Spotlight Friday: witches, Wicca, druids

Growing up I loved reading “Asterix und Obelix“And my favorite character was Miraculix.4dc78163b33fa761c499b3410394bd35

Miraculix (fr. Panoramix) is the village’s druid in the series of Asterix, created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. He’s in all the albums. Miraculix may include cook the famousmagic potion that gives supernatural strength. However, he never lets Obelix drink because Obelix fell into a pot potion when he was young. 

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I think I would fall into that category if I would of lived in the years between 1450 and 1750.  Why you may ask? I believe that nature is our pharmacy, it is there to heal our ailments. In the years before 1672 people still believed that as well and where seeking help from then called healers.  Even the monks planted medicinal herbs in their Abbey gardens. obertheres_klostergarten_02

It just took one person to die and rumors began, that the person was murdered for personal gain and that the healer was in league with the devil……..

The “which hunts” began

A witch-hunt is a search for people labelled “witches” or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic[1] or mass hysteria.[2]

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(burning pillar: a maid was burnt here as a witch in 1553)

That is scary that even now people still have to die over believes like this.

Witch-hunts were seen across early modern Europe, but the most significant area of witch-hunting in modern Europe is often considered to be central and southern Germany.[41] Germany was a late starter in terms of the numbers of trials, compared to other regions of Europe. Witch-hunts first appeared in large numbers in southern France and Switzerland during the 14th and 15th centuries. The peak years of witch-hunts in southwest Germany were from 1561 to 1670.[42] The first major persecution in Europe, when witches were caught, tried, convicted, and burned in the imperial lordship of Wiesensteig in southwestern Germany, is recorded in 1563 in a pamphlet called “True and Horrifying Deeds of 63 Witches”.[43] Witchcraft persecution spread to all areas of Europe, including Scotland and the northernmost periphery of Europe in Northern Norway. Learned European ideas about witchcraft, demonological ideas, strongly influenced the hunt of witches in the North.[44]

 

Yes I do understand, that there is a fine line. But isn’t there a fine line in everything in life?  Everything can be used for good or evil.

A lot of “nature healing” knowledge got lost through those which hunts. Usually daughters would go along with their mothers to learn the plants and their medicinal effect. But out of fear of being called a witch they had to go into hiding.

Nowadays there is a distinction between witches, there is white witchcraft:

White witch and good witch are qualifying terms in English used to distinguish practitioners of folk magic for benevolent purposes (i.e. white magic) from practitioners of malevolent witchcraft or black magic.[2] Related terms are “cunning-folk“, “witch doctor“, and the French devins-guérisseurs, “seer-healers”.

During the witch trials of Early Modern Europe, many practitioners of folk magic who did not see themselves as witches, but as healers or seers, were convicted of witchcraft (Éva Pócs‘ “sorcerer witches”): many English “witches” convicted of consorting with demons seem to have been cunning folk whose fairy familiars had been demonised,[3][4] and over half the accused witches in Hungary seem to have been healers.[5]

Some of the healers and diviners historically accused of witchcraft have considered themselves mediators between the mundane and spiritual worlds, roughly equivalent toshamans.[6] Such people described their contacts with fairies, spirits, or the dead, often involving out-of-body experiences and travelling through the realms of an “other-world”.[7]Beliefs of this nature are implied in the folklore of much of Europe, and were explicitly described by accused witches in central and southern Europe. Repeated themes include participation in processions of the dead or large feasts, often presided over by a female divinity who teaches magic and gives prophecies; and participation in battles against evil spirits, “vampires”, or “witches” to win fertility and prosperity for the community.[7]

And of course there is a dark side to it as well:

Black magic or dark magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for evil and selfish purposes.[1] With respect to the left-hand path and right-hand path dichotomy, black magic is the malicious, left-hand counterpart of benevolent white magic. In modern times, some find that the definition of “black magic” has been convoluted by people who define magic or ritualistic practices that they disapprove of as “black magic”.[2]

 

I believe being a “witch” or better called like in the old days, a healer , is more of a live style that is in tune with nature and the people that surround you. Being aware of the waves between animals and humans alike, living without societies restraints. Witches can tap into their intuitions and into the energy that other people send out.

