I Summon Thee, Leviathan, Your Cleansing Tides.


Heh-heh-heh-heh. Just a wonder how many folks have that eerie feeling, when one speaks of, or even summons the presence of Leviathan? Well, read on if you are genuinely curious. Else, be further away if this bothers you endlessly.

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Leviathan is one who holds many mysteries, bespeaks of the fears of the many, and is the keeper of the mysteries of the Ancient Seas. It is Leviathan (Heb:  Livyatan – “Crooked Serpent”) of whom many are taught (indoctrinated) to revile and hate. The Biblical personality ascribed to Leviathan is one of revulsion, hatred, sloth, and a multitude of other “sinful” natures in man. Leviathan was considered as part of the trio of great beasts created by God, for the purpose of the “end of times” – to eventually be killed and then handed to the tribes of Israel as a great feast. The other two: Ziz, and Behemoth. Ziz – of the Air, Behemoth – of the Earth, and Leviathan – of the Seas (Water).

For some of us in the other faiths (outside of  “another man’s religions”), especially those of us who are not opposed to working with dark energies and equally dark deities and spirits, Leviathan represents a force and power that can be hard to match when called upon to remove barriers, “wash away” those obstacles and useless remnants of outdated, out-moded ideas that have served their purposes. Leviathan is champion when it comes to clearing away many things that impede our personal growth.

However,

Leviathan’s power and strength IS to be respected. This is an ancient deity from times most ancient. The raw power of Nature as seen in the seas and oceans, is an awesome power – not a toy!

I have done a few rituals with the presence of Leviathan, and a few in honor thereof.  Some during a Dark Moon ritual, and some during a Full Moon ritual. By using the tides, coinciding with the Lunar phases, one can achieve some very amazing results and effects. I can think of very few better deities for such workings than Leviathan.

Unfortunately,

There seems to be very little in the mythologic texts on Leviathan as to whether we are talking of a “He-God” or “She-Goddess”. Though, some earlier Kabbalistic texts made mention of there once being TWO such similar creatures, with one of them being killed so as to keep them from procreating. There was no mention of which one was killed by God, and what its sex (or “gender”) was. So, one of my first Dark Moon Rituals (the one where I called upon Leviathan as the “star” deity), was done with a Priest AND a Priestess calling both aspects of Leviathan (sometimes referred to as “polarity-calling”). Talk about an awesome presence and a massive feeling of the presence of such power! – Therefore, NOT for the faint of heart.

The best way (and timing) to call upon Leviathan depends on what you specifically want to accomplish. Again, by utilizing the phases of the Moon (waning for drawing away or weakening, and waxing for beginning and/or strengthening), one can set up a suitable ritual to request an audience with Leviathan for the purposes of conducting the working.

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  1. A good Dark Blue cotton cloth for the altar is ideal.
  2. If you were going to call upon both the polarities of Leviathan (unless you somehow have been given exactly which gender Leviathan happens to be [Lucky-you!]), I suggest two different shades of blue for your candles (if you are burning two for the starters) – 1) Dark Blue, 2) Light Blue (or even an Aqua-color works).
  3. “Sea Foam” Incense (or something very sea-like as for aroma).
  4. A “Teth” symbol (the Aramaic/Hebraic character “Teth” – because it aligns with the “Serpent” and even looks like a serpent) – you could even carve it in a small piece of wood.
  5. For my stone for Water workings, I like to use Aquamarine, but Amethyst works equally well. Sometimes Amethyst may be best for Dark Moon calling and if you are looking to do some deep, inner-spiritual work.
  6. Of course, the water bowl with a little Sea Salt in it. (If you actually have some Dead Sea Salt handy, great! – Dead Sea Salt was used for centuries for cleansing and consecrating sacred spaces and tools.)
  7. A “Laguz” Rune would also be handy for the altar setting. If you were doing something of a stop or reduce spell, I would also suggest an “Isa” Rune.
  8. If you happen to have some real Seaweed available, this would be good for putting in the center of the altar.
  9. I sometimes also like to sprinkle some dried Elder flowers, lightly on the altar and on the ground around it (usually for outdoors workings though).

Setting up the Altar should be very simple for the more experienced practitioners.

