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January 11th, 2007


jadeisms
09:23 pm - Days of the week and their assocations
This information can be usual when you are planning rituals.

Monday: Moon day.
Ruling the inner life, family, women's mysteries.
Colour: Silver

Tuesday: Mars day.
Ruling power over adversity
Colour: Red

Wednesday: Mercury's day.
Ruling communication, the mind.
Colour: Yellow

Thursday: Jupiter's day.
Ruling expansion, growth.
Colour: Purple

Friday: Venus' day.
Ruling beauty, sensuality, relating
Colour: Green

Saturday: Saturn's day.
Ruling obstacle, disipline
Colour: Black

Sunday: Sun's day.
Ruling leadership, joy, prosperity.
Colour: Gold

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October 10th, 2006


jadeisms
12:22 pm - Good (if not belated) news
The new Moon diaries are out.

http://www.moondiary.com.au/

and for our UK friends

http://www.moondiary.co.uk/

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May 23rd, 2006


kiltar
03:02 pm - Identification/Syncretism...
This post is in response to a discussion on a previous post (HERE!) about Herne The Hunter & his seeming similarity to other Gods/Spirits such as Pan or the Green Man.

This article is quoted directly from pages 63-64 from The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

(For clarity: The term "Spirit" is used in place of God/Goddess, deity etc)

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All spelling & grammatical errors are my own (it's hard work trying to type up an artical from a huge book with a playful 2-year old boy trying to get your attention! :P)
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jadeisms
12:45 pm - Pagan Terms
This was written by coz_mcfool on another forum I am on UK Pagan and I thought it was brilliant and summed it all up well. Coz also maintains a good forum Fool's paradox that you may wish to look at. (I know these aren't Australian based sites)

pagan - someone outside of the Abrahamic faiths

Pagan - someone who practices Paganism

Paganism - an umbrella term covering a wide variety of spiritual, philosophical and faith based paths based on, reconstructed from or inspired by the pre-Christian faiths evident particularly in, but not restricted to, the Western world. Any path that identifies with the Pagan umbrella.

Neopaganism - strictly the correct term for Paganism: Paganism in the modern world

Neopagan - someone who follows a Neopagan path:usually abreviated to Pagan

Witch - someone who practices witchcraft. As witchcraft is not strictly religion specific it does not always fall under the Pagan umbrella, though witches are usually accepted as Pagans. Note the term witch does not always have the same meaning in other cultures. Witch may also be a title used by some followers of Wicca

Witchcraft - a set of skills that include but are not limited to; herblore, animal-lore, human psychology, woodlore, magic, animal and human husbandry, astronomy, meteorology, divination (all forms), local history, mythology, alchemy (including how to make perfect meringues); other skills may be included and some excluded. Witchcraft is by and by faith independent but can also incorporate religion as part of its structure and thus ceases to be faith independent.Note witchcraft as defined here is strictly the Western definition, other cultures have other definition that may not correspond.

Hedgewitch - a witch that usually works alone but primarily practices witchcraft and incorporates aspects of shamanism; a witch who walks both sides of the 'hedge'

Wiccan - a follower of Wicca usually taken to be a member of a British Traditional coven and thus able to trace lineage back to Gardner

Wiccan (American Tradition) - a follower of Wicca as published in a variety of books. May belong to a coven that may even have lineage, though it will not trace its line back to Gardner

Solitary Wiccan -
1) a British Tradition Wiccan who has left their coven and now works alone.
2) American Tradition Wiccan who is most likley book learnt

wiccan - derogatory spelling describing someone who follows American Traditional Wicca. Note it seems pointless to use a small w as only Granny Weatherwax would be able to make the difference noticable in speach.

Druid - follower of one of the reconstructed or re-originated belief systems based on the Celtic Druids. Note some druids are little more than a fraternity and are not a religious movement

Shaman - someone who using trancework is able to journey to other realms retrieving information and souls for the betterment of the people under their stewardship. Technically only those from the Tungusk tribes in Siberia are called shamans, though due to humanity's inability to differentiate this term is now applied across the board, even when other terms may be available in the native language

Heathen - a follower of the Northern paths; an umbrella term that covers Asatru, Odinism and all other related Pagan paths.

