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Glossary of Pagan and Wiccan Terms pt 2

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Mabon: the festival celebrated around Sept. 21, on the Autumnal Equinox, marking the second harvest and change of Autumn toward Winter, when Nature prepares for the time to come. A time of thanks and reflection by many old & new civilizations.

Mage: Old English for the singular, ‘Magus’ and plural, ‘Magi’; meaning a wise person. Can be a term of respect for a personal with great talent in a specific branch of magick; Herb Mage, Tarot Mage, etc.

Magic: the sleight of hand tricks, having ‘physical’, as opposed to ‘psychic’ exercise. NOTE: the word ‘magic’ is English from the Greek ‘magos’, and the Persian ‘magus’. The words mean a Seer or Wizard.

Magick: 1) the movement of natural energies to create needed change. 2) the process of building up the natural energies of certain objects for a purpose, then releasing it. 3) a natural practice of mind using matter.

Magick, candles: the practice of directing the energies emitted by burning candles to create needed change.

Magick, circle: see Circle.

Magick, crystal: the practice of using energy from crystals or minerals, to create needed change.

The Truth about the Runes

(Note from Daven:  On the site, Ancient Sites, there was a discussion about Germany and some of the culture there, since they are part of the Celts.  If you discuss the Germans of history, you must, of course, talk about the Norse.  In the discussion, the topic of Runes was brought up, the FUThARK runes of so many divination systems.  This is part of that discussion, and what one scholar of the runes and Germans and Norse had to say…)

The Truth about the Runes

Message: Little or no evidence for runic divination

Author: sceptical – Thiudareiks Flavius

Date: Jan 29, 2000 21:31

I agree with Theodoric and would caution anyone interested in the *historical* uses of the runic alphabets against most or even all of the books available on ‘runic divination’. It is *possible* that the symbols Tacitus refers to in his accounts of various types of Germanic divination were runic, but it’s impossible to be certain. According to current theories of the development of the runes, they were only just being developed amongst the northern peoples when Tacitus was writing, so it could be that they were pre-runic symbols or something else entirely.

Ye May Not Be A Witch Alone!

Some reflections on the life of a solitary practitioner of the craft.

The title of this work is taken from one of the Craft Laws of both the Gardnerian and Alexandrian traditions of the craft. As one of many solitary practitioners of the Craft, I take exception with such a bias Law, which at its best is a corruption of the basic ideals of Wicca.

Are we expected to accept the word of these two that their form of the craft came complete with a coven? No need for either one to start alone? Absurd at least, is it not. No the two forms of Wicca mentioned above, have themselves undergone many changes and there are several hundred solitary practitioners in the United States alone.

This is, however, not an attack on these fine traditions, but just an illustration of how misunderstood the solitary practitioner can be. We hold our circles, alone. We send forth our energies, alone and in many instances we celebrate the festivals, alone. Inherent in all this is the fact that being alone, I feel we achieve a closer feeling with our own being, than those who practice within a coven.

To walk with the Goddess

By Taarna of the Unicorn Glade

We sit or lay upon the ground and close our mortal eyes, and gaze out upon the mythic realm of our spiritual eye, seeing only darkness. We float freely and gently without care. As we gaze about the darkness, we feel no fear, for we are protected by our Lady the Goddess. It gives us comfort to know this, and we can relax.

We are at peace with ourselves, in our own hearts and in our own minds. Our mundane worries and concerns placed into the suitcases of our meditation and placed away from us for the time being. There is no need to carry the mundane with us.

As we float, here in the darkness, we see in the distance a bright light. It is a curious light. It is a warm light. It is a pleasant light. It is a light that beckons us closer. There is something unknown, and yet familiar about this light. Something that makes us want to go there. It draws our spirit with goodness and happiness.

Ritual of the Mists

This ritual is intended to be done when there is lots of fog in your area.

