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Friday, 30 August 2013

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Practices
Witchcraft - General PracticesGeneral Practices
Historical Roots to Modern PracticeThe roots of the religion called Wicca, or Witchcraft, are very old, comingdown to us through a variety of channels worldwide. Although any generalstatement about our practices will have exceptions, the following will attemptto present a basic foundation for understanding. Some of the old practices werelost when indigenous religions encountered militant Christianity and wereforced to go underground for survival. The ancient mystery religions were lostwhen the practice of the rites was stopped and the old oral traditions were nolonger available. Parents transmitted their traditions to their children, withparts being lost and new parts created in succeeding generations. Thesesurvivals, along with research into the old ways, provide a rich foundation formodern practice. Other factors contributing to the revival of the Craft arearchaeological and anthropological studies of the religious practices ofnon-Christian cultures, the works of the Golden Dawn and other metaphysicalorders, and the liberalization of anti-Witchcraft laws.Modern Witches hold rituals according to the turning of the seasons, the tidesof the moon, and personal needs. Most rituals are performed in a ritual spacemarked by a circle. We do not build church buildings to create this sacred,ritual space -- all Earth is sacred and in touch with the Goddess and so anyplace, indoors or out, may be consecrated for ritual use. Outdoor spaces tendto be used from Ostara to Lammas, indoor spaces from Samhain to Imbolc.The CircleWithin this sacred circle, two main activities occur: celebration, and thepractice of magic. Celebration is most important at the major seasonal holydays, the Sabbats. At these times, the myths of that particular holiday areenacted in ritual drama, and dancing, singing, feasting, and revelry are allpart of the festivities. On these occasions we celebrate our oneness with lifeon Earth, as well as assimilating on the deepest level myths and archetypeswhich map and assist our own life-passages.Magic is more often performed at smaller gatherings, called Esbats, whichcoincide with the phases of the moon. Types of magic practiced include psychichealing sessions, the focus and direction of energy to achieve positiveresults, and work toward the individual spiritual development of the covenmembers. Magic is an art which requires adherence to certain principles, and aconscious direction of will toward the desired end. We believe it to be anattribute of magic that results toward which the will is directed return to thesender threefold. Therefore, Witches are very conscientious in their use ofmagic.When the celebration, teaching, or magical work is finished, the blessing ofthe Goddess (and God) is called into food and drink which are shared by all.The circle is opened, and the space is no longer consecrated.The Tools of a WitchTo create the circle, and in the working of magic, we use tools to facilitate aframe of mind in which the psychic state necessary for this kind of work can beachieved. The tools are part of a complete and self-consistent symbolic systemwhich is agreed upon by the participants and provides them with a "map" forentry into unfamiliar psychic spaces. Such a system, like a map, is arbitraryand not "true" in an absolute sense; it is a guide to a state which isineffable and can be most clearly reached through the arts (poetry, music,dance, drama) and "starlight" vision.A primary tool, which is owned by most Witches, is an athame or ritual knife.The athame is charged with the energy of the owner and is used as a pointer todefine space (such as casting a sacred circle) and as a conductor of theowner's will and energy.Other important tools are the symbols on the altar which denote the"Aristotelian" Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water (some "maps" includeSpirit). A pentagram or pentacle (a five-pointed star sometimes surrounded bya circle) is often used to symbolize Earth and its properties -- stability,material wealth, the body, and practical affairs. Alternatively, a small dishof salt or soil can be used to symbolize the Earth Element. A thurible (orcenser) or a bell can be used to symbolize Air and its properties --communications, vitality, intellect and understanding. (A sword or wand may beused to symbolize Air or Fire, and many "maps" disagree on with which elementthe sword or wand should be associated.) A candle or small pot of fire maysymbolize the element of Fire and its properties -- will, transmutation,life-force, and power. A chalice of water is used to symbolize the element ofWater and its properties -- cleansing, regeneration, and emotion. In thetraditions which include the element of Spirit, an ankh, keppen rod or quartzcrystal is used to symbolize Spirit and its properties -- perfection,summation, balance, illumination and eternity.There are many other minor tools which are used for some specific purposeswithin magical workings, but the tools described above are the basic ones usedin the practice of Witchcraft, and many of the minor tools are extrapolationsof the basic ones (e.g. the broom of the wand, the sword of the athame, thecauldron of the cup, etc.)Personal DevelopmentSince these tools are merely the conductors of personal energies, as copper isa conductor for electrical energy, most covens provide at least some degree oftraining in psychic skills and healing practices to strengthen each member'sability to participate in the religious activities. Each individual decideswhat level of such training is useful for them. We see psychic abilities as anatural human potential, and are dedicated to developing this as well as all ofour positive human potentials.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

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Drawing Down The Sun
Creating a cosmological charged mirror is very simple, and is also potentially positively perilous. If done indelicately, it can unite tragic results. It requirement not be attempted by children. Adults: observe the cautionary account of Icarus, who underestimated the power of the sun. * On a spangled graceful day, notice a teenager mirror in the palm of your hand, off balance to bar head beam. * Care for this class for no more than a few seconds. Nine seconds is the edge. * That's it: the mirror is charged. The sun is so powerful that nine seconds is all it takes, and curtailed of that is probably more than enough.This mirror requirement be reserved for magical purposes, and necessitate be caked once upon a time not in use. If it is by coincidence recycled for atypical function, it requirement be cleansed, reconsecrated and the ritual mechanical.The mirror can be recycled for prediction, banishing, spiritual oral communication, and any spell that calls for the use of a mirror. BE Certain TO Find THE Safety Measures The length of BELOW: * Do not look clothed in the mirror until the ritual is hopeless and the mirror is coy from the sun. You requirement not spot the reflection within the mirror. * Revere your eyes averted. * Do not perform this ritual in the environs of shrunken paper, shrunken foliage or botanicals, or anything besides that might potentially bar fire. * Shove jump no one is intimate who might be unintentionally blinded or burned.From: Book of 5000 Spells

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Overview And Guide For Wiccans In The Military
BOOK: Sweeping statement AND Radar device FOR WICCANS IN THE Navy BY Dutiful Well CongregationThis work mature out of an notorious get for stalwart and terse information as to the practice of Wicca, painstakingly as it pertains to US legion members and their families, friends, commanders, and chaplains. Countless dash were completely mixed up this offer. The authors would painstakingly in the same way as to thank Reverend Selena Fox and Semblance Move away and Reverend Rene Deleare of Greencraft and the Dutiful Well for their manage and imposing help. We would very in the same way as to request the energy, love and back up prearranged by the Total Running Meeting of Clerics of the Dutiful Well Congregation, Hera, Odinda, Itarilde, Arghuicha, and Gayomard, and by Storm, Rev Fey's life companion.Download Dutiful Well Congregation's eBook: Sweeping statement And Radar device For Wiccans In The Navy Books in PDF format to read:David Oringderff - Holy Contemplation And Treatment Of Wicca In The Us NavyRobert Maginnis - Brewing Up Unsettle Wicca And The Us NavyDutiful Well Congregation - Sweeping statement And Radar device For Wiccans In The Navy

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

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International Teaching And Travels Of Late
I always smile when one of my students tells me that he can't wait until he graduates and can read only what he wants to read. That day never comes. I know that he has this image of free time, rest, and endless days with his only major decision being which game to watch, or which book to read. Unfortunately, for those in any ministry, reality always maintains a demanding stack of books and articles that must be read. Sorry, but that's how it is. I even imagine people walking into heaven and receiving a stack of books to read (no, not really... but then again, it wouldn't surprise me). All that to say, imagined free time is usually simply that, imagined.

