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Tarot & Witchcraft ~ with author, Amythyst Raine

Buddhism & Finding Balance

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 The Noble Truths: 

1.  Nothing lasts forever. Expecting to be miserable when things come to an end. This is called “impermanence”, often stated as “life suffering”.

 2. This suffering starts because we are attached to the idea that things will last forever or that if we can just find the magic formula, we can make things the way we want them be , always. This is called “craving” or “attachment”.

 3. We don’t have to be miserable. We can teach ourselves to let go of our cravings and attachments so that we don’t have to suffer as much when things change, as they inevitably will. This truth is called “freedom from confinement” or “extinction”. It is like getting the key to our jail cell or blowing out a candle that‘s burning us.

 4. There is a path to liberation from suffering and getting burned by our expectations. This path runs between the extremes of hedonism and asceticism.

 The Eightfold Path:

 1. Right Understanding
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action,
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration

 
The information above is taken from:
“The Witch’s Almanac”, Issue 27, Spring 08-09

“Buddha’s Magical Numbers”
By Elizabeth Rose
 Buddha.jpg picture by witch_of_endore

One of my daughters practices Buddhism and although my path is different, I still found this article to be representative of basic truths. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people crushed when a marriage, job, lifestyle, relationship, etc. changed, because they apparently expected it to go on indefinitely…and it doesn’t.

Anne Lindbergh stated in an essay that a woman’s life goes through major change about every 20 years or so, and she’s right, it does. Beginning with the end of your school years and marriage, on to child bearing and rearing, then possibly to widowhood or divorce, and so it goes. And isn’t it mind-boggling to think of the thousands of changes that take place within all those phases, some good and some not so pleasant.

I view the Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path as yet another unique collection of wisdom to add to my very eclectic path. I feel that, when all is said and done, it’s basically reminding us that we need balance in all things.

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Author: Amythyst Raine

Witchy, Pagan, Personal Stuff Amythyst Raine is an author; a professional tarot reader; the mother to 7 magickal individuals; a major procrastinator; Crazy-Cat-Lady; and chocoholic. She writes books on witchcraft, the tarot, and Feminine Spirituality (published by Labyrinth House, Moon Books, and Dodona Books). She's an avid blogger; a pagan activist; a holistic healer through crystals and stones-- by means of crystal grids and chakra balancing. Amythyst offers Spiritual Psychic Consultations using tarot cards and the art of intuitive reading. If you'd like a personal reading with her, visit her tarot website at: http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com "Every Cat Has a Tale" is her Personal-Blog-Spot, which includes everyday life and its dilemmas, as well as victories, memoirs, opinions, along with inspiration for mundane life, with personal photos and videos. http://everycathasatale.blogspot.com "Magickal Connections" is her witchy, pagan, booky BlogSpot. http://wytchymystique.com "The Witch's Corner" is her very popular witchy pagan website full of witchy pagan stuff. http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

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