Here, the Dark Blue Altar cloth is effect and appearance. Placing “Teth” in the center is where I would start. It has the spiritual-correspondence to the “Serpent” in which Leviathan can be envisioned as a massive Sea Serpent if you are looking for a good visual. You could also place your chosen stone next to “Teth” in the center of the Altar along with the “Laguz” and/or “Isa” Rune(s).

I sprinkle the dried Elder flowers on to the Altar and around it in a “Widdershins” fashion while chanting my wishes and intentions that this working is being set up for. I do this respectfully and with self-confidence towards those whom I am intent on summoning.

If you have a fireproof bowl (preferably sitting on a good porcelein platen or a good piece of tile), this can be placed towards the center of the Altar just above where you placed the other items so far. This is where you offer the dried Sea Weed over a charcoal tab (provided you have proper ventilation, or better yet – are outdoors).

Then you would set up the four quarters directions with the appropriate tools (My usual: Incense for the East, Blue candle to the South, Water bowl to the West, and Bowl of Sea Salt to the North). If you have a few small Seashells, they can be placed around the Altar in some of the still-vacant spaces.

Being this is a powerful working for removals, banishments, reductions, and even endings,

This would be done best on the very night before the New Moon (aka: a “Dark Moon”).

Therefore,

After creating and dedicating the circle, I usually like to call the circle guardians in reverse (“Widdershins” circling) starting from the West (or from the North). Being that Leviathan is considered a Being of the Deepest Seas, I call him (or her) starting from the West so that my circle of callings “returns to the Sea” as a symbolic gestural meaning that all things eventually return to the Seas (the “Womb” of all life on Earth).

Now,

Whether you choose to call upon one aspect of Leviathan, and/or the other is up to whatever best suits you. In a group ritual, if you have a High-Priest AND a High-Priestess who will be working from the center, you may choose to call upon both aspects (the Masculine AND Femine) by the respective “ritual-leaders” (what we did as in “calling polarities”). In either case, be thoroughly prepared for a massive influx of power, as Leviathan seems to prefer to work from within the Beings doing the calling. (This is just from my experience. Yours may vary accordingly.)

In a group, each participant may be willing to “offer up” whatever specific negative or “dirty-laundry” up to the Altar. Each should be thankful before departing the Altar, and returning back to the edge of the circle. In a solo rite, there is just you and Leviathan (along with the quarters guardians).

I typically like to incorporate a good prepatory meditation, the ritual act(s), and then a few moments of quiet contemplation in meditation format before beginning the closure process. As always, thanking the deity AND the quarters guardians helps to bring a peaceful conclusion to the working, as well as a pronounced feeling of fulfillment at the end of the rite.

Because I would have called the quarters guardians in “Widdershins” direction, I bid them farewell in the exact opposite direction (like winding and then un-winding a spring) I summoned them.

I would very HIGHLY recommend a good five to ten minutes of Grounding-and-Centering Meditation after the conclusion of the actual ritual. (The “Cakes-and-Ale” may only partially return things to normal within the participants, until they have had a few minutes to work with.)

Other than that,

A pretty simple basis for a good ritual. The important thing here is, to have a good, clear intent on what you want to accomplish BEFORE you start firing things up in the ritual.

I wish you many blessings and hope this ritual will serve you well. It may also be apropos for this ritual to be done towards (just before) the Winter Solstice, so that you have a better chance of starting the New Year with something fresh. 😉

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of the Temple,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

 

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The Ides of March.


Made famous in the William Shakespeare play, “Julius Caesar”, the Ides of March became something of an interest of mine.

The “Ides” were originally in the center of every month, in the original Roman calendar. Usually, this was the 15th in the month of March. Other months where it fell on the 15th: May, July, and October. The rest of the calendar months, it was on the 13th day. The Ides were thought to be determined by the Full Moon. It was thought that the Roman calendar started the New Year at the Ides of March on the correspondent Full Moon, as the original calendar may have been tied to the Lunar Cycle rather than the Solar Calendar which came later.

Also used on the Roman calendar were the “Nones” which were used for the 5th or 7th days of the month, depending on the length of the month, and the “Kalends”, which were the 1st of the following months. The Roman months, days were not counted sequentially as we do today, they were referenced from these fixed points in the month.

