Earth's Our Mother
"Treat Her With Respect"
*** An Ye Harm None, Do as Ye Will ***
O Goddess Within:
O God Within:
O Goddess of the Moon, the Waters, and the Earth:
O God of the Sun, the Forest, and the Mountains:
O Shining Ones of Infinite Wisdom:
Please bless this group of Friends who Meet to Communicate
and share ideas and information with each other.
Help us to learn from one another, and to understand each
others needs, also to find ways to comfort those who need
comforting. And to help those who need help.
Also Assist us to remember Your Lessons;
And Show us the Keys to Unlock our Spirituality;
Read On Down for Lot's of Other Good Stuff And REMEMBER to SMILE MORE
A Smile is a Wonderful gift that you can share with everyone and it does not cost you one cent, and will bring with it more smiles from those you meet in everyday life situations.
We all know the Wiccan Rede. Most all of us have it memorized. But maybe that memorization, has led to us putting it in the back of our minds. We don't think of it as much as we should. Sure, when we prepare a ritual we take a minute to think about who this could directly hurt, but that's as far as we take it.
Personally, this is what it means to me. "An it harm none, do what ye will." The key word there is "harm". The first thing we think of that meaning is "spells cast with the intent to harm another", but to me it means so much more than that.
There are two types of harm. First is Direct Harm. Harm that is directly put upon a person. This can be broken down into three categories. Physical, Emotional, and Magickal.
Physical Harm is when you walk up to a person and deck them, or kick them. Also included in this section are Child Abuse or Sexual Abuse. It's pretty obvious that Physical Harm is not a very good thing. It HURTS. :o)
Emotional Harm is a little harder to identify. Making fun of people, teasing, picking on, etc... could all be considered Emotional Harm. It's makes a person feel like less of a person, and drops their self-esteem. Parents constantly yelling at children or teenagers, with no attempt to listen to the problems they face....Emotional Abuse. It makes you feel like it's all your fault, when chances are, you didn't do anything.
Magickal Harm is what we all think of first off when we hear the Wiccan Rede. Spells and rituals meant to do harm to another person fit perfectly under this category. But, you must also be very careful to examine if you're "good" spells can hurt someone. Always examine yourself and your rituals very carefully. One small detail could be the difference here.
Those are all examples of Direct Harm. Harm done directly to a person. But, I feel I need to mention Indirect Harm as well. Sometimes we put this off because we aren't directly talking to or even considering the person. Indirect harm can be as simple as talking behind someone's back or walking away uttering something under our breath.
Harming no one is not easy. We all foul up. But we must all realize that there are several things we do that harm other people without hitting them or casting a spell on them.
So, what do we do to stop harming people as much as possible? The only thing I've come up with so far, is to speak to the Goddess. If you're talking to someone and they are rude or just plain mean to you, don't strike back, don't utter something under you're breath. Just turn, walk away, and talk to the Goddess. Let her help you put it out of your mind. Soon, you won't need to walk away, you can just close you're eyes for a second and let Her take the want for rebound or revenge away.
Thirteen Goals of a Witch
1. Know yourself.
2. Know your Craft.
4. Apply knowledge with wisdom.
5. Achieve balance.
6. Keep your words in good order.
7. Keep your thoughts in good order.
8. Celebrate life.
9. Attune with the cycles of the Earth.
10. Breathe and eat correctly.
11. Exercise the body.
13. Honor the Goddess and God.
A Magical Dictionary
adept - It refers to the person who is considered highly proficient in a particular magickal system after undergoing serious studies and accomplishments.
Akasha - It is the omnipresent spiritual power that permeates the universe. (the fifth element)
Akashic records- Psychic Edgar Cayce brought the thought that the mind of the psychic or Witch can access a giant data base for information on subjects (past lives, healing, and other magickal/spiritual practices) through Universal connections.
amulet - An object of protection that has been magickally charged to repel or defect specific negative energies and thought forms.
animism - It is the belief that natural objects, and Nature itself, are alive and conscious.
aspect - A form, facet, or persona of Deity.
aspergering - To sprinkle water mixed with salt for purification purposes.
astral - It is another dimension of reality.
astral travel - It is the process of separating your astral body from your physical one in order to travel in the astral plane.
attunement - An activity which brings the mind, emotion and psyche of an individual into harmony.
balefire - A fire lit outdoors for magickal purposes. It is traditional on Yule, Beltane and Midsummer.
bane - It is another word for bad, evil, dangerous, destructive.
banish - It is the act of magickally ending something or exorcising unwanted entities.
