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...]

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...]

A Budding Theologian

Last night I was chanting Om Namah Shivaya. My son, who will be 5 at the end of the month, was listening."Mama, do some chants for Kali," he said."I'm chanting to Shiva right now," I answered. "We can do some chants for Kali tomorrow."With such conviction he said to me, "Shiva and Kali are the same, Mama. Shiva is just a nickname for her."***There's something to think about. … [Read more...]

Observing the week with Shiva and Kali

I've been writing a lot more frequently about Traditional Witchcraft stuff, but what's been happening with my Hindu practices, you might be wondering? I haven't forgotten or forsaken it. I've returned to a practice that I gained much from during my Hindu quarter at the start of this blog: I devote one day a week each to Shiva and Kali.Mondays are traditionally devoted to Shiva. Tuesdays are Kali's day. On these days I refrain from eating beef. While many Hindus are vegetarian, not all … [Read more...]

Shiva

Om namah Shivaya!This is perhaps the best known Hindu chant in the Western world, along side Hare Krishna. Shiva is one of the best known gods, both within and without the Hindu tradition. I first gained familiarity with him through practicing yoga. I must confess that as I write this post on Shiva I fear that I have very little to say. He and I are just getting to know each other. Or, more precisely, since He is the Absolute Ground of Being and is therefore I, my Self, my True Self, that He … [Read more...]


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