Saturday, January 31, 2009

Origins: Witchblood & Chosenness

ז' שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 7

Also relevant to my spiritual pathworking, an excerpt from the article Biblical References In Traditional Witchcraft by Peter Paddon (in The Crooked Path Journal, Issue 3):

Annunaki - these were a group of Sumerian or Akkadian deities, frequently equated to Watchers, or Fallen Angels. Depending on how it is written, the name Annunaki means "of Royal Blood", or "princely offspring" or "heaven and earth". They are the children of Anu and Ki, and were led by the twins Enlil (Lord of the Wind or Air) and Enki (Lord of the Earth), who disputed each other's right to lead. Enki created humanity to be servants who would do the tasks the Gods would not lower themselves to do for themselves, but Enlil believed that humankind deserved a better fate than that, and caused Adam, the first man, to mate with Lilith, Enki's daughter, to introduce the Divine bloodline into humanity. This eventually became what is considered the Witchblood.

Needless to say, the concept of Witchblood is very important to Traditions that embrace these myths, and this can be an additional bone of contention for those that do not. Some Traditions hold to the idea that only some humans carry the Witchblood, but the more pragmatic realize that with the number of generations that have existed on Earth, pretty much everyone would have some of the Witchblood in their makeup. So they instead focus on the concept of Awakening ... we all have Witchblood within us, but in order for us to become Witches, that blood must be awakened, after which progress is not so much a matter of learning but remembering by tapping into Ancestral memories.

We can see then that, without dogma, the Lore of Torah and the Lore of Witchcraft are not mutually exclusive at all. In fact, the concept of the 'Witchblood' (Divine connection borne through our ancestors) and the concept of 'Chosenness' (Divine connection borne through our ancestors) are one and the same.

Blooding The Cord & The Man In Black

ז' שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 7

In follow-up to my entry Will, The Man In Black, an excerpt from the article Blood Rites (in The Crooked Path Journal, Issue 3) by Peter Paddon (British witch and practitioner of Traditional Witchcraft):

Not all British Traditions use a cord or cingulam, but for those who do, it has very special significance. In the Path that I follow, the cord represents the Tradition, the Coven, the lineage and the initiate's connection to them. The Guardian or Man in Black can use the cord to grasp a covener who has 'slipped away' between the worlds and bring them back to where they are meant to be.

At initiation, the Magister and Mistress will blood the cord of the new initiate, to seal the promises made. In my Path, the promises are made to teach and guide the initiate to the best of our ability, to help them find their true Path, wherever it may be, and to accept them fully to our hearth and hearts. Other Traditions have other promises, and possibly other symbolism too, but this is how we do it. The initiate also bloods the cord at that time, sealing their own promise to their Gods and their Ancestors to do their best to follow their Path, wherever it may lead them.

Thus, the Guardian of my Coven is my ancestor Will Grunwald and the two bloods now definitely sealed on the cord of my Coven are the combined Traditions of my Jewish and British/Welsh ancestors.

UPDATE - Music To My Irish Soul & The 3-Fold Cord

Memorial To Tragedies That Never Happened

ז' שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 7

Commentary on Beshalach from Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee - Memorial To Tragedies That Never Happened.

Will, The Man In Black

ו' שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 6

Two divinations and two dreams.

First, erev shabbat I drew the pentacle card from my Well Worn Path deck. The pentacle card speaks to the ideas of stability, foundation, endurance, fortitude, manifestation within the physical world, and draws creative energy into active expression. Thus, kabbalistically the protective pentacle represents ateret hayesod, the foundation of malchut.

Then, to see what was 'in the air' (for which I drew the protective pentacle card), I drew three hebrew letter cards. They were עקו, a word from the root עקה meaning: 1) to enclose, 2) press in, and 3) fence in. Associated in my mind with these meanings were three ideas: 1) a witch's circle, 2) the midnight death of the firstborn as in this week's Torah portion (I am a firstborn individual), and 3) a fence for Torah.

I went to sleep and dreamt.

To press in.

It was night in my parents' [1] house where I am staying. The time was the present time. A white woman thug was trying break down the door, pressing to get in to kill us. I put my body against the frame of the door to block her entrance. It was a mighty struggle, the door popped off its hinges as she pressed in and I pressed out. Nevertheless, I managed to get the deadbolt locked against her. Somehow, in my pressing out against the door and throwing my weight against it, I threw her backwards - away from the door, off the large porch and into the yard. The white woman thug landed on her rearend on the ground.