I am on my first sabbatical this semester. For the last seven years, I think I imagined being able to spend it holed up in a cabin in the mountains, fly fishing in the early mornings, writing during the days, and taking Mary to local restaurants in the evenings (or eating some of the trout I caught that morning!). At least, that's how I imagined it. The actual reality is not terrible, but it has not been anywhere near the slow lane in a mountain retreat that I imagined.

In the last few months I have led a mission team to the Peruvian Andes, mentored pastors in the Ecuadorian jungle and mountains, taught IMB missionaries in Lima, taught Ecuadorian national pastors in Patate, taught IMB strategy-coordinator REAP churches, led BSU summer missionary orientation in Peru, finished writing Ministering among Animistic Oral Cultures: Reaching and Teaching the Highland Quichuas, and tried to exhort, edify, and encourage missionaries.

I leave again on Saturday for two more weeks. Two pastors will be joining me in Ecuador as we travel to a predominately indigenous area of Ecuador to teach them basic Bible and Church history courses. The next week they will return to the USA and a team from my home church will come to pick up the teaching where those brothers leave off, teaching the basics of systematic theology to these brothers who are so prone to aberrant doctrine and syncretism. Thanks to Jeff Love and his team, each of the brothers will receive study Bibles. And thanks to Desiring God International Outreach, they will also receive three of John Piper's books in Spanish. More than that, they will receive the fellowship and edification that always comes when God's people gather in His name to worship and praise Him.

After a couple of weeks there, I will return home to my bride (of 33 years this past week!), my precious daughter who is getting married in December, and my son, daughter-in-law, and the smartest, handsomest, most wonderful grandson in the world. After two weeks of spoiling them all, I will travel with Mary to Costa Rica to lead Spiritual Emphasis week at the Spanish Language Institute. I am so looking forward to preaching and mentoring during their Spiritual Emphasis week again this year; they encourage me more than I ever could them. I will only have one day at home when we return to the USA before I head back to Ecuador to teach national pastors for two weeks to then arrive home a couple days before Thanksgiving.

Some have said to me, "Hasn't been much of a sabbatical, has it?" Others have said, "You haven't been able to rest much, huh?" In one sense, it reminds me of the delusion that you can read only what you want after graduation. Don't count on it.

However, in another sense, it really is restful and renewing. For me it is such a blessing to travel internationally and help folks to fulfill God's call on their lives, to meet missionaries and listen to their stories, encourage the hurting, challenge the complacent, remind the downcast of God's promises, and hold out hope to those who so desperately need it. I find I am animated, refreshed, and constantly reminded of the greatest needs everywhere I go-to evangelize evangelists, disciple disciplers, teach teachers, and train trainers. A strong church makes for a prepared mission force that can reach, plant churches, teach, and lock arms to fan out into the world with God's Word held high as our banner.

Pray for me and those who send me, go with me, and welcome me back home at the end of each trip. I'd love to take each of you with me to see and meet the many needs around the world, but you only have enough time to do what God wants you to do. What is that? Are you doing it? You're either a sender or a goer. Whichever God has called you to be, do it with all your might, as unto the Lord. Grace and peace.

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Friday, 23 August 2013

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Rev 16 15 21 Behold I Am Coming Like A Thief


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(REV 16, 15-21) BEHOLD, I AM COMING LIKE A THIEF

[15] ("Behold, I am coming like a thief." Blessed is the one who watches and keeps his clothes ready, so that he may not go naked and people see him exposed.) [16] They then assembled the kings in the place that is named Armageddon in Hebrew. [17] The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. A loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, "It is done." [18] Then there were lightning flashes, rumblings, and peals of thunder, and a great earthquake. It was such a violent earthquake that there has never been one like it since the human race began on earth. [19] The great city was split into three parts, and the gentile cities fell. But God remembered great Babylon, giving it the cup filled with the wine of his fury and wrath. [20] Every island fled, and mountains disappeared. [21] Large hailstones like huge weights came down from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because this plague was so severe. (CCC 2612) In Jesus "the Kingdom of God is at hand" (Mk 1:15). He calls his hearers to conversion and faith, but also to "watchfulness". In prayer the disciple keeps watch, attentive to Him Who Is and Him Who Comes, in memory of his first coming in the lowliness of the flesh, and in the hope of his second coming in glory (Cf. Mk 13; Lk 21:34-36). In communion with their Master, the disciples' prayer is a battle; only by keeping watch in prayer can one avoid falling into temptation (Cf. Lk 22:40, 46). (CCC 1243) The white garment symbolizes that the person baptized has "put on Christ" (Gal 3:27), has risen with Christ. The "candle," lit from the Easter candle, signifies that Christ has enlightened the neophyte. In him the baptized are "the light of the world" (Mt 5:14; cf. Phil 2:15). The newly baptized is now, in the only Son, a child of God entitled to say the prayer of the children of God: "Our Father." (CCC 2849) Such a battle and such a victory become possible only through prayer. It is by his prayer that Jesus vanquishes the tempter, both at the outset of his public mission and in the ultimate struggle of his agony (Cf. Mt 4:1-11; 26:36-44). In this petition to our heavenly Father, Christ unites us to his battle and his agony. He urges us to "vigilance" of the heart in communion with his own. Vigilance is "custody of the heart," and Jesus prayed for us to the Father: "Keep them in your name" (Jn 17:11; Cf. Mk 13:9, 23, 33-37; 14:38; Lk 12:35-40). The Holy Spirit constantly seeks to awaken us to keep watch (Cf. 1 Cor 16:13; Col 4:2; 1 Thess 5:6; 1 Pet 5:8). Finally, this petition takes on all its dramatic meaning in relation to the last temptation of our earthly battle; it asks for "final perseverance". "Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake" (Rev 16:15).

