A View to Inner-Peace – The Pause Between Thoughts.

For lack of anything better to write about at this moment,

I thought I would do something fairly short on Inner-Peace and the momentary silence between events, ideas, thoughts, and so on. This post came as an idea after I was talking with a friend of mine about Dreams and how we sometimes interfere with our own abilities to receive them: By “trying” too hard.

One of the very first lessons I learned when I was attending a meditation group was to RELAX, and calm the mind and body. Just so happened that the group I was with was organized and lead by a (long-time) Buddhist student. One of the simplest exercises, though not so easy to do by the many, was to not concentrate on anything but your breathing. Every thought, every sound, every feeling – was to be acknowledged – and then your attention returned to your breathing. The whole idea was to eventually find the absolute emptiness and inner peace within your Being.

One of the things I understood about some of the later experiences with meditation(s) in another group, was to not “concentrate” too hard toward anything, but let the images and feelings come to you. This works very much like when in the presence of an unfamiliar animal (and even its spirit): You do not approach it, but let it, on its own volition, approach you – while you maintain a fairly relaxed composure. Many times, some of life’s more-challenging experiences may require this approach in order for one to find the solution that best fits the problem.

The world of magic, healing, and many of the other “meta-physical” aspects of life may require a more-subtle approach than we are used to being told to do. This is where “society” often fails us, miserably, when it comes to practical ways to find and employ solutions to the many complex problems we may face, day to day. So, I advised this friend of mine about the less-common path of least resistance, by suggesting he not try too hard to force his Mind to come with the answers, but relax and let his Mind do what it does best: Imagine and picture the solution into being. Then, he is free to try the solution and see if it fits the problem at hand.

It is also just as practical that when one is faced with an “insurmountable” problem (as some would say: an “impasse”), be not afraid to stand back a few moments and take a pause. Sometimes, it is that moment of silence we need to pay attention to. Oftentimes, it is within that “moment of silence” when we will hear the quiet voice of Wisdom speaking to us. So, there IS great power in that moment of silence.

– Please find your moment of silence, and the resulting Inner-Peace today!

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

Rethinking Cause-and-Effect – How the “Web of Life” fits in.

I have been doing some further thinking, based on what I read in Michael Talbot’s “The Holographic Universe”.


Some interesting images and thoughts came to me that also related to when I was reading the “Kybalion” by the Three Initiates. It had to do with the Hermetic Principle on Cause and Effect. Some ascribe this to being the “Karmic Laws”, even though there is some misinterpretation of Karma in many of today’s groups. I would like to provide a little bit of a different insight into the nature of Cause and Effect.

I ) Causes and their Effects do interrelate with each other and CAN also operate in the reverse:

In other words, there are cases where the Cause(s) and Effect(s) can affect each other in the reverse order, IE: A cause in one instance can become the effect of the action of the other, which was its effect and, instead, become its causor. This can be considered as a “mirroring” of the Cause-and-Effect instance(s), as the cause(s) and effect(s) may “change places” with each other based on the particular situation or “need”.

II ) Causes and Effects are not necessarily singular and purely linear:

Each “cause” can possibly have multiple influences or multiple “effects”. Just as each “effect” can have multiple contributing “causes”. Much like any action on a spider’s web, can be felt, whether greatly or slightly, in more than one place upon its web – even, at the same instant. Anyone with a background in mathematics would be amazed at how “irrational” Nature can be. Nature works very heavily with irrational numbers and ratios; Which show up in the many calculations of arcs, spirals, and other circular “events”.

III ) Also, Nature likes circles, spirals, and “non-linearity”. Therefore, causes and effects can easily rebound and cycle; as per the first two observations I stated above:

What this says, is that certain conditions may have it that one or more causes may feed into themselves through their one or more effects. I like to think of this as a “feedback loop”; something that the nature of spirals and cycles often work by. Now whether a particular “spiral” results in an increase or decrease in strength and energy is another matter. If such a “feedback” results in the same level of energy and strength being repeated over and over again, then you may have what results in a steady cycle – of this set of causes and effects!

IV ) Causes and their resulting effects that feedback upon each other can also cause “ripple effects”:

The analogy and actual demonstration of tossing a stone into a quiet, placid body of water (whether at a pond, or just a home swimming pool) and its resulting ripples comes to mind. Now, if one were to toss more than one stone, perhaps even at slightly delayed intervals, one would see the action of the ripples from each of the landed stones (the “causes” or “events”) as they collide with each other. These colliding ripples may either cancel some of their energies out, OR they may create some interesting new ripples. These collision points can be referred to as “interference points”.

V ) Interference points as resulting complex events due to multiple influences and/or other contributing causes and/or effects:

When two or more event “ripples” collide, a new event may occur at that point. Some believe that major events of such great magnitude and power are only possible with the help of multiple contributing causes and effects, because of the amount of energy contributed multiplies exponentially. So, if there are more powerful influences that contribute even a tiny amount of additional energy towards the “intended” effect, the end effect’s energy will be far greater by magnitudes! (This is something to think about when planning the execution of another magical working, etc.)

This also why a small group of fairly new practitioners may see considerable effects, if they are all focused on the same intention, to their working more so than one solitary who may only practice his/her art occasionally. This may also explain why some workings may be best done in a group ritual, rather than as a solitary if that solitary witch does not have much extensive practice in workings by him/herself?!?

VI ) Nature is all about causes and effects:

Right there is the ultimate truth about the power and workings of Nature. We see these causes and their related effects around us all the time. All things that occur are because of Nature’s causes and effects; This highlights the “Natural Law” at its most basic level. Natural Law does not operate on only one or two “planes” at a time. Nature is very “Holographic” and operates on ALL planes at the same time. Therefore, some of the most powerful workings, coming from some of the most learned in the Arts of magic and Nature, know to use the powers of Nature to their advantage and to “super-power” their workings.

