Additions by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Word magic, ideas of magic as an alphabetical river, weaving a mysterious interlacing of mental characters, mental words and the mind’s spoken voice was adopted in the middle ages. This was how magic was marked by written forms of symbols that were much older and changed. Then there were the educated book rhetoric for profiting god(s), kingdoms and kings and for the seeds of prosperity and wealth.
Before the middle ages or earlier traditions there were no written words, nor books nor runic languages for spells or the casting of magic in the earliest pagan traditions. Magic was not something to caste, it was within the person and within nature to be touched and experienced. Its hard to understand a spirituality and impressions of magic that has nothing to do with power or personal empowerment, and from earlier millenniums into shamanic cultures before paganism, where its a birth rite of our Soul for healing.
Every modern pagan runs across the healing aspects of magic whether they do it for themselves when they get cancer and chose not to go to doctors or to seek a shaman who has healed many of their own diseases through self healing and natures magic. However we get there, there is always more to learn.
Aficionados of the culinary arts and herbal remedies, should also know that bain-marie, namely, a container which holds hot water into which a pan is placed for slow cooking, was believed also to be her invention and named after her. Ask any modern Witch about her own Cauldron and she will say it obviously must have been a woman who created it, otherwise we would have not carried into our modern traditions today.
The etymology of the word alchemy itself abracadabra, is complicated and still debated via the Old French and Medieval Latin, coming from the Arabic “al-kīmiyā”, itself derived from ancient Greece χημεία or χημία, also attested as χυμεία, “the art of alloying metals, alchemy.”
Preceded by the Arabic definition and according to one interpretation, χημ(ε)ία could derive from Χημία, the Greek rendering of Kmt which is the “The Black Land,” an Egyptian designation for Egypt under the Clans of the Black Vulture (condor or thunderbird) of the Goddess Nehkebet (Night) which represents our Soul, all birds represent our soul. So literally, the first most powerful magical word, means the night soul and its healing.
Nehkebet’s sister, the Cobra Goddess Wadjet is the Serpent Goddess (healing applied to the soul issues of karma). These are the oldest two symbols of the goddess on the oldest stones of the neolithic eras, when they ruled before the Pharaohs (pre-Sphinx and the first Pyramid society). People just automatically think the Pharaohs were the power behind the earliest kingdoms, they were not. They were women, especially Grandmothers who were shamans and chief leaders. It was only the invention of writing that weeded them out of existence and more control through writing could do that.
To demonstrate that magical names, often unjustly neglected and considered to be owned by a particular era or religion is just not true. The etymology of post-classical Latin Abracadabra has been the subject of much conjecture; no documentation has been found to support any of the various conjectures which have been put forward. Some have suggested an origin within Latin or Greek, e.g. as an alteration of abecedarius abecedary adj. with insertion of euphonic elements (e.g. -ra-), others a borrowing from languages as diverse as Thracian (a sparsely attested Indo-European language) and Sumerian.
A connection with post-classical Latin abraxas, Hellenistic Greek abraxas has also frequently been suggested, but the nature of any relationship is really unclear. A further large group of etymological suggestions tries to derive the word from Hebrew or Aramaic or even Arabic in various ways, involving, for example, an alteration of an unknown Aramaic name of a demon, or a connection with a Hebrew word’, but again, supporting evidence is lacking, and the uses of the magical word in Jewish sources does not seem to be attested before the early Middle Ages, or around the 13th century CE which is relatively new uses of the word.
Magic outsides the context of mind, mental body, paganism and even witchcraft is a different relationship to magic for those willing to begin anew as a soul and not “use” magic but rather… “be” magical in its natural forms, not mental form and let the magic come to you in nature’s forms, not human forms. For the directions and realms of the mental body has controlling aspects of desires, that are put forth and where there is desire there is ego and control issues.
Long time practitioners will tell you that the personal journey equals the magical journey and how they master their own issues and heal them, adds to the greater magic applied. Some are naturals when young of course, but karma is a bitch when it returns what you have sent out from being young and unaware of the 360 degrees, rather than 180 or 90 degrees or even the linear process of how the mind actually works. I think modern Chaos Magic practitioners try to touch on some of the more shamanic magic but they are prisoners of the mind and not shamans.