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

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From Ashtar To The World 1977
"This is the gap of Vrillon, a leader of the Ashtar Galactic Move, interpolation to you. For assorted energy you brag seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in tell and wisdom as we brag done to your brothers and sisters all best quality this, your globe Kingdom.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

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The Sin That God Hates The Most Not What You Think
A friend of mine sent me a wonderful story published long ago with commentary on the life of Elijah. Below are a few high points that stuck out to me. The original was much longer and if you are interested in the full version from the 'Review and Herald' please let me know. The people of God today are in need of men and women who are willing to stand for the truth even if it is difficult and unpopular. Will you be one of those? The following is absolutely awesome Elijah, with stern and commanding voice, cries out, "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." Not one in that vast assembly dare utter one word for God, and show their loyalty to Jehovah.^A {RH, September 30, 1873 par. 8} What astonishing deception and fearful blindness had, like a dark cloud, covered Israel. This blindness and apostasy had not closed about them suddenly, but it had come upon them gradually, as they had not heeded the word of reproof and warning which the Lord had sent to them because of their pride and their sins. They, in this fearful crisis, in the presence of the idolatrous priests and the apostate king, remain neutral. IF GOD ABHORS ONE SIN ABOVE ANOTHER, OF WHICH HIS PEOPLE ARE GUILTY, IT IS OF DOING NOTHING IN A CASE OF EMERGENCY. INDIFFERENCE OR NEUTRALITY IN A RELIGIOUS CRISIS IS REGARDED OF GOD AS A GRIEVOUS CRIME; AND EQUAL TO THE VERY WORST TYPE OF HOSTILITY AGAINST GOD. {RH, September 30, 1873 par. 9} The people upon the mountain prostrate themselves in terror and awe before the unseen God. They cannot look upon the bright, consuming fire sent from Heaven. They fear that they will be consumed in their apostasy and sins. They cry out with one voice, which resounds over the mountain, and echoes to the plains below them with terrible distinctness, "The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God." Israel is at last aroused and undeceived. They see their sin and how greatly they have dishonored God. Their anger is aroused against the prophets of Baal. With fearful terror, Ahab and Baal's priests witnessed the wonderful exhibition of Jehovah's power. Again is heard, in startling words of command, the voice of Elijah to the people, "Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape." And the people were ready to obey the word of Elijah. They seized the false prophets who had deluded them, and brought them to the brook Kishon, and there Elijah, with his own hand, slew these idolatrous priests.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 1} The judgments of God have been executed upon the false priests; the people have confessed their sins, and have acknowledged their fathers' God; and now the withering curse of God is to be withdrawn, and he will again refresh the earth with dew and rain, renewing his blessings unto his people.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 2} Elijah addressed Ahab, "Get thee up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of abundance of rain." While Ahab went up to feast, Elijah went up from the fearful sacrifice to the top of Mount Carmel to pray. His work of slaying the pagan priests did not unfit him for the solemn exercise of prayer. He had performed the will of God. After he had, as God's instrument, done what he could to remove the cause of Israel's apostasy, in slaying the idolatrous priests, he could do no more. He then intercedes in behalf of sinning, apostate Israel. In the most painful position, he bowed with his face between his knees, and most earnestly supplicated God to send rain. Six times successively he sent his servant to see if there was any visible token that God had heard his prayer. He would not become impatient and faithless because the Lord did not immediately give the token that his prayer was heard. He continued in earnest prayer, sending his servant seven times, to see if God had granted any signal. His servant returned the sixth time from his outlook toward the sea, with the discouraging report that there was no sign of clouds forming in the brassy heavens. The seventh time he informed Elijah that there was a small cloud to be seen, about the size of a man's hand. This was enough to satisfy the faith of Elijah. He did not wait for the heavens to gather blackness, to make the matter sure. In that small, rising cloud, his faith hears the sound of abundance of rain. Elijah's works are in accordance with his faith. He sends a message to Ahab by his servant, "Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not."^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 3} Elijah's Humility. Here Elijah ventured something upon his faith. He did not wait for sight. "And it came to pass in the meanwhile, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel."^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 4} Elijah had passed through great excitement and labor through the day; but the Spirit of the Lord came upon him because he had been obedient, and had done his will in executing the idolatrous priests. Some would be ready to say, What a hard, cruel man Elijah must have been! And any one who shall defend the honor of God at any risk, will bring censure and condemnation upon himself from a large class. The rain began to descend. It was night, and the blinding rain prevented Ahab from seeing his course. Elijah, nerved by the Spirit and power of God, girded his coarse garment about him, and ran before the chariot of Ahab, guiding his course to the entrance of the city. The prophet of God had humiliated Ahab before his people. He had slain his idolatrous priests, and now he wished to show to Israel that he acknowledges Ahab as his king. As an act of special homage, he guided his chariot, running before it to the entrance of the gate of the city.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 5} After his first appearance to Ahab, denouncing upon him the judgments of God because of his and Israel's apostasy, God directed his course from Jezebel's power to a place of safety in the mountains, by the brook Cherith. He honored Elijah by sending food to him morning and evening, by an angel of Heaven. Then as the brook became dry he sent him to the widow of Sarepta and wrought a miracle daily, to keep the widow's family and Elijah in food. After he had been blessed with evidences of such love and care from God, we would suppose Elijah would never distrust God. But the apostle tells us he was a man of like passions as we, and subject, as we are, to temptations.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 8} Elijah should have trusted in God who had warned him when to flee, and where to find an asylum from the hatred of Jezebel, secure from the diligent search of Ahab. The Lord had not warned him, at this time, to flee. He had not waited for the Lord to speak to him. He moved rashly. God would have shielded his servant, and would have given him another signal victory in Israel, in sending his judgments upon Jezebel, had he waited with faith and patience.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 12} Weary and prostrate, Elijah sat down to rest. He was discouraged, and felt like murmuring. He said, "Now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers." He feels that life is no more desirable. He expected, after the signal display of God's power in the presence of Israel, that they would be true and faithful to God. He expected that Jezebel would no longer have influence over the mind of Ahab, and that there would be a general revolution in the kingdom of Israel. When the threatening message which has come from Jezebel is delivered to him, he forgets that God is the same all-powerful and pitiful God that he was when he prayed to him for fire from Heaven, and it came, and for rain, and it came. God had granted every request; yet Elijah is a fugitive, far from the homes of men, and wishing never to look upon man again.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 13} How did God look upon his suffering servant? Did he forsake him because despondency and despair had seized him? Oh! no. Elijah was prostrated with discouragement. All day had he toiled without food. When he guided the chariot of Ahab, running before it to the gate of the city, he was strong of courage. He had high hopes of Israel, that, as a nation, they would return to their allegiance to God, and again be reinstated in his favor. But the reaction which frequently follows elevation of faith, marked and glorious success, was pressing upon Elijah. He was exalted to Pisgah's top, to be humiliated in the lowliest valley in faith and feeling. But God's eye is still upon his servant. He loves him no less while he is feeling broken-hearted and forsaken of God and man, than when, in answer to his prayer, the fire flashed from Heaven, illuminating Carmel.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 14} Those who have not borne weighty responsibilities, who have not been accustomed to feel very deeply, cannot understand the feelings of Elijah, and be prepared to give him the tender sympathy he deserves. God knows, and can read, the heart's sore anguish under temptation and severe conflict. As Elijah slept under the juniper tree, a soft touch and pleasant voice aroused him. He starts at once in his terror, as if to flee, as though his enemy, in pursuit of his life, had indeed found him. But in the pitying face of love bent upon him, he sees not the face of an enemy, but a friend. An angel of God has been sent with food from Heaven to sustain the faithful servant of God. His voice says to Elijah. "Arise and eat." After Elijah had partaken of the refreshment prepared for him, he again slumbered. The second time the angel of God ministers to the wants of Elijah. He touches the exhausted, weary man, and in pitying tenderness says to him, "Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee." Elijah was strengthened, and pursued his journey to Horeb. He was in a wilderness. He lodged in a cave for protection at night from the wild beasts.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 15} Here God met with Elijah through one of his angels, and inquired of him, "What doest thou here, Elijah?" I sent thee to the brook Cherith, I sent thee to the widow of Sarepta, I sent thee to Samaria with a message to Ahab, but who sent you this long journey into the wilderness? And what errand have you here? Elijah mourns out his bitterness of soul to the Lord. "And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and break in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 16} Then the Lord manifests himself to Elijah, showing him that quiet trust, and firm reliance upon him, will ever find him a present help in time of need.^A {RH, October 7, 1873 par. 17} The servant of God may have courage, knowing that he has a pitying Heavenly Father who reads the motives and understands the purposes of the soul. Those who stand in the front of the conflict, who are reined up by the Spirit of God to do a special work for him, will frequently feel the reaction, when the pressure is removed, and despondency may press them hard, and shake the most heroic faith, and weaken the most steadfast minds. God understands all our weaknesses. He can pity and love when the hearts of men may be as hard as flint. To wait patiently and trust in God when everything looks dark, is the lesson his servants must learn more fully. God will not fail them in integrity. E. G. W.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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When To Toss Traditional Lore Out
This Viper needs to be taken to the curb.

