Keep is an ancient way of referring to Sanctuary, e.g., a castle Keep (see raven picture on the Skullelection2000 Page (previous page) which shows a crenellated Keep with a dolmen ‘gate’ in front of it). My Dolmens * Ley Lines * Megaliths Page (under Topics) has a more detailed explanation of what a dolmen is.
Picture a wizard or sorceress in Medieval dress skillfully weaving potions in the Keep of the castle. Dusty ancient tomes are haphazardly lining the old bookshelves that are attached to the stone walls. Away from the books, and secured to the stone walls are sconces holding torches of light giving the Keep the appearance of a beacon in the night which, of course, it is both physically and metaphysically. A large old oak table holds a plethora of magickal paraphernalia, such as an oversized, anciently embossed leather-bond Book of Shadows (BOS) which has been passed down through generations of the sorceress’s family. Near it lies a strangely crafted pouch which is filled with Runes. Another pouch, covered with sigils, contains an assortment of crystals, mirrors and faery dust. Candles of various shapes, sizes and colors are burning brightly. A sword crafted by the fae lies on the table along with a chalice of wine, bowl of water, container of salt, cauldron, pentacle, athame, incense, special oils, virgin parchment paper, and quill pen. All of these are posited upon the old table/altar (remember, I said this was a HUGE table). Potions are bubbling in various and assorted flasks. The ever-present magickal wand with secret and magickal runic sigils is lying on the table near the mortar and pestle that awaits the herbs and potions. A cat sleeps cozily on the window ledge, whilst a dog curls-up near the stone fireplace where an old pot sits atop giant logs that are brightly burning away the chill in the evening’s air. Tiny luminescent faeries are flitting in, out and around the Keep blending their twinkling with the sparkling of the stars. The cat stretches and the dog yawns whilst the sorceress pauses (with a nod and a wink at the friendly dragon) to consult her Grimoire/ Book of Shadows and Runes.
Raven---“In the form of a raven she emerged from her fairy-mound then perched on a standing-stone, singing her Mysteries: “I have a secret that you shall learn.” – Goodrich, 192
In Faery tales, a raven is often the soul-bird who conducts the hero into mysterious underground places and out again. Cross-culturally, they were often used in shapeshifting.
Ravens were viewed as teachers of magick and otherworld messengers of sacred wisdom bearing the secrets of gods and of life, death and immortality. A raven was the first bird Noah released from the Ark.
I am Raven and the Keeper of this website. I draw from my decades of study and experience in magick, anthropology, folklore, herblore and history, as well as my skills in palmistry, tarot and runes to help enable seekers toward their own self-knowledge and empowerment.
There will be many layers of mystery to explore. I will be weaving ways that you, the viewer/participant may better familiarize yourself with otherworldly realms.
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What Goes Around Comes Around--Universe.
The Circle Surpasses the square--Raven.
Genuine Goodness Is Threatening To Those At The Opposite End Of The Moral Spectrum. – Earl Spencer
For some of you “suits” 'out there' it would behoove you to remember, “Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned!”—William Congreve.
Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman, ESPECIALLY a Woman With Powers!—Thanks, Raven
A Great Truth Is A Truth Whose Opposite Is Also A Great Truth.—Niels Bohr
As One Lamp Serves To Dispel A Thousand Years Of Darkness, So One Flash Of Wisdom Destroys Ten Thousand Years Of Ignorance. – Hui-neng
This Moment Contains All Moments.—C. S. Lewis
People Like Us, Who Believe In Physics, Know That The Distinction Between Past, Present, And Future Is Only A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion. –
This Albert Einstein quote was sent to me by my niece, Katie:
If you want your children to be smart, read them faery tales. If you want them to be brilliant, read them more faery tales.--Thanks, Katie.
If You Understand, Things Are Just As They Are. If You Do Not Understand, Things Are Just As They Are.—Zen Saying
Great Spirits Have Always Encountered Violent Opposition From Mediocre Minds. - Albert Einstein
This Albert Einstein quote was sent to me by my friend, Maddie---
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”—Thanks, Maddie.
NOTE: It has come to my attention that some people in SA are using this expression as a synonym for Aids. In my context, it has nothing to do with Aids, but refers to a quaint Zulu expression, which means quite simply —“The Witch is in the House”. The fact that some are using this disparagingly is a perfect example of their derogatory condemnation of Witches. The people doing this are still in the dark ages and unenlightened when it comes to Witches. Current African news stories are rife with stories of women being hunted down and murder because others think they are Witches. Many times these are mothers and daughters who have managed for themselves without the help of men. I would have preferred to leave the expression—Umthakathi Usekhaya -- a bit mysterious, but since I don’t want it used in a disparaging context, I thought I should reveal its meaning. Zulu refers to one tribe of people who make up the eleven official tribes in South Africa. Many of you may not know this, but one of the tribes making up the eleven official tribes in South Africa is referred to as the “White tribe”. These are the Afrikaners and English who have populated SA. We gave our Labrador Retriever, Thandi, a Zulu name. Thandi is a Zulu word for love. We should have given her the name ‘thief’ as she is always stealing things and running off with them hoping we will chase her. She loves that game!
"Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U. S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." --President Woodrow Wilson, 1913
We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.--Blackkat
May Your Magick Heal You and May Your Days Be Happy Ones—Thanks, Raven
A friend of ours, Nick Murray, thought he recognized our little Irish castle near Tipperary. He sent the above views of a castle which does have a lot of resemblance to the one Paul’s Great, Great Grandfather had painted for his bride, (See top of page.) who was ‘pining’ for Ireland after immigrating to America--(Another story). Meanwhile---Nick said that “This castle is Drumoland Castle in County Clare, South-west Ireland (beside Tipperary). This has been the ancestral home of the O'Brien's for centuries (descendants "of Brian Boru" - only native King of All Ireland - died 1014 in battle of Clontarf against the Vikings). It is now a 5-star hotel and one of the most prestigious hotels in Ireland”. Thanks, Nick.
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