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Sunday, March 3, 2013

MASONS RUNES AND RITUAL

MASONS  RUNES   AND  RITUAL
             Before there was even blood sacrifice, there were many ordinary people, like 90% of us, that were more about culture than religion. Dancing and drumming was great fun, and why bother, most people thought, worshiping an invisible deity? Do you really think ancient people were mindless lemmings of   personality cults, or did they use their skepticism to increase their intelligence and encourage the evolution of the mind 

                                                             
There are rudimentary attempts to get back what the ancients knew, which is more than magic, these were powers. I believe that the "dawn of civilization" was nothing of the sort. The cultivation of grain 8000 years ago, created cities in the Middle East but the world was colonized in small villages which we hear virtually nothing about. A science blackout of the previous 20,000 years, conventional wisdom always told us that the Pyramids in Eygpt were built 4000 years ago and Stonehenge about 2500 years ago. Pyramid stones were shaped with copper balls tied to sticks say Egyptologists, and carried by slaves on pulley systems.
There had been an alternative view that the Sphinx was actually 8,000 years old. Evidence of this is the erosion on much of it, which shows signs of weathering from the rainier climate of 8000 years ago. But it went against conventional wisdom which said there was no intelligence before the Dawn of Civilization. Then along came the amazing Goblecki Tepe in Turkey which is being billed as "the oldest structure on Earth" being dated as 12,000 years old. "Very unusual" scientists say, and "not easy to explain." Here is a picture from the place. They must have had some big wheelbarrows for that job!
So there is a new theory out there that says they were able to dematerialize material objects till they were nearly invisible and 10-98% of their weight would disappear, becoming nearly weightless, leaving a five ton pyramid stone weighing as little as 200 pounds. How do you like that shit?

This is basically the secret of the pyramids and other seemingly impossible feats such as Stonehenge and Machu Picchu and now Goblecki Tepe. Magic became ho hum after the invention of the wheel and iron tools however, because people had more to occupy their minds. Imagine the maligned and uncivilized hunter gatherers being in possession of this great magic? These powers?  
In many cases a dogmatic theocracy conquered and ruled over the peasants and magic became even more hidden. I consider myself a Pagan Heretic because I don't romanticize about shamanism of the past. Great minds I'm told. Our connection to the Divine. Shamans had great magic. Then I remember my childhood and waiting to go into the confessional and being told that the priest is our connection to God.
Americas Stonehenge


Goblecki Tepe

Older than civilization
Really? I was skeptical.
First I'd like to explain three terms. Oxoheartsvoken, Lawagamau and Rawagamau. Oxoheartsvoken is from the secret green cult language Druddoccitan, and means 'love of the people', or 'magic of the people.'
Many times, the folk magic of Oxoheartsvoken remained pure, and people didn't give much concern to shamans and other authority figures. Shamanic sleight of hand tricks were not given the weight they are today by Pagan Reconstructionists. I am reminded about a show that did a report on the "American Stonehenge in New Hampshire". They showed how a booming voice of the "god" was made by standing below ground in a echo chamber built for that purpose. Shamans snickering below as people above ground thought Gods echoing voice was speaking to them from the beyond.

            The folk beliefs, the folk magic, had to be hidden from the Big Brother Of Christianity as time went on,  because any church heresy was seen as being demon based, and the speaker, Satan possessed.  Kinda mentally ill when you think about it, really. The intellect that once aspired freely, spiraled into obedience and so much tradition was lost. Literal written history of ancient days was lost in the fires of the Alexandria Library.
The ancient Paleolithic Pagans had an unlimited view of magic and there was a diversity of activities, and a freedom of thought we are trying to recapture today. There were thousands of different ceremonies and the folk magic is your direct connection to the divine.
    
