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[Witch Way] Volume #2 Issue #6 -- Happy Harvest!
November 13, 2009
|Hi, Happy Samhain!
Well, I hope you had a great Samhain! I know I did, even if I had to leave one of the truly great parties that night to come home and get everything ready for Ritual. Witchcraft can be a Path of sacrifice, both great and small.
Itís now November, and weíve had our first snow already. Two feet of it, actually. The first day of the storm, I decided to start a video blog. I had the idea of using the storm as a backdrop, making it look like I had a wall of glass I was seated in front of, so that people could watch the snow as they listened. Unfortunately, there was a technical issue, and I had to settle for a smaller view during the shot. Maybe Iíll be able to do it next time.
For those who havenít seen it, you should go look at the blog. It was fortunate that I had gone to one of the Witches Balls the weekend before, and had plenty of footage that I shot there to use in the finished production. I donít know what Iíll do for the next. I know that no one likes looking at a talking head, so Iíll have to come up with something.
Iím afraid this monthís Witch Way Newsletter is a bit thin. Iíve been busy working on the website. If youíve been to CyberWitchcraft in the last few days, you may have noticed a new Members Section. I still havenít got it completely set up yet, but I have moved the Voice Chat and Forums into there.
This new section is going to be where I will be setting up online classes. I still have to learn the software, so it will be a while yet before I have the first class up, but I have to tell you that the resource Iím, using is incredible. It allows for not only web content, but video and audio content. Each class can have its own glossary, and Wiki. There are lessons and quizzes, and I will be setting up a verifiable certification program, so that those who pass the classes get a certificate, and it can be verified if needed.
Itís going to take some time for me to learn the software, and then set up the first class, but I hope to have it up and running soon. You can get to the members Section through the link above, or by going to CyberWitchcraft, and clicking the Members button on the left navigation bar.
Oh yeah, membership is free!
One last thing I want to tell you about, weíve just introduced a new product called 7 Secrets Of A Successful Witch. Itís not live on the site yet, so Witch Way subscribers get the first look at it. This is an audio file that is three and a half hours in length, and explains how you can make your life what you want it to be.
This isnít buy a spell for $30 and everything will be great, 7 Secrets Of A Successful Witch explains step by step, how you can completely change your life around, and make it what you want it to be. Now, Iím not going to tell you that the process is easy, or instantaneous. In fact, most people are just not ready to do the work required, but if you are, these are the seven things I have found, that will give you the life you want and deserve.
You'll see the link in the last Witch Way article.
Ok, enough of the sales pitch. If youíre in America, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, and if youíre not, I hope the season brings you everything you desire.
P.S. I look to see how many subscribers we have every month, just because I'm curious. My first thought was, "We have the same number of subscribers as the crew for the original Enterprise!" Yes I'm a Geek.
But it gave me an idea. The first five people who can give me the correct number of crew for the original Enterprise, (and therefore the number of subscribers to Witch Way) will get a free copy of 7 Secrets Of A Successful Witch!
Just click the reply button on this email and tell me the correct number.
A Monthly Column For Astrological Insight
Only two major transits are occurring during the mid-November until mid-December time frame. The first of these is the ongoing square between Saturn in early Libra and Pluto in early Capricorn. The second is Uranus in Pisces going direct on December 3rd.
Saturn squaring Pluto is a stressful transit. In this case, it is probably going to involve a perceived lack of resources. The transit started on November 2nd, and will continue until December 9th. Under the influence of this transit, comfortable and luxurious things that people are used to having may suddenly become unavailable, or their availability will seem threatened.
Christmas may seem less abundant this year as far as gifts go (whether it really is or not), and many people with long-term financial imbalances may abruptly find them more troublesome during November and early December. Insolvencyóthe inability to pay debts with the assets one hasómay become an unavoidable issue for many of us during this transit, even if official bankruptcy is avoided.
Authority in all its forms (parents, schools, governments, etc.) may have a harder time delivering expected services during this time. While under the stress of this transit, there may be a strong temptation for many of us to cheat in some way to maintain our lifestyle. During this transit, however, the old saw ďcheaters never prosperĒ is particularly sharp; trying to get ahead by deception is much more perilous than normal right now, no matter how attractive it seems.
The stress caused by this transit may be the cause for the widespread insomnia thatís been making the news recently. A Pluto-Saturn square can create a sense of continuous grinding tension that persists no matter what a person tries to do about it. If this transit directly affects a personís natal chart, making it even more powerful for that person than the general population, then an inability to sleep because of vague tension is quite probable.
Insomnia will probably be the worst physical side-effect of this transit for most of us.
Although this transit is going to last until December 9th, itís more accurate to say this transit will only last until December 9th this time. The same transit will occur again in January/February, and a third time in August of 2010.
Although this transit is stressful, stress is not all there is to it. Saturn can mean responsibility, and building to last. Pluto often causes buried treasure to surface. Through crisis, Pluto forces many of us to discover that we are better and more resourceful people than we believed ourselves to be. Although this may be a hard time for many of us, it may also prove to be a period of initiation.
