Ancient Whispers Newsletter


The Ancient Whispers Newsletter


Welcome to the Ancient Whispers Newsletter, a multi-cultural newsletter with a little something for everyone of any creed or religion. Here you will find inspiring quotes, irreverent jokes, crafts, and most importantly, historical and/or religious scholarship. Every Wednesday a new edition should appear on this website with reminder emails sent out the night before to those who have opted to join one of the many forums and mailing lists to which I subscribe. If you wish to share this newsletter with others, please keep it intact with the original authors' names on all the articles. Any articles or sections, to which an author or URL is not affixed, were written by Candace (with the exception of the various jokes found herein).

Questions, comments, and topical requests are encouraged and should be posted to the AskCandace open forum at yahoogroups. I'd like to start a help column for the newsletter, so if you'd like to have your problem featured in a newsletter, let me know when you post.

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Some Sites of Interest

Teaching Indigo Children
Crystal or Octarine?
The Indigo to Crystal Transitional Crisis

This Pagan Week : April
Humor : Take me to your Leader
Article : The Indigo People
Quote : Moraji Desai

Craft of the Week : Indigo Indicators
Humor : Meat
Who's Who in World Mythology : Baal
Quote : Andre Gide
The Magi's Garden : Celandine
Poem : I Sit and Think
Quote : Charles Mingus

The Power of Stones : Botryogen
Humor : Your Co-Worker could be an Alien
A Dreamer's Guide : Occultist to Ointment
Quote : Kahlil Gibran

Previous Newsletters


Some Sites of Interest

Teaching Indigo Children
Because Indigos will have a different standard of evaluating and interacting with the world, it is important for non-indigos to learn how to communicate with them. This site is an excellent guide in that direction.

Crystal or Octarine?
Even if you’re born an Indigo or transition to one, this isn’t the end. Indigos transition to crystal or octarine auras in their 30s to 40s. If you’re currently in these years and an Indigo, you may want to read up on some of the symptoms you’ll be going through as you transition.
Metagifted Education Resource Organization (MERO) is dedicated to furthering the awareness and understanding of gifted and talented individuals, including all types of giftedness -from academically gifted to metaphysically/spiritually gifted persons and everything in between. The Metagifted sight mostly deals with the subject of indigo children and adults.

The Indigo to Crystal Transitional Crisis
This article is design to make people aware of the symptoms involved in shifting from Indigo to Crystal and give some ideas on how to cope with it.


The Pagan Month of April
can be found in its entirety Here. For more detailed entries, please visit the full calendar.

The name of this month comes from the Latin word aperire, "to open." This is appropriate for a month of blossoming flowers dedicated to Aphrodite.

The Anglo-Saxon name for this month is Eastermonath, the month of Eostre the goddess of Spring and origin of Easter. The Irish word for April is Aibrean or an Giblean. The end of April is known as Seachtain an t-Sionnaich, end of the winds. The Franks called it Ostarmanoth. The Asatru and many other Pagans call it Ostara.

The first Full Moon of this month is called Seed of Planting Moon, Budding Tree Moon, or Growing Moon. It is also referred to as Pink Moon, Green Grass Moon, Planter or Planting Moon, and Hare Moon, names it shares with May’s Moon. It also shares the name, Wind Moon, with March.

On April 20th, the zodiac turns from Aries to Taurus. April’s stone and the birthstone of The sweat pea is the flower for April children. Aries is the diamond, though on some older lists, sapphire is the stone for the month of April. The birthstone for Taurus is the emerald. Aries also lays claim to amethyst, carnelian, garnet, fire agate, pink tourmaline, and topaz, while aquamarine, lapis lazuli, kunzite, rose quartz, and sapphire are associated with Taurus.

Lunar Holy Days

The Christian holiday of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon of the spring equinox. Though one of the most important Christian holidays, it was drawn together from many pagan traditions, and its name came from the goddess of Spring, Eostre. The Easter Bunny is a fertility symbol of Teutonic origin, and the hare was an emblem of Eostre. Eggs, a major part of the celebration, also have their origin as fertility symbols.