Those who try to work against the powers of Nature, are simply working out of balance with Nature and will probably fail miserably. Nature is far more powerful than any of us alone! Therefore, it makes the most sense to work alongside that Natural power, and in balance with Nature, when deciding to do a working. The ancient shamanic wise-folk knew of this many thousands of years ago.


A final note:

As per what I have written here, please consider carefully the idea of limiting the effects of your spells. If some spells can continue on by themselves, all due to the right kinds of influences and energies being present to keep powering them, you may have a difficult time in determining where and how to end an errant spell. THIS IS WHY, in some groups, it said that once an intention is powered up and released into the open Cosmos, it can not (I like to say: “may not”) be recalled! So please consider how to “tie up” a spell enough so that it only does what it is intended to do, and then dissipate or cease altogether.

Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

The Warning from The Great Red Dragon.

This was a Prophecy, as given to me, by the Divine Prominence of the Great Red Dragon of the Ancients.


An image that kept repeating itself to me lately.

I had learned a bit more from a Hopi Prophecy that predates anything related to Christianity, Catholicism, and any of the other Abrahamic religions, lately. It was interesting and intriguing how the legend and myth bore so many similarities (symbolically) to many of the “prophecies” one can read from the Bible’s “Book of Revelation”, and other works. It also reminded me of the Norse Mythology of the “Time of Fire and Ice” in the lead up to Ragnarok. I also had some memories of what I read from the Rig Veda concerning Vrtra (their name for the Red Serpent or Dragon).

In virtually all of these stories,

There was mentioned the “End of the Age(s)”, or in the current interpretation of the Biblical Revelation, The End of the World”. I speak to this as someone who first learned about evolution, mass-extinctions, and the constant changes our Earth undergoes, long before ever being exposed to the spiritual traditions and mysteries of the various earthly religions. Though I have probably forgotten far more than I could possibly realize, much of it is starting to come back to me in the form of connective dreams, images, and “feelings” (I AM an empath, after all).

So, let’s start off with a few “data points” so that we can get a better grasp of where I am going with this post.

In understanding that nothing in the Universe, let alone our little world, remains as constant or in any fashion of “sameness”, it comes as no surprise to the observant as well as astute occult student and theologians that our past ancestors were apparently very well aware of the changes and the rough-guestimate time periods of these changes. They noticed the great and small cycles as evidenced in Nature, here on Earth, and in the Heavens above. Many of the ancient structures that were unearthed, and many that are still yet to be re-discovered, hold many clues as to what many of our ‘primitive’ ancestors had accumulated for knowledge about this mysterious Earth. One thing that was a common finding; various charts, diagrams, written mythologies and legends (in very symbolic and numerologic language) tell the tales of these once existing cultures and nations’ possession of the knowledge of cycles and periodic events. Many of these legends and myths have turned out to have a lot of truth in them after all!

The Procession (and Precession) of Equinoxes being one of the most important markers of the various cycles and great “ages” come and gone. We look, for instance, into the various stories and legends in the Bible (because this is where I am most familiar with some of the specifics). The numerology and symbolism is very present throughout all of the Bible’s various “books”. Though most Catholics, Christians, and various derivative religions will vehemently refute and deny this truth, it becomes very obvious when these texts are compared very closely with the ancient religious texts of legends and myths from other, more ancient cultures. There is a common trend and understanding to be attained when one looks past the “literal interpretations” of the texts. The symbolism screams the message that so many “literal-ists” miss.

The Mayan and Aztec Calenders are also interesting sources for interesting information through the use of symbolism, numerology, and contexts in which they are to be understood. The three different calenders representing the three different cyclical measuring systems and sets of cycles. The main one being of the measurement of the Great Calender and how its cycles are an astonishing 64,000,000 ( 64 Million ) years in length, beginning to end! Guess what??? – So our Earth’s geologic “eras” are about 62.5 million to about 65 million years in duration! What an interesting coincidence: “Science proves, yet again, that the ancients were obviously knowledgeable about their world and the cycles of Nature – in excess of what we, today, know!”

Since my travels with the Dragon Spirit(s),

I have learned to look more closely at the patterns of Nature, and the bits of information to be found from many of the ancient cultures. Much of which can have serious consequences to those who choose to ignore. – In other words, “IGNORE THEM AT YOUR OWN PERIL!” I have had recurrent dreams and imagery that would seem very prophetic, except that these dreams have also showed me where to look and what questions to ponder while wandering this life. If I had the appropriate equipment, I would rather have done a serious video presentation for everyone so that they see the face of the messenger who brings these warnings to a still-sleepy world. I thank and forever hold debt to the Great Dragon for revealing to me the pattern that followed and the Path to higher understanding to be able to discern that which I have before me: ” Knowledge and clarity that has eluded so many. ” – The other Children of Dragons should already be awakened and becoming aware of what these great changes mean to all of us (all Kindreds and all Spirits).

Now, on to the warnings as given me this day.

We are towards the end of this Age. We are towards that point where endless darkness is about to spread its wings in every direction. This darkness, though not necessarily evil, just is as it is. It is the “pause” between the machinations of the Ages, much like that pause of silence between thoughts, the pause between breaths. We are about to experience a “pause” in between the Ages, but this pause will be much longer for us than many in the past. This because we are about to pause between two Great Ages, One of Fire, and the one of Ice. We have passed the current Age of Fire and are about to meet up with the next Age of Ice. We can see this happening now by looking at the quickening of the increases in ice masses at BOTH of the polar regions (even though, the various “agencies” and organizations say we are “warming” – all to convince the peoples to give up everything that belongs to them, including their basic rights). These increases in ice mass, yearly, have very quickly increased in frequency and in percentages. This means that much of the accumulating ice masses are far out-pacing the usual Summer melt-offs, are actually gaining mass much like a snowball gains mass as it is rolling down a snow covered hillside.

