We have a massive web hosting bill for the year ahead (2014) coming due in less than 30 days and without your assistance the Archive could be closing. If you're seeing this message then the following applies to you since you have a Level 2 account at the Vampire Community Archive.
Using the PayPal button at the site below:
If you "Support Our Projects" or "Support Our Websites" we will bump you up to the Level 3 (highest level with access to over 100 GB of material).
Because Samhain is seen as a time of transition between our world and the metaphysical, for many Pagans it's a great time to do some divination. In addition to communicating with the spirit realm - which we discussed in last Tuesday's newsletter, you can also use this time of year to focus on some basic divination skills. Whether you're interested in Tarot, Ogham staves, runes, or pendulums, there are all sorts of divinatory options to be had!
To people unfamiliar with divination, it may seem that someone who reads Tarot cards is “predicting the future.” However, most Tarot card readers will tell you that the cards offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently at work.
Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, but it does take some practice. It’s a highly intuitive process, so while books and charts come in handy, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you. Read Full Article
A pendulum is one of the simplest and easiest forms of divination. It's a simple matter of Yes/No questions being asked and answered. Although you can purchase pendulums commercially, ranging from about $15 - $60, it's not hard to make one of your own. Typically, most people use a crystal or stone, but you can use any object that's got a bit of weight to it. Here's how to make and use your own pendulum. Learn About the Pendulum
Ogham staves are a popular method of divination among Pagans who follow a Celtic-focused path. Although there are no records of how staves might have been used in divination in ancient times, there are a number of ways that they can be interpreted. There are 20 original letters in the Ogham alphabet, and five more that were added later on. Each corresponds to a letter or sound, as well as a tree or wood. In addition, each of these symbols has come to be associated with various meanings and elements of the human experience. Read Full Article
Samhain represents, among other things, the end of the harvest season. If you haven't picked it by Samhain, you probably won't be eating it! The gardens have died off by now, and where we once saw lush green plants, there is nothing left but dry and dead stalks. The perennials have shut down for the season too, going dormant so that they may return to us in the spring. Read Full Article
Vampi(y)re Community Gatherings & Balls Of Note October 2013 Taboo Masquerade & Fetish Ball - A Feti...
Well it's probably safe to say I'm not bowing out of the community -- not just yet at least (I haven't checked off everything on my 'to do' list quite yet). We've raised approx. 32-34% of the monies needed to cover our hosting and other costs for 2014. I'm hoping we can at least have this up to 50-60% before 2014 rolls around (I have to renew the hosting in less than three weeks now). Based on request I've added an Amazon button athttp://www.suscitatio.com/financial/subscription.html and there is a longer message about what we intend to do next year at http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/10/18/a-moment-of-your-time-looking-ahead/ -- I've been crafting plans in my head at night so hopefully they'll be able to materialize.
Thank you for your support and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
If you're looking for last minute things to do for the week of Halloween this is the place you should be! So get in your cars, take a taxi to the airport, hop on the nearest train and come to New Orleans!
Cirque du Nuit October 26, 2013 Come explore the circus of the night! Back by popular demand, the New Orleans Vampire Association presents Cirque du Nuit, a night of revelry in the world of the dark and unusual, on Saturday,
Tiger Eye A stone of protection, Tiger Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer. It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions. Particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety. Useful for recognising one’s own needs in relation to the needs of others. Balancing yin-yang and energising the emotional body, Tiger Eye stabilises mood swings, imbues us with willpower, purpose, courage and self-confidence, and releases tension. Tiger Eye treats eyes, throat and reproductive organs, releases toxins, alleviates pain and is helpful in repairing broken bones and strengthening the alignment of the spinal column. In addition to the generic healing properties of Tiger Eye, specific colours have
A long time ago, when the earth was green and there was more kinds of animals than you've ever seen, and they run around free while the world was bein' born, and the loveliest of all was the Unicorn.
There was green alligators and long-neck geese. There was humpy bumpy camels and chimpanzees. There was cats-and-rats-and-elephants, but sure as you're born the loveliest of all was the Unicorn.
But the Lord seen some sinnin', and it caused him pain. He says, 'Stand back, I'm gonna make it rain.' He says, 'Hey Brother Noah, I'll tell ya whatcha do. Go and build me a floatin' zoo.
And you take two alligators and a couple of geese, two humpy bumpy camels and two chimpanzees. Take two cats-and-rats-and-elephants, but sure as you're born, Noah, don't you forget my Unicorn.'
Now Noah was there, he answered the callin' and he finished up the ark just as the rain was fallin'. He marched in the animals two by two, and he called out as they went through,
'Hey Lord, I got your two alligators and your couple of geese, your humpy bumpy camels and your chimpanzees. Got your cats-and-rats-and-elephants - but Lord, I'm so forlorn 'cause I just don't see no Unicorn.'
