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Religion vs. Spirituality

I was posting on another board and I realized why I hate the term “I’m a religious person”. To me it implies that the person who is saying it is more concerned with the forms of their faith than with the actual faith itself.

I’m going to use a few terms here, and before I get started I wanted to define them somewhat.

Faith: The internal connection to whatever. It is the acknowledgment that there is a spirit and that many different and various things can and do happen to that spirit after death. In this case, I am using spirit interchangably with “intellect”.

Spirituality: The internal and personal relationship with whatever deities or spirits there are in the world around you. It is possible to be spiritual and not have any worship of invisible beings.

Religion: The forms of that honoring and worship.

The religion is the institutional and ritualized form of spirituality.

This is getting scattered. I find it possible to be intensely spiritual and not be religious at all. One can have a day to day interaction with the unseen world and never do a ritual honoring that world.

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.

The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts

By Raymond Buckland
Weiser Books, 2009 $14.95 US
ISBN 978-1-57863-451-4

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is the last in the three book set that I got from Weiser recently. I gotta say that I enjoyed this book.

Before anyone accuses me of favoritism, I am a friend of Raymond Buckland (at least on this side). I’ve met him once at a convention, and I’ve corresponded with him extensively on matters concerning Seax-Wica. So I thought I would like this book when I saw it was by him. After all, I’ve enjoyed many other books that he has authored.

Originally posted 2013-10-05 14:35:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

Witchcraft Goes Mainstream

by Brooks Alexander
Harvest House Publications, 2004, $11.99 US
ISBN 0-7369-1221-5

Review By Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is a book that I’m going to have to judge on two scales. See, this is not one of those books I normally review. Generally I review books of interest to the Pagan/Wiccan/Witch community and tell everyone what I think of it. This one touches on the NeoPagan community, but is not really of interest to the NeoPagan community other than as a reference.

A Christian wrote this book about the NeoPagan community, and the NeoPagan’s impact on society as a whole. It’s about trends and how we have touched almost every aspect of modern life. So I’m going to have to judge this book on it’s own merits and on the scale of “how useful is it to us”.

Let me say that this book is excellently written. The author has done his homework on this topic and knows what he is talking about almost as well as we do. He states in this book that he has been working with the NeoPagan community almost since it’s inception in the 1960’s. He was around and active during that critical crucible time in California and other parts of the country and had been involved in many of the groups that started the whole thing off. My first question was “why didn’t he become a Wiccan/Witch/Pagan?” By his own words, he found Jesus and God, was Born Again and has been very active in Christianity since.

Lessons

Go read this fable. It’s wonderful. It’s up there with the other lessons and fables we teach with.

A Woodland Lesson

Originally posted 2014-12-02 16:11:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Holidays

(Note, this is not of Buckland’s Authorship)

Here I will show the Holidays, and give you a link to the ceremonies performed on each.

As you can see, they go in a cycle.  Starting with Samhain and going to Mabon.  Samhain is the start of the new year, and that year ends with the end of October.

Clicking on the links above in the picture will get you to an article on the holiday, and from there, you can go see the ritual itself in the Seax-Wican faith.

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2009-11-03 17:51:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Clearing the Temple

This ritual takes place at the end of every meeting.

[Priestess raises the Sword high and all raise their Seaxes.]

Priestess: We thank the Gods for Their attendance. As we came together in Love of Them, and Love of each other, so do we now go our separate ways.

All: Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.

Priest or Thegn: So be it! The Temple is now cleared.

[All kiss the blades and sheath them. They then kiss each other farewell.]

© Raymond Buckland, 1970, The Tree.  Used by Permission.

Originally posted 2009-11-03 17:33:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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.

The Fallacy of Pagan Unity

Well, up until now I have not been one to comment on the various efforts to Unify Pagans into one big group, mainly because I had supported it.

Yeah, Daven, professional cynic, pagan, Druid and all manner of other things, supported unifying Pagans into a group to do many good works.

Please note what I did NOT say, I didn’t say that I supported the homogenization of Pagandom into something that is acceptable to the Fundamental Christians out there. I did not say that in the process of this unity that I expected to give up my core beliefs to join this group. I did not say that I support one overriding “statement of ethics” like has been proposed various times.

I think that a group of pagans getting together to support a political candidate and contribute to his campaign is a GOOD thing. I think that issuing a press release to the media stating why this group is supporting him could really help at various times, especially if the more moderate Pagans started speaking up. I think that using that influence to set up a Pagan run Mission who does work for the homeless is an exceedingly good idea.