The witch's circle.

I woke up, and got up out of bed. I smudged the house, particularly the door of the dream, with dragon's blood incense. Then, I cast a magic witch's circle around the home and all my family members, my place of employment and co-workers, and all our systems of support. After considering the hebrew letter card hei (ה), I instead put the hebrew letter card shin (ש) by my bedroom altar [2.a]. Though, according to midrash, the letter hei is the protective letter put on the doorposts of the Hebrews during the midnight massacre of the Exodus, I already had a protective pentacle [2] present. Moreover, the letter hei is a letter of receptive manifestion, and I had no intention of 'receiving' death. Thus, I instead chose the projective letter shin of the mezuzah. I also reinforced to my gargoyle to remain at his station, guarding the closet. Then, I went back to sleep and dreamt again.

A fence for Torah.

It was night. I was currently living in my aunt's [1] house with my three children when they were little (I have never lived in the house of my aunt - my father's sister, which is next door to my parents' house, in real life - and the house of the dream was actually a combination of her house and a house I used to live in when I was a young mother). Thus, this represents a mixture of time past and present.

I saw outside the kitchen window four black male thugs with knives making noise by the fence which runs between the house (of my aunt) and the house of my parents. (I have never had any problem with 'black male thugs' in real life and the only connection I can find to this detail is in this recent post of a video performance of Racheim linked to from DovBear.) They had walked on the fence and slid down it into the yard, and were preparing 'to rumble', to break into the house via the bedroom windows. They were going to storm the house and kill us all. There were too many of them - four of them against one of me. I couldn't use my body to block all the windows and doors against each of them. I was only one individual, while they were four individuals. So, while they were preparing to rumble, I packed up my children, and from another side of the house, I hurried us into my car and drove off. When they broke in to kill us, we wouldn't be there. We had already escaped as they danced in the dark with their knives in hand, in ritual preparation to slaughter us.

It was now daytime. We were driving the highways, moving from place to place across country to escape the male Green Hulk monster which was now trying to find and kill us, since we had escaped the four black male thugs. Every time I sensed the Green Hulk was getting close to finding us, we moved on in my car to another place.

We were on the highway when the Green Hulk finally spotted my car. It landed on the car as I drove. I had attached a flying 'shuttle craft' to the hood of my car, in preparation for just such an event as the Green Hulk finding us in our travels to escape it. The plan was to evacuate us from the car through the roof into the shuttle craft and fly away, leaving the Green Hulk to break into an empty car. But, the Green Hulk, not to be fooled that way again like the four male thugs at the house, had intuited that plan - I knew it - and he had broken stealthily into the shuttle craft to await and kill us when we evacuated the car as we had the house. He didn't know I knew he knew. We didn't evacuate into the shuttle craft. Instead, I drove under an low hanging overpass and cut the shuttle craft off the roof of the car. I drove on with my kids, and the shuttle craft lay splintered open on the road behind us. I saw a group of people standing there on the road, surrounding the broken vessel from which the Green Hulk emerged. One among them administered an injection to him and he morphed back into human form as he lay disoriented in the road. I saw a seam come together on his right arm as he temporarily morphed back into human form on account of the injection. Nevertheless, it wasn't over yet.

I was in a public place, among a group of people. It was again the present time (as opposed to when my children were little). Suddenly, a clearing formed, leaving me in the middle of the clearing. Again suddenly, a large crate-like box dropped down from the air as a 'gift' for me. It had dropped into the clearing near but behind me. I knew what was in the crate. The Green Hulk (the injected medicine having worn off) was in the crate - he was going to bust out and kill me in front of everybody. There was no escaping him this time. There was no vehicle of escape. I was surrounded by people. So, despite that I had not the brute strength to defend myself against him and would likely be killed, nevertheless, I turned to face the crate. I stood up straight and faced the crate, to meet him face to face when he busted out. I girded myself for the likely fatal encounter.

