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Monday, 31 May 2010

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La Mano Poderosa The Powerful Hand In Puerto Rican Folk Belief
ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC SYMBOLS IN BOTH MEXICAN AND PUERTO RICAN FOLK ART IS THE MANO PODEROSA OR THE ALL POWERFUL HAND, AND WHILE IT DOES HAVE MUCH CATHOLIC "CRISTIAN" ELEMENTS, AND ITS BASED ON THE CULT OF SAINT ANN AND THE HOLY FAMILY. MUCH OF ITS ELEMENTS ARE ROOTED IN FOLK ESPIRITISMO TRADITIONES, WEST AFRICAN RELIGION AND INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL BELIEFS.

THE MANO PODEROSA AS WE KNOW IT TODAY IS AN ANCIENT SYMBOL OF PROTECTION AND ITS IDEA WAS BROUGHT TO MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN BY SPANISH AND OTHER EUROPEAN SETTLERS AND MISSIONARIES WHO SETTLED IN LATIN AMERICA. SAINTS AND RELIGIOUS PARAPHERNALIA SUCH AS LAS CINCO PERSONAS OR LOS CINCO SE~nORES, WAS USED AS A WAY OF TEACHING THE THEN ILLITERATE AFRICAN AND INDIGENOUS POPULATION THE LIFE AND VENERATION'S OF ITS CATHOLIC SAINTS. ORIGINALLY THE SANTOS BROUGHT TO THE AMERICAS WHERE WOODEN STATUES OR EXPENSIVE ART PAINTINGS. THE EARLIEST KNOWN FOLK ART OF THE MANO PODEROSA "WITH HAND INTACT" COMES FROM MEXICO IN ITS TIN RETALBO FORM THAT DATES BACK FROM AROUND 1807 THROUGH 1809, AND THEN IN PUERTO RICO IN ITS SANTO DE PALO WOODEN SAINT CARVINGS FORMS THAT DATE FROM 1915. THE PUERTO RICAN WOODEN MANO PODEROSA MIMICKS ITS ELDER MEXICAN PREDECESSOR TIN RETALBO, WITH SOME DIFFERENCES. OFTEN THE MEXICAN MANO PODEROSA DEMONSTRATES THE CINCO SE~nORES "SENIORS" OR CINCO PERSONAS EACH ON TOP OF A FINGER OF THE HAND, WHILE THE HAND RESTS ON A CHALICE, AS BLOOD FROM THE WOUND ON THE PALM OVER FLOW ES AND QUENCHES THE THIRST OF A GROUP OF 7 "SEVEN" SHEEP OR LAMBS. THE PUERTO RICAN MANO PODEROSA DOES NOT INCLUDE THE CHALICE OR LAMBS, BUT RESTS ON A HEAVENLY CLOUD, SURROUNDED BY WHAT SEAMS LIKE FOUR ARCHANGELS, WHICH ARE BELIEVED TO BE SAINT MICHAEL, SAINT RAFAEL, SAINT GABRIEL AND SAINT URIEL. EACH OF THE ANGELS IS HOLDING AN EMBLEM OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST, ONE ANGEL CARRIES THE THORNED CROWN, ANOTHER THE CROSS, ONE THE HOLY SPONGE, HAMMER AND NAILS, WHILE THE FOURTH IS HOLDING WHAT SEAMS LIKE A PILLOW OR BOWL OF BLOOD, IN SOME INSTANCES ONLY THREE OF THE ANGELS HOLD AN ITEM FROM THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST WHILE ONE CLASPS HIS/HER HANDS IN PRAYER. ANOTHER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MEXICAN MANO PODEROSA AND THE PUERTO RICAN MANO PODEROSA IS THE POSITION OF THE SAINTS. IN THE PUERTO RICAN MANO PODEROSA, THE CHILD JESUS, OR NI~nO JESUS SITS ON THE THUMB, THE VIRGIN MARY STANDS ON THE POINTING FINGER, SAINT JOSEPH ON THE MIDDLE FINGER, SAINT ANN ON THE RING FINGER AND FINALLY SAINT JOACHIM ON THE LITTLE FINGER. ITS MEXICAN PREDECESSOR FOLLOWS THIS ORDER. SAINT JOACHIM ON THE THUMB, SAINT JOSEPH ON THE POINTER, THE CHRIST CHILD ON THE MIDDLE, MARY ON THE RING FINGER AND SAINT ANN ON THE PINKY. IN PAINTED FORM, BOTH INCLUDE CHERUB ANGELS LOOKING DOWN FROM THE SKY. THE MEXICAN MANO PODEROSA OFTEN INCLUDES EITHER GOD OR A WHITE DOVE "HOLY SPIRIT, LA PALOMITA BLANCA" ABOVE THE HAND, WHICH OFTEN IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PUERTO RICAN MANO PODEROSA AND SYMBOLIZES THE HOLY SPIRIT. BOTH MEXICAN AND PUERTO RICAN MANO PODEROSA DEPICT THE OPEN PALM WHICH DEMONSTRATES THE STIGMATIC WOUND MADE BY A NAIL. SOME SAY THE HAND IS THE ADULT HAND OF JESUS CHRIST, WHILE OTHERS SAY THE HAND IS THAT OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI WHO IS COMMONLY BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST SAINT TO HAVE SUFFERED AND LIVED WITH THE STIGMATA. IN BOTH TRADITIONS, THE HAND IS THE RIGHT HAND, AND ON RARE OCCASIONS ONE WILL FIND THE LEFT HAND USED.

LAS CINCO PERSONAS


FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THE ART OF WESTERN PALMISTRY OR PALM READING "AS APPOSED TO EASTERN PALMISTRY", IN THE MEXICAN VERSION THE HAND IS OFTEN AN EARTH HAND, WHILE THE PUERTO RICAN VERSION IS A FIRE HAND. ALSO THE WOUND APPEARS TO BE IN THE CENTER OF THE HEAD AND HEART LINE, WHILE THE TIP OF THE WOUND CLOSEST TOWARDS THE FINGERS TOUCHES THE LINE OF THE DESTINY OR FATE, WHICH IS JOINTED TO THE LIFE LINE, EACH OF THE LINES ARE STRONG AND VERY VISIBLE. AGAIN MARY STANDS ON THE JUPITER FINGER, JOSEPH ON THE SATURN FINGER, SAINT ANN ON THE SUN FINGER AND SAINT JOACHIM ON THE MERCURY FINGER. THE THUMB IS CALLED THE MOON FINGER AND IT IS WHERE JESUS STANDS.

"IN PUERTO RICO THE TERM SANTERO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE YORUBA OCHA TRADITION, USUALLY A PUERTO RICAN SANTERO WAS A PRACTITIONER OF ESPIRITISMO OR A CATHOLIC WHO WAS A CARVER OF SAINTS OF WOOD."

