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The Druids’ Alphabet

by Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison
Earth Religions Press, 2002 $17.95 US
ISBN 1-59405503-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

One would think that a book on the Ogham by the current Arch Druid of the Ar nDraiocht Fein would be a book a cut above many others, and that thinking would be correct in this work.

I got this book to continue my studies in the Ogham and I was expecting something very different from what I got. I was expecting a work on the divination of the Ogham, but instead I got almost a masterwork on the Ogham Alphabet itself. Contained in this work are examples of the 120 different Ogham sets that the Druids used, with graphic examples taken from the various museums that still have them in their collection, and much other lore on the Ogham. There is information on the Bird Ogham, the River Pool Ogham, and all of it points to the Ogham associations that we have now being a way to remember the letters, much like today’s alphabet of A is for Apple, B is for.

The section on the different types of Ogham script and the different associations that the letters have makes this work invaluable in and of itself. But there is some more.

Persecution

I was thinking about a snark I did yesterday on Persecution, then a friend posted about persecution on her LJ and it got me thinking:

Pagans really don’t have a candle to hold to anyone on the persecution scale.

I heard this piece coming into work this morning on NPR:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6349532

One of the things that struck me is that the fighting between the Suni and Sheite groups is causing diversified communities to be one or the other. Steve Inskeep, the comentator on that piece said “in some communities, the clensing….is complete.” Meaning that one sect KILLED OFF the entirety of the other sect, or forced them out.

Part of the process is to grab people off the street, call their homes and ask relatives to confirm that their loved one is Suni or Sheite. It’s a crap shoot as to whether or not they get home at that point.

Consider this for a moment. You as a pagan are sitting in your house. You get a call. On the other end of the phone you hear a voice you don’t recognize who tells you they are with the “Freedom Feris” and they have your loved one. They then demand that you confirm that your loved one is Black Forest Tradition. You know that if you say the wrong thing, then you are never going to see that loved one again, until you identify the body. What do you say?

So mad

Congratulations, I’m now over being sad and depressed. I’ve gone all the way to Pissed Off.

Read this first: That pissing damned file. Please note, this has been circulating in many places, I got it in email myself.

Okay, there are many problems with this damned thing.

Let’s start with the fact that after September 11th, we had the most support from foreign countries in the history of the nation. EVERY nation, with a few exceptions, were calling and emailing and showing support for us. Everyone thought it was a horrific thing that happened. ALL of them thought that the attacks on the World Trade Center were horrific and a crime against humanity. I seem to remember speeches from the floor of the UN about how terrible this was.

What happened? Simple. The invasion of Iraq was not about terrorism or anything other than revenge. All these nations didn’t support the invasion because it had nothing to do with anything except revenge of the Bush Dynasty against the towelheads that hurt them in 1990 and 1991. The Iraquis put up a hell of a defense and we tore it down, but we didn’t have the will to finish the job as a nation. So Daddy Bush has nothing to show for his 4 years in office.

The Dark Archetype

by Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx
New Page Books, 2003 $13.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-693-6

by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

It’s rare to come across a book dealing with the darker side of the universe, so anytime someone writes one, I tend to pay attention. When it’s a good exploration, I rate it highly. When it’s done with as much humor and candid insight as this book is written with, well, I recommend it to just about everyone I meet.

Let me tell you how this book is laid out. First, there is a short introduction. Next the authors move to just what they are trying to accomplish with this book, specifying the way they hope they convey this information. Then they give the bits and pieces that apply to anyone they discuss in the book.

From what I can tell, this is the only time these two sat down together and worked on one section. The entire rest of the book consists of articles written by either Denise or Lori. I only counted one article written by both together. The articles had a lot of advice to offer, humor to explore, and thoughts that provoked me to review what I understood to be the dark side of the Gods.

Practical Color Magick

by Raymond Buckland
Llewellyn Publications, 1994
ISBN 0-87542-047-8

Re-released by Llewellyn Publications, 2002
ISBN 0-7387-0204-8

by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

It’s not an easy task to review this book because the author’s concepts are not hard to understand, nor is the writing on a level that the average reader won’t be able to comprehend. I do not object because of anything that one can point to and say that it is not right. It’s simply that the concepts laid out in this book are not new.