To touch real chaos, it is a development of behavior, of attitudes, of healing and of disciplines. In other words, the undeveloped nature of the higher self, living a lower or little self with the idea of the great power of magic bypassing real life. In the magic of the soul and of nature, it’s quite the opposite its an incorporation of real life of the natural self and the natural world, not the world of power but empowerment. Although the meanings that are embedded in our souls memories and soul remembrance are far deeper and older than the 12th century, more than formulated letters, runic charms or sigils and spells.
Even the root, older than Nordic and German runes are the Hungarian or Magyar “rovás” runes which is ignored by runologists, even when they discuss the possible origin of the runes. A handful of faithful Hungarians who try to show the antiquity of their rovás writing. When we move out of these written origins of mag we move into the breathing of the life forces into the world from one’s soul which receives the earths magic, natures magic from its own source.
Silence, Breathing or Whispering will connect with the energy of magic’s energy, as a still step into soul’s magic energy of what is around you. Its what around you that is more important than you. A little bit at a time without words, books or the alphabet if rightly told; surely the ancient belief that whispering, like the Slavonic whisperers is a kind of multi-dimensional loom of women who with their clan or nomadic families were ceremonial weavers before they every called themselves magic. All of this type of magic was dissipated after the 12th century mostly because of Heraldic Religious suppression all over the world.
Magic has its other realms, it has sight, it has smells of the olfactions and its formula layering outside the context of writing and runic writing into form, into image and into pure art (creative). Its our ability of human’s interactions with the in-between the worlds magic which is untouchable and cannot be owned or used for self-reasons, because its not based on the physical. It is the Clair-alliances, Clair-audience, Clair-degustation and Clair-sentenance forms of nature that come forth and make themselves present to you. Some call this the mystery and mystical experiences, I call that magic born not of the mind but the soul. For a human does not approach this type of magic, it approaches you and with it, a storm of the winds of a reality that no longer exists in a claimed way.
In modern magic (1000 bce to present), the transcribed, the scribes, the knowledge, the divination of priestesses, the symbolic or runic languages were created to bring word form into the right here. But in prehistory these magic applications were dances, song and a shamanizing action, sometimes with a drum and with the more rare, with the soul of the self activating pain. Interceptions actually created more power then for men during the pagan era, and then the original voodoo witchcraft for men (was to gain power through woman’s soul and womb as one) and steal her fire began to spread… the Hebrew Demon Bowls are proof.
There was a site that referenced abracadabra as “a word of Kabbalistic“ significance that was, and still is used for incantations. It was declared that when written, folded so as to conceal the writing, sewn with white thread and worn around the neck, your ailments would subside. Sometimes you were required to remove letters and this would further cause the illness to diminish.” Did this work? Well the journals do not give accounts to this experimental time on earth of who, when, where and what. So no, there is no accountable data for that.
To dive deeper, you can walk further into it, but the notion is hardly unique that the myth of the power of words and language has a heavenly effect, but more of a power and control effect. In Arabic, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese, there are dozens of mystical scripts and amalgams of marking alphabets or ideograms that are moved to talismanic objects equal to this one Kabbalistic reference.
Another reference is that the phrase is Roman in origin — with a slightly different spin: “from ancient Rome the phrase abracadabra! It’s likely a version of the Aramaic words abra (to create) and cadabra (“as I say”)— or “create as I say.” According to the 2nd century CE – physician Serenus Sammonicus, who was Emperor Caracalla’s personal doctor, said it was an incantation used to weaken the hold that disease or illness would have over a person.
Shamans who undo curses, or bind demon vampires, werewolves, witches, evil sorcerers or undo sickness of the soul, travel to the place of the sickness within the soul, with their own soul to cut the chords between the human and their demon. That is magic at its highest and full conscious levels. The mind has no jurisdictions here, except observation. When a dreamer (death shaman) consciously leaves her body with her soul (astral body) she has the power to slay the sickness or the persons karmic astral body (demon or shadow) and send it back to the underworld where it belongs and was freed by that person through shamanic plants, drugs, psych meds etc, either consciously or unconsciously. The unbinding then has really occurred. If abracadabra was written and worn in a container around the neck, it would cure something only if the soul was involved. This is the earliest magic of the pre-pagan eras, in the shamanic eras.
The earliest destruction’s account was a Biblical account, found in the history of Rachel. When with her sister Leah, and her husband Jacob, they left the house of her father, and the first connection of a female holding magic in her hand, was documented saying that Rachel was a thief. Of course when it comes to women, we know the hate of religious father’s hell pit of distortion and misunderstandings and slaughter of women.
