Saturday, 29 November 2014

Full Moon in Gemini

If you would like to do something for the Full Moon in Gemini, which is on 6th December, according to my ephemeris, I have a suggestion for a ritual here.

Also, you can find a Druidic addition for peace here.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Post No. 619 - Current Events: Personal

Just a very short, quick post, to say that I have come across the "Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn", and am pleasantly surprised. This group is (a) open, and (b) taking Hermeticism back to its Pagan roots. It's a ceremonial version of magick, but I have already found one useful exercise, at http://osogd.org/education/the-first-or-neophyte-knowledge-lecture/the-dharma-wrapper/.

I'll keep an eye on that site, and start exploring it when I have some time.

Post No. 618 - Current Events: World

The big news at the moment in the media is the decision of the Grand Jury in Ferguson,and the response to that, which I am pleased to see includes people of all ethnicities in many places, and some very perceptive commentary - for instance, see here (from The Wild Hunt), and here, here, found via the Wild Hunt post, and here, which I came across under my own steam. There are a lot of other useful links in the comments section of the Wild Hunt post - and some uncharacteristic abuse.

I'd like to write something about these events as well, but I won't post them unless I consider them worthwhile - even if only in the context of Sunday night's meditation.

It does seem that the process was flawed from a legal point of view, in that the accused was allowed to give evidence, which it seems is not supposed to happen, and the matter has been run as a de facto jury trial, but without the protections and requirements of that process (e.g., cross examination). Some of the initial comments on the Wild Hunt post talked of the flaws of the US Grand Jury process in a couple of instances. On the other hand, there are claims that African-American witnesses backed up the police version of events.

Those claims have not been tested in a court of law, so we will never know for sure.

More broadly, there are issues around that part of justice which is that it must not only be done, but be seen to be done. On that aspect, there has been a failure - of spirit, if not letter of law, and that failure is, in my opinion, related to endemic racism. This is related to something I recall reading that the great Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., begged the government of the time to do, which is to give some sign of progress to reassure coloured people in the USA that better days were happening. When that didn't happen, the Watts Riots did.

I can understand that lashing out as a result of not being listened to - or worse: it is something almost every trans person goes through at some stage, and it can be bad enough to drive people to commit suicide.

The also great Nelson Mandela also understood this. I have a copy of Mr Mandela's "I am prepared to die" speech, and in that he makes clear that there was a move away from nonviolence for a range of reasons, including a desire to try and direct, or minimise the damage from, the violence that was an inevitable response to those circumstances.

The also great "Mahatma" Gandhi is renowned for leading a movement built around peaceful noncooperation, which was effective because the entire system in India at that time depended on Indians. In South Africa and the USA, the victims of discrimination have been important to some sectors of the economy, but I suspect were not as crucial as the Indians in India were - and, in any case, Gandhi had to fast to the point of death several times to stop the violence. I also think there were some signs of progress that gave hope in India (for instance, Gandhi's success in South Africa, and the support from some sections of the English) that weren't present in the other instances.

I would like to provide a few quotes, now.

First, Mr Mandela:
"Our problem was not whether to fight, but was how to continue the fight.
...
It must not be forgotten that by this time violence had, in fact, become a feature of the South African political scene.
...
As far as the ANC was concerned, it formed a clear view which can be summarized as follows:

  • It was a mass political organization with a political function to fulfil. Its members had joined on the express policy of non-violence.
  • Because of all this, it could not and would not undertake violence. This must be stressed. One cannot turn such a body into the small, closely knit organization required for sabotage. Nor would this be politically correct, because it would result in members ceasing to carry out this essential activity: political propaganda and organization. Nor was it permissible to change the whole nature of the organization.
  • On the other hand, in view of this situation I have described, the ANC was prepared to depart from its fifty-year-old policy of non-violence to this extent that it would no longer disapprove of properly controlled violence. Hence members who undertook such activity would not be subject to disciplinary action by the ANC.
...
As a result of this decision, Umkhonto was formed in November 1961. When we took this decision, and subsequently formulated our plans, the ANC heritage of non-violence and racial harmony was very much with us. We felt that the country was drifting towards a civil war in which Blacks and Whites would fight each other. We viewed the situation with alarm. Civil war could mean the destruction of what the ANC stood for; with civil war, racial peace would be more difficult than ever to achieve. We already have examples in South African history of the results of war. It has taken more than fifty years for the scars of the South African War to disappear. How much longer would it take to eradicate the scars of inter-racial civil war, which could not be fought without a great loss of life on both sides?"
Next, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. (from Morpheus Ravenna's post):
“It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.”

