A Mother’s Embrace – Come Hither, Children of the Dragons.

I piece I thought would be apropos for the times. I have always tried to live with Love in my heart, even though there are times where this may be the hardest thing to do. Always one to remember, that a True Mother’s Love for her children, is a Love everlasting!


I have written, many times, the honor of the Great Mother, and how I would never be lonely, even without the company of others in this world.

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To All Dragon-Children, and their friends:

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As you stand there, believing yourself to be alone,

She is always there.

When you feel the weight of the World baring down on your shoulders,

She feels with you.

For each and every day you live in pain and are hurting,

Let Her comfort you.

From the Most Ancient of Mothers I can think of,

She helped me find Her again!

This I shall always be grateful, when others left me,

She embraced me.

Such a warm and loving embrace it was,

From the Ancient Mother which all things were birthed.

To this day, I walk as a child in Her shadow,

Because She is always there.

I learned of my true inner-strength,

Because of Her great Wisdom.

I stand in Her Light, and Sing Praises to my Father as well,

As They encourage me to do my best.

So come forth, Children of the Dragon(s),

Come Ye to Your Mother’s embrace,

That you shall be Loved, forever more!

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

An Eye-Opening Prayer – Open Up to The Light of Truth, and Set Yourself Free.

I bring to you, this prayer to help me and others to open the eyes of the World’s Peoples through our words of power, and our Loving hearts.


To The Great Father,
Whose Shining Light Begins the Day,
And Illuminates All Within and Without,
To The Great Mother,
Whose Calmness in Manner,
Brings Peace to Us by Night,
To The Great Circle of Dragons,
Whose Powers of Discernment and Judgment,
Bring out the Truth into Full Light,
So That All Things will know,
The Gifts of Peace, Love, and Light.

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All Ye Great Dragons, One and All,
Please Hear My Plea for Sanity, Justice, and Harmony,
Let the Peoples of the World, Our Fellow Beings,
And All Nature’s Children,
Chant the Blessings of Peace, Love, and Light.
Let Us not be cowed into Silence,
In the Face of Evil.
Let Us not be conquered by the Lies, Omissions, and Half-Truths,
That plague Our World and Our Fellow Beings.
Let Our Strengths, Be Greater than Our Weaknesses.
Let Our Fears, Be Transformed into Resolve.
Let Our Adversaries Beware, For Their Lies Shall Harm Us Not!
Let Our Will, Be the Way to Peace and Harmony.
Let Your Powers be Our Power, The Power to Right that which is Wrong.
Let Your Blessings Course Through Us, So We May Bless Those Less Fortunate.
Let Doers of Evil Beware, For We Stand With and fore The Gods.
Oh, Ye Great Dragons of Ancient Times,
Let the Universe Know of Our Resolve,
To Bring the Peace, Love, and Light as given by You,
To This hurting World, and Comfort its Child Beings.
– Ne’Shae Daasha!

And, . . .

Let This prayer be intoned and breathed throughout your whole being. Let it resonate with your Will and the Divine Will. For this, we must do, if we are to survive to another Great Age!

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye

The Dance to the End of Time – A Prayer to Theli.

Oh Ancient Theli,
Oh Gracious and Wise Theli,
The One of the Primacy,
One Who Commands The Forces,
A Sacred Song, Sung to Thee,
A Sacred Prayer, Succored to Thee,
Be-eth They, From Within Thine Spirit,
To All, Shall They Be Made Known!
From the Dance of The Thirteen,
Through The Twelve Ages, Round,
And of The Two, Who Make Their Mark,
That Spells the End of Time.
– Ne’Shæ Daasha.
Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm

I’ll leave the guesswork of the numerology and significant meanings to your imagination. There ARE several meanings here, findable by those who are alert and have read some of my past writings. >;=))====

Unfortunately,

I do not yet have the graphic to go with this prayer, as it would be fairly illustrative.

Leviathan

A History on Witchcraft – Part 1

THE EARLY YEARS OF SPIRITUALITY.

The history of witchcraft goes deep into the man’s past, long before recorded history. It is thought to have originated as far back to the days when man still lived in caves and other primitive living conditions. Though early man have not have had the level of understanding of his natural environment then, he may have started to formulate a belief in a presence or power beyond his own.

The many examples in paintings on the cave walls near Lascaux, France demonstrate, early on, man’s interest in the animals and the natural setting. Some of these paintings are surprisingly detailed, given that most new anthropologists may still be astounded by the idea that they were created by primitive man upon seeing them. With such keen attention to detail, it is reasonable to guess that this attentiveness would eventually help man to further his understanding of nature in later ages.

