A traditional path in a modern world

2020. augusztus 01. 23:41 - Amanda Spruce

Offering or sacrifice?

I hear these two phrases very often and it’s known that most of us doesn’t know about what is the difference between them.

Dr. Crow wrote in his book (1), but those followers of mine who don’t speak Hungarian cannot read it. Therefore, with my own words, leaning on his book I will show what is offering about and what is sacrifice about.

Both of them means that we are giving something to that spirit, animal, plant or else, from who we are asking something. In both case we are doing it freely. But, while we are giving some nice but unnecessary thing to he spirit at offering; and we are giving something which makes us discomfort at sacrificing.

For example: if we are carving a small sculpture to a piece of a branch and give to a spirit, bury under a tree because this dead matter is biodegradable and the micro-organisms in the dirt make it into useful components; it is an offering. BUT! Sacrifice is when we give food (more than two carrots… all of the non-eaten food during fasting would be given to the wild ones), or blood sacrificing.

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In both cases we should take care of:

-Do not give any plastic, glass or anything else what is not biodegradable! They do not need these.

-Offer nonprocessed food, fruits, veggies, or meat, liver for the carnivores.

-Do not offer cakes, biscuits, chocolate or anything that contains sugar. Do not offer salty things, like salty seeds or salty bacon.

-Be careful with milk! The milk you can buy in stores are processed, but do not pour undiluted, so the wine and beer - these are harmful for the plants. If you want to offer milk, then mix it with water in proportion as 1:4.

-We can offer water, but not after a raining day.

-The most beautiful offering is when we help to them. Just collect the trash, carry out of the woods, and do not throw it into the dumpster in the woods - these are emptied rarely, that’s why we recommend to carry home the trash we brought along.

-Be careful with fasting. It’s not recommended for those who suffer in diabetes, have diseases in their digestive system, during pregnancy and childhood.

 

(1) Dr. Crow: Untamed witchcraft - original title:: Hollódoktor: Szelídítetlen boszorkányság

Hungarian version HERE.

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2020. június 20. 21:09 - Amanda Spruce

Litha

One of the eight holidays of the Wiccan religion. The festive is global, but the name Litha is Wiccan. The festive is called Midsummer, Summer solstice, Alban Heirun, Vestalia, Ukkon Juhla, Witsuntide in other countries.

The festive is planned at the day when the sunny hours were the most, and the nights were the shortest. Our ancestors were celebrating with dancing, lighting bonfires and feast. In some communities were holding weddings this day. Finnish people were offering their biggest bonfire to the god Ukko, and the name of the holiday “Ukkon Juhla” comes from this rule. In other countries people were dancing around the fields with burning torch to achieve prolifical harvest.

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The Christian Saint John’s Eve is almost the same feast day. This is a Christian feast day, based on the birthday of Saint John the Baptist, symbolizing the victory of the light against the darkness. This feast day is 3 days after Midsummer. 

We can celebrate even though we cannot light bonfires. (Do it, if you can!) Light a candle and meditate as you watch the flames dancing. If you cannot light candles (see previous post), just lie to the sunlight and enjoy the power, the warmth of the sun rays. Watch the sunrise or the sunset. Wear red, orange or yellow clothes, collect herbs, or if you need to hide in shadows badly, just invite your family or friends to a garden party. Light fire for barbecue and throw some rose petals, lavender, sage, jasmine or pine needles in the fire.

The festive meal can be fresh veggies and fruits, salad dishes, hot and spicy meals, ice cream, red wine, beer or mead, and meals and sweets with honey.

You can start learning something new, for example new hobbies, new sports, new language learning etc.

 

Hungarian version HERE.

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2020. június 12. 20:29 - Amanda Spruce

What if I cannot burn candles?

We were talking in a topic about a girl who could not use candles and incense during her magical work because the owner of her new apartment did not allow it. She asked us desperately about her possibilities.

I know this feeling because I cannot use incense now. On the one part because of my husband, he doesn’t like incense, on the other hand our fire alarm system can send alerting to the fire station and I do not want an unnecessary trip to the firemen. Candles are different, the smoke of the candle is not exactly a smoke. It is vaporing wax and it doesn’t turn on the fire alarms.

Incense can be replaced with putting volatile oils into the vaporizer, but in that case where candles are not allowed that’s not a good choice. What should we do then?

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Fire element can be symbolized otherwise. We can symbolize it with matches, dagger, knife and sword. Crystals can symbolize fire too, choose red jasper, carnelian, fire opal and pyrite. If we want to symbolize it with plants, just use alder, gas plant (Dictamnus), scarlet firethorn, garlic, nettle, hibiscus, rose, red poppy or hot pepper or if we can get cocoa beans we can use them as well. We can use any tropical plant to represent fire. I like to eat hot pepper and do the magical work during meditation. 

