By C. Austin
The energy of the solar year slowly unwinds as the season turns to autumn. So too, our own vigor is paired with the motion of Nature, spiraling toward the dark half of the year like the twining of ivy on the oak.
It is the nature of humans to communicate through symbol, an image being "worth a thousand words." Symbols allow us to share our experiences of the ineffable and of the inexpressible across miles, generations and millennia.
One of the most recognized symbols of the Celtic world is the spiral. An organic form, the spiral can be found in the seed heads of flowers, the florets of vegetables, pine cones, leaves, draining water, the shape of animal horns, whirlwinds, hurricanes and even spiral galaxies. An often proffered example of exquisite beauty and proportion can be found in the spiral shell of the chambered nautilus.
Fluid and sinuous, the spiral has been inscribed by humankind from the Paleolithic to present-day. In the earliest extant examples (approximately 12,000 BC), the spiral is accompanied by snake forms, the crescent moon of bullŽÂ’s horns and other patterns such as the chevron and zigzag.
Of the spiral form, Marija Gimbutus wrote "energy inherent in continually moving forms awakens life power and moves it forward." A coiled snake form is sometimes used interchangeably with the spiral. Both shapes are believed representative of the Great Goddess, the creatrix of the world, the mother of life and death.
By 5000 BC, the depiction of the spiral form, accompanied by moon, serpentine and egg forms was common throughout Europe. The spiral form often ran in bands between parallel lines, possibly indicating a sequence or cyclic time. On figurines and in pictures, the spiral sometimes replaces eyes or is depicted on breasts or the womb. This suggests the symbol in action, augmenting the power of sight or reproduction, not resting merely as a visual image.
To the ancient people of the southwestern United States, the spiral form may have indicated the journey undertaken by the people to the "Centre," and their rebirth from it. The spiral was associated with water, serpents and emergence. Mankind is thought to have "come from the womb of the earth in water."
Some of the most beautiful and well-known spiral forms are those that decorate the passage-tombs of Brui na Boinne, Knowth and Dowth in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland. Constructed in approximately 3100 BC, these structures predate the pyramids of Egypt by centuries.
In the passage-tombs of the Boyne Valley are over 600 decorated stones, representing a high point in ornamental megalithic art that flourished during the Late Stone Age along the western coast of Europe.
Within this concentration of art, the spiral is found repeatedly, paired with snake, crescent and geometric forms. Research suggests the serpentine forms may represent counting units, a reckoning of time. In the setting of a passage-tomb, it is possible, indeed likely, that these symbols depict the winding of time and the dynamic spiraling of the soul from death to reincarnation.
Interestingly, we find again that the placement of the spiral symbols on the surfaces of the passage-tomb stones was not purely for decoration. Some of the more highly developed designs were picked into the stone after it was in place, sometimes in hidden or out-of-the-way locations. Just as with the construction of the monuments of the great Avebury complex, it is possible that the ritual and power of the symbol was in its creation. A ceremony of "doing" may have sanctified the locale and enhanced the energy of the sacred image beyond the simple decorative purpose we might infer today.
Cosmologically, the spiral connects the human soul with the divine. As a matter of consciousness, the spiral connects the psyche with Self, coiling and uncoiling, ascending to investigate new potential while at the same time descending, returning to Centre, the pool of transformational possibility.
We dream of spirals, we move to spiral dances, we feel the pull of the spiral throughout the seasons of our lives, circling outward, descending, circling again to a place that is familiar but never before experienced. Not just an image on stone, paper or tee-shirt, the spiral moves our time.
When you gaze at a spiral pattern created in 2000 BC or at a spiral that you just doodled on a piece of paper, what significance does it have for you? Just as with dream images, only you can and should be the arbiter of what a symbol means to you. Living symbols, like the spiral, relate the unknowable and thus can never be fully interpreted, hence they remain ever fresh, ever accessible.
Time has spun, summer faded. Lughnasadh and the Celtic autumn arrive. Soon the first leaves will spiral to the ground.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Decorate the altar with acorns, oak sprigs, pine and cypress cones, ears of corn, wheat stalks and other fruits and nuts. Also place there a small rustic basket filled with dried leaves of various colors and kinds.
Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle.
Invoke the Goddess and God.
Stand before the altar, holding aloft the basket of leaves, and slowly scatter them so that they cascade to the ground within the circle. Say such words as these:
the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her
as You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West
to the lands of eternal enchantment,
wrapped in the coolness of night.
the hours of day and night are balanced.
Chill winds blow in from the North wailing laments.
In this seeming extinction of nature's power, O Blessed
Goddess, I know that life continues.
For spring is impossible without the second harvest,
as surely as life is impossible without death.
