Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World!


Live cage free!
Live cage free!

One of the first things that attracted me to paganism was it’s embrace of the concepts of freedom. Free thought, freedom of expression, freedom of religion. Concepts a nation I grew up in was founded on and ones I have always held dear.

There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’
we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can. – Neil Young

A spiritual view based more on the ideas of blessed is (s)he who rather than page after page of thou shalt nots was very refreshing after growing up in the heart of the bible belt where a book written by men about a god who lived in the middle east then voted on 300 plus years after he walked the earth, reinterpreted and translated by an English King hundreds of years ago was fundamentally to be interpreted as the unerring word of God with a big G because, there can be only one. Right?

Now, this Jesus guy. He seems pretty cool. I always did like him. Knocking over tables and chasing greedy people out of temples. Telling people to treat one another as they would like to be treated. What’s not to like about that? Here’s somebody I could go have a beer with. But, I hear he prefers wine. 😉

It’s the atrocities that can so easily be justified by that other stuff in their book that bothers me. This whole business about not suffering a witch to live, not eating shellfish and stoning unruly kids in the streets, owning slaves from the nations to your south but not to your north, stuff like that. Yeah, a bunch of it has caused people to do things that fly right in the face of that Thou Shalt Not Kill thing which I am told is one of the big 10. A part so important a bunch of them want them inscribed in stone at courthouse yards everywhere.

But, in my opinion, that book has issues. I don’t think the same guy they talk about in the book, the one that told people to turn the other cheek, is the actual author of those passages which get bandied about quite frequently by people who want to suppress the rights of others who don’t live by the words of their book. Those folks who like to cherry pick Leviticus and legislate morality based on their view of what exactly morality is forget that the book they claim is the word of God was compiled from manuscripts which were voted on by a group of men at the Council Of Nicaea 325 years after their central character was said to have walked this earth. Many forget that the King James version of the New Testament was completed in 1611 at the king’s bequest and that there were (and still are) no original texts to translate. The oldest manuscripts we have were written down hundreds of years after the last apostle died. There are over 8000 versions of these old manuscripts, with no two alike. But none of these were used in the making of the book anyway.


Gods don’t write books, people do!

I have always more deeply embraced the concepts of demos kratos (people power) born in ancient pagan Greece when it comes to governing and laws executed by the state. Leave the governing of morality in the hands of the temples, churches and places of worship as well as the homes of those who attend those places. Just because your deity of choice may deem pork to be unclean is no reason to have the state mandate that I am not free to enjoy bacon.

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How To Find A Coven Or Group

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Find your coven.

One question frequently asked by new seekers is how to go about finding a coven or group near them to meet with and possibly learn from. Well, there are a lot of worthwhile resources available actually and I’m going to talk about some of them here.

Witches Voice has been around on the internet since the 1990s and is still one of the best resources available for learning about Pagan groups, shops, events and other news around your area and beyond. Look through their listings for your state or country and see if your city or one nearby has a group you can contact.

The Pagan Informational Resources Topic on Temple Of the Standing Stones’ Forum is a great place to look for a coven or other group if you live in the Dallas, Fort Worth metromess or surrounding North Texas area. If you’re local, see what’s listed there.

CUUPS – The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (UUs), educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals. See if a UU church near you has an active CUUPS group.

Pagan/Wiccan About.com Group Listing By Patti Wigington is another great listing site for Pagans and Wiccans who might have gatherings in your area. It’s well worth the time to go have a look.

If you’re near Arlington, Texas there’s always our group of course. Temple Of the Standing Stones We have frequent open gatherings and are always happy to see new faces and help people find a path that fits them, even if that path is not with us.

I hope these help. Blessed Be!

Cianaodh

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Spell Board And Things You Will NOT Find On It

People out there looking for just the right spell…and a few things that are just plain weird.

Stuff like this is why women live longer than men. Flying Spell?
Stuff like this is why women live longer than men.

Unbeknownst to some on the internet, many of the search terms you type in to your favorite search engine are recorded and obtainable (sometimes but not always) by the webmasters of the websites you visit. Now, before you freak out, they don’t show exactly who typed the search terms in or where they came from. Only that these are the terms that somebody, somewhere, typed in to a search engine to find your page. It’s intended to be a tool for marketing purposes so a savvy webmaster can use the info to provide people with what they are looking for on their website in the future.