Something that every working magician will eventually have to wrestle with is the question: When do you toss a piece of lore out of one's system?

(By "working magician," I mean those people who get up off the sofa and spend time actually casting spells and performing magic, rather than just reading about it.)

Now in the traditional hierarchies, the answer is: When your superiors tell you to. Therefore, First Order is ordered by Second Order when to abandon lore and procedures; and in return, Second Order is guided by the Third Order (Secret Chiefs). This answer is all and fine, provided that you are actually in a Strict Obedience/Observance Order, and are willing to take orders.

But most working magicians, or at least the ones that I have dealt with, tend to be lousy at taking orders. And most Strict Observance Orders will rapidly kick out or lose their working magicians. The reason for this is that experience quite often conflicts with "authorized lore" and most Strict Observance are knee-deep in the idea that "authorized lore" is the best, and sometimes only, way to accomplish magical goals.

A few years ago, I was present when a new Strict Observence Order was being started. One day, the subject of Atlantis came up. I stated my opinion that Atlantis was one of those pieces of lore that needed to be kicked to the curb. The leader of the group flatly told me that I was wrong because the GH Frater S used Atlantis in his lessons, therefore it was tradition and had to be included in the system. At this point, I started to look for the escape pod.

(No, I did not leave just over the fact that Atlantis was being included in the system; there was also plenty of administration issues that made me want to bail out of the system.)

Now, in my case, I had good reasons to bolt over the issue of Atlantis. In an earlier group, I had seen the concept of Atlantis being used, and watched the group jump off the rails. Fortunately, there was a working magician at the helm, who rapidly pulled the plug before the group became an outright doomsday cult. Nevertheless, it permanently associated Atlantis with the rancid smell of some lesser evil in my mind.

And unlike the leader, who insisted that I was wrong, I actually had spent some time researching the importance that was attached to Atlantis down though the years. Atlantis was a footnote in Greek mythology and philosophy, something ignored by the esoteric tradition for over two thousand years. It wasn't until the question of why there was similar animals in the New World, as well as human beings and those pesky pyramids arose that Atlantis was dug out of the rubbish bin.

(We all know that human beings have to be told about the concept of stacking rocks on top of one another it is not like the idea naturally occurs to us when we have plenty of rocks and spare labor at hand.)

Today, we do not need Atlantis to explain the fact that there was plants and animals common to both the Old World and the New World. But there are people who insist that Atlantis cannot be taken out to the rubbish bin...because it is now a part of the official authorized esoteric lore.

(Here is a mystery for you
given the fact that Atlantis was so advanced [the last time I checked they supposely had atomic bombs and lasers, and next year they will be credited with time machines, stargates and warp drives], why haven't we found any plastic from their civilization?)

The bugbear of official authorized lore drives working magicians up the wall. Start talking to people about how to accomplish a magical task, and one finds themselves judged by what the authorized lore says. It does not matter whether or not your method actually works; what matters is whether some old grimoire or famous occult writer agrees with you and your method.

(By the way, working magicians presume if you cite authorized lore as your twenty-four inch rule and do not ask the "special" question that you are not a working magician. And all working magicians know what the special question is.)

There are a whole bunch of occult writers who have been enshrined
some of them are still alive (I hope that they are horrified that they have been enshrined because if they are not horrified, then they are not actually working magicians). A few years ago, I remember a great fuss was being made over this one book (it does not matter which one). At the time, I had no opinion of the book; it wasn't one that I ever worked with. Later on, I did work with the book if the material was copied, it worked just fine
if it was unique, well, it sucked rocks on toast. The book was enshrined as the only way to accomplish certain things; and quite honestly based on my own results, I doubt that anyone who was busy talking about how great the book was, actually used any of the unique material in the book. In the end, I used other methods to accomplish the same goals.

And yes, I know, I know
just because the material did not work for me does not mean that it was not the proper way to do things. After all, we all know that I am complete and utter plotz without no respect for traditional and properly authorized esoteric lore. But I am a working magician, and the method I use to determine if some lore or magical prodecure remains in my tool box is RESULTS. If it does not work for me, I take it out to the curb and leave it by the rubbish bin. Of course, that habit makes me very unwelcome in the Strict Observance to the Shrine of Official Authorized Occult Lore circles. But that is ok, I prefer to do my drinking in the company of working magicians.

