This is interesting – Top 10 Weird Ways We Deal With the Dead – from LiveScience.com. Enjoy!
I can’t simply reblog this since it is from a blogger site called The Dance of Life, but here is the link and video for a great animated story called Oak & Ash & Thorn – The Faerie Trees which i am sure you will enjoy. He and his animation helpers did a great job on this, and the story is based mostly on the various trees have been stricken with various diseases and appealing to the fey to help. I am pasting the words to the song below the video, but make sure you read the whole post as there is a lot of good environmental info in there. And at YT read through the description as it explains more how he and others make these. Enjoy and blessed be.
Oak $ Ash & Thorn – The Faerie Trees
The other day I saw at The Wild Hunt this article on Lynn Redmond, who seems instrumental in uncovering and reviving the art of drumming for women, and who passed on way too young. The article is called Layne Redmond 1952-2013 and has two great videos and i am embedding one of them below. I think many pagans and witches, female and male, will appreciate her work and learn a lot about our past. Blessed be her departed spirit. Enjoy.
Here are two interesting posts I saw today on the Archeology News Network.
The heads of Cerberus, detail from a Roman statue in the Heraklion Archeology Museum [Credit: Howard Standbury/flickr]
The first is Archeologists find statue of Cerberus in Turkey at a spot alleged to be one of the original Gates of Hell in Greek legend. The cave was revealed by the number of dead birds outside its entrance, killed by the noxious fumes that come therefrom.
The second post is Ancient Magic Curse Tablet Found in Jerusalem which shows it wasn’t just YHVH who ruled back then as the tablet evokes six gods from four religions.
I first saw this reblogged from The Darkness and the Light and felt it worth reblogging to my own site. I was not familiar with the herb Osha so the info is at that link. I am not an herbalist but do grow some to make into smudge sticks and powdered incense i can use throughout the winter. I’m afraid i got too carried away last autumn harvesting some newly planted herbs so did not harvest much this year to let them recover. But my wormwood grew huge this year with newer growth in the center so i did cut some longer pieces to use to smudge at All Hallows Eve. Enjoy and Blessed Be!
Nine Magical Herbs! Nine is a powerful number that pops up over and over again in societies of magic and mystery. 9 is a sacred number to the Maya Healers, for the number corresponds to the 9 Maya Spirits; Ancient and very strong spirits for healing among the Maya Healers. In African American Folk Magic circles it is a very important number for activating effective communication with the unseen world. In Western Numerology the number represents death and the completion of a cycle. This makes the number closely relatable to ancestors and the “other side”. In the Santeria tradition, there is a Goddess of the wind & death named Oya. She is referred to as the “Mother of Nine”. I have chosen nine herbs for this class in the spirit of those wonderful magical circles that have come before.
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Here are some interesting links on magick and witchcraft I found recently.
First from the Albion Calling blog an Interview with Dr. Robert Mathiesen in which he discusses his career and some possible pre-Garderian witches in various esoteric organizations and solitaries in America. To quote from the post:
“Today here at Albion Calling, I am interviewing Dr. Robert Mathiesen, an American Medievalist, Slavist, and renowned historian of Western esotericism. Now Professor Emeritus at Brown University, Rhode Island, where he has worked since 1967, in recent years Dr. Mathiesen has turned his attention to both the textual evidence for witchcrafts in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, as well as the work of folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, who himself played a significant role in the development of contemporary Pagan Witchcraft. We talk about Mathiesen’s life, research, and thoughts about the future of the field.”
There are lots of links in that interview but the one i found most fruitful was to Michael Howard’s The Cauldron download page at which are 8 free PDFs (hit the > Arrows to access and then the > More button on the bottom right) of various interesting occult subjects. I have just skimmed through these articles and plan to read them in detail this weekend.
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