Situated on the pathway between Chokmah and Tiphareth this card represents the physical aspects of love. It is the force that is required to reach the workings of the idea and bring about its birth. It is a card of concrete organization, the four square of logic of the mundane laws. It is reason, will power and the world of mankind on earth. It represents the creation of the will and symbolises masculine potency and creative energy which builds and sustains. Consider the purity of this pathway that is sourly masculine having none of the feminine elements of it's opposing card of the Empress. How is it different from it and what does it bring to the equation
Situated on the pathway between Binah and Geburah this card represents the movement of fate. A purely form based pathway that indicates the understanding required to pass from one sphere to another. It is the card of progress, self-expression and independent action. It is the fate of one who has made their own choices when faced with the dilemmas presented before. It represents the harnessing of the animal instincts to draw the quester along the pathways of life. Consider again how this card differs from its counterpart on the masculine pillar.
ATTIS -Attis is the consort of the Mother Goddess Cybele, Whose worship originated in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and later became popular throughout the Roman empire. According to a central myth, Cybele was the first Being to come into existence Primordial Deity. Both male and female, Cybele contained within Herself the origins of all things. But Cybele was lonely, and desired a companion -and so She cut off Her masculine genitals and used them to create Attis -Lord of the physical world. Thus Primordial Deity divided Herself between Female (Spirit) and Male (Matter), just as in the Vangello delle Streghe. The physical world took form, and Cybele and Attis lived happily in it. But in time Attis came to die, gored by a wild boar, and went into the land of Death to become the consort of Persephone, Goddess of the Dead. Grief stricken Cybele struck a deal with Persephone, allowing Attis to spend half the year with each of Them, thus establishing the seasons and the cycle of Death and...
'This meant that many women resented this subjugation, and a secret religion, where woman was important and which made sexual activity a proud mystery instead of a drudgery, was made. This religion also served as a psychological Cave of Adullam for emotional women, repressed women, masculine women, and those suffering from personal disappointment, or from nervous maladjustment which had not been resolved by the local resources of the Church.'
THE SUBJECT OF the TRAGEDY IS thought to have been Medea's murder of Pelias. The root-cutters who gave their name to the play would have been the chorus. F535 seems to confirm that this chorus was made up of Medea's witch-attendants. Plant-drug magic was evidently their speciality. For the aversion of the eyes while cutting animal throats in sacrifice see 144. It is common for Medea and other witches to perform their rites with their clothing untied (see 69, 91, 98), but Sophocles takes the notion to an extreme here. The rationalization of this may have been that one performing binding magic should not herself be bound. F536 is intriguing. The subject of the melting is masculine and cannot therefore be Medea. It is unclear whether this referred to erotic magic or to an oath-taking ceremony (see 236).
Her son, Tammuz, also called the Green One, became her lover upon his reaching manhood. Ishtar descended to the realm of the dead to rescue Tammuz, a myth nearly identical to an earlier Sumerian myth of INANNA and Damuzi, and similar to the myth of DEMETER and Kore. When Ishtar descended, both fertility and sexual desire went dormant, to await her seasonal return.
We see the Roman priest in his temple crudely and literally emasculating his followers. Today the father in the Church, the school and the law court is equally destroying the manhood of his sons by means less rough but none the less effective because they are so widespread.'
The Eight Sabbats are divided into two sets of four. These are the Grand Sabbats, which are feminine and dedicated to the Goddess, and the Lesser Sabbats which are masculine and celebrate the God. The Grand Sabbats are Lunar in character, and in former times were tied to the Lunar Calendar. Some groups still reckon the Grand Sabbats by the Lunar calendar, and some fix their date by other means, but most groups today celebrate them by the Calendrical dates which will be given. The Lesser Sabbats are Solar in nature and are the Equinoxes and Solstices of the Sun, on which the Solar calendar is based. As the year is divided into a Dark and a Light half, there are two Grand Sabbats and two Lesser Sabbats in each.
