Viral chant

Been some light blogging of late. I have been one busy Al. New baby and trying to keep up with the regular stuff is spreading me pretty thin…. hmmmm like too little butter on toast 😛 Not even much hunting sad to say.

Here is a short practical bit. This is a Pow Wow I did. Nothing wrong with the originals, just a bit too Christian for me.

For warts and other skin ailments.

(Making the Solar Cross over the region)

By the frigid cold of the Northern Glaciers and the blistering heat of our Mothers core.

Warts, I tear thee out by thy root, I tear the out by thy root from this (wo)man, I tear the out by thy root from this (wo)man : ___Proper Name___.

Leave her/his skin whole and unblemished.

By the Maiden, Mother, and Crone, I tear thee out!

I tear thee out by the Maiden, Mother, and Crone!

By the Maiden, Mother, and Crone, you are torn away! So mote it be!

Repeat stanza with the command, “I abjure thee” , and then “I exorcise thee”

Repeat appropriately at the traditional times. Using a bean, potatoe, or red thread with the Pow Wow may enhance effecacy, but is not required.

Lettuce Prey

As I leave the house at an ungodly hour, it is refreshing to feel the chill kiss of the coming Autumn in the air. We stand in the season of harvest, and the hunting season is about to begin. That always puts me in a philosophical mood! As such, let us let the stream of consciousness flow.

I have an acquaintance who has recently gone vegan, in his case solely for the experience, but some choose to avoid animal products based on moral reasons. Now, I am not one to be critical of another’s religion, my own being in the minority, but I have to take exception to the attempt to paint dietary choices an ethical light.

Being omnivores, we only persist from one day to the next by consuming other life forms. Whether plant or animal, only by killing and eating others do we draw breath! Now in our modern refrigerated society the vast majority of the population is divorced from the death we deal every day. Our meat is separated from the big brown eyes, and furry skins that mother nature packaged it in and is substituted with Styrofoam and saran wrap. That separation from the slaughter our meals requires all to often takes our minds away from that stark fact.

For my vegitarian friends, the half cow, pig, 25 chickens, and 40 fish my life costs every year is small death in comparison to the generational genocide consuming piles of fetal bean plants, handfuls of rice babies, and boxes of alphalfa seedlings at each meal.

I would encourage you all to be mindful of the creatures great and small, green and fuzzy that fall to allow each of us to persist. Thank them for their sacrifice and the gift they offer. Take a moment before you toss the steak on the grill, or that ear of corn in the boiling water to consider what has happened to bring that nourishment to the table, and then relish it! Relish your position as the alpha  land predator for that is how you were made!

For those willing to take the next step, I encourage you to hunt for food this fall. It is a heart wrenching emotional experience to embrace your Nature and defer the second hand killer shroud that we all wear for the majority of the year. Get some blood on your hands. Work for your food and take the responsibility to bring your meat from the field to the table. I have to say in light of my experience, hunting is not just an activity, it is an act of worship. Participating in the circle of life is tremendously more moral than the circle of groceries.

So in the coming months my Brethren, encourage the Wolf within you. Stalk the food our Loving Mother has placed in the wild for our benefit. Pass the hot sauce, and Lettuce Prey!

Active Meditation- An Exercise exercise!

My intent with this post is to offer a meditation on the elements, but more importantly to show a method to incorporate magical living into the daily grind. I expect most readers find the 24 hours we are alotted in a day are insufficient to do everything we would like and so the less pressing activities may suffer. I have little time to spent 30+ minutes in quiet meditation though the traditional quiet time is a productive method. Likewise, I truly dislike repetative aerobic activity and every minute seems to last an eternity. So why not combine the two!!!

Caution! I only recommend this technique on safe exercise equiptment where the user is not likely to fall off, trip or otherwise hurt themselves with a wandering mind. I use an eliptical.

As you begin the goal is to achieve an alpha state and become aware of your bodies rhythm. Feel the pace of your legs churning. Superimpose an awareness of your pulse as your muscles warm up. As you feel comfortable with those two cycles, add an awareness of your breathing. Pay attention to how those three interact as your body warms up.

Once the achiness and stiffness are gone, envision a flower bud-I like a lotus over the solar plexus. As your heartbeat and breathing settle down visualize the bud blooming as new ideas and connections may be given form by your meditation. By now, 5-8 minutes into your workout your mind should be in an alpha state.

First,I like to visualize the elements in a circle overlaid on the body, North/Earth at the head, at the left arm, East/Air, the sacral chakra is South/Fire, and the right arm West/water.  Spend a few seconds traveling that circle acknowledging the elements within your body. Bone/North, Breath/East, Body heat/South, Sweat/West. Identify the elements within your physical body.

Second, awaken and empower those elemental centers, each in turn. You may call the Watch Towers, or other elemental symbols to, “be with me through this workout. Enhance my health. Awaken my mind, and give me insight through this exercise (pun intended!).

The third time you circle the elements, address each in turn. Consider its influence in your life. Is it overwhelming you or lacking in your daily activities. Once you have taken some time to consider how each element effects your outlook and its place in your life, consider how the opposite elements interact with each other, enhance each other, complement each other.

Air and Water. The knife edge of the horizen where the sky meets the sea. Intermixed in white water down a raging river. The lungs where oxygen transpires into the blood.

Fire and Earth. Magma within the breast of our Mother. Forged iron in the Athame. Where muscle bonds with bone.

Then let your mind pass on to the adjacent elements and there interactions.

Earth and Air: Wind blowing through caves

Air and Fire: A bellows feeding a fire to ever greated temperatures

Fire and Water: The sweat frantically trying to cool your burning body ( you better be burning up by now 🙂  ).

Water and Earth: The cell and ion filled fluid called blood that permiates your body.

After exploring the elements and their interactions, and presence in your life, you may find you are lacking in one or another. Are you pulled by the events in your life instead of directing them, deficient in Earth. Do you wander through life unaware, deficient in Air. Are you lethargic, deficient in Fire. Is life stale and boring, deficient in Water.

Like wise are you overwhelmed by an Element? Do you find it hard to initiate new projects, stuck in Earth. Are you distracted by information from every side, overwhemed by Air. Are you frantic and stressed out, dominated by Fire, or emotionally labile, drowning in Water?

Acknowledge imbalaces in the Elemental Circle you have superimposed over your body.

Ask the Elements you need in your life to enter into you and enhance your body, mind and spirit.

When I get to the end of the workout, I find a benediction is a great way to finish the exercise. Along the lines of ….. “Living Earth, Be with me Supporting my Steps. Living Air, Be with me Fueling my Purpose, Living Fire, Transform Me, Living Water, Quench my Thirst!

Addendum: I find that concentrating on the bodies rhythm in the beginning of the Exercise exercise is a wonderful doorway to self hypnosis. I like to add a post hypnotic suggestion to this activity to get all the benefit I can.

Well there it is, nothing wrong with quiet meditation, but for me the active body/mind meditation is so much more powerful I heartily recommend trying it!