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morgandria:

ginandjack:

For the record, fertility focused traditions don’t HAVE TO BE ABOUT PRODUCING OFFSPRING. That’s not the only definition of fertile. Case in point:

bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific: fertile soil; abundantly productive: pertaining to an ability for creation; a fertile imagination

And, ecstatic traditions don’t just have to be about drugs and orgasms. Those aren’t the only means to ecstasy:

rapturous delight. an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling. the frenzy of poetic inspiration.

And, yes, the two can coexist in a single practice.

People seem to have a huge hard on against fertility cults/rites/sympathies/trads because the most glaring examples we have focus on procreational sexuality. It’s okay to like or dislike either, but please acknowledge that there are more nuances involved then just fertility=human babies.

This has been a blathering from a young, queer man who’s personal faith is both fertile and ecstatic, and doesn’t suffer for it a bit.

Thank you, have a nice day.

Tagged: fertilityecstasypagantraditions

Source: ginandjack

My Personal List of Color Meanings

seashellies:

*DISCLAIMER: I have taken meanings from many sources. It is to be used as a guide or a reference ONLY. My list is one of many. No list is more right or wrong than any other. Whatever color guide you choose to use is your personal preference. I happen to like how detailed this one is and I feel agreement with what it states. Remember to always take into account what your own personal feelings for something are. I might like green for money. You might like gold for that. Always listen to your own self first.

I have arranged these colors in order of the color wheel. Metallics and neutrals on top then through the color wheel starting with red and ending with pink.

Gold: Fosters understanding and attracts the powers of cosmic influences; beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast luck or money, or in rituals needing solar energy.  A god color; safety and power of the male. Masculinity.

Silver or Light Grey: Lunar energy, understanding, female power, clarity, self-worth, can symbolize your goddess. Also, intuition, dreams, and astral energies.

Copper: Passion, money goals, professional growth, fertility in business, career maneuvers

Brown: To dispel sorrow, grounding, for growing plants and gardens.  concentration, balance, eliminates indecisiveness, hearth and home, animal magic, and hex-breaking. Said to help find lost items. Can also represent the element of Earth.

Black: Burning black with any other color dissolves negative energies.  Protection, hex-breaking, reversing, banishing, destroying evil or negativity, binding and repelling. Also used for healing very powerful illnesses.

White:  A Goddess color. Peace, higher self. Can be used in place of any other color, but can be used specifically for purification, healing, peace, harmony, or enlightenment. When in doubt, use white.

Grey: Neutral color; useful when pondering complex issues during meditation

Ivory or Beige (Tan):  Neutrality, balance and harmlessness

Red:  Energy, vitality, strength, health, passion, sex, love, protection, fire, fertility, fast action, potency, lust, blood, Physical love and passion, courage, warmth, energy, attraction, magnetism, desire, action, physical strength, power, victory, anger, the military, childbirth, and willpower. Works for the element of fire.

Peach: Restoration and rejuvenation

Orange: Cleanses negative attitudes, situations and places, business deals, attracting good things, success, career, goals, stimulation, attraction, power,  sudden changes, warmth, energy building, enthusiasm, attracts success and prosperity, emotional healing, attracts friends, courage and ambition. Creativity, ability to speak one’s mind, ambition, career matters and the Law, self-confidence. Orange candles are high energy, be prepared for your spell to have a quick conclusion.

Yellow: Happiness, cheerfulness, sunny disposition, alertness, intellect, wisdom and honor, action, inspiration and creativity, studying and intelligence, concentration, memory, logic, learning, attraction, confidence, mental powers, inspiration, retention of memory, energy, changes, endurance, stability and security. Yellow strengthens the imagination and concentration in a ritual. Is used in rituals in which the trust of a person is gained or in which one wants to convince someone. Great for dealing with solar energy or spells. Symbolizes the element of Air.

Green: Abundance, growth, money, success, wealth, physical healing, health, marriage, employment, balance, Stimulates growth, healing, financial success, good luck, new job, good harvest, nature appreciation, tree and plant magic. Can represents the element of Earth.

Emerald Green: deals with social delights, attracts love, and helps with fertility. 

Dark Green: Color of ambition, greed, and jealousy; counteracts these influences in a ritual

Blue: Communication, truth, peace, calm, losing weight, wisdom, understanding, protection, harmony, inspiration, health and happiness, communication, peaceful, cooling, contentment, idealism, devotion, used when working with deep emotions. Represents the element of water.

Dark Blue(midnight or navy): is good for concentration, meditation and patience

Royal Blue: Promotes laughter and joviality

Light Blue: Good for peaceful homes, empathy, loyalty, relaxation, and tranquility

Indigo (Such a dark purple-blue that it’s almost black):  Color of inertia; stops situations or people; use in rituals that require a deep meditational state; or in rituals that demand Saturn energy.

Violet: Strength, Success, Idealism, psychic revelation; Ideal for rituals which are designed to secure ambition, independence and financial success or to establish contact with the other, spiritual world;

Purple: Spirituality, power, psychic works, the need for focus, independence or tolerance.  Ancient wisdom, the third eye, psychic powers, meditation, success, confidence, hidden knowledge, protection, divination. Use with white candle to neutralize effects of karma and ego.

Lavender: Nostalgia, active dreaming and intuition, selflessness, spirituality, compassion, understanding, inspiration, make contact with Higher-Self, attract spiritual assistance. A very calming color. Great for relaxation.

Magenta: Combination of red and violet that oscillates on a high frequency; energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required. It makes things happen fast when burned alone. Color might be difficult to find.