Some of us may remember stories about the American Indian and his ceremonial dances. Many such occasions incorporated song and dance, costumary, chanting, the use of pigments ( like face-painting, etc. ), and the “smudge” ( usually comprised of aromatic native plants that were dried and bundled for later use, like an incense ). Because these early peoples relied so much on what the land produced ( whether be it the animals for hunting, or the farmers crops in the case of agrarian societies ), and how consistently it produced adequate supplies for the community, they had a healthy reverence for the land and nature. This respect and reverence was the reason for prayers and chants to the spirits of the land and sky. Prayers that a hunt would be successful. Prayers to protect and bless the hunting party. Prayers that the people would be well-fed. Prayers for healing the sick. AND Prayers for just about anything that was felt needed that the spirits could help provide.

The later agrarian cultures eventually learned by watching the seasons and the migratory patterns of animals, the best times to plant, to weed and thin, to harvest, and when to let the land fallow. This was when celebrating the change of the seasons ( the Solar “Sabbats” ) first
became a tradition ( though they were yet to be considered the traditions of today ). These “times of year” were celebrated by the whole village usually with song and dance, accompanied by a feast. The seasons also reminded the people of the changes within themselves. An early form of a priesthood came into being, whose responsibilities were primarily keeping track of the seasons, recording the history of the past harvests and seasonal conditions, and praying to the spirits on behalf of the people’s needs. After many centuries of recognizing the patterns and the natural cycles of the seasons ( also referenced by the positions of the stars and planets – used as their “calendar” ), they had built up a base of knowledge on how to tell what one year will be like from the next. Their advice became very valuable, as it often meant the difference between feast and starvation for the people.

Many of the early agrarian cultures retained much of their primal spiritual practices of prayer, ritual and ceremony, and rhythmic chants and dances well into their agrarian lifestyles. They felt that the spirits of land and sky were as important to them as they were to their ancestors. The spirits were thanked for the successes of the harvest and in battle.

The history of medicine with the use of special plants for healing, inducing visions, meditation, etc. was also common in early man’s spiritual practices since the dawn of his rise. Some recent discoveries of newly uncovered sites of Neanderthal remains have provided some compelling
evidence that they too, had profound spiritual beliefs and may have also practiced with healing and “entheogenic” herbs. These could be some of the earliest examples of “witchcraft”, in today’s understanding.


A BRIEF ON “COMMON-CORE” SHAMANISM

The practice of communicating with, and traveling to the realm of the spirits in search of answers and knowledge, became one of the common practices of Shamanism, a type of practice in witchcraft. Some of the earliest Shaman (wisefolk – men AND women who were considered very wise and were usually of advanced age ) were taught and practiced communicating with the spirits of animals. Some of these animal “spirit guides” were revered as having access to much hidden knowledge, and answers to many of life’s common questions. Animal spirits were often consulted for advice on healing certain illnesses, where the best hunting was, and for divination of possible future events. Some cultures even felt that every child was born with a “guardian” who would be his/her “totem animal”. A totem animal was a spirit that was expected to remain with the person until his death. Its purpose was to guide, teach, and even protect the person throughout his daily life.

There were certain other instances where one may be visited by an animal spirit for the purpose of teaching a single or a few lessons before moving on. This was a commonly-held belief in many of the early American ( “American Indian” ) nations and tribes. Every animal spirit, whether a life-long companion and guardian, or a temporary visitor for the purpose of temporary guidance, was to be respected with the highest honor. This was also part of honoring and respecting Nature.

Shamanism is considered to be the world’s oldest magical practice for healing, divination, and other special workings. It is not a specific religion in the same sense that one recognizes religion. It is a way of life, a way of “knowing”, a way of interacting with the spirits and Nature, and means to obtain knowledge and knowing himself through his divine connection and inner nature. A shaman is one who has traveled to the “other worlds” frequently, so he “knows the territory” well enough to guide others’ journeys into it. Thus, an experienced Shaman becomes teacher and guide for those seeking his guidance.

A good resource for learning more about shamanism and the many different cultures who practiced shamanism ( as well as those who still practice it today ) may be found on the Foundation for Shamanic Studies website. Michael Harner has written and published a very good book that I highly recommend called, “The Way of the Shaman”. It covers the “common core” of knowledge and symbolism that is shared by many differing cultural beliefs. ( Yes. Another “shameless plug” of mine. )


THE RISE OF MODERN WITCHCRAFT

Excerpted from: Don Cardoza’s
“Dragon Magick site”.
(Now defunct, except for archives of it on: archive . org)

Witchcraft has existed in all parts of the world from time immemorial as an outgrowth of man’s first religion, shamanism. Today, the word “Witchcraft” is commonly translated as meaning “the Craft of the Wise,” a translation supported with the argument that the Witch was the “wise one” of his or her village and served as resident healer. However, from the Middle Ages up until fairly recently, the word “Witch” was used very differently from today. Witches were thought to work magic only for personal malice or entertainment. When someone felt they were under a Witch’s spell, they turned for help to those who were the real precursors of today’s Witch: the Wise Women and Cunning Men. These Cunning Folk specialized in working magic to help others. One of their specialties was breaking the spells of Witches. Virtually all Cunning Folk were astrologers and herbalists, and they stood out among the generally illiterate population as people who read and collected books. They often wrote their own book of spells and recipes, made from notes they took from their books. Cunning Folk were almost always solitary individuals, but there were also many hereditary family Clans of a type of village Witchcraft who often lived around standing stones and ancient earthworks.