Let me be clear, I will not sugarcoat this review in any way, nor will I call him the greatest author to ever walk the face of the Earth. Buckland is a good author in that he takes a complex concept, such as Wicca, and breaks it down so that just about anyone can understand the concepts presented. But, as I said, the concept of using color in Magick is not a new one.

He references, several times, other authors who have discovered this process, and used it to great success. Granted, in most cases, they are not writing for the metaphysical audience. They have discovered the psychological uses of color in various means in the workplace, school, in personal life, and so on. No, what Buckland does that is novel is to bring all this information together, and put it with magickal practices.

The Origins of Modern Witchcraft

by Ann Moura
Llewellyn Books   $14.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-648-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ 

I had hoped when I started this book that it would explain many things that have long puzzled me. I thought “here is a person who has a Bachelor’s degree along with a Master’s degree in History. Finally, we can get to the heart of the matter and stop a lot of pointless debate.”

How wrong I was.

The first three chapters are interesting. There is little evidence to back what she claims up, however. There are no footnotes in this book to reference claims she makes, or even to guide the reader to finding the answers for themselves. While these are not necessary in most cases, they are critical to having a work taken seriously by the scholastic community.

Of some distraction (and unique to this work) there are rituals interspersed with the text, to encourage you to do the rituals with an open mind. Well, I had an open mind and I closed it quickly. The rituals, while nice and of use in another setting, are useless in this book. They only serve to distract you from the claims made by the author.

Advanced Ritual Course Final Assignment

(Note from Erin: One tiny bit of information… I was taking an advanced ritual class, and this is the essay I did to complete the course.  I chose to do it on the Mormons because the instructor was also an ex-Mormon.  I am pretty proud of this piece and i believe that it stands up in the time.)

For this assignment, and with the permission of Kenn, I chose the Baptism ritual from the Mormon Church.  It’s one of the few rituals in the Mormon Church that I participated in that follows an outline similar to previous rituals discussed in this class.  I never participated in any of the “secret” rituals.  I did not choose the more common “Sacrament Ritual” also know as, bread and wine, transubstantiation, or communion, since it is so frequently done that the ritual looses all meaning in practice.

Originally posted 2018-08-29 03:45:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Gardner’s Book of Shadows

(Note from Daven:  This is a copy of Gerald Gardner’s Book of shadows.  The public section at any rate.  I think this Aidan Kelly is responsible for transcribing it, and that is good.  But I doubt that everything is in here.  Perhaps some Gardnerinian would like to come forward and verify that this is the BOS for Gardnerism?  Will, perhaps not.  At any rate, enjoy this.)

The Public Contents of the Book of Shadows

Originally posted 2013-03-14 10:14:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

God vs. Satan

In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.

And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And Satan said, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit,” and God saw that it was good.

And Satan said, “There goes the neighborhood.”

And God said, “Let us make Man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth.”

And so God created Man in his own image; male and female created he them.

And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.

And Satan said, “I know how I can get back in this game.”

And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Italian Witchcraft

by Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn 2000, $14.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-259-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I initially got this book so I could study another form of witchcraft, one that is different from the typical British version of Witchcraft. Well, this book definitely fulfilled that niche for me.

Having read other works by Mr. Grimassi, when I started this I was a bit concerned. There are times when the reputation of “fluffy” is appended to his name. But in this book, he is actually teaching what he knows and lives, therefore I don’t think that term is accurate to class this book.

“Light” would be better. There are times when in this book, it is written deliberately to appeal to the young and inexperienced, but as far as factual information I could find very little to criticize. Don’t mistake this to mean there is nothing to criticize, however.

First, the good things. Raven does a good job of recondensing this book (for this is the second edition and revised edition of this particular work) and presenting the material. He corrects minor mistakes with the first edition, and he also answers some criticisms that were generated by the previous version of this book. Having never read the first edition of this, I can not state what has been and has not been revised in the content.