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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holiday: November 26th : A Silver Lining Born from Death and Curses

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

On this day in History, guess what happened? Tut Ankh Amon was discovered!!!

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This huge discovery happened in the year of 1922. The reason this was such a big thing is one…the findings were astronomical and, well, the curse.

Without the doom and gloom of a nasty curse, let me just say, good comes from something bad. Why do I say this?

 Some would say that before this discovery, not many people were all that concerned or interested in Ancient Egypt. You didn’t have tons of people knowing the in’s and out’s of Isis nor did anyone  really care about the Book of the Dead , or the customs of an Ancient Culture long dead.

In fact, what was done to Mummies before and even after this time and the sacred various tombs of this civilization would bring a tear to your eye.

Did you know that during the 20’s and 30’s  thousands and thousands of mummies were used to feed the fires of trains as fuel?

This little tidbit is highly debatable as many Documentaries have made this claim but many others, especially on the net, argue it.  However, the Documentary I seen showed the trains and the thousands of Mummies piled on it. But you should go find footage and see for yourself.

I also found this…

  • Ground up mummies were used as fertilizer, and chopped wooden mummy cases served as firewood.
  • In the late 1800’s, paper manufacturers used mummy wrappings for wrapping paper.
  • Mummies have been used instead of thatch to repair roofs on houses, and used as a cheap source of fuel in trains.
  • In some areas, people would pay great amounts of money to see a mummy being unwrapped. SOURCE

So, while respect for the Dead and the history of Egypt wasn’t a popular trend at one point, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb might have helped change things and if it were not for the wealth of that discovery or the “curse”, , perhaps people would have continued to be ignorant of a civilization long lost. While the riches unveiled in this discovery caught the attention of media and viewers worldwide, it also helped other explorers to find the funding needed for future expeditions.

In all actuality, Tut’s tomb was rather small compared to the rest. This is probably because he died so soon in life. Usually a tomb took the lifetime of a Pharaoh to build, and since Tut was a boy, well the time was just not on his side.

But Tut’s tomb, small or not, stood out because it was the first ever tomb discovered that was completely in tact. Usually Tombs are poached and picked apart by grave robbers, even horrendously destroyed, but not Tut…and perhaps the Curse might tell us why.

 With the discovery Howard Carter made in 1922, came the first horror of interest story, which happened to be instigated by newspapers and reporters from all over the world. Suddenly, the ‘Curse’ was born and this very so-called nightmare would encourage Fiction for years and years to come. Here is one such movie made not long ago….

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And of course, what was written on the entrance of the tomb (as said during that time) helped to kick the whole thing off:

“Death’s wings will touch who ever touches the pharaoh.”

Note: I have never been to Egypt so can’t support an ongoing argument by two sides. One side claiming the inscription is there and others who claim that it isn’t.

So, is there any truth to the Curse?

On the day and within the hour that King Tut was discovered, the Earl of Caernarvon, who funded the Expedition, actually died.

Scientifically, people will later argue that the curse is a lie and that all  the deaths were a coincidence, while others, even to this day, swear it is true.

All I can tell you is, 18 living people became 18 dead ones AFTER the tomb was found. All persons, with the exception of Earl Caernarvon, died in one form or another AFTER entering the tomb. Even Carter, who led this adventure, died a year after.

Caernarvon died after traveling to Egypt, where he was bitten by a mosquito.  Lying in the hospital, Carter finally made the  big discovery that the Earl had  longed for, and within that hour Caernarvon closed his eyes for the very last time on this earth.

Two more incidents happened in Egypt when the tomb was discovered. All the lights in Cairo went out quite suddenly and Caernarvon’s dog began to howl madly—no one could stop him.  In fact, the dog kept wailing until it too met its end.

Coincidence? You decide.

Truth or not, the tally was adding up and the Egyptian workers were already spooked from the get go. The dog and lights didn’t help but as they pushed on, even more occurrences fueled their fear. For instance, the canary that Carter placed in the tomb was eaten by a cobra.