TO MY KNOWLEDGE THE MANO PODEROSA HAS NOT BEEN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, BUT IT HAS BECOME A STAPLE RELIGIOUS ICON NOT JUST IN MEXICAN AND PUERTO RICAN CULTURES BUT IN ALL HISPANIC CULTURES WHICH HAVE INCLUDED IT INTO THEIR FOLK RELIGIOUS PRACTICES, MANY USUALLY OF AN ESPIRITISMO TRADITION.

THE HAND


THE HAND IN MANY CULTURES HAS ALWAYS BEEN SEEN AS A SYMBOL OF PROTECTION AND MAGICAL OCCULT AND ARCANE POWERS, FROM BLACK MAGIC TO WHITE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. WE KNOW OF THE HAND OF GLORY, THE HAND OF POWER, HAND OF FATIMA, THE MANO DE AZABACHE "MANO FICO", AND THE MANO CUERNUTO.

THE HAND IN ANCIENT AND PRIMITIVE TIMES HAS ALWAYS BEEN VIEWED AS A SOURCE OF MAGICAL POWERS, AND GESTURES SUCH AS THE FORM WE BESTOW OUR BENEDICTION, THE WAY WE COMMUNICATE MESSAGES, AND AS A FORM OF DIRECTING OUR ENERGIES. IT IS WITH OUR HANDS THAT WE CLASP THEM IN PRAYER AND DEVIATION, WE GREET OTHERS, AND USE OUR HANDS TO MANIFEST OUR WISHES AND DESIRES WITH SPIRITS AND DEITIES. WITH OUR TCHA TCHA, MARACAS, CHEKERES AND CABASAS WE INVOKE OUR SPIRITS WHICH IS HELD IN OUR HAND, AND WITH OUR HANDS WE DRAW OUR SIGILS, FIRMAS AND VEVES AS A FORM OF COMMUNICATING WITH THE SPIRITUAL WORLD. IT IS WITH OUR HANDS WE PLAY MUSIC TO THE SPIRITS, AND THROUGH OUR HANDS WE COMMUNICATE THE WILL OF THE SPIRITS THROUGH ORACLES AND DIVINATION.

IN MANY RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS, THE RIGHT HAND IS ASSOCIATED WITH CLEANLINESS AND BENEVOLENCE, WHILE THE LEFT HAND IS ASSOCIATED WITH FILTH AND EVIL, IT IS FOR THIS REASON THE LEFT HAND PATH IS ANOTHER TERM FOR BLACK MAGIC AND SATANISM. THE RIGHT HAND IS VIEWED AS THE HAND OF GOD WHILE THE LEFT IS VIEWED AS THE HAND OF SATAN. IN VODOU AND SANSE WE DO NOT HOLD THIS VIEW. IN OUR TRADITIONS WE VIEW THE LEFT HAND AS THE HOT HAND, THE HAND IN WHICH WE VENERATE OUR SPIRITS WHICH DEAL WITH A HOTTER ENERGY SUCH AS THE PETWO AND GEDE, WHILE OUR RIGHT HAND, WE VIEW AS THE COOLER HAND, THAT WHICH DEALS WITH COOL ENERGY SUCH AS THAT OF THE RADA. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE SPIRITS OF A HOTTER ENERGY ARE DEMONIC OR EVIL AS WOULD BE VIEWED IN A CHRISTIAN POINT OF VIEW, THIS SIMPLY MEANS THAT THESE SPIRITS OF NATURE AND THE COSMOS ARE SEEN IN OUR LIMITED HUMAN MINDS AS BEING OF A HOTTER MORE AGGRESSIVE NATURE. IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT WHEN WE MAKE OFFERINGS WE HOLD THE CANDLE AND FIRE WATER "LIQUOR" OFFERINGS IN OUR LEFT HAND, WHILE OUR WATER OFFERINGS WE HOLD IN OUR RIGHT.

IF YOU ENTER ANY BOTANICA YOU WILL OFTEN COME ACROSS 7 DAY CANDLES, HOLY CARDS, PICTURES, PRAYER PAMPLETS, OILS, POWDERS AND EVEN STATUES OF THE MANO PODEROSA. IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT ESPIRITISMO TALISMAN USED FOR PROTECTION, AND WARDING OF EVIL AND IT IS A STAPLE ALTAR PIECE FOR THOSE WHO PRACTICE PUERTO RICAN ESPIRITISMO AND SANSE. AS IS WITH THE TRADITIONS THAT USE THE TALISMAN THE MANO PODEROSA IS A BLENDING AND SYNCRETISM OF VARIOUS BELIEFS, SUCH AS TAINO, WEST AFRICAN, AND EUROPEAN SPANISH BELIEFS.

LA MANO PODEROSA THE POWERFUL HAND AND THE LOA "ORICHA" THAT ARE REPRESENTED.

SIMILAR TO THE IMAGE OF THE SEVEN AFRICAN POWERS WHICH DEMONSTRATES SEVEN CATHOLIC SAINTS WITH AFRICAN ORISHA NAMES PRINTED BELOW EACH ONE, THE MANO PODEROSA IN SANSE TEMPLES AND SOCIETIES ARE VIEWED AS LOA SPIRITS, FOR EXAMPLE.

* SAINT JOACHIM = PAPA LOKO OR PAPA BOCO
* SAINT JOSEPH = OGUN HERRERO, OGUN CARPINTERO OR OGUN GUERRERO
* SAINT ANNE - GRAN ERSILI "ERZULIE', GRANN ALOUMBA DAOME
* VIRGIN MARY - ANAISA PYE
* CHILD JESUS - PITI SOLIER OR CHIQUI SOLE

THREE OF THE FOUR ANGELS ALSO REPRESENT A LOA. SAINT MICHAEL IS BELIE BELCAN TOMEH, SAINT RAFAEL IS INDIO ALAGUE OR TINDJO ALAWE, AND SAINT GABRIEL IS GRAN CALI. SAINT URIEL HAS NOT BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH A LOA IN PUERTO RICO, "ALTHOUGH SOME SAY HE IS PART OF THE LEGBA OR GEDE NATION" BUT STILL GREATLY RESPECTED, AS EACH OF THE ANGELS ALSO REPRESENT LOS CUATRO VIENTOS.

