Weekly Spell Corner VThis entry was requested to be entered by dA-pagans member asleeplikewolves, she wished to put forward, one of the more controversial topics of sacrifice. Since this is a very eclectic group and there are members from many different paths here, I figured it might be healthy to get a good discussion going about it.
"Sacrifices vs. Offerings
As a public Pagan, I've seen offerings of all kinds freely and happily given. Gathered through a decade of personal study and experience with many public groups, the characteristics of offerings are:
gifts given to a variety of entities, from land spirits to the Elements, the Fae, or the Ancestors
usually in the form of food and drink, but can include poetry, music, or crafts
can also be organic items like flowers, seeds, tobacco, etc.
the act of giving is a carefree, light-hearted one, usually carried at the close of a ritual
What I very rarely see, or even hear talk of, is the practice of
Pagan Resource Guide: Vlogs & YouTubePagan Resource Guide: Vlogs & YouTube3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Below are some vlogs or YouTube channels that have been suggested by our admins and members that you may find handy in your journey.
Vlogs / Youtube
Witchcraft and Me - silverwoodprincess' Youtube Vlog on Witchcraft
The Pagan Voice - A weekly news magazine that brings a variety of news and information from a Pagan perspective.
NYX KOSMOKRATOR (greek/french/english)ΚοσμοκρατόρισσαNYX KOSMOKRATOR (greek/french/english)2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Ονειρεύομαι πως βλέπω, επιτέλους
να σκεπάζει την Ελλάδα
τα λευκά κύματα της ακτής
κεντημένα με φεγγάρι
και το γαλανόλευκο του πάγου
Με πυρσούς Αιθέρα
στα τρυφερά σου
Daily Prayer to NyxO, Mistress of the Night, I ask you hear my prayerDaily Prayer to Nyx2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
From all the way up there.
I ask you grant me the patience, kindness, and will
To assist others, even those who bid me ill.
I seek your guidance and strength
For eternal is its length.
But most of all,
I seek your mercy
And grace me the fortune
Of your daily love and blessing.
Draw a Corset : Win a Corset (or vest) Contest!Welcome to official Draw a Corset : Win a Corset (or vest) Contest!Draw a Corset : Win a Corset (or vest) Contest!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
About the contest:
Sean and I have decided to host a contest where you, the artists, will take one of our photographs (listed below) and create your own drawing, painting, or vector inspired by our vests, corsets, and dresses. The cool thing about this contest is that nobody loses -- just for entering this contest, you will get featured for your efforts and given a special discount in my shop (more explained below)! If you win, you will receive a custom corset and bracers or vest and tie/bow-tie made to fit your body and designed by me. If you need examples of what I make, check below! All but a few pieces of clothing below were designed by me.
-Corset and bracers set or vest and tie/bow-tie set custom designed to fit your body. Your choice of cloth from my vast collections for the creation of the piece. This is about $400
Pagan Resource Guide: Blogs & WebsitesPagan Resource Guide: Blogs & Websites3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Below are some blogs and websites that have been suggested by our admins and members that you may find handy in your journey.
The Wild Hunt: The Wild Hunt blog focuses on news and events in the modern Pagan community.
The Pagan Newswire Collective
The Witches' Voice
The Patheos Pagan Portal
The Wiccan Dictionary.Welcome To The Wiccan Dictionary.The Wiccan Dictionary.2 years ago in Other More Like This
All credits go to One Spirit.
Abracadabra- A word from the Jewish mystical tradition of Qabala. Its root is the name of the Gnostic deity Abraxas, meaning "hurt me not". It is said to possess magickal powers, especially of protection from illness.
Adept- An individual who through serious study and accomplishments is highly prficient in a praticluar magickal way.
Aeromancy- Divination by the stars.
Aisling- Ireland: Dream or Vision. In the many Irish tales having this title, the person who dreams sees a speir-bhean or vision-woman from the Otherworlds, pronounced "ash-leen".
