On The Path Of Dragon-Shamanism, Part I

By: Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm

Originally from December 21st, 2012

 The Path of a Dragon-Shaman is a spiritual path that is not to be taken lightly. It is one of deep introspection and can often be unnerving and quite scary. It is a path that can know great joy or sorrow and pain. It is a path of finding the True Self that does not compromise from the Universal Truth, that is the Nature of the Divine and the Divine Nature.

 Many who follow much of the New Age thinking or proclaim themselves to be “Neo-Pagans” ( IE: The modern “Pagan Community” ) often miss the vital clues about the spiritual reality, and that traveling such a spiritual path demands that they honestly look into themselves. They fail to see themselves for who and what they really are. To many, such experiences are scary and the truth becomes a horrifying sight to them. Dragon-Spirituality often demands our attention and our integrity in facing those things about ourselves in a true light. It is not a path for the insincere at heart.

“Gnothi sauton.” (“ Know thyself. “)

 To give account of what it means to be Dragon, I would like to present a brief synopsis on some characteristics and aspects that define what is and is of the Dragon. First, a Dragon, as a spiritual being, knows itself from a deep, spiritual understanding. It knows that the base foundation of its great power begins with truly knowing its Self ( not from the egotistical perspective of “know itself”, which we would know of as narcissism ). It knows that its Spiritual Self is a creature of the Divine, and created in the total image of the Divine Creator. ( This encompasses the Mental, Emotional, the “Heart Spirit”, and the Ætheric planar bodies. ) The physical existence is not being considered right now because it has an ephemeral ( temporary ) nature ( a mortal existence – it will die ). Similarly, the Ego is mortal and knows that it will eventually die. The Dragon comes to know that it is not the Ego that defines the Being, but the spiritual with the emotional aspects that ultimately define the Being. This is what can be expressed as the “Universal Truth”.

“ Wisdom is Power, Knowledge is the tool of power. “

 So now, we come to the heart of what the Dragon Symbolism means, in its deepest sense: Knowledge as the tool, and Wisdom as the means to best apply those “tools” with forethought and insight. I view the Dragon as the synthesis of Divine Awareness, and the Consciousness that knows no bounds nor limits. If you were to say “God” as the figurehead or symbolism of the most expansive and limitless of possibilities, I would say THAT equally applies to the aspect of the Dragon. Whether or not the imagery matches what we have been given ( which is often made up and probably quite inaccurate anyway ) through our histories, mythologies, legends, and lore, matters not when it comes to the ultimate realization that the Dragon is the essence of all things. It is more than just an “energy” or idea or thought, it is ALL thoughts, ideas, and encompasses ALL things, material, ætheric, spiritual, mental, and more.

 To realize the Dragon-Consciousness, one must be ready to put away all prejudgments and preordained thinking about what Dragons and their mystique truly are. If one is already on a Shamanic Path, one is already on his way to self-realization and the opening of the Inner Eye(s) to ALL of the realities. This physical reality is only but one of the manifested realities to existence. It is often referred to as the “ordinary reality” or “mundane reality”. The other realities that one may encounter on his journey, are often referred to as “NON-ordinary realities”. They are the “extensions” of our Higher Selves, and the “parallel planes” of our state of Being. Once one comes to the realization of these other non-ordinary realities, he begins to truly grasp the depth, width, and limitlessness of the Creation(s) and existence, in general. This “expansion of consciousness” can be very startling and even very scary to the new traveler. This is one of the best reasons to have a guide before the neophytes sets out on a journey of the Mind.

“ The Dragon and the Serpent, are they the same? “

 The modality that is probably the least understood, is the Serpent, in all its glory. To many, the Dragon and the Serpent ( as in “The Great Serpent”, or even “Kundalini” from Buddhist and Hindu traditions ) are considered one and the same. This is very close to as accurate as one can get. However, The Serpent represents the “flow” of energies, and the “cycles” that are ever-moving, ever-flowing. The Serpent knows that energy, cycles, etc. must always be moving, and must always be flowing, just as moving water does more work and has great er effect than stagnant water. The Hermetic Teachings also state, from the Seven Hermetic Principles, that “everything is in motion. Nothing remains still.” In order for the Creation(s) to exist, its/their energies ( from the very make-up of their Being, etc. ) that must continue to move, vibrate, cycle, flow, etc., else, the Creation and all manifested things can not Be! Just as stagnating water begins to fester and spoil, so does energy if it is confined and not allowed to flow freely. Stagnating energies become the “disease” within Being. If one’s heart were to cease beating, then he would very quickly die. The same goes for the Serpentine Energies that manifest throughout the Creation and all existence. The Serpent knows this, because the Serpent is present in every form or fashion of the flowing energies, because it IS the flow of those energies!

 The “Dragon”, as an archetype, and an idea, is central to many of the ancient spiritual beliefs. The Serpent is also recognized be many of early man’s contemporaries even to this day by surviving belief-systems of today. Whereas, the Serpent has been recognized as the “flow” and the “cycles” in action, the Dragon would be considered the “presence”, or “state of I AM” – in other-words, the present moment. The Dragon-Consciousness is the total awareness of the “here and now” as expressed by its own state-of-Being. Its reality is primarily focused on the “here and now”, but not limited to it, but rather fully aware of the ideas of “past” and “future” are but reflections and reverberations of the now. At this level of conscious, there is no “past”, and there is no “future”, because they are the same as the “here and now” though expressed as reflections of it. It is in this state of Being that “time”, “space”, and “dimension” are meaningless and immaterial. They simply have no concept in this level of existence, just as the spacing between atoms and molecules is meaningless to most of us. A fish may have its own realizations, when it finally surfaces to see the world beyond what it knows, for it only knew beforehand, its own “familiar” existence in the water. The fish had no concept of what realities lay beyond its own level of existence. The Dragon sees things in all possibilities, and all reflections, because it is BEYOND the level of existence we, ourselves, were aware of. So, those first “footsteps” into one or more of the “non-ordinary realities” often become very frightening to the novice traveler. Such fears are common, and rational at first. The Dragon’s “vision” can be our helping hand in those times of need.

