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SAINING NOT SMUDGING- PURIFICATION AND LUSTRATION IN SCOTTISH FOLK MAGIC PRACTICE

“Saining is the Scottish Folk magic act of purification. It’s similar to the idea of smudging but very different.”

To read the whole article, head over to the Cailleach’s Herbarium

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9 Worlds, 9 Chakras: Niflheim (3rd Gateway)

Nine Worlds-Niflheim

Last weekend, in Svartalfheim we uncovered hidden treasures buried within in the company of the dwarves of that realm.

This week, we will journey to Niflheim and encounter the mighty frost giants of this realm.

If you are in Southern California and would like to attend, feel free to send me a message.

 

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Reality in a more than Human World

Mandragore Yannig Germain
Picture Credit: ‘Les Carnets Secrets de Merlin” by Yannig Germain

The belief in another reality involving non-human beings doesn’t stem from superstition or old wives tales (though myths and mythologies evolve over time) but from genuine shamanic experience.
The solution to the current environmental crisis can’t be only rooted in the physical: a spiritual reconnection needs to occur as well.

 

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A magical vision is hidden in the Irish language – we need to rediscover it

The Irish language  derives from a world in which the unseen is as real as the seen. Photograph: Istock

Photograph: Istock

“…there are some truths about the language that need to be acknowledged, though the grammarians and language academics might not agree. 1 Irish derives from a world in which the unseen is as real as the seen; 2 it acknowledges the existence of other dimensions; 3 it is based on an understanding that nature and the land are vibrant, sentient beings; 4 at its most potent can be a language of incantation, meaning that it has (or might have) the potential to summon up wishes, behaviours, people and things…”

Read the full article here: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/a-magical-vision-is-hidden-in-the-irish-language-we-need-to-rediscover-it-1.3558112?mode=amp#.W0nDrFveomU.twitter

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The Woman Who Was Wyrd

As a seer (volva) who uses the Runes as my preferred method of divination, I’m very familiar with the Norns (Northern Goddesses of Destiny).
I’ve met them, I’ve talked to them and they taught me a little secret: each of them holds & weave a thread into a tapestry of every living soul’s life and destiny. But the pattern is not set in stone, it can evolve into something else. Those who take matters into their hands, those who take charge of their life hold a 4th thread in their hands: the thread of their own awareness, the thread of their own destiny. This is the thread that can consciously change the pattern & the weaving of the entire tapestry.
As a seer, I know and I tell people that divination is a tool. The future is not set in stone. But knowing what lies ahead of the path is a gift and if you don’t like what’s coming your way you can change it…

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Celebrating spring: Spring Equinox and the Cailleach

Cailleach lindowyn-com

Artwork by Lindowyn

I’ve always had a soft spot for hags, and The Cailleach as well as her Germanic counterpart Frau Holle (which whom she shares many similarities – we often forget that there were Celtic tribes all over Europe, not just in the British Isles) have been with me for a long time…

Source: http://thehedgeschool.org/Blog/celebrating-spring-spring-equinox-and-the-cailleach/