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The Use of Bells

Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 7/5/2015 to Occult Weekly
The Practicing Witch has quite the full closet of tools and materials, with skeletons ideally not included.  Some of these instruments, such as the Essential Oils and black-hilted knife, have great utility, while others hold more of a symbolic value.  Between all of these, the most misunderstood tool is the Bell.

Let alone its significance within the Wiccan Faith, the Bell has great significance in many different cultures and religions.  It is one of the oldest representational and functional apparatus known to human civilization, and even before any true society was formed!  In fact, there has been evidence of man using bells during the Copper Age - over 5,000 years ago!

The Five Elements

Posted by Monique Hargrove on 6/28/2015 to Occult Weekly
According to the Ancient Greeks, the universe is made of four elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – and the non-material world by Spirit (also called ether). Spellcasters call on these elements to help them with their Magick. The notion persists, not just in Spellcasting, but also as part of everyday culture in countries such as China and Japan, and it was central in the beliefs of Native Americans and the Celts.

Spirit, the most esoteric of the elements, is perceived as an energy that is the driving force behind creation. It is the element without which the others could not exist, but is not always itself considered an element.

Air is yellow and its direction is East. It is associated with communication, education, the intellect, wind and sound. Its zodiac signs are Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini. Air is exciting. It values anything new and untried, always keen to learn the new.

Shinto and Nature Worship

Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 6/21/2015 to Occult Weekly
If you reside in Japan, or have visited there, you might not need to read this newsletter. On the other hand, you might learn something new!

East vs. West

When we discuss the Craft, we are usually referring to ancient practices in Western Europe, as well as modern practices in the United States, Europe, and Oceania. So what about places like Japan? Christianity spread rapidly in Europe two thousand years ago, then to the Americas upon conquest in the 15th and 16th centuries, and today to parts of Africa. The Islamic Faith began in the 7th Century A.D. and rapidly spread to what is now called the Middle East, as well as parts of Spain and Northern Africa. But certain parts of the largest and most ancient civilizations have been untouched by these so-called Western Religions.

Fortune Telling Methods

Posted by Eugenie LaCroix on 6/14/2015 to Occult Weekly
Fortune telling is a method of telling the future of a person and this is generally carried out though supernatural or mystical means. Sometimes, people use the term divination to imply the prediction of future. Divination is actually an effort of the fortune teller to gain information or insight about a particular situation or question. The diviners make use of a certain ritual for this purpose. 

Generally, the fortune tellers predict the future of people in return for money and they make use of different kinds of methods for this purpose. In this article you will find some of the techniques of predicting the future.

Incubi & Succubi

Posted by Stephanie Crowe on 6/7/2015 to Occult Weekly
In the pharmaceutical epoch this day and age, if you have trouble sleeping, a trip to a medical professional can often solve the problem.  Depending upon the issue at hand, you might be diagnosed with Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Somnambulism, Cataplexy, Parasomnia, Sleep Paralysis, or one of the many other sleep-related disorders.  In most cases, the doctor is able to write down a complex word on a piece of paper, which enables you to get proper medication from the pharmacy to relieve yourself of this sleep burden.  However, this was not always the case.  Diagnoses for sleep-related problems throughout history have been religious in nature, often related to the supernatural.  I can certainly take the doctor’s word that this pill in my hand will generate the necessary chemicals to overcome the cerebral dysfunction causing this disorder.  Alternatively, I can choose to think that this pill protects me from all Incubi, the nefarious demons of the night.