England saw a general rise in the interest of magic in the late 1800’s, and a number of magickal societies helped to collect and disseminate the knowledge of magick to a wider audience. Far and away the greatest of these was the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (founded in 1888). The Golden Dawn collected a vast amount of occult information together into a coherent synthesis in its nine major rituals, and admitted both men and women as members (unlike many other Orders of the time). The Golden Dawn and its offshoots had hundreds of members, including many scientists, physicians, ministers, and writers, the most famous of whom was W.B. Yeats. A large number of Rosicrucians and Masons joined the Order. The Golden Dawn’s most infamous and successful initiate was Aleister Crowley, who probably had a hand in founding a new Witchcraft religion called Wicca.


Some of my own observations:

It is very interesting that much of the witchcraft practiced today, is based on a mix of various traditions and cultures. It is common to see groups using practices that blend the early Egyptian Kemetism ( from the doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus, for example ), Stregheria ( old Italian and “Gypsy magic” ), and the various old Germanic and Celtic/Gaelic practices.


THE WITCHCRAFT

By: Jack Parsons, 1946

WE ARE THE WITCHCRAFT.

We are the oldest organization in the world. When man was born, we were. We sang the first cradle song. We healed the first wound, we comforted the first terror. We were the Guardians against the Darkness, the Helpers on the Left Hand Side. Rock drawings in the Pyrenees remember us, and little clay images, made for an old purpose when the world was new. Our hand was on the old stone circles, the monolith, the dolmen, and the druid oak. We sang the first hunting songs, we made the first crops to grow; when man stood naked before the Powers that made him, we sang the first chant of terror and wonder. We wooed among the Pyramids, watched Egypt rise and fall, ruled for a space in Chaldea and Babylon, the Magian Kings. We sat among the secret assemblies of Israel, and danced the wild and stately dances in the sacred groves of Greece.

In China and Yucatan, in Kansas and Kurdistan we are one. All organizations have known us, no organization is of us; when there is too much organization we depart. We are on the side of man, of life, and of the individual. Therefore we are against religion, morality and government. Therefore our name is Lucifer. We are on the side of freedom, of love, of joy and laughter and divine drunkenness. Therefore our name is Babalon.

Sometimes we move openly, sometimes in silence and in secret. Night and day are one to us, calm and storm, seasons and the cycles of man, all these things are one, for we are at the roots. Supplicant we stand before the Powers of Life and Death, and are heard of these Powers, and avail. Our way is the secret way, the unknown direction. Our way is the way of the serpent in the underbrush, our knowledge is in the eyes of goats and of women.

It is our own force that sometimes shifts jeweled coils and creates mighty pinions in the breast of man; our Power is one with the Power that causes the God to stir in the heart of the seed, and the bud to burst into blossom and fruit; and whenever a man and a woman are united in one substance, our power is that substance.

Merlin was of us, and Gawain and Arthur, Rabelais and Catullus, Gilles de Retz and Jehanne d’Arc, De Molensis, Johannes Dee, Cagliostro, Francis Hepburn and Gellis Duncan, Swinburne and Eliphas Levi, and many another bard, Magus, poet, martyr known and unknown that carried our banners against the enemy multiform and ubiquitous, the Church and the State. And when that vermin of Hell that is called the Christian Church held all the West in a slavery of sin and death and terror, we, and we alone, brought hope to the heart of man, despite the dungeon and the stake.

We are the Witchcraft, and although one may not know another, yet we are united by an indissoluble bond. And when the high wild cry of the eagle sounds in your mind, know that you are not alone in your desire for freedom. And when the howl of the wolf echoes in the forests of your night, know that there are those who also prowl. And when the ways of your fellows about you seem the ways of idiocy and madness, know that there are also others who have seen and judged – and acted.

Now know that the power that we serve lies in the heart of every man and woman as the tree lives in the seed. And to be with us, you have but to call upon that Power, and you are as one of us. And when our Power and Joy have come upon you, you may go forth and do your will among men, and none shall say you nay. And if it be your will, you shall do your will secretly, and if it be your will, you will do your will openly, as your will.

Therefore lift up your hearts saying, “I am a man” or “I am a woman, and the Power of Life is mine!” And in the Power of Life you shall live and love, accepting no restriction and placing no restriction, freely and granting freedom. And it may be in the bounty of life you shall see the love of life shine in the eyes of another, and the lust of life burn upon his brow, and thus you shall take great joy together. And it may be in good fortune you may find a number such; and share your joy in secret feasting and rejoicing and all manner of lovemaking and festival. Or it
may be that at hazard and danger you will teach the joyous power to men; as your wills move you.

And this is well so long as you remember one thing. There can be no restriction. The Power of Life is not restricted; it knows its own way, but no mind knows that way. Therefore in yourself practice all the giving and taking of freedom that is consistent with life, for thereby alone can you remain in our joy.

