Tuesday, December 22, 2009
To my understanding i have i guess believed that intuition and psychic are interchangeable words. Some people would get flashes of intuition, that gut feeling that knowing, where as others would get flashes of psychic information, which to my mind is pretty much the same thing. It is amazing the influence that the media can have on such things.
Perhaps intuition is a form of psychic ability, if you take the term psychic and use it has an umbrella term to mean the ability to receive information from a spiritual energetic source, through all of the senses? And intuition is one of those ways of receiving such information. *ponders this* or perhaps now that i think about it a bit more perhaps intuition is the ability to interpret the information. *ponders this to*
In this tarot blog post, Ginny Hunt outlined three major types of psychic abilities: clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. I quite like the last one as i had not heard of it before and it fits those other ways of picking up information from the either, or wherever. Here i have copied and pasted (quoted) was she has written about those terms)
“Basically, there are three major types of psychic abilities: clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. Clairvoyance is the ability to see images, scenes, visual impressions in one's mind's eye that are extrasensory messages about another person. Clairaudience is hearing things spoken, listening to guides, spirits, or departed ones. Clairsentience is feeling, smelling, tasting or otherwise physical sensations that communicate extrasensory messages.”
But i am still wondering about intuition and weather it is separate? Different from psychics. In my mind i still see the term ‘psychic’ being more of an umbrella term, and that intuition can be interchanged with psychic for those who are uncomfortable with the word psychic. But then i am also starting to see how psychic is an umbrella term with intuition falling into a sub category and that intuition is about interpreting information from extrasensory psychic abilities clairvoyance clairaudience and clairsentience. I suspect that Tarot or divination also falls into the Extrasensory abilities, because while the cards have particular meanings, they fall together in a random way but a good reader will often ‘see’ other meaning s in the cards that are not actually written in books, thus interpret this extra information or hidden information using their intuition. Err... not sure how clear that sentence is... *sheepish grin*
According to Wiki a psychic is as follows “is a person who professes an ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception, or is said by others to have such abilities.” Which if you interpret intuition as being an extrasensory perception then yes it falls into the umbrella term of psychic. This would mean that intuition is a psychic ability especially if you explain intuition as a extrasensory perception. Your gut it telling you something, information that is hidden from the ‘normal’ senses, so to speak.
Currently i am strongly leaning towards intuition as interpreting information that is gained through psychic ability such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience, might take some more thinking however...
I am also wondering what other extrasensory perceptions are there out there??
Hey look some more from trusty wiki..
And finally i hope everyone has an excellent and blessed solstice in both hemispheres.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Recently I started doing some aura cleaning, and interesting exercise from C Penczak’s Living temple book. One of the things that you look for when you are in your deep trance is cords that are connected to you. Some of these cords are unhealthy they are connections that you have with people and places that are no longer necessary, are not healthy for you to have. For me the unhealthy cords were connected with a person. These cords were in many ways created by me as I had a very close friendship with this person, that turned sour in a very nasty way a few years back. And to be totally honest I still feel anger about it all. This anger, hurt, and frustration caused there to be cords. However these cords are not all one sided although many of them are.
The problem I had the other night as I was extracting these cords was in essents the nature of reality. My reality did not match the reality of the person at the other end of the cords. And it was my reality that was called into question several years ago when the friendship turned sour, it was me that was sat on that picnic table as the sun rose trying to decided if I felt was real. It was me who was screaming so loudly in my head that it all faded to white noise. That was me, my feelings, my understanding of this world which was being called into question. That screaming and white noise lasted quite some time, and now I understand that I had actually shoved it under the mat, so to speak as it was all to much to deal with, to frightening to think about, to close to the abyss that is insanity.
Today I spoke with a very wise friend of mine about how I was feeling and if these cords that felt like they were hooked in and the new ones that kept reappearing as I pulled others out were me or that other person? Or was I just making shit up?
This was brought up because of the screaming white noise that was once again sounding in my head. That noise was the prelim, if you will, to that abyss, to that disconnection from this world.
Often as witches and magical workers we are faced with this abyss, this abyss of disconnect, this abyss of the unreal. By our very nature we work a lot inside our heads and with energy that can not yet be measured by science, can not be seen or felt and in many cases considered to not be real. It takes a strong leap of faith to believe that yes magic is real and we can affect the energy of this world. What we risqué is that we take that faith to far and the reality of this world becomes lost amongst the astral wars, goblins, three headed dogs, and magicians from far away planets in a different dimension.
