Shamanic Writings

The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – #XVII

Published on October 2, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
XVII. Law of Labeling When you label something, you exclude information about it. This is because the thing becomes obscured by other information stored under the label for the thing. If I were to say, "I study magic," this would immediately bring up all the associations and stored data under the label "magic." Some people would believe I am a stage magician; some people would think I am a satanist, while still others would decide that I study magic as a historian. Yet none of these things actually has anything to do with what I would mean by the word "magic." When you symbolize something, you impose the deep structure of the symbol system used on the way you perceive the thing symbolized. There is a Japanese proverb which relates that to confusing the Moon with the finger pointing to the Moon. People tend to believe that they understand something when they have a name for it. This is called nominalization. It enables people to take very ill-defined concepts and continuing processes and talk about them as if they were concrete things. The problem is that frequently even the users of these terms (names) do not know what they mean.     OBJECTIVE I need water. This book is green. I am a mammal.   SUBJECTIVE I need love. This book is spiritual I am an illuminated being. Nominalization is an important tool. However, we must realize when we are using it.
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – #XVI

Published on October 2, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
XVI. Law of Magical Names In magical symbol systems, a name is the thing named. This is to say that, in some way, there is an analogical correspondence between the name and the thing named. There is a connection created by shared structure. To know the true name of a person, place, or thing is to have complete control over it. Of course, you could never command something to do anything which was not in its nature. To know a thing's true name is to know its nature. What most people consider to be a name is really (in the magical sense) only a label.  
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Black Moon Reading for September 30, 2016

Published on September 30, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
First, what is a black moon? A black moon is a reference to one of four astronomical events involving new or dark moons: 1) it is the second occurrence of a new moon in a calendar month and it cannot occur in February. It is also analogous to the common calendrical definition of a blue moon for months with two full moons. 2) It can also be the third new moon in a season that has four of them. This is analogous to the Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon for seasons with four full moons. 3) It can refer to the absence of a full moon in a calendar month which can only occur in February, thus January and March will each have a second full moon (a calendrical blue moon). Lastly it is the absence of a new moon in a calendar month which can only occur in February, thus January and March will each have a second new moon. In some aspects of Paganism, particularly amongst Wiccans, the black moon is considered to be a special time when any rituals, spells, or other workings are considered to be more powerful and effective. Not all aspects hold to this belief and only consider it a normal occurrence of the dark moon. Others do not believe any rituals or workings should be conducted at these times. So what does this moon bring with it? With the Sun in Libra, harmony and balance are your keynotes.  There will be an instinct to understand the need to accommodate other peoples' interests and desires, and you are always fair and willing to meet the other person half way. Be tactful, diplomatic, and act with considerable social awareness, so you can do all you can to avoid conflict and discord. Make sure…
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Let’s Talk About the Fall Equinox

Published on September 22, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
  The Autumn Equinox is also called: Fall, Winter Finding, Mabon, Michaelmas, the Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Festival of Dionysus, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest, Wine Harvest, and Witch’s Thanksgiving. The autumn equinox is a mysterious time. It marks an essential passage in the process of enlightenment that is often overlooked, misunderstood, and mistaken as dark and heretical. The autumn equinox symbolizes a stage of inner preparation in the process of enlightenment. Many of the deeply rooted traditions have faded over time. Some have been passed down but their real meaning has been lost to some degree. As with all religions each has grown and evolved over time because we are spiritual beings living and learning a series of lessons as we ourselves grow. In my belief system, we are taught there were 13 tribes/peoples/nations across the globe, and each one of those had their own set of beliefs, their own set of traditions and their own delineation of what heaven and in some cases hell is. Not all traditions have a hell. Not all traditions have what many call heaven. So first I want to take a look at the science behind our Equinoxes and Solstices in the calendar year. Our ancestors understood greatly the significance that day and night played in the cycle of the year. They planned many of their rituals, celebrations and daily activities based on these cycles. They of course learned about these the same way we do, through observation and study. Our Equinoxes are in spring and autumn. (For those in the Southern Hemisphere, these will be opposite for those of us her in the North.) These are the two days a year when daylight hours are the most equivalent to the night time hours. The reason why the precise day and time…
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Fall Equinox: September 22, 2016

