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Bastian Path: Disciplines and Specializations

Bastian Priesthood As I have served Bast for so long, I have clear pictures in my head for what she wants (at least from me) so these roles are more clearly delineated and defined.

 

  • Servant of the Moon (5th Degree) (Discipline)

A Servant of the Moon must be a safe, sane individual, as some roles require the use of ritual pain to help themselves and others traverse the rebirth scenario. The Moon and all She influences are encased within these roles.

 

  • Servant of the Cycle –The Blood and Hir Mysteries (Specialization)

                Knowledge and lore of lunar cycle.

                Knowledge of magick of a sexual nature

                Knowledge of blood magick.

                Knowledge of the male and female sex and ‘bleeding’ cycles.

                Must be known by male and female

                The ovulation cycle and its power

                The male semen cycle (72-74 hours before spontaneous ejaculation) and its power.

 

  • Servant of the Aura –The Ring and Its Power (Specialization)

                Knowledge of drawing on the power of the Moon

                Knowledge of infusing things with the power of the Moon

                Knowledge of how to manipulate lunar energy during the day

                Knowledge of the effects of the lunar aura on others (i.e. hypnotism, mesmerism) and         

                how to harness and use that power at will.

 

  • Servant of the Dark –The Power of the Destructrix (Specialization)

                Must have knowledge of the self.

                Must understand Bast as Destructrix.

                Possess an ability, innate or earned, of destruction of another’s Self, the full submission of another’s Ego to        the Darkness, that it might be reborn.

                Their job, in essence, is to separate chaff from the wheat.

 

  • Servant of the Pillar (5th Degree) (Discipline)

A Servant of the Pillar is one who strives most for stability and balance. A person with Earth qualities or one of balanced Water will enjoy the position of maintaining balance and helping others find their balance as well.

 

  • Servant of the Center –Balance and Oneness (Specialization)

                Must have conscious control over your life and your rebirth.

 

  • Servant of the Keystone –Being Others’ Balancing Point (Specialization)

                Must have conscious understanding of and ability to trigger change and balance in others.

 

  • Servant of the Foundation –Being Others’ Ground (Specialization)

                Must have conscious understanding of and ability to be a grounding force in another’s life.

                Must use this grounding force to balance, enhance and help the ascension the individual.

 

  • Servant of the Sun (5th Degree) (Discipline)

A Servant of the Sun is a beacon; they are lights unto the path of the temple. Their lives should be scandal free and above reproach. Persons in a Sun role possess leadership qualities, are open and friendly since many of these roles require the delicate handling of adult sexual situations.

 

  • Servant of the Inner Fire –Leader of the Temple (Specialization)

                Ability and willingness to take up a leadership role in the Temple.

                Mastery of magick of a sexual nature

                Mastery of finding within, then finding without methods of magick and spirituality. (i.e. those who practice the    deeper or deepest aspects of Yoga, meditation, Tantra, etc. and share that wisdom/experience with others to enlighten them)

 

  • Servant of the Corona –The Lifebringer (Specialization)

                Understand methods of healing both internal and external.

                Are empathic, compassionate and interested in the healing and growth of others.

                May have counseling skills or at least good listening and people skills.

                Bring the Divine to the hurting, miserable, sick or less-fortunate.

                Engage in humanitarian activities.

 

  • Servant of the Dusk –Sacred Whores, Musicians, Dancers and Performers (Specialization)

                Must understand a wide variety of topics of a sexual nature

                Must have a working understanding of group dynamics

                Must have an ability to play to an audience or crowd

                Must be able to entertain while remaining ‘sacred’ 

                Move an audience to a needed state of consciousness.

                Needs to understand the impact of color, music, pose, gesture and presentation

                upon individuals and an audience

                Needs to be able to trigger an altered state of consciousness in partner/crowd

                /audience while maintaining control of self in the process.

 

Tha Path of Severity: An Introduction to Anubis

From http://www.touregypt.net/godsofegypt/anubis.htm

 

Anubis

 

Other Names: Anpu, Inpu, Ienpw, Imeut (Lord-of-the-Place-of-Embalming).

 

Patron of: mummification, and the dead on their path through the underworld.

 

Appearance: A man with the head of a jackal-like animal. Unlike a real jackal, Anubis' head is black, representing his position as a god of the dead. He is rarely shown fully-human, but he is depicted so in the Temple of Abydos of Rameses II. There is a beautiful statue of him as a full jackal in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

 

Description: Anubis is an incredibly ancient god, and was the original god of the dead before Osiris "took over" the position. After that point, Anubis was changed to be one of the many sons of Osiris and the psychopomp (conductor of souls) of the underworld. His totem of the jackal is probably due to the fact that jackals would hunt at the edges of the desert, near the necropolis and cemeteries throughout Egypt.

 

Prayers to Anubis are found carved on the most ancient tombs in Egypt, and his duties apparently are many. He watches over the mummification process to ensure that all is done properly. He conducts the souls through the underworld, testing their knowledge of the gods and their faith. He places their heart on the Scales of Justice during the Judging of the Heart, and he feeds the souls of wicked people to Ammit.

 

In some stories, Anubis is the son of Ra and Nephthys, or Set and Nephthys (probably due to Set and Anubis having the same totem animal). Some have Heset as his mother, and still others say Bast. This apparent confusion is still another sign of Anubis' origins in the most ancient of times. He also has a daughter, Kabechet, who helps him in the mummification.

 

Worship: Worshipped widely throughout all of Egypt, his cult center was Cynopolis.

 

Variants:

 

Hermanubis
A combination of the Greek god Hermes and Anubis. As their functions as psychopomps were similar, they were combined by the Greeks into a single form. Hermanubis also appears in alchemical and hermetical literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Lilith - Mother of Vampires BY Tina Bezalel
From Tina Bezalel
She posted it in this in this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VampInfoXchange?id=226247847414180 

She allowed me to post it here...

 

Lilith - Mother of Vampires

Throughout the realm of shadows there resides, in many forms and numerous names, those creatures who lurk in darkness. A variety of mysterious creatures, similar to the Vampire, exist in the myths and legends of every culture around the world. While the names and attributes of the beings vary, their motivation is quite the same; they live to feed off of the living.

The earliest account of these creatures of the night derives from Mesopotamia. Lamatsu was a serpent demon who reportedly stole children from their homes and devoured them. Lamatsu was also responsible for infants who were found dead in their cradles. Another incarnation of Lamatsu appears later, in the guise of Lilith.

In early Hebraic writings, Lilith took the form of a winged demon with the body of a woman with owl-like talons for feet. She was reported to be the first wife of Adam (before Eve was created). Lilith was formed of the same earth from which Adam was created, therefore she considered herself his equal. That being the case, Lilith refused to be submissive. She was subsequently banished from God’s presence to the demon realm. Lilith’s offspring were damned to become demons with Lilith taking the title of “Mother of Demons.”



Lilith

Lamia
The "demonized" Lilith gave rise to other variations of her story. Her transformation from militant woman to demon mother provided her with many new attributes. Like Lamatsu, Lilith, would steal infants and small children from their beds to devour them. Another variation is her depiction as a Succubus. Lilith would seduce unwary men in order to steal their semen. The men would not survive this encounter. In later versions of this incarnation, Lilith reportedly drank the blood of her victims. She would use the semen to conceive her demon offspring. Her sanguinary talents eventually provided her with another title.

In more contemporary interpretations of Lilith's story, she is considered to be the earliest account of the Vampire. When Lilith was banished all of her children were destroyed by God. Lilith's answered this violent act by vowing to feed off of the children of Adam, namely, human beings.
Her title as, “Mother of Demons” has been exchanged for the title, “Mother of Vampires.” Her importance to Vampire myths and legends is, then, quite apparent. Without Lilith and her numerous incarnations there might very well be no Vampires.
http://homepages.udayton.edu/~jfarrelly1/Vampires/lilith.htm          

Lilith Links:


Historical Lilith - http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~hum​m/Topics/Lilith/index.html
Lilith Shrine – http://www.lilitu.com/lilith/
Lilith - http://www.crystalinks.com/vam​pires.html
Feminist Lilith - http://www.sacredspiral.com/Da​tabase/lilith/index.html
Lilith - http://www.shebitch.co.uk/TheL​air/vampire/lillith.htm
jewishchristianlit.com
Information, pictures and links regarding Lilith, the mythological first wife of Adam, and the feminine dark side of the divine

 

Tina Bezalel's Forum: http://daughter-of-lillith.forumotion.com/

 

 

Under stand your rights as a pagan
Dana D. Eilers (Attorney and Pagan Activist) was a book out called "Pagans and the law...Understand your Rights" (copy right 2003) which covers topics like : "Pagans and Their Lawyers", "Pagans and Employment Discrimination", and "Pagans and Land use". There are eight topics in all. Even though I have been lucky enough not to deal with the law because of my spiritual path, I keep a copy. I believe in being proactive not reactive to problems could come up in my future.
Class Four: Servant of the Mountain: The Inner (shadow) journey.

DEGREE 4

Servant of the Mountain

 Practice Astral Travel techniques, to become adept at “walking the underworld”

Preparation of the Mummification ritual (A deeply spiritual meditation that takes the Seeker deep into the lands of Khenty-Amenty, the lands of the dead to be judged and cleansed of wrongdoing. This Ritual should not be taken lightly!

 

This class will focus on the beginnings of the "avatar state", the ability to leave the physical body behind, as well as the ability to meld with Spirit, allowing Spirit to communicate through you.

Class Three: Servant of Man: Our walk with the Divine

DEGREE 3:

Servant of Man

Know and study the Ennead (The Nine Major Gods of the Egyptians) and there relation to one another, and their relation to you.

 

This level of study focuses on the leader gods of Egypt and how they relate to one another, both in a figurative and a familial sense.

Class Two: Servant of the Jackal: Embracing the gods

Servant of the Jackal (2nd Degree) (Fire)

Knowledge of the Divine Pair, and any Path Requirements.

The Servant of the Jackal learns about his/her Divine Pair, the god and goddess they choose as their own, as well as any requirements those deities hold as part of their dogma. For example, those who follow Osiris may not consume red meat on a Feast day.

 

Focusing on the Divine Pair, God and Goddess (whomever they are for you).

Class One: Servant of the Falcon: The journey of 1,000 steps begins.

Servant of the Falcon (1st Degree) (Air)

Knowledge of Energy, basic ritual, and preparing the Body materials.

A Servant of the Falcon learns about the basics of Energy, Ritual and the proper way to cleanse before entering the Temple. At this stage, the participant is called a Seeker, since they are trying to find their way to what is right and real for them.

 

This will be our focus for this class. Reading material is attached, but feel free to include whatever research you like! We are always learning!

Vampire Reclaiming an Archetype

Michelle explain the what isa real vampire vs the movie ones in her video "Vampire Reclaiming an Archetype" .

 

http://youtu.be/Hd5TXPzKo50

Why a Vampire?

Michelle gives her story on how she awaken to her Vampyre self. This may help others just coming to their awakening. "Why Vampire?"

 

http://youtu.be/bjG3VKEHapM

Differences in the Vamp community

Michelle 's video "Real Vampires from Phychics to Sanguines" covers many different parts of the Vampire Community.

 

http://youtu.be/kBI61pOhcSQ

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