Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Super Moon 2014
First cast a Circle. The Circle should be fully cast, as major acts of Magick that are required by a full moon ritual, need a Witch's total concentration. It is very difficult to maintain a lesser Circle during major Magicks and could be dangerous to the Witch. Once the Circle is cast, kneel before your alter looking up at the moon and say;
"Lady Moon bright and serene,
Shining with the bounty of the Mother,
Look down on us your Children of the Earth.
Come, light of the Goddess,
Fill us with your power.
Lend us your blessings,
Let your light surround us.
Impart to us your light and blessing.
Your love and grace, surround us.
Surround us Goddess,
Surround us with your love."
Once the moon's energy has been called down, a Witch must direct the granted energy. Sometimes, there will be no direction but only meditation. The energy is then released with the undoing of the Circle into the environment. A spell or series of spells can also direct or use up the granted energy. A request can also be made of the Goddess. She may then choose to use the energy you have been granted, for the stated purpose.
"Power blessed to me by the Goddess,
rise in me for healing,
to replenish and renew my being.
Power blessed to me by the Goddess,
Surround me with strength.
By the power of the Goddess,
So mote it be."
Keep the request formal if you want. A more personal prayer will also be heard if you choose not to set your request into words. If there are others within the Circle who have taken part in the ritual, have them also make their own request. I have also heard of group requests that work just as well. As with many other strong Magicks or major rituals, the rite must be closed.
"Goddess and Spirits,
You have heard our voices,
and our Craft has been completed.
Depart with our thanks and our love,
as we eat these cakes to replenish our bodies,
and this water which shall cleans our souls.
By the power of the Goddess and Spirits,
This Circle is undone but not broken,
So mote it be."
Variations on calling down the moon and working with the given energy are all over the internet. There is no version that is the 'correct' version. The correct version, is the version that makes you feel good. Don't hesitate to make your own or adapt an existing ritual.
In the Shamanistic and Wiccan version that I recently did, the Circle was not formally closed. Instead we worked on a beach and let the sea naturally close and undo the circle. This was according to Shamanistic tradition and I found that it worked very well. I went back the next day and found that the circle was as fully washed away and no residues were left. I have given the ritual closing that we did that night above.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Swedish city the first in the world to hold a large-scale trial of autonomous cars by Sam Kieldsen25 April 2014 The Swedish city of Gothenburg is to hold the world’s first large-scale autonomous car trial, with 100 self-driving Volvos used in a pilot project called “Drive Me”. The cars will use 50km of public roads and experience “everyday driving conditions”, where their autonomous capabilities – braking, staying in lane, adaptive cruise control and parking – will be put to the test. While the cars are self-driving, their drivers won’t need to do anything, but will be able to interact using smartphones and tablets. READ MORE: We test Volvo's self-driving car The Volvos in question are defined as “Highly Autonomous Cars”, which mean that most driving functions can be carried out automatically. A driver is however expected to be available for occasional control. The Drive Me scheme is being run in partnership with a host of Swedish government departments, and the idea is to demonstrate not only that self-driving cars work but that they’re safer and more fuel efficient than their human-controlled counterparts. Research suggests that 90-95 percent of traffic accidents are the result of human error, and that autonomous driving can cut fuel consumption by up to 50 percent in certain conditions. (Plus, you get to read your Kindle and sip cappuccinos while your car whisks you home from the office, so what’s not to like?)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Jamaican sprinting superstars Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are part of a proud Olympic record that stretches back 50 years.
During the 1960s, Jamaican athletes were growing up through the prestigious high school 'Champs' before gaining scholarships in America to pursue their careers on the track.
Dennis Johnson, Jamaica's first 100 yards world record holder, had a dream of developing world class athletes at home and helped to establish a sprinting training programme.
As the Queen's Baton Relay arrived in the country, BBC reporter Mark Beaumont discovered how decades of planning have helped to produce some of the world's top sprinters.