Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Viking Beer Stand by Nordstrom

Nordstrom x CATHY'S CONCEPTS 'Antlers' Viking Beer Stand by Nordstrom

Isn't that lovely. Would be great for a Blót don't you think? If you want your own then go here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I was at the Sabbath

If I haven’t mentioned it yet, I am in the process of fine tuning my lucid dreaming practice. One of the things I have always battled with, I rarely ever remember my dreams, maybe 2 or 3 a year. However, since I have been doing my polyphasic sleep and therefore my 1.5 hour early morning naps in order to induce lucid dreams, its helped a great deal. This morning, I actually managed to take control for a while.

Anyway, wanted to tell you about the dreams I had this morning. Bear in mind that when I start lucid dreaming I tend to keep waking up and then going back into the dream (if I don’t move). Also, I may still be having some personal interpretation going on, in that the scenery and people might not be as they actually are, but it seemed real enough. This Sabbath I was at was in a huge house with hundreds of people and it was a party. There was one point when a load of us were outside and for some reason we all told we had to go back into the house, and if we didn’t make it in time the doors would be shut and locked. A few of us didn’t make it and we were stuck outside, so myself and another guy decided to try and climb onto the roof to get into a window on the top story. I was trying to pull myself up on a lean-to roof, and one of the odd things was that I was as afraid of heights in the dream as I am in waking life, so I was having a difficult time. The other guy found an easy way up and we got back into the party.

Last part I remember was sitting around a table with some folks and a crazy, but very cute blonde girl was writing on me with a black marker. She ended drawing on my face. I then needed the toilet and went looking for one. I think this is where it really started slipping into dream like imagery. There was a daycare like centre that I went into and all the kids looked up and laughed at me because of the drawing on my face. I decided to go to my sister’s house, no idea why, and found the bathroom. Last thing I remember I looked into a mirror and saw my face, she had made huge eyebrows, and massive goatee and handlebar mustache. I was however I hell of a lot younger, probably 18 or so.

Anyway, had an awesome time, and can’t wait for the next party.

PS. I am just recalling that the moment that I took control of the dream I was moving down a corridor or through a kitchen and I took the hand of a very old woman and kissed it with great reverence. May have been a moment where I broke through the personal dreaming imagery.

Moving in Circles

I really need to talk about the concept of deosil and widdershins. Because it seems the majority of practitioners are in the northern hemisphere, the idea that deosil is clockwise and widdershins is counter-clockwise seems to have become the accepted norm. I’m here to tell you its not, and PLEASE COULD EVERYONE GET IT RIGHT FOR A CHANGE! I know, stop shouting and being so anal retentive, but its just been one of my biggest pains for years now and its a problem.

The movement of deosil and widdershins has absolutely nothing to do with moving clockwise and counter-clockwise, except that you are moving in a circle, so sure you would be moving one or the other, but, deosil means “sunwise” and widdershins means “against the sun”. Now because all you folks are in the northern hemisphere and your sun does move “clockwise” around the sky, does not mean you can decide that the term deosil now means “clockwise”. Us poor sorry asses in the southern hemisphere end up moving the wrong way and all sorts of things go wrong, or don’t go wrong (because the energy is reversed and so nothing bloody well happens) because we keep reading your books and watching your videos. If you are going to use a term, then use it correctly.

So, to repeat, deosil means to move with the sun, hence if you are in the southern hemisphere you would be moving east, north, west, south. Widdershins is the opposite, i.e. moving against the sun, so you would be moving east, south, west, north.

So that’s the main point out of the way. Just for a wrap up, why would you move one or the other? Well that depends on your tradition, you belief structure, and what type of work you are doing. In some cases moving deosil is for benevolent magic, and widdershins is baneful magic. Personally I move in an esoteric or exoteric manner, so if I were moving deosil then it would be workings that are exoteric, i.e. exterior to myself, maybe in the case of healing someone. Moving widdershins would then be an esoteric act, i.e. internal to myself, reaching the inner dimensions like moving into the Underworld, that sort of thing.

However, I really needed to clear up that problem with it being clockwise or counterclockwise, the main reason being that someone down here in the lower reaches of the world, as I said, picks up a book written by an American and it states for them to cast a cirlce moving clockwise. All well and fine for the person up north, but then the newbie down south starts moving against the sun and can’t figure out why everything is going wrong or not working at all.

