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The Craft of the Witches

This is a rebuttal article to Mike Nichols: A WITCH BY ANY OTHER NAME, and it is intended to spark discussion.

Well, there have been many who have said at various times that Wicca equals Witchcraft. While I’m not going to argue semantics, and while I can and do acknowledge that Wicca in the original Anglo-Saxon roots means “witch”, I don’t agree that Witchcraft is the semantic equivalent of Wicca anymore.

Here we have a religion that has built itself up around the word Wicca, sold books, developed a complex spiritual substance, Deity figures (some that don’t even appear in ancient mythologies), has developed dogma and cant in which certain things are of the Wicca and others are not and even developed a moralistic code which adherents must ascribe to (or at least give lip service to if they don’t buy the whole thing).

Those characteristics are qualities of a religion, one that has the possibility of developing and continuing for some time. Just about every major religion out there started like this and worked their way into some of the monoliths we know today.

The Future of Paganism

As we move through time and head into a new millennium, this topic is on many people’s minds. Where do we go, what happens next, and what should I do to help?

This article will address those questions, and can be summed up in one word, acceptance.

Many of us don’t think that we can do anything much to help paganism out and into mainstream acceptance, but I like to think that we all can do our part. It seems such a big job to bring the light of public acceptance to such a small corner of religion as a whole, and since it IS such a big job, many of us decide that we don’t have the time, resources, and energy to start that job, so we don’t do anything.

In this day and age, this is an intolerable attitude. There are things that all of us can do, must do, to keep events from continuing to happen like they did to The Church of Iron Oak, and many other examples I could name.

What is the largest problem that we as a community have in getting mainstream religions to accept us? It is the misconceptions that have been perpetuated for decades against us. How do we counter this?

Kitchen Witch’s Guide to Divination

by Patricia Telesco
New Page Books, 2004 $13.99
ISBN 1-56414-725-8

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

It’s a hard thing to be asked to review a friend’s book. Trish is my friend, and even though our friendship developed after I got this book, it predates my reading it.

I’m going to be honest here. This is a book that I think should be in the library of most of the practicing witches out there. It is a very good introduction to the art of divination.

Trish not only goes through the basics of divination, but she does so in such detail that one could sit down and make their own divinatory system from the ideas in this book. Which is a good thing since she also includes quite a bit of instructions on making your own divination tool.

She doesn’t stop there. She goes on to break down most of the existing divinatory methods and explores them in brief, as well as mentioning other divination systems that don’t exist currently, but which should, given the current state of the art.

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.

Beautiful Friends of Mine

I follow a lot of people here (on Tumblr), and most apparently don’t understand that it’s not just the outside package that is beautiful, but the internal personality, attitude, love and joy that shine out that combine to make someone beautiful.

Yes, the outside package is what people react to first.  Yes, it is the one that most will judge you on first.  But just like a Christmas Present, sparkly gold paper and nice ribbons do not make the Popeil Pocket Fisherman any better.  Just like wrapping an iPad in the comic section of the newspaper doesn’t detract from the present.

However, since humans are visual oriented, presenting an attractive outer casing is what seems to be important in the very short term.  Yes, beautiful people are more desirable to be around, they are more envied, but that is ONLY because people who look at them ONLY see them as the outer casing.  Just as if you only saw the gold wrapped package or the comics wrapped package.  The casing would be what you would judge on first.

Some areas for further study

Some days ago I was laying in bed having a mental conversation with Blodeuwedd, and my mind started wandering. You know, that “just before sleep takes you” wander that normally just turns into “zzzzzzz”. That one.

But this time, a revelation hit me. I woke my wife with it. I remembered it till the next day. I wrote a friend about it asking his opinion. And he loved it.

So now, it’s percolated through my subconscious for a while, and I’m ready to talk about my UPG with you all. But first, we have to lay some ground work.

One of the biggest cycles we as Wiccans celebrate is the Oak King/Holly King cycle each year. This postulates that there is a king for half the year who dies and whom is replaced by the other for the rest of the year. There are all kinds of myths to show this cycle, one of the largest being the Llew Llaw Gyffes and Gronwy Pebr cycle with Blodeuwedd.

Originally posted 2014-08-01 04:13:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Write Your Own Magic

by Richard Webster
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0001-0

A review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I requested this book from Llewellyn to see if this would be appropriate for a text in a magick class that I have been asked to give in the near future. Sadly, it is not appropriate for my uses at all.

However, this does not mean that it is not useful for anyone. I found it informative and interesting. However, the title is somewhat misleading.

At first I thought it would be a book talking about the structure of spells, the use of ritual in those spells, what components go into spells and so on, and as such it would have been perfect for what I needed it for. However, it is a book on the magick of the written word.

Mr. Webster takes the book and starts giving suggestions for using writing as a critical component of spellcasting, and he suggests that one write down goals and so on and empower those words on the paper with the magickal energy that one wishes to use in the spell. He teaches how to use script and letters to empower spells that we need to cast.

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.