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Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #30 * Energy Sensing and Do Love Spells Really Work?
June 01, 2012
Is it just me, or is the Wheel turning faster than ever these days? JUNE??? I'm barely caught up with January!
But the height of the grass tells me 'tis indeed the summery season.
Usually this time of year finds me in the thick of outdoor projects as we develop our small homestead. This year, however, I'm slipping blissfully through the etheric realm, contemplating and exploring and writing about my favourite things: Wicca, magick, and how to reach the Divine.
Well, the writing part is not really so blissful, as I put in long grueling hours getting the next week's lesson out to the trial students. But all in all, this is what I'm meant to do and there's a joy, a deep satisfaction, in that, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to do it.
The course's program of study is set up to coincide with the seasons and Sabbats, beginning with the most basic Wiccan skills and growing from there. By Spring we're into the really exciting part (from my perspective, anyway): energy work and magick — the two being almost synonymous.
For many, this is the best part of Wicca, so I'd like to share with you part of the lesson on Energy Sensing in this issue. Teaching how to sense energy is too long a topic for a 'zine, though we do touch on the subject, so mostly we'll look at who can sense energy and why so many people can't.
(Of course, the rest of the lesson is made to guide people to developing this skill.)
In this issue, we'll also look at the hidden hazards of love spells, in Ask The Priestess.
Plus... a special discount only for readers of the Silver Chalice, to make your summer extra special. Check it out, below!
Have a blessed June & July! See you at the next turn of the wheel.
With Brightest Blessings,
If you have any comments, opinions, or content ideas we'd love to hear from you. Please write! (Please note that while I love to hear from you, I'm not able to respond to all emails anymore, due to the high volume I receive. I very much regret this, but hope you understand. Thanks!)
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Jesus Through Pagan Eyes
Jesus Through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ, the long-awaited collection of Pagan views on Jesus Christ (including a contribution from yours truly), is now available.
Here's a few reviews of this neat book...
Mark Townsend is a priest whose understanding of God made it impossible for him to live inside traditional religious boundaries. In this book he tells us why in a compelling and provocative way and in the process draws his readers into fascinating new images. This volume will make a major contribution to freeing Jesus for the interreligious and the non-religious world that is emerging.
“Christian” means “Christ-like,” so the question for all Christians becomes “What was Christ like?” Perhaps he was a lot more like modern Pagans than he was like many modern “Christians!”
Hailed as ‘life changing’ by some reviewers, a highly original book that had literally ‘never been done before,’ Jesus Through Pagan Eyes is written by ex C of E Vicar and Progressive Christian Priest, Mark Townsend, as an offering to the many who are dis-satisfied with the mainstream picture of Jesus Christ.
Spending three years among the people of the modern day Pagan (Earth-based) traditions, Townsend sought to push the boundaries and gain insights from those often seen as the antithesis of Christianity.
The resulting picture is one that will give a glimpse of a Jesus who is human, dynamic, compassionate and relevant.
Editor Mark Townsend hopes that this book provides "one small step in the direction of the detoxification of the man and myth who stands at the centre of a world faith."
I believe he's right.
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Wicca Course In Progress
What does Energy feel like?
Different Energies, just like different emotions, have different "feels" to them. An Energy of happiness feels different from an Energy of depression; and Energy of health feels different from an Energy of illness.
While you can probably sense emotional Energy already, at least within yourself, you may not be aware of sensing emotions in others, or sensing health and illness and other subtle Energies... although I can promise you that you do sense them.
Why Can't We All Sense Energies Already?
Everyone senses Energy. It's a natural human skill -- just one that's been muzzled. You are sensing Energy when you…
So if it's all that natural, why can't we use this ability at will?
Simple. We've had no one to teach us how, and we've been trained as children not to. This training happens in eight ways:
How You Sense Energy
Even though we've learnt not to sense Energy, we can undo that training and increase our Energy sensitivity.
Learning how to sense Energies is primarily a process of tuning in to your body and thoughts. What you sense intuitively or psychically, you sense through your ordinary senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, physical sensation... or the mental equivalent of them (like in visualisation).
Let's take a moment to look more closely at one sense: physical sensation. Most people call that sense "touch," but in fact I've found that there are actually four body-senses:
Of course, the background noise of the body's communication and the mind's chatter interferes with accurate reading. This is, in my opinion, the biggest reason why few people are aware of their extrasensory abilities. Imagine being in a room full of ringing telephones. When one more starts ringing in a far corner, would you even notice it?
The more you can quiet your body and mind, the more you'll be able to “hear” other sources of information.
You also need to know what normal noise is for you. It's like radio astronomy, where they first measure the background noise, and then they can screen it out so they can “hear” new objects.
So what this is all leading up to is a 4-step process that you can use to increase your ability to sense — and hence work with — Energies, as well as develop your intuition and psychic skills (which are all part of the same package.)
So the process of learning to sense Energies is four-fold:
This is what the rest of the lesson will teach you.
Ask The Priestess
Do Love Spells Really Work?
I have to warn you that a love spell is a handful of disasters.
First of all, will you enjoy it when people are manipulating you, in the karmic return -- having no regard for your desires, no respect for your life, wanting only that you fulfill their needs and desires like some puppet?
Second, if you do a love spell, it's like slipping someone an aphrodisiac or drug. Is a lie enough for you? Are you willing to accept such a poor substitute for someone's affection and true regard? You can't make someone feel real love, honey, and it points to seriously low self-esteem if this kind of false-love would be acceptable to you.
Third, it's not really love on your part if you would do such a thing to him. It may be addiction or fear or need or something, but it's not love. If you love someone, you would never wish to force them to do what you want, when they want something else. Love doesn't seek to manipulate and control for your own benefit.
Fourth, no spell can really override a person's will. That's the stuff of fantasy movies and wishful thinking. However, by trying, you still invoke the 3-Fold Law of karmic return.
Finally, even if it were possible, I would never get involved in that kind of harmful magick. If you could find someone who would do that sort of thing, I'd be more worried about their integrity and what they might do to you.
If you want love, be love. Love yourself. Love others. Find out what it means to love without expectations of return. Then real love will be all around you... and a much better love than any spell could even hope to provide.
I wish you all the best.
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