“Although these books, periodicals, and organizations did not speak with one voice, commentators found that many of them sounded common themes:
- Our world does not reflect who we at our best can be.
- All our most significant social and political problems go back at least 300 years.
- The political system therefore needs to be transformed, not just reformed, with the help of a new political theory appropriate to our time.
- Holism – seeing everything as connected – is the first step on the way to creating that new political theory.
- Doing away with the categories of “left” and “right” is another essential part of that task.
- Significant social change requires deep changes in consciousness; institutional change is not enough.
- Above all, consciousness needs to become more ecologically aware, more feminist, and more oriented to compassionate global unity.
- Desirable values include nonviolence, diversity, a sense of community, and a sense of enoughness.
- Human growth and development, not economic growth, should be the overarching goal of New Age society.
- Ownership and control of institutions is important. But the size of institutions is at least as important. We must move away from big governments, big corporations, and other large institutions to the extent it enhances our lives.
- We can begin this process by interlacing hierarchical structures with horizontal networks.
- Global unification is a key goal, but is probably best accomplished by networking at many levels rather than establishing a centralized world state.
- The agent of political change is no longer the working class, or any economic class. Instead, it is all those who are developing themselves personally and spiritually – all who aspire to live lives of dignity and service.
|Theism||General and abstract idea of God, understood in many ways and seen as superseding the need to anthropomorphize deity.|
|Spiritual beings||Many believe that gods, devas, angels, Ascended Masters, elementals, ghosts, faeries, Spirit guides and extraterrestrials can spiritually guide people who open themselves to such guidance.|
|Afterlife||New Age thinkers have expressed a variety of beliefs about an afterlife. Every New Age person must find their own path — whether it involves reincarnation, non-existence, or a higher plane of consciousness. Some believe consciousness persists after death as life in different forms; the afterlife exists for further learning through the form of a spirit,reincarnation and/or near-death experiences. The New Age belief in reincarnation can differ from the Buddhist or Hindu concepts: seeing a soul, for example, born into a spiritual realm or even on a far-away planet, and there is no desire to end this process; there are also beliefs that either all individuals (not just a minority) can choose where they reincarnate, or that God/the universe always chooses the best reincarnation for each person. There may be a belief in a limited number of earthly lives which are followed by some guaranteed higher existence. One version is that the individual must incarnate once under each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. There may be a belief in hell, but typically not in the traditional Christian sense or Islamic sense of eternal damnation. Universalist views of the afterlife are common.|
|Age of Aquarius||Some New Age thinkers have declared that, sometime before the 21st century, the world began entering an age of Aquarius. For example, in her book The Aquarian Conspiracy(1980), Marilyn Ferguson acknowledges being drawn to the notion that we are leaving a dark Piscean age and entering “a millennium of love and light – in the words of the popular song, ‘The Age of Aquarius’, the time of ‘the mind’s true liberation’.” In the 1990s, spiritual writers Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson drew on their knowledge of astrology to declare that we are entering an age of Aquarius, which would be characterized by intuitive thinking, group consciousness, and planetary service, and could be expected to last about 2,100 years. Other claims about the developments associated with the Age of Aquarius include, but are not limited to, human rights, democracy, innovative technology,electricity, computers, and aviation. Esoteric claims are that the Age of Aquarius will see a rise in consciousness.|
|Eschatology||Related to the above; a belief that we are living on the threshold of a great change in human consciousness usually focused on the date December 21, 2012 when a major, usually positive, change was believed to have occurred. See 2012 phenomenon.|
|Astrology||Horoscopes and the Zodiac are used in understanding, interpreting, and organizing information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters.|
|Teleology||Life has a purpose; this includes a belief in synchronicity—that coincidences have spiritual meaning and lessons to teach those open to them. Everything is universally connectedthrough God and participates in the same energy. There is a cosmic goal and a belief that all entities are (knowingly or unknowingly) cooperating towards this goal.|
|Indigo children||Children are being born with a more highly developed spiritual power than earlier generations.|
|Interpersonal relationships||New Age writer Mark Satin found that, even in the 1970s, New Age people were rejecting traditional sex roles in favor of relaionships and ways of being that emphasized such qualities as authenticity, women’s equality in all areas of life, and freedom to choose. A pair of social scientists claims that New Agers are unusually committed to helping others, both in personal relationships (by drawing out people’s unique selves) and through volunteer activities. New Age writers Corinne McLaughlin and David Spangler point to a longing for connectedness with other members of one’s community. A variety of possible New Age interpersonal and intra-community relationships, many highlighting the wisdom and empowerment of women, is explored in Starhawk‘s futuristric novel The Fifth Sacred Thing.|