 No ancient aliens or advanced cultures, but our earliest science.  The Power of Thought was unlimited a long time ago. Imagine if you had no pre-conceived notions, or the training for college degrees to cloud the clarity of your thoughts, you might think anything was possible. Dematerialization and telepathy was discovered by the ancient peoples. There was not an ancient technology a great Atlantis with Crystal Powered Space ships. Spirituality was the first science around 25,000 years ago (YA), and it was people sitting around the fire on those black star filled nights that discovered the great lost secret.   We  all get somewhere in the end,  because love is the spiritual gravity and we all learn to love all eventually. Any animal or human that is capable of love, is capable of immortality and  merges with the force of Nature, and then the Universe

                       Rawagamau and Lawagamau. Rawagamau means to discard the rituals of the past that we no longer need, such as sacrificing animals, no offense to Santevarians, but no one does that any more.  Rawagamau means to use your senses to find truths that work for you, and remember about freedom of expression, and to keep what is worth while for the future. No matter how much of a failure you seem to be in this rat race, you very likely have at least three intuitive talents which could be exhibited in a more open minded society, a society more inclined to be skeptical, sharing and sublime and respectful ceremony needs to be respected and brought into the future.                                          
But it’s 2015: we are more modern even still, might you have a knack for magic? Before there was even blood sacrifice, there was a lot of ordinary people throughout history, like 90% of us, that were more about culture than religion. Dancing and drumming was great fun but why worship an invisible deity? The folk beliefs, the folk magic had to be hidden from the Big Brother Of christianity who falsely accused any heresy as being demon possessed.  The ancient pagans had an unlimited view of magic and diversity and the freedom of thought and there were thousands of different ceremonies.
Lawagamau means the discarding of technologies our human future needs. Taking into the future the tools and products that are sustainable that will create a decent living for all.
One I have discovered is to be in tune with the birds for one example, sending their message to the Goddess via the singing of the birds early in the morning.  Most Pagans today think smoke is the best way to send a message to the god or goddess, but what about the scenario of the druid in the ancient forest 15oo years ago, on the lam from the Popes assasins. Smoke could give him or the Druidesses location away. The pontificating pustillades wanted nothing less than pagan extinction. They came close. All because of magic.
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                       How do I start, start with rocks …uh..stones they are then. I put a collection of rocks and stones and lucky objects on my dashboard about three weeks ago and it seeems my life has gone into dynamic mode. I mean right away, things good and bad started to happen. You need to be careful I realize but stone magic seems to happen more readily than you might think.  Is there a right way to do it? From Scott Cunninghams Crystal Gem and Metal Magic, (71)”The earth is one tiny part of a vast energy network. Though once created by it, our planet now contains its own vibrations. Some of these powers, and their manifestations, are shaded and formed to benefit us. Stones are magical batteries that contain and concentrate earth’s energies.”                                                                                            Imagine then the energy produced by stone runes which contain magic from their sound, their shape, and hidden meaning. Here is a quote from the book Northern Magic  --- Rune Mysteries and Shamanism, to introduce you to runes if you have not met their acquaintance yet. (73)Regardless  of whether you are a beginner in the field of esoteric studies or an advanced initiate, on some level you can easily understand the concept embedded in the original concept of the Runic, the runes. The Odian branch of the Northern Way is a tradition based on the concept encoded in this word. As such it is perhaps the system of magic best suited to a continually active or dynamic search or quest for an eternally elusive goal.  The power of the rune lies in its ability to spur seekers onward. Because no end is thirsted for, the seeker on the Northern Path measures success in progress made. Success is gauged by the ground you cover, not the goals met. At this level the rune is a universal principle, more or less comprehensible in all systems of magic or religion.
Within the magical runic traditions there are many avenues and roadways by which to approach these universal mysteries. It is clear that the rune is not simply a letter or character in an alphabet-it is that and much more. Every rune is made up of three elements or aspects:
A sound (song)
A stave (shape)
A rune (hidden lore)
No one part of the triad can totally stand alone-each implies and projects the other. The sound or phonetic value of the rune is its vibrational quality in the air, in space. The visible staves are only reflections of the actual runes, which remains forever hidden from our 5 senses. Each rune is in and of itself infinite and without bounds. In practical terms the rune is the sum total of of lore and information on the stave and sound, the song is the vibration, the stave is the image, and the rune is the lore needed to activate the magic.”(   )
