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The Candle Theory

Well, all the chronic pain and chronic energy sufferers like those with Lupus and Fibromyalgia have the Spoon Theory, and it’s a wonderful resource for explaining things to those who don’t know what is entailed in a chronic debilitating disease.

I’ve thought about it, and I realized that Introverts have something similar, and it’s important too.

The Introvert’s Candle Theory

Think about a candle. You put it out and light the wick, it burns away and then you have no more candle. That’s the way socializing works for an introvert.

You have only a finite amount of time for the social aspects to be lit, and once it’s gone, that’s it. The introvert will get nervous and anxious and antsy until they have another candle to burn. And it depends entirely on the type of candle the Introvert has that determines just how long that candle will burn. A tea light is only a couple hours, a birthday candle can only be a few minutes, while an emergency candle may last up to 72 hours. You can put the candle out and leave it extinguished for a time, light it back and have the rest of the time to socialize.

Creating Magickal Entities

By David Michael Cunningham
With Taylor Elwood and Amanda Wagener
Egregore Publishing, 2003, $16.95 US
ISBN 1-932517-44-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

I wish I had this book about 10 years ago; I could have avoided a lot of trial and error learning on my part.

It’s not often that a book can make me wish that. This is one. I found the information in this book to be nearly priceless. I’ve been creating and using magickal entities for some time now, I just didn’t call them that. I called them “splinters” or “friends” or “spirits”, from the information I read they fulfilled all the definitions of an entity that you can name.

What more can I say? This book is packed full of a lot of common sense information about creating an entity and about taking care of it once you have it created. The book goes into depth about why you would want to create an entity, how to do so with a minimum of effort, how to keep feeding it so that it continues to work, what to do with it once you decide you don’t need it anymore and a whole lot more.

The Craft of the Wise

I was reading a friend’s blog on Dreamwidth and I got inspired to write this article. See, going out and finding friends IS good for something.

Wicca is sometimes called “The Craft of the Wise” because you are supposed to gain wisdom from your chosen path, ie your religion. You aren’t supposed to just accept everything that gets thrown at you like a sponge, you are supposed to question it, you are Supposed to wonder “yes, but…” and you are SUPPOSED to find things that work for you within that framework of faith.

All these things are what you should be doing from the start. You are supposed to find answers for yourself, not eat the digested answers that another has found.

Religion is SUBJECTIVE, meaning that it is a one person only experience. You see and feel and smell and think these things while you are in an ecstatic trance at your local grove. That being said, even if your bestest buddy in the whole world and your twin are having the exact same process as you have, they will NEVER have the same experience as you. There will be things that are different for each, based on their own mental state, their understanding of the world and the things that they learned, and their perception of what was happening.

Live Like You Were Dying

Recently, I was picking up my wife, and I heard a song on the radio. It was by Tim McGraw, and perhaps some of you have heard it. I’ll republish the lyrics here:

He said I was in my early forties
with a lot of life before me
when a moment came that stopped me on a dime
and I spent most of the next days
looking at the x-rays
Talking bout the options
and talking bout sweet time
I asked him when it sank in
that this might really be the real end
how’s it hit you when you get that kinda news
man what’d you do

and he said
I went sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu
and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying
and he said someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.

He said I was finally the husband
that most the time I wasn’t
and I became a friend a friend would like to have
and all the sudden going fishin
wasn’t such an imposition
and I went three times that year I lost my dad
well I finally read the good book
and I took a good long hard look
at what I’d do if I could do it all again

The Mysteries of Druidry

By Brendan “Cathbad” Meyers
New Page Books, 2006, $15.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-878-5

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Well, as a Druid myself I have looked at the texts out there on Druidism and been sorely disappointed. At one end of the spectrum are the excellent works by such people as Isaac Bonewits, Philip Carr-Gomm and other such noted Druids. They are packed full of information, dense with it, and as a result of that, they tend to lose the audience since most of they write about is beyond the average reader.

