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This is a list of questions I got in an email. Apparently the person had sent this several times trying to get them answered. I don’t know if they got it in response, but here are the questions and my answers.

Originally posted 2015-03-12 01:44:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Path of Druidry

By Penny Billington
Llewellyn, 2011 $18.95 US
ISBN 978-0-7387-2346-4

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

During my time reviewing various books, I’ve focused on Wicca and other pagan paths, focusing on basic beliefs and pan-pagan beliefs. I’ve only had a few opportunities to read about the belief systems of specific groups. To date, I think I have reviewed only about four Druid books, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to find that those books, as a group, are exceedingly good.

The Path of Druidry is no exception.

I went into this book trying not to have any preconceptions, and it’s a good thing I did. This book really isn’t like much else out there. It has chapters, yes, yet, in each chapter there are unique items that need to be highlighted.

First, the information contained within is about as complete and accurate as you can get without actually joining one of the more well known of the Druid orders out there. I found little to fault in what Penny Billington says in those chapters and chapter parts.

The Soap Opera of Mark Continues….

Links relevant:

October 27, 2003

Well, truthfully, while I would wish that this would all just die, the saga of Mark V goes on. He apparently found the Notice, and went crazy. So, here is the new sets of crap he’s sending my way. I share this only as information for each of you, FYI. I’m ignoring it, not taking any action one way or another.

I will address certain accusations as they come up, however.

I guess it started with this email:

From:mark ventimiglia
To: daven@davensjournal.com
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2003 2:56 AM
Subject: You are all a bunch of whiny bastards. Hahaha

Hey you, yeah YOU. hahaha. I am laughing at you and ALL those who associate with you. You are all a bunch of whiny bastards. Hahaha! You claim to disassociate yourselves from ME? HA! I dissed YOU queers and animal killers BEFORE you dissed me. You writing that disassocation notice about me is like the whiny employee telling the boss that he quits AFTER the boss has already fired him. Hahaha. Hey, you ever hear that country song about the singer who makes more money every time the tabloids runs his name in the ground? Well, keep the bad press coming cause it is earning me a fortune! I recently got my statements from the past 6 months of sales from the Wiccan Rede adn the Wiccan Prayerbook and I must say I am pleasantly impressed!

Affecting people on the Internet

Magickal disciplines have been around for centuries, all except this one. Why? The Internet in its current form has only been in existence for about 15 years or so, making this a still budding discipline.

Yes, it is possible to cast a spell on someone whom you know only as a screen name and/or IM buddy. It’s not that much different from affecting someone who is standing next to you in real life.

You need no tools, no props, no special ceremonies or special words of power. All you need is your trained will. As always, this is the key to successful magick.

And now, allow me to give you some theoretical background. When you cast a spell, what do you do? You raise the power, you chant the chants, you channel that into your desire, you add any emotions you may be feeling, you state your purpose and you send that energy off. But where does that energy go? Is it a physical thing? Does it actually drain out of you?

Rhiannon, The Lady of the Birds

The Lady Rhiannon

The Lady Rhiannon

I’m unsure of the copyright on this image, so don’t try to take it or use it.

While this is the altar image I use for my rites, I must tell you all that Rhiannon is the Lady I call upon in my personal ceremonies.  I was introduced to Her when my wife and I were trying to think of Deities that we both felt comfortable calling upon, and trying to find a Lord and Lady for our ceremonies.  My wife is somewhat of a Welsh maniac (having been married to a Welshman for 15 years prior to me) and she was thinking of Celtic Deities when Rhiannon popped out.  I felt an instant connection to Her, and we have been using Her name ever since.

I started reading more and more in an attempt to get a handle on just who Rhiannon was, and I found the Mabinogion.  In there, there are two stories about Rhiannon out of 4 branches.  The first is when she is courted and married by Pwyll and the subsequent trials she went through with Pryderi, her son by Pwyll.  The second is after the hero’s return to Great Britain from Ireland after the war in which all the Irish were wiped out.  Which is also told in the Mabinogion.  It is her growing love and respect and eventual marriage to Manawyddan, brother of Bran the Blessed.

Daven’s Meditation

This is the meditation I most often use to get into a state of trance.  There are elements here common to most meditations and guided meditations.  I explored this concept in part in a class I teach on Astral Projection.  Here are the common themes that most meditations and guided meditations have in them:

  1. Suggestions to relax
  2. The feeling of a safe environment around you
  3. Lack of distractions from the world
  4. A sense of comfort and love
  5. Pictures and visualizations of a scene that is pleasant for you
  6. A descent of some kind.

You may see these themes as you read through the meditation.

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Sit or lay down and become comfortable.  Relax your body completely and start thinking about these scenes.

Find yourself in a wooded area.  The sun is warm on your back and head, and the breeze is cool on your face.  There is just enough of a breeze to disturb your hair, but not enough to make you uncomfortable.

There is a path under your feet.  It leads to a distant place, and you know that at the end of this path, you will find many wondrous things to do and to experience.

Tarot of Bones

By Lupa
Self-Published, 2016, $35.00
UPC: 041967093889
Purchase at: http://www.thetarotofbones.com/

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Full disclosure first: Lupa is a really REALLY good friend of mine, and I’ve reviewed a lot of her works. However, that being said I’m going to be totally honest in this review.

This is a specialty deck. It is nearly an oracle deck, but it isn’t a deck that a new tarot reader can pick up and start reading with. I’ll talk about the several reasons for that in a while.

The artwork shines in this deck. Lupa is a member of the “Vulture Culture”, which is a shorthand way of saying that she works with dead animals. This includes taxidermy, but mostly her art expresses itself in taking bones, leather and fur, and releasing the spirits of those items (if they want to leave), recycling it into something beautiful and selling it to those of us who appreciate this.

So, I have the deck now, and the artwork is GORGEOUS. She took the animal bones and other items she uses in her artwork, assembled them into a display and had them photographed for the various cards. This is 78 different assemblages, and there’s an extra card that she had made as a thank you for those who supported her Kickstarter. So that’s 79. And they are beautiful.

Composing Magic

By Elizabeth Barrette
New Page Books, copyright 2007, $14.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-935-8
ISBN13 978-1-56414-935-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Okay, here it is finally, the book that many people have been waiting for; Composing Magic, How to Create Magical Spells, Rituals, Blessings and Prayers.

Much to my astonishment, this book is EXACTLY what it says it is on the cover, a book about how to write spells and rituals. It is a book on writing. Imagine that.

If I sound a bit effusive it’s because this book has been a long time coming in many ways. Several people have tried to write it, they have written things that are related to creating and writing rituals and spells, but no one has quite been able to write a book that actually and practically teaches you how to compose spells and rituals.

This book has the singular distinction of doing so. Add to that statement another one; this book does an excellent job of teaching you how to write spells and rituals. It not only gives you the information on sitting down and picking up your pen to write, but the book explains how to go about the creative writing process.

Mabon, Celebrating the Autumn Equinox

by Kristin Madden
Llewellyn, 2002 $14.95 US
ISBN 0-7387-0090-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Here we are, the last book in Llewellyn’s series on the Sabbats. This book is deserving of a place on the shelves of many private libraries, next to all the other Sabbat books by Llewellyn.

In and of itself, this book is well written. The information I read is factual and accurate, complete and drawn from many cultures. It does not focus solely on one aspect of this Sabbat, but looks at many different culture’s celebrations for this time of the year. I looked for information to find fault with, and honestly I can’t find any.

Mabon starts out with information about First Harvest Festivals throughout the world, from the Greeks to Romans to India and on to modern Neo-Paganism. I appreciated the fact that an early chapter discusses Thanksgiving, one of the celebrations associated with this holiday. Not only did the author give us the “accepted” history, the one in the schoolbooks and taught in song and story, she also presents the same story from the other side of the fence, using scholarly research to back that story up. It becomes very apparent that Plymouth Rock landed on the Native Americans in the “actual” history.

Hey! Thanks so much!

I really appreciate you taking the time to write to me.  Thanks so much.  In thanks, why don’t you grab this banner for your site?  I’ll even throw in the code for you…  This is 272 by 82 pixels

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I’m no good at saying “thank you” to a whole bunch of people.  Your emails let me know that I’m doing a good job and that I matter.  I’m very glad that you all are communicating with me.  It helps when I get down that I’m not reaching anyone.  I know it’s silly, but hey, I’m human too.