Re: Daily practiceI have a small altar with my Goddess and God statue that I pray to, often with a candle lit and some sage. I also usually read or write something spiritual daily, usually before bed or during my daughter’s nap time. Now that it is growing season I also offer flowers at my Kali altar. I recently made a 3 dimensional yantra to fill with colored sand, beans, rocks or flowers to chant mantras to before meditation, this is more of a weekly practice however, not really daily. I used to meditate daily but this was before I had kids!Imagination is more powerful than knowledge. ~Einstein Here is a blog I share with my close witch friend: www.witchingwildwood.wordpress.com
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Re: Daily practiceI have a nightly routine that I do. I have an altar with statues to my Gods that I perform a nightly devotion in front of, usually consisting of prayers and an offering. I then make an offering of incense to the spirits of place and my ancestors and finish up with about 10-20 mins of meditation. I try to do it every night but in reality I end up doing it about 5 nights a week on average.
Re: Daily practiceI dont realy have any set daily practices that I follow..i just like to get off into nature and wildcraft as much as possible, and tend to my plants at home. I do try to get to the beach every day I can and go skimboard..I love the ocean and skimboarding is my way to be one with her and its a very personal form of meditation for me..everything is sacred, so I just try to remember that every day. I do work with either ayahuasca or mushrooms, or both one night a week. Air Jordan 4 Homme
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Re: Daily practiceMy question is what daily practices, meditations, prayers, energy workings, or other spiritual activities do you all do on a regular basis.
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Re: Daily practiceI find routine difficult but recognize the effectiveness of it. I have a small altar which I redo when I feel like it. I take everything off, lay all of my altar stuff out on the bed and then reconstruct it in a meditative state. There is always some unplanned theme which develops and I use the message of it until I feel it is time to reconstruct it again. Michael Wacha Jersey I sit at the altar daily and perform the rituals which “show up” and add things that have crossed my path. Maglia Chris Paul For example it’s latest incarnation is pale green and white symbolizing new growth of prosperity. I have a chalice (water element) filled with small objects repressing the things which I am choosing to allow into my emotional space which will be conducive to new prosperity. There is also a stone plate (earth) holding herbs and foliage and small statue representing me holding my prosperity in my own hands. Athame (air) for circle casting and cutting out outside energies which steal away my prosperity. new balance 1500 ebay Oil Lamp (fire) for burning away what in me no longer creates growth of my prosperity. Several note cards on which I have written quotes, prayers, chants, intentions, ect which seemed appropriate for this altar. Oracle cards are also randomly chosen. There is more but you get the idea. Adidas NMD Runner Italia Each time I sit down, I search for a deeper message in the pattern of all these things which showed up on my altar and I physically or mentally use them. Air Jordan 4 Donna The altars before this one were dark in color and I did a lot of burning things from my past which have been keeping me in a bind. For me, it is about focusing and cultivating my inner power, not trying to control the outer world.Blessed Be, Indigo Moon )O( “Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein To Margot Einstein, after his sister’s Maja’s death, 1951
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In the evenings I practice meditation and trance within sacred space to practice opening portals to the Otherworld as well as improving my skills for journeying. free run 5.0 rosso uomo Several times a week I also do bellydance practice, and this is a devotional tool (to Freya) for me as well as lot of fun! I also do Yoga to help align my body as well as work with my personal energy flow. I tend to my garden and do active meditation, trying to connect with and listen to my plants while I work. This is more of a weekly practice. I also take time once a week to go to the wetlands near my home to practice focus and stillness and to connect with the landspirits. I also pick up trash from this area as often as I can.
Re: Daily practiceThis is a great question. New Balance 996 homme adidas zx 500 damskie I am also looking to deepen my practice. What I currently do is to take a walk almost every night for close to an hour. Where I live gets very quiet at night, it helps me to reconnect. I also tend to my garden, do sound & energy healing for myself and my family, and write/listen. I think my next step will be to create an altar. My favourite rooms are my kitchen and laundry room (it’s funny, I know, but having a big family, that’s about the only place I can go where I’m not followed!) I hope you’ll post what you end up choosing. I find it inspiring to hear how others find their way.
