“Mystics of Southern France – Music of the Cathars” – from the Karmapolice Blog

I found this lovely yet sad video on the Karmapolice blog the other day and wanted to share it.

The YT write up on it says –

“The Cathars were a dramatically different expression of Christian spirituality in southern France, influenced in part by Mary Magdalene’s presence in that region. Their gentle mysticism was savagely destroyed by the Roman Church in the first crusade.”


2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 60,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 22 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Yule Gift Blessing

Moody Moons

Lots of people ask me what the difference is between Yule and Christmas.

The truth is, aside from the theological reasons for celebrating the Winter Solstice that distinguish us, the answer is, not much.  As you may know, most Christmas traditions actually have European Pagan origins.

But there are little things I do to remind me that I am celebrating my holiday.  One of the nicest ways to do this is to bless your Yule gifts before giving them away.  This can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.  The full moon before Yule is a nice time, but really any time will do.

I love wrapping and thinking of creative ways to make gifts beautifully presented, so I start there, by being mindful of the person to who will receive the gift while I am preparing it.


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‘Tis the Season to Make Witch Balls

Moody Moons

Witch balls are an Old World pagan tradition.  Hang them in windows, over beds to ward off nightmares, in the garden to bless new growth, in kitchen to welcome good spirits or over doorways to protect the entrance.  The glass of the balls is believed to deflect negative energy.

I filled mine with all-natural ingredients like rose (for a loving home) and cinnamon sticks (for protection).  I even picked fresh green moss from the garden and preserved it using a new method I just learned.  I think it came out cute!


Hopefully it will inspire you to create your own, or if you’re not so crafty, I’ll be happy to make one for you!  Available here:

Moody Moons Witch Balls

Tiffany Michelle
Moody Moons

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Basics of The Yazidi Religion – One of The Oldest and Smallest Monotheistic Religions

Well written and beautifully illustrated, as always MG. I have been familiar with the Yezidis (various spellings) from Kenneth Grant and then to LaVey. Their other name for Melek Taus is Shaitan which is why people think they are worshipers of the western Satan. In the Middle Ages it is my theory that Gnostic Dualism crept back in so Shaitan was set up as opposed to YHVH and Allah which is why they are anathema to both faiths. Fact is the Templars took up their lineage along with other esoteric Islamic sects and thus we have Shaitan and Baphomet today in the Typhonian and to a lesser degree in the Caliphate OTO. The French esoterists, who occupied this region of norther Africa, Iran, Iraq and Kurdistan, pulled out the essence in my opinion and thus Baphometus and Shaitan still live in western Magickes. The seven “fallen” angels are a synopsis of the Nephilim. It is all So Very Old going back millennia before Aaron, Yeshua and Muhammad. Oh and of course the fire worshiping Parsi and other Hindu sects have added their flames. Forgive my analysis whether true or not. Rebloging so TY and BB and AS.

Metal Gaia

peacock Yazidis represent one of the smallest and yet oldest Monotheistic religions on the planet – their religion is believed to be around 6,000 years old in fact. Yet throughout their long history they have faced 72 genocides and soon they may unfortunately be facing genocide number 73 at the hands of the group formerly known as ISIS (Which now calls itself “The Islamic State”). Why all the hate towards this small, but ancient group of people? This is due to one major misconception about their religion – the idea that they worship Satan. Not only do the Yazidis not believe in a devil, but they don’t believe in hell either. In fact, the evil Satan is more of a reality in the Judeo-Christian religions than for the Yazidis.


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A Few Weeks in the Life of an Appalachian Witch leading up to 21 December 2014

Blessed Be. I haven’t been inspired to write much of late, and once again have fallen maybe 50 behind in reading your posts. Maybe the cold rainy weather coming will paste me to this sofa and pc more to do so. So here is my first rambling post in a while, and thank you all for the reblogs that have kept this site alive the last few weeks. Physically I am still working hard on the cabin which i now call “The Lodge” since that’s what it was originally, a hunting lodge, and i am using it as my “man cave” having moved all the politically and spiritually incorrect stuff over there so it won’t offend any visitors, not that i have many. About my only visitors of late are the occasional unpredictable repair men who i cannot afford right now anyway, so i am trying to do stuff like electrical and gas stove work by teaching myself and watching YT videos.

I did have one helping angel in the form of a young man (William) to whom i sold a Fender guitar and amp to in exchange for some money and the rest in manual labor and he came over Saturday and hauled all the stones over from this side of the run to the other to Snakehenge to fill in the gaps, something i wished to have done by All Hallows, then Yule, but now maybe spring, we shall see.He is also going to help me set up the gazebo i mention below and the old oak shelving unit in the cellar, jobs that just take four sets of hand instead of two. Having buggered up my knee of late he also did some other work i could normally do but not with this knee and not on a ladder LOL. He’s a nice young man who plans on going to ministerial school so i knew i could trust him, and towards the end we actually talked some religion.

I was driving through a small alley in town perusing for objects people may be throwing out and spotted a large canvas covered wooden umbrella that will fit over the umbrella top missing its canvas to an 8×8 free metal gazebo someone gave me i plan on putting up, with Williams help, over my outside swing. Well the guy who owned it Tony, another nice “yes sir no sir” maybe mid twenties guy, whose sister BTW is a Witch, had a garage full of stuff to pick and i finally found a pair of good work boots that fit and he sold me at rock bottom prices things like an old iron kettle with lid, old iron table, etc, all rusted up buy i restored them already. He is presently unemployed and was in the fix-it business, though his wife is employed so the kids fed (yes i asked if they had enough food). So, after Christmas he will hopefully come over to hang my ceiling light and fan to push down the heated air in the cathedral ceiling at the Lodge and to help hook up the gas stove and fix the water heater. I figured out it will be cheaper to live back there than here, less square footage to heat etc. We shall see….