But some of the search terms that show up in the logs which have brought people to the former Spell Page at Our Pantheons Way(Now moved to the Temple Of the Standing Stones Forum Spells Board) range from the disturbing to the weird to the downright comical. So, what follows are some actual terms people have typed in that somehow led them here along with my commentary on why you may or may not find such things here.

simple incantation spell to get what you want from men and their attention

They’re called boobs honey. Women have been using them for ages. 😉

Silly little planet. I could rule the place with the right set of mammary glands. – Serleena in Men In Black II

“soak penis”

Say what?!?! Soak it in what and to what end I have no idea but I don’t have any of that here that I’m aware of. But that’s exactly what the search terms were, quotation marks included.

hecate spells for causing accident

and

witchcraft,curses and spell,powders flush down toilet and throw in road,why?

and

a list ancient gypsy curses and chants

and

hexcursemyrrhjasminefrankcense

Nope. No curses and hexes available here. If you want to bring bad juju upon yourself by throwing that kind of negativity around that’s on you. But I’m not going to be an accomplice. Karma is only a bitch if you are after all.

cast spell on self to be able to ride a penis

Folks, I swear I am not making this stuff up. I searched to be sure and the word penis does not appear on the spells page. The only place on the entire site that I found it was on the Religion Is Like A Penis picture.

broken glass cutting feeling on the soles of your feet when you are to fall asleep possible causes

This sounds to me more like a possible medical issue rather than a magickal one. One possibility that might be worth checking out is plantar fasciitis . But I would talk to a podiatrist or other doctor about this.

what happens when you throw four thieves vinegar in the ocean

A little background info on this one:

Four Thieves Vinegar (also called Marseilles Vinegar, Marseilles Remedy, Prophylactic Vinegar, Vinegar of the Four Thieves, camphorated acetic acid, Vinaigre des Quatre Voleurs, and Acetum Quator Furum is a concoction of vinegar (either from red wine, white wine, cider, or distilled white) infused with herbs, spices or garlic that was believed to protect users from the plague. The recipe for this vinegar has almost as many variations as its legend.

The usual story declares that a group of thieves during a European plague outbreak were robbing the dead or the sick. When they were caught, they offered to exchange their secret recipe, which had allowed them to commit the robberies without catching the disease, in exchange for leniency.

As for what happens if you throw some of it in the ocean, I have no idea.

why casting spells, you say mote it be

“So mote it be” is a ritual phrase used by Freemasons, in Rosicrucianism, and more recently by Neo-pagans. It means “so may it be”, or “so must it be”, and is often said at the end of a prayer or invocation in a similar way to “amen”. It appears at the end of the 14th century Halliwell or Regius Manuscript, the earliest known Masonic document.

how to remove the bad spelling, course from me magic spells

The irony here is killing me. LOL!

is it true that safron can block witch spells

I don’t know. I’ll try some experimentation on that and get back to ya. It’s great on rice though!

Well, I hope ya’ll enjoyed this one as much as I did. 🙂

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So, Yeah, Em’s Car Got Stolen

Stolen in the blink of an eye.

 Karma - Good OR Bad. Don't steal from others if you don't want things stolen from you.
Karma – Good OR Bad. Don’t steal from others if you don’t want things stolen from you.

She stopped by a friend’s house Friday after doing some shopping just for a moment to give her a belated Mother’s Day gift and say hi. She left her purse and her phone inside and locked the doors but left the keys in the ignition. Apparently the wrong opportunists saw her do it because a few minutes later her car and her belongings were gone.

Several phone calls and a police report later all of her cards, her phone and her I.D. as well as the car have all been reported stolen. No, insurance does not cover any of it. The car was paid for and only had liability coverage so it’s a total loss. As of this writing, the following Tuesday morning , we have had no news from the police and, frankly, I don’t expect to. It was a 2002 Expedition with a damaged right rear quarter panel and rear bumper. The car probably ended up in a chop shop somewhere and sold off for parts.

