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Welcome to the group this is not an easy path ,but a worthwhile one. Practice the exercises given but remember it won't happen overnight, this is not a quick fix.

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Native American Wisdom

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This video presents inspirational words of wisdom from a Native American perspective, reflecting their beliefs, philosophy and spirituality. (Lakota Instruct...Continue

We Call Upon The Power Of The Universe

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With Love and Gratitude To Divine Creator and Mother Earth"You are a Liquid Crystal Super Conductor of Light and Sound" Electric universe, solar system, galaxy, galaxies, cosmos, galactic, our…Continue

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So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.Love your life, perfect your…Continue

Braiding Hair

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  Braiding of the HairBy Grandmother Maka Nupa L Cota The morning arrived sunny and bright as I hurried to load my Jeep. I packed my chair and other things including the drum and an over night…Continue

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Comment by Shadowdancer on July 18, 2011 at 3:00pm
good morning Cloud Dancer, speaking of wands ---- almost done.
Comment by Magistar on July 18, 2011 at 2:37pm
ok shadowdancer it is to pull down energies adrian has this wand but it is not wood and i wouldent consider plastic or resin it does work but very limited
Comment by Shadowdancer on July 18, 2011 at 2:28pm
what is the purpose for the opening and closing and connecting with earth and sky - your comment below? And you mentioned having Hermione's wand, how did you come about obtaining that? (We just watched another one of the movies at home last night.) Still can't write e-mail and see videos so will have to call internet carrier later today, I hope they fix my problem here.
Comment by Magistar on July 18, 2011 at 11:58am
Step1: Put yourself in a clean blessed area. Burn some incenses, do some praying, play some music, whatever relaxes you.



Step2:Gently clear all the space from the chakras from the crown first
to the root last. I use gentle hand motions outwards in left and right
direction, from the chakra. Do this for all seven chakra.



Step 3; Open and close chakras. Move on hand on chakra, clockwise
direction for a count of 11. You are not touching the chakra, rather
4-5 inches away from it. Then use counter clockwise movement to close
the chakra.



Step 4: Balance the chakras. Balance each chakra with all others.
Start from the crown. Put one hand over crown chakra (about 2-3 inches
away), the other hand on third-eye chakra, count 11. Now balance crown
with throat chakra and so on. Then balance third-eye chakra with all
the rest. Keep going downwards till you balance 2nd chakra with the
root chakra. Now do it the opposite direction. Balance the root with
2nd, then 3rd, all the way up to the crown. Each chakra always has to
be balanced with all the others.



Step 5: Touching the sky and ground. With God in mind, imagine
energies coming from the ground, running through each chakra, and out
from the root. Keep working for a couple of minutes. Now imagine the
energy from the heavens coming from the root, all the way down to the
feet. Repeat the ground and sky energies for one more round.
Comment by Magistar on July 6, 2011 at 2:57pm
Comment by Magistar on July 6, 2011 at 2:37pm
General History
Like the Magik Staff, magik wands have been around for a very long time. Some of the first depictions of a wand come from Egypt, in the hands of Pharaoh. Not only did he carry a scepter for his kingdom, but also a wand. He was a 'God' after all. And magik was supposed to be part of his royal talents.

The Greek God Hermes (Mercury) is represented by a wand entwined with a snake and winged top. In legend, this wand is a sleep-producing wand. The famous musician Arion, had a wand of Ivory. Linguistic research shows the the symbol "cel" of the word Celts and "ger" of the German, both mean "wand". And both cultures used the wand as the symbol of the axis of the spring and summer solstices.

In Celtic legend, the three wise women who guide the steps of mankind (the Triple Goddess) are often seen or depicted with wands. Using these tools to direct their energy or control their desires during various events. One legend tells of the wise women facing cave dwelling giants, using their wands to dislodge boulders and rocks from the mountain to rain down upon the giants.

In Norse legend, Thor sets out to visit Geirrod without his weapons. The Hag Grid, warns Thor of the dangers he faces. She gives him her belt and magic wand to do battle upon his long journey. In this story Thor flings a boulder and breaks the back of a giantess with the wand.

In Aurthurian legend, Merlin casts his magik with the use of a silver wand; presumably constructed from the hardened blood of a unicorn that he helped to save from a dragon's attack.

But the wand isn't just seen in pagan paths. In catacomb frescoes of the third and fourth centuries, Christ is frequently represented performing miracles by means of a wand.

Scholars believe the wand found it's roots in the drumstick of a shaman. Especially from Siberia and Central Asia when drumming was used to raise energy before and during ceremonial rituals. Then pointing the wand at the recipient of that energy; such as a patient who required healing. From these humble beginnings, the wand has become a staple in magik practices through the centuries and into modern magik.

Making Your Own Wand
Within Witchcraft the wand is used for channeling and directing energy. Like the staff, you can make your own wand or purchase one that you feel drawn to. A lot of people are returning to wand usage, thanks in big part to Harry Potter. The movies especially have contributed to this; with the creation and sale of look alike wands. I was given Hermione's wand for a Yule present and frankly I think it's beautiful and decided to use it in my rituals.

But there's something to be said for making your own wand as well. A wand is typically made from wood. Depending on what energies you want to associate with your wand will depend on which wood you choose. There have many different types to choose from. Oak and Ash are the most commonly used on the pagan paths. Because of their spiritual reference to these two trees. But white pine, maple and apple are also popular choices. You might review the Tree Associations page for more information to help you decide.

But consider some other interesting alternatives. An Osage Orange tree (found around the US), is a beautiful light colored wood that gets darker as it ages, until it turns black. Crape Myrtle is a lovely white and very hard wood, and makes a wonderful staff material.

As with most wood tools, you can decide to carve a pattern, runes or personal sigils into your wand. But chose carefully as these symbols will add to the energy of your wand. Some people like to create several wands and consecrate them for different purposes.

If you use a metal or stones to decorate your wand, make sure you understand the properties of that item on the wand. Just like wood, metals and stones have their own magikal traits as well. You might review the Stone Energy page for more information to help you decide which crystals or stones might work best for your intent.

Consecration
Just like with the staff, you might want to clear and cleanse it's energy before you begin working with the wood. Some people like to perform a ritual and bring the tool into a circle before any carving or decorating is done. It's a way to add or imprint your own energies upon the wood before working with it; or during the decorating process. It's also a chance to have your guides and the Gods/Goddesses come to work with you in the creation or decoration of the wand.

These methods are by no means set in stone. You can work on the wood and decorations and then take the wand into circle for clearing and cleansings. No matter which way you chose; the last thing you should do before actually using your wand is a consecration ritual. You want to imprint your desired use for this tool upon all the elements of the tool.
Comment by Magistar on July 5, 2011 at 1:22pm
Comment by Magistar on July 5, 2011 at 12:16pm
RATTLE
The rattle is an ancient sonic device which is used to create an atmosphere of expectancy in a process of change from one reality to another. It is primarily a tool of transformation. A rattle is usualy made from a dried gourde or from rawhide and contains seeds or small pebbles sometimes small crystals, The shaking of the rattle has great significance. It symbolizes the spiralling movement of the cosmic forces that expand in all directionsthe swishing sound relaxes the brain thus slowing the brain patterns
so removeing the barrier between perception of the material world and the realms of the mental and spiritual realities. in other words , it serves as a bridge between the worlds, which is why a rattle is such a comfort to a baby.
The rattle can also be used as a dianostic tool in shaman extraction healing work and to locate energy imbalance within the human entity
Comment by Magistar on July 5, 2011 at 2:42am
Comment by Magistar on July 4, 2011 at 12:25pm
 

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