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PostSubject: Happy Solstice Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:00 am

Remember who you are.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:14 pm

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Remember who you are.

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Do you?
What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:18 am

Sometimes I forget, but dates like this make me remember.
Here where it is so grey and there is so little light, I remember that this shortest day of the year, in my home is the longest.
I remember the people I love, and how excited we would all be for the approaching oportunity to sit together, to talk and drink and absorb that moment in time.
I remember how bright it is outside, and how bright our eyes are.
And I remember the succession of years, my feet which would dangle over the chair, now touch the floor. My father's hair which is now so grey, the little ones that used to make so much noise but now amaze me with their insight.
It feels very close, though it is so distant.

I was told my eyes are not so bright anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:54 am

Maybe the light can be found within you, instead of you seeking it without you.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:20 pm

You too phon.

Satyr.... You're just weird, man.

But merry Christmas to ya!


And your son.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:35 pm

Was I supposed to be like you: dull and mediocre?

If I had money you would call be eccentric.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:51 pm

Satyr wrote:
Was I supposed to be like you: dull and mediocre?

If I had money you would call be eccentric.

That takes for granted that you wouldn't change with money. I of course, reckon if I had money, I would only get weirder.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:41 pm

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"I call on Thee, kind Muse, to grant a gift,
to loose a stream of swiftly flowing words,
a spring of inspiration, crystal clear,
to nourish fruit from which to feed the soul,
a rushing stream to cleanse my inner eyes
so I may see the ageless mythic truth.
I ask assistance by these very words.
As I have prayed, so may it be!"


Off on a break; Solstice wishes in advance, weal and wisdom to all.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:01 pm

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:57 pm

Wishing one and all a merry yuletide;
nature's own yule-tree...

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:28 pm

Lyssa wrote:
Wishing one and all a merry yuletide;
nature's own yule-tree...
Same to you.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:52 pm

Apaosha, 'like the new look of the forum. Nice work.

Recidivist, thank you and kind of you. Will have to catch up with your posts and the rest.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Wed May 01, 2013 9:33 pm

Beltaine blessings.

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"The Lord and the Lady in sweet dance of love,
Under bright moonlight and stars high above,
Where ever they roll to new life surely springs,
And locked in embrace, their true love's everything,
So open your hearts to the world fair and green,
Their sweet passion's love has created this scene,
Awaken to sunshine and take soul's new light,
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:03 pm

╰☆╮Blessed Samhain╰☆╮

Re-Membrance with one's ancestors...

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:13 pm

Hallowed be thy names.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:16 pm

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Happy Yule wishes and a prosperous new years in advance to all here.

"Appamadena sampadetha."
Forge ahead in vigilance! [Mahaparinibbana Sutta, 6, 7]

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:35 pm

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Hymn to Eos

"Hail, O luminous one, torch-bearing Eos,
Bright herald of far-seeing eye of Helios,
Hail to You, crowned in roses and gold,
You, who are among the fairest to behold,
You, to whom all mortal blessings are wed.
Lo, you have climbed from your marriage bed,
Bathing your limbs in Okeanos’ silver stream
And harnessing the mares of day’s fiery team
That with winged steps into the heavens rise
As Nyx withdraws with maternal sighs.
O daughter of Hyperion, show ever your grace
And by your presence bless the mortal race."

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:35 pm

oh you found me dear
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:50 am

phoneutria wrote:
oh you found me dear

Oh how you spring up like the Spring... what a flower you are  flower 

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:29 pm

After death...come resurrection.

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PostSubject: Happy summer solstice Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:06 pm

Enjoy the light,  and save moderation for tomorrow Smile
It only gets darker from here.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:22 pm

I am on my way back from a wine tasting at a warehouse.
I'm afraid I might have left a lot of money there. I'll find out tomorrow.
Hic!

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:14 pm

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To Autumn

By William Blake, 1769

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stainèd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.
`The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust'ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather'd clouds strew flowers round her head.

