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Celtic Recommended Reading List

(Note from Daven:  This is a simple listing of books that may be good for those who are interested in reading about the Celts, their culture, history, religion, and culture.  Despite your studys in Druidry, one should read everything about the Celts, since you can’t separate the religion from the culture.)

Recommended Reading on Celtic History, Culture & Religion

Originally posted 2012-12-31 22:27:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

TEMPLES, COVENS AND GROVES OH MY!

© 1992, Khaled Quicksilver
c/o P.O. Box 32, Stn “B”
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6C3

[This article may be reprinted without further permission, provided it is printed intact, complete with this notice and my copyright, and a copy of the publication it appears in is sent to the author at the address given above. Any changes in the text, however, must be approved in advance by the author.]

There appears to be a fair amount of ongoing confusion as to what each of these is and what each of them should be doing, so let me stick my oar into it, too. But first, let’s play the definition game.

Circle: Three or more people who gather to work ritual or Craft. Some are ritual only, some worship only, but most do both. The following are all special cases of a Circle:

Grove: Circle usually led by, and under the auspices of, a coven. Frequently eclectic in practice, groves are commonly used as an introduction to the Craft as a whole but not necessarily to any given Tradition. Groves usually don’t initiate. May also be called a Study Group.

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.

NeoPagans and Star Trek

NeoPagans and Star Trek; A Comparison Study

Gene Rodenberry went to his grave telling stories that, although they supposedly happened light years away, were relevant to our every day lives. From the beginning, he claimed that the characters and races on Star Trek were parallels for people here on Earth. Little did anyone know that the characters were actually taking on traits of Neo-Pagan sects across the country! Was Gene Pagan? Who knows, but sit back and enjoy this little trip, where no Pagan has gone before….

Wiccans – The United Federation of Planets (The Wicca-Bes and most traditionalists)
The Federation means well. They let just about everybody into their little social club, so long as they agree to play nice. They don’t talk about rules much, but keep referring to one Prime Directive that all other laws are based on. That said, they frequently violate that rule when the need suits them. Often heard speaking in various UK accents, even though they’re not from the islands (Et tu, Jean-Luc?)

Asatru – Klingons
Obsessed with honor and combat. Have no qualms with eating meat and eat it with obvious relish. Insist they did everything first (“But Hamlet is so much better in the original Klingon.”) And who wants Klingon opera, when you can have Wagner’s Die Neibelung?

HALLOWEEN MAGIC

(Note from Daven:  This is simply a collection of folk traditions practiced in England.  It is put here as entertainment purposes.)

If you wish to see witches at Halloween, there are several things which you may do according to ancient tradition. To ensure this special vision, bind together rue, agrimony, maiden hair, and ground ivy. This will, also if placed by the doorway, “keep any witch who seeks to enter fastened on the threshold.” Legend has it that if you use elder juice on your eyelids (the green juice of the inner bark), and if you are a baptized person, you will be able to see what the witches are about in any part of the world.

According to European folklore, strong smelling herbs such as hyssop, wormwood, mugwort and rosemary hung in the house would drive out infectious spirits. In the Orient, spices like sandalwood, cloves and musk were used for exorcism. Censing was employed to exorcise the evil spirits and to invoke the holy ones. Similar rituals persisted to our day in church ceremonies where incense is used to sanctify and to exorcise.

Happy 2000 from Dalai Lama

(Note from Daven:  Okay, I admit it, I’m addicted to email.  I LOVE getting it and reading it.  Sometimes I get chain emails too.  And in those cases, I usually delete it as soon as I know what it is.  However, this showed up in my Inbox right around the start of the New Millenium (and I know that it doesn’t really start until 2001) and it caught my eye.  I copied it and sent it along to a lot of other people, and I got some good responses to it, despite the fact that it is a Chain-email.  And thus SPAM, was born.  LOL)

Happy 2000 from Dalai Lama

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE:

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Note from Daven: This is another article from Sunfell.  When I asked for permission to reprint her other article, she graciously gave me permission to reprint this one as well.  It first appeared on The Witches Voice back in 2000.  I hope you like it.)

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Author: Sunfell http://www.sunfell.com/

When I was a wide-eyed newbie Pagan, all those incredible years ago, one of the first tenets of the Wiccan path I learned about was the one about “Perfect Love and Perfect Trust”. This, it was explained to me, was a way that was superior to those guilt-ridden old Christians, who professed to love, but did not, and could not be trusted to even correctly interpret Scripture. PLPT was a ‘superior’ and advanced way of interacting, and I needed to get used to it. This explanation was usually given to me by an older guy, and accompanied by a gradual insinuation of hands and eyes. I was supposed to melt right into this, and be introduced to the Mysteries of the Gods.

Teens and the Victim Attitude

(Note from Daven: Please note, once again, this is not my article.  I include it because it is one of the best articles of this type I have ever seen or read, and it is important for it to stay on the Internet.  So, don’t credit me with this, even though it is on my site.)

by Astraea Crowe 
also printed at http://www.geocities.com/astraeaaradia/home.html

If you are a teenager (or any age, for that matter), chances are, you are worried about opening up to your parents about your interests in paganism or magick. How the heck do you even begin to explain to them why you are interested? There is a good chance that you will be leery about telling your friends as well. I was worried about my friends suddenly changing their minds about me being cool and “normal.” A lot of people deal with that situation.

I decided to begin with my “rant” about pagan oppression, so if you want a little advice on how to speak to your parents about your spirituality, you’ll have to either read through or scroll down.

The Battle For Your Mind

Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today

Dick Sutphen


Summary Of Contents

  • The Birth of Conversion/Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735.
  • The Pavlovian explanation of the three brain phases.
  • Born-again preachers: Step-by-Step, how they conduct a revival and the expected physiological results.
  • The “voice roll” technique used by preachers, lawyers and hypnotists.
  • The 6 steps to conversion.
  • The decognition process.
  • Thought-stopping techniques.
  • The “sell it by zealot” technique.
  • True believers and mass movements.
  • Persuasion techniques: “Yes set,” “Imbedded Commands,” “Shock and Confusion,” and the “Interspersal Technique.”
  • Subliminals.
  • Vibrato and ELF waves.
  • Inducing trance with vibrational sound.
  • Even professional observers will be “possessed” at charismatic gatherings.
  • The “only hope” technique to attend and not be converted.
  • Non-detectable Neurophone programming through the skin.
  • The medium for mass take-over.

I’m Dick Sutphen and this tape is a studio-recorded, expanded version of a talk I delivered at the World Congress of Professional Hypnotists Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the tape carries a copyright to protect it from unlawful duplication for sale by other companies, in this case, I invite individuals to make copies and give them to friends or anyone in a position to communicate this information.

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.