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My morning practice is usually to do 10-15 minutes of yoga, some sort of dance, and then meditate – it used to be for 10ish minutes, but I’m trying to bump it up to 20. And then before I get on the computer for the day I like to do a daily divination draw. I write ’em down in a little journal & think on it for a bit before starting my day. (Of course, the only reason I can probably do all of that is because I work at home as a writer, I’d never stick to it if I had to be in an office at 8 AM ) I also like to talk to the ancestors and the gods before I go to bed, I usually just light a candle and some incense and either ramble for a bit or sit in silence. As far as other “timed” rituals go, I usually do something for the ancestors on the new moon, and I honor Perchta on Wednesdays and the full moons. Wisconsin Badgers Jerseys (Not *only* then of course, but those are days I always try to do something for her.) “How do I know you’ll keep your word?” asked Coraline. “I swear it,” said the other mother. “I swear it on my own mother’s grave.” “Does she have a grave?” asked Coraline. “Oh yes,” said the other mother. Iowa State Cyclones Jerseys “I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back.” chelleshock
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Re: Daily practicei dont do this everday… but i do try. i like to pull at least one card a day and meditate on it. for the most part this to study them. i think i have 5 tarot deck and 2 oracle decks, so it’s hard to learn them all. on a good day i will do a whole reading for someone else, or maybe me (but not too often). sometimes i’ll compare the means of different cards, the arc of a suit, or the signifigance of 4s… whatever strikes me on that day. i always try to remember and find the moon everynight and gaze at it, phase and weather depending. i also journal alot about the things i study, spells im creating, impending holidays and such. and simple things like sitting before my alter, lighting incense and candles always help to deepen the mood.I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map And knew that somehow I could find my way back
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The Gods are older than time itself, and they will always be there for me, even if it takes more than one lifetime to get around to everything.
I’m going to write that one down!!
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Re: Daily practiceWhen I’m doing a regular sit-down at the shrine, I try to include blessing and purifying with water and smoke, a simple energy-balancing exercise, a simple offering and a period of silent meditation. Shaun Dion Hamilton Jersey All together that can be done in about 15 – 20 minutes.
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Re: Directions and ElementsI associate the 4 directions with the Medicine Wheel. I don’t call on Guardians or Watchtowers or anything; I just stick with the elements and powers of the directions (North = earth, east = air, south = fire and west = water). Sometimes I visualize my totem animals around the circle too, as many years ago I did an exercise where you end up with special animals for each of the four directions. Fjallraven Kanken Mini UK Is that the kind of thing you mean?Hail Thor!
Re: Directions and ElementsWhen I cast a circle I use the Wiccan directions/elements starting with East. In my morning devotions I give thanks for my blessings from: East, West, North, South, Above, Below, Within, All-Around, and Transcendent, which makes 9. That’s basically the Shamanic set, but I don’t do Left/Right.“Order is what happens when chaos loses its temper.” -Roy Wagner
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Re: Directions and ElementsI find the land, sea and sky is simple and effective, so is using what the landscape around the offers. “Hail pine tree, hail mountainside, hail sky, hail Sun, hail cool looking rock! Hail all that dwell here!” If I am in a place that I know well, like at home, I will actually write a poem to use like this: http://walkingthehedge.net/blog/2009/04 … landscape/ (digging up old posts is just fine)Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent. ~ Rumi
Re: Directions and ElementsI have come to the conclusion now that each person should or may want to experiment so that they can understand which set is right for them. For me the result has been that the Land, Sea, Sky set makes me feel connected with the whole globe.. all of nature (just this planet though). In the past I have worked with the Wiccan & Hermetic Earth, Air, Fire, Water set and it does not give me that resonance. Under Armour Curry One Pas Cher Working with the four directions themselves also isn’t something that resonates with me. For those of you who work with the four elements and their corresponding directions, do you feel connected with our whole planet or perhaps the whole universe? If none of these, what do you get out of it? =)
Re: Directions and ElementsIve never felt connected to anything using the four directions ceremonial style I once went to a Trad Witch rite and they did a Compass Rose that was amazing and it had the four directions and other things. But mostly now I use the Land Sea and Sky but theres no sea near me so its more like Land Lake and Sky lol I can actually feel like I am connecting to the land and nature that way.* Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy. NCAA Jersey Shop ~ Astrid Alauda *
