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Paganism

Joyce & River Higginbotham
Llewellyn, 2002 $14.95 US
ISBN 0-7387-0222-6

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★½ 

When I saw this title in the catalog I got somewhat concerned. The blurb said that it was 250 pages long, and promised to explain paganism to those not familiar with the concept. My concern stemmed from the belief that 250 pages is just too small a space to explain a subject as complex as paganism.

Believe it or not, the authors actually manage to do it.

This book is clear and concise in the descriptions of what Paganism is and is not, without ever once making blanket statements like “Pagans all believe….” or “Belief in ______ is shared by all pagans…” and so on. They also never make the mistake of stating that Wicca is the only thing in paganism. They distinguish clearly between Wicca, Asatru, Shamanism, Voodoo and so on, which in my experience is a novel change.

In fact in the ethics section, the authors not only contrast but also compare Wiccan, Asatru, etcetera.

I am a Priest (poetry)

I am a Priest
It is up to me to present the Gods
to those who may not know Them.
I speak for the Gods
to others and share Their words
to those who cannot hear.

I am a Priest.
It is up to me to represent
my Gods in the best manner I can.
I speak with Their authority
I move through my life
and I am Them on this Earth.

I am a Priest.
I have no excuses
when my Gods ask me where I went wrong.
I cannot say “I did not know,
“I did not hear, and I cut a corner.”
I should know better than that.

I am a Priest.
I have a connection to the Gods
that others may not have.
I can hear Them and They comfort me
when I despair and when I hurt
I am embraced in Their arms.

I am a Priest.
More than anyone else,
I have to have a Personal relationship
with my Gods. They are part of my
waking, my sleeping, my breathing
and I can never forget They are with me.

E-O-D-O

E-O-D-O Ha hay yay,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay. (Repeat throughout)

Air Breathe, Air Blow,
Make this wheel of magic go.
Work this wish for which we pray,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay.

Water bubble, water boil,
Make this wheel of magic toil,
Work this wish for which we pray
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay.

Earth without, earth within,
Make this wheel of magic spin,
Work this wish for which we pray,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay

Fire blaze, fire burn,
Make this wheel of magic turn,
Work this wish for which we pray,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay.

E-O-D-O Ha hay yay,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay,

(Send the energy off)

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2014-12-23 18:22:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Buckland’s Book of Saxon Witchcraft

REISSUANCE of “The Tree”

by Raymond Buckland
Red Wheel/Weiser, 1974/2005 $14.95 US
ISBN 1-57863-328-1
Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I have to admit; I asked for this book to review primarily to replace a lost copy of “The Tree” that I had. But I am extremely glad that I did ask for this.

I’m not going to talk about the content much. I can’t say that much since it is the exact same text from the original work by Buckland. I’m not sure that it was wise to use the same text, but I understand what Buckland was doing.

He added a new introduction to it, and he explains why he did not add new text or clarify things. He states that when this book was first published, it was published as the COMPLETE book of Saxon Witchcraft, and as such needed no additional material.

I can agree that it didn’t need any additional material, but some of the material probably did need to be gone over and corrected. For instance, the Spring Sabbat ritual still uses the wand as a huge portion of the ritual, which is then set aside in favor of another tool and the wand is not used again. Just when it looks like it should be used, it’s put aside.

Pagan Portals – Lugh: Meeting the Many-Skilled God

By Morgan Daimler
Moon Books, 2021, $10.95
ISBN: 9781789044287

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Full disclosure time, Morgan is a friend of mine, and I got a copy of her book ahead of publication so I could do this review. Plus I tend to collect books on Irish Gods and Goddesses. And this book does not disappoint.

Lugh is one of my patron deities. He and I have had many interactions in the past, and when I work in my druidic methods, He is one of the deities I call upon. I have written articles on Him and also studied a lot of mythology on Him. I’ve also read a lot of books about Lugh.

This book I would say is about as close as a definitive work gets, without getting into the minutiae that many authors can get lost in. Morgan really does a fantastic job of sharing the mythology of Lugh, the context of the mythology, the various accounts of Him without getting into the stories other than to tell you what is relevant, and then about how to look at the God and how to incorporate Him into your worship. And I have to say that this book really really organizes the ton of information out there on Lugh into a book that even a novice can understand and start using to connect with Lugh and work with Him.