The first Thursday after the 19th of April is Sumarda Gurinn-fyrsti, the first day of summer in Iceland.

The first or third Saturday in April is Glen Saturday. The children of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire gather to pick daffodils at Crawfurdland Castle.




Church of All Worlds



Sealing the Frost

feast of the Hummingbird

Hana Matsuri; Buddhist Flower festival






Sun dances

Day of Bau

Montague Summers


The Ludi Cerealici or Cerealia





Nepalese New Year - Bisket




Buddhist New Year

The Libertas






Maryamma or Mariamne

Celebrations in the House of Ra, Osiris and Horus.



Tellus Mater

New Year in Bangladesh

Kanamara Matsuri


Festival of Horus and also Bast

Humor: Take me to your leader
Late one night, an alien spacecraft landed near a deserted gas station. After a bit, one of the aliens came down the ramp, looked around, and walked over to one of the gas pumps. Standing before the pump he demanded, "Earthling! Take me to your leader!"

The gas pump did not reply of course, and the alien became agitated. Again he demanded, "Take me to your leader!" but the gas pump remained silent. Frustrated, the alien went back to the spacecraft where he was confronted by the captain who wanted a report. "I contacted an earthling, but he would not cooperate."

"Hmmm. I will deal with this earthling myself," said the captain confidently.

"Yes, sir, but be careful sir. I have a feeling there could be trouble."

The captain left the ship and approached the gas pump. "Earthling, you will cooperate. Take me to your leader." The gas pump remained unresponsive. "Very well. You leave me no choice." The captain drew his blaster. "If you do not respond by the count of three, I shall be forced to fire on you......One. Two. Three!"


WHAM! The gas pump exploded, knocking the alien ass over teakettle. Jumping up, the captain hurried back to the ship as fast as his whatever's would propel him. "Quickly! Make ready to depart!" shouted the captain.

"Yes sir! What happened sir?"

"I fired on the earthling and it responded very forcefully," replied the captain.

"Sorry sir, I was afraid that might happen."

"How did you know that there would be trouble?" the captain asked.

"Well sir, I assumed that anyone who can take his pecker, wrap it around his feet and stick it in his left ear was probably going to be one mean ba$tard.


Article : The Indigo People
by Candace

Nancy Ann Tappe created the term, Indigo Child, in 1984 because of the color of the energy she saw around them. Lee Carroll called the average Indigo Child "a wise adult in a very young body." Eventually, Lee Carroll and Jan Tober brought together many learned individuals in medical, psychological, paranormal, and educational fields to explain the growing numbers of these unusual beings. Their book, The Indigo Children, was published in 1999.

Prior to Tappe and Caroll, the Indigo phenomena was not completely unknown. They were labeled "Electric Blue," "Cobalt," and "Indigo" by various channelers and seers. Every living being has an energy field that permeates and radiates from their body. Certain sensitive individuals can sense it and with current technology, it can even be photographed. Those individuals, who are able to see auras, describe dark electric blue, almost black, auric outlines around Indigos. Highlights of violet, green, gold and white are also apparent.

Though Indigos have been born throughout history, only lately has there been a major boom in their numbers. In fact for the past hundred years or so, Indigo births have been gaining momentum, particularly through the eighties and nineties. Only recently have they been given the name Indigo Children. They are described for many reasons as “late-bloomers,” but it seems to me this is more a reflection on the ability of indigos to hold onto the qualities we associate with children.

For those born in the first generation or “alpha wave” (1958-1968), life was difficult to say the least. Yet they are the pioneers of the Indigo tribe; despite very few predecessors to show them the way or cushion them from a harsh world unprepared for their unique mental framework, they thrived and paved the way for the following generations. Their auras are described as blue-green-violet with overlays of tan.

The second generation of Indigos, or the “Beta” wave (1968-1978), is my generation. This is the generation now finding its place in the world. We are “coming into our own,” and there are enough of us that we can start to make a difference for the following generations. We have the support and experience of the sparse alpha-wave indigos to fall back upon and in turn we will provide a frame-work of support for following generations. This generation also came in with the blue-green-violet aura but without the tan.

