Looking for Contributers

We are looking for people to contribute their information to the blog. Preferably, we would like people to write regularly, but if you have an article that you would like to share, please send a copy to kylaskyemmc@gmail.com

Blessings,
Skye

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pagan Paths - Overview

There are many different Pagan paths out there, and many are capable of some degree of personalization.

Pagan religions - according to most of the world - are anything that isn't Christianity, Judaism or Muslim. But if you are part of the Pagan community, the general consensus is that it is any nature-based religion, including reconstructions of the pre-christian religions of our ancestors.

Most - if not all - Pagan paths have a high respect for nature and the cycles of the seasons. Many are polytheistic (believe in more than one God) though monotheistic or even atheistic are common. Some people believe that all Gods are One God, but there really is no set rule.

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Common Pagan Religions (Not Including Magical Practices)


Wicca - Modern Pagan religion founded by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. This is usually the first Pagan religion people hear about. There is a belief in both a God and a Goddess - the Lord and the Lady - and the main rule is "Do as you will, but harm none."

Heathenism - A Norse Pagan reconstruction. Many followers try to practice as closely as possible to the way their ancestors did. There is strong roots in family, and most Heathens are Germanic or Scandinavian of some sort. They worship the Norse Pantheon, and believe in the Nine Noble Virtues.

Druidism - A Celtic reconstruction religion. (Need more information.) Druidism is very nature-based and promotes peace and balance.

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A good place to start when looking for your specific path is to read the basics of Wicca, as it isn't a reconstruction, but a newer religion all together. From there, read up on the mythology from different pantheons, and if you feel a strong pull to any of the Gods or Goddesses check out the religion of the people who originally worshiped them.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Looking for Energy

All life, thoughts, emotions and matter are energy. If you work at it you can train your eye to see this energy. Different people can see it to different degrees, and I myself am still working at it even though it's a talent that came to me quite naturally.


Lighting is crucial when you're first starting out, and even when you become used to looking for this kind of energy it's still difficult on say a bright sunny day. Start off slowly, because it can be easy to strain your eyes trying to see something.

Low light conditions seem to be best when looking for energy, and somewhere with a plain background can be helpful as busy backgrounds tend to distract the eye. As a first experimentation hold your hand out in front of you. So what are you looking for, huh? Well, to start with you're just looking for a fuzzy sort of outline going around the outside of your hand. It will probably only be a few millimetres or so wide.

And how do you go about looking for it? The best way I can explain it is that it's like trying to look at one of those 3D hidden image pictures. You need your eyes to unfocus to a certain degree because you are trying to look inbetween the physical spaces that your eye can see quite naturally. To begin with this energy will look similar to watching heat rise off the road on a hot day. Like I said, don't push it because it's so easy to strain your eyes. If it's not coming, just try again later.

When you first manage to see this energy the chances are that you'll be so chuffed that your eyes will snap back into their normal way of 'seeing' but the more you practice the easier it gets.

After you've managed to master finding energy this way you can start to look for colour in this energy. What sort of colour does the energy around your hand appear to you? Don't push your eyes, they do need time to pick this up and it isn't easy to hold onto the colours your eye is picking up in the beginning.

When you've started picking up impressions of colour you will probably start to notice that you are starting to see another band of energy surrounding the first band. When you get this far you might want to do some research on the auric field and its assosiated colours.

For extra practice here are some other things you can try. When you're talking to someone see if you can notice a field of energy around the persons head. For some reason it seems to be easier to see energy around the head. The band of energy will appear much larger than it does around your hand. You probably won't see colours unless you've gotten rather good at this because it's hard to look around somebody's head during a conversation for too long without making them wonder what you're looking at!

At dusk or dawn time see if you can notice a field of energy around trees. Needless to say the energy field will be much larger. Try to do this on a still day as branches waving around in the wind can be very distracting!

And, maybe surprisingly, try looking for bands of energy down the sides of cuboards, chairs etc. In low light conditions it can be quite easy to pick out bands of energy running down the straight lines of furniture!

Now what's the point in all this you wonder, right?

Once you can 'see' energy in this way you can start looking for energy patterns of non-physical things. I personally find this more easy inside a building than I do outside. Beware though, and make sure that you do really want to see as this can be... disconcerting shall we say?

In some ways it can be easier to do this but of course you have nothing physical to concentrate on. I personally found this easier to master than finding the energy of physical things. To look for energy in this way you have to focus inbetween places. The easiest way to do this is to pick two physical objects and focus on the empty space between these two things. Your eyes should focus on the inbetween spaces by doing this. Don't try to move your eyes around or they will quickly try to focus on something tangible. Instead keep your eyes still and use your peripheral vision to scan your surroundings. Are there any blocks of energy that stand out to you? Take this slowly and give yourself time to find your feet and understand what you're seeing.