Pain is. Terror is, loss and loneliness and agony of heart and spirit, even unto Death. For this is the gateway to the kingdom of Pan.

Our way is not for all men. There are those who are so constricted and sick in themselves that the thought of their own freedom is a horror, and that of others a fierce pain; so that they would enslave all men. And these you should shun, or, if you must, destroy them as you will know how, for this also is bounty.

Nor think the life power should manifest in those who have no trouble or turmoil, for these may be mere dumb cattle, innocents out of season. Rather does the power often show the most where conflict rages, since at any time, and especially in a false civilization, the way must be won through. Surrender is disaster. The other side of the coin is a song in the sunlight and a dance in the moonlight, where all mists are dispersed. But the way must be won.


– Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

PRINCIPLES OF WICCAN BELIEF

The following set of Thirteen Principles was adopted by
the Council of American Witches in April 1974.

 

  1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

  2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

  3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called supernatural, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

  4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity — as masculine and feminine — and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magical practice and religious worship.

  5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. — and we see the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

  6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

  7. We see religion, magick, and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world, and lives within it — a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft — the Wiccan Way.

  8. Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch — but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.

  9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

  10. Our only animosity toward Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way,” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practices and belief.

  11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and not our future.

  12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as Satan or the Devil, as defined by the Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the sufferings of others, nor accept the that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

  13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

( This was posted for educational and curiosity purposes. It was not intended to force a doctrine on any practitioner here, or elsewhere. )


The “Ring of Thirteen” (The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons).

The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons.

In studying Isedon Goldwing’s Dragon Runes (to be found at: www.dragon-runes.com/Wiki),

I searched for several years for the meaning of the Thirteen Dragons, and their possible relationship with the “Council of the Thirteen Dragons”. This was a thought and an idea that puzzled me for years as I knew there was an explanation to all of it.

It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, as I was pondering the next entries into my Shamanism Journal (my upcoming “Holy Book”), when I had an Epiphany: The Thirteen Dragon Powers were represented by the first thirteen of the Dragon Rune (from the order they were given by Br. Goldwing)! So I went about mapping them out, and finding their specific power or elemental strength – if there was one to be known. This arrangement worked out perfectly as the last nine of the first group of thirteen Dragon Runes represented the Nine Elemental Clans of Dragons.

  1. Ratanen – The Chaotic mists,
  2. Drakani – The Dragon-Goddess (Tiamat),
  3. Sha’oren – The Flowing Knowledge,
  4. Ihanen – The Forging of Dreams,
  5. Ma’erhen – The Clan of Spirit,
  6. Ra – The Clan of the Primal Waters (Water),
  7. Liwaen – The Clan of the Coldness of Darkness (Darkness and Shadow),
  8. Li – The Clan of the Primal Fires (Fire),
  9. Li’aan – The Clan of the Great Light (Light),
  10. Mah – The Clan of Raging Storms (Winds),
  11. Ninathan – The Forest Clan (Nature, Life, and Growth),
  12. Thaan – The Clan of the Mountains (Earth)
  13. Waethan – The Crystal and Stone Clan (Crystal).

Each one lends its own power to the beginnings of Creation. Each one provides the basis in which all things are formed.

The Ring of Thirteen and the Tree of Life:


The Order in which the Dragon-Runes are placed upon “The Tree”:

  1. Ratanen – The Ein Soph Aur,
  2. Drakani – The Ein Soph,
  3. Sha’oren – The Ein,
  4. Ihanen – Kether,
  5. Ma’erhen – Chokhmah,
  6. Ra – Binah,
  7. Liwaen – Chesed,
  8. Li – Geburah,
  9. Li’aan – Tiphareth,
  10. Mah – Netzach,
  11. Ninathen – Hod,
  12. Thaan – Yesod,
  13. Waethan – Malkuth.

Ma’erhen, Ra, and Li’aan also form the basis of what I have found to be the startling revelation of the “Sacred Eye of the Dragon” (within the area called Da’ath, in the midst of the Abyss). – This will be followed up in another writing. – These three Dragon Runes also represent what I have referred to as the Three Primal Elements – to symbolize The Great Divine Mind (Air/Winds), The Primal Seas of Chaos (Water), and The Great Heavenly Light (Fire).

The Song of The Ring of Thirteen:

Thirteen Be-eth They,
The Primary Powers are They,
The Pre-Eminences, Universal are They,
They are of the First Ring.

Their Powers, Forged together by the Gods,
Their Eminences, Graced in the Beauty of the Goddesses,
Their Ways, Known to All who beheld Them,
For They, Are the Forge of All Things.

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

Now WHO owns all life? A Commonsense Perspective.

How can one “OWN” any life or even entire species???

Hello everyone!

I would like to take this moment to ponder and reflect on a very dear issue to me, and perhaps the many others who have taken the time to similarly ponder this thought:

So, exactly WHO has the right to claim ownership of the very essence of life, be it a gene, a trait, or – an entire species, by any definition?

