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Gnostic Priestess in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica Apr. 17th, 2010 @ 01:07 pm
This is a piece I wrote shortly before receiving full ordination as a priestess of EGC, written for the Avalonia anthology 'Preistesses Pythonesses Sibyls' which is an excellent collection of personal stories from priestesses in a variety of traditions. I offer it here for anyone who may be interested in what I have dedicated my life to, who might wonder what the role of the priestess is like, and the generally curious. I do urge people to buy the book as there are many other interesting stories to tell.

It is my personal impressions of the work alone and does not necessarily represent the views of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica or Ordo Templi Orientis in any way nor is it necessarily indicative of the thoughts and feelings of other priestesses working with in the EGC.

This work is entirely mine and if you would like others to read it please link them to here. Do not copy or repost it without my permission though if you ask I will more than likely say yes.
If you like it, please do tell me :)

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Exploration of the use of the Rosarium Philosophorum as a Metaphor for the Art Psychotherapy Process Feb. 10th, 2010 @ 09:13 pm
I recently wrote an essay on the 16th century alchemical text the Rosarium Philosophorum and how it may relate to the process or Art Psychotherapy. Lots of people asked me if they could read it so I have put it up here.

It may be of interest to those of you who are into the occult, alchemy, initiation, psychotherapy, the artistic and creative process, and the simply curious. However, plase be aware that it is very much meant as an exploration of the use of alchemical theory from an art psychotherapy perspective and therefore ignores any other possible perspective. It is not meant as a discussion of the history of alchemy so please consider it in the spirit it is intended. Also, I am still formulating my professional theoretical basis so do also consider it as the essay of a first year!

Enough caveats, on to the writing...

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Exploration of the use of the Rosarium Philosophorum as a Metaphor for the Art Psychotherapy Process by Cathryn Orchard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

As in. please don't steal this or re-use it for anything without at least asking first. I would not like it to be used without being told about it first. Thank you :)

My virtual Christmas tree: A pictorial Yule wish list... Dec. 2nd, 2009 @ 11:37 pm
Dear Santa,

this year I have been a very good girl (and sometimes a very bad one when the situation has warranted it). I have become an ordained priestess which is what I wanted to be when I grew up. So I guess that makes me a grown up now.

I have moved house three times, I have packed a hell of a lot of suitcases worth, and I have started my journey to being a master at something. I got three more qualifications, in art therapy, counselling, and teaching. I also became executor of a Will. I did lots of grown up stuff.

So here, in pictures, is something not so grown up. A list of things I like at Yuletide.





(anything in rose or frankincense)

I make that around £300.
Of course, I don't really expect any of these, but aren't the pictures nice?
(and a very odd pictorial representation of me)
Feeling: quixoticquixotic

I found God in an MRI May. 25th, 2009 @ 12:55 am
There is a new fledgling branch of neuroscience named 'neurotheology' examining the inner workings of the brain in religious contexts.

It is being blogged about at nrp.org by a Methodist minister who, frankly, I don't think writes very well at all but the research is fascinating.
A few choice parts of the article:

Andrew Newberg is a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of several books, including How God Changes Your Brain. He has been scanning the brains of religious people for more than a decade

"What we need to do is study those moments where people feel that they're getting beyond their brain, and understanding what's happening in the brain from a scientific perspective, what's happening in the brain from their spiritual perspective," he says.

Newberg did that with Michael Baime. Baime is a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania and a Tibetan Buddhist who has meditated at least an hour a day for the past 40 years. During a peak meditative experience, Baime says, he feels oneness with the universe, and time slips away.

When Baime meditated in Newberg's brain scanner, his brain mirrored those feelings. As expected, his frontal lobes lit up on the screen: Meditation is sheer concentration, after all. But what fascinated Newberg was that Baime's parietal lobes went dark.

"This is an area that normally takes our sensory information, tries to create for us a sense of ourselves and orient that self in the world," he explains. "When people lose their sense of self, feel a sense of oneness, a blurring of the boundary between self and other, we have found decreases in activity in that area."

I find this completely fascinating and reading further on it, this is not simply some Christian funded pseudo-science, the same effects are seen in athiests meditating as Pentecostal revivalist.

As a Gnostic I look for god within myself, but that doesn't at all mean that I consider god to be merely a manifestation of my own thoughts. I loath the idea that any thought concept should ever be refered to as "merely", and in experiencing moments of invocation, oneness with the universe, God, or however you like to think of it, I have been more than aware that there is no "merely" about it. Whether it is a personal manifestation of phenomena or coming from somewhere external is of far lesser importance to me, the important thing is that it has clear neurological evidence. Certainty not faith, if you will.

The article goes on to say that:

"Just two months' practice among rank amateurs [at meditating or praying] led to a systematic change in both the brain as well as the immune system in more positive directions," he said.