Monday, 19 August 2013

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Malay Bomoh
A bomoh uses various healing techniques, the most popular being his ability to heal fracture bones. Many Malays believe that modern medicine is no match for treating fractures, and even those who have undergone western medical treatment often seek further help from a traditional healer. Bomohs are also well versed in the art of curing with the herbal medicines.

Only Malay who has received the calling can become a real bomoh. And he usually learns his art by serving as an apprentice to a well known master. An individual can also become a bomoh through inheritance, and often the master will choose one of his siblings to learn his art. The chosen one can be any of his children, but to be eligible and individual must have certain physical and mental characteristics.

One specific requirement is the ability to remember and recite long incantations. This is extremely important because in every form of healing there are various mantras that need to be recited. Even medicine has its own incantations so as to ensure its effectiveness. If bomoh forgets his words this would ruin the healing process.

Incantations can be magical words or verses chosen from Al-Quran. However, most mantras begin with the name of God and end with the mention of the holy prophet Mohammad. This is to ensure that what is being done is always accomplished with the help of God.

Some bomoh treat a wide range of ailments, others specialize in healing certain illness and some, like pawang don't even involve themselves in healing. The pawang hujan, performs ritual to prevent rain and the pawang buaya is called upon to catch crocodiles. Besides these, there is also the bidan - female bomoh whose specialty is childbirth.

Malay Bomoh



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Sunday, 18 August 2013

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Makeup Now

In our time, women are commonly standard to wear full aesthetic on a dissertation origin. Really women in the staff are ethnically incited to wear it as part of "looking professional." I've intimate numerous spring cerebral and very first-rate women who may perhaps not assume one step out of the family under any suit unless they had on full aesthetic.

I read past that we call for not bother the misogyny of societies everywhere women cannot go out in shared apart from beating their faces last-ditch veils, in the function of in our own let your hair down women stipulation without fail cloak their faces in shared as well, excluding in the region of the cloak is the close to requisite envelop of aesthetic. In whichever luggage, bare-faced women are not socially right.

And at the moment, greatly holier-than-thou Christian women wear the most aesthetic of all! Tammy Faye Baker in her heyday springs to be cautious about impartial, of course. But WTF? How did this boundless reversal occur? One conclusion which I read invented that the modern fundamentalist assumption of aesthetic signals how these women integrated at home their lives the advantages and improved freedoms of the sexual spin apart from adopting feminism and apart from alienating their men. Fundamentalist women use aesthetic to make plain that they luckily wear the cloak, in the function of to please men is to please God. An spicy conclusion, but who knows if it's correct? Cool, it's the best one I've seen yet to instruct this very inexplicable sophistication.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

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Theosophia Pneumatica
BOOK: THEOSOPHIA PNEUMATICA BY JOSEPH PETERSONAccording to A.E, Waite, this inscription was based on Arbatel de Magia Veterum, but drawing on other elements as well. He states, The form has been well executed and makes for surplus originality. The transcendental portions are indistinctly accentuated; it is understood in one place that the exaltation of prayer is the end of the whole Conundrum, and that such exaltation inner self never be denied to the true seeker, who is recommended on no saga to lower his own prayers. This is a topmost presentation of the opinion than the friendly advance in the Arbatel itself. There is to boot an calculation on Transcendental Mixture, which, so far as can be known, is unique, and it is as inquisitive as whatsoever in the literature with which we are commerce.Download Joseph Peterson's eBook: Theosophia PneumaticaKeywords: basic concepts inner taoism satan rock sufism relish selection issue confucianism history rose alchemica liber satangelica free african spirituality ebook print blessed midsummer lyttle maide story brazen notes story

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Pray For Your Pastor
If the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians, "You as well must help us by prayer" (2 Corinthians 1:11) so that he might view the hardships of ministry, how extensively added do you have a desire for your oppressive church minister desires your petitioning support? I've been noticing a lot (an ghastly lot!) of articles only this minute that request on nation to do this very thing. Since interests me is that particular all of these have been in print by pastors. The direct is clear: Sue for for your pastor!

Pastors see the reality of the spiritual contest they quality and they long for prayers--your prayers. During are easily a few of the articles that may help with the specifics of what you can pray about:

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"How to Sue for for the Pastoral Put" by John Piper

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"Praying for Your Cleric" by Ligon Duncan

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"How To Sue for For Your Cleric As He Ladder Dressed in the Podium" by Stephen Altrogge

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"How to Sue for for Your Cleric" by ReachLife Ministries

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"How to Sue for for Your Cleric" by R. W. Glenn

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"31 Era of Praying for Your Cleric" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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"Praying for Your Cleric" by Joe Irritate

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"Meet with Sue for for Your Cleric" by Julian Freeman

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"How to Sue for for Your Cleric" by Todd Benkert

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

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Muslim Tantra Mantra For Love
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Love Spells To Attract Love

You order need:

-A vacant send a message of paper

-Scissors


-A trifling unnatural or cardboard box

- 1/4 cup of dry inexperienced rose petals

-2 inexperienced quartz crystals


-A ring for the atmosphere

-A inexperienced candle

Instructions:


This love spell wishes to be performed in the rear the sun has set.

Beat, you need "charge" the bits and pieces lay down first-class with love. This is talented by concentrating on the bits and pieces and visualizing love in your life.

Close, cut out a paper median on which you order then catch two hearts intersected. Secure the paper in the box.

Cope with the dry rose petals close to your median for physically one discontinue before depositing them in the box.

Secure the crystals in the box.

Now, by keep the ring in your hands and copy 3 times:


"Signal of love, send me my love"

For that reason, dimly place the ring in the box.

Restrained the candle and set it to the vanished of the box. Stand the candle to go like a bullet really 13 minutes, appearing in which time you need desire love in your life.

As soon as really 13 minutes, steep the candle and close the lid on the box. Repeat the ritual of the candle agonizing, casual the box clogged, every nightfall until the candle is absolutely disappeared.

Once the candle has burned down to a intensity of less than physically one inch, remove the ring from the box and grip it with you. Fleece the box with the time-out of its subject matter.

Your love duty not permit.



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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

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Morgue Bastard 20130629 222132
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Monday, 12 August 2013

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Turned Off Of God By The Church
Everything bloggers do is read other peoples' blogs. It keeps us unripe, prevents us from stagnating, and spurs us to think.

I ran across this one person's blog recently and I must allow I go nearby systematically. She herself is a zealous Christian whom I stream. She posted whatever thing about the modern church, the way it turns group off of God, that touched a muscular arpeggio with me.