We were already in the market for a vehicle to replace my 20 year old F150 as a more economical option for getting to and from work on those days that aren’t motorcycle friendly. Now, instead, we will likely be searching for two cars and next year’s trip to Ireland is probably off the table as a result. But at least we have the means to replace what was stolen and Em is okay. In times like these it is important to put things into perspective and count your blessings. Even when times are bad and bad things happen there is always someone worse off than you are and besides, the car, like our home and other things of value to us, did have magickal protections on it.

This morning the old blue dragon who stands sentinel at our front property line was missing from his usual spot for only the second time that I have ever noticed in my 23 years living in that house. No doubt he’s out looking for something or someone. I am sure interesting times are ahead for the evil doers. But that doesn’t make me feel good about the whole thing. I really do wish people would learn to live in harmony and balance with one another and the world we share. Then perhaps our energies could be better put into constructive things to improve life for every living creature. Well, except for mosquitoes! Fuck mosquitoes! 😉

I still took Kyle camping over the weekend (speaking of mosquitoes) and to see the new Godzilla movie. He enjoyed both although he was so tired when we went to the movie that he fell asleep before the big monster fight scene. Poor little guy, I guess he’ll have to catch it on Netflix later.

 

Why Didn’t My Spell Work?

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Quite unintentionally the most popular page according to both Google Analytics and WordPress stats on Our Pantheons Way is one I basically threw together about a year ago as an afterthought. The Spells page is by far the most sought after, most asked about page here and I don’t even consider myself any great authority on spellcraft within the Pagan community to be honest. Well, that and Mom’s Homemade Super Laundry Sauce which was a reshare that also took on a life of it’s own. Haha! Oh, I use spells as many other Pagans do from time to time but it’s not like I devote an overwhelming amount of my time to learning about and developing my skills in magick.

Personally I am much more interested in things like folklore, herbology and history than I am in the workings of wyrd and bending or “wicking” things to my will. But I get asked occasionally why this spell or that spell didn’t work so I thought I might as well share some thoughts on that.

Now, to start with, the collection of spells that I threw onto the Spells page in no particular order are just a bunch that I have gathered from books, the internet, other practicioners, etc. and either have used personally with good effect or someone I know and trust has used them and recommended them to me. But what makes a spell work or not work?

Well, a lot of things it turns out and there are different schools of thought out there regarding what exactly magick is and how it works. Understand that what I am about to say here is from my perspective based on personal experience, books I have read and what I have learned from others. There is a very good possibility that others will disagree with me a great deal on some of these views. But here goes…

You know how in most Hollywood movies and fantasy books, etc. you have scenarios in which some uninitiated person, usually a teenager or maybe a little older, comes across some old book of arcane knowledge in a curio shop somewhere and reads a few lines out of it aloud and the next thing you know the wind is blowing, the sky clouds up and our adventurous reader suddenly has glowing eyes and can shoot lightning bolts out of their hands? Yeah, about that. You might as well put that image away. Real magick doesn’t come with a special effects team.

Essentially, a great many spells you will find are simply a focused form of prayer. Candles of a particular color, crystals which vibrate at particular frequencies, aromas from various incense varieties, all of those things are basically tools to help focus and direct energy. But many spells call upon some deity, multiple deities or another form of the kindred (gods, ancestors and nature spirits) to assist and intervene in a working. Now imagine a panhandler standing on a street corner asking strangers passing by for a handout. Some may, out of the goodness of their heart, give a little spare change to the destitute person seeking help. But a great many walk right on by, occupying themselves with their own troubles or tasks at hand.

Now, if you’re a god, goddess or other form of spirit do you imagine you are more likely to help a stranger you have never met or a person you see and hear from every day? The person who randomly grabs a spell and starts calling upon some deities with whom they have no prior relationship asking for help is much like the panhandler.

Some might help out of kindness or perhaps boredom, who knows? I don’t claim to fully understand the minds of the gods but I do believe in the concept of as above so below. Therefore I can wrap my head around the idea that the gods might be more likely to answer the appeals of someone who speaks to them on a regular basis, makes offerings and interacts with them through divination or other means. But a stranger who calls up out of the blue asking for help? Maybe or maybe not.

