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High Winds and Dark Waters ~ Witcheries for Dark Times, part 3 of 3 – Glasse Witch Cottage

This is the age of overstimulation – of so many concerns vying for our attention that intellectual, emotional and focus burnout is a daily occurrence for many people.  When we look at the needs of the world, or even just our individual countries, it’s easy to become overwhelmed: poverty, climate change, war, illness, natural disasters, politics…the list is bottomless.

This blog series is all about responding to the world in ways that are useful and productive.  I approach new onslaughts of awful with a three-part response:  immediate physical environmentinner world and lastly, relationship to community.  This blog post is all about that latter-most category.  Our relationship to community is how we actively respond to the onrushing stimuli.  It’s about what we try to change in the world, what we try to introduce, what we choose to work on.

To try to help all areas of need at one time is to invite self-destruction.

Go back and read that again.

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High Winds and Dark Waters ~ Witcheries for Dark Times, Part 2 of 3 – Glasse Witch Cottage

The deepest, truest magick I know is the power of self-determination.  Much more than the simple ability to make choices, there are additional layers and abilities that come from having a rooted sense of Self.  I teach a Mystery School and the very first magickal tool Blackfeather students start with is a mirror.  Establishing a strong connection to your true Self – your full, complete spirit – is vital to effecting desired change.

When all hell breaks loose in the world around us, responding to those influences in a meaningful, useful, coherent way requires us to be grounded in many ways.  We need to be rooted into the present moment, but we also need to be rooted into our Selves.

So, let’s get started. In my last blog, I talked about what to do with the frantic energy.  Responding to panic signals by doing something productive teaches our brains that we can respond to a crisis. It doesn’t matter that the response doesn’t immediately resolve the stimuli that caused you distress.  What matters is that you responded. If you haven’t siphoned off some of the ‘ohfuckohfuckohfuck’ vibes yet, do that before going further.

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High Winds and Dark Waters ~ Witcheries for Dark Times, Part 1 of 3 – Glasse Witch Cottage

I have nightmares about the ocean.  They never start off scary.  In my dreams, I am excited to go to the beach.  It’s often the same seaside town I visit in my slumbering journey: a rather New England-looking village that slopes down a hill toward the shore. Cheerful buildings, boardwalk, winding sidewalks and narrow roads, bright sunlight on a sparkling sea.  People out walking, riding bikes, visiting shops. I stand at the top of a hill looking down at this idyllic scene, appreciating its beauty.

And then the wave comes.

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Psychopomp: Shamanic Healing of the Dead – Tales of a Druid Shaman

Chiron, the Ferryman, with Mercury and a Human Soul
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This 5-hr intensive workshop will discuss the role of the Psychopomp in different Indo-European, Greek, Ancient Egyptian, and North American cultures, and how interested folks can learn techniques to help the Honored Dead connect with loved ones after they have passed.

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Tara-Love Maguire On Her Trad Craft | Mat Auryn

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Tara-Love Maguire has been a practicing witch for over 30 years, on a path which has been crookedly influenced by Isobel Gowdie, Marie Laveau, and William S. Burroughs. Growing up as a weird kid in and around the New Jersey Pine Barrens, she found witchcraft within the tales and shadows that dwell there. She co-hosts the podcast, Down at the Crossroads, with her sweetheart, Christopher Orapello, and together, they founded Blacktree Coven – a traditional witchcraft coven which exists in the heart of southern New Jersey. Her first book- Besom, Stang, and Sword – co-written with Chris, is available now wherever books are sold from Red Wheel/Weiser Books.

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Airmid, Frustration, and What To Do When Magick Fails – Glasse Witch Cottage

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding right now to be a deeply challenging time in which to live. As someone who is passionate about expanding social justice, equality, and equity for all, it sure feels like every attempt to make the world a better place is being flagrantly, callously, and sometimes even gleefully thwarted by those in power, at least daily.

It’s in this headspace of grief and frustration that I found an affinity with Airmid, the Celtic goddess of healing herbs. Not much is known of Airmid. If she’s mentioned at all, her life and work are condensed into a few short lines in most resources (though you may have run across an expanded version of her story in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series). But those few lines speak volumes. I’ll tell you my version of her story below.

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Episode 1: Who Makes a Witch? – That Witch Life

Courtney, Kanani, and Hilary discuss their journeys out of mainstream religion and into Witchcraft, including paranormal stuff that scared them into picking up broomsticks. They also discuss what m…

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Review of Besom, Stang & Sword | Strategic Sorcery

From this moment on, when someone in North America asks me for a book on Traditional Witchcraft, I will be recommending Besom, Stang & Sword from Christopher Orapello and Tara-Love Maguire. Why? Because this book takes what I feel is the most essential truth of any real Witchcraft and places it front and center: Witchcraft is Local.

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Fundraiser by Ivo Dominguez Jr. : Freedom For Dolores

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki  has been a light and an inspiration to thousands of students of the Western Mysteries, Qabala, and the Craft. She served as the Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light from 1976 to 2018 .  She has given her life to the work, and had thought that her life was in order for retirement.

She is 90 now and is in the middle of a painful divorce. She needs her freedom from her hopefully soon to be ex-husband, but every visit to the lawyer costs her as much as a month’s pension. He is trying to leave her without anything. She is on the Channel Island of Jersey where everything is expensive, especially the lawyers.

Please help us raise money to cover her legal fees. The quality of her life and her years ahead are at risk.

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BATTLE HYMN OF THE RESISTANCE – A song for our times by Gwendolyn Reece.

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A song for our times by Gwendolyn Reece.

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Lyrics

Battle Hymn of the Resistance

When we rise up and claim our power

The Good, it cannot fall.

We take up the shield of service

To defend the rights of all.

 

[Chorus]
 We hear the call of duty.

We heed the Spirit’s Light.

We stand firm in compassion,

And work to set things right.

 

We defend the Constitution,

Rule of Law across the land.

When blind Justice, She is threatened

We will not let it stand.

 

[Chorus]
 We hear the call of duty.

We heed the Spirit’s Light.

We stand firm in compassion,

And work to set things right.

 

We tend the Hearth of Kindness,

Soul of Democracy.

Welcome tired, poor, huddled masses

Yearning to breathe free.

 

[Chorus]
 We hear the call of duty.

We heed the Spirit’s Light.

We stand firm in compassion,

And work to set things right.

 

Our Healer’s Cup we offer

To all souls who have need.

We work to heal our nation

Of hatred and of greed.

 

[Chorus]
 We hear the call of duty.

We heed the Spirit’s Light.

We stand firm in compassion,

And work to set things right.

 

Our visionary garden blooms

With dreams we bring to birth,

Of what society can be

If we dare to love the Earth.

 

[Chorus]
 We hear the call of duty.

We heed the Spirit’s Light.

We stand firm in compassion,

And work to set things right.

 

So rise up and claim your power

Together we will grow.

See America as we should be

And we will make it so.

 

[Chorus]
 We hear the call of duty.

We heed the Spirit’s Light.

We stand firm in compassion,

and will make things right.

 

By Gwendolyn Reece ©

 

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