Remember, the Cobra is a royal symbol of the Pharaohs. In fact, it is the symbol located at their heads on their kingly crowns. It is in their paintings, on statues, and inspires their funeral masks.

Was there a more realistic cause to all these Deaths?

Medically and scientifically, there is a possible reason for all of it, aside from the dog and canary, that is. The dog could be explained as the bonds and link between man and best friend. The Canary could have been some freak accident.

However, as far as all the rest, it’s believed that there was a fungus or bacteria on the Mummies themselves, in the tomb, and when this sealed sanctuary of 3000 years was popped open,  those that  hopped on in, breathed in and became sick with it.

Another interesting fact, no bats were ever found living in the tomb even after it was opened—dead or alive. Could this be even more evidence that something was wrong with it, bacteria wise? Because we all know animals have a special two cents concerning these things. And then again, maybe they were just smart and knew to muck with the place—fearing the wrath of the dead? Hmmm

 Some say whether that’s a Scientific Fact, Theory, or not, it was still the defense of the spirits protecting that tomb and that the discoverers of that day and time should have respected and listened.

The tomb, the king, should not have been touched.

Regardless, Carter and many of his members died from lung and Respiratory problems after their famous discovery. This seemed to be enough to prove that there WAS something wrong with King Tut’s tomb whether Science could explain it or the fact that the warnings of the Dead were nothing to muck around with.

And the moral of the story, or the silver lining as mentioned above, if it had not been for this Discovery or the publicity and internet and lore surrounding it, who knows if there would have been an interest for all thing Ancient Egypt or if anything, respect for it’s customs and dead. We went from a world of ignorance concerning Ancient Egypts’ myths, customs and lore to one that values every find, every archeological discovery, every little piece discovered beneath her golden sands.

I for one think that, that’s a beautiful thing even if it had to come from so much death and mayhem.

Thank you, King Tut. Thank you.

 

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays : November 19th: The Goddess of the Harvest

 

 Rome’s Observance for Ops

 

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Ops is a Goddess of Rome and today is an informal Observance in honor of her. Rites and rituals are done  on this day having some special rules to them. Those doing the rituals would have to remain seated so that their feet touched her earth.

 Ops happened to be the wife of Saturn, the God of Sowing. So while her God Sows, she is the Goddess of Harvest.

Not only is Ops the Goddess of Harvest but she is also the Goddess of an ‘Abundant’ Harvest.

 

 

 

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Magical Incantation to become a Werewolf

 

tumblr_nb8fqc7GPR1qdxc5jo4_1280A very long time ago, I posted this ritual on my personal website. It gained alot of attention. Unclear on the direction my writing and research was taking me, I deleted the website after so many years running. Over the past few years, I received numerous emails asking for the return of this little historical ritual. Now that we are dusting off, The Pagan and the Pen, I think there couldn’t be a more suitable place to park this little tidbit. Here’s hoping all the regulars that haunted this little piece before, stumbles back upon it….

Now, once upon a time, in one of my encyclopedias, I found a word I had not seen before, Oborot.

The meaning and origins of Oborot can be found living within Russian lore. It’s meaning clear…Werewolf.

An Oborot is a person transformed, literally, into something else. And that’s exactly what this little incantation is supposed to do….transform a man or woman into a Werewolf.


Legend says, in order to use this powerful magic, you will need a few things.

  • The incantation must be done in the woods or forest.
  • A copper knife
  • A tree that has been cut down. A tree stump.

You must go into the woods and stab the cut tree with the copper knife. Then, walk around the stump repeating this incantation:


On the sea, on the ocean, on the island, on Bujan,

On the empty pasture gleams the moon, on an ashstock lying

In a green wood, in a gloomy vale.

Toward the stock wandereth a shaggy wolf,

Horned cattle seeking for his sharp white fangs;

But the wolf dives not into the shadowy vale,

Moon, Moon, gold-horned moon,

Check the flight of bullets, blunt the hunters’ knives,

Break the Shepards’ cudgels,

Cast wild fear upon all cattle,

On men, on all creeping things,

That they may not catch the grey wolf,

That they may not rend his warm skin!

