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Divination of The Moment: don’t squash the bugs!

The Hedge Witch Oracle - Ka Pe'elua, The Caterpillar - The Hawaiian Oracle

Our Divination of the moment I drew from The Hawaiian Oracle deck. I fanned the cards from left to right and drew a single card with my left hand signaling it’s origin from the right hemisphere or intuitive seat of the brain. Ka Pe’elua or The Caterpillar was the aumakua or spirit guide selected.

In Ancient Hawai’iKa Pe’elua would feast on the leaves of the ‘Uala or the Hawaiian Sweet Potato. This food staple was crucial to sustaining the Hawaiian population in health and prosperity.  Ancient Hawaiians respected and understood  the natural order of the Universe and did not seek to oppose the Pe’elua by killing it but rather they fostered conditions mutually beneficial by creating an area where the Pe’elua could feed on discarded ‘Uala leaves after removing the caterpillar from the plant.  A supplication asked of the creature requested that it leave the tubers for human consumption in exchange for the delicious leaves, hoping that both species could be supported in life by the ‘Uala, in peaceful coexistence.

Pe’elua’s wisdom speaks to us about creating boundaries on a spiritual level, preventing ourselves from crossing into the realm of retaliation and revenge based on fear of lack, but instead seeking an outcome where there are no losers but winners on both sides. We must find balance in our understanding of perceived threats instead of moving automatically into opposition, squashing what we fear with a heavy hand of vengeful resistance. When we react with destructive fear, spurned on by our entitlements, we create an atmosphere ripe for suffering that ripples out into our environment only to return to us with devastating effects. The results compromise happiness and the natural order of the universe; potentially leading to more conflicts with unimaginable collateral costs.

In Western civilization the solution typically sought to preclude predators from competing for a limited resource calls for destroying the perceived threat. Multinational GMO corporations reap enormous profits from the sale of their patented genetically modified seed crops along with the highly toxic cocktail of proprietary chemicals required to sustain their seeds through maturation by the across the board killing of insects and weeds.

Wholesale destruction of weeds and insects  perceived to threaten food commodities is result of greed and it’s derivative, fear. It’s effects are causing collateral health issues for those Human Beings who digest the GMO products and the exposure to the chemicals needed to cultivate them, as well as, the insects and natural pollinators devastated by the proprietary pesticides. The evolving weeds develop resistance to these contrived chemical killers, compromising their effectiveness, resulting in more and more experimental and untested pesticides being introduced into fragile eco-systems all in the name of furthering profits and purportedly the “progress” of science. Where does it end, this relentless march toward the fruitless domination of nature by the human ego? The Science that perceives the human condition as independent of nature is not science but suicide.

Whether we talk about the conflicts in the middle east; the justification for and the production of genetically modified organisms; or the politicians willing to up-end a fragile economy to get their way without compromise; the wisdom of Ka Pe’elua is clear. Find the common ground first and work for mutually beneficial outcomes that sustain life for all not just the the diabolical ego’s of the powerful.

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What is a Hedge Witch?

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The Hedge Witch has risen dramatically in the locus of popular culture over the past few years as interest in Pagan traditions and magical Wood-Block-Witchfolklore has exponentially expanded. This is due in part to legal protections and the popularity of Wicca as a Neo-Pagan religion and the folklore inspired writings of authors like JK Rowling and Wiccan Hedge Witch Rae Beth. What is a Hedge Witch you may ask? And, what ‘s the difference between a Hedge Witch and a run of the mill witch?

First, witches like faery princesses, and dragons exist in our imagination and fantasy entertainments but witches also occupy the world of oblique reality and to this day are being brutally murdered in more bigoted parts of the Earth. It is important to acknowledge that witches are an ancient primal archetype possessing the ability to strike fear in cultures world-wide just like the Dragon, Giants, and Naga. Second, a “run of the mill witch” or typical witch simply does not exist as they vary between cultures, secular and religious practitioners including Wiccan, Thelemic and other New Age and Neo-Pagan Religions. Some practice in groups or covens; others prefer solitary pursuits. A few are exclusively identified with one sex; some are white, some are black some are green; some are known as Kitchen Witches and others as Warlocks.

