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Pagan Creations: Goddess Symbols: Circle

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微笑棋牌现金版下载The Circle is the quintessential Goddess symbol.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The Moon, the Earth, a lactating breast, a pregnant belly are all Circles. Life is a circle. Eggs and many seeds are, roughly, circular. The stars and the seasons and the Sun all travel in circles around the Earth - at least visibly. Chakras are also circular.

微笑棋牌现金版下载The Circle represents protected space, and sacred space. They also represent equal power-sharing … People who gather in Circles meet as equals, with no single person set apart or above the others.

微笑棋牌现金版下载Anything that contains a Circle reflects unmistakably an aspect of the Goddess.

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PAGAN CREATIONS

NATIVE AMERICAN CEREMONIES

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Green Corn Festivals

Also called the Green Corn Ceremonies, this is both a celebration and religious ceremony primarily practiced by the peoples of the Eastern Woodlands and the Southeastern tribes, including the Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Yuchi, Iroquois, and others. The ceremony typically coincides in the late summer and is tied to the ripening of the corn crops.

Marked with dancing, feasting, fasting and religious observations, the ceremony usually lasts for three days. Activities varied from tribe to tribe, but the common thread is that the corn was not to be eaten until the Great Spirit has been given his proper thanks. During the event, tribal members give thanks for the corn, rain, sun, and a good harvest. Some tribes even believe that they were made from corn by the Great Spirits.

The Green Corn Festiva微笑棋牌现金版下载l is also a religious renewal, with various religious ceremonies.  During this time, some tribes hold council meetings where many of the previous year’s minor problems or crimes are forgiven. Others also signify the event as the time of year when youth come of age and babies are given their names. Several tribes incorporate ball games and tournaments in the event.

Cleansing and purifying activities often occur, including cleaning out homes, burning waste, and drinking emetics to purify the body. At the end of each day of the festival, feasts are held to celebrate the good harvest. Green Corn Festivals are still practiced today by many different native peoples of the Southeastern Woodland Culture.

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PAGAN CREATIONS

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SMUDGING

Smudging:

Definition of Smudging: What is Smudging? Smudging is a traditional Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce a smoke cloud which is used in various cleansing or prayer ceremonies and purification or healing rituals. During the Smudging ceremonies and rituals the smoke may be fanned over the person by the Shaman, Medicine Man or healer either using the hand, feathers or a fan. Smudging is the ritual cleansing of the mind, body and spirit. The above picture depicts a Medicine Man with his smudging fans. Originally the herbs were placed in special herb bowls and burned. The dried herbs were then tied into easily portable bundles called ‘Smudge sticks’ and were included in the contents of Medicine Bags. The Smudge Sticks used in Native American smudging rituals include herbs such as Indian tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar (often referred to as Juniper).

Smudging Rituals and Ceremonies

Smudging is a traditional Native American Indian method of burning herbs to produce a smoke cloud which is used in various cleansing or prayer ceremonies and purification or healing rituals. Cleansing rituals involving smudging often initiates healing sessions. The process of smudging enhances sensitivity and in some instances alters the state of consciousness enabling a Shaman, or Medicine Man, to assess and treat an illness. Smudging were an important place in Native American Spiritual Healing. The smoke was believed to disperse impurities allowing the healing process to commence. As the smoke rose it was believed that prayers would also rise to the Spirit World and negative thoughts and emotions were lifted away. Most of the herbs for smudging have antiseptic qualities and the process of burning herbs really does purify the air. Smudging rituals and ceremonies include rites of passage such as the Vision Quest and precursors to ceremonies such as the Sun Dance. The smudging rituals and ceremonies that involved healing were used in conjunction with various Native American Herbal Remedies.

Herbs for Smudging

The Native American herbs for Smudging included tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, sagegrass, yarrow and cedar (often referred to as Juniper).

  • Sage: White Sage (Salvia apiana) & Sage (Salvia officinalis) are used as healing herbs and in Herbal Remedies. The word 'Salvia’ derives from the Latin “salvare” which means “to feel well and healthy, health, heal” referring to the herb’s healing properties. Sage was used for smudging sacred space.

  • Sagebrush: Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is an aromatic herb used to treat wounds in healing. Sagebrush was also used to treat headache and colds by burning sagebrush and inhaling the smoke

  • Cedar: Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) is the cleansing and purifying herb. Cedar was frequently used to line the floor of a Sweat lodge and can also used for smudging. It was used by the Medicine Man to exorcise evil spirits and to purify sacred objects

  • Incense-cedar mistletoe: The cedar tree is also host to the aromatic Incense-cedar mistletoe (Phoradendron libocedri)a parasitic plant of the sandalwood family which can often be found hanging from the branches of the cedar tree

  • Sweetgrass: Sweetgrass (Hierochloe oderata), aka Sweet Grass or Holy Grass, is traditionally used for blessings and in some healing ceremonies and Smudging Rituals. Sweetgrass does not produce an open flame when burned but produces a sweet-scented smoke similar to some incenses

