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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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This week's Pagan Perspective question is about other things that may lie in the future...or speak again from the past. Divination, scrying, inner journeying and many other techniques are often used during the times when the veils between the worlds are thin. This seems to be an exceptionally powerful and spiritually energetic season.
Did you/will you perform any divinations this week? Did you have any unusual-even for you!- experiences that were either hard to explain or especially powerful? See any ghosts? (Wren loves ghost stories!)
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| Divination Is Not Something To Do While You're Depressed, In The Middle... ||Oct 30th. at 7:01:54 pm EST|
|Andele (Chicago, Illinois US) ||Age: 32 |
Divination is not something to do while you're depressed, in the middle of a breakup or deeply anxious about something. All you will get is gobbly gook and even if you don't all you'll get is a) something that will depress you (if its negative) or 2) something that you won't believe anyway (if its positive).
Going through a breakup and hitting the online tarot every hour or so is kind of like hitting the bottle, you get stimluated and you just get a headache later and you'd better not get caught doing it at work. :) on the other hand if you can laugh at yourself doing it go right ahead. That's what I've been doing all week.
Better to go get some good music. Sting's Brand New Day is a fine breakup album if only for Desert Rose and the neat French-language rap song. Or dye your hair.
Self pity. gotta love it.
| Ghost Stories! Who Doesn't Love Them? Mine Is Slightly Odd To Anyone... ||Oct 30th. at 10:30:18 pm EST|
|NightTiger (Liverpool, New York US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Ghost stories! Who doesn't love them? Mine is slightly odd to anyone who doesn't know me very well. So a brief explination is due. My dreams are very powerful tools in my life. Not only do I get glimses of the future (that no matter what I do I can't seem to change because my attempt to change them shows up in the dreams) but I do a lot of astral walking in my dreams. On to my ghost story.
Not very unusually for me, but I ended up on the astral plane one All Hallow's Eve. Of course being nine I didn't know it was the astral plane but I know realize just how important this dream was for me. My great grandmother had passed away earlier that year, and I'd been spending a long time thinking of my grandfather who I had never known because he died when I was three months. Anyways, I'm out on the Astral Plane, talking with my guides (I thought they were just imaginary friends at the time, wrong again! hehehe) when all of a sudden a beautiful women and man came up to me. Smiling they sat down and taught me several mental games and mentioned some family stories I hadn't heard. I heard the man turn to the women and say "I wish she had been able to know me, as her grandfather, not just her mother's dead father. You were lucky to spend so much time with her Elizabeth (my great-grandmother's name)." I couldn't believe it, but I woke up feeling so much better about them passing away. Such a big settled relief.
Anyways, maybe you all will get to talk to your relatives :) Many Bright and lovely Blessings
| A Time Of Letting Go. Out With The Old, In With The... ||Oct 31st. at 12:14:01 pm EST|
|Secular Pagan (Minneapolis, Minnesota US) ||Age: 37 - Email |
A time of letting go. Out with the old, in with the new. Earlier this month I did a full Tarot reading (everyday I usually use one or three cards) on something that had been a long-time literary obsession of mine that I was trying to understand. The Tower came up in the "root" position, but it wasn't until a few days ago, reading some commentary on The Tower, that the meaning struck me fully and clearly: What once served to open my creativity and inspire my own vision is now getting in the way of pursuing that original, personal vision. It is time to acknowledge the role that this obsession played in unlocking my creativity and then let it go, move on, shift my focus from the other person's "world" to the "world" and charcters that *I* have given birth to. I have been doing some clearing out of books, etc., on the old subject and have already felt the expansiveness and sense of relief that comes from shedding dead weight.
Since then, I have also been overwhelmed with a resurgent wellspring of new ideas, direction, inspiration regarding my career and harmonizing my various creative interests. Details would clutter up this board unfairly ;-) but I found it interesting that the Fool, a long-standing companion in my journey, came to the fore once again, promising to play a prominent role in my future endeavors!
So, after trick-or-treating for UNICEF (as good an excuse as any to dress up as Groucho Marx and gallavant through the autumn night!), I plan to spend this Samhain in a quiet, solitary ritual of letting go of the old and visualizing and welcoming the new, bringing closure to the past and ushering in the present-future.
| Well, No Ghost Stories But The Fearies Have Been Having Their Fun... ||Oct 31st. at 12:40:38 pm EST|
|MachaCrow (Charles Town, West Virginia US) ||Age: 31 |
Well, no ghost stories but the Fearies have been having their fun!