As the polar regions are actually growing, this means less water is being returned into the atmosphere (through evaporation, rain, and flowing streams and rivers) than is being taken up to form the increased mass of ice and snow. With less water being “re-flowed” back into the Natural system, this means less rainfall in certain areas of the world. If the Earth was warming, as the scare-mongers keep bleating, this melted-off ice would have returned into the Natural system aplenty, and we should not be seeing as many localized and regionalized droughts that we are seeing now! So, in essence, our various land-based bodies of water are being fed less and less by dwindling rainfall – because there is less water being made available FOR rainfall – because it is being “locked -up” in ice at the poles!

The Sun (or “Son” in some religious doctrines) also has a great effect upon the Earth’s and the neighboring planets’ ecosystems and general climates. The more solar activity our Sun experiences, the more solar energy our Earth is exposed to. The more solar flares and sunspots, the more actively our Earth’s weather changes to very placid and calm. The warmer that particular time period (several years) gets. If our Sun has a weaker solar-cycle (IE: fewer sunspots and flares), we see more clouds in our atmosphere and therefore, more storms. We also have a considerably cooler year or more, until the next great solar activity “bump”. This passing Solar Cycle has been an especially weak one in that there have been far fewer solar flares and sunspots than has been recorded for a long time! Our solar cycles have also progressively gotten longer in duration. Weaker Solar Cycles, and lengthier durations of these weaker cycles is quite telling! These make for cooler conditions that trend towards the formation of more ice and ice mass on the poles, and a gradual expansion of the polar areas in to regions that are now seeing shorter growing seasons and longer, harsher winters.

The last major “Ice Age” that lasted, perhaps a few centuries, followed along what became known the Maunder Minimum: That point where Solar activity is almost non-existent. This thought to be as if the Sun were simply “sleeping” for a time period, before beginning a new series of active Solar Cycles. The Hopi stories of the “Fifth Sun” speak clearly of this cycle and others like it. By their estimates, we may be facing a century-long Ice Age, as is cyclical on a 5,200-year boundary. I have not yet cross-referenced this with any of the Mayan Calender epochs, but will probably find something interesting nonetheless. The previous Major Ice Age covered virtually all of the Northern side of the American Continent as well as much of the Southern end of the American Continent. If we are to see another Ice Age to the likeness of that one, the only places that will have decent climate and weather during those years will probably be between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn (the Equatorial “band” as I know of it).

One other aspect that I have learned some years ago,

Imagine being an observer outside of our galaxy. Now notice that everything works in a cyclical, rotating habit. Our Moon circles the Earth, The Earth circles the Sun, Our Sun and its “Solar System” circles the galaxy. This is a grand picture of, “As Above, So Below. As Below, So Above.” Cycles in Nature come in all sizes and forms, large and small. Our Earth’s axis parallels the Sun’s axis. Our Sun’s axis also parallels the Galactic axis (of the center of the galaxy). However, none of these circles are perfectly round as we imagine them to be. They also are not totally planar, they “oscillate” like a Sine Wave which is the nature of cycles in general. Though these oscillations may not be as noticeable in our own solar system, but they are significantly larger deviations if we are thinking at the galactic level. This is because the galaxy is immensely larger than our “little solar system”. Our solar system is like a mere speck of dust in comparison to the grand size if the galaxy. Therefore, such oscillations and deviations are going to be proportionally larger in scale.

Another look at what our galaxy looks like. (We have a lot of galactic neighbors, and the wonders of the Hubble Space Telescope to help us see them!) We are likely to think of our galaxy as almost as flat (planar) as a dish or plate. The planar portion of the galaxy is where most of the orbiting “Suns” and other stars, with their attendant planets and planetary bodies orbiting them, are to be found orbiting the galactic center. Because there are far more such bodies in this area, it is thought that the galactic planar mass also has the strongest cumulative gravity interacting between each orbiting system. We notice certain strange things happening with our planet’s climate and weather patterns when we have a solar alignment of several planets and (and planetoids) parallel to one another in the form of an axis. So it makes the most sense to see this relationship of inter-gravitational effects (again, cumulative effects) at the galactic level too! (Nature seems to LOVE parallels!)

This could also explain why we have been seeing more “near-Earth” objects passing so close to us – “we” are getting closer to the other orbiting objects within the disc-shaped galactic planar mass.

Now, taking some of the various mythologies about a Red Serpent/Dragon being part of the onslaught of “destruction” in this world, brings me a greater curiosity. The star in question is Sirius “B”. It seems that it was recorded (in ancient texts?) that it periodically extends in Two directions from its mass (a Red Star), to form what appears to be a Great Serpent! To take away from these ancient myths and legends: This happens BEFORE the catastrophic events take place here on Earth. Therefore, is it that Sirius “B” is actually a “warning” to all of us that we are approaching that “danger zone” into the galactic planar mass where we are most likely to see a planetary-collision from loose objects (like asteroids, comets, and other huge chunks of “space-rock”)? I would tend to think so on the basis of the reading of these ancient mythologies. – It also happens to align with the 62.5-65 million-year cycles on Earth: The SAME kind of cycle known for Extinction-Level-Events ( “ELE’s” ). So HOW old is this present “Era”, the Cenozoic Era? – Almost 65 Million Years’ old! – Did the Mayans and/or their ancestors know something that we are still not yet seeing ??? Their Great Calender at its longest cycle was almost 65 Million years’ in length! We just thought about the Mayan Calender ending in late 2012. Were we correct on the time alignments with their Great Calender to ours? Maybe not.

