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Celtic New Age Memoir

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , , on November 25, 2012 by Drogo

My early involvement in the 1990’s Celtic New Age Movement

During Catholic high school (1992), I studied World Religions; and decided that the religion that fit me best was Celtic Wiccan. Before then I had been Methodist – Agnostic. Now I realized how much I loved Nature, and how much flora and fauna were a part of my life. The more I studied literature, art, and architecture my beliefs were confirmed.

When I got home from school, I would go downtown (in Harpers Ferry), and visit the Herb Lady Shop. Often the ladies that worked there would play celtic music, like Clannad and Loreena McKinnett. Well the atmosphere was seducing, and my entire soul told me that the rapture of the “New Age Movement” was paradise on earth.

So together with other local pagans, we formed a coven, founded a circle, and practiced loving magic. Later in times of heart-break, it was Wiccan love magic that helped me survive. The celtic and eclectic new-age love that I found within myself, still survives to this day, and I am always tending its immortal flame.

This path also led me to eventually become an environmental architect, into the 21st Century! I will never stop fighting for what I think is right, and it is still embodied in my faith. Blessed be the gods and goddesses of nature, and all the elements!!!

Celtic Music favorites

– Drogo Firewalker Hawthorn Empedocles III

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Celtic Magic Books

Posted in Book Reports, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by Drogo

Drogo’s Celtic Magic Bibliography

Basic books for Celtic Neo-Pagans (including Wiccans)

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Celtic Mythology 1996 – Proinsias Mac Cana

Celtic Mythology 1997 – Thomas Rolleston

Celtic Mythology 1999 – Arthur Cotterell

Celtic Mythology 2003 – Catherine Bernard

Celtic Mythology 2004 – John MacCulloch

Celtic Mythology 2007 – Corona Brezina

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Celtic Magic 1990 – DJ Conway
Celtic Shaman 1993 – John Matthews
Modern Celtic Shamanism 1995 – DJ Conway
Celtic Women 1998 – Edain McCoy
Taliesin 2002 – John Matthews
Advanced Celtic Shamanism 2004 – DJ Conway

Celtic Culture: History Encyclopedia 2006 – John Koch

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Druids: Origin and History 1995 – Lewis Spence

Druids 1998 – Peter Ellis

Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature 1999 – Jean Markale

Druids and Druidism 2003 – TD Kendrick

Druids 2006 – Morgan Llywelyn

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Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft 1986 (Wicca) – Raymond Buckland

Wicca: Solitary Guide 1989 – Scott Cunningham

Living Wicca 1993 – Scott Cunningham

Wicca Spellbook 1994 – Gerina Dunwich

Wicca: Complete Craft 2001 – DJ Conway

Wicca Handbook 2008 – Holland & Buckland

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Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)

Posted in Nature Studies, Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2011 by Drogo

Smooth Garden Tobacco

Historically Mugwort was also called Sailor’s Tobacco. It can be smoked, chewed, eaten, brewed in water for tea, cooked as an herb, or used as potpourri. Mugwort leaf is similar to Mums, Wormwood, Sweet Annie, and Monkshood. The flowers are small white or magenta clusters that easily reseed themselves annually, and spread with multiple individual root bases and stems nearby (not as a unified root group clusters like catmint or lemon balm). It is smoother and more mild than tobacco or pot, so it blends nicely with those.

Mugwort grows as an annual from Spring to Fall, dies, and grows back next year from its own dropped seeds. My experience chewing it is that it numbs the tongue, and its taste is mildly bitter like tea leaves. Inhaling Mugwort smoke has a Thujone chemical effect on the mind, somewhere between Nicotine (tobacco) and THC (pot). I have had very vivid dreams after ingesting and smoking a few pinches of crunched Mugwort leaf. Mugwort remains very magical.

I highly recommend trying Mugwort if you like Tobacco or Cannabis (pot). The side effects do not seem to be worse than either of those; however those with allergy to pollen may have an allergic reaction; additionally there is some evidence that it somehow over-stimulates the uterus in pregnant women which can lead to abortion. Testing is not conclusive yet. Further more Mugwort is completely FREE and LEGAL and not lethally toxic or poisonous (with possible exception of fetuses). To be safe, women should not use mugwort while pregnant*.

