‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for May 12th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

If everyone were alike, what a dull world this would be. It is the individuality of each person that makes the world so interesting.

The tremendous differences in people give a wide range of personalities, beliefs, and appearances to every group, no matter how small.

If all the flowers in the world were of one color, would we think them so beautiful? It is the variety and wide range of rainbow colors that keeps us fascinated.

Cowper wrote, “Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” So many have no thought if life except what they will eat, what they will wear, and how they can entertain themselves. And then we come on someone who has the ability to see loveliness in the sunlight and charm in quiet rain. They can say things to encourage, or to make calm and peaceful.

We meet many different kinds of people. Some we love and some we like and love, which is a terrific difference. It is to find a wholeness or a part of our lost self in someone else. It isn’t that they are so much like us or that we believe the way they do, but that they communicate, and it is this rare communication that respects the differences between peoples.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – May 12

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – May 12

“All the stones that are around here, each one has a language of its own. Even the earth has a song.”

—- Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

To believe that every tree, plant and insect can talk takes an open mind. Go by yourself into nature and sit quietly. Then pick up a rock and listen to your thoughts. After a while, put that rock down and pick up another rock. Your thoughts will change. These are the voices and wisdom of the Stone People. Each one has different wisdom and they are willing to share their wisdom with you. Many of the Stone People are very old and very wise.

Great Spirit, let every rock and leaf be my teacher.

May 12 – Daily Feast

May 12 – Daily Feast

Calling someone a coward can be risky business. A coward isn’t always a sneaky person it may be someone who sees the end result of being foolish. Circumstances today demand we be cowards to some degree. Why would we stick our heads in a noose when we know the outcome? Taking a chance may be a big things to a fool – but why would anyone in their right mind insist on being a fool? Fools drink and drive, abuse children, and destroy lives and property because they can. It is better to be called a coward than to be called dead wrong – or dead.

~ If their minds are clean, and if they are obedient and promise to obey….they shall be welcome….. ~

THE LAW OF GREAT PEACE – IROQUOIS, Circa 1570

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The Daily Motivator for May 12th – The world you see

The world you see

The world you see is mightily affected by the person you are. The quickest and most effective way to live in a better world is to be a better you.

Your opinion of life exerts a strong influence on your experience of life. Change your opinion of life, and you immediately see a corresponding change in the way life unfolds.

Just because you think something is true doesn’t make it true. Yet from your own point of view, it might as well.

Your decisions and preferences depend heavily on your perspective. And those decisions and preferences play a major role in the way your life progresses.

What you think about life determines the way you live it. And you get to decide what you think.

See a world filled with goodness, with positive possibilities, with joy, love and fulfillment. See that world, and live to make it so.

— Ralph Marston

Source:
The Daily Motivator

Daily OM for May 12th – Cutting Cords

Cutting Cords
A Sense of Closure

by Madisyn Taylor

Sometimes the emotions we are feeling belong to the person we are in a connection with and an energetic cord must be severed.

In every relationship, people are constantly exchanging energy that can become a chord connecting two people. This energetic cord forms just below the breastbone and can remain long after a relationship has ended. This unbroken cord may leave an open channel between you and another person, through which emotions and energy can continue to flow. If you are unaware that the chord exists, it is easy to feel the other person’s emotions and mistakenly think that they are yours. Besides the fact that this can limit the amount of closure you can experience in a relationship, letting this cord remain intact can leave you with a continued sense of sadness while creating feelings of lethargy as your own energy is sapped from you. Cutting the cord can help you separate yourself from old baggage, unnecessary attachments, and release you from connections that are no longer serving you.

Finding and cutting unwanted cords is a simple, gentle process that is best done alone and when you are relaxed. It is important that you are strong in your intention to release the chord between you and someone else. To begin, breathe deeply and perform a simple centering meditation. When you are ready, visualize or sense the chords that are connecting you to other people. Run your fingers through the cords to separate them until you find the cord you wish to sever. There is no need to worry, because the chord you need to sever will feel just right. When you have found it, determine where the cut should be made and then visualize the cord being cleanly cut. If you need assistance, Archangel Michael can be called upon to help you with his sword. Afterwards, if you feel that cutting the chord has left spaces in your energy field, then visualize those spaces being filled with healing sunlight.

