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The 250-acre church nurturing faith and free spirits in the foothills of Pennsylvania. Theo Whiddon, center, and other church members sing “Age of Aquarius” during the annual “Stones Rising” gathering last August at the Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary in Artemas, Pa., in August 2014. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) Michelle Donnelly dons horns and crystals for the annual Samhain (Gaelic for ‘summer’s end’) festival last November at the Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary.

(Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) In its 300-year history as go-to haven for religions on the run — the Quakers, the Amish, the Huguenots — it is unlikely that Pennsylvania has attracted a community as colorful, and spiritually diverse, as the Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary. Hidden in the state’s southern foothills, the sanctuary bills itself as a “safe and sacred ceremonial space for the modern practice of ancient religion.”

The founder of Four Quarters is a 58-year-old former engineer named Orren Whiddon. Text by Jim Lo Scalzo Continue reading. 13 Moon Calendar. What is the 13 Moon Calendar? The 13 Moon, 28-day calendar is a new standard of time for all people everywhere who desire a genuinely new world. If the calendar and time we follow is irregular, artificial and mechanized, so becomes our mind. As is our mind, so our world becomes, as is our world today: Irregular, artificial and mechanized. But if the calendar we follow is harmonic and in tune with natural cycles, so also will our mind become, and so we may return to a way of life more spiritual and in harmony with nature. The 13 Moon calendar synchronizes solar and galactic cycles on July 26 correlating with the star Sirius.

Each of the 13 moons has a power, action, and quality which define an annual program to synchronize our consciousness with the galactic cycles. As a perfect measure of cosmic time, this calendar is actually a synchronometer, an instrument for measuring synchronicity. The 13 Moon 28-day synchronometer is a harmonic timespace matrix. New Age Frauds & Plastic Shamans. Fertile Ground: A Witch's History Lesson. To me, witches are the quintessential ecofeminists. "Witch" is a word that was sullied by various groups of long ago, but it's been reclaimed by herbalists like me.

Witches and the word "witch" have many meanings in many cultures, but for the purposes of this post, I will touch on just one context, one dark moment of history: The suppression of witches—or healers who were mainly women—in medieval Europe that went on for centuries, and the themes behind those witch hunts that still appear in society today. My mind began to swim with this idea of witch-as-ecofeminist while working at a medicinal herb farm as a farmhand long ago. I had been seeding herbs in the greenhouse alongside another worker, who was semi-complaining about the job, but then finally shrugged.

"This one is way better than my last job at an herb farm," she said. "That one was way too feminist for me. " Feeling a twinge of disappointment, I pressed her; "You don't consider yourself a feminist? " Cue heart sinking. Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone – Interview Part 2 Deity and Trance | PNC-Minnesota Bureau. Part two of this interview series with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone , guests at Heartland Spirit Festival , this continues from the first portion of our interview. This section of the interview focuses on the current practice of Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, what they have experienced with deity work and integrated. Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone Nels (N) :Is it easier to speak to the deities now? Gavin (G) : Something interesting is going on, as Pagans we have been waking the gods since the 1950′s.

Voudon and the Caribbean traditions has a few hundred years on us! When you go to a Voudon Bembe, with its ecstatic drumming and dancing, they come through really strong, riding (possessing) the participants. We are now reaching the point where this beginning to happen now in modern neo-paganism, even though it has only been fifty years. Hecate Photo: wikimedia Janet (J) : The last time it happened in America she turned around and said to Gavin, “Oh God, it’s not you again”.

Aleister Crowley. Goddess Ink | books for the heart and mind. Current Issue | Odinia International & FoxFire. As mead warms, and the eldritch light of foxfire illuminates the dark forest, may our Gods, and this journal, inspire you… The following Odinist journal is in clickable thumbnail format form. Just click on the photos, including the large ones, to see the articles.

Our website may be a bit slow at times, but we are working on it. Waes Hael! To read our previous issues, see our issue archive page The Odinist Art of Nordic Tile Please help us continue our work! BDO Ritual in Paralympics Closing Ceremony | The British Druid Order. Click the photo to view a short (5 mins) video of the Druid speeches and other beautiful highlights of the closing ceremony. We were sworn to secrecy beforehand, but Emma Restall Orr and I were approached by the organisers of the 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony with a surprising request. They wanted our permission to use parts of the gorsedd ritual we wrote in 1997. So, about 21 minutes into the ceremony, these words went out to 750 million people around the world, spoken by Rory Mackenzie on behalf of Help For Heroes: I call upon the spirit of Autumn. The spirit of water, of the ebb and flow of emotion; of open seas and running streams, of cleansing rain; spirit of the evening sun, of twilight and of Autumn.

I call upon the spirit of Winter. The spirit of earth, of the womb of creation; of the night and the snows of winter, deep roots and ancient stones. And then, about 30 minutes in, Rory spoke these words: The circle is unbroken, The ancestors awoken. Blessings to all, Greywolf /|\ Pagan. Goddess. The Dark Mother Comes to Help You. Autumn Equinox Drumming-Shamanic Retreat September 28, 29, 30 (Friday Eve - Sunday Noon) Prayers of Transformation with The Dark Mother People have been asking me about the Dark Mother Retreat. This will be by fourth year we've done this powerful drumming-ceremonial retreat at Crow Wing Crest Resort near Akeley. All of us are transforming. The Dark Mother Weekend changes the energies, and we embrace the transformations happening in ourselves, and in our world. People have asked me, "What if I don't want to be buried? " And if you have a specific need, fear, idea, or yearning, bring it to me if you are comfortable, and we can work out a specific ceremony for you during the weekend.

Questions or reservations: email me: Jaime Three things which strengthen a person to stand against the whole world: seeing the quality and beauty of truth: seeing beneath the cloak of falsehood and seeing to what ends truth and falsehood come. The Veelas. The Veelas, also known as the Vily; the Eastern European name for "the Goddess of energy moving through the earth as nature" They were an ancient Kith long before the Sidhe rose to dominance over western Kithain. They live mostly in Eastern mountains and forests. They were born from the primordial worship of the Great Mother in Her warrior aspect. The Veelas prowled the land from Scythia in the south to the Capland in the north sharing dominion with their cousins the Valkyries. They enjoy their most satisfying relationships with trolls. The Veelas are extremely given over to honor and battle. When in battle a Veela can target a specific victim by pointing at them or calling out their name. Sadly, the numbers of Veelas declined dramatically, their freeholds devoured by the banality and numbing force of human disbelief and of course modern warfare of mass slaughter.

Associations: Ritual: Ritual by Medussa First you will need a gift to bring them, some honey or dimes or even sweet bread.


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