Blessed Oshaila to all!
May Anin Pextera manifest in slumber, while Braeh Eruna descends as starlight to grasp the budding throne of Spring.
It’s that time of year again when you get annoyed by the sight of bell-ringers representing an organization that hates you. Yes, it’s the annual appearance of the Salvation Army, and they’re hoping to trick you into thinking that they’ve turned over a new leaf. Well, they haven’t.
The S.A. has a page on their site right now called “Debunking the Myth of LGBT Discrimination,” which is all about how awesome they are and always have been to gays. “The Salvation Army believes that all people are equal, regardless of sexual orientation or any other factor, including race, gender and ethnicity,” the page says. They point out that they serve, hire, and happily accept money from LGBT people.
Yeah, that’s great. Here are some facts that they conveniently omit:
• It says right on their site: “Marriage is by definition heterosexual in nature. Scripture speaks only of marriage between a man and a woman and allows no same-sex unions that involve sexual intercourse.” - http://goo.gl/npIFDl
• Also: “Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.” - http://goo.gl/lxwH6K
• The Salvation Army refused to provide health benefits to domestic partners, explaining, “we now confirm adherence to biblical principles concerning marriage and the family.” - http://goo.gl/klkQd0
• The organization refers people to abusive ex-gay ministries. - http://goo.gl/jXpYnV
• The Southern and Central regions exclude LGBTs from their nondiscrimination policies. - http://goo.gl/9XGkwB
• They threatened to pull out of New York rather than offer benefits to LGBT employees. - http://goo.gl/yqWsrZ
So if you’re wondering whether it’s okay to support the Salvation Army, let us make it clear for you:
IT IS NEVER OKAY TO SUPPORT THE SALVATION ARMY.
There are plenty of other organizations that need your money. Here’s a list: http://goo.gl/56RA2A
The original article can be found here
The very last thing I finished with my old tablet is going to be part of The Hekatean Prayer Book. I may need to brighten it up a bit for printing purposes before this, looking at it now, but that may also be outside glare.
a beyond beautiful representation of the Dark Matron
Reposting this reply I left on a Traditional Witchcraft forum (mildly edited for context and to improve quality)…
The more you interface with the spirit world the better and clearer your communications will become (in general). I am not saying that sometimes spirits won’t be hard to understand (or even refuse to give a response), but over time your skill with spirit communication will improve with continued use and practice.
In this example, if you are new to witchcraft and discover something in nature you wish to take home (bones, stones, etc), one might perform divination before (or shortly after) acquisition in order to discover whether or not they should be in your keeping. Further, I would recommend further divinatory work to discern why the spirits wish for you to have them, and what to do with them now that they are entrusted to your keeping.
Most of my witching peers started with very direct divination tools (e.g.: tarot, runes, etc). Later they moved onto more interpretive ones (e.g.: scrying, pendulum, natural omens). Finally, most reached a high-enough success rate and level of confidence that they felt direct spirit communication was ideal for a majority of their praxis. Of course, nearly all will frequently utilize a physical tool to verify important gnosis - as a double-check is never a bad idea.
Is this how everyone “progresses?” No.
Is this actually even a legitimate “progression” from A to B to C? No.
Some people will feel better using tools like tarot or a natural omen no matter how advanced or good they are at direct spirit communication. Others will never touch them preferring direct congress with the spirits in all things. To each their own. Find your bliss!
I have found I appear in people’s dreams from time to time. Sometimes it’s just as an image from their subconscious creating me, other times it’s me dream walking ;-)
Love is a wild and unbondable beast with the soul of a raging bonfire and the eyes of the keenest owl. Be it for one’s fellow man, a haunting song, or a beautiful day… when one least expects it, it will descend upon your heart. Sometimes it will slowly drift in like a fog overtaking a valley at dusk. Other times it will come fiercely, a gale force knocking you down as you grin ear to ear in ecstasy. Try not to leash nor cage it, for you will only discover that it was you who has been imprisoned. Allow it to run free, appearing in your life in it’s own wild and unexpected ways. When it manifests, revel in it. Relish the moment, no matter how fleeting. For love is a force we can’t fathom or control, but sometimes we are blessed to live amongst the fullness of it’s majesty; and when we do, all things… even the gods… can be humbled.
I have seen you in action Shivian. Not someone I want to even try to provoke thank you very much.
Shivian, you are quite formidable. That comes across quite clearly. Leave it to a daughter of Sekhmet to know it when she sees it.
ZOMG BEST EVER!!!
Me singing the Orkney Witch’s Charm. The tune is my making, but the words were recorded by folklorist Walter Traill Dennison in the 1880’s as part of a disappearing tradition whereby would-be sorcerers would become initiated. By turning thrice ‘against the sun’ then lying down to speak this charm between seven stones on a beach at the full moon, they would summon the powers of darkness. “The person must lie quiet for a little time after repeating the Incantation. Then opening his eyes he should turn on his left side, arise, and fling the stones used in the operation into the sea. Each stone must be flung singly; and with the throwing of each a certain malediction was said.”