There may be times where cutting a cord can help free a relative or loved one to reach new stages of growth. You’re not severing a relationship, but you are severing the chords that are no longer serving you both. At other times, a cord may simply refuse to be cut because it is still serving a higher purpose. It is also important to remember that cutting a cord with someone is not a replacement for doing your emotional work with people. It can, however, be an enactment of that work upon its completion. In any case, cutting a relationship cord should always be viewed as a positive and nurturing act. By cutting the cords that no longer need to be there, you are setting yourself and others free from the ties that bind.

 

Source:
The Daily OM

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows(Use of the Art, Resignations, Training, Punishment & Footnotes )

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows

(Use of the Art, Resignations, Training, Punishment & Footnotes )

USE OF THE ART

138. Remember the art is the secret of the gods and may only be used in earnest and never for show or vainglory.

139. Magicians and Christians may taunt us saying, “You have no power, show us your power. Do magic before our eyes, then only will we believe,” seeking to cause us to betray the art before them.

140. Heed them not, for the art is holy and may only be used in need, and the curse of the gods be on any who break this Law.

RESIGNATIONS

141. It ever be the way with women and with men also, that they ever seek new love.

142. Nor should we reprove them for this.

143. But it may be found a disadvantage to the craft.

144. And so many a time it has happened that a High Priest or a High Priestess, impelled by love, hath departed with their love. That is, they left the Coven.

145. Now if the High Priestess wishes to resign, she may do so in full Coven.

146. And this resignation is valid.

147. But if they should run off without resigning, who may know if they may not return in a few months?

148. So the Law is, if a High Priestess leaves her Coven, she be taken back and all be as before.Meanwhile, if she has a deputy, that deputy shall act as High Priestess for as long as the High Priestess is away.

149. If she returns not at the end of a year and a day, then shall the Coven elect a new High Priestess,

150. Unless there is a good reason to the contrary.

151. The person who has done the work should reap the benefit of the reward. If somebody else is elected, the deputy is made maiden and deputy of the High Priestess.

TRAINING

152. It has been found that practicing the art doth cause a fondness between aspirant and tutor, and it is the cause of better results if this be so.

153. And if for any reason this be undesireable, it can easily be avoided by both persons from the outset firmly resolving in their minds to be as brother and sister or parent and child.

154. And it is for this reason that a man may be taught only by a woman and a woman by a man, and women and women should not attempt these practices together. So be it ordained.

PUNISHMENT

155. Order and discipline must be kept.

156. A High Priestess or a High Priest may, and should, punish all faults.

157. To this end all the craft must receive correction willingly.

158. All properly prepared, the culprit kneeling should be told his fault and his sentence pronounced.

159. Punishment should be followed by something amusing.

160. The culprit must acknowledge the justice of the punishment by kissing the hand on receiving sentence and again thanking for punishment received. So be it ordained.

NOTES

These Laws appear to have become part of the GBG BOS shortly after Doreen Valiente left his Coven (in 1957); they existed at the time that she left. (They were an innovation at that time, and were one of the things that the people who hived at that time refused to accept, though not themselves a reason for hiving.) See Doreen Valiente’s “The Rebirth of Witchcraft”.

Some of this material was already in the GBG BOS at the time. See the Farrars’ “The Witches’ Way”.

They also seem to be present throughout the Alexandrain stream. (See the Farrars’ “The

Witches Way”, and June Johns’ “King of the Witches”.)

The list I give here is drawn from several published sources:

June Johns,”King of the Witches”

Lady Sheba,”The Grimoire of Lady Sheba”

Janet and Stewart Farrar,”The Witches’ Way”

Sheba *may* be a more accurate source than Johns for the GBG version. (Some of what I took to be typos may well have been GBG-ism’s.) Johns is probably a better source for Alex Sanders’ own version. Covens in either lineage have probably cross referenced and ‘corrected’ what they took to be errors.

