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An author, a Wiccan, a Druid, a Priestess, a member of the ULC, Owner of Erin's Journal, mystic, magickian, DragonKin, Guardian and Transsexual. All these and more describe Erin.
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There are times in everyone’s life when a simple look around can teach more than all the knowledge in an encyclopedia.
What do I mean by that? Many people think learning can only be accomplished in a classroom. Valuable lessons are learned there. Just as many lessons are also available walking down the street. Some people do not think that daily life has lessons to offer. There is a need for classrooms, but many of our most painful lessons will happen far from institutions of higher learning.
Granted, it is simpler to learn from a person who knows the answers. Teachers usually have the knowledge that we are trying to learn, without paying the cost in sweat and struggle. Just wrap the answers you need into a neat little package and present it with a bow. Ultimately, though, isn’t that a cheat? Our teachers have been through the process of learning that we now want handed to us. That devalues the information and deprives us of the work.
Many more things can be learned by the attempt to learn, even if we fail, than can ever be learned by suddenly “knowing” the answer.
[A Note from Daven: This will require some explanation. My wife and I were active in Ancient Sites as you may know by now, and this ritual was found on the Internet while Theresa was researching Samhain for her “family’s” celebration. She adapted it some and this is the result.
It is very moving and a transitional experience. Eldrich is the Druid of the Clan, Mai is my wife, a spaewife, and the Bard is someone else. Just read it through.]
Message: Awake with the sun
Author: Druid – Eldrich Niall, Patron
Date: Oct 31, 1999 10:33
Eldrich stretches his creaking bones, refreshed by a long and dream-filled sleep. The sound of wood-chopping nearby assures him that the clanfolk are busy with Samhain preparations. Warming in the early sunshine, he allows himself the luxury of one more restorative stretch. Then he reaches for his staff and hobbles towards the crannog.
(A Note from Daven: The Hero Redeemed is an assignment I received from an auditor of one of my classes. This was turned in for an assignment given in the mythology lesson.)
The Hero Redeemed- An Archetypical Myth
Author: Posting for a lurker – Daven Iceni
(Daven’s Note: I received this via email today. Apparently there is a group of Non-AS residents who follow this class, and email me their assignments. So, we have auditors in the classroom, be on your best behavior. I have their permission to post this, but I was asked to keep their identity to myself.)
In the story I will be examining I have found a modern retelling of the classic myth of personal redemption. In the true Grecian style, a Deus Ex Machina is employed to resolve the conflict.
(Daven’s Comment: For those of you not familiar with the device of Deus Ex Machina [Okay, I had to look it up too.] I will explain it in brief here. It’s the device used where a benevolent Power intervenes in the story to make it “all better”. It’s “and the little boy fell out of bed and woke up, it was all a dream” cheat that drives me out of my mind.)
by Erynn Rowan Laurie
Megalithica Books, 2012 $19.99
Review by Erin
I love reissuances of books that have become classics because the publisher and the author has a huge chance to make sure that they are correcting anything that is wrong with the original edition, if they decide to take that step. Personally I don’t think this actually needs any revision. It started out as a good book and continues to be a good book.
Ms. Laurie has done a wonderful job of explaining Irish spirituality in such a way that it is not threatening to the new student. As I read through it, I found that many of the things contained in these pages were almost directly from what I was taught when I started my Druidic studies, and I wondered at the plagiarism, but then I realized that her book actually predated my studies by nearly a decade. I guess I have to talk to my teacher about that.
This is a very potent type of magick in which the act of making love is used to fuel the spell.
The first thing that needs to be done is for both partners to have it clear in their minds just what the goal of the spell should be. This is necessary so that both people can have an idea of what needs to be done. The man may not be able to keep his mind on it, and the woman may find it hard to do so as well, but they both need to subconsciously keep their minds on where the energy is going and what it is supposed to do.
After the goal is clear in each person’s mind, stimulation should begin. Start slowly and build higher and faster. Normally this process should take at least a half an hour. Penetration and orgasm should be avoided at this time. The male should be over-stimulated, while the man is also arousing the female. Ideally, the man should be almost mindless with pleasure.