Aka- The cord between the astral body and the physical body, most likely this concept is derived from the biblical reference to a "silver cord" connected the body and the soul.
Akasha- The fifth element of magick and the occult, this is the spiritual ether, often called the
Elemental AwakeningSome long dormant instinctElemental Awakening3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Tells me I must go
Suddenly my senses synced
Like a memory from long ago
In the forest I am strong
As I race the wind
Then I hear a song
Something told me to follow the rivers flow
My spirit fierce as fire
My fears only a faint echo
To find this music my only desire
As I reach a glade
I see a woman before me
Her face obscured by the oak trees shade
I was unable to see her clearly
She beckons me forward
And something catches my eye as I near
And my step faltered
She asks me something but I don't hear
For I can't take my eyes
From the warrior next to her
She realizes this and sighs
And he comes silent as a whisper
As I see them standing there together
I realize who they are
As if it were written and the man's armor
My lord and lady, perhaps my savior
SamhainThere are four traditional Gaelic seasonal festivals involving great feasts, bonfires, and dancing: Samhain (Feast of the Dead), Imbolc (Day of Cailleach), Beltane (Fertility Festival), and Lughnasadh (Feast of Lugh). Samhain is a Celtic Pagan Fire Festival of the Dead signifying the last harvest of the year before winter and is the time when twin bonfires are lit, and animals and people pass between them in a cleansing ritual and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into the flames, as well as the day when the last livestock to be taken is killed and prepared, the last foods from the fields are brought in, and a feast is held, leaving a place set for the ancestors to join the living. In addition, all the hearth fires are put out and a flame is taken from a central bonfire to light the hearth fires as a symbol of renewal and casting away the old. Many traditions are observed on this day, from the carving of small squashes and turnipsSamhain2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A Few Words About Pagan Hostility(Cross posted to my Personal Journal.)A Few Words About Pagan Hostility1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I have been poking at various Pagan and Wiccan books over the years that I am guided to pick up and read (one's Spirit Guides and Spiritual Instincts can be so helpful in this capacity) and in reading them, I take serious consideration of the words written in them and do much meditation and conference with my Spirit Guides, as well as cross referencing to find the truth, or rather what feels right and true. However, as I was reading one book I picked up recently, I found an odd term that I thought I would research, wondering at the meaning and use of it. That is when I found out about a very disturbing trend among the Pagan community - Hate Mongering against other Pagans for their views on Paganism and especially Wiccanism.
The term I came across was "Fluffy Bunny" Pagans. In doing some research, I also found the term "Hardcore" Pagans
Weekly Spell Corner VII know I know, it's been 10 days, I'm slacking, but my internet got cut off and another bunch of crazy stuff and excuses I'm sure none of you are interested in... So! On with this weeks (very belated) Spell Corner!Weekly Spell Corner VI2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As we all know, it's Mabon next week, or Ostara for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, but I know there are other members with journals on Lore and such, so I'll leave those specifics to them. However, this time of year is great for spells centered around balancing and cleansing. Washing out the old, and welcoming the new, in preparation for Samhain, with the concentration on Life, Death and Rebirth.
To Banish Negative Energy
River stones and an Earthen bowl of water are used in this ritual. Its purpose is to deflect negativity.
Fill the bowl nearly full of river stones, then fill the bowl with water. The chant used here is:
"Bowl of reflection stones of protection
may the reason of my harm feel the power of this charm
Sisters three come work for
Monthly Challenge: NovemberGroup Challenge: November in BlackMonthly Challenge: November3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a "Challenge" -- a short, 1 month long, art prompt.
This month's challenge is -- create something in Black theme!
1. Deviation must be mostly the color Black (60%-70%). Your challenge is to create a beautiful piece of artwork limiting yourself to using MOSTLY only the color Black. Any other colors may be used, but can not be more than 30%-40% of the piece.
*disclaimer; Due to this month's color, admins may decline submission if it is apparent that little to no work was put into creating the submission. Grays will not be accepted. Artwork must use a black art medium.
