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A Letter to a Young Girl

(Daven’s Note: This is a portion of some email correspondence I recently had with a young girl in relation to my site.  She was, basically, asking me to teach her Wicca.  In brief, I told her no, but I went further than many have in the past to tell her why I said that.  There are several legal problems and some moral/ethical issues that those of us who teach have to be aware of, and this explains them.

Please note, this does not say that she is not worthy to learn, it simply states that I can’t teach her right now.  There will invariably come a time when she is old enough to be free of parental constraints and any teacher in the Craft will be happy to teach her, but right now there are too many issues to deal with to allow me to do more than present this information to her that is on this site.  I hope she will not loose her interest as she grows.  This was written in 2002.)

Advanced Ritual Course Final Assignment

(Note from Erin: One tiny bit of information… I was taking an advanced ritual class, and this is the essay I did to complete the course.  I chose to do it on the Mormons because the instructor was also an ex-Mormon.  I am pretty proud of this piece and i believe that it stands up in the time.)

For this assignment, and with the permission of Kenn, I chose the Baptism ritual from the Mormon Church.  It’s one of the few rituals in the Mormon Church that I participated in that follows an outline similar to previous rituals discussed in this class.  I never participated in any of the “secret” rituals.  I did not choose the more common “Sacrament Ritual” also know as, bread and wine, transubstantiation, or communion, since it is so frequently done that the ritual looses all meaning in practice.

The Hero Redeemed

(A Note from Daven: The Hero Redeemed is an assignment I received from an auditor of one of my classes. This was turned in for an assignment given in the mythology lesson.)

The Hero Redeemed- An Archetypical Myth

Author: Posting for a lurker – Daven Iceni

(Daven’s Note: I received this via email today. Apparently there is a group of Non-AS residents who follow this class, and email me their assignments. So, we have auditors in the classroom, be on your best behavior. I have their permission to post this, but I was asked to keep their identity to myself.)

In the story I will be examining I have found a modern retelling of the classic myth of personal redemption. In the true Grecian style, a Deus Ex Machina is employed to resolve the conflict.

(Daven’s Comment: For those of you not familiar with the device of Deus Ex Machina [Okay, I had to look it up too.] I will explain it in brief here. It’s the device used where a benevolent Power intervenes in the story to make it “all better”. It’s “and the little boy fell out of bed and woke up, it was all a dream” cheat that drives me out of my mind.)

Bunnyhunting part 2

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.

Everyday Magic

by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2002 $9.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-469-3
Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

This is another of the books I wanted to look at for it’s suitability for my Magick Class. I must say, that I think this text will cut the nut.

What do I mean by that? I think that Dorothy has done an exceptional job of staying on topic and having original information for the reader.

Of note in this book is a section that many practical magickians would be thrilled to see, a section on modern twists to old spells. One example of this is her tale of how she learned to use an automatic drip coffee maker as her tool for making infusions and tinctures of herbs. She has several suggestions that many books of this kind skip. Things like why you do different magicks at different moon phases, how the time of day effects magick, the day of the week and the best explanation as to why one would do their spells in rhyme. I’ll admit that I am somewhat resistant to doing rhyming couplets in my spells and chants, but Dorothy has convinced me that it can be a powerful addition to my spell.

Religion vs. Spirituality

I was posting on another board and I realized why I hate the term “I’m a religious person”. To me it implies that the person who is saying it is more concerned with the forms of their faith than with the actual faith itself.

I’m going to use a few terms here, and before I get started I wanted to define them somewhat.

Faith: The internal connection to whatever. It is the acknowledgment that there is a spirit and that many different and various things can and do happen to that spirit after death. In this case, I am using spirit interchangably with “intellect”.

Spirituality: The internal and personal relationship with whatever deities or spirits there are in the world around you. It is possible to be spiritual and not have any worship of invisible beings.

Religion: The forms of that honoring and worship.

The religion is the institutional and ritualized form of spirituality.

This is getting scattered. I find it possible to be intensely spiritual and not be religious at all. One can have a day to day interaction with the unseen world and never do a ritual honoring that world.

Site Dedication

This page was on my front page in place of the rant for a long time, with the normal rant being removed.  I add it into the “Site Stuff” section because it’s important in a way that the normal rant is not.

Your normally scheduled rant has been suspended for the time being, so that I can write to you about something that you may not think about.

Your relatives.

I will be the first person to say that I have a shitty relationship with my family.  I have tried multiple times to bridge the gap between my father and I, my mother and I, my sisters and I, but it seems like no matter what I do, it’s not good enough.  I try and I have tried to be the person they expect me to be, but it does not seem to matter.  I’ll also stipulate that I’m at fault for some of it.  I am judgmental and short of patience with them at times.  <shrug> Perhaps it is all my fault that we are not closer.  But I am at a point in my life now that I am unwilling to sacrifice what I have now and the happiness that I have to gain their approval.  They can either approve of me as I am or they can stay away if I am that much of a burden and disappointment.

The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts

By Raymond Buckland
Weiser Books, 2009 $14.95 US
ISBN 978-1-57863-451-4

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is the last in the three book set that I got from Weiser recently. I gotta say that I enjoyed this book.

Before anyone accuses me of favoritism, I am a friend of Raymond Buckland (at least on this side). I’ve met him once at a convention, and I’ve corresponded with him extensively on matters concerning Seax-Wica. So I thought I would like this book when I saw it was by him. After all, I’ve enjoyed many other books that he has authored.

Originally posted 2013-10-05 14:35:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The War on Yule

This was shared with me by a friend of mine, Seshen Wolfsong, Priestess in the Lycian Way living in Texas and a friend of mine for as long as I can remember.

It’s a small story about the war on Yule, and I think that even though this is tongue in cheek, it’s still a heck of a commentary on Wicca, Yule and Paganism in general.

After all, all parody and jokes start with a nugget of truth.

Every Year, it’s the War on Wicca

Sometime in the future I plan on acquiring permission to repost and archive this article here at the Journal.

Originally posted 2011-04-17 07:49:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Witchcraft Goes Mainstream

by Brooks Alexander
Harvest House Publications, 2004, $11.99 US
ISBN 0-7369-1221-5

Review By Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is a book that I’m going to have to judge on two scales. See, this is not one of those books I normally review. Generally I review books of interest to the Pagan/Wiccan/Witch community and tell everyone what I think of it. This one touches on the NeoPagan community, but is not really of interest to the NeoPagan community other than as a reference.

A Christian wrote this book about the NeoPagan community, and the NeoPagan’s impact on society as a whole. It’s about trends and how we have touched almost every aspect of modern life. So I’m going to have to judge this book on it’s own merits and on the scale of “how useful is it to us”.

Let me say that this book is excellently written. The author has done his homework on this topic and knows what he is talking about almost as well as we do. He states in this book that he has been working with the NeoPagan community almost since it’s inception in the 1960’s. He was around and active during that critical crucible time in California and other parts of the country and had been involved in many of the groups that started the whole thing off. My first question was “why didn’t he become a Wiccan/Witch/Pagan?” By his own words, he found Jesus and God, was Born Again and has been very active in Christianity since.