Suddenly, a Man dressed in all Black [2.b] dropped from the air between myself and the crate. He placed himself between the crate with the Green Hulk in it and me. The Man in Black was named Will. He was my Jewish ancestor Will Grunwald, and he had dark blonde hair like me (and like him, I too was dressed in all Black). With Will there and I behind him, the crate was sealed with the Green Hulk trapped in it unable to escape. Will had captured the Green Hulk and was going to reveal the Green Hulk's identity before the whole group of people who had gathered around to watch me be slain. With the group's attention focused on the revelation of the Green Hulk's identity, the 'woman behind him' (behind the Green Hulk) sought to sneak away from being also found out. But, I saw her. She tried to sneak out through the back of the crowd through a side door. But, I saw her. She did not escape unnoticed. And I had not been slain as the woman had anticipated I would be.

I woke up.


[1] Yocheved was the aunt and wife of Amram. Yocheved and Amram are the parents of Moshe. In this dream, the two houses I live in are those of my parents and of my aunt (in combination with my own). Thus, in this dream, I am the Moses principle.

[2] A pentacle has six (שש - a/b) revealed elements - it is a intertwined five-pointed star encompassed by a circle. A pentagram has five revealed elements - an intertwined five-pointed star.

[3] In contrast to the blue dream of four sisters, the colors associated with this dream are white, black and green.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Four Sisters

ד' שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 4

Last night I dreamt.

I was one sister among four sisters. We were all of similar age (young women) tall and beautiful singers of some sort. (I looked nothing like I look in real life and am hardly young at 48.) I also had long black silky hair in the dream (each sister had a hair color unique from the other sisters). We were all wearing long silky dresses and very long elegant silky shoulder wraps sort of like the one in this video of Come Tenderness. We each also had our own clothing color scheme - I was the pale blue one - my shoulder wrap was white - or my dress was white and my shoulder wrap was pale blue - not sure which was which color (it may have alternated actually).

It was night. I remember that at one point, we each jumped from an overhanging rocky ledge into a bay-like area in the sea in which a crowd of people had also jumped for safety against or hiding from something. Everyone was treading water in the seabay at night to 'stay out of the sight' of some group of beings. Everyone was 'laying low' and 'staying off the radar' there in the bay. It seems that it was a safe place for most, but after a few minutes, my sisters and I had to get out of the water, also for safety and security (for both us and those hiding in the water). We couldn't stay there with the crowd in the water for some reason. But before leaving, I remember standing again upon the rocky ledge overlooking the bay below, with my flowing shoulder wrap moving gently like waves in the breeze and singing a soft song to those remaining in the water. After that, my sisters and I were 'whisked away' by our bodyguards to somewhere safe and secure. We were whisked away together (around the same general time), yet each separately taken to her own 'place' apart from the other sisters (for our safety, by keeping the pursuers from being able to focus on us together as a singularity). I had the feeling that we each (separately and together) embodied a very awesome power which was greatly coveted by those who pursued us.

I woke up.

I'm too tired to think too much about this dream right now, but the immediate connection to Celtic witchcraft's Sisters at the Back of the North Wind (as discussed in Holy Ground, my Torah commentary on parashat Shemot) comes to mind. I've never dreamt of having sisters before, and in this dream I had three of them!

Related entry - Ability To Bestow Ability
Related article - Yachid

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Voices Of The Ancestors

כ"ט טבת תשס"ט
Grael 30

In illustration of my spiritual journey as it pertains to the tradition of Celtic Witchcraft (see links for personal examples of experience), a select excerpt on Voices of the Ancestors and the Three Conditions of Consciousness, from Power Within The Land (R. J. Stewart):

The word 'conditions' refers to states of consciousness, but also refers to conditions of being, to states of existence.

The first condition is the voice of the land or, if you are strong, the voice of the world. It speaks through deep places ... and utters directly with prophetic power. When prophetic power flows through a particular place, it also speaks directly through the prophets and poets of that place. This is called the Voice of One.

The second condition holds the voices of teachers. They communicate a steady flow of clear tuition, either as instructions for your work or as tales and verses. They will issue images and glimpses of places within the words, for those that see. One listener may hear several teachers or only one, but usually a small number, well defined. This condition is known as the Voice of the Few.

Most voices heard in the silence come from the third condition known as the Voice of the Many. This sea of many voices may be heard briefly as you fall asleep, but it is lost when you cross the threshold in either direction. As a child learns to shut the ear to all voices and sounds but those that have meaning in life, and to respond only to sounds within certain zones of distance, so must you. The zones of close, intermediate and distant are reversed in importance in the Underworld. There, the furthest and deepest voice is the most precious.