The Christians have always disliked the Masons who were very clever in disguising their organization. Christianity is a straight jacket for the mentally limber and Masons have always provided an outlet for thinking people. What about today, come on out masons, christians aren’t going to jail you or steal your property anymore. Come on out of the apron closet, eh?  Masons believe in generosity and one fine example of a Mason doing good deeds is Danny Thomas; he put a lot of effort into the St. Judes Hospital, helping children in many generous ways. Harry Truman was also a Mason, and he was a hell of a guy.                                  Phyllis Orcutt just seems to explain things so well in The Book of Shadows. Here she discusses the Masons. (52)”The Masons arose from a magical and intellectual lineage and it was their revolutionary brotherhood that founded the United States. They believed in the brotherhood of man, the existence of a divinity, and the immortality of the soul. Many of the treasured secret rituals of the masons reflected those of the Goddesses at Ileuses and Delphi, and the most overt symbols decorate our flag, dollar bills, and seals of high office. Often these days as right wing politicians and conservative Christians appropriate history for their own exclusionary political ends, they assert that we were founded as a Christian country. In fact we were founded by magicians as an astounding political experiment, reflecting their equally insurgent and ancient spirituality.”(52)
Really, our revolutionary ancestors were magicians? The actual greatest generation (of 1776) may have been. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine were gifted individuals who studied a lot of esoteric philosophies and no true biography of them shows them as Ned Flanders foam at the mouth Christian types. There is example after example of George Washington snubbing Christianity and now we hear that Abe Lincoln loved the Bible for guidance but was careful not to endorse Christianity.                       For those just beginning to explore paganism with my book, I want to show you a ritual… a spell…. I don’t even know what to call it. My teacher in the 80’s, Mike Two Hawks, was quite willing to show me how to do a ceremony with tobacco and facing the four directions. You can do a ceremony with the 4 directions or the 4 winds. I have the north/south symbol (boreasicator) with the 23 triangles that I turn twice a year to keep my ceremony real simple. In the religion I made up, we have the north wind, Boreas, a symbol of strength symbolized in the hammer. The east direction symbolizes wisdom in our choices in life and my ancient mother Zemyna fills this role. The south wind is the warm life giving wind, symbolized by the springtime and summer and is represented by the goddess Dexsiua.  The west wind here in east central Florida is infrequent and accompanies extreme weather systems and I call upon Zephyr when I face west, those rare times when I do ceremony.
 I didn’t realize I was so dependent on Scott Cunningham but here I am quoting him again in Earth Power, showing an example of a ritual you can make up if you want to be a ceremonial pagan. Mostly the God or Goddess just wants sincerity and respect but here goes.    (     )”WINDS OF THE NORTH      RUSHING AND MIGHTY          AID ME IN MY MAGICAL WORK
WINDS OF THE EAST (face these directions when you do this)   DAZZLING AND BRIGHT…  AID ME IN MY MAGICAL WORK          WINDS OF THE WEST       GENTLE AND BUOYANT…”   HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, GENTLE AND BUOYANT? Not where I live, here’s a lesson for beginners----do not take any book completely at its face value and some say especially Scott Cunningham because of the excess of ceremonies. No offense of course because he is eminently quotable for important pagan talking points.                                                                                                                             You have to work with yourself to make it into a system that works for you. Anytime I’ve ever done a ceremony I completely make up the words because it’s so rare I do it, that I only do it when truly inspired. For instance I took a 1500 mile pagan pilgrimage to Salem Mass in an older car and as I reflected on safety and the journey back, I found myself in a gazebo on the town green in Salem. With ancient kernels of corn and sodalite pebbles and other offerings I had in a little bottle, I faced each direction starting with north and prayed for safety and protection on the trip back to Florida and gave an offering in each direction. Instead of saying gentle and buoyant I would have changed it to ‘winds of the west…… raucous and diverse, aid me in the protection spell I seek.
All right, what happens if you conjure up some demons? I want to refer you to The Philosophy of Magic for one of the cures from ancient times. (     ) “..Another gesture is the extended middle finger, termed ‘the bird’ in American slang and it is a sign of disrespect or hostility.  It was used in magic ritual in order to subdue demons. One other gesture which has been retained and which has an esoteric aspect is the most common of signs: the index finger touching the thumb, forming a circle, the three fingers, slightly bent, and extending outwards. Generally acknowledged as meaning that everything is all right, in esoteric terms it signifies the three pillars, or trinity of alchemical principles-Mercury Sulphur and Salt.”
I had been asking the Universe to answer a question I had for about a year till I read the answer in Philosophy of Magic (      ). What about dragons? There is simply something real about them that I wasn’t able to visualize them yet and I categorized them with fairies and dryads, they are there, we just can’t see them. Philosophy of Magic makes sense of dragons in this quote,” In China it is believed that there are currents in the topography known as feng shui. There it is that dragons fly over the land in the spring, carrying with them the beneficent currents of spring –growth, green and warmth which follow the natural flow of the land, flying on specific, well charted dragon lines. The magus simply aids the dragon’s flight. In an ancient text it is said that as a fish cannot see the water and man cannot see the air, dragons cannot see the earth in which they exist.” Update: I finally met Lynx, the green dragon.