Good luck!
Nellie

Monday, June 28, 2010

Magical First Steps - Part Three

Visualization 

This part is something you should be practicing along with meditation and sensing energy. I probably should have written this before doing the sensing energy post, but there's nothing that I can really do about this now.

Visualization is seeing something in your mind without it necessarily being real. This can be something like a memory or a dream, or it can just be an object in empty space.

To start off, get into a comfortable position and spend a few minutes winding down. When you're ready to start, close your eyes and picture whatever it is that you want. It is best to pick an image or a picture rather than a scenario to start off with.

It isn't uncommon for the picture to fade quickly in your mind, just keep bringing it back. Do this with the same image for 5 minutes or so, or until you start to feel tired or worn out.

It's good to practice this skill often, as it can come in handy for practicing magic. Once you are comfortable with a single image, turn it around in your mind, manipulate it in some way or another. (You don't need to be practicing with the same image every time unless you want to.) From here you can move onto places.

When it comes to visualizing places, it's something I usually do during meditation, anyways. The places I have came naturally to me. Try moving about it in a way that you would usually do. Avoid animals and people at first, as they will be difficult to manipulate along with everything else.

When you get to practicing magic, this will come in handy during the whole "visualize outcome while putting your energy into a candle" or another similar part of the ritual.

(A small side note: If you're a strong and vivid daydreamer, this should come naturally to you. Also, many good artists are very good at this. I, however, have issues keeping an image in my head.)

Exercises

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Magical First Steps - Part Two

Learning about energy.

After you are familiar with meditation (you don't need to be a pro, but being comfortable with it helps) it's time to move onto energy work.

The first thing to do is to learn what it feels like, and the best way I've found to get acquainted with energy is this exercise:

Start off by gathering several different objects. Make some of these natural, some man made. A good list includes: a (live/potted) plant, a stick/leaf, pencil, mirror, jewelry, candle. Anything you have laying around, really. Make it versicle. Start with 3 or 4 and move up as you feel comfortable.

Meditate to clear you mind. Get in a good state of mind, make sure that you're relaxed. Don't do this when you are very wound up or tired.

Pick up one of your object and hold it in both hands. (You can also hold it in your dominant or writing hand. Close your eyes and get a good feel of the object. Run your fingers over it. Pay attention to the way it feels aside from just the texture or temperature.

This is the hard part to explain. Do the same as you did in the last part of the exercise only without touching the object. Leave two inches or so of space between you and whatever it is you are using. Feel for any energy that it is giving off.

After a while of practicing this, try guessing what object it is that you're feeling. Having somebody arrange them in a random order or putting them in paper bags and mixing them up can help with this step. Don't be upset if you don't get them right at first. It takes practice.

If any of you try this or have any questions let me know. This is the hardest part to explain in my opinion.

Blessings,
Skye

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Magical First Steps - Part I

The first part to becoming proficient in working magic is learning to control your mind. You need to control the inner chatter of you brain and focus on one thing - the magic you're working and the desired outcome.

Regular meditation is the easiest way to achieve this.
When first starting out meditating, it's best to focus on your breathing. Take long, steady and deep breaths. At first I would count "1, 2, 3, 4" or "In... Out... In..." but over time I got over it and I learned to just pay attention to my breath. You can do this in any comfortable position, sitting or laying down, but you might just fall asleep if you're laying dawn. (If you end up falling asleep sitting up, you'll fall over and most likely wake yourself up.)
It's a good idea to set a timer when you're first starting out just in case you do fall asleep. (And you can keep track of how long you're meditating, too.) Smaller amounts of time are best when starting, as they are easier to achieve and it is less likely for you to feel disheartened.
Also, if you're having trouble quieting your mind, just let the thoughts come. Don't dwell on them, but don't fight them either.

Other ways to help with meditating are:
Listening to music. (Preferably without words.)
Visualizing a scene or place.
Doing repetitive tasks and focusing solely on what you're doing.
Stretching - focus on your breathing while you stretch. Like yoga.


Note: A way that I make meditation more spiritual than just about well being or magic is by using it to connect with Deity. I have a place that I go to where I can be with my Patron God/dess and it does a world of good.

(Don't forget to comment with your own suggestions.)

Bing Search on Meditation Videos

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mission

I've created this blog to serve as a how-to for those new to the craft. It'll take from the expertise of people who have been on their own path, and help people find what they are looking for.

It will teach the theory behind practicing magic, as well as other trades within the Craft. We will offer suggestions about how to progress to where you want to be in your life within your spiritual practices. We can help you find what you're looking for by telling you how we found it.

We can guarantee that while we may not have been in your exact situation, we understand the need for something more.

We aren't perfect, we don't know everything, but we are mentors.