You yourself embody all three conditions.

Ancestral voices may be heard in any of the three conditions, but they are most often heard in the Voice of the Many. When you hear ancestors speaking with the Voice of the Many they will [may] cry out for revenge against past wrongs. You must resist this demand however just it is.

Ancestors in the second condition will reveal how the sorrows and trials have led to slow changes, how the secret currents of life and the land flow through you and your people over many ages, through generations. One generation or more may cry out for revenge, but beyond their own time they cannot extend unless they are awake in the second condition. Ancestors speaking with the Voice of the Few will reveal the true powers of your people and their holy places, which are not always those assumed and taught on the surface. Those speaking with the Voice of the Few will lead you to other ancestral lines hidden within your main line, and enable you to open the way to those memories also.

When ancestors speak within the first condition, the Voice of One, they are the land. These are the First Ones embodied within the land, and they are, or become, the prime parents of any and all who live within the land for any number of generations. Today, the prime parents of any one land and the multiple parentage of many hold the keys to the first condition for the entire world.

The prime parents of any one land or of many lands lead the way to the Original Man and Woman. The Original Woman and Man are not of this world at all, so deep contact with ancestors in the first condition leads through the Earth to other worlds. This is one of the Mysteries of acceptance that you shall find within the Underworld, but you are not able to follow its path until you have truly accepted your own land and world.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ability To Bestow Ability

כ"ט טבת תשס"ט
Grael 30

Commentary on Bo from Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee - Ability To Bestow Ability.

Flight 1549 - The Hometown Connection

כ"ט טבת תשס"ט
Grael 30

As well as through my dream and other connections to flight 1549, the pilot of flight 1549 (Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger) and I are connected through the synchronicity of our hometowns - towns named Danville. While my Danville is located in the midwest, the pilot and his family's Danville is located on the east coast.

'Miracle Landing' Pilot Gets Hero's Welcome in California Hometown
Saturday January 24, 2009

DANVILLE, Calif. — Thousands of people holding signs and waving American flags cheered wildly Saturday to honor the pilot who safely landed a US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River. He told them he and his crew were only doing their jobs.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was given a hero's homecoming, complete with a marching band, in Danville, the San Francisco suburb where he and his family live.

The Mystery Of These

כ"ח טבת תשס"ט
Grael 29

Commentary on Vaera from Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee - The Mystery Of These.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Levite Oddity At 3000 Feet

כ"ח טבת תשס"ט
Grael 29

Something is different about the Levites. Something is also different about Flight 1549.

In follow-up to my previous two entries, House Of Levi, Beit HaBechirah and Bringing Benevolence Into The Physical World, Rabbi Zvi Grumet writes regarding the tribe of Levi:

A careful reading of the first Parsha of Sefer Bemidbar Sinai points to a bizarre, startling and disturbing conclusion -Shevet Levei is not included in Bnai Yisrael. Let us take a look. In the beginning of the Perek, Hashem tells to count Kol Adat Bnei Yisrael - "the entire congregation of Bnai Yisrael" (emphasis added), and appoints one leader from each tribe to assist Moshe in the task. Yet a careful look reveals that Levi is conspicuously absent from those twelve tribes. Lest someone think that we are jumping to conclusions, the summary at the end of the counting seems to confirm the observation. In Pasuk 45 we are given the total count, and that is introduced with the phrase Vayahi Kol Pekudei Bnei Yisrael... - "And the count of the entire Bnai Yisrael was..." (emphasis added). When describing the total of Bnai Yisrael somehow Levi doesn't count.

Again, some of you may be thinking that I am reading too much into too little. Let us continue toward the conclusion of the Perek. In Pasuk 49 Hashem explicitly instructs Moshe that Levi is not to be counted with the rest of Bnai Yisrael. And later, in Pasuk 52, the Torah describes where Bnai Yisrael, as opposed to Shevet Levi are to camp - since Shevet Levi is to camp surrounding the Mishkan lest anything happen to Bnai Yisrael. The deliberate language in the Torah distinguishes between the Levi'im and Bnai Yisrael and sends a clear message - Levi is not included in the discussion of Bnai Yisrael.

Truth be told, we probably suspected that something was different about them.

On the one hand they seem to be apart from Bnai Yisrael, while on the other they are very much a part of them. The ambiguity surrounding the Levi'im heightens our awareness of them and the conspicuousness of their absence. Let us take a peek, to shed just a bit of light on their unusual station.