If you do not have any of these, turn south and sit to a place where the sun rays warm your skin and meditate. Visualize the candlelight and do your magical work.

To substitute the incense use volatile oils, not only in the vaporizer, just scrub a drop of the oil under your nose - be careful, some oils can irritate your skin, especially cinnamon. You can use cinnamon oil, garlic oil, rose oil, calendula oil or frankincense oil.

If you just NEED the fire, for example burn something then just go out and find a place outdoors where no one can disturb you during the ritual. Maybe you will search this place for a long time but it will worth it.

Hungarian version HERE.

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2020. május 24. 22:18 - Amanda Spruce

Protection oil

This mixture must be used carefully because the cinnamon oil in it can cause skin irritation. If you want to use on skin you should mix it in almond oil or other vegetable oil (linseed oil, pumpkin seed oil etc).

  • 4 drops of peppermint oil
  • 1 drop of eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops of cinnamon oil

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Hungarian version HERE.

 

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2020. május 03. 08:47 - Amanda Spruce

Beltane

A beautiful holiday was there in the last days. Several traditions celebrate Beltane or similar feast day. Similar days are for example the German Walpurgis or the Calan Mai in Wales.

Beltane represents the first day of summer. Itt welcomes fertility and joy, like Ostara but more active. Beltane is a fire festival; almost all traditions celebrate it with fire, they light bonfires, cast fire spells, and pray for the fire. Fire protects from illnesses, it “burns out” the diseases and clean the soul.

The herd of the domestic animals were lead between two bonfires in Ireland to clean them. Many countries were branding the animals in this time. Witch puppets made of straw and tatter were thrown into the fire in Czech to gain protection against cursing. Almost all countries were offering food and wine to their Gods and Goddesses.

What should we do: set up maypole, even from remains of the Yule-tree; bake loaf; celebrate fertility rites; blessings; cleaning with broom; set bonfire; jumping fires and fire dance.

Some of us have difficulty with setting bonfires in these modern times, even if they have a garden. If we need to covert our beliefs, just hold a garden party with barbecue (in these quarantine times just with our household members) or light a fancy, ornated candle. While it is a fertility day, we could dedicate the love-making for our worshipped deities. Take a cleansing bath with lots of candles or floating candles in the bathtub. Fill a bowl with flowers and ribbon. Set up a wind chime to the window.

Of course, if you are allowed to celebrate without restrictions, just do it. This period is good for finding familiars.

For Hungarian click HERE.

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2020. április 21. 07:27 - Amanda Spruce

Collecting herbs - from a herbalist’s sight

Every plant has its own active substance - it has been proven by science, no need to debate that. We are collecting herbs because of these active substances, and we are using them for healing, curing illness, others for quickening, and to attain other effects.

However, when we take care of the plant itself, we should follow these advices below.

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A herbalist thinks about a plant as an autonomous living being. The herbalist collects herbs only when he/she needs it; he/she does not pick it off because “keeping some of this at home”. It follows that he/she picks just as much as he/she really needs for that magic work he/she wants to perform. Herbalists take care about the plant and they do not damage unnecessarily the plant, do not destroy it and do not loot it.

Herbalists always ask the plant if they could use it for their magic work. They mostly do it in trance. If the plant is a bigger one, for example a tree, they can sit under it and meditate. They bring some propitiation to them - and as they do, they take notice of giving propitiations the plant can use, for example water, milk, euthropic compost or carved wooden sticks - nowise plastic stuff and junk. They do it for appealing the plant’s soul to help in their work.

Herbalists collect plants with respect. Most of them are using a knife or scissors reserved specially for this purpose. They handle the herbs with care until the use. Those vegetal parts which are not used gets returned to the nature, sometimes to the parent plant itself to help returning to the natural cycle.

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Hungarian version HERE.

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2020. április 13. 09:53 - Amanda Spruce

Herbalism

Most of us think that this word means only healing diseases, but herbalism is not only about that.

The word herbalism means “art of plants”. Herbalists are botanizing, they are using plants everyday. Plans can not only cure but they can poison the user too. A good herbalist knows the (mostly not so clear) border between curing and poisoning.

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The old herb womens everyday practice contained the “flying unguent” which is a paste made of psychotic herbs. These herbs were able to induce toxication in small dose - the signs of this toxication were hallucinations and other physical symptoms. The recipe of the “flying unguent” was well-kept of course. There are a lot of recipes on the internet but do not attempt them; these are not trustworthy and they are not safe at all.

Other herbs can cause death in very small amount. Do not use these in your craft; use safer herbs which has similar effect instead.

Hungarian HERE.

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A traditional path in a modern world