Ol' Noah looked out through the drivin' rain but the Unicorns were hidin', playin' silly games. They were kickin' and splashin' in the misty morn, oh them silly Unicorn.
The the goat started goatin', and the snake started snakin', the elephant started elephantin', and the boat started shaking'. The mouse started squeakin', and the lion started roarin', and everyone's aboard but the Unicorn.
I mean the green alligators and the long-neck geese, the humpy bumpy camels and the chimpanzees. Noah cried, 'Close the door 'cause the rain is pourin' - and we just can't wait for them Unicorn.'
Then the ark started movin', and it drifted with the tide, and the Unicorns looked up from the rock and cried. And the water come up and sort of floated them away - that's why you've never seen a Unicorn to this day.
You'll see a lot of alligators and a whole mess of geese. You'll see humpy bumpy camels and lots of chimpanzees. You'll see cats-and-rats-and-elephants, but sure as you're born you're never gonna see no Unicorn
You can listen to all 35 hours of the Best of the Hay House World Summit all for FREE which includes Louise Hay, Dr Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Esther Hicks, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Brian Weiss, several meditation teachers to name just a few. The summit ends after this weekend . This is a wonderful FREE program Hay House is offering don't miss it.
HEX: Old World Witchery ( please read and share this ) Just a heads up!! Mercury Retrograde begins on October 21st and will go till November 10th... ( MONDAY ) Good idea to Start doing protection spells and crystal protection spells For those of you who do not know what this is What is Mercury Retrograde?: Mercury is the planet of communication
Mercury Retrograde is a period of time when Mercury appears to be going backwards against the sky. We observe this about four times a year, as mercury races past the part of its orbit that is closer to the earth and begins to travel on to the further side of the sun, and from our perspective, during that time, moves in the opposite direction as the earth. By line of sight against the sky it seems to move forward, then backwards, then forward again as it returns to pass the earth again.
What happens during a Retrograde? memory loss, loss of time, loss of items, loss of virginity, loss of common sense. As for technology many unexpected glitches occur during this time, such as software crashes and emails getting lost Communication and Travel plans
we will post a few protection spells and full moon spells perfect for beginners . . . . . . .
( note I tossed in the loss of virginity to see if anyone is paying attention Admin )
Lose track of the negativity and dishonesty. Live positively and authentically.
When you wake up to a new day, BE grateful for another chance. When others take the easy road, BE the one who takes the right road. When something must be done, BE proactive. When several possibilities present themselves, BE decisive with your priorities. When achieving something is important to you, BE open about it and go for it. When the work seems overwhelming, BE concerned only with the next small step. When worries cross your mind, BE sure to focus on what you can control. When real problems arise, BE ready to address them upfront. When mistakes are made, BE okay with them and learn from them. When you have something to say, BE willing to speak up. When what has been done in the past still isn’t working, BE the needed change. When doubt is lingering in your mind, BE confident in your abilities. When others have a different opinion, BE open to new ideas.
POST WRITTEN BY: ANGEL CHERNOFF via positive thoughts
Witches have been misunderstood and stereotyped for many a year. Here are some common questions and answers to help educate and dispel myths regarding our beliefs.
What is a Witch? A practitioner of a nature-based religion which recognizes the feminine in divinity and follows the seasonal cycles. A Witch believes that the divine exists within her or himself as well as without, and therefore feels a direct connection with the God/dess self. Witches come from all racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. What we share is a loosely structured system of beliefs largely known as "Wicca".
Do Witches worship the Devil? No we don't. The Devil or Satan is part of the Christian and Muslim religions. Witches don't even believe in the existence of a Devil, Satan or Anti-Christ. That being said, how could we worship something that we don't think exists? Doesn't make sense dose it? Witches believe that each and every human being is completely responsible for their own actions. To us, evil is a choice, albeit a bad one, that a human might make, not an entity to blame our actions upon. If an individual chooses to do evil, we believe they will be punished via The Law of Three or karma. If one is working for the good of others, we feel that the same laws will reward them. In other words, "What goes around comes around."
What are pentacles & pentagrams? What are they for? A pentagram is a five pointed star. The top point represents the Spirit and the other four points represent North, South, East and West. A pentacle is a combination of the five pointed star with a circle around it which represents universal wisdom or the "Goddess". It's a symbol of protection worn as an amulet and used as a tool in spells or rituals. Pentacles and pentagrams are not Satanic. Pythagoras used it as a symbol of health and his followers wore them in order to recognize one another. In Medieval times, some Christian knights used the pentagram as their symbol. Satanists turn the symbol upside-down, which puts the elements of Fire and Earth at the top (Fire symbolizes willpower and passion and Earth, prosperity and earthly goods) and Spirit, spirituality, at the bottom. Satanists also turn the cross upside-down. This, in itself, does not make the cross or pentagram a Satanic symbol. In some Wiccan traditions, the reversed pentagram is a symbol of "second degree" status-one who has been elevated from "initiate". To members of these traditions, the reversed pentagram is considered highly positive and has no connection to Satanism.