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows (Curses, Payment, Law of the Land, Discussion of the Craft, Wortcunning)

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows

(Curses, Payment, Law of the Land, Wortcunning)

CURSES

100. In the olden days when we had power, we could use the art against any who ill-treated the Brotherhood. But in these evil days we must not do so. For our enemies have devised a burning pit of everlasting fire into which they say their god casteth all the people who worship him, except it be the very few who are released by their priest’s spells and masses. And this be chiefly by giving monies and rich gifts to receive his favour for their great god is ever in need of money.

101. But as our gods need our aid to make fertility for man and crops, so is the god of the Christians ever in need of man’s help to search out and destroy us. Their priests ever tell them that any who get our help are damned to this hell forever, so men be mad with the terror of it.

102. But they make men believe that they may escape this hell if they give victims to the tormentors. So for this reason all be forever spying, thinking, “An I can catch but one of these Wicca, I will escape from this fiery pit.”

103. So for this reason we have our hidels, and men searching long and not finding, say, “There be none, or if there be, they be in a far country.”

104. But when one of our oppressors die, or even be sick, ever is the cry, “This be witches’ malice”, and the hunt is up again. And though they slay ten of their own to one of ours, still they care not. They have countless thousands.

105. While we are few indeed. So be it ordained.

106. That none shall use the art in any way to do ill to any.

107. However much they may injure us, harm none. And nowtimes many believe we exist not.

108. That this Law shall ever continue to help us in our plight, no one, however great an injury or injustice they receive, may use the art in any way to do ill, or harm any. But they may, after great consultations with all, use the art to restrain Christians from harming us Brothers, but only to constrain them and never to punish.

109. To this end men will say, “Such a one is a mighty searcher out, and a persecutor of old women whom they deemeth to be witches, and none hath done him harm, so it be proof that they cannot or more truly there be none.”

110. For all know full well that so many folk have died because someone had a grudge against them, or were persecuted because they had money or goods to sieze, or because they had none to bribe the searchers. And many have died because they were scolding old women. So much that men now say that only old women are witches.

111. And this be to our advantage and turns suspicion away from us.

112. In England and Scotland ’tis now many a year since a witch hath died the death. But any misuse of the power might raise the persecution again.

113. So never break this Law, however much you are tempted, and never consent to its being broken in the least.

114. If you know it is being broken, you must work strongly against it

115. And any High Priestess or High Priest who consents to its breach must immediately be deposed for ’tis the blood of the Brethren they endanger.

116. Do good, an it be safe, and only if it be safe

117. And keep strictly to the Old Law.

PAYMENT

118. Never accept money for the use of the art, for money ever smeareth the taker. ‘Tis sorcerors and conjurers and the priests of the Christians who ever accept money for the use of their arts. And they sell pardons to let men ascape from their sins.

119. Be not as these. If you accept no money, you will be free from temptation to use the art for evil causes.

120. All may use the art for their own advantage or for the advantage of the craft only if you are sure you harm none.

121. But ever let the Coven debate this at length. Only if all are satisfied that none may be harmed, may the art be used.

122. If it is not possible to achieve your ends one way, perchance the aim may be achieved by acting in a different way so as to harm none. MAY THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO BREAKETH THIS LAW. So be it ordained.

123. ‘Tis judged lawful if ever any of the craft need a house or land and none will sell, to incline the owner’s mind so as to be willing to sell, provided it harmeth him not in any way and the full price is paid without haggling.

124. Never bargain or cheapen anything whilst you buy by the art. So be it ordained.

 

LAW OF THE LAND

125. “Tis the Old Law and the most important of all laws, that no one may do anything which will endanger any of the craft, or bring them into contact with the law of the land or any persecutors.

126. In any dispute between Brethren, no one may invoke any laws but those of the craft.

127. Or any tribunal but that of the Priestess, Priest and Elders.

DISCUSSION OF WITCHCRAFT

128. It is not forbidden to say as Christians do, “There be witchcraft in the land,” because our oppressors of old make it a heresy not to believe in witchcraft and so a crime to deny it which thereby puts you under suspicion.