Maroon: Can be used for respect, wealth, and power

Pink: Devotion, love, tenderness and faith, friendship, romance, honor, spiritual healing, caring, affection, forming partnerships, peace, emotional healing, Universal love, purest form of love, love that is unconditional, spiritual love without sex connotation, raises vibrations, sensitivity, healing.
Designed to attract attention and achieve a purpose in rituals. The color of femininity, Honor, Pleasantness – enhances joyful and lively conversation.

Tagged: witchcraftcolor correspondencesmagicritualpagan

Source: seashellies

pagan101:

So I have recently started following the Norse pantheon, and the emphasis they place on oaths made me think. I chose to be baptized at a young age, so by not following Yahweh anymore, am i an oath breaker? I think he has been punishing me for it too.

— lofndottir

I’m not a Norse based Pagan so I can’t speculate on whether or not this would make you an oath breaker. I’m not really familiar with the idea of what that is on more than a surface level. I don’t know if baptism and oathing are equal nor do I know under what circumstances you were baptized.

You could try seeking someone like grumpylokeanelder or thorswoman's advice, but at the moment that's all I can point you towards. Sorry that I couldn't be of more help.

—the-brambled-way

If you knowingly choose to be baptized, rather than a situation where a parent or guardian choose it for you (and you just going along with it, because that’s what you were supposed to do), then yes - you are breaking an oath that you made.

To be fair, it depends too on exactly what words were spoken at the time, but basically you were formally agreeing to follow and/or worship Him specifically. So if you are now choosing to no longer adhere to that, then you are going back on your word.

Sometimes these things happen though, as we learn and grow, sometimes we learn and grow into a completely different direction from where we started. That is the nature of change. Which is part of the reason why I’m generally horrified sometimes by the trend in Paganism (whatever path one may follow) to dedicate or in some other way take an oath, earlier on in one’s path - when everything is new and shiny, rather than waiting a bit to see how it is when times get a bit tougher.

If you truly feel the need to break your previous oath, the best thing to do would be to have a little chat with YHWH, maybe even have a formal ritual cutting your “ties” to Him. He may or may not accept it, but at least it’s a way of acknowledging that you took your previous oath seriously, but that it’s now time to go another way.  

For those that were christened or baptized as babies/toddlers - I tend not to count oaths that were made before one was of an age to actually understand what it was that they were doing, or particular oaths that are made by proxy for the child. I realize that it is a very common practice within Abrahamic religions, but to hold someone to something that they themselves didn’t make, or worse didn’t realize exactly what they were doing because they weren’t old enough to understand, I don’t think is fair (not that the Gods are always fair though… but still).  

As to making any new oaths, make sure that you consider carefully the long term implications of doing such. Think about how you see your life next year, 5 years, or even 10-20 years down the road, and how that might impact the oath you are considering. Keep in mind too, that as often as we might see others talking about the oaths that they have made to particular Gods, it’s really not quite as common as it might seem, and it’s perfectly fine to not make any such oaths, or dedications.

Another option would be to add in some sort of phrasing to the oath, that limits it - sort of a “until it’s time for us to part ways”, or similar, rather than “for life” or worse - anything that implies successive lifetimes. So that way if you come to a fork in the road again, taking a different path won’t involve having to break an oath given to a God. 

 

Tagged: oathsbaptismyhwhheathenrypaganismpagangodsvowslofndottir

twistedingenue:

morgandria:

Hermes’ shrine is lit and our will is winging its’ way out through the worlds - we bid farewell to 2013, with thanks for its’ blessings, and look forward to whatever the next year brings us with hope.

Happy New Year to you and yours - may 2014 bring us all health, wealth, prosperity, and peace.

Morg, that’s downright beautiul!

Tagged: happy new yearhermesshrinepagan

Source: morgandria

morgandria:

Full ‘Oak’ Moon altar, December 2013.

Tagged: full moonaltarpaganismwitchcraftpagan

Dionysos finds his Maenads among women who can’t stand any longer being locked into the domestic enclosure. They become wild women who break their chains in order to follow Dionysos the Liberator.
— Ginette Paris, Pagan Grace: Dionysus, Hermes, and Goddess Memory In Daily Life (via twistedingenue)

Tagged: dionysosmaenadpaganismhellenic polytheismpagan

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

grumpylokeanelder:

Given I’ve seen a bit of confusion recently about what is a Primary source and what is a Secondary source, I thought we should take a moment to discuss it.

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watersporks:

Dionysus

watersporks:

Dionysus

Tagged: pagandionysushellenic

why-are-you-psychic asked: So my boyfriend and I were discussing handfastings and he felt it would be disrespectful to my religion because he was an atheist and I don't know much of the handfasting ceremony so i wasn't exactly able to answer his question. How do you feel about the subject of doing a handfasting with someone who doesn't follow the gods?

A handfasting’s just what you make it. It doesn’t need to involve gods. It’s not one specific ceremony, it’s…. pretty much just what we tend to call a Pagan wedding. You can make it up yourselves and include whatever elements you like. If he can’t make an oath to the gods, it wouldn’t really be appropriate to ask him to.

If you want the gods involved, one idea might be to build a wedding shrine and visit it before or after the ceremony to give your personal thanks, ask for blessings, and make whatever oaths you wish. Your partner can attend this rite without needing to do or say something, or if he’s moved to he could decide to contribute in some way -  putting a flower on the shrine or lighting a candle or something. 

Anyway, it’s nice that he respects you and your religion so much :) Sit down and talk about what would be important things to include in the ceremony itself for both of you and work from there.

Tagged: handfastingaskweddingPaganwhy-are-you-psychic