THERE ARE GENERALLY 9 MAIN FIGURES IN THE MANO PODEROSA, 9 IN HISPANIC CULTURES IS KNOWN AS THE NUMBER OF THE DEAD, "LA NOVENA" BUT IT ALSO SYMBOLIZES PATIENCE AND HARMONY. NINE IS THE NUMBER FOR ACCOMPLISHING ONES DESTINY AND DIVINE WILL, AS WELL AS THE NUMBER OF IMMORTALITY. ALSO IT IS SAID THAT JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS ON THE 9TH HOUR, AND HE APPEARED TO HIS DISCIPLES AND APOSTLES NINE TIMES AFTER HIS RESURRECTION.

LA ORACION THE PRAYER "O POWERFUL HAND OF GOD! I PLACE MY CHRISTIAN SOUL BEFORE YOU, AND IN MY DESPAIR AND ANGUISH, BESEECH YOU TO AID ME WITH YOUR ALMIGHTY POWER. AT YOUR FEET I PLACE THE DEVOTION OF MY SORROWFUL HEART THAT I MIGHT BE DELIVERED FROM MY SUFFERING. MAY THE LOVING KINDNESS OF YOUR POWER HELP ME AND GIVE ME STRENGTH AND WISDOM TO LIVE IN PEACE AND HAPPINESS. AMEN.

AQU'i VENGO CON LA F'e DE UN ALMA CRISTIANA, A BUSCAR TU MISERICORDIA EN SITUACI'oN TAN ANGUSTIOSA PARA M'i. NO ME DESAMPARES Y LA PUERTA QUE QUIERA ABRIRSE EN MI CAMINO, SEA TU MANO PODEROSA LA QUE ME LA CIERRE PARA NO ENTRAR EN ELLA SI NO ME CONVIENE, O ME LA DEJE ABIERTA, SI HA DE VOLVER MI TRANQUILIDAD TANTO TIEMPO DESEADA. A TUS PIES DEJO ESTA S'uPLICA, QUE TE HACE UN ALMA OBLIGADA POR EL DESTINO A GRANDES SUFRIMIENTOS, QUE YA NO PUEDE COMBATIR SI TU MANO PODEROSA NO TIENE LA LEY DE LA RAZ'oN.. DIOS MIO, PERDONA LOS DESACIERTOS QUE YO HE COMETIDO DURANTE ESTA EXISTENCIA, LA CUAL LLEVO DE FRENTE, DAME FUERZAS PARA SOPORTAR LAS AMARGURAS DE ESTA VIDA.

SANCISTA BRUJO LUIS


Sunday, 30 May 2010

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Thursday This N That Happy Thanksgiving
"O Fabricate Mercifulness UNTO THE LORD; FOR HE IS GOOD: Such as HIS Mercy ENDURETH FOR Regularly. PSALM 118:1" "O Fabricate Mercifulness UNTO THE LORD; FOR HE IS GOOD: FOR HIS Mercy ENDURETH FOR Regularly. O Fabricate Mercifulness UNTO THE GOD OF GODS; FOR HIS Mercy ENDURETH FOR Regularly. O Fabricate Mercifulness TO THE Member of the aristocracy OF LORDS: FOR HIS Mercy ENDURETH FOR Regularly. TO HIM Without help DOETH Incalculable WONDERS: FOR HIS Mercy ENDURETH FOR Regularly. PSALM 136:1-4" "O Fabricate Mercifulness UNTO THE GOD OF HEAVEN: FOR HIS Mercy ENDURETH FOR Regularly. PSALM 136:26" "IT IS A Well-behaved Body TO Fabricate Mercifulness UNTO THE Member of the aristocracy, AND TO Hymn PRAISES UNTO THY Describe, O Peak HIGH: PSALM 92:1" "Build up A On cloud nine Noise UNTO THE Member of the aristocracy, ALL YE LANDS. Assist THE Member of the aristocracy With GLADNESS: Gust Past HIS Ghost With Words. Distinguish YE THAT THE Member of the aristocracy HE IS GOD: IT IS HE THAT HATH Ended US, AND NOT WE OURSELVES; WE ARE HIS Dynasty, AND THE Sheep OF HIS Discipline. Submit In the sphere of HIS GATES With Adorn, AND In the sphere of HIS Judges With PRAISE: BE Grateful UNTO HIM, AND Bless HIS Describe. FOR THE Member of the aristocracy IS GOOD; HIS Mercy IS EVERLASTING; AND HIS Appropriateness ENDURETH TO ALL GENERATIONS. PSALM 100" *THANK: BE Obliged, Reproduce Recall, Fabricate Mercifulness, Revere, Reproduce Entertainment, BE Guaranteed TO, BE Indebted TO, Bless, Eulogize, Smirk ON, Reproduce Decorum, Directly ONE'S Obligation TO, *THANKSGIVING: A Wintry weather Shared Mug OF Mercifulness TO GOD. *ACCORDING TO WEBSTER'S NEW Handiwork Dictionary AND Word list In the role of ARE YOU Grateful FOR TODAY? Catalog YOUR Masses BLESSINGS, SEE In the role of GOD HAS DONE! Unthinking Adorn FROM Making BY GEORGE. ~ LIESA @ HTTP://LIFEBYGEORGE.BLOGSPOT.COM/

Saturday, 29 May 2010

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Mt 2531 46 The Obvious And Forgotten
"(Click here for readings)"Jesus said to his disciples: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me."What I'm about to write may sound very obvious, but as obvious as things may be, they may not be at the forefront of our minds. For example, the sun is an obvious thing, but we usually don't give it a thought unless we want to avoid the sun or get a suntan. Well, this is what I want to say: there is a strong relationship between faith and love, and the celebration of Lent offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on this relationship; the relationship between believing in Jesus Christ and love.There is no doubt about it: those who have a strong faith in Jesus Christ have a stronger tendency to show greater love, greater compassion, greater mercy and greater forgiveness towards sinners. Now I know what you are thinking: "Father, I know a priest that is mean spirited and is rude to others." Well, I do too, and I wouldn't be surprised if this comment was directed towards me. But please understand, I'm not saying priests have a stronger tendency to show greater love. Of course they should, but I'm not saying that. What I am saying is that those who have a strong faith in Jesus Christ have a stronger tendency to show greater love. There are plenty of priests, bishops and nuns who are atheists. Some are even communists! But what I also know is that those who have a strong faith in Christ have a very strong love for others."For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me."The Christian understands that there is a very tight relationship between faith in Jesus Christ and love of neighbor. It's no coincidence that those who love Christ do not believe in abortion (the taking of the life of an innocent person) nor in the death penalty for a hardened criminal. When those of little-to-no faith visit the prisons, it's often to do research - to collect scientific data. For some of them may be more committed to the science of the criminal mind, than to the criminal's conversion; and far more interested in making the death of the criminal as comfortable and humane as possible, than to any last message he wishes to offer to those he harmed. Now there is another relationship that is very obvious but also may have been forgotten over time and during the course of some very bitter arguments and fights, and that is: "love begets love. "The more love you give, the more others will love. I know this is pretty obvious, but I also know it's been very much forgotten. Resolution: I will not forget the obvious. I will share it with others through my words and actions today.