Also, there are of course many types of spells designed to accomplish many things. More often than not people seek out ones to change a life situation they are in. Whether it is more money, a better job, success in love or to make an enemy go away, these are the types of spells most sought out. But, if you subscribe to the theory, as I do, that our lives here on earth are essentially a form of school and we are here to learn lessons that will make our spirit grow, then perhaps the kindred don’t want to change your life situation yet because you have not yet learned the lesson you are supposed to take away from the situation.

Maybe money would make life easier but smooth seas never made a skillful sailor. Perhaps that enemy does make life unbearable in some ways but what if you are supposed to learn patience or ways to cope with difficult people or situations? Sometimes there simply are no shortcuts.

In Wicca, and perhaps in other pagan religions as well, we are taught a concept which is exemplified by the phrase to know, to dare, to will, to keep silent. Read the article at the link if you are unfamiliar with the concept but basically it is a time tested and honored formula for any magickal working to have a reasonable chance at success. Go over each piece. Did you know exactly what you were doing? Did you dare? Did you put a good amount of will, emotion and personal force behind it? Did you keep silent about it to allow it to work without being interfered with by outside energies, including your own, which might distract from the working?

If you can answer yes to all of that and you were working with kindred with whom you have a great deal of familiarity and your spell still didn’t work. Then my answer to why is a simple shrug of the shoulders and to say “I don’t know.” There are some things we simply aren’t yet ready to understand. Sorry.

Also worth having a look at is this video clip from the 1996 John Travolta film Phenomenon in which he sums up in a pretty nice way, I think, the way magickal energy works while explaining his character’s sudden telekinetic abilities. I thought this laid it out so well in fact that I used it as a reference to explain it to my kids once. Notice how the people just don’t want to listen as he tries to explain the interconnectedness of all things?

Phenomenon – we’re not so disconnected.:

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Wild Sky Tribal, Hoops and Poi At Groovy Goods

Wild Sky Tribal

The founder of this dance troupe, Heidi Wunder, is very much as her name suggests a wonder! She not only performs and teaches Tribal Belly Dance, but also does Henna and crafts custom items for dance and everyday use. She has a deep love of music, dance, nature, and of people.

Wild Sky Tribal Belly Dancers
Wild Sky Tribal Belly Dancers
American Tribal Bellydance
Wild Sky Tribal Belly Dancers
 Wild Sky Tribal Bellydance
Wild Sky Tribal Belly Dancers

 American Tribal Belly Dance

Hoop Dancing

Hoop Dance

 Hoop Dancer

Poi

Poi

Fire Spinning

Fire Spinner

Poi Fire Performance

The Health Benefits of Belly Dancing (Including Tribal)

Sheri Waldrop
Source: http://www.discoverbellydance.com/discoverbellydance/vol_3_no_1.htm

  • Raks Sharki, also called belly dance, is a form of dance that many are familiar with. But few understand the effects it has on the human body. The graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it. Unlike ballet, which can potentially alter and deform the skeleton, or other dance forms that work against rather than with the body’s physical inclinations, raks sharki is based on movements that come naturally to the female form. There is a wealth of health benefits awaiting those who practice this form of dance.
  • Improved posture and muscle toning
    Our spinal column contains more bones and ligaments than any other part of the body. Its 33 vertebrae are stacked together in a column joined together by cartilage and ligaments, and almost every movement of the torso depends upon its flexibility and function. Muscle groups that attach to the ligaments and vertebrae create movement in the trunk and pelvis areas. Raks sharki tones these muscles and maintains flexibility in a safe and effective manner.During the dance, the movements of hip drops, circles, figure eights, and shimmies put the joints and ligaments in the lower back and hip through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion. This movement helps increase the flow of synovial fluid (nature’s lubricant) in these joints. When movements are done properly, the pelvis is tipped forward, or tucked somewhat; a neutral position that can help prevent lower back problems. Raks sharki can help relieve stress to the back, counteracting the almost constant compression of the disks that occurs from sitting and a sedentary lifestyle.

    These toned muscles improve posture and help prevent back pain that can be caused by the unnatural curving forward of the spine that occurs when muscle groups are weak (lordosis). Small muscle groups deep in the back that are normally under-exercised are used and strengthened. The muscles surrounding the hip, the largest joint in the body, are used and exercised during hip drops, and figure eights, enhancing flexibility and suppleness. Improved hip flexibility can lead to improved balance when walking as well.