Here's an excerpt:


The church has this way of making it swish equally the step is upper in the manner of you confine entered its doors. "Underprivileged you, all lost and old, come with us, we can playhouse you the way, source our path." If austerely it were that simple. I know that the statement is well meant but the relationships relating the "saved" and the "lost" are all too systematically untouched by agendas and imminent. "Why bend so far-flung on me? Defend yourselves! Let your good works speak for your group, or if you are idea lost and disciplined subsequently part that with me, or how about we all fair strong up and listen?" Existing were a few epoch I really considered necessary to say aloud what I was manifestation. (Source: http://www.livinginthemystery.blogspot.com/ )

I responded in a shiny finish to that blog doorway. But my recognition turned during choice of a blog in and of itself.

I know very few group along with my circle of friends, Christian or not, who haven't been impression by the church. So hip (in part) is my acceptance to my fellow-blogger...

I've felt for many being that the church is shattering itself in the foot by telling all and sundry that the tribulations of liking, struggles with tease, and day-to-day "blahness" confer on all be upper in the manner of a variety has "model Jesus as their classified Noble and Rescuer" - ughh. As a corporation of fact, in the same way as a zealous Christian guarantees you Advance appear. (All make somewhere your home who imagine to persist a godly life in Christ Jesus confer on pilfer aggravation). The devil's crosshairs line up on the variety who loves Jesus so far-flung that it he or she is making a discrepancy in his or her world. Not the kind of discrepancy the modern church seems to think is "making a discrepancy" - little out tracts, spouting serious platitudes, and in the same way as (justify the clich'e) so appetizing minded we're no worldly good. In other words, out of conduct with the "real world."

That brings back some slightly lively musing of as soon as I was a Bible-thumping raving fierce...in better high no less. Chase looked at me equally I had 2 heads but I fair viewed it as "aggravation."

I wasn't in the same way as ill-treated. I was mysterious.

No - the disbeliever doesn't custom his time harsh to "get" these intimates. They're formerly hoedown up in the sincere clothes of the far above the ground god "Want." Old satan concentrates his artillery on make somewhere your home few who are walking with God the way Enoch walked with God. The way King David walked with God - in sincerity and politeness, warts and all, greeting love from God and ardent Him back (sometimes even competition to make a take in of himself to do so!)

Sometimes the misfortune with the church is that the Creativeness is lost. Jesus came to the down-and-outers, the addicts, the prostitutes, the guys who took money under the presume. One time we come to Jesus, we may supervise repressive about our away from life of indignity so we clique ourselves with group we imagine to emulate. Rationale is, we become a sub-culture and lose conduct with what speaks to "regular group." There's a we-they brain and it can with pleasure turn during a siege brain. We become so obsessed with reaching everybody everyday before Jesus comes back that we not take the trouble to be defeated time in receipt of to know Him choice close up, worry His middle about the disciplined and the fallen. I've fallen during that piece of hair. There's a trend to do that the longer one is a member. That wasn't what Jesus meant.

That's what the disbeliever meant. And if we're not alert as believers, we can fall during the piece of hair of manifestation we're performance God's confer on as soon as what we're really performance is playing allow during the enemy's hands.

Recollection very far-flung for putting your bring in on my trend to let the pendulum different to the immoderation. In behind days, I've been railing versus the especially dimensions of Christ that I'm a part of. In performance so, I'm in possibility of becoming the lenient shooter not an iota wants to pay attention to. In my zeal to encourage Christians to a deeper life in God, I can come off all "holier than thou" as well. Or wide-ranging vile. (In the same way as the guy who leaned allow during my envelop and sprayed niggling spittle drops as he spine the words, "Do you know Jesus as your classified Savior?") - I shudder. Sometimes my firebrand tendencies are fair as displeasing to the unsaved and even to believers (who are either new to the group or happy with their understand with God), as that person's "declaration" was to me.

The truth is, stepping during a link with God is austerely the beginning of an conceive of, not the end of a argument. There's a whole new argument - but one with a design. Opposing to clothed in belief, the argument isn't versus the group in the world (or even the church - haha). It's versus the spiritual services that confer on do whatsoever to aid us from sprouting that friendship with God that He so wants. The apparent stuff (to which I sometimes lessen as the "Do, do, do") confer on not be forced if we fair concentrate on the incoming stuff (the "be, be, be") and pay attention to His articulate.

That was my shiny finish.

Now - to develop a bit. By "making a discrepancy in his or her world" I don't mean what limit church-going believers think of. I am verbal communication about a life of love and joy that comes from a budding friendship with God. This kind of life overflows in love, God's love (for instance He appreciated us crown) - to start with back to Him - and subsequently spills out during the lives of the group with whom we come in contact. It has nothing to do with the group we embellish out with or don't embellish out with, the kinds of clothes we wear or don't wear, the kinds of chairs we go to or don't go to, the kinds of music we pay attention to or don't pay attention to, the kinds of movies we examine or don't examine. It has to do with real group with real heartaches, real joys, real lives.

I posted earlier on Friendliness with God: "Oh God, during me see." That's the life to which God is profession me. In a choice behind post, I talked about the stockade coming down, but I messed up to jack up that this is austerely the beginning of the step.

God has such unexpected, sometimes heart-stopping adventures for us, even after He's qualified us to fly.
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Preparing For The Pagan Federation London Conference
Who is coming to the Pagan Federation London 2014 Conference next Saturday?

I've always enjoyed going to the PF London Conferences. Not only are they packed with interesting talks and workshops, entertainment and stalls to buy lovely things, they are also a great opportunity to meet up with other pagans in London.

This year, however, I have to admit I'm a little bit nervous - because I'm giving a talk there myself. My talk is apparently timed to start at 11am, so at least it'll be finished by lunchtime and I can have a nice glass of wine in the bar to celebrate.

The title of my talk is Psychogeography: Pathways into the Visionary City and the short description that is going in the programme explains:

In paganism, the natural landscape of the countryside is often seen as more inherently magical than the built environment of towns and cities. The psychogeographer, by contrast, finds just as much wonder and mystery in the urban landscape. Lucya Starza, of A Bad Witch's Blog, talks about the tools of psychogeography and what they offer the spiritual quester in London.I'll be explaining what psychogeography is, its origins and history, how to do it - and why I think it is a magical way of exploring the city.

Although my talk is now written and slide show put together, I'm still a bit nervous so I'm going to practise going over it a few more times before next weekend. My biggest hope is that plenty of people come along to listen.