Wicca: A concise history

by Isaac Bonewits
eBook available for download for $7.95 from Amazon.com
PocketPCpress; ISBN: B00005LKRY

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Isaac Bonewits is one of my favorite authors. Till now, most of the material I have seen by him has been on his website (www.neopagan.net) and it has all been good. He has written things like “The Real Origins of Halloween” and “Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame” that so many of us know.

What many aren’t familiar with is that Isaac is also a published author. In this ebook, he goes back to that which he does best.

His writing style is an interesting one. He presents all the material that he is writing about in a logical order, pared down to it’s basics that the layman needs to be able to follow the train of thought within the concepts he presents. He writes with good humor, and a straight forward, no holds barred style that leaves the reader wishing there was more to read.

Comparatively speaking, this ebook is a small one. The actual information presented is covered in about 100 pages, and each page is about the size of a Reader’s Digest or TV Guide page. Because of that, this book is a fast read. I read it over the course of a busy day at my office.

Fiction

In addition to articles and thoughts on different subjects, I have written at different times stories about various subjects.  These will appear here with other appropriate comments.

Please note, all these stories are copyright Daven in 2001 or earlier and permission is NOT granted to reprint any of these without asking me first.  You may read them, you may copy them for your offline use, but you may not republish or reprint these for any reason.  If you wish to post these to your site, ask me and I’ll see what can be worked out.

A Child’s Book of Wicca

This is a series of documents that are a work in progress.  It’s a book I’m writing that introduces a child of 6-10 to Wicca, hopefully with a parent or parents who are active in Wicca at the same time who are reading these stories to them.  They are simple, but I think the points are illustrated well.  I have previously had these on PaganFiles at Drak, but that site got pulled down, and I now reprint them all here.

The Charge of the Hunter

Listen to the words of the Great Hunter, he who was called among people Herne, Cernunos, Gwynn ap Nudd, The Horned One, The Master of the Wild Hunt, Mabon and by many other names.

Whenever you have need of any meat, once in the week, and better it be when the season turns to Winter, then ye shall assemble in the green wilds and continue the cycle of Hunter and Hunted. I am the King of the Herd, the one who sustains the People in the times of rest for the Earth, and I shall show you the Ancient Cycles again. And you shall be free from civilization, and as a sign of this freedom, ye shall carry a weapon to take your meat with, be it a Spear, an Arrow or a Knife. You shall creep and stalk across the Land, becoming closer and closer to the Hunted, and understanding the ways of the Hunted. Mine is the Joy of the Kill, the thrill of the Stalk and the Praise of the Slain. My law is that thou shall take the weak and the injured, the elderly and the sick, thus to improve the Herd and make them strong. You shall use all of what you Kill and you shall praise and thank the Spirit of that which you have killed, for Death is only part of the cycle of Life, and this child of mine will live again. I demand that you take only what you need and that you replace that which you took whenever possible. My teachings are those of survival and the continuation of the next Generation. I am the Tip of the Spear, the Arrowhead and the Knife’s Edge, and you shall remember that the survival of the Herd is paramount, for if the Herd does not survive, there will be no next generation.

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> I was just wondering has anyone gone to their local churches or
> communities and educated people about the Wiccan religion and the danger
> of doing spells with no knowledge of how and why to do it? Like a goddess
> or god invocation, and what it means to do an invocation. Or the
> unforeseen consequences that doing spells can cause? The law of
> returns, ending a spell and closing a circle correctly. There are alot of
> young people drawn to doing witchcraft that don’t properly research or
> have the knowledge of what they are setting into motion. I am thinking
> about doing it because there are people who are interested, but want
> privacy, and not getting proper guidance from the massive contradictory
> internet about where they should start. So they jump right in and end up
> doing something unknowingly, like inviting then trapping a spirit in the
> house, without proper knowledge of what they did and how to fix it. And
> how to keep it from happening again.

Tolerance and Intolerance

I was reading over at The Wildhunt and came across his blog post about intolerance. It’s really too long for me to quote much of it here, but take a look.

Now that you know where I’m coming from, let me comment on that. I can’t really do it in the post since this is going to be long.

It’s hard to be moderate in the current climate. Especially since the freedoms and rights that we should have all this time are slowly being eroded away, and this kind of hatred is coming more and more to the fore. I see it every day in the news and online.

What makes me glad, however, is that many people in the Christian religion are policing their own and taking a stand, like this current one that happened with the judge’s order. I heard somewhere that for every 1 Christian that wants to have an ONLY Christian Theocracy, that 13 of them are fighting against that.