Do Witches sacrifice humans and animals? No. Although many ancient religions did perform these sacrifices. Today it's called murder. We don't eat babies or drink blood either. The nature of sacrifice is to give up something of one's own in order to gain something more important. We do not feel that the life of another creature is ours to give. Witches believe in the sanctity of all life.
Do you use magick to curse or hex people? Using magick in this context would only produce dire results especially for the Witch who would attempt to abuse it in such a way. We have a belief called The Threefold Law. It means that any act you do positive or negative (including thoughts) comes back to you threefold in this life time or will follow you into the next. Imagine the consequences.
Are you a black Witch or a white Witch? I'm just a Witch. I don't know how this white/black, good/bad thing started but I've been asked this question a lot. There are no black/white or good/ bad Witches, just good or bad people. And I like to think that most people strive to be good. When a Witch performs a spell or ritual they take it very seriously. Many are done to send healing energy to someone suffering physical or emotional pain. People by and large are loving and compassionate. But some aren't.
Why don't Witches try to convert me? We believe that finding your religious path is a personal choice. There is no right or wrong path. Yours should be the one that fills you will love and content. What ever path that is, is for you to discover. We respect all religions and wish that the same respect is reciprocated. The only time you may encounter a Witch at your door would be on Samhain (Halloween). They will be small in stature and will quickly leave if you give them a treat.
Can you be a Witch if you are gay? Yes. There is no sexual or racial bias in any form of Witchcraft. You can be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The God/dess loves everyone and judges none and never has.
Are male Witches Warlocks or Wizards? Yes if they wish to be called so. A male Witch is a Witch. Ask them what they prefer.
SPELLS AND SPELL-CASTING: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 5000 SPELLS ( JUDIKA ILLES ) ROLOR SQUARE: THIS MAGICK SQUARE ALLEDGEDLY ENABLES YOU TO FLY LIKE A CROW. WRITE DOWN THE FOLLOWONG ONTO PARCHMENT,PREFERABLY USING RAVEN'S FETHER INK. ROLOR OBUFO...See More — with Jamie K. Reaser and 22 others.
Blessed Morning everyone. I wanted to share with you how proud I am to have and article posted today on WitchVox. I hope you will check it out and give it a read: "Weather Magick: Who is Responsible for the Weather?" by Lady Abigail Blessings to all. Lady Abigail
Just a little Samhain smile. I have to agree with this one. LOL Lady Abigail
THE ELEMENT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SECRET SOCIETIES
AND HIDDEN HISTORY (JOHN MICHAEL GREER ) ILLUMINATI: THE NAME OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT SECRET SOCIETIES FOUNDED BETWEEN THE FOURTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTUIES, INCLUDING THE ALLUMBRADOS OF SPAIN, TH...See More
1/3 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1-2/3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 cup canned mashed pumpkin 1/3 cup water 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup uncooked regular oats 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into pieces 1/2 cup chopped pecans
BEAT shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1 cup sugar beating well. Add eggs one at a time, beating until blended after each addition. COMBINE 1-2/3 cups flour and next five ingredients, then add to shortening mixture alternately with pumpkin and water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans and vanilla. Spoon into greased muffin top pans, filling three-fourth full. COMBINE oats, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly; stir in 1/2 cup pecans. Sprinkle streusel over batter. Bake at 375F for twenty-two minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack five minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. This will make one dozen muffins.
NOTE: If you don't have a muffin top pan, just spoon batter into a regular 2-1/2 muffin pans, filling them two-thirds full. Then bake at 375F for twenty minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in a center comes out clean. This will make one-n-a half dozen muffins. Southern Living~
Enjoy everyone! Dans Amour et de Lumiere mes amis. Lady Angelique~
Our prayer for Sunday xx Rise and shine , depending on how you view your days of the week, Sunday is either the start or the end of it, I choose to see it as the start, meaning we always start our week with a relaxing day off for most of us, for those who work Sunday , change the start of your week xxx. Embrace the amazing new week ahead xx remembering... Something amazing is going to happen to you today xx love and light x Les xx
WITCH OF THE OLD WORLD BOOK OF HERBS ( LADY ABIGAIL ) Here’s a wonderful Potpourri for sweet dream and a relaxing sleep, blend together the following herbs. Sleep Potpourri; 3 Tablespoons, Lavender 3 Tablespoons, Anise 3 Tablespoons, Peppermint or Rose Place the herbs that have been mixed together in a small dish beside your bed and breath in the sweet aroma as you fall to sleep. Works great for restless children but I would place the dish out of their tiny little fingers reach.
SAMHAIN * I put this together years ago and hope you enjoy it.