My own answer would be, the One who created all of this, from the very beginning of Time!

I have studied this issue and the “legal case-law aspect” surrounding it for a number of years. My main interest was in examining this issue from the point of view as a Naturalist, Spiritual-Pagan (not of the “new-age” philosophy, either), an amateur herbalist, and keen observer of Nature. I possess no degree nor any certifications of what I have learned. I have no “official title” or “recognition” for any past work I have done. I am just an ordinary “nobody”, a human being with a desire to live a life of truth, and be able to teach the life experiences I have gained to others who may follow after me.

It should be “commonsense” that Nature provided what was needed, in perfect balance and measure, for the creation and continuation of life in this world. Everything that came to us naturally, came as a sacred gift and as something to live on and live by. The Sun was given so that there would be “day” along with warmth and to know the year. The Moon was given so that we would know when in the year our seasons arrived.

The trees, herbs, fungi, and all other were given as food and medicine ( often both being the same – as stated by Hippocrates ), shelter and materials for our homes, materials for our tools, and for fuels for our heat and cooking. They were already created, perfectly-suited for our needs and wants, before the advent of modern genetic-sciences. Our kind learned to breed the best to the best ( husbandry ) as Nature gave us so many different traits and affects that we could use to improve what we wished to grow, without tampering inside the workings of these genes. Nature made them as most-perfectly suitable for the uses they were to be employed.

Those times, when we stayed in harmony with Nature and enjoyed her fruits and abundance, saw that we had plenty for all. There were no “shortages” to the extent that we see now. The traditional agriculture was developed, often by trial and error, over the course of many thousands of years – again, long before the modern genetic-sciences. We learned how to get the best from our crops by planting at the right times, watering them the right way and when they need it most, and feeding them ( and the soil ) that which Nature intended to be returned to the Earth anyway. We also learned to plant more than one kind of crop together. A garden, field, and anyplace expected to yield a bountiful harvest later in the season, needed to be planted as a “community” – so that each kind may be some help to each other. Just as a healthy forest is not all of only one kind of tree, a garden or a field should not be only of one kind of planting.

The rotating of crops and planting cycles, from year to year, served to “heal” the soil and let it rest, on occasions, so that it becomes once again viable and ready to help yield a bountiful harvest. This was a time-honored practice for thousands of years, and for countless generations of people. This was also done in many other areas of the world. So what happened to continuing a process that really worked?

These days,

We see starvation, worldwide, on a scale unheard of by anytime else in human history. We see far more sicknesses and illnesses, especially of those illnesses that were almost unheard of in the old days! The more “advanced” we supposedly get in our farming, medicines, and our other sciences, in general, the sicker we all seem to get. This should not be the case if all of these advances in knowledge, science, and general habits are supposed to “improve the quality of human life”! Somewhere, we must have gone wrong.

The biggest problem I see today:

We have allowed our society’s values to be based purely on “materialism”. We look around us and see that everything has its “price”. Okay. Who determines the price we should pay, especially if it is for a necessity or need. We all need fresh, clean water to drink. If we do not drink enough water, and allow ourselves to dehydrate for a mere two days ( for some, it may be considerably less time ), we will surely die. We all need to eat naturally-pure, nutritious food. If we do not eat, we starve and may survive a couple of weeks, at best. We all need fresh, clean air. Oxygen-depravation takes only a few short minutes to kill. So what happens when one or more of these needs are held captive to a “price” that many may not be able to pay? Are we saying that those who can least afford the “price” should be left to die?

As anyone “in business” should know quite well,

The main object of business is to “turn a profit”. Normally, more rational and sane people would see this being fine – if those profits were earned honestly and by doing a great benefit to the community in the process. A business would not stay “in business” if it were not profitable. However, what about those businesses who profit by selling a product of questionable benefits while also insisting to the public, Don’t worry about it. “WE certify it as safe!”? What if the businesses were exploiting other people by under-paying them for their labors, and forcing them to work in very poor work-conditions? What if these businesses were actively-lobbying the lawmakers to alter the laws to their favor, while taking from the people their right to expect accountability from these supplier-businesses? What if these businesses worked to completely control their respective markets, so that they could “name their prices”, way beyond any reasonable market price for those needs? What if these businesses, upon discovery that their products were in fact harmful and very dangerous towards the health of the users, chose to hide all of this knowledge from the people, – even to the point of harming and/or killing anyone within who may “spill the beans”? – Are these the beneficial practices, to our communities, that should be rewarded by outlandish “profits”? Even so, how did these businesses get the idea that they “own” the life that they supposedly “created”?