The third, “Gamma” wave, of Indigos (1978-1988) was the first generation of minimally overlaid Indigos. If they have an overlay at all, it is violet, with some appearances of Crystal/Octarine. This is where some of the earliest manifestations of ADD and ADHD behavior began. The “delta” or fourth generation (1988-1998) was the first ‘pure’ Indigo group with no color overlay at all. (This group and the Omegas also contain many Crystal or Octarine individuals who do not go through a transition from one to the other at all, but are born Crystal.) They exhibit the ‘wildest’ ADD/ADHD symptoms. It is possible that this is caused in part by over-stimulation through television and video games. The use of slower rhythms and deep, warm colors in the environment, rather than drugs, may curb the wild streak in this group. This will soothe the Indigo child when he/she is over-stimulated by the noisy, flashy environment and make their transition into adolescence smoother.

The “Omega” wave (1998-2008) is the fifth and some say the last generation of Indigos. They will likely have as much difficulty acclimatizing to society as the Deltas and Gammas and may have extremely difficult childhoods, depending upon their upbringing and social environment. Many of this group will be born of Indigo parent(s), and some may be reincarnations of Alphas and Betas who chose to leave early. These are extremely powerful children who function as a group consciousness rather than as individuals. They are a powerful force for love and peace on the planet.

Indigo and Crystal Adults are composed of two groups. Some were born Indigos and are now making the transition to Crystal. This means they are experiencing a spiritual and physical transformation to awaken their "Crystal" consciousness, linking them with the Crystal children as part of the evolutionary wave of change. The second group are those individuals who were not born as Indigos but who have acquired Indigo traits through hard work and spiritual enlightenment.

Terms like "Indigo" and "Crystal" were applied to these groups because they most accurately describe the aura colors and energy patterns they display. Indigo children have a lot of indigo blue in their auras, the color of the "third eye chakra.” This chakra regulates clairvoyance, an ability many Indigos possess. Crystals have opalescent auras, with multi-colored pastel hues.

Both Indigos and Crystals are highly sensitive and psychic. The main difference is them is their temperament. While Indigos are said to have a warrior spirit, Crystals are more calm and accepting. The Indigos are here to disrupt the systems that no longer serve to benefit humanity. These include political, educational, and legal systems that lack integrity. The Crystal Children follow the path cleared by the Indigos into a safer and more secure world.

Indigo Children can sense dishonesty. Like living lie detectors, they know when they're being misled, patronized, or manipulated. Unfortunately, they don't have the ability to dismiss their feelings and pretend everything is okay. Many of them act out physically, reacting to stimuli that other people are just not willing to acknowledge consciously.

Many children born as Crystals, who bypass going through the Indigo transition, have delayed speech patterns. It is not uncommon to see a waiting period of three to four years before they begin verbal communication, though parents have no trouble understanding what their children want or think. The trouble comes when medical and educational personnel judge them as "abnormal." People who generally resist change and who value conformity will often misunderstand the Indigos. Many Indigos are mislabeled with Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Asperger’s Syndrome, or even full blown autism. Medicated Indigos often lose their sensitivity, spiritual gifts and warrior energy.


Quote : Moraji Desai
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love.
This is how the whole scheme of things works.
All good things are difficult to achieve;
and bad things are very easy to get.


Craft of the Week: Indigo Indicators

Some signs of Indigo Children:

*They have a strong self esteem, connection to source, and an obvious sense of self. They know they belong here until they are told otherwise.

* They have difficulty with discipline and authority, refusing to follow orders or directions without understanding why they should. Authority figures must earn the respect of an Indigo before their words will be trusted and obeyed.

* They are frustrated by ritual-oriented systems that require little creativity. They get bored rather easily with assigned tasks.

* Often they see better ways of doing thing at home and at school, but don't understand why others don't or can't.

* Many of Indigos are left-handed or ambidextrous.

* They are nonconformists.

* The do not respond to guilt trips unless they actually have a reason to feel guilty.

* They lack patience and are easily distracted. This is because they are born multi-taskers. Most are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

* Indigo children display strong intuition. Their spiritual intelligence and/or psychic skills are strong. They may either show strong empathy for others or no empathy. This is either due to lack of shielding, which allows full psychic contact with the world, or very strong shielding, which allows no psychic contact with the world.

