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In this Issue:

[00] Editorial Notes
[01] Cauldron News
   * Book Study: Trance-portation
[02] Interesting Recent Cauldron Discussions
   * Do the Gods/Goddesses from Different Pantheons Talk to Each
   * Suicide: An Irrational Response?
   * Religious Divorce?
   * Tolerance (and Pagan Gatherings)
   * How Religion can Affect a Child?
   * Mixing Religions?
   * The Word 'Occult'
   * Explaining what other people do...
   * Do Muggles Really Exist?
   * Seperation of Genders?
[03] Phyllis Vega's Tarot Talk: Tarot Spreads
[04] Flamekeeping: Nurturing our Flames
[05] Articles
   * What are Chakras?
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===== Book Study: Trance-portation

Hello! This thread is an in-depth discussion of a book: Trance-
portation by Diana Paxson. In order to keep this thread useful,
we have a few specific guidelines.

1) This thread is focused on discussion of the book, and working
through its exercises. Please take any side conversations that
arise to another thread or to private message/email.

To keep conversation flowing and focused, we also ask that you
limit brief messages (like one that just says "I agree") - these
can make the thread much harder to read through later than more
substantial posts.

2) You're welcome to just read along, or to post some of your
experiences and thoughts - either is fine! (Posting a brief intro
as part of your first post in the thread specific to your
experience with trance work might be helpful, though.)

3) Take care of yourself.
We'll be talking about some appropriate precautions (both those
mentioned in the book, and those various people have found useful
in their own practices) throughout.

However, please be aware that this is a book discussion group,
not an in-person training group. The amount of support we can
give if you have difficulties is quite limited. If you have *any*
concerns about your well-being, you should stop doing whatever's
causing the problem, and seek out specific help.

4) Schedule:
We'll be aiming at a new chapter every 3-4 weeks, but may adjust
slightly as we go along, based on how people post about the

Jenett will post a brief overview of each chapter. This will be
followed by discussion - and as people get a chance to try the
exercises, discussion of their exercises/experiences. If you want
to experience the exercises without reading other people's
experiences, we suggest you begin them within the first week of
the chapter's discussion.

If you come across this thread after we've started discussion, we
strongly encourage you to work through the earlier chapters first
- trance-work is an area that builds on previous skills.

5) Organization:
Jenett's volunteered to make sure the conversation keeps moving,
but she does not know everything.

Please chime in with other viewpoints, experiences, ideas, and so
on (as long as they're related to the book, of course, to keep
this thread tidy and useful.) Everyone is asked to remember that
the experience of trance is a very personal one: people may have
different experiences or approaches. Talking about where they
come from and why they work is probably more useful (to everyone)
than dismissing them.

Now, let's get started!

As suggested above, if you're interested in actively
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thread as it develops, please post a brief intro.

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===== Do the Gods/Goddesses from Different Pantheons Talk to Each
===== Other?

There's the Mixing Religions thread going on here:

That thread got me thinking, do the deities from different
pantheons ever talk, fight, work together or interact in any
ways? If you were worshipping two deities that both covered the
same area, would they get angry at each other or you? Do Zeus and
Odin ever have chats on how hard running things are?

Do they even know each other exist? And since many mythologies
have different gods who are responsible for creation how do they
work that out? Maybe the deities just don't care?

Your thoughts?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Suicide: An Irrational Response?

I read an article this morning that revived a topic of interest
for me and that I thought may make an interesting thread here at
TC. It's a followup piece to one in which another author had
focused on suicide as an act of cowardice and selfishness. The
whole article is viewable here. The following quote interested me
in particular.

Quote: "This is impossible to understand from a rationalist
viewpoint. Attempts at self-harm and/or suicide are, by their
nature, not rational."

When you are mentally unwell to the point you want to die, you
are -- quite literally -- not in your right mind.

