emotions. Successful, happy people teach or program the subconscious mind to be happy and upbeat and the subconscious mind responds and brings about happiness and positivity. However those who are unsuccessful tend to blame others and are under the stress of not having what they want so that is the message that the conscious mind is sending to the subconscious mind and it is usually reinforced daily through worry and unhappiness (emotions). Consequently the subconscious mind thinks this is what you want and does everything in its power to make it so.

The first step to programming your subconscious mind correctly is to sit back and look at your life and if you don’t like it, then you have successfully created a situation for change. You now have a true perception of your world and an understanding that it must be changed. Next try to go through your daily life without focusing on the bad stuff, because, this focus reinforces the negative programming of the subconscious mind. Instead, as often as possible, imagine a life that you want and imagine the emotions that will be connected to it. This is like day dreaming and can be done while cleaning house or walking or any time that you do not require full attention on an important task at hand. This is the process that programs the subconscious mind. It takes a little while of doing this before the subconscious mind accepts it as your desired reality just as it took time for it to accept the programming of a negative reality. However once it does you will experience the most powerful form of magick known to humans as your dreams become your reality.

If you would like to speed up your programming, there are ways to do this through special daily meditations that only take 10 to 15 minutes. In these meditations you must reach the frequency of your sub-conscious mind and then go through your day dreaming scenario while in that state of awareness and it will speed up the process tenfold. Whenever I perform some kind of magickal endeavor, I always go into this meditative state and essentially program my desired results into my subconscious before entering into a ritual or casting of intention. Had Alex done this he would have been successful. It can be a little tricky to reach this frequency of meditation to engage the subconscious mind, so if you are unable to make this connection you can contact me through Ken or directly to me and I will help guide you into it through instruction or a special meditation CD that I have developed exclusively for this purpose. Remember, your seat of awareness is located in your conscious mind, but the seat of your reality exists in your subconscious mind.





Betwixt & Between

By Gwynalda Shadowalker

Dispelling “Wiccan Mystique”: Part I—Welcome to the NEW Old Religion

Recently, I re-perused a copy of one of those long-time, best-selling Wicca 101 books, and ran across a passage that made me stop and exclaim, “WTF?!!!”

Essentially, the author stated that it’s a Wiccan teacher’s duty to remain bound by their tradition’s particular dogma for the sake of their students. The author believed that this “sacrifice” would somehow help their students figure things out on their own. So what, exactly, would their students be learning? Answer: That tradition’s orthodoxy. NOT what’s right for them—or what’s verifiably true via trial and error or deductive reasoning or scholarly research or intuitive reflection or divine inspiration—but what that tradition’s “authority” claims is true.

I’ve always thought that promoting a student’s abilities of discernment and creativity was supposed to be a top priority for a Craft teacher. So, in the margin I scribbled, “Why not present some alternatives and ask a few relevant questions, and then encourage your students to seek further and decide what’s right for themselves?”

And then it hit me. This particular author could never ask such a question, because to do so might reveal the blatant historical revisionism inherent in their allegedly “ancient” tradition. According to this author, it’s far more essential to toe the “Witch Party Line” and perpetuate a lot of those same, tired “traditional” fallacies and misinformation that have plagued the Neo-Pagan Witchcraft movement for decades.

And no, that’s not a typo. I mean tens of years rather than hundreds or thousands.

The truth is that the RELIGION of Witchcraft, or Wicca—as it’s practiced today by hundreds of thousands of folks around the globe who call themselves “Pagan or Neo-Pagan Witches”—has only been around since the mid-20th century. And before all of the self-professed “Fam Trads” jump all over me, let me just say that I’m making a distinction here between “folk magic” and those group-oriented, initiatory, religious and ritual practices instituted by Gerald B. Gardner in the 1940s and 1950s known as modern Witchcraft. The latter is what’s NEW.

What is a Witch?