It is interesting that if were to consider the importance of the Ides of March in Roman culture, even without reference to the assassination of Caesar, it was also a day of pomp and religious ceremonies.

( Link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March )

and –

( About (dot) com link: http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/caesar1/g/idesofmarch.htm )

The interesting thing about the play and story of “Julius Caesar”,

Was that after the assassination of Caesar, during the time of crisis in what WAS the Roman Republic, the ensuing battles. After these battles were over, Rome became more an empire, and less a free society. Not a very fitting celebration for the start of a new year!

There is also a Full Moon the following day (on the 16th of March, this year). This may be a great time to finally see the wonders of Spring coming into your life, and feeling the energies of Life and vitality stir within you. So this year’s “Ides of March” can definitely mean something special for those who wish to work with these lively energies!

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

Lunar Rituals, Not Just for The Goddess.


A subject I have thought about for a long time, since I last saw a few articles/essays on the subject from a few websites.

I also base this writing on some unflattering personal experiences I had with several different groups I was formerly a member. I also reach out to those who continue what should be “scrap-heaped” a “dogma” that really has no basis in actual, ancient history. Of course, I expect the usual flow of condemnation and condescension by those who are fearful and/or unwilling to take a different view of the matter. This has much to do with why I also decided, years ago, to leave behind most of the “New Age” groups and their idealistic but, questionable philosophies. So . . . “Let ‘er rip”, if you feel you must, but I stand by my words, and fully by my own experiences.

In order to more fully appreciate Nature, and the Powers vested within,

One simply must concede that all things in Nature, and beyond the limited understanding of mankind, that there must be two opposite sides to the entire spectrum of Creation. These polar opposites are what represent the extreme boundaries in which all things Created and/or imagined must exist. “To Everything that casts its Light, Shall also cast a Shadow in its wake.” – Dragon’s Eye

Even here on Earth, Night is just as important as Day, as they BOTH represent the necessary cycles-in-action (Dragonic: “Zhukaya”) that are required for Life to develop and grow. No one is more important than the other, as a lack of either means that Nature (again, here on Earth, anyway) is incomplete and Life would not be possible (to our understanding).

Life can not have meaning, or even know of itself, without the equal presence of Death. Nature recognizes that every Beginning, must have its End. Just as Creation will always, at some time uncertain, be followed inevitably by Destruction. They are BOTH important, and both serve the purpose of the Cycles-in-Action that Nature demands. “Life and Death, Walk Hand-in-Hand, as Brother and Sister. The one can not know itself, without the other.” – Dragon’s Eye

Our ancient Pagan (and Astro-Shamanic . . .) ancestors knew these truths intuitively, and probably instinctively.

They were aware of the forces of Nature, and of the balance between Life and Death as necessary outcomes in the whole of Creation. They also recognized the importance of respecting both as equals in the Natural Law. Many of the Pantheistic cultures even had various deities (of the Male God(s) and Female Goddess(es) type) vividly pictured in their ancient legends and lore. BOTH, in their representative sexes, were regarded as very powerful in their own particular ways, and both were to be respected and/or feared. They were often the depictions of the various powerful forces of Nature.

Some of the deities of old may have even been seen as capable of changing their “polarities” based on some hidden or unknown cause or event, or as the need arises. Most interesting of this case, would come from some of those particular deities who were thought to be equally powerful in either extreme. Some of these dual-natured deities were often thought of as “standing for balance” in Nature. Abraxis (or Abrasax) comes to mind in this example. Though we may refer to Abraxis as a “He”. Abraxis was actually known as a hermaphroditic deity (having some of characteristics of both the sexes), who could called upon for raising either energies. Abraxis depictions often show “him” holding a rod in one hand, and a circle (or hoop?) in the other. The rod may likely represent the Male Powers, and the Circle, the Female Powers. There again, leave it up to your own research, if you wish.