At the other end of the spectrum are the popular books on Druidism which are good for use in paper-mache; works like 21 Lessons of Merlin and other such landfill fodder.

There has not been a book to successfully bridge the two ends, making a good book that has lots of information which has the potential to become popular because of how that information is presented to the reader. That is, until now.

Make no mistake, I have known Cathbad from a list we were on together and I have spent many hours reading his articles on that list and off. He is an extremely knowledgeable man and I consider him one of the contemporary masters of Druidism. In this book, he brings his formidable knowledge to those who wish to know what he knows.

The Witches’ Sabbats

By Mike Nichols 
Acorn Guild Press, 1985 and 2005, $14.00 US
ISBN 0-9710050-2-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

My first encounter with this work was when I was asked to write a cover blurb for it. I got details from the publisher, wrote a couple paragraphs saying how much I valued Mike’s work and the Sabbat series in specific, and I thought that was it. I did ask for a copy when it came out.

A few days ago I got an email from the publisher saying that Mike had an autographed copy for me. I sent the publisher my address and received the book yesterday.

Had I known it would be this good, I would have praised it even higher.

Anyone who has done any research on the Sabbats or taken some sort of Wicca 101 course has heard of Mike Nichols and more than likely read his works, whether they know it or not. These essays are the benchmark that many other essays on the Sabbats are compared to. I have referenced them myself in my classes on Wicca and Paganism and have the reprinted on Daven’s Journal, with permission of course.

What Makes a Fluffbunny?

More and more recently, there has come a term that is making more of the serious-minded Pagan sit up an take notice: Fluff Bunnies.

There are other names, Playgan, Wicabes, Wiclets, witchypooh, **New Term** Wictim (defined as a Wiccan Victim, or one of those who thinks the Inquisition is still going on) and so on, all of which do the same basic thing; All these names reveal a deep-seated dislike for those who take the religion of Wicca and Paganism less than seriously.

What are the symptoms of this dread condition, you may ask?

1) Aversion to research.

This is probably the most serious symptom. When this symptom manifests itself, the afflicted person tends to read something in a popular book, email list, newsgroup or website and take it as the literal truth, without checking facts. It’s worse when combined with blind trust of the so-called “elders” who have silly names like “High Lady Stuffandnonsense” or “Lady MoonroseHaven”. Their names literally sound like they came out of a Pagan Name Generator and are begging for ridicule.

The Fallacy of Pagan Unity

Well, up until now I have not been one to comment on the various efforts to Unify Pagans into one big group, mainly because I had supported it.

Yeah, Daven, professional cynic, pagan, Druid and all manner of other things, supported unifying Pagans into a group to do many good works.

Please note what I did NOT say, I didn’t say that I supported the homogenization of Pagandom into something that is acceptable to the Fundamental Christians out there. I did not say that in the process of this unity that I expected to give up my core beliefs to join this group. I did not say that I support one overriding “statement of ethics” like has been proposed various times.

I think that a group of pagans getting together to support a political candidate and contribute to his campaign is a GOOD thing. I think that issuing a press release to the media stating why this group is supporting him could really help at various times, especially if the more moderate Pagans started speaking up. I think that using that influence to set up a Pagan run Mission who does work for the homeless is an exceedingly good idea.

Lesson 9: Ritual

Lesson 9 Part 1: Ritual format

In this section we will start working with rituals. I know, many of you have been doing things like this already, but many of you have not, so we will go over the basics of rituals and break them down into steps.

One thing that I want to stress as we get into this is, you can’t really screw up a ritual. About all you can do is to make it meaningless or knock you out of the “mood”. There is nothing (unless you are doing a spell) that you can do to really screw things up, so don’t worry. Relax.

Ritual serves the same purpose as myth. It is a language of symbols, most times the same symbols that you have on your altar, in your directions, and that you have in your divination. See, that is one of the big secrets of most Pagan beliefs, the symbols.

In and of itself, doing the rites and rituals don’t mean anything. The only meaning there is what YOU as the participant or conductor bring to it. That’s all.

Are we growing up?

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.