“ How is Dragon-Shamanism and traditional Shamanism any different? “

 “Traditional Shamanism” mainly works with the Earth’s energies and Earth Spirits. Much of it ( though not all traditions ) is very Geo-Centric, in that it deals more with the expression of Nature’s Powers here on Earth. The “Traditional” aspect is very hard to nail down because there are many differing traditions depending where in the world, and which culture you meet, when referring to a specific tradition. The Siberian Tuvan’s traditions in Shamanism may differ greatly from African or Australian Aboriginal traditions. The famed Voodoo and/or Hoodoo differ in some respects from Santeria, Stregheria, etc., but they are still forms and traditions of Shamanism. Most traditions of Witchcraft, both the old and the new forms, incorporate much of Shamanism, often from many different “traditions”, to define their own traditions. They are still incorporating Shamanism into their practices. Dragon-Shamanism is not so different here in that it also incorporates methods, rituals and rites, and other aspects from different traditions. This is not where I define any difference with other expressions and traditions of Shamanism.

 As previously mentioned, most commonly-associated traditions of Shamanism are very Geo-centric, or Earth-centered spirituality. They define their practices and traditions based on their work with Earth-Energies and their associated Spirit-Guides, Totems, etc. ( most of which we may recognize as “animal-spirits” ). Dragon-Shamanism, on the other hand, is not limited, by any means, to Earth-centric thinking and spirituality. It is very much all-inclusive, and centers its course of spirituality and thinking to the depths of the whole Cosmos, and everything within AND without. It is expressive of what some may call “Astro-Shamanism”. The story, “Pharmacratic Inquisition”, is a great place to begin one’s studies into the realm of Astro-Shamanism. I highly recommend it for all who are seriously interested in beginning a voyage of this likeness! Anyway, the Dragon figures very prominently into Astro-Shamanism because it is in the “Heavens” where we are first introduced to the Dragon as a super-archetype. In the very center of our twelve Zodiac signs, lies the “Crooked Serpent” ( as some fundamentalists disparage him as ) or as some may call it “Theli” ( from the Kabbalah ), Leviathan ( from Semitic legend and biblical texts ), and its official name: “Draco”. It is from these perspectives that we were introduced to the “Celestial Dragon”, or Serpent ( like the Norse: “Midgardsormr” ) which become a major part of much of our ancient spiritual beliefs and religions. So, our spiritual journey could start there as so many before us did.

“ The Dragon and the Serpent as the most recognized symbol to mankind. “

 Of all the great mythological creatures to ever appear in much of early man’s writings, stelae, and his mythologies, the Dragon has the most enduring and everlasting place in man’s day-to-day life and in his preoccupations. The Dragon is recognized across the world in virtually all cultures, in one form or another. The Dragon is easily one of the oldest archetypes and spiritually-significant symbol throughout human history. Some cultures pay the dearest respect and reverence to the Dragon(s) as the early Chinese, Japanese, and other Orient cultures did. Other cultures fear and even “hate” the Dragon as a harbinger of doom and destruction, which is most common with the Western cultures. Whether for good, or for ill, the Dragon is a solid, recognized feature of man’s cultural and spiritual ethic that dates far back to virtually unrecorded history. It is a lasting symbol and very recognizable to most parts of the world.

 The times of today are beginning to see a change in perspectives towards spirituality and life in general. Many of the dated stereotypes that were propagated by the establishment churches and their doctrines, are showing signs of wear and deterioration in their credibility. This is largely because they often do not answer, to the seekers’ satisfaction, the unanswered questions of life, or – their explanations, often handed off as “answers”, are limited in scope and understanding. Many of the present-day dogmas are beginning to lose their luster and nuances as people are craving more genuine answers from the personal, actual experiences of those questioned. A priesthood that for so long was vaunted to be the “pillars of societal values and morals” by “men of the cloth”, are starting to fissure and crumble in the wake of this awakening and “quest” of those who seek the greater truths. These “churches”, and the systems of governance they have built up, have relied so heavily on the followership not asking these types of questions and demanding real answers. Under such an inflexible administration, the systems built upon the people’s ignorance and unfailing devotion to dogma is beginning to feel the stresses of the changing times, and of the changing hearts and minds of the people. Such systems are destined to be relegated to the scrap heap of “past history”.

 One of the main reasons why today’s expression of “Paganism” has gained such an increasing following, is that they offer the promise of a “new way”. That is, a new way of thinking, a new way of believing, and a new way of seeing the world. This nuance of “forbidden knowledge” has a certain attractive quality that draws people from all walks of life away from the establish churches, and into their circles and covens. This expresses that there is a dire need for fresh answers, often lacking from the predominant doctrines, in today’s world.

“ The Dragon also represents change. “

 Many of the churches of today are decrying, now ever louder, the shrinking of their membership and attendance due to “Satanic” or “Luciferian” influences ( their claims, not mine ). The real question, then, is why is this? Why do these churches who have held sway over the Western cultures for many centuries, only now fear that their fate are sealed? Some believe the internet and its wide open forum for discussion and debate are largely to blame. Healthy debate and access to the most unbiased information as possible usually will spell the end of the grip of systems of control. Political control of the world’s peoples is also challenged by a free and open internet. This could be characterized as the “rising of the Dragon”, by means of the social changes taking place. This is fitting for a description of only one of the aspects of the Dragon, “Change”.

 When one begins his tour of the realm of Dragons, the deeper he goes, the more he must be willing to change, or bend to adapt with the changes. The ancient Dragon mythologies held that the Dragon was one could instigate changes, whether the slow and steady kind, or of the catastrophic kind, changes were often associated with a “Dragonic element” or power. Some of the early texts on Dragons give the impression that the Dragon represented “Chaos”; The uncontrolled or uncontrollable forces of Nature. This gave rise to many legends where the Dragon was either a participant in or the lead cause of storms, tidal waves and tsunamis, and probably droughts and sandstorms. The Egyptian Apophis ( or “Apep” ) was considered the reason for the darkening of the Sun and Moon, and was supposedly sent by Seth, the dark God of destruction, confusion, and chaos. The Babylonian Azhi Dahaka ( or “Azhi Dahaki” ) was considered the beast, sent by Ahriman, who makes the winters colder and the summers hotter and drier. The Ancient Greek monster, Typhon, was said to cause the storms at sea ( as to a possible reason how Typhoons get their names ). In the Americas ( namely the Southern Pacific Islands ), Huracan was viewed as a storm-causing creature ( probably Dragon-like ), possibly the reason we have called these storms “Hurricanes”. In each of these examples, it is illustrated that change can often be preceded by one or more destructive acts.