” The Sun belongs to the God, but the Moon belongs to the Goddess. “

This is what I saw stated, emphatically, on a website as if this were “law”, and no discussion about it needed, nor warranted. Now, everyone has the right to an opinion and a differing view of things, but when such opinionated, impassioned statements are geared towards shaming others into either “complying” with this one-sided view, or just “tuning out” altogether; We have a problem. At least I do, especially when such as stated could have been represented as the author’s own opinion, rather than to demean the differing views. Unfortunately, that website was not a blog, and no commentary would have been possible for bringing up discussion. (Some would rather have it that way anyway.)

Anyway,

To “debunk” this one-sided view, for the sake of scholarly discussion, all one has to research are the past cultures who developed into Pantheistic (worshiping plural deities) like the Egyptian Kemetics, some of the Northern Celtic and Celto-Germanic belief systems, the ancient Greeks (obviously), and the ancient Roman Pantheon. The answers should be rather obvious as to these cultures’ views on the importance of BOTH Gods and Goddesses, and their roles in their cultures. Just implying the basis that the Moon, for instance, relates only to the Goddess(es) and femininity in general (all because of the Moon’s “monthly cycles”), leaves out any discussion on how the Lunar Cycles may also affect men and other males of their kind. The Sun’s cyclic (seasonal) effects are also felt by BOTH males and females in the same vein.

So,

This thinking of the “New Age” movement, that places the feminine aspect as superior to the masculine aspect, makes about as much rational and reasonable sense, as the faults of the early Sun Cults’ and later, their Abrahamic derivatives’ thinking of the “all-powerful father” minus any aspect of the feminine deities! BOTH systems refused to acknowledge the equality in Nature of the feminine and the masculine energies; BOTH which are affected by the Lunar and Solar Cycles. Very interesting that the Egyptian Pantheon, for example, incorporated the various deities from the earlier city-states as Egypt became a nation. Some of the deities played dual roles, others shared in roles with their opposite-sex counterparts (much as Isis and Thoth could both be placed as Lunar deities). Sekhmet, though being referred to as a Goddess of war and as “brilliant as the Sun”, could also be thought of as a Dark Goddess in her own right. Isis is sometimes referred to in one or both of her different forms (the “Black Isis” being the Darkness-oriented form).

Even the Earth(Nature)-deities can be male or female.

I hear much talk about “Mother Earth” in many of these circles. This is valid, in my opinion, but not exclusive of the masculine elements and energies that are also to found. Many of the femino-centric circles pay homage to any and all Earth Goddesses they know of, and even liberally use feminine terminology and “isms” to describe the various aspects of Nature, but they often leave out (rather conveniently) the various male Gods, and even the hermaphroditic Gods(?) in their discussions. So I guess Green Man, Cernunnos, Sylvan, the Oak and Holly Kings, and others must escape their attention? Or is it maybe they contrast too much with the “official new age” narratives of Nature Spirituality and Worship? This is a common sticking point with the doctrines expressed within many of these circles. This is fine as a belief standpoint, but that does not necessarily translate into “the WAY it IS” for all Nature Spirituality belief systems.

Again, I must stress that Nature always seeks a balance of energies;

Even of those of “Order”, and of those of “Chaos”. It matters not the sex (or incorrectly: “gender”) of the deities associated with certain Natural forces. It matters more that we recognize there is a necessary balance point in Nature; A balance between the extreme opposite polarities. Anything that exists, simply must exist within the balance of these opposites. Anything that exists, “feels” the exertion placed upon it by these opposite polarities, to whatever proportion.

I was also interested in a specific writing that was describing a specific practice to the that author’s “tradition”:  IE – The teacher and the student were always to be of the opposite sexes. It seemed that in this particular tradition, it was important to stress the importance of both sexes and gender-roles through their teachings. It was felt that a student could learn more effectively and show more interest in the Craft he/she was learning, if the teacher was of the opposite sex. (How this was conducted remains a mystery to me, but imaginations can and do wander.)

In closing:

I would like to take the opportunity to state where I stand on this subject. I view all roles as equally important, each fitted for their specific purposes. The Laws of Nature work with BOTH ends of the “spectrum” of the Cosmos. Where one starts, the other has ended, and vice-versa. If one is to work on only a God OR Goddess -oriented practice, that be his/her personal choice, but that does not mean it is the only correct way for someone else too! Men can share in the benefits of working with the Lunar and Solar Cycles and Energies as well as women can. It can be very surprising what men can accomplish in the act of self-transformation when they do.