|Intuition||An important aspect of perception – offset by a somewhat strict rationalism – noted especially in the works of psychologist Carl Jung.|
|Optimism||Positive thinking supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything, based on the concept that Thought Creates. Therefore, as one begins focusing attention and consciousness on the positive, on the “half-filled” glass of water, reality starts shifting and materializing the positive intentions and aspects of life. A certain critical mass of people with a highly spiritual consciousness will bring about a sudden change in the whole population. Humans have a responsibility to take part in positive creative activity and to work to heal ourselves, each other and the planet.|
|Human Potential Movement||The human mind has much greater potential than that ascribed to it and can even override physical reality.|
|Spiritual healing||Humans have potential healing powers, such as therapeutic touch, which they can develop to heal others through touch or at a distance.|
|Time||Concept of Eternal Now as a true nature of time (including the past, present, and a multitude of “snapshots” of the pre-constructed variants of the future). Cyclic, as well as relative nature of time. “Spirit sees things differently than you do. You work in a linear time frame and Spirit does not.” A human’s choices made in the present affect his/her linear past, as the totality of time is a closed dynamic system. ”You are eternal in both directions… If you look far enough into your past, you’ll find your future there.”|
|Eclecticism||New Age spirituality is characterized by an individual approach to spiritual practices and philosophies, and the rejection of religious doctrine and dogma.|
|Matriarchy||Feminine forms of spirituality, including feminine images of the divine, such as the female Aeon Sophia in Gnosticism, are deprecated by patriarchal religions.|
|Ancient civilizations||Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, and other lost lands existed. Relics such as the crystal skulls and monuments such as Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza were left behind.|
|Psychic perception||Certain geographic locations emanate psychic energy (sometimes through ley lines) and were considered sacred in pagan religions throughout the world.|
|Eastern worldpractices||Meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Martial arts, T’ai chi ch’uan, Falun Gong, Qigong, Reflexology, Reiki, and other Eastern practices may assist in focusing spirituality.|
|Diet||Food influences both the mind and body; it is generally preferable to practice vegetarianism, veganism and rawfoodism by eating fresh organic food, which is locally grown and in season; fasting may be used.|
|Mathematics||An appeal to the language of nature and mathematics, as evidenced by numerology, Kabbalah, Sacred geometry, and gnosticism to discern the nature of God.|
|Science||Quantum mechanics, parapsychology, and the Gaia hypothesis have been used in quantum mysticism to explain spiritual principles. Authors Deepak Chopra, Fritjof Capra,Fred Alan Wolf, and Gary Zukav have linked quantum mechanics to New Age spirituality, which is presented in the film What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004); also, in connection with the Law of Attraction, which is related to New Thought and presented in the film The Secret (2006). They have interpreted the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, quantum entanglement, wave function collapse, or the many-worlds interpretation to mean that all objects in the universe are one (monism), that possibility and existence are endless, and that the physical world is only what one believes it to be. In medicine, such practices as therapeutic touch, homeopathy, chiropractic, and naturopathy involve hypotheses and treatments that have not been accepted by the conventional, science-based medical community through the normal course of empirical testing. New Age thought often includes references to the paranormal and to parapscyhology.|
My family is dead set against paganism. I mentioned I was raised as an Jehovah’s Witness and it is completely against all metaphysical/occult arts. Its a pain but I respect their feelings and beliefs just as I want mine respected. I go to there house I make my pentacle disappear ( they prefer not be worn at all and that I leave it home; I just tuck it away in my shirt). They come to my house they deal with the pagan stuff or don’t come. We have had so many debates about kids ( who mind you are still like 9 years out into my future) and how my faith is detrimental to their spiritual well being, its is potential abuse ( what the even is that!), that I must consider the well-being of society ( ok my kids will actually love their fellow human animal and non human animal as sentient beings and to respect the earth and all it provide as well as their all bodies). There has been more. Whatever! They will be my children, and if I am legitimately abusing them someone should report it, but don’t assume that I will because I a pagan and a witch and your religion doesn’t teach you anything of what they really are.
But still there is the problem that they are family and I would love for them to be able to be there when my children are born but I am not giving up on their wiccaning, paganing , naming, whatever the nordic version is ( Remember y’all wiccaning includes other moms faith, paganing or naming works for my path and if there is a nordic version that is what their dad would refer to it). This is a celebration of a new life ( possibly that of an old soul being reborn) and we should honor it and celebrate it and give the deities the proper respect owed for this event. My family wouldn’t accept this and it breaks my heart that they wont be able to be there if they refuse to accept that this will be done.
