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Friday, September 26, 2008

Gnomes

These enchanted creatures are said to dwell in the earth, which they move through as easily as other creatures tread the ground. They cannot abide the sunlight as it would turn them to stone. For this reason, they often spend their daylight hours in the form of a toad. They can be invoked for protection while traveling over land, or to lead you to hidden, or buried, treasure.

INVOKING THE GNOMES

For Protection While Traveling Over Land

Make an offering to the Gnomes by burying a shiny object such as a gem, crystal or stone in the earth outside your home just before you leave on your journey. Chant:

I offer up this gift to share,

that the Gnomes may hear my prayer

& all their protective powers lend,

to see me safely to journey's end!

So Mote it Be!

Carolina Dean

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Book Blessing



Lord and Lady

Bless this book of witch's art,
and all I write herein;
keep it's magick close to my heart,
and far from the eyes of evil men.

May your light fill these pages,
with the blessings of your love;
with the wisdom of the ages,
and all the power thereof.

And may any who would steal my craft,
for power, fame, or ire;
face the fury of your wrath,
and burn in hellish-fire!

So Mote it Be

Note: I wrote this here, today, after having discovered my own writing on another website without having been given proper, or any, credit.

Carolina Dean


Monday, September 22, 2008

Sage Spell

Sage has long been used in the practice of magick to nurture longevity, expel negative thoughts, for wisdom, and to cleanse people, places and things.


To Expel Worrisome Thoughts




Burn dried sage and focusing on the rising smoke, chant these words....


Take my worries

and cast them aside,

let them drift

both far and wide!

Carolina Dean

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunny Disposition Spell

Note: This long term spell is designed to help a negative thinker, like myself, develop a positive attitude. I wrote it specifically for myself as I work in customer service and am often mistaken for being rude, which I believe is directly connected to my negative thinking.

When first writing this spell I toyed with the idea of using sugar instead of honey and remove the candle burning portion of the spell. The original idea was to keep the sugar jar in my locker at work and shake it everyday before beginning my job. However, I decided to go with honey for its golden color as well as it's connection to bees, which symbolize success in business.

You will need:

Honey
A Clean Jar with a metal lid.
Pen and Paper
Square of the Sun
Yellow Candles


Directions:

1. Create a sigil (see Talismans at my website) of your name on the Square of the Sun and put it aside for now.

2. Fill the jar with honey.

3. Eat a spoon's worth of honey and say:

"As this honey is sweet to me,
so will I be sweet to everybody!"

4. Take the sigil that you have created and fold it towards yourself three times, rotating it clockwise between each fold and place it in the honey jar.

5. Affix a Yellow candle to the metal lid of the Honey Jar, light it and say these words.

" For a change in attitude,
so I'm no longer perceived as rude;
with this spell I make the transition,
to a sunny disposition!"

6. As the candle burns, focus on your desire to have a more positive attitude. Simply than just repeating your incantation, write and recite a special affirmation for yourself such as ...

"I am a cheerful person"

"People recognize my positive attitude and appreciate my level of customer service."

"I choose thoughts which uplift by level of being."

Repeat your affirmation often, allowing it to replace your negative self talk. I often repeat my affirmation while driving to work, taking a bath, walking to the mailbox, while cooking, cleaning, or performing any mundane task. Eventually, you will do it without thinking about the process. It will replace your negative thinking as second nature.

When the candle burns itself out, burn a new candle on top of the remains of the old candle the following Sunday and each Sunday thereafter until you no longer need to do so.

Carolina Dean

Friday, September 12, 2008

Desiderata

Note: This has been one of my favorite poems of inspiration since I first read it in High School English, thanks Miss Hardy!

Written by Max Ehrmann

circa 1920

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.


---Carolina Dean

Links:

Wikipedia Entry

Confused History of Desiderata

Monday, September 8, 2008

Words of Power: Your Personal Incantation

A lone figure, clad in red, narrows her concentration to a single purpose and stretching forth her hands towards her target utters the phrase Winds of Destiny, Change! Immediately the world around her conforms to her will. A Wizard to a legendary King lays his hand over a knight’s wound and chants Anáil nathrach orth bhais betha, do cheol déanta and the knight is healed. A Sikh centers himself chanting Om Shanti, Peace and he is then able to climb an electrified fence by allowing the current to pass harmlessly through his body.

Sounds amazing right? What if I told you that figure clad in red was Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, a mutant with the power to alter probabilities? That the wizard I described was Merlin as portrayed in the 1981 motion picture Excalibur? That the Taoist able to climb the electrified fence was Darwin Jones, an expert in the field of biofeedback as portrayed in an episode of the 1970’s television series Bionic Woman, starring Lindsey Wagner.