`The spirits of the air live on the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.'
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat;
Then rose, girded himself, and o'er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load...



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Guard your roots.

Wishing all a merry mabon and the 'real gold' to your homes.

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:39 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:39 pm

Here is to a brighter day than yesterday.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:38 am

Cheers.
To our inviolable perpetuation on this Jul.
Triumphalis.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Fri May 01, 2015 2:31 pm

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"According to Hutton's "Stations of the Sun", jumping the fire and leading cattle between two fires before taking them to the summer pastures are older customs than dancing around a May pole, which was popularized in the 1830's."

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But esoterically, leading the cows and the senses is the same thing.
May the May Queen and the Horned King come together... happy beltaine.

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Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine." [Sh., A Midsummer Night's]

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The god who knoweth all that lives,  
Surya, that all may look on him." [RV, 1.50]

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" I recognised them at once for having seen pictures of them, and exclaimed in a low voice, with ravishment: "Die Externsteine!"  

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I looked up to the irregular stone shapes that stood between me and the further forest, into which the motorable road leads. The familiar outlines fascinated me. Not that I was, for the first time in my life, visiting a place stamped with the prestige of immemorial Sun-worship: it was anything but the first time! I had seen Delphi and Delos, and the ruins of Upper and Lower Egypt: Karnak and the Pyramids. And I had, in India, visited the celebrated "Black Pagoda" built in the shape of a Sun-chariot resting upon twelve enormous wheels, each of which corresponds to a sign of the Zodiac, and presenting in sculpture the most splendid illustration of Life at all its stages -- in all its fullness -- from the wildest erotic scenes that adorn most of the surface of the lower walls, to the serene stillness of lonely meditation --: the meditation of the Sun-god Himself, whose seated statue dominates the whole structure.

But I had never yet (save once, in Sweden) found myself upon a spot sanctified by the Worship of our Parent Star -- the old worship of Light and Life -- in a Germanic country. And these Rocks, I knew, had been the centre of Germanic solar rites in time without beginning. I felt like a person who has walked a long way and a long time -- who has come from a very, very distant country -- with a definite purpose, and who, at last, reaches the goal. I had now attained, if not the end (for there is no end), at least the culminating point of my pilgrimage through Germany and through life. And I was happy. I had reached the Source where I could replenish my spiritual forces for the eternal Struggle in its modern form: the Struggle of the Powers of Light against the Powers of Gloom...

I  knew that, at the top of that rock is the sanctuary from which the wise ones of old used to greet the Earliest Sunrise, on the morning of the Summer Solstice Day.

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What is left of the Chamber of the Sun, at the summit of the Externsteine.

For thousand years ago and more -- the wise men, spiritual leaders of the Germanic tribes, and guardians of the natural Values that made their lives worth living, would gather, and greet the Earliest Sun-rise, on the sacred Day, in June.

And as they saw it -- one spot of intensely bright gold on the rim of the circular opening; one ray of light into the dark chamber -- they would shout from the top of this rock the spell of victory announcing the beginning ot the great Summer festivity to the people assembled below: "Siege, Light" -- "Triumph, Light."

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"I call upon fire, friendship, waters and the restful night to aid us
I call for aid to the Sun, bringer of life
Revolving through darkness of space, awakening gods and mortals alike
Riding in a golden chariot, looking upon every being
Moving to the northern and southern solstices he journeys
Coming from afar to chase away all distress and sorrow
On a multicoloured chariot decked with pearls and flags
The many rayed Sun sets off powerfully into darkness
White horses draw that golden chariot, bringing its light to everyone
All beings exist in the lap of the Sun
There are three universes, two belong to the Sun
While the other belongs to death and is the home of warriors
He is the kingpin around all things firmly rest
And revolve
Strong winged, lighting up all regions, causing fear to creatures of darkness
What worlds have the rays of the wise leader illuminated now?
He illuminates the eight points of Earth, the three deserts and seven oceans
The golden eyed Sun appears now to give treasures to those who worship
Golden handed, far seeing, going in his path between Earth and heaven
He drives away sickness, and illuminates what was once dark
Golden handed and king leader, come to us with aid and favour
Drive away creatures of darkness assembling at sunset." [RV, 35]