Dexsiua and her dragon

















ORIGINAL VERSION
MASONS  RUNES AND  RITUAL
 
Intelligence is the result of skepticism, yet, on the other hand, respectful ceremony does no harm. As a vigilant skeptic I simply don't believe it when someone tells me something. Did you perceive it? Or did you actually, for real, see a Goddess?
  Before there was even blood sacrifice, there was a lot of ordinary people, like 90% of us, that were more about culture than religion. Dancing and drumming was great fun, and why bother worshiping an invisible deity? Do you really think ancient people were mindless lemmings of personality cults?
LIKE THEY ARE IN OUR MODERN TIMES? 

Many times, the folk magic of Oxoheartsvoken remained pure, and people didn't give much concern to shamans and other authority figures. Their sleight of hand tricks were not given weight as they are today. I saw a show about the "American Stonehenge in New Hampshire". They showed how a booming voice of the god was made by standing below ground in a echo chamber built for that purpose. 
The folk beliefs, the folk magic, had to be hidden from the Big Brother Of Christianity as time went on,  because any church heresy was seen as being demon based, and the speaker, Satan possessed.  Kinda mentally ill when you think about it, really. The ancient Paleolitic Pagans had an unlimited view of magic and diversity of activities, and a freedom of thought we are trying to recapture today, and there were thousands of different ceremonies. Simple acts between us and Whateverisouthere, with no middle man. The folk magic is your connection to the divine.
    
 No ancient aliens or advanced cultures, but our earliest science.  The Power of Thought was unlimited a long time ago. Imagine if you had no pre-conceived notions, or college degrees to cloud the clarity of your thoughts, you might think anything was possible and eventually, dematerialization and telepathy was discovered by the ancient peoples. There was not an ancient technology. Spirituality was the first science around 25,000 years ago (YA)

Magic became ho hum after the invention of the wheel and iron tools, however, and people had more to occupy their minds. In many cases, some dogmatic theocracy or another, conquered and ruled over the peasants, and the folk magic became even more hidden.
Rawagamau means to discard the rituals of the past that we no longer need, such as sacrificing animals, no offense to Santevarians. Lawagamau is the shedding of technology we no longer need.  Let's settle with a few technologies we can use for a long time instead of having constant changes.   
   
Use your senses to find truths that work for you. One ceremony I have discovered is to be in tune with the birds, sending your message to the God and Goddess, via the singing of the birds early in the morning.  Abandon all thoughts and listen to the birds   closer to you. Then distract your mind and listen for the birds as dawn arrives. It's what I use for meditation, I can't seem to Om and lotus. So I listen to bird calls and try to throw out my radar further out to other bird sounds in the distance. Ignore all else and listen. Use your ears to hear. Do not ask what your god can do for you, but ask what you can do for your God.  Soon an entire orchestra of bird calls is yours to behold. Doing this is far more interesting than meditation.
Pagans today think smoke is the best way to send a message to the god or goddess, but what about the scenario of the Druid in the ancient forest 15oo years ago, on the lam from the Popes assassins. Smoke could give him or the Druidesses location away. All ceremony is valid. Pagan ceremony is excessive for most and today I am here to encourage, Progressive Eclecticism. We pick and choose what we want. I don't like being shut out of group after group because I don't have Viking roots, or Native American ancestry or any of the other exclusionary criteria.  


The  pontificating pustillade Protestants wanted nothing less than pagan extinction, inciting a violence bred from misunderstanding. The real tools of Satan, the preachers priests and pastors, are responsible for an unthinkable amount of damage in the quest for world domination. They thought paganism was a disease that was cured like polio. Big Religion wanted pagan extinction. They came close.   
Death of Liberty

   
        
  For those beginning to explore paganism, I want to show you a ritual… a spell…. I don’t even know what to call it. Something to get you started. Remember---there are no absolutes and we can all be teachers to each other. My teacher in the 80’s, Mike Two Hawks, was quite willing to show me how to do a ceremony with tobacco and facing the four directions. There are also ceremonies with   the 4 winds. I keep my ceremony real simple. A non-ceremonial form of paganism is another way to go, and you don't have to follow what any book says. We all get somewhere in the end because love is the spiritual gravity and we all learn to love all eventually.