What do the various belief systems represented at TC have to say
on the issue of suicide and other voluntary acts of dying? Is a
lack of desire to live inherently mentally unwell and irrational?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Religious Divorce

When Jews get a civil divorce, they may also get a religious
divorce. If you are Orthodox, you must have the religious divorce
before you are allowed to marry again in the synagogue.
Traditionally, this consisted of the man giving a get (divorce
contract to his wife). Women could not initiate religious
divorce. (As usual, things are different in the Reform tradition.
Many Reform Jews don't bother religious divorce, and those that
do make a ceremony that is right for them. For example, in my
synagogue, one divorcing couple brought their ketubah (wedding
contract) to the rabbi's office and cut it into pieces.)

My question is this: do any of your religions have rituals
associated with divorce? If so what are they? What useful purpose
(if any) do you think divorce rituals serve?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Tolerance (and Pagan Gatherings)

Before I get into the questions, I need to tell the story of what
sparked this topic.

A poster was griping on a local pagan email list today. She's
been to a large outdoor festival held on private property over
the weekend, and was annoyed that the owners of the
property/organizers of the festival had the audacity to limit the
smoking areas to two small portions of the property. These areas
were also inconvenient for her as she as mobility issues.

I've probably not made myself a lot of friends on that list for
pointing out that (a) the property owners can set any rules they
want and (b) smoking is not a civil liberty and I'm tired of
hearing smokers whine about being discriminated against.

This got me thinking about larger issues of "tolerance" in our
communities. I've heard of folks equating intolerance with not
allowing wide-spread smoking, or public drunkenness. I've heard
of folks getting bitchy because someone got offended that their
children were running unsupervised and amok during a ritual or

So my questions are:

Do we have to allow anything and everything at our gatherings in
the name of "tolerance"?

Conversely, if we set limits (no public drunkenness, nudity only
in certain areas, no smoking, etc) are we unnecessarily
curtailing someone's rights/freedoms?

I don't like the idea some folks have that anything goes in pagan
communities (or non-mainstream communities, to be more broad
about it) simply because we're not mainstream. Many of our paths
emphasize personal responsibility, or hospitality, or both... how
is either virtue served by being inconsiderate to others
(sometimes to the point of completely disrupting the gathering or

Am I just being a heavy? Have other folks had similar run-ins
with folks with the same sense of "entitlement"??

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== How Religion can Affect a Child?

When thinking about how religion can affect the life and mind of
a child, I automatically think of the more obvious examples. For
instance how my five year old neice tells me that she is going to
see her Great Grandpa again one day even though he died. She has
been told this by her grandmother, and understandabley she
thoroughly embraces the idea.

But how about the more simple ways that religion or religious
practices can affect a child?

I came from a very non-religious family. Thus I had no religious
messages given to me by my parents. And yet, nowadays, when I
want to talk to my Goddess, I sometimes find myself pressing my
palms together as if in prayer. Where have I got this from? Have
I picked this up from television? Perhaps the few times I went to
Church as a child? My Goddess has not asked me to do this (in
fact I think She even finds it somewhat comical) but often I
catch myself about to do it.

I often wonder what children think about the religious things
they witness. I remember being fascinated by the enormous
crucifix my Great Aunt had on her living room wall, and my mother
urging me not to stare at it. I wonder what I thought of such a

Do you think children should be explained the meaning of such
religious messages, or do you think it is better left unsaid?

Do you remember being confused, intrigued or influenced by a
religion or religious practice when you were a child?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Mixing Religions?

How do you feel about mixing religions? Do you feel that
something is lost when they are mixed or are they more powerful?
How do major (or minor) world religions affect your path?

As I begin learning more and more about world religions, I find a
lot of similarities and truths in them, but I can't except any of
them wholesale. Thoughts?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== The Word 'Occult'

For many people outside the pagan umbrella the word 'occult' has
darker associations to it than the word 'magic'. You know, Harry
Potter visits a school of magic, not of 'occult studies'. But why
is that? According to Wikipedia the word just refers to 'hidden'
or 'secret' knowledge.

How do you use the word in pagan settings? How in non-pagan ones?
If you practice magic or other arts considered to be occult do
you see yourself as 'occultist'? Do you like/dislike the term?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Explaining what other people do...

