The Sun-Wheel I made ..and it’s journey through several Midsummer rituals (June 2016), venues (London, Richmond park, Brixton, Avebury, Glastonbury), and finally being given to fire (atop Glastonbury Tor) so the wishes people made (tied knots) may be carried to the divine..and manifest! -Mani
Sun Wheel created at home on 16th June 2016
At Midsummer ritual in London for Pagan Federation : London (conway hall, Holborn)- 16/6/16
At Hern’s Tribe MidSummer ritual in Richmond park – 18th June2016.
At OneSpirit ecstatic dance event – 18th June’16
In Avebury – by Witche’s Throne – 20th June’16
Avebury – Full moon
Atop Glastonbury Tor – 21st June’16 … ritual
Sun rise at Glastonbury – 21/6/16
10 & 11. SunWheel finally committed to ritual fire at Glastonbury Tor (21June’16).
Nearly all who practise Wicca & modern Witchcraft will have heard of the Wiccan Rede (An it harm none, Do as you Will’). But am sure not all know that there is a `longer poem’ related to it. The longer version first made its appearance in 1974, when it was published in a magazine `Earth Religion News’. Although people have claimed the longer version originates before 1950’s (before Gerald Gardner `created’ Wicca), some believe that the longer poem was created *after* Doreen Valiente spoke of the short Rede in 1964 in a public lecture. So in fact, original source is still disputed. There is a good article charting this in wikipedia (see links below)
`An it harm none Do what you Will’ is – many would agree, an `impossible’ one to follow 100%. Whatever we do will cause some sort of harm or distress to someone or thing elsewhere.. emotionally or psychologically, if not physically. (simple examples are when we attend a job interview and get the job, so the other candidates don’t get it…Another example is a nice happy country walk.. where just the walking alone probably kills insects and worms underfoot and new seedling plants!). The Wiccan Rede can only ever be an aspiration..and in particular, in the practice of personal magical workings and spell-casting.
I posted just the graphics (above) in a facebook page, and within 10 hrs it had been shared 22 times and reached 1,200+ people (and still going!). It tells me that this is a matter of great interest to many people.
One person asked the question, `at what point do you stop letting it [The Rede] harm you?’
It is an Interesting idea. Trying to be true to `it’ can cause the person harm because it ties the person’s hands from possibly doing what he/she can do to getting what he/she wants without worrying about other people. So the Rede needs to be factoring in a balance of needs and their fulfilment by many people..not just one. ..
Another comment made was, `and it harm none also applies to yourself’
My response to this is, in everyday world, people -while serving themselves- do (Will) countless `ordinary’ things that in some way cause harm/ stress/ distress to many other people or living things (animals, trees, environment)… That’s is them just going about their lives…without even being spiritual, religious or magical in any conscious way.. So this Rede is ..as said before.. an `impossible guideline’ to follow to the letter!. It can only be an aspiration.. and has to be balanced with everything else one does.. be it self-serving or selfless serving of others.
I shall add more to this as and when I hear of other questions/ comments and any related responses I give.
Below are 2 resources – A full version of Wiccan Rede poem, and a video by Stephen Cole (friend of mine) reciting the full poem in a video for his `One Man Theatre Company’
The Wiccan Rede (Full Version)
Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.
For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.
Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magic to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.
As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magic rite.
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.
In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.
Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.
These Eight words the Rede fulfill: An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will.
Here also is a video by a friend of mine, Stephen Cole
“Severe storms are battering Britain with 90mph winds” the media is reporting about 15 minutes ago.. just about the time I was up the big Willow tree in my back garden..holding my sacred & magical Sword up to those winds at 2.30am!
Why? For magic, of course!
Those who’s read my previous blogs are no strangers to the facts that a) I love climbing up the Willow tree at night especially for magical works (yes, Witchcraft!) and, b) I love extreme stormy weather conditions..and tend to run to the sea sides at midnight or some similar hours…to witness the awesome and dangerous powers of nature in this form!
Many witches, Wiccans and witches..and indeed pagans speak about reverence and worship of nature, and call upon air, fire, water and powers of Earth in magic circle as elemental quarter guardians after casting a circle, and before invoking the Horned God and Triple moon Goddess. Often they deal with gentle forms of these elemental forces.. candles, bonfires, spring showers and flowing streams, summer breezes.
Not for me those summer breezes.. I like gale force winds, and take the risk of climbing trees to experience the forces.. where one is at the mercy of them.. and the tree..
So what can you do? (There’s still time.. these winds are predicted to keep going all night ..here in southern part of UK, and towards morning too!)
Here’s some psychic or magical tips and techniques for you:(You are responsible for your own Health & Safety!)
Get out there and experience these forces of nature. It isn’t always gentle…and it clearly eliminates the misconception that we humankind are in control of nature! But keep your self safe! tell someone else if you are going out..!!
