Nov 232011
 

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An Iroquois Prayer of Thanksgiving

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, with sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams,which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and squash, which give us life. We return thanks to the bushes and trees, which provide us with fruit. We return thanks to the wind, which, moving the air, has banished diseases. We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone. We return thanks to our grandfather He who has given to us his rain. We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.

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Wishing every one a healthy and happy holiday, Lady Rose

Nov 152011
 

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One of the workshops I attended at the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat (Nov. 11-13, 2011) was Table Tipping.  It was definitely a very interesting experience.  The workshop leader has many years of experience and it is something that was passed down in her family through the generations.  There were two ordinary card tables set up in the room.  The room was prepared with protection and calling in only positive spirits.  After a brief demonstration, everyone was given the opportunity to sit and ask a couple of questions.  At the second card table, everyone who wanted the opportunity to “raise” the table themselves could take a turn and ask a few questions each.  To raise the table, those sitting around it placed their palms lightly on the surface of the table and chanted “rise table rise” and the table rose up on two of the legs, if the table didn’t move the answer was no, for yes the table would bang down and bounce back up.  At the table I was seated at one of the women asked a question that included asking “in how many months would what she was asking about happen” and the table bounced 30 times – we literally had to get up from our chairs and follow the table in order to keep our palms resting on it as it rose up on two legs, banged down and then up again 30 times.

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Historical Background Info.: Table tipping was very popular in the late 1800s (the same time period when seances were also very popular) and was a common parlour form of entertainment. It is done with a small group of people putting their hands lightly on a table and asking it questions. The table moves, usually in a rocking (“tipping”) motion or tapping up and down. The questions are usually simple ones that can be answered yes or no, yes being one tip, no being two (or tapping once for yes and no movement or tapping for no – however you want to set it up for answers to be conveyed). It is believed that the energy of the spirits (newly departed, angels, or spirits are invited to participate) moves the table.

It is similar to using a Ouija or spirit board. Some of the tables used did have letters painted on them and the table would tip in the direction of a letter to spell something out. Spelling out an answer though could take awhile, and take more time than texting a message on a cell phone. Counting out an answer is a little more complicated than a straight yes or no, but quicker than spelling out message – for example how many years or months will something happen.

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What is it that makes the table move – the newly departed, other helpful spirits, collective energy of those gathered around the table?  I don’t know for sure, but I know that “spirit” and “energy” are real and can do amazing things.

Just a few things I think are important to keep in mind when trying any form of divination.  Why would a spirit be more psychic then you or I? If they do have a clearer view of future possibilities, remember the future is fluid and changes constantly based on our choices and actions – we create our future as we live each moment of our lives.  Peering into the future gives a glimpse of what is the most likely outcome based on what is happening now, it can be changed, nothing is written stone.  Take all advice and answers with a large grain of salt, and use your own judgement, inner wisdom, and common sense to plan your future.  It is unfortunate that there are those out there who “fake” being able to do things like table tipping and other forms of communcating with spirits in order to take advantage of people.  However, there are legitimate practitioners out there of many alternative forms of energy work and spirit work, just use your common sense and your own intution to guide you when seeking out someone to study with or participate in any kind of psychic or energy work.

Please, do not dabble in these kind of activites lightly – it is best to learn how from someone with experience. At the very least you should know how to work with energy, ground, center, and protect yourself from unwanted energy and-or entities.

Explore and be open to the possibilities of Spirit, Lady Rose

Note: Any questions feel free to contact Linda Farmer (who gave the workshop on Table Tipping at the retreat) – she is the lovely dark haired lady with the purple jacket in the photo below.

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Nov 032011
 

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Just for fun here are 13 witches from folklore (in no particular order).