A pivotal part of the legacy of the Levi'im revolves around their involvement after Chet Ha'agel as they followed Moshe's instructions and slew somewhere in the range of 3,000 Jews steeped in idolatrous worship.

In the range of 3000 feet, Flight 1549 was struck down, but as oddly as are the Levites, there is no body count. Understand.

House Of Levi, Beit HaBechirah

כ"ח טבת תשס"ט
Grael 29

These are the heads of their fathers' houses (the sons of Reuben, the first born of Israel) ... Shemot 6:14 (contains feminine phrasing - 'beit')
אֵלֶּה, רָאשֵׁי בֵית-אֲבֹתָם

Last night I dreamt.

I remember arriving to a tunnel-like gathering place for 'different ones'. The tunnel was like those under cities and road overpasses and such. We had gathered there of our own volition - in other words, we hadn't been driven there by fear or anything. We were there because we chose to be there among one another - like gypsies we were.

Some of our group were dancing, some talking, some just hanging out. As a new arrival, I was looking for someone. For some reason, I asked "are there any Druids here?" I was looking for a Druid among us.

Suddenly, I was standing in the shallows of the sea. The head of a man was brought up to just under the surface of the seawater to me by fishermen. I sensed that the man to whom this head belonged was part of my own soul and the Druid of my inquiry.

I didn't let the fishermen bring the man's head up out of the water completely - I had them return it to the safety of the deeper seawater before it had been exposed to air. For some reason, I felt that this was critical to resurrecting him. Then, sort of like in the movie Titanic, I entered into the depths of the sea and joined him. This too, was critical to our resurrection.

These are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites (according to their families) ... Shemot 6:25 (contains masculine phrasing - 'levi'im')
אֵלֶּה, רָאשֵׁי אֲבוֹת הַלְוִיִּם

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bringing Benevolence Into The Physical World

כ"ב טבת תשס"ט
Grael 23

Practical Magic By The Power Of Three

From Foxnews today: "Most bird strikes happen within five miles of an airport, lower than 1,000 feet, as planes are taking off or landing. Aircraft hit thousands of birds every year, but they usually bounce off harmlessly. The US Airways flight hit the birds at 3,000 feet, the NTSB says."

Interestingly, Flight 1549 hit the birds at an odd 3,000 (as opposed to 1,000) feet.

Considering the oddity, there are 4 'worlds' in magical kabbalah. Each world corresponds to one of the four suits of tarot. Each world also numerically corresponds to a particular (base 10) decimal placement - pentacles/assiyah (action/physicality) to ones, swords/yetzirah (psychological/emotional) to tens, cups/beriyah (mental/intelligence) to hundreds, and wands/atzilut (spiritual/Divine emanation) to thousands.

Gimel is the Hebrew letter with an ordinal value of 3. Mystically therefore, the odd value 3000 [1] which oddly came out in the physical world within the context of this miraculous event testifies that the 'energy of gimel' was made manifest and brought 'down' into the physical world from the 'lofty' [2] spiritual world of atzilut/Divine emanation.

The 'energy of gimel' contains the power to bring forth benevolence into the context of physical world. Importantly, this actualized benevolence was achieved, not through the 'lofty' spiritual world alone, but effectively, through the emanant depths contained within the very Earth itself. Had this particular plane (fated to suck birds into both of its engines) hit the birds at the expected 1000 feet, perhaps there would have been casulties because landing in the Hudson would have not been a life-saving option.


[1] Three is a number of the triform Goddess as maiden, mother, crone. The 'thousands' decimal place is a 'Goddess power' of three, namely 103.

[2] 'Lofty' and 'high' are used only relatively to describe that which is 'less physical' or 'not yet actualized' and is yet nearer to the 'realm of thought' than to the 'realm of action'. In other words, the terms are not used in any literal sense.

Bird Strike Statistics

כ"ב טבת תשס"ט
Grael 23

In follow-up to The Bird Who Feared, Everyone Survives Flock Of Birds and She Who Strikes Fear, Foxnews today reports some statistics on bird strikes (in general and as they pertain to the recent crash of US Airways Flight 1549):

He [Archie Dickey, an associate professor of aviation environmental science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's campus in Prescott, Ariz.] said [bird] hits hard enough to cause a total failure are rare, only happening two or three times a year worldwide.