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"When the Constellation of Orion pointed to the Spring equinox16 and the Dragon to the North Pole17, the primordial Indo-European civilization developed there, thanks to the most favourable climatic period ever experienced in that area. However, the climatic optimum began to decline after a while and this put an end to the "kingdom of the gods". Thus the Indo-Europeans were forced to leave their Arctic homeland and migrate southwards.

The polar position of the constellation of the Dragon at that time (in the year 2830 BC the star Alpha Draconis, also called Thuban, arrived within 10' from the celestial pole) made it become the emblem of the starry sky and the Lord of darkness. This is why the Hyperborean Apollo, that is the solar principle, when returning from the solstice darkness "killed" it with his arrows (that is, his rays). The memory of the Dragon remains in the traditional game of the kite, whose quadrangular head and winding tail copy its unmistakable shape (it is remarkable that kites were called "drago" in ancient Italian language)."

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"We meditate on that glorious light of the divine Sun, may he, the lord of light, illuminate our minds". [Gayatri Mantra]

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:17 pm

My friend made this one:


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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:04 am

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"“.. Wicce comes from the Germanic root wic meaning “to turn or bend.“ Obviously it would be very easy for this meaning to extend to “control or change“ in general, and thus on to magical control. Soon wicce would mean “someone with the power to control things, “ or, in our terms, “a talented one.” — Isaac Bonewits, Real Magic (1972; page 124)

In this passage, Isaac Bonewits makes a very understandable error about the history of the word, “witch”—and it got adopted into several major books on Witchcraft. Margot Adler, in Drawing Down the Moon, accepts Bonewits’ theory that wicce derives from wic or weik, meaning “to bend” or “turn, ” and that a witch is “a woman (or a man) skilled in the craft of shaping, bending, and chang¬ing reality” (11).

Starhawk, in The Spiral Dance, says that Witches “were those who could shape the unseen to their will” (29); that “A Witch is a ‘shaper, ’ a creator who bends the un¬seen into form” (32 and 215).

So often, in fact, has this incorrect etymology been repeated that it has almost become “common knowledge.” More recently, however, Pagans — including Bonewits himself — have come to question it. In the 1989 edition of Real Magic, he tells us that “witch” comes from “The Indo-European root weik, some of the meanings of which involve (a) magic and sorcery in general and (b) bending, twisting, and turning. Which of these meanings is the true origin of wicce (a) remains to be settled” (104).

In this article, I demonstrate that the matter is settled based on studies of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots edited by Calvert Watkins, The Ori¬gins of English Words: A Discoursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots by Joseph Twaddell Shipley, and other sources (listed at the end).

These all reveal unequivocally that “witch, ” in the sense of “magic-worker, ” is not derived from any root having to do with “bending.” There is, however, a far more obscure kind of “witch” — spelled identically — in Modern English, which is derived from a word meaning “to bend, ” and this is the source of the confusion.

However, before I proceed to the main analysis, one other author is important to mention, as his theory will be relevant: Robert Graves.

In The White Goddess, Graves writes that the willow, or osier, was a tree “much worshipped by witches” in ancient times, and that “Its connexion with witches is so strong in Northern Europe that the words ‘witch’ and ‘wicked’ are derived from the same ancient word for willow, which also yields ‘wicker’” (173).

Apparently Janet and Stewart Farrar give some credence to this theory, for they quote it in a footnote (A Witch’s Bible I: 22). But what was the ancient word for “willow” to which Graves refers? He does not say, nor does he cite a source for this informa¬tion. As it turns out, this passage is one of many in which Graves proves himself, as Bonewits calls him, “a sloppy scholar” (qtd. in Adler 59).

