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Guidence

Hello,
Basically like many other people I currently need some guidance.
I have spent time meditating, but I am just still not sure about some big decisions which I'm about ti make, both career and a big move.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions, which I could do magically to gain more guidance.
Thank you for your time in advance.
Ivy





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Ideas for Breaking Curses (or otherwise warding off negative energy)

A friend of mine asked me for some advice with a ritual to help a friend of his get rid of a curse. Since I did the work and I dug up some nice reference articles I thought I would share them with you.

Ideas for Breaking Curses:
Turnabout. This is one of my favorites folk remedies to break an existing curse, although it does not have a prophylactic effect on future negative influences. Turn around counterclockwise, take off your clothes (or just your shirt) and put them back on inside out.

Mirror Shield: visualize a protective sphere  with a mirrored surface that would reflect all incoming attacks.

Basic psychic shielding exercises:
Psychic Shielding White Light Shielding Technique
Psychic Shielding by Druidess of Disir (pdf)
Basic Psychic Protection
Creating a Psychic Shield around Yourself

Prophylactic Eye Charms
There is  Ojos de Dios or "God's Eye" made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico that is basically yarn or thread woven around crossed sticks. The idea of "eyes" warding off evil is common in many cultures. apotropaic charms against the evil eye  This site includes information I had read elsewhere about African protective blue glass eye beads and Mexican Egg magic to remove the "evil eye".

"god's eyes" can be quite simple or very complex

And you can see "god's eyes" in this Bon Tibetan "Spirit Trap" that is supposed to ward off evil. I wish I had been able to find more information or pictures of Bon Spirit Traps.  They sound like very cool magical devices. Native American Dreamcatchers are a similar magical device.

http://bluedandelion.net/viit/annapurna06/IMGP5109.jpg


I also like to work with a world walking visualization I got from Starhawk's novel "The Fifth Sacred Thing".  It's the idea that there is a 'bad' world where bad things happen to you, and a 'good' world where good things happen to you, and you have to focus on walking in the good one and not accidentally wandering into the bad one. I realize that is sort of vague, but it has helped me. 
goddess and god

World Cup Magic, Finnish Magic, Gardening by the moon, Summer Solstice, Pagan youth service

A magical World Cup team? It just might be the magic powder
By Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 06.15.10
" SOWETO, South Africa -- Deep in the heart of this dusty township of three million people, not far from Nelson Mandela's former house, around the corner from an arts and crafts market, behind a modest but well-kept brick house, sits what looks like just another corrugated tin shanty.

Turns out it is a ``Ndumba,'' a sacred hut.

Take a peek inside, and you find Kenneth Nephawe, a 63-year-old electrician-turned-Sangoma (traditional/holistic healer). He has removed his shoes and is seated on the floor on a reed mat, elephant tusk chunks in his hands, 40 jars of herbal powders and concoctions by his side. The remedies, called ``Muti,'' are made of African bushes, and are housed in old Nescafe and mayonnaise jars.
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Traditional healers -- don't call them ``witch doctors'' -- have been known to sprinkle special powders over fields and have teams swim in crocodile-infested waters to ward off evil spirits. But what they mainly do, Nephawe said, is act as holistic healers and counselors.

Their practice is based on the belief that the spirits of dead ancestors guide and protect the living. Patients are asked to blow onto eight pieces of elephant tusks and throw them on the mat. The Sangoma interprets how the pieces lie. Each ``bone'' represents a family member."
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Seitas, sacred places of the indigenous Sámi people, have become subjects of renewed interest
By Jussi Konttinen in Inari, Finnish Lapland, Helsingin Sanomat, International Edition, 13.6.2010
"Seitas, or the old sacred places of the Sámi people, have become the subject of renewed interest. The name varies, depending on the local Sámi dialect, and the places are also known as sieidis or Storjunkare.
The Academy of Finland is funding a four-year research project, in connection with which six seitas have already been examined. The archaeologists from the University of Oulu have performed small-scale excavations in the vicinity of the seitas.