"That's extremely rare," Dickey said. "The chance of it hitting both engines, I'd guess it is less than 1 percent."

Most bird strikes happen within five miles of an airport, lower than 1,000 feet, as planes are taking off or landing. Aircraft hit thousands of birds every year, but they usually bounce off harmlessly.

The US Airways flight hit the birds at 3,000 feet, the NTSB says. That caused a total engine failure, and the plane hit the river 3 1/2 minutes later.

Not only did everyone miraculously survive Flight 1549, there were no serious injuries as well.

Deep Divine Inseparably Whole Royal Soul

כ"ב טבת תשס"ט
Grael 23

Gematria (numerology) on and magic connected to the title of my blog, Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee (weekly Torah commentary from the unique perspective of an eclectic witch):

I made my first blend of Magical Jericho perfume yesterday on Shabbat afternoon, during the planetary hour of Saturn with the third quarter moon 53% full. In practice, there are 53 Torah portions in the Garden (גן = 53) of The Dark Moon Jubilee (היובל = 53). The Dark Moon (היצא = 106) of the Divine Feminine (כאלהים = 106) which emanates up from the Holy Deep between the divided portions of good and evil, draws them up together ('rectifies' and 'elevates'), and wholly unites them harmoniously into One Royal Soul (נון = 106).

Note: In kabbalah, 'royal' soul pertains to the state when all disparate elements and levels of one's soul become fully harmonized and actualized together, becoming neither simply good nor evil, but rather 'complete', 'whole'.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

She Who Strikes Fear

כ"ב טבת תשס"ט
Grael 23

She Who Strikes Fear

Skatha is a Welsh goddess of the Underworld. Her name means 'She Who Strikes Fear' (into birds, for example) and 'Shadow One'.

Red Branch Warriors

Patroness of blacksmiths, healing, magic, prophecy and the martial arts, Skatha is teacher to hero-warriors. Famous for invincible battle methods, the battle yell, and the 'magical leap', her students are known as 'Red Branch warriors'.

Protected Species

In interesting connection to Divine Feminine 'Skatha consciousness', at the same time I acquired my blood-red coral and gold magic earrings, I also acquired 15 natural red coral branches for my magical curios collection (Protected By Judgment). Red coral is a protected species. Note the 'golden tips' on this colonial animal, clearly my totem, made up of several individuals:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Holy Ground

כ"א טבת תשס"ט
Grael 22

Commentary on Shemot from Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee - Holy Ground.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Everyone Survives Flock Of Birds

כ' טבת תשס"ט
Grael 21

In follow-up to Protected By Judgment, I received my pair of genuine blood-red coral and solid 14k gold earrings in the mail today. They are truly lovely and a worthy investment!

Also today, in follow-up to my dream The Bird Who Feared, Foxnews reports that a plane crashed this afternoon when a flock of birds struck its engines. All passengers and crew on board survived.

Miraculous Landing, All Survive Double Bird Strike
Thursday January 15, 2009

NEW YORK — A US Airways jet crashed Thursday in the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey after a flock of birds apparently struck its engines — but all 155 people on board are thought to have survived, and the pilot is being hailed as a hero.

Passengers were sent fleeing into the icy, 35-degree waters when the Airbus 320 went down near 48th Street in Manhattan shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport.

"We've had a 'Miracle on 34th Street' and now we have a miracle on the Hudson," said New York Gov. David Paterson.

"There were eyewitness reports the plane may have flown into a flock of birds," FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said. "Right now we don't have any indication this was anything other than an accident."

National Air Traffic Controllers Union spokesman Doug Church said the pilot reported a "double bird strike" less than a minute after takeoff. The pilot then said he spotted an airport below, in New Jersey. He first intended to make an emergency landing there but instead took the plane down in the river.

Protected by judgment, all survived - while the double bird strike proved fatal to the plane, for all passengers and crew on board the plane, it wasn't.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Bird Who Feared

י"ז טבת תשס"ט
Grael 18

I had the oddest dream last night. It was rather short too.

Large long-beaked birds were chasing a woman, trying to stab her with their sword-like beaks. One predator bird in particular was chasing her and had managed to stab her once as she ran. Although the wound was severe, it wasn't fatal. I knew in my mind that if the bird managed to stab her again, the additional wound would prove fatal. There was a lethal dose of poison associated with a second wound from these kinds of birds.