129. But ever say, “I know not of it here, perchance there may be but afar off, I know not where.”

130. But ever speak of them as old crones, consorting with the devil and riding through the air.

131. And ever say, “But how may many ride the air if they be not as light as thistledown.”

132. But the curse of the Goddess be on any who cast suspicion on any of the Brotherhood.

133. Or who speak of any real meeting-place or where they bide.

WORTCUNNING

134. The craft keep books with the names of all herbs which are good, and all cures so all may learn.

135. But keep another book with all the Bales and Apies and let only the Elders and other trustworthy people have this knowledge. So be it ordained.

136. And may the blessings of the gods be on all who keep these Laws, and the curses of both the God and the Goddess be on all who break them.

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows (Conduct, Valuables, Quarrels)

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows

(Conduct, Valuables, Quarrels)

CONDUCT

  1. Ever remember ye are the hidden children of the Goddess so never do anything to disgrace them or Her.
  2. Never boast, never threaten, never say you would wish ill of anyone.
  3. If any person not in the Circle, speak of the craft, say, “Speak not to me of such, it frightens me, ’tis evil luck to speak of it.”
  4. For this reason, the Christians have their spies everywhere. These speak as if they were well affected to us, as if they would come to our meetings, saying, “My mother used to worship the Old Ones. I would I could go myself.”
  5. To such as these, ever deny all knowledge.
  6. But to others, ever say, “‘Tis foolish men talk of witches flying through the air. To do so they must be as light as thistledown. And men say that witches all be blear-eyed old crones, so what pleasure can there be at a witch meeting such as folks talk on ?”
  7. And say, “Many wise men now say there be no such creatures.”
  8. Ever make it jest) and in some future time perhaps, the persecution may die and we may worship our gods in safety again.
  9. Let us all pray for that happy day.
  10. May the blessings of the Goddess and God be on all who keep these Laws which are ordained.

VALUABLES

  1. If the craft hath any appanage, let all guard it and help to keep it clear and good for the craft.
  2. And let all justly guard all monies of the craft.
  3. And if any Brother truly wrought it, ’tis right they have their pay, an it be just. An this be not taking money for the art, but for good and honest work.
  4. And even the Christians say, “The labourer is worthy of his hire,” but if any Brother work willingly for the good of the craft without pay, ’tis but to their greater honour. So be it ordained.

QUARRELS

  1. If there be any dispute or quarrel among the Brethren, the High Priestess shall straightly convene the Elders and inquire into the matter, and they shall hear both sides, first alone and then together.
  2. And they shall decide justly, not favouring one side or the other.
  3. Ever recognising there be people who can never agree to work under others.
  4. But at the same time, there be some people who cannot rule justly.
  5. To those who must ever be chief, there is one answer.
  6. ‘Void the Coven or seek another one, or make a Coven of your own, taking with you those who will go.”
  7. To those who cannot rule justly, the answer be, “Those who cannot bear your rule will leave you.”
  8. For none may come to meetings with those with whom they are at variance.
  9. So, an either cannot agree, get hence, for the craft must ever survive. So be it ordained.

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows (Grimoires, Persecution, Tools)

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows

(Grimoires, Persecution, Tools )

GRIMOIRE

51. If you would keep a book, let it be in your own hand of write. Let brothers and sisters copy what they will, but never let the book out of your hands, and never keep the writings of another.
52. For if it be found in their hand of write, they may be taken and arraigned.
53. Let each guard his own writings and destroy them whenever danger threatens.
54. Learn as much as you may by heart and, when danger is past, rewrite your book, an it be safe.
55. For this reason, if any die, destroy their book an they have not been able to.
56. For, an it be found, ’tis clear proof against them.
57. And our oppressors know well “Ye may not be a witch alone”.
58. So all their kin and friends be in danger of torture,
59. So destroy everything not necessary.
60. If your book be found on you, ’tis clear proof against you alone, you may be arraigned.