RUNES
Here is my progressive eclectic version on how you can discover how to use Runes.  The north wind, Boreas, is a symbol of strength symbolized in the hammer. The east direction symbolizes wisdom in our choices in life and my ancient mother Zemyna fills this role for this direction. The south wind, is the warm, life giving wind, symbolized by the springtime and summer and is represented for me, by the goddess Dexsiua.  The west wind here in east central Florida is infrequent and accompanies extreme weather systems and I call upon Zephyr when I face west, those rare times when I do ceremony. Zephyr is the chaos that brings change.
  Scott Cunningham in Earth Power, shows an example of a ritual you can make up if you want to be a ceremonial pagan. All it really is, is a way of being completely in the present. I doubt if I even do 5 or 6 ceremonies in a year. Mostly, I passionately savor as much as I can in our material existence avoiding gluttony the best I can. That can be difficult with the Sam Adams Spring Ale already out.
Embrace your space, and ceremony is a chance to be thankful and thoughtful and calm.  You do it as often as you want.  Christians say the rosary every day, prayer as contemplation is never a waste of time. The God or Goddess or the Forces of Nature simply want sincerity and respect.  Scott Cunningham(2  )”WINDS OF THE NORTH      RUSHING AND MIGHTY          AID ME IN MY MAGICAL WORK.
WINDS OF THE EAST (face these directions when you do this)   DAZZLING AND BRIGHT…  AID ME IN MY MAGICAL WORK          WINDS OF THE WEST       GENTLE AND BUOYANT…” (2)  Hold it right there? Not where I live. Here’s a lesson for beginners----do not take any book completely at its face value, and some say Scott Cunningham in particular, because of the excess of ceremonies. If you have to run out to the store to get some lavendar oil for a ceremony, then forget it. Although some of the best discoveries have come from his books and it really is a simple book of folk magic at its source.  Be skeptical and keep it simple.                        ,                                                                     
         You have to work with yourself to make a system that works for you. Anytime I've ever done a ceremony, I completely make up the words, because it’s so rare I do it. I only do it when truly inspired. For instance, I took a 1500 mile pagan pilgrimage to Salem Mass in an older car and as I reflected on safety and the journey back, I found myself in a gazebo on the town green. With ancient kernels of corn and sodalite pebbles and other offerings I had in a little bottle, I faced each direction starting with north, and prayed for safety and protection on the trip back to Florida and gave an offering in each direction. In this case it was a prayer to the Universe. SO, Instead of saying gentle and buoyant I would have changed it to ‘winds of the west…… raucous and diverse, aid me in the protection spell I seek. "

It's you--it's not about any book. This leads me to, how to use runes like tarot. Pagan Heresy. Brace yourself.

How do I start with rituals, start with rocks …uh..stones they are to New Age Types. I put a collection of rocks and stones and lucky objects on my dashboard about three weeks ago and it seems my life went into dynamic mode. I mean right away, things good and bad started to happen. You need to be careful I realize now, and I brought the rocks back in the house. Stone magic seems to happen more readily than you might think.
  Is there a right way to do it? From Scott Cunninghams Crystal Gem and Metal Magic, (1)The earth is one tiny part of a vast energy network. Though once created by it, our planet now contains its own vibrations. Some of these powers, and their manifestations, are shaded and formed to benefit us. Stones are magical batteries that contain and concentrate earth’s energies.”
    Imagine then the energy produced by stone runes which contain magic from their sound, their shape, and hidden meaning. Here is a quote from the book Northern Magic --- Rune Mysteries and Shamanism, to introduce you to runes if you have not met their acquaintance yet. (2)Regardless  of whether you are a beginner in the field of esoteric studies or an advanced initiate, on some level you can easily understand the concept embedded in the original concept of the Runic, the runes. The Odian branch of the Northern Way is a tradition based on the concept encoded in this word. As such, it is perhaps the system of magic best suited to a continually active or dynamic search or quest for an eternally elusive goal. "
" The power of the rune lies in its ability to spur seekers onward. Because no end is thirsted for, the seeker on the Northern Path measures success in progress made. Success is gauged by the ground you cover, not the goals met. At this level the rune is a universal principle, more or less comprehensible in all systems of magic or religion." Italics mine, runes can be used like Tarot Cards in a Celtic Cross Spread.
   "Within the magical runic traditions there are many avenues and roadways by which to approach these universal mysteries. It is clear that the rune is not simply a letter or character in an alphabet-it is that and much more. Every rune is made up of three elements or aspects:
A sound (song)
A stave (shape)
A rune (hidden lore)
   