* They are gifted or talented and highly intelligent. Both sexes develop abstract thinking while very young. They are talented daydreamers and visionaries.

* They often express anger physically and may have trouble with rage.

*Indigo Children can be extremely sensitive to outside influences, getting ill or crying at the drop of a hat. By the time I reached Junior High school, I was missing at least one day a week due to physical illness brought on by peer abuse.

* They are here to change the world, to help us live in greater harmony and peace with one another and to raise the vibration of the planet.

Some adult signs of indigo:

* They have an unconventional intelligence. Though they may not have had top grades in school, they are very creative and enjoy making things. They most likely felt great disgust and loathing for much of the required or repetitious schoolwork.

* They always need to know why, especially when they are asked to do something. They may have been rebellious in school, refusing to do homework and rejecting the authority of teachers. On the other hand, they may seriously have wanted to rebel, but didn't dare, usually due to parental pressure or enlightened self-restraint.

* Many may have experienced early existential depression and feelings of helplessness. These emotions would have ranged from sadness to utter despair. Suicidal feelings while still in high school or younger are not uncommon in the Indigo Adult. The increase in suicide among children may point to new indigos unable to cope with the world.

* Don't whine at Indigos about opportunities or money. Frustration with or rejection of the traditional American dream -the nine to five career, marriage, 2.5 children, house with white picket fence, etc -is the norm. Adult indigos have difficulty in service-oriented jobs (don't I know it!). This is due in part because they resist authority and the caste system of employment. It is also due to the low need for creative ability or knowledge needed in these positions. Living life is more important to them than work.

* Indigos prefer cooperative efforts in ideal situations, and leadership positions or working alone in less than ideal situations.

* They have deep empathy for others, yet a deep intolerance for what they see as willful ignorance. Indigos may be extremely emotionally sensitive, including crying at the drop of a hat (no shielding), or they may be the opposite and show no expression of emotion (full shielding). They may also have trouble with controlling their anger.

* Indigo will have trouble with "the system," which they consider broken or ineffective (i.e. political, educational, medical, legal, etc). In fact, they are alienated from or angry with politics, feeling their voice doesn't count and their actions won't affect the outcome. It seems to Indigos that their rights are constantly being infringed upon. They also feel fear and/or fury at "Big Brother."

* While indigos feel a burning desire to do something to change and improve the world, they may be stymied as to what to do.

* Indigos will have had psychic or spiritual interest and experiences fairly young (in or before teen years). They have strong intuition and will have had psychic experiences, such as premonitions, seeing angels or ghosts, out of body experiences, hearing voices, etc. They may have awareness of other dimensions and parallel realities.

* Their random behavior pattern or mind style marks them in the medical world as possible sufferers of Attention Deficit Disorder). They may have trouble focusing on assigned tasks due to boredom and may jump around in conversations.

* Indigos may be electrically sensitive. Some kill wristwatches and street lights may switch off or come on as they move under them. Electrical equipment malfunctions and lights blow out when they are stressed.

* They may be very expressive and inventive sexually, or they may reject sexuality entirely. Others may explore alternate types of sexuality.

* Meaning in life and understanding of the world is very important to them, and they may seek this through religion or spirituality, spiritual groups and books, self-help groups and books. Many of Adult Indigos are self-taught, skillful researchers and library-divers. Lots of reading for Indigos. But many Indigos may eschew or quit college and either go straight into the workforce or go to vocational school.

*The thirties are a decade of rediscovery and recovery of the extremely high-end psychic abilities, like instant access to the Akashic realms, real time remote viewing, instant assessment of people's thoughts and intent, deliberate synchronicity (sheer "dumb" luck) simultaneous time-hopping (paralleling) and other intriguing "gifts." The healing gifts uncover themselves in the third decade also. The fun really begins in the forties, and the "late-bloomer" aspects of the mature Indigo begin to emerge.

*Many Indigos (not all) will not marry or have children. Some older Indigos have often wished that they could have come in as a neuter/neutral gender so they could do their work free from distraction.