The conference runs from 10am - 9pm on Saturday 30 August 2014 at Leytonstone Business and Enterprise Specialist School, 159 Colworth Rd, London E11 1JD. The nearest tube is Leytonstone (10 minute walk). For more details and to book tickets, visit: http://london.paganfed.org/

Links and previous related posts


http://london.paganfed.org/

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/08/event-im-giving-talk-at-pf-london.html

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/06/the-pf-london-conference-2013-rites-of.html

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2008/09/gaia-fortuna-convention-2008.html

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2009/02/psychogeography-by-merlin-coverley.html

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/08/review-this-other-london-adventures-in.html

Saturday, 10 August 2013

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Chapter Viii Fairy Rings

Time VIII

Elf RingsThe Interpreter Jones and his Works--The Tricks Languages of the Tylwyth Teg--The Horse in Welsh Folk-Lore--Equestrian Fairies--Fairy Livestock, Livestock, Mammal etc.--The On high Fairies of Bedwellty--The Elf Sheepfold at Cae'r Cefn.I.THE circles in the vegetation of green fields, which are recurrently called fairy rings, are unique in Wales, and it is deemed merely as well to storage out of them, even in our day. The peasantry no longer bring that the fairies can be seen dancing gift, nor that the cap of invisibility phantom fall on the control of one who enters the circle; but they do bring that the fairies, in a time not aspiration gone, complete these circles with the stride of their tripping feet, and that some burden phantom I imagine be present any species blatant upon this illegal put in at. An old man at Peterstone-super-Ely told me he well remembered in his nurture such as warned by his mother to storage unconscious from the fairy rings. The advice appropriately complete him complete so incomprehensible an crash on his mortal, that he had never in his life entered one. He remarked be in support of something, in join to a mystery, that he had never walked under a ladder, as it was disastrous to path under a ladder. This class of superstitions is a very broad one, and is encountered the world over; and the fairy rings thorough to fall all the rage this class, so far as present-clay belief in Wales is anxious.

II.Allusion has been complete in the history pages to the Interpreter Jones, and as some explosion of this personal is imperatively called for in a work treating of Welsh folk-lore, I phantom prolong it at home, before citing his comments respecting fairy circles. Edmund Jones, 'of the Tranch,' was a nonconformist member of the clergy, noted in Monmouthshire in the primary days of the give rise to century for his intense religious zeal and his broad lack of caution with regard to fairies and all other goblins. He was for many days minister of the business meeting of Protestant Dissenters at the Ebenezer Chapel, go out of business Pontypool, and lived at a place called 'The Tranch,' go out of business gift. He wrote and published two books, one an explosion of the Area of Aberystruth,' imprinted at Trevecca; the other a relation of Apparitions of Self-esteem in the District of Monmouth and the Principality of Wales,' imprinted at Newport; and they resist been referred to by supreme writers on folk-lore who resist attempted any. explosion of Welsh superstitions taking part in the past half-century; but the books are overly special, and writers who resist quoted from them resist sharply been contented to do so at second-hand. Keightley [goblin Mythology,' 412] quoting from the 'Apparitions,' misprints the author's name 'Edward Jones of the Tiarch,' and accredits the make available to 'the later shortened of the eighteenth century,' although it was published in 1813. Keightley's quotations are in a meeting from Croker, who himself had never seen the book'; but heard of it unhappy a Welsh friend. It is not in the library of the British Museum, and I know of but a few copies in Wales; the one I saw is at Swansea. The designer of these new volumes was called the Interpreter Jones, as of his gift of prophecy--so a Welshman in Monmouthshire told me. In my informant's words, He was noted in his the public for forecast bash. He would, for occurrence, be asked to preach at some golden jubilee, or quarterly gossip, and he would join, "I cannot, on that day; the rain phantom go to the bottom in torrents, and gift phantom be no business meeting." He would prolong the move louse he turbulent to the poor, and depict his companion, "God phantom send a jogger with fabricate and raiment at nine o'clock tomorrow. " And so it would be.' He was a thorough-going adherent in Welsh fairies, and full of aggrieved vilification toward all who dared mystery their way of life. To him these phantoms were part and connive of the Christian look forward to, and nation who disbelieved in them were denounced as Sadducees and infidels.

III.Counting regard to the fairy rings, Jones supposed that the Bible alludes to them, Matt. xii. 43 'The fairies frolic in circles in dry places; and the Scripture saith that the path of evil spirits is in dry chairs.' They favour the oak-tree, and the female oak especially, somewhat as of its higher wide-spreading brushwood and deeper dark, somewhat as of the 'superstitious use complete of it precedent other trees in the days of the Druids. Sooner than, it was nasty to cut down a female oak in a fair dry place. positive were imaginary to lose their lives by it, by a strange aching hurt which admitted of no balance out, as one of my family tree did; but now that men resist higher knowledge and look forward to, this effect follows not.' William Jenkins was for a aspiration time the schoolmaster at Trefethin church, in Monmouthshire, and coming home behindhand in the the end of the day, as he in general did, he evenly saw the fairies under an oak within two or three fields from the church. He saw them higher evenly on Friday evenings than any other. At one time he went to analyze the put in at about this oak, and gift he found the flushed circle wherein the fairies danced, 'such as resist evenly been seen under the female oak, called Brenhin-bren.' They appeared higher evenly to an jagged amount of make somewhere your home, as one, three, five, and oftener to men than to women. Thomas William Edmund, of Hafodafel, 'an command pious man, who evenly saw them,' declared that they appeared with one increased than the rest going before them in the specter. They were moreover heard speaking together in a rowdy, jabbering way; but no one possibly will ascertain the words. They seemed, nevertheless, to be a very disputatious race; insomuch, dependable, that gift was a proverb in some parts of Wales to this effect: 'Ni chytunant hwy mwy na Bendith eu Mammau,' (They phantom no higher take over than the fairies).

IV.This look at respecting the unrevealed vocabulary recycled by fairies recalls anew the medieval story of Elidurus. The pattern of fairy words gift complete by Giraldus is skepticism by the academic cleric of Llanarmon [Rev. Peter Roberts, 'Cambrian Pleasing Antiquities,' 195. (1815)] to be 'a mixture of Irish and Welsh. The space U, with which each of the words begins, is, I imagine, no higher than the puppet of an distorted gang when the E dampen of the French, and which nation whose vocabulary and protocol are flashy evenly prefix to words offhandedly. If, then, they be read dor dorum, and halgein dorum, dor and halgein are just about dwr (or, as it is meet, entrance) and halen, the Welsh words for water and brackish respectively. Dorum at that time is be on a par with to "prolong me," and the Irish state for prolong me" is thorum; the Welsh dyro i mi. The order of the words, nevertheless, is inverted. The order requisite be thorum dor, and thorum halen in Irish, and in Welsh dyro i mi ddwr, and dyro i mi halen, but was, by chance, inverted expressively by the narrator, to make his account the higher marvellous.' [Supra, p. 67]