Well, it appears that this story will not die. It has cropped up on another board. It also appears that my pages here are confusing to follow chronologically and for that I am sorry. So, I’m going to post this page and link everything I have that’s relevant in order so that this story unfolds logically. Sorry about the confusion.
I’m going to lay this out chronologically and link the relevant pieces of information in as they happen, I hope this will make things less confusing to the reader. There are links in here to evidence as needed.
- Seax-Wica has been getting fewer and fewer adherents for a while now. No one is to blame for this, but The Tree is out of print and with the One Book and I’m A Witch set, it’s getting harder for our tradition to be seen in the flood of books on the market these days.
by Ann Moura (Aoumiel)
Llewellyn Publications, copyright 2000
As with the others of this series I received them all in one package from the publisher, and it’s a good thing too. Ms. Moura has done one thing I find irritating above all; she constantly cross-references her own work in this book. Most times that is not a bad thing, but in this book it is taken to an extreme where one MUST have the preceding books in order to follow along with the lessons she presents.
In fact, she states plainly in the introduction to this work that one must have her first volume (Green Witchcraft: Folk Magick, Fairy Lore and Herb Craft also from Llewellyn Publications) in order to understand her manual.
Normally this is not much of a problem, but in this book, it quickly gets away from the author. In every section of every chapter she has some reference to her preceding book, and in some cases even references information from her second book.
This is the full ritual, with all the bangles and bells.
- 5 white candles
- 5 sticks or cones of incense
- 5 stones of differing types
- Salt or rice
- A lamp
- Incense of a different type from the other
- The 4 aces from a deck of tarot cards
- Magician and High Priestess from the Deck
This is a ritual of wading for a place or house, not a person. Done on a waxing or full Moon.
- Place one candle at each corner or compass point. Put the last on altar in the center.
- Place incense and stone (whichever feels right) with each candle
- Put the Ace of Swords and the other incense in the North
- Place the ace of cups and water in the east
- Put ace of pentacles and Salt or rice in the south
- Place Ace of Wands and lamp in the West.
- Put the Magician and the High Priestess on the Altar. Also put one stone, the water and salt on Altar.
- Light the Altar candle. Invoke the God and Goddess as you do so by asking them to attend these proceedings.
I’ve been putting off doing this article for some time. This is due (in part) to life.
Life, when it smacks you, really smacks you. There were many things that I expected to happen, several things that didn’t happen that I thought would, and things that I didn’t see coming and had no clue about.
And guess what? That’s the topic of this article.
Mostly this article is going to talk about a trend that I’m seeing in Mainstream Wicca (as opposed to Traditional Wicca) and that’s the “One Book and I’m a Witch” attitude that is being espoused by many authors these days. They state (either outright or implied) that all you need is to read their books, follow their Way and you too will be a 20th level High Priest Warlock in Squirrel Society and authorized to act as the high priestess of any ritual there.
Not on your life. Not on your best day, not on MY best day and absolutely no chance of this happening.
It means you read a book. That’s all.
[Pronounced Bell-tan-yah. Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss. There should be spring flowers spread around the Circle and on the Altar. Also on the Altar rests the Priestess’s Crown. To one side of the Circle is a cauldron filled with kindling.]
Priestess: With this night do we see
The ending of the Dark Time.
To bring us once more to the light.
And to our Lady Freya.
All: Herne! Our thanks and our Love to Thee!
[Covener lights the kindling in the cauldron.]
Priest: Now do we light the Beltane fires!
To revitalize our Lord
After his long journey.
All: Welcome Woden! Welcome Life!
[All now dance around the Circle, jumping over the flaming cauldron if they wish. They dance either singly or in pairs. Priestess remains at the Altar, and says, while the Coven dances;]
Priestess: The year is a mighty wheel
And the Sabbats are its spokes
As the Circle is also a wheel
Made up of we Wiccan folks.
Ahead lies now the Sun-
Lord Woden still shining down-
Whilst our Lady has begun
To spread her springtime gown.
With bud and twig and leaf and tree,
We welcome Freya so merrily.