You may be wondering why I’m talking about fictional characters in a discussion on real life magick and witchcraft. The answer is simple. In the early days of the comics, a character could perform amazing feats because they could-- that was their power, or it was magic and for many readers that was as good an explanation as any. As comic readers grew up they began wanting better explanations for these amazing feats. How is it that Superman can fly? How does Spiderman stick to walls? How does Doctor Strange accomplish his magical efforts?

In response, comic writers began looking to real world science and mysticism in an effort to explain how fictional characters accomplished the impossible. Today, the power and abilities of many comic characters (especially magick users) have a basis in real life theories and practices of metaphysics. Doctor Strange draws power from occult objects imbued with power (talismans), ambient energy (the earth, sun, & moon), inter-dimensional beings (Gods), words of power (incantations) and himself (personal power) among other things. Kabbalists believe that God spoke the world into creation. In like fashion Zatanna, long considered to be the most powerful magic-user in the DC universe, performs magic by simply stating what she wants---only backwards. For example, to make someone forget something she would say tegrof. The Mandarin draws energy from his ten rings of power, which are similar to the Navaratna, or nine gems, sacred in Vedic Astrology.

The point I’m trying to make here is that though the portrayal of magic in comics and other works of fiction are the product of creative writing they have a basis in reality. Although you won’t turn lead into gold, teleport yourself across the world, or fly high above the clouds you can adapt these techniques to real life magick. One of these techniques is the adopting of a magickal phrase, or personal incantation, that you can use for the performance of real magick.

How to Write Your Personal Incantation

So, you want your own personal incantation? How about a la peanut butter sandwiches! Nope, well I guess that makes Mumford the Magician happy-- his power words will remain his own. Why not Azarath Metrion Zinthos! Nope, well since it’s likely that you don’t know what that means, it’s probably a good idea. By the power of Greyskull! No good either, huh?

The point here is that it really doesn’t matter what you say, so long as it has meaning for you. It can be a line from a favorite song or poem such as My words fly up, my thoughts remain below, (Hamlet, Shakespeare) a famous quote or saying such as I think therefore I am, or you can take a page out of Captain Marvel’s book and say the name of a favored Deity. Whatever words you choose, make them your own.

Now I bet you’re wondering what I use as my personal incantation. Ok, I’ll share. You probably encounter my power words every day without even knowing. My power words are E Pluribus Unum. These three simple words represent the unofficial mantra of the United States for many, many years before an act of Congress in 1956 made our official motto In God we Trust.

E pluribus Unum is Latin for "Out of Many, One." Originally suggesting that out of many colonies or states emerge a single nation, it has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation – illustrating the concept of the melting pot.

For me, what this means is that there are an infinite number of possibilities in the universe and out of the many, many possibilities I wish to manifest the one result in tuned with my desires and goals as represented by my thoughts and deeds when chanting my power words.

How to Program Your Power Words

Once you’ve chosen your power words, you will have to program them in order to use them. Your personal incantation is a trigger that puts magickal forces in motion. Each time you say your personal incantation it “triggers” psychological changes which tells yourself that you are ready to perform magick.

Programming your power words isn’t a difficult task, but it will take time. How much time it will take for you to see results is entirely dependent upon you. Psychology teaches us that it takes roughly 21 days to develop habits, or patterns of behavior. Perform this meditation every day for 21 days.

  • To begin, sit comfortably and enter a meditative state in which both your mind and body are completely relaxed.
  • Imagine that you are on the top floor of a 10 story building standing before an elevator. Step into the elevator and face the door.
  • Imagine that you are pressing the 1 button that will take the elevator down to the first floor.
  • Look at the digital counter above the elevator door. As the elevator descends; imagine the numbers slowly going from 10 to 1.
  • Say to yourself, I am descending the various levels of myself. Down… down… down to my lower self… the dwelling place of my untapped potential…the deeper well of unlimited power.
  • When the elevator reaches the first floor, the doors open to reveal a long, narrow hallway. Exit the elevator and walk down the hallway at the end of which is a door. On that door is your name in big bold letters, under which is also written Super Witch or some other description that evokes a feeling of power and authority within you.
  • Open the door and go inside the room. Here you are met by a version of yourself that is completely empowered.
  • Standing directly across from your other self look into your own eyes and know that this person exists within you.
  • When you are ready, literally step into your other self so that your bodies join and become one. Say “I AM (your magickal name). I HAVE the power! I can use this power anytime I desire simply by focusing on my desire and saying (your magickal incantation) and my will shall be done!”
  • When you are done, open your eyes and go about your way.