This week I have been locked out of my running w/lights on, stereo blasting, hood popped up Neon. (a car without power locks and two of them were unlocked when I left the car to check my mailbox).
I've "lost" several items to find them in the first place I looked - note, mostly shiny things of gold or silver...
And some horrible fog (which the natives say is normal, but I refuse to believe) in the mornings - you know the bad zombie movie type fog, no frogs, birds, crickets or sounds.
And lastly some 1.5 ft. gray spectre with a tail running across my dining table - I wonder if cats can have OBEs?
It's been a fun Samhain/Halloween this year. Magick has been afoot since about three days before the New Moon. I can't wait to see what they have cooked up for tonight's entertainment! LOL
| Greetings All, I Read Tarot Regularly, And Have Had Several Odd Occurences... ||Oct 31st. at 1:20:34 pm EST|
|Whitefeather (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario CA) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I read Tarot regularly, and have had several odd occurences with them in the past. ie Knowing about a person's childhood when I've never met them before etc
and tonight (Samhain) I plan to read the cards for as many people as I can to see if the viel between the worlds will be lifted enough for me to see the future/past more clearly than usual. Wish me luck!
| Well, Here's A Ghost Story! Probably Lots Of People Have Almost The... ||Nov 1st. at 9:42:28 pm EST|
|Ariane (Auckland, New Zealand) ||Age: 12 - Email |
Well, here's a ghost story! Probably lots of people have almost the exact thing to tell, but oh well. I was eight, and my ginger kitty Butterball, (1yr old) had been run over a year ago (exactly). Anyhow, I was thinking about him and feeling pretty sad (he was the first pet of mine to ever have died, and at that time, the only.) when I saw a ginger streak run past me. I followed it and I saw Butterball playing in the grass. I was filled with this feeling of love and warmth, and I knew Butterball was safe and happy where he was. And this all happened a just few days before Samhain. Okay, that's my story.
Namaste Om Shanti! =)
| I Hope To Perform Divination This Weekend. I Will Use My Tarot... ||Nov 2nd. at 9:21:06 am EST|
|Moonlight Morgan (Windsor, Ontario CA) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I hope to perform divination this weekend. I will use my Tarot cards and perform a reading for myself, my mother and my mom's friend Charlotte. I might also use the ouija board. (please don't email me about the dangers of the board, I already know, thanks.)
Yes, there was a very unusual experience. Sure, there could have been an explanation for it, but it was sure freaky happening on Samhain night. It was in a library and the back room (you know, where only librarians can go...) the light kept going out and coming on all by itself. Like I said, it could have been some kind of shortage, but it was weird.
I didn't see any ghosts this time but I have seen ghosts before. There are a few living in my house as a matter of fact.
Hope everyone had a Happy Samhain.
| Well, I Read About This Old Fun Halloween Tradition Of Divination: A... ||Nov 2nd. at 12:04:10 pm EST|
|Sepra (nope, Arizona US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Well, I read about this old fun Halloween tradition of divination: A girl will eat an unsalted hard boiled egg at midnight on Halloween in the candle/moonlight while brushing her hair and she can see her future husband. No interest in the husband part right now, but I thought it would be fun, especially since I was trying to incorporate old folk traditions into my celebration. So I did it, except it was 8 pm in the candlelight. I saw like 3 faces, all wierd and then my face morphed into a crone's. So I figure it's either a) The Gods telling me I get around too much :) b) I really will get around too much c) My contacts were really drying out and my eyes were fogging up from me staring at myself in the canlelight while eating an egg and brushing my hair. :)
Some other folk traditions that are fun during the celebration portion of Halloween:
- A girl pulls out a hair and tosses it out the window while saying, "I pluck this lock of hair off my head/ to tell whence comes the one I shall wed/ Fly silken hair, fly all the world around/ Until you reach the spot where my true love is found" It's just cute!
- If with several people: Hide a gold coin and a piece of wood in the food. Whoever gets the gold coin will have good luck, whoever gets the wood should look out for bad luck.
- Not for divination, but for honoring the dead: Some people (I think it's the Japanese) float paper boats inscribed with the dead one's name down the river to keep the spirit alive/ give peace to them and yourself. If you're like me and live in the middle of an urban center in an apartment building with no running water that doesn't go down the drain, paper airplanes are a fun way to do this instead... say a prayer as you "give them wings." It's really cool.