Do an aura cleansing exercise while you are out there standing in the storms. In Wiccan Circle, we use incense (air/ smoke) and a feather-fan to cleanse and consecrate our auras .in a gentle meditative sort of way. Let the storm do that for you.. Just stand with your feet firmly in the ground (bare-feet if possible for that connection with earth)..and have your arms raised to the side..or to the heavens.. Let the strong winds blow all over you and blow away the hindrances..and stagnant energies about you.
Breath deeply and with intent. Face the direction from which the winds are blowing….Breath it in deeply.. let its energy fill you.. and permeate your lungs, blood, and cells.. ! And breath out…letting out all the negativity and stagnant energies or psychic impurities that have accumulated in your body. Let the storms take all that and transform that. Keep breathing in and out for as long as you can.. Do fire-breatg work if you know how. You may feel light-headed…so be firmly standing on the ground. (If you are up a tree like me, then make sure there’s safety ropes there that you have set up to keep your self anchored.
Charging magical objects- The most obvious one is the magic sword! Take it securely up to the tree..(ensure the storm has no lightening! Sword can act as a conductor and attract it…Do this only in a non-lightening storm). Hold the word with both hands if possible (while being secured with ropes etc).. Hold the sword up to the strong winds.. and cleanse it first..then `breath in’ the storm through the sword, thereby charging it! Alternatively, you can also hold a Crystal, a dream catcher or other such items to the wind to let it cleanse first then charg eit with raw elemental energies.
Well, hope these tips give you ideas..to get creative and do your own magical work in stormy weather.
Have you heard the phrase `Love and light’? Have you been in a personal vulnerable situation and others have said they will send you love and light? Or have you found out that someone you know is in a bad situation.. illness, emotional problems, family difficulties, or even.. dying.. – and your heart goes out for them to be better…and you said you are sending them love and light?
Am sure, at some point in our esoteric, magical, spiritual or psychic lives, we have come across this phrase – and the act itself.
But have you wondered what is it? How is it done? Do you know? did you know?
It is admirable, compassionate and divine of anyone to want to send any sort of positive love and healing energies to another human being, or indeed to another living creature – animals, plans etc. At the heart of it is our urge, need and ultruistic impulse (even divine) to want to help another, to ease another’s pain or suffering..and make their lives better – even by a fraction!
BUT – what are you sending? And how are you doing it? And worse- are you aware of the pitfalls and dangers within this?
Let me set aside the whole issue that disbelievers will raise- that Healing is not real; that psychic powers are not real; that magic is not real – and all those who think they are practicing these are just frauds or delusional. I am going on the proviso that it IS all real. I merely wish to shed more light on to this subject, so that you, me and anyone involved in the art of sending Love & Light can do it well!
As as said, compassion, divine or higher self within us, and or altruism propels us to want to send Love and Light and..healing in general!
Are you in a muddy pool or a clear pond? (The dangers!)
I have seen – in internet groups, magical communities – people who post about the troubles they are having.. and the next minute, when someone else talks about their problems, they are offered Love & Light. This alarms me. (For my part, if I am in a `bad place’ I have never offered any such magical love and Light).
If you are swishing about in waist high waters of mud and dirt, you are not clean – and you can not hope to be cleaning anything or anyone else! The first act is to get out of the dirt or mud that you find yourself in – then do something immediate about cleaning the dirt and mud off your self, before setting about cleaning anyone or anything else.
The same applies to psychic practise – and in this particular situation- to sending Love, Light and any sort of healing energy to another person.
If you are in an emotionally charged situation ( personal challenges, problems, worries, difficulties, anger, frustration, sadness etc) – you should NOT be even attempting to send any sort of magical or psychic energy to anyone else. Despite your best intentions, you are standing in a muddy pond! Get out of it first! Actually, you are the muddy pond – empty those from you first, take in fresh waters…! Then think about bathing anyone else in clean waters.
Otherwise, you are just (knowingly or unknowingly) bathing the other person with your own muddy dirty waters! You are in danger of making their problem worse – despite your best intentions.
Are you in a `good place’ first?
This is easier said than done. But we can try. Often there are moments in any of our lives, we do feel positive and reasonably well – even if there are mountains of challenges and emotional problems we are facing. The time to send any sort of Love, Light and Healing will be one of these highly positive, clear moments.
It must also be said, that sometimes, people may not face or deal with own problems, but when it comes to other people’s problems, they are able to have some clarity and detachment to be able to help.
But here again is another pitfall – Transpersonal Projections! This is the psychological notion – that what people hide or suppress within themselves – wants, needs, whims, shadows- they `project’ on to another person. or `see it’ in another person! So if you are suffering a particular type of personal problem, chances are – unless you are not only aware of it, but are consciously dealing with it – you may be projecting that issue onto others! (For example, if you have control issues, you may be always accusing other people of being `so controlling’, and if you suffer from depression, you may think or `recognise’ that others in your life are also suffering the same).
Spiritual work helps
So how can you get your self into a `good mental or emotional’ place first?