Lastly,

On R-E-S-P-E-C-T: (“Eat your heart out Mr. Prez., I CAN spell! “)

This is the magical word that so many new-agers seems to only use part of the time, and only then – with certain conditions (like: If it is politically correct to do so). “Respect” should be considered always, as it is earned; NOT to be demanded. It is also a “two-way street”, just as Nature is a duality. If we could all take the time to respect that which is in front of us, because it is the Natural Thing to do, we could collectively accomplish so much more (like, Peace in the World, for instance???) These heavily-opinionated, one-sided ideas make it very difficult to maintain some level of respect for those who choose to not respect others’ differing beliefs. This is so sad! If one claims to be a “high-priest” or “high-priestess” of whichever coven, circle, hearth, grotto, etc. – then my expectations of you, as being a superior example, are going to be very high. So, please lead by example, and show us your brilliant wisdom.

– Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
Temple of The Ancient Dragons

The Rise of the “Blood Moon”. – The REAL Story.


It’s that time of year, folks! That wonderfully-mysterious, and to some – fearful, time of year!

A time of the growing cold, shorter daylight, and a time of spooky mysteries and sordid mirth. It is a time of reflection and introspection about the passing year. It is a time one is reminded of the cycles of the year, from Life to Death. It is the time of the final harvests and letting fallow, the once productive land, for its long Winter slumber. It is in these next few months, that Nature tucks into bed, the Earth’s creatures for their quiet solace, and Winter peacefulness.

It is also that time of year that irrational fears and fear-mongering begin to pick up steam and prominence, in our supposedly “civilized” societies.

I see this every single year, from many different places on the web, and in day-to-day conversations – where the “boogeyman” of Halloween and occult mysticism raises the fearful specter of malevolence in the hearts and minds of many. The churches of the White Light, and of the “saved” canvassing the neighborhoods and warning of impending evils and malevolence all because it is Halloween. The constant chants of “The Blood Moon” having ominous overtones to the predominantly-Christian and/or Catholic societies. It is also that time of year, where needless and baseless fears of “The Old Ways” are preached against and pushed to the edges of insanity and the apocalyptic mindset. Even many of the “truth-seeker” websites and blogs chime in on their disdain and fear of “the occult”.

Interesting that, even though there is a constant chorus of supposed ritual child-sacrifices and other such hegemonious and odious acts being perpetrated across the land, there is very little actual proof that this is indeed as widespread as it is conflated. It has been investigated and even data compiled to reflect that these concerning kinds of acts are actually not anywhere as widespread in the general community, as the churches and their clergies have made them out to be. This is not to deny that any sort of thing may indeed be going on, it is just not as prevalent in our societies as it is made out to be. This even has the backing of years’ worth of federal investigative inquiry, by the FBI and other federal agencies who accumulate such crime statistics. Yet, the annual “fear-fest” continues onward, unabated, from the pulpits across America and most of the Western World.

My perspectives on Halloween, and its meanings.

Since my beginning of the adventures into the Pagan mindset, and my attempt at getting back to the roots of my ancestors’ core beliefs and practices, I have learned a great deal about the “other side of the story”, in concerns with these various changes of the seasons, and their often underappreciated and misunderstood celebrations surrounding them. I was even asked by a couple of friends the other day, about a few things on “Halloween” and if the Druids performed sacrificial rites of blood-sacrifices and even sacrificed children in these rites. I was more than happy to tell them that most of what they were told about these celebrations, seasonal rites, and such – were bogus and very misinformed – all thanks to the “church” and its habit of turning people into fearful wrecks about these things they do not understand.

So, when I saw the beautiful Moon out this evening, I noticed that it was merely a day away from reaching the height of its Lunar Cycle ( the “Full Moon” ) and remembered that this particular moon is often referred to as the “Blood Moon”. Now, much of the hyper Christian, Catholic, Jewish, and even Islamic faiths are usually fed the whole round of fear and loathing for this time of year, and what it supposedly represents. So, please let me help set the record straight, for those who are willing to open their minds and hearts – and actually LEARN SOMETHING different.

How is it that Halloween is associated with Death?

