Friday, November 4, 2011

Chapter 18. Methinks AQ is flustered.(The athame queen the wooden spoon and the bard)

Chapter 18.  Methinks AQ is flustered.

The main priestess looks a bit flustered and she gestures  to a priestess as she tears round the circle. but the acolytes are confused and skitter around for a moment in confusion.  The acolyte with the book looks beseechingly towards the men robed in black, and then the head priestess.  She looks grim for a moment then shakes her head curtly.   She rustles through her notes for a moment and gestures with four fingers..  You see  the group frantically turning pages.  Meanwhile you notice the energyof the circle dissapating and the mottled colours you saw earlier increasing.  The olde man circles and you see him poking and then an area in front of him sparks and turns black.  He gestures and behind him you see a group of people garbed  in paints and ochres carrying spears and small wooden shields.  They enter the circle and head towards the altar.  Your vision shifts and you see a wind blow into the tent, the ornate altar seeming to totter on one edge, one of the acolytes seems to trip and tugs the altar cloth which pulls the candles and carefully arranged items out of skew. 

The HP seems to have a conduit connected into the energy of the circle and is like a spider having the energy directed towards her priests, priestesses and acolytes.   As the energy builds. you a picture of her in the centre radiant in energy ... with people bowing down to her and her dispensing the manna to who she feels deserves it. 

The energy that was building up in a spiral lashes around the circle, pulling from each person  and dissapates through the black holes and up into the sky.  The head priestess who is running round the circle screaming at the top of her voice.
and then DOWN DOWN DOWN.. and all the acolytes and priestesses and priests fall down flat on the ground.  The head priestess seems to trip and falls down in a nose dive into the hay.  with her legs up in the air. Two quick thinking priests hoist her up. and she totters for a moment.  you glimpse and you are sure you see the olde man removing a spear shaft from where he had held it .. just where the high priestess tripped.  The high priestess is a bit skew wiff... yet somehow the straw in her previously immaculate hair.. and the robe riding up her leg caught in her belt gives her a somewhat more human appeal.  Raising both arms shakingly up to the skies she intones... the energy has been gathered and assigned to its purpose.

A lot of people in the circle look to be drained somehow,  and you feel a bit of a headache. 

Forest's Herbal.. Scullcap



Family:  Labiatae (mint family)
Genus: scutellaria
Botanical Name:  Scuttellaria laterifoli
Other names: Mad dogweed, blue pimpernel, hoodwart, helmet flower
Planet: Saturn                      


There are about 90 species of this plant.
From the Latin Scutella (a little dish).
Used for tetanus,rabies,to induce suppressed menstruation.


A herbaceous, slender labiate plant, scattered over various parts of the world.
The root stock is creeping. Square stems, somewhat slender, paniculately branchedDowny, oblong leaves that taper from a heart shaped base.
Flowers are in pairs.  A blue colour.

Dosage, Preparation.constituents.

Constituents: flavonoids, tannins, bitter, volatile oil, minerals.
Actions: relaxing nervine, antispasmodic,astringent, sedative.
Parts used: Herb
WARNING: this is a powerful herb, its usage should be sparing.
Overdoses can cause giddiness,stupor, confusion of mind, twitchings of the limbs, intermission of pulse.
The inhaling of the smoke either through incense or smoking. 
Steeping of leaves in tea.
Infusion #1A, 3 times.
Powder, 15-20 grains.
Herbal Combinations: see Tension Headaches: Brain Tonic: Headache tonic: Sleepless nights:

Usage and Healing:

An excellent tonic to strengthen and support the nervous system.
Herbal Usages
The inhaling of the smoke or drinking in a tea form. soothes the nerves and mind. 
Useful to decrease fear states and to help study and meditation.
Convulsions,hysteria,insomnia, hydrophobia, neuralgia,  headaches, spasms,suppressed menstruation, Nervous fear, cardiac irritability, spasms, muscular twitching, frontal headaches, Nightmares, migraine with aching eyeballs, nausea, colic, diarrhea.
Useful in substance abuse withdrawal. (alchohol, drug)
A small amount in a ritual cup can be shared at a handfasting  as the vows are exchanged, binding them and making them sacred. SEE magickal properties.