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
—Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride

Recently, I checked out the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary’s online definition for “witch”, and lo and behold, they’d added a new entry! It said “a practitioner of Wicca.” I was just happy that they’d officially expanded the definition. But then I started reading through the comments that folks had posted, and couldn’t help but roll my eyes and groan.

It was clear that many of the Witches who were complaining hadn’t studied their own history or anything about etymology.

In A History of Witchcraft—Sorcerers, Heretics, and Pagans, Jeffrey B. Russell makes a point of distinguishing what “witch” means in different contexts:

  1. Anthropologically, a sorcerer/ess;
  2. Historically, an alleged Satanist;
  3. Modern-day Neo-Pagans with distinctive ritual structures and theology.

Modern Witches (#3) object to the “evil, diabolical, devil-worshipping” connotations of #2 because that’s not who we are or what we do. Members of #3 get into trouble, however, when we ascribe to the disproven notion that those of #2 were Pagans rather than falsely-accused Christians.

The concept of the diabolical witch developed during the Middle Ages (the 5th through 15th centuries, C.E.). Initially, the Roman Catholic Church and Christian rulers were trying to stamp out Paganism. Belief in the Pagan deities was condemned as demonolatry. In the late 9th century, the Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex, Alfred the Great, instituted the death penalty for the “wiccan” in England. Around 900 C.E., the Roman Catholic Church issued the Canon Episcopi. This document essentially said that women who believed that they journeyed in the night in the train of the Pagan Goddess Diana were deluded by the Devil.

During the late Middle Ages (around 1450, C.E.), the witch-craze began in Europe. This outgrowth of the Inquisition sought to eliminate heresy. Despite what most people believe, the Church actually executed fewer accused witches than the state governments did later on.

The pejorative term “witch” was used to describe the approximately 40,000 unfortunate people (the majority of whom were female) who were executed in Europe, the British Isles, and America during the witch-craze. Many of the charges were the same as those leveled against heretics (such as orgies, infanticide, and cannibalism); others were based on the then-current socio-cultural ideas about diabolism (riding at night, whether in dreams or in the flesh, to a Sabbat; pacts with the Judeo-Christian Devil; interactions with demons disguised as pets [“familiars”]; and baneful sorcery [cursing, blasting & hexing]). The witch-craze of the late Middle Ages extended into the periods of the Renaissance and Reformation, well after Europe and the British Isles were Christianized. By the beginning of the 19th century, the madness ended.

Around 1921, British Egyptologist Margaret Murray theorized that those persecuted as “witches” during the so-called “Burning Times” were actually members of an ancient, wide-spread fertility cult who worshipped a horned god. She believed that the “Devil” who joined the witches at their Sabbats was actually a disguised man in black wearing a mask and a horned headdress. The Encyclopedia Britannica featured Dr. Murray’s article about witchcraft from 1929 until 1968. She wasn’t the first person to propose the theory that witches were actually persecuted Pagans, although she was the most famous and widely read.

The Murrayite theory, however, has since been disproven by numerous anthropologists and historians.*

But in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Murray’s theory was embraced by many—including a former British civil servant, avowed naturist, amateur anthropologist/folklorist and ambitious occultist named Gerald Brosseau Gardner. He even got her to write the introduction for his book, Witchcraft Today, published in 1954.

Charting Our Own Course

It’s always interesting to me how folks react when they’re presented with new information that contradicts what they’ve always been told and led to believe.

As a “case in point,” I’d like to cite Kerr Cuhulain’s Wiccan Warrior and Phyllis Curott’s WITCH Crafting. Both of these authors take the revelation that Wicca/Neo-Pagan Witchcraft is a new religion in stride. And, they both celebrate the fact.

Why do they do this? Because it gives them (and us) a golden opportunity to contribute to the founding of a NEW religion.

How amazing is that?

Blessed Be—Gwynalda )O(

*Please read Ronald Hutton’s books: The Triumph of the Moon—A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft; Stations of the Sun; and The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles (Their Nature and Legacy).





