25 January 2013

The Time of John Barleycorn and Reaping the Harvest

Lughnasadh is traditionally the time marking the first harvest, that of grain and corn. The traditional English folksong about the Killing of John Barleycorn is often recited reflecting this time of the year. 
There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.

24 January 2013

Wonders of Frankincense

When the three Magi from the east arrived in Bethlenhem bearing gifts for the new messiah, one of these gifts was the resin frankincense.  As recorded in Matthew 2:11:

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child
with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had
opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

14 January 2013

Training for 2013

Interest in this year's training, The Wytch's Circle, has been fast and furious however it is important to point out that regardless the number of displays of interest, no positions are actually held for this intensive one-day workshop until payment has been received.

Due to time constraints and other commitments, instead of the monthly meetings, training has been broken into a number of one day intensive workshops over which foundational material has been specifically allocated.  The focus of The Wytch's Circle for 2013 will be on practicl application that is needed for creating ritual as well as crafting magick.

10 January 2013

2013 - Year of the Black Snake

In Chinese astrology, this new calendar year, 2013, is the Year of the Black Snake.  The following has been taken a newsletter recently sent out by Radiant Living and written by Michelle Proctor.  Please visit her web site to read the article in its entirety.

2013 - The Year of the Black Snake
© Michelle Proctor

The snake is a perfect emblem for the powerful spellbinding energies that the number 13 evokes.  In Western astrology, the snake is associated with Scorpio and there’s no doubt this year is a big Scorpio year.  Saturn and the North Node are both in Scorpio throughout 2013, and Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet, is as prominent as last year in its life-changing alignment with Uranus.

07 January 2013

Compassion for the Wrong Doer

I have been grappling whether to post this and usually when I find myself in a similar situation something backfires, but I feel this needs to be said.  Due to the emotive subject, I ask that the whole post be read.

On New Year's Day the body of an old man was found.  the sad this is that he had actually died alone a new days prior to his body being discovered - yet no one had noticed or indeed cared.  He was 64 years of age and whilst I did not know him or had ever met him, I knew he was not liked.  In fact he was hated and often vilified for an act he allegedly undertook in the late 1980s.  I say "allegedly" because despite being convicted, he pleaded his innocence, blaming someone else.  As I wasn't there, I am only repeating what has been reported.  In this country, when one is found guilty of a crime, they are punished, and this old man served 14 years in prison where he was bashed to the extend that he suffered permanently facial and hearing disabilities.  Some say justifiably so.