"When the first chakra is disconnected from the feminine Earth, we can feel orphaned and motherless. The masculine principle predominates, and we look for security from material things. Individuality prevails over relationship, and selfish drives triumph over family, social and global responsibility. The more separated we become from the Earth, the more hostile we become to the feminine. We disown our passion, our creativity, and our sexuality. Eventually the Earth itself becomes a baneful place. I remember being told by a medicine woman in the Amazon, “Do you know why they are really cutting down the rain forest? Because it is wet and dark and tangled and feminine.”“ ― Alberto Villoldo  Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas http://amzn.to/1qImyU7 Image Credit: aditya777 @ DeviantArt

"When the first chakra is disconnected from the feminine Earth, we can feel orphaned and motherless. The masculine principle predominates, and we look for security from material things. Individuality prevails over relationship, and selfish drives triumph over family, social and global responsibility. The more separated we become from the Earth, the more hostile we become to the feminine. We disown our passion, our creativity, and our sexuality. Eventually the Earth itself becomes a baneful place. I remember being told by a medicine woman in the Amazon, “Do you know why they are really cutting down the rain forest? Because it is wet and dark and tangled and feminine.”“

― Alberto Villoldo
Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas
http://amzn.to/1qImyU7

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“To become—in Jung’s terms—individuated, to live as a released individual, one has to know how and when to put on and to put off the masks of one’s various life roles. ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do,’ and when at home, do not keep on the mask of the role you play in the Senate chamber. But this, finally, is not easy, since some of the masks cut deep. They include judgment and moral values. They include one’s pride, ambition, and achievement. They include one’s infatuations. It is a common thing to be overly impressed by and attached to masks, either some mask of one’s own or the mana-masks of others. The work of individuation, however, demands that one should not be compulsively affected in this way. The aim of individuation requires that one should find and then learn to live out of one’s own center, in control of one’s for and against. And this cannot be achieved by enacting and responding to any general masquerade of fixed roles.”  ― Joseph Campbell Myths to Live Byhttp://amzn.to/1nPf3Gv Image Credit: Unknown

“To become—in Jung’s terms—individuated, to live as a released individual, one has to know how and when to put on and to put off the masks of one’s various life roles. ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do,’ and when at home, do not keep on the mask of the role you play in the Senate chamber. But this, finally, is not easy, since some of the masks cut deep. They include judgment and moral values. They include one’s pride, ambition, and achievement. They include one’s infatuations. It is a common thing to be overly impressed by and attached to masks, either some mask of one’s own or the mana-masks of others. The work of individuation, however, demands that one should not be compulsively affected in this way. The aim of individuation requires that one should find and then learn to live out of one’s own center, in control of one’s for and against. And this cannot be achieved by enacting and responding to any general masquerade of fixed roles.”

― Joseph Campbell
Myths to Live By
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“We’re not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities. This would be similar to apologizing to our stylist or barber because our hair just keeps on growing. The Earth is a classroom. We’re the students. Karma, life, ourselves, others and the Goddess and God are the teachers, and we can’t always know the answers. Mistakes are a part of human life. Apologize all you want, if you wish, but learn from your mistakes and, if possible or necessary, correct them. Forgive yourself and move on.”  ― Scott Cunningham  Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitionerhttp://amzn.to/WPW0Ey Image Credit: Omer Gordon

“We’re not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities. This would be similar to apologizing to our stylist or barber because our hair just keeps on growing. The Earth is a classroom. We’re the students. Karma, life, ourselves, others and the Goddess and God are the teachers, and we can’t always know the answers. Mistakes are a part of human life. Apologize all you want, if you wish, but learn from your mistakes and, if possible or necessary, correct them. Forgive yourself and move on.”

― Scott Cunningham
Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
http://amzn.to/WPW0Ey

Image Credit: Omer Gordon

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"The spiritual world is like the natural world—only diversity will save it. Just as the health of a forest or fragrant meadow can be measured by the number of different insects and plants and creatures that successfully make it their home, so only by an extraordinary abundance of disparate spiritual and philosophic paths will human beings navigate a pathway through the dark and swirling storms that mark our current era. “Not by one avenue alone,” wrote Symmachus sixteen centuries ago, “can we arrive at so tremendous a secret.”” ― Margot Adler  Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Todayhttp://amzn.to/1qH1rS8 Image Credit: Ashley Foreman

"The spiritual world is like the natural world—only diversity will save it. Just as the health of a forest or fragrant meadow can be measured by the number of different insects and plants and creatures that successfully make it their home, so only by an extraordinary abundance of disparate spiritual and philosophic paths will human beings navigate a pathway through the dark and swirling storms that mark our current era. “Not by one avenue alone,” wrote Symmachus sixteen centuries ago, “can we arrive at so tremendous a secret.””