The first division of nam ail is into linga (gender), and this is shown in the dictionary by'm.', 'f.' or 'n.' (masculine, feminine, neuter). The visesana, in bringing a quality to a naman, must have the same linga as that naman, and must therefore be able to take any form of the three linga, and are thus indicated in the dictionary as 'mfn.' Examine the entry for Buddha in the second column of page 733 it begins with 'mfn.', indicating a visesana however, six lines down is'm. a wise or learned man', so Buddha can also be a masculine naman and further down (just before the bold type -kapalim) is 'n. knowledge', thus the word Buddha can also be a neuter noun.
The Hero God represents independant young manhood. Energy, vitality, and growth are His attributes, as well as courage and strength. In former times the Hero was often thought of as a warrior, but He is also an athlete, an adventurer, a follower of quests. THOR -Originally called Thunar, or Thunder , Thor is the Germanic God of storms and fertility. Son of the Earth Goddess Lord, Thor embodied the vitality of the life force, and the masculine virtues of courage and integrity. Thor was pictured as a red bearded man carrying the sacred thunder-hammer Mjollnir, or in some versions a sacred thunder-axe. With this magical implement Thor made thunder and lightning, and sent the fertilizing rains upon the Earth, His Mother. Thor was also strongly linked to sacred trees and sacred groves, and was sometimes represented by a tree
Fertility that comes from combining the masculine force and the feminine form. A joining of wisdom and understanding to create knowledge. This card represents synthesis and harmony, the resolving of tension created by duality through the birth of a third unifying principle. It is the pathway of birth, new life, fecundation and material productivity. It is the creation of phenomena in time, and a source of life itself. It is the abundant creative force of nature and an abundance of melding form. A passive approach as opposed to the active intellectual control expressed by the Magician. When meditating upon this pathway ask yourself how this first bridge between the two pillars differs from the
The second card in the deck, given the key of one. This card represents the fist masculine energy of force, to become something. The key of one is the first stage of conscious existence, of emerging self-awareness at the beginning of the journey of life. The Magician represents the male force, the creative urge, the first spark from which all things proceed. This is the birth of the cosmos. A totally masculine energy but what would become of such a cosmos Could such a one last No and so there
Neither evocation nor invocation is part of modern witchcraft, however, and white witches do not recognise any demonic figures in their religion. When we refer to the Goddess and her son-consort, the Horned God of Wicca, we are referring to the archetype or source energies of the feminine and masculine aspects of ultimate power. They are the creative female and male principles, acting not in opposition to each other but as complementary and necessary parts of a whole. All the named goddesses and gods in witchcraft represent the different qualities of these supreme forms, for example the goddesses of the hunt, or specific forms in different cultures.
Universal Deity is beyond any form of depictation, is niether masculine or feminine in character, and in truth is so far beyond our understanding that we can only try to imagine It's full nature. To illustrate this we often refer to Universal Diety as Mother-Father God, showing that Universal Deity includes both the concepts of the Goddess and the God within Itself.
As some people may already know, the word witch in Modern English comes, via the Middle English wycche, from the Old English Anglo-Saxon wicce (feminine) and wicca (masculine). The plural noun was wiccan (now used with a capital letter as an adjective for followers of Neopagan Witchcraft, see Chapters 8 and 9). Despite the modern Wiccan belief that wicca originally meant wise one, it looks like what it really meant was (1) someone who bent things to his or her will, (2) someone who could turn aside evil or good, and or (3) someone who could cast spells all with a neutral-to-negative connotation even among the Paleopagans (see Appendix 2). The wise one derivation may have been suggested to Gerald Gardner, the inventor of Wicca as a religion (see Chapter 8), by the word wica, which may have meant wise. Or he might have been thinking of the word wysard (or wizard ) which does mean wise one and which was used in the Middle Ages as a term for a male witch after the masculine form of wicca...
Feminine energies and values are needed to balance the masculine excesses of current cultures. Women and men are spiritually equal, and masculine and feminine attitudes, values, and roles are of equal importance, regardless of the physical gender of those exercising them. However, some Wic-can traditions reserve certain ritual roles to one physical gender or the other.
