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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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I’m in the process of reading “Exploring the Pagan Path” and one of the articles in there is about magic, and that’s by Dorothy Morrison.
Now, there are few BNPs that I really enjoy and think is a very good author, and Dorothy is one of these people.
In this article in this book, she is writing about magic. She makes the point that there are more and more people and young apprentices in Wicca and Paganism who don’t know squat aobut magick. I tend to agree with her in this point.
She continues on and says that it’s probably because there are so many apprentices who come into magick and want the power without wanting to understand either the mechanics behind magick or the rules or the discipline ruling magick. They want to be able to go “bibbity bobbity boo” and have major changes in the world and their life without wanting to understand how it works to create the changes.
This has most definately been my experience with teaching. At one point I had 570 students enroled in my High Magick class. I had 1 student graduate. This is the same course that is on the front page to the left.
One of the core desires for humanity, for all that we are social animals, is that we want to be special. We want to stand out from everyone else; we want to be unique. When we can’t find a unique thing to be proud of and to stand out, we will make them up.
For instance, freckles. A lot of people have freckles. Some even want to have them despite problems with those who do have them, as in the story “Freckle Juice”. Freckles are uncommon, so they are somewhat unique. But I have heard tales of those who DO have freckles comparing the arrangements of those freckles into patterns, making constellations of their freckles to be even more unique. And this is what I’m talking about when I say that even among those who have cause to be distinctive, there will be a trend to want to stand out from that group.
And with that, we come to the reason I’m writing this article. It is the “grand destiny” group that really makes me want to beat my brains out.
[Pronounced Sow-wane. The outer edge of the Circle may be decorated with flowers, branches, pinecones, small pumpkins, etc. There may also be flowers on the Altar. On the Altar rests the Priest’s Horned Helm. Erecting the Temple is performed in the normal manner. If the Full Moon is on Samhain, then it is performed before the Sabbat.]
Priestess: As Goddess-Summer draws to a close, So begin the dark months of the God-Winter. All praise to Freya and to Woden her consort.
All: All praise!
Priestess: [raising Seax] Gracious Goddess, we thank you
For the joys of summer;
For the crops, the harvest;
For life, for love
We love you, as we know you love us.
Return again next year, when your time is come.
When your companion-love, our Lord,
Has led us safely through the dark.
We love you and honor you.
Freya, most beautiful.
[Priestess sheathes her Seax and holds the Horned Helm high.]
Priestess: Here do I hold the symbol
Of Woden, the Mighty One,
Lord of Life and of Death.
As He will guard and guide us
Through the months to come,
So will his Servant, our Priest, here.
Well, it’s been a bit for me to rant, so here we go.
I’ll let you go and read the linked article.
It’s bad enough when these people come to my door and harangue me while I’m showering, it’s bad enough that they don’t take “no” for an answer, but this is reprehensible. It’s another symptom of evangelical fundamentalism running rampant.
Let me relate a story to you. Once upon a time I had my daughter in daycare. Both my wife and I were working, so it was a program run for those of lower income to leave their children in some safety while they were at work without destroying their ability to feed themselves. Just for comparison, we paid $40 a week for her to go to this. Yeah, incredible isn’t it?
During the summer time, one day a week and other group would come in and share/teach/preach to the kids. It was allowable since this was NOT a school function. We didn’t like it too much, but there wasn’t much we could do except pull her out of this program. So we talked to the administrator and advised her that we were NOT Christian and that we did NOT appreciate our daughter being preached at every Tuesday. (Odd that Tyr, the guy this day was named for, didn’t justice all over them….)
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.
(Note from Daven: This is a true story. It happened to me. I have tried to be fair in my recitation of this, but I am afraid that some of my resentment may have leaked over. It’s up to you to tell me how I did. Keep in mind that this is ancient history for my wife and I, and thankfully my daughter no longer remembers this time. I am not trying to stir up ghosts here, but just to bring some mindsets to light. Think before you promise someone something. I had hoped this article would have gotten out into the Pagan Community, but so far it has not. So I present it here. I leave the conclusions up to your own conscience.)
(Update 1-16-04: I’m updating this because I don’t want it misunderstood why this page is here. I have written this because I HATE B&B and what they stand for at this time. I cannot stand what they think of as “good pagan relations” with other groups. I have had contact with them from time to time on other lists, and so far, none of them have been positive.
First Published on “The Juggler”
Several things have happened in the last 48 hours that had the potential to really affect the online world of Wicca and Witchcraft. First was the publication of an essay by Mike Nichols. Second was my rebuttal to it. Third was the featuring of a High Priestess on ABC’s Wife Swap. Last was the death of a long standing member of the community.
With the exception of the Lady’s death, all the expected drama has failed to start. None of the hate mail, none of the complaints, none of the wailing and recriminations. I expected long angsty posts about how this point was true and that one didn’t apply. I expected to see recriminations and accusations.
None of that has happened.
Apparently there have been others who have looked forward to that as well. I’ve had multiple hits to my site looking for the angst and articles on the Wife Swap. So many hits, in fact, that the article I had planned to put up sometime a week after the episode aired, forced me to put it up hours after that episode aired.
Review by Daven
Long time readers of the Journal will remember that I have a really soft spot in my heart for Raymond Buckland, mainly because he’s the founder of my tradition of Wicca. I have a lot to thank him for and a lot to credit him for.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that he can do no wrong. But I do believe that he gets it right more often than not.
This book, however, tends to be a rehash of many of his other books. The only thing that sets this one apart is that it is developed specifically for those who are solitary.
All the information in this book has been published before in books such as The Tree and Buckland’s Complete Guide to Witchcraft. However, those books, while being excellent sources of information, tend to be centered for those who are going toward covens. This book is modified specifically for those who will be practicing in their own backyards without others to practice with them.
by M. Macha Nightmare
ECW Press, 2001
Review by Daven
I have been online for about 3 years now, and sporadically online since the Witches’ Voice came online in 97, however, in all that time there has not been a more needed reference on the Online Pagan Experience.
This book is a comprehensive look into the Pagans on the Internet, how they interrelate, who they know, some of the groups available for the novice, some netiquette, some advice and some information. There is a mini web directory that has a lot of online favorites of most Online Pagans in it, such as The Witches’ Voice, Drak.net, and The Church of All Worlds. All of these organizations have been cornerstones of the online pagan experience (called hereafter OPE).
Macha looks to have done her homework. She had a mailing list set up expressly to research the OPE and to ask questions on. She solicited the opinions of the online pagan and it did not seem to matter if you had 30 years or 30 minutes experience. She got all kinds of responses from the community as well.
© 1972 Jessie Wicker Bell
Llewellyn publications 2001 (republication)
ISBN 0-87542-076-1 Hardcover
A review by Daven
Let me state something now, while I have been practicing for more than 10 years at this point, this is the first time I have seen a copy of the Grimoire of Lady Sheba. It was first published in 1972, and once again in 1974, but while I have been in the metaphysical community during the time when this book was out there, this is my first viewing of this text.
I am somewhat familiar with Lady Sheba’s writings, as most pagans should be, since these documents are on the Internet now, and many of them have been copied lock, stock and copyright into other people’s published Books of Shadows.
When first looking at the book when it arrived from Llewellyn, I had a sense of anticipation. This is the only hardcover book published by Llewellyn that I am familiar with. I did a search on their website, and failed to turn up one instance of a hardcover book in their list. Perhaps I just wasn’t inputting the right words.