 The same way we, ourselves, may need to remove obstacles in our own lives, this may be necessitated by change. The Dragon, as a symbol, is very fitting as the symbol for changes, even if through what seems like a destructive act ( but not truly destructive in this sense ). There is the symbolism, also of the Serpent, of cycles in action. The cycles being that of: birth, growth, life, and then death – before a “rebirth” is possible. The Dragon and the Serpent were recognized as important symbols in the early cultures when considering their relationships to the powers of Nature. Nature is very creative, and equally destructive in its tendencies. This creation-destruction cycle is necessary as it follows the “cycles” in accordance to the Natural Laws.

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye

A Dance with The Ancient Serpent

While many of the “fundamentalists” preach fear and loathing of the “Serpent” to their masses of followers, they miss the very important knowledge about self-awareness and the state of Being: “We are all Creatures of Energy and the Energy of Spiritual Consciousness.” Our “root of power” is not to be found purely in the physical body, but within the Mind of Being.

The Root of one’s own Power is based on the idea that this power is beyond the physical, and beyond the temporal (time). So it can be understood that it is beyond “space and time”. The Serpent represents the beginnings and endings of all things ephemeral (temporary). Space and Time represent that which has been defined, that which is temporary. The Spiritual Power (or “Divine Power”) knows no such limits because it is beyond space and time. Therefore, it is beyond mere definition and form – i.e. – “limitless”.

The Serpent is a pathway, a flow, a course by which all things flow into cycle. The circle, the Moebius, the Ouroboros – signifying the eternal flowing of space and time, without beginning, without ending. That which has no beginning, has no ending – it always is, as it always was, it just IS.

Now, imagine TWO Serpents, both of opposite qualities, both of opposite strengths, both going in opposite directions. They represent the cause and the effect. One begets the other, one can not know itself without the other.

Now imagine those two serpents intertwined, the dance of the Cosmos, the dance of eternity. As night flows into day, so shall day flow into night. Now if those serpents, bound together, were to fashion a circle – heads and tails conjoined – where one flows in one direction, the other flows in the opposite direction – you would have the representation of the two opposite cycles that manifest the beginnings and endings of all things ephemeral. The eternal part is the cycle itself. The constant flow of energies are ever-flowing.

Now, imagine yourself in the center of this ever-flowing circle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. You can feel the flow that is moving to one direction, and then the energies that are flowing in the opposite direction. In this place, you could even feel the alternating tides, waxing and waning, this being the “rhythm” of the Universe, Its “heartbeat”, if you will. This is the Great Heartbeat that is also the sound of music. It is the beat of the energetic flow of all of the universal – and trans-universal – energies. The thoughts, dreams, desires, and emotions all originate and die here – to be resurfaced into the new beginnings that may become.

While you are feeling the rhythm of the flowing energies, of light, of darkness, of the plus, and the minus, what is one to feel within his/her own being? Is it also as your own beat? All things have rhythm, all things have vibration. Nothing remains still and motionless. The two serpents dance the beat of eternity, and so do we. As things in motion, forever, so goes the cycle of all things – from birth – to life – to death – to rebirth, all things are part of the “cycle”, which is forever. This is why there is no such things as “eternal Life” – or – “everlasting life”. Life and Death are as brother and sister, they dance the “dance” of eternity together. One can not know itself without the existence of the other. They BOTH must BE, or not at all.

It is more like when WE become more like the energies, we become the eternal, without the need of life, and without the need of death – for we become AS the cycle of eternity. We then escape the cycle of Birth and Death. We BECOME the cycle, Master of our destiny. When we dance with the Serpent, we dance the Cosmic Dance, eternal, without beginning, and without ending. We BECOME, as we were destined to BE!

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

 

Herbal Correspondences – Page 1

Herbal Correspondences

Compiled from various sources,

By: Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm

HERBS AND “PLANETS” :