We intend for you to use the color Black creatively, not liberally.
2. Submissions must be new artwork, finished & posted between November 1-30, 2012 ONLY.
3. Must say it is for Traditional-Art-Only's Group Challenge "Black" in the comments, with a link to t
*October 31stSamhain (Beltaine for the Southern Hemisphere), Halloween, Allantide, All Hallows Eve, All Saint's Eve, Feast Day, Reformation Day, whatever you celebrate, I offer a happy holiday to all.*October 31st2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are four traditional Gaelic seasonal festivals involving great feasts, bonfires, and dancing: Samhain (Feast of the Dead), Imbolc (Day of Cailleach), Beltane (Fertility Festival), and Lughnasadh (Feast of Lugh). Samhain is a Celtic Pagan Fire Festival of the Dead signifying the last harvest of the year before winter and is the time when twin bonfires are lit, and animals and people pass between them in a cleansing ritual and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into the flames, as well as the day when the last livestock to be taken is killed and prepared, the last foods from the fields are brought in, and a feast is held, leaving a place set for the ancestors to join the living. In addition, all the hearth fires are put out and a flame is taken from a central bonfire to light the hear
Yuletide Spirit Contest - CLOSED - Vote Now!VOTING IS NOW OPEN!Yuletide Spirit Contest - CLOSED - Vote Now!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Voting for the visual category will be split into 2 different groups in order of submission - Group A and Group B. Two separate polls will be going on, and the top 6 of those two will be the finalists for the Visual category! Since there were quite a few visual entries, I'll be extending the final voting period to the 3rd of January, 2013. The final voting for the Visual Entries will begin on the 31st.
I hope that's not too confusing. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
WRITTEN CATEGORY VOTING:
Written Category Group -- CLICK HERE TO VOTE!
VISUAL CATEGORY VOTING:
Group A Poll -- CLICK HERE TO VOTE!
Group B Poll
Thou shalt not commit logical fallaciesA logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Learn about all 24 logical fallacies at
thou shalt not commit logical fallacies
What YOU Can DoWhat is something that anti-choicers are notorious for? Something that can help our cause as well, if utilized correctly? Posters and Pamphlets of course! I'm sure each and every one of us is all too aware of anti-choicers abuse of this method - plastering manipulative, inaccurate, and out right terrifying images paired with ridiculous and offensive slogans all over for the public eye to see.What YOU Can Do2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well, we don't want to do that. Let's not scare the children and the elderly, here - but they do have the right idea. Do you think all of these abominable laws would get passed if they sat there in their homes and whispered "I don't like this" to one another? Just think about it, spreading the word (even if 'the word' happens to be a poorly photoshopped lie) works. Look at the KONY 2012 scam, for example, it became huge - because you couldn't bat an eye without a poster showing up.
So I say it's time we get with the times and get out there. We've got to be loud, we've got to be heard, we've
Vagina Vagina VaginaSo I heard about this happening in which Michigan House Democrat Lisa Brown was banned from speaking after she said vagina. Specifically referring to her own vagina. “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but no means no.” She and other representative are fighting for women's reproductive rights and I could see it if she referred to her vagina in a derogatory way but..all she said was vagina.Vagina Vagina Vagina2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you watch the video, she talks about how religious freedom doesn't mean someone can force their religious beliefs on others. She being jewish, keeps her kosher practices at home and even her religious beliefs say the life of the mother is more important than a fetus. Why not force her religious beliefs on everyone then?
Lisa Brown actually wasn't told why she was banned but she jokes that she might never know if she was banned for being Jewish or saying vagina.
Free Key Giveaway #26 - CLOSED EDIT: WINNER IS #521! THE KEY WILL GO TO :iconKitsaku:Free Key Giveaway #26 - CLOSED2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks everyone! Check back next week for a new contest!
Giveaway #26 is now CLOSED, we'll upload a new journal next friday for #27!
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