The term Hedge Witch originated in reality and originates from the old English Haegtesse or Hedge Rider.  A Hedge Rider or Witch is solitary practitioner of the natural healing arts and naturopathic-magic, but may work with others of their kind on rare occasions. Hedge Witches are also known as Traditional or Natural Witches and their skill sets and services depend on the person; often combining elements of divination, herbal healing and natural magic. Some practitioners claim it as the evolved art of the Cunning Folk, while others say that its’ practice is more a nature based neo-pagan religion like Wicca, which in my opinion is rather myopic and akin to saying Walt Disney invented the fairy tale. However, the histrionics of the Traditional Witch extends beyond just folklore and has ancient roots extending back to the biblical Witch of Endor and even further still in the esoteric histories of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

It is commonly believed that Hedge Witches are found world-wide. Traditionally known as the Village Witch, Witch Doctor, Kahuna La’au Lapa’au, Shaman, Wise or Cunning Woman or Man, this often misunderstood sometimes fringe member of the community consulted on any number of herbal cures, natural and supernatural remedies of spirit, mind, and body. The Hedge Witch assuaged matters of the heart often acting as a therapist, meta-physician, fertility, and virility  specialist. The Hedge, once signified the outermost boundary of ancient villages, fields, and large estates. This boundary represented metaphysically the border between the world of the living and the nether-world of spiritual beings. Practitioners of this type of The Witch of Endornaturopathic-magic were often called Hedge Witches, not only because they lived in or just beyond the hedge or forest but because they were also believed to commune with spirits, as well as, affect the living with the use of natural magic and herbal remedies found in the “hedge”.

I was raised “On the Hedge” so to speak as the cultural differences between my parents where seemingly insurmountable  and at times contradictory. As Intuitive consultant I identify with the Hedge Witch Archetype and draw upon both my Hawaiian healing intuitions of the Kahuna La’au Lapa’au and the hereditary Hola’e which stems from my maternal line going back 20 generations to the Kahuna Nui Pa’ao and my many years of study of western esoterica and the observations of my step-mother(of Eastern European heritage) and her powerful intuitive elucidations which both terrified and fascinated me. For hundreds of years through my paternal line our family maintained a famous well which was widely used for healing, divination, and potent wish making in the South West of England. All this says is that herbal and spiritual healing have ancient roots in my psyche and my genetic structure and Hedge Craft harnesses the mind to heal, as I understand it. As a Tarot Card consultant I utilize my understandings of these healing modalities to aid people in finding clarity and understanding in the face of their difficulties. I believe the power of the mind can create miraculous healing if properly coaxed and that overwrought thinking and stress can cause illness if left unchecked. If you have difficult questions that need answering please contact us for a consultation.

 
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Divination of the Moment

Divination of the Moment

The Hedge Witch Oracle

Rune: Wunjo

Wunjo & Kukui

Let the light in and experience joy, Wunjo is the Rune that signifies the emerging psyche from the darkness into the light, allowing for restoration and rejuvenation of the spirit, mind, and body. So pull back those heavy drapes of excessive thinking and let the light in! In Hawaiian tradition the Kukui or Candle Nut  metaphysically and literally means light, as the oil from the Kukui fueled the ubiquitous tiki torches that illuminated the inevitable darkness of the Polynesian night, dispelling fears of the unknown.

We often allow the darkness of negative thinking to oppress and dominate our thoughts through the judging and condemning of ourselves and others. When we “lighten” up we pull the heavy rocks or negative thoughts that block the light of our love from shinning up and out from the vessel that holds our spiritual light and soul.  In Hawaii when we offer a Kukui Lei (garland of  Kukui nuts) with Aloha to guests and loved ones, it recognizes the Divine Light and love we share as children of God.

Insensitivity to other belief systems is an endemic plague undermining the fabric of every society. Lightening up your beliefs and you might realize that politics is a costly game that one need not play in order to find happiness.