Flexing Your Magickal Muscles

As you begin to become proficient with the meditation described above, you can start to test your new abilities by effecting small things and building up. For example, use your new personal incantation to change traffic lights, banish nuisances, heal minor wounds, etc…

As you grow more confident you can begin to work on bigger things. In the mean time, if you have occasion to cast a spell or perform a ritual, immediately after speaking the spoken part of your spell (the part that describes your goal) repeat your personal incantation. Incorporating your power words into your regular mode of magick helps build a bridge between the two methods and can lead to greater success. As you become more skilled you will be able to perform successful magick without the use of a full on spell or ritual.

Remember, the most important tool you have as a witch is yourself. It is not my intention to change the way in which you practice your faith, but rather to show you a path in which you are not dependent on things outside yourself in order to exert power and control over your life. Even if you become a master at this art that is not to say that you will not wish to cast a spell or perform a working ritual in the manner to which you are accustomed.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tarot Spread: The Spell Checker


This is a great tarot spread to use before casting any spell. It will tell you the probable outcome of your work allowing you to make changes, if necessary. It can also be used to determine the likely outcome of any plan of action.

To use this spread, choose a card to represent yourself and place it on the table before you. Next, shuffle the cards while thinking of your question. I usually say or think something to the effect of "Please provide me with information pertaining to the spell I intend to cast which will be of assistance to me." When you are done, lay the cards out as they are shown in the diagram above.


1. The Past

This card usually describes what has occurred in the past that precipitated you to cast the spell in question.

2. The Present

This card describes the current state of affairs concerning the situation described in card number one.

3. Your Goal

This card describes the goal of your spell. This is perhaps one of the most important cards in the spread as it will often reveal your true motivation despite what card number one may indicate.

For example, you or someone you know may be the victim of a bully. Whereas you may think you're casting a spell to protect yourself or another from that bully, this card may reveal that your true intention is revenge and that perhaps you should reevaluate your intended spell or ritual.

4. The Near Future

This card describes the initial effects of your spell. Again, this is a very important card because it can often tell you how long it will be before you see results, if at all, and whether or not they will last. It may also reveal any circumstances or consequences that you have not accounted for and which may only make the original situation worse.

5. The Best You Can Hope For

This card describes the most you can hope to achieve in the situation at hand and often represents a reality check for the individual. This card may be telling you that you have unrealistic expectations and that perhaps the answer you are seeking lies not in the casting of a spell or performing of a ritual, but in some other means.

6. The Outcome

This card describes the final outcome and far-reaching consequences of the spell. Again it may also give you an indication of the severity or consistency of the problem that you are attempting to address. Sometimes a spell will have great results initially, depending on the situation and type of spell, but later break down naturally (classic examples are bindings and banishings) or can be broken by others.


Carolina Dean

Friday, September 5, 2008

Steady Work # 2


Note:
I started a new job at the end of June as a Photo Technician with Walgreens in a town 20 miles away. My last job was less than a mile from my home and the added expense of purchasing gas, which is already high, on a more consistent basis has created more of a hardship for me. Although I got off to a somewhat rocky start due to the training methods of my employer, I’ve since improved by leaps and bounds in the performance of my job—with the exception of one area.

The geographical area in which I work is populated mostly of older, well-to-do, retirees. In the words of more than one of my managers and co-workers, our customers are “needy” and we are required to “baby” them. In fact, I don’t feel like a Photo Technician, I feel like a babysitter. Our customers cannot do the simplest thing for themselves. For example, on more than one occasion a customer will come into the store wanting to scan a photo to be copied, re-sized, etc… They will walk up to the Self-Service Kiosk at which this is done, take one look at the screen which flashes Touch Screen to Begin and the first thing they say is “I don’t know how to do this.”

Usually I am with another customer or doing some other task in my department so I’ll tell the customer to touch the screen and read the directions and I’ll come over if they have any questions. The point of this is to encourage the customer to learn how to do things on their own. However, the usual response is “I don’t know how to do that.” Now, I really want to ask them how they got to be that old without understanding the concept of touching a screen. I’m sure there have been times in which I sighed or looked away in total amazement as such total ineptitude and these customers are quick to pick up on every little facial movement, body language, etc.. and the first thing they do is go to management. In addition, Walgreens is terrified of losing a dime or being sued that they always side with the customers (even when they are clearly wrong and have been offensive to employees). I personally believe that there are many customers who take advantage of this policy and simply want something for nothing.