Anyway, the image that came to me was one of a galactic origin. We may presently find our little Solar System about to be challenged whilst it begins its journey into the plane of the galaxy. Being that this is also much closer to other “neighboring” stars, systems, and wandering space rocks, we may find ourselves witnessing more near-Earth objects passing very closely by us. (This seems to be what is being deliberately under- or unreported by our various “space-watcher”-organizations! – All ostensibly to keep us all from worrying about it.) We also have the other specter to consider: The fact that most of our natural cloud-making actions come from particulates that originate from outside of our inner-space (Ionosphere, Stratosphere, etc.). If we are to be within the galactic plane, we are also much closer to a more dense source of tiny, cloud-friendly “dust particles”. So along with the weakening of our Sun’s Solar Cycles (IE: less energy being directed at Earth) as part of its “hibernation”, we have more contributing particulates towards more cloud cover around our world. – Therefore, with all of these natural, cyclical events about to come full circle, we stand a very good chance of seeing what the end of an “era”, in geological terms, looks like. Therefore, if it can be seen that our “Red Serpent” comes into existence (through a very good telescope – pointed towards Sirius “B”), our “messenger” has spoken. Times will indeed get very interesting for all inhabitants on Earth!

– Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

 

A Mother’s Embrace – Come Hither, Children of the Dragons.

I piece I thought would be apropos for the times. I have always tried to live with Love in my heart, even though there are times where this may be the hardest thing to do. Always one to remember, that a True Mother’s Love for her children, is a Love everlasting!


I have written, many times, the honor of the Great Mother, and how I would never be lonely, even without the company of others in this world.

= = =

To All Dragon-Children, and their friends:

= = =

As you stand there, believing yourself to be alone,

She is always there.

When you feel the weight of the World baring down on your shoulders,

She feels with you.

For each and every day you live in pain and are hurting,

Let Her comfort you.

From the Most Ancient of Mothers I can think of,

She helped me find Her again!

This I shall always be grateful, when others left me,

She embraced me.

Such a warm and loving embrace it was,

From the Ancient Mother which all things were birthed.

To this day, I walk as a child in Her shadow,

Because She is always there.

I learned of my true inner-strength,

Because of Her great Wisdom.

I stand in Her Light, and Sing Praises to my Father as well,

As They encourage me to do my best.

So come forth, Children of the Dragon(s),

Come Ye to Your Mother’s embrace,

That you shall be Loved, forever more!

= = =

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye
Founder and Chief-Elder,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

An Eye-Opening Prayer – Open Up to The Light of Truth, and Set Yourself Free.

I bring to you, this prayer to help me and others to open the eyes of the World’s Peoples through our words of power, and our Loving hearts.


To The Great Father,
Whose Shining Light Begins the Day,
And Illuminates All Within and Without,
To The Great Mother,
Whose Calmness in Manner,
Brings Peace to Us by Night,
To The Great Circle of Dragons,
Whose Powers of Discernment and Judgment,
Bring out the Truth into Full Light,
So That All Things will know,
The Gifts of Peace, Love, and Light.

= = =

All Ye Great Dragons, One and All,
Please Hear My Plea for Sanity, Justice, and Harmony,
Let the Peoples of the World, Our Fellow Beings,
And All Nature’s Children,
Chant the Blessings of Peace, Love, and Light.
Let Us not be cowed into Silence,
In the Face of Evil.
Let Us not be conquered by the Lies, Omissions, and Half-Truths,
That plague Our World and Our Fellow Beings.
Let Our Strengths, Be Greater than Our Weaknesses.
Let Our Fears, Be Transformed into Resolve.
Let Our Adversaries Beware, For Their Lies Shall Harm Us Not!
Let Our Will, Be the Way to Peace and Harmony.
Let Your Powers be Our Power, The Power to Right that which is Wrong.
Let Your Blessings Course Through Us, So We May Bless Those Less Fortunate.
Let Doers of Evil Beware, For We Stand With and fore The Gods.
Oh, Ye Great Dragons of Ancient Times,
Let the Universe Know of Our Resolve,
To Bring the Peace, Love, and Light as given by You,
To This hurting World, and Comfort its Child Beings.
– Ne’Shae Daasha!

And, . . .

Let This prayer be intoned and breathed throughout your whole being. Let it resonate with your Will and the Divine Will. For this, we must do, if we are to survive to another Great Age!

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye

The Dance to the End of Time – A Prayer to Theli.

Oh Ancient Theli,
Oh Gracious and Wise Theli,
The One of the Primacy,
One Who Commands The Forces,
A Sacred Song, Sung to Thee,
A Sacred Prayer, Succored to Thee,
Be-eth They, From Within Thine Spirit,
To All, Shall They Be Made Known!
From the Dance of The Thirteen,
Through The Twelve Ages, Round,
And of The Two, Who Make Their Mark,
That Spells the End of Time.
– Ne’Shæ Daasha.
Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm

I’ll leave the guesswork of the numerology and significant meanings to your imagination. There ARE several meanings here, findable by those who are alert and have read some of my past writings. >;=))====

Unfortunately,

I do not yet have the graphic to go with this prayer, as it would be fairly illustrative.

Leviathan

A History on Witchcraft – Part 1

THE EARLY YEARS OF SPIRITUALITY.

The history of witchcraft goes deep into the man’s past, long before recorded history. It is thought to have originated as far back to the days when man still lived in caves and other primitive living conditions. Though early man have not have had the level of understanding of his natural environment then, he may have started to formulate a belief in a presence or power beyond his own.

The many examples in paintings on the cave walls near Lascaux, France demonstrate, early on, man’s interest in the animals and the natural setting. Some of these paintings are surprisingly detailed, given that most new anthropologists may still be astounded by the idea that they were created by primitive man upon seeing them. With such keen attention to detail, it is reasonable to guess that this attentiveness would eventually help man to further his understanding of nature in later ages.

Some of us may remember stories about the American Indian and his ceremonial dances. Many such occasions incorporated song and dance, costumary, chanting, the use of pigments ( like face-painting, etc. ), and the “smudge” ( usually comprised of aromatic native plants that were dried and bundled for later use, like an incense ). Because these early peoples relied so much on what the land produced ( whether be it the animals for hunting, or the farmers crops in the case of agrarian societies ), and how consistently it produced adequate supplies for the community, they had a healthy reverence for the land and nature. This respect and reverence was the reason for prayers and chants to the spirits of the land and sky. Prayers that a hunt would be successful. Prayers to protect and bless the hunting party. Prayers that the people would be well-fed. Prayers for healing the sick. AND Prayers for just about anything that was felt needed that the spirits could help provide.