Some time back my friend and Kabbalah mentor, Jacobus Swart, told me about when his mentor, William Grey, came to visit him in South Africa. The topic of moving deosil and widdershins came up and William Grey couldn’t understand why we here move in the “wrong” direction. After some discussion the late Mr. Grey was persuaded to try it, whilst in South Africa of course, and to his surprise he found the same power that he was used to when moving in the opposite direction in the UK. So you see, there is a good reason why I got my knickers in a twist.

Lucid Dreaming: some pattern observations

Not sure if this will help anyone else, but hopefully it will. I’ve noticed a pattern that I use to fall asleep that helps with my lucid dreaming. Firstly, split your sleep up into polyphasic segments. To learn more about polyphasic sleep, check this site out – http://www.polyphasicsociety.com/

What I do is get a core sleep at night of about 4.5 hours and then I take a 1.5 nap early in the morning (4am), and if need be (in case of collected REM debt) another 1.5 nap a little later (8am). You will obviously need to work this out to suit your daily schedule, but the main points are to get core sleep, get up for a couple hours and then get the 1.5 hour nap. Its the nap where you will experience the lucid dreaming, and is best done in the morning.

Something else I noticed is the actual pattern that I use to fall asleep. If I follow it to the tee then I am guaranteed to have lucidity. During the period I am up I find that reading is the best thing to do. At some point I start to hear noises and voices which is that hypnagogic state just before you fall into delta sleep. That’s my cue to go to bed.

When I lie down I lie on my left side and stretch my body out so it is straight, no bent back or legs. Since working toward lucid dreaming I have found I rarely fall asleep on my side anymore, but I do get into a good theta phase. When I start to see images and hear noises and voices again, I turn over onto my right side. During the turning, I need to stretch, and it when that happens I know I am going to be lucid. On right side I then fall asleep, although there is one other odd thing that happens just before that, its kind of like a pressure that pushes down on my head and throat, and although I can still breath absolutely fine, it feels like my breathing gets shallow by force. Kind of odd, but then I fall asleep.

So, if you can find your own pattern, you are A for Away.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


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Friday, October 5, 2012

Books on Smashwords

I have now uploaded my books to Smashwords so they can be downloaded in any eBook format you need. Prices have also been dropped.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Warding for Magical Protection

One of the first protective lessons I learned was a very simple one that has stayed with me for many years. It was to call your Guide and Guardian, otherwise known as the Ward. Now this can become a very involved topic where I could go off on a tangent and start comparing it with the Fetch beast and all sorts of things, but I will refrain as I have found the entity that comes during this ritual is not the same as my Fetch Beast.

The ritual I did was simple, although I don’t remember all of the steps as it was a very long time ago, but it has the same outcome as one which is mentioned in Druid Magic by Maya Magee Sutton Ph.D and Nicholas R. Mann. Very good book by the way. It is simple and straight forward but discusses the aspects of Druidry and Celtic Spirituality in a very solid manner.

The ritual goes as such, or as I remember it and present it to people who have great success with it.

·         Sit quietly facing the East and centre yourself. You can perform the Active Meditation to get you into the proper state of mind and being.
·         When ready, imagine a white pillar in the south-east, then a black pillar in the south-west, another white pillar in the north-west and finally a black pillar in the north-east.
·         Imagine a black and white checkered floor extending between the pillars with you in the centre.
·         Build up that visualization and then put up a wall of energy between all the pillars so that you are basically inside a room with a checkered floor, four pillars at the corners and energy forming the four walls. I usually like to imagine this kind of energy as being like a force-field from a sci-fi movie, so I also hear the whaaa as it goes up and then buzzes. I find that sci-fi imagery helps a great deal in magic, so don’t laugh.
·         Then when you are ready, all you do is ask your Ward to come to you as you would like to meet it.
·         Wait a while and eventually it will come.

If it appears that the Ward doesn’t arrive, then just stop the ritual and try it another time. The Ward is always with you, but it is usually out of sight because we seldom consider it to be a part of our lives. The fact that the Ward didn’t come to meet you may just be because you were not in the correct state or frame of mind, but it is there.

Now the manner in which this Ward can present itself is usually of a nature that you really wouldn’t expect, so keep your mind open to any possibility. You can also do this for other people or locations such as your house. Just imagine them in the centre of the room you create around them and ask their Ward to come. I did this for my daughter some years back when she was still a baby and was rather ill with flu. When I called the Ward I saw ivy growing all around her, covering the room I had created. At the time I didn’t know about the magical properties of ivy, so I went looking and much to my surprise, found that it is a protective plant. If it is a building you need to protect, just build the pillars and area around the building itself. There are no limitations.