* Many Indigos have a great affinity for speculative fiction and games. They tend to escape with good books, puzzles, games, and RPGs (Role-Playing Games). Later in life, these interests will allow them to plan several steps ahead and imagine alternate futures based on actions. It is very easy for them to put themselves in other people’s shoes, even without their empathy. Any advice they give is usually dead-on, however their ability to see the ‘big picture’ or some distant consequences can be a source of misunderstanding and difficulty between them and those who are more shortsighted.

*Many Indigos have an almost uncanny understanding of different languages, even without formal training. They don’t necessarily speak many languages, but it seems if they can understand the intent of the speaker beyond their words. This applies to animals as well.

*Indigos are also very good at adapting to suit the people around them. If they are in retail (which can be hell for an Indigo), they are capable of making just about anyone they meet feel comfortable.

*Indigos have sensualist tastes in music, foods, odors, color, and other physical expression. They have the ability to become authorities in their chosen passion, no matter what they choose to focus on. Adult Indigos are often gourmets of music, food, perfumes, art, clothing, etc. They will be able to pick out particular scents in perfumes, dissect the flavors in foods and wines, and have musical preferences of a complex sort.

*Often preferring their own company to that of a large group, Indigos are solitary souls. If at all possible, they prefer the company of peers, but they would rather be alone than at a party or concert. Indigos also need time to recharge, especially if they have a highly social job. They are very sensitive to noise, heat, humidity, crowds, and strong odors. In addition, Indigos are unusually needy of deep sleep and can be very annoyed if denied sleep or woken unnecessarily.

*Many Indigos become eclectic in their religious or spiritual beliefs, understanding the unity underlying the many faiths of humanity. Elder Indigos who have been students of metaphysics, religion, and the occult are very aware that many occult and religious beliefs that no longer “work” correctly. This may lead to conflict if and when they choose to share their insights with more established traditional practitioners.

*Wondering about their sanity is a major problem with unrealized Indigos. I know in my teen years, I often worried over my sanity. Suicide was a common ‘out’ for some, while drug and alcohol abuse plagued others. The Internet has played an important role in finding peers and lessening the sense of isolation most new Indigos experience before they discover themselves.

*Older Indigos may have problems with anger management, a holdover from their sometimes traumatic childhood. Many were bully magnets and still bear deep scars from childhood encounters. The best way to deal with this rage is to learn to control it, to make it a tool instead of a time bomb.

*Indigo dwellings are interesting places, reflecting the their diverse tastes. The typical Indigo home is a symphony of clutter, packed with books and papers but not filthy.

*Indigos are frustrated by the shallowness of society at large. They like to dig deeply into things that interest them. If TLC or the Discovery channel runs an in-depth series of documentaries on a subject the Indigo is interested in, they couldn’t be happier, but if it seems that the subject is being approached superficially, they may dismiss the whole thing as a waste of time. *Most Indigos have past life memories.

Humor : Meat
Communication from another planet...
Imagine if you will... the leader of the fifth invader force speaking to the commander in chief...

"They're made out of meat."


"Meat. They're made out of meat."


"There's no doubt about it. We picked several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."

"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars."

"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines."

"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact."

"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines."

"That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."

"I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in the sector, and they're made out of meat."

"Maybe they're like the Orfolei. You know, a carbon-based intelligence that goes through a meat stage."

"Nope. They're born meat, and they die meat. We studied them for several of their life spans, which didn't take too long. Do you have any idea of the life span of meat?"

"Spare me. Okay, maybe they're only part meat. You know, like the Weddilei. A meat head with an electron-plasma brain inside."

"Nope. We thought of that, since they do have meatheads like the Weddilei. But I told you, we probed them. They're meat all the way through."

"No brain?"

"Oh, there is a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat!"

"So... what does the thinking?"

"You're not understanding, are you? The brain does the thinking. The meat."

"Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!"

"Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you getting the picture?"

"Omigod. You're serious then. They're made out of meat."

"Finally, Yes. They are indeed made out of meat. And they've been trying to get in touch with us for almost a hundred of their years."

"So what does the meat have in mind?"