Sun Almond, Angelica, Artichoke (Jerusalem), Ash, Bay Tree, Burnet, Butterbur, Chamomile, Celandine, Centaur, Cinnamon, Eyebright, Frankincense, Galanga, Heart Trefoil, High John the Conqueror, Juniper, Laurel, Life Everlasting, Lovage, Marigold, Mayweed, Mistletoe, Olibanum, Olive, Peony, Pimpernel, Rice, Rosemary, Rue, Saffron, Saint Joan’s Wort, Saint John’s Wort, Saxifrage, Storax, Sundew, Sunflower, Tormentil, Vine, and Walnut.
Moon Adder’s tongue, Anise Seed, Anise (Star), Ash (mountain), Cabbage, Camphor, Chickweed, Cary, Cleavers, Coolwort, Coriander, Cucumbers, Dog Rose, Dog Tooth Violet, Duckweed, Flag, Fleur-de-lis, Ginger, Holly (sea), Irish, Jasmine, Lettuce, Lily (Madonna), Lily (water), Moonwort, Orris Root, Poppy, Pumpkin, Purslane, Queen Elizabeth Root, Rose (white), Rose (wild), Rowan, Sesame Seeds, Star Anise, Stonecrop, Watercress, Water Lily, and Wintergreen.
Mercury Agaric, Azaleas, Balsam (white), Bayberry, Bittersweet, Buckwheat, Calamint, Caraway, Carrots, Cascara, Cassia, Cedar, Cedar Leaf, Celery, Cinquefoil, Coffee, Dill, Elecampane, Elfwort, Fennel, Fenugreek, Fern, Five Leaf Grass, Flax, Gentian, Goat’s Rue, Grape (mountain), Hare’s Foot, Hazel Nut, Henry (Good King), Honeysuckle, Honeywort, Horehound, Hounds-tongue, Jacob’s Ladder, Lady’s Slipper, Lavender, Lily of the Valley, Liquorice, Mace, Maidenhair Fern, Mandrake, Meadowsweet, Mulberry, Mushrooms, Myrtle, Parsley, Parsnips, Pellitory, Pomegranate, Sassafras, Savory, Sledge, Senna, Southernwood, Spurge, Tea, Valerian, and Woody Nightshade.
Venus Alder, Alkanet, Apple Blossom, Apricot, Balm of Gilead, Beans, Bedstraw, Bergamot, Birch, Bishops’ Weed, Blackberry, Bloodroot, Boneset, Bugle, Burdock, Catnip, Celery, Cherry Tree, Chick-pea, Clover, Cocoa, Coltsfoot, Columbines, Cornflower, Cowslip, Daffodil, Daisy, Dittany, Dropwort, Dwarf Elder, Elder, Feverfew, Figwort, Flea Bean, Foxglove, Gardenia, Geranium (rose), Goldenrod, Golden Seal, Gooseberry, Gosmore, Groundsel, Heather, Herb True-Love, Hibiscus, Hollyhock, Jewelweed, Kava-Kava, Ladies Mantle, Laurel (cherry), Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemon grass, Lentil, Mallow, Marshmallow, Mint, Motherwort, Orchid, Peach, Pear, Pennyroyal, Periwinkle, Plantain, Plum, Primrose, Ragweed, Ramp, Raspberry, Red Clover, Rose (red), Sage, Self-Heal, Silverweed, Soapwort, Sorrel (wood), Speedwell, Strawberry, Sycamore, Tansy, Teazel, Thyme, Verbena, Vervain, Violet, Wheat, and Yarrow.
Mars Acacias, All-Heal, Aloe, Anemone, Barberry, Basil, Bearberry, Beech, Benzoin, Blessed Thistle, Briony, Broom, Cashew, Cayenne, Chives, Coriander, Cubeb, Cumin, Curry, Daffodil, Dogwood, Double Rocket, Dragon’s Blood Reeds, Aviate, Fern (male), Faired, Flax, Garlic, Gentian, Germander, Goat’s Thorn, Ground Pine, Gum Mastic, Gum Thistle, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, Hops, Horseradish, Horse-tongue, Hyssop, Juniper, Ladies Seal, Leeks, Loosestrife, Lupine, Madder, Marjoram, Masterwort, Mastic Herb, Mustard, Nettles, Onion, Orchid Root, Paprika, Pepper, Pilewort, Pine, Plantain, Radish, Rhubarb,Rocket, Rue, Salep, Sarsaparilla, Snapdragon, Spikenard, Squill, Tarragon, Tobacco, Woodruff and Wormwood.
Jupiter Agrimony, Alexander, Alfalfa, Arrrowhead, Arrowroot, Asparagus, Avens, Balm, Betony, Bilberry, Bladderwrack, Borage, Cardamom, Chervil, Chestnut, Cicely, Cinquefoil, Corn (Indian), Costmary, Currant, Dandelion, Dock, Dog Grass, Eglantine, Endive, Fig, Five Leaf Grass, Goat’s Beard, Hare’s Ear, Hart’s Tongue, Henna, Houseleek, Hyssops, Lime, Liverwort, Lungwort, Magnolia, Maple, Milkweed, Mistletoe, Moneywort, Moss (sphagnum), Myrrh, Oak, Pleurisy Root, Quack Grass, Rose Hips, Sage, Sandalwood, Spinach, Sumac, Swamp Milkweed, Sweet Briar, and Thorn Apple.
Saturn Aconite, Amaranthus, Arnica, Barley, Beets, Belladonna, Bindweed (morning glory), Bistort, Bluebell, Box, Campion, Carob, Clematis, Comfrey, Cornflower, Cramp Bark, Cypress, Dodder, Dog Grass, Elm, Fern, Flea Wort, Fumitory, Gall Oak, Gladiole (water), Hawkweed, Heart’s Ease, Hellebore (black), Hemlock, Hemp, Holly, Horsetail, Irish Moss, Ivy, laurel, Moss, Mullein, Musk, Nightshade, Pansies, Paris Herb, Poke, Poplar, Poppy, Potato, Queen’s Delight, Quince, Shepherd’s Purse, Skullcap, Snakeweed, Solomon’s Seal, Virginia Creeper, Witch Hazel, Woad, Wolf’s Bane, and Yew.
Uranus Allspice, Arbutus, Chicory, Cinnamon, Clove, Coffee, Elecampagne, Elfwort, Galbanum, Ginseng, Kola Nut, Linseed Oil, Mandrake, Nutmeg, Pimpernel, Pomegranate, Spikenard, Unicorn Root, and Woody Nightshade.
Neptune Adam and Eve Root, Apricot, Balmony, Citrus, Hemp, Jewelweed, Kidneywort, Lemon, Lettuce (wild), Lobelia, Lotus, Marshwort, Mescal, Mugwort, Narcissus, Opium, Orange, Passion Flower, Peach, Pear, Plum, Poppy, Soapwort, Willow, and Wisteria.
Pluto Agaric, Ambergris, Artichoke (globe), Asafoetida, Bearberry, Box, Cohosh, Damiana, Dogwood, Dragon’s Blood, Eucalyptus, Foxglove, Gelsemium, Ground Pine, Hops, Kava-Kava, Mandrake, Musk, Oats, Orchid Root, Patchouli, Rye, Salep, Skunk Cabbage, Toadflax, Unicorn Root, Wheat, Wormwood, and Yucca.
   

