PAGAN CHRISTMAS The Plants Spirits and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling
An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas
• Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas
• Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart of the Christmas celebration
The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance. It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual.
Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling show how the ancient meaning of the botanical elements of Christmas provides a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity. The fir tree was originally revered as the sacred World Tree in northern Europe. When the church was unable to drive the tree cult out of people's consciousness, it incorporated the fir tree by dedicating it to the Christ child. Father Christmas in his red-and-white suit, who flies through the sky in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, has his mythological roots in the shamanic reindeer-herding tribes of arctic Europe and Siberia. These northern shamans used the hallucinogenic fly agaric mushroom, which is red and white, to make their soul flights to the other world. Apples, which figure heavily in Christmas baking, are symbols of the sun god Apollo, so they find a natural place at winter solstice celebrations of the return of the sun. In fact, the authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on green plants and the promise of the return of life in the dead of winter is just an adaptation of the pagan winter solstice celebration.
PAGAN EVERY DAY Finding the Extraordinary in Our Ordinary Lives Ardinger, Barbara
Barbara Ardinger teaches us that a contemporary spiritual experience can show up in some of the most unexpected places- such as The Muppet Show and Dirty Dancing. Clearly Pagan Every Day is not your ordinary goddess-a-day or spell recipe book! Rather than writing about the usual sabbat rituals and offering the standard goddess-speak, Ardinger offers 366 (365 plus one to grow on) literate and witty entries on various topics that provoke readers with new ideas and new ways of exploring paganism as a spiritual practice.
Included are the holy days of other cultures, pagan elements in literature, lessons from history, famous pagans, and popular culture and paganism. Ardinger teaches us to look for undercurrents of esoterica not only in witch movies or fantasy -television, but in the mainstream culture. Take February 2- reflect on the movie Groundhog Day and how it symbolizes karma and reincarnation. Intertwined are some more traditional pagan beliefs, with a contemporary twist. On August 17, Ardinger retells the familiar story of Odin and his search for runes and transforms it into a shamanic journey for each of us to find our own runes.
Jane Goodall, Judy Chicago, John Donne, Miss Piggy, Harry Potter, the Ghosts of all those Christmases, Mary Magdalene, not to mention Saturn, Diana, Sonnenwenda, Adonis, Aphrodite- they all have their places in Pagan Every Day.
Pagan Every Day offers good reminders that every day offers something ordinary and luminous at the same time.
The images of the Lenormand are recreated to reflect pagan symbols, values and beliefs while retaining the clarity of the original oracle. Each card maintains its ability to predict mundane events while also being open to broader metaphysical possibilities. This deck, like pagans themselves, walks between two worlds, one where we live our everyday lives and one that is much older and more magical.
Paganism is a complex and fascinating spiritual path. This kit is perfect for beginners, providing everything needed to start exploring and practising. In this practical kit, you'll find the Pagan Tarot, an altar cloth, candles, incense, crystals, and a book that explains how to use it all. It really is a balanced combination of theory and practice.
The book introduces Pagan celebrations and magic. As you learn the theory, you can use the candles, incense, crystals and altar cloth to cast spells and perform rituals. You will, also, learn how to use the included Tarot deck for divination. The incense and crystals will, also, help improve divinatory ability.
a Pagan Tarot deck a set of crystals a set of ritual candles incense and incense holder a velvet Tarot cloth a powerful Book for magic, rituals and spells
PAGAN MYSTERIES OF HALLOWEEN Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year Jean Markale
One of humanity's most enduring myths is that the dead, on certain nights of the year, can leave the Other World and move freely about the land of the living. Every year on October 31, when the children of the world parade through the streets dressed as monsters, skeletons, and witches, they reenact a sacred ceremony whose roots extend to the dawn of time. By receiving gifts of sweets from strangers, the children establish, on a symbolic plane that exceeds their understanding, a fraternal exchange between the visible world and the invisible world. Author Jean Markale meticulously examines the rituals and ceremonies of ancient festivities on this holiday and shows how they still shape the customs of today's celebration. During the night of Samhain, the Celtic precursor of today's holiday, the borders between life and death were no longer regarded as insurmountable barriers. Two-way traffic was temporarily permitted between this world and the Other World, and the wealth and wisdom of the sidhe, or fairy folk, were available to the intrepid individuals who dared to enter their realm. Markale enriches our understanding of how the transition from the light to the dark half of the year was a moment in which time stopped and allowed the participants in the week-long festival to attain a level of consciousness not possible in everyday life, an experience we honor in our modern celebrations of Halloween.