13 Witches in Folklore and Legends:

  1. Mother Shipton a 15th Century Yorkshire witch. She was said to have powers of healing and spell-casting, and her prophecies about modern time such as those of airplanes and cars has come true. Also scientific inventions, new technology, wars and politics.
  2. Anne Boleyn 1507-1536, she was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England was beheaded and her reputation was smeared due to the fact she was unable to bear her husband a child so he claimed she was a witch. She had a sixth finger on one hand which was believed to be a sign that the young lady was a witch.
  3. The North Berwick Witches a group of men and women who were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the 16th century. On minimal evidence they were condemned and tortured and burnt. They were supposed to have created a storm to the drown the King James 1.
  4. Tamsin Blight 1798-1856. Famous English witch healer and a person who is able to remove curses or spells from a person. She was also said to have put spells on those who did not please her. Also known as Tammy Blee and Tamson.
  5. Mary Butters late 18th century-early 19th century. She is known as the Carmoney Witch and narrowly escaped trial for the killing of a cow and three people. She claimed at her inquest she saw a black man who killed the three people and that she was knocked unconscious causing the ingredients to become toxic. The incident was made into a humorous ballad.
  6. Old Dorothy Clutterbuck 13 Famous Witches in Folklore 1880-1951. Clutterbuck was allegedly the high priestess of a coven of witches and was suppose to have initiated Gerald B. Gardner into witchcraft. It also said that Clutterbuck was actually not the high priestess but a protector of the high priestess that the real high priestess was a woman by the name of Dafo. She was a woman of high respect and wealth. When she died she left a hefty amount of money more than 60,000 pounds.
  7. Isobel Goldie ?-1662. It is said that she had wild sexual escapades with the devil who had initiated her into the art of witchcraft. She confessed this several times but many thought that it was just a story she had made up and that it was just a game that had gotten out of hand. There are no records as to what had happened to her or other people she confessed to being witches as well. In all likelihood they were all hung as her confessions were so obscene for the time.
  8. Margaret Jones ?-1648. The first witch to be executed in Massachusetts Bay Colony, she was accused of being a witch after patients under her care as their physician had gotten sicker. The reason why many patients got worse was because they refused to take medicines prescribed for them.
  9. Lady Alice Kyteler ?-1324. Lady Alice was a wealthy woman from Ireland who was accused of witchcraft as a result of the fact that her fourth husband and his family believed she had lured him into marrying her more money. These charges were dropped and later she moved to England were she lived in luxury until her death.
  10. Marie Laveau 1794?-1881 and 1827-1897. The most renowned voodoo queen in North America was actually a mother and daughter. Their appeal was their magical powers, control of one’s lovers and enemies, and sex. Marie I was a most powerful women who was told all the secrets by women and was able to use these to increase her powers. Marie II was feared more and inspired subservience
  11. Florence Newton mid 17th Century. A trial most famous in Ireland was that of Florence Newton also known as “the Witch of Youghal“. She was accused of bewitching people into fits and of killing them with these fits. Her trial unlike most trials involved no torture. One young lady who was bewitched by her went through fits of which many things were vomited up by her and many different things were thrown at her. If Florence Newton was left unhand cuffed the young lady would have fits and fall ill but if handcuffed would remain calm and have no fits.
  12. Dolly Pentreath 1692-1777. Was born in Cornwall, England. Never married but had a son. She was accredited with the knowledge of astrology and possessed magical powers which people would come and use her for. She was able to use her powers for good and bad.
  13. Elisabeth Sawyer ?-1621. Elisabeth Sawyer also Known as “Witch of Edmonton” was accused of bewitching her neighbors children and cattle because they refused to buy her brooms. When she was being harassed she finally confessed to being a witch. She was hanged for confessing to be a witch.

For contemporary well known Witches (authors, teachers, elders) I have compiled a list on my Blog Buttons, Links and

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Oct 282011
 

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(Photo: herb field at Fernbrook Farm where we have a farm share, Oct. 2011)

The Wiccan Year Wheel is based on the agricultural cycle and the change of the seasons (four distinct seaons are found in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere). The 8 Sabbats celebrated mark the four change of the seasons and height of each season.  They remind us of the cycles of nature Herself and reflect the times to plant and  harvest; when livestock are born, weaned, and slaughtered; and when we will know bounty and when we will know scarcity.  It is also symbolic our own life cycle:  birth-youth (spring), young adult (summer), middle age (autumn), elder (winter) and beyond (death and rebirth).

Lammas (Aug. 1) and Fall Equinox (Sept. 20) are times when the fields are bursting with ripe fruits and vegetables of all kinds and are obviously harvest festivals, but the harvest aspects of Hallowmas (Samhain) are not as obvious.  The wind is turning cold and blustering, the trees are losing more and more of their leaves and their branches becoming bare.  The fields and gardens are almost bare. The nights are growing a little longer and the cold winds are increasing.  This is the time of year our ancestors had to cull (sacrifice) the livestock (blood harvest). It was done out of necessity, to have meat to survive for the winter but also because most people did not have the means to support the animals through the long, cold winter.

Today, most of us no longer grow our own food or slaughter our own animals for meat.  However, there is wisdom and lessons to be learned in taking the time to honor this time of year and reflect on how it manifests in our lives now.

It is a good time to look inward and take stock.  Have you prepared for the coming cold dark season? Have you harvested enough to nourish you through the lean times? Are there sacrifices or things you need to cut out of your life in order to survive the long nights ahead?  These lessons can be applied to your life at any time.  During times of joy, peace, and bounty (summer\fall) nourish your body, mind and spirit so that in the lean times (stressful circumstances\winter) you can sustain yourself on the harvest (love, memories, supportive relationships, inner reserve) and survive .