 

HERBS OF THE ZODIAC :

Aries Betony (Wood), Blackberry, Blessed Thistle, Cowslip, Juniper, Loosestrife, Marjoram, and Mushrooms.
Taurus Apple Blossom, Cumin, Figwort, and Lovage.
Gemini Dragon’s Blood Reeds, Meadowsweet, and Wild Rose.
Cancer Adder’s Tongue, Alder (black), Agrimony, Balm, Betony (Water), Daisy, Duckweed, Honeysuckle, Hyssop, and Liverwort
Leo Agaric, Angelica, Bay Tree, Borage, Goat’s Rue, Oats, Peony, Rue, Rye, Saffron, Sage, Saint John’s Wort, and Wheat.
Virgo Lavender and Maidenhair Fern.
Libra Geranium (Rose), Horse-tongue, Verbena and Vervain.
Scorpio Bail, Bloodroot, and Dwarf Elder.
Sagittarius Alexander and Dandelion.
Capricorn Comfrey and Moss
Aquarius Anise (star), Curry, Spikenard, and Wisteria
Pisces Alder (common), Hemp, and Sphagnum Moss.

 

HERBAL ASSOCIATIONS OF THE GODS AND GODDESSES:

 The following list of deities is NOT complete by any means, just to give you a general overall view.

ADONIS – Anemone (wood) and Frankincense

APHRODITE – Apple, Benzoin, Parsley, and Rose

APOLLO – Anise, Bay, Fenugreek, Frankincense, Hyacinth, and Sunflower

ARTEMIS – Almond, Daisy, and Wormwood

ATALANTA – Angelica

ATHENA – Musk and Olive

BACCHUS – Ivy, Orchid, and Soma

BAEL – Frankincense

BAST – Catnip, Cattail

BELLONA – Nightshade

BLODEUWEDD – Broom, Meadowsweet, and Oak

CERES – Chaste Tree

CHIRON – Centaury

CIRCE – Mandrake, Mullein, and Nightshade

CONSUS – Dogwood and Sage

CYBELE – Myrrh

DELPHI – Bay

DEMETER – Myrrh, Pennyroyal, and Sunflower

DIANA – Dittany of Crete, Jasmine, Lemon, Mandrake, Mugwort, Verbena/Vervain, Willow, and Wormwood

DIONYSUS – Grapes, Ivy

EURPHROSYNE – Eyebright

FLORA – Cornflower, Jasmine, Rose, Rose Geranium

FREYA   Cowslip, Daisy, and Primrose

HECATE – Aconite, Almond, Garlic, Lavender, Myrrh, and Willow

HELENIUM – Elecampane

HERA – Irish and Willow

HERCULES – Poplar

HERMES – Lotus, Storax, Verbena/Vervain

HORUS – Horehound

HULDA – Flax

HYACINTHUS – Hyacinth

IO – Violet

ISIS – Irish, Lily-of-the-Nile, and Lotus

JUNO – Irish and Myrrh

JUPITER – Ambergris, Houseleek, and Oak

KARNAYNA – Chamomile

KRISHNA – Basil

LADY OF THE WOODS – Birch

LILITH – Tarragon

LOKI – Black Nightshade, Storax

MARS – Rue and Vervain

MEDEA – Aconite

MERCURY – Anise and Storax

MICHAEL – Angelica

MINERVA – Mulberry

MINITHA – Mints

MUT – Benzoin

ODIN – Mistletoe and Oak

OSIRIS – Dittany and Lotus

PAN – Blessed Thistle

PERSEPHONE – Dittany, Parsley, and Pomegranate

POSEIDON – Olive and Pine

RA – Frankincense

RHEA – Myrrh

SATURN – Lavender, Mandrake, Myrrh and Pomegranate

SEKHMET – Catnip

SHIVA – Musk

THOR – Birch, Daisy, and Houseleek

THOTH – Musk and Storax

TI’AMAT – Bachelors Buttons( Cornflower ), Black Hellebore, Jasmine, Magnolia

VENUS – Anemone, Benzoin, Marjoram, Parsley, Quince, and Sandalwood

VISHNU – Basil

WOTAN – Cedar

ZEUS – Almond, Ambergris, Daisy, Olive, Oak, Peppermint, and Violet.

Some more Herbal Correspondences will be published in upcoming pages. These are very good for mixed dried incense. Just simply burn the ground herbs in a censor or brazier over hot charcoals.

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

Seashell Correspondances

Seashell Correspondances

Compiled By: Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm, Aug 2009

From: “Asiya’s Shadows”

Seashell Type Use or Purpose in Magick
Abalone General use, containment of empowered herbs, stones, etc.
Clam shells Purification, love
Conches Love
Cone shells Protection
Cowries Prosperity, money
Left-handed Whelks Dramatic positive changes
Limpets Courage, confidence, physical strength
Moon shells Purification, peace
Olive shells Healing
Oysters Love, good fortune
Sand Dollars Wisdom
Scallops Travel, movement
Tooth shells Money

Full Moon Anointing Oils – Page 1

FULL MOON ANOINTING OILS:

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3 drops rose oil
1 drops jasmine oil
1 drops sandalwood oil
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4 drops gardenia
2 drops lotus
1 drop jasmine
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6 drops jasmine oil
3 drops rose oil
3 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops lemon oil

Add moonstone to bottle
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13 drops sandalwood oil
9 drops vanilla oil
3 drops jasmine oil
1 drop rose oil
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DARK MOON ANOINTING OILS:
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2 part myrrh oil
1 part cinnamon oil
1/4 part Queen of the Night Oil
1 part oil of rose
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7 drops jasmine oil
3 drops patchouli oil
2 drops chamomile oil
1 drop sandalwood oil
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GENERIC MOON OILS:
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(planetary)
1/2 oz. clear base oil
1/2 oz. camphorated oil
1/2 oz. palma christi oil
1/2 oz. wisteria oil
1/2 dram myrrh oil
1/2 dram lotus oil
color: lavender blue
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lily of the valley oil (main scent)
sandalwood oil (minor scent)
jasmine (minor scent)
camphor oil (trace)
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3 drops jasmine oil
2 drops sandalwood oil
1 drop lemon oil
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BASIC BLESSING OIL:
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5 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Camphor
1 drop Orange
1 drop Patchouli

Blended in a base of 1/2 oz. Almond Oil
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WINTER SOLSTICE OIL:
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4 drops Pine
2 drops Orange
2 drops Cedar
2 drops Juniper
2 or 3 small lumps of Frankincense, finely ground

In a base of 1/2 oz. Grapeseed Oil
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More on Ritual Oils later. 😉

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

The Psychic Pillow

RECIPE FOR A PSYCHIC “PILLOW”

( Used beneath a crystal ball, etc. )


  • 2 parts Sea Salt ( fine would probably work best ),
  • 2 parts Anise Seed ( whole ),
  • 3 parts Vervain ( dried ),
  • 1 part Yarrow ( dried ),
  • 1 part Oak Moss,
  • ½ part Frankincense ( powder will also work ),
  • ½ part Myrrh ( powder ).