In addition, there have been more than a few personnel changes which have upset all those concerned. While my department manager has been away on vacation in Alaska, management has decided to move the most knowledgeable and senior Tech out of our department and make her a front casher. In addition, they have hired a new Tech. He came in right before my department manager left for vacation and promptly decided to change everything around to suit him. He has been described by other employees and customers as arrogant and bossy. Everyone in my department is upset that it is not him that they are removing from my department.

Overall, I am just not happy with this job. It is too far from my home. It does not pay well enough and I have to go on food stamps next month to feed myself. Although I like what I do, working with the film and the machine, the customers are awful. In order to successfully work at this place I am going to have to change who I am and this is not possible, so even though I stopped looking I feel it’s time to start my job search again and back it up with some magick!

Date: September 4th 2008

Moon Phase: New/Waxing

Moon Sign: Sagittarius

Day of Week: Thursday (Jupiter)

Hour of Day: Jupiter

Location: Oak Harbor, WA

Weather: 52 degrees and cloudy

Although I would prefer to moon to be in Capricorn, I think Sagittarius is appropriate in that it usually rules Spiritual Growth, Dreams, and Long Journeys; it being represented by the centaur it reminds me of Higher Learning and Movement on an issue.

Calculation of the Planetary Hours for Jupiter

According to the Farmer’s Almanac Sunrise is at 6:33 am today and Sunset is at 7:45 pm tonight. Therefore the day consists of 13 hours and 12 minutes of daylight.

13 X 60 = 780 + 12 = 792 / 12= 66 minutes

Each of the twelve planetary hours of the day will consists of 1 hour and 6 minutes each.

Hour

Beginning

Ending

Jupiter

6:33 am

7:39

Mars

7:39

8:45

Sun

8:45

9:51

Venus

9:51

10:57

Mercury

10:57

12:03

Moon

12:03

1:09

Saturn

1:09

2:15

Jupiter

2:15

3:21

Mars

3:21

4:27

Sun

4:27

5:33

Venus

5:33

6:39

Mercury

6:39

7:45 pm


Materials and Supplies Needed

White Glass Encased Candle

Steady Work Image

Incense

Pen

Square of Paper

Mortar and Pestle

Orange Oil

Sage

Chamomile

Basil

The Working Ritual


Note:
Beforehand, gather all your equipment and materials. Set up your altar or workspace in advanced and make sure that you have everything that you will need to perform the ritual.

1. Cleansing of Self

Begin by drawing a warm bath (water) in which you’ve placed a cup of salt or bath salts (element). Light a candle (fire), some incense (air) and play some soothing music (spirit). Totally immerse yourself in the water several times and completely relax, preparing yourself for the work to be done.

2. Creating Sacred Space

3. Cast the Circle

4. Call the Quarters

5. Invoke Deity

6. Perform the Working

· Using the pen and paper, write down exactly what you desire in a job being as specific as possible. Be sure to include such things as responsibilities, pay, distance from your home, the kind of people you will be working with, etc…

· Turn the paper 90 degrees and write your name across the description nine times. When you are done, put the paper aside for the time being.

· Place equal amounts of sage (wisdom, cleansing), chamomile (luck, money), and basil (happiness) in a mortar and grind them with a pestle until they are one. Add nine drops of Orange Oil.

· Anoint the four corners and center of the petition with Orange Oil. Place a strand of your hair in the center of the petition, along with a pinch of the herbal mixture. Fold the paper towards yourself three times, rotating it clockwise between each fold and place it on your pentagram.

· Bore nine holes at equidistant points in the tip of the glass encased candle. Add a drop of Orange Oil to each hole and gently cover each hole with a bit of the herbal mixture.

· Dip your finger in the Orange Oil and run it along the brim of the glass encased candle three times charging it with your intention. Say:

“Let a better job now replace,

the one in which I have no grace;

one that brings prosperity,

happiness & joy to me!”

· Light the candle and repeat your incantation three times.

7. Give Thanks

8. Release the Quarters

9. Open the Circle



Carolina Dean

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Huna: Hawaiian Shamanism

Huna is a Hawaiian word which means hidden. The word Huna was adopted by Max Freedom Long for his brand of esoteric philosophy that he claimed to have learned from native Hawaiian's while employed as an elementary school teacher in Hawaii around 1917. In 1945, Long founded the Huna Fellowship, and beginning in 1948 published a series of books on Huna which remain in print today.