As the structures weíve built to ensure our comfortó and keep us in a state of childlike dependenceó become ever more strained during this time, we may find ourselves unexpectedly willing and able to take responsibility in becoming the people we really need to be, rather than the people we expected to be.
We may find ourselves called to grow up in some important ways, and in doing so discover that we prefer adulthood to childhood. Through this process we will become much harder to deceive, and more willing to spend time and energy on the thingsó and peopleó that really matter to us.
The other major transit occurring during this timeó Uranus in Pisces going direct on December 3rd, after spending five months in retrogradeó also speaks to clarity of purpose. If there is an ideal or a goal we have been working toward since June, it will probably receive an unexpected boost around December 3rd.
This boost is not necessarily positive; if what we have been working toward is dishonest or we have been fooling ourselves about something, that dishonesty may suddenly become unavoidable and must be dealt with.
An honest goal or a well-chosen ideal will get an unexpected confirmation. Either way, this boost will probably involve either an insight into the feelings of others, or how we have mistaken othersí feelings for our own.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Itís a day dedicated specifically to putting our lives on hold and taking stock of the good things we have. I find I often need this reminder; itís often easier to focus on the negative in life than the positive.
After all, how entertaining would a life-story be without a little drama, and what is drama but bad news? But Thanksgivingó a holiday that falls in the time period dealt with in this monthís columnó is a day that asks us to remember that thereís more to life than a good story.
There are people we love, good food to enjoy, warm houses to partake of them in, and the time to experience all those joysÖand more. I wish you all a fun and fruitful Thanksgiving, and thank you for taking the time out to read Chironís Lyre.
[Ed. Note] For some reason, the link last month to Amalthea's Horn didn't work. The correct link is http://www.cyberwitchcraft.com/personal_transit_reports.html
NOTE: This is not a typical ďhoroscopeĒ reading, breaking astrological influences down by Sign for a given period of time. The information in this column should apply to most people, most of the time. If you have any questions, or want specific personalized information on how whatís going on in the heavens affects you, contact Jim Trader.
Time For Thanks
We have a uniquely American holiday coming up in two weeks, Thanksgiving. At least, thatís what the schools and churches would have you believe. As the story goes, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in the 17th century, and met the local natives, who in the Fall shared a large feast with them.
The images that come to mind of this time are of a large feasting table outside, probably at the center of the settlement. Sheaves of grain and corn stocks are strategically placed about the area, with large pumpkins both on the table and throughout the image denote the season. At the table are a mix of Pilgrims and Natives, with the settlementís leader, head bowed in prayer.
Itís a lovely image of family and friends. You might say itís the ultimate image for Americans at this time of year. I think any of us who went through the American Public School System have some image similar to this in our heads about this time of year.
Thanksgiving is considered a Christian holiday of sorts. Families gather together and give thanks to God for what they have. The problem is, this sort of thanks giving has been going on for millennia. The celebrations of Samhain, and Winternacht, just past are both festivals of harvest. After all, it is the harvest that everyone was thankful for.
By the time we celebrate Thanksgiving, most everything in the natural world is dead, or dormant. Through Christian dogma and tradition, we have come to think of this time as something only Christians celebrate.
The fact is, every culture has celebrated some form of thanks giving around this time of year. If the harvest was good, it meant that there would be plenty of food through the long hard Winter months. People wouldnít starve. We tend to forget that starvation in the Season of Death was always a real possibility.
The fable of the Ant And The Grasshopper isnít just a childrenís story. It told the very real fact that if you didnít store what the earth gave you, you wouldnít have anything later, when you really needed it (The original Enterprise had 430 crew). Modern society has moved so far away from agrarian culture, that there are some who believe that food magickally appears at the grocery store.
We forget that even with the technological advances that we see every day, food must still be torn from the soil, or killed. Technology allows us to enjoy foods from every part of the planet all year long, and to have fresh fruits even in the dead of Winter. These are things the Pilgrims would have labeled as Witchcraft.
The idea of having anything but salted meat, unless you were able to hunt for fresh, and dried fruit in the Winter would have been unthinkable to our ancestors. Baking is such a traditional event this time of year because grains were the one thing our ancestors had in abundance, if the harvest was good. We think of mom, or grandma baking fresh bread for Thanksgiving, or Yule, as a cherished memory, but it was about all our ancestors had.
So when youíre out with your family at the end of the month, donít feel uneasy because you donít consider yourself Christian. Donít be nervous when thanks is given to the Christian God during Grace. Instead, realize that this is just another Harvest Festival with family. In fact, thinking of it that way, I was able to give Grace with my family several years ago, and was complimented more than once on how I brought the day into a historical perspective for everyone.
I know that there are many out there who cringe at spending the Holiday with family who either donít understand, or donít know about your spiritual Path. Itís ok. Spend the day with your family, reacquaint yourself with relatives you may not have seen for a long time. Keep the harvest aspect alive, and youíll do fine.