The studies have already produced some results.
“Based on radiocarbon dating, the oldest findings have been dated back to the 12th century”, says archaeologist Tiina Äikäs.
Next to most of the examined sacred places the bones of animals, such as reindeer, goats, sheep, or various types of bird and fish species have been located.
Animal offerings were presented to seitas in hopes for better luck with fishing or hunting. Sometimes such proceedings included brushing the stone with blood or fat."
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Gardening by the moon
by Lila Das Gupta, Gardeners' World (blog) Friday 11 June 2010
"In a nutshell, people who garden by the phases of the moon believe that its gravitational pull on the earth’s water (i.e. tides), has a bearing on plant growth. They never plant anything when the moon is waning in the last quarter because it’s believed that the earth’s water table is receding. After the new moon, the water table rises again and planting can resume. Farmers on the continent have been using moon phases to guide them for years, as indeed have many gardeners in the UK."
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Summer Solstice: Celebrating the benefits of sunshine and how the sun supports our lives
by Debra Dadd Redalia, The Daily Loaf (blog), June 11, 2010
"Last year, I was talking with some friends about green living and got all excited that Summer Solstice is coming up that weekend. One of them said, “I’m not very interested in Summer Solstice. What does it have to do with living green?”

For me, it has everything with living green, because acknowledging the passing of time in Nature is part of what aligns me with the natural world.

When I first became interested in “living in harmony with Nature” (read my story of how this occurred at “The Windfall”), the very first thing I explored was the concept of natural time.
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For me, in the twenty-first century, honoring seasonal changes with a celebration is a way to periodically tune in with the time system of nature and honor that nature is the source of everything that sustains the material aspect of my life."
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Alternatives to Stonehenge: 10 Places to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
by Sean Williams, Heritage Key, 06/11/2010
"1. Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire
2. The Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border
3. Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
4. Golowan, Penzance, Cornwall
5. Sighthill, Glasgow
6. Pendle Witch Camp, Trawden, Lancashire
7. Orkney, Scotland
8. Castlerigg, Cumbria
9. The City of London
10. Your Own Home"
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If you read the description you will see that they are doing a standard American eclectic Wiccan ritual.
Pagan youth service uses world of Avatar to pray for our own
By Kathy Nance, stltoday.com, Post-Dispatch, 06.11.2010
"At this weekend’s St. Louis Pagan Picnic in Tower Grove Park, the young people from Four Winds Fellowship will dedicate their annual youth-led service to healing the Earth. The ritual begins at 1 p.m.

Martha, the adult who helped the children and teens put the ritual together, said that the intent is both to heal the planet and to help people rediscover and strengthen their connection to it.

The kids decided to frame the ritual around the movie Avatar. It’s something they’ve all seen, Martha said, and something they thought would be familiar to anyone who happened to come to the ritual, whether they are Pagan or not."
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magic, wicca, herbs, witch, pagan

Greetings!

Hello everyone! This is officially my first post to this community, so I thought I would introduce myself. My pen/craft name is Marcus Briarstone, and I am a writer for a pagan informational website known as Craft Haven.

I am male, 26 years of age, and identify myself as an eclectic pagan. I do not follow a specific path as I find courage, strength, and harmony with most forms of earthen spirituality. I write to inform people of pagan history, celebrations, recipes, spells, and ultimately our common ground with many other faiths. It is through such that I find a sense of contentment; I drive myself to constantly update the website and provide accurate information through it, as well as my tweets on Twitter, and my posts here on Livejournal.

The website is a baby for now. There is a ton of work to do. My goal is to have it fully fleshed out with several hundred articles by the end of this summer--accurate and thought provoking articles.

I hope you all have a grand day. Thank you for reading this.

goddess and god

Bookstore Closing, Indigenous Religion, Roman Magic, and Modern Spellcraft

Bodhi Tree Bookstore Is Closing: Bad News for Buddhists
by Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly (blog), Jan. 12, 2010
"Thompson and Madson started the bookstore when they were in their 30's. They are now both in their early 70's. They were aerospace engineers who left a life of science for one of contemplation and meditation.
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Books on Wicca and Astrology and Native American shamanism used to be tough to find. But now every Borders and Barnes & Noble carries a significant selection of religious, spiritual and New Age literature. And what can't be bought at a bricks and mortar shop can undoubtedly be found online at Amazon. For cheap.
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Thompson likes to think that the place has helped people who were lost, who were trying to discover who they really are, whether that be through Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. They both worry about what will happen to the community once the store is gone. Where will people go for spiritual solace?"
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A magickal omen of hope for the new year
by Kathy Nance, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (blog), Jan. 12, 2010
"In an earlier post, I wrote about local artist Julee Higginbotham and the shakers she constructed as the Midwest Pagan gift to people at the Parliament of World Religions. I didn’t write that she had the absolute faith that one would go to the Dalai Lama.
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“The shakers passed through hundreds of hands with blessings for world peace and for understanding between different yet similar religions,” River said. “We were all tremendously moved that we were able to give one to the Dalai Llama.”

