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Pagan Musings

by Tony Kelly
From Volume 2, Issue 2

Tony Kelly of the Selene Community in Wales wrote this piece in 1970. It was published in 1971 in the British edition of The Waxing Moon under the title “Pagan Movement.” Under the title “Pagan Musings” it has passed from hand to hand and group to group all over the United States. Tony Kelly was one of the founders of the Pagan Movement in the British Isles, which, with the Pagan Way in the United States, began as a single group of researchers into ancient goddess cults. They later divided, agreeing that each country required a different approach in bringing back Paganism. -Michael Gleason, ed.

We’re of the old religion, sired of Time, and born of our beloved Earth Mother. For too long the people have trodden a stony path that goes only onward beneath a sky that goes only upwards. The Horned God plays in a lonely glade for the people are scattered in this barren age and the winds carry his plaintive notes over deserted heaths and reedy moors and into the lonely grasses. Who knows now the ancient tongue of the Moon? And who speaks still with the Goddess? The magic of the land of Lirien and the old pagan gods have withered in the dragon’s breath; the old ways of magic have slipped into the well of the past, and only the rocks now remember what the moon told us long ago, and what we learned from the trees, and the voices of grasses and the scents of flowers.

House Blessings

Collected by HalfWolfie; she who throws away nothing.

Seven Celtic blessings for your home. They are in original form, so adapt them as you see fit – like replacing Goddess for God or your favorite diety.

Blessing for a New Home

A blessing upon your new home,
A blessing upon your new hearth,
A blessing upon your new dwelling,
Upon your newly kindled fire.
A blessing upon your tallest grass,
A blessing upon your fruitful partner,
A blessing upon your growing son/s,
Upon your growing daughter/s.
A blessing upon the household’s helpers,
A blessing upon children yet unborn,
A blessing upon the wise parents,
Upon your occupation.
A blessing upon your goods and income,
A blessing upon your kith and kin,
A blessing upon you in light or darkness,
Each day and night of your lives.
– Carmina Gadelica

Blessing of the Three

The sacred three,
My fortress be,
Encircling me,
Come and be round,
My hearth, my home.
Fend Thou my kin,
And every sleeping thing within,
From scathe, from sin,
Thy care our peace,
Though mid of night,
To light’s release.
– MacLean, The Little Book of Celtic Blessings, trans. C. Matthews

Christianity for the Perplexed Pagan

(Note from Daven:  This is not my own authorship, but it’s an excellent article about Christianity for those who have not encountered it before.  It’s written to be tongue in cheek, meaning a joke, but it’s accurate enough that I include it here.  I have the author’s permission to post it)

By Wood Avens

Most Pagans encounter Christians from time to time, but do not always know much about the religion of Christianity and what Christians are likely to believe. It is, of course, a very large subject, to which many months of study could be devoted. A brief overview of the main characteristics may, however, be helpful.

The Candle Contest

by The Open Hearth Foundation

Once upon a time, four young witches visited an elder at her small house where they talked long into the night about many wondrous things. Finally it came time to sleep and the elder said, “I’m sorry friends… but there is only one spare bed, so the rest must sleep on the floor.”

“So who should get the bed?” asked one.

“And how should we decide?” asked another.

The elder thought for a moment and said, “I’ll place a candle on the table for each of you to blow out… and the one to use the best magick will win the bed.”

So the first witch approached the candle and focused on the air. Soon a strong wind was circling the room and knocking pictures from the walls. Finally the wind hit upon the candle and blew out the flame.

“Very good,” said the elder as she re-lit the candle and re-hung the pictures, “Who would like to try next?”

So the second witch approached the candle and focused on the flame. Soon the flame was three-feet tall and burning like a torch. The candle was quickly consumed and the flame snuffed itself out.

A Military Witch

(Note from Daven:  I place this here because, as a former member of the Army myself, I feel for those who are trying to perform their rituals in that too regimented atmosphere.  I would argue one point in this, however.  I too was at Fort Benjamin Harrison, but back in 1987-88 and I performed several pagan ceremonies there, just not openly with the blessings of the Officers.  Keep this triumph in mind when you are in the Military, and remember those soldiers down in Fort Hood, TX and all the problems they went through to get their Coven launched.  Use your head.)

A Military Witch

by Morgan Beard

Being a professional soldier in the U.S. Army is not a profession one tends to associate with the religion of Wicca. I was surprised when I first heard of Wiccans in the armed forces, and even more surprised a short time later to find myself in the Army—Reserves, that is. However, once the shock wore off, one of my immediate concerns was: How could I practice my religion while training?