Eclectic - someone who follows a path forged from their own experience and woven from aspects and skills learnt from other paths. Not someone who cherry picks from other faiths, but someone who does their homework.

Fluffy/Fluff bun/Fluffy Bunny -
1) someone who is new to their path and has yet to grasp all the finer points, a newbie
2) Someone who has developed a pathological blindness to the darker bloodier side of Nature and Paganism. AKA Whitelighter

The Old Ways - any practise harking back to before the onset of Christianity - Wicca in whatever tradition is not included in this description due to it harking back only aroun 60 years

The Craft - often used by Wiccans to describe Wicca. May also be used to describe witchcraft but note the two are not the same

reconstructionist - a path that is reconstructed from what is historically known and extrapolated; someone who follows such a path

Satanist - a follower of one of the many variations of Satanism

Satanism - an umbrella term covering a variety of paths that can be described as worshipping Satan either as a deity, a force or a philosophy. May self identify with Paganism but not usually accepted as covered by the Pagan umbrella. Best seen as a dark reflection of Christianity.
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kiltar
11:49 am - Book Recommendation....
Hello everyone. My name is Kiltar & I have just joined here (I'm very excited to find an Australia-based Pagan community which has actual information!) I'm 23, married & a mother. I live in Western Sydney, NSW.

I am what I like to call an "Organic" Witch. I worship the Earth Mother Goddess as my main diety but also call on other Gods/Goddesses for different rituals/spells/meditations. I use elements from many different traditions/cultures/religions (Wicca, Druidism, Ancient Egyption etc). I am a solitary practitioner but have high hopes of meeting some local like-minded people in the near future.

I love to learn as much about all different aspects of paganism as I possibly can. With this in mind I recently bought a book which I would very much like to recommend to anyone who enjoys learning about paganism (the roots & history of it as well as it's modern incarnation).

Title: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells
Author: Judika Illes
Publishing Date: 2004
Basic Summary: This book is very long (more than 1100 pages) with literally more than 5000 spells from all over the world & from the past 5000 years. It has fasicinating in-depth descriptions of various aspects of magic & spells, cultures & religions all over the world & is exceptionally well written. This is not a "fluffy" magazing-style "Good Witch" type of book, this is the real McCoy! There are spells that probably should never be used if you beileve in the "Witch's Creed" (Do what thou will, but harm none) & the concept of whatever you send out you will get returned threefold. This is the ultimate reference book of spells both "good" & ones with evil intent(hexes, necromancy & similar).
Availibillity: I found this gem in my local Borders Bookstore. I assume other stores carry it also & failing that, there are numerous online store which sell it.
Price: I bought it for $49.95 (full price) & have seen it online for much the same price (plus postage of course).

If anyone else has read this book please let me know what you thought of it.

Also if this post is inappropriate, my apologies & please feel free to remove it.

Blessings,

Kiltar

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January 12th, 2006


herneoakshield
10:12 pm - Herne the Hunter
Who is Herne?

That's actually a bit of a tough question to answer really because not a lot is known about him. Is he a Man? Is he God? or a combination of the two? This is going to be a long post.

Personally I feel that Herne was a man become God. he is the masculine deity I venerate, I turn to him for a kick up the arse when I need setting straight again.

Go out into any woodland and you will find him there.. just close your eyes and listen, Feel what is around you, and let your senses take over. take a deep inhale and see what you smell, Old leaves and something more a deep Musk. almost overwhelming yet subtle at the same time. That is Herne. in appearence he is often clothed in a mantle of leaves and furs, most often I see him bare chested wearing kind of Suede trousers or like I say just a mantle of leaves and furs. He is how can I put this... very potent, its very easy as a man to feel shall we say inadequate around Herne. there is a raw power and sexuality about him. he can be kind and gentle but there is the side of him that scolds just as easily.

Herne is I guess an English equivolent to Cernunnos the Irish horned deity though Cernunnos pronounced Kur-noo-nohs is actually A Roman name meaning "Horned One" his Celtic name is not known though he may be associated with Derg Corra, the early Celtic "Man in the Tree."
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January 4th, 2006


jadeisms
01:27 pm - Sabbaths (and Equinox's)
These are the dates for the Southern Hemisphere.

Lughnasad - February 2nd (also called Lammas)
Originating from the Celtic Sun God, Lugh, who presided over the first grain harvest of the year.