Halloween is a very interesting and also very sacred time of year to some. To some, it is very much like a “Memorial Day” in which folks are to honor and pay their respects to their departed ancestors and loved ones. Whether we refer to it as Halloween, All-Hallows-Eve, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos ( “Day of the Dead” ), or whatever similarities to them, it is that point in the Sun’s cycle that places it centered in between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. This is the point where the Sun’s appearance in the skies is still decreasing in amount (IE: the ever-shortening daylight) and the nights steadily grow longer. To some, it represents the end of their calendar year. To some others, it may still represent the final harvests of the season (in the Northern Hemisphere – especially towards the High-North, there are usually frosty conditions that preclude any further growth in plant life).

Halloween is representative of Death in the basis that all the plants, insects, etc. around you are towards the end of their cycles (or lives, in some cases). One sees the leaves fall from the trees. After all, those leaves are no longer needed by the trees, as they are beginning their Winter slumber. So, the leaves die off and are shed. Once they become part of the Earth, they become recycled back into the soils so that next years’ growth can come in and be fed by the then-decaying leaves. Nature is very fastidious about recycling and reusing those discontinued parts and pieces that have died off. It is a classic example of the Death of something being necessary for something else to be born, reborn, or awaken, and be able to assume its new Life and liveliness – from the proverbial ashes of the departed old. Whereas Spring, on the very opposite side of the year is about rebirth and renewal, the Fall is about Death and decay so that the Spring “renewal” becomes possible.

Where the term, “Blood Moon”, actually came from.

The occurring Full Moon in this month is referred to as “The Blood Moon”, NOT because of any ill-conceived and horrible ritual slayings of children and other people as the “churches” of today insist, but because it is that time of year that many agrarian households began thinning their herds and flocks. With the coming long Winter months, and the fact that many of their animals (like sheep, cows, goats, and other animals that fed as well as clothed them), were brought into their barns (the Northern nights did get very cold in those areas), this also meant a limited amount of space for feed. If one had only enough feed to guarantee for about ten animals of a sort, then the extra populations (from the Spring breeding and such) would create a questionable burden on whether the stored feed would be able to feed all of their animals over the Winter. So, the stronger, more able animals were usually spared (for next years’ breeding, etc.) and the excess numbers were culled. Usually this meant that those animals that were to be slaughtered, would also provide for meats on the table, and hides and such for clothing, beds, and whatever other usable parts could be fashioned, used, sold, or whatever. Hence, the term “Blood Moon” simply meant, “That time of year, where we would select which animals were going to be kept alive for next year, as opposed to those that were going to be slaughtered and used to feed the family during the Winter.”

From what one gentleman once told me about the final harvests, usually, once the harvests were done, anything left behind was left to Nature’s “other children”, so that they could feed themselves on what we left. This was taken to mean, “Give some back to the Earth that first gave to you.” Some cultures even went as far as to plow the fields one last time, so as to till the reminder of the stubble, etc. back into the soils. This would help the soils break down the leftovers a bit quicker, and allow the Winter frost-actions to help out in the breakdown process. So generally, if you have an herb garden, or any kind of garden, it may be a great time to take what is left of your “compostables”, and till them under the soil, so that your garden gets a good chance to convert those organic leftovers into food for the coming Spring.

This Pagan form of a “Memorial Day”.

Earlier in this post, I mentioned that Halloween was often associated with Death, and also a time when some ancient cultures commemorated and honored their dead. Because many of the early Pagans understood that Death was as much a part of existence as was Life, they also understood that Death was always at hand because of Life. They understood that Nature was not only about Life and living, it was also about death and dying. They understood the cycles that all living things, including man, must go through as a natural progression. So they were less likely to have the abhorrent and paralyzing fear of death, that today’s “churchified” societies do. They saw no sense in spending an entire life fearing what is an imminent eventuality; Death.