I was in my car (which was red on the outside and had a gold interior in the dream), driving down a rather bare road when I saw her running for her life through an open field, trying to escape the big-beaked bird who was chasing her. I stopped my car, got out, ran over to her and pulled her into the safety of my car. For some reason the bird couldn't attack me - I was immune to it. It also feared me I think, because it didn't chase me and backed off suddenly from the woman as I approached her. Even as I stood outside my car, with the injured woman safely inside it, the bird didn't even attempt to approach me. It flew off as I stood on the side of the road watching it (and the whole flock) disappear from sight.

I woke up.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Technical Announcement - EMail Was Down

Announcement - my primary email has been down since yesterday afternoon and just came back up. Any messages sent to me from yesterday afternoon until the time of this post were lost by my email service provider. So, if anyone has sent an email to me at that address, your email was lost and I won't be able to answer you unless the message is resent.

Thank you,

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Nine Killed In A Gazan Garden

ט"ו טבת תשס"ט
Grael 15

I have no Arabic ancestry that I am aware of, but some Americans do live in Gaza and of course, I'm also of Jewish blood (as well as British, Irish, German and Native American blood), so that may be reason enough for the connection of my dream (Garden Court of the Blue Stones) this shabbat morning to this evening's news event, through my dream's symbols [1] and the news event's facts [1].

The Day's Bloodiest Incident
Foxnews, Saturday January 10, 2009

In the day's bloodiest incident, an Israeli tank shell killed nine people in a garden outside a home in the northern Gaza town of Jebaliya, said Adham el-Hakim, administrator of Kamal Adwan hospital.

The Israeli military disputed the account, saying its forces did not carry out attacks in that area on Saturday.

Israel has come under international criticism for the rising number of civilian casualties. Palestinian paramedics said the nine people killed in the garden were from the same clan and included two children and two women.

However the result of these nine deaths came about, whether by Israeli military action or by opportunistic Palestinian action, my dream last night demonstrates a connection to this real world event.


[1] Symbols of both the dream and the news event pertain to the hebrew letter tet (bed/nine/judgment and garden of eden/din/judgment).

Protected By Judgment

ט"ו טבת תשס"ט
Grael 15

My previous entry (Garden Court of the Blue Stones) and the period of shovavim (beginning this evening) both deal with issues of judgment. Although in my dream (primarily occurring in the World of Formation) the Living Judges appeared as blue stones, in kabbalah and witchcraft, the colors red and gold symbolize the Power to execute a judgment in the World of Action. To correspond to this double portioned power to execute rectified judgment, I've acquired an exquisite pair of 10mm natural grade AAA Italian blood-red coral and solid 14k gold magic earrings. These earrings are absolutely stunning! For spellwork, I've also acquired 15 high quality natural Italian red coral branches for my magical curios collection.

Astrologically connected to Mars, blood-red coral is a gemstone fit for rulers, soldiers, policemen, and administrators. Bravery, courage, vitality, strength, defeat of enemies, and protection from violence, war and widowhood are all magical benefits of red coral.

Garden Court Of The Blue Stones

ט"ו טבת תשס"ט
Grael 15

Today was a full moon shabbat, and this morning I dreamt.

Upon a slab-like bed-like gurney-like transport device, I was wheeled into a low-lit large garden-like megalithic magic circle. I was "secured" upon the gurney transport, although I could move my body and wasn't immobilized. Nevertheless, I was "secured" upon the gurney somehow.

The giant stones which formed the perimeter of the circle were giant living blue stone-like creatures similar in form to those of Easter Island, only larger and more complete, and blue. The giant blue creatures functioned not only as garden Guardians but also as Judges. I was brought before them to be both judged and more importantly, to be protected. I was judged because no one could enter the chamber of the Blue Judges and not be judged. Judgment came as a natural consequence of coming into the Presence of the Blue Judges.

The blue creatures discussed me amongst themselves, judged me clear, and then one spoke to me directly, telling me that I had been brought there (into the chamber of the Garden Court) for my protection because there had been a group of "men in the garden" trying to find and get to me. I had been brought there to be concealed from that group of men who, I came to feel from the blue creature's words, meant for me no good.

After the immediate danger had passed, I was wheeled back out into the primary living area of the garden as I had been wheeled in.

