Friday, 16 March 2012

Four – is a magic number?

Pagan blog project F

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this post so forgive me if I ramble a bit!

I work with the four elements having done some in depth study with them and I feel I’m quite comfortable and not saying I know everything but I know enough that I can work with them.

I’ve recently been working with the four phases of the sun being dawn, midday, twilight, midnight I’ve enjoyed the different energies and experiences I’ve had and I try to work or at least acknowledge the different times of the day everyday, however small a gesture it is on my part sometime just shutting my eyes under the midday sun and thinking about the sun right over head as it makes it’s journey across the sky.

I’ve recently heard an article (on an old OBOD podcast – sorry don’t remember which one but it was an old one) about the four phases of the moon and the corresponding archetypes that go with that being maiden, mother, wise women, crone, now I’m familiar with the maiden, mother, crone aspect as most are – it’s basic wicca, pagan 101 isn’t it? )0(. But this new wise woman part got me thinking, I suppose I’d always put wise woman and crone together but the more I though about it the more I realised that they are different parts and then I thought about the phases of the moon and realised the need for 4 parts being new, full, waning, dark – praps you have other ideas about this but this is how I see it.  Thinking about the four moon archetypes (I call them that not really knowing if that’s the right name for it – but you know what I mean) got me thinking are there equivalent sun archetypes? Are they necessary? I’m feeling that they are but I’m not sure what they would be – boy, man, hunter, mystic? – that set sort of mimics the moon ones following the life of a man (or possible life or attributes) but strait away I’m thinking that a hunter wouldn’t really go out at twilight – would they? I’m not sure, and I’m pretty sure father is an important archetype so praps boy, hunter, father, mystic? I’ll have to think about that.   I’ve looked about online and not found anything that corresponds with this although I did find list of male archetypes with things like prince and king and knight but that didn’t really feel right to me. Looks like i've got to keep thinking about this!

I’m sure there are loads more ‘fours’ out there – answers on a postcard!

Friday, 2 March 2012

pagan blog project #9

Pagan blog project 

I haven’t been able to do the last few posts but rather than try to catch up all at once I thought I’d do a short ‘e’ post just to get back in the swing of it.

E is for Evening

While working on my OBOD Ovate course it was suggested to say morning and night prayers (for want of a better word) to tune in and take a moment to feel the energies, well the morning devotions I can do and have instantly become part of my daily routine but I just can’t do a night-time one, I get into bed and forget or my husband snoring puts me off!  so thought I’d try at evening and see how that goes. Well I love it, especially if there is a sunset I try to combine it with the sun setting as it felt like the right time. Here is one of my experiences doing a evening devotional.  

The sky was still blue, but it was fading fast, already I could see 3 stars twinkling, I said goodbye to the sun and thanked it for the light and the day. The temperature was falling fast as the sun slipped further and further closer to the horizon, the cold hurt my chest and I could see my breath, I shut my eyes as I said my final farewell to the sun and thought about welcoming the dark. It was then that I became aware of the birds singing, a different song to the dawn chorus, this is a sadder song, like a farewell or was it a lullaby? Were the birds saying goodbye to the sun as well? I like to think so.