The later agrarian cultures eventually learned by watching the seasons and the migratory patterns of animals, the best times to plant, to weed and thin, to harvest, and when to let the land fallow. This was when celebrating the change of the seasons ( the Solar “Sabbats” ) first
became a tradition ( though they were yet to be considered the traditions of today ). These “times of year” were celebrated by the whole village usually with song and dance, accompanied by a feast. The seasons also reminded the people of the changes within themselves. An early form of a priesthood came into being, whose responsibilities were primarily keeping track of the seasons, recording the history of the past harvests and seasonal conditions, and praying to the spirits on behalf of the people’s needs. After many centuries of recognizing the patterns and the natural cycles of the seasons ( also referenced by the positions of the stars and planets – used as their “calendar” ), they had built up a base of knowledge on how to tell what one year will be like from the next. Their advice became very valuable, as it often meant the difference between feast and starvation for the people.

Many of the early agrarian cultures retained much of their primal spiritual practices of prayer, ritual and ceremony, and rhythmic chants and dances well into their agrarian lifestyles. They felt that the spirits of land and sky were as important to them as they were to their ancestors. The spirits were thanked for the successes of the harvest and in battle.

The history of medicine with the use of special plants for healing, inducing visions, meditation, etc. was also common in early man’s spiritual practices since the dawn of his rise. Some recent discoveries of newly uncovered sites of Neanderthal remains have provided some compelling
evidence that they too, had profound spiritual beliefs and may have also practiced with healing and “entheogenic” herbs. These could be some of the earliest examples of “witchcraft”, in today’s understanding.


A BRIEF ON “COMMON-CORE” SHAMANISM

The practice of communicating with, and traveling to the realm of the spirits in search of answers and knowledge, became one of the common practices of Shamanism, a type of practice in witchcraft. Some of the earliest Shaman (wisefolk – men AND women who were considered very wise and were usually of advanced age ) were taught and practiced communicating with the spirits of animals. Some of these animal “spirit guides” were revered as having access to much hidden knowledge, and answers to many of life’s common questions. Animal spirits were often consulted for advice on healing certain illnesses, where the best hunting was, and for divination of possible future events. Some cultures even felt that every child was born with a “guardian” who would be his/her “totem animal”. A totem animal was a spirit that was expected to remain with the person until his death. Its purpose was to guide, teach, and even protect the person throughout his daily life.

There were certain other instances where one may be visited by an animal spirit for the purpose of teaching a single or a few lessons before moving on. This was a commonly-held belief in many of the early American ( “American Indian” ) nations and tribes. Every animal spirit, whether a life-long companion and guardian, or a temporary visitor for the purpose of temporary guidance, was to be respected with the highest honor. This was also part of honoring and respecting Nature.

Shamanism is considered to be the world’s oldest magical practice for healing, divination, and other special workings. It is not a specific religion in the same sense that one recognizes religion. It is a way of life, a way of “knowing”, a way of interacting with the spirits and Nature, and means to obtain knowledge and knowing himself through his divine connection and inner nature. A shaman is one who has traveled to the “other worlds” frequently, so he “knows the territory” well enough to guide others’ journeys into it. Thus, an experienced Shaman becomes teacher and guide for those seeking his guidance.

A good resource for learning more about shamanism and the many different cultures who practiced shamanism ( as well as those who still practice it today ) may be found on the Foundation for Shamanic Studies website. Michael Harner has written and published a very good book that I highly recommend called, “The Way of the Shaman”. It covers the “common core” of knowledge and symbolism that is shared by many differing cultural beliefs. ( Yes. Another “shameless plug” of mine. )


THE RISE OF MODERN WITCHCRAFT

Excerpted from: Don Cardoza’s
“Dragon Magick site”.
(Now defunct, except for archives of it on: archive . org)

Witchcraft has existed in all parts of the world from time immemorial as an outgrowth of man’s first religion, shamanism. Today, the word “Witchcraft” is commonly translated as meaning “the Craft of the Wise,” a translation supported with the argument that the Witch was the “wise one” of his or her village and served as resident healer. However, from the Middle Ages up until fairly recently, the word “Witch” was used very differently from today. Witches were thought to work magic only for personal malice or entertainment. When someone felt they were under a Witch’s spell, they turned for help to those who were the real precursors of today’s Witch: the Wise Women and Cunning Men. These Cunning Folk specialized in working magic to help others. One of their specialties was breaking the spells of Witches. Virtually all Cunning Folk were astrologers and herbalists, and they stood out among the generally illiterate population as people who read and collected books. They often wrote their own book of spells and recipes, made from notes they took from their books. Cunning Folk were almost always solitary individuals, but there were also many hereditary family Clans of a type of village Witchcraft who often lived around standing stones and ancient earthworks.

England saw a general rise in the interest of magic in the late 1800’s, and a number of magickal societies helped to collect and disseminate the knowledge of magick to a wider audience. Far and away the greatest of these was the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (founded in 1888). The Golden Dawn collected a vast amount of occult information together into a coherent synthesis in its nine major rituals, and admitted both men and women as members (unlike many other Orders of the time). The Golden Dawn and its offshoots had hundreds of members, including many scientists, physicians, ministers, and writers, the most famous of whom was W.B. Yeats. A large number of Rosicrucians and Masons joined the Order. The Golden Dawn’s most infamous and successful initiate was Aleister Crowley, who probably had a hand in founding a new Witchcraft religion called Wicca.


Some of my own observations:

It is very interesting that much of the witchcraft practiced today, is based on a mix of various traditions and cultures. It is common to see groups using practices that blend the early Egyptian Kemetism ( from the doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus, for example ), Stregheria ( old Italian and “Gypsy magic” ), and the various old Germanic and Celtic/Gaelic practices.