My believe is that these people are just more connected to Earth and life than others and pay more attention to these things.  Nothing to be afraid of.

Here is what I found on Zibbet, searching for witches, Wicca and druids:


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1 Oz Fiery Orange Honey Pot Jar w/ Bronze Celtic Knot by WitchcraftsArtisanAlchemy

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House Blessing & Cleansing Herbal Votive Spell Candle Witchcraft by Deja Vuduu

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Honor The Earth – Tree of Life – Necklace by earthlifeshop

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Pendulum – Real Leaf & Pine Cone in Copper (OOAK)
by ZoesZenGarden

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Faux Jade Rune Set by BetwixtBaubles

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Words Of The Goddess Pentacle Necklace by SheekydoodleCreations

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Peaceful Green Druid’s Potion by GeekGirlChic

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Dandelion Wish Bottle
by The Purple Pyxie

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Small Tobacco Medicine Empowerment Bag / Leather, Agate Stone by earthlifeshop

 

And these are my finds from Etsy:

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I wish you a wonderful connected day !

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Spotlight Friday: SNOW

I am so happy that I got to see a little bit of sunshine this morning when I dropped the kids off at School. By the time I come home the sun is just coming up in our back yard. And it was a nice warm sunrise. aufgang

Now, twenty minutes later it is all gone. Overcast and dreary. The Upstate already got some snow, we might see a little bit of sleet and some flurries over the next few days, there is a chance of snow as well. And do you know what this means for SC?  Everybody will run out to the stores to buy milk and bread, like there will be no tomorrow. I decide to stay home. Usually I go grocery shopping every two weeks and buy what I need for at least 14 days. Our freezer is normally full and the fridge fairly good stocked.

I miss the Winters I experienced living in Regen. Walking to School sometimes meant to be wet or having ice stuck to your clothes by the time you got there. One winter I remember that the snow was up to over my knees ( I am 5 ‘ 11″). But it was so silent, the sun was just coming up and everything looked so pretty. I had to walk about 20 min to School. That morning it took a little longer, the roads where not cleared yet and the little walkways I took had not been touched either. The air was crispy but so fresh, you could smell the snow.   When my Dad had a weekend off he would take the whole family to go cross country skiing .

This picture was taken in 84 or 85, on a Confirmation trip. I am the one with the back to you.  confi freizeit

I miss being able to do things like that here. But on the other hand I am glad that the winters here in SC are fairly short and uneventful.

A friend of mine from my teenager times in Regen is taking stunning pictures of the town and the life around her. I get to see places that I have long left and miss dearly. She is keeping my memories alive. http://www.regenobjektiv.de/

At the moment she is taking a lot of ice bubble pictures and I can’t decide which one is the prettiest. They are all so fascinating.

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You can find more of her work right here . There is a section where you could order some calendars as well.

 

I just find snow fascinating, as how each snowflake is unique. How so many tiny creations can change a scenery into a Winter wonderland. How snow can muffle the sounds and make the surroundings a more quiet and peaceful place.

I remember walking through the woods during the winter times and breathing the crispy air, hearing the sound of the snow crunching under my shoes.

Then coming home with my cheeks all red, fingers and toes a little cold. Hanging my scarf and gloves over the radiator and making a nice warm cup of tea.

 

These are the items I found on Zibbet:  If you want to take a closer look at one, just click on the picture and it will take you to the right shop.


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Vintage 1940 Crochet Bedspreads Book 151 by ecoQuilter

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Art — SNOW GIRL— Fine Art Giclee Print by MoxyFoxDesigns

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First Fresh Snow Bath Bomb by Southern Comforts

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Snow Fall- White pearl and garnet earrings by laughingdogstudio

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Red CCM Tricycle in snow photo (8 x 10) by SandrasCardandCraftShop

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First Snow Art Quilt
by Strandz

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Recycled Ski Firewood Rack / Log Holder by SkiCycled

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Back Road-Print
by Artworm

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Snow Falling At Night 5×5 TTV Print
by ebonypaws

 

And then I found some more snow items on Etsy:

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you can get a closer look if you go the the Etsy Treasury

 

Now I hope that I didn’t jinx myself by posting all those snow memories and items. I wouldn’t mind to get a bit of snow for the weekend. My kids love running around in the snow and build snowmen and slide down the hill.