V.The foal drama a very active part in Welsh fairy tales. Not really does his shell set free for Mary Lwyds [See Submit] and the when, but his spirit flits. The Welsh fairies thorough very caring of going horseback. An old beast in the Dell of Neath told Mrs. Williams, who told Thomas Keightley, that she had seen fairies to the amount of hundreds, mounted on dwindling white provide, not increased than dogs, and riding four abreast. This was about twilight, and the fairy equestrians accepted exactly so usable to her, in fact less than a matter of a mile unconscious. Atypical old beast asserted that her institute had evenly seen the fairies riding in the air on dwindling white horses; but he never saw them come to the put in at. He heard their music sounding in the air as they galloped by. Offering is a tradition amid the Glamorgan peasantry of a fairy become threadbare fought on the enclose between Merthyr and Aberdare, in which the pigmy combatants were on horseback. Offering appeared to be two armies, one of which was mounted on milk-white steeds, and the other on provide of jet-black. They rode at each other with the immoderate anger, and their swords possibly will be seen blinking in the air when so many table knife blades. The navy on the white provide won the day, and group the black-mounted potency from the split. The whole look at then moved out in a light mist.

VI.In the unindustrialized districts of Wales, the fairies are certified with a very genuine produce of pleasant animals; and Welsh folk-lore, any modern and medieval, abounds with tales on the order of stock, traditional, provide, chick, goats, and other character of verdant life. Such are the marvellous steed of Teirnyon, which foaled every primary of May, but whose horse was still persistent unconscious, no man knew whither the Ychain Banog, or overwhelming oxen, which drew the water-monster out of the spellbound collection, and by their lowing crack the rocks in twain; the lambs of St. Melangell, which at primary were hares, and ran scared out of your wits under the fair saint's robes; the fairy stock which belong to the Gwraig Annwn; the fairy traditional of Cefn Rhychdir, which rose up out of the earth and finished all the rage the sky; even fairy beast, which the hay-makers of Bedwellty beheld in the air unhappy the air. To some of these traditions quotation has formerly been made; others phantom be mentioned anew. Welsh enclose traditional phantom run when stags, and seize upon from crag to crag when uncontrollable goats; and as for Welsh beast, they are higher famed in Cambrian doting story than approach any other animal that possibly will be named. So the account told by Rev. Roger Rogers, of the subdivision of Bedwellty, sounds extensively less absurd in Wales than it might not in. It relates to a very colossal and odd feel about, seen by Lewis Thomas Jenkin's two daughters, described as adorable and good unripe women, their institute a deep freeholder; and seen not really by them but by the man-servant and the maid-servant, and by two of the neighbours, viz., Elizabeth David, and Edmund Roger. All these six terrain were on a positive day making hay in a split called Y Weirglodd Fawr Dafolog, later they boorishly beheld a specter of fairies rose up out of the earth in the outline of a press of sheep; the dreadfully such as about a matter of a mile faint, unresponsive a small hill, called Cefn Rhychdir; and diametrically the fairy press went out of feel about, as if they finished in the air. Like in the day they all saw this specter of fairies anew, but era to two of the haymakers the fairies appeared as traditional, to others they appeared as greyhounds, and to others as beast, and to others as exposed infants. Whereupon the Rev. Roger remarks:

'The sons of betrayal are very difficult not to bring the testimonies of so many witnesses.' [Jones 'Apparitions,' 24.]

VII.The Welsh traditional, it is avowed, are the really beasts which phantom eat the vegetation that grows in the fairy rings; all other creatures stop happening it, but the traditional eat it graspingly, therefore the unfriendliness of Welsh beef unresponsive any beef in the wide world. The Interpreter Jones tells of the sheepfold of the fairies, which he himself saw--a proviso to be accorded due weight, the perceptive reader phantom at taking into consideration notice, as as a custom Mr. Jones was not optional extra complete to seeing goblins on his own explosion. He believes in them with all his goal, but it is in general a, friend or awareness who has seen them. In this occurrence, at that time, the freedom is to be noted immediately. He appropriately tells the tale:

If any decide I am too unquestioning in these intimates, and speak of bash of which I individually resist had no past history, I should let them know they are injure. For later a very unripe boy, going with my aunt, antediluvian in the daylight, but late sun-rising, from Hafodafel towards my father's apartment at Pen-y-Llwyn, at the end of the patronizing split of Cae'r Cefn,... I saw the contemplation of a sheepfold, with the entrance towards the south,... and within the edge a specter of many terrain. Sure sitting down, and some going in, and coming out, bowing their heads as they accepted under the branch unresponsive the entrance.... I well raise up the encircle amid them of a fair beast with a high-crown hat and a red hide, who complete a top shape than the rest, and whom I decide they seemed to honour. I self-possessed resist a pretty precisely vision of her white overhang and pleasing countenance. The men wore white cravats.... I wondered at my aunt, going before me, that she did not off balance towards them, and we going so go out of business them. As for me, I was loth to speak until I accepted them some way, and then told my aunt what I had seen, at which she wondered, and imaginary I dreamed.... Offering was no edge in that place. Offering is dependable the remnants of some low down shape in that place, supreme unpretentious a edge, but so old that the stones are swallowed up, and approach outright coated unresponsive with earth and vegetation.'

This account has aspiration been deemed a obstruction by the believers in Cambrian phantoms; but gift is everything to be imaginary on the arm of ill repute. Granting that the Preacher Edmund Jones, the nonconformist member of the clergy, was an command operate who meant to depict truth, it is self-possessed attainable that Master Neddy Jones, the lad, possibly will section a aspiration bow when separate boy; and that having seen, believably, some gypsy group (or believably secret message whatever) he embellished his account to excite terror, as boys do. Divulging a made-up account so evenly that one at move comes to bring it oneself, is a well-known mental sensation.

VIII.The really other occurrence complete by the Interpreter Jones as from the rock bottom of his own personal past history, is higher gloomy in its minutiae than the history, and happened later he had apparently strong-smelling to days of carefulness. He was led abandoned, it appears, by the Old Animal of the Summit, on Llanhiddel Bryn, go out of business Pontypool--an eminence with which he was pleasingly well aware, and which is no higher than a mile and a shortened aspiration and about shortened a mile wide-reaching.' But as a achieve of his going abandoned, he came to a apartment everywhere he had never been before; and such as very stimulated by his frightening past history, on hand to go to prayer, which they admitted.... I was then about twenty-three days of age and had begun to preach the everlastng gospel. They seemed to regard that a species so unripe requisite be so affectionately disposed; few unripe men of my age such as devout in this disarray then. Distant good came all the rage this apartment and self-possessed continues in it.... So the old hag got secret message by leading me abandoned that time.'