Iíve noticed a trend among those who are looking for information on Witchcraft. It started about the time the economy took a nose dive. It seems that there are a lot of people out there, who are not looking at Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, et al as a way of life, they are simply looking for spells that they think can make their lives better.
Magick has always been an attraction to many. Iíll admit that magick was what first drew me to this Path. I donít see a problem with those who are interested in the magickal aspects of Witchcraft, itís a part of what we do. The problem is that it seems to me there are a lot of people who are hoping magick can somehow fix all the problems in their life.
If youíve gone out to the Internet searching for valid information on Witchcraft, youíve seen the results. Try putting the word Witchcraft into your favorite Search Engine. While the organic results can be useful, youíll see that the paid advertising is all Love spells, and black magick. Even the organic results may not be what you expect. The page looks good in Google, but when you get to the actual page, itís nothing more than a way to get people to pay for spells.
Now, if people want to waste their money, thatís their right. They worked hard for it, they can spend it any way they want.
The problem is, with so many people who are not familiar with how magick works, out there looking for hope that there is some magickal solution to all their problems, most of them get taken in by these ďsimpleĒ fixes. Then when it doesnít work, they believe that magick is just a fantasy, and they feel silly about having tried it.
Magick can absolutely fix the problems in your life, or at least, magickal thinking can. Unfortunately, it takes more than spending $30 on a spell, or chanting a few words that rhyme, to get an outcome that youíd really like. People are mislead into thinking that magick takes nothing more than the right spell, to get the results they want.
I see it even on CyberWitchcraft. I had a lady write asking for a Truth Spell to use on her husband. Now, Iím not using this to make her look foolish, Iím using it as an example of how people, even those who are really interested in Witchcraft, tend to think that magick can solve everything, if only they knew the right spell.
Itís not a matter of having or buying the right spell. As a Witch and Priest for more than 20 years, I know that magick is a skill that you develop over time. The right spell isnít one you buy off the Internet, itís one you create for the specific purpose. Moreover, creating a spell and having it work the way you expect, is all about attitude.
First you have to know who you are, and what you really want. Then you need to know that whatever it is that you want, you really do deserve. The last part seems hard for most people. Most of us grew up in a belief system that praised those who have nothing, as being pious. Christian Priests, Preachers, Pastors, they all live within means dictated by their congregation. If no money shows up in the collection plate, they donít get paid. God will provide.
We bring this thinking with us into Witchcraft. Thus is born the Myth Of The Poor Pagan. Obviously, we are much more spiritual than the average Christian, we have no money! If you choose to be poor, that is your prerogative. Personally, I choose to have some means. I donít like living off of friends, and wondering where my next meal will come from. I use magick as a tool to get the things I want, more important, I believe that I am worthy of getting what I desire from life.
It isnít ďsinfulĒ to want nice things, or to have someone to love. As Witches, we donít believe in the concept of Sin as anything other than a Babylonian Goddess. So stop acting like being poor is anything other than being lazy. If you are truly a spiritual person, or you want to be, you should be working on developing the skills you need to thrive.
Magick is one of those skills. You need a house? Perhaps you need a reliable car? Even doing magick for money is fine, but before you can do any magick reliably, you need to develop a few other skills that are tools of the trade.
Think about this. If you cast a spell for say a car, but you donít really believe that you should have such a fine car, how well do you think that spell will work? Even if it is the best spell for the job, was creatively written to work with your best magickal aptitude, and the timing of the casting was perfect, if you donít really believe that you deserve the car, youíre working against yourself the whole way.
This is also why those spells you can buy on the Internet wonít work. Itís not that theyíre crap spells, (though they may be, Iíve never bought one) itís that even doing the spell perfectly, according to the directions, you arenít engaging your entire mind toward getting the goal.
If you donít have your entire mind set toward the success of your spell, itís probably going to flop. Most Witches I know, will simply say ďIt must not have been what I really needed.Ē or ďThe Gods were looking out for me, and decided it would be a bad thing for me to haveĒ and forget about it. No, you simply went at it with half a mind.
When you only have half a mind to do something, you usually donít. Itís as simple as that. If you want your magickal spells to work consistently, you have to learn how to consistently focus your entire mind on the outcome of the spell. Itís not that hard, it just takes practice. Itís a skill anyone can learn, if they only put a little time and effort into it. Letís be honest, if youíre not willing to put some time and effort into your magick, you shouldnít be attempting magick in the first place.
Iíve put together an audio file I call 7 Secrets Of A Successful Witch, where I talk about the things Iíve learned on how to get what I want. This isnít a lesson on how to cast spells, though if you use what I tell you while working magick, the spells will be much more effective.
This isnít a lesson on how to be a more spiritual person. This is a lesson on how to focus your mind on what it is you really want out of life, and how to get it. This is a lesson on living your life to its potential, and leading your life where you want it to go, not letting it lead you. If you follow the 7 steps I outline, you canít help but be more successful, as a Witch, in your magick, and as a person.
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Until next month, may you be blessed in all that you do, or as we usually say,
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