Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saul was afraid of an impending attack by a mighty army of Philistines, who had joined by his rival, David. He gathered the Israelites and camped at Mount Gilboa. He sought advice from prophets and divination by sacred lot and from the Lord, but he received no answer as to his fate or the action he should take. Saul instructed his servants, "Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire to her." His servants directed him to the pythoness at Endor, whose name is never given.
Saul disguised went to the witch the same night. At first, she was frightened that he had come to expose her as a witch: "Behold, thou knowest what Saul has done, how he hath cut off those that have familar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?"
Saul assured the woman he meant no harm and instructed her to conjure Samuel from the dead. She did as she was asked. She preformed her ritual. She told Saul that God was displeased with him for his disobedience and had torn his kingdom from his hands and given to David. The next day he would loose his sons and Israel would be given to the Philistines. When what she said came true, Saul took his sword and fell upon it.
Reginal Scot, the 16th century English writer attempted to debunk witchcraft said, the witch played out her incanttions, lied about seeing gods or angels and about seeing the spirit of old Samuel. He believed the witch was a ventriloquist, speaking in a counterfeit hollow voice.
Just who it may have been who thought the word "witch" in connection with the story of King Saul and the woman of Endor, is not known, but whoever it may have been, evidently he did not like psychics.
Extremely unfavorable overtones and undertones attached themselves to the the word "witch." It does not appear in the Bible account of event. The woman Saul consulted is merely described as a "woman," and she was a trance medium.
The word "witch" appears only once in the entire King James Version of the Bible, in a chapter far removed from the Saul story; and in this one case other versions use other terms. One gives it as "sorceress" and one even alters the sex and refers to it as "wizard."
Nowadays many prominent and highly respected persons of both sexes are reconized as psychic sensitives, such as mediums, clairvoyants, psychometrists, ect.
The correct description when speaking of King Saul's dilemma is "the medium of Endor.
Dictionary of Astrology authur-Dal Lee (c)1968Warner Books, Inc.
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft-Author, Rosemary Ellen Guiley
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Halloween orgins date back 2000 years ago to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (prodounced sow-in). Saturday October 31st is the Great Sabbat Samhain and fire festival. Samhain means "end of summer" and is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrates the beginning of winter, marked by death and is considered to be the Witches' New Year.
In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1
All Saints' Day, a time to honour saints and martyrs.
It is believed that the pope was attempting to replace Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called
All-hollowmas or(from Middle English Alholwesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually Halloween.
November 1, the Day of the Dead (also celebrated by some on November
2)the dead were thought to return to earth. People would leave food
on the tables for them and for would usually stay indoors.
BANSHEE- Spirit of females who come to announce the death of one of their
own number, who is living. Best known in Ireland. The Banshee is mevelovent
and can cause fear-when her wail is low and sweet, an omen of gentle death
is the interpretation, but when she gives an angry wail, death will be
will be violent or fruesome.
HECATE-The goddess ruler of the under world, the queen of the witches.
She gave birth to the Titans; as Artemis (Diana),a figure of night,
she was feared by the Romans and Greeks.
As Artemis-Diana the Earth,Selena-Luna the Sky,Persephone-Proserpine Hell
She has three faces;in the center, that of a woman;on the right
that of a horse;and on the left, that of a dog. Her images were
often placed at crossroads.
She protects witches and helps to make their philters.
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Monday, October 26, 2009
Apple tress that produce blossoms and fruit simultaneously
were one of the features of the Celtic paradise. Avalon, the
paradise to which King Arthur was called, was probably
named after the Welsh word afal. meaning apple. The apple
has always been particularly associated with love and marriage.
Several of the most widely known Halloween's divination
rituals related to apples.
If you want to know the initial of your true loves first name
twist the stalk once for each letter of the alphabet: the stalk
will snap at the right letter.
Place a apple seed representing a potential partner in a hot fire
while saying: 'If you love me, bounce and fly, if you dislike me,
lie and die', and then observing what happens, might produce
the required answer.
If a girl stands before a mirror while eating an apple and combing
her hair at midnight, her future husband's image will be reflected
in the glass over her left shoulder.