To tie-up to the conclusion of this writing:

I feel that many who have taken up the battle against genetically-engineered food, and its being virtually “forced down our throats”, may be missing the key, important part of this whole issue: “The privatization by corporatization of our natural world and all that comes with it.” We have seen many small-family farms and smaller agricultural businesses pushed out of existence by these bio-genetics companies. The “court system” has continued to rule in favor of the largest corporations on the basis of “intellectual property rights” and perceived violations thereof, by the mere possession of a plant or organism that just happened to have one or more of these “trademarked genes”. Regardless of whether this genetic pollution was deliberate on the part of the farmer, or a deliberate “poisoning” of the farmer’s properties by “agents” of the corporation, the courts have consistently levied huge fines and judgments on the smaller party. This is an unconscionable abuse of our legal system and of our patent system. It is also very destructive to the natural order of things as well as a great danger to the biological diversity that this world depends on.

With the “discovery” of the ability of some GMOs to proliferate into the wild, on their own,

This represents a very grave threat to our entire ecosystem, and what I call an “environmental disaster waiting to happen”! What comes next? Are the bio-genetics corporations going to say they own all of the trees in our forests, all of the fish in our rivers and streams, or all of the birds in our air? Will they attempt to say that because these other beings now contain or have eaten enough of their patented products, that they themselves belong to the corporation? Where does it all end? The very day that all life “belongs” to a handful of corporations, will be the day that humanity and all life on this world are doomed! All will be held captive to the “almighty corporation” so that it may “profit”, handsomely. We then are not much further from our right to live being conditioned to if we can pay their “asking” prices.

Just as the old natives once quipped: ” How can one own a tree, a mountain, or a river? “

That question is still valid today. Just how can anyone claim ownership of entire genome, all by the sake of a few cut-and-pasted genes? Would this not be considered the same as plagiarism of Nature’s ( or God’s ) handiwork? After all, modern genetic sciences have yet to prove they can create, from scratch, any kind of genetic material that will become an actual life. They merely are “cut-and-pasting” genes from one kind to another! This should not be considered patentable by any stretch of commonsense and right reasoning. Besides, virtually every time mankind has tried to “improve” upon Nature, he has only succeeded in ruining and destroying what Nature already gave us all that was in perfect condition to begin with. Our “modern medicine” already, is becoming more apparent an abject failure. Our “crop-sciences” is an abject failure. Our “new” social systems of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are abject failures. Our “new” education system is fast approaching the obvious: An abject failure. Our religious systems like the Catholic Church, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Wicca, and most of the “new-age” systems are, themselves, abject failures.

Maybe it is time to go back to learning how our more-successful ancestors did things?

They had very few large-scale “wars”, if any. The people were most likely healthier and happier (especially those who lived far away from the cities). The people, then, had greater appreciation for all the things they had around them, to include their animals, crops, and everything Nature (or God) provided them – in abundance. There was no need for politicians, lawyers, attorneys, and all the policing we have in abundance now. The people also sought out their own meanings of what it is to “live”. Most of all, the people had respect and reverence for everything and everyone. All life was sacred to them. All things provided by Nature and by those who were skilled craftsmen in the workings of natural products were appreciated and respected. The ultimate craftsman was the One who gave the breath of life to all things we take for granted. If we went back to the principles that once worked well, without having to sacrifice the truly good advancements we have made in the modern age, we could return the world to a better place for all to live in.

But,

GMO is NOT the way to go there! GMOs are the slavers’ tools to wield too great a power upon the people. Nature was an equalizer by many different magnitudes. Corporate-fascism disrupts the “playing field” by tilting the rules of the game to its favor, and to those it favors.

I speak to all of you as a Pagan minister and a Spiritual man.

The time has come to reassess what we think of in terms of our our natural world. The Health of It has direct bearing on our own personal health, to include that of our physical, our mental, our emotional, and our spiritual health. This is OUR WORLD, too! It belongs to all who inhabit it as a function of Nature and Nature’s God. To see the gradual and steady privatization of our natural world into a few wealthy hands, is to see the eventual destruction of everything we know and hold dear. Even humanists and self-proclaimed atheists must come to terms with the commonsense answers that must be revealed when taking a closer look into the “private commercialization” of everything. When it is the wealthy few who own everything, by whatever trickery and legalisms they may employ, it is WE, The People who end up the losers of everything!

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

” Now, will the REAL Pagans, please stand up and be counted? “

About Shamanism – Ancient Healing

ABOUT SHAMANISM
From: Shamanic Healing,
www . freewebs . com / shamanism

 So what is shamanic healing then?

Shamanic healing is one of the vast numbers of healing modalities available for us to experience today. Like acupuncture, its roots are in the mists of time and like acupuncture it works with unseen energy. Acupuncture is usually associated with the East, while there have been shamanic healers for thousands of years in tribal communities all around the world.

Is this something that can help me with today’s problems?

There are also many contemporary practitioners of this ancient healing art.
Traditionally a shaman was someone who was able to communicate with the spirits and visit other realities with their own spirit allies. This is still the case in modern shamanism.

How does it work ?

A shamanic practitioner will use a drum or rattle to access an altered state of consciousness. In this altered state she is able to enter the lower world, the middle world or the upper world which are the unseen other realities. Here in the other worlds she journeys with her power animal and helpers to ask for healing for whoever has requested her services.