If you haven’t received your daily dose of Vitamin D try spending a little time enjoying the sunlight on your face. Smile, because you are precisely in the right place, at the right time, right now! Bask in the light for it is a gift to receive, like ripe fruit on the vine, it is there for your enjoyment! If the darkness that surrounds you can’t wait until the Dawn, light a candle and regard its energy and dissolve your overwrought thoughts and share the…

JOY!

 

 

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Relax with glass of Iced Ki : Hawaiian Medicinal Hedge Plants

This is the second post in our Hawaiian Hedge Plant series and we will be outlining the many marvelous uses for the sacred Hawaiian Ki or Ti Plant.

One of the most sacred and versatile plants introduced to Hawai’i by early Polynesian settlers was the Cordyline fruticosa, once considered a member of the Lily family botanists have reclassified the plant as an Agave. Known to Hawaiians as the Ki or Ti Plant, This tightly clustered plant with wide blade-shaped leaves 7 to 10 cm wide and 40 to 80 cm long is fast growing, reaching heights anywhere from 1 to 4 meters.

Hawaiian Ki

Green Ki Plant

This popular and storied Hawaiian hedge plant is considered to bring good luck to those who plant it near their homes. The Ki was sacred to Lono, deity of fertility and music and his consort Laka goddess of the hula or dance. It was used as an emblem of the Ali’i and denoted elite rank, privilege, and divine power. The kahili, (feather standard of royalty and the nobility) in its earliest form, was a Ki stalk with its clustered foliage of glossy, green leaves at the top. The leaves were used by the Kahuna La’au Lapa’au or high priests and administers of the Kapu(ancient Hawaiian law) in many healing, religious, and ceremonial rituals.

Practical Applications for Ki, Ti, Si, La’i – Cordyline fruticosa 

Some of it’s many practical uses included: food wrappings, cups, plates, rain capes, hula skirts, leis, cordage, footwear, hukilau nets, fishing lures, and thatching material.

Ki and Kukui leis

In ancient times the Ki leaf was twisted to create leis worn by high priests and the nobility.

Food and Beverage-

Ki root was baked to extract sugar and the baked Ki root itself was savored as a desert, used as a preferential emergency food in times of famine, and brewed into a beer during pre-contact times which has since evolved into a distilled spirit, known today as Okolehao (iron bottom). Once used as a treatment for scurvy, it is best described as a cross between rum and tequila.

Ki is most likely indigenous to Southeast Asia and was transported throughout the Pacific by Polynesians who used the relatively light weight, compact, starchy rhizome for food during long ocean voyages.

Topical Medicinal Uses-

The natural shape of the Ki leaf lends itself well to creating hot packs, poultices, and herbal wraps packed with other medicinal hedge plants. Here are some simple and effective traditional Hawaiian la’au applications for Ki leaf.

Aches & Pains: For muscle pain and stiffness in joints snugly wrap one large Ki leaf around the joint or muscle area overnight. Repeat for 5 days or as needed.

Back Pain: Wrap heated river stones in Ki leaf and apply to sore muscles for inflammation and pain relief.

Ki leaf with stones

Hot stones were wrapped with Ki leaves and applied to sore muscles.

Fever: Place the Ki leaf in cool water, and then apply the leaf as a compress directly on the effective areas to help reduce fever. Cover the patient with a light sheet, to avoid chilling.

Decongestant: Steam from boiled young green Ki shoots and leaves can be used as an effective decongestant and  the fragrant Ki flowers reduces asthma symptoms.

Stress Relief: Young green Ki shoots can be boiled and chilled to make a muscle relaxant and nerve calming beverage.

Magical or Metaphysical Uses-

Ki stalk was used as a diving rod in the practice of Huli Honua which is akin to the Taoist tradition of Feung Shui. The intuitive understanding of the movement of earths energy fields or Geomancy as practiced by the ancient Hawaiians, was the process of aligning oneself with the mana or energy of the ’aina or the land. Understanding the flow of that mana could be determined with the Ki stalk. The proper alignment of all man-made structures with-in the flow of the earth’s energy fields was essential for harmonious and successful living in ancient Hawai’i.