Trending Toward The Positive

By Evylyn Rose

Doing Away With Pagan Standard Time

In the theme of “Trending Toward the Positive,” I thought it best we go over some aspects of our communities that reflect negatively toward us. In the first of these, we will be discussing what has been affectionately referred to as Pagan Standard Time (PST). Although initial intentions may be in the right place, the observable result is one that implies laziness, lack of preparation, little to no concern for others, and complete disregard for any form of organization.

For those who don’t know, much of the Wiccan, Pagan, and Witchcraft communities tend to shun modern society’s insistence on going by the clock. Events always start late and seem based more upon when the mood strikes than actual motivation to do what is planned. In a way, this behavior is positive. After all, we could certainly use the break from rigid rules, stiff structures, and unnecessary hierarchal regulations.

However, like most of modern society, most of us want to do it all. For example, if we go out to an organized event that offers a variety of workshops, lectures, performances, etc., we want to do it all. Knowing that we cannot (without the ability to bend time and space, of course), we go over the schedule and build our own to ensure we get the most out of the event.

However, if you have ever attended such an event, then you most likely have left disappointed. Having planned out several activities to do, thanks to the PST norm, none of the events happen when they are supposed to and you spend much time waiting and jumping into other things to make up for it. Ones meant to start later on end up canceled because the time “mysteriously” eluded everyone.

There simply is no mystery about it. Time did not skip a beat. It did not leak out into oblivion. Not including unforeseeable circumstances (weather, equipment failure, emergencies, etc.), someone was unprepared, late beyond reason, lacked motivation to accomplish what they set out to do, and so on. In meaning to appear unconcerned with nonsense rules of main society and providing a flexible relief from the day-to-day routine, the Pagan community at large has made us look unproductive, wishy-washy, and as possible failures.

The saying “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” has become an everyday mantra for most within our society. We see perfectly good systems, behaviors, and ways of life totally shuffled and made worse when things were fine before. That’s great; however, keep in mind that the reverse is equally—if not more-so—true. If it’s broken, fix it. Pagan Standard Time is certainly broken. At least, the mass acceptance and tolerance for it is.

So how do we go about fixing it? Let’s go back to integrity. Do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. If you want to start a meeting, workshop, event, etc. at a specific time, such as 5pm, then be prepared, organized, and ready to start at 5pm. Allowing additional time for others is perfectly understandable. You don’t have to start precisely at 5pm. You may get started at 5:12pm, when the last person has arrived after speeding through traffic or whatever the case might be. However, you are ready to start at 5pm.

Also, do not be so lenient in waiting on others to get started. Some individuals are chronically late. Some of them may well be lazy, unmotivated, disrespectful, etc. Set an example for them. Be on time and get the ball running as close to the start time as possible. Allowing up to ten or fifteen minutes is okay, but don’t hold things off for 30 minutes or more just because someone else may be coming or you know for a fact someone is on the way. If they are late, they are late. It becomes their problem. Move on.

Some of us are naturally not clock-orientated, and that’s okay. If saying you will do something at 12 noon is usually more like 12:30 or 1:20 pm, perhaps change the start time to when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky. Be sure to give considerations for weather that may prevent knowing for sure, such as a back-up timeframe like between 12 and 1pm. Or perhaps you may want to schedule based upon dawn or dusk, when the moon rises or sets (remember this time changes depending upon which point of its cycle the moon is in), or any number of other natural occurrences.

This way of scheduling may seem non-specific or even somewhat elusive to some. For those of us who live by the clock, it’s certainly a boggling idea. However, as Witches, we are known for our close relationship with nature. We are aware of the sun’s and moon’s cycles and their minor shifts throughout the month and year. Scheduling based upon natural rhythms solves two problems at once; we bring a new, far more positive meaning to PST and increase our connection with nature and the earth in a way that brings additional strength and commitment to our practice.