Where ever you live, I hope you have a warm place to sit and  a warm cup of tea or coffee to warm up after enjoying some time outside.

 

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Spotlight Friday: Bavaria is where my ♥ is

Last night I had a good laugh with my oldest.  She just came home from her step class. Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. I didn’t find a video of her School Step team,but there are plenty of videos of step teams on youtube if you’d like to take a look.

She loves it and was showing me the newest steps she had learned.They where really fast and I said ” you know what this reminds me off?”

Then I showed her a video like this

“wow” she said “I guess they have a lot in common.”

Living in Bavaria you still see people wear the Lederhosen and Dirndl quite often. To the Oktoberfest of course every Bavarian wears it, but also on weddings it is quite traditional to wear this outfit.

Yesterday I had just finished a mouse, guess what he was wearing? Bayer bub

1. Gott mit dir, du Land der Bayern,
deutsche Erde, Vaterland!
Über deinen weiten Gauen
ruhe Seine Segenshand!
|: Er behüte deine Fluren,
schirme deiner Städte Bau
Und erhalte dir die Farben
Seines Himmels, weiß und blau! 😐

2. Gott mit dir, dem Bayernvolke,
dass wir, uns’rer Väter wert,
fest in Eintracht und in Frieden
bauen uns’res Glückes Herd!
|: Dass mit Deutschlands Bruderstämmen
einig uns ein jeder schau
und den alten Ruhm bewähre
unser Banner, weiß und blau!

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/bavarian-anthem-bayernhymne-hymn-bavaria.html#ixzz3xEJ8dJr4

 

Hymn of Bavaria

God be with you, ‘O land of the Bavarians,
German soil, homeland!1
His merciful hand
Rests upon your vast land! 2

He watches over your meadows,
Shields the homes of your cities, 3
And preserves for you the colors
Of his realm, white and blue! 4

God be with you, people of Bavaria,
That we, to our ancestors’ worth, 5
Sound in harmony and in peace,
Forge our own fortunes! 6

In the bonds of German fellowship7
That all may see us united
And to prove the glory of ages past
Our banner of white and blue!

The Bayernhymne (Hymn of Bavaria) is the official anthem of the Free State of Bavaria.

The melody of the song was written by Max Kunz in 1835. The text for the original first three stanzas was written by Michael Öchsner. Both men were members of the Bürger-Sänger-Zunft München (Citizen-Singers-Guild Munich), that first performed the song on December 15, 1860.

In 1946, the poet Joseph Maria Lutz wrote a new third stanza as a replacement for the Königsstrophe (King’s Stanza), since after theabdication of King Ludwig III in 1918, Bavaria has been without a king. He also replaced the Deutsche Erde (German soil) in the first stanza with Heimaterde (native soil).

In 1946, it was also officially recognised as the national anthem of Bavaria, and on July 29, 1966, the then prime minister of Bavaria,Alfons Goppel, chose the version written by Joseph Maria Lutz to be the official version.

In 1980, the Bavarian minister-president Franz Josef Strauß changed the official version to contain just the first two stanzas and switched Heimaterde back to Deutsche Erde, though the Heimaterde version is still widely used (for example, it was sung during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to his native Bavaria in 2006, who also joined in singing this version[1]).