There were slight traces of alternative traditions. In one classical text, the Metamorphoses of Apuleius which dates from near the end of the pagan period, the female deity was declared to be the embodiment of all other goddesses, and represented by the moon and the natural world. This, combined with Neo-Platomsm, produced a concept m a few seventeenth-century hermetic works, of a female figure identified with the starry heaven, who stood between God and the earth, and acted as a world soul. This was, however, by definition a tradition limited to a handful of specialists, notably Robert Fludd and Athanasius Kircher. It is more relevant to our present interests that the ancient Greeks spoke of the earth as being feminine in gender and the sky as masculine. As most western science was based ultimately upon Greek thought, this language became embedded in it. It was developed further in early-modern Europe, where the scientists were virtually all male and easily adopted an imagery of male...
In terms of magick, ether is the substance by which all things are created. It is also called spirit and Akasha. The top point of the Wiccan pentagram represents ether because it is said to triumph over the physical elements. In Wiccan ritual, ether is the force that brings Air (masculine) to Earth (feminine), Fire (masculine) to Water (feminine), and Lord to Lady.
W henever you make or spend time working with a preparation, meditate on the intent. If you are grinding herbs, don't cheat by using your coffee grinder. Use a mortar and pestle. As you do, hold the pestle (masculine) in your projective dominant hand and the mortar (feminine) in your receptive submissive hand. Visualize the two genders joining to create the child that is your intent. If you are blending oils, shaking tinctures, or mixing powders, always concentrate on the specific intent of that preparation at each step of the way.
In most Wiccan traditions, the athame represents Fire and the masculine positive force of nature. There is good reason for this. Think about the process used to create a knife. Before the technology of iron smelting, knives were fashioned from flint. When the flint was rubbed with another piece of flint, it would produce a spark. Whether the knife was fashioned by hand with flint or forged into shape from an iron smelting process, the element of fire was involved, leaving an indelible impression of its essential masculine quality within the blade.
Where 'mfn.' stands for 'masculine-feminine-neuter', i.e. it may be declined in all three genders (as required by a visesana), and the '(a)' and '(l)' inserted after the 'f' of 'mfn.' indicates the stri-linga form in declension thus alpa declines like bala, and sundari like nadi, in the feminine. For example
The chalice - a symbol of Water, and of the Goddess traditionally a stemmed cup of whatever material the practitioner prefers. Liquid to be imbibed during ritual can be poured into the chalice, as can salt water for cleansing the circle, et cetera. The athame is lowered into the full chalice during the symbolic Great Rite, illustrating the union of the masculine and feminine Divine. for magical work. Also a symbol akin to the athame chalice, the union of masculine and feminine to create motion in the universe.
The altar is usually placed within the center of the circle, making it the point of focus for all participants. The altar is covered with a cloth, on top of which are placed two candles (one to the right and one to the left) to represent the masculine and feminine powers of nature. The pentacle is placed in the center of the altar, with a candle on top of it. This candle is usually colored according to the seasonal rite. For example, there will be a green candle for Beltane and a black one for Samhain. Next to the pentacle are two small bowls, one filled with salt and one filled with water. The chalice is placed to the left of the pentacle and is usually filled with wine. The athame is then placed to the right of pentacle, along with the censer for burning incense.
It is the fashion, among some shallow minds, to dismiss Dr Murray's theories as - I quote one such opinion - 'vapid balderdash'. I am not sure, but I have the uneasy feeling that the reluctance to accept Dr Murray as a pioneer in the more speculative aspects of Anthropology springs simply from a far too common masculine prejudice (that I, thank Heaven, do not share ) against conceding the possibility that any woman could contrive to pioneer in any activity, physical or mental.
Gender - in English, nouns and pronouns express natural (as opposed to grammatical) gender, i.e. the masculine gender denotes a male, feminine denotes a female, neuter denotes neither sex, and common denotes either or both. Examples of this last are I, doctor, committee.