    Arms and Shoulders are exercised when doing lifts, circles, or the rippling motions of snake arms, toning muscle. This toning effect is often evident early on, since holding the arms aloft are an important element of the dance, even for beginners.

    Because a woman is on her feet, moving during the dance, it is considered a weight-bearing exercise. Weight-bearing exercise can prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones, and the overall toning can lead to an improved self-image, as the dancer becomes more balanced and poised. Raks sharki is considered a low-impact exercise, meaning the risk of injury is minimal when movements are done correctly. The benefits of belly dance can be enjoyed by women of all ages; men and children are participating in the dance as well, and reaping the same benefits.

  • Weight loss
    According to Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D., raks sharki can burn up to 300 calories per hour. This estimate will vary, of course, depending on the intensity of your dancing. Combined with a healthy diet that involves sensible eating, raks sharki can without a doubt be part of a sound weight loss program.Many dance classes take place only once or twice a week. For even better results and enhanced cardiovascular benefits, try combining the flexibility and muscle strengthening of raks sharki with an aerobic routine, such as swimming or bike riding, on the days you don’t have class. Your entire body will feel the benefits as the aerobic exercise works large muscle groups, and the dance enhances strength and coordination of small muscle groups in the trunk, hips, and arms. Also, many exercise physiologists recommend doing just such a routine: alternating one form of exercise with another, for maximum benefits.
  • Preparation for childbirth
    The movements of raks sharki make an excellent prenatal exercise regimen that strengthens the muscles used during the childbirth process. The toned abdominal muscles and natural hip tucks, which are similar to the “pelvic rocking” taught during prenatal classes, teach the expectant mother how to move her pelvis. For women who desire natural childbirth, this form of exercise through dance, with its emphasis on muscle control not only facilitates natural childbirth, but also makes an excellent post-natal exercise that helps encourage abdominal tone. During those first weeks after giving birth, when caution is needed while healing from the birth process, these movements work the muscles gently and effectively, if done very gradually.
  • Stress reduction
    In this day and age of almost continuous stress, the subtle rhythms of raks sharki and the traditional movements are calming. The repetitive movements of the dance and the concentration needed to do them can help a mind filled with daily stress to “let go” for a while and relax. It’s hard to worry about deadlines at work when you are thinking about getting that next drop just right, or while making sure that you are in time with the music.One effect of stress is that our bodies tense up, causing contractions or spasms in muscle groups, such as those in the neck, shoulders, or back. When a muscle is contracted, lactic acid builds up, causing the “soreness” or pain that occurs. Blood flow to the affected muscles decreases as well.

    Raks sharki, on the other hand, gently stretches and uses these vulnerable muscle groups, and as they are utilized, blood flow increases and lactic acid is flushed away. Stressed muscles relax as they are gently exercised, relieving the “clenched” muscles often seen in our society. The body becomes supple and limber, and practitioners frequently report that pain diminishes in the back and neck areas.

    Raks sharki is a fun, healthy way to exercise. It can be a creative outlet that conditions, tones, and allows a woman to tune into the natural movements of her body. It can refresh, relax, and/or exhilarate. So why wait? Find out where classes are held locally, or visit Bhuz.com to look up a class and join in this centuries old dance!

    Advisory: Many doctors have suggested belly dancing classes as part of rehabilitation from injury; it is, however, important to check with your own medical provider before starting any new form of exercise, especially if you are over 40, pregnant or have medical problems. Most injuries related to “overdoing” for the beginner can be avoided by warming the muscles first and by remembering to do some basic stretching afterward. Listen to your body’s signals. Raks sharki, or belly dance, is a wonderful and gentle way to begin to condition your body.

Sometimes, Protesting Can Be Fun!

Even if it seems that protests are never ending or if you feel they are all bought and paid for or if protesters should just shut up and get a job or if you can’t believe that you’re still having to protest the same shit; sometimes protesting can be fun and these people have found a humorous way to approach the subject or just to participate in the social expression. Please enjoy this collection of humorous images and share with your friends. Who knows, maybe they’ll decide to hoist a picket sign and join in on the fun.