Douglas Harper, etymological wizard, offers, “magical formula, 1690s, from the Latin (Q. Severus Sammonicus, 2th century), from Late Greek — Abraxas, a kabalistic or gnostic name for the supreme god, and thus a word of power. It was written out in a triangle shape and worn around the neck to ward off sickness, etc. Another magical word, from a mid-15c. writing, was ananizapta.
The earlier recollection than Kabbalistic reference, is that which comes from Egyptologist, Orientalist and Philologist, E. A. Wallis Budge, in a reference work on talismans and amulets, that the word meant, from the Hebrew — abreq ad habra —
“Hurl your Thunderbolt even unto Death.”
This is the holiest of its meanings and leaves the human teaching out of it, and goes further back into the goddess era’s of nature and natural phenomena, instead of human magic as a human creation. Nature at the root assists us and I believe the entanglement of our lives in our adult stage (not youth or elder) is what magic & meaning holds from within, extracted outwards and taking non-magical paths of learning which unfolds magic even deeper.
What lies beneath our mind and body is our soul, and she requires many sacrifices and humbling pain in order to enter her swirling realms of energetic information, the great spiral must first be walk, then limp, then crawled in libation to power humans cannot even imagine. In other words, at the greatest levels you suffer, are the greatest levels of your souls abilities. All this lays in the womb of woman and she is crippled in her maiden stages (0-30) and much of their adulthood is a path that requires healing in their 40s and 50s and sometimes even their 30s to reclaim what they lost in their youth. The magic of healing of emotions, not words is the medicines that heal her.
With all magic, even modern Hebrew (after 2000 bce), there is also the shadow or demon aspects, nowadays, such demonic forces of real living humans and their shadows may seem foreign to us, but in our culture too, often unknowingly, we still allude to shadows that keep us separate from our own shadow, such as the word “nightmare,” for example. “Mare” is not an evil spirit to suffocate sleepers by lying upon them, so if we move beyond these surface teachings, the mares are one of the shamanic terms that bring the dreams. In Slovak mythology it is said that we do not feed the horses with oats but water them with fog. This is a direct meaning of the shamanic aspects of horses which are the unbridled or uncontrolled nature of the emotions of living things and of water (emotion) of nature.
Amenta sometimes called Amente, is the Goddess of the Psychopomp, identified as Thoth, and identified with Hermes by the Greeks and later known as Hermes Trismegistos, and Mercury of the Romans, who is regarded as the founder of alchemy, hence, of course, the word “hermetic” in the sense of “esoteric, cryptic” but also, surprisingly, of “airtight.”
Indeed, the expression “hermetically sealed” derives from the fact that airtight containers were used in the Hermetic art of alchemy to collect vapors after heating substances. Such an early distillation apparatus called κηροτακίς and used by Egyptian alchemists was considered to be the invention of Mary the Jewess, a famous alchemist, said to have lived in Alexandria in the first century CE and who used to write under the pen name of Miriam the Prophetess, sister of Moses.
Sources – Ancient Anatolia (Troy) effigy of the Goddess Culture, Turkey; Many various writings on the web, wiki, etc. all adjusted and shamanized into a new direction, by Phoenix; One of the Magical Talisman (working) Stones of Baba Phoenix of Elder Mountain; Symbol Somugriem Emaljētajās saktās Ugunskrusts
By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings Dreamers, Artists and Moon Walkers, our third and last new moon of spring arrives on Thursday, May 25, 2017. I did an oracle for all of us, to remind us to hold the completion of our dreaming for the remainder of spring:
Still your passions and settle your will; all things come when its the right season at the right time. If you wish for a speedy outcome, you will be disappointed. If you do not expect too much from others, you will find gratification. Remember that unbridled ambition is repugnant and wishing the world was the way of our “little self” is futility. We practice contentment at whatever stage of life we are to refrain from grasping. It is only a practice my friend until it becomes real.
Gemini moons represent a few things: the mind first and foremost, and then all its forms of communication, the natural duality of our life, confusion, busyness, listening and magic – which is basically insatiable curiosity. This moon is also the tricks that life can play on us and as most of us know, the tricks in life that can lead to sorrow or at the more severe, shock and anger or sadness. If the tricks are more magical, we enter the spiritual realms of illusion and confusion. Symbolism of the Gemini twins in solar work represents me and the world or me and the “other” but in lunar work it represents the two sides of our own duality, the bi-polar me.
