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The 21 Lessons of Merlyn

(Note from Daven: Yes, I grabbed this totally from DruidBooks, and I’m not sorry about that.  I feel that the 21 Lessons of Merlyn is one of the most devastating books ever foisted onto the public in the name of “scholarship”.  I have read excerpts from it, and none of it is true.  As a student of Druidry, I find myself compelled to speak out against this book on a regular basis.

Let me tell you a story:

Update 7-19-03: I have taken some criticism for this following passage, being that it’s not really the way things are, and that it’s not accurate. All I can say in defense of this is that this story was told to me by my wife, who was married to a Welshman, who also speaks fluent Northern Welsh. He is the one who said all this, and I think he’s in a possition to know. Regardless of that, repeated questioning and re-questioning of my wife, she stands by the story. If he lied to her about this, that’s not my fault. I’m only repeating what I was told, and the sources for that story. Now on to the story….

My wife was married once before, to a Welshman, native to Wales, and he grew up speaking Welsh.  When I found out that Monroe had stolen the “Charm of Making” from the movie, Excalibur, she laughed her head off.  It turns out that that famous scene, where Merlin is speaking to Morgan leFey’s dreams, making her recite this invocation over and over, creating a thick fog out of her mouth made her then-husband laugh his head off when he first saw the movie.  Turns out that all she was saying at that point was “Mary had a little lamb” over and over in Welsh.

It should make you stop and think about those who would plagiarize a movie for their source material, and then not even check it to see what the heck they are actually speaking.

Most times, you will find me defending Llewellyn Books as a source of Pagan Literature.  However, in this case, Llewellyn really screwed the pooch.  It’s books like this that wind up messing up a publication house’s reputation completely.  They have a few marginal works in their catalog, but this one should be thrown out completely, and Mr. Monroe should be made to reimburse them for their expenses.

What is so terrible is that more and more newbies come to Druidism having read ONLY this book, and they need months of intensive work to correct everything that they were “taught” by this man.)

From http://www.druid.org/druidbooks/monroe.htm

Originally posted 2014-06-10 22:11:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Hand-Parting

Before the ceremony the couple should sit down with the Priest and Priestess and work out a fair division of property and make arrangements for the care of any children. The Scribe would make note of this, then the record would be signed by all.

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

Thegn: (Husband’s name) and (Wife’s Name) stand forth!

[Husband and Wife stand before the Altar, facing the Priest and Priestess, Wife before the Priest and vice-versa.]

Priestess: Why are you here?

Husband: I wish a handparting from (name).

Priest: Why are you here?

Wife: I wish a handparting from (name).

Priestess: Do you both desire this of your own free will?

Husband and Wife: We do.

Priest: Has a settlement been reached between you regarding the division of property and (if appropriate) care for the child(ren)?

Husband and Wife: It has.

Priest: Has this been duly recorded, signed, and witnessed?

Scribe: It has.

Priest: Then let us proceed, remembering that we stand ever before the Gods.

[Husband and Wife join hands.]

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.

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.

Lughnassdad Sabbat

July 31

[Pronounced Loose-nah-dah. Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss.]

Priest: Summer is the season for celebration and for caring.
Flowers come forth; later to give way to fruit.
Now is the time for us to review all things-
That which is to remain, and that which must
Be pruned away, for the goodness of growth.
Growth in all things; in plants and in ourselves.

[Priestess raises her arms.]

Priestess: Almighty Mother of us all,
Bringer of Life and of Love,
We thank thee for all the goodness
We have raised from the soil;
The promises of fruits to come.
Help us in our decisions and in our judgments.
Let us have the wisdom of the Mighty Ones
As we handle our problems
Both great and small.

All: So Be it!

[She lowers her arms.]

Priest: My Lady of the Silver Crescent-
And the Golden Orb, your Consort,
We praise you and love you.
Look down upon us and guide us
In our rites and in our lives.

Simplified Spellcasting

If you are reading this article, you obviously have a desire to cast spells. Fantastic. This article won’t teach you spells. It will, however, teach you about spells so you can create and cast your own.

At its most basic, a spell is a wish, a HARD wish, sent with energy into the universe. It is desire, with energy tacked on to it. That package is then “fired” off into the universe to set up a vibration like a homing beacon. This vibration attracts energy with similar vibrations to it, making that vibration greater and greater, pulling more and more of that similar energy to it. This has the effect on you of making your wish more and more likely to occur.

Congratulations, that’s the most simplified version of a spell. At its base form, this is what ALL spell-casting and prayer is, a vibration that attracts like to like and makes situations more likely.

The War on Yule

This was shared with me by a friend of mine, Seshen Wolfsong, Priestess in the Lycian Way living in Texas and a friend of mine for as long as I can remember.

It’s a small story about the war on Yule, and I think that even though this is tongue in cheek, it’s still a heck of a commentary on Wicca, Yule and Paganism in general.

After all, all parody and jokes start with a nugget of truth.

Every Year, it’s the War on Wicca

Sometime in the future I plan on acquiring permission to repost and archive this article here at the Journal.

Originally posted 2011-04-17 07:49:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bunnyhunting

First Published on “The Juggler”

Recently there is a trend to go into various forums and start targeting those who appear to be “bunnies”. Generally this takes the form of taking a statement they have said in the forum, questioning it and turning it around, challenging outrageous claims and making the original poster really examine themselves.

One of the most common questions that gets asked usually when this starts happening is “why”? Why is this random person going into a fourm where they know no one and picking a fight? Why are they being so mean? Why are they making fun of this person who may or may not be competent to defend themselves? Why are they showing everyone a bad example?

Well, there are a lot of reasons.

One reason is that the people who are currently posting these statements, the new learners or even the older unwise “leaders” of these groups are the next generation of Wicca and Paganism. Because of that they will be responsible for the shape of this religion in 20 or so years. They will be considered the Elders and others will forget my name. So it is up to me, as a leader and a teacher, to go to them and make sure they have their facts in order. It is up to me to ensure that the lore and the Mysteries are handed down as they should be, just as they were given to me.

Lesson 6: Divination

Divination, Lesson 6

Message: Lesson 6, Part 1: Divination
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni
Date: Jul 11, 2000 17:55

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.