"First it wants to talk to us. Then I imagine it wants to explore the universe, contact other sentients, swap ideas and information. The usual."

"We're supposed to talk to meat?"

"That's the idea. That's the message they're sending out by radio. 'Hello. Anyone out there? Anyone home?' That sort of thing."

"They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?"

"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat."

"I thought you just told me they used radio."

"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat."

"Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?"

"Officially or unofficially?"


"Officially, we are required to contact, welcome, and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in the quadrant, without prejudice, fear, or favor. Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing."

"I was hoping you would say that."

"It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?"

"I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say? `Hello, meat. How's it going?' But will this work? How many planets are we dealing with here?"

"Just one. They can travel to other planets in special meat containers, but they can't live on them. And being meat, they only travel through C space. Which limits them to the speed of light and makes the possibility of their ever making contact pretty slim. Infinitesimal, in fact."

"So we just pretend there's no one home in the universe."

"That's it."

"Cruel. But you said it yourself, who wants to meet meat? And the ones who have been aboard our vessels, the ones you have probed? You're sure they won't remember?"

"They'll be considered crackpots if they do. We went into their heads and smoothed out their meat so that we're just a dream to them."

"A dream to meat! How strangely appropriate, that we should be meat's dream."

"And we can mark this sector unoccupied."

"Good. Agreed, officially and unofficially. Case closed. Any others? Anyone interesting on that side of the galaxy?"

"Yes, a rather shy but sweet hydrogen core cluster intelligence in a class nine star in G445 zone. Was in contact two galactic rotations ago, wants to be friendly again."

"They always come around."

"And why not? Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the universe would be if one were all alone."


Who's Who in World Mythology : Baal
For past articles and the bibliography, please go to the
Who's Who Archive.

Baal, known as the “Rider of the Clouds” and “Lord of Heaven,” is the son of Dagon or El and is considered a rain and fertility god of the northern Semites. He has many names including Aleyn Baal, Armen, Ba’al, Ba’al Lebanon, Ba’al of Tyre, Ba’al Shamin, Ba’al Tsaphon (Lord of the North), Ba’al-zebub, Baalsamame, Bal, Balsamem, Balshameme, Barshamina, Bel, Belshim, Belu, Belus, Elagabalus, Hadad, and Moloch. He is often depicted wielding a thunderbolt spear. Baal is locked in eternal conflict with Mot, the god of death or infertility. He is sometimes victorious, and sometimes not, but he always returns to life at the end of the tale. In Egypt, Baal was equated with Set.

According to one story, Yahm the sea god asked his father El to crown him king. El agreed to this as Yam was his favored son, but warned Yam that he would have to defeat Baal in battle. Baal caught wind of the impending battle and armed himself with weapons created by the other gods. He not only succeeded in killing Yam, he dismembered the sea god and scattered his remains. Baal then proclaimed himself king, and after obtaining permission from Asherah, the wife of El, he had Koshar-u-Khasis, god of craftsmen, build him a sumptuous palace of Cedar of Lebanon, Lapis Lazuli, Gold and Silver near Mount Saphon (Zaphon) north of Ugarit. He took control of several cities and decided to hold a feast. He invited his family, Asherah’s seventy children and El, but excluded El’s new favorite, Mot, the god of death and aridity. Mot in turn invited Baal into his underground dwelling, offering him mud, the food of the dead. Baal ate the mud and died. All the gods mourned his death, including his sister-wife, the ferocious Anat. She descended into the Underworld to retrieve her husband, but was unable to revive him. When Mot refused to help her, she flew into a rage and killed him. Whereupon, Baal woke.

Baal means “lord” or “owner,” and often it was affixed to the names of the local god of each town. In Babylon, the title, Bel, was used to refer to the great gods, the earliest known god with this title being Enlil. When the Israelites took up residence in Canaan, they adopted the word and used it to refer to any alien god. The Bel of the Old Testament was most likely Marduk. It has been suggested however that the title Baal was used to refer to one’s god so that outsiders and invaders could not learn his name and petition him away from his regular worshipers.

