Thursday, 18 July 2013

Enlightening Times review of Secrets of Asguard by Vincent Ongkowijojo

Secrets of Asguard

An Instruction in Esoteric Rune Wisdom

by Vincent Ongkowijojo

The Secrets of Asguard is a far cry from the usual "how to read runes" that you might find on the shelf of the New Age section in the Bookstore.

It far exceeds its competitors in our opinion because it offers such deep insight into the characters of the runes, the relationships between the runes in terms of psychology and spiritual development, and the mythological and shamanic connotations of rune symbolism in magical application.

Part one of the book is focused on the Author's interpretations of the Futhark Runes, and is illustrated with some beautiful sketches which further enhance the readers understanding of the characters in the runic alphabet.

Part two of the book explores practical applications of rune magic, there are correlations between Chakras and Runes, meditations and exercises for the avid student to use in their rituals and magical workings.

The text is a complete system in which those readers who want to explore much further than the simple understanding, or defining each rune character, will not be disappointed.  Esoteric Rune Wisdom is a must for any serious practitioner of Divination and a wealthy resource for anyone journeying into the realms of the Northern Mythological Traditions and those particularly interested in the applications of practical Magic.

Published by Mandrake Publishing of Oxford.
Review Jade Ashcroft July 2013
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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Art of Temperance by Susan Morrish

The Art of Temperance.

Surrounded by a mass of mauve, violet, blue and gold, the central figure holds in front of the heart a beautiful turquoise star. These colours represent the essentially spiritual nature of this [Tarot]card. Representing peace and harmony and that compromises that have been made in order to reach a state of balance; the opportunities taken and the paths followed in order to effect positive spiritual and material change.

Soulscapes Tarot Major Arcana
"Art" - Soulscapes Tarot by Jade Ashcroft
Frequently Temperance is a card of trial and tribulation. In our journey through life we deviate from our original intentions and our higher purpose. Life throws its daily challenges and our responses, constrained by responsibility, are often reactionary rather than well thought out. We may ask ourselves why? Why don’t things work the way we would like or expect? The answer lies deep within us and is driven to the surface in response to adversity. Simply, we have become passengers not drivers in life. External forces have compelled us to realise that we cannot go in the same way and we both need and wish for change. It is the art of tempering, the amalgamation of all our different facets, the art of alchemy that calls to our soul to move on, throw ourselves into the spiritual cauldron and come out reborn.

When this call is heard we can be assured that the change is internally driven and will have a unifying effect on our hearts, our minds, our spirits and soul. We are in balance and can commune with our higher, spiritual selves, bringing enlightenment into our daily lives. The turquoise heart, held in the centre of this card, symbolises clarity of thought, communication, peace, intuition and compassion – the very qualities needed to effect positive change and to maintain that change. We have forged our very own rainbow bridge between spirit and the mundane.

When applied to readings, this card signifies success in relationships, where consideration for our partner is vital to ensure its harmonious continuance. In our everyday work lives it means striking a healthy balance between work and home life, giving in equal measure to both - frequently difficult in our work driven society. In terms of our health, lifestyle and leisure it means taking care of ourselves, to forge a middle path, not to go to extremes and tax our health or our material resources. It teaches us prudence. In terms of career and education, to consider areas where communication and diplomacy skills are requisite, such as journalism, mediation or teaching.

When reversed this card implies that there has been a failure to integrate our higher self or that we have not yet got to the position of internally driven change and are still stuck in old patterns. Failure, arguments and frustration are frequent bedfellows. In this position the card gives us both a warning to change before bad habits are too deeply engrained to be eradicated or that change may be forced upon us, in which case we may well remain passengers in our own journey.

Susan Morrish ©2013 All Rights Reserved

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013