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Another Knotty Problem

In my last post I explored the Minoan sacral knot, a religious symbol from ancient Crete that consisted of a length of fabric knotted together with a loop at the top. But the sacral knot isn’t the only instance of knotwork in Minoan religious iconography. And while the sacral knot may be related to the Egyptian tyet (Isis’ symbol), these other knots are more closely allied with snakes.

When Sir Arthur Evans excavated Knossos more than a century ago, one of the objects he found was a figurine of a woman covered in snakes (photo at the top of this post). They twine around her hat, down her chest and arms, and around her belly. The snakes that cross her belly form a large knot that’s a prominent feature on the figurine. Evans was intrigued by this knot, even going as far as researching whether snakes in the wild ever tie themselves into knots. For the record, blindworms do, but they’re not true snakes, though the Minoans might not have been able to tell the difference.

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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday May 12

Happy Tuesday! In today's PaganNewsBeagle, we feature stories that link activism with Paganism. A Pagan lawyer mixes belief with activism; freedom from religion in the Air Force; shutdown of Pagan chaplains at a Navy bootcamp; the Pagan ape; poverty and Pagan devotion.

A Pagan lawyer is guided by his beliefs to fight the Keystone Pipeline project. Find out the whole story in this post on the Wild Hunt.

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Three Witches

I was catching up with two old friends after the big Beltane.

X was talking. Her husband this, her daughter that. Family, family, blah blah blah.

Gods, I thought, X has really turned into a family bore.

Then it was Y's turn. Her dog this, canine rescue that. Dogs, dogs, blah blah blah.

Gods, I thought, Y has really turned into a dog bore.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    "And you...and you...and you were there!"
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    I can see it. I can hear it. It's like I was there. xo
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    I can see this, I can hear it, it's like I'm there.

I stepped into the labyrinth. It was midnight on new year’s eve. I walked its paths in the darkness, in the mist of low cloud, mist hovering in the air all around me. I could only see the paths of the labyrinth by default; they were completely dark, whereas the lines between the paths, picked out in a mosaic of coloured tiles, held and reflected what little light there was. So I trod the curves and turns of darkness, held between faintly shining edges. In daylight these mosaic pieces are a rainbow of colours, starting with red on the outermost one and following the rainbow’s strata as they get closer and closer to the centre, but at night none of that was discernable, only the gleam off their surface. Treading paths of darkness, inbetween the light, felt deeply significant to me as I walked out of the year in which my mother had died and into a completely altered and unknown future. I would be in darkness, though held and guided by the light.


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GENERATOR or MERLIN CRYSTAL - For Precise, Direct, Focused Energy

Today we'll be discussing Generator crystals. This is a configuration which falls under the categories of shape and terminations. Generator crystals are also sometimes called Merlin crystals.

Generator crystals have six equally sized faces and a centrally located tip. It is very unusual to find such a precise configuration. You may find a point with the energetic qualities of a Generator, but the physical description may not be textbook perfect (the tip may be centrally located but all the faces may not be equally sized and each might not reach the tip). We discussed in an earlier blog post that crystals are commonly polished into Generator points. Remember the energy might not be as focused as a naturally occurring Generator because the internal structure is different. Here are some Generator crystals with equally sized faces which each reach the termination:

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It's been a long time since I've gotten swept up in ritual planning. A really long time. Usually by the time my turn comes around to Priestess for my Dianic Coven, I'm like, 'Iron Pentacle, it is!'. When I was on vacation, I finally got to read The Red Goddess which Gordon told me to read like a year and a half ago but. . . listen.  You know me by now, right?  I'm very easily distrac--

Anyway.  As usual, Gordon was annoyingly right as he generally is (but I'm still holding onto reality television with my claws for the moment) and it's not like any other magic book I've read (which is a huge plus because I like maybe ten books total).  It's just full of beauty and glamour.  It's not a direct "how to" in terms of tips 'n tricks that some of you still stubbornly cling to, but it is a "how to" insofar as if you can't use it to open your heart, soul and junk to beauty and being present in physical experience, then . . .you're not there yet and that's okay too.  I really liked that Peter expresses that there needs to be a place for the mythic past that never was.

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  • Natasha Kostich
    Natasha Kostich says #
    Thank you for this luscious post!! Wonderful ritual ideas!! I have also felt very drawn to Her story! If you haven't already read

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Shifting Responsibility

Taking Responsibility. That is such an odd phrase. There are so many ways to understand it depending where you put the emphasis. As children we learn to take responsibility for our actions. Often this relates to something we’ve done wrong. Instead of blaming the mishap on someone else, our parents want us to “fess up”. They tell us to assume responsibility so that they can deliver the consequences. This is an imposed system, made extremely explicit and structured by the grown-ups to demonstrate how life really is. We learn the law of cause and effect early and it can help keep us out of trouble. Being responsible becomes an initiation into acting like an adult.

Soon “taking responsibility” can be worn like a badge of honor. We learn that being responsible has great rewards and helps us advance in life. Telling the truth, showing up on time, and sticking by our word all become ways we are responsible. We often talk about teenagers that get good grades and hold a steady job as being responsible. It is an important distinction and these adolescents thrive on the compliments. Soon being responsible can become a dangerous source of pride.

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  • Sally Brewer
    Sally Brewer says #
    Stacey, I reread this post three times. There is so much truth and depth to your thoughts. Thanks for inspiring the awareness in
  • Stacey L. L. Couch
    Stacey L. L. Couch says #
    From the bottom of my heart, you are most welcome Sally.

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