Samhain, All Hallows, All Hallow's Eve, Hallow E'en, Halloween, literally, the most magical night of the year. Exactly opposite Beltane on the wheel of the year, Halloween is Bel tane's dark twin.
A night of glowing jack-o-lanterns, bobbing for apples, tricks or treats, and dressing in costume. A night of ghost stories and séances, tarot card readings and scrying with mirrors. A night of power when the veil that separates our world from the Other world is at its thinnest. A "spirit night", as they say in Old World.
All Hallow's Eve is the eve of All Hallow's Day (November 1st). And for once, even popular tradition remembers that the Eve is more important than the Day itself. The traditional celebration focuses on October 31st, beginning at sundown until November 2nd. November 1st being the day of Samhain. This seems only fitting for the great Witches New Year's festival.
Many have believe that Samhain is a Celtic holiday. In fact, it is startling how many ancient and unconnected cultures (the Egyptians and pre-Spanish Mexicans, for example) celebrated this as a festival of the dead. But the majority of our modern traditions can be traced to the British Isles and the Old World.
Not only is Samhain the end of autumn, it is also, more importantly, the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. The Witches’ New Year's Eve, when the new year begins with the onset of the dark phase of the year, just as the new day begins at sundown.
In this place and time we stand straddling the threshold; we face toward the past in commemoration of those who died during the last year, as well as within our lifetime, and we face gazing hopefully toward the future, mystic eyes attempting to pierce the veil and divine what the coming year holds.
These two themes, celebrating the dead and divining the future, are inexorably intertwined in Samhain, as they are likely to be in any New Year's celebration.
We celebrate the feast of the dead because it is believed the dead can, if they wished, return to the land of the living for this one night more easily than others, to celebrate with their family, tribe, or clan. And so, we open up the veil and welcome all those loved ones from the pass to come join with us in celebration and love. lighting torches and candle flames, so the dead can find their way.
Extra places should be set at the table and food set out for all those whom have passed before. And there are many stories that tell of loved ones coming from the Underworld while the gates of faery stand open, though all must return to their appointed places by cock's-crow on November 2nd.
The Christian religion, with its emphasis on the "historical" Christ and his act of redemption 2000 years ago, is forced into a linear view of time, where "seeing the future" is an illogical proposition.
In fact, from the Christian perspective, any attempt to do so is seen as inherently evil. This did not keep the medieval Church from co-opting Samhain's other motif, commemoration of the dead.
To the Church, however, it could never be a feast for all the dead, but only the blessed dead, all those hallowed (made holy) by obedience to their god. Thus Samhain was renamed by the Christian church, as the Feast of All Hallow's, or Hallowmas, later All Saints and All Souls.
There are so many types of divination that are traditional to Samhain, it would be impossible to mention them all. Some favorites are those of love. Girls were told to place hazel nuts along the front of the fireplace or campfire today, each one to symbolize one of her suitors. She could then divine her future husband by chanting,
"If you love me, pop and fly; if you hate me, burn and die."
Not a nice chant and a very old one, I suggest you change it for your on personal use. The 3 foil law comes into play.
Several methods use the apple, that most popular of Halloween fruits. You should slice an apple through the equator (to reveal the five-pointed star within) and then eat it by candlelight before a mirror. Your future spouse will then appear over your shoulder. Or, peel an apple, making sure the peeling comes off in one long strand, reciting,
"I pare this apple round and round again; My sweetheart's name to flourish on the plain: I fling the unbroken paring o'er my head, My sweetheart's letter on the ground to read."
Or, you might set a snail to crawl through the ashes of your hearth. The considerate little creature will then spell out the initial letter as it moves.
To Witches, Halloween is one of the four High Holidays, Greater Sabbats, or cross-quarter days. Because it is the most important holiday of the year, it is sometimes called "THE Great Sabbat."
With such an important holiday, Witches often hold two distinct celebrations. First, a large Halloween party for non-Craft friends, often held on the previous weekend. And second, a Ritual held on Samhain night itself. Be it on October the 31st or November the 1st, depends on the tradition. If the rituals are performed properly, there is often the feeling of invisible friends taking part in the rites.
Of all the Witchcraft holidays, Samhain/Halloween is still celebrated by Witches, Pagans and even christians. Even though in the christian sects it is typically relegated to children and the young-at-heart, and observed as an evening affair only on Samhain Eve. Many of its traditions are still firmly rooted in Paganism.
Nonetheless, it seems only right that there should be at lest one night of the year when our minds are turned toward thoughts of the supernatural, a night when both Pagans and non-Pagans may ponder the mysteries of the Other worlds and its inhabitants. So in tradition, I leave you with a Samhain blessing of old;
May all your torch flames burn bright, For they hold away those fears and fright. Until the dawn and all spirits leave Upon this blessed "All Hallow's Eve".