Blessings upon you. O Fallen God, as you journey into
the lands of winter and into the Goddess' loving arms.
Place the basket down and say:
O Gracious Goddess of all fertility, I have sown and
reaped the fruits of my actions, good and bane.
Grant me the courage to plant seeds of joy and love in
the coming year, banishing misery and hate. Teach me the secrets
of wise existence upon this planet,
O luminous one of the night!
Posted by Lady Abigail
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Snake in the Tarot is a very powerful symbol of Transformation, Wisdom and Sexuality.
Transformation because the Snake can shed its old skin and transform itself. Wisdom and Sexuality because it was the Snake that told Eve to eat the apple (or was it the pomegranate) in the garden of Eden, and when Eve and Adam ate of the apple they became conscious and they covered themselves with leaves, up until this time they didn't even though they were man and woman, totally unconscious. Also because the symbol for the Kundilini is the coiled Snake, when we awaken our sexual prowess the Snake uncoils and rises up through all the Chakra points.
Snake energy is very charming and popular energy, they can be witty and very clever. Snake has charismatic power and demands attention whether they are philosophers or an intellectual or simply a striking beauty bewitching those around them. They are slow and deliberate and they would detest being left out in the cold, as they would prefer warmer climates and those sunny days to bask themselves, therefore they can become lazy. This power they have can bring good luck with money issues, hatching their plans and patiently working it through to completion. Can be jealous as they can be very sensual so they understand the allure of sexuality.
What does this mean for us in the 2013 Chinese Year of the Snake... for some it will be an awakening becoming wiser, maybe going back to school to study something and becoming more learned, or meeting someone with a strong intellect to aid and assist you with legal matters. You may be drawn to someone with sexual appeal, maybe a lot of scandalous affairs will occur this year, or many may have relations this year but will they last?
A year of transformation for all, finally shedding away all the old habits and attitudes that we wanted to change and set ourselves free from. Change is usually hard but the Year of the Snake will bring a new way of looking at ourselves, a new found wisdom, an understanding that we had to go through the hard times to get the the good stuff now, and the realisation that this is the only way we learn. The harder the times the bigger the transformation.
Friday, February 1, 2013
February, the second month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of our Summer's rule, derives its name from Februa, the name of a Roman purification festival held on the fifteenth day of February in ancient times.
The traditional birthstone amulet of February is the amethyst; and the primrose and the violet are the month's traditional flowers.
February is shared by the astrological signs of Aquarius the Water-Bearer and Pisces the Two Fishes, and is sacred to the following pagan deities: Aradia, Brigid, Juno Februa, and the Wiccan Goddess in
Her aspect as the Maiden.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Amazing timelapse video of Tropical Cyclone Oswald - from start to finish!
"This sequence shows Tropical Cyclone Oswald from formation through to the depression that caused severe flooding down the east coast of Australia between 20 and 29th of January 2013".
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Witchmas! I love it... it feels just so lovely to say:- And so, Merry Witchmas to one and all!
My Witchmas Wish For You
My Witchmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun
I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer
May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totalled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought
May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold
I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Witchmas friend
And a happy New Year, too .
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...Thank you very much For being part of my life in 2012.
... I wish for you nothing but the best in 2013
...My Twisted Path
Monday, December 24, 2012
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the abode
Only one creature was stirring and she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
while visions of X-Box & Barbie flipped through their heads.
Yes, and dad was snoring in front of the TV,
with a half constructed bicycle propped on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?"
With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes and soot, which fell... with a shrug,
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."
"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, I'm glad you're awake."
"Your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "So, I've made you a clone."
"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?"
"Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."
Then out walked the clone - The mother's twin,
Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.
"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.
You'll relax, take it easy, watch TV and rest."
"Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!"
"I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"
From the room above, the youngest did fret.
"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared and I'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."
The clone changed the child and hummed her a tune,
as she bundled the small one in a blanket cocoon.
"You're the best mommy ever. I really love you."
The clone smiled and sighed, "And I love you too."
The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal.
That's my child's LOVE she is going to steal."
Smiling wisely, Santa said: "To me it is clear,
Only one loving mother is needed here."
The mom kissed her child and tucked her in bed.
"Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.
Sometimes I forget, it won't be very long,
before they'll be too old for my cradle and song."
The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side, Santa said: "Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, dear Mom, you'll be all right."
Sometimes we need reminding of what life is all about.
Especially at times when the Holiday season shouts,
and all we do is clean, bake, and procure.
You get the picture -- I'm sure.
So stop for a moment and hug that little one so dear,
whether he or she is 2 or 22, or even older this year.
For they are the gift that God gave us from Heaven above,
and what a special gift to be treasured, with endless LOVE!
snagged from Cindi Dean Wafstet