THE WITCHCRAFT

By: Jack Parsons, 1946

WE ARE THE WITCHCRAFT.

We are the oldest organization in the world. When man was born, we were. We sang the first cradle song. We healed the first wound, we comforted the first terror. We were the Guardians against the Darkness, the Helpers on the Left Hand Side. Rock drawings in the Pyrenees remember us, and little clay images, made for an old purpose when the world was new. Our hand was on the old stone circles, the monolith, the dolmen, and the druid oak. We sang the first hunting songs, we made the first crops to grow; when man stood naked before the Powers that made him, we sang the first chant of terror and wonder. We wooed among the Pyramids, watched Egypt rise and fall, ruled for a space in Chaldea and Babylon, the Magian Kings. We sat among the secret assemblies of Israel, and danced the wild and stately dances in the sacred groves of Greece.

In China and Yucatan, in Kansas and Kurdistan we are one. All organizations have known us, no organization is of us; when there is too much organization we depart. We are on the side of man, of life, and of the individual. Therefore we are against religion, morality and government. Therefore our name is Lucifer. We are on the side of freedom, of love, of joy and laughter and divine drunkenness. Therefore our name is Babalon.

Sometimes we move openly, sometimes in silence and in secret. Night and day are one to us, calm and storm, seasons and the cycles of man, all these things are one, for we are at the roots. Supplicant we stand before the Powers of Life and Death, and are heard of these Powers, and avail. Our way is the secret way, the unknown direction. Our way is the way of the serpent in the underbrush, our knowledge is in the eyes of goats and of women.

It is our own force that sometimes shifts jeweled coils and creates mighty pinions in the breast of man; our Power is one with the Power that causes the God to stir in the heart of the seed, and the bud to burst into blossom and fruit; and whenever a man and a woman are united in one substance, our power is that substance.

Merlin was of us, and Gawain and Arthur, Rabelais and Catullus, Gilles de Retz and Jehanne d’Arc, De Molensis, Johannes Dee, Cagliostro, Francis Hepburn and Gellis Duncan, Swinburne and Eliphas Levi, and many another bard, Magus, poet, martyr known and unknown that carried our banners against the enemy multiform and ubiquitous, the Church and the State. And when that vermin of Hell that is called the Christian Church held all the West in a slavery of sin and death and terror, we, and we alone, brought hope to the heart of man, despite the dungeon and the stake.

We are the Witchcraft, and although one may not know another, yet we are united by an indissoluble bond. And when the high wild cry of the eagle sounds in your mind, know that you are not alone in your desire for freedom. And when the howl of the wolf echoes in the forests of your night, know that there are those who also prowl. And when the ways of your fellows about you seem the ways of idiocy and madness, know that there are also others who have seen and judged – and acted.

Now know that the power that we serve lies in the heart of every man and woman as the tree lives in the seed. And to be with us, you have but to call upon that Power, and you are as one of us. And when our Power and Joy have come upon you, you may go forth and do your will among men, and none shall say you nay. And if it be your will, you shall do your will secretly, and if it be your will, you will do your will openly, as your will.

Therefore lift up your hearts saying, “I am a man” or “I am a woman, and the Power of Life is mine!” And in the Power of Life you shall live and love, accepting no restriction and placing no restriction, freely and granting freedom. And it may be in the bounty of life you shall see the love of life shine in the eyes of another, and the lust of life burn upon his brow, and thus you shall take great joy together. And it may be in good fortune you may find a number such; and share your joy in secret feasting and rejoicing and all manner of lovemaking and festival. Or it
may be that at hazard and danger you will teach the joyous power to men; as your wills move you.

And this is well so long as you remember one thing. There can be no restriction. The Power of Life is not restricted; it knows its own way, but no mind knows that way. Therefore in yourself practice all the giving and taking of freedom that is consistent with life, for thereby alone can you remain in our joy.

Pain is. Terror is, loss and loneliness and agony of heart and spirit, even unto Death. For this is the gateway to the kingdom of Pan.

Our way is not for all men. There are those who are so constricted and sick in themselves that the thought of their own freedom is a horror, and that of others a fierce pain; so that they would enslave all men. And these you should shun, or, if you must, destroy them as you will know how, for this also is bounty.

Nor think the life power should manifest in those who have no trouble or turmoil, for these may be mere dumb cattle, innocents out of season. Rather does the power often show the most where conflict rages, since at any time, and especially in a false civilization, the way must be won through. Surrender is disaster. The other side of the coin is a song in the sunlight and a dance in the moonlight, where all mists are dispersed. But the way must be won.


– Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

PRINCIPLES OF WICCAN BELIEF

The following set of Thirteen Principles was adopted by
the Council of American Witches in April 1974.

 

  1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

  2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

  3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called supernatural, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

  4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity — as masculine and feminine — and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magical practice and religious worship.

  5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. — and we see the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

  6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

  7. We see religion, magick, and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world, and lives within it — a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft — the Wiccan Way.

  8. Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch — but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.

  9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

  10. Our only animosity toward Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way,” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practices and belief.

  11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and not our future.

  12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as Satan or the Devil, as defined by the Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the sufferings of others, nor accept the that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

  13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

( This was posted for educational and curiosity purposes. It was not intended to force a doctrine on any practitioner here, or elsewhere. )


The “Ring of Thirteen” (The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons).

The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons.

In studying Isedon Goldwing’s Dragon Runes (to be found at: www.dragon-runes.com/Wiki),

I searched for several years for the meaning of the Thirteen Dragons, and their possible relationship with the “Council of the Thirteen Dragons”. This was a thought and an idea that puzzled me for years as I knew there was an explanation to all of it.

It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, as I was pondering the next entries into my Shamanism Journal (my upcoming “Holy Book”), when I had an Epiphany: The Thirteen Dragon Powers were represented by the first thirteen of the Dragon Rune (from the order they were given by Br. Goldwing)! So I went about mapping them out, and finding their specific power or elemental strength – if there was one to be known. This arrangement worked out perfectly as the last nine of the first group of thirteen Dragon Runes represented the Nine Elemental Clans of Dragons.