The dried ingredients can be put into a 3” X 3” Purple cotton bag ( “pillow” ).

Once the “psychic pillow” is finished and sewn closed, it can be placed under a crystal ball or other scrying tool to help enhance its scrying effects.

It may be a good idea to prepare and assemble the items within a protected circle so as to prevent external energies and influences from affecting your desired results.

Now, for help with “sweet dreams” at night, one could use something like this psychic pillow recipe to make a pouch-sachet to put under your own pillow. You might want to add about a half ounce of dried Lavender to help make it more pleasing to the senses. I sometimes find that the gentle scent of Lavender helps me go to sleep a little quicker, and slip into that dream state a little easier.

Enjoy using your new psychic pillow! 😉

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

Magickal Colors Correspondences

Magickal Colors Correspondences

Compiled By: Athauliz ” Dragon’s Eye ” Firestorm, Aug 2009

Further Edited: Dec 2009

Color

Magickal Correspondence & Uses

Apricot

Gentle Strength, Joy,
2nd Chakra.

Aqua

Communication with Creatures of the Sea, Enhance the Flow of Healing Energies, Sea Rituals and Water Magick,
5th Chakra.

Beige / Tan

Earth energies, Earth-Spirituality, and other Earth Magicks, Summoning Animal Spirit-guides, and Shamanic Magicks

Black

Grounding, wisdom, learning, protection, safety, reversing, uncrossing, unhexing, repelling black magick, banishing negativity, releasing, shape-shifting, defense, scrying, pride, Binding, Attracts Saturn Energy,
1st Chakra.

Blue
( Medium )

Communication, will power, focus, forgiveness, good fortune, weight loss, fidelity, patience, domestic harmony, organization, removing bad vibrations, sincerity, astral projection, the Water element, primary spiritual color, Opening Blocked Communication, Wisdom, Protection, Spiritual Inspiration ( Inner Light ), Calm ( Peace ), Reassurance, Gently Moving, Creativity, Confers Truth and Guidance, Meditation, Tranquility,
5th Chakra.

Brown

House blessing, animal/pet magick, earth magick, material goods, stability, ( for some – the Earth element ), real estate, construction, food, Influence Friendship, Special Favors, Successful Harvests ( Abundance ), Enhance Balance, Eliminates Indecisiveness, Enhance Concentration, Enhances Telepathy, Enhances Study, Financial Success, Grounding, Animals, Find Lost Items or People,
1st Chakra.

Chartreuse

Confidence, Prosperity, Travel, Growth,
4th Chakra.

Cherry

Self-Love, Enhancing Relationships, Enhancing Love toward another
2nd Chakra.

Copper

Business success, passion, money, fertility, career growth, Professional Goals, Fertility in Business,
1st Chakra.

Coral

Physical and Spiritual Healing, Pleutonic Love, Compassion, Aids Recovery for those Grieving from a Personal Loss ( Like a loved one, etc. ), deep emotional healing, peace.

Crimson

“Blood Moon”, Deep Healing ( Spiritual and Physical ), Banishment of Negative Energies, Defense Against Another’s Magick ( especially High Magick ), Purging of Old Wounds, High Magick work,
1st Chakra.

Dark Gray

Invisibility, confuse adversaries, immediately stops hexes and curses, the “crone” aspect.

Dark Red

Dispelling lust, removal of hatred, grounding and centering, “Blood Moon” magick
1st Chakra.

Deep Red
( Carmine )

Hi-powered” healing, protection from all ailments, Fire rituals
1st Chakra.

Gold

Masculine divinity ( the God ), great fortune, abundance, prosperity, male energy, understanding, divination, fast luck, solar/sun energy, positive attitude, justice, health, attraction, luxury, ( for some – the “Sun” ).

Gray

Loneliness, glamour, contemplation, Neutrality, Neutralization and Removal of Chaotic Energies, Often Sparks Confusion.

Green
(Dark)

Prosperity, abundance, money, physical & emotional healing, growth, luck, marriage, tree/plant magick, acceptance, weather, counteract envy/greed/jealousy.

Indigo

Spiritual guidance, psychic ability, dignity, divination, ambition, overcome depression, Color of Inertia, Stops Situations or People, Deep Meditation, Saturn Energy, Spirit Communication, Karma, Spell Workings, Ancient Wisdom, Neutralizes another’s Magick, Wards off Slander,
6th Chakra.

Ivory

Spiritual Joy, Clarity of Dreams, Sometimes thought of as “Dream Stone”, Connection to the Divine, Animal Magick.

Lavender

Knowledge, intuition, enhance problem-solving skills, reveal secret mysteries, Soothes, Restful Vibration, Deeper Understanding of Dream Interpretations, Intuition, To Bring about Vivid Dreams,
7th Chakra.

Light Blue

Spirituality, tranquility, peace, protection, weather magick, Element of Wind (Air), Wisdom, Intelligence, Spiritual, Devotional and Inspirational Meditations, Peace and Tranquility, Clear Communication, Balance, Radiates Aquarius Energy, Use to synthesize a Situation,
5th Chakra.

Light Green

Enhances Individual’s Focus and Will, Healing, New Beginnings, Helps clear Emotional Obstacles – especially during Meditations, Protection, Spring Rituals,
4th Chakra.

Lilac

Spiritual Connections, Contact with Past Loved Ones, Enhance Spiritual Understanding, Astral Travel, Alternative color of Peace,
7th Chakra.