For example, they developed more antibodies to a flu virus than did their colleagues who did not meditate.

That's enough for me to up my level of personal practice immediately, I'm damn sure I need it.

The studies author, Andrew Newberg, has written a book entitled How God Changes Your Brain which I really have to get to read further. 

Feeling: thoughtfulthoughtful
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Ancient art May. 25th, 2009 @ 12:16 am
I'm feeling suddenly very inspired today.

I just watched an episode of The Incredible Human Journey which had some amazing examples of very early art in it.

This Gobekli Tepe temple in Turkey is possibly one of the oldest purpose built temples in the world, it predates Stonehenge by six thousand years. I love this intricately carved creature:

It also featured some of the beautiful cave paintings in the Dordogne part of which is one of my favourite pieces of art ever. It is only a small part of a much bigger more elabourate painting and it is a simple outline of a hand created by slowly layering up charcoal sprayed on by spitting it at the wall.

I love it because it is the most basic urge to say "I was here". It makes a statement that the painting had an author who wanted to lay claim to the artistic process.

I am now looking at lots of other ancient art and marvelling at the changes that might have occured to produce an artistic urge in human beings and what that felt like to the first people who ever witnessed some created art, and for those that felt the drive to create it. I am enjoying the images on the Creative Humans blog (though I haven't read any of it yet so I don't know what the information is like).

And talking of brain changes, that neatly brings me on to my next entry...

Feeling: hyperinspired
Other entries
I have a spare ticket to see Waiting for Godot in Bath on Saturday afternoon.
This is a sold out show staring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow!
The ticket is £25 and he show starts at 2.30pm.

Would anyine like to buy this from me? Please feel free to pass this around.
» Overlocker
Anyone want to buy and overlocker?

It was bought for me some time ago but I have never used it and I really don't think I am likely too with all the other things I have going on right now....

Brother 1034D Homelock

The 1034D allows you to produce 3 or 4 thread overlock stitching, trim, edge and neaten for a professional finish which won't fray or unwind.

  • 3/4 thread overlock
  • F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system
  • Free arm flat bed
  • Differential feed
  • AV Pack
  • Common snap on presser foot
  • Pressure control
  • Built in light
  • Dust cover
  • Removable knife
  • Tool kit
  • Built-in carrying handle for portability
Has full instructions but no box.

Offers in the region of £150 + £15 postage & pp fees
» Priestesses, Pythonesses & Sibyls Cover
Book cover!!! *squeeeee*

And my name is one the website now!:

Priestesses, Pythonesses & Sibyls
Edited by Sorita d’Este
Contributors include priestesses from a wide spectrum of modern magical and pagan traditions, including the Fellowship of Isis, the Goddess movement, The Western Mystery Tradition, The Northern Tradition, Candomble, Voudou, Alexandrian and Gardnerian Wicca, in Priestesses, Pythonesses & Sibyls they share their research, experiences and own ideas of trance, possession, mediumship, drawing down the moon and related practices. Contributors include: Caroline Tully, Kim Huggens, Naomi Ozaniec, Cathryn Orchard, Janet Farrar, Katie Gerrard, Vivienne O’Reagan, Nina Falaise, Jaqui Woodward-Smith, Kay Gillard, Connia Silver, Marielle Holman, Yvonne Aburrow, Sophia Fisher, Andrea Salgado, Sorrell Cochrane, Galatea, Diane Champigny, Bolina Oceanus & Emily Ounsted.
ISBN: 978-1-905297-21-4

Soooooo excited!

» Priestesses, Pythonesses & Sibyls
So I mentioned a little while back that I was writing a submission for a book but I didn't say what it was. It should be coming out in a few weeks so I thought it was time I did.

The book is Priestesses, Pythonesses & Sibyls publised by Avalonia Books. The original blurb says:

 "The aims of this project is to bring together the voices of priestesses and their experiences of trance work with the divine – be that through practices such as Oracular Work, Trance Possession, Mediumship, Divination or Drawing Down the Moon. Contributors include: Caroline Tully, Janet Farrar, Katie Gerard, Marielle Holman, Yvonne Aburrow, Sorrell Cochrane, Galatea, Thea, Bolina Oceanus, Alice Bee and many more!"

I have written a piece on what it feel like to me to work as a priestess in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. It will be the only piece from the perspective of someone in O.T.O and although I am currently still a novice preiestess I really wanted to get the voice of someone in our Order heard.

I have never written anything for a book before so this will be my first published work as an occcult authour, and apparently it is very good :p I hope some people will be interested in it and I hope they find what I have written interesting and thought provoking. I will post about it again when I have seen it!

If you are reading this and do not know what the EGC or OTO are then please click on the above links and have a quick read then if you have any questions, feel free to ask me.

» Hallowe'en meez
I have had a few hours this evening dicking around on the internet. It has been nice.

So....Happy early Hallowe'en everyone....

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