How do you explain to kids how others worship and believe in
their religions? Have you had to do this? Was it successful or
funny or horrid?

My 5 year old son is going to a magic show with a friend from
school and it's in a church (I think it's to raise money for
something). He's going with his friend's parents and they are
fairly religious. I was getting him ready when it suddenly
occurred to me, he's NEVER been in a church. We've been near
churches and I had sort of told him about them, but only briefly.
Today I had to do a little explanation and also give him some
rules of how to act in a church (don't tear around like a ninny,
or scream or knock things down). I told him that churches are
where some people go to talk to their god, that they only have
one god and that these are the same people that celebrate
Christmas instead of Yule and have Easter later than us. I think
he gets it, but I'm a bit concerned that he'll shock people by
knowing nothing about it. Yikes! I don't care for myself, but I'm
concerned that if the religious discussions come up (unlikely at
a magic show) that he'll be confused or embarrassed.

Has anyone been through this?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Do Muggles Really Exist?

Are there people who are unable to do magic -- not from lack of
training or knowledge -- but from natural inability?

In the Harry Potter novels, "Muggles" are the large part of the
human species who lack the ability to do magic. Even with
training and knowledge, they would be unable to do magic. That's
just fiction, of course.

Most of the modern books on magic I've read claim that magic is
something anyone can do -- some claim even without any training,
knowledge, or practice. But is this true? I can't carry a tune in
a bucket. Other people can't see certain colors. Why couldn't
there be people who simply cannot do magic? Do you think such
people exist? Why or why not?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Seperation of Genders?

I recently found myself involved in a set of separate men's and
women's retreats. While turnout at the actual events was good,
there was a lot of discussion leading up to the event about
whether or not separating the genders was ok. Personally I think
it's a very valid experience we don't often get in western
cultures. Most of my spiritual workings are solitary or "co-ed",
but every now and then I think the ladies and gents need some
time apart.

I have a very eclectic religious perspective and come from a home
where men and women are on a pretty even footing. I don't see
either as inferior, and in this case I don't feel separation
implies inequality. How do your background or religious beliefs
affect how you feel on the subject?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

========= Tarot Spreads
========= by Phyllis Vega

[Editor's Note: To view these spreads accurately, switch to a
monospaced font.]

Actually you don't need to use any spreads at all in order to
read the tarot cards successfully. Instead you may draw a card,
talk about what you see, then draw another, and another. Many
accomplished readers work in this manner, and continually produce
amazingly accurate results. Besides, you may find that you're not
all that inclined to start learning a number of spreads while
also trying to remember the meanings of the seventy-eight cards.

So, why should you even bother to learn how to use and create
tarot spreads? The best answer is that spreads provide a
framework though which you can gain more specific answers to your
questions. In addition, they give structure to a reading, and
pinpoint recurring patterns in our lives that we might not
otherwise notice. Moreover, a spread can be constructed for a
specific time frame, so that you will not only discover what is
likely to happen, but also when it may happen.

Beginning students should probably start with very simple
layouts. However, once you feel comfortable reading the tarot you
might want to add a number of more sophisticated spreads to your
repertory. A variety of spreads pertaining to different areas of
daily life will make it easier for you to obtain accurate answers
to all your questions.

Whether the people you read for pay you for your services, or
not, they all want virtually the same thing: answers. The more
accurate your answers, the happier your friends or clients will
be, and the better you'll feel about yourself as a tarot reader.
Most people are concerned about love and sex, family, career,
finances, and health. Therefore, specific spreads that target
these life areas are especially useful.

At one time I rarely used the classic Celtic Cross Spread. I felt
that it was vastly overrated and too complicated for most
questions. I couldn't understand why it was so popular. However,
when reading on a 900 Line to gain experience while writing Power
Tarot, I found that many people who called wanted instant answers
to their questions. When you're not getting any feedback from a
client, and don't know whether or not you're on the right track,
this classic spread seems to pull information out of the void.
Now, when all else fails I automatically resort to the familiar
patterns of the Celtic Cross Spread.

=== Celtic Cross Spread

                        5            10

                  4    1     6       9
                         3             7

 1) Cover. Surrounding influences, general atmosphere
 2) Crossing: (Placed sideways across card #1). Opposing forces,
 negative or positive
 3) Foundation: Past basis of the matter
 4) Behind you: Influences that are passing away
 5) Crowning: Possible future event, forces taking shape
 6) Before you: Forces already in motion that may manifest in the
 7) Feelings: Fear, apprehensions
 8) Opinions: What others think about the matter
 9) Hopes: Aspirations, goals, dreams, desires, fears
 10) Outcome: The resolution or final outcome

=== Six Card Ladle Spread

The Ladle Spread was created by Trish MacGregor for our book
Power Tarot. It is far and away my favorite tarot layout, and I
use it more often than any other spread.

                              4        5

                         3                   6


1) Root of question, the concern, the issue
2) What's hidden
3) What's emerging
4) What's visible
5) What you scoop out
6) Resolution: how the outcome affects you

=== Three Card Quickie Spread

       1            2            3

  1) The issue, the root of the question
  2) Present circumstances
  3) Future

=== Four Card Desire Spread





   1)  What you have
   2)  What you desire
   3)  What you need
   4)  What you get

=== Five Card Direction Spread

         1            2            3

               4             5

   1) Your current life direction
   2) The lesson you're learning
   3) What you're moving toward
   4) Your long term objective
   5) What will help you attain your objective

=== Six Card Past, Present, Future Spread

1   2     3   4    5  6

    1&2) The Past
    3&4) The Present
    5&6) The Future

=== Six Card Rainbow Spread

                        3       4

                 2                    5

            1                              6

    1) Rain: what is holding you back from attaining your heart's
    2) Drizzle: first steps you can take toward achieving what
    you want
    3) Clearing: who or what helps
    4) Sunshine: the best you can hope for
    5) Rainbow: short term advice
    6) Pot of gold: long-term outcome

=== Six Card Short Celtic Cross

                  4    1     6


    1) Past experience
    2) Where you are now
    3) Near future
    4) Your future environment
    5) The best you can hope for
    6) Outcome

=== 6-Card L-Shaped Love Spread

             4  5  6

    1) Your past experience in love
    2) Your current experience in love
    3) What you want from a love relationship
    4) What you need from a love relationship
    5) What you have to give to your lover
    6) Possible future experience in love

===== Creating Your Own Spreads

The best spreads are the ones that evolve from your own questions
and those of the people you read for. Don't be afraid to design
your own spreads. Often the simplest spreads are the most
revealing, so you really don't need to attempt anything too
fancy. If a spread is so complex that you keep forgetting the
card positions, it won't be of much use. Brainstorm what it is
that you or the questioner wants to know. Begin with just a few
cards. Assign explicit meanings to their positions. Play around
with their placement until you find a design that you like for
the particular spread that you have in mind. Sometimes the
pattern will be obvious, at other times you may need to keep
moving the cards around until everything feels just right. Then,
try your spread to make sure that it works the way you hoped it

Consider the following: Your question, the number of cards you
will need, the time frame you want to cover, and the pattern or
design of your spread. It always helps to study other people's
spreads before you start designing your own.

The simplest spread pattern is linear, all the cards in one line
that moves horizontally, vertically or on the diagonal. A bit
more complex is the multi-linear spread with several lines of
cards. You can also use a circle, a square, a star, triangle,
pentagram, hexagram or any other shape that appeals to you. Ty
using the shape of a letter that relates to the question, such as
an L for a love spread, an H for a health spread or a P for a
prosperity spread. Another way to create a spread is to do a
variation on an existing spread, modifying it to suit your

The most important thing when designing a spread is to test it to
see if it works the way you expected. Some spreads look great on
the drawing board, but simply refuse to work in practice. It's a
good idea to keep a record of all your efforts, even those that
didn't quite jell. Sometimes you can come up with ways to improve
a faulty spread at a later date. Practice using your spread as
often as possible until you have all the kinks worked out.

Whether you are using layouts of your own design, or tried and
true traditional ones you will quickly discover which spreads
feel right to you. And, as always in reading the tarot, remember
to use your intuition. Open yourself up to the universe, and
allow the cards to speak to you.

=== About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional astrologer and tarot reader. She
is the author of two popular tarot books, Romancing the Tarot and
Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), with a third book,
TarotCraft: How to Use the Cards for Divination, Creative
Visualization, and Meditation currently in the works. Contact
Phyllis via email at pvega@bellsouth.net or through her website
at http://phyllisvega.geocities.com/. Tarot Tarot columns and
other works by Phyllis are archived at

Phyllis Vega's Tarot Talk copyright (c) 2009 by Phyllis Vega. All
rights reserved.

========= by HeartShadow

HeartShadow is following her own religious path. She calls it
FlameKeeping. This regular column will present articles on
FlameKeeping, many taken from HeartShadow's FlameKeeping blog at:


===== Nurturing our Flames

Bright flame and dark. These are powerful metaphors for our life.
When they are fed, our lives are filled with warmth and many good
things. When they're ignored, they gutter and stifle and leave us

We feed these flames differently, for we are all different
people. However, there are some similarities in what we do to
nurture our flames.

The most important thing to remember is that the bright flame
burns outward, and the dark flame inwards. We need the dark flame
to give us the fuel to burn the bright flame without sacrificing
ourselves. However, we also need to be certain that we do not
focus exclusively on our inward selves, ignoring the rest of the
world to sink into comfortable egotism.

When we want to nurture our dark flame, we must nurture
ourselves. Some of this is simple self-care: exercise, eating
well, the occasional treat because we like them. However, it also
involves things like meditation, automatic writing, prayer, or
simply being alone with our thoughts. We need time to think, time
to understand ourselves, time to compare our actions against what
we claim are our beliefs. It's of integral importance for us to
take that time, to give ourselves a chance to pause in stillness
and examine ourselves.

When we want to nurture our bright flame, we need to nurture
others. This is the flame that expands to those around us, that
is seen in our relationships and our work. We need this to get
through our day, to keep good relations at our jobs, with our
families, with the greater community. We do this by thinking of
the other person and what they need and want. And we do this
intelligently: there is no virtue in giving of oneself to someone
that is using you to keep from growing themselves. But there is
also no virtue in refusing to help because it offers nothing to
us or we can't be bothered. We must give when we can, when it
makes the world better.

We are all of the Divine, and we need to nurture our Divine Spark
of flame. And we need to give each other space to nurture their
own sparks as well.

===== Questions:

  * Which flame would you say you nurture more? How?
  * How would you nurture the other flame?
  * Do you think balancing these flames is important? How do you
    see them interrelating?

========= ARTICLES

======= by Sue Windred

Chakras, which mean wheels in Sanskrit, are energy centers
running along our spine. Ancient Hindus formulated that there
were seven of these energy wheels, each one a different color and
spinning in a clockwise direction.

We all have seven major chakras and many minor chakras. They are
like spinning funnels that come out from our body. When they are
perfectly balanced and spinning correctly we are in perfect
health. If one or more are out of balance, too open or too closed
we feel off color, out of balance, or sick. This is what is
called dis-ease. Each chakra relates to organs or parts of the
body and each need to be looked after and balanced regularly. You
can work on each chakra separately starting with the base chakra,
and then bring them all into balance, or you can work on all the
chakras at the same time.

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine. The sacral
centre is just below the navel. The solar plexus is about two
inches above the navel. The heart is about the level of the
physical heart. The throat is at the base of the neck. The third
eye is on the forehead between the eyes. The crown is at the top
of the head.

These are the 7 major chakras and there are many minor chakras as
well. All chakras interact with one another. Each chakra
corresponds to a particular colour frequency and with a
particular gland or organ. This means that the organ or gland
vibrates at a sympathetic rhythm to a colour vibration. When we
feel "off colour" or "washed out" we need to re-tune the colour,
just like tuning in a radio set to a station so that it restores
the signal loud and clear.