The minutiae of evidence and procedures for the Grand Jury in Ferguson are not the point: the point here is the failure to listen and the endemic racism that underlies that.

As it happens, I've been working on a post on the topic of racism in my own country, Australia, which has an appalling, notorious history on that matter, and a suggestion to address that problem. I am currently thinking about whether it makes sense to combine the two.

There are a few other issues as well, such as the militarisation of police, particularly in the USA, and their interpretations of "public order", which is the other, equal part of their their duty: to uphold the law and order. I think my post on changing the personality of oppressors might get a guernsey here ...

I'm going to leave this post at that - I've done more than I had planned anyway.

Post Script 
For my part, I want to make it clear that I consider nonviolence generally preferable to violence. There are exceptions - for instance, I consider the war against Hitler and his thugs was justified, and unavoidable because of the violence of Germany. There may be other situations where violence is justified - for instance, if a criminal has a gun and is shooting people, the most important thing is to stop the harm, not consider the mood, happiness and general wellbeing of the shooter. The same applies to stopping some of the powerful uncooperatives who are doing massive harm through psychic means - although, in that instance, the conflict is psychic, not physical.

This situation comprises both the initial shooting, and the response to it

Addressing the situation is flawed, because of the flawed management of the US Grand Jury process: if this had gone to a trial, it may well have had the same outcome, but the issue that justice must also be seen to be done would have been better addressed. 

In terms of the response, this has been a trigger to the issue of racism, and the responses are not only violent riots and destruction of property - there are peaceful marches elsewhere, including in other nations, and discussions and education on the topic all over the planet. The rioting is an entirely predictable response to the ongoing, poorly responded to at a governmental level of racism. The situation also raises the issue of militarisation of police and the mind set that lies behind it, and why that is not appropriate to policing.


[1] BPLF = Balanced Positive (spiritual) Light Forces. See here and here for more on this.

[2] Please see here and my post "The Death of Wikipedia" for the reasons I now recommend caution when using Wikipedia. I'm also exploring use of h2g2, although that doesn't appear to be as extensive (h2g2 is intended - rather engagingly - to be the Earth edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy").

Love, light, hugs and blessings


Gnwmythr, Wéofodthegn 
(pronounced "new-MYTH-ear"; ... aka Bellatrix Lux … aka Morinehtar … Would-be drýicgan or maga ... )

My "blogiography" (list of all posts and guide as to how to best use this site) is here, and my glossary/index is here.

I started this blog to cover karmic regression-rescue (see here and here), and it grew ... See here for my group mind project, here and here for my "Pagans for Peace" project (and join me at 9 PM on Sunday, wherever you are, to meditate for peace), and here for my bindrune kit-bag. I also strongly recommend learning how to flame, ground and shield, do alternate nostril breathing, work with colour, and see also here and be flexible. 

I am a Walker upon the Path of Balanced Positivity, seeking Spiritual Maturity.
  • neither eloquence nor inarticulateness inherently indicates correctness;
  • Gnwmythr's Stropping Strap: Occam's Razor only works if  the simplest solution is actually recognised as being the simplest, rather than the one that best fits one's bigotries being labelled 'simplest'.
  • Our entire life experience, with all the many wondrous and varied people, places and events in it, is too small a sample for statistical reliability about Life.
  • May the world of commerce and business be recognised to be a servant, not a master, of the lives of people.
  • Being accustomed to interacting via certain rules makes those rules neither right nor universal.
  • Like fire to the physical, emotions to the soul make a good servant, and a bad master.
  • The means shape the end.
  • As words can kill, the right to freedom of speech comes with a DUTY to be as well-informed, objective and balanced as you can be.
  • My favourite action movie of all time is "Gandhi", although I've recently come across "Invictus" and might put that one in to that category. However, I loathe the stereotypical action movie - and, for similar reasons, I loathe many dramas, which are often emotionally violent, more so in some cases than many war films.
  • All of the above - and this blog - could be wrong, or subject to context, perspective, or state of spiritual evolution ...