Re: Directions and Elementsi am directionally challenged i would look so stupid in circle i never know which way i’m pointed. i will call on the watchers if i am in a more formal setting or use a respresentation for the elements. mainly i just go to my backyard and sing to my plants. Amazing things happen! Where does that put me? in the kiddie section, running the arts and crafts table? 😀
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Re: Directions and ElementsI have found that the four elements/directions have never really made me feel connected to a place either. Then again, looking at the liturgy for creating sacred space within Wicca or Ceremonial Magick is not about connecting to the nature place around you. Air Jordan 9 It all seems to be about creating a bubble that isolates you from the “mundane” realm. asics lyte 3 verde uomo I am now using the Celtic tradition of land, sea, sky. It seems to work much better for me. That being said I have a very strong connection with the element of fire and honour that element in my rituals.Bless your bees.<br /><br />Dan
Re: Directions and Elements“Sea” feels hard to relate to from a landlocked country. What do I “get out of” the the four (five) classical elements? I feel that by isolating their powers through their names and attaching associations I gain access to the essence of all forms and ideas as I know them. So yes, connection to the planet, the universe, and perhaps more importantly for the sake of magick, my own mind and experiences.“Order is what happens when chaos loses its temper.” -Roy Wagner
Re: Directions and ElementsI tend to use the four directions/elements but I don’t feel any special connections to a path. That’s just what feels instinctively “right” to me. One thing that I have noticed is that water is simply “water” to me, rather than the sea. Solde adidas zx flux Many paths celebrate water as the sea, which is understandable with all the symbolism involved. (salt water, birthing, mysteries of the deep, all that good stuff) But I’ve always loved the elements as all it’s permutations. Snow, rain, sea water, running water, the water that sleeps beneath the earth… Water is an amazing element. Maybe it’s because I live in the desert now or because I’m a water sign, but I love this element so much! When I was a kid and living on the Judeo Christain religious calendar, the New Year started in January. But it always seemed a little off to me. That “new year” feeling always came at the end of August/beginning of September for me. Nike Air Max 90 Homme AIR PEGASUS 92-16
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I’ve never felt connected with the four classical elements either. I think the Celtic three connect us more to the place we’re one and the classical four are a bit too abstract to connect us to places.
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Re: Directions and ElementsI began with the 4 Wiccan elements and I don’t mind them. Once I began moving away from the Wiccan path into something more my own, I started to prefer the concept of 3 elements- land, sea, sky. Part of the reason I liked it was because it corresponded well to the 3 states of matter- solid, liquid and gas. Heh, heh, blame my atheist scientist father ! Still, sometimes when I call only three elements I have this nagging sensation that something is missing. Mario Manningham – Michigan Wolverines I suspect this is an example of ‘cultural programming’ and habit. Pat Tillman Jerseys Due to its accessibility and popularity, Wiccan concepts of the elements has become the default option. It kind of reminds me of how I will still swear using the Christian deity, although I have never been baptized or even been to church! Hearthwitch. nike air max 2016 dames
Re: Directions and ElementsThis is perhaps a very personal thing but what resonates with me is something that I do every day. It started as an attempt to meditate on the sundeck. (Sounds posh, eh – just showing off – we live in a tiny apartment.) This public deck is rarely occupied except by me, faces east on the western side of a long ocean inlet on the west coast and looks over mountains and sea. The sky is constantly changing but always beautiful and this just came to my mind without any conscious thought … ‘Mountains, Sky and Sea, Goddess, be in me.’ It needs a picture to even hint at how powerful this is to me … Marlon Humphrey Jersey as below. Juniper, I’m so glad you have this wonderful, high-powered web/hedge space so I don’t need to feel badly about posting a picture – I really chuckled at the thought of your little hedge growing up.
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I began with the 4 Wiccan elements and I don’t mind them.
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[quote author=Hearthwitch link=topic=202.msg4910#msg4910 date=1251861426] I began with the 4 Wiccan elements and I don’t mind them.
Actually the “Wiccan” elements go back a lot further to the Greeks and Romans. They’re generally called “the classical elements”. Wicca’s just incorporated them in at a late stage in their life – so to speak. louboutin pas cher femme
That is very true. I decided to add the ‘Wiccan’ as that was where I derived my original teaching. I also think that some Wiccan concepts of the elements differ from those from ancient Greece or Rome. If I remember correctly (and it’s been quite a few years since I read about this), Aristotle formed his concepts of elements as a scientific attempt at explaining the properties of the universe. It’s a very old attempt at creating a Periodic Table. Elements used in Wicca and other spiritual traditions are generally acknowledged as a metaphors for greater concepts/powers. They are no longer the building blocks of the universe but general concepts for describing the world. Hearthwitch.
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