Magickal Properties:

A strengthener and binder of vows,oathes, and to consecrate vows and commitments.
to be used as protection by a spouse from  the charms of the opposite sex.
Also can be used as part of a handfasting ceremony of those willing to make a lifelong commitment.
As with any usage with intent there are consequences in breaking  a promise.

Forest's Herbal.. BASIL

Basil (bush)

A herb with much discussion on its virtues and qualities.
Culpepper  calls it “ a herb which all authors are together by the ears about”
It is associated with death, misfortune and love and romance, depending on who you read and talk to. 

My old herbal teacher used it as an excellent example of the wholistic aspect of all herbs.  Depending on how you use it it can either cause love  or across to misfortune. As Parkinson quotes, “ being gently handled it gives a pleasant smell,  but being hardly wrung and bruised would breed scorpions”
As one of the central tenets of many herbalists.. Like draws like.    He also commented that  maybe love is like a death of transformation.. for once you touch love then you are changed forever.  It is a herb of strength to provide fortitude and moving forward in difficult situations, so perhaps no wonder it is associated with such intense areas as love, and death. 

It is a good herb for the kitchen, useful as a green herb, in salads, soups, eggs, with nearly any red meat, in all tomato sauce and in general cooking.

Lore and Magick
Basil is associated with love and romance and also death and misfortune.

It is associated with the mythical basilisk, sometimes called basilicon.
It is seen as an antidote to  stings and bites.

It is linked with  the rites of initiation, with giving courage in times of hardship and helping  the soul on its next stage on its journey of being whether it be a shift in this life or towards the next.  It is a herb of compassion and linking together of people who eat of it at table.  An old traditional gift was a small pot of basil.   It is also planted at grave sites to speed and guide. 

It is also a powerful herb to be used in invoking courage and the strength and conviction to move forward in a centred manner no matter what the dangers or the situation.  Of protecting against the fears and perils when moving along a spiritual path.

Sweet basil can be used to invoke salamanders  elementals  of fire.

Aromatic, Tonic, Carminative, anodyne, antiseptic.
Useful externally for minor wounds, scratches, abrasions,  and bites and stings.  The Oil of this herb is soothing  and promotes quick healing.

Used as loose incense on burning coals or used as a ritual drink.

Internally it is good for irritated nerves, particularly with the stomach.

According to Gerard, That the smell of Basil is good for the heart and for the head. The seed  cures the infirmities of the heart , takes away sorrowfullness which comes of melancholy and makes a person merry and glad.

Memories of my father who is Ian.

Memories in my head
Attached to my heart.
Trying to find the words
To say I love you
And appreciate so much what you have done for me.
As a father , as a person.

I am forgetful of things.
Write less
Think and feel more.

No matter where I am
Where you be.
You are always in my heart and soul

Birthdays come once a year and are special times.
I feel a sense of loss when I forget someones special day.
I never forget you as a father but I feel sometimes I don’t appreciate or give you aknowledgement as a person.

My special times are especially when you and I are far away
Like tonight travelling to get chinese food.
Remembering the time when we used to go get chinese and the two of us would eat steamed dim sims together.  It was these little seeming times when I and you were together that I remember and cherish the most.

Remembering the time we were adults together drinking at a sake bar and realizing I was your son but definitely not a child anymore and looking at you as a person not just as a father.

I don’t think I show you enough how important you have been
And how special you are
And how I DID notice when you did so many things for me
And quite often at cost to yourself.

I thought and felt of you for many years as my father.
Someone I have quite often taken for granted and know is just there.
I forget the man Ian.
Forget to be a father you have sometimes had to let Ian go.

I love you as my father.
I respect and like you as Ian the man
And the more I have got to know you
The more I realize there is lots about you
That I have taken on board and integrated in my life.
Because deep within I have agreed with and liked how you approach life.

Part of you does live in me
I am my own person too smiles uniquely marty which is many different things.
Some of the memories that flashed and attached to that dim sim are below in no particular order.