“Wicked” and “wicker” do have a common root, but “witch” as in “magic-worker” does not share the same root and none of these words derives from a word for willow.

The true linguistic story begins with Indo-European, the name given to a great-great-grandmother tongue, which became one of the most extensive language-families in the world. The descen¬dents of Indo-European include Latin and its descendent Romance languages (Spanish, French, Italian, etc.); Greek; the Slavic languages; the Celtic languages (Welsh, Irish, Manx, etc.); the Indic, including Sanskrit and its descendents (notice, for instance, how the name of the Hindu fire god Agni is related to the Latin word for “fire, ” ignis, from which we get “ignition”); and Germanic languages such as Old English, or Anglo-Saxon.

The Old English words wicca and wicce come from the Indo-European root weik2—one of several very similar Indo-European roots which are differentiated with superscripts. According to Watkins, this root appears “in words connected with magic and religious notions (in Germanic and Latin) ” (75).

Shipley, using a different classification system, names this root ueik III, and explains that it means “divination” (430). According to J. R. Clark Hall’s A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, the masculine wicca (the c pronounced with the hard, guttural k-sound) means “wizard, magician, soothsayer, astrologer, ” and wicce (pronounced with the palatal c, or tch-sound) is its feminine counterpart.

Thus, the word “witch” is connected, from its very beginning, with magic, religion, and divination, not with bending.

In retrospect, this is only natural because the connection between “witchcraft” and “bending” is just a little too remote for comfort. There are, after all, many metaphors by which one could describe the practice of magic.

Some people might construe witchcraft as an act of “commanding the unseen forces by one’s will, ” a conception that would make a witch a “commander, ” not a “bender.” And, while one can conceptualize witchcraft as an act of “bending, ” it is not an idea that readily comes to mind.

In other words, it appears that the supposition that there is a linguistic connection between “witchcraft” and “bending” led to the metaphorical comparison between them, rather than the metaphorical comparison leading to the linguistic connection.

But how did so many Pagan authors get the impression that “witch” is derived from a word meaning, “to bend”? (As a matter of fact, both Margot Adler [n11] and Erica Jong [14] mention weik2 as a pos¬sible ancestor of “witch.” It’s unfortunate that they do not follow up more closely on this lead, for it is the correct one.)

And how did Robert Graves get the idea that witch, wicked, and wicker are all derived from a word for “willow”? The answer is that weik2 got confused with a similar Indo-European root, namely weik4.

Weik4 — which Shipley designates as uei, to which several final consonants including a k are frequently added (426) — is the root having to do with “bending.” It is the ancestor of the Old English wice, pronounced “witch-eh.” This word refers to the tree known as a “wych-elm, ” and also appears in the name of the “witch hazel”: plants that were named, not for their magical properties as one might think, but for their pliant branches (Shipley 427; Watkins 75).

Some other words that we get from this root are “wickerwork, ” “week, ” meaning a bending-around of time, “weak, ” meaning “pliant” or “yielding, ” and “wicked, ” which according to Shipley originally meant “yielding to the Tempter” (427).

The surprising discovery, therefore, is that there is not one but two words in Modern English spelled w-i-t-c-h, and they have separate entries in the OED. One is the familiar term meaning “magic-worker.” The other is “applied generally or vaguely to various trees having pliant branches.” That is, a “witch” is a “bendable tree.”

So, if the willow were ever called a “witch, ” it would explain how Robert Graves got his peculiar notion that witchcraft is derived from a word for “willow.” The descent of the two words is diagrammed as follows:

Indo-European weik2, “magic” or “divination”
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Old English wicca and wicce
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Modern English witch meaning “magic worker”

Indo-European weik4, “bending”
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Old English wice
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Modern English witch or wych meaning “bendable tree”

In Old English, the words wice and wicce, with their single and double c’s, would have been pronounced a little differently: like the difference between “ready” and “red D” (Mitchell and Robinson 15). However, over time this difference disappeared, and the “witch” in “witch hazel” became indistinguishable from the “witch” in “witchcraft.”