PAGAN PRAYER BEADS How to Make and Use Pagan Rosaries Greer, Micheal Greer and Vaughn, Clare
Religions from around the world--Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam, and many more, including the Pagan earth religions--use prayer beads as useful guides to remembering prayers and principles. Pagan Prayer Beads by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn is a unique and practical introduction to the design, creation, and use of Pagan rosaries, teaching the reader to design and make personal prayer beads for use in myriad spiritual practices.
Co-written by a beading expert, Clare Vaughn, and one of the leading lights in modern Paganism, John Michael Greer, this book will garner an eager audience--from beginners to elders--looking for new inspiration in their personal spiritual practice. Beautifully written, instructive, and straightforward, Pagan Prayer Beads is user-friendly and easy to understand. Lovely black-and-white photographs accompany the text to further illustrate the art and craft of Pagan prayer beads. The how-to sections were "tested" by novices to both crafting and "the craft," who found the directions clear and easy to follow. Throughout the book, Greer and Vaughn have included fascinating history and lore as well as crystal properties, Pagan symbology, and deeply meaningful prayers and rituals to use with the rosaries.
* 30 lovely black-and-white photos accompany the beading instructions.
From the author of A Book of Pagan Prayer comes a new companion book, a pagan devotional for all occasions. A PAGAN RITUAL PRAYER BOOK allows readers to choose from over 700 prayers to find the perfect petition or invocation for many sacred life events. For Pagans of any tradition, the book includes an extensive section on the requisites of ritual and how to use ritual and prayer to create lasting change in your life and in the world.
A PAGAN RITUAL PRAYER BOOK is organised thematically, making it convenient to use if one is seeking prayers for specific occasions, seasons, times of day, meals or milestones. From the Autumn Equinox and the Full Moon, to birth and death and the high holidays of the pagan Wheel of the Year such as Beltane and Samhain, A PAGAN RITUAL PRAYER BOOK gives readers the tools to invoke, embrace and honour the major events that make up our lives.
Gina Pace Illustrated by Luca Raimondo and Christiano Spadoni
This tarot is available as a set with a book. The use of the PAGAN TAROT reflects the life of the modern witch and pagan priestess. She is balanced between spiritual and material needs and these cards enable her to integrate harmoniously all of these elements in order to grow. An essential item for any Wicca practitioner.
Illustrated with scenes from the daily life of a modern pagan or Wicca. Neo-paganism and Wicca are spiritual forces and their influence is on the rise all over the world, as they are based on an intimate understanding of the need to balance the material world and spiritual harmony.
Illustrated with scenes from the daily life of a modern Pagan or Wicca. These spiritual forces are on the rise all over the world as they are based on an understanding of the need to balance the material world with the spiritual world.
PAGANS AND THE LAW Understand Your Rights Dana Ellers
“I got fired because I am Pagan!” “They are threatening to take my kids away from me because I am Pagan!” “My husband is using my spirituality against me in our divorce!”
Unfortunately, these statements are all-too-common scenarios in the Pagan community. People find themselves in legal situations that they know little about and over which they become justifiably frightened.
Dana D. Eilers offers you information that you can use to understand the law for yourself and educate your legal counsel about the issues at hand. A 1981 cum laude graduate of New England School of Law with a history of private civil practice for 17 years, Dana has written an informative and educational resource to help Pagans understand the law and how it works.
PALMISTRY HAND IN HAND A Unique Blend of Western and Vedic Traditions Beleta Greenaway
Palmistry can tell you whether you will find love, come into money and have a great career and glowing health – or not! It can show whether you stay in the same house for years or move around the world like a gypsy.
Vedic palmistry fills in the gaps by adding a spiritual element and revealing your Karmic pathway. However, nothing is set in stone and the lines on your hand change with every positive move that you make.
· The combination of Western and Vedic methods makes this book unique · The blending of these techniques creates readings of compelling accuracy · The illustrations and clear information makes it easy for anyone to learn and understand this ancient craft
PATHWORKING A Qabala Guide to Empowerment and Initiation Ted Andrews
This is a magickal time to be living. Mysticism and spirituality are melding with psychology, physics, biology and other sciences. It is a time when mythic teachings are being brought to life for everyone within new scenarios. Rediscover the power and awe of the Divine within the world today. Awaken to your spiritual path.
· Create your magickal body. · Open to the inner temples of the soul. · Create astral doorways through the Qabala. · Discover the magickal technique of pathworking. · Use the Tree of Life for divination and spiritual initiation. · Explore the archetypal forces of the universe as they play out in your life. · Uncover the most ancient map through the labyrinth of life. · Manifest answers, magick and miracles within your life.