PERSECUTION

61. Keep all thoughts of the craft from your mind.
62. If the torture be too great to bear, say “I will confess. I cannot bear this torture. What do you want me to say?”
63. If they try to make you speak of the Brotherhood, do not.
64. But if they try to make you speak of impossibilities such as flying through the air, consorting with a Christian devil or sacrificing children, or eating men’s flesh,
65. To obtain relief from torture say “I had an evil dream, I was beside myself, I was crazed.”
66. Not all magistrates are bad, if there be an excuse, they may show mercy
67. If you have confessed aught, deny it afterwards, say you babbled under torture, say you knew not what you said.
68. If you are condemned, fear not
69. The Brotherhood is powerful and will help you to escape if you stand steadfast, but if you betray aught there is no hope for you in this life or in that to come.
70. Be sure, if steadfast you go to the pyre, drugs will reach you, you will feel naught. You go to death and what lies beyond, the ecstasy of the goddess.

 

TOOLS

71.To avoid discovery, let the working tools be as ordinary things that any may have in their houses.
72. Let the pentacles be of wax so that they may be broken at once or melted.
73. Have no sword unless your rank allows it.
74. Have no names or signs on anything.
75. Write the names and signs on them in ink before consecrating them and wash it off immediately afterwards.
76. Let the colours of the hilts tell which is which.
77. Do not engrave them lest they cause discovery.

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows (Security & Disputes)

The Laws According To The Alexandrian Book of Shadows

(Security & Disputes)

SECURITY

In the old days, when witchdom extended far, we were free and worshipped in all the greater temples.

  1. But in these unhappy times we must celebrate our sacred mysteries in secret.
  2. So be it ordained that none but the Wicca may see our mysteries, for our enemies are many and torture loosens the tongue of man.
  3. So be it ordained that no Coven shall know where the next Coven bide.
  4. Or who its members be, save only the Priest and Priestess and messenger.
  5. And there shall be no communication between them, save by the messenger of the gods, or the summoner.
  6. And only if it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe place for the great festivals.
  7. And while there, none shall say whence they came nor give their true names
  8. To this end, that if any be tortured, in their agony, they may not tell if they do not know.
  9. So be it ordained that no one shall tell anyone not of the craft who be of the Wicca, nor give any names or where they bide, or in any way tell anything which can betray any of us to our foes.
  10. Nor may he tell where the Covendom be.
  11. Or the Covenstead.
  12. Or where the meetings be.
  13. And if any break these Laws, even under torture, THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS SHALL BE UPON THEM, so they may never be reborn on earth and may remain where they belong, in the hell of the Christians.

DISPUTES

  1. Let each High Priestess govern her Coven with justice and love, with the help and advice of the High Priest and the Elders, always heeding the advice of the Messenger of the Gods if he cometh.
  2. She will heed all complaints of all Brothers and strive to settle all differences among them.
  3. But it must be recognized that there will always be people who will ever strive to force others to do as they will.
  4. These are not necessarily evil.
  5. And they oft have good ideas and such ideas should be talked over in council.
  6. But if they will not agree with their Brothers, or if they say,
  7. “I will not work under this High Priestess,”
  8. It hath ever been the Old Law to be convenient to the Brethren and to avoid disputes.

NEW COVENS

  1. Any of the third may claim to found a new Coven because they live over a league away from the Covenstead or are about to do so.
  2. Anyone living within the Covendom and wishing to form a new Coven, shall tell the Elders of their intention, and on the instant avoid their dwelling and remove to the new Covendom.
  3. Members of the old Coven may join the new one when it is formed. But if they do, they must utterly avoid the old Coven.
  4. The Elders of the new and old Covens should meet in peace and brotherly love to decide the new boundaries.
  5. Those of the craft who dwell outside both Covendoms may join either but not both.
  6. Though all may, if the Elders agree, meet for the great festivals if it be truly in peace and brotherly love,
  7. But splitting the Coven oft means strife, so for this reason these Laws were made of old and may the CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO DISREGARD THEM. So be it ordained.