In a healthy body the chakras absorb and distribute colour energy
evenly, while in an unhealthy person toxins may begin to collect
causing physical, mental and emotional problems.

Each chakra can be balanced using colours, crystals, essential
oils, music, affirmations or changing what you do. It is also
beneficial to have a chakra balance to bring them all back into
balance. This can be done at home by yourself or you can go to a
crystal therapist or colour therapist to have it done.

When all your chakras are balanced - you should be healthy and
well balanced. It is important to have all your chakras in
balance, sometimes when people start on the spiritual path they
concentrate on the third eye, but it is very important to start
at the bottom. Our body is like a building, you need to get the
foundations right before you work on the top floors. So make sure
your bottom chakras are balanced and functioning properly.

Each chakra is represented by a colour: Base - Red Sacral -
Orange Solar Plexus - Yellow Heart - Green or Pink Throat - Blue
Third Eye - Purple Crown - White

The easiest way to bring the chakras back into balance is to
carry or wear the appropriate colour. Another very easy and
pleasant way is to listen to a chakra balancing CD. Music is a
very relaxing way to bring things back into balance. Ideally this
is done while meditating, but just listening to the music will
help. And let's face it anything is better than nothing. Playing
a chakra balancing CD is a great way to balance the whole family
at the same time and usually this has a calming effect on every
one as well.

An easy but effective way to balance and align the chakras is to
do a guided meditation lying down with crystals or colour patches
of material on each chakra.

=== A Guided Meditation for balancing the chakras

You may either get someone to read this to you, or you may read
it out and record your own voice. It is best read slowly,
allowing for pauses where appropriate.

Relax, take a couple of deep breaths and breathe out all your
stress and tension. See yourself standing in a valley, you are
surrounded with red tulips, everywhere you look it is a sea of
red. As you start to walk though the tulips you feel yourself
absorbing the red energy. You feel your root chakra come alive.
As you walk further you come to the end of the red tulips. You
have now come to a field of orange poppies, they are everywhere,
and the flowers appear to be dancing in the light breeze. As you
walk along you notice you are starting to go up the side of a
hill. Walking through the poppies you feel yourself absorbing the
colour orange. Your sacral centre is alive. You now reach the end
of the poppies. You are now in a field of brilliant yellow
daises. Smell the fragrance and see the sunny yellow flowers. As
you continue your journey up the hill you feel the yellow
absorbing into your body and your solar plexus is alive. All too
soon you come to the end of the yellow. You now find yourself in
a beautiful field of soft green grass. As you walk across it you
feel the green absorbing up through your feet. Your heart chakra
is alive. The green grass field takes you further up the hill
till you reach a field of bluebells, their delicate blue heads
bowed slightly as if to greet you. As you walk through them, feel
the blue absorbing into your body, feel your throat chakra
opening. As you walk further up the hill you reach the end of the
beautiful bluebells and find yourself in a field of indigo
irises. Stand for a moment and absorb the indigo colour flooding
into your third eye. Walking further up the hill you come to the
end of the indigo and reach a patch of purple pansies. Their
beautiful petals are like faces looking up at you. Hundreds of
them all are projecting their colour up to your crown chakra.
Just stand for a moment and absorb. As you slowly continue up the
hill you leave your pansies and reach the top of the hill. Here
you are surrounded by a sea of tiny white flowers. As you sit in
the middle of the white flowers you notice you are on the top of
the hill. Looking down you can now see all the colours, red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple and white, like
stripes in the side of the hill. Sit for a moment and take it all
in. You feel very peaceful and every chakra is alive. It is now
time to leave your rainbow hill. Remember the feeling of all your
chakras being alive. Return to the top of the hill whenever you
feel the need. It is now time to open your eyes and return to
this reality as we know it.

You may use this chakra balancing meditation whenever you feel
the need for it, or as often as you like.

=== About the Author

Sue is a Crystal and Reiki Master, Metaphysician and Meditation
teacher who lives and works with her husband Ron at 'Akasha
Keep'; a spiritual center dedicated to healing and teaching,
located in the beautiful Somerset region of Queensland,

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