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Leviathan – The “Crooked Serpent”.

לִ וִ יָ תָ ן

Livyatan (“LiVYaThaN” – Leviathan) – As in Hebraic Tradition, the name is spelled from Right-to-Left.


“The Crooked/Bent Serpent” – May also be a reference to the constellation Draco, or the Ouroboros, or similar. – From the Semitic Texts: Often referred to the infernal beast of the seas, as being serpentine or serpent-like. Some viewed it as the guardian of the Seventh Gate into the Underworld. Others knew of it as one of the symbols of one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” mentioned in the Semitic Texts. I have found that the Hebraic/Aramaic character “Teth”, ( ט ), is a good symbolic representation of Leviathan for symbol and image magic. It is a fairly simple symbol to use, and comes from the culture(s) who originated some of the more recent myths about him.

Another legend had it that there were once two of them and that “God” destroyed one of them to prevent them from procreating more of their kind. Leviathan was one of three such infernal beasts, together with Behemoth and Ziz, that were to be killed at the end of times by God, and served up as a great feast to his children (ostensibly, the “Israelites” of the Old Testament).

Leviathan is considered to be as one of the main deities of the seas and oceans. “He” was often associated with the tidal waves and various turbulent conditions out at sea. Can also be considered akin to, if not another name for, the Kraken from Ancient Greek Mythology.

Whereas Leviathan is associated very strongly with the Element of Water, He is also associated with Darkness, and the Darkened Moon. Leviathan can be a VERY POWERFUL force to be reckoned with (by MY OWN experiences working with Him [and sometimes, as a “She”])! So great care is cautioned when looking to summon Leviathan for any kind of working. Leviathanic Magic is very good for opening blocks and also for seeking answers in the darkness and shadows.

Leviathan has been a great help in removing some of those impossible obstacles that other means have failed at. Best to summon him at night towards the darkest Moon (in otherwords, within a few days before the New Moon – to get the full effect). If you have the opportunity to conduct your ritual/ceremony on the night of a Black Moon, be prepared to be amazed and astonished. Leviathan’s power is greatest on nights like these. It is also highly-advised that you have a good, solid circle, and everything set up to balanced energies. If you are working with a partner of the opposite sex, you may both do the working by calling on “polarities”, that is – calling the Masculine and Feminine aspects of Leviathan separately, with each of you taking on the aspects of that particular polarity you call. (I have an example Dark Moon Ritual I have done that I will upload and format later.)

If you are assuming the role (IE: “Invoking” Leviathan), please do make very sure you are properly grounded and of good health and mental alertness to handle the coming surge of energy. By Invoking Leviathan, you are inviting Him into your Being and will be expected to handle the massive amounts of His energy flowing throughout you! – You have be so cautioned.

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye

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

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. )