Today the Ki leaf is used in ritual cleansings and blessings. Dipped in a mix of Hawaiian sea salt with fresh water and accompanied with a pule or prayer, the Ki Leaf is used to sprinkle the holy water over it’s recipient(s); offering divine protection from evil and an invitation for the presence of good.

Aloha nui & Happy Gardening!

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Tarot Card of the Day: The Five of Pentacles

 
Tarot Card of the Day: The Five of Pentacles-
 
This months Card of the Day begs us to wrap our minds around the bone chilling fear of lack and destitution. Beware, for what we think about we bring about. The feeling of trudging through life’s difficulties without our material securities is not only mind numbing and depressing it can freeze the brain into thinking it is in a perpetual state of lack. Impoverishment starts as a niggling thought, a what if. One fluttering thought followed by another. Our fears, left unchecked will develop into a flurry of negative thinking until at last we stumble into the harrowing storm of emotional distress, bereft of hope and destitute. The Five of Pentacles takes the uncertainty associated with the number five and attaches it to the materialism of the pentacle suit. When we engage in feelings of lack we turn the course of our lives in the very direction we are fearing the most. The Five of Pentacles asks that if you’re feeling the pinch of the penny pincher stop and take stock, not of what you don’t have, but of what you should be thankful for. Living an abundant life, like happiness is a choice. Sometimes the appearance of lack is very convincing, painful and wrought with suffering. However, if you change your mind about the experience there is always a golden nugget of truth, that if we choose to seek it, will grant us recompense from the blustery chill of our own negativity.
 
Two beggars representing disabled thinking and destitution struggle through the accumulation of their negativity. Behind them shines the splendor of the divine light through a stain glass representation of the Tree of Life. If only these two lonely souls would change their perspective 180 degrees they would find the warmth and shelter they seek from their seemingly desperate situation. When we face the dark night of the soul and recognize that we have nothing to loose we only have ourselves to gain.

Tarot Card of the Day: The Seven of Pentacles

Tarot Card of the Day: The Seven of Pentacles:

As we prepare to reap what we have sown, and collect the object of our labors the opportunity to examine our true intentions and our current situation is at hand. The Seven of Pentacles reveals to us that through hard work and determination we can nurture our thoughts into material fruit, however, in the moment we are not quite ready to collect the harvest as our labors have not fully ripened. It is often in this moment of re-evaluation that our true intent becomes realized and the pesky pests that lie in our past attachments emerge from the subconscious to gnaw on our potential. Fear of success, is a vague and elusive rat. To the unrealized mind this is the moment when things mysteriously begin to fall apart, right before the harvest, when our burgeoning ideas and self-confidence begins to falter and the weeds of doubt and the vermin of fear destroy our co-creative efforts. Onipa’a, be steadfast for the harvest is at hand!  The Seven of Pentacles asks us to stop and pause to re-examine your reasons for working so hard and whether it’s the path you truly should be following. Re-affirm your commitment to your own happiness and take the next step as the pay off is right around the corner. Be weary of letting your fears stop you from receiving what you have worked so hard to achieve.

Leaning upon his hoe, a farmer pauses to regard his efforts which are flowering abundantly on the vine, soon the flowers or The Seven Pentacles will transform into fruit and the time of reaping will begin. To the Ancient Hawaiians the vine growing Ipu was tended to with great care and skill. Flies and maggots would often overwhelm the blossoms impeding pollination and the slightest jostling or bruising of the young gourds would cause the fruit to rot. The vigilant gardener keeps the pests at bay so that verdant ideas may bear fruit.