Thus today these words are homonyms: they are pronounced the same way and usually spelled the same way—although one has an alternative spelling, wych—but have completely different meanings and completely different roots.

In fact, as time went by, and people forgot the original meaning of “witch hazel” and “wych elm, ” they apparently began to assume that these trees acquired their name because of their magical uses. Scott Cunningham, in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, says that “Witch hazel has long been used to fashion divining rods, hence the common name” (224). Witch hazel may have been used for making divining rods, but that is not how it got its name.

To some extent, it may have even happened that certain divinatory powers were attributed to the witch hazel and wych elm because of their name, rather than the other way around. In other words, it may be fair to say that the name “witch hazel” constitutes an unintentional pun, in that it eventually came to embody both kinds of “witch.”

Finally, since the modern religion of Witchcraft has come to be called Wicca, and its practitioners Wiccans, we should be aware that the “n” in “Wiccan” is a modern interlingual borrowing: it is a Latin suffix denoting membership or belonging, as in words like “European” and “American.” (The word wiccan, “witches, ” does appear in Old English, but there the “n” is a plural suffix: the one that still appears in a few modern plurals like “oxen.”)

If this interlingua borrowing makes “Wiccan” seem awkward or artificial, let us recognize that it is no more awkward or artificial than a word like “beautiful, ” which combines the French beauté (which in turn derives from Latin) with the Anglo-Saxon suffix -ful. Modern English is full of such combinations.

So, I hope I have shed some light on a curious, knotty little quirk in the English language, and dispelled an all-too-understandable misconception about the origins of the word “witch”—or rather, the two words “witch.” (I daresay I just punned on dis-spelled—and maybe some day someone will try to argue a linguistic connection between witchcraft and orthography, since both can be called “spelling.” But that is another story.)

Of course, we Witches can still think of ourselves as “benders” and “shapers” as well as “magicians” or “diviners.”

Only let us not bend the language out of shape."

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PostSubject: Re: Happy Solstice Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:17 pm

And the veils parted.

"Never was owl more blind than a lover." [Dinah Craik]

The Cap and Bells
Yeats

"A JESTER walk’d in the garden:
The garden had fallen still;
He bade his soul rise upward
And stand on her window-sill.

It rose in a straight blue garment,        
When owls began to call:
It had grown wise-tongued by thinking
Of a quiet and light footfall;

But the young queen would not listen;
She rose in her pale night gown;        
She drew in the heavy casement
And push’d the latches down.

He bade his heart go to her,
When the owls call’d out no more:
In a red and quivering garment        
It sang to her through the door.

It had grown sweet-tongued by dreaming
Of a flutter of flower-like hair;
But she took up her fan from the table
And waved it off on the air.        

‘I have cap and bells,’ he ponder’d,
‘I will send them to her and die’;
And when the morning whiten’d
He left them where she went by.

She laid them upon her bosom,        
Under a cloud of her hair,
And her red lips sang them a love song,
Till stars grew out of the air.

She open’d her door and her window,
And the heart and the soul came through,        
To her right hand came the red one,
To her left hand came the blue.

They set up a noise like crickets,
A chattering wise and sweet,
And her hair was a folded flower,        
And the quiet of love in her feet."

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Burn all clutter

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Honour your ancestors, for nothing hardly prospers without their blessings

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Have a charming halloween…

Hob-noblin
Wit de goblin
De Goblin Girl
From da mystery world
Hob-noblin
Wit de goblin
She's black 'n green
'Cause it's Halloween
Raggedy black
Is the way she dress
Little green shoes
'N her hairs a mess
On Halloween night
At de costume ball
She's a Goblin Girl
An' she can gobble it all...