You know things are messed up when librarians start marching.
You know things are messed up when librarians start marching.
Down with this sort of thing.
Down with this sort of thing.
Protest signs are an ineffectual means of communicating my nuanced views on a variety of issues that cannot be reduced to a simple pithy slogan.
Protest signs are an ineffectual means of communicating my nuanced views on a variety of issues that cannot be reduced to a simple pithy slogan.
I forgot what we are protesting. There's going to be beer right?
I forgot what we are protesting. There’s going to be beer right?
I can't believe I still have to protest this crap!!
I can’t believe I still have to protest this crap!!
Down with bad stuff!
Down with bad stuff!
Exactly! WTF???
Exactly! WTF??? A sign appropriate for many occasions.
Yeah, well. You know, that's just like, uh, your opinion man.
Yeah, well. You know, that’s just like, uh, your opinion man.

See more funny protest signs here.

The gods are my pals, I shall not sweat it! – Our Pantheons Way A Variety Blog From One Pagan Guy’s Perspective.

Honest Money Revisited

Honest Money? Pic By Jennifer Leonowitz
Honest Money? Pic By Jennifer Leonowitz

A few years back I wrote an article on an old blog of mine about the value of silver coins in the early 1960s and what they would still buy today and while listening to a back episode of The Survival Podcast that topic was revisited by Jack Spirko and I thought it would be good to revisit it here as well for those who are interested in such things.

In 1964 if you had a quarter (they were made of 90% real silver in those days) you could take it down to your local gas station and buy about 1 gallon of gasoline. If you had that same 1964 silver quarter today and took it down to a coin shop and sold it for its silver value you would have roughly enough to buy a gallon of gas today. That’s the value of honest money. Go to Shadow Government Statistics and look at the value of the U.S. Dollar in the past few years.  Now, they say the Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading near all time historic highs again but if you look at how far the dollar has declined since 2008 and compensate for that then is it really? In June of 2008 silver was trading at around $10 an ounce and gold was trading at about $800 per ounce and most of the “experts” were saying that price was too high and get out of the metals market. At the time of this episode of The Survival Podcast more than 2 years ago, silver was around $32 per ounce and gold was trading at around $1650 per ounce.

So what does that mean? Well if it takes more dollars to buy items than it used to we usually call that inflation right? So there has been a great deal of inflation in those metals which at one time represented real, honest to goodness money in recent years.  Jack went into a great deal more detail on this on his show and gave many more examples. I highly recommend listening to it and use the information to keep your wits about you in these times when they are getting ready to strike up the band and declare the economy has recovered. Do, use these times to strengthen your personal financial picture, keep an eye out for opportunities, etc. But don’t let yourself get caught in a debt trap trading years of your life in indentured servitude (i.e. consumer credit devices like credit cards) in exchange for sparkly expensive items that don’t add real value to your life or help you achieve real life, liberty and happiness. Never forget, it’s a big shell game so keep your eye on the pea.

 

Resources:

Episode 869 of The Survival Podcast – The Real State Of The Economy – Right Where I Said It Would Be In 2009

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Pagan Festival Camping – A Guideline

Camping at a Pagan festival is different from camping at state park or other public venues. There are some basic rules to follow so everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

First and foremost is that showing skin is not giving consent. Most Pagan festivals are clothing optional. Even if the one you attend is not, some attendees might dress in ways that show more skin than you’d normally see in more mundane settings. By no means should this be construed to indicate they want sexual attention nor is it an invitation for physical contact. Staring or making comments about their appearance are also not appropriate. A lot of Pagans have relaxed attitudes about the human body and are comfortable in their own skin or at least not offended by the bodies of others. It is a way to attune to nature for some; a way to better feel the surrounding energies for others. Whatever the reasons, it is not appropriate to assume sexual advances are welcome.

camping altar

Ask before you touch anyone or anything you aren’t familiar with. This goes for another person’s body, their jewelry or their personal items. Some people set up altars in their camp, and they also may have other interesting things on display. There may be moments that you want to hug a person or pick up a child. Or, you may see intriguing items for sale by a vendor. Please keep in mind, if it isn’t yours or your body, ask before you touch.

Sunrise over the campsite.

