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Daven’s Meditation

This is the meditation I most often use to get into a state of trance.  There are elements here common to most meditations and guided meditations.  I explored this concept in part in a class I teach on Astral Projection.  Here are the common themes that most meditations and guided meditations have in them:

  1. Suggestions to relax
  2. The feeling of a safe environment around you
  3. Lack of distractions from the world
  4. A sense of comfort and love
  5. Pictures and visualizations of a scene that is pleasant for you
  6. A descent of some kind.

You may see these themes as you read through the meditation.

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Sit or lay down and become comfortable.  Relax your body completely and start thinking about these scenes.

Find yourself in a wooded area.  The sun is warm on your back and head, and the breeze is cool on your face.  There is just enough of a breeze to disturb your hair, but not enough to make you uncomfortable.

There is a path under your feet.  It leads to a distant place, and you know that at the end of this path, you will find many wondrous things to do and to experience.

Oberon Zell Presents Gargoyles

By Susan “Moonwriter” Pesznecker
New Page Books, 2007 $14.99
ISBN 1-56414-911-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

The very first thing I thought upon receiving this book was “you have got to be kidding me.” The next thought was “Well, it’s a different author, it might be good”.

This is not going to be a good review. I took all kinds of time with it, trying to pick out the least loaded words I could to encourage the author to continue her efforts, but this is not a good book.

The subject matter would have made an outstanding essay. Twenty or thirty pages on Gargoyles would have been wonderful. There are many people who would have been thrilled to see a work like that and it would have been of use.

But what this book actually contains is scattered information on gargoyles and grotesques (defined as any carved figure that does not have a drainpipe) in various paragraphs, sandwiched in between multi page digressions that would have Odysseus going “Where are we again?”

Mabon, Celebrating the Autumn Equinox

by Kristin Madden
Llewellyn, 2002 $14.95 US
ISBN 0-7387-0090-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Here we are, the last book in Llewellyn’s series on the Sabbats. This book is deserving of a place on the shelves of many private libraries, next to all the other Sabbat books by Llewellyn.

In and of itself, this book is well written. The information I read is factual and accurate, complete and drawn from many cultures. It does not focus solely on one aspect of this Sabbat, but looks at many different culture’s celebrations for this time of the year. I looked for information to find fault with, and honestly I can’t find any.

Mabon starts out with information about First Harvest Festivals throughout the world, from the Greeks to Romans to India and on to modern Neo-Paganism. I appreciated the fact that an early chapter discusses Thanksgiving, one of the celebrations associated with this holiday. Not only did the author give us the “accepted” history, the one in the schoolbooks and taught in song and story, she also presents the same story from the other side of the fence, using scholarly research to back that story up. It becomes very apparent that Plymouth Rock landed on the Native Americans in the “actual” history.

Magickal Aftercare

Okay, you prepared your space. You sat and raised the Circle. You called your allies and astral entities to help. You have called the Quarters, done the Middle Pillar, communed with the Spirits, traveled to the Akashic Record.

You cut the Circle and dismissed the elements. You sent the energy off to do whatever that Power does to cause your spell to work.

Now what?

What happens next? Most individuals will start putting away the trappings of their ritual and get on with their life, but I think there is a time here that is more important to the magician than simply cleaning up.

This is the time of Aftercare.

In most sexual practices and relationships, there is a time when after the Deed is done and you and your partner are laying together, you simply exist in each other’s arms for a while. You lay with each other and simply commune with them and be. There is no pressure to do anything, no real discussion of anything, simply existing in the after glow of an incredible experience, mutually shared.

We Were All Teens Once

I keep hearing about the “Teen Issue” in Craft circles, not only on the Internet, but also in real life face-to-face meetings. I have heard any and all arguments on this topic, and the purpose of this article is to see if I can boil the common arguments down and shed new light on them.

I will try to be as neutral as possible in this. I support teaching teens with parental permission, but not much else. So, that said, let me tear into the most common statements I have heard.

1) We can’t teach Teens because their parents will sue us. (Various causes for the lawsuit are given at this point, usually “parental interference”).

I can understand this position, and I have taken this position myself in the past. Basically the root fear is that we, as teachers, will be arrested and hauled away to jail for “daring to teach our satanic way to the malleable minds of the young” and from that start the problems mount. Projected out in a logical fashion, teaching one child under the age of consent with Fundie parents who won’t listen to reason could conceivably do great damage to the entire NeoPagan/Wiccan movement. Look at the documented cases of Wiccans/Pagans having their children taken away due to simply having a weird religion. Most of these types of arguments boil down to one thing, fear.

The Truth about Enochian Magick

by Gerald and Betty Schueler
Llewellyn Publications, 1996 (48 pages, $2.99 US)
ISBN 0-87542-716-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

I acquired this item hoping I would not only understand the “mysteries” of Enochian Magic I also hoped to use it as a reference for my High Magick class. I must give you my first impressions on this book when I opened the package and found it.

I thought, “Someone has been to the grocery store and put this in instead of the real book, it can’t have any information in it at all.” The book measures about 7 inches by 4 inches. Barely big enough to qualify as a pamphlet much less a “book. I saw how thin it was, 48 pages, and I didn’t think it could hold any information at all.

Reading it took almost no time. I took two days to polish it off, but that was simply because I kept getting distracted by other things. I was not able to sit down and read it from front to back in a couple hours as I normally do.

How to Get Started in Wicca

One question that just about everyone has ever asked in the online forums is this one: “Hi! I’m new to Wicca and I just started. What do I do now?”

The slew of answers that the questioner will get will generally boils down to one word: “Read”.

Believe it or not, gaining knowledge is about 60% of what you have to do in this case, beginning on this path. The rest is actually practicing and getting the practical knowledge under your brain and in your fingers. But reading and gaining knowledge is the primary thing you have to be doing.

Why? Most people who start in Wicca or any esoteric path have a basis in their faith that they grew up with; most likely (at least in the United States) that faith is Christianity. Because of this, there is a lot of dogma and information that one must gain during the first little bit of the Path, and that requires study.

So the first thing is to read. Read whatever you can about Wicca and Paganism. Read about New Age mysticism. Read about Hindu beliefs, read the Buddhist philosophy. Read the Koran. Read the Bible. Read.

A letter to my family

Dear Family,

I know you read this site, probably not regularly, but often enough to see this. So I’m writing this letter to you all to inform you of some things.

Originally posted 2011-01-04 17:03:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Q&A

This is a list of questions I got in an email. Apparently the person had sent this several times trying to get them answered. I don’t know if they got it in response, but here are the questions and my answers.

Originally posted 2015-03-12 01:44:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Path of Druidry

By Penny Billington
Llewellyn, 2011 $18.95 US
ISBN 978-0-7387-2346-4

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

During my time reviewing various books, I’ve focused on Wicca and other pagan paths, focusing on basic beliefs and pan-pagan beliefs. I’ve only had a few opportunities to read about the belief systems of specific groups. To date, I think I have reviewed only about four Druid books, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to find that those books, as a group, are exceedingly good.

The Path of Druidry is no exception.

I went into this book trying not to have any preconceptions, and it’s a good thing I did. This book really isn’t like much else out there. It has chapters, yes, yet, in each chapter there are unique items that need to be highlighted.

First, the information contained within is about as complete and accurate as you can get without actually joining one of the more well known of the Druid orders out there. I found little to fault in what Penny Billington says in those chapters and chapter parts.