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The snow-man is perhaps a lingering atavism of the pre-historic "ice-men" or totems of men of the ice-age…? Maybe, just pure fun…

When the stag ran away with the fire between its antlers to the edges of the world, the polar bear is said to have been the one that caught the "slipping" or "slippery" time and daylight, much like its known to catch the elusive fish, esp. of the first melt-waters…
In the deeps of the ice-caves however, there be fire-breathing dragons - cauldrons of hot springs…

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Merry yule, hiull, wheel… the year that rolls on… kolo vrat...

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - YEH-rah - "year" carries a connotation of harvest and the completion of a cycle of seasons. In the Nordic languages, its name was ár, best fit, time moving into joint again, catching the scope of the horos - horo-scope, and changing the "jera/gear" …

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"The reconstructed Common Germanic name *jēran is the origin of English year (Old English ġēar). In contrast to the modern word, it had a meaning of "season" and specifically "harvest", and hence "plenty, prosperity".

The Germanic word is cognate with Greek ὧρος (horos) "year" (and ὥρα (hora) "season", whence hour), Slavonic jarŭ "spring" and with the -or- in Latin hornus "of this year" (from *ho-jōrinus), as well as Avestan yāre "year", all from a PIE stem *yer-o-."

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Nietzsche wrote:
""Behold this gateway, dwarf!" I continued. "It has two faces. Two paths meet here; no one has yet followed either to its end. This long lane stretches back for an eternity. And the long lane out there, that is another eternity. They contradict each other, these paths; they offend each other face to face; and it is here at this gateway that they come together. The name of the gateway is inscribed above: ‘Moment.’ But whoever would follow one of them on and on, farther and farther – do you believe, dwarf, that these paths contradict each other eternally?"

"All that is straight lies," the dwarf murmured contemptuously. "All truth is crooked; time itself is a circle."" [TSZ]

Nietzsche wrote:
"Precisely the least thing, the gentlest, lightest, the rustling of a lizard, a breath (ein Hauch), a moment (ein Husch), a twinkling of the eye (ein Augen-Blick) - little makes up the quality of the best happiness." [TSZ]

Nietzsche wrote:
"Oh, how should I not lust after eternity and after the nuptial ring of rings, the ring of recurrence?

Never yet have I found the woman from whom I wanted children, unless it be this woman whom I love: for I love you, O eternity." [TSZ]

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The path to greatness is a concentric expansion, delving into the depths of the self [self as in sum of all past and not the personal self], one accrues time rings like tree-barks. The deeper of your self you open, the wiser you age.
This is what it means to "open your heart" and touching the hearts of others, or what Plato meant by Philosophy as Eros… The fountain from your depths taps into a vein of water gushing up from an ancient past that awakens recognition in the other of a shared source, although the veins maybe different.

Old wells gather water from vast sources and our self widens and widens to all and the world, in ever increasing rings…
Objectivity is an egoism, a collection of these subjective rings of aging, of having dived in deeper,, not its abolition. 

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Led Zep wrote:
"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying a stairway to heaven." [Stairway to Heaven]


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"The verb "to live" was gwei-; it formed an adjective *gw-wos, "alive," which survives in English QUICK, whose original sense is seen in the biblical phrase the quick and the dead. For the notion of begetting or giving birth there are two roots, tek- and the extremely widely represented gen-, which appears not only as a verb but also in various nominal forms like *gen-os, "race," and the prototypes of English KIN and KIND.

Most interesting are the cases where it is possible to reconstruct from two or more traditions (usually including Homer and the Rig-Veda) a poetic phrase or formula consisting of two members. Such are the expressions the "weaver (or crafter) of words," the Indo-European poet himself, *wekwm teks-on (wekw-, teks-)."

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"text (n.) late 14c., “wording of anything written,” from Old French texte, Old North French tixte (12c.), from Medieval Latin textus “the Scriptures, text, treatise,” in Late Latin “written account, content, characters used in a document,” from Latin textus “style or texture of a work,” literally “thing woven,” from past participle stem of texere “to weave,” from PIE root tek-* “to weave, to fabricate, to make; make wicker or wattle framework”. Also *texture."