― Margot Adler
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today
http://amzn.to/1qH1rS8

Image Credit: Ashley Foreman

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"Alone, awesome, complete within Herself, the Goddess, She whose name cannot be spoken, floated in the abyss of the outer darkness, before the beginning of all things. As She looked into the curved mirror of black space, She saw by her own light, her radiant reflection, and fell in love with it. She drew it forth by the power that was in Her and made love to Herself, and called Her "Miria, the Wonderful".Their ecstasy burst forth in the single song of all that is, was, or ever shall be, and with the song came motion, waves that poured outward and became all the spheres and circles of the worlds. The Goddess became filled with love, swollen with love, and She gave birth to a rain of bright spirits that filled the worlds and became all beings.But in that great movement, Miria was swept away, and as She moved out from the Goddess She became more masculine. First She became the Blue God, the gentle, laughing god of love. Then She became the Green One, vine-covered, rooted in the earth, the spirit of all growing things. At last She became the Horned God, the Hunter whose face is the ruddy sun and yet dark as Death. But always desire draws Him back toward the Goddess, so that He circles Her eternally, seeking to return in love.All began in love; all seeks to return to love. Love is the law, the teacher of wisdom, and the great revealer of mysteries.”― StarhawkThe Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddesshttp://amzn.to/1u4b7q4Image Credit: “Matrix of Eternity” by Jonathon Earl Bowser

"Alone, awesome, complete within Herself, the Goddess, She whose name cannot be spoken, floated in the abyss of the outer darkness, before the beginning of all things. As She looked into the curved mirror of black space, She saw by her own light, her radiant reflection, and fell in love with it. She drew it forth by the power that was in Her and made love to Herself, and called Her "Miria, the Wonderful".

Their ecstasy burst forth in the single song of all that is, was, or ever shall be, and with the song came motion, waves that poured outward and became all the spheres and circles of the worlds. The Goddess became filled with love, swollen with love, and She gave birth to a rain of bright spirits that filled the worlds and became all beings.

But in that great movement, Miria was swept away, and as She moved out from the Goddess She became more masculine. First She became the Blue God, the gentle, laughing god of love. Then She became the Green One, vine-covered, rooted in the earth, the spirit of all growing things. At last She became the Horned God, the Hunter whose face is the ruddy sun and yet dark as Death. But always desire draws Him back toward the Goddess, so that He circles Her eternally, seeking to return in love.

All began in love; all seeks to return to love. Love is the law, the teacher of wisdom, and the great revealer of mysteries.”

― Starhawk
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess
http://amzn.to/1u4b7q4

Image Credit: “Matrix of Eternity” by Jonathon Earl Bowser

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"Temperance is to temper, to forge or create, like a blacksmith, alchemist or even artist. Through Temperance, we explore through creation, unifying extremes and bringing new ideas into material form."
― Christopher Penczak  The Outer Temple of Witchcraft: Circles, Spells and Ritualshttp://amzn.to/1CPLNct
Image Credit: Katia Honour

"Temperance is to temper, to forge or create, like a blacksmith, alchemist or even artist. Through Temperance, we explore through creation, unifying extremes and bringing new ideas into material form."

― Christopher Penczak
The Outer Temple of Witchcraft: Circles, Spells and Rituals
http://amzn.to/1CPLNct

Image Credit: Katia Honour

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"In magical thought the human body is the "microcosm" (small representation) of the earth, which is the "macrocosm." The earth is also the microcosm of the universe. In other words, we are pictures of the essence of the planet and, thusly, of the universe. As such, when we change ourselves, we change the earth and the universe. Magic is useful in effecting such changes in our lives, and, therefore, of the earth itself.” ― Scott Cunningham Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic http://amzn.to/Yvayen Image Credit: Unknown

"In magical thought the human body is the "microcosm" (small representation) of the earth, which is the "macrocosm." The earth is also the microcosm of the universe. In other words, we are pictures of the essence of the planet and, thusly, of the universe. As such, when we change ourselves, we change the earth and the universe. Magic is useful in effecting such changes in our lives, and, therefore, of the earth itself.”

― Scott Cunningham
Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
http://amzn.to/Yvayen

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"Then, as now, people’s spiritual interests and activities varied widely. Some were ardent believers and devoted practitioners, while others participated only because it was socially expected. Many were initiated into the Pagan Mysteries, such as the Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries, but many fewer experienced the illumination and spiritual transformation that the mysteries were intended to produce. This is what Plato meant when he quoted an ancient Orphic saying: ‘The wand-bearers are many but the Bacchi are few.’ In other words, many carry the wand of Bacchus in the religious processions, but those truly inspired by the god - the Bacchi - are very rare.” ― Bruce J. MacLennan The Wisdom of Hypatia: Ancient Spiritual Practices for a More Meaningful Life http://amzn.to/1rXbnHr Image Credit: The Priestess of Bacchus by John Collier

"Then, as now, people’s spiritual interests and activities varied widely. Some were ardent believers and devoted practitioners, while others participated only because it was socially expected. Many were initiated into the Pagan Mysteries, such as the Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries, but many fewer experienced the illumination and spiritual transformation that the mysteries were intended to produce. This is what Plato meant when he quoted an ancient Orphic saying:

‘The wand-bearers are many but the Bacchi are few.’

In other words, many carry the wand of Bacchus in the religious processions, but those truly inspired by the god - the Bacchi - are very rare.”

― Bruce J. MacLennan
The Wisdom of Hypatia: Ancient Spiritual Practices for a More Meaningful Life
http://amzn.to/1rXbnHr

Image Credit: The Priestess of Bacchus by John Collier

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