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An author, a Wiccan, a Druid, a Priestess, a member of the ULC, Owner of Erin's Journal, mystic, magickian, DragonKin, Guardian and Transsexual. All these and more describe Erin.
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by Erynn Rowan Laurie
Megalithica Books, 2012 $19.99
Review by Erin
I love reissuances of books that have become classics because the publisher and the author has a huge chance to make sure that they are correcting anything that is wrong with the original edition, if they decide to take that step. Personally I don’t think this actually needs any revision. It started out as a good book and continues to be a good book.
Ms. Laurie has done a wonderful job of explaining Irish spirituality in such a way that it is not threatening to the new student. As I read through it, I found that many of the things contained in these pages were almost directly from what I was taught when I started my Druidic studies, and I wondered at the plagiarism, but then I realized that her book actually predated my studies by nearly a decade. I guess I have to talk to my teacher about that.
by Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx
New Page Books, 2003 $13.99 US
It’s rare to come across a book dealing with the darker side of the universe, so anytime someone writes one, I tend to pay attention. When it’s a good exploration, I rate it highly. When it’s done with as much humor and candid insight as this book is written with, well, I recommend it to just about everyone I meet.
Let me tell you how this book is laid out. First, there is a short introduction. Next the authors move to just what they are trying to accomplish with this book, specifying the way they hope they convey this information. Then they give the bits and pieces that apply to anyone they discuss in the book.
From what I can tell, this is the only time these two sat down together and worked on one section. The entire rest of the book consists of articles written by either Denise or Lori. I only counted one article written by both together. The articles had a lot of advice to offer, humor to explore, and thoughts that provoked me to review what I understood to be the dark side of the Gods.
by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2000
Review by Daven
Dorothy Morrison is a wonderful author with several innovative ideas that I found truly refreshing. Considering that this particular season and holiday is probably THE most written about holiday in the Western World, that’s saying a lot.
For example, she has an innovative method of harvesting a Yule tree. First she finds the tree and makes friends with it. Then on the day she wishes to cut the tree, she asks the tree to move it’s spirit deep into the tap root, and she cuts off the section of the tree that the spirit has fled from. She knows where that is, and ties a rope around the trunk about 8 inches off the ground. Once all that is done, she cuts the tree. By way of thanks and care for the tree, she then inserts fertilizer sticks into the ground around the stump of the tree to encourage it to regrow the top of the tree. She also comes back several times to give it more fertilizer and talk to the tree. Thus she encourages the trees she has cut from to regrow their tops. I don’t know if she returns and re-harvests trees but I would bet she could.
Go read this fable. It’s wonderful. It’s up there with the other lessons and fables we teach with.
Originally posted 2014-12-02 16:11:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
This tool is just that, a tether for your self. It is representative of the Silver Cord you have as part of your soul/body connection. In many works about Out of Body Experiences, people report seeing a cord of some sort leading from their soul to the body. It is theorized that this is because there is a small sliver of your soul and consciousness still in your body, keeping it functioning.
If this sliver is removed from the body, most people who have studied OOBE and Astral Projection theorize that the body will die.
So this tether is representative of that connection between the soul and body. It keeps the two connected, sending messages from one to the other, and giving the soul a “ball of string” to follow back to the body.
Symbolically this tether can represent all kinds of things:
- The Silver cord
- The string Theseus used in the Labyrinth
- A “grounding wire”
- Tree Roots
- The string of fate in many pantheons
- A charging wire for your phone or iPod
First Published on “The Juggler”
Many that I have talked to about this topic have expressed to me that one of the reasons they hunt bunnies are because of the PR war.
Think back to the icons that are being held up on TV and in the media as “typical witches”. You find that most of them are extremeists. People like Lady Belladona LeVeau on the recent show “Wife Swap”. AP with brooms? Fire spinning? Teaching her children how to be a HPS instead of a human being? House elves? And that’s a minor example.
How about Jonathon ‘The Impaler’ Sharkey? Remember him? He’s the “vampire” who was running for the post of Governor of Minnesota, who promised to put the Ten Commandments AND the Wiccan Rede in every government building in Minnesota, as well as impailing criminals on the Capital Lawn. He claims to be a witch and his wife is also a Pagan, according to what they say.
by Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
Review by Daven
Raven is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. His writing style is clear and fluid, never condescending to the reader, nor written on the level of the lowest common denominator.
This is the thinnest book in the Sabbat series from Llewellyn, and that had me concerned for a little while. Raven may have skimped on the information a bit, but the information that is there is well worth the price. There is information in here concerning the hobbyhorse, Mummery and flower meanings. In addition, there are myths from almost every European culture, a first for this series.
There is an entire chapter devoted to the plants of this holiday, from flowers and flower speech to the plants fairies find attractive. Herbs play a prominent role in this, as well as the trees and plants associated with the Goddess.
The de rigueur spells and recipes are here. This time all the recipes are in one place, unlike the Ostara book reviewed elsewhere. In the same section you will find some quick folk remedies for some common complaints such as infertility and heavy moon-flow, for example. I feel this is to the good since this season is all about fertility.
(Note from Daven: This is a true story. It happened to me. I have tried to be fair in my recitation of this, but I am afraid that some of my resentment may have leaked over. It’s up to you to tell me how I did. Keep in mind that this is ancient history for my wife and I, and thankfully my daughter no longer remembers this time. I am not trying to stir up ghosts here, but just to bring some mindsets to light. Think before you promise someone something. I had hoped this article would have gotten out into the Pagan Community, but so far it has not. So I present it here. I leave the conclusions up to your own conscience.)
(Update 1-16-04: I’m updating this because I don’t want it misunderstood why this page is here. I have written this because I HATE B&B and what they stand for at this time. I cannot stand what they think of as “good pagan relations” with other groups. I have had contact with them from time to time on other lists, and so far, none of them have been positive.
The old Druid looked out on the assembled people that he was sworn to take care of. He knew that this was his moment. He would be shining in the eyes of all the people.
He picked up his staff. Waving it over his head, he chanted in nonsense that he learned at the school “Boon kwoert franden… Sumanet frewknot potemn!” while he looked for the sure sign that the storm was about to start. To them, he knew it looked as though he were summoning the rain. But it was just mummery. He was actually doing nothing.
Many of you have read at one time or another about the supposed powers of the Druids. If you notice, in the RP threads, I limit myself to something less than what the old Druids were rumored to be able to do. This has many reasons. The primary among these is because I want my character Daven to be somewhat believable. The other reasons don’t matter now, only this one.
I do this in an attempt to portray the Druids as real people, not personages out of the Mabinogion or the Irish myth cycles. Gwydion may have been a wonder as a magician, but I believe that his powers, while not fake, were probably significantly less than what we are led to believe.
There are times in everyone’s life when a simple look around can teach more than all the knowledge in an encyclopedia.
What do I mean by that? Many people think learning can only be accomplished in a classroom. Valuable lessons are learned there. Just as many lessons are also available walking down the street. Some people do not think that daily life has lessons to offer. There is a need for classrooms, but many of our most painful lessons will happen far from institutions of higher learning.
Granted, it is simpler to learn from a person who knows the answers. Teachers usually have the knowledge that we are trying to learn, without paying the cost in sweat and struggle. Just wrap the answers you need into a neat little package and present it with a bow. Ultimately, though, isn’t that a cheat? Our teachers have been through the process of learning that we now want handed to us. That devalues the information and deprives us of the work.
Many more things can be learned by the attempt to learn, even if we fail, than can ever be learned by suddenly “knowing” the answer.