Speaking of old shoes, now replaced, due to those and my dystonia and sheer exhaustion of making scores of trips carrying stuff back and forth from this house to the Lodge i have fallen twice in the last two weeks. One time 2am coming back carrying too much stuff i put too much weight on the bridge railing and took a fall four feet from the bridge into the stream, luckily weather heavy padded clothing and landing flat on my back. Luckily the water was low as i was stunned for a minute or so and dragged my heavy wet clothes and myself out of the stream, all limbs seeming to be working. But the next day and even now i feel like i rolled out of a moving train. I also tipped one night and went down on my hands and knees and was so exhausted i had to crawl back to the bridge that way. And then the twisted knee from trying to carry a heavy propane tank to the Lodge. So now i am forced to slow down, carry less since i am using a cane, and take the longer flatter route back over my kind neighbor’s bridge. There are spiritual lessons in this i will delve into a little below. Now at least i have decent work boots, and found out my android’s water proof care really Is waterproof LOL.

In the middle of the month was mu mum’s 86th birthday and her life long girlfriend came up my Maryland and my sis from Indiana and we all went out for dinner. Then i dragged out some boxes of old photos from my late Dad’s bedroom and we laughed over those. I did find one good pic, probably the last group shot, of my mum and her three sisters, one of which has passed, the other is 91 and doing ok in a long term care place, and the other has bad Alzheimer’s. We surprised my 91 years old Aunt with a visit, my mum not being down for a year and me for 3 years, and had a great time. Blood is thicker than water, one finds out as one ages. Friends come and friends go but one is stuck with one’s relatives and eventually the relationships soften and previous disagreements forgotten…

I have been delving into Christo-Paganism as they call it nowadays. Don’t worry, not converting, just relating to Jesus and Mary as deities within my huge Pantheon in a Gnostic manner. I’ve written previously about going to the old German Lutheran church in the burg and my great relationship with the pastor there who has been here a couple times, talking theologies and just walking in the woods. He even sent me this great Blog post by Frater Peregrine that makes sense to me. I plan on attending their Christmas eve candlelight service where there is a great old foot bellow organ, so great singers and cantors, then lots of candles. Sounds pagan enough to me.

Yule was just me and the spirits here. I built a large balefire and since it was not only the darkest night of the year but also new moon worked to burn out the negativity of the previous year working with Hekate, Rahula and Mahakala Shiva. I will attempt to embed a cell phone video here.

Sorry about the sideways video, once again, gotta work on that on the phone and video processing, will try to do so later today.

Well its cold and i need to check the pipes at the Lodge and do some outside work before the rains come then settle into this house tackling scores of projects laying everywhere including getting my cellar workshop back in organization since it is too cold to work outside much anymore on the tables and sawhorses.

May we all, of whatever Faith

Be Blessed with Health, Wealth, Happiness

and a Deep Spirituality

to carry us though the coming cold hard Winter !


The Message of Goddess Fortuna

What a fantastic post and fascinating dream from Valentina. Thanks for sharing and i am going to reblog it, and may Dame Fortune shine upon All of us. Blessed Be!

Valentina the Witch

I live a life of devotion. I love my Gods. Sometimes they talk to me in my dreams.  Since today is a very auspicious day, dated 12-13-14, I thought it appropriate to finally post a dream conversation I had with the Goddess Fortuna.  This is a re-post from my old Mindsay blog.  So posting this again, I hope, will bring you a great message, and us both wonderful luck.  Enjoy!

On the night of September 3rd 2009, I dreamed about the Roman Goddess Fortune (also known as Dame Fortuna).  The following is posted directly from my private handwritten dream journal.

“I am not Lady Luck,” she smiled, dressed in jewel encrusted red velvet and gold (as if she just stepped out of an Italian Renaissance painting) her hair colored amber honey, tied up in braids with ribbons of gold — real gold that shimmered like tinsel. Looking at her… she…

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Any Old Iron

Here’s some good ole kitchen witch practical advice on preserving one cauldrons. It is similar to cleaning up and caring for cast iron skillets. I was gifted with some old skillets and a deep soup pot a couple years ago and that is basically what i do, but once they are cured you let them cool naturally, then wash in water without soap, then put on the stove top to heat and i put in some olive oil too then store them well oiled. I love old iron tools and when my dad died he and my late granpa, both of which Never threw anything away, had tons of old iron tools going back 80+ years which i wire brushed, steel whooled, then coated with motor oil to preserve them. My athame is a hand made knife found in someone’s grandpa’s tool box in a barn on Halloween decades ago. Blessed Be!

Pilgrim's Way

Read any book, Website or Blog on the topic of Traditional Witchcraft and inevitably the subject of tools and paraphernalia appears somewhere eventually. Whilst it’s true that our tools are few in number and seldom glamorous or sparkly they do stay with us for the long haul and sometimes we are even lucky enough to hand down such things to generations to follow. Indeed we are not meant to form any real attachment to these objects, recognising them strictly as ‘things’ or implements which are there merely to assist us both practically and symbolically (tools in the truest sense of the word). In truth however there are certain tools which we come to treasure and value either because they were gifted to us by mentors, cost a lot of our hard-earned cash, were uniquely made and / or simply are not that easy to just go out and replace. In addition…

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