The other three went to representatives of indigenous people. To me, that was fitting for two reasons. First of all, this year’s Parliament had an emphasis on indigenous faiths and the lessons they have for healing the earth. And of course, modern Paganism as it is practiced in the U.S., Australia and Europe owes a tremendous debt to indigenous peoples and religions.

One shaker was always dedicated to His Majesty Robert Daagbo Hounoun, world wide leader of the Vodun Hwendo faith. Hounoun, a resident of Benin, is a member of an African interfaith organization, Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa. Other leaders in that council had denominations that could easily afford the trip to the Parliament of World Religions. Hounoun did not. The Pagan members of the Parliament of World Religions board and many U.S. Pagan groups helped raise money for his trip. His Majesty is the first member of an African indigenous religion to attend the Parliament of World Religions, River said.

The remaining two shakers went to Australian Aboriginal leaders. One went to Professor “Auntie” Joy Murphy Wandin, AO Senior Woman of the Wurundjeri People. Her group is known as the traditional owners of the Melbourne area. She gave an official welcome to the Parliament, and spoke movingly of the need to preserve the Earth for our descendants.

The other went to “Uncle Bob” Randall, Yankunytjatjara Elder and Traditional Owner of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Uncle Bob is a member of a group the Aboriginals call the Stolen Generations. From about 1869 to 1969, Aboriginal children were subject to forcible removal from their families. The children were then placed at government institutions or mission schools. Uncle Bob was taken from his family at age 7."
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ARS ARCANA: The secret science of Magic in the Roman World
by Jan Claus, The Roman Forum, January 12th, 2010
"The term magos (magician, and thus mageia, magic) originally refers to the Persian sacerdotal caste, the Magi (or Chaldeans), responsible for most of the religious practices in the oriental courts.
To the stern and dignified Greeks of Classical times, magic did not appear to be a Greek practice and thus its origin was placed in the mysterious and enticing East, a land of wonders and arcane wisdom. Yet a Greek term existed, namely goes, whose etymological origin brings us back to an ancient Greek shamanism where ritual funerary lamentation brought on a trance that accompanied the dead to the underworld.
This ancient form of shamanism fell into disgrace with the birth of urban society; the histrionic, wild practices of the Magician contrasted openly with the ordered nature of urban society and its religious establishment.
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The rise of Christianity sought to establish a clearer divide between religion and magic, casting the latter in the shadows of ignominy and persecuting it because it was ‘inspired by Satan’. During his rule emperor Constantine passed laws against all forms of ‘superstition’ – despite Pagans’ retort that Jesus himself possessed the attributes of a magician. The heyday of magic in Europe was well and truly over.
That said magic continued to be practised by night under the silver rays of the full moon, in a quest to further mankind’s ancestral desire to understand and control nature."
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Some Thoughts on Spells and Spellcraft
by Gus diZerega, Beliefnet.com (blog), January 12, 2010
"In my understanding, spells are rooted in three assumptions which I believe are well-founded. First, that everything is in some sense conscious and therefore accessible to other consciousness. In short, there are no purely inviolable boundaries separating one thing from another. From this perspective we are nodes, self-aware nodes, in a web of consciousness.

Second, that focused strong intent can cross boundaries that are relatively closed, and bring abut a response. We see this all the time at a mundane level. It also holds true at non-mundane levels. A well crafted spell is like a mental arrow penetrating an environment that would dissipate a less focused less energetic effort.

Third, in a sense everything can be considered as vibrations at different frequencies. All else being equal, (and it need not be), lower frequencies can be penetrated more easily than higher frequencies. Think of a rotating fan. When it turns slowly objects thrown against it can penetrate while when it is spinning rapidly, objects thrown against it are bounced off as if it were a solid barrier."