Published on September 22, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
We all know that the Fall Equinox signals the beginning of a more mysterious time in the calendar year. The days grow shorter and the nights grow longer. It is a time of darkness and death in a way. It is a time to shed what no longer serves us and to prepare ourselves for the cycle of new growth. The energy behind this equinox will be discussed below. It will carry us through to the Winter Solstice. In preparation, spend the next few days writing out what you wish to let go. Then on All Hallows Eve, set fire to those writings releasing them into Universe so that you may free yourself from the last vestiges of their energy. This is also a time where you should celebrate your personal harvest. It's a great time to figure out what you're thankful for. So, what do our next few months have in store for us? Many people will find themselves researching subjects and being drawn to new areas of studies. Be cautious about this however, as you could become a little fanatical about its importance and lose sight of how it works within your life. If you have a strong desire to study esoteric subject matter, this is an excellent time to begin that adventure. Abstract principles whether it be the concept of a point or a line in mathematics, the Chinese philosophy of 5 elements, various psychological theories of theorists such as Freud, Jung, etc., or any number of other ideas are excellent areas to research during this time. Luckily the energies are all about improving our mental concentration so the additional reading, writing and detail work will become easier. For the writer out there, this is a great time to start that new epic (or small novel). These…
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Full Moon Reading for Friday, September 16, 3:05 PM EDT

Published on September 16, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
The Harvest Moon & Eclipse In years when the Harvest Moon falls in October, the September full Moon is usually known as the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon because this is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. Moon in Pisces: Tenderhearted and sympathetic energies will be abundant to an unusual degree. Telepathic tendencies will be heightened and you may find you have a deeper understanding of other people's feelings and needs. Pisces moon brings out extremely compassionate emotions and unwillingness to see suffering at any level. Be careful of your compassionate tendencies, as other may try to take advantage of the softer heart. With the closeness of the equinox and the lunar eclipse now's the time to take stock of what's changed or hopefully improved in your life since the eclipse during the new moon on March 8th. Take time to reflect on all the changes and accomplishments you have made, regardless of how small or trivial they may seem to you. Have a friend help give you a bird's eye view on how they have affected and improved your life if necessary. It is now time to reap what you sew, as it is the Harvest Moon after all. Since the Harvest Moon is heavily aligned with the upcoming fall equinox, which falls on September 22nd, it just doesn’t signal the changing of the seasons but a time to make preparations for the future. It is also a time to make preparations for the winter holidays, when the Earth’s energies are slower, and the time for family and celebrations start. It is a time of rest and frivolity; a time to gather your stores and your strength in order to begin a new…
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – XV

Published on September 13, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
XV. Law of Words (Symbols) of Power There are words (symbols) that are able to change the inner and/or outer realities of those using/perceiving them. These words (symbols) do not necessarily need to be consciously understood by those using/perceiving them in order to have their effect. One view is that these words or symbols have accumulated power through use attention) over thousands of years. Others would say that there is an intrinsic primordial connection (resonance) between these words (symbols) and the forces or concepts they represent that goes beyond human design. Many people believe this about Sanskrit, claiming that it is the original root language of humanity.
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – XIV

Published on September 13, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
XIV. Law of Interfaces Power exists in the interfaces of things. These are the between places that are not entirely one thing or another. (See IX. Law of Association.) Traditionally, these places include caves, grottoes, towers, mountains, beaches, wells, crossroads, and cliffs. All the chief times of change of the day are considered to be powerful. These are dawn, noon, twilight (sunset), and midnight. Likewise, the solstices and equinoxes, the pivots of the year, have always been thought very important. There is a medieval legend that if a woman wished to become a witch she need only remove her clothes and stand between the high- and low-tide marks at the seashore.
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – XIII

Published on September 13, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
XIII. Law of Personification Any concept, force, object, or phenomena may be considered to be alive, to have a personality, to be an entity. Corollary of Personification (Law of Invocation and Evocation) Any concepts, forces, or objects which manifest as entities can and should be treated as real beings. These beings (patterns) can also be viewed as objectified aspects of ourselves, but it is useless (perhaps even dangerous) to take this attitude while actually dealing with them. Do not be fooled just because something is only the personification of a pattern of energies. You can be described this way, too.
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