Chinese steam dim sims just you and I munching them in the car on the way back home.
Crafting of a dilemna of wood metal and wheels that sped down hills with incredible abandon.
A place of adventure built high above sandy expanse where many special times were spent.
Watching a first aid box transformed into a house roof  with stairs and doors, windows and window boxes.
Smell of wood and metal.
Feel of shavings in my hands.
Putting a tube in a slot and watching wide eyed as it sped up the wall and across the room and out.
Hearing tijuana brass on the tape deck.
Travelling around australia towing a crafted trailer behind us.
The hand at the tiller as I clambered up front.
The captain going down with his ship.
The wind in my heart as we parted the waves and listened together to the rippling of the water.
Sitting in a sake bar drinking  as a man with my father.
Racing to a train laughing.
Speaking at my wedding with warmth and love.
Bumping your head on airconditioners and sharp corners
Forgetfully intent on one thing while leaving another be.
A boat handcrafted from another country and visions of jungle.
Taking me to a swimming pool with a kayak and watching with bemusement.

I love you dad.
I like you Ian.

A journey of sound and imagination the path of the bard

Music and sound are central parts of me as a person and also of my spiritual path.  It permeates everything I do and hear.  I would like to guide you through a bit of a journey to discover and explore sound through the ears , eyes and body of a bard.  This is an interactive experience.  I will be using a combination of exercises and sounds, to give you an idea of the journey we are going through.  Most of my adventures involve a wholistic approach, that incorporates the body, mind, heart and spirit.  In a sense an event and a process, some might call it almost a ritual.  So follow me along this journey if you wish,  experiencing an adventure.
Remember that you are your own person, and it is your choice as to what you experience , how you experience it and what you take from this.  My aim is to give you an idea of concepts of sound and music.
To in effect absorb you into sound.  In the same way that an artist would absorb you into their paintings.
To give you an idea how my music is an all encompassing  life for me.  It also will give you a view into the spiritual and everyday life of one who follows the bardic path.   I will include snippets and aspects that cover varous

 I will be using sounds as we work our way through.  A advisory note, these sounds will be midi sounds, the quality of these sounds depend entirely on your computer and your sound card.
Audio sounds take much longer to down load .  So in some instances you might have to use imagination..with the sound.

I will be using a couple of physical exercises based on yoga, meditation and martial arts.  You can either actually do the exercises or merely do them in your mind using your imagination.

Breathing  and breathe is the most important aspect of anyones being.  Yet it is very important and vital for a bard who uses voice and music.  Breathing deeply from within is a vital technique.  The ancient yoga and martial arts of becoming aware of the breathe brings you into the present moment. Breathing in and out, it is easy to become aware of your breathe and follow it.  It is by breathe that I speak and play music and tell stories.

Your spirit is a combination of many things.  Being on the web in some ways we are limited in what we can use.   Yet to me also imagination is an amazing resource, which underlies creation, books, meditation, visualization, and is tied into your intent as well. 

With any thing that I do I make sure I am centred and aware of my self.  That I am focused and intent on what I am doing.   Below is a couple of exercises that can help.  Please adapt them to work for you. I found in conducting meditation. Yoga and martial art classes that each person is different, or as I put it no one tune is the same.

I will be working through body and breathe and sound .

body grounding
This is how I get my body centred and is a very basic technique there are many different variations.

Head and neck.
Slowly lower head towards left shoulder,
gently stretch neck and letting neck relax
breathe in and then on the outbreath return head to centre.
Slowly lower head towards left shoulder
gently stretch neck and letting neck relax
breathe in and then on the outbreath return head to centre.

Slowly lower head backwards, gently stretch neck and let neck relax.
Breathe in and then on the outbreath return your head to the centre.
Slowly lower head forwards and rest chin on chest.,
gently stretch neck and let neck relax.
Breathe in and then on the outbreath return your head to the centre.

Starting with chin on chest,
slowly roll your head over your left shoulder,
round your back
over your right shoulder
till you come round to the front again.
Do this SLOWLY and gently about 5 times.
REVERSE the direction.

Rotate your left shoulder in a cartwheel motion
swinging from front to back in a arc.
Feeling the tension loosen out. Do it again from back to front.
Shake out your arm gently letting it loosen and flop.
(Do the same with your right shoulder.)
Do the same with BOTH arms together.
Then gently shake out your arms feeling the tension shake out like droplets from
your fingers to be soaked up by the ground beneath your feet.


