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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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Review by Daven
This is a small book. When I got it, I didn’t think there could be much material in the book, but I was wrong. What is NOT in here is a lot of filler or commentary. What IS here is content and a lot of it. This is not a book that one can read from front to back like a “Magic(k) in 5 easy steps” book. This is a reference.
Because this is a reference, there are LOTS of chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different set of correspondences. For instance, there is a chapter detailing the correspondences for the days of the week. There are also chapters covering the magickal properties of gems, herbs, colors and so on. Each chapter is indexed. This makes information easy to find with a quick check of the table of contents, where the items are laid out in alphabetical order.
The index is brief, and does not list the contents of the book again, and the bibliography is interesting. There are about 10 books cited. I feel that books listed are good, some bad and some so-so. All of the information is well laid out and researched.
by Brandy Williams
Llewellyn, 2005 $12.95 US
Review by Daven
Any magic book that professes to be for beginners is one that I pay special attention to. It is very rare that someone actually writes a book that will be understood by a rank beginner in the area of Magic.
This book does a pretty good job of doing this.
As I read through this book, I was impressed by the exercises in each chapter. They were short, to the point and completely relevant. Considering that many of the exercises that are written out are almost the exact same exercises I teach and use in my classes, I was slightly concerned. As I checked though, it became quickly obvious that the exercises were listed because they work, not because they were mine. Which made me feel much better.
The additional information listed is interesting. It is advice and thoughts, explanatory material which helps the novice understand why one does things this way. It’s useful information that is needed to help those who may not know any better, and there is enough that is new to help the experienced witch or magician get a new spin on their practice.
Message: Lesson 7, part 1: Holidays
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni
Date: Aug 25, 2000 11:17
by Gerald and Betty Schueler
Llewellyn Publications, 1996 (48 pages, $2.99 US)
Review by Daven
I acquired this item hoping I would not only understand the “mysteries” of Enochian Magic I also hoped to use it as a reference for my High Magick class. I must give you my first impressions on this book when I opened the package and found it.
I thought, “Someone has been to the grocery store and put this in instead of the real book, it can’t have any information in it at all.” The book measures about 7 inches by 4 inches. Barely big enough to qualify as a pamphlet much less a “book. I saw how thin it was, 48 pages, and I didn’t think it could hold any information at all.
Reading it took almost no time. I took two days to polish it off, but that was simply because I kept getting distracted by other things. I was not able to sit down and read it from front to back in a couple hours as I normally do.
The old Druid looked out on the assembled people that he was sworn to take care of. He knew that this was his moment. He would be shining in the eyes of all the people.
He picked up his staff. Waving it over his head, he chanted in nonsense that he learned at the school “Boon kwoert franden… Sumanet frewknot potemn!” while he looked for the sure sign that the storm was about to start. To them, he knew it looked as though he were summoning the rain. But it was just mummery. He was actually doing nothing.
Many of you have read at one time or another about the supposed powers of the Druids. If you notice, in the RP threads, I limit myself to something less than what the old Druids were rumored to be able to do. This has many reasons. The primary among these is because I want my character Daven to be somewhat believable. The other reasons don’t matter now, only this one.
I do this in an attempt to portray the Druids as real people, not personages out of the Mabinogion or the Irish myth cycles. Gwydion may have been a wonder as a magician, but I believe that his powers, while not fake, were probably significantly less than what we are led to believe.
by Lawrence Pratt
Miroer Press, 2002 $22.50 US
Review By Daven
Let me start this review by saying that this book has little to do with what I normally review, it’s a work of fiction.
I received this book to read and review it and spread copies about my hometown. I think this is a work worth sharing. You won’t find it at Barnes and Noble or even Amazon.com since this book was self-published. If you want a copy, you will have to go straight to the publisher and author’s website, Miroer Press.
While reading this book, I felt a sense of deja-vu. I was raised in the Mormon faith and left that church because of a severe crisis of faith. I looked until I found something that fit my needs. This book reminded me just what I left and why.
The author goes to great lengths to make it clear that this is a work of fiction and that he is NOT talking specifically about the Mormon Church. However, anyone who has been a member of that group can see many points that connect and remind of the Mormon Church.
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
Those who have been studying magick for any length of time will probably have come across the concept of a “true name”. You will hear dire warnings about giving your true name out to someone you don’t know, because they can do all kinds of damage once they know your “true name”.
The problem with this bit of advice is that no one ever stops to explain it. Most teachers are blank when asked why by their students, because they are repeating a statement given to them by their teachers. So, in this essay, I will try to explain the use of a true name, what it is, and why names are important.
A name is an identity. It is a label to identify something.
Think about all the names you have had thorough out your life. I’ll give you the example of my life.
I have had these names:
- Daddy, dad, pop, poppa, “FATHER” and every variant you can think of.
- Colin McDaniel
- Multiple names for RPG characters
- James Eric Landrum
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.
First published on “The Juggler”
Well, I have been an admirer of this blog for some time now, and I finally asked if I could be on the contributers. Now, here I am.
I’m Daven and I have a small site called Daven’s Journal. I do articles, blog posts, reviews of books that I have read and, oh yeah, I have a few classes that you can take on there, free, that go beyond “Wicca 101”. I’m a Druid and a Seax-Wican of 14 years now, administrator of a few communities and author. I’m also a father of a beautiful 12 year old daughter.
But that’s enough about me.
What I want to comment on is Rove. All I see online from various people and parties is Rove, Rove, Rove. I have received five emails from various action committees that I subscribe to, all calling for Rove’s resignation.
In these emails there are links to various petitions and email forms that I can, with just a few clicks, send my electronic words to my congress-critters and tell them what I think.