CAMPING CHECKLIST – (Items you might want to bring along) (Lifted from C.M.A. then modified)

Camping Stuff

  • Tarp (to put under tent) (Trust me, it helps as a moisture and cold barrier as well as keeps pointy sticks and rocks from making for an uncomfortable tent floor. Some rugs might be nice too.
  • Tent, tent stakes, extra tent stakes
  • Air Mattress & air pump
  • Cook Stove
  • Propane
  • Lamps
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Camp chairs (Please bring your own. Don’t steal someone else’s.)
  • Coolers & ice
  • Large umbrellas, coverings, golf umbrellas, etc.
  • Ant killer, bug spray, citronella candles (cinnamon makes an effective barrier against ants. Spiders hate peppermint oil and diatomaceous earth is also useful against many types of bugs.)
  • Duct tape
  • Hammer/Rubber mallet
  • Rake
  • Rope

Mists over the water.

 

Bath Items

Soap – bath, face, etc.
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Hair care products
Towels
Tissue paper and backup toilet paper
Deodorant Perfumes/Oils (nothing floral, or you attract insects)
Sunblock/sunscreen Qtips, cotton balls, etc.
Mirror, makeup, and other such things
Menstrual items
Allergy Meds, baking soda, meat tenderizer Vitamins & herbs & meds (especially any allergy meds)

Bedding

Sheets, blankets & comforters
Sleeping Bags or air beds
Pillows

Clothes

Jewelry, glitter & other shineys
Sarongs, dance clothes, costumes, etc.
Sweaters & Coats
Mundanewear – pants, shirts, dresses, etc.
Socks (bring extra)
Sandals, Boots & Shower Shoes
Hats, bandanas & other head coverage
Thermal undies (for those cold nights)

Cooking

Hand Sanitizer, soap, dish soap
Wash cloths/sponges and drying towels
Knives & Cutting Board
Food – canned, precooked, raw, etc.
Pots, skillets, etc.
Spatulas, ladles, etc.
Plates, bowls, spoons, forks, knives
Water (both distilled & drinking)
Other beverages – coffee, tea, alcohol, juice
Chocolate, snacks, sandwich stuff, fruits

Miscellaneous

Altar & other ritual supplies
Smokers – cigarettes, lighters and butt cans
Alarm Clock
Purses, pouches, etc.
Trash Bags
Extra Contacts & Glasses
Business Cards, Notepads & Pens
Games, musical instruments, books
Cash, checks, credit/debit cards, wallet, purses
Mobile phones and charger
Children’s toys and games

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Try These Easy Wiccan Quarter Calls

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Oh the boss
Of the black house
Is a tall skinny guy in a long black cape
And he smiles
On the black house
With a skeletal grim of his white skull face – Omnia

By popular demand, another article some have asked for…

In Wicca, invoking the elements is part of casting your circle and is a means to summon the power of the elements of air, fire water and earth to witness your rite and guard the circle.
They are usually called starting in the East, the place of Air and new beginnings with arms outstretched and hands open. After calling in air you then turn deosil (clockwise) to the South and call the element of Fire, then West for Water and finally North to call Earth.

The traditional Wiccan way of calling the quarters, which you will see in many books on Gardenarian, Alexandrian and other British Traditional Wicca goes like this:

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Lords of Air; we do summon call and stir you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Lords of Fire; we do summon call and stir you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Lords of Water; we do summon call and stir you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle
Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Lords of Earth; we do summon call and stir you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle

Then at the end of the ritual, to bid farewell to the elements you might say this:

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Lords of Earth; we thank you for attending our rite; and ere you depart to your fair and lovely realms, we bid thee Hail and Farewell.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Lords of Water; we thank you for attending our rite; and ere you depart to your fair and lovely realms, we bid thee Hail and Farewell.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Lords of Fire; we thank you for attending our rite; and ere you depart to your fair and lovely realms, we bid thee Hail and Farewell.

Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Lords of Air; we thank you for attending our rite; and ere you depart to your fair and lovely realms, we bid thee Hail and Farewell.