Magenta

Energizes Rituals where immediate action and high-levels of power or spiritual-healing is required, revealing the truth, Enhances communication with the Higher Self and deities

Maroon
(Burgundy)

Moon Magick, Empathic Energy, Banishment of Negative Energies, Defense Against Another’s Magick, Contact with Ancestors, Autumnal Rituals and Magick,
1st Chakra.

Med. Green
(Emerald)

Venus, Love, Social Delights, Fertility,
4th Chakra.

Moss Green
(Forest)

Element of Earth, Earth Mother, Physical Healing, Monetary Success, Abundance, Fertility, Tree and Plant Magick, Growth, Personal Goals,
4th Chakra.

Orange

Creativity, self-expression, intellectual matters, overcoming addiction, legal matters/justice, joy, business success, ambition, vitality, fun, action, opportunity, celebration, investments, Property Deals, Career Goals, General Success, Attraction, Charges and Recharges Intellect, Use with other candles to stimulate their actions, Use for Mercury Energy,
2nd Chakra.

Orchid

Physical Energy, Happiness, Power, Healing.

Peach

Strength, Protection, Confidence, Communication.

Pink

Love, compassion, nurturing, femininity, friendship, romance, partnership, spiritual & emotional healing, protection of children, domestic harmony, self-improvement, maturity, Planetary Good Will, Peace, Affection, Caring, Happiness, Self-Love and Esteem,
4th Chakra.

Purple

Wisdom, influence, spiritual power, contact with spirits, drive away evil, change luck, independence, government, break habit, Third Eye, Psychic Ability, Spiritual Power, Self Assurance, Hidden Knowledge, Success, Idealism, Ambitions, Financial Rewards, Contacts with the other Spiritual Realms, Increases Neptune Energy, Spirituality, Intuition,
6th Chakra.

Red

Element of Fire, Energy, Strength, Passion, Courage, Career Goals, Fast Action, Lust, Vibrancy, Driving Force, Love, Survival, Physical World, Community, Draws Aries and Scorpio Energy, war, conflict, sports, independence, mercy, action, danger, competition
1st Chakra.

Rose

Maintaining Health, Patience, Passion, Compassion, Peace.

Royal Blue

Promotes Laughter and Joviality, Loyalty, Jupiter Energy, Increase Influence,
5th Chakra.

Scarlet
( Tomato )

Spiritual Health/Purification, Physical Health, Enhance Spiritual Strength, Cleanse from Negative Energies – Especially from another’s Curse.
2nd Chakra

Silver

Feminine divinity ( the Goddess ), psychic awareness, intuition, dreams, victory, meditation, moon magick, gambling luck, Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Astral Energies, Female Power, Communication, Neutralizes Negativity and Encourages Stability, The Moon.

Silver-Blue

Deep Wisdom, The Moon, High Tides, “Crone” Goddess Aspect, Increases abilities and effects of Weather Magicks,
6th Chakra.

Silver-Green

Low Tides, Dispel Rain, Harvest Moons, “Mother” Goddess Aspect.

Turquoise

Healing, Prosperity, Peace, Growth.

Violet

Spirituality, connection to higher self, Goddess, insight, clarity, relieve tension, Friendship, Relaxation, Peace, Self-Improvement, Intuition, Success in Searches,
7th Chakra.

White

All purpose, unity, purity, cleansing, peace, balance, spirituality, healing, innocence, rain, magick involving young children, truth, consecration, balancing the aura, Clarity, Higher Self, can be used as a substitute for any other color.

Yellow

Pleasure, success, happiness, learning, memory, concentration, persuasion, inspiration, imagination, solar magick, charm, confidence, ( for some – Air element ), travel, flexibility, the Sun, Intelligence, Accelerated Learning, Memory, Breaking Mental Blocks, Activity, Selling Yourself, Clairvoyance, Communication,
3rd Chakra.

These are good colors for candles, altar cloths, magical-use images, etc.

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

Lugh the “Long-Arm”

LUGH – THE LONG-ARM

A short description.

Lugh, The Long-Arm

 Lugh was often known as “Lugh, the Long-Arm” to the Ancient Irish-Celts. He was worshiped as a Solar Deity or Sun God and was said to be skilled in every Craft, Art, and Skill. He was also a skilled and very capable Healer as well as one of the most famous Warriors. His most notable accomplishment was in leading his tribe, the Tuatha de Danaan, to victory of the Fomorians in the Battle of the Magh.

 Although, alleged description of Lugh varied from culture to culture, a common theme was of a man who had radiant Blond hair, very fair complexion as was common for his people, and fairly tall with a muscular build. ( An ideal physique for a strong warrior. ) As one of the most revered and beloved Deities in the Celtic Pantheon, Lugh was worshiped in many Germanic cultures where he was also known by the names; Lamfada, Lug, Lleu, Lugo, and Lugos.

 Lugh was identified with the Roman God; Mercury, for his skill in the many arts, crafts, and skills. Lugh”s following was known from places like Ireland through to the Southern part of Europe and Eastward towards part of what is presently Poland. His stories were told in cities like Lyons, Loudun, Laon, Leon, Lieden, Leignitz, Carlisle, and Vienna. There were even cities named after Lugh in his honor.

 Even today, several cultures and many Pagans still celebrate the holiday; Lammas, or Lughnassadh in the late Summer to commemorate Lugh.

Rev. Dragon’s Eye, For sharing at a Summer Ceremony in honor of Diana.

Picture Credit:  ( Mickey Mueller Art Galleries. )

Nature Magick with Drums and Friends

A DRUM CIRCLE IDEA FOR THE MAGICK OF NATURE!


Here is a way to make a little Nature Magick with the help of a drum circle! This is also another great way to celebrate Life with the giving of a special gift.