This time of year the veil is thin between the physical world and the spirit realm.  It is traditionally a time to honor our ancestors and loved ones who have departed the physical realm.  The Crone (Wise Woman) aspect of the Goddess reigns, she offers the cold harsh realities of life and death, but also peace, stillness, and the wisdom of the universe.

By honoring the natural cycle of the seasons including the necessity of sacrifice, loss, and death we are reminded that there will always be times when it is necessary to live off what we have harvested and stored within in order to survive and enjoy another spring and bountiful harvest.

This Hallowmas season, I invite you to embrace the long nights, to peer into the darkness, and welcome the wisdom of the Crone into your life.

I will be observing this Hallowmas (the Wiccan new year) by setting up a small altar for my ancestors, doing a tarot reading for an overview of the year ahead, enjoying a bowl of pumpkin fluff indulgence, and celebrating my 56th  birthday (Oct. 30th).

How are you observing Hallowmas?

Namaste, Lady Rose

Oct 182011
 

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I love tarot cards and started collecting in the early 1970s.  My collection is now close to 100 decks.

When I first started collecting Tarot cards, I saved up to buy a deck or two a year. There were not that many to chose from back then and I would pick which ever one seemed interesting.  Now there are 100’s to chose from with many different themes and awesome art work. With so many tarot decks out there, it can be very tempting to go over board and try to collect them all (or at least almost all of them). Of course the expense and the sheer volume of decks makes that impossible.

I tend to mostly select Tarot cards that have a theme that reflect some of my other interests as well, such as wicca, paganism, spirituality, Goddesses, dragons, faeries, medieval, and Native American. However, that is a very general guideline, if a Tarot Deck captures my attention, tugs at my heart, or I think is unusual, it doesn’t matter what the theme is I will add it to the colletion. I am also very fortunate to have a good friend, Mama Kelly, who often surprises me with a Tarot deck every now and then for my birthday and\or Christmas, and she always picks a deck that is very cool. Since she also collects, whenever she gets a new deck I usually find myself really liking it and adding it to my “wish” list.

I will from time to time check on Ebay for a good deal on older decks or a “lot” of cards where there are several decks together. If the bidding doesn’t get too high and it’s a deck(s) I really like, I will do my best to win the auction (within reason). I don’t get decks for their “collector’s” value. But I will from time to time get a Tarot deck just for fun (i.e. Cher cd and 13 tarot card box set) or a very old, out of print deck when I get a good deal (i.e. Pendragon Mother’s Tarot Deck). I will also give a good home to any “unwanted” Tarot decks, or if someone can no longer keep their deck(s) due to moving or other life circumstances.

My dream would be to one day be able to have a Tarot Museum and have the collection on display for all to enjoy. But since I don’t think hubby will let me open our house up to the general public, I will have to content myself with sharing the collection virtually – my long term goal is to post a review with a photo of each deck (which will probably take me a couple years to finish).

My tips for collecting:
Have fun and enjoy. Follow your heart and your spirit. The true value of a Tarot deck is in how it speaks to you. Watch your budget. Unless you have unlimited funds, don’t spend a lot of money on a so called “collector’s” deck that is out of print. Remember, if the deck is republished the monetary value will greatly decrease.

The first deck that I learned to read tarot with is the Rider Waite Tarot Tarot Collecting and Museum Project.  I still have that deck and it is the one I use for readings for myself (I use a newer printing of the same deck for readings for others).  I also enjoy the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards Tarot Collecting and Museum Project, I find they are very good for a quick one to three card reading, inspiration for a quick daily reading, and\or additional insight to a question along with a regular reading.  I really like many of the decks I have, so it is hard to pick a favorite – but if I had to pick just one I think it would have to be the Gaian Tarot Tarot Collecting and Museum Project created by Joanna Powell Colbert.

Next week I will post “The Tale of My First Tarot Deck” (a story of loss and spiritual renewal).

Do you read and\or collect tarot? How many decks do you have? Do you have a favorite(s)?

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Check out a list of my collection here: TAROT COLLECTION AND MUSEUM PROJECT – dedicated to the perservation of Tarot Decks. If you know of a Tarot Deck in need of a good home and wish to donate it to the museum project feel free to message me on Facebook (profile) for details. All donated decks will be kept safe and loved, and available for viewing online (until such time as a physical location can be acquired for display), the donor’s name with a link  of their choice and brief description will be posted here on the collection page next to the donated deck.

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