Other names for Mugwort:  Artemisia Vulgaris, Witch Herb, Old Man, Old Uncle Harry, Artemis Herb, Muggons, Muggins, Mugger, Sailors Tobacco, Apple Pie, Smotherwort, Felon Herb, St Johns Plant, Cingulum Sancti, Johannis, Mother’s Wort, Maiden Wort, etc..

* Some claim it can cause miscarriages because it stimulates menstruation, so it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Harpers Ferry Magic, Elemental Intro

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by Drogo

I.     Elements: of Nature, Existence, & Us

Elements specific to Harpers Ferry (listed in book)

 

Air        Gemini Mercury, Virgo Hephaestus, Libra Amore’ Harmony

East      Paralda, Aiet, Yellow Amarillo, Winds, Zephyr, Seraphim

East Rises the Sun between the 2 mountains, dawn drifting to DC

East Coast United States, Wake Up Flying, Good MorningWelcome!

 

Fire                Aries Mars, Leo Sol, Sagittarius Jupiter Yang Heart

South           Deas Energy Catalyst, Red Life Flame, Djinni, Tan Delta

Metal forged by fire was used in the First Federal Armory for Firepower!

Fighting brings Flux, John Brown’s Raid, and Civil War blood stained.

 

Water    Pisces Fish, Aquarius Well-Spring, Cancer Yin Moon

West      Aqua Iar, Blue Niksa, Liquid Waves, Poseidon Triton

Setting Sun over Charles Town Races, Pouring Gateway to WV!

River waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah float downstream to DC.

 

Earth         Taurus Mithra, Capricorn Saturn, Scorpio Pluto

North    Tuath Terra, Green Brown, Virdant Herne, Anubis Geo Ghob

Geology; Shale Limestone, Red Clay Soil, Black Silt Dirt, Sand & Mud!

Woods full of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and plants grow.

 

Spirit Synthesis of Place, Metal, and More

Geographic Geometric Triangles

 

Diagrams of the tri-state area, plan in relation to perspective view.

Energies converge here throughout time, conflicting and combining;

Flowing together and merging as the Potomac and Shenandoah…  

* excerpt from the 2006 book “Harpers Ferry Magic” by Drogo Empedocles. Please document your reference if you share this post.

 

Greene Lady Music

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Pagan, Song Lyrics & Analysis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by Drogo
About Greene Lady Music
Greene Lady Music was founded by husband and wife team Doug and Jenna Greene to produce and promote Jenna’s original music and to teach people the holistic healing power of music.
Jenna Greene
“The Greene Lady”, is a Celtic singer-songwriter and harpist, a weaver of myth and magic. Her songs are inspired by the essence of ancient lore: the quest to follow one’s own dreams and a child-like wonder toward life.Crossroads, Jenna’s debut album, is a collection of original songs. Each one is a journey, inviting the listener to explore the realm of ancient nature mythology, the wisdom of our ancestors, and how that wisdom can heal our planet and ourselves. She is currently working on her second album Wild Earth Child which she describes as an “ecstatic celebration of Nature’s dance.” These new songs explore the broader world of myth, incorporating Celtic, African, Spanish and Middle-Eastern influences.

You can find Jenna performing at holistic healing, eco-spiritual, environmental, faerie and Goddess festivals as well as Celtic and Renaissance faires all over the Northeast US. She interlaces her ethereal ballads, drum-driven songs and powerful chants with funny anecdotes and sing-alongs while accompanying herself on harp and percussion. Her husband Doug joins her on bodhran, Irish whistle and Native American flutes. New England folk guitarists, drummers and didgeridoo players often make guest appearances.

When Jenna isn’t performing or recording, she offers sound healing sessions and teaches workshops utilizing singing bowls, gongs, chanting and affirmations. “Almost all creations myths state that the Creator spoke or sung the world into existence. If we all have the Divine spark within, then these myths make a profound statement about the healing power of our own voices. Joined with the human voice, the bowls and gongs add healing vibrations, while affirmations and visualizations help people to shift their perceptions from worry and fear to love and inner peace.”

A theatrical production is also in development for Jenna and her music. Co-created with other performance artists, she will be part of a show filled with music, rhythm, dance, colorful costumes and dramatic lighting, an experience that entertains as it explores the common ground between cultures and spiritualities.