MATERIALS:

  • A 3-lb. empty coffee can with its lid,
  • Two twigs that are suitable for use as drumsticks ( the closer to au Naturel, the better ),
  • Some Acorns, dropped fresh from under a tree ( try to find some without any cracks or other signs of mutilation ),

The idea for this project is to put the Acorns inside the coffee can ( as many as there are folks attending your drum circle ) and secure the lid. Prior to starting your drum circle, you could say a prayer to bless your acorns and the drum ( and also your “Natural drumsticks”, as you see fit ). Be sure NOT to shake your drum very much as you wouldn”t want to put too much stress on the acorns! Just play your drum as normal and “make music”, the sweet sounds of Nature should be enough to fill the air!When your “jam session” is over, be sure to thank the God(s) and/or Goddess(es) for their time and their blessings. You can then open your drum to hand out an acorn to each in attendance as a gift of blessings. Each one who receives an acorn from your drum probably should be ready to plant it in some fertile soil when it is time. A sprouting tree is a marvel to behold and makes a great project to plant outdoors when it is big enough to need transplanting. It can also be given as a wonderful “living” gift!The tree you plant from this acorn can be an inspiration and a continued blessing by Nature; full of life, energy, vigor and a reminder of Nature”s marvels!


By: Rev. Dragon”s Eye

Starting on the Path of Something Different

Starting on the Path of Something Different.

We often times may find ourselves questioning “What is my purpose?“, “Why am I here?“, and perhaps, “Who or what am I?” These are valid questions that many may silently be contemplating, or not, at various times in their lives. Many of life”s unanswered questions are questions that we may have dared to not explore, nor entertain any thought beyond that of a “passing fancy”. THAT has much to do with the social conditioning of virtually each and every individual who is part of that society.

The “mundane” life we often take for granted, is often quite “mundane” and perhaps very boring, to the extent that we may not even be aware that there is more to the living experience than we can remember. Young children, before they start to receive their “daily-dose” of that societal conditioning, are often very expressive and energetic about all of the nuances they discover, for the first time, in the world around them. That “innocence” of childhood is a fleeting part of their beginning lives. Such alert children seem to take such joy and fascination with the many details and “little things” that are often ignored in their later years. Ahh, how we seem to forget the simple pleasures of life as we get older!

The Path towards enlightenment and self-realization, then, may seem very simple on paper, but hard to grasp when attempting to put it into action. Many of us are taught, in our “early years” to know the difference between fact and fiction. We are taught that there is “reality”, and then there is “fantasy” ( or “make-believe” ). Then, our conditioning continues, with the identification of what constitutes “factual” from constitutes “fiction”. It is here that we begin to remove from ourselves the power of imagination, in favor of “given facts”. We may never realize that there is indeed power to “imagination” and its importance as a building block toward manifestation. So the Spiritual side of thinking too frequently becomes the casualty of this conditioning, as well as the unlimited possibilities that can unfold within our minds.

Imagination is as human as everything else we associate with the condition of being “human”. It is what drives our very creative talents. It is what drives us to “rise to the occasion” when we feel the cause to do so. It is that means by which artists create the very works they become known by. It is that part and process of thinking that scientists, doctors, and other academic and professional individuals “discover” a new theory, method, treatment, or process that makes a positive contribution to the art, career, profession, and/or discipline that he/she is engaged in. The art of “imagining” is a way to do things that is a natural aspect of “being human”, and it DOES require some form or stretch of imagination.

“Magic” is similarly an act of empowering “imagination”. It is also a natural process of creating change. ANY natural effect be it, the rain, sprouting seeds, growth in general, and especially childbirth, are themselves magical acts. They are very natural, an active process of change, and many of them involve an “intent”. Whether we understand where that intent begins from, or not, makes no difference. These are, by their very existence, magical acts.

Acts of magic are also divine acts. The power to create is a powerful aspect of living. Most religions recognize the divine act of creation. Man was supposedly created by divine creative acts (magic) of one or more Gods ( and/or Goddess/es ). [ This implies that there may be more than one co-creator involved in man”s creation. ] Having been created by such divine acts, and most likely empowered by the ability to also be creative (just look at the immense thought-processes and mental faculties man possesses), we see many historic examples of what creative talents (for good or for ill) man is capable of, more so than most other species that have been documented. Does this also mean man is capable of divine acts by way of also being very creative (a divine quality)? This question often does not sit very well with, let alone be discussed at length by, many of today”s churches and other religious faiths.

STARTING YOUR PATH: A Step by Step Progression.

One thing that is most necessary in order to begin your own practices in the “arts”, is the ability to “feel” the subtle energies around you and through you. This takes some time, practice, and patience. One must be willing to put in the effort and the regular practice in order to achieve the desired results. There is no such thing as an instant witch, sorcerer, shaman, or otherwise, a “magician”. One is “developed” into that role.

This can be started off with regular meditations, daily, and frequent – when practical. Such meditations should start off with regular “stress-relief” meditations (not “medications”!). This will serve one well to be practiced, as an over-abundance of stress has the nasty habit of distracting one from finding his/her state of inner-peace. This is why a good location with calm and quiet surroundings is best for the beginner – less of the external distractions.

As one begins to feel more inclined towards inner-peace, one becomes more adept at achieving that state of inner-peace. This should become second nature. In this state of inner-peace, one can “fine-tune” his/her inner feelings and sensitivity to the energies and various bodily processes. If one can “listen to” his/her heartbeat, one can learn to affect, and control, its beat. If one becomes acutely aware of his/her breathing at all times, one can regulate and control its pattern. These are all things that one should practice doing. Being able to control these things, means one can positively affect not only his/her physical state, but also his/her mental and emotional states. A calm, peaceful mind is one that is ready to receive, clearly.

I will cover some more steps and methodology in successive posts.

The main point of this article: To begin waking up to the other realities, rather than just the one you know now. I have a few guided meditation scripts that I will share on-line later. Getting into the habit of meditating regularly will help you relieve excess stress, enable you to clear your mind of mental “clutter” and confusion, and assist you in “tuning into” the energies and vibrations of your surroundings.

If you know a very good teacher or guide, now would be the time to get to know him/her. Starting off with just the simple silent meditation for about fifteen minutes a day, and doing this EVERY DAY, is a great start in the right direction.

I will have more on this in the next several articles!

– Rev. Dragon”s Eye