In a distinctly different yet related dream, I was in my bedroom and the astral-form spirit breath of one man came to me and mingled through my astral-form spirit breath. There wasn't any separation between us, we were a single breath. This person had held back nothing of himself, absolutely nothing, even if giving over all would have destroyed him. Thus, only he had succeeded whereas the others had failed by verdict of the Garden Court. In the dream, I was very surprised at his identity - his action toward me was a very courageous action given his own milieu. I could not have guessed, which is why I never guess (in real life).

I woke up.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

A Closet In Mitzrayim - A Witch Survives What Joseph Couldn't

י"ג טבת תשס"ט
Grael 14

Commentary on Vayechi from Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee - A Closet In Mitzrayim.

A Jewish Reverend Muthee

י"ב טבת תשס"ט
Grael 13

Like Reverend Thomas Muthee, who anointed Sarah Palin in an effort to "protect her from the spirit of witchcraft", a similar malefic magic has been conducted by the ringmasters of the Jewish Webring at webring.

Tamari, the ringmistress of webring's Jewish Webring has denied and deleted my Torah commentary site - Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee - telling me with feigned sweetness regarding my site and it's Torah commentary:

Hi. I looked over your site and though I find it interesting, I am sorry, but, I don't think it's appropriate to this ring. The Torah speaks of hope and light, not darkness.

And more ...

I am sorry, but I had to delete your site from the Jewish Webring due the fact that the subject matter is not appropriate for this ring.

Thank you for understanding,

And more (when calling her on her ignorance of Torah, as her belief as written as the excuse for excluding Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee is that Torah excludes the essential holiness of darkness) ...

The "Jewitch" is obviously very ignorant about being Jewish.

Ah, witches are the last group who can still be hated, abused and burnt to death (yes, even now) without any social repercussions at all by the mainstream. Even DovBear has begun moderating my comments, although he claims to be moderating everybody's comments.

So, all my witchy friends, do we understand?

Tamari, I think we do not understand. the way you would like us to understand. We do understand you to be a bigot and completely ignorant of both witchcraft and Torah.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Lady Of The Cave

י"ב טבת תשס"ט
Grael 13

A few days ago I had a vision of seeing from deep inside a pitch black cave and looking out toward the entrance. There was a large megalithic-like stone shaped like a mortar's pestle which blocked the entrance and came clear into the back center of the cave, from where I was seeing.

I saw several people on the outside of the cave trying to move the covering pestle stone away from the entrance to gain access to the cave. They had budged the covering pestle stone a very slight bit over to one side - so I could seem them against the little crack of light that had filtered in at the entrance. I think they thought the stone was only situated at the entrance, but they were wrong. The stone was set deep into the cave, clear back to the center, to me.

At first I was just curious as to what they were doing, but then I got perturbed and thought-slammed the stone back into place and shut them back out.

Get back, I thought as the stone again wholly blocked my cave's entrance. This is my cave and I don't want them in it.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

The Science Of Time

PART 1 - The Flow Of Time


Dark Matter And Dark Energy

INTRODUCTION / TRAILER to Dark Matter & Dark Energy


Friday, January 02, 2009

The Magic Number

ז' טבת תשס"ט
Grael 8

Commentary on Vayigash from Garden of the Dark Moon Jubilee - The Magic Number.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Magical Jericho, Unlocking The Land

ה' טבת תשס"ט
Grael 6

The sabbat of Imbolg (alternatively, Imbolc) will be upon us February 2. Marking the midpoint of the dark months, Imbolg nurtures the return of new light, new growth, and new beginnings.

For this magical time when slumbering consciousness reawakens to new awareness, I am going to craft and dedicate my own perfume oil blend. This perfume will be my own one-of-a-kind, beautifully unique, lovingly handcrafted witch potion. I have forthnamed my perfumed witch potion - Magical Jericho.

Carefully blended by smell, Magical Jericho will contain notes of frangipani, rose of Jericho, Egyptian jasmine, zanthoxylum, guiacwood, amber in a pheromone oil base, leather fragrance, mimosa, sandalwood, tuberose and vetiver.

Between now and Imbolg, I'll be studying the magical art of perfuming.

This is going to be a wonderfully witchy woman's smell! The scent of enchantment.

Related entries:
Notes Of Magical Jericho
Perfume Making

Dare to be true to yourself.