No one part of the triad can totally stand alone-each implies and projects the other. The sound or phonetic value of the rune is its vibrational quality in the air, in space. The visible staves are only reflections of the actual runes, which remains forever hidden from our 5 senses. Each rune is in and of itself infinite and without bounds. In practical terms the rune is the sum total of lore and information on the stave and sound, the song is the vibration, the stave is the image, and the rune is the lore needed to activate the magic.”( 2)  

I bought some nice runes, the elder futhark, 24 stones and a blank. The Younger 16 stave futhark apparently captures the energy of the elder futhark so it is authentic to use either one.   I am still a beginner, and today would be  a good day to bring them out.
In Tarot for Newbs, http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=words&id=14815 I described my disco.very of Tarot and the Celtic Cross spread. This can also be done with runes I propose.  
10 positions to be used the same way as tarot, but instead of interpreting symbols on the cards, you analyze the rune. I have a long way to go with this and the Teacher will show up when I’m ready. Or maybe I will learn it myself, in my own way, and make an alternative folk magic type of rune reading. Let me go figure out where I stored them. I haven't seen them in a while. Oh yes, there they are.



What then of the people most known for their stone work; the architects of Chartres Cathedral and most other ancient structures made of stone? These workers were the Free Men Masons who became the freemasons, and then ritual was added as time went by, and the whole thing was tweaked by the idle rich with nothing better to do. That’s my Cliff Notes version of the Masons.
The original stone masons were free men unlike the peasants and serfs and slaves and indentured servants. The name freemason may have been referring to the quarries which were called freestone quarries. The original masons traveled from area to area, project to project, building things and they also built lodges that fellow freemen masons would stay at. Masonry is traced back 3500 years and maybe the passing on of esoteric knowledge within the craft began further back than that.
Regarding the Masons and Illuminati; I am pretty sure that the Illuminati are an evil sort of organization that used the Masons as a protective societal shield, and Masons have become scapegoats for the Illuminats nefarious deeds. Yet remain mysteriously quiet. A perfect scapegoat for the New World Order to exploit, with the Masons codes of silence. 
The Christians have always disliked the Masons, who had to be clever in disguising their organization.  Christianity is a straight jacket for the mentally limber, and the Masons have always provided an outlet for thinking people.  Many lodges were social clubs, duh.
What about today, come on out Masons! Christians aren’t going to jail you or steal your property anymore. They only call you the source of all evil and worshippers of Satan and the authors of any nefarious plot on the internet. Come on out of the apron closet, eh?  I have never known a Mason, except Scotty the Painter, but I do know Masons believe in generosity, and one fine example of a Mason doing good deeds is Danny Thomas. He put a lot of effort into St. Judes Hospital, helping children in many generous ways, a very successful venture. Harry Truman was also a Mason, and he was a hell of a guy. 

                             
 World Parliament of Religions representative, Phyllis Curott, explains many things so well in her book, "The Book of Shadows". Here she discusses the Masons. (1)”The Masons arose from a magical and intellectual lineage and it was their revolutionary brotherhood that founded the United States. They believed in the brotherhood of man, the existence of a divinity, and the immortality of the soul. Many of the treasured secret rituals of the masons reflected those of the Goddesses at Ileuses and Delphi, and the most overt symbols decorate our flag, dollar bills, and seals of high office. Often these days as right wing politicians and conservative Christians appropriate history for their own exclusionary political ends, they assert that we were founded as a Christian country. In fact we were founded by magicians as an astounding political experiment, reflecting their equally insurgent and ancient spirituality.”(1)
The reason I got re-interested in the masons is their mysterious intertwining throughout historical events, particularly their role in the American Revolution.  All these Goddesses like Lady Liberty in prominent roles for our national inspiration. Seriously, our revolutionary ancestors were magicians? Pagan Wizards, and Eclectics? The actual greatest generation (of 1776) may have been. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine were gifted individuals who studied many esoteric philosophies, and no true biography of them shows that they were a Ned Flanders, foam at the mouth, Christian types. Though revisionist websites distort this truth. Jefferson and Paul Revere were also Unitarians who eventually shed their deities. There is example after example of George Washington paying lip service to Christianity. Never taking communion or calling himself a Christian.    