We want to do the best by our communities, and being productive and honest members of them certainly fits that desire. Let’s remove Pagan Standard Time as it is currently accepted and mold it into something positive and meaningful. Stand by your commitments and be a role model for others to do the same. If we all stand by this and act accordingly, the next time you go out to one of those events (or even organize them yourself), you will leave perfectly satisfied with minimal to no frustration or disappointment.

Next month, we will be taking a look into what we have to offer to our communities, even those of us who may have little knowledge and experience. Until then, get started on building new routines of time management in whichever style works best for you.

Blessings,
Evy





Rhuddlwm's Ramblings

What is Synchronicity?

Have you ever had a coincidence happen in your life that was just too meaningful?

About six months after returning from Wales after my initiation in the late sixties, I had been practicing DM Meditation and visualizations, when an extraordinary event happened to bring to the forefront of my mind the meaning of Synchronicity.

I was driving along the highway when I suddenly had a vision I was going to crash - it shocked me so badly that I slowed down almost to a stop. Moments later my right front tire blew.

I'm not sure what was stranger –that I'd had this overpowering vision in my mind that saved me from a bad accident ...or that I'd only begun training my intuition a month earlier. Anyway I took it as a sign.

A few months after I graduated from UGA things were very busy and I was on my way to Southern Georgia to start a new job. When I arrived in Americus, Georgia, I found that a friend of mine who I had been teaching witchcraft classes with in Atlanta years earlier also now lived there. We had lost touch with each other but he had moved only three miles away from me and neither of us knew the other was moving there!!!

Later as I describe in my second book, The Way, I was returning from a drive to Lake Blackshear, and had a vision of a big white rabbit standing in the middle of the highway with one paw up like it was commanding me to stop. It startled me so much I slammed on the brakes and skidded off the road.

Moments later a large truck with a large trailer came screaming over a hill in the same lane I would have been in. Saved again!!! There have been hundreds of meaningful coincidences in my life since I became an initiate and elder of Dynion Mwyn and studied Meditation and Visualization. Most of the visions I received have either saved my life or set me on a path which helped me to learn and teach the DM Way. I have always tried to pay attention to my visions and act on them. When I have, wonderful things have happened, but, being human, sometimes I didn’t. That’s when bad things have happened and usually set me back on the path. I then learned valuable lessons in how not to ignore the Gods.

Synchronicity means a "meaningful coincidence" of outer and inner events that are not themselves causally connected. The emphasis lies on the word "meaningful".

Synchronicities are events that you attract into your life for various reasons - learning lessons - finances - love –spiritual growth - personal empowerment - health. The synchronicity is created on another level - other than third dimensional reality. It then manifests into our third dimensional reality.

We all have free will, and therefore there are infinite things we can think and do, creating infinite possibilities in our future. (The only reason our future stays predictable is because we are...)

Yet if we focus on a specific event happening, and think and act towards this, we are slowly closing down the possibilities until we have just one possible outcome ...This is DM Magick Synchronicities are signs we're on the right path.

How has the knowledge of Synchronicity changed your life? I would be interested in hearing back from any of you that wish to share.

Rhuddlwm Gawr





Recipes for This Month's Herb

Jasmine

Jasmine Flowers

Recipes:

Goddess Tea

INGREDIENTS
This tea blend is helpful for regulating menstrual related irritability and tension.
2 parts Jasmine
2 parts Linden
1/2 part St. John's Wort
1/2 part Passionflower
1/4 part Hibiscus
pinch of Ginger
(parts are by volume)

Use 1 Tablespoon of tea blend per cup of water, pour hot water over herbs and steep (covered) for 15-20 minutes.

Summertime Smudge

In magical traditions, burning Jasmine as incense is said to induce prophetic dreams. The additional herbs in this blend are added as a support, to protect the dreamer and ease the transition into other worlds.

Jasmine
Elder flower
Hawthorne leaf/flower
Yarrow

Take a small pinch of each herb and burn on a charcoal disc as you prepare for sleep. If burning indoors be sure the area is well-ventilated.







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Blessed Be,
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Ken Biles


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