One of the keys in life is to practice accepting all struggle as good for our life, in order to grow, but this is two-fold. The struggle only becomes valued, when we can make clear decisions about what is good and healthy for us, so we can let go of what is harmful and destructive. Accepting struggle as a practice, must include sacred intention and decision making as part of the practice, otherwise we do not step forward in our personal evolution. We end up always seeking the light, when its our own shadow we must understand, and learning to not let others take advantage of us or tearing ourselves down in the process.
When we resist our personal struggles and don’t face our fears when its time, we don’t make the necessary changes as they arise. Many times we look away because we are too busy in life, or we are fearful of change or we get angry at anyone or anything that challenges us about our weaknesses.
But if we don’t challenge ourselves, then our life becomes a fertile ground for Gemini’s opposition (his brother Sagittarius) and this Coyote Heyoka Trickster then enters our personal space because we let things get too far out of hand for way too long. In our 20s and 30s we strive and grow and the things that can knock us down do not keep us down, we can get back up. Once we enter the midlife transformation after 37, the energy clock starts ticking and how we spend our energy becomes as important as what we spend it on.
With the Sagittarius Trickster on our tail, there are no boundaries that prevent us from pain, he arrives to pressure our analytical intellectual faculties and shows us what is real beyond that facility of logic and reason (which never serves our emotional body or our soul).
The Sag component is releases & trouble makers, and for a good reason. The world is not any crazier than it was in the 11th or 2nd century, we just added more problems with the mind cult, too many choices that have led us away from the simple basics of our life for sustainability on the “inside” … Positive essential disruptions of any kind, created by nature, god.dess, human, animal or ancestor is based on the destruction of matter to get to the heart and soul of an internal matter.
Disruption invites our real ego (eccentricity) to be challenged, this is because in order to heal the wounded inner child or the inner narcissist or the fearful one within, we must be uncomfortable until the duration or cycle is complete. Sometimes these cycles can last a few months, sometimes ten long years or more. Our issues do not work themselves out, we must participate, and when we are ready, then changes will occur. If the issue is another person, we can’t fix them, as all women think this is possible, the other person has to lose you if they cannot change otherwise you remain in limbo, wanting to do whats right but frozen in the past.
Learning patience, listening and flexibility is difficult and even more difficult when we are challenged. The hoarding opinions of our mental body must learned to be controlled and the emotional body or soul must lead the revolt against it. Our personal privilege of the “mind kind” where opinion, thoughts and beliefs have more power than feeling and emotion, have all been breast feeding our ego way too long after we are adults and it is our emotions and feelings that must rise because they are the truth sayers.
Without weaning ourselves when the time or 11th hour has come, this will only makes us more dependent on our belief system that has been worn out in other decades of our life. When we challenge the self, we add deeper listening, and begin to listen to what we are really saying, thinking and doing. We begin to prune the inner mental garden.
This is Gemini at its finest and I have a lot of experience at this as an Aquarian in the Gemini house opposing Uranus (the bad boy chaos of life) who constantly was throwing his lightning bolts at me as my Sagittarius energy ran and then finally I turned around and pulled the Archer’s Huntress arrows at my target: Change. I began the work at decriminalize my mind (excuses, pity parties, victim consciousness) and how I justified my suffering. That had to stop. I wasn’t ever afraid of the truth, I needed to seek the truth to find out who I was at those moments. Once I did, most of the things I thought to be true about myself or life in general, were not true, that lead to sorrow, but from tears comes replenishment. So I worked on my own shadow and Illusions after that as my main interest and work in life.
To heal a mind who keeps us distracted, stagnant and noise filled does require revolt against this part of the self and only the part that seeks health and peace can challenge it. All the mental pain, mental break downs, mental confusion, headaches and migraines, or mental opinions without experience or even the believing the communication inside our head is real… most of the time its not. Mental healing and mental break throughs are possible and then we eventually go from perspective to higher perspective and silence as a relief.
Self Rebelling in a positive way against words and communication that are not real in our head, in our life or outside our head, the gossip or even political gossip are all story telling at its root or slick marketing of the mythology that was built two thousand years ago, which sometimes knocks us down.
If you are struggling right now, the medicine of all struggles great or small can be worked within the practices of surrender and acceptance because those are required before we can work with “letting go” which leads to real “rebirths.” Even within a crisis or the aftermath, the same still applies. There is never a simple answer to the troubles in our life, but there are always solutions to our long standing behaviors. Air signs like Gemini, Libra and Aquarius offer us a great tool to be creative, to be in the world of knowledge, to have inter-personal communication with others to express and share our feelings (truth).
