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Pagan Fire Festival

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August 1st is an important day in the Pagan Calendar ~ Lughnasadh, a fire festival.

Historically, August 1st was an important day across the English-speaking world ~ Lammas, a harvest festival.

Come Lammas-Eve at night shall she {Juliet} be fourteen; that shall she marry…  ~  Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

The Christian Church used to celebrate Lammas Day, (Loaf Mass Day), which they then started to call the feast of St. Peter in Chains.  Mostly August 1st isn’t celebrated in the Christian Church as anything any more.

Lammas / Lughnasadh is one of the four fire festivals in the Pagan world.  How you mark today depends on where you are in your own spiritual development, but celebrations usually focus on the grain harvest or the Pagan God Lugh, or both.

gaia__artemis__aphroditeIf I have a Pagan God it is Lugh, the God of craftsmanship and metalworking skills.  Lugh had so many accomplishments he was reputed to be able to do almost anything.  Julius Caesar sometimes called the Roman God Mercury ~ Lugus, the Latin equivalent of Lugh.  Depending on how you look at it, Lugh married the Mother Goddess Nas, (Artemis).  Artemis is said to hate my personal goddess Aphrodite, and after that my grasp of mythology and interpersonal relationships gets complicated.

As for me, at this point in my spiritual life, I associate August 1st with Lugh and the Rowan Tree, the mountain ash.  In my mind there is a debate as to whether the English Sacred World Tree is a true ash, (fraxinus excelsior), or the rowan tree, (sorbus aucuparia).  Of the two, the rowan is the rarer in England, and maybe the rowan is the more magical.

The rowan is the tree of power, causing life and magic to flower.

Dreaming AphroditeThe rowan allows the power within to call forth the elegance and mystery of the logical mind as it is intermingled with intuitive powers.  The rowan calls the spiritual into the path of future planning, and brings dreams to fruition.  When using rowan magic you should trust your intuitive insights.

If you wish, you can try to forecast the future using rowan magic.  Drinking some / a lot of proper absinthe helps here.  Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) is the active ingredient in absinth, other than the booze.  Shakespeare goes on about wormwood in the Lammas-Eve speech.  Which brings us neatly back to the Goddess Artemis and the Pagan God Lugh.

Today I have a piece of rowan wood by the garret’s door to keep witches away.  (Rule #2 Nobody is allowed into the garret, applies especially to witches).  As I don’t drink booze these days, there’s no absinthe around, which is probably just as well.

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Rowanjackcollier7@taltalk.net

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Prescience and Spirituality

My people used to call it being fey, which is a word with many meanings.  Here, in the North,  it’s knowing something before it happens, or knowing about something without being told, or knowing something based on no evidence whatsoever.  Sailors and people close to the sea seem to have a lot of this.  Perhaps it’s a survival thing.  Knowing that the weather is about to turn very bad very soon can certainly save your life if you put to sea in small boats.

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Some would say that clairvoyance is merely having insight based on a deep understanding of the world and the people in it.  Some would say that having second sight is just another branch of quantum physics.  Some would aver than mind reading is little more than practical psychology.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

All I know is that I suffer from some of this other-worldly stuff.  I have a friend who lives thousands of miles away, in another time zone, and she can wake me from a deep sleep merely by thinking of me.  Back in the day, when my livelihood depended upon it, I could read people like the proverbial open book.  I could know the innermost secrets of anyone, should I choose to turn my mind that way.  Even today I know instinctively, without error, if someone is lying to me.

I have no idea how or why any of these things are possible.  I will never know how or why there is a paranormal universe outside of our day-to-day existence.  I am not worrying about it.

I feel that to believe in any form of religion or spirituality is to also believe in the paranormal.  But, not everyone who goes to church is fey.

These abilities I share can make for an uncomfortable life.  I’m a man, and I know and understand the feelings of others, including women.

Some would call that sorcery.

All I know is that it’s better not to dabble in magic.

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Rowan Magicjack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

English Gentleman

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