Finally we come to one of the most well known practices of which Baal worshipers have been accused, namely child sacrifice. There is archaeological evidence that the Canaanites of the second millennium BCE followed this custom. Excavations of a shrine near the city of Gezer yielded clay jars containing the charred bones of babies. The practices of child sacrifice and of holy prostitution (another common temple practice of the time) were especially loathsome to the Hebrew prophets, who denounced the cult and its temples. Early Semites were not above child sacrifice themselves (as can be seen in some passages of the Bible), and many Hebrews participated in the cult of Baal… probably only adding insult to injury in the eyes of the early Patriarchs.

There is ample evidence that some aspects of Yahweh were reflected aspects of Baal as the Divine King (Lord of Heaven), in the destruction of the sea-serpent Leviathan (Yahm) and the concept of everlasting kingly dominion. These stories and many others were common in Middle Eastern mythology. Some of the liturgical language found in the Bible is also similar, for instance the wording of Psalm 68, "To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, his strength in the clouds", etc.

Quote: Andre Gide
It is better to be hated for what you are
than to be loved for what you are not.


The Magi's Garden: Celandine
For past featured foliage and the bibliography, please go to the
The Magi's Garden Archive.

Celandine (Chelidonium majus) P

Folk Names: Celydoyne, Chelidonium, Devil's Milk, Felon-wort, Garden Celandine, Greater Celandine, Kenning Wort, Swallow Herb, Swallow-wort, Tetterwort, Wart Weed, Wort-weed

Description: Celandine is a member of the poppy family. It can be biennial or perennial, depending upon where it is grown. It prefers damp, rich soil on the edges of forests, paths, and walls. Celandine is a native of Europe naturalized to Northeastern Canada and the US, south to Georgia, Tennessee, and Missourri. The finger-thick, cylindrical root is red-brown on the outside and orange-yellow one inside, containing a milky juice. The hollow stem is round and smooth, growing up to two and one-half feet with swollen joints. It is slightly hairy. The yellowish-green leaves are alternate and pinnate or pinnatifid with ovate, mildly irregularly lobed leaflets. Bright yellow, four-petal flowers less than an inch across grow in sparse umbels from April to October. A dense mass of stamens appears at the center of each blossom. The long thin seedpods contain blackish seeds. The entire plant contains a bitter, smelly orange-yellow juice that turns red when exposed to the air.

Effects: strong
Planet: Sun, Mars Zodiac: Leo
Element: fire
Associated Deities:

Celandine is named from the Greek chelidon for Swallow because it was said to flourish with the bird's arrival and wither with its departure. Swallows were also said to use the juice to strengthen the eyesight of their fledglings.

Celandine is protective and endows its user with victory over their enemies. To escape from unwanted imprisonment or entrapment of any kind, wear it next to the skin and replace every three days. Wear to court to win the favor of a judge or jury or wear for depression.

Known Combinations:
Albertus Magnus said that celandine must be used in conjunction with the heart of a mole, but it might be helpful to invoke the poor creature rather than kill it.

Medical Indications: (Caution: The juice of celandine can poison by congesting the lungs and liver and is narcotic to the nervous system. Handle with gloves if at all. Skin poisoning has resulted from handling the crushed plant.) Parts Used: roots, herb
Celandine is an anodyne, caustic, diaphoretic, diuretic, hydragogue, and narcotic. Used internally, it is a violent purgative. Externally, it has found a use as an ointment or poultice for skin diseases like herpes, eczema, warts, corns, and ringworm. The Romans used it for the removal of corneal opacities. Though celandine has had many uses in the past, it might be best to leave it in the hands of a trained professional.

Not considered a food source

Mercantile Uses:
The flowers produce a yellow dye for wool when used with alum.



Poem : I Sit and Think
JRR Tolkien

I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.

I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall never see.

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.

Quote : Charles Mingus
Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple, awesomely simple,
that's creativity.


The Power of Stones: Botryogen
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Botryogen is a deep orange in color. It enhances both creativity and intuition in regards to sexuality and desire. It is especially helpful in relationships.

