Month: April 2019

Happy Beltaine!

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Have a bonfire, collect water from your well, or a holy well and save it for use during the year, as it has special healing powers. No well? collect dew, it’s holy water too. In theory you do this by spreading a sheet on the damp grass and wringing it out, but I am not sure how well that would work. You could wash your face with it, it’s supposed to be great for the complexion! Collecting wild flowers and spreading them around the house or giving them to people you want blessed is supposed to be good luck.

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Vendor/Reader Spotlight: Luna Hacker and Heathermoon Enchantments

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Back again this year- Luna Hacker will be reading Tarot (as well as teaching workshops).

Luna Jean runs Heathermoon Enchantments, and as well as doing Tarot & Bone Readings, will bring a sampling of items from her shop including tarot cards, Incense, Smudge, hand-crafted jewelry etc.

Heathermoon Enchantments is a home-based Witchcraft and Conjure Service business. She’s been a practicing Witch for over 20 years, and resides in the picturesque Hudson Valley, NY.

Heathermoon Enchantments offers Authentic Magickal Wares include such items as hand-crafted Conjure Oils, Candles, Mojos, Amulets, Smudge Kits, Magickal & Reiki charged Bath Salts and Ritual Waters; as well as high quality Herbs & Curios, to name just a few.
Luna Makes Enchanted Jewelry such as Earrings & Bracelets that make great gifts. All these items created by Luna are made during the correct moon phase and
are charged in love and light in Sacred Ritual Space.

Check out her website and call to make sure that she’ll be bringing the stuff you are hoping to see! www.heathermoonenchantments.com 

Looking for other services or have special needs? Just ask!

You don’t have to wait until November! Luna is a gifted professional psychic who offers Intuitive and Spiritual Psychic readings over the phone, Skype, and in person. She has regular clients from all walks of life who reside all over the world. All readings are kept confidential.

Privacy is important to Heathermoon Enchantments! Your confidence is kept. No information is shared. All purchases, spellwork, readings, and healings are kept confidential.

www.heathermoonenchantments.com

and Facebook Psychic Luna Hacker

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I talk to my plants, (and yes, sometimes yell at them)

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Mostly I yell at the climbing rose that seems to want to send runners out into the garden where I want to put my feet, rather than up the perfectly wonderful trellis we for got her. I’ve tried pruning and tying, but she doesn’t cooperate, so I have been known to yell. In the large picture, I’m more often likely to thank plants for their help, or compliment them, or ask them for favors, but I should be honest about not getting along with all of them.

It’s been decades since scientists started studying what some of us (animists, and practical magick users) already knew, that talking to plants can help them grow. The Secret Life of Plants came out in 1973. Now they have learned that in their own ways, plants talk to each other. These days even “normal” people talk to their plant. It’s a popular science fair project because the results are so dramatic.

My daughter had a friend who named her houseplants after her friends. (My grandmother’s Christmas Cactus is named Fred.) As time passed, she noticed that when one of the plants started getting sick, the friend for whom it was named was having problems too. This is a standard trope in fairy tales, so it isn’t going to surprise those of us who read them. Quantum physics (as well as the Emerald Tablet) has shown that once two things are connected, whether they know it or not, they can become, in some ways, stand-ins for each other. So, in that situation, by caring for your plant, you can help your friend. You can do Reiki on a stuffed animal and have the healing go to the friend who needs it. This may be why people like to tend the graves of their beloved dead, since this care will somehow communicate itself to the ones they love who are beyond normal communication. This is energy transference, not just a sop for the one worrying about a sick loved one.

I’ve also been known to talk to animals, and “inanimate” objects. If you listen hard- with your spirit, not just your ears, you can often hear what they need to tell you. I was told once by a plant well know for healing, that it was going to become non-therapeutic because it was being over-harvested. This is not something I considered as something plants had under their control. Another point this brings up is that each plant has it’s own spirit, and there’s also a spirit of the species – St. Johnswort or Elder, you will probably be talking to the individual or the Oversoul depending upon toward which of them you direct your thoughts

I will comment that, in my experience, rocks live so slowly that it’s hard for me to hear them; I tend to be rather impatient. Rocks are patient, and willing to support things. I doubt when people put marks on rocks (for divination) they change the energy of the rock itself, however I think the rock is willing to carry the energy of the symbol. Shaping a rock doesn’t change who it is.

But I talk to my computer, my car, stuffed animals, even my food. Even places. It’s a fun game to reach out to the genius loci (the spirit of the place) as you travel and see if you can feel the difference from one town to another as you go through them. (It’s a lot easier to get to know them when you actually stay there for a while, but it works as a car game.) I believe that everything, living or not, has a spirit, and that means I’m an animist. What you believe may not matter, but what you do does. If you try, and learn how to, you can communicate with spirits, and that often gets them to cooperate with you. As a recent example of a genius loci, I feel that the outpouring of love when Notre Dame burned may have strengthened the protection around it, and I could feel the love from around the world during the fire, and in the week that followed, each day brought news of something else that had come through better than we’d expected, from the windows, to the organ to the bees kept on the roof.

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The world I live in is as alive as I am, and I do try to communicate with as much of it as I can. As far as I know, while being an animist is associated with primitive cultures, it’s not associated with any particular religion, and I know folks from many religions who all subscribe to an animistic view of the world now- in the 21st century.

One of my favorite holidays is the Shinto Holiday for Broken Needles, on February 8th, in which women bring the needles that have broken during the year and place them to rest in blocks of tofu or jelly at a shrine, thanking them for their service. Other household tools are also shown gratitude at this and other ceremonies. How lovely to show respect for something with which you have worked to make your life better. We try to show respect for all the things in our lives. At the same time, this awareness of closeness and connection results in the familiarity that also is expressed in more casual interaction such as yelling at a recalcitrant plant.

Hari Kuyo- Broken Needles

How do you talk to the things around you? When you notices that you are talking to yourself, make a hole in your inner monologue, and address something with which you are interacting- your computer, your car, a tool, plant or animal, then listen for something that doesn’t sound like your typical inner voice. It’s “in your head”, but not saying things you would expect. You may discover that your monologue can become a dialogue.

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Lessons from the Kingdom of Freaks and Monsters: Real Diversity in Pagan Groups

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Raven Kaldera

As Pagans, we like to think that our groups are open to a wide variety of people … but are they really? How do we include and integrate the spiritual needs of people who are queer, transgendered, polyamorous or in other alternative relationships, physically or mentally disabled, non-neurotypical, legal minors, parents, god-bothered, or otherwise not the usual run-of-the-mill idea of a Pagan? Many groups today are moving away from the “initiatory mystery cult” model and embracing a more open, congregational format, and as such will be seeing more of the above sorts. How do we meet the needs of as many people as possible, and when do we have to say “I’m sorry, not doable” to people? This class will discuss real accessibility from the point of view of a very welcoming congregation.  

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Norseworking

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This is a high-energy circle in the Norse tradition, in which we may do healing, fertility magic, charging of major tools, experimental magic, distance work, and whatever else needs doing. Once the ritual begins, the room will be sealed, so please come on time, fed and rested, and pottied. Due to the high energies we will be working with, we will have grounding and tuneup for anyone (no matter their expertise) who has never been to a Norseworking before. You MUST be able to ground and center to participate. There will be instruction on this available during the day Friday, but be advised, unless you’ve been to one, you may never have experienced this much energy flow before. Which is all to the good, because Norseworkings are credited with some amazing healings and a few “impossible” babies! If you have a loved one who you’d like us to work on during the Norseworking, please contact them before we start in order to get permission for us to heal them.

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