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Muslims Show Respect For Religion By Attacking Pope
By Daniel Greenfield(Hypothesis Assistant Make another study of) If there's one consistent element in the media's coverage of the Mohammed riots, it's that Muslims are susceptible darlings who get very jolt in the same way as religion is injured. All they really yearn for is for everyone to exaltation religion... their religion.Guaranteed 1,000 demonstrators marched from Tripoli's Al-Mansouri Mosque to discontinue Nour Square late Friday prayers, bellow slogans next to the U.S. and Pope Benedict XVI, who began a three-day appear to Lebanon.They tore down posters and banners pleasant the pope that had been put in place by Saad Hariri's Lot Develop.The demonstrators unobserved bonfire shots burning by normalize, and tried roughly to make their way to the Tripoli Serail, which is multipurpose to Nour Square, hurling stones at policemen defensive their path. Guaranteed demonstrators with punch policemen with mannered and foil sticks.Verdict themselves ineffective to storm the Serail, the protesters headed some 500 meters down the trace to a KFC/Hardee's way out, synchronize the foundation on fire. They with set four circulation mopeds ablaze.The Pope has a rather forceful hidey-hole in Catholicism, but that's tolerable seeing that the only spiritual document that Muslims be sure about everyone to exaltation is Mohammed.If Christians pulled down posters with Koranic verses on them, offer would be in addition riots and murders. But seeing that they didn't continue insight to the Pope, they even out back on the congealed Muslim protest way out, critical a fried chicken surrendering. KFC Akbar.Is it everything that the Pope did or said? Not in the nominal. Druze Sheikh Naim Hasan shakes hands with the pope"I continue come to Lebanon as a pilgrim of treaty," the pope held upon his way in in Beirut. "As a friend of God and as a friend of men." Previously, dialogue to pressure aboard his categorical, the pope called for an end to military hardware imports to Syria and called them a sin. Syria's rebels continue appealed for military hardware shipments to help them altercation the manage. He with praised the Arab Rise uprisings, which continue ousted four long-time dictators.The attacks on the Pope are simple and simple Islamic bias of all religion, but their own. That is what is at the bottom of these protesters and this bias requirement be undiluted addressed.Routinely Muslim spiritual bias was not complete to Christianity. On the Place of pilgrimage Hill, the holiest site in Judaism, Muslims unavailable in their congealed antics on the site that they had concerned and transformed in the sphere of the Al Aqsa Mosque, cursing, sharp and throwing stones.Jerusalem normalize clashed with hundreds of Muslim juvenile Friday after they gone prayers atop the Place of pilgrimage Hill in the manipulation of the Damascus Revenue. Standardize held the rioters were on their way to the US consulate, In a extraordinary move, the US Toss Side on Thursday issued a travel bonfire for Jerusalem, urging American land to "adjourn disposable travel and restoration impart."Muslim anxiety that strain exaltation their religion potential continue some authority if they showed steady exaltation for the religions of others.Link: * Muslims Show Deem for Theology by Aggressive Pope

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

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Spirit Call Spell Kit Call The Spirit Realm Find Your Spirit Guide By Inkedgoddess
15,00 USD

Make contact with the Spirit Realm easier with this Spirit Call Spell Kit from Inked Goddess Creations.

Included in this kit are:


~White Votive Candle in Sandalwood and Peppermint blend to burn while making contact with the Spirit Realm.

~1/4 oz Glass Vial of Spirit Call Herbal Incense and Spell Powder, which can be burned during your ritual, or sprinkled into a mojo bag to carry with you.

~3ml Glass Vial of Spirit Spell Oil with herbs. The Spirit Spell Oil is a base of Apricot Kernel oil specially blended with Sandalwood and Peppermint oils with Willow, Rosemary and Dandelion herbs added in, to be used to anoint objects, to be worn by the spell worker, or to dress the votive before burning.

~2" x 3" Bag of Spirit Call Herbs, which can be used to add to a mojo bag, used as an offering, or even added to bath water for a ritual bath.

~Apophyllite gemstone to add to mojo bag, carry with you, or set out during your spirit contact session. Apophyllite is one of the most powerful stones for contacting the spirit realm, and for receiving messages from alternative planes. (Apophyllite is quite an expensive stone, but because it is the most perfect stone for this kit, I decided to go with it, which is why the price on this kit is slightly higher than the price of the other spell kits.)

~2 Charcoal Discs for incense burning

~4" x 5" Piece of Parchment Paper to write your spell, wishes or intentions.

~Small Organza Bag to possibly use as a mojo bag

All inside of a 5" x 8" Black Satin bag.

This kit can also be used during seances, or to help contact your Spirit Guide.

Spell kits from Inked Goddess Creations do NOT contain instructions for a spell. I have found over the years that the most effective spells come from within, when the spell worker follows their heart. As a result, more energy is infused into the spell. With that said, most spells do require certain components like incense, oils, stones, spell bag, parchment, etc, so thats where my spell kits come in handy. Follow your intuition, use what ingredients you feel you need, and always remember to be specific.

Check out my store for other types of spell kits, including Love Drawing, Protection, Money Drawing, Cleansing, and Healing. I also sell individual glass vials of the Spell Oil, as well as the votives individually, if you find these work especially well for you.

*Please note: Metaphysical properties of Inked Goddess Creations products are not guaranteed; I supply the tools, you supply the magick. Products should not be used in place of proper professional advice or treatment. If skin irritation occurs with body products, discontinue use immediately.

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Sunday, 23 May 2010

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Yoga Tradition Of Univication By A Lappa
"HAVING AN EXTREMELY MODERN SPIRIT AND CONTENT, THIS BOOK REPRESENTS YOGA IN ITS TRULY TRADITIONAL UNDERSTANDING - AS THE PATHWAY TO UNIFICATION. ACCORDING TO ITS DEFINITION YOGA MUST COVER ALL SPHERES OF A HUMAN BEING - SPIRITUAL, PSYCHIC AND PHYSICAL. UNFORTUNATELY, SOME ASPECTS OF THIS TRADITION HAVE NOT BEEN SUFFICIENTLY SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD."

"IN PARTICULAR, AN ENORMOUS LAYER OF DYNAMIC PRACTICES, OF WHICH POPULAR MANUALS, AT MOST, CONTAIN A SINGLE SET OF SURYA NAMASKAR, FELL OUT OF HATHA YOGA. ON THE BASIS OF THE TEACHING OF ALL THE WORLD-KNOWN MASTERS OF YOGA: KHRISHNAMACHARYA, PATTABHI JOICE AND B.K.S. IYENGAR AS WELL AS HIS OWN MANY YEARS OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OF YOGA, ANDREW LAPPA INTENDS TO DESCRIBE ALL YOGA VINYASAS (MOTION AND BREATHING EXERCISES) AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF OUT-OF-THE-WAY YOGA PRACTICES - IN PARTICULAR, THE MYSTERIOUS DANCE OF SHIVA."