Being that this was a time of year that reminded them of the cycles of Nature, and that this time of year was the end of the cycles for most of Nature’s creatures, this also reminded them of their own mortality, and what they have experienced and done with their lives so far. It was also a time to reflect on the many lessons that their departed elders and ancestors taught them, when they were growing up. It was a time to pay tribute to those ancestors who taught them, “The Ways of Life”, and helped them to begin understanding the world around them. Many of the ancient cultures revered their departed ancestors with very solemn services, rites, ceremonies, etc. while others may have celebrated life on behalf of what they learned from their departed elders. So, there are many different ways that this time of year was celebrated and revered, just as there are as many different traditions, cultures, and customs in existence.

One very common practice that seems to have been embraced by many of the neo-pagan and wiccan groups, is the “dumb-supper” rite. This is basically a rite celebrated usually at home or in the home of others, if not at some formalized location that provides the necessary space to conduct a fully-performed ritual or ceremony. Once the main parts of the ritual or ceremony is done (but the ritual or ceremony, itself, may actually not yet be concluded), the group sits down together at a feast where at least one placement at the table is left vacant, but with a plate and glass or cup served anyway. This was to symbolize the “missing” or departed. It was also in honor of the departed in that they were still thought of at that evening’s meal. Some attendees may have even given a little portion from their plates to the “dumb-supper” placement, before seating themselves down to eat. This was regarded as “offering some of their first-fruits”, in honors to the departed. Once the supper was concluded, the final remaining supper at the table was usually blessed, on behalf of the departed, and buried somewhere, ceremoniously or perhaps given to the wilds (not always recommended, though) and in deepest respects.

The perfect time for Divination and “Fortune-Telling”.

Well. It is a proven fact, that Halloween seems to be one of the most favored times of year for doing such things as fortune-telling, readings, Ouija Boards, Tarot, crystal ball gazing, and of course, Seances! I have personally been hired, a time or two, do some of my Rune Readings for folks at private Halloween parties (one in which landed me a hefty parking ticket! Grrrrr!) The belief behind this “psychically-prone” time of year was that, “the veil between the worlds was at its thinnest”. The thought behind this is that it would be easiest to communicate with the Spirits of the departed and other spirits that inhabited the “other world(s)” during this time. This may be true to some, or may be just another “ism” to cash in on, by those who usually do their best business this time of year. However, it is well worth considering the fact that it is still a very fun time of year.

I noticed that Seances are VERY popular among enthusiasts, especially at this time of year. Perhaps one of the most mysterious and least understood arts in spirituality, it is still very popular to the point that many have built a fairly reliable business model in conducting Seances for groups, large and small. October has historically been the best time for some to experience a Seance session. A well-conducted session, with the right environment and the right “mindset”, can accomplish many very interesting experiences for all of those in attendance.

Some more interesting thoughts about Halloween.

This was also a thought with many of the ancient cultures who believed that evil spirits, as well as good spirits, would or could most easily manifest themselves around their homes and communities. This being perhaps one of the reasons for the masks and Jack-O-Lanterns catching on as a “tradition” or custom. There are many different explanations as to where “Trick-or-Treat” came from. One of the more common aspects explained by some, is that it had to do with dealing with and defending against the onslaught of the tricks and deeds of “evil or malevolent spirits”. It was believed that if one placed scary-looking totems outside their doors and around their homes, that these totems would provide for protection of the homes by scaring away the malevolent spirits. This is perhaps one of the sources of ideas for garden Gnomes and Gargoyles as not only decorative, but also useful “guardian statuary”.

Some cultures believed that to protect their otherwise defenseless children, they would dress their children in dark clothing (to supposedly hide them in the darkness of night), and have them wear scary-looking masks so that the malevolent spirits could not tell they where human children. Interesting that the child’s game of “Trick-or-Treat”, may have had something to do with the prankish nature of some of the children, by attempting scare their unwary neighbors. Such must have become a very enduring tradition, if not a very profitable one for the children, as they saw an easy mark to “extort” treats from their surprised neighborhoods. So, this may or may not be THE explanation of how it all started, but it is a fun thing to contemplate when exploring the historical roots of such a tradition. It is just such as huge shame, that one must be very careful when he/she lets the children engage in a very old pasttime, in this modern age – as there are countless examples of children getting very severely injured and even poisoned by those who are so malevolent in their treatment of the neighborhood children abound. What was once a very fun filled evening of activity for the young children, often gifted with some very special treats too, has turned into another nightmare of dangers when parents are not careful enough – in an increasingly hostile world.

