Finished Yantras

I finished my yantras! It's taken me all week. Between finding the concentrated time and preparing myself, through meditation and chanting, it has been more challenging than I expected to finish such a small project.I have no idea if these are "correct," but they are infused with much intention, prayer, and enthusiasm.I'm so pleased that I finally got around to making my own yantras. I found the process educational and meditative. Next I will hang them in my altar.And … [Read more...]

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Letting Go with Dhumavati

Having tools to develop my Self, as a spiritual being and as a form of self-therapy, are among the reasons I love practicing witchcraft and Hinduism. Both traditions serve my desire for theosis, or becoming a god, or achieving enlightenment.One necessary ability in this journey is being able to see clearly. Tantric Hinduism does not encourage complete renunciation of the world, rather embracing the world and also seeing it clearly is its complex call to humans. Seeing clearly, particularly … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Shun Murder

This is another maxim that at first glance seems so obvious as to warrant only a sentence. Yet, this maxim has several dimensions worth considering.The most surface level is: don't murder other people. I can say that I have never murdered anyone and have no intentions of ever doing so. Done and dusted, right? Not so fast.Plenty of vegans and vegetarians suggest that eating meat is murder. I absolutely see that point, and I render it null and void. All creatures need to eat. Humans are … [Read more...]

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Attempting Yantras

Yantras are intricate, geometrical Hindu designs. Tantric Hinduism uses them for meditation, magic, and devotion. It's an ancient practice that involves a lot of training, preparation, and precision. So I thought I'd make some. In a morning. Silly me.I have only ever seen yantras in books or on-line, never in person. I've been intrigued by the idea of doing some for myself since I first began my Hindu quarter at the beginning of this blog. Now, with my eldest child in kindergarten and my … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Act When You Know

This is a tricky Maxim for me. I like to think that I know far more often than I probably do. I'm a bit of a know-it-all, I'll admit, and I like being a woman of action. Waiting and seeing is not my strong suit. So, while on the surface I'd like to think that I've got this acting and knowing Maxim down, this is actually a great reminder for me that I probably ought to act a little less and wait for more knowledge than I think I have.To me this Maxim ties in with discernment, a careful … [Read more...]

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Equinox Thoughts

Equinox is the time when light and dark is balanced. From here we tip discernibly into the Dark Season. While technically the Dark Season begins at Midsummer, when the nights begin to get longer, I don't really feel the longer nights until around this Equinox time. The same goes for the growing days. I don't feel their lengthening until spring Equinox.Once upon a time, the Equinox meant for me giving the house a deep clean and fasting. The fasting has fallen by the wayside since I've mostly … [Read more...]

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What I Do

Earlier in the week a friend on Facebook linked to a great blog post on a blog I'd never read before. The post is called The Keys to Success in Magic. It makes a great point, that most witches/magicians/sorcerers worth their salt don't do magic most of the time. I'd say that's true!Midway through the post the author has a 'flow chart' of his practice. If I had to make a chart, this would be pretty close.If we're not making magic, what do we do?I can't speak for most other people, but clearly … [Read more...]

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