Namaste

Namaste

 

Artwork by Josephine Wall

Welcome to The Majickal Garden. It is a mystical cyber garden for anyone traveling the path, who is interested in enhancing their spiritual & personal growth. How we choose to do so is an individual choice. With true intentions there is no right or wrong. You will find an acceptance here to new ideas as well as others beliefs.

We are all students in the light of life. The Universe has gifted us wonderful tools for our soul’s evolvement and discovering them is a pleasure found in The Majickal Garden.

Thank you for taking the time to spend some of your precious time here. We hope you can find something of interest to take with you on your own path of spiritual journey.

Peace and Light…Jasmine – Webmistress

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.

Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Chief Seattle

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Winter Update 2017

 Winter of Discontent

Winter of 2017 has found me pondering an interesting contrast. On one side Mother Nature has produced a records breaking colder, wetter Winter with plenty of rainstorms and the most snow I have seen in many years. On the other side, our country is immersed in uncertainty, unrest and mouth gaping concern at the drama unfolding across multi-media screens all over the country (not to mention the world) by the players that make up our real life government.

I prefer to not discuss politics with people. Religion and politics can quickly become a touchy conversation at best. I know just enough to hold the beginning of a conversation on either…then quickly begin to sink in the mire of either my ignorance beyond a certain point or my passion rising when we touch on something that I truly believe to be (my) true. I don’t want to sway others to believe what I do; however, I just want to be understood as to why I believe the way I do. I have learned and try to practice recognizing when it’s time to walk away from some such conversations because in the end it does not matter if someone understands me as much as the importance that I understand myself.

It takes me a long time of sitting on the rail and watching/listening to what others have to say before I finally feel comfortable in choosing a side when it feels like it meshes with my gut. This makes me prone to indecision, second guessing myself too easily and a little to easily influenced  by outside input.

As a teen, I learned my grandparents kept their finger on the pulse of politics both nationally and locally. I learned of their preferences and listened to them speak about particular ones and why they did or not choose to back them. They, like most their age, had worked hard all their lives and came up through so many changes. Sometimes they were an active part of the changes and many times they sat back with mouth gaping concern. They knew what they did and did not like.

At the same time they were progressive enough to accept what they did not understand, whether they liked it or not, and move forward. I think they had an ingrained feeling of responsibility to be aware of what was happening and why as responsible Americans. When it came time to vote they knew who the candidates were and some background on them because they took the time to study it. They taught me that. When I turned 18 and cast my first vote…I felt like I was a true adult! I did my groundwork on which I was going to vote for via newspapers and magazines. I felt a sense of pride…American pride.

The last 10 years have found me afflicted with a feeling of confusion and dread in trying to sort thru the crap of what the politicians are telling us and what they really mean. There is too much dirty tactics that take away from the real issues and an inability to present straight forward answers to issues that need to be dealt with. Each side has their own agenda and the American people are the pawns and trade-offs.

I do believe the corrupt structure of government needs a huge overhauling and answerability to the needs of the people gravely requires change to where one day they will become one. I hope it happens in my lifetime.

I read the news after the election where I saw others felt as I had and found some comfort that I was not alone. I was totally stunned and I felt the ground I walked on was not firm and safe. It took me quite some time to reach a point of acceptance and a small sense of neutrality.

I’ve heard others around me, who may or may not have the same beliefs of choices as I do, speak their concerns for what is happening and where it will lead.  I am inspired with hopefulness by those who speak out publicly to remain strong and look forward to a Spring full of fresh green growth. We are all Americans no matter where we put our pants on and at the very least all this upheaval can bring us closer together and make our voices heard.

 

I wish you peace and happiness on your path!

 Jasmine

Webmistress – The Majickal Garden

  1. LaTanyaApr 21, 2010

    Hi,
    I am new to your site and just found it yesterday. I was looking for alternative wedding vows and came across a really nice script for a pagan ceremony for those with non-pagans in attendence. I sent it to my fiance to review but when he clicked on the link today, the link no longer works. the posting was from june 7 2007. will there be a way to find it again? Many thanks!