B.C.E. - Before Common Era. This is the non-religious equivalent to B.C. C.E. - Common Era, which is the equivalent to A.D.
bind - It is the act of magickally restrain something or someone.
blessed be - An all purpose greeting, response and farewell among Witches. It reminds us that everything and everyone is sacred.
Blood of the Moon - Basically it refers to a woman's menstrual circle. If the woman's menstrual circle occurs over a New or Full Moon, she is more powerful than during other time of the month.
call - It is the act of invoking divine forces.
cakes and ales - This is the ritual meal shared with the Goddess and God near the end of a religious ritual.
channeling - You allow an entity to "borrow" your body to speak to others either through writing or verbally.
charge, to - It is the act of magick in which you infuse an object with your personal power.
charms - They can be amulets or talismans charged by saying incantations over them to instil it with energy for a specific purpose.
centering - It is the process of moving one's consciousness to one's spiritual center.
Cone of Power - Psychic energy is raised or focused by either an individual or group mind to achieve a specific purpose.
cleasing - It is the act of removing any negative energy from an object or place by using positive, psychic energy.
consecration - It is the act of blessing an object or place by instilling it with positive energy.
coven - It is a group of 13 or fewer Witches that work together in an organized fashion for magickal purposes or to perform rites.
covenstead - It refers to the meeting place of the Witches. It can be a place or a building where the witch feels safe or at home.
cowan - Anyone who is not a Witch.
craft, the - Another word for Wicca or Witchcraft.
Days of Power - It refers to Sabbats, days triggered by astrological occurrences, your birthday, Blood of the Moon, and your dedication/initiation anniversary.
dedication - The process in which the Witch accepts the Craft as their path and vows to study and learn all the necessary to reach adeptship in a given tradition. This can be for a year and a day.
deosil - It is the clockwise movement. This movement is symbolic of life, positive energies, and good.widdershins refers to the counterclockwise movement. It is usually used for negative magick purposes or for dispersing negative energies.
divination - It is the art of using magickal tools and symbols to gather information from the Collective Unconcious on the nature of people, places, things, and events in the past, present, and future.
divine power - It is the pure energy that exists within the Goddess and God.
dowsing - The use of a pendulum or stick to find the actual location of a person, place, thing, or element.
empowering - (See charge, to)
enchantment - A magickal object that must be kept absolutely secret and hidden from all human eyes and affects a hidden aura.
energy - It refers to the (yet immeasureable) power that exists within all natural objects and beings (including the human body).
earthing - To send excess energy into the Earth.
evocation - It is to call up spirits and other non-physical entities to appear either visible or invisible.invocation is to appeal or petition to a higher power (such as the Goddess and God).
fascination (mind-bending) - It is the mental effort to control an animal or another person's mind.
goal - Synonym of intent
handfasting - A Wiccan or Pagan marriage ceremony (wedding).
immanence - It is the belief that Deity exists within all things, including people, and cannot be separated from them.
initiation - An experience that transforms the individual in such way that his/hers concept of personal and wordly reality are altered.
intent - It is the goal of the magickal work.
left-hand path - Those individuals who justify their use of magick for purposes that are not constructive. right-hand path is considered positive in nature.
meditation - Another word for reflection, contemplation, turning inward toward the self or outward toward Deity.
Neo-pagan - Literally it means "new pagan."
Old Ones, the - A term used to emcompass the Goddess and God in all their aspects.
pagan - The individual is a follower of a nature-based religion.
pantheon - A collection or group of Gods and Goddesses in a particular religion or mythical structure.
personal power - That energy that sustains our bodies.
projective hand - The hand that is normally used for manual things (such as writing). receptive hand is the opposite. That is, if you are right-handed, then your receptive hand will be your left.
rite - Another word for ritual.
ritual - Ceremony.
simple feast - It is the ritual meal shared with the Goddess and God.
skyclad - It is the act of celebrating or doing magickal working in the nude. This is common in some traditions like Alexandrian and Gardnerian. Many solitaries prefer to work skyclad as well for they feel that clothes hinder their energies. However, I must warn you that this should not be misconstrued with sexual contact.
talisman - It is an object that has been magickally charged to bring something to the bearer.
vision quest (pathworking) - It is the use of astral projection to accomplish a specific goal.
visualization - The process of forming mental images.
webweaving - Networking with other magickal people through conversation, in writing, or by computer to gather information to mutually assist each other in their studies and life goals.
Information- above taken from: Silver RavenWolf's To Ride a Silver Broomstick and Scott Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner...