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MAG E-Zine #54 - Permission
I must apologize if this sounds like a sermon, but the issue of permission is one that I have been working with for over forty years, and recently I have experienced yet another example which has caused me to write about it again.
All that follows is admittedly, from my personal perspective, my ethical point of view.    
To begin with, here’s an old joke:
Two psychics met each other on the street,
And one said to the other, “You’re OK, how am I?”
When I first heard this, I remember the group I was with (and myself included) laughing uproariously. 
It’s not funny anymore.  It is an example of psychic invasion.  Or, to put it more bluntly, psychic rape. It’s invading someone else’s privacy without their permission.
I first began to dowse seriously in the early seventies. Back then, when I saw a pregnant woman, I would quickly dowse her and would tell her my findings – “I see you’re going to have a boy five days after your due date!”  I felt proud of what I had done. 
Pride commeth before the fall.
I began to realise that this was often an unwelcome, un-asked for, unethical penetration.  Maybe she didn’t want to know the gender of her baby.  I’m sure she didn’t like a stranger coming up to her and telling her such an intimate detail.  But most important, she hadn’t given me permission to do what I had just done.
Hell hath no fury like a recent convert.
Several Other Bad Examples
Back when I was leading tours with my good friend Jamie George, we did one to Ireland.  A man in California (who shall remain nameless) had decided that quartz crystals would be much more powerful if they had four sides instead of six.  (No comment.)  He gave a big one of these four-sided crystals to one of our tour participants with the order to go to each of the stone rings she went to and to use this crystal to turn the dreck she found there into positive energy.  Apparently, he felt that the native (read: pagan) Irish didn’t have the know-how to do this themselves!!  And needless to say, for him, permission was not an issue.  I can only trust that you can feel the un-rightness of this presumptive procedure. 
As I write this, there is someone here in the UK who is encouraging everyone to send light to the word’s ley lines (again, I am never sure what that term means) so that it can be specifically focused on among other places, Glastonbury Tor!  As one of the local primitive savages here in the Land of Avalon who keeps an eye on that magnificent natural hill, I have no idea where he gets permission to do this!   
  Permission – My Aka Thread

In the geomantic and healing work I do today, I do not even begin without having consciously given permission.  I believe it to be dangerous from a karmic point of view to work without permission.  Also, permission is my Aka Thread that connects me to the person or place that I am healing.  (This terms comes from the Hawaiian Huna tradition – you’ve probably heard of the Big Kahuna?  If you touch someone’s finger tip with their permission – for example – there is a thread that connects you with him/her from that point on, and you can use that thread to travel to them – again with permission – to work on them or their home.)  Permission is the Aka Thread I travel on to do my work.
One exception:  If someone is comatose in a hospital, a close relative can give me permission to work on them.  Otherwise, all I feel that I am allowed to do is to pray for them.
A number of years ago, I knew a highly respected dowser in America who would hear about someone with a health problem. Using dowsing, they would go to their own higher self, and use their pendulum to go to the higher self of the person with the health difficulty, and ask their permission.  If they got a ‘Yes’, they would do a healing on them.
That was never good enough for me.  Of course, one can pray for someone’s healing, but to take active magical steps to bring about change just does not make it in my book.
  Prayer versus Psychic Healing

Prayer is asking someone else (read: God/dess) to do the work.  It’s up to Them if They want to do this or not.  Psychic Healing is work that you as the healer do.  This might include invoking higher powers to do your bidding, but you are responsible, and act as the channel for the healing energy.
I pray for President Obama frequently, but that is because he needs all of the help he can get, but this is just asking the Great Mystery (my name for God/dess) to be with the President at times when America finds itself in a dangerous situation.  (Sadly, this seems to be happening more and more frequently these days.) 
But when I am using my geomantic skills to work on a person or on their home, I do not use the specific healing techniques that I have learned over the years without active conscious permission.
I urge you to consider this as well.

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MAG E-zine #74

Communicating with Intangible Targets
So Who Do You Think is Connecting You
With the Other Side?

First of all, there is no correct answer to the above question.  It depends upon how YOU visualize this transaction happening. 


Moses on Sinai by Gustav Doré

If you are a Christian, perhaps as Moses on Mount Sinai, it was God who gave him the Ten Commandments. (Note: At least six of the present Republican candidates for President of the United States said that God had told them to run.) But most connections we have come through some other source.  With the exception of my messenger of choice, Hermes/Mercury, I would like to examine how birds in different cultures are seen as messengers.