I found this in my search for more about paganings. We are all solitary technically so If I’m to weak to do it myself the gf or another friend would have have to do it.
Sex magick is an incredible manifestation of magick and energy. Its up there in my book with blood magick.
- To be able to perform sex magick you need to first and foremost be comfortable with your magickal ability and your ability to control your magick.
With women Sex magick can have different peaks of power usually based on there menstrual cycle.
- You need to be comfortable with your body and your sexual ability.
If you are not comfortable with you body or your sexual ability, then that is where your mind will be. Instead of focusing on the magick , you will be concerned with your appearance or with how well you are performing sexually. With all magick you need to be able to focus and if you can’t the magick can go wrong.
- If doing this with a partner you need to have a strong relationship with them.
Personally for me sex magick works better in a context where I can submit and surrender to my partner. This requires trust and a strong mutual respect for each other and love. Personally. Some don’t feel it needs to be done this way.
Here is an example Sex Magick Ritual. I will add my comments to everything in bold.
Clean your body.
While bathing or showering you can visualize the water washing off all mental, emotional and physical dirt.
Take a salt water purifying bath. You need to wash all of the grime from the day whether mentally, emotionally or physically from you. When you enter your sacred space you do not need to take all the muck with you. In mine I make a bath with Sea Salt, Lemon Slices and Orange slice, olive oil and candles with a lovely lavender soap to scrub myself clean.
Relax for a while and set up your space.
Banish all negative energy from the area and cast a circle.
Since I do sex magick with my partner only, first I set up the bed room to be our our sacred space and then meditate with him.This way I can be sure that my mind is clear and that we are on the same page.
Perform the ritual
You can do this either by affirming the outcome before you start the ritual, visualizing during the ritual or both. I personally do both.
It seems fairly easy but it can be more complex than it sounds. I’ve provided the bare minimum that you need to know to perform this, but I recommend not doing this type of magick unless you are extremely comfortable with your abilities.
So since very early times items have been seen either as inherently magickal or able to hold magick within them once spelled.
Most religions consider these items holy or blessed rather than magickal, possibly due to many seeing “God” as the only thing/person that is capable of holding any type of metaphysical power that was not evil.
Most of the charms that we see today, outside of the magick practicing circles, are lucky or protective charms and even religious relics (But that goes back to what I mentioned about things being seen as holy).
People often associate amulets, charms and talismans interchangeably.
- Amulets-objects worn, especially around the neck. Usually against evil or energy.
- Talisman-an object marked with magic signs and believe to five supernatural protection and/or powers.
- Charms-an item worn for its supposed magical benefit.
I personally refer to all as charms in my own personal workings, bc its simpler.
Charms are usually made from, crystals, wood or metal but can be made from a variety of objects (preferably more natural based). So for example cotton, hemp, leather, or wool clothes vs polyester)
Clear quartz: good for any purpose
Rose quartz: for love and harmony
Amethyst: for wisdom and psychic powers
Aventurine: for healing and prosperity.
Moonstone: for emotions, peace and love
Tiger’s eye: for wealth and protection
Iron: for protection and strength
Silver: for protection, Lunar power, love, prosperity
Gold: for prosperity and protection
Tin: for wealth and honor
Copper: for love and healing
Aluminum: for travel, communication
Gold: for wealth, protection, a God
Silver: for prosperity, the Moon, psychic abilities, the Goddess
Yellow: for healing, finding employment
Orange: for communication, messages, travel
Green: for prosperity, abundance, friendship, growth, Nature
Blue: for peace, calm, wisdom, benevolence,
Purple: for wisdom, mysteries, wealth, grandeur, justice
Red: for success, strength, romance, protection
Pink: for love, friendship, healing
Brown: for houses, home, justice, Earth, permanence
Black: to absorb and dissolve negativity
The acorn is believed to be a bringer of luck, prosperity, protection from lightning, and sexual potency.
The pine cone is a charm of luck, favorable influences, protection from harm, and sexual power.
A four-leafed clover is felt to be especially lucky. Clover is a symbol of life, luck and abundance.
A toadstone is a fossilized shark’s tooth. It is believed to heal illnesses and to repel evil.
Salt is considered to be a hallowing substance that purifies, repels evil, and attracts wealth
Silver is related to the Moon and believed to bring protection, wealth, and the blessing of all Goddesses.
A piece of wood that has been struck by lightning is believed to be empowered by Divine forces and is protection against all harm.
The horseshoe is a talisman of luck. Placed with the open end upward that luck will fill it and placed the opposite way, the luck will run out.
