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The Magical Spectrum: Candle Colors in Your Spellwork

Candle magic is a mainstay of witchcraft. I burn candles every night and take them with me when traveling, too. For their magic to work, simply apply the basic percepts of color magic: have a clear intention of your desired outcome, and choose the appropriate color candle from the following list. On the corresponding day begin burning the candle on your altar. Repeat this ritual for seven consecutive days with the same color candle. If you’re a traveling, choose a spot to consecrate as an altar using the prosperity altar incantation at the beginning of this chapter.

 

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ASSIGNED MEANINGS of CRYSTALS

I sometimes get emails from people who disagree with the assigned meanings of certain crystal configurations listed in the blog and elsewhere. Recently I had someone write about Eight-Sided Face crystals. He wanted to know why I focused on particular assigned meanings and not others. I am sharing my take on this great question.

THE QUESTION:

Mandala Eight-Sided Face - Genn John"I read with interest your write up on Eight-Sided Face crystals. You seem to focus on this crystal as one that is essentially used for STOP, FOCUS and GROUND action, in another words it is a grounding stone.

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Jesus with a Boner

Check out Peter Paul Rubens' 1615 (?) painting Christ Risen.

Note the prominent morning boner.

The Renaissance was the time when Pagan Antiquity saved the Christian West from itself. (Even dead and buried, those old pagans still have the power to impart new life.) Inspired by the nude gods of the Ancient World, Christian art suddenly took on a fleshy quality that it had never theretofore known.

(Some critics would see a betrayal of Christian message in the implied eroticism of this artistic en-flesh-ment. Since embodiment—incarnation—lies at the very heart of the Christian story, to this sympathetic pagan at least this would seem an invalid critique; but perhaps the inherent contradiction lies in Christianity itself.)

Since the Resurrection is never narrated in the gospels, it took a long time for it to be depicted in art; before the Middle Ages, artists tended to treat the Resurrection by allusion rather than direct depiction.

As an artistic problem, it's an interesting one. How do you show a dead person coming back to life?

What Rubens has done here—logically enough, really—is to show it as a waking from sleep. Still wrapped in his grave sheet, Jesus is just sitting up in bed. As for the morning boner, well, that's just male physiology, and kudos to Rubens for having the testicular fortitude to show it.

But, of course, the waking erection is more than that. It implies a virility more appropriate, one might think, to the fertility gods of antiquity, to the Green Men of the world (in whose honor we speak of “wood”) than to the “pale Galilean” of so much Christian theology.

Rubens was not the first to depict Jesus with an erection; the motif occurs earlier in Flemish and German art—notably in the paintings of Van Heemskerck—as a daring articulation of the implications of Incarnation in, not just human, but in male human form (109).

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Rubens was a prolific guy.
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I majored in art history back in college. I don't remember this particular work by Rubens being mentioned at all.

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“Our Gods Do Not Have Genitals!”

Reading what one can only call a Hellenismos salvation pamphlet a while back, I came across one of the more jar (sic)-dropping claims that I've seen in my 50 years in the pagan community:

Our gods do not have genitals!” Sic: italics, exclamation point, and all.

Of course, we can't assume that the writer is speaking for anyone besides him- or herself here. Still, on the face of it, this might seem a strange claim for a Hellene to make. Greece is famous for its naked gods, as a glance at pretty much any ancient art will show. Among the males, at least, virtually all have genitals, or at least did before Time and mobs of marauding monks got to them. So what's with the claim?

I presume that the writer is making a point here about the nature of the gods: that Their reality is spirit, not flesh, or some such philosophical mishegoss.

Well, the Genderedness of gods is surely among the Deeper Mysteries, and I won't go into it here. What does it mean to say “Goddess” or “God”? Is the gendered language that we use when speaking of the gods mere metaphor, or does it point to some richer, deeper reality?

As for me, I'm a witch of the Tribe of Witches, and as to whether or not gods have genitals, our response would be clear:

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Burning Away Bad Luck: A Change-Your-Life Spell

Perhaps you have been overwhelmed recently by the daily news, or a series of unfortunate events – problems with work, finances etc. –seemingly beyond your control. Do away with these burdens as quickly as possible. This spell requires paper, a black candle, a flat rock with a hollow in the center to set the candle into, a black ink pen, and a “cancellation” stamp, readily available at any stationary store. Anoint your candle with a drop of peppermint oil. Dress your altar with a peony blossom, the luckiest of the flower family.

The consummate time to release bad luck is immediately after the full moon. Write on a piece of parchment or stationary what you wish to be freed from; this is your “release request.” Write this same request onto the candle, as well. Ideally, this is scratched into the candle with the thorn of a rose you have grown yourself. Light the candle near an open window so the negative energy will leave your home. While the candle burns, intone:

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No We Can't

Some hatreds run deeper than others.

Can a little gay boy grow up to be president of the United States?

Apparently, the answer is no.

 

We've had our first African-American president. There's a possibility that we could be seeing our first Jew in the White House.

As for a woman, a plurality of Americans already have elected a female president, though—in an utterly shameful miscarriage of democracy—our vote was stolen from us by the Electoral College.

But can a gay guy get elected president of the United States, even one that's personable, smart, and charismatic? 

No, and we all know the real reason why not.

 

There was always something quixotic and kind of wistful about Pete Buttigieg's campaign for the presidency. I was never a supporter—I'm sorry, experience matters—but I have to admit that I was surprised at the strength of my own deep sense of personal loss—you could even call it grief—when I heard that he'd decided (and good on him for doing it) to leave the race.

Oh, I understand that there were other issues as well, but here's the sorry fact: The majority of Americans won't vote for a gay man to be president. 

Call it what you want to, but that's hatred.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, The MAGA folks laugh at our contempt for their boy, and mockingly say things like, "Orange Man Bad!" and "Trump Derang
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I'd vote for Adolf Hitler if the Dems were to run him, but of course, they can't. The Republicans are already running him.
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Posch, I'll vote for a ham sandwich in November, if it wins the Democratic presidential nomination. However, my wife is a hu
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I think he might have enough name recognition now to bag the governorship of Indiana. A couple of terms as Governor and maybe one
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Not gonna happen. The running mate is going to be a woman and/or an ethnic minority. Everybody knows that gay white men aren't a r

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Polishing the Pots

In the fifties, when I was a young mother with two small daughters, my friends and I often gathered in one another's kitchens for visits and chitchat. One day one of my friends looked at me, shook her head and said, "You are so brave, hanging your copper-bottomed pots for all to see without polishing them. Most women wouldn't dare." I smiled at her. "It doesn't seem important to polish them," I told her. "I'd rather play with my children or read to them."

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