Let's begin by going back to the Bible.  After several attempts, Noah sent out a dove who told him that there was dry land by returning with an olive leaf in its beak.
Also, there are a number of different explanations in non-Christian /Judaic cultures.  Here are several examples:


  Hermes by Giovanni Da Bologna

Hermes/Mercury, who had wings on his ankles, was seen as the Messenger of the Gods.  He was one of the last additions to the pantheon of the Twelve Olympians in Greek mythology.  In addition, Hermes did not always transmit messages correctly.  (He was also the God of liars and thieves!) 
 What accounts for this lack of reliability?  I feel it is that same reason why dowsers do not always hit 100%.  And it isn’t Hermes’ fault; it is ours.  As dowsers, after asking the question, we do not always remain open to any answer, but we allow our unconscious desire for a specific answer to influence this process.  “Will I get this job I’ve applied for in California?”  If you really want that job, your unconscious will give you the answer that you want - "Yes"- rather than what might be the truth.  The same with Hermes.  You hear what YOU want to hear.
My good Glastafarian friend Tony Kennish begins any dowsing search with, “Excluding my own conscious and unconscious thoughts and beliefs, show me . . .”

Pallas Athens

Athena and her Owl
(The little bird who spoke in her ear)

Athena, was a Greek Deity who came long before Hermes and who is also associated with bringing to the Greeks non-rational  information. 

She is the virgin patroness of Athens. The Athenians founded the Parthenon on the Acropolis of her namesake city, Athens (Athena Parthenos), in her honor.  Some authors believe that, in early times, Athena was either an owl herself or a bird goddess in general.  I believe that she is the source of “a little bird told me.”

The fact that Athena came before Hermes.  I have written extensively that Goddess reigned supreme in European cultures before God, and was many times symbolized as a bird – Matrifocal before Patriarchal.  I feel it might be reasonable to suggest that the Gods spoke to the Greeks first through a woman - Athena, and then later, through a man - Hermes.


Odin (from Old Norse Óðinn) and was also known in Old English as Woden.  Odin pursues knowledge throughout the worlds. In an act of self-sacrifice, Odin was described as having hanged himself on the cosmological tree Yggdrasil to gain knowledge of the runic alphabet, which he passed on to humanity, and is associated closely with death, wisdom, and poetry.
In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse "thought” (Orchard (1997:92) and Muninn, Old Norse "memory" or "mind" (Lindow 2000:186), are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard or Middle Earth, and bring information to Odin.  In the Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, and the Third Grammatical Treatise, the two ravens are described as perching on Odin's shoulders. Heimskringla details that Odin gave Huginn and Muninn the ability to speak.

          Odin Odin and his two Ravens Huginn and Muinn

The ravens tell Odin everything they see and hear. Odin sends Huginn and Muninn out at dawn, and the birds fly all over the world before returning at dinner-time. As a result, Odin is kept informed of many events.

The Heliand  (Mierke 3-37) , an Old Saxon adaptation of the New Testament from the 9th century, differs from the New Testament in that an explicit reference is made to a dove sitting on the shoulder of Christ. Regarding this, G. Ronald Murphy says "In placing the powerful white dove not just above Christ, but right on his shoulder, the Heliand author has portrayed Christ, not only as the Son of the All-Ruler, but also as a new Woden. This deliberate image of Christ triumphantly astride the land with the magnificent bird on his shoulders (the author is perhaps a bit embarrassed that the bird is an unwarlike dove!) is an image intended to calm the fears and longings of those who mourn the loss of Woden and who want to return to the old religion's symbols and ways. With this image, Christ becomes a Germanic god, one into whose ears the Spirit of the Almighty whispers". (Murphy. 1989:79-80).
Many different cultures at different time periods had different ways of describing and understanding how they could receive messages “from the other side.”  How you see yourself getting words from on high is up to you.
Works Cited
Lindow, John (2001). Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs. Oxford University Press.ISBN 0-19-515382-0
Mierke, Gesine (2008). Memoria als Kulturtransfer: Der altsächsische 'Heiland' zwischen Spätantike und Frühmittelalter. Cologne: Böhlau. ISBN 978-3-412-20090-9.
Murphy, G. Ronald. 1989. The Saxon SaviorOxford University PressISBN 0-19-506042-3
Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and LegendCassellISBN 0-304-34520-2
With Thanks to Wikipedia for thoughts and valuable ideas concerning Pallas Athena and Odin.

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