(Note: I keep getting a 404, so If I repost this, sorry.)
| Unfortunately I Had To Work On The Night Of Samhain, So I... ||Nov 3rd. at 11:40:11 am EST|
|Galen Wainwright (New Westminster, British Columbia CA) ||Age: 34 - Email |
Unfortunately I had to work on the night of Samhain, so I was unable to do much of anything that night...
But I do consult several forms of divination, eg. runes, tarot, I Ching as I have the need or when a friend asks me to. When I was in high school I did a reading for a girl I verl much admired, and saw in the cards many of the personality traits that she normally concealled during her time at school. Shortly after that she and I parted ways, but I still can remember the accuracy of that reading...
Some years ealier, after a night of hanging out with some friends who played at Ouija, I was on my way home. While I was waiting for the train, the night took on a quality of 'otherness' that I now know to be a shadow of the other side. It was then that a very old, and to me at that time frightening vision appeared. It showed me just how fragile life was, and challenged me to learn all I could, while telling me that most of the beliefs I had were just illusions. Fast forward twenty years, when I have become a dedicated Wiccan, open minded, and willing to speak my mind about the abuses of society and the planet. I had joined a group of like minded people for the first time, and was invited to open the circle. At one point during the ceremony when we were all reaching out to the Lady, the vision appeared again, this time smiling. It nodded in approval, and said I was now ready to truely learn. When the circle had been closed, and we were discussing what we saw and felt, one of the other participants said that I had undergone a spontaneous Shamanic initiation. Since then I have felt very free and opened spiritually. I have thought about this many times, and I now feel that the vision was in some way a Native American spirit or manitou. Maybe because I hold Coyute the Trickster and Nelvana, Lady of the Northern lights in my personal pantheon....
| On Samhain Night I Did A Tarot Spread For The Year Ahead... ||Nov 3rd. at 1:33:13 pm EST|
|Andraste (New York, New York US) ||Age: 35 |
On Samhain night I did a tarot spread for the year ahead. Nothing spooky happened beyond the cards themselves, which as usual had a lot to say. I'm expecting a very "interesting" year ahead with The Tower apearing for unseen influences !
| Samhain Was A Sad And Strange Experience For Me This Year, And... ||Nov 4th. at 11:24:09 am EST|
|Sunfell (Little Rock, Arkansas US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
Samhain was a sad and strange experience for me this year, and for the first time in years, I did not participate in any of the preparations, decorations, parties, or even rituals, aside from lighting my 'special' incense. You see, my mother crossed over a week before, and I was still in shock from her loss.
But I took a look at my Witches Datebook, and guess what- the actual astrological cross-quarter day for Samhain is Monday, November 6. Somehow, the Powers the Be have granted me a small reprieve, and given me a week to get my head together.
So, on Monday, I will light up another special joss stick, sit down quietly, and do a little divination. It is perhaps a little too soon to expect to hear anything from Mom, but I'll have my 'ears' on just in case. I tend to get my information in flashes, and 'squirts' that I have to sit and mull over quietly. This is very handy, because I don't really need an external device like cards or runes to get info. I still use them to keep my hand in, though- because just looking at a person and telling them stuff out of the blue frightens the heck out of them. They think I can read their minds. Not really, it's the pattern of their actions left on the Akashic levels that I can easily see.
Sorry if my post this time seems a little rambling. I did not expect to start the Year of Rememberance for my mother this soon. Next Samhain will definitely be a special one- one year out- how will my family and I have changed? I am down to one parent now, and feel like I am hanging out over the abyss. It is a strange feeling.
| This Samhain Was Most Interesting, Actually. I Had A Number Of Friends... ||Nov 4th. at 8:59:26 pm EST|
|Bess (Naranja, Florida US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
This Samhain was most interesting, actually. I had a number of friends, all solitare & of many generations, over 4 an open ritual/feast. I am a diviner, have worked in divination since the young age of 8 ( when I was given my first set of Tarot Cards ). Anyway, I was giving everyone readings as they chose, & during 3 of the readings, the candles kept going out. They would be relit, & they would go out. I found it very strange & unsettling, but I also saw it as a very good sign that the veils were indeed thin. So, the next day, I did a reading on my father who is dying of Cancer, & was shocked by the information I recieved - thing's that he had never told anyone made themselves apparent in my head, & the reading has been very accurate so far. I plan 2 continue my daily divinations like always, but this experience has given me a little more insight into the work, & 4 that, I am greatful. I hope everyone has had a memorable Samhain, Blessed Be 2 all.
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