"BUT THE RESULTS APPEARED TO BE SOMETHING FAR AND AWAY BIGGER, I. E., COMPLETE CLASSIFICATION OF ALL POSSIBLE ELEMENTS OF PHYSICAL, BREATHING AND PSYCHIC YOGA EXERCISES AND A UNIVERSAL ALGORITHM FOR COMPILING INDIVIDUAL TRAINING PROGRAMS THEREFROM. THUS GOING BEYOND A SIMPLE THIS PROFOUND WORK WILL BE USEFUL TO ALL PRACTITIONERS OF YOGA AND MARTIAL ARTS."

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Best Witch Scares In Books And Film
Witch BooksWitches have appeared in literature since Shakespeare wrote of them in Macbeth, and most likely even before then. For me, witches have always represented women with power, feared or respected because they embrace their abilities. Almost all books about witches include paranormal elements, but surprisingly, most can't be classified as horror.

BEST YA:


The Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins

The Spellbound series by Cara Lynn Shultz

BEST ADULT:


Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness


The Beauchamp Family series by Melissa de la Cruz

Witch MoviesMy love of witches started with The Craft. It came out when I was in high school, jut a bit younger than the characters and I could totally relate to their wanting to gain and use their abilities to make the whole teenage thing a little easier. Even as an adult, The Craft still remains one of my favorite movies ever made.

The Craft (1996)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

The Wicker Man (2006)

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Saturday, 22 May 2010

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Son Of God
"I pass it a Thumbs Up.Having watched "The Bible" miniseries ultimate appointment leading up to Easter and very very much enjoying it I'm perceptible it fortitude come as no bombshell that I presume been enhance chaotic to see the zip "Son Of God". In fact I had been waiting with baited breath to see it and went opening day, Friday night.Subsequently it happened, I made the bamboozle of looking at my e-mail and only as it did ultimate appointment, the dislike started to exploit my newsfeed on Facebook. Yet to be I knew it the internet was full of it. Full-blown of what you strength be wondering? Comber Christians bashing a zip, in masses cases some had not even subjugated the time to see yet former by to corral a ironic review about how "biblically Not exact" it is.I had in the past clever masses of these exact "Comber Christians" bashing "The Bible" miniseries former and it displeased me so very much that I blogged about it ultimate appointment (read that blog near) Seeing these inhabitants one the zip in instantly recognizable the same as it is "Christians" law the bashing is further than embarrassing if you ask me. In my arrangement they are only as bad as the Pharisees who killed Jesus. It is intensely shelve lucrative and sympathy in my arrangement actually grungy to Jesus to one and or nit vote for these gear to death. It is one thing if someone is preaching a deceptive morality, nevertheless some Christians look to get some bid of pleasure from enhance judging. Satisfactory this is what I worry about the zip.The thing is as bad as it is today in our come to rest and in a circle the world politically... Jesus is improved than politics. We are all called to go and make for the good information to all of occupation and to be the light. Disappointingly highest of us for my part included get far too careless with gear that in essence do not establishment in the end. Yes offer was a lot of hoopla made in the media about the editing out of the "Fiend" character. It didn't chomp me that they took the devil out of it, in the rear all it's about the Gospel of Jesus, not the gospel of the devil. The zip starts with Jesus coming hip Galilee so it's paying special attention on Jesus and his send out and his time with the disciples up until his death so it makes imitation that they took it out in spite of.Now pertaining to the "theologically courteous part that inhabitants look to be losing their minds about... the symbol of the zip and diminutive series as I understand it from seeing them in interviews expression about it, was to bring the send out of salvation and Jesus Christ to inhabitants in a way that fortitude roll them in "todays world". To roll inhabitants and instability hearts with the love of Jesus. For inhabitants "(Christians in instantly recognizable)" to nit vote for every separate a small number of thing in my arrangement is only as bad as the Pharisees who killed Jesus such as he did not come "the way they worry a king duty". Why... such as they were too wrapped up in their own "religiosity" to see him "The Son of Man" standing due offer in cheekiness of their faces.No one was in a circle the same as the scriptures were written and they presume been translated how masses times? The eminent thing is the send out person courteous and in that trait it was courteous. In the role of annoyed the fire out of me was seeing inhabitants ultimate appointment saying they were boycotting the bible miniseries at Easter such as consequently and such and in addition to at the exact time not having any quash with Beyonce and the Superbowl blow and in addition to person hung-up with shows akin American Deity, knock back with engaging in gear that intensely negate their alleged opinion.... which is a unrestricted hypocrisy.Jesus instructed us to go and make for the "good information", sympathy to GO and chat the send out of salvation (the gospel) to every corner and to every creature and to love one unorthodox and to be the light. Far too repeatedly Christians amount too very much time pointing out the disfigure in others eyes as walking in a circle with a giamungo bar in their own eyes.Having the status of a hollywood power holdup spends their time and cremation to make up a zip about Christianity in a modern way to try to cut the length of to pop culture which is a unrestricted knot btw and in addition to Christians sit in a circle bashing their efforts such as consequently and such cleric i.e. "Joel Osteen" was a analyst on the zip is ludicrously infertile if you ask me. I do not hope Jesus would be triumphant about that grow of handling. Accurate my arrangement of course one can have space for it or haven it.Certified presume whispered the zip is nonreligious and changes the scripture and all kinds of other dreadful gear. Certified presume even made these claims with out even seeing the zip understanding you. Newsflash to these Debbie Downers: the bible in English is faulty.... because they actually tease Aramaic. So that would make the Emperor James, NIV, Tone, NAS, Augmented, and all other bible versions external of Aramaic, Greek or Hebrew faulty. They presume been translated how masses times? And by whom? Yes that's due, by "man" whom is underprovided. The Greek and Hebrew are the moral languages that are the traditional confer of the bible from the time of Jesus and the disciples because no one is really effective in a circle dialect Aramaic anymore. Wish I stir up these exact naysayers the pharasies whispered masses gear knock back inhabit exact unfriendliness about Jesus such as they were worshipping their "words and traditions and not seeing with their eyes of reliance or their spirits. Not moral gone out on but slaughter Jesus such as it was not word for word what they had in their minds. A sad yet relaxed sculpt with Mysticism. Guild can let pass Jesus came for us to presume a "bring together" with him not a Mysticism.So say what you fortitude but the fact that Jesus and the send out of salvation the length of him with a modern milieu is on the big windowpane is far further eminent than "Comber Christians" sitting in a circle pointing fingers from important sitting room. That does not win souls for the soil - Disappointment on qualities who would try to disturb that send out from reaching inhabitants.I loved the zip. I not here offer aim my meat very complete with love for Jesus and what he did for all of globe. So in my arrangement I hope they did their job well, thumbs up... in my abase greek girl arrangement that is.Blessings, Love & Music ~Ava xowww.avaaston.com

Friday, 21 May 2010

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In Dust Or Bone The Key Bearer Comes
Left: Orris source powder, love improve (ash from old love charms) and red rose buds,

right; traditional altar incense, for Hekate

Rue, lizard coat, myrrh, frankincense, storax, bay- all of it burns in a cauldron, the smoke anoints the altar and breathes life now the sleeping spirits put forward.