Value Identity: I have seen relatively healthy people, debilitated from change, when change is much needed. Ask yourself if life is asking you to change right now from your old ways, old memories and old wounds and those belief systems to create new ones (called values and morals). Values were one of the themes of Taurus last moon cycle, so put what you learned from your intention last month into seeking that new found value of yours. Be kind to yourself in your self evaluation and also be honest to form a new identity of the self at this stage of your life;
Mental Confusion: The mental body has flaws, sicknesses and weaknesses just like the physical body, its one of the most difficult attributes when it comes to “change” because this requires actual mental awareness which comes from stilling your mind. Every movement of over-stressing in one direction calls forth in time an equally extreme movement in the opposite direction to find mental balance. This means if you are very silent then you need to talk more, if you are a big talker, you need to fill more silence into your day and all the variables that goes with these two.
Meditation is always a good practice to still or slow the mind down, in order to become aware to grasp personal change. And for those who want self mastery, go master Zen meditation everyday for an hour for four years until you will slay the wicked parts of your mind… but in the meantime, just set one moon intention one month at a time for the next ten years : ) or both!
Examples for your 3rd New
Moon Intention (set only 1)…
I am mentally peaceful
I observe with clarity
My mind is clear
l am positive
I am impeccable with my words
I forgive myself
I listen deeply
I live in the present
I am grounded
I am patience
I practice self respect
I am brilliant (if you don’t feel smart)
I practice humor (if you need to lighten up)
I heal my impulsiveness
I am a good communicator
I have endurance
I am fair
I am inspired
I am creative
I make my voice heard in a healthy way
I overcome boredom
I listen deeply
I embrace who I am right now
I accept change
I practice selflessness
I share uncomfortable feelings
I allow personal critique
I have healthy boundaries
Images: Becca Stadtlander Flowers; Ukraine Market; World Tarot Card.
The Kinesis Generation (Uranus/Neptune conjunction) who were born between 1988-1998 world wide, have some unique chemistry. Kinesis (biology), is a movement or activity of a cell or organism in response to stimulus. Telekenisis, Hydrokenisis, Aerokenisis, a movement of the physical, the wind and water through a persons biology/energy systems.
If you were born during these years, especially the peak of 1992-1993, start your practices now or tell your kids or grandchildren to start their practices now to get good at them, it will come in handy in their future.
This doesn’t mean they are Avatars (yet) it means they have only the possibility to heal their soul’s karma to attain all gifts back this lifetime through very intense hard work everyday for at least two decades. The mystery is never free, she always demands a price.
By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Various folk shamanic tradition practices are called Folk Healing, like the Grandmothers in this video (in other traditions its called medicine woman). The Slavs, Balkans and North regions like the Karelians pretty much have the same basic rituals for healing. The feet are important because they are both where the greatest amount of our detoxing of sickness releases and our root on the earth and grounds our body to the earth. The folk singing (chanting, spells its called in some traditions) are the direction in which the healing “intent” of the energy is given as a direction.
Song, movement, specific parts of the body, water and fire rituals, all work together as the root foundation, be that medicine chanted or spoken into sacred clothing through embroidery, or the folk healer (who whisperers) a directional energy, or our relationship to the spirit (benevolent energies) of earth to work with the healer (in shamanic way), which is closest to our body and soul of the sick.
The Karelians are a nation that belongs to Baltic-Finnic ethnic group that are currently living in Finland and Russia. In Russia Karelians mostly settle in the Republic of Karelia and in other north-western parts of the Russian Federation. There are also significant Karelian enclaves in the Tver and Novgorod regions of Russia, as some Karelians migrated after 1656 because of war.
In Finland they traditionally settle in the regions of Savonia and Northern and Southern Karelia. The historic homeland of the Karelians has been the Karelian Isthmus, Ladoga Karelia, Olonets Karelia in Russia and the provinces of Northern and Southern Karelia and Savonia in Finland. Many became refuges from German Occupation (of ww2) and their numbers are very small today.
Photograph of Marppa Martiskainen embroidering a ritual towel, käspaikka, in Ilomantsi, Karelia which is very similar to Russian or Slavic Embroidery of the Goddess Makosh.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865-1931) – Karelian Mother