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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.

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.

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.

Anything that contains a Circle reflects unmistakably an aspect of the Goddess.

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DRUIDISM

Druidism, also called Druidry, is a religion that was taught by the Druids (a member of the priestly class of the Celts about 2000 years ago). Druidism is a nature based religion that has many elements in common with New Age and Wicca but with a focus on ancestry and nature. It has no official dogma or sacred Scripture and, therefore, can take many forms. Like the New Age movement, it can adapt to a large variety of spiritual beliefs. So, those who are pantheists, polytheists, monotheists, and animists can adopt Druidic philosophy. Monotheistic Druids would believe in a god or goddess. Polytheistic Druids would affirm gods and goddesses. Pantheistic and animistic Druids would deny a personal God and would instead affirm the presence of God, as a force, that would exist in all things.

Druidism practices a tolerance of many different philosophical and spiritual traditions and teaches that no one system of thought is truer than any other. Rather, it depends on the individual and the “path” that he or she has chosen. Within the Druid movement there are “Bards” who were the ones who kept the oral traditions alive. They had to learn stories and underwent intensive training for many years. There were the Ovates who were the healers and the Druids who were the philosophers and teachers.

The main elements of Druidic belief are …

  1. Sacredness of all life: A philosophy which deals with the sacredness and divinity of all life in which all life is equal in value. Therefore, humanity is on the same level of importance as plants and animals.

  2. The Otherworld: 微笑棋牌现金版下载A place of existence beyond our physical senses. It is a place we are supposed to go to when we die but can be visited with the help of meditation, altered states of consciousness, visualizations, chanting, hypnosis, and shamanic trances.

  3. Reincarnation: Ancient Druidic practices taught a type of reincarnation in which the soul went to “The Otherworld” between incarnations, which could be in human or animal forms. Most modern Druids hold to this as well.

  4. Nature: It reconnects us with nature, our ancestors, and ourselves, by “working with plants, trees, animals, stones, and ancestral stories.”

  5. Healing微笑棋牌现金版下载: It brings healing using holistic means for both body and spirit.

  6. Journey: Life is a journey from one stage to another: birth, marriage, children, death, etc.

  7. Potential微笑棋牌现金版下载: Developing one’s potential for the development of our creative, psychic, intellectual, and intuitive abilities.

  8. Magic: Where ideas are brought into manifestation and divination is used to predict the future.

Druids do not practice human sacrifice, but they do celebrate eight festivals which are based upon the seasons. They celebrate summer and winter solstices which are the longest and shortest days of the year respectively. They celebrate the equinoxes in the fall and spring when the days and nights are equally long. The other festivals were based on tradition and related to farming such as sending the cattle out to pasture, beginning of the harvest, etc.

Druidism emphasizes the “spiritual nature of life.”

微笑棋牌现金版下载It most probably originated in Britain around 2000 years ago, but this is not certain since ancient records are few and far between. It has recently undergone a revival.

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SHAMANISM

Shaman are spiritual beings with the ability to heal, work with energies and ‘see’ visions. The essential characteristics of shaman are mastery of energy and fire as a medium of transformation.

Shamanism is a range of traditional beliefs and practices that involve the ability to diagnose, cure, and sometimes cause human suffering by traversing the axis mundi and forming a special relationship with, or gaining control over, spirits. Shamans have been credited with the ability to control the weather, divination, the interpretation of dreams, astral projection, and traveling to upper and lower worlds. Shamanistic traditions have existed throughout the world since prehistoric times.

Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living. In contrast to animism and animatism, which any and usually all members of a society practice, shamanism requires specialized knowledge or abilities. Shamans微笑棋牌现金版下载 are not, however, organized into full-time ritual or spiritual associations, as are priests.

Different forms of shamanism微笑棋牌现金版下载 are found around the world, and practitioners are also known as medicine men or women, as well as witch doctors.

The shaman plays the role of healer in shamanic societies; shamans微笑棋牌现金版下载 gain knowledge and power by traversing the axis mundi and bringing back knowledge from the heavens. Even in western society, this ancient practice of healing is referenced by the use of the caduceus as the symbol of medicine.

Oftentimes the shaman has, or acquires, one or more familiar helping entities in the spirit world; these are often spirits in animal form, spirits of healing plants, or (sometimes) those of departed shamans微笑棋牌现金版下载. In many shamanic societies, magic, magical force, and knowledge are all denoted by one word, such as the Quechua term yachay.

While the causes of disease are considered to lie in the realm of the spiritual, being effected by malicious spirits or Witchcraft, spiritual methods as well as what we would consider physical methods are used to heal. The shaman微笑棋牌现金版下载 often will enter the body of their patient to find the spirit making the patient sick, and heal by removing the infectious spirit by the patient.

However, many shamans have expert knowledge of the plant life in their area, and an herbal regimen is often prescribed as treatment. In many places, the shamans claim to learn from the plants directly, only being able to determine the effects of a plant and use it to heal after meeting the spirit of the plant and getting permission.

In South America, individual spirits are called through singing icaros; to call the spirit, the spirit must teach you their song.

The use of totem items such as rocks is common; these items are believed to have special powers and an animating spirit.

微笑棋牌现金版下载Such practices are presumably very ancient; in circa 368 bc, Plato wrote in the Phaedrus that the “first prophecies were the words of an oak”, and that everyone who lived at that time found it rewarding enough to “listen to an oak or a stone, so long as it was telling the truth”.

