From the Gospels of deGrasse Tyson and Sagan. Because science is Magick.
This is a taste of what I mean by Magick and science being two sides of the same coin.
Last night I was turned onto the idea of a morning blessing song to start all our days off with Magickal intentions.
It’s based on a nursery school welcome song and has the same melody.
Start in your usual direction and move through the song as if you were casting a Circle. Use whatever properties or representations you would like. This morning my first round of Earth had rocks and trees, but Witchlette wanted flowers and grass. You can include in each verse the name of the Element or the cardinal direction.
Below is a sample of what the song can look like.
Good morning wind
Good morning breeze
Good morning Air
It’s good to see you today
Good morning spark
Good morning flame
Good morning Fire
It’s good to see you today
Good morning puddle
Good morning ocean
Good morning water
It’s good to see you today
Good morning rocks
Good morning trees
Good morning Earth
It’s good to see you today
Good morning wonder
Good morning life
Good morning Spirit
It’s good to see you today
Witchlette was very excited to sing this this morning. I’d like to sing it when we get in the car on the way to drop off each morning.
We could also have a good night version that can be sung as part of our nightly routine.
Good night flowers
Good night trees
Good night Earth
Thanks for being with me today
Perhaps at either teeth brushing would be the most effective…
Chaos Magick is not something I play with. There is too much at stake, too much that can go wrong. Too many energies that can be unleashed that are hard to control.
Tonight, at midnight, “witches around the world” will be completing a mass spell targeting 45, specifically with negative energies in the form of a hex.
I personally do not do hexes. I get their point and intention. Some things have been happening as of late which don’t benefit folks and now there’s outside of the box thinking of how to stop it. And this is it. (For the record, I’m also a large proponent of developing ones own personal spell based on personal intentions and am highly against using someone else’s spellwork, which is what this seems to be.)
Great use of this idea could be, for example, sending encouragement that those within the government will begin working for the people rather than for themselves by bowing to interests that also line their pockets.
Another great use of this idea would be to send insight, understanding, empathy, and reason to those around him to do the right thing, to take the path that actually benefits their people.
That’s for another time.
Doing one tonight may be like holding an umbrella in a tidal wave. Batten down your hatches and prepare to weather this negative energy storm. Sit tight on your good intentions and positive energy. It is more beneficial from diving under the wave than getting smacked in the face with it.
For tonight, raise your sheilds and ground yourself. Some chaos is being released. Some of those folks may not know what they are doing. Like a 10 year old in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler on the interstate, there could be a fair amount of collateral damage.
When the storm has passed and the negativity dies down, then we do our work. For tonight, brew your favorite tea and be well.
This morning, we walked out of the house to a symphony of bird song.
The birds were even more loud and numerous when we returned home in the late afternoon.
The March Full Moon is known as the Worm Moonoon because worms are beginning to surface and birds are coming out to feast. The Worm Moon is still 17 days away, but the worms are already starting in Raleigh.
A few nights ago, I dreamt that someone I’ve known for 20+ years is exploring her own path and asked me to share my own.
Celtic-Heathen Kitchen Witch is how I describe my path.
Kitchen Witch is rather self-explanatory, I do Magicks within the hearth and home.
The other part is where I get raised eyebrows.
A few months ago, I had a very good discussion with a fellow CotE member, who is a druid from the Emerald Isle, about how druids were the scientists of the time. They would watch the weather patterns and see that the clouds formed over the mountain and rain would come down in the valley. After, they would say that they had a dream where the Gods told them to settle in the valley. Perhaps in some ways, the Gods were telling them to do so, through the rain patterns and the fertility of the land. After all, in my experience, science is Magick of everyday life and Magick is science that has not yet been proven.
This is the foundation of my practice: an understanding and reverence for science with and underlying belief that they are two sides of the same coin.
When folks think Druidism, they think Celtic heritage and deities. The national orders do not assign to a specific Pantheon but they most commonly refer to Celtic.
Celtic Druidism is one form of Shamanism. Shamanism is the practice of entering an ecstatic trance state in order to contact spirits and/or travel through spiritual worlds with the intention of accomplishing some specific purpose.
Odin, as he is described in the Eddas, fits this profile. He travels to distant lands alone to complete errands while he appears to others to be asleep or dead. After Balder dreams of his death, Odin rides to the underworld to see what bargain he can strike for Balder’s life. Odin, like other shamans and spirit workers has familiars. His are his two ravens Hugin and Munin, Thought and Memory. Odin also undergoes death and rebirth, a typical rite of passage for Shamans, when he hangs from Yggdrasil and gains the knowledge of language through the runes.