Lift your left foot off the ground,
pointing your toe towards the ground.
Rotate your leg in a clockwise direction in a small circle
stretching your leg as you go.
Feeling the stress and kink release out.
Take your foot in your left hand
lift the leg up bending until your foot goes as far as it is comfortable.
Leaning forward slightly bend the leg up and stretch the whole leg feeling your hip
loosen slightly


For the moment we will deal with the ancient computer stance.. and I will include
standing , sitting and lying stances as well.  How your stance is composed effects the energy flow in your body, whether it is blocked or flowing.


Stand in a relaxed position.
Feel as if you have a steel rod going from the top of your head down your spine into
the ground.
That this rod is supporting you so you can let your body relax.
Feet slightly apart. (toes facing the front)
Legs very slightly bent.
Hands loosely by your sides gently curled.

Sitting at computer

Feet flat on the floor, legs relaxed and not cramped.
Your bottom sitting back against the back of the chair.
If your chair is adjustable make sure the back of the chair is adjusted to fit your
lower back comfortably.
Arms should be relaxed and the keyboard should be in easy reach. ( Use a wrist
guard if you can to stop your wrist dropping and stressing)
The Keyboard should be straight in front of you as should be your monitor to
minimize twisting of arms torso and head.

Lying down.

Lie on your back (with a small pillow under your lower back if its needful).
Legs a couple of inches apart. Feet gently splayed outwards.
Arms close by your sides your hands rolled outward and gently curled.
Feel as if you are gently stretched from head to toe..
That you are gradually sinking into the surface you are lying on as you breathe.

Breathe focus
Imagine a cool winter day when the air comes out of your nose and mouth in silvery
white plumes.
Feel the icy freshness of the air.
Take a gentle , slow , deep breath in through your nose.
Feel the air entering your body and flowing slowly down your nasal passage, past
your pallete
Down your throat into your lungs.
Hold your breathe and feel your heart beat and the oxygen flowing out through your
Feel the toxins and wastes gathered up.. and as you breathe OUT feel it all flowing
out of your body.
Do this a couple of times.

Diaphragm… the squeeze box of breathe.

You diaphragm is located below your rib cage towards your lower back.
It is likened to a squeeze box. Or a bellows.
Most people breathe shallowly from their chest or stomach region and not lower
When you breathe normally your stomach rises with your in breathe and falls with
your out breathe.
Tense your stomach muscles so that when you breath there is resistance to your
stomach moving.
Put your hand on your lower back ..
The other about an inch and a half down from your sternum bone.
You will then feel your diaphragm a little bit more now. Feel it move as you breathe
Feel as if you are breathing into a Looong tube that is deep deep down.
When you breathe feel as if you are breathing from your toes.
(don't get discouraged if you cant feel a difference).
Try the visualizations of breathing from your feet .

Basic Mediation Breathe V 1.01.

Breathe In through your nose (be aware of your diaphragm).
Breathe in on a count of 1000 , 2000,3000, 4000.
Hold the breath for the same count.
Release the breathe on the same count.
Hold for the same count.
Start the cycle again.

Everyone develops their own timing.
The technique with this breathe is the SAMENESS of the in and out flow.
This helps to create a ongoing flow for meditation.


A Brief Drum Meditation.

                           Stand in a relaxed position.
                       Feet slightly apart legs slightly bent.
                        Hands held loosely at your sides.
                         Take a couple of deep breaths.

                        As you take your deep breathes.