However, the word Huna was never used by native Hawaiians to describe any form of metaphysics. To native Hawaiian's, Huna is not a religion, but rather a philosophy of living and a way of life. Some have theorized that Long chose the word Huna for its association with the word Kahuna, which can mean a teacher, sorcerer, or master but primarily refers to an expert on any subject. Long's use of Hawaiian words was primarily based on the Andrews Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language, which was the only English/Hawaiian dictionary then available.

Longs teaching have been considered controversial due to the fact that many native Hawaiians argue that they are not authentically Hawaiian, but rather Long is using Hawaiian terms to describe universal principles. However, you will also find many native Hawaiians actively practicing and teaching Huna as espoused by Long or one of his disciple

Principles and Beliefs of Huna

The Seven Principles of Huna

On its most basic level, Huna affords the individual a method of connecting with his or her own inner power. With an understanding of the seven principles given below the individual can utilize the teachings of Huna to bring about harmony in their lives and manifest their inner-most desires. The seven principles are:

  1. Ike -The world is what you think it is
  2. Kala -There are no limits, everything is possible
  3. Makia -Energy flows where attention goes
  4. Manawa -Now is the moment of power
  5. Aloha -To love is to be happy with [someone/something]
  6. Mana -All power comes from within
  7. Pono -Effectiveness is the measure of truth

The Three Selves

The essence of Huna teaches that human beings are comprised of three selves. Many names have been given to these three selves, but they may more easily be understood as the lower-self, middle-self, and higher-self.; or conversely the subconscious mind, the conscious mind, and the super-conscious mind.

The lower-self, or unihipili, does not indicate that it is less important than the other selves, but rather it is below the level of one's consciousness and can be considered to have that of an animal-like level of reasoning. The lower-self is that part of self that stores all of our memories and is the seat of our emotions. It presents information to the conscious self, often through our intuition and dreams, so that the conscious self can address our issues.

The middle-self is called the uhane, or conscious-mind. It is that part of self that is aware of its own existence and has the ability to reason. The middle-self, has the power of free will and therefore can create its own reality.

The higher-self, or aumakua, is that part of self that is "above the physical world" and lives on a higher plane of existence. It is the seat of the spirit and will not intervene in the affairs of your life unless it is invited to do so. When granted permission to act in your life, the higher-self creates your reality based on your thoughts, hopes and fears (which emanate for the lower and middle selves). It is believed that the higher self can see into the future as far as your thoughts have taken shape. Therefore the future changes with your thoughts. Communication occurs naturally with the higher self during sleep. During this contact with the higher self, the thoughts of the day are averaged by the higher-self and used to create conditions in your future. In other words, what you think—you manifest.

Huna teaches that the high-self expresses all the divine qualities- compassion, patience, love, forgiveness. It is the ideal to which the middle-self aspires. The higher-self is considered to be a combined community of spirits. Higher-selves are considered to be individual in identity and yet one with all other high selves at the same time. The high self is also thought to be a perfect blending of masculine and feminine, an androgynous self.

Huna teachings say that each of the three selves has its proper role to perform in the life of each individual. Life, health, and happiness have to do with the integration, blending, and harmonizing of these three selves.

The Ten Elements

Huna teaches that humans are additionally comprised of ten elements. The first three elements, consist of the three selves as described above. In addition, there are three shadow, or etheric, bodies associated with the three selves. The shadow bodies are metaphysical bodies that are thought to be exact duplicates of everything that exists in the physical world. They are believed to hold all physical form together. Everything that has ever been created has a shadow body. The high self has a shadow body also, but it does not interpenetrate the physical body. The high self is connected to the low self by an energy cord. This energy cord has been called the silver cord in other mystical teachings.

Our shadow bodies are comprised of a substance called Aka, which is believed to have a adhesive and elastic quality enabling it to stretch without breaking. Aka is a perfect conductor of mana, or vital-life-force. When you have a strong rapport with your lower and higher selves, these threads develop into cords allowing mana and thought-forms to flow more freely between the levels of self.

Just as aka threads develop between the low and high selves, they can develop between yourself and any object or person you contact. With each additional contact with the person or object, the cords become braided together and form an aka cord, which can result in a strong bond between the two. Empathy and telepathy are believed to operate via the movement of mana and thought forms along aka cords. This kind of psychic bond can occur among any of the three selves and between two or more people who have developed strong aka cords between them.