The abyss of the disconnect became a serious risqué for me on that picnic table and I have fought long and hard to realise the reality of this world, this one I am standing on, the one I live in. I have come to realise that this world is a very magical place, and while there are not astral wars, goblins and magicians from far away planets, there is mystery here, there is magic here and there is wonder right here.
So over the next little while I will be dong aura cleaning a few more times to heal this hurt, to remove these cords that are no longer necessary or healthy for me to have. Like the friendship that became unhealthy and is thus no longer, I will extract these cords with love from this world, energy from this world and magic from this world.
This world is where its at.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I have been thinking quite a lot recently about seasons, particularly pagan season of which there are eight. Here in
With Christmas bearing down on us at great knots, there are those wintery Xmas decorations starting to show in the windows of shops, and the famous Kirks, Xmas shop with its shiny expensive heirloom decorations, of snow laden trees, baubles, and jandal wearing, cloak draped Santa’s. In contrast the weather is warming up and the sun showing a bit more often, the days getting longer and the muggles are breaking out their bbq and inviting their friends over for meat and beer.
What does this mean for Witches and pagans of varying hues living in
Others however enjoy this time they spend with their families eating too much, trying to stop aunty hit the sherry again, and herding the children away from the present laden pine tree, with its fake snow, until after lunch when the gifts are allowed to
be torn apart, opened. These are of course age old rituals, and can differ from family to family. In my family where all packed up our presents, food, kids and animals and headed to a place called Mokau, where my grandfather jack built a batch, a very traditional kiwi batch, with its kikouia grass and cactus garden and toilet on the outside and the zip.. oh the zip i have fond memories of the bottom dropping out of the zip, water everywhere, luckily it was not hot water as we had only just finished filling it up. Opps digressing again and yes the batch was sometimes refered to the house that Jack built. (it’s a poem)
Anyway our family would go the batch as it was called, and spend Christmas and new years, fishing, building sand castles, eating, digging for pippies, floundering, swimming and all manner of beach like activities. The Christmas tree was a pine branch that the uncles had ‘found’ somewhere, and xmas dinner was leg of lamb or beef, roast chook stuffed, roast potatoes, kumara, carrots, salads, and for new years there was always a bbq outside. Both were followed with a night time walk down the beach and watching the ocean.. it was pretty cool.
Now as i am older, that lovely batch is no longer, and i am a practicing witch, so how do i relate to this season of summer with its winter celebration? Sure i could ‘only’ celebrate the summer solstice, and ignore the existence of xmas all together but then I have tried this and it doesn’t sit right in my head nor for that matter my heart. So now i am contemplating how can I sanely combine the two.
As a younger Witch when reading the various witchy books out there that explained the seasons and what the stood for i can remember questioning the reasoning’s presented, actually i still to, mostly because these books where written in a different country for a somewhat different climate, sure New Zealand has very distinct Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, but they do not fall precisely on the days that were prescribed in these books. So eventually for me the pagan calander changed and evolved, and these holy days became more times, or seaons. Let me explain.
Firstly i see these holy days, more as sacred seasons, or time periods, thus summer solstice lasts when the seasons have changed over form spring to summer through to the beginnings of autumn, and the actually dates, per say change every year. Take this year for example; the weather in windy
On the last day of October and 1st of November was for us Beltane, although that does depend on what calendar you follow, this was for us in Wellington this year still very early spring, even though we had passed the spring equinox. I suspect that it will be this way up until December, which brings me neatly around to the original point of this post; how to celebrate summer solstice with its Yule trimmings.
Another thing to note is that we on the internet are very much like a global village, so while we are celebrating summer solstice here in New Zealand the southern hemisphere, in places like England, Canada and America pagans are celebrating the winter solstice. Beltane for us just gone, was samhain for the northern counterparts, this for me brings a sense of balance, dark and light life and death, however the seasons of balance are actually the equinoxes, when the days and nights are of equal length, and while this is happening I often find that my life has become decidedly unbalanced.. it’s a thing.
So how to make it all feel right in my head especially the Xmas and Summer Solstice? Things I will have to mull over the next few weeks.