Oh gods, whichever of you rule the earth and the human race from the sky What is this uproar Why are all your murderous faces turned upon me By your children, if Lucina came to help your honest birth when called, by this glorious but useless purple robe, I beg you, by Jupiter who is bound to condemn all this, why do you look at me like a stepmother or a beast I have struck with iron The boy made this complaint with trembling lips and stood there, his distinguished clothes snatched away, a youthful body, of the sort that could have softened the impious hearts of the Thracians. Canidia, small vipers entwined in the unkempt hair on her head, ordered wild fig trees, torn up from graves, funereal cypresses, eggs pasted with the blood of the foul frog, a feather of the nocturnal screech owl, herbs which lolcus and Iberia, fertile in poisons, export, and bones snatched from the mouth of a ravening dog to be burned in Colchian flames. Sagana, dressed for action, sprinkled waters of Avernus...
Traditionally, there may be as many as three leaders to a coven, again recalling Dion Fortune's dictum about one god, one goddess, and an initiator. The male leader representing the masculine power generally takes first place the female, the feminine, second and the second male executor, or officer third. Different covens have different titles for their leaders, all equally traditional. In covens which stress the love and fertility aspects of witchcraft and perform their rituals naked, the male leader is known as the high priest, the female as high priestess. On the other hand, in those which stress the knowledge and power aspect, the male is known as the magister, grand master, or devil (meaning little god ) and the female as the lady or queen of the Sabbat. The second male, known as the officer, executor, or summoner, is he who relays the requests of the magister or lady to the rest of the coven membership. He is the go-between and lieutenant of the leader or leaders, and...
In the village of Kawanbutu (KAH-wan-BAH-too) we watched the Dyak war dance, Kenjah (KEN-yah). This dance is performed by 10-year old boys who are about to enter manhood. In former days, the boys left the dance to go out into the jungle to collect a Trophy of Victory a human head. This represented bravery and gave the youngster the right to marry. Thus upon completion of the dance, any neighboring native might suddenly find himself a target for the young head-hunter's personal ambition. Then, with head in hand, the young man had the back of his legs tattooed with a large patch of black the symbol of manhood.
In other words Diana, or Goddess, is PRIMEVAL DEITY. She existed before the first beginning, as CHAOS -God without form existing in a void, and having within Herself the seeds of all things, both spiritual and material, all mixed up together without order or definition. Primeval Deity is androgynous, having both feminine (spirit or yin) and masculine (matter or yang) elements, and is sometimes portrayed as such in myth and artwork Sometimes however Primeval Deity is portrayed as feminine, since we think of Primeval Deity in association with the Goddess, or Spirit -indeed as the Higher Self of Goddess. In this sense Primeval Deity is identified with the CRONE Goddess -the Goddess in Her aged state, having existed from before the dawn of time. This is the wisest and most knowing part of Goddess, most commonly called HEKATE. This is the Goddess portrayed with greater or lesser respect as the Hallowe'en witch, with Her pointed hat and broom.
The Masai in Tanganyika are a tall proud race who eat and drink blood, A young Masai to prove his manhood must hunt and kill a lion with a spear, and only a spear. The Zulus were always warlike and now use their colorful shields, ostrich feathers, headdresses, and monkey-fur trimmings as a tourist attraction. Their secret rites are never seen by the white man. The Warega is still a savage Congolese tribe, addicted to cannibalism, and they form a close alliance with the Pygmies. They traditionally recognize this by their chief marrying a pygmy girl as a wife. He sleeps with her only one night and she never marries again.
Almond Oil masculine (associated god forms Chandra, Jupiter, Liber Pater, Ptah, Wotan, and Zeus) There are several varieties of almond oil. Look for one with the lightest scent of its own, as strong scents are a sign of artificial additives. It is the oil of choice when the finished product will be used for massage. Because its element is Air, it is an excellent base to use for the consecration and empowering of wands and other tools associated with Air. Lore also tells us that its powers are often used to attract prosperity and wisdom, making it an excellent base for both of these uses. Hazelnut Oil masculine Considered lucky in its own right, its planetary association is the Sun. It is an excellent base for general good luck and wishing. Like most things derived from nuts, this oil is also considered a good oil for fertility. What A male oil for fertility Of course Nuts and other phallic symbols have long been used in fertility rites and customs. This is an excellent oil on which to...