At midnight cut an apple into nine pieces, each of which must
be stuck on the point of the knife and held over the left shoulder,
her future husband's image will appear.
Peel an apple in one long piece, and toss the peel over the left shoulder
or into a bowel of water, one will be able to read the first initial of their
future partner's name in the the shape assumed by the discarded peel.
An apple peel hung on a nail by the front door and the initials of the
first man to enter will be the same as those of the unknown lover.
The game of ducking apples: without using their hands, children attempt
to take bites out of apples floating in a bowl of water or suspended on
strings The child is fated to marry the owner of the apple they managed
to bite. The chlidren take their apple to bed and sleeps with the apple under
their pillow so as to receive a vision.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Since the beginning of recorded time almost all people have believed in some form of an after life. Primitive hunting bands that roamed earth believed in immortality of the vital spirit. Most intentionally buried their dead with various tools, personal belongings, and offerings suggesting the belief in life after death. The Egyptians may have mummified their dead bodies so their spirit would recognize their earthly bodies and unite with their wealth and position.
The Sumerian civilization, closest to the truth, had an awareness of the partnership with other living things. They prayed and honoured Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides, the Sun and the Moon to ask for blessings for important endeavours-hunting, gardening, pregnancy and warfare. Ancestral Spirits kept a close watch on their descendants. Spirits made contact with human beings to help work out their destinies.
There are a number of views where and what happens to the immortal spirit after physical death. There are too many stories from the ancient people and the sacred text of different faiths to document. I don't know if the after life can be described in earthly terms. I can't remember infancy and most of my childhood. That doesn't mean this stage of my life cycle didn't happen.
Death of the physical body is not the end of all living things. Death is a transition, a change in being. Our commitment with Spirit Guides over time has drifted apart. The bond has been weakened. People have been conditioned to listen more to their sense of reason.
Earth is far from filled with happy and healthy people. Generations of free will has created the state the planet and ourselves are in today. Self interest activities and other serious wrongdoings have thrown life into conditions we experience today.
In an overly critical environment instability is created on every level. People have a lot of unanswered questions. Most are trying to figure out who they are and wondering if this is it. A brief life span with family and a few good friends, a job, a home, and then dying?
More and more people are unhappy living through trials and tribulations to survive. Sometimes good things in life are hard to find. People need hope. In the face of personal problems or difficulties, to make sense of it all, human beings are returning to their spiritual roots.
Human beings have natural need to connect with one another and spirit (higher power).
Mediums from the highest and greater good interpret messages sent straight from spirit. The information given is what is needed to know, not what one wants to know. Spirit will tell what's coming and give insight into the situation; one's free will decides the outcome.
There is no hocus pocus. The mediums have very little to gain, only their reputation to lose.
Everyone can foretell specific events or details aided by spirit. Human beings can communicate with the spirit of departed persons. Spirit is living and is personally interested in our development. Spirits understand completely how everything is created and will provide one with a much bigger picture. Spirit's aim is to bring messages of hope and recovery.
Spirits who roam the earth do not indulge in the whims of those left behind. Spirits are invested in our physical survival. There is a real possibility of our own extinction due to our doings. It is crucial that we change our thoughts and behaviours.
Our future is in peril. We will destroy ourselves if we continue on the extreme ways of life and do not balance our personal needs and wants for the greater good. We are all created of all things. What we do to all things we do to self.
Life takes on another dimension and meaning when one takes the time to speak with and appreciate spirit. The fact is you will begin to stand up for what is right and act in everyone's best interest.
Spirit will listen to and answer prayers. The information given usually reminds people that they need to form and maintain bonds with others to recognize our unity as one people.
Our true goal in life is to mature and improve by employing honest and constructive means. Each person is assumed to act and react with compassion, insight, knowledge, and respect to create stability.
Spirits want the best for people. I am sure spirits would be pleased if human beings would cultivate earth in a respectful, balanced manner and not cause irreparable harm and damage.
Experience for yourself close encounters with spirit. Honour and respect intelligent intervention in your life. A guard granted to your personal spirit to enable you to travel safely and wisely from one life to the next