This month members of White Oak Grove CUUPS gathered online for our regular meeting where we took a look at the path of Alchemy, it’s relationship with the elements, and it’s practitioners. If you weren’t able to make the session you can find the full set of class notes on our facebook page.
Defined as the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained, Alchemy is the medieval forerunner of chemistry based on the supposed transformation of matter. Beginning about 100 AD, alchemy was an art based partly upon magic and partly upon experiment. They became investigators of natural processes, looking for a mythical substance called a “Philosopher’s Stone”. It turns out that this might not have ever been a literal stone, but a way or powder that had a magical influence on the base metals to attempt to turn them into gold and make one able to achieve immortality. While there’s no proof of the “Philosopher’s Stone” ever existing that has never stopped Alchemists, both modern and ancient, from trying to achieve it.
It turns out that when Alchemists talk about turning led into gold, they may actually be talking about a spiritual journey and transformation rather than turning actually turning the first into the latter! Early philosophers tried to explain the existence of gold and other substances and the theory that elements in the earth matured from “least perfect” (lead) to “most perfect” (gold). By combining the methods of science, psychology, and religion Alchemists embark on a unique spiritual journey in the hopes of turning themselves into the legendary “Philosopher’s Stone” by achieving perfect balance of the elements within themselves.
Interested in learning more? Check out these books recommended by by our presenters Betsy and Warren:
- Alchemy – The Medieval Alchemists and their Royal Art by Fabricus, Johannes
- The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook by Harrison, Karen
- Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy by Hauck, Dennis
- The Last Sorcerers: The Path from Alchemy to the Periodic Table by Morris, Richard
A happy stone that exudes love & kindness Rose Quartz has an energy that is all about empathy, compassion, and forgiveness. Rose Quartz adds loving energy to relationships and gives its wearer a boost of self-confidence. An ancient Greek symbol of love it was said to be given to humans by the God Eros as a gift of love… or perhaps the blood of Aphrodite trapped in quartz.
Perfect for Pisces Rose Quartz supports selfless empaths who strive to help others.
♥ NOTE ♥ It’s not smart to use Rose Quartz as a pendulum because it has a tendency to only tell you what you want to hear.
Mighty Brighid, keeper of the flame,
blazing in the darkness of winter.
O goddess, we honor you, bringer of light,
healer, exalted one.
Bless us now, hearth mother,
that we may be as fruitful as the soil itself,
and our lives abundant and fertile.Prayer to Brighid, Keeper of the Flame. ( Source )
“Magic, madam, is like wine and, if you are not used to it, it will make you drunk.”
~ Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
Members of White Oak Grove CUUPS gathered online for our monthly discussion group, and this month we focused on Common Pagan Chants and Songs. During our time together we learned some Pagan songs and chants that folks are likely hear used in rituals, gatherings, or even just as entertainment.
The idea of including chants and songs into our rituals is one that’s been around for awhile. One doesn’t even have to really think that hard to realize that something which can be repeated over and over again in a chant will be quick to catch onto, or that something with a familiar or easy tune. The use of songs and chants in our rituals and gatherings helps to focus and direct the energy of the group, and the ones created for fun help us connect to our heritage and community. So it seems to me that the songs and chants of the pagan community will be around for an even longer time to come.
If you weren’t able to make the session, check out these online resources:
- Earth Spirit Pagan Chant Library
- Moonlight Messages Prayers and Chants
- Lyrics Translate Pagan Songs and Chants
Or listen to the picks of our discussion leader April Kane!
When life is throwing you shade you can fight back with the powerful grounding Smokey Quartz. A stone of pure white light this crystal lets let in all the positivity you need. Tough love made this gem strong and it will help you find your truth. Smoky Quartz is associated with the cron chakra and helps to let go of emotional clutter to find the path towards wisdom.
An excellent crystal for Capricorns, Smokey Quartz help to ground, organize, and protect its owner.
I’m someone who was raised as a Pagan throughout my childhood; The flavor may have changed over the years as my parents experimented and searched for their right path, but all in all, my childhood memories are filled with the rather interesting activities that come with being Pagan.
I was absolutely blessed in the Pagan parents department because my mom and dad both worked hard to make sure my siblings and learned about different parts of Paganism in ways we could understand. They taught us about the holidays and showed us ways to celebrate them, taught us the “rules”, answered our questions, helped us learn from books, but most importantly they included us in rituals and acts of magic. On top of that, everything was done in a way that really made everything normal for the three of us: it wasn’t weird, it just was.Continue reading “Growing Up Pagan: Why the Pagan Community Needs to Embrace Their Youth”
“O! Mighty goddess, in silvery ice,
watching over us as we sleep,
a layer of shining white,
covering the earth each night,
frost on the world and in the soul,
we thank you for visiting us.
Because of you, we seek warmth
in the comfort of our homes and hearths.”
Celebrate the Winter Solstice this year by joining us in this online ritual to bring forth gifts of charity, compassion, and understanding led by Kristen Kirk. If you would like to join in our ritual at home and work the magic with us, set your altar according to your tradition and gather the following tools.
- 1 Central Ritual Candle (we used yellow beeswax)
- Oil infused with herbs for Winter Solstice (we used cedar and juniper)
- Ground Cinnamon
“It only takes a few minutes in the morning to use gratitude to Have A Magical Day by giving thanks for the events in your day ahead of time, but this one practice alone will change the way your entire day unfolds.”
Welcome one and all to our online ritual for Samhain in the year of 2020. Though we are unable to gather together physically in once place this year, we can still honor our beloved dead together by taking part in this ritual together. This year’s ritual will be led by April Kane.
For this Ritual you’ll need the following items:
- Cakes and Ale
- Fire of some sort- matches, lighter, etc.
- Bay Leaves, paper will do in a pinch
- Fireproof Container
- Divination Tool of choice
- Decorations on altar of your own choosing
You can find the full ritual script and notes by following this link.
“Magic is a matter of focusing the disciplined will. But sometimes the will must be abandoned. The secret lies in knowing when to exercise control, and when to let go.”
― Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lady of Avalon
Looking for a fun read to keep you busy on the dark nights to come? Betsy compiled a list of tarot related fiction to entertain and delight.