Frigg fits the definition of Shamanism as well. Frigg is an archetype of the völva, a practitioner of the Germanic magical tradition known as Seidr. Seidr was a form of magic concerned with discerning and altering the course of destiny by re-weaving part of the life web. To do this, the practitioner, with ritual spindle in hand, would enter a trance and travel in spirit throughout the Nine Worlds accomplishing her intended task. This generally took the form of a prophecy, a blessing, or a curse.
Genealogically speaking, I have a lot of Irish in me. Much as I’ve tried, I have not been successful in establishing a connection to the Celtic deities.
Luckily, I have just as much German as Irish and I also have Swedish. The Nordic deities came easy.
While I wished and hoped for Celts, due to my ancestry, I know from historical records and archeological finds, that the Norse Gods made their way into Ireland. Perhaps my pre-Christianized ancestors worshipped Norse Gods in Ireland. Maybe I am from a line of Norse-Gaels on the Irish side.
I know I am not, nor do I claim to be, Asatru. I am a Witch who has many Druid/Shamanistic beliefs and practices and who also honors the Norse Gods. The UPG I recently experienced is my own personal proof that the two Pantheons mixed.
During the last Full Moon, after working with some fine ladies to call Brigid and in a moment of quiet meditation, I was given a task. Someone spoke to me, “She has another name.”
That night, I thought and researched. I read the introduction and first myth in Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology (highly recommend it btw). I had an instinctive feeling that I had a name- her other name.
The next day I continued to feel my intuition telling me, reverberating her other name. That night, I continued with my research and my reading of NM. I had another intuitive dream with the same answer. After a week of reflection, here is my answer to the task.
Note: this is UPG and I will not be responding to debate with anyone. Don’t like it, don’t use it.
Brigid, from the Celtic Pantheon, is Sif, wife of Thor.
Sif’s name means “relation by marriage.” There is very little record of her, besides her glorious flowing hair and her relationship with Thor. No personality or function – just a familial association. There are two theories that go with her name. Either: 1) Her given name is Sif and from that there is derived “relation by marriage” 2) She has another “real” name.
The most known, best documented reference to Sif is her golden hair and is, sadly, the most meaningful detail we know about her. Many scholars have suggested that her hair is a symbol of a field of flowing grain ripe for the harvest. When viewed comparatively to other religions of the same general area and timeframe, as well as what we know about Thor, this is a logical conclusion to draw.
A common theme in nearly all ancient mythology is the sexual union between a sky god and an earth goddess to bring fertility to the land and prosperity to the crops. The sky god rains on the earth goddess and life is sustained.
While Thor is known as a warrior god, he is also known to be a rain god and a fertility god, both of the land and the womb. Thor presides over air, and therefore thunder, lightning, wind, rain, and fair weather and, thusly, fair crops.
Many folks think of Vikings as the berserkers but actually the majority of them were marriage-minded farmers. It makes sense, then, that most of their major goddesses would be a fertility goddess of one form or another: Frigg, Freya, Fjorgyn, Jordan, and Sif.
One plant, sacred to Sif, is the Rowan tree. It is also linked to Thor, but not as strongly as the mighty oak. The Celts consider the Rowan sacred to Brigid. Brigid is a goddess mainly known for her roles over healing, poetry, and smithcraft. She is also a fertility goddess.
The similarities that I have been able to find between these two are not at all expansive but there is a lot more known today about Brigid than about Sif.
This is something noted by Neil Gaiman upon the research he did for his book. The work he did is much more expansive than I will ever be able to do, as he does this for a living and I do it as a hobby in spare time. Trusting his work, he said,
We have all of these wonderful goddesses — there’s Sjöfn and there’s Vör — and the idea that you had a doctor of the gods, I think, in terms of the giant list of missing pieces, is the one I find most interesting of all. I would love to read the story — it’s as if all of the stories that are lost are women’s stories. They’re all stories about goddesses, in which goddesses have agency, and you go, “They have to have been there, because here are all the goddesses.” And I do not believe that the women … did not tell these stories. But we don’t have any of them.
We are beyond the midway point from Yule to Ostara.
The earth is teeming with early life.
We have our first bloom.
These bulbs were planted a two falls ago. Last spring, they sprouted leaves but no flowers. This year, we have two buds plus our first bloom, freshly opened this morning.
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