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Well, how does one describe being a channel for a Deity in a dream? That’s what just happened.
I was at a coven activity. I got the impression it was a Esbat, but I’m not sure. I do know that I saw everyone in terms of power flows and auras.
The person I was being was away from the main body of the ritual. Like a guardian or something. His purpose was to act as a buffer. He was not supposed to be interacting with the coven during this ritual.
There were two going on. One was an initiation of some sort for a child. My mind interperted this to be my daughter Rhiannon, but it was not her. The other was an advancement of another person, who needed the shit scared out of him.
One of the first things that happened when She showed up was for Her to talk to the person I was using. For a while there I was present, She was present and the person who was channeling us was presnet, all at the same time. I have no clue what She said to him, but we went to the ritual.
Any modern student of Druidry will eventually hear that the ancients spent 20 years learning to become a full-fledged Druid.
It can be a daunting thought. All that studying and learning, just so one can talk to the Gods. Most of the time this number is simply accepted and then ignored. If one thinks about it at all, one may spend some time blessing a deity of choice that modern Druidism is not like that. With any diligence at all a student can expect to receive the title of Druid in just a couple years.
It occurred to me recently that some may question why no longer takes 20 years of study to achieve the honor, right and responsibility inherent in the title, Druid.
In order to closely examine why current Druidic schools (such as the ODU and OBOD) don’t require that amount of time, it would be helpful to understand what the Druids of old studied, and for how long, to comprehend why it took 20 years to achieve the degree of Druid.
Documents indicate the ancient Druidic candidate spent their time in the study of many different disciplines. They started at a young age, usually about 8, and until they were 28, they studied every aspect of druidism their teacher thought was important.
by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
New Page Books, 2004 $18.99 US
Review by Daven
(Update at Oberon’s Insistence:
Let me say this right up front; this is not a simple review. In this book, like the subject matter it covers, nothing is simple.
That said, I will do my humble best to give my opinions of this work. Hopefully they will reflect the scope of this book, and somewhere in the average of my thoughts, you can find something for you.
Heavy is my one word summation. It is a weighty tome and it is also filled with a lot of mind altering information, thus making the subject matter heavy as well. This is not going to be a book you can read in one sitting, unless you are not going to practice the lessons contained within.
I must admit, when I first got this book, several things concerned me. First was the worry that any book written by committee is generally doomed to be bad. I guess it’s the “too many cooks…” syndrome always concerns me having read too many good ideas gone bad. I was also worried about the apparent reaching for the teen dollar. This book seems to be written almost exclusively for the tweeny and young teen market. (A “tween” is any person between the ages of about 9 and 12.) Later conversation with Oberon confirmed that he was writing specifically for the male between 9 and 12 with this book.
One thing that I see on several LiveJournal communities I’m a member of is what is called “snarking”. Basically defined, this is making fun of someone who says or does something stupid. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who give free ammunition to the various group who do the snarking, simply by being who they are.
An example of this is the people who beg continually for permission to do something they want to do. It’s interesting to see them. They come into a group and say something like “would it be okay to hate my boyfriend for beating me up?” They are looking to get their natural urges validated by people they don’t even know. I can only assume that it is to get some kind of permission to do what they want to do.
The problem with that is that they are looking for that validation in a place they can’t get it from. They are looking to a bunch of strangers to receive permission to do what they should be doing.
(part of the Oberon Zell Presents series)
by Ash “LeopardDancer” DeKirk
New Page Books, copyright 2006 $16.99
Review by Daven
One of the hazards of reviewing books for a website or a publication is receiving unsolicited books to review. Reviewers are sent advanced copies of books to promote talk about the volume when it’s released. Unfortunately this means that those reviewing the book don’t really have a choice in receiving the book; their only choice is whether or not they actually review it.
When I received this book, I was somewhat put off by it from the beginning, mainly because I have worked with Dragons in the past and have yet to see a book that actually does them justice.
I have to make a few statements before I get into the book’s mechanics. It’s no secret that I don’t like the Grey School or “Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard” (the book that started all this) by Oberon. This review is going to make clear, I still don’t. To some it may seem that I am on a campaign against the school and all associated with it and not attempting to be fair. Point in fact, I have re-written this review three times trying to be exceedingly fair to this author because I hate giving bad reviews.
By Brendan “Cathbad” Meyers
New Page Books, 2006, $15.99 US
Review by Daven
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.
Looking through the topic suggestions on the Witch’s Voice, I came across this topic and felt that I must speak out.
(I am probably going to step on a few toes here. If it offends, maybe you need to take a hard look at yourself. This is an editorial, and the opinions expressed within are just that, my opinions.)
Tolerance is a sticky subject, and one not necessarily that cut and dried. The problem that I see most of the Pagan/Wiccan/Druidic community is more along the lines of ACCEPTANCE. We wish to accepted by society at large and we try to give that acceptance to others, not always successfully.
Let’s break this down into some more definitive areas for a closer look at the distinctions.
- Acceptance of outsiders. This area includes accepting another mindset, philosophy or religion. In here we find such groups as the Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and other well known religions.
- Acceptance of contemporaries. This is one of the fine distinctions, and one that keeps getting trampled by many I have the pleasure of knowing. In this category, we will find other Pagan paths, such as Astaru, Voodoun, Santeria, Satanism, Druidry, and a whole slew of others.
Please note a few things:
First, this is a ritual specifically for the ODU. It’s posted here to give an example of the kind of ritual the ODU uses. The elements of this ritual will be found in every rite that the ODU uses. It is also designed to identify the person who is performing this as a member of the ODU, specifically in the parting and closing of the veil. If you object to this, change the wording in those two sections.
Second, the Deities called upon in here are who I felt would be appropriate. You don’t have to call these Deities if you don’t want to, and you don’t have to sacrifice the same things I did to Them either. It was what I felt was right and correct for each deity.
So, do this ritual at your own peril.
(By Mary a.k.a. Theresa)
You will need a fairly large work surface that can remain undisturbed for several days.
If possible, it should be done as moonful begins to wane so that the disease is waning also.
Clean the work surface thoroughly. Preferably wood-but REMEMBER- it is will- the trappings to focus your intentions. This ceremony is fairly elaborate because I needed a lot of aid to concentration. It was first done for my father.
Take a shower. Seriously. While cleaning yourself, let the water symbolically clean you as well. Let the mundane world flow from you so that you approach the ceremony focused and clear as water.
(Digression #2. If this were a thousand years ago, you would be fasting and meditating during the filling of the moon, when you ate, it would be small portions and vegetarian only. Heigh-ho for the modern life.)
Spread a clean, pure white tablecloth, or sheet, or scrap cloth (you get the idea) on your work surface.
YOU WILL NEED:
Salt, oil, some type of grain, 2 goblets, 6 candleholders, incense, 3 red candles, 3 white candles and 1 orange candle. (*I used a combination of Cedar, Sandalwood, and healing blend)
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:
- Suggestions to relax
- The feeling of a safe environment around you
- Lack of distractions from the world
- A sense of comfort and love
- Pictures and visualizations of a scene that is pleasant for you
- A descent of some kind.
You may see these themes as you read through the meditation.
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.