My word is binding, more binding than sleep,

More binding than the promise of a hero!


Once you feel the surge of power, you must spring or jump over the tree trunk three times. Legend says if you do, you will be transformed into a wolf. Afterwards, you are free to run off into the wilds of the forest!


Further reading:

  • The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
  • Baring-Gould, Sabine. The Book of Werewolves. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1865

 

Magickal Baths

 

I received these years ago in email, saved them, and now have a use for them I suppose. If you’re into this type of thing, enjoy!

 

Full Moon Bath

Fill the tub half-full of water (not too hot). Dip a quart of this
water in a glass bowl. Hold this bowl outside for a few moments; let
the moon’s light shine on the water.

Then return inside and add the water back into the bath. Add one half-
cup of milk and a bit of lemon peel to the water. Light a white
candle. Burn jasmine incense; alternatively, burn lotus, gardenia or
sandalwood incense.

Bathe, feeling the moon’s power flowing through you; nurturing you;
comforting you. Close your eyes and visualize the moon directly above
you.

When finished, dry off and go about regular activities. Realize that
you have attuned yourself to the moon and have become strengthened.

Source: Unknown Author

 

Scented Dreams and Rituals

Happy incidents will occur if you dream of inhaling any perfume.

Here is a bath recipe to precede ritual for cleansing, calming and
centering.
Mix together 10 drops each of Myrrh, Sandalwood, Frankincense,and
Ylang Ylang. Add 6 drops of this mixture to a warm bath. Relax for 10 –
20 min.

From The Aromatherapy Book by Jeanne Rose

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New Moon Milk Bath

2 cups dry nonfat powered milk
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
6 drops sandalwood oil
5 drops vanilla fragrance oil
4 drops gardenia fragrance oil
4 drops orange oil

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a container. To Use: Pour 1 cup
into the bath as you fill the tub and stir well.

Moon Soak

To relax and become attuned to the Goddess at the end of your busy day,
treat yourself to a Moon soak. To start, prepare a small dish of white flower
petals mixed lightly with epsom salts and scented with a few drops of jasmine
oil. Have ready a silver or light blue candle and draw a warm bath. Light your
candle and turn off all other lights, adding some soft background music if
you so choose. Disrobe and look out a window, if possible, to see the Moon. If
you can’t see Her, visualize Her in whatever phase she is in. Ask the Lady of
the Moon to bless you, and draw down her power, as you anoint your forehead, head, throat, heart, abdomen, loins, and feet, each with a drop of jasmine
oil. Now toss your epsom salt mixture into the bath, step in, and enjoy.

by Maria Kay Simms

 

Isis Purification Bath

1 cup dried milk powder
1/2 cup of sea salt
a pinch of orris root powder
a handful of rose petals (dried if you wish to store the mixture)
a few drops of myrrh oil
a few drops of hyacinth oil or lotus oil

mix well and store in a glass jar, or pour it straight into the bath.

Isis Beauty Bath and Body Scrub

Run a bath and then add 1 cup of coconut milk and a handful of rose
petals. Then, massage your body all over with the following mixture:
a handful of sea salt, some almond oil, honey and a few drops of
jasmine oil(optional).
Arise as the goddess renewed!

Sea Shell Protection Bath
Spiritual baths are excellent to rid physical and astral bodies of negativity and to encompass your mind with relaxing energy.
Supplies:
1/2 cup epsom salts
1/8 cup coarse sea salt(finely ground sea salt can be substituted)
5 drops sandlewood oil
1/8 teaspoon finely ground(to a powder)dragon’s blood resin
1/2 teaspoon crushed lavender
7 drops red food coloring
Mix epsom salts and sea salt well. Add ingredients one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add food coloring. Store in a jar and tie with a red ribbon. Charge. Best made on a new Moon. To use add 2 tablespoons to running water.

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