What does a shamanic healer see as the cause of life’s difficulties and challenges?

Shamanic healing is about energy, and typically the shamanic practitioner sees lack of health and well being on any level as being about loss of energy in some form.

Can you explain more about Soul Loss?

Trauma, stress, abuse and serious accident at any time in one’s life can result in loss of life force, vital energy or essence which is known as ‘soul loss’.

In order to survive seriously challenging situations a soul part leaves the individual and takes refuge in one of the other worlds, taking with it some of the life force. It does this to assist overall survival.

However, it often results in depression, apathy, inability to move on after a loss or death or problems with the immune system. It is the job of the shamanic healer to track down this soul part in the other worlds, to offer it healing and reassurance and to invite it to return and bring back its positive qualities.

This is known as ‘soul retrieval’

And what about Power Loss?

Another issue addressed by the modern day shamanic healer is that of ‘power loss.’

Power loss is widespread and may be caused by confrontation, exams ill health, unrelenting problems, lack of community support, erosion of self- esteem, stressful family circumstances or manipulative relationships. Without our inherent vitality and connection to the cosmic web we become dis-empowered, dejected and dispirited. The shamanic solution is for the healer to journey to the lower world to retrieve the individual’s power animal. Power then returns along with the ability to approach life more confidently and deal with the challenges it presents.

The ancient practice of shamanic healing is alive and well and is very useful for an individual who recognizes any of the symptoms referred to. It can support therapy or counseling when it feels as if an impasse has been reached. It is also useful for a personal development coach to have a shamanic practitioner on their referral list as a individually tailored shamanic sessions to retrieve soul parts and/or a power animal will give the individual more energy and incentive to design and work towards life goals.

Evolving Generations
Breaking Family Cycles

It is easy to believe that in leaving our childhood homes and embarking upon the journey of adulthood, we have effectively removed ourselves from harmful and self-perpetuating familial patterns. In looking closely at ourselves, however, we may discover that our behaviours and beliefs are still those that were impressed upon us during our youth by our parents, grandparents, and the generations that preceded them.

We may find ourselves unconsciously perpetuating cycles of the previous generations, such as fear of  not having enough, not showing affection, and secrecy patterns. Yet the transmission of negative patterns from one generation to the next is not inevitable. It is possible to become the endpoint at which negative family cycles that have thrived for generations are exhausted and can exert their influence no longer.

Breaking the pattern is a matter of overcoming those values imprinted upon us long ago in order to replace them with pure love, tolerance, and conscious awareness.

Even if you have struggled with the cumulative effects of family cycles that were an expression of established ways of living and a reflection of the strife your ancestors were forced to endure, you can still liberate yourself from the effects of your family history. The will to divest yourself of old, dark forms of familial energy and carry forth a new loving energy may come in the form of an epiphany. You may one day simply realize that certain aspects of your early life have negatively affected your health, happiness, and ability to evolve as an individual. Or you may find that in order to transcend long-standing patterns of limiting beliefs, irrational behavior, and emotional stiltedness, you have to question your values and earnestly examine how your family has impacted your personality. Only when you understand how family cycles have influenced you can you gain freedom from those cycles.

To truly change, you must give yourself permission to change. Breaking family patterns is  not an act of defiance or betrayal. It is important that you trust yourself implicitly when determining the behaviors and beliefs that will help you overwrite the generation-based cyclical value system that limited your individual potential. Many people are on the earth at this time to break family cycles, for all of you are true pioneers. In breaking negative family cycles, you will discover that your ability to express your feelings and needs grows and that you will embark upon a journey toward greater well-being that can positively impact generations to come.

Shamanic healing is one way to address this.

The deeds of an ancestor can create family karma that continues to influence the fate of the family’s descendants until the karma is dissolved.”
Dr Hiroshi Motoyama (Shinto priest)

On D.J. Conway’s “Dancing With Dragons”

“Dancing With Dragons” – A Book Review.

For as many “critiques” I have read, on-line and elsewhere, concerning the book, “Dancing With Dragons”, I sometimes wonder if some of the detractors of this written work have any joy or appreciation for the works of others. Sure, we all have our differences in opinion and different ways of doing things. THAT is what makes life the most interesting! My problem comes about when one’s “esteemed” opinion comes out as downright hostile towards the differences of others’ beliefs and/or ritual methods.

 So, please allow me the time here to give my own critique, as less-biased as I humanly can. Then shall we?

 First off, Ms. Conway’s book, “Dancing With Dragons” IS perhaps the one book of its kind that went into publication on the subject matter of actually working some of the “dragonic art”. Though I am not limited to the practices of Wicca, or its varied traditions ( I actually incorporate quite a bit from several different Wiccan “traditions” in my own practices ), I find this book very interesting in the way information and ideas are presented. The book is well organized and very easy and enjoyable to read. I think this would be a good book for those who are unfamiliar with the concept of the dragon archetype and its ancient legends and lore.