  1. Ratanen – The Chaotic mists,
  2. Drakani – The Dragon-Goddess (Tiamat),
  3. Sha’oren – The Flowing Knowledge,
  4. Ihanen – The Forging of Dreams,
  5. Ma’erhen – The Clan of Spirit,
  6. Ra – The Clan of the Primal Waters (Water),
  7. Liwaen – The Clan of the Coldness of Darkness (Darkness and Shadow),
  8. Li – The Clan of the Primal Fires (Fire),
  9. Li’aan – The Clan of the Great Light (Light),
  10. Mah – The Clan of Raging Storms (Winds),
  11. Ninathan – The Forest Clan (Nature, Life, and Growth),
  12. Thaan – The Clan of the Mountains (Earth)
  13. Waethan – The Crystal and Stone Clan (Crystal).

Each one lends its own power to the beginnings of Creation. Each one provides the basis in which all things are formed.

The Ring of Thirteen and the Tree of Life:


The Order in which the Dragon-Runes are placed upon “The Tree”:

  1. Ratanen – The Ein Soph Aur,
  2. Drakani – The Ein Soph,
  3. Sha’oren – The Ein,
  4. Ihanen – Kether,
  5. Ma’erhen – Chokhmah,
  6. Ra – Binah,
  7. Liwaen – Chesed,
  8. Li – Geburah,
  9. Li’aan – Tiphareth,
  10. Mah – Netzach,
  11. Ninathen – Hod,
  12. Thaan – Yesod,
  13. Waethan – Malkuth.

Ma’erhen, Ra, and Li’aan also form the basis of what I have found to be the startling revelation of the “Sacred Eye of the Dragon” (within the area called Da’ath, in the midst of the Abyss). – This will be followed up in another writing. – These three Dragon Runes also represent what I have referred to as the Three Primal Elements – to symbolize The Great Divine Mind (Air/Winds), The Primal Seas of Chaos (Water), and The Great Heavenly Light (Fire).

The Song of The Ring of Thirteen:

Thirteen Be-eth They,
The Primary Powers are They,
The Pre-Eminences, Universal are They,
They are of the First Ring.

Their Powers, Forged together by the Gods,
Their Eminences, Graced in the Beauty of the Goddesses,
Their Ways, Known to All who beheld Them,
For They, Are the Forge of All Things.

Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
Temple of The Ancient Dragons

Now WHO owns all life? A Commonsense Perspective.

How can one “OWN” any life or even entire species???

Hello everyone!

I would like to take this moment to ponder and reflect on a very dear issue to me, and perhaps the many others who have taken the time to similarly ponder this thought:

So, exactly WHO has the right to claim ownership of the very essence of life, be it a gene, a trait, or – an entire species, by any definition?

My own answer would be, the One who created all of this, from the very beginning of Time!

I have studied this issue and the “legal case-law aspect” surrounding it for a number of years. My main interest was in examining this issue from the point of view as a Naturalist, Spiritual-Pagan (not of the “new-age” philosophy, either), an amateur herbalist, and keen observer of Nature. I possess no degree nor any certifications of what I have learned. I have no “official title” or “recognition” for any past work I have done. I am just an ordinary “nobody”, a human being with a desire to live a life of truth, and be able to teach the life experiences I have gained to others who may follow after me.

It should be “commonsense” that Nature provided what was needed, in perfect balance and measure, for the creation and continuation of life in this world. Everything that came to us naturally, came as a sacred gift and as something to live on and live by. The Sun was given so that there would be “day” along with warmth and to know the year. The Moon was given so that we would know when in the year our seasons arrived.

The trees, herbs, fungi, and all other were given as food and medicine ( often both being the same – as stated by Hippocrates ), shelter and materials for our homes, materials for our tools, and for fuels for our heat and cooking. They were already created, perfectly-suited for our needs and wants, before the advent of modern genetic-sciences. Our kind learned to breed the best to the best ( husbandry ) as Nature gave us so many different traits and affects that we could use to improve what we wished to grow, without tampering inside the workings of these genes. Nature made them as most-perfectly suitable for the uses they were to be employed.

Those times, when we stayed in harmony with Nature and enjoyed her fruits and abundance, saw that we had plenty for all. There were no “shortages” to the extent that we see now. The traditional agriculture was developed, often by trial and error, over the course of many thousands of years – again, long before the modern genetic-sciences. We learned how to get the best from our crops by planting at the right times, watering them the right way and when they need it most, and feeding them ( and the soil ) that which Nature intended to be returned to the Earth anyway. We also learned to plant more than one kind of crop together. A garden, field, and anyplace expected to yield a bountiful harvest later in the season, needed to be planted as a “community” – so that each kind may be some help to each other. Just as a healthy forest is not all of only one kind of tree, a garden or a field should not be only of one kind of planting.

The rotating of crops and planting cycles, from year to year, served to “heal” the soil and let it rest, on occasions, so that it becomes once again viable and ready to help yield a bountiful harvest. This was a time-honored practice for thousands of years, and for countless generations of people. This was also done in many other areas of the world. So what happened to continuing a process that really worked?

These days,

We see starvation, worldwide, on a scale unheard of by anytime else in human history. We see far more sicknesses and illnesses, especially of those illnesses that were almost unheard of in the old days! The more “advanced” we supposedly get in our farming, medicines, and our other sciences, in general, the sicker we all seem to get. This should not be the case if all of these advances in knowledge, science, and general habits are supposed to “improve the quality of human life”! Somewhere, we must have gone wrong.