Creation begins with a thought or idea, and as it has been stated above everything that has ever been created or ever will be created has a shadow body, including our thoughts. As thoughts take shape it becomes attached by an aka thread to all the thoughts which came before it. Therefore all thoughts are connected in some way by aka cords.

Another extremely important aspect of Huna teaching is the importance of mana, or vital force. Mana is the basic energy in all things. Huna teaches that mana is taken from food and air by the low self and stored in the low self's shadow body. In addition, mana, or vital-life-energy, in a person's body is divided into three categories or levels of power. The mana of a person changes according to which self is using that energy. The lowest level of power is associated with the lower self. When used by the middle self, the level of mana is believed to be raised. In like fashion, when mana is utilized by the higher self, its level is increased.

Finally, the tenth element is identified as the physical body, which is the vehicle in which the other nine elements reside and operates. So, to clarify the ten elements are:

* The three selves (low, middle, and high)

* The three shadow bodies associated with the three selves.

* The three levels of mana, or energy, as used by the three selves/bodies

* The physical body

Ha: The Breath

Huna teaches that the practice of deep breathing connects us to all life. Humans are designed to take in oxygen, and it is believed that proper breathing increases our energy levels as well as our level of efficiency. When we inhale, we don't just take in oxygen, but we also take in mana as well. It is this energy that we must have within every fiber of our being, including our three selves, our shadow bodies and our physical body.

The Practice of Ha Breathing and of the Ha Rite has variations in different Huna schools but is found in most Huna traditions in some form or another.

Take a deep breath through your nose quickly. Not so deeply as to be uncomfortable or cause strain. Then exhale slowly through the mouth, making the sound "ha" as you exhale, just a soft sound on the exhaled breath do not exhale so greatly as to cause discomfort. The mouth is only partially opened not widely. You may become more focused and mentally clear and energized in a calm and peaceful way from doing the Ha breath this can be done as many times a day as you wish, nothing to excess of course.

This breath form is used in many Huna traditions as a prelude to active prayer, meditation and manifestation or affirmation processes as it can build up an extra supply of Mana which can be used to amplify these efforts.

Another Huna Breath Form is sometimes called the Piko -Piko breath

The Ha Rite

There are many methods to do a Ha Rite, all of which produce results when practiced regularly. All Ha Rites consist of breathing deeply with the intent of accumulating a surcharge of mana before prayer. A mental image, or prayer picture, then becomes the focus on one's thoughts, however, if you are not visually oriented, it is suggested that you focus on your single intent. The prayer picture/intent and mana is then sent to the higher self along the Aka cords (see above).

There are a few things to consider before performing a Ha Rite. They are:

* Ask yourself, does my desire maintain harmony and balance? There is more than enough abundance in the universe to provide for all. Therefore it is not necessary to seek to take what rightfully belongs to another. Focus on your goal and let the universe bring it to you in such a way so that harmony and balance is maintained.

* Your visualization should imply that your goal has already manifested. Don't focus on the path that your goal will take but rather the destination.

* Be sure that you want what you want. If you constantly change your mind about what it is that you desire, your Higher-Self is constantly having to adapt to your whims which will take longer for your goal to manifest, if at all.

To begin the Ha Rite, cup and hold your hands so that your finger tips are about an inch or two apart, and spread your fingers so none of them touch one another (this prevents you from grounding the energy back into your body). While breathing deeply and SLOWLY use the intent of building a surcharge of mana between your hands. You should strive to control your breath to 5 breaths a minute or less (compared to the normal 15-18 breaths a minute), because the longer the oxygen is in contact with your lung tissue, the more mana you extract from it. Tradition is to use four sets of four breaths or even 10 sets of four breaths to build a mana surcharge for the prayer.

Visualize your prayer picture as if it were the cover of a balloon in the area between your hands. The more mana you pour into the prayer picture the brighter and more realistic the prayer picture becomes. Use intent to put mana into the space between your hands. You may want to visualize a sparkling gold/amber mist forming between your hands. At first you may think it is only imagination or coincidence, but the more you work with mana; the more you will come to experience mana is something real instead of your imagination or coincidence, and help you develop faith.

When you are satisfied with the mana charge, and prayer picture or intent, expel a quick burst of breath and visualize it going around the prayer picture and the mana charge binding them together. Then separate your hands and allow the prayer picture and mana surcharge to float away to be taken by your 'Higher Self.

The Piko Piko Breath

The techniques used in Huna have been practiced for centuries by Polynesian holy men. Huna doctrine emphasizes the power of thought, and states that by focusing positive attention on a desired end result, all goals may be accomplished. Piko Piko literally means center to center and it is an ancient breathing style used for centering and focus. In addition, techniques of deep breathing and meditation are used to charge one's higher self with mana that can be used to manifest thought-forms as defined by our desires.

