I’m more or less celebrate it anyway just having grown up with the idea that “sure, the dead are around on Halloween, why not?” if not necessarily a spiritual tradition, but I think adding some spiritual elements sounds right to me. But could this work, or is it appropriation, or silly, or what?
What are other kemetics out there doing tonight?
Ok, so, my roommate doesn’t put much real stock in runes or tarot, and I have never worked with runes before in my life. However, she got some as a gift and wants to try them out on Halloween, IE tonight. I understand that researching these things is important and that they are not toys, but given that impressing that on a skeptic has a low chance of succeeding anyway, I am not going to enforce some kind of mass education-fest on my roommate and all of our mutual non-pagan friends who are coming over.
That said, I also don’t want them all (and me by extension) to fly absolutely blindly into divination and what have you, either. I have class and homework all day, and not a lot of time for additional research because of that, but I feel like I do need to know SOMETHING. Is there anything you guys can tell me just off the top of your heads that I should know about before anyone busts out the runes in our condo tonight?
Thank you so much!!!!!
How do you guys balance school (the all consuming monster) with your spirituality/religion? Do you make time for rituals, prayers, and reflection? Do you have a space set aside, like an altar or even just a quiet place to sit and think?
Burn a lot of candles… honestly though, I’ve been terrible lately.
A thought for the masses contributed by my roommate.
So, what is this, religion roulette? I get to pick one and hope to high heaven that it’s the “right” one, and then maybe I won’t burn? What if I drop everything and choose a monotheistic religion, but I choose Islam and the Christians are actually right, or I choose Judaism and the Christians are right, or whatever?
Everyone says they know the way to heaven, so how am I supposed to know which one IS ACTUALLY RIGHT?
Look, I just want to be good. I want to play my ordained role in life, and I want to play it it in such a way that it is a positive force for as many as possible, or at least so it is a kindness towards those I have a hope of reaching (IE, my friends, my classmates, my country, and those that are within my reach,) and I want to not be tortured for eternity for doing that.
I don’t want to go to hell.
This touches my heart so deeply. Thank you to all who serve, and thank you to our military chaplains who serve them.
This deserves more reblogs. Because dammit it just does.
Okay so I’m sure that might sound like an odd combination to some but its something I’ve been thinking about lately, so just bear with me.
The Morrigan is usually just talked about as a goddess of war, but, like many of the warrior women of the Tuatha de Danaan, she is also a goddess of sovereignty. And I like to think that everyone should be the sovereign of their own body. You decide who gets to see it, who is blessed enough to get to touch it, if and where you shave, if you are going to decorate with tattoos, piercings, paint, clothes, etc.
And to be a good sovereign, one must love their land (or body in this case.) Not so easy, I know. I have a love/hate relationship with mine, and for a very long time it was just hate. But things are getting better, and I think a part of it is from working with the Morrigan and inviting her into my life.
I am the sovereign of my own being, body and spirit. And I have to learn to take care of it, whether tending to it with exercise, rewarding it with mint chocolate chip ice cream or decorating it a new tattoo.
I love this. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
Our bathroom mirror just fell off the wall, and that thing is huge. My sister was in there, and thankfully it didn’t shatter, but fell against a clock on the wall and caught itself.
Weirdly enough, I heard a bang when that happened, and a moment later, my bedroom door blew open on its own. The wind’ll do that, but it was still odd. For a minute I was sure Val was outside of it, cracking it to talk to me, and when she wasn’t I kind of yelled, which is how “the mirror fell down” was revealed in the first place.
A little odd.
Dragon and Phoenix Totems
The word totem comes from a Native American language, which means an image of an animal related to a group of people. A dragon and a phoenix, called Loong and Feng in Chinese respectively, are totems of the Chinese people. Belief in the dragon, and drawings of the imaginary animal, can be traced back to primitive society when prehistoric tribes in China adopted the dragon among other totems as their symbol and guardian god.
Dragon energy emulates similar characteristics of the serpent or Kundalini energy (defined below). Being visited by a dragon or attracted by the imagery of the fire-breathing dragon can indicate the dawn of a spiritual awakening. Dragon totem possesses a force of nature that cannot be ignored. It is truly powerful and transformational. Take notice if it is sleeping (in dormant stage) or fully awakened and breathing red hot fire. Dragon Symbolism: Ancient Powers, Intelligence, Ferocity, Elemental Magick, Extra Power, Protection, Intruction in the Spiritual.
Phoenix totem represents death and rebirth. It is considered a good omen in general to be visited by the phoenix. It can indicate a situation in which you have felt or will feel humbled. In experiencing humility, a wiser you emerges. Seeing the Phoenix can be a prophecy of a difficult circumstance in the coming days. But, with the power of the Phoenix totem at your side you will prevail over any obstacle. The Phoenix gives courage in the face of fear. Phoenix Symbolism: Overcoming Impossible Odds, Reincarnation, New Life/Cycles, Cleansing Energy of Fire, Rebirth, Renewal, Growth Spiritually, Strength, Energy.
Together, the dragon and phoenix symbolize Yin (Phoenix) and Yang (Dragon) together: perfect balance. Standing alone, each symbol is hugely powerful. Together they represent a power- packed union of success, prosperity, friendship, love, and enlightenment. The union of these two highly symbolic creatures at wedding festivities suggests a match that is blessed with money and incredible luck. Furthermore, it denotes the beginning of a dynastic family with the dragon symbolizing the patriarch and they phoenix signifying the matriarch.
NOTE: Kundalini is the seed of life energy which resides within the spine or base chakra of the human body. It lies dormant until activated through a spiritual awakening or through the practice of yoga or other chi-charging exercises. The kundalini is symbolized as a coiled serpent or ring of fire.
***Not written by me.
If it’s not by you, then who is it by?
Who do I cuss out for this pile of rubbish?
As indicated above there are citation issues here, but it undoubtedly offers up some goggle-able keywords at least, so here you go folks. I know at least one of you has a general interest in this topic, so here’s hoping it makes for a good start for further research if nothing else.