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Witchvox – Magick and Science
I like a scientific explanation for things – I cannot get behind things that require me to ‘take someone’s word for it’. If I can’t do it or see it done, or if you can’t at least explain how it’s done, I’m sceptical, to say the least.

“What if the very act of imagining, visualizing, or having an expectation of an outcome, caused an actual change in the matter and energy around you?”
I’m not sure E=mc^2 is the best example of the theory, but the idea behind the essay is a valid one.

When observation of an experiment affects the outcome, is it unreasonable to suggest that the subject must have an awareness of being observed? Even when the subject is a subatomic particle? I don’t think it is.
(Sentience is not implied, but awareness or consciousness is at least plausible.)

I don’t think the particle knows ‘whether to appear as a particle or a wave’, as that implies a degree of intelligence that I’m currently disinclined to attach to a sub-atomic particle, but expectation can certainly influence outcome.

If that’s the case, the mind seems to be able to affect the physical world and, if so, perhaps magic isn’t so implausible.

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Bibliography
The Matter Myth – Dramatic discoveries that challenge our understanding of physical reality – Paul Davies and John Gribbin

The Mind of God – Paul Davies

The Cosmic Blueprint – Paul Davies

A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawkings

*The Eagles Quest – A physicist finds scientific truth at the heart of the shamanic world – Fred Allen Wolf

Parallel Universes – Fred Allen Wolf

*The Spiritual Universe – How Quantum Physics proves the existence of the soul – Fred Allen Wolf

Taking the Quantum Leap – Fred Allen Wolf

The Big Bang Never Happened – Eric J. Lerner

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Standing Stone, Garden Gate: What is a Hedgewitch?

As far as I can tell, ‘Hedgewitch’ follows pretty much my own definition of ‘Druid’. Perhaps it would be easier to call myself that than explain that “I’m a Druid, but … ”

It fits closer to my aims and intentions, anyway – connecting with the old traditions of England and the Cunning-folk.

For now, I think, I’m a bit of both (assuming you take a BDO definition of Druidry, rather than an OBOD one).

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Now we have the house, I’m looking into cleansing rituals.

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Jewellery can be cleansed by soaking the jewellery in water and a little bit of salt. The water and salt is prayed over so the divine blesses the jewellery and cleanses it. It should be placed where the sun and the moon can purify the jewellery with their rays of energy.
Jewellery can be buried so the earth absorbs the negativity that is left in the jewellery. I suggest doing it in a pot so the jewellery can be found easily. Prayer again is used to help the blessed energies of the elements to clear the energies. Occasionally there are objects that cannot seem to be cleansed. If you have an object where the energies will not clear up and it is jewellery never wear it.

Antique vases, bowls, and other objects that have negativity can have salt placed in them where it will not harm them. The salt will absorb the negative energies, as it is sacred earth. Furniture is a little more difficult. I suggest a mixture of water and Chinese Floor Wash. There are many voodoo washes for the floor. They all have different purposes but all of them can be used as a cleansing mixture. Herb teas of protective herbs can also be used for cleansing. A weak solution should be used so it does not stain or discolour the furniture or items to be cleansed.

The cleansing should be done with prayers being said no matter what is used. Prayer energizes and removes negative energies. Spray bottles can be used to spray the objects before they are brought into the house.

Herbs that are good for cleansing objects are rosemary, marjoram, thyme, dill, basil, and lavender. All of these may be made into a tea. Crystals that clear objects of negative energies are Selenite, Blue Kyanite, Citrine, and Black Tourmaline. All of these crystals absorb energies. Certain Flower essences are good for purifying the energies of objects. The list of things that can be used to cleanse energies can be endless.

All prayers should mention or have the person saying the prayers focused on cleansing and blessing the object and everywhere it is present.

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Salt water can cause damage to objects, so I’ve also looked into alternatives:

Suggested Methods for Cleansing Crystals, Gems, Jewellery, and Pendulums:

The Sun and Moon: Place your gems, crystals, pendulums, jewellery, all types of objects, in a place where they will be fully exposed to the energizing rays of the sun and moon. Even if the day is cloudy or you cannot see the moon, their rays will energize the stones as long as they are directly exposed to these elements of nature. They will normally be cleansed within 24 hours of exposure.

However, stones such as black tourmaline which are being used to deflect negative energies or help release negative energies in your physical and energetic bodies, may require up to 48 hours to become fully cleansed and regenerated.

Stones such as aquamarine and amethyst will fade in the sun so you will have to use another method for cleansing and regenerating these gemstones.

The Earth: Place your gems, crystals, jewellery, whatever, in the earth, either directly into the earth or you can place the gems and crystals into a cloth covering, preferably a natural fabric such as cotton or wool or silk. Leave the gem or crystal buried for at least 24 hours to ensure that they become fully re-energized. If possible, find a spot where the soil is not being spread with chemicals through fertilizers or pesticides. This cleanses all negative energies and re-energizes the stones.

Smudging With White Sage: Take some white sage and begin to burn it until a good strong smoke is coming from your sage. Hold the crystal, gem, pendulum, or piece of jewellery in this smoke for at least one minute and preferably three or four minutes. This clears all negative energies that have become attached to this stone but does not energize the gem or crystal. To re-energize the stone, place it in a window so it can be exposed to the rays of the sun and moon. Remember, they re-energize even when it’s cloudy.