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traditional altar incense; can you guess?"

Everything gets a rinse, I bathe my hands in the purifying cocktail of be frightened water, unripe and sea salt- my tools are submersed in white-oak water, a unmodified rinse for the work bold.

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My immediate set of cross-road keys, a undivided practical tool hand-me-down by make somewhere your home of us hot to working with crossroad deities, be they Exu or Hekate, Maman Bigit or Janus."

A bit of blood across the bones, to smother their craving, they have space for afar to say. Then I drank and watched the boorish moon delivery up out in the twilight sky, anointing my tools and toys in blessed light.

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One key to the crossroads byway of the coppice and line of work, tree lace agate to protect make somewhere your home who find their way to the otherside order the lobby of silhouette, and the use of "pharmakon". The final, a handling amulet requested by my bad-ass biker girl Glenn, to protect her peripatetic dreams."

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

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The Forgotten Aztec Goddess Returns As Mars Continues Retrograde In Cancer
As Jupiter-Pluto possess wandering pressing together at hand the Galactic Intermediate and the Sun moves to control with Pluto at the root of the Unclear Way on Dec. 20th.

our sacred beliefs and self-righteous icons are meeting ancient energies...

I mentioned that on the last New Moon the Amazon goddess at the heart of with Bellatrix was increasing with Mars in the sign of the Close relative. After noting how the Catholic Church has equally stolen and renamed greatly of the sacred from the citizen Aztec and Mayan - the formidable symbol of Mexico: the Virgin of Guadalupe became crooked.

Mexico City's 17th-century Basilica of Guadalupe--built in tribute of the virgin and maybe Mexico's greatest solemn self-righteous building--was constructed at the finish off of the prejudice of Tepeyac, held to be a site used for pre-Columbian be in love with of Tonantzin. Tonantzin, her cult is ancient and as a goddess of fertility of the earth she was in the same way regarded as a goddess of at all fertility. Co-conspirator with the form 7, and was recognizable as the Seven Serpent.

I dug a trivial deeper and found this lovely piece about his illustrious Christian Conjecture.

We all are important with the image on the license considering in December 9, 1531, a 57-year-old Mexican Indian farmer by the name of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec who had firm to Christianity was walking to Border approximately 7:00 AM

Feelings Conspiracy exclusive as inner drive - where Uranus was @ 7 Cancer 06 Retrograde and the outdoor drive has Mars nowadays transiting @ 7 Cancer 06 Retrograde with Sabian Symbol: Plants passable as at all courtiers are performing a intense fun of propriety. As we read the infamous story of Diego's sacred hope reminisce that the Churches and Priests of the Piscean age fasten tried to throttle are greatest unconcious, animal-human instincts and the true concern of myth and culture to on top form their requirements for delighted others. Appropriate all that is anxious as we fasten entered the Galactic Fifth Gloom organization the magic of the Fifth Day of the Galactic Underworld.

Modish is the timeline for this alleged miracle:


December 9, 1531 (Saturday). Early in the sunrise, Juan Diego hears generous music and a woman's representative inclination him to the top of Tepeyac Mound which he is straight passing; he sees a radiantly generous individual, who reveals that she is the Virgin Mary and instructs him to go to the bishop and focus him that a temple require be built in her honour at the base of the prejudice.

December 10, 1531 (Sunday). Juan Diego profits to the bishop's palace to try once more. The bishop asks many questions and tells Juan Diego that he requirements some sign to judge...

Tonantzin - "The Divinity of Sustenance", "Honored Grandmother", "Turn": Aztec Divinity of the Acquire. Tonantzin was worshipped in the Formal Solstice merriment hunger not later than the Catholic Church renamed her Tonantzin wore a white robe encrusted in gulp down and seashells

Timeline continued: December 11, 1531 (Monday). Juan Diego fails to keep back his call on with the Lady in the same way as his uncle has become fatally ill

December 12, 1531 (Tuesday). At a very earlier hour, Juan Diego is rushing on the road to Tlatelolco to find a priest for his dying uncle. Vivacity active, he tries to getaway her but comes down the prejudice to address him and listens to his gesture for not confinement his call on. She tells him: "Your uncle general feeling not die of this sickness; be reliable that he is correctly." (That sunrise, the Lady in the same way appears to his uncle and cures him.)

Friday, 14 May 2010

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

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The Quickening Upon Us
Is this really that time... ? Is The Quickening now upon us...?

This has been a topic of conversation many, many times over the years... wherever I have found myself in the world. Since the late 1980's... when we speculated what the effects would be... all the way through the dawning of the world wide web... and the creation of the thousands of wonderful speculative sights out there.... right up to the now... 2011 on the eve of 2012...

But what have I learnt through it all? Are there any notable signs... yes. I am aware... things are no longer the same as they were even three months ago. For example, three months ago I would still sleep like a baby the moment my head hit the pillow. It was a true characteristic of 'normal life'. But now... for the last 8-10 weeks my sleep patterns have notably changed. It's the same pattern. I get into bed with all the right intentions for sleep... in my favourite position... then there is an itch or an ache... then a tension and a sense of foreboding... and I shift my position to begin the process all over again. It feels like sleeping on a bed of nails with a myriad of spider's webs coming down from the ceiling touching my face and arms. I shift my position for a third time... then the frustration builds despite tried and tested relaxation techniques which have always worked in the past....

Changing sleep habits are one of the first signs of a change? Aren't they? I read it somewhere once... but it is one of the great differences and a sign things have changed on a personal level.

The other BIG change I've felt... which is most surely The Quickening... is the apparent ease I now find myself making connections with 'The Spirit Lands'... discarnate souls seem to have a much clearer link with me all of a sudden. It's not my imagination... but the number of immediate links to them as increased dramatically. Names, conditions, facial descriptions, mannerisms etc etc are now more readily available. Very few connections are vague... there are specific messages and 100% validation. Which is good! It's what I've been striving for since my first medium connection back in the early 1980's... the power of the connections has weaved and waned through the years; it's always been there... but recently it is the CLARITY which amazes me...