Humor : Your Co-worker Could Be A Space Alien
Here's how you can tell. 10 signs to watch for:

1. Odd or mismatched clothes.

2. Strange diet or unusual eating habits.

3. Bizarre sense of humor.

4. Takes frequent sick days.

5. Keeps a written or tape recorded diary.

6. Misuses everyday items. May use correction fluid to paint its nails.

7. Constant questioning about customs.

8. Secretive about personal lifestyle.

9. Frequently talks to himself.

10. Displays a change of mood or physical reaction when near certain high-tech hardware.


A Dreamer's Guide : Occultist to Ointment

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If you were listening to an Occultist, you will strive to elevate others to a higher level of justice and understanding. If you accepted the views presented, you will find pleasure in keeping yourself above materialist pursuits.

If you dreamt of having an Occupation, good times are coming. If you were unemployed however, it denotes frivolity. You will live long if you liked your work, while disliking your job will bring fortune of all kinds. If you dreamt of making good money, you will quarrel with your family, and if you made little money, beware jealous friends.

A calm Ocean is auspicious for all endeavors, and this is also true if you sailed on a calm sea. If you were far out on the ocean and heard the waves lashing against the boat, you will find disaster in business and stormy seas in your personal dealings. You will narrowly escape the designs of your enemies if you stood on the shore and watched the waves foaming against one another. If you saw an ocean shallow enough to wade across or you could see the bottom, prosperity and pleasure will come hand-in-hand with hardship and sorrow. A vessel which sinks on the ocean means the end of some love affair.

October signifies gratifying success for your plans and new acquaintances. If you were born in October, you will have prosperity and abundance, and children born in October mean a high position will be yours.

An Oculist (eye doctor) means that you will be dissatisfied with life or that you will discover a secret. If you were an oculist, some mystery will be solved. Your fortune awaits if you consulted an oculist, and dignity and distinction is indicated if you bought glasses or contacts. You have cause to distrust your friends if you accompanied someone to an eye doctor, and if you met friends there, you are being watched.

If you smelled sweet Odors, an attractive person will enter your daily life and your finances will prosper. Unpleasant odors foretell disagreements and unreliable underlings. If your hands smelled strongly or you smelled body odor, you will suffer through your own foolishness. Strong foot odor may indicate incarceration.

Others will find uncalled-for fault with your conduct if you were Offended by something. If you gave offense to someone, you will encounter many trials before your goal is met.

Expect an improvement of your position if you received an Offer. You will work hard if you made an offer for services.

If you made or accepted an Offering, you will be cringing and hypocritical unless you cleave to responsibility. You will meet prominent persons if you made an offering to a Church.

Holding Office indicates that while your aspirations will sometimes lead you on dangerous paths, your boldness will be rewarded with success. If you failed to win your desired position, you will suffer disappointments. Loss of valuables is foretold if you were told to leave office. Honesty will bring you prosperity if you had an office in your dream, but if you lost it you will have joy with little profit.

An Officer means good business. You will triumph in all your affairs if you were an officer. Being dismissed as an officer is a warning of trouble.

You will enjoy the cheerfulness of your neighbors or children if you dreamt of your own Offspring. The offspring of domesticated animals is a sign of prosperity.

Beware of difficulties and obstacles if you dreamt of an Ogre. You have jealous friends if you killed one. Barriers lie between you and your love if you saw an ogre eating people.

You will find yourself in a position of power if you were anointing with Oil. Quantities of oil indicates success in a pleasurable enterprise. You will be unsuccessful in love if you were selling oils. If you spilled oil, you will lose business. Frying foods in oil foretells advantages.

Using olive oil means big joy, and linseed oil indicates money. Castor oil predicts happiness, and cod liver oil is a sign of unexpected good business. Oil paints are a sign of large earnings.

You will be met with coldness and treachery if you dreamt of an Oilcloth. Dealing in oilcloths predicts uncertain speculations.

Making Ointment means you will be able to command your own affairs not matter whether they are public or private. Ointment is a symbol of beneficial and pleasant friendships.

Digging an Oil Well means profit.

Ointment is a sign of offense. If you used an ointment, you may have a slight illness soon, but if you bought some or used some on a sore, you will be in good health. Your friends will abandon you if you applied an anointment to someone else.

Quote : Kahlil Gibran
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.


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