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The path of the magician

Many people have asked me to teach them spells. My response is always the same. No. Mainly because they are young kids who want to be able to wiggle their nose and have the world change. Mostly they don’t realize just what a double-edged sword they are asking for. Many, if not all, have not learned self-discipline. It is the single most important thing that any magician or warrior or Martial Artist can gift themselves with.

So this is the journey that a prospective magician will tread when starting to learn spells. There are many things and skills they have to have before speaking their first incantation or chant. It is analogous to giving someone a loaded pistol, without them first learning basic safety, how to aim, maintenance of the weapon, or even what to do. Because this is what magick is; a loaded weapon. The skills that I lay out here are just as important as learning which end of the pistol to hold when attempting to fire it.

Long Distance Healing

(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)

Pagans and the Law

Dana D. Eilers
New Page Books Copyright 2003, $15.99
ISBN 1-56404-671-5

Reviewed by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

If I had to choose one word to sum this entire book up, it would be “excellent”. This is a book that not only makes a good addition to any Pagan’s library of reference material, but it would also not be out of place in a Law Library. It would have been so easy to overdo a work of this type, to pad it with extraneous explanations and go on about nothing. Dana does not do this anywhere in this book.

The first chapter is a background of the law in general. She goes into how the law works, the process to “petition for redress of grievances”, what the Circuit Courts are and how they affect the process and the state processes for the same thing. She tackles how to approach a lawyer, what the process in retaining one is going to be, what YOU need to do in the process and how you can help yourself, and why they charge such outrageous sums of money.

Integrity

Well, the title says it all. Integrity. That is what this article is about.

Many will ask why I’m writing about something so basic. Well, it’s simple really, while the concept of living up to one’s self is a very basic one, there are not many who can actually do it.

Why? Probably because most people are worried about what others will think about them. For instance, not saying when you break a dish at someone else’s house is an example of this. Most people wouldn’t say anything because they are afraid of how they will be perceived by the person who owns the plate. They may be seen as a klutz or as someone who wantonly destroys other people’s possessions. That is not a true perception, but, to my mind, that is probably what they are afraid of being perceived as.

So they break the dish, hide the pieces and then go on with the night. All to save themselves a little embarrassment.

About “bunnyhunting” trends

I know I’ve spoken at length about going out and finding the idiots in Paganism and Wicca, and exposing them for the idiots they are.  But now I want to talk about the other side of that for a while.

While I have been out of the hunting business for a while now, there are those I’m friends with who are still out there in the communities, looking and reporting on trends in the groups of the new seekers, and the responses that the older and more experienced generations are having toward them.

This is where the downside of the hunting comes in.  There is a HUGE temptation to slather ALL new people with the same “bunny brush”.  To label the sincere and genuine seeker with the “fluffbunny” title, which makes it impossible for them to thereafter find real help in their spiritual journey.

So I want to talk about this trap in this essay.

Religion In The Workplace

If you have spent any time online reading about religion, you have probably come across a few articles on the appropriateness of taking your religion into the workplace. Most of those articles tend to be very conservative, citing discrimination, abuse, bullying by bosses and coworkers and other such problems to discourage you from displaying your faith in an office setting. Other articles make you aware of your right to display your faith and the symbols of your belief in a workplace environment.

I’m not going to recreate what those articles do, but I will address one thing they lack.

How much religion should be taken to the workplace?

I’m not taking the side of the HR departments or the bosses and saying that you can’t be religious in the workplace, but there are lines that have to be watched carefully or it could cause problems. For instance, publicly praying to Mecca twice a day in the office may be seen as interesting, but it would probably be frowned upon if previous arrangments haven’t been made.

Daven’s Recommended Reading List

All right: Due to popular demand here is my top ten list.

Rank Beginner

  1. Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
  2. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
  3. Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey
  4. The Tree (aka The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft) by Raymond Buckland
  5. Illusions by Richard Bach
  6. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  7. Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi
  8. The Practical Pagan by Dana D Eilers
  9. An ABC of Witchcraft by Doreen Valente
  10. When Santa was a Shaman by Tony Van Renterghem (Out of Print)
  11. The Virtual Pagan by Lisa McSherry
  12. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  13. Before You Cast a Spell by Carl McColman
  14. Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses by McColman and Hinds
  15. Wiccan Beliefs and Practices by Gary Cantrell

Intermediate learner:

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert (just the original book)
  2. The White Goddess by Robert Graves
  3. The Four Branches of the Mabinogion by Evangeline Walton
  4. Progressive Witchcraft by Gavin Bone and Janet Farrar
  5. One by Richard Bach
  6. The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
  7. The King James Version Bible

Compiled Imbolic Information

(Note from Daven:  As you know, I am a member of Ancientsites, and as such, and being a Druid there, I sometimes have to do research on different holidays for the celebrations going on there.  This is the compiled information on Imbolic.  I gave this to my superior, one Ninian Cuchulainn for use in writing the celebration for use on the public boards.)

Compiled Imbolic Information

Credit this to Shannon Iceni

A good book on the Druids…’The World of the Druids” by Green has a little bit about Imbolic.

Celebrated Feb 1st it Celebrates the first sign of spring the lactation of the ewes. Imbolic means purification. This Sabbat was closely associated with the Irish Goddess Brigit who later became a Christian saint. So it is closely related to purification and possibly connected to luring the sun back to the earth using fire as a tool in sympathetic magic.

Another reference, although not as scholarly (sp?) , is McCoy’s “The Sabbats”. There is a reference to a lit wheel of the year later mutating to a crown of flowers on the maids head. ..

What has happened

Dear all.

Well, it’s happened. Poor financial decisions on my part has finally caught up to us and Mary, Rhiannon and I are being evicted.

The complex has said that we can stay if we can come up with $5900 to pay them off for everything, all the money we owe and the rents we haven’t been able to pay. So we are busy putting together all our belongings and are working on moving.

Currently the plan is this: We pack, we put everything in storage, we either live in a hotel for a while with the bare minimums to live on while there and look for someplace to live permanently, and then move into that. OR we put everything in storage, move in with a lady who has offered to put us up and then she and us move into a 3 bedroom apartment together and get our stuff back and fill the apartment. See flaws in these? We have seen them now.

Mary, Rhiannon and I have been discussing this most of yesterday and today and come to a decision, right now we pack.

Holland’s Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences

By Eileen Holland
New Page Books, 2005 $18.99
ISBN 1-56414-831-9

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Well, New Page likes me. They Really Really like me. They keep sending me books to read. Not just books, but good books.

This one is interesting. It’s not a book I would normally have picked up, and it’s not one that I’ll use too often, but it’s a good reference for those who will need it.

It is an encyclopedia of correspondences. That’s it. No spells, no rituals, no list of gods and their attributes, just a book of correspondences for you to use should you need to in a ritual. And they tend to be good.

The book is laid out according to intent, meaning that if you are doing a spell for artistic ability, instead of looking up malachite and seeing if it has a correspondence to artistic ability, you look up “Ability, Artistic” and look under that entry.

Under that entry you will find things like the God, the Goddess, direction, element, moon phase, plant, stone, potion, tool and many more to use for artistic ability. You can choose any or all of these to make a spell or a ritual that speaks to you and which will have meaning to you in this area.