Doug Greene
is a sound healer and a true Aquarian, ever questing for deeper knowledge. He has intensively studied the works of Dr. Mitch Gaynor and mythologist Joseph Campbell. He brings together the wisdom of these two teachers in a refreshing and thought-provoking way. His recent studies have led him to explore the world of cellular biology and how our minds and music effect our bodies in profound ways. For over 30 years, he has been involved in ritual arts and performance arts including theater, sound and lighting design, orchestra and co-producing Jenna’s debut album Crossroads.

* Visit the Greene Lady Music official Website
To quote Independent Reviewer, Mike Gleason:

“This is a thoroughly enjoyable musical voyage. It is a mixture of hauntingly beautiful songs and the spoken word. These are not “traditional” Celtic songs (i.e., ones which have composed part of the Celtic heritage for generations), but there are strongly Celtic-themed songs. They tell stories which seem comfortingly familiar, even though they are new. They call to a part of the psyche of which we are often reluctant to acknowledge, not because we fear it, but simply because it lives in the background of our daily life. …”

(to read the full review, visit Greene Lady Music Reviews website)

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Here are the songs on Jenna Greene’s album “CROSSROADS“:

(as you can see its all good stuff!)

Harvest
I-Breasil (The Otherworld)
Bard Song
Crossroads
Dance with Me
Herne
Lady Moon
Acceptance
Rise Up Singin’
Spring Love
Legends (The Handfasting Song)
The Mating Dance/Beltane
Soul of Nature
Believe

Barbara Ninde Byfield

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Drogo

Author & Illustrator Barbara Ninde Byfield 1930-1988

Barbara Ninde Byfield was born in Abilene, Texas. She grew up in the West and Midwest. As a young adult she attended the University of Wyoming and the Art Students League of New York.  For decades later Mrs. Byfield lived in Greenwich Village, NYC with her daughters Barbery and Tamsen in an old farmhouse with 7 fireplaces and Boston ivy. Barbara Byfield was an author and illustrator for many unique books from 1962-1978. Her books have a personal style that mix nostalgia, mystery, and creativity. She built a fountain in her garden on Christopher Street, was a devotee to the occult world, and was a creative chef.

 

Haunted Spy

Haunted Ghost

Haunted Churchbell

Haunted Tower

 

Solemn High Murder

Book of Weird

Eating In Bed Cookbook

Upright Hilda

Giant Sandwich

Andrew and the Alchemist

 

(5) Spirituality

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by Drogo

Religion / Spirituality / Magic

SCOD believes it is important to see the holistic synergy (interconnection spirit) of all things.  When someone says “All things are ONE” or “There is only ONE God”, we can equally see that the opposite is true; “All things are infinitely divisible” or “There are many gods”. This is the Truth according to SCOD; understanding that in Life there are many Paradoxes, and coexisting contradictions that make for the spice of life. One person sees a thing through one set of eyes, while another sees a thing through another set of eyes. What two people see, may or may not be the same thing. Relative to individual interpretation, two objects are both the same thing, and different things. Evidence in support of this is found in writings of Empedocles, laws of Relativity (according to Einstein), and theories of Infinite Parallel Universes / Realities.

Although much obvious confusion can come from seeing things from different sides Holistically, subjects may be separated and focused on for the purpose of defining individual systems and categorical identification.  In this Blog RELIGION, MAGIC, and SPIRITUAL discussion should be confined to either the Philosophy Category or the Psychology Category. Philosophy at its very origins is related to Mythology and Religion, and later Psychology. Psychology is acknowledgement that our minds hold the key to all our comprehension, interpretation, and convictions; Religious, Magical, Spiritual, Atheistic, Agnostic, Scientific, or otherwise…

That is why most things Spiritual, Mystical, or Other Worldly for SCOD are set within a framework of either Philosophy or Psychology.

SCOD Articles on Spiritual topics:  Harpers Faery Zodiak ; Magic Types & Periods ; Religious History ;

SCOD Books on Spiritual topics:  Harpers Faery Magic Bible ;  Blackberry Cove ;

Please read the book – SCOD Thesis 2000 (or other text versions) for more information