I'm pretty much convinced this is a clear cut sign that the solar activity has increased dramatically... the solar light is our link to the spirit lands after all. It is our nourishment on this planet. It is the area of the light spectrum where our DNA receives information and we communicate with... it is our 'silver chord' which connects us to the place we all come from. When we travel in the astral... and we see the silver chord... is it not the same light we see that connects our spirit with the physical body... we seem to travel along it... using the sun as the portal entrance to the other side....

So it is obvious that if this light source increases in power... then our spirituality will soar. The quickening is an increase in vibration of the light body.... we are all experiencing an increase in light sensitivity. But we may not all be feeling that effect.

There is also the change eating habits... I am eating less and needing less for nourishment... as more and more light is replenishing the light body... again, is this more evidence of The Quickening?

A quick question... are you feeling these effects too? Maybe other effects which I've not mentioned here are evident to you too.... you see there is the negative effects.... the headaches, the shiverings, the dizzy spells, the breaking away of certain friends and habits... that I haven't mentioned in detail; they are going on too... !

So, spend a few moments reviewing your life over the last three months... and write down the changes that you are now experiencing... can you attribute them to The Quickening... or do you have other explanations?

Matthew James 1st April 2011


Monday, 10 May 2010

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Ritual Magic For Peaceful Sleep And Family Harmony
This ancient nighttime blessing ritual can help create harmony and health in a family, with couples or even within yourself. This form of ritual magic is best done at night with the whole family before bedtime. Doing this ritual consistently each evening before bed can help create calm, restful periods of sleep or give you peace and calming anytime you are unhappy or stressed. If you don't have a partner to do this ritual with, you can do it by yourself or with your pets. Here's how to do it:1. Sit in the South, facing North. Gather and place materials in front of you. You will need: * Sun Yellow candle * Paper or wooden matches * Chalice * Sea Salt * Spring Water2. Charge your Sun Candle: * Light a sun yellow candle with paper or wooden matches (do not use a lighter) * Wait until you have a steady candle flame * Cup your hands around the flame, focusing your attention on the candle and flame * Say this verse in a voice of command to charge the candle:"Child of Wonder,Child of Flame,Nourish Our Spirits, And Protect Our Aim."3. Fill the Chalice halfway with spring water, and sprinkle in some sea salt.4. Blow Water Blue (bright blue) energy into the Chalice as you swirl the water clockwise.5. Blow Water Blue into the Chalice and swirl the water clockwise before and after saying the verse below and between saying each line of the verse:"Water and Earth where you are cast,Let no spell nor adverse purpose last,Not in accord with me!Bless these people and bless their space,Far from here send baneful trace,Thus my will, so it be!"(If you are doing this ritual alone, you can change the fourth line to "Bless this person and bless my space.)7. Holding the Chalice in your left hand, face the person you are blessing (unless you are blessing yourself).8. Dip the index finger of your right hand into the water, and draw a vertical line down the center of the person's forehead (or on your own). The line should be 1 - 1 1/2 inches long.9. Draw a horizontal line of the same length from left to right through the center of the first line, forming a cross.10. Draw a clockwise circle starting at the right end of the horizontal line and touching both ends of both lines. As you draw the circle, say to the person, "For the peach of your mind." (If you're doing the ritual alone say "For the peach of my mind.")11. Repeat the same procedure on the person's chest (or your own), over the heart. As you draw the circle, say, "for the joy of your heart." (Substitute the words "my heart" if you are doing it alone.)12. Ask the person to take a sip of water from the Chalice and as they do this, say, "And for the health of your body." (If you're doing it alone take a sip and say "And for the health of my body".)13. If there are two people participating in the ritual, reverse roles have the person that was just blessed now do the blessing to their partner by repeating the process. If there are many people involved in the ritual, one person can bless everyone, and then one person in the group can bless the first person.14. You can also use the alternate verses, "For the health of your mind." And "For the health of your Spirit". This is one of the many rituals presented in our Kindle Book "Witchcraft Spell Books" series Book Three - Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells With Magical Tools. You can check it out as well as the other Kindle Books in the series on Amazon. Try this ritual magic out for yourself with the nighttime blessing ritual and bring peace, harmony and magic into your life and your family's life.If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Or, visit our website for more great resources.Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Saturday, 8 May 2010

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Dragons More Than A Myth In Fate Magazine
In take in you missed it, the January 2007 conglomerate of "Good fortune" magazine included an bursting, 4-page book review from me of CFZ Zoological Log book Richard Freeman's book, "Dragons: Luxury Than A Myth?"Richard's assimilation in cryptozoology goes back to his nurture, and he beforehand worked as Janitor of Reptiles at Britain's Twycross Zoo.Upright out the "Good fortune" website for show up of how to get care for of back-copies of the magazine.As Richard sharply states: "The dragon has its teeth and claws potent here the growing thinker of mankind, and it's not about to let go. Our utmost ancient affair sluggish stalks the earth today. Beware: this is no fairy narrative. On every occasion your parents told you that acquaint with were no such thing as dragons, they lied!"And as Richard adds: "This is the opening time that a qualified zoologist, and a erstwhile head-keeper at a utter zoo, has written about dragons in a all-powerful, scientific wiliness that doesn't moderate the regulation to carnival myths and tales. I want staff will get back that I command tracked these animals - in all of their various guises and forms - and command vacant the vestige in a way that I acquisition demonstrates that we do command some very strange beasts living in the company of us."

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Friday, 7 May 2010

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The Necessity Of An Orthodox Presence In Latin America
By His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Central America and the Caribbean

"A massive religious transformation has unfolded over the past forty years in Latin America and the Caribbean. In a region where the Catholic Church could once claim a near monopoly of adherents, religious pluralism has fundamentally altered the social and religious landscape." (Steigemga, 2008)i

"The public face of religion in Latin America has been transformed in the last half century.... The Christianity of the future will be marked by vigorous competition and growing pluralism in an increasingly open and competitive civil society and political order." (Levine, 2007)ii

Current research, explains that Latin America, an area which was predominantly registered as Roman Catholic, is undergoing a radical religious change. The reasons cited by the above research generally falls into one of these three categories: 1. "Catholicism came to Latin America through conquest." (Levine, 2007) In other words, it was forced upon a population, rather than a spontaneous growth of spirituality from the indigenous population. 2. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Catholic church accepted radical changes in order to conform to a newer society. 3. The clergy status was predominantly "restricted to whites of legitimate birth" (Levine, 2007).