Some more thoughts on Ritual Abuse activities and other not-so-kindly acts.

Though I sounded a bit dismissive of such, earlier in this post, I did NOT rule out that such kinds of activities did not happen at all. In fact, I know they DO happen in some circles and would like to give a few thoughts of mine on this.

First, the common problem I have, that is often the case with ignorance to the facts as well as missing the mark of commonsense, is that when such activities are found to have happened – It gets blamed on the “occult” in general. That, and the whole of the pagan community gets a black-eye when any mention of ritual abuse is found or known to be happening. This is just plain wrong and ignorant. Any genuine Pagan, who truly respects and reveres the Laws of Nature should already know that “ALL life is to be respected and revered”, including human life. ALL life has value in the Natural world, regardless what mankind (or those supposed “leaders” thereof) think and believe. This has been one of my biggest heartaches about today’s “revealed religions” and their “churches”: Their continued belief that Nature is corrupt, and mankind is born “broken” – only to be fixable by swearing absolute, unquestioning fealty to THEIR particular God(s).

Second, The problem of ritual abuse should see the blame placed squarely upon those who commit these horrendous acts and/or those who supported or otherwise condoned those acts! The rest of the pagan community, or any other spirituality-leaning group(s) did not commit these acts, nor do very many of them condone such acts – regardless if done in a ritual or ceremony or NOT. The ritual killing of an innocent life, purely for the act of killing it, is WRONG and a WASTE of a life that could have been suitable for more productive purposes. I would rather do my own workings with my animal companions alive, well, and similarly enjoying the experiences as I do. There are much more favorable energies to be had with them as magical partners in the living, than as dead as a log. My belief is, “that if you intend to kill an animal for something, better it be either for its own good (like if it is about to die a painful death, naturally) or if you intend to use it for food, clothing, tools, or whatever righteous use for its remains.” – If I kill an animal for a specific need or use, I will make damned sure that it is properly thanked and respected for the life it once led, and the gift of life that it “gives” me. – This was how the ancients also felt about Nature’s Sacred Gifts.

Third, I am very well aware that there ARE certain groups who DO INDEED engage in and practice these ritual abuses, all in the supposed name of “spirituality”. These kinds of groups usually have members who have a very warped and convoluted way of view the world, and the things living within it. These kinds of folks are usually the kind who have very little respect for any life that they do not physically control, YET – that is. Usually, these kinds of folks are also the type who feel they have the world that belongs to them, and only them. They are usually the type who control large estates and perhaps even control entire industries and societies. To them, these mysterious and horrid things they engage in, serve the purpose of maintaining an aura of fear among the populace, and keep the people fearful of venturing into any area they are not cordially invited to. (Sounds like much of the so-called “elites” in their manipulations of the public!)

Perhaps the biggest reason why the pagans and other new-age groups catch so much flack, not only from the “churches” and their clergies, but also from the political systems too. These kinds of activities are very effective in keeping the public’s fear alive and well. Of course, Fear is one of the most effective tools in a tyrant’s toolbox of tricks. Therefore, that leaves something of a responsibility of educating the masses, to the more decent and honorable pagan and new-age communities. It should be considered our part to inform and educate the public that we are not of “them” (the elit-ists), and “they” are not of us! A truly enlightened public has no need of fear of the unknown, because a truly enlightened public would conceivably know most of what has been effectively kept from them, all these years.

So, to the folks who spend their “special Summer break” at what is called Bohemian Grove: “YOU are not like the rest of us pagans! YOU are just a bunch of evil folks who dare to use OUR sacred arts for your sick pleasures! – SHAME on ALL OF YOU!!!

So, this Halloween, All-Hallows-Eve, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, or whatever name you have for this time of year – How about we all come together and reclaim the lost honors due these Holy Days – and teach our people the right things about them??? Maybe this is the way to demystify them, and remove all doubt and resulting fear of them. Let’s put the churches’ “Fear-Mongering Machines” and the corrupt elit-ists’ mindgames out of business, shall we???

We can all do it with Peace, Love, and Light in our Beings!

” Be Blessed, Always and Muchly! ”

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye
Founder, Temple of The Ancient Dragons