To attend the annual Rainbow SuperSpirit camp is to be part of a unique social and spiritual experience set in a beautiful rural environment that lasts for eleven days at the end of August culminating in the bank holiday weekend. The Rainbow camps were one of the first camps in this country and have been copied by many groups since with many different aims. The people who started the Rainbow camps wanted to encourage and celebrate a particular vision of communal living that grew out of the visions and dreams of the alternative lifestyle movements of the sixties and seventies and which still has great relevance for our present times.
Before getting into the philosophical side of Rainbow it might be an idea to give you an idea of what you might see if you came to camp for the first time. Deep in the Gloucestershire countryside you would see a few ribbons tied to a hedge at a farm gate as your sign that you have arrived. After driving across a field you come to a Welcome tent where you register and are warmly greeted and beside which is a car park to keep cars out of the living area. You are invited to take your car onto the site for long enough to unload your stuff and set up. The field is marked off in areas and you camp as part of a circle so you soon realise that the apparent hotchpotch of tents, teepees, yurts, caravans and motorhomes are in rough circles which are known sometimes as villages. Once you have found a spot that suits you you soon get talking to the people in your village who will help you set up if you so wish. During your stay you will get to know people in your village as you go to and fro to the main marquees or sit by your tent or the central fire of your village. As you look around you will see that in one area there are a collection of much larger marquees, yurts and teepees. They are arranged around a large central space and big communal fire. This is where the workshops and meetings go on. To one side is the healing area and also just outside the main arena are the craft area, the children's play marquee and area and the teens' marquee and area. A little exploration will let you find the toilets, of which there are several and the showers and sauna which are cunningly built into horse boxes. You might have come for the whole camp or just for a few days and you might have paid the full price or you might have defrayed some of the expense by taking up a working ticket which could be for a range of things from working in the cafe to cleaning the loos. Or maybe you have qualifications or experience in an activity that you can offer in the Craft Area or the Healing area that you can offer in return for a cut price ticket.
I have recently cut a huge branch of purple Hazel (first I asked the tree to withdraw its energy) and decided that a lot of the wood will make beautiful wands. This started me wondering from where and when wands originated.
Wands are used as a focus to direct energy. I tend to point my forefinger which always reminds me that if you direct energy at anyone or anything be aware that three fingers are pointing back at you. "Ever mindful of the rule of three, with harm to none nor none to me" So always send out positive energy or better still don't point fingers.
The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt carried wands. The Greek God Hermes or Mercury carried a wand. Merlin of course had a wand as did Thor, who borrowed a wand from the hag Grid to defeat a giant. And last but not least Harry Potter. Scholars believe the wand found it's roots in the drumstick of a shaman. Especially from Siberia and Central Asia when drumming was used to raise energy before and during ceremonial rituals. Then pointing the wand at the recipient of that energy; such as a patient who required healing.
From these humble beginnings, the wand has become a staple in magik practices through the centuries and into modern magik.
So I'm going to allow the hazel wood to mature over the winter and in the Spring we will have a workshop making and consecrating your very own Magickal Wand.
There are three harvests that are celebrated in the Wiccan way. The first is Lughnasadh, the corn harvest around August 1st. The second is Mabon, the harvest of fruit and nuts around 22nd September. The third is Samhain, the blood harvest, where all surplus livestock was slaughtered and preserved for the coming Winter, on October 31st. So because we are entering the dark time of the year, I will share a little ritual to perform in your garden.
An Autumn Blessing For The Garden:
When you have cleared away dead plants and all your fruit and veg have been harvested, at dusk stand in the centre of your garden and with a stick draw the Elven / Faerie star on the earth.
Place a white candle in the centre of the star , light it and say:
‘Your work is done, the harvest gone,
I give thee thanks for work well done,
Elven magick fill this place,
Bring blessed sleep and peaceful grace,
To soil and garden, tired and worn,
That in the spring will be reborn,
Many moons will pass till then,
Recover quickly my old friend.
Blessings and thanksgiving be upon you.
So mote it be.
Remember all the joys your garden has brought you, and when you are ready, extinguish the candle and bury it in your garden.
The seven pointed star (also called the Faerie or Elven Star} represents the Pleiadean Star System, known as the Seven Sisters and was named after the daughters of Atlas & Pleione. According to Greek mythology, Orion the hunter fell in love with the sisters and teir mother. He pursued them relentlessly for seven years, trying to win their affections.
Eventually the God Zeus intervened and transformed the seven sisters into doves, to help them escape from Orion’s advances. The Doves flew into the sky to become the stars that we see today.
The word “pleides” in Greek means “doves.” This mystical star system has been revered throughout antiquity and has been called the centre of the Universe, the seat of immortality and the home of the divine.
Jane Marvel xxx
• Biblical References: Book of Life
• H.P. Blavatsky and Rudolf Stieneron the Akashic Records
• Edgar Cayce and the Akashic Records
• Cayce's Sojourn to Access the Records
The Akashic Records or "The Book of Life" can be equated to the universe's super computer system. It is this system that acts as the central storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth. More than just a reservoir of events, the Akashic Records contain every deed, word, feeling, thought, and intent that has ever occurred at any time in the history of the world. Much more than simply a memory storehouse, however, these Akashic Records are interactive in that they have a tremendous influence upon our everyday lives, our relationships, our feelings and belief systems, and the potential realities we draw toward us.
Upon time and space is written the thoughts, the deeds, the activities of an entity – as in relationships to its environs, its hereditary influence; as directed – or judgment drawn by or according to what the entity's ideal is. Hence, as it has been oft called, the record is God's book of remembrance; and each entity, each soul – as the activities of a single day of an entity in the material world – either makes same good or bad or indifferent, depending upon the entity's application of self towards that which is the ideal manner for the use of time, opportunity and the expression of that for which each soul enters a material manifestation. The interpretation then as drawn here is with the desire and hope that, in opening this for the entity, the experience may be one of helpfulness and hopefulness. Edgar Cayce Reading 1650-1
It is no exaggeration to state that the computer has transformed (and is still in the process of transforming) the entire planet. Whether it's technology, transportation, communication, education, or entertainment, the computer age has revolutionized the globe and the ways in which we understand and interact with one another. No segment of modern society has gone unaffected. The amount of information now stored in computer memory and crossing the Internet highway daily is literally unfathomable. And yet, this vast complex of computer systems and collective databases cannot begin to come close to the power, the memory, or the omniscient recording capacity of the Akashic Records.
The Akashic Records contain the entire history of every soul since the dawn of Creation. These records connect each one of us to one another. They contain the stimulus for every archetypal symbol or mythic story which has ever deeply touched patterns of human behavior and experience. They have been the inspiration for dreams and invention. They draw us toward or repel us from one another. They mold and shape levels of human consciousness. They are a portion of Divine Mind. They are the unbiased judge and jury that attempt to guide, educate, and transform every individual to become the very best that she or he can be. They embody an ever-changing fluid array of possible futures that are called into potential as we humans interact and learn from the data that has already been accumulated.