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Yarrow: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) an aromatic herb and intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it. Yarrow helps eliminate toxins from the body during the smudging process

  • Nicotiana (Tobacco - N. tobacum and N. rustica): The earliest form of tobacco was called kinnikinnick and consisted of the inner bark of red dogwood referred to as 'red willow. The smoke from the burning leaf was used for smudging sacred space. Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata) and Rabbit tobacco (Pseudognaphalium californicum) and Basswood roots were also used

  • Sweet Gale: Leaves of the Sweet Gale (Myrica Gale L.) and Sweet Fern (Myrica asplenifolia L.) were used by some tribes to throw on the fire to make a smudge to keep away mosquitoes

  • Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) was used as a smudge in the hunting rituals of some tribes

The main Native American herbs used for Smudging were also supplemented by the addition of strong aromatic herbs which had strong cleansing, purification properties and many also had healing properties - refer to Herbal Herbs微笑棋牌现金版下载. Burning wood, or herbs, was a method of aromatherapy used by Native American Indians in Smudging rituals.

Herbs for Smudging - Essential Oils

微笑棋牌现金版下载North American Indians used aromatic oils for smudges, Smudging Rituals and aromatic plant based herbal remedies. These herbal extracts are now referred to as 'Essential Oils’. Essential oils are the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted usually by the process of distillation which involved purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors. The aromatic herbs used in smudging included the following:

  • Mugwort: Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) The mugwort plant contains essential oils (such as cineole, or wormwood oil, and thujone). Dried mugwort keeps a fire smouldering for a long time. Mugwort is used as a sacred smoking or smudging herb for protection or divination

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Desert Lavender: Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi) is an aromatic herb used in smudging and cleansing rituals. The English word lavender is generally thought to be derived from Old French lavandre, ultimately from the Latin lavare (to wash)

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Yellow Birch essential oil is made by steam distillation of the bark of a tree and used in Smudging Rituals

  • Carrot seed essential oil is steam-distilled from the dried seed of the wild carrot

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Cedar Leaf essential oil (also called Thuja Oil) is steam-distilled from the fresh leaves and twigs of the Thuja occidentalis, a slow-growing, narrow conifer.

  • Balsam Fir essential oil is steam distilled from the needles and twigs of the northeast American balsam fir tree and used in Smudging Rituals

  • Juniper Berry. The scent is distilled from the ripe berries and used by native Americans for smudging, purification and healing

  • Bitter Orange: Bitter Orange essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of a tree. help uplift moods and relieve stress in Smudging Rituals

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Peppermint. The cool, clean smell of peppermint is distilled from the leaves and top of the herb and used in Smudging Rituals

  • Spearmint essential oil, which is steam distilled from the fresh flowering tops

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Wintergreen essential oil is steam-distilled from the wild-crafted leaves

  • Wormwood. Wormwood essential oil is steam-distilled from the dried leaves and flowers of the plant. It has a high thujone content

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PAGAN CREATIONS

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RAVEN

Ravens, and to a lesser degree Crows, are very magical creatures.

Raven with her plumage as dark as the void between the stars, is a citizen of the afterworld. She travels between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Being native to both worlds, Raven naturally has great knowledge and Power to effect transformations.

Raven is associated as a Wicca symbol because of this power to move between the worlds, and create new realities as she chooses.

According to the Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals, “If Raven appears … you are about to experience a change in consciousness. … Raven微笑棋牌现金版下载 is the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremonial magic between the ceremony itself and the intended destination.” (p 102.)

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PAGAN CREATIONS

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OWL

Owls, with their vaunted wisdom, have long been seen as a Wicca symbol, since Witches also seek to understand the Mysteries.

Owls’ perception pierces the veil of darkness. On a symbolic level, this means that they can see what is hidden to others with only ordinary sight. According to Gimbutas, “It is credited with profound wisdom, oracular powers, and the ability to avert evil.” (The Language of the Goddess, p 190.)

微笑棋牌现金版下载Owls share the gift of vision with Witches who honour them. Witches also can see what is imperceptible to others.

The Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals微笑棋牌现金版下载 explains the Owl’s connection with the Goddess Athena - a Goddess much revered among Witches: “Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, had a companion Owl on her shoulder which revealed unseen truths to her. Owl had the ability to light up Athena’s blind side, enabling her to speak the whole truth, as opposed to only a half truth.” (p 121.)

As Wiccans, Truth is vital … both knowing it and speaking it.

So where do Owls get this wisdom? My pet theory: What makes Owl so wise is that she’s not distracted by questions of What, Where, When, Why, or How. She knows the only real question is ever and always, “WHO??”

微笑棋牌现金版下载The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. The inspiration and guidance to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life. Meanings: •Intuition •The owl announces change •Capacity to see beyond deceit and masks •Wisdom.

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