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Let's create Magick through Masking!


If you're going a Halloween party, what will you GO AS? We all wear masks, although the extent to which we layer ourselves or are aware of them varies greatly.


Masks are a familiar and vivid element in many folk and traditional pageants, ceremonies, rituals and festivals, and are often of an ancient origin.


One reason for wearing a mask is to pretend to be someone or something else. The mask can be a kind of language that expresses the emotion of the figure one chooses to create.


What masks do you wear and why? We'll dive into that, plus we have a small ritual for creating The Mask of the Unified Self


Be well. Do good. Enjoy the show.

Some of the music you'll hear on this weeks show include Loreena McKennitt: "Marakesh Night Market";

Elvin Drums: "Mask"; The Moody Blues: "The Story in Your Eyes"; Enya: "The Wild Child"

Tim Farrell: "To My Eye"; Pandemonaeon: "Born to Let Our Brilliance Shine" and more.



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Comment by cluthin drew on October 6, 2017 at 3:23am

Masking, is an ancient ritual practices found in both witchcraft and Druidism.It is also known as "guising" and an interesting survey of its place in European folk custom is found in a book of that title by Nigel Penick.

 In many traditionalist groups  there are several different kinds of masking. Sometimes the mask is used  to hide the identity of the ritual celebrant , or  participants  this custom which derives from the days of the persecution is still practiced in many traditionalist groups.

the mask may also be used to "materialize" a spiritual form of  any kind, by giving it a "material basis".

The masks used or magickal purposes were always made of "special" substances or combination of substances that acted as "psychic condensers or accumulators".

Comment by Corbul on October 7, 2017 at 7:11pm

In our part of the world, Halloween is more of a novelty holiday than anything traditional or religious.

In my country (and possibly other ex-USSR countries), as well as in Romania, in kindergartens and schools there's the Golden Autumn holiday. Kids have to bring in all sorts of fruits, nuts, colored leaves, and so on, to decorate the kindergarten\school, as a kind of tribute to the richness and beauty of Autumn. No masks though. In the recent years it's been getting more and more mixed with Halloween, though there's still nothing genuinely Halloween about it. Various establishments throw Halloween-themed parties, but they're about dressing up and having fun, no true spiritual meaning, despite some people actually trying to promote it.

The traditional dressing up with masks (Moldova and Romania, also some other regions) takes place around the winter solstice (sometimes between the solstice and January 7th), when young people go caroling during the day, wearing home-made, traditional (and not so much) masks, blessing passers-by, and smudging their faces with shoe-polish or soot. This, according to one version that I found is done to protect people in the time when the old year is ending and the new one is beginning; in another version, to punish the wrongdoings (misconduct) of certain people by scolding them to their face (and obviously smudging their faces); and in another version, to simply ward off evil spirits. These masks come in different shapes and sizes, representing folk heroes (of legend or fairy-tales), different animals (goats, bears, roosters, etc.), random people (old people, young people, men, women), or simply evil spirits (imps, the devil, etc.). There are also X-Mas\ New Year specific masks used during caroling to bless people in the coming year. Mainly it's the animal masks, but others may be used. These likewise originate with pagan holidays, but since the Christian churches couldn't eradicate them, they chose integration instead, so now it's about spreading the word of Christ's birth as well as giving out blessings.

I also found that masks are used during other occasions as well, though I haven't personally seen, nor heard of any.

To answer your question, if I were to celebrate Halloween, I'd probably...I actually don't know what I'd dress up as. I want something simple yet recognizable. Maybe I'd make a simple paper-mache mask and paint it as something - the Crow, Vega from Street-Fighter, or maybe something more challenging.

What masks am I wearing? I suppose you could say I'm wearing a nice-guy mask, because I prefer to avoid conflicts with most people, but I'm trying to throw it off because it's affecting my life negatively - I can't actually be myself! - though I do consider myself a good person (not like a hypocritical nice guy manipulator, but like a person who's actually kind to others because he cares), and people have noticed it too.

Comment by cluthin drew on October 8, 2017 at 1:30am

It is not surprising that there are" ritual parallels" between customs in areas all over Europe and Asia, this dates back to an ancient period of "common culture". For example the earliest commentaries on the I Ching outline an "eight fold calendar"identical to that of the European and middle eastern systems, and identical to the modern Pagan eight fold calendar.

This continuity of tradition has many implications for the original unity of tradition, and for the possibility of successfully integrating elements of one system with another. The eight fold classification can be considered as one of the great " keys"that Unite many different traditions!


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