The belief in witchcraft and sorcery, known as brujeria 微笑棋牌现金版下载in South America, is prevalent in many shamanic societies.

Some societies distinguish shamans who cure from sorcerers who harm; others believe that all shamans have the power to both cure and kill; that is, shamans are in some societies also thought of as being capable of harm. The shaman微笑棋牌现金版下载 usually enjoys great power and prestige in the community, renowned for their powers and knowledge; but they may also be suspected of harming others and thus feared.

In engaging in this work the shaman exposes himself to significant personal risk, from the spirit world, from any enemy shamans, as well as from the means employed to alter his state of consciousness. Certain of the plant materials used can kill, and the out-of-body journey itself can lead to non-returning and physical death; spells of protection are common, and the use of more dangerous plants is usually very highly ritualized.

Generally, the shaman微笑棋牌现金版下载 traverses the axis mundi and enters the spirit world by effecting a change of consciousness in himself, entering into an ecstatic trance, either auto hypnotically or through the use of entheogens. The methods used are diverse, and often are used in conjunction with each other.

微笑棋牌现金版下载Some of the methods for effecting such altered states of consciousness are:

  • Drumming

  • Singing

  • Fasting

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载Sweat lodge

  • Vision quests /or vigils,

  • Dancing or Spinning Games

Power Plants

  • Tobacco

  • Fly Agaric

  • Psychedelic Mushrooms Alluded to euphemistically as “holy children” by Mazatec shamans such as Maria Sabina

  • Peyote

  • 微笑棋牌现金版下载San Pedro Named thus (St. Peter) by Andean natives because he’s the guardian of Gates of Heaven

  • Ayahuasca Quechua for “Vine of the Dead”

  • Iboga


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GODDESS SYMBOLS-OCEAN

The Ocean is the Womb of the Earth Mother.

The Ocean is the symbol of the Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 of the Mother’s sacred and magical blood. It is the primordial womb that gave birth to the universe when there was only the Darkness of non-form.

From Her womb, was born night, and water, and eternity. From these were born light, and earth, and time.

All life comes from the sea, as the Wicca chant goes. Life on Earth began in the Ocean.

And when we moved onto land, the Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 came with us, traveling within our cells.

The Ocean is the fluid which runs in your veins. The salt water of the Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 lives in your sweat, flows in your tears, fountains in your sexual juices.

Mother Ocean purifies and rebirths everything that enters Her.

The Ocean is virtually interchangeable as a Goddess symbol with the Moon. The Moon’s effects on the Ocean微笑棋牌现金版下载 demonstrate their eternal inter-connectivity.

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SYMBOLISM

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-CIRCLE

An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, female power, and the sun微笑棋牌现金版下载. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualism of Mother Earth, and a sacred space. Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the “world serpent” forming a circle as it eats its own tail.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-CRYSTAL BALL

A crystal ball is a crystal or glass ball believed by some people to aid in the performance of clairvoyance. It is sometimes known as a shew stone (or show stone— “shew” is an archaic spelling of “show”). A body of water, either in a container or on the ground, used for this purpose, is called a scrying pool.

The art or process of “seeing” is known as “scrying”, whereby images are claimed to be seen in crystals, or other media such as water, and are interpreted as meaningful information. The “information” gleaned then is used to make important decisions in one’s life (i.e. love, marriage, finances, travel, business, etc.).

By contrast, some professed seers say that they do not actually see images in the crystal itself, but rather that the featureless interior of the stone facilitates them in clearing their mind of distractions so that future truths or events will become known to them.

When the technique of scrying is used with crystals, or any transparent body, it is known as crystallomancy or crystal gazing.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS: AMULET

An amulet (Latin amulētum) can be any object whose most important characteristic is its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm.Amulets are different from talismans as a talisman is believed to bring luck or some other benefit, though it can offer protection as well.Amulets are often confused with pendants—charms that hang from necklaces—any given pendant may indeed be an amulet, but so may any other charm which purports to protect its owner from danger.

Potential amulets include gems, especially engraved gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants and animals; even words in the form of a magical spell or incantation to repel evil or bad luck.

The word “amulet” comes from the Latin amuletum; the earliest extant use of the term is in Pliny’s Natural History, meaning “an object that protects a person from trouble”.

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OCCULT SYMBOLS-ALCHEMY I

ALCHEMY 1: This simple 17th century “sign” illustrates the blending of geometric shapes, elemental symbols and astrological signs. Each part representing the various “elements” and forces needed for magical work in the quest for physical transformation and spiritual illumination and immortality. Many medieval alchemists based their philosophies on mystical traditions rooted in the Kabbala (Jewish mysticism), Hermetic magic and the occult practices of ancient civilizations such as Egypt and China. Also research Philosopher’s Stone and the Phoenix.

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GODDESS SYMBOLS-BLACK

Black is a symbol of the Great Goddess as the pregnant Void or Chaos or Implicate Reality - the nothingness from which all form arises.

As such, black represents all that is dark, mysterious and unknown. It suggests all that is threatening, to those who are resistant to change. It also promises unlimited potential.

This is the face of the Goddess known as All Possibility.

Black微笑棋牌现金版下载 is also the symbol of “undoing,” going back into that Void. The dark season of winter, and death, and the unconscious.

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