Latin Americans have a respect for the Greek culture: its arts, language, and, of recent times, they have grown a deep respect for the ancient Orthodox Christian faith. Additionally, there exists in Latin America a serious respect for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the person of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. (His All Holiness has recently visited Cuba, Mexico and Panama where he was officially invited by the Presidents of these Countries and appropriately honored as the Spiritual Leader for World Orthodoxy.) Large groups of indigenous persons who researched the foundations of Christianity have recently asked to be brought into the Orthodox faith. One group in particular in Guatemala has about 500,000 participants.

The Orthodox Church does not proselytize - so how has this come about?

The Orthodox Christian faith may feel comfortable to a Roman Catholic in some ways, as it has a vague similarity to Roman Catholicism with a structured uniform service. However, Orthodoxy varies greatly in aspects which allow a person to express a deep sense of spirituality within the confines of humanity, and a historical tradition extending from Christ and as He is revealed in the Old and New Testaments. As the Roman Catholic Church has made significant dogmatic changes since the year 1054, the ancient Orthodox Christian faith has remained unchanged since her formation as declared by the first Seven Ecumenical Councils.

The Holy Metropolis of Mexico was initially established 16 years ago to serve three existing Greek-speaking parishes of Mexico, Panama and Venezuela. However, since the arrival of Metropolitan Athenagoras and the establishment of the Holy Metropolis of Mexico, the Metropolis is rapidly bringing Orthodoxy to the multitude of indigenous Latin Americans seeking the spiritual comfort and the redemptive message of the Christian East.

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i Timothy J. Steigenga and Edward L. Cleary; "Conversion of a Continent", 2008.

ii Levine, D. "The Future of Christianity in Latin America", "Journal of Lain American Studies" 41: 121-145, (2007).

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

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Where To Malaysia
* A friend told me today that after much deliberation, he and his family members would be migrating to Australia for good. He is a middle-income earner. Money was not his main goals. His relocation was attributed to two factors i.e. education for his children and the future on non-Malays in this country. He seriously feel that the country is no longer safe for non-Malays especially with the rise of the extremist that is pushing for Malay supremacy and the difficulty for non Malays to practice their religion.

* There are two parts of his reasons. One was about education. I must say that I agree with him after seeing the quality of education is seriously degrading. Many of the teachers in the urban setting are financially motivated and educating is secondary. This I have dwell in detail previously. I am more concern about his second reason. This reason is a valid one. We live in a multi-ethnic country and we call ourselves as one nation. And yet, we restrict the right of non-Muslims to practice their religion. It is almost impossible to get permission to built new churches and temples. If approval were granted they are being built outside residential areas. They have to go into commercial or industrial area and the design no longer looks like a church or a temple. The Malays with the weak faith thinks that their religion is compromised by having another prayer house in their midst.

* In areas where there are Mosque, there are no principles and standard ruling that applies on the usage of megaphones. In my own area, I could here the Azan from a neighboring mosque in Sri Ukay (2 km) and yet my mosque is blasting the Azan as if they want the people in KLCC to hear them. I have engaged them privately and have suggested simple things like to do a sound mapping so that soothing Azan could be heard within the mosque membership (Qariah). I am embarrassed with their stand and could no longer find in me to engage them. Now they have now move to the next level i.e. reciting the Quran using the megaphones before Azan. No one (Muslim and non Muslim) in my area object to the need of having Azan but what the people wants is to hear is a soothing Azan with a reasonable volume that is pleasant to the ear. Unfortunately there are powerful, narrow minded people who think it is their right to have Azan as loud as they want to. They think the grandiosity of Islam is related to the loudness of the Azan. The irony is during Azan most of my Muslims and Non Muslims neighbors would close their doors and windows as they cant take it. That includes the people who claims that they cant hear the Azan.

* The non-Malays in my area felt helpless and repressed. I can't blame them. I understand their predicament. They have no avenues to complain. If they complain they worry it may become a big local issue. They are seriously worried about their own and family safety. They live in fear and many has move out and many more planning to do the same. In the end the community will be divided and will split within ethnic lines. Is this what we want for the nation? The psychological fear is real and it is time that we take stock of the matter. As a Muslim, I am disappointed but I am helpless because I cant do anything. The other fellow Muslims neighbors complains behind the scene and dare not to come forward as they dont want to be labelled. We need to ask ourselves where do we want to go as a nation?

Dr RafickThis is what PR should be looking into. There are extremists among us who think this country belong to them only. Others are pendatangs and have no rights.Anyone?

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

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Sabbath Day Primary Talks June 22 2008
My son had to give a talk in Primary this week. So, trying to be efficient, I typed into the Google Search Engine the words, "LDS Primary, Talks". By doing this, I came upon a gold mine of a resource for those of you who have Primary children. This site, listed at the end of this talk as my source, has talks (for free) that have been put together for each month's Primary topic and list additional resources for visual aids, etc. on the topic of each talk. It is amazing! Here is the talk that my 11 year old gave today.JUNE 2008, TALK #1"I will live now to be worthy to go to the temple and do my part to have an eternal family.Before we were born on this earth, we all lived together as brothers and sisters in the spirit world. We were part of a heavenly family with loving heavenly parents.Adam and Eve were the first parents on earth. Heavenly Father told Adam and Eve to have children. They had the first family on this earth.Heavenly Father loved Adam and Eve and their children. He told Adam and Eve to teach the gospel to their children.In our day, Heavenly Father has sent each of us to a family, just like he did with Adam and Eve's children.Heavenly father loves all children and has told all parents to teach their children the gospel. When we die and leave this earth, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to live again as families in heaven. They have shown us the way for this to happen.An important part of being together as a family forever takes place in the temple. Inside temples we make special promises to Heavenly Father and Heavenly Father makes special promises to us.In the temple, a husband and wife can have an ordinance performed that helps them be together forever. This is called a sealing or a temple marriage. If a couple is married outside the temple for this life only, they can go to the temple and be sealed so that they can remain married for eternity. Their children can be sealed to them and are then a part of their family forever. This special blessing is given only to those who are sealed in the temple and keep the promises they make there.In order to receive the blessings of the temple we must be worthy. To be worthy means that we are living our lives the way Heavenly Father wants us to.As primary children, we can prepare to go to the temple by following the commandments of God and the advice of our living prophet. We should do things such as keep the sabbath day holy, treat others with love and kindness, be honest, treat our body with respect by following the Word of Wisdom, pay our tithing, obey our parents and serve others.I am thankful that Heavenly Father has sent me to a loving family. I am happy to know that Heavenly Father has provided a way for us to become an eternal family. I know that if we will follow Heavenly Fathers plan and do what he has asked us to do, we will be happy."Source:http://primarytalks.googlepages.com/