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This ceremony is best performed during the during the waxing of the Moon. The bride and groom should be skyclad. It is traditional for the pair to exchange rings. They should be silver and have their Craft Names inscribed in runes. The rings should be on the Altar.

[Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss.]

Thegn or Covener: There are those in our midst who seek the bond of Handfasting.

Priestess: Let them be named and brought forward.

Scribe or 2nd Covener: (Groom’s name) is the Man and (Bride’s name) is the Woman.

[Bride and Groom come forward to stand facing the Priest and Priestess. Bride before the Priest and the Groom before the Priestess.]

Priestess: (to Groom) Are you (name)?

Groom: I am.

Priestess: And what is your desire?

Groom: To be made one with (Bride) in the eyes of the Gods and of the Wiccans.

Priest: (To Bride) Are you (name)?

Bride: I am.

Priest: And what is your desire?

Bride: To be made one with (Groom) in the eyes of the Gods and of the Wiccans.

[Priestess takes up Sword and raises it high.]

Wiccan Magick

by Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn 2001 $12.95 US

ISBN 1-56718-255-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

This is one more book in the series I requested to use in my Magick Class. Good thing I got around to reviewing it AFTER my class officially ended.

I want to be clear, I know Raven from other writings and I like him a lot. This book has some good information in it. It also has a lot of old stereotypes in it that are better left behind. I really don’t understand how it can still be said with any modicum of seriousness that modern Witchcraft is centuries old.

I had to read through the book in stages. It is a weighty book, and shouldn’t be finished in one sitting. There is a lot of information here. Please note, I did not say that there was a lot of NEW information here. It is the same information that can be found in many other places, explained more concisely, with more detail, and with a different spin on it. But the same set of correspondences, the same herbal information, the same use of the pentagram and so on. It’s Magick 101 for dummies.

On the necessity of keeping oaths

(Note from Daven:  This is a true story.  It happened to me.  I have tried to be fair in my recitation of this, but I am afraid that some of my resentment may have leaked over.  It’s up to you to tell me how I did.  Keep in mind that this is ancient history for my wife and I, and thankfully my daughter no longer remembers this time.  I am not trying to stir up ghosts here, but just to bring some mindsets to light.  Think before you promise someone something.  I had hoped this article would have gotten out into the Pagan Community, but so far it has not.  So I present it here.  I leave the conclusions up to your own conscience.)

(Update 1-16-04: I’m updating this because I don’t want it misunderstood why this page is here.  I have written this because I HATE B&B and what they stand for at this time.  I cannot stand what they think of as “good pagan relations” with other groups.  I have had contact with them from time to time on other lists, and so far, none of them have been positive.

Selling Our Craft

When the discussion topic of “can I charge for the reading I did” comes up in most forums, it really turns into a free for all fight. There are the proponents of “yes you may” and the opponents who say “no you may not”. I can see both sides of this discussion and I offer my own humble thoughts here.

First, the side that opposes payment.

Most often they point out that you are using a gift from the deities and that, as such, you will “contaminate” it by having money change hands for using it. They point out that since the future is always in flux and you could be wrong, that it is impossible to guarantee that you are accurate or that what you state will happen. They also (if they know their craft history) might point to the “ardanes” and show that Gardner didn’t want the Arte being sold, meaning that by his rules that one could not take money in exchange for the casting of a spell. They also point out that it’s traditional.

That Pagan Meme

On Livejournal and Dreamwidth there is a Pagan Meme going around. I’m going to fill it out but it’s not going to be exactly like what the author anticipated. There are some of these questions that are invasive and not relevant to anything other than me.  My answers are in red and comments are in green.  But I have comments in the regular answers too.

But the rest is interesting. So, take a look.

Originally posted 2015-02-09 22:45:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Site Dedication

This page was on my front page in place of the rant for a long time, with the normal rant being removed.  I add it into the “Site Stuff” section because it’s important in a way that the normal rant is not.

Your normally scheduled rant has been suspended for the time being, so that I can write to you about something that you may not think about.

Your relatives.

I will be the first person to say that I have a shitty relationship with my family.  I have tried multiple times to bridge the gap between my father and I, my mother and I, my sisters and I, but it seems like no matter what I do, it’s not good enough.  I try and I have tried to be the person they expect me to be, but it does not seem to matter.  I’ll also stipulate that I’m at fault for some of it.  I am judgmental and short of patience with them at times.  <shrug> Perhaps it is all my fault that we are not closer.  But I am at a point in my life now that I am unwilling to sacrifice what I have now and the happiness that I have to gain their approval.  They can either approve of me as I am or they can stay away if I am that much of a burden and disappointment.

Cleansing of a Place

Similar to the third version of the Personal Cleansing, it is done thus:

Clean, sweep, vacuum, or otherwise clean the place as if it were Spring-Cleaning. Light the smudge and, starting in the center of the area, fan the smoke toward the compass points. Nothing special needs to be said, but you can if you wish. The image to be held in the mind is of a fog or smog choked area. See the fog retreating before the smudge smoke, leaving pure air in it’s wake. Move clockwise around the area fanning the smoke and leaving the pure air in it’s wake. See the trash leaving through any physical barriers in the way and see them as pure in the smoke’s wake. When you have reached the limit of the area to be cleansed, erect a shield (bubble-shaped) over the entire area to prevent any of the negativity from reentering.

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2011-11-23 16:01:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


(This is an unaltered document, I have the original emails with all the headers for this conversation if anyone cares to examine them.  You will also find this PDF file which has many of the original accusations laid out.  The first is an email I received when Mark was being encouraged to quit, just after the events on the PDF File above.  The rest follows from that.  I have not included emails from others, mainly  because that is not my place to share them, but all these are either from me or from my email.  I hope this will bring understanding to you all as to why this action and disassociation was taken.  Please forgive the spelling errors, my email client doesn’t have a spell checker and in the interest of not changing this at all, I have not corrected those spelling errors I came across.  This whole thing makes me wonder if he is really in contact with Buckland at all in the first place.)

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(Update 10-27-03  The soap opera continues)

Blessings Daven,

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.

Shields and Wards

Shields and Wards

Well, I’m pulling this off another page since I have needed to reference this about 50 times and had to find it AGAIN buried in my lessons.  So, without further ado, here is my collected discussion about warding and shielding.

Shields and Wards

One of the first things that you need to accept and act accordingly when dealing with these protections is that they are real. If you assume that they are simply a projection of your imagination, you may as well stop now. No matter the tradition you are trained in, ALL of them have some variant of protection as part of its structure. Some examples of this are:

Wiccans “Casting a Circle” Christians “Dedication and Sanctification” Native ceremonies of blessing and consecration of the Drum Circle Prayers for protection

There are more, but I think you have the idea. Most of these seem to be definable as prayers; very few traditions and religions go so far as to make this a magickal rite in and of itself.