  • However, many find the traditional Wiccan quarter calls a bit too summony and not enough invitee so many have come up with some really lovely quarter calls which you can use as alternates if you like. I’ll share some I kind of like below:

Call:

Powers of Air, we call to you and invite you to join us in this rite, to share your qualities with us; In Love and Truth, we bid you Hail and Welcome!
Powers of Fire, we call to you and invite you to join us in this rite, to share your qualities with us; In Love and Truth, we bid you Hail and Welcome!
Powers of Water, we call to you and invite you to join us in this rite, to share your qualities with us; In Love and Truth, we bid you Hail and Welcome!
Powers of Earth, we call to you and invite you to join us in this rite, to share your qualities with us; In Love and Truth, we bid you Hail and Welcome!

Depart:

Powers of Earth, we thank you for joining us and sharing your qualities with us in this rite, and with love and joy and thanks we bid you Hail and Farewell.
Powers of Water, we thank you for joining us and sharing your qualities with us in this rite, and with love and joy and thanks we bid you Hail and Farewell.
Powers of Fire, we thank you for joining us and sharing your qualities with us in this rite, and with love and joy and thanks we bid you Hail and Farewell.
Powers of Air, we thank you for joining us and sharing your qualities with us in this rite, and with love and joy and thanks we bid you Hail and Farewell.

Source: http://wiccalessons.wordpress.com/tag/calling-the-quarters/

As part of my first degree work with a Wiccan Coven I once studied with I was required to write my own quarter calls both in non-rhyming and in rhyming style. Here are the ones I came up with:

Non-Rhyming Wiccan Quarter Calls.

“Hail to the Guardians of the East, Powers of Air!
We ask thee for your light breeze and life giving breath.
Come witness our rite and lend us your energies. Blessed Be!

Hail to the Guardians of the South, Powers of Fire!
We ask thee for your heat, passion and love.
Come witness our rite and lend us your energies. So Mote It Be!

Hail to the Guardians of the West, Powers of Water!
We ask thee for your tranquil depth and fluid emotions.
Come witness our rite and lend us your energies. Blessed Be!

Hail to the Guardians of the North, Powers of Earth!
We ask thee for your strength and stony stability.
Come witness our rite and lend us your energies. So Mote It Be!

Depart:

Guardians of the north, element of earth,
We thank you for your presence at our blessed rite,
Stay if you will, go if you must, harming none in thy path,
We bid you hail and farewell!

Guardians of the west, element of water,
We thank you for your presence at our blessed rite,
Stay if you will, go if you must, harming none in thy path,
We bid you hail and farewell!

Guardians of the south, element of fire,
We thank you for your presence at our blessed rite,
Stay if you will, go if you must, harming none in thy path,
We bid you hail and farewell!

Guardians of the east, element of air,
We thank you for your presence at our blessed rite,
Stay if you will, go if you must, harming none in thy path,
We bid you hail and farewell!

Rhyming Wiccan Quarter Calls

Hail to the Element of the East and Air
Come witness out rite and join our prayer.
To guard this circle we call on thee.
Welcome Air and blessed be.

Hail to the Element of the South and Fire
Of love and passion and desire.
To Guard this circle we call on thee.
Welcome Fire and blessed be.

Hail to the Element of Water in the West
From whose deep realms the waves doth crest
To Guard this circle we call on thee.
Welcome Water and blessed be.

Hail to the Spirit of the North and Earth
From whence mountains and stones and trees give birth
To Guard this circle we call on thee.
Welcome Earth and blessed be.

Depart:

Guardians of the north, element of earth,
We thank you for your presence at our rite and our hearth,
Stay with us or go as it pleases thee.
Harming none, farewell and blessed be!

Element of water, guardians of the west
We thank you for your presence with zeal and zest,
Stay with us or go as it pleases thee.
Harming none, farewell and blessed be!

Guardians of the south, element of fire,
We thank you with fondness and desire,
Stay with us or go as it pleases thee.
Harming none, farewell and blessed be!

Guardians of the east, element of air,
We thank you for your presence at this blessed lair,
Stay with us or go as it pleases thee.
Harming none, farewell and blessed be!


As I find or create more easy Wiccan quarter calls I will probably continue adding them to the bottom of this post so you might want to bookmark it to refer back to later in case you crave more quarter calling goodness. 😉 If anyone else has some they would like to share, please comment below.

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