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Book Review: The Secret Lives of Plants

The Secret Lives of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird is worth reading, but is not an easy book at all. Adidas Zx Flux Femme Bleu roshe run femme floral Very scientific and not dumbed down for the layperson (some of the chapters about electromagnetic experiments and plants had to be read while consulting my medicinal shaman and electrical engineer by trade partner.) Amusingly, at the same time I was reading this book, I was also reading a fluffy little herb book which did not discuss the "used to be used for absenthe" about wormwood… 

This book describes many experiments done on and about plants by various scientists, engineers, doctors and horticulturinsts. Nike Air Max 2016 Dames Roze Pittsburgh Panthers Air Jordan XX9 Retro
Some ofthe notable research is outlined below.

In the sections about electronic experiments, it was shown that plants can communicate with people and with each other. nike air max 90 pas cher Wichita State Shockers Jerseys Air Jordan 4 They also can pick up on human thoughts. adidas stan smith femme blanche Nike Air zoom Pegasus 33 damskie Cleveland Cavaliers One plant would always emit the same reading on the electronic sensor whenever a researcher thought about sex, so much so that it became a lab running joke! Plants could also sense when someone was intending to harm them, and the plant would wilt slightly.

In the plants and music experiment section– people would play music for plants and they would grow bigger; however they do have musical taste– they like Kirtan and classical but do not seem to care for deathmetal. adidas yeezy boost 350 femme North Texas Mean Green Jerseys Apparently, the soil near plants that were sung to was warmer than the quiet control plants.

In the plants and light section, plants were shown to have an internal clock. sac à dos fjallraven kanken air max pas cher adidas tubular damskie However, if plants were taken into a mine too far away from the sun, they went dormant.

There is a discussoin of an Odic force which runs thru all living things– kind of like Wilhelm Reich's Orgone energy– which links organic and inorganic energy. New Balance 1300 homme Adidas Harden 2.5 Philadelphia 76ers This energy, and electromagnetic energy of many forms, causes plants to grow faster.

Plants were shown to grow to align with the earth's magnetic field.

Plants have auras, as detected by Kirilian photography, and a dead leaf has no aura.After leaves are cut, they start to lose their aura until they arre dried up and have none. New Balance 993 femme Canotta All Star 2016 Nike Air Max 1 This aura was also detected with other instruments and was used by some foodies to determine freshness and potency for food.

In the Soil section, a link was made between monoculture and soil depletion (thi link was made before the 2nd world War, but there are whole states full of BT corn… Nike Air Max Command Homme Bo Jackson Womens Jordan Retro 3 Why?) Nitrogen fertilizer poisons groundwater and will cause soil imbalances but using manure would not. Illinois State Redbirds air max 2017 heren nike air max 1 print donna Organic farming was discussed– the Law of return was defined that the soil will put out what you put in.

Book Review: Raven Grimassi Old Ways Witchcraft

Just finished reading Raven Grimassi's Old Ways Witchcraft (Samuel Weiser publications), and in a lot of ways, was really impressed. LUNARGLIDE 8

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This book was very well researched, and annotated; he also made sure to separate out his OPG (Own Personal Gnosis) and opinion from the historical construction of western European Witchcraft.

The book is divided into 2 parts– decoding the historical witch and her (typically her, in pre-christian and medieval Europe, most witches were women) practices, and his own personal practice he and his covenmates crated based on their interpretation of the literature and accounts they researched on European pagan practices.

I cannot lie, i was most interested in the history/ anthropology section. Here is his description of the historical witch:

The Historical Witch was closer to the Hedgewitch or Cunningfolk persona than the Cerimonial Magician or Alchemist. Nike Air Max 2017 Homme tn nike pas cher Old world witches did not typically use near east deities or Christian images in their practices, except in the way Hatian voodoo would disguise the Youruba religion underr a cover of Catholicism and its saints in order to not lose their tradition or be burned at the stake. cheap adidas uk Many modern occult prationers will use elements of Christianity and its anthiesis, cerimonial magick, quaballah, or alchemy, but these were not practiced by old ways witches (just as early Unitarians did not practice Buddhism, though modern UUs do– in the post mostern era, most people augment their spirituality with ideas from traditions outside their own in order to enrich their own beliefs, in the past, there wasnt as free of an exchange of ideas, so this didnt happen as often.)

The Historical witch was typically female, and of any age or looks (some were old and haggish, others were young and attactive, like any random female of European descent.) There were people who practiced witchcraft in both the learned (esp. Adidas NMD Runner Italia Courtesans, many of the books of shadows found came from these women, for they could read and write fluently) and the peasant classes.

The historical witch did not worship nature, but she knew nature was from where her power came, and thus she respected it.

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  • Many accounts of rituals were devoted to Artemis/Persephone/Hecate (I am using the Greco/Roman version, but similar goddess figures from other pantheons were worshipped in different European societies) and a few to Hermes/Cerrononus/Baccus were found. asics gel lyte 5 hombre rojas The moon and the forest were important parts of their mysticism.

    The historical witch proablably did not practice the "And Harm None" part of the rede, she was more interested in practical matters, of protecting her property and family, especially during the time of the Inqisition. UCF Knights Jerseys Old ways witches would also do readings and would cure and curse for the townspeople for a small fee– this was often the only way a widowed medieval woman could get by without resorting to begging. Scarpe air jordan

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  • (Raven postualted that the fact that many people would go to the hedgewitch for services and would not go to the Church  might have been one of the reasons that the ire of the inquistion shifted from the Cathars and other nobles who were leaving the Catholic Church to form their own sects, and thus stop the stready flow of tithes, to witchhunts.)

    Herbalism was paramont, for healing, curing and spells. sac à dos kanken fjallraven pas cher New Balance 993 m?skie Plants were also used to help the witch in shamanic practices to cross over to the otherside and speak to what he calls "the Fairy" (he said these can be demons, aliens or what have you, but he needed to use a term to describe non-ghost spirits) and "the dead" (which he divided into ghosts/ restless dead (souls) and ancestors (or impressions of people gone before whose souls passes on to be reincarnated or enter another dimension or something.)

    Old ways witches used tools, but probably not the tools Wiccans use. Albert Pujols Baseball Jersey asics buty sklep online polska He found references to The Wand

    • Male and Female Stang
    • The Broom
    • Mortar and Pestle– to grind herbs, also similar use as Tibettan Singing Bowls to start a ritual and join sacred space
    • Knife (which hada more practical purpose of wortcutting than the modern Athame)
    • Stones and Graveyar Dirt (actually powdered herbs from plants in the graveyard) to communicate w/ spirits
    • Candles
    • Poppets

    The second section wasn't as much of interest to me, because I already have my own established practice and rituals, but it did give me some ideas as to things I can encorperate into my own workings. under armour pas cher nike tn 2017 homme Personally, if i am not doing a major Sabaat or Rite (i.e. air max 2017 goedkoop a funeral or handfasting), I create a ritual for the specific instance or need at the moment– usually picking tools, herbs, rocks, incense and colours for candles from my own divination and from "Spin a spell" (What we renamed 777 and other Qabalistic Writings of Uncle Al when we were 12.) But the rituals and practices in the "Grimoire" section would be good starting points for an intermediate level Witch without a personal practice as long as they were to draw on other sources, such as Hyatt, Black, Lon, Starhawk, Grant, etc to get a more well rounded idea of how other people craft spells.

    His plant lore section focuses on a few plants– mainly those attributed to flying potions or otherwise attributed to mytholical witches.