Latin textura "web, texture, structure," from stem of texere "to weave," from PIE root *teks- "to weave, to fabricate, to make; make wicker or wattle framework" (cognates: Sanskrit taksati "he fashions, constructs," taksan "carpenter;" Avestan taša "ax, hatchet," thwaxš- "be busy;" Old Persian taxš- "be active;" Latin tela "web, net, warp of a fabric;" Greek tekton "carpenter," tekhne "art;" Old Church Slavonic tesla "ax, hatchet;" Lithuanian tasau "to carve;" Old Irish tal "cooper's ax;" Old High German dahs, German Dachs "badger," literally "builder;" Hittite taksh- "to join, unite, build"). Meaning "structural character" is recorded from 1650s."

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"An ancient metaphor: thought is a thread, and the raconteur is a spinner of yarns — but the true storyteller, the poet, is a weaver. The scribes made this old and audible abstraction into a new and visible fact. After long practice, their work took on such an even, flexible texture that they called the written page a textus, which means cloth. [Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style]
So it is a play on words."

If thought can be seen as a thread of conciousness, then the story-teller is spinning long threads together into yarn, which is spun thread.

The extended sense of yarn has only been with us for the past 200 years, when spinning a yarn first began to take on its metaphorical meaning: “to tell a story (usually a long one); also, ‘to pitch a tale’. Hence yarn = a (long) story or tale: sometimes implying one of a marvellous or incredible kind; also, a mere tale.

- loom of language, weave a story/spell, thread of discourse, warp and woof including these, where the textile metaphor has an association of telling lies:

- fabricating evidence, spin a yarn, tissue of lies, pull the wool over X’s eyes, out of whole cloth; subtle having an origin that involved tela, a word I always remember because of modern Spanish telaraña: spiderweb.

'Subtle', from sotil, "penetrating; ingenious; refined" (of the mind); "sophisticated, intricate, abstruse" (of arguments), from Old French sotil, soutil, subtil "adept, adroit; cunning, wise; detailed; well-crafted" (12c., Modern French subtil), from Latin subtilis "fine, thin, delicate, finely woven;" figuratively "precise, exact, accurate," in taste or judgment, "fine, keen," of style, "plain, simple, direct," from sub "under" + -tilis, from tela "web, net, warp of a fabric"."

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"Middle English texte, from Old French, from Late Latin textus, written account, from Latin, structure, context, body of a passage, from past participle of texere, to weave, fabricate.

teks-
To weave; also to fabricate, especially with an ax; also to make wicker or wattle fabric for (mud-covered) house walls.
Oldest form *tek̑s-, becoming *teks- in centum languages.
▲ Derivatives include text, tissue, subtle, architect, technology.

1. text, tissue; context, pretext from Latin texere, to weave, fabricate.

2. Suffixed form *teks-lā-.
a. tiller2, toil2 from Latin tēla, web, net, warp of a fabric, also weaver's beam (to which the warp threads are tied);
b. subtle from Latin subtīlis, thin, fine, precise, subtle (< *sub-tēla, "thread passing under the warp" the finest thread; sub, under; see upo).

3. Suffixed form *teks-ōn-, weaver, maker of wattle for house walls, builder (possibly contaminated with *teks-tōr, builder) tectonic; architect from Greek tektōn, carpenter, builder.

4. Suffixed form *teks-nā-, craft (of weaving or fabricating) technical, polytechnic, technology from Greek tekhnē, art, craft, skill.

5.
a. dachshund from Old High German dahs, badger;
b. dassie from Middle Dutch das, badger. Both a and b from Germanic *thahsuz, badger, possibly from this root ("the animal that builds" referring to its burrowing skill) but more likely borrowed from the same pre-Indo-European source as the Celtic totemic name *Tazgo- (as in Gaulish Tazgo-, Gaelic Tadhg), originally "badger"."

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