 A few years back I became obsessed with brick and tile projects and taught myself with an uncommon determination. The tile and brickwork I had done looked Paganesque, and created a nice atmosphere. I used many recycled bricks, to make a brick patio and felt some sort of vibe going on. Masons are all inclusive with their knowledge using the best of everything mixed with their rituals and I felt that I was discovering something.
I called on the god of the masons, whoever was their ancient inspiration, to help me make something from the past. Recently discovered Gaullic Goddess, Dexsiua, I wondered whoher consort might be. I had a pile of 50 cut corners of bricks, basically triangles, all about the same size, that were laying around in a pile.  If you wait for true inspiration, you become like a funnel.  I asked the mason god to give me a symbol; what was your ancient symbol? The ancient, ancient symbol. I began pulling triangle shaped bricks out of the pile and  began working a new shape and worked with my inspiration. This goes here, this one here, this one turned this way or that way. This brick arranging was what I consider magical, intuitive and spontaneous. I can’t summon it because I never know when an inspiration will occur and this is a fundamental truth about my religion, Druddism. It’s better not to force or beg for magic, but ride with it when it happens.   
It's simple, with Beltane coming up, DO WHAT YOU WANT!                                                                              

No offense to ceremonial pagans but did you notice I didn’t do anything fancy with herbs and candles and whatever else? I’m telling you, what most pagans do today are what the priests and priestesses did a long time ago, and for many of us magic seems more complicated than is necessary.  Some deride it as New Age, Liberal nonsense. Rediscovering the original folk magic. What 90% of us did. Oxoheartsvoken.
I understand that emotion and feeling are important and it’s why women are naturally good at magic. But every once in a while I really get in the zone and these magical things truly happen. What are the actual aspects of the folk religion; what the other 90% of us did, nurturing the intuitive goddess or god? The simple folk magic has to happen on it’s own and please take no offense with my comments because I completely appreciate what is done by ritual: it’s just not my cup of tea…...yet.                                                      
 Rocket ship from alien ancestors?
                    Secret symbol sent by mason god?
One triangle is out of place, but can you see the 4 quadrants? And the capping stone?
                                        
22 triangles was my inspiration, I was almost possessed, and felt guided while I placed them.  I stepped back to look at it what I did I wondered,…. what could it be ? It looked like a fish but not really. Was it an upside down cross like the symbol for Thors hammer or Peters Cross? Where none of the bricks touched seemed to remind me of a simple cross indicating north south east and west within this symbol, four quadrants if you can see it.  My logical self told me something was not finished, I hope I don’t wreck the inspiration I worried as I spotted a triangle from a brick that was cut different than the others and cut the larger way and I placed it at the bottom of the symbol.
 I like the idea of using the mysterious number 23 whenever possible and the 23rd brick was the capping brick, I reckoned, to capture energy from the primary wind of the season.  The symbol points north during the winter here in zone 9 and south during the summer. The large capping triangle on the end enables me to symbolically hold the wind energy. I insist that magic is this simple. On October 31st, I point the symbol north signifying the Return of Boreas, the god of the cold north wind who we welcome here in Florida. On April 30 I point it south acknowledging the return of Dexsiua, who brings the warm currents of the life giving, southern wind.                                          
By the way, this turning of the symbol is what a simple Druddite ceremony is like. Really, it’s not drama class ya know; simply turn the 23 bricks to face the other direction. Even Atheists can accept this and a little ceremony is good for everybody.  I was surprised to find that many atheists believe there may be some sort of afterlife. Christianity and Islam is so absolutely ridiculous that they reject those gods and not all gods. Unitarians have no specific deities but do have a stone ritual. Others believe we are a pebble in the pond of life.  
We can be a pagan and purposefully keep it simple, don’t ever forget that ancient hand gesture, and here is where I even make pagans mad. Traditionalists are keeping a lot of good people away from paganism and this is why I’m starting a non-costume, optional ceremony-optional, pagan religion. Illustrating that this is what solitaries do; whatever we want.  

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  1. http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=words&id=14328 This Is the Folk Magic. Pagan Heresy? From the email response I got, many people feel as I do.

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