Human dignity is the inherently cumulative holistic combination of human rights, wellbeing and potential, and all actions or interaction which promote, realise or facilitate same. The converse also applies: whatever degrades, diminishes or robs humans of dignity, is inherently undignified.
Gnwmythr

The “purpose” of spiritual evolution is not the attainment of “spiritual perfection” - not in the sense of not having to evolve further, at any rate, since there is no such thing. We need to evolve in order to grow - but we can take rest breaks (hopefully well earned :) ) along the way. No, the “purpose” of evolution is, rather, to perfect our ability to learn, and thus grow.
Gnwmythr

Jesus loves you. Odin wants you to grow up.
(Facebook meme, according to John  Beckett)

We make our decisions. And then our decisions turn around and make us.
F.W. Boreham

Females, get over 'cute'. Get competent. Get trained. Get capable. Get over 'cute'. And those of you who are called Patty and Debby and Suzy, get over that. Because we use those names to infantalise females – we keep females in their 'little girl' state by the names we use for them. Get over it. If you want to be taken seriously, get serious.
Jane Elliott

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing.
(based on writing by) Edmund Burke

We didn't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we only borrowed it from our children
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

Tags:abuse of power, attitudes, discrimination, empathy, personal characteristics, racism, society, understanding, violence,
First published: Thorsdagr, 27nh November, 2014
Last edited (excluding fixing typo's and other minor matters): Friday, 28nh November, 2014 (added post script)

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Post No. 617 - Psychic Weather Report No. 0009




As an introduction/reminder:

  • “positive” (BPLF, or Balanced Positive) energies are mapped using purple, with purple hatching for highest positive energies, and orange hatching showing areas where this desirable energy is lowest (relative to other areas on the planet), and thus have a relatively greater need for BPLF energy to be sent to them;
  • “negative” (non-BPLF, in the sense of unbalanced or unbalancing) energies are shown in red, with red hatching where this energy is strongest (and heavy dashed outline where this energy is least), and thus has a relatively greater need for clearing of negative (nonBPLF) energies;
  • places where the comparison of nonBPLF and BPLF energies indicates a stronger negative influence than balancing are shown in green dashes.
Also, when I refer to higher levels, I am mapping the impact being felt in this world from those levels, rather than the energies on those higher levels. (The mental and spiritual planes of reality are not as changeable as what I am showing in this exercise each week.) I do, however, look for the spiritual influences on this world to eventually manifest into the mental, then the astral, and finally the etheric – subject to other influences along the way.
The energy maps and interpretations that I am giving are, of necessity, limited - I only have a certain amount of time and energy, and I am also limited by the large scale to which I am working. I would love to map at least nine points in each of the 19 areas I currently map – together with detailed assessments of energy types and which Laws of Magick are significant, but what I do takes 4 hours as it is. Also, as with everything else on this blog, I could be wrong (and I am NOT a particularly expert dowser … ). So … you should feel free to examine this information in greater depth – and to come up with your own assessment :)
I have changed the hatching styles as I worked through this, and have also decided to leave out the etheric level.



Overall Assessment
As a first point, it is also recommended that you read yesterday’s summation of world events – particularly reported “good” events.

  • there is a direct conflict over the issue of change, particularly with respect to whether it is or can be good or bad, on the mental planes;
  • the astral level still shows signs of a world-wide conflict;
  • the outrage over students in Mexico is still having a potentially positive effect.
 
Psychic and Spiritual
BPLF spiritual energies are highest in India and the South Atlantic Ocean, and there is a deficit of BPLF spiritual energies in Saharan Africa, Central Asia, North America and the Arctic.
Unbalanced/unbalancing spiritual energies are lowest in Central Asia, Australia, Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean, and a need of clearing of unbalanced/unbalancing spiritual energies exists in South East and East Asia, Southern Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
An assessment of combined BPLF and nonBPLF spiritual influences suggests the areas needing most assistance this week are Southern and Central Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South East Asia.
From my runic and other divination:

 
Mental
BPLF mental energies are highest in Southern Africa, the Middle East, North America, Central Asia, and Central Africa, and there is a deficit of BPLF mental energies in South and Central America, the Antarctic, Indian Ocean, India and Russia.
Unbalanced/unbalancing mental energies are lowest in Arctic, Central America, and the Indian Ocean, and a need of clearing of unbalanced/unbalancing mental energies exists in the North Atlantic, Europe, Central Asia, Southern Africa, Saharan Africa, South America, South East Asia and Australia.
An assessment of combined BPLF and nonBPLF mental influences suggests the areas needing most assistance this week are the North Atlantic, South America, Saharan Africa, Australia, South East Asia and Russia.
From my runic and other divination:

 
 Astral
BPLF astral energies are highest in South East Asia, Central America and the North Atlantic, and there is a deficit of BPLF astral energies in the Antarctic, the Arctic, North America, Central Africa, the Indian Ocean, India and Russia.
Unbalanced/unbalancing astral energies are lowest in Southern Africa, the Pacific, the Antarctic, the South Atlantic, North America, Russia, Central Asia and South East Asia, and a need of clearing of unbalanced/unbalancing astral energies exists in Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and India.
An assessment of combined BPLF and nonBPLF astral influences suggests the areas needing most assistance this week are all the Americas, all Africa, both polar regions, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, East Asia and Australia.
From my runic and other divination:

 
[1] BPLF = Balanced Positive (spiritual) Light Forces. See here and here for more on this.

[2] Please see here and my post "The Death of Wikipedia" for the reasons I now recommend caution when using Wikipedia. I'm also exploring use of h2g2, although that doesn't appear to be as extensive (h2g2 is intended - rather engagingly - to be the Earth edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy").

Love, light, hugs and blessings


Gnwmythr, Wéofodthegn 
(pronounced "new-MYTH-ear"; ... aka Bellatrix Lux … aka Morinehtar … Would-be drýicgan or maga ... )

My "blogiography" (list of all posts and guide as to how to best use this site) is here, and my glossary/index is here.

I started this blog to cover karmic regression-rescue (see here and here), and it grew ... See here for my group mind project, here and here for my "Pagans for Peace" project (and join me at 9 PM on Sunday, wherever you are, to meditate for peace), and here for my bindrune kit-bag. I also strongly recommend learning how to flame, ground and shield, do alternate nostril breathing, work with colour, and see also here and be flexible. 

I am a Walker upon the Path of Balanced Positivity, seeking Spiritual Maturity.
  • neither eloquence nor inarticulateness inherently indicates correctness;
  • Gnwmythr's Stropping Strap: Occam's Razor only works if  the simplest solution is actually recognised as being the simplest, rather than the one that best fits one's bigotries being labelled 'simplest'.
  • Our entire life experience, with all the many wondrous and varied people, places and events in it, is too small a sample for statistical reliability about Life.
  • May the world of commerce and business be recognised to be a servant, not a master, of the lives of people.
  • Being accustomed to interacting via certain rules makes those rules neither right nor universal.
  • Like fire to the physical, emotions to the soul make a good servant, and a bad master.
  • The means shape the end.
  • As words can kill, the right to freedom of speech comes with a DUTY to be as well-informed, objective and balanced as you can be.
  • My favourite action movie of all time is "Gandhi", although I've recently come across "Invictus" and might put that one in to that category. However, I loathe the stereotypical action movie - and, for similar reasons, I loathe many dramas, which are often emotionally violent, more so in some cases than many war films.
  • All of the above - and this blog - could be wrong, or subject to context, perspective, or state of spiritual evolution ...

Human dignity is the inherently cumulative holistic combination of human rights, wellbeing and potential, and all actions or interaction which promote, realise or facilitate same. The converse also applies: whatever degrades, diminishes or robs humans of dignity, is inherently undignified.
Gnwmythr

The “purpose” of spiritual evolution is not the attainment of “spiritual perfection” - not in the sense of not having to evolve further, at any rate, since there is no such thing. We need to evolve in order to grow - but we can take rest breaks (hopefully well earned :) ) along the way. No, the “purpose” of evolution is, rather, to perfect our ability to learn, and thus grow.
Gnwmythr

Jesus loves you. Odin wants you to grow up.
(Facebook meme, according to John  Beckett)

We make our decisions. And then our decisions turn around and make us.
F.W. Boreham

Females, get over 'cute'. Get competent. Get trained. Get capable. Get over 'cute'. And those of you who are called Patty and Debby and Suzy, get over that. Because we use those names to infantalise females – we keep females in their 'little girl' state by the names we use for them. Get over it. If you want to be taken seriously, get serious.
Jane Elliott

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing.
(based on writing by) Edmund Burke

We didn't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we only borrowed it from our children
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy

Tags: energy work, meditation, nonviolence, peace, psychic weather, runes, violence, war, world energy assessment
First published: Sunnudagr, 23nd November, 2014
Last edited (excluding fixing typo's and other minor matters): Sunday, 23nd November, 2014