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Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #23, Apr 2010 * Nature and Animal Symbolisms
April 01, 2011
Well, Spring is finally arriving! Has it been as slow coming for you as it has in Canada? That's one thing about delayed gratification -- we appreciate it even more when we've had to wait for it!
And yet at the same time, the months seem to have flown by... at least in my case. I was very much hoping to have released by now my new book: A Natural Connection: Discover Your Animal Spirit Guides and How They Can Help You..
But things always take longer than expected, don't they? Especially with tax season coming on!
There's a positive reason for the delay as well. As you may have heard, especially if you're following the online community of Wicca Spirituality on Facebook or Wicca Spirituality on Twitter, part of the book has "calved" off into a separate pamphlet on Symbolisms in Nature.
I just don't have it in me to do a perfunctory job, though, so the secondary pamphlet has matured into a quite thorough secondary BOOK!
So this issue, you get a special sneak preview of this second book: Nature Symbolisms: Communications from the Divine.
And with any luck, both books will be done before gardening season really kicks in.
May we all have a productive and blessed Spring!
If you have any comments, opinions, or content ideas we'd love to hear from you. Please write!
Table of Contents
Nature Symbolisms -- Book In Progress(Please Note:
This material is protected by legal copyright)
Nature Symbolisms excerpts
These are just a few excerpts taken from the upcoming book on symbolisms in nature. There are about 450 entries (so far!) so I've had to cut it down a lot to fit in here!
Just so you know, there are only a few categories here. Other categories, not shown, include the symbolic meanings of ...
Please Note: These excerpts have been taken out of format and with graphics removed, for speed of loading your email.
(There are different categories in the book -- Insects, Birds, Animals -- that have been combined here.)
Deity: Frey, Austeja, Artemis/Diana, Gobnait, Krishna, Vishnu, Kama
Deity: Ereshkigal, Athena/Minerva, Lilith, Blodeuwedd, Yama, Cailleach, Lakshmi, Luna/Selene, Hecate, Crone Goddesses and Underworld Deities
Snake / Serpent
Deity: Hecate, Inanna, Demeter, Pan, Rosmerta, Cernunnos, Mafdet, Osiris, Medusa, Meretseger, Kali, Manasa, Vinata, Shiva, Vishnu, Nagas and Naginis, Julunggul, Kunapipi, Aspelenie, Athena, Nüwa, Kadru, Angitia, Mórrîgan, Coatlicue, Quetzalcoatl, Mayahuel, Tlazolteotl, Chantico, Apep, Buto, Melusine, Ezili-Freda, Kundalini, Aido Hwedo, Cipactónal, Tiamat, Walutahanga, Mafdet, Shai, Cernunnos, Termuthis/Ernutet/Renenutet, Wadjet, Avanyu, Typhon, Bona Dea, Pythia
Magickal Uses: Sex magick. Good luck, health protection. Increase psychic ability. Attracts money. Mysteries of the Cauldron.
Magickal Uses: Cleanse and protect on a spiritual/psychic level. Taking the spiritual perspective. Forgiveness. Going easily with life's twists; grace under pressure. Turning ideas into action. Offerings to deities. Scent gives protection. Open locked doors. Attracts blessings, good fortune.
Magickal Uses: Potent for any positive magickal purpose. Protection against all misfortune, evil, and illness; exorcism; protects babies. Creating peace. Healing. Restful sleep; happy dreams. Good luck (especially for hunting). Aphrodisiac; sacred sex. Conception; creativity. Immortality. Invisibility. Open locks. Accessing information from other lives and between lives. Kissing beneath mistletoe ensures enduring love.
Magickal Uses: Increase beauty, especially for the skin. Attract love. Protection from adversity. Prevent mental disorders; increase relaxation and calm. Inspire children's loyalty and respect. Attract faeries.
Yellow: Friendship, care, warmth, affection, joy in a loved one's presence. Protection against envious lovers, Mature love
Magickal Uses: Attracts love; increases romance and passion (red or orange). Learning to love; learning to nurture others; uplifts to spiritual love (white or purple). Finding joy in selfless generosity. Psychic ability. Love divination. Personal protection. Quick luck. Healing; beauty that heals. Relieves stress; calms turmoil. Prophetic dreams; beautiful dreams. Perceiving beauty in all. Binding secrets. May be substituted for any flower for magickal purposes.
Magickal Uses: Increase joy; transmute sorrow to peace. Consecration (especially ritual robes). Protects soul from negative energy. Being in service to the Divine Mother. Conception. Humble wishes. Perceiving truth. Attracts dragons. Higher purpose. Brave heart; courage through focusing on ideals and higher values. Increases virtue. Guards the garden. Great luck.
Magickal Uses: Purification, protection, ward against evil; dispel negative energy. Calling or calming the winds. Divination and psychic ability. Powerful magick. Magickal cleansing; clearing sacred space. Luck. Joyful enduring union.
Magickal Uses: Protection, ward against evil and danger and war, exorcism, banishing curses. Accessing soul. Consecrating copper and pentacles. Psychic ability, perceiving spirits and faeries. Wealth, success in ventures, finding riches. Contentment. Healing for animals. Perfect balance. Luck. 3-leaf clovers are lucky for those who work magick; 5 leaf clovers especially lucky for spiritual adepts but too difficult and unlucky for others.