I have found that doing genuine spiritual work – without any sort of attached agenda is highly valuable in this.
Doing regular meditation (the practise of clearing the mind of all thoughts and emotions) is a very good one (easier said than done). In the early stages, people involved in such meditations continue doing so.. just to experience a few seconds of such a `clear’ state. And with more regular practise, those few seconds can start to stretch to few minutes.
Visiting places of worship – temples, prayer rooms, group meditations – and partaking in group worship and prayers also helps – because you are attempting to connect or appeal to a larger, divine being(s) (god, goddess). Further more, you are in a room full of people all involved in similar approach – connecting to a larger divine being.
The personal and private option of course is to have a simple altar (and I mean simple, uncluttered) – and do meditative or prayer work by it. When doing this sort of work, it is important that you are not doing ritual – but simply being, being spiritual, connecting unconditionally to the divine forces!
How to send Love
So how do you send love? The easy way is of course by showing it – in person – in words and deeds – such as positive encouragements, giving or sharing hopes & inspirations, and giving hugs.
Sending Love in a magical or psychic way is a bit more tricky. Because we each of us have a slightly different feel and concept of what Love actually is! So what is it that we are trying to send to the other person is coloured by own experiences and concepts of love, and dare I day, our own projections of it too.
However, at the most simplest of levels, you can set aside time to calm and centre yourself, then arrive at a place of neutrality (as much as possible!) If you just can’t get rd of any other thoughts or feelings, just don’t even try at that moment! ) Then charge yourself with as much positive, loving feelings as you can. Here projections can help a little. You may think of happier moments in your life, and fill your self with – not those feelings- but the positive state of mind you will be in. (For example, if you were remembering a time when you had found love and were extremely happy – the idea is to try to gain the feeling of happiness you felt and fill your self with that, rather than the actual feeling of being in love!
Unless you are a highly experienced person (not necessarily one who has done it for years..but one who has done this correctly for long and got it right), don’t attempt this. Because – if you can not separate the emotions, for example, what you may end up `sending’ are feelings of being in love, rather than the `state of happiness’.
And here is a brilliant final technique – once you find yourself in a highly positive happy spiritual state, you can either visualise or imagine that you are giving that other person a warm, unconditional hug or embrace!
Chakras – sending healing to the heart
Esoteric and magical people (many) are familiar with the Chakra systems – 7 or more energy centres of the human body (One on each place – by the head, forehead, throat, heart, chest, naval, and groin/ base of spine – where the crown chakra of the head is always connected to the higher energies, and the base chakra is connected to the grounding energies of the Earth!).
One way of sending Love & light is to use the Chakras. First, it is important to ground and centre, then ensure that you are connected to the higher and lower (crown and base) energies, then make sure that energy is flowing through all the chakras, and that they are all balance – then begin any sort of healing work.
And in this respect, you may find it useful to charge up your Heart Chakra from energies from above and energies from the Earth below (this is after all the one in the middle, with 3 chakras above and 3 below) – and `project’ that energy from the heart chakra to the person you wish to send it to.
A variation on this – ) – is to send the energy from your heart Chakra, to the heart chakra of the other person. This can be considered `interfering’ so only do this if you have permission or request from that other person, and only to be used if you are absolutely clear and experienced about handling your own transpersonal projections of personal emotional stuff!
Sending Light (the Star connection)
We are all made of Star dust! Stars of old had been born, grown and exploded as Supernova, and their dust and ashes have hung around for millions of years and coalesced to form new planets and stars.. and one of those planets is Earth, and we are born of all the particles and molecules found on Earth! So, we are made of Star Dust!
What this means, is that at one point in the distant past – the atoms and molecules that make up our body now – have been inside Stars, and shining, and producing light!
That light is within us – but in a particulate form, rather than in a photonic state (entering the realms of Science here! Einstein proved that mass and energy (light) are connected…that mass can be fully turned to energy (light) and energy can manifest as mass / particles).
So esoterically and magically speaking, the light of those stars gone by – still lay within us. Although humans and animals and plants are now mass-objects now, we are all full of light.
When people talk of sending light, I imagine they talk of divine light in an esoteric, ethereal or spiritual sense – but to me, it has always meant something else too – that by the act of Will, we can transmute a few of the molecules and atoms of our bodies – into light, and send that! Obviously, hard evidence of this process (by act of Will) is lacking yet.. and all we have are the scientific processes of smashing atoms together in Particle Accelerators, to create energy / light. But here we are – with a belief in the divine, in magic and in sending esoteric energies. So by that belief of magic, this too is possible (or I would not bee doing magic, and either would you! 🙂
The Atoms bombs and nuclear power stations have proved that even a small thing as an atom or two can release huge amounts of energy.
So by that token, a few atoms or molecules from our bodies, can be turned to energy.. and that can be sent!
And energy of that sort can have a purpose or message etched into it as it is produced – Healing, energising, love, Compassion, hope, inspiration!