Symbols of various religions are held to be protective. The Cross, Star of David and Crescent are felt to be magickal by Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Keys are a symbol of access and power.
The hammer is a bringer of luck and a means of driving out evil.
Charms are a fairly simple type of magick depending on your comfort level with your magick. The easiest and quickest way to complete a charm is to charge the charm with your magick (i.e. holding it and visualize your magick flowing into the object). I believe Cody talked some about this at Mabon.
My favorite way to make a charm (bc it require less time and energy and I have very little of either bc of school right now) is by holding the object in your hands. Visualize the magick flowing into the object and then visualizing a magickal symbol that corresponds with what you want to the charm to be melting into the object. Et Voila you have a charm.
Another favorite of mine, when I have time, is to literally spell it. Put the object by a candle with the symbol you want to use carved into the candle. Its best to use a colored candle that corresponds with the outcome you want for your charm or a white candle. Also burn incense that correspond. After lighting the incense and the candle, run the amulet through the fire and the incense. You can then say a spell over it, then pass the Charm through the fire and smoke again.
A variation of this (which is my preferred way of doing charms), is to use a small taper candle that will burn in 20 minutes. Light incense (2) to place on the outside of the charm and candle. Carve your symbol into the candle and leave your charm beside it and say your spell. You can then can leave your circle until the spell is complete or do some other type of working, like Journaling. You can use one that burns longer but only if you have time to stay in the general area that you are doing the charm in. (So for instance I do mine on my dining room table so I can keep an eye on the flame but do other things)
My view of reincarnation
You live your life, you die, if you learned the lesson you were suppose to learn then you are reincarnated with a new assignment. Its an endless cycle until you feel that you have learned all you can or should then you have the option to remain in Summerland.
You live your life. There is no need to worry about being good or bad because that doesn’t really play a key role in reincarnation, at least not from the understanding that Arty and I have discussed about it.You should want to be a good person in general not because you are going to get something out of it.
You die…Something happens, its your time.
You have a lesson to learn, a task to perform, a mission. You complete it. If you don’ complete it then you may need to undergo a similar life to complete it it and learn what you needed to.
You wait in Summerland until it is your time to return to this physical plane. or if you feel that you have gained enough knowledge
Not that I don’t care about others and such as I will get to but I have a really big since of self love. Not a bad thing but a lot of people think it is bad. But I’m going to explain to you how paganism help me see that I was a part of a whole and that my high sense of self is not bad.
Service to yourself = Service to the earth = Service to the World = Service to Humanity
One thing I learned is that to truly be connected to the universe you must learn to be connected on every level from within you and beyond.
To love someone else, I must love myself. To connect with my brothers and sisters of the craft, I need to know myself.
So yes I love me, but in the way that it helps connect to the world around me; when I’m not being introverted and climbing in my shell.
Society has been in a state of unconsciousness. We’ve figuratively been asleep to what is truly going on around us. We are consumed so much with what is going on in our lives, in our intimate circle, that if it has no “real” impact on how we choose to live our daily lives we ignore it. The problem is, is that in some way things happening 3 states over even halfway across the world effect you.
My biggest, i guess I can say pet peeves, when it come to the conversation of the unconsciousness of people are their uncaring nature towards earth, health and religion; Goddess, just people in general. So I will speak briefly on my feelings on these topics.
Every day we all unconsciously pollute the earth. But really there is no reason to be unconscious about it anymore. We hear about the harmful effects of air pollution and chemical pollution yet we keep allowing it to happen by supporting the companies that promote these things.
While it still exist, many people still avoid getting to know there neighbor because its weird. And then neighbors who you try to get to know think you are someone dangerous.
links I’d like to share:
For one week just consciously focus on what you put into your body. When you go shopping do you buy your food from mostly the outside edge of the store or is it the inside of the store. Are you eating a well balanced diet or at least trying to. Remember your body is you most precious vessel and connection to this physical plane.
I have only one opinion on this. Your truth is not necessarily someone else’s. Don’t force your beliefs on others. Try to find the common ground. Honest, its there. Don’t alienate yourself from your brothers and sisters ( well technically cousins if they aren’t you “blood” kin).
So last night I held a small scale Samhain ritual in my home. It consisted of my fiance, 2 of his coworker’s and myself. I was so inspired that for once I actually transcribe the ritual so that I can put it in my BOS. Now I normally go with the flow for spells and write rituals as needed, but never have I actually written the ritual down to keep it. I think this will be a new thing for me and a step towards the Grimore I want one day. I also wrote a Full moon ritual for next week.