The song, like most national anthems, contains many symbolic representations, including repeated allusions to the colours white and blue, Bavaria’s national colours, especially describing Bavaria’s Himmel, which can refer to both sky and heaven. The march Bayerischer Defiliermarsch is often played along the hymn.  (wikipedia)


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Vintage A. Grassmayr Munchen Bavaria Ruhmeshalle Wall Plaque by ZiLvintage

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Switzerland, Bavaria, Southern Germany 1885 Joseph Meyer Engraved Map
by PetitPoulailler

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Winterling Tea Cup, Teacup and Saucer – Rosebud Chintz, Bavaria Germany J-1810
by TheVintageTeacup

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Stunning Vintage German Glass Tankard with Pewter Boar Head Lid- Deer and Stag Design on Glass by circecollectables

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TCC Gerold Porzellan Spider Web Quilt Thimble
by ZiLvintage

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Car art children room lighting shape as an Car to hang on the wall, made of wood laser cut
by Woodyshop

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Blue and White Gemstone Dangle Earrings by KGeddesCreations

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Bavarian Stein and Music Box
by Peligraphics

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Antique Gold and Jet Bodice Jewelry
by RenaissanceSpiritJewels

The individual picture will take you to the Zibbet shop, just click on it.

 

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjQ2Mzk2MXwyNzI1NTk3NDIz/bavaria-is-where-my-is
Bavaria is where my ♥ is

click here and it will take you to Etsy, where you can get a closer look at the items.

I hope you can enjoy some “weiss-blauen Himmel” (white blue sky) over the weekend, with a little humor.

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Spotlight Friday: Firework

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time and a marvelous start into this New Year. We are already 8 days into this year, a leap year. So one more day for more fun, family, projects and excitement.

Our “Rutsch” (slide) into the New Year was rather uneventful. We watched like every year “Dinner for one” In Germany,a tradition has taken form: every year on December 31st, TV networks broadcast an 18-minute-long black and white two-hander comedy skit.In 1963, Germany’s Norddeutscher Rundfunk television station recorded a sketch entitled Dinner For One, performed by the British comics Freddie Frinton and May Warden. The duo depicted an aging butler serving his aristocratic mistress, Miss Sophie, dinner on the occasion of her 90th birthday.Since its initial recording, the clip has become a New Year’s Eve staple in Germany.

Other than that, I tried to stay up until 12 but I didn’t make it. Even though people in this area where shooting fire works since 8 pm. I did not hear what was going on at 12.

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The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China (time of the Tang Dynasty), where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is thus a part of the culture of China and had its origin there; eventually it spread to other cultures and societies.

In ancient China, people believed that fire could disperse evil spirits. Sparks were a good omen, sound could frighten ghosts, and smoke could create a healthy atmosphere. Fireworks had universal appeal as they combined these three elements.

The export of fireworks began with Paozhuang, a private trading company, which had a main store and several branches. In the mid-1800’s, Paozhuang began to deal in fireworks, trading by land and sea, throughout Asia and as far as Europe.

A poem describing the role of fireworks in the New Year festival:

“The breaks of fireworks say goodbye to the last year,
Spring wind has brought warmth to Suzhou City”

A figurative poem of a fireworks devotion:

“Just for the applaud of common people
They tear themselves into pieces
Let their lives
Come down in multiple colours.”

(https://www.bigfireworks.com/eSource3/CMSPages/FireworksHistory.aspx)

Did you get to see the fireworks to ring in the New Year 2016?

 

 

 


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Mickey Mouse head ears glitter with firework- Digital Iron on transfer by okprintables

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Fireworks 8 Top Quality Custom Handmade ACA Regulation Size Cornhole Bean Bags by lots2ofr2

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Fireworks Pattern Dichroic Glass on a Flexible Hypoallergenic Bracelet 15
by Dmrfusedglass

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A fireworks birthday card by Artful Papercrafting

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Beachside Fireworks Chainmaille Watch
by XquisitelyLadyM

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Fireworks Champagne Flutes, New Year’s Eve Wedding Glasses, 4th of July Wedding
by bradgoodell

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More Oohs And Ahs Than Fireworks, over the head bib
by Mally’s

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firework tote by kpoelmaarts

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1970s MONET Swirling Pinwheel Textured Gold Tone Brooch
by Booth58

All these items can be found on Zibbet , if you click on the single picture then you will end up in the individual shop.

This is the Etsy Firewoks display (follow this link and it will take you to the Treasury, where you can get more detailed information)

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So I hope everyone had a wonderful Start into the New Year and have big plans. All the Best for you!