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I don't know that anyone will ever find this note here...but I just need to add  it. I've spent the last week or more creating this site from our MSN group  Friends and Family Paradise for my  friend Poet. Paradise was the third incarnation of Spellweaving Poet's Playground, Poets first group on MSN. (My personal favorite was SimplyPeaceful...for many reasons). My plan is to give Poet this website as a Christmas gift, but I find myself with a sense of urgency, as if I must get it done now, even though it's only December 1st. I just can't wait to give this gift. After many days of work I've gotten to the last page in the site, the add on message board titled Odds N Ends, which Poet added onto the group because he didn't know where to put the stuff...or more accurately, didn't feel like putting it where it belonged. 

I've been wondering about this sense of urgency, that is until I reached this post.  Poet and I both share a very special relationship with one Merlin. (Although, I must say, Merlin usually takes me to the top of the tower to show me the magick in the stars while he likes to poke Poet with the broom or smack him upside the head.) I took a moment to check in with Merlin after this post. I discovered him smiling. He's been behind Poet gently pushing him to be himself again. Lately Poet's been his magickal self...the one who gets sucked into my aura when I breath...the one who moves things from a distance...the one who hugs you when you need it...the one who loves to play and to show people who they really are....the man I know he is and love the most.  Poet I'm so happy to see you playing again and so is Merlin (and Sarah, and Cindy...and well, whomever else you're playing with at the moment!)

Poet, Merlin had this message for you...

Be strong and beautiful my friend. You are able to touch many. In the end you will desire more fun and less magick. If there is one things you will know it is that magick is real. Savor the moment. Breathe. Give your heart. I am your friend, your mentor and teacher...Merlin. 

Warm, sweet hugs are coming your way my friend...

Love...always...from the beginning of time (I can still hear those water drops as the amoebas were forming...when our spirit was still one...)

Wistfuldreamer

And now for the article!

 

Just about everyone has heard of MERLIN (Merlyn, Myrddin): The magician, the Wizard, the Prophet, King Arthur's Teacher. Many consider him merely a fictional character, but the entity best known as MERLIN has been present in one form or another for many centuries, if not millennia.

Merlin is a multi-faceted figure- Druid, shaman, monk, bard, necromancer, magician, astronomer, youth and old sage. He was also known as a seer and a prophet, and his predictions always came true. In the legends of Arthur, it is Merlin the sorcerer, court wizard, and prophet who embodies the themes of magic and myth, and who acts as Arthur's principal advisor. It is believed that the story of Merlin originates in legends of a Celtic poet and prophet who lived in the 500's, a man named Myrddin.

Known by many names and in many forms he has been an important guiding force for mankind. While I was "apprenticed" to him , I was never able to figure out exactly who or what he actually was. Every time I asked about his personal history, I was told to pay attention to lessons for today and for the future, not worry about things that don't matter.

He is the son of the Celtic god Lugh (a.k.a. Lug, Lleu, Llew Llaw Gyffes) and a mortal woman who was a nun of the early Christian church.

It is also possible that Merlin was actually a later incarnation of Lugh or even an older entity.

Anyway, Merlin's "job" is to help guide the inhabitants of this planet (and maybe others) to be the best that they can be.

Usually in spirit form, he has been to many people a mentor, much as the legend of his teaching of King Arthur.

For instance, Merlin was greatly responsible for developing the U.S. Constitution.

You will never see this in any history book, but Merlin whispered in the ears of the men who wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

He especially influenced James Madison and worked with Ben Franklin quite a lot.

In fact, Franklin was probably an "apprentice" to him too. (and by the way, Merlin is very unhappy with what we have let the politicians {the modern day Modreds} do to the Constitution.)

Nostradamus is another well known figure who was guided by Merlin, if not an actual incarnation of him. Look closely and you can see Merlin's presence in many historical events and personages

There are several people who claim to "channel" Merlin today, but I would be cautious of most of them. Although Merlin usually communicates with people through "channeling" type of situations and through dreams, I have heard some of these people saying things that they claim come from Merlin, things that I am certain that he never said (at least in seriousness.

Upon occasion Merlin does joke or say something outrageous just to see if you are paying attention.).

In fact, you should be cautious of anyone who claims to " channel" anything but a TV set.

There are many evil entities out there who are just looking for an empty or dishonest head to pop into and cause trouble, as well as the ones that are just natural mountebanks.

That is not to say that there are not any genuine Merlin or other higher entity "channels" around, just be careful and analyze what they say before accepting it as gospel.

Now, you may be thinking "What gives him the right to determine the genuineness of all these people"; Well, the last sentence of the previous paragraph includes ME:

Analyze what I tell you and make your own judgments.

In fact, for some time I wondered about why Merlin was bothering to waste time with me, when he was so busy trying to keep the world from "coming apart at the seams.

 

MERLIN'S MUSINGS:

The Root of All Evil


It has often been said that money is (at) the root of all evil, but that is not quite true; While the quest for money has inspired many, many evil acts, it is but an innocent tool, neither good nor bad.

No, the root of all worldly evil is the lust for power over others. Those who seriously seek power not only often do evil things, but they are very often the tools of true EVIL (note the distinction) either willingly or unwittingly.