In Huna healing there are many energy centers, or Piko Points, which are similar to chakras. The two most powerful are the navel and the crown of the head. The navel represents your physical source and lifeline while the crown symbolizes your connection with the Higher-Self.

1. Assume a relaxed position.

2. Put one hand on the crown of your head, while the other rest on your navel. Either hand may be used for these positions. Your hands are placed on these points to assist you in your focus.

3. Begin your deep breathing. Inhale while focusing on the crown of your head and exhale while focusing on your navel.

4. Offer the following affirmation,

"My energy levels will increase dramatically with each breath. I am deeply relaxed. My focus is on deepening my breathing and amplifying my energy levels."

5. Continue until you feel energized. This could take from 2 to 10 minutes.

6. When this occurs you are ready to make a prayer request to your higher self for manifestation in your life.

7. Focus on the goal you hope to accomplish with huna meditation. Clearly visualize your goal as already having happened. Experience the joy that you will feel when this goal has been accomplished.

8. Offer a prayer to your inner consciousness asking for help in sending your desire to your higher consciousness.

9. When you are done, thank your higher consciousness for receiving this goal, and go forth with the expectation that it will be manifested on the physical plane.

Huna Healing

Do the Ha Rite, and place your hands where the person reports pain. If the pain or injury is in a private area in which the person does not desire to be touched, such as the breasts or genitals, then place your hands about 2-4 inches above the person's body at the site of the pain or injure. Visualize the person as completely healthy and well. However, send the mana surcharge and prayer picture to the person's Higher-Self instead of the person. Their Higher-Self will raise the mana, or energy, to its highest level then back through your hands to heal the person. Should the person report pain in another place; move your hands to the new location where they report pain.

It is important to remember that you are not the healer. The Higher Self and the person's Lower Self do the healing. If the process does not appear to be assisting the individual; the problem may be with a fixation in the person's lower-self. If it appears that the lower-self is blocking the healing; ask the person to tell you of an activity they enjoy; but they cannot do now because of the ailment; then change the prayer picture where you visualize that person doing that activity in complete health.

If you see results after you get the cooperation from the Lower-Self to heal the person; then assist them in clearing the fixation. It may be that the lower-self believes that it deserves to be sick. Therefore it becomes necessary for the lower-self to be convinced that healing is not only possible but deserving.

Complexes and Fixations

According to Huna teachings, a complex is defined as a negative thought or idea, usually about one's self, to which the lower-self clings. Complexes are put in place by parents, authority figures, friends, peers, strangers and even one's self! If the lower self feels an overwhelming sense of guilt, shame, or a feeling of not being deserving of love or assistance from the Higher Self, then it will not send the necessary mana and prayer picture to the Higher Self. By clinging to these negative thoughts and emotions, they are amplified and perpetuated in an un-ending cycle.

A classic example of a complex is how a parent or other individual brainwashes a child into accepting the idea that they are stupid, clumsy, ugly, etc… Often others pick up on the individual's insecurities and perpetuate the idea by repeating the insult to the individual on a regular basis. The idea becomes ingrained in the person's thoughts until they begin to actually believe that the negative thought is true. The middle-self then dwells on the negative thought or idea and the individual repeats it to themselves in the form of negative self talk, such as "I am ugly." "I am stupid." "I am clumsy." These hurtful words can be almost impossible to heal as they can be held onto tightly by the individual's middle-self for the remainder of their life, unless they learn how to remove these negative thought forms from the lower-self. It is very important to be careful what you say to impressionable children and adults.

Whereas a complex is defined as a negative thought about something inside yourself, a fixation is defined as a negative thought about something outside yourself, such as health, money, or other people. Generally speaking, fixations are often put in place by your experiences with the subject of your thoughts and perpetuated by your own temperament and feelings about those experiences.

For example, you may have a series of events occur within a relatively short amount of time in which you lose money on bad investments, loss by theft, or even absent mindedness. Rather than maintain a positive attitude and take the setback in stride, you may begin to think that you're "no good with money", that you're cursed, or have bad luck. These thoughts which originate in the middle, or conscious-self, then seep down into the lower, or sub-conscious self where they take root and grow into the middle-self.