                                 I sit and focus
                       slowly drums and plays some music
                      vizualizes your toes and works slowly
                  in a swirling pattern up your body inch by inch
          as you breathe in you take in fresh energy from the earth mother
            as you breath out your sickness and crap and any residuals
                    is gathered up by the drumming and music
              and you can feel the vibrations going through your body
                         cleansing and massaging gently
                             relaxing your muscles
                      wiping away all old stuff and residuals
                        slowly swirling around your body
                                 getting higher
                         and it moves above your head
                       you are encased in a swirling energy
                sucking gently away at all the detrius and residuals
                      cleaning you with the elements of life
                       the vortex closes gently around you
                       you are surrounded by a safe place
                     insulated from the world for a moment
                   your favorite place in the whole wide world
                       a place you feel safe and protected
                      you are cleansed like a new born babe
                and for a moment you have time to gather your self
                   without the pressures of the everyday world
                          feel the sunlight basking you
                              the rain washing you
                             the wind brushing you
                 the night cleansing you with the moon in the sky
                            magickally a day passes
                             your breathe smoothes
                                 and you relax
                        and gradually the vortex dissolves
                    the everyday world gradually coming back
                        yet you find that it is a bit easier
                      as you have been cleansed and rested
                            if for a seeming moment.

                          Gently the drumming softens.
                                  I sit back.

A whimsical tune and point of view by forestmuse.

The nite is also of the moon and the goddess,
binding the world together in a silvery light
The grandmother moon peers down and shines her light and wisdom onto mother earth.
The night is a place of shadows and change as well as a special light that surrounds and shows your form that is not shown during the day.
Day and night revolve around the earth watched by the moon and sun.

Christian, Buddhist, Pagan, tribal and many other paths of spiritual growth are followed all over the globe.
A weave of energies twine.. sometimes connecting .. sometimes not.
Yet in the end they are all a part of the mother goddess and of the world that we live in.
Each are a path to be followed and a lesson to be learned.
Each path recognized by the follower as familiar and making sense.
Some paths are slender and followed by few.
Others are wider and have a group of people following together.
Quite often paths meet in glades where people sit and chat finding common ideas and beliefs.
Other times one path may go high over a mountain while another goes through a valley.

When following together  a path of spirit and wisdom common terms come to be used that are understood by all following that path.  Quite often some of these resonate through many paths and glades some only light and enliven the path alone.  Even on the same path different things may be seen. For one person they can see many people walking their path and mingling together.  Another may see themselves as being alone, even amidst a crowd.  Some people on the same path join hands and talk with who they meet. Others walk fast concentrating on their own vision not seeing those around them.

In glades some people keep to themselves and others stand on tree stumps and proclaim and describe their path of where they have been and where they are going, attracting people to their story and belief.
Some people sit listening to one person then another weaving each into their own personal path

Signs and labels on paths spin past… jihad.. religion… spirituality… all are merely handles on which to hold.  Some are recognized by the society around them,  witchcraft, paganism, christianity, buddhism amongst others..A handle and picture on which to define where you follow. In some cases a permission to practice in a society. 

Follow the path with heart

Chapter 26. Celebration and an ending of this story.. bows. (The athame queen the wooden spoon and the bard)

WS voice rises again,,  blessed be and merry met.. and now it is time for celebration.. for the gifts we have received and the gifts we have shared and given.  Drink and share the water of life.. Eat and share the bounty of the earth.  (you see flagons being passed round and trays with food).  Now stay a while and talk and play and sing and dance.  For this is the spiral of life , always here, never closing.  Blessed be.. Blessed be.   WS nods… and the music starts up again.. and over in one corner  someone starts singing the battle of the trees.  Some people start dancing .. some stop and chat.. The scene whirls for a moment and it gradually fades and you find yourself back in your favorite spot and place.

Now is the time to leave this story and to gather yourself and come back into the world as we know it.
I thank you for joining me for this tale…  and hope it entertained and perhaps informed..  As with life there are no tidy endings…. The Australian pagan scene is a conglomerate of a variety of peoples.  Sometimes we work together.. a lot of times we don’t.. There are people who are in paganism for a number of different reasons.  I would like to say that AQ saw the error of her ways.. yet she still goes around the same manner.. attracting new people who are gathered to her like a moth to flame.. Yet she tends to not keep all that many around for all that long.  WS is still wandering around looking for that perfect stick.. Sometimes her rituals go together with flow, and sometimes they work  and don’t work.. Looking at the way tools were seen and used seems to point that  it doesn’t matter WHAT the tool is it is what goes into it.  There is a place for ritual and a place for intuition.  There are also a myriad of different paths and flavours.  It is up to you to explore and follow what you will from YOUR heart.