Fertility played an important role in the Beltane celebrations. The principle symbol of this Sabbat was the Maypole, also known as the axis mundi, around which the universe revolved. The pole personified the thrusting masculine force, and the disk at the top depicted the receptive female. There were seven colored ribbons tied to it, which
The vision of Netzach is a glory to behold. Can you imagine what it must be to view that beauty that is Tiphareth To glimpse that infinite wonder must be truly heart stopping in its entirety. The name of power for Netzach Yahveh Tzabaoth means out of the one, many , all the facets of the God and Goddess as seen in all their glorious ways. Netzach lies at the foot of the Masculine Pillar and is full of goodness and beauty. It is the creative energy we put into rituals to make them effective. It is the creative force which drives the artist to make beautiful images. It is the spark of genius that touches the inventor. It is this spark that can bring about the illusion of this sphere since an artist or poet may often express the feelings of another person, on realising this, the truly creative ones may come to believe they share the feelings of everyone and so projection as an illusion comes into play. Equally if we project our negative feelings onto another it is easy to transfer our...
Signifies the moment when intellect meets with its first obstacle. Things go awry and plans are thwarted. This can often manifest in thoughts of defeat since previously things were going well and it is often difficult to see why it has now gone so terribly wrong. Once again we have the masculine element of this suit in the pillar of form, which shows itself as the proverbial fish out of water.
Since the ceremony takes place during the Sabbat, the circle itself will already have been erected and consecrated by watchtower, with a small ceramic chafing dish glowing on top of the altar should it be indoors, or a balefire blazing in the centre should it be outdoors. All the magical witch implements should be present. Both masculine and feminine aspects of power will have been invoked, perhaps by the Eko Azarak formula and the Hertha chant. The grand master will be wearing his horned helmet or animal mask, with the torch or candle blazing at its crown. He and the rest of the coven should be standing within the circle. The candidate should be led by the officer, or summoner, to the northern perimeter, already robed and fully blindfolded or hoodwinked and divested of all metal artifacts. At this point, one of the coven, previously selected, should with the point of his or her Athame or coven sword touch the candidate upon the breast and challenge him with appropriate words. The...
Situated on the pathway between Chesed and Geburah this card represents hurdles and obstacles. This is the second harmonising of the masculine and feminine pillars. It links the spheres of mercy and might to create a passive power. Strength from within as opposed to the actual manifestation of physical strength. It is a strength of will. It is the card of vulnerability, danger and over stepping the mark. It is similar to that of the Lovers in that is represents tension, opposition and struggle to reconcile divergent qualities. It is a symbol of eternity, completion and destiny. From out of the strong comes forth the sweet and this card displays the teachings that inner fortitude can conquer unbearable odds. It is the action of overcoming the odds represented in reconciliation with instinctive desires. It releases the energies locked within the reunites the conscious mind with the long lost paths to the inner centre. Representing the individual who through discipline attains...
In the Gardnerian tradition, creation is seen as a strictly male female endeavor, reflected in the Great Rite, the symbolic (and occasionally literal) joining of the masculine and feminine in ritual. In Gardner's covens this meant a strict balance of male and female members, and a strict emphasis on heterosexuality as the only way the God and Goddess could relate.
Master Paracelsus states The stars from heaven do not form the human being. The human being comes from two principles The 'Ens Seminis' (the masculine sperm) and the 'Ens Virtutis' (the Intimate). Therefore, he has two natures One Corporeal and the other Spiritual and each one of them requires its digestion (womb and nutrition).
Solitary Wiccans act out the Rite of Union as part of their rituals just as covens do. During the rite, the wine will be blessed, transforming it into the vital essence of the God. Once this process has been completed, the sacred fluid is poured into the chalice (the physical symbolic representation of the Goddess). The chalice is then conjoined with the athame (the physical symbolic representation of the God) to form the perfect union of masculine and feminine energy.
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