White Sage is the only herb that I use to cleanse. Others may recommend other herbs but I find that White Sage guarantees that the cleansing will be deep and complete.

Cleansing By Using Your Intention: For those who are practised in using intent to make energetic changes, place the crystals or gems in front of you, focus your mental energies upon these stones, and ask the powers of the Universe to cleanse them of all negative energies and to re-energize your stones for their maximum potential. This method however requires much concentration and focus and you need to practice for some time to ensure whatever you are trying to clear is actually cleared. And please remember to thank the Universe for doing this beautiful work for you.

Using Another Crystal: You can place the gems, crystals, jewellery, pendulums etc. you would like to cleanse on another crystal, preferably a large, and I mean large, quartz crystal cluster. This will clear negative energies and will re-energize your crystals. However, you must cleanse and re-energize the large quartz crystal cluster regularly to ensure it retains its cleansing and re-energizing powers. Some people believe that negative energies can be cleansed off pieces of jewellery by placing this jewellery on an amethyst stone. I find that this approach has very limited results, depending on the amount of negative energy on the jewellery and the energy of the amethyst.

Running Water: If you live where you have access to good clear well water that is guaranteed to be free of chemicals, or running water from a creek or river that you know is not polluted, place your crystals and gems in a small container, and let the water run over them, preferably for at least two hours. This will cleanse and re-energize your gems and crystals. Please do not use tap water, since it is full of chemicals. Be careful though because certain stones will actually dissolve in water, e.g. Red Selenite.

Salt Water: Some people suggest using salt water but I personally find this method to be a harsh and abrasive method and never would cleanse my gems, crystals, pendulums or jewellery in such a severe solution. Remember that your gems, crystals, metals, and even synthetic materials are alive and have an inherent intelligence. You need to treat them with tender and loving kindness. How would you like to be washed in salt water? Never do to a crystal or gem what you would not like done to yourself.

Source: Witchvox article: Cleansing Second Hand Furniture and Jewelry
and
M. K. Projects

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After collecting CR resources in my last post, I came across this eaasy at Witchvox, Traditional Wessex Witchcraft, and want to clarify my position to myself.

This essay outlines when I see myself going in the future; traditional craftwork using herbs and land spirits for healing and divination.
I also wish to honour the large sections of my family from Ireland, hence the CR research.

I do not consider myself a Witch – although I may be forced to change my mind. I do not consider myself a Heathen – although I may be forced to change my mind. I do not consider myself a Celtic Reconstructionist or even a Polytheist – although I may be forced to change my mind.
I have not yet had any first-hand contact with the gods.
Perhaps when, or if, I meet them, I will know.*

For now, I will trust to the spirits to guide me; they know the lay of the land better than I.

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*Currently, I regard the gods as powerful nature spirits, à la Living Druidry, which doesn’t fit with Heathen or CR polytheistic models at all.

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Since I appear to be tripping down this path for the moment, I want to archive a few links for the future.

Witchvox: Healing The Gap Between Modern Paganism and Reconstructionism
fiacharrey’s YouTube channel
Celtic Recon FAQ
e-cauldron: links and resources
Celtic Recon at altReligion.net
The Preserving Shire (homepage of the author of A Circle of Stones)

Now where did my copy of the Tain go?

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Witchvox article: Kangaroo Magic

I have never believed that coloured candles were necessary (perhaps I did when I was 13, but I’m not convinced I was convinced). Once you start looking into symbolism and realise that green is the colour of wealth in the USA (because dollars are all greenish), but the colour of the cuckold in China, and a race of people in Sudan. Colour symbolism simply doesn’t translate well (green may have been a bad example – it almost always translates to growth and nature for obvious reasons).

A number of books on crystal healing I have read give different attributes to different stones. I wore carnelian for a year or two to help with my back pain, only to read later that it is the stone of feminine fertility in a different book and nothing to do with the back.
Frankly, next time I feel like using rocks to help an ailment, I’ll ask them if they will first.

When I first began to journey, I met Ant by a riverbank. We had a chat, but I didn’t ask what he wanted to teach me. I looked it up in Animal-Speak, and found that Ant symbolises success through persistence and co-operation.
If I’d looked elsewhere, I would find that ants represent self-discipline, patience, delegation, the number 12 and/or socialisation. In the Way of the Shaman, insects represent illness or disease to be removed.

When I met Bat, Animal-Speak said that bats teach seeing using more senses that just your eyes (something I definitely need help with and was happy to accept). Alternatively: transition and rebirth (apt), facing fears, solitude, shyness, an ability to find your way, illusion, communication and journeying (again, apt).
Bat has guided me across the Otherworld, refused to let me run from monsters and protected me from danger – even going to far as to scold me for going off on my own. He is a defender, a teacher and a guide. Although many of these qualities are listed in the symbolism I’ve dredged up, nothing about him has ever indicated shyness or solitude – bats are very social creatures, so I don’t know who applied that symbolism to them.

Now I don’t buy into all the pink-candles-for-lovespells-green-rocks-for-wealth stuff, and I’ve stopped listening to people who try to tell me that it’s the unassailable truth.

I shall listen to the spirits, trust my intuition (Bat again ^_~ ) and do what is right for me.

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Hat ettiquette at JourneyWoman
Green skin in Sudan @ Michigan University’s Department of Anthropology
Bat symbolism at What’s Your Sign.com

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Sacred flatulence

Witchvox: Sacred Flatulence

This essay made me laugh ^_^
“Just use a little extra incense”

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