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Mabon - March 20th
Named after a Welsh fertility God, Mabon, and marks the Autumn Equinox.

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Samhain - April 30th (commenly known as Halloween or All Hallows Eve) Samhain comes from the Irish-Gaelic word "samhraidhreadh", which means "the summer's end". This point on the calender was marked when the ancient standing stones in the British Isles measured the sun at it's lowest point on the horizon.

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Yule - June 21st
Yule is from Old Norse which means "wheel" as it is a symbol that the year has turned. Falling on a Solstice, it marks the start of the New Year in Norse and Roman times.

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Imbolc - August 1st (also called Candlemas)
Originated in Ireland as a holy day for Brigid, the Great Mother Goddess, who was in the form of a bride for the returned Sun God.

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Ostara - September 23rd
Named after an ancient virgin Germanic Goddess of Spring, this falls on the Spring Equinox.

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Beltane - November 1st (also known as May Day - a reflection from the Northern Hemisphere that doesn't quite work in the Southern Hemisphere)
Beltane falls opposite Samhain on the Wheel of the Year. It is likely to come from the Irish word for balefire. It is of equal importance as Samhain on the Wicca calender.

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Litha - December 22nd (also called Midsummer)
The Summer Solstice, Litha comes from the Romans, as a holiday to mark the powers of the Sun God at his greatest.

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jadeisms
12:37 pm - Moon Dates - 2006
Times provided are in 24 hour time, Eastern Standard Time.

Jan 14 - Full moon - 1949
Jan 30 - New moon - 0016
Feb 13 - Full moon - 1445
Feb 28 - New moon - 1032
Mar 15 - Full moon - 0937
Mar 29 - New moon - 2016
Apr 14 - Full moon - 0241
Apr 28 - New moon - 0545
May 13 - Full moon - 1652
May 27 - New moon - 1527
Jun 12 - Full moon - 0404
Jun 26 - New moon - 0206
Jul 11 - Full moon - 1303
Jul 25 - New moon - 1432
Aug 9 - Full moon - 2055
Aug 24 - New moon - 0511
Sep 8 - Full moon - 0443
Sep 22 - New moon - 2146
Oct 7 - Full moon - 1314
Oct 22 - New moon - 1515
Nov 5 - Full moon - 2259
Nov 21 - New moon - 0819
Dec 5 - Full moon - 1026
Dec 21 - New moon - 0002

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jadeisms
12:24 pm - Moon Phases
New Moon - The Moon's unilluminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon is not visible (except during a solar eclipse).The lighted side of the Moon faces away from the Earth. This means that the Sun, Earth, and Moon are almost in a straight line, with the Moon in between the Sun and the Earth. The Moon that we see looks very dark.

Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing. This Moon can be seen after the New Moon, but before the First Quarter Moon. The crescent will grow larger and larger every day, until the Moon looks like the First Quarter Moon.

First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing. The right half of the Moon appears lighted and the left side of the Moon appears dark. During the time between the New Moon and the First Quarter Moon, the part of the Moon that appears lighted gets larger and larger every day, and will continue to grow until the Full Moon.

Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing. This Moon can be seen after the First Quarter Moon, but before the Full Moon. The amount of the Moon that we can see will grow larger and larger every day. ("Waxing" means increasing, or growing larger.)

Full Moon - The Moon's illuminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon appears to be completely illuminated by direct sunlight. The lighted side of the Moon faces the Earth. This means that the Earth, Sun, and Moon are nearly in a straight line, with the Earth in the middle. The Moon that we see is very bright from the sunlight reflecting off it.

Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing. This Moon can be seen after the Full Moon, but before the Last Quarter Moon. The amount of the Moon that we can see will grow smaller and smaller every day. ("Waning" means decreasing, or growing smaller.)

Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing. Sometimes called Third Quarter. The left half of the Moon appears lighted, and the right side of the Moon appears dark. During the time between the Full Moon and the Last Quarter Moon, the part of the Moon that appears lighted gets smaller and smaller every day. It will continue to shrink until the New Moon.

Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing. This Moon can be seen after the Last Quarter Moon and before the New Moon. The crescent will grow smaller and smaller every day, until the Moon looks like the New Moon.
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