  2. JasmineApr 21, 2010

    Hello LaTanya,

    I appologize for your inconvenience. However, pleased you found the article of interest for you both. My web site is in major construction changes now with changes of format. So I have enclosed the vows for you and hope that helps! I wish you and your fiance all the best on your life path together!

    Jasmine
    Webmistress
    The Majickal Garden

    Pagan Wedding Vows
    Published by Rhiannon on 2007/6/6 (2533 reads)
    wedding ceremony was written…for Pagans who must of necessity be wed in the presence of the uninitiated who are not pagan…

    Pagan Wedding Vows

    The following wedding ceremony was written to provide for Pagans who must of necessity be wed in the presence of the uninitiated who are not pagan and are perhaps unaware that the bride and groom are pagan.

    Replace the words Bride and Groom below with the names of the happy couple….They modified the text at the point below where it says, “loving each other wholly and completely” to add the phrase “forsaking all others” as they are into monogamy. Either version works beautifully, I recommend the participants rewrite where necessary to form a legal contract that they can and will keep. It is easy to avoid being an oath breaker if you only swear to that you will keep and avoid swearing to something just because the other party wants it or because it might be “expected” by the family.

    [PRIEST] We have come together here in celebration of the joining together of [BRIDE] and [GROOM]. There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two souls has come our way through all paths of belief and from many cultures. With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time. The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption. Love is anterior to Life, posterior to Death, initial of Creation and the exponent of Earth. If we learn no more in life, let it be this. Marriage is a bond to be entered into only after considerable thought and reflection. As with any aspect of life, it has its cycles, its ups and its downs, its trials and its triumphs. With full understanding of this, Groom and Bride have come here today to be joined as one in marriage. Others would ask, at this time, who gives the bride in marriage, but, as a woman is not property to be bought and sold, given and taken, I ask simply if she comes of her own will and if she has her family’s blessing. Bride, is it true that you come of your own free will and accord?

    [BRIDE] Yes, it is true.

    [PRIEST] With whom do you come and whose blessings accompany you.

    [FATHER] She comes with me, her father, and is accompanied by all of her family’s blessings.

    [PRIEST] Please join hands with your betrothed and listen to that which I am about to say.
    Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember… Like a stone should your love be firm like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close, but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for storms will come, but they will pass quickly. Be free in giving affection and warmth. Have no fear and let not the ways of the unenlightened give you unease, for God is with you always. Groom, I have not the right to bind thee to Bride, only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in her hand.

    [GROOM] It is my wish.

    [PRIEST] Bride, if it be your wish for Groom to be bound to you, place the ring on his finger.
    (Bride places ring on Groom’s left ring finger.) Bride, I have not the right to bind thee to Groom, only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in his hand.

    [BRIDE] It is my wish.

    [PRIEST] Groom, if it be your wish for Bride to be bound to you, place the ring on her finger. (Groom places ring on Bride’s left ring finger.)
    (To Groom) Repeat after me:
    I, [groom (full name)], in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood and the love that resides within my heart, take thee, [bride (full name)], to my hand, my heart and my spirit, to be my chosen one. To desire thee and be desired by thee, to possess thee and be possessed by thee without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people and thy ways as I respect myself.
    (To Bride) Repeat after me:
    I, [bride (full name)], in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood, and the love that resides within my heart, take thee, [groom (full name)], to my hand, my heart, and my spirit to be my chosen one. To desire and be desired by thee, to possess thee and be possessed by thee without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people and thy ways as I respect myself.

    [PRIEST] (hands chalice to the groom, saying:) May you drink your fill from the cup of love.
    (Groom holds chalice to bride while she sips then bride takes chalice and holds it to groom while he sips. The chalice is then handed back to the Priest who sets it on the table. Next the Priest takes the plate of bread, giving it to the groom. Same procedure repeated with bread, groom feeding bride and bride feeding groom.)
    By the power vested in me by God and the State of Alabama, I now pronounce you husband and wife. May your love so endure that its flame remains a guiding light unto you.

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