While the old adage about money is not quite accurate, the one about "POWER CORRUPTS and ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY" is true. I have known many people who rose to great power that started out with the best intentions. All of them were either corrupted by "the system" or destroyed by it if they refused to be corrupted.

In the last nearly two thousand years I have known only a few who retained their honor, and all of these rose to power only reluctantly.

 BEWARE ALL WHO SEEK POWER

ON THE NATURE OF SACRIFICE IN RITUAL MAGICK

Regardless of your ultimate purpose, it is inherently evil to make any sort of "blood sacrifice" or any other form of sacrifice other than self sacrifice in any Magick ritual or invocation. Many practitioners of great skill and knowledge have found to their dismay that dealing with any negative entities eventually left them under the domination of EVIL.

It is best not to deal at all with the forces that require the sacrifice of any living thing to incur their favor or cooperation. EVIL is very patient and cunning; You might be granted some desire, but only in order to seduce you into its power.

The distinctions between evil and EVIL

When I speak of evil, I generally mean the bad things that people do out of greed, ignorance or fear. The man who kicks his dog, beats his wife or steals is committing evil acts, but may not be truly EVIL; doing these things is often just a personal flaw which may be overcome by willpower, by education, or even just by giving it some serious thought. However, Unchecked evil can easily become EVIL.

EVIL on the other hand is that done by or inspired by something other than human failings. Call them demons, devils, the Enemy, The Anti-Christ or whatever, True EVIL seeks only POWER over others and the destruction of anything they can't have


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From: PÖET Sent: 25/09/2001 7:44 p.m.

Merlin

The legend lives on......

Merlin is one of the original line of Mystics in ancient British folklore and has become an icon to many people interested in the mystical, in arcane magic and spirituality. The earliest known references to 'Arthur are associated with ancient Celtic mythology and so it is perhaps understandable that the name of 'Merlin' was interwoven into Arthurian legend, and reflected the Celtic mystic beliefs and notable deities.

Merlin was believed to be based upon a northern Welsh personage of legend named 'Myrddin'

In this one of many legends it is believed that he became a prophet after wandering in misery for fifty years with only the company of a wild piglet as a 'rude bedfellow'.

Merlin in many different books and texts is attributed at different times to helping no less than three Kings of England: Aurelius; Uther Pendragon; and later Uther's son Arthur.

He became a bard to Arthur and is believed to have died in AD570. He appears under different names in many texts over the proceeding centuries.

it is found there is very little known of Merlin's family background. it is believed his mother was 'Aldan' and according to different legends Merlin (or the different people that are said to have been Merlin) had a twin sister 'Ganieda' (Gwendydd). It is stated that he had a daughter called 'Inogen'.

Some legends tell that Merlin was perhaps of an Otherworldly father, some say a daemon and an earthly woman.

In some legends he is the son of 'Aldan' (mother) and 'Cadwellon' (father).

Vivienne, a 'Lady of the Lake' is described as the woman that is said Merlin truly loved, but who used him and then trapped him in a thorn bush, some say a Hawthorn tree, by use of the same magical spells/arcane knowledge that Merlin had taught her.

Other legends say that Merlin's death, some say madness, was brought about by Vivienne;

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trapped in a 'Tower of Air';
disappeared into thin air only to exist as a shadow;
buried alive under a stone;
sealed in stone vault;
trapped in a glass tower.

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These prophets include information on his death by falling, hanging and drowning This combination is found in many version, woven together perhaps to explain the outcome of the descent into madness or his ultimate journey to the faery realm.

What ever happened to Merlin in these stories the only place that is mentioned as a possible location is 'The Forest of Broceliande'

Merlin, the Arche-Mage of Britain, is reputed to have been Arthur's adviser, prophet, shaman, magician and guardian and counsellor to Arthur.

As Merlin is reputed to have been the guardian of Britain, this reference sometimes led to Britain be referred to as 'Clas Meridin' or 'Merlin's Enclosure'.

Merlin is also believed to have been the guardian of the 'Thirteen Treasures of Britain' which he stored in a glass tower on Bardsey Island. .

According to a few of the many legends thought out history,

Merlin turned his back on what were referred to as the evil and dark forces to go with the power of the light and goodness.

Because of this he lost many of the powers he had inherited from his father and was left with only two powers, that of prophecy and making miracles, both of which it is implied he possessed in great power.

Although in books Merlin is only associated with Uther Pendragon (Arthur's father) and is not associated with King Arthur directly.

In the eighteenth-century, writers employed the well-known name under which to make predictions, particularly under the name 'Merlinus Anglicus'.

His prophecies were said to have been contained in a collection of Welsh poems, believed by some to have been written by Merlin and later published in a book (c.AD1200) called 'Llyfr Du Caerfyddin', The Black Book of Carmarthen.

the texts mention a boy called 'Ambrosius' (who prophesied the defeat of the Britons by the Saxons)

This name causes some confusion as other texts indicate Uther Pendragon fought along side his brother who was also named 'Ambrosius

If this is so, does this mean that Merlin was Uther's brother?

It is argued by most that Merlin was known as 'Merlin-Ambrosius' because of his patronage with 'Aurelius Ambrosius' (Uther Pengragon's brother), and not because he was the brother of the High King of Britain.

'Merlin the Magician' we are told assisted Uther Pendragon.

When Uther wished to deceive 'Igerna ( by disguising himself by use of magic as her husband, the deal that Merlin had Uther agree to was that his first born child should be handed to him.

Merlin then, gave him in turn to 'Ector of the Forest Sauvage'

Merlin was said to have been responsible for transporting the stones of 'Stonehenge' from Ireland to England. Although in other legends it is Merlin that tells 'Aurelius, King of Britain' to bring the stones (referred to as the 'Giant's Dance') to England from Ireland for two reasons; firstly, to act as a monument to those that had died during the battles with the Saxons, and secondly because the stones possessed great powers of healing. It should though be pointed out that Stonehenge is believed to have been built 1700-1800BC, later used a ritualistic place of worship by the Druid's who are known to have been around during the legendary time of Merlin and Arthur.

 

 

in (AD1485) legends describes Merlin as the adviser and guide to Arthur, who pulled the 'Sword of Branstock' from a stone when he was aged 15 years, as we are told that Merlin had the ability to cast the most powerful spells and enchantments.

The existence of Merlin has always been debatable by various people, but we can be sure that a person of this name and by it's many derivations appears throughout old texts, as either a prophet, bard, prince and/or poet.

Merlin is said to have been a young boy/man before Vortigern (estimated year AD480) but Merlin appears as an old man at the Court of Rydderch Hael, approx. AD570, Another twist to the name then appears, as at this Court Merlin is known as 'Lalockin, the twin' the twin being his sister 'Gwenddydd' who describes her brother as 'my world-famous twin brother'.

Described usually as lean in stature, tall with a long white beard, the symbolic essence of Merlin's role in Arthurian legend today appears in some of the most popular characters of twentieth-century films

He is the archetypal magician/wizard/counsellor, who is from a noble race yet his heritage is unclear, who employs arcane knowledge and the mystical powers of the earth and sky, the two main energies of life, for the victory of good over evil, light over dark, reincarnation over death.

One of the most enduring Arthurian romantic legends reveals Merlin's involvement in the ascent of Arthur to the position of High King of Britain following his being brought-up by Ector de Sauvage. The following is typical of how Merlin was seen to have employed arcane knowledge to unite the land and the people.

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Two years after the birth of Arthur his true father, 'Uther', passed away. Under-kings and Lords managed and mismanaged the Island of Britain. Each revealed their desire to be the leader of the Britons. When Arthur reached the age of fifteen, Merlin is said to have summoned all leaders to London, to decide who would ultimately be crowned High King of Britain. Merlin is described as having caused a stone with a sword, earlier referred to as the Sword of Branstock, held in its mass to appear in a courtyard of an ancient chapel. An inscription upon the stone read 'Who so pulleth this sword from this stone is the rightfully born King of all England'. All were said to have tried to pull the sword from the stone but failed. Later they would dispute Arthur's claim at having released the sword but as yet no-one knew of Arthur's heritage or person.

Meanwhile 'Ector', 'Kay' and Arthur arrived in London. The two noblemen argued when Kay revealed that he had forgotten his sword. Arthur is said to have gone to find his sword and on his return passed the same chapel courtyard, which was now quiet and empty. He freed the sword from the stone and gave this to Kay. Ector desired proof of Arthur's explanation of how he had come by the sword, and so they travelled together to the same spot and the sword was replaced into the stone. Having failed, both Ector and Kay watched whilst Arthur drew it from the stone with little effort.

 

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'Dragon Legend I'.


Confusion arises about the name as the ninth-century chronicler Nennius mentions a boy called 'Ambrosius' (aka Merlin Emrys) who prophesied the defeat of the Britons by the Saxons. This boy was said to have also refuted the Druids of Vortigern when they were looking to rebuild Vortigern's Tower which kept falling down. The Druids believed that the foundations would only be strong if they were sealed by the blood of a child with no father, and so enter Merlin, who we are led to understand in the same legends, was of no earthly father, being fathered by a devil or even The Devil himself, a reason given for his arcane knowledge. This Merlin saved his own life by stating that the tower kept falling down because it was built on top of two dragons fighting 'one red, one white' which could be seen as symbolic of the constant fighting between the Saxons and the Britons.

'Dragon Legend II'.


A similar story, based upon the two dragons and a castle, appears in a Welsh legend. In this instance it is a treacherous Welsh King called 'Gwrtheyn' who, running from his own people, is said to have had problems building a castle (each night the building materials disappear). Merlin as a young boy was taken to the castle to spill his blood on the foundation, and again the story tells of two dragons, one red, one white. It is believed by many that this is the very legend that provided Wales with it's emblem. The King moves on to build a new one 'Nant Gwrtheyn', and it is Merlin who builds on the original hill which is named 'Dinas Emrys' (Merlin also being referred to as Emrys). This legend is believed to be connected to 'Nant Gwynant' (Caenarvon, Wales, UK).