The biggest problem I see today:

We have allowed our society’s values to be based purely on “materialism”. We look around us and see that everything has its “price”. Okay. Who determines the price we should pay, especially if it is for a necessity or need. We all need fresh, clean water to drink. If we do not drink enough water, and allow ourselves to dehydrate for a mere two days ( for some, it may be considerably less time ), we will surely die. We all need to eat naturally-pure, nutritious food. If we do not eat, we starve and may survive a couple of weeks, at best. We all need fresh, clean air. Oxygen-depravation takes only a few short minutes to kill. So what happens when one or more of these needs are held captive to a “price” that many may not be able to pay? Are we saying that those who can least afford the “price” should be left to die?

As anyone “in business” should know quite well,

The main object of business is to “turn a profit”. Normally, more rational and sane people would see this being fine – if those profits were earned honestly and by doing a great benefit to the community in the process. A business would not stay “in business” if it were not profitable. However, what about those businesses who profit by selling a product of questionable benefits while also insisting to the public, Don’t worry about it. “WE certify it as safe!”? What if the businesses were exploiting other people by under-paying them for their labors, and forcing them to work in very poor work-conditions? What if these businesses were actively-lobbying the lawmakers to alter the laws to their favor, while taking from the people their right to expect accountability from these supplier-businesses? What if these businesses worked to completely control their respective markets, so that they could “name their prices”, way beyond any reasonable market price for those needs? What if these businesses, upon discovery that their products were in fact harmful and very dangerous towards the health of the users, chose to hide all of this knowledge from the people, – even to the point of harming and/or killing anyone within who may “spill the beans”? – Are these the beneficial practices, to our communities, that should be rewarded by outlandish “profits”? Even so, how did these businesses get the idea that they “own” the life that they supposedly “created”?

To tie-up to the conclusion of this writing:

I feel that many who have taken up the battle against genetically-engineered food, and its being virtually “forced down our throats”, may be missing the key, important part of this whole issue: “The privatization by corporatization of our natural world and all that comes with it.” We have seen many small-family farms and smaller agricultural businesses pushed out of existence by these bio-genetics companies. The “court system” has continued to rule in favor of the largest corporations on the basis of “intellectual property rights” and perceived violations thereof, by the mere possession of a plant or organism that just happened to have one or more of these “trademarked genes”. Regardless of whether this genetic pollution was deliberate on the part of the farmer, or a deliberate “poisoning” of the farmer’s properties by “agents” of the corporation, the courts have consistently levied huge fines and judgments on the smaller party. This is an unconscionable abuse of our legal system and of our patent system. It is also very destructive to the natural order of things as well as a great danger to the biological diversity that this world depends on.

With the “discovery” of the ability of some GMOs to proliferate into the wild, on their own,

This represents a very grave threat to our entire ecosystem, and what I call an “environmental disaster waiting to happen”! What comes next? Are the bio-genetics corporations going to say they own all of the trees in our forests, all of the fish in our rivers and streams, or all of the birds in our air? Will they attempt to say that because these other beings now contain or have eaten enough of their patented products, that they themselves belong to the corporation? Where does it all end? The very day that all life “belongs” to a handful of corporations, will be the day that humanity and all life on this world are doomed! All will be held captive to the “almighty corporation” so that it may “profit”, handsomely. We then are not much further from our right to live being conditioned to if we can pay their “asking” prices.

Just as the old natives once quipped: ” How can one own a tree, a mountain, or a river? “

That question is still valid today. Just how can anyone claim ownership of entire genome, all by the sake of a few cut-and-pasted genes? Would this not be considered the same as plagiarism of Nature’s ( or God’s ) handiwork? After all, modern genetic sciences have yet to prove they can create, from scratch, any kind of genetic material that will become an actual life. They merely are “cut-and-pasting” genes from one kind to another! This should not be considered patentable by any stretch of commonsense and right reasoning. Besides, virtually every time mankind has tried to “improve” upon Nature, he has only succeeded in ruining and destroying what Nature already gave us all that was in perfect condition to begin with. Our “modern medicine” already, is becoming more apparent an abject failure. Our “crop-sciences” is an abject failure. Our “new” social systems of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are abject failures. Our “new” education system is fast approaching the obvious: An abject failure. Our religious systems like the Catholic Church, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Wicca, and most of the “new-age” systems are, themselves, abject failures.

Maybe it is time to go back to learning how our more-successful ancestors did things?

They had very few large-scale “wars”, if any. The people were most likely healthier and happier (especially those who lived far away from the cities). The people, then, had greater appreciation for all the things they had around them, to include their animals, crops, and everything Nature (or God) provided them – in abundance. There was no need for politicians, lawyers, attorneys, and all the policing we have in abundance now. The people also sought out their own meanings of what it is to “live”. Most of all, the people had respect and reverence for everything and everyone. All life was sacred to them. All things provided by Nature and by those who were skilled craftsmen in the workings of natural products were appreciated and respected. The ultimate craftsman was the One who gave the breath of life to all things we take for granted. If we went back to the principles that once worked well, without having to sacrifice the truly good advancements we have made in the modern age, we could return the world to a better place for all to live in.

But,

GMO is NOT the way to go there! GMOs are the slavers’ tools to wield too great a power upon the people. Nature was an equalizer by many different magnitudes. Corporate-fascism disrupts the “playing field” by tilting the rules of the game to its favor, and to those it favors.

I speak to all of you as a Pagan minister and a Spiritual man.

The time has come to reassess what we think of in terms of our our natural world. The Health of It has direct bearing on our own personal health, to include that of our physical, our mental, our emotional, and our spiritual health. This is OUR WORLD, too! It belongs to all who inhabit it as a function of Nature and Nature’s God. To see the gradual and steady privatization of our natural world into a few wealthy hands, is to see the eventual destruction of everything we know and hold dear. Even humanists and self-proclaimed atheists must come to terms with the commonsense answers that must be revealed when taking a closer look into the “private commercialization” of everything. When it is the wealthy few who own everything, by whatever trickery and legalisms they may employ, it is WE, The People who end up the losers of everything!

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

” Now, will the REAL Pagans, please stand up and be counted? “