Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I want to apologize to my readers for not posting anything here lately. It has been real hetic around the home front this month. When things slow down I promise that I will be posting again.

A Call To Create A Rolling Thunder

Phaedra Bonewits has put out a healing request for her husband, Isaac Bonewits (teacher, elder and author of many Craft classics, including Real Magic). Isaac has been fighting colon cancer for quite some time
now, and has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, he has progressed to the point where he is just not
strong enough to survive another round of chemo. His doctor has told
them that Isaac needs a miracle.

Therefore, Phaedra would like the magical community to kick in the magic
and do a "rolling thunder" healing ritual on the night of the Full Moon,
May 27th at 9pm.

A "rolling thunder" ritual, for those who have not ever participated in
one, creates an effect like a global rolling thunderstorm. The basic
idea is simply that you do the ritual based on your own magickal
traditions at 9 pm, in your own local time zone.

Therefore, the East coast does it at 9 o'clock Eastern; central does it
at 9 Central; 9 for those in the Mountain time zone; and yes, 9 o'clock
local time for those in the Pacific time zone. The energies roll from
one time zone to another.

As for what healing and magical techniques are used, Phaedra does not
care. Her only other request, outside of it being done at 9 pm local
time is that you use the following chant to link the energies raised:
"Isaac's tumors fade away. Thirty more years with Phae."

WHEN: On the night of the Full Moon, May 27, 2010, at 9:00P.M. in your
time zone

HOW: Create a healing ritual within your tradition and that is joined
with the rising energies with this chant:
         "Isaac's tumors fade away. Thirty more years with Phae."

THEN: It will comfort Isaac and Phaedra to know when your ritual is
done. Let them know: phaedra@neopagan. net

Isaac Bonewits is one of North America's leading experts on ancient and
modern Druidism, Witchcraft and the rapidly growing Earth Religions movement.

A practicing Neopagan priest, scholar, teacher, bard, and polytheologian
for over 35 years, he has coined much of the vocabulary and articulated
many of the issues that have shaped the rapidly growing Neopagan
community in the United States and Canada, with opinions both playful
and controversial.

As the author of several books including Real Magic, Authentic
Thaumaturgy, Witchcraft, Neopagan Rites, and The Pagan Man, numerous
articles, reviews and essays, many songs and albums, and
"spellbinding" lectures, he has educated, enlightened and entertained
two generations of modern Goddess worshippers, nature mystics, and
followers of other minority belief systems, and has explained these
movements to journalists, law enforcement officers, college students,
and academic researchers.

Isaac is the Founder and Archdruid Emeritus of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A
Druid Fellowship (the best known Neopagan Druid organization based in
North America), a 3° Druid within the United Ancient Order of Druids
(the best known Mesopagan Druid order), a retired High Priest in both
the Gardnerian ("British Orthodox") and the N.R.O.O.G.D. ("California
Heterodox") traditions of Wicca (Neopagan Witchcraft), an initiate of
Santeria (Afro-Cuban Mesopaganism) and the "Caliphate Line" of the Ordo
Templi Orientis (Aleister Crowley's Mesopagan magical tradition), as
well as a member of other Neopagan and Mesopagan Druid orders.

He has been a member of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
(CUUPS) for three years. Having survived four previous spouses (and vice
versa), on July 23, 2004 he was handfasted to CUUPS co-founder, tarot
expert, writer, and Wiccan Priestess, Phaedra Heyman Bonewits (hope
springs eternal).

Articulate, witty, yet scholarly, Isaac is currently writing books on
Druidism, Witchcraft, Neopaganism, dualism, and polytheology.

Isaac wishes it officially known that he is not "A Pagan Spiritual
Leader," but merely one of the Neopagan movement's better-known
Unindicted Co-conspirators. ..

Folks, Isaac has given much to magickal communities the world over. We
can certainly give this gift back to him. Please forward this to your
tribes and Circles.

May the Goddess weave this miracle on his behalf.
- Beth Owl's Daughter

Monday, May 3, 2010

Goddess Maia

The month of May was name after the Goddess Maia. In Greek mythology she was a daughter of the Titan Atlas and Pleione ( another name for Aphrodite). She was the eldest and loveliest of the seven mountain nymphs known as Pleiades. Maia was the mother of Hermes with Zeus as the father. Hermes was not only the messenger of the Gods, but it was said that he also invented magic, therefore Maia also became known as the grandmother of magic.
     Later, through the tales, Zeus placed in Maia's care the son of Callisto, Arcus. Maia became known as the mothering goddess and the goddess of midwifery.
     In the Roman mythology, she was not only known as Maia but as Maia Maiestas, an earth goddess. She symbolized youth, life, rebirth, love and sexuality and also the goddess of spring. Instead of Zeus but by Jupiter she was the mother of Mercury. In the Roman culture she was worshipped as the good mother.
     As I said she was one of the seven mountain nymphs; Alcyone, Celaeno, Electra, Merope, Sterope and Taygete. According to legends when Pleione was traveling with her daughters through Boeotia, she was attacked by Orion. Along with her daughters, she managed to escape him by hiding in the tail of the bull,
Tarus.  Orion searched for seven years and never found them. Zeus pitied the girls and placed them into the night sky where they would forever be out of the reach of Orion, who constantly pursued them.
     Maia, along with the six other Pleiades, has her own star located in the constellation of Tarus. Some would say that she is the brightest star but in reality she is the fourth brightest star.
     Another explanation of the origin of the Pleiades is that Maia and her sisters mourned their father's punishment and humiliation. Atlas had taken part in a revolt against the gods of Olympus. As his punishment, he was made to bare the world on his shoulders. The gods felt sorry for the girls and turned them into doves to spare them anymore pain. They flew to the highest heaven and became the shining stars, the Pleiades.