Magickal Uses: Increase stamina and strength; protect against illness; absorbs disease. Powerful protection, guard against all negative energy, evil and theft, especially for new homes and in battle. Banish harmful spirits / energies. Purifies food from negative energy.
Magickal Uses: Prophecy, divination, clairvoyance, ESP, astral travel, visualisation. Psychic dreams, enlightening dreams. Purifying and consecrating sacred objects; smudging; crystal balls. Protection from harm, especially poison, animals, heatstroke, disease, evil beings, and during psychic work or out-of-body travel. Protection especially for women and children. Draw out negative, stagnant or excess energy, balance the chi. Exorcism; breaking curses. Love spells; lust, passion; fertility. Safe travel and return. Healing illness of mind and body. Calm. Entering the Flow. Repel insects. Midsummer rituals.
Magickal Uses: Psychic ability, mediumship, communication with spirits and devas of all kinds. Purification; protection; banish and ward against evil/negativity (especially effects of nightmares). Safe journey on water. Offerings to deities and spirits.
Magickal Uses: Access to faery realm. Invigorating. Reduces nervousness and anxiety. Success in all ventures. Warrior power tempered by compassion. Inner fortitude, especially to cross one's own emotional barriers; face what you'd rather avoid. Glamours.
Magickal Uses: Fertility, aphrodisiac, love potion and love divination. Magickal wands. Access to other realms; Unicorns are said to live beneath apple trees. Illumination; gaining knowledge; wisdom. Making deep internal changes.
Magickal Uses: Purification; protection, ward against evil, invokes positive energies. Creates peace. Stimulating, especially the mind; focus, concentration; improve communication. Aids in meditation and ritual. Success, power in the world, wealth. Attract love and luck. Preservation. Healing.
Magickal Uses: Stimulant. Spiritual development; increase spiritual devotion; aids meditation. Purification of soul; protection in energy work and astral travel. Uplifts spiritual vibrations; banishes negative energy and evil; exorcism. Consecration. Balance. Restrain pride. Handing concerns over to the Divine; prayer. Discipline; limits self-indulgence. Brings compassion. Success in spiritual or worldly realms. Increases concentration.
Magickal Uses: Renewal, rebirth, transformation. Eternal life. Protection against evil; magickal shield. Connecting with ancestors; speaking with the dead. Psychic ability; shamanism; dreaming; divination. Dowsing. Magick. Magickal wands; magick boxes.
0 - Zero
Colour: Black, clear
1 - One
2 - Two
Shadow: Lost, confused in the dark, fearing dangers unseen.
Shadow: Hard work, bound by uncontrollable forces, dealing with failures among successes, working against opposition, at the mercy of life's rollercoaster.
Shadow: Isolated, cut off from human connection; not serving others.
Shadow: Bound by cultural limits and tribal beliefs. Not following your own role but living out other's expectations.
Ask The Priestess
Hand-Writing A Book of Shadows?
It's your Book of Shadows... you can do whatever works for you!
In order to help you make an informed choice, however, I'll explain the four reasons that hand-printing or -writing is better than typing or printing from the computer.
The first reason is that when you just copy-and-paste something on the computer, you don't really know it. It's not YOURS.
Even if you read it through before you print it out, you will have only an intellectual understanding of it.
Of course, this is true even if you're writing by hand something you haven't done for yourself... but at least as you write it letter-by-letter, it gets in deeper to your consciousness. You've REALLY seen what you're putting in your grimoire.
The second reason is that if you try out the practice or spell, and learn it, and then write about it, your own experience is added in. This makes it more real and powerful.
And since your Book of Shadows is the sum of everything within it, this creates more power for your whole Book of Shadows.
This practical experience is more likely if you need to write it out by hand. When you're going to the trouble of putting it in writing, you may be more motivated to test it out first.
This is especially true when it's difficult to erase or add to what's written, or remove the page. You'll want to really know what you're doing, so you can get it right!
The third reason is that writing is magick, all on its own. The very word for a Book of Shadows -- grimoire -- comes from the same root word that gives us "grammar" and "glamour" (as in enchantment).
Your writing contains your energy and even your spirit, therefore something handwritten will have more power in it than something a mindless machine has copied and spit out.
The fourth reason is that writing something out reveals levels of meaning that the mind skips over, otherwise. You will understand it better and see connections with other spells and practices, if you write it by hand.
You earn a deeper understanding when you write it out by hand.
Going for the Power
So it comes down to your intentions.
What do you want a Book of Shadows for? If it's merely your recipe book of neat Wiccan ideas, then printing by computer won't matter so much.
If you want something that is most alive, charged with power, and meaningful, then you'll only put in your grimoire what you've experienced yourself -- even if the idea originated with someone else -- and always in your own handwriting.
As always in Wicca, the choice is yours. And the outcome reflects what you put into it.
Do you have a question you'd like answered? Email the Priestess and your question could be answered in a future issue.
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.~ Eleonora Duse
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