However, fixations can be put in place by other's experiences with the matter at hand. As in the example above, the events may occur to a parent and the parent repeats the negative thoughts in front of the child. The child then begins to believe the negative idea as well. When similar events occur to the child, he or she may then come to believe that they have somehow inherited the parents bad luck, curse, etc…

Unlike your consciousness, your subconscious (lower-self) is always active and alert taking in information. It hears everything even if the conscious-mind is not aware of the fact. Sometimes the lower-self absorbs concepts and beliefs and transmits them to the consciousness (middle-self). For example you have heard or been told not to go outside with wet hair because you may catch a cold. The lower-self often takes these statements literally and will manifest the expected result.

How to Clear Complexes and Fixations

In order to clear this fixation, generate a charge of mana between your hands with the Ha Rite, and say an affirmation such as "I deserve to be in perfect health", then push the ball of mana in your solar plexus. By stating the affirmation, and providing the charge of mana, you convince the lower-self that the middle-self is an authority figure, and your lower-self will begin to cooperate with your wishes.

Max Freedom Long recommended doing good deeds for others so the lower-self will feel worthy of requesting help from the Higher Powers above the Higher Self. However, this technique may not work for everyone. In order to make it feel valued, Huna advises that the individual give their lower-self a name and to develop a relationship with this part of yourself. Several Huna authors and teachers have recommended using the name "Subby", but this seems impersonal and too generic. There is also an implication that the lower-self is subservient, or diminished in some way. Therefore, you may wish to give your lower-self a name which implies a high self-esteem, self-respect, and personal power.

To clear a complex or a fixation, it is first necessary to identify the complex or fixation. A good way to identify complexes and fixations is to use a pendulum. Teach your lower self which way to swing the pendulum for yes, and the way to swing the pendulum for no. Then talk to the lower-self asking if you have a complex on sin, guilt, shame, etc, or fixations on lack of money, health problems, etc. It is normal for the lower-self to ignore you requests to communicate at first because many people have ignored the it for years, and it may not take your request to communicate seriously, so keep using the pendulum until the it begins cooperating.

Once you have identified it, write a keyword or phrase on a piece of paper which accurately described the complex or fixation. Hold the paper between your hands and perform the Ha Rite, and visualize filling your body with mana. Use the intent that the mana will drive the complex or fixation from the body, so see the complex or fixation as black smoke running down your arms into the piece of paper. When your body is full of mana, and the complex or fixation is completely in the paper, expel a quick burst of breath and visualize the breath going around the piece of paper; trapping the complex or fixation inside the paper, then burn the paper, and tell your lower-self that the complex or fixation has been destroyed by the fire.

For a while, your lower-self will try to remind you to feel guilty about some perceived wrong because, much like a computer, it only knows what it has been programmed and cannot draw a direct link between cause and effect. When this occurs, gather a charge of mana in the body and gently remind the lower-self that the complex or fixation has been destroyed by the fire.

Alternately, you could transfer the complex or fixation into a rock then either burry the rock in the dirt or throw the rock into a lake, pond, or stream; so the negative energies may be transmuted by Mother Earth.

This spiritual technology works because the lower-self is unable to discern the difference between a real and an imagined event, and the space that WAS filled by the complex or fixation is now filled with mana and you do not leave an empty vacuum for the lower-self to fill with another negative habit.

Huna and the Connection to Modern Neo-Paganism

Victor Anderson, the founder of the Feri or Vicia tradition claimed to know Huna, to be a kahuna, and to speak Hawaiian. It should not be surprising then that the Feri Tradition shares some common elements with Huna, such as the belief in the three selves, called souls in the Feri Tradition. They are identified as the Fetch (lower-self), Talker (middle-self), and Godself (higher-self).

Whereas Huna is not believed to be a religion, but rather a philosophy of life and a pattern for healthy living, it is not in contradiction with Wiccan beliefs and practices. In fact, some of the concepts associated with Huna are thought to be universal and therefore can be practiced by anyone.

----Carolina Dean

Sources

Wikipedia Entry on Huna

Huna Teachings at Crystalinks

Huna 101 by Two Bears

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross
Overview: This is a classic spread and every Tarot Card reader is familiar with this gem. There are many variations of the Celtic Cross, and the version of the one below is the version that I developed after a great deal of experimentation. The Celtic Cross is great for specific questions, or when you don't know what to ask.

1. The general atmosphere surrounding your question.

2. This card accentuates the first card by compliment, or contradiction.

3. Where you are now.

4. Where you wish to be.

5. The Past

6. The Near Future.

7. Your attitude, feelings, and opinion.

8. The attitude, feelings, and opinions of others.

9. The best that you can hope for.

10. The final outcome of the situation.



Carolina Dean