 Though this working-with-dragons methodology seemed a little bit “off the wall” in some of the chapters and passages, there were some very interesting points made clearly when it came to some of the ritual material. With much of it based on the Wiccan methodology, it should be fairly easy for the average Wiccan practitioner who has a strong interest in dragons, to incorporate this into his/her own practices. I found the inclusion of some reference data and correspondences in the appendices to be very helpful. Though, the references were a little few for my needs, but having at least some basic correspondences handy within one book makes size and space considerations for it a bit of planning. The “Dragon Script” was an interesting addition. Though she claimed that they came from one of her prior teachers, I DO see some interesting possibilities in using them, as they have a very symbolic character – good for meditations and sych.

 I really appreciated some of the tidbits about the legends and mythologies of dragons and their “following” in some of the other cultures. I have learned a few new things about dragons of the past cultures because of some of the mythology I had no prior knowledge of, which she included in her book. There were some very neat drawings and artwork of dragons, a few of which I had seen before, that gave an interesting perspective of how the ancient peoples may have “viewed” or imagined these entities, creatures, or “natural energies”. I would recommend that anyone looking into working with the dragon-archetypal forces, do some good research into the various legends and mythologies of dragons around the world. There are some similarities of thought behind the dragon-archetype and the forces that are often associated with being “dragonic”.

 Some may view the book as being completely “off” when they refer to the author’s take on “elemental dragons”. Please allow me to put to rest where I stand on the thought of elemental dragons:

 The Chinese mythologies of dragons, being around for over five-thousand years, viewed that they thought of dragons as being of, like, or masters of particular elements. Chinese medicine, under the “five element” system, recognized certain dragons were peculiar towards certain elements, and wary of certain other elements. They expressed elemental strengths and weaknesses, even about the dragons, in the texts of their recorded belief systems. Other cultures around the world also expressed that one or more “dragonic” spirits, deities, etc. had a certain affinity for one or more specific elemental forces in nature. My own belief holds that dragons can work ANY particular magic they wish, but may choose to be the master of one specific elemental force. Many other pantheistic beliefs have it that certain deities “have charge over” certain activities and certain natural forces, so why not dragons too?

Further on the “elemental responsibilities” of certain dragons, Ms. Conway did well to explain each group, clan, or whichever, in her own terms, certain attributes that can be recognized from certain dragons. Why would there not be some similarities in dragons of the skies between say, Huracan – of the South Pacific – held as responsible for the hurricanes and other sea-based storms, with Typhon – the Egyptian personification of chaos, destructive storms (like Typhoons) – in dragon form. Ladon, the dragon who guarded the golden apples of Greek mythology, could have thought of as either reminiscent of an agent of fire or earth by the common characteristics that are often afforded those elemental forces. I would probably, personally, describe some of the dragons I image a little differently ( there again, we each hold our own beliefs on the matter ). However, the descriptions she gives of how she “sees” the dragons of her practices come out crystal clear.

 Some of the ritual and ceremony material seemed pretty basic. However, this IS a book intended for those new to working with dragon forces and the “dragonic art”. She gives some very good guidelines and beginner-material for proposing “dragonic rituals” in one’s own practices. I do agree with her take that practice and regular meditations and relaxation work are very important. This should be a “no-brainer” for anyone looking to become a good practitioner of the arts. After all, HOW can one truly be able to work effective magic by instigating changes about them, if their minds are too chaotic to pay attention to the needed changes from within?

 In conclusion, I would say that this book was an interesting read and well worth the time in acquiring it. Though some of it may seem a little “soapy” and somewhat opinionated (I would expect this from most creatively-written works anyway), there is a lot of good information for the curious minded and researcher in ancient legends, lore, and mythology. This has to be the first book published on actual ideas for workings using the dragon-archetype and dragon energies. Some of the ritual material was creative and well-applied as far as the methodology and set-ups. I would consider this form of workings to be more of “dragonic wicca”, but that is okay with me. The aspects of wicca are there and clearly understandable. This, alone, makes it simple for others to incorporate these rituals and ceremonies into their own practices.

 Unfortunately, there are some who see more of a “dogmatic” approach to doing rituals and ceremonies in a practice. That is also fine, for group settings like covens, circles, groves, etc. However, the solo practitioner has his/her own methods that will work equally well. Just as many other religious systems have “splintered off” new and unique “traditions”, so would wicca and even the “dragonic arts” practices. I already see many different organizations practicing their brand of “dragonic arts” across the web. Just plain proof that there is no singular answer on how to do something in the area of magics.

 This is a book I would recommend to those who have interest in the mysteries of dragons, and would like some ideas on how to go about workings with them and their power. Take this book as a “primer for ideas” and not as the “bible” of dragonic practices. As one gets more comfortable in his/her art, he/she can surely come up with some new and innovative material of his/her own.

 BTW, I also LOVE the “Celtic Dragon Tarot” also by D.J. Conway (and unfortunately, I forgot the name of the co-author of them). These were some of the most beautiful tarot cards with dragons on them I have ever seen! I use them heavily for my own divination practices.

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye

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