Animal Sacrifices?

chicken-livered – adjective: Cowardly; easily frightened. ETYMOLOGY: The word chicken has traditionally been used to describe a coward. Also, earlier people believed that the liver was the seat of courage. But chicken-livered or chicken-hearted, it’s all the same. Earliest documented use: 1616. Source: Word A Day, by Anu Garg ———— Why am I starting with that definition? First, because it was the word of the day in a newsletter that I get

Kindness

Kindness is not without its rocks ahead. People are apt to put it down to an easy temper and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from. —Honore De Balzac, novelist (20 May 1799-1850) I love this quote. Many mistake kindness as either something that either someone’s default nature (it’s always easy for

Staying Healthy

Everyone is turning attention to staying healthy, with the ever-present threat of the Coronavirus looming over us. It’s clearly making a huge, negative impact on day to day life. While this strain of disease appears to be particularly aggressive and highly infectious, the advice we’re being given is relatively basic. It’s things like “wash your hands and avoid contact with the public”. That’s sound information, certainly. But luckily, there’s a lot more

Art Matters

In a recent Facebook post, I was saying that the arts are in a real state of decline and how, at first, I was incredibly hesitant to say anything about it. The reason for the hesitation being, I assumed that I was probably just guilty of doing that old codger thing of “Why, back in my day…” followed by how everything was better, back then. But I just realized one of the

In Their Shoes

I’m a fan of movies of all kinds. One of the many types of films that I like is what I think of as the “dark journey”. That means when characters go through the uglier sides of life.  A film that I watched recently that captures the dark journey quite well is ”Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot”. It’s a true story of a well known cartoonist in San Francisco,

Two Approaches

Each of us swings back and forth, constantly, between two conflict approaches. The two approaches largely (not entirely) determine how we will experience other people and the world around us. Before you read even one, it’s essential to remember that we’re all susceptible to the baser emotions of fear, greed, hatred, pessimism, an outlook of lack versus abundance, prejudices and so on. Each of us resorts to the less desirable of the

Curses

I’ve been seeing more and more justifications lately of how cursing is supposedly no big deal. Here’s a short list of why yes, it’s actually a big deal. Please note as you read, how the idea of spiritual karma is conspicuously absent from my points. If you happen to believe in karma, then that just adds even more layers of why you shouldn’t do this, to what I’m saying here. Of course,

Magickal Oils

Want to learn how to use magickal oils? All those cool, Hoodoo, conjure oils and Ceremonial Magick formulas? Of course you do. Here’s how to use oils in your sorcery. Name Your Poison OK, so not poison, exactly… but which Element? Obviously, oils are Elemental Water. You’re dealing with a liquid and therefore, they relate primarily to Water. Now, this does not mean that there is nothing of Elemental Fire in them.

The Ritual Bath

The ancient art of the ritual bath… accept no substitutes.  Of the many actions I prescribe in treating various spiritual conditions, the spiritual bath is one of the most powerful. On more than one occasion, I’ve prescribed a bath, only to have the person demonstrate some sort of resistance to the idea. Only after it becomes clear that I’m barking up the wrong bathtub, I’ll change direction. After they try a number of

The Red Pill

Update: since I first wrote this post, some political and social issues have arisen that have put an entirely different spin on what “the red pill” means and implies. I’m not going to bother retitling this piece, just know that I don’t have any part in the various wacko theories floating around these days, that happen to be using the same metaphor as I’m referring to, here. I’m talking about the red