The Burning Times Myth

(Note from Daven:  Let me be clear; this is NOT my article.  I have reprinted it here with the original author’s permission.  I think this is one of the best articles of this type that I know of, and it points a lot of facts out to us all.  I advise that everyone read this, read this, read this.  The original article can be found at http://www.anglo-saxon.demon.co.uk/Skvala/burning.html)


by Arlea Æðelwyrd Hunt-Anschütz

witch burning

 “Never again the burning times!” This familiar motto recalls a modern myth popular in Wicca and Witchcraft circles that tells how millions of Goddess worshippers practicing “the Old Religion” in were hunted down, tortured and burned during the 15th-18th centuries by a Christian Church desperate to eliminate the last remaining Pagans in Europe. This myth, or various permutations of it, continues to be taught as “well known historical fact” in many Wicca 101 courses and Intro to Witchcraft lectures. It is frequently referred to in books and articles written by Wiccans for Wiccans. These days, the theory that the victims of the Great Witch Hunt were Pagans is given about as much credence by academic historians as the theory that aliens from another planet built the pyramids. But although it’s rejected by those who have actually analyzed the evidence, the Burning Times Myth continues to be unquestioningly accepted by many modern witches, and must therefore serve some psychological or sociological purpose. But could this same purpose be better served by discarding the myth in favor of the truth?

Auras

(Note from Daven:  I combined two separate articles dealing with the Aura into this one article.  It seems appropriate, since one talks about what the Aura is, and the other gives you a basic on what the Aura colors mean.)

Your Aura and You

By Wayne Bisso

Imagine yourself encased in an energy field the shape of an egg, an egg that is made up of a sort of nonphysical liquid substance which responds to every movement that your body makes and every thought your mind thinks. It is almost undetectable, unless… you pay very close attention to it. If you can visualize this you now have a vague description of this energy known throughout time in memorial at the aura.

Besides being responsive to the movement of the physical body, the energy also moves or flows within its own sphere pretty much the same way blood flows though the physical body’s circulatory system, and just like the veins and arteries of our physical body our nonphysical system of energy flow can also become clogged or restricted. It is with this very type of problem in mind that this article is being written.

Paint Your Face Blue!

(Note from Daven:  I saw this recipe, and I just couldn’t resist.  Might be fun to do on one Samhain.  Really scare the socks off the Fundies.  LOL)

Paint Your Face Blue!

by: Kaylinn Iceni

Did you watch Braveheart and wish that you too could paint your face blue and charge around screaming, shouting and scaring English people? Well, now you can (although I wouldn’t recommend the latter unless you enjoy getting arrested, there are groups about who will let you do it officially while participating in mock-battles).

The chemical the ancients used to dye both skin and clothes, is called indigo and it is still used today in large quantities to dye jeans. It can be found in quite large amounts in the plant Indigo, but more famously can also be extracted from Isatis tinctoria-also known as Woad.

Woad grows easily in moderately warm climates such as northern Europe, and where it does grow it does so voraciously- So much so in fact that in some states of the USA it is illegal to grow it at all. This problem can be solved however, by cutting back all but a few plants every two years (it grows biennially) before it has a chance to seed. In places where the plant is illegal to grow you should still be allowed to purchase ready grown samples from suppliers, but please do check.

Christian View of What Wiccans Believe pt 2

<– continued from

*WHAT SAYS THE WORD?*

(I must make a digression here. It is true what this man says here. But remember that it is only true if YOU BELIEVE IN HIS RULES. By our very religion, we do not believe in any of this and never will, so who’s rules are we violating? A God whom we honor, but whom we don’t give homage to? An individual person? It does not matter what someone else’s religion says we are doing, because WE DON’T BELIEVE IT. So given that, none of this has any authority or power over us, only the Christians. This is a very important distinction since you will hear things like this thrown at you all the time by the Bible-thumpers. They will try to use their rules to force you to do as they say. It is analogous of obeying the laws of Angola while living in the USA and being an American citizen. And having an Angolan citizen try to force you to follow his country’s laws. It is ludicrous and beyond belief that anyone would apply their standards to you and me. But unfortunately, it happens far too often. Daven)

RITUAL BLESSING

by Okana@aol.com

May the Circle of Life bless you with its Rainbow of Peace!

May each day’s golden sunrise breathe life into your quest for knowledge…
…and mid-day’s red fire strengthen your courage and teach you trust.

May the healing of cool sunset waters bathe you with caring plans for the future …
…and you be wrapped in a midnight blanket of gratitude and wisdom.

May you dance in the rhythms of Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon…
…and feel abundance and stability from the warm comfort of Mother Earth.

May you soar to reach lofty goals with the graceful flight of the Winged Ones…
… and know instinctively like the Creature Beings when to work and laugh, sleep and play.

May your talents and abilities blossom like the beautiful plants of the Standing Tribe …
…and your voice discern whether to speak or keep silent from the record-keeping Stone People.

May you humbly learn the magnitude of the universe at the feet of the twinkling Star Nation…
…and take joy in the luminous tapestry woven of people of all colors, languages, and beliefs.