Tarot Card of the Day: The Star

Tarot Card of the Day: The Star
To the ancients there was nothing more profound and mysterious than the great expanse of the night sky; with it’s countless glittering diamonds. The beacon that is Na Hokulea or Arcturus glimmers with heavenly potential.  Nothing is more inspiring than the shinning star rising on the horizon guiding travelers to a destination they never left, home in the bosom of God. The carbuncle of Hope rises large in your house today, a most fortuitous sign of good health and divine inspiration to come. As the three Zoroastrians Balthazar, Meclhior, and Jaspar followed The Star rising bright in the West, so should you. Hope has arrived and good things abound, rejoice! The Star is Love’s herald and radiates the powerful cosmic energy of the number eight; showering it down upon you in resplendant healing light. Share a hug and feel the love for courage, succor, and adoration have arrived with gifts of gold, mur and frankincense. You are truly blessed, shine on you crazy diamond and meditate on what it means to be a divine child of God!
Eight stars with eight points shine down upon The Water Bearer. One foot upon the land of solid reason and one upon the water of the subconscious, the maiden pours with equanimity from the cups of life and love. The later she pours upon the waters of her mind rippling through the subconscious. The former, is poured upon the earth into the five rivulets; informing the senses. In the distance, upon the primordial mound to which the breath of life was given to the Adam, stands the Tree of Life. Perched high in it’s canopy sits the sacred Scarlet Ibis. Our beloved Thoth Giver of Knowledge; Hermes the Messenger of the God’s.

Celebrating Our Ali’i of Ancient Times:

 
 

  

Aloha Na Alii Banquet with Bishop Museum 
 
The annual celebration of Ali’i this year features the life and times of Keahialoa – 

As the lengend goes young Ke-ahi-aloa (Eternal fire) is adopted by an aunt on her mother’s side and taken from the Big Island to Kauai, where she is left to neglect. Starving, she is found by a couple who find her in their garden scavanging potatoes. Seeing her in such a state, the old couple take her in. Eventualy her parents in Ka’u are made aware of the aunt’s woeful neglect of their daughter and encouraged by his aumakua, Mano the shark god, her father sets off to find her. In the mean time Keahialoa is proposed to by an Ali’i has who fallen in love with her beauty. On the eve of the marriage festivities mysterious sounds can be heard in the forest. The Menehune  and her family gods, are preparing a celebratory Luau in her honor. Her father arrives just in time to give his blessing, and Keahialoa decrees that never again shall an older sister be allowed to adopt a niece, but only a younger sister, and this rule is observed to this day by her decendants.  

 
 
Date of Banquet:           Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time:                             5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:                       Hawai’i Convention Center at the
                                     9th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention
 
2009 Honoree – Chief Umi a Liloa
2008 Honoree – Princess Keelikolani
2007 Honoree – Princess Nahienaena
2006 Honoree – Prince Jonah Kalanianaole
2005 Honoree – King William Charles Lunalilo
2004 Honorees – King David Kalakaua & Queen Esther Kapiolani
2003 Honorees – King Kamehameha IV & Queen Emma
2002 Honoree – Queen Lydia Lili’uokalani
 
Click here to Register online and access our Scholarship Application. For more information, contact CNHA at 808.596.8155 (from Oahu), toll-free at 800.709.2642
(from neighbor islands), via e-mail at events@hawaiiancouncil.org or visit www.hawaiiancouncil.org.
 

AFN   


Tarot Card of the Day: The Fool

 

Tarot Card of the Day: The Fool

There is nothing more refreshing then starting your day with a bright open mind; ripe for opportunity and new beginnings.  A choice is being offered to you today and with that comes the awesome responsibility of making the right decision. The Fool has no limitations outside of his own thinking and as such the opportunities are endless but be weary that the precipice of self doubt lays dangerously close and may need some thoughtful negotiation should your mind stray from it’s intended path.  Ask yourself  are you choosing Love or Fear?

A finely attired fop of a youth known as The Fool strides boldly into the field of action, his head turned upward with the nourishing rays of God’s loving intent at his back. Holding a white rose of pure intention his goal is a lofty one. Across his shoulder he carries in his sack, the four elements of co-creation, indicating that he holds all the tools he will need for self-realization and success while on his sojourn to the self. At his feet is his loving prancing companion, loyal to his cause, and equally oblivious to limited thinking; a reminder of God’s unconditional love.


Onipa’a – Hold Fast – a Memorial for a Queen

 

Today is a day to remember the courage and sacrifice of our ancestors, the determination of our kupuna, and our obligation to stand firm, Onipa’a! As Hawaiians we must continue the fight for sovereignty and the restoration of the rightful government of the Hawaiian Kingdom, he mea pau’ole ke aloha.
 

 

Onipa’a – Hold Fast – a Memorial for a Queen