This Ritual and prayer is to bring you closer to Manannan Mac Lyr, Keeper of the Mist, Ruler of Tir Na Og, and keeper of the Well of Wisdom. Personally when I have done it I have felt strangely drawn into the mists as if the Ancestors were calling me into them to join them. Someday I might go ahead and go but as of yet, I haven’t. If at all possible, try to do this ritual in a place with trees and open land. I have done it outside my home but my home is too connected to this world. I have done it in a park, and the effects are much much cleaner and crisper there.

Items needed:

  • Staff
  • Robe
  • Object w/ Double spiral
  • Object w/ Triskele
  • Bread as a sacrifice to the land spirits

First thing to do is to feel the mists around you, Alert your senses to it. Remember that the Mists are an Inbetween area, not sky, not water. Get your bearings, realize that you are in an inbetween state. At this time you should be wearing your robe.

Druidic Magic

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF DRUID MAGIC?

Druid magic is the result of a strong and healthy awareness of nature, and the spirits and gods who live in nature. A Druid must understand the language that Nature uses to speak its wisdom. All else follows from that. Druid magic has a votive quality; magic is performed by appealing to the gods to perform a service in return for an offering. Mythic Druids often used trance-ecstasy to achieve their purpose as well. But in the myths very little attention is paid to summoning or controlling spirits and gods, instead, the Druids sought communication and communion.

Aisling A dream or a vision (from the sky, perhaps). Possibly, Aisling refers to altered states of consciousness.
Immram A journey to the realms where the Gods live, possibly by shaman flight. Literally, Immram means “sea journey”, for it is in the western ocean that the islands of otherworldly paradises were located.
Imbas Inspiration, poetic frenzy, the “fire in the head” that Amergin speaks of. Possibly, Imbas refers to altered states of consciousness.
Echtra “Adventure”, expeditions and journeys on holy ground. This way of magic often happens “accidentally” to heroes, warriors, and hunters.

CREATING RITUALS: SACRED ACTS IN SACRED SPACE

The following lessons first appeared as an online study class on the subject of rituals. This particular section covers, among other things, ritual space, cleansing rites, shielding, centering, tools, gestures, movements, words, the basic steps and what to do when something goes wrong. This section also covers how to create rituals.

LESSON 1: WHAT THE HECK *IS* A RITUAL????

Glad you asked! Bottom line: a ritual is a “routine” that puts you in certain frame of mind.

For example, the preparations you make prior to going to bed are a ritual! Brushing your teeth, removing your clothes, putting things away, adjusting lights, checking the locks or letting out the cats, etc. Some of you may, in fact, be so locked into this ritual that if you miss, forget, or do any of your routine actions wrong, you find yourself unable to go to sleep!

What makes this “ritual” rather than just “routine”? The purpose of a routine is to get a job/chores done. To get the kids off to school, the bills paid, the paperwork done. The purpose of a ritual is, as I’ve said, to put you in a frame of mind; the tasks you do prior to bed get a job done, but they also cue your brain and body for sleep. They ready you for something that most people look forward to–the safety of bed, the delight of sleep, a trip to the dream plane.

The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

(Note from Daven:  I was a member of the Texas Pagan Community when this document began circulating around that community.  I know (from rumors mostly) some of what went on to prompt this document, but not enough to make any sweeping statements as to what happened.  I have had one person step up and claim credit for being the author of this document, and I humbly thank him for writing this.)

The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

High Priest Charles Mars

Seekers of the Pagan path are in an extremely vulnerable position. In their quest for teaching and fellowship, thy risk encountering those who use our faith to prey on others. Since paganism is still struggling for public acceptance, there is little sympathy from authorities. Neither can the elders of our community effectively address this issue. The most they can do is denounce these predators, and are usually accused of starting a “Witch War” when they do.

The answer to this dilemma is to empower those most vulnerable, the seekers. To this end, a Seeker’s Bill of Rights has been drafted. This tool will help to alert Seekers of a problem if a group or teacher violates any of the ten rights described. It will also serve to remind Seekers that while they do not have “degrees”, they are still human beings with rights and dignity.

Respect and Responsibility

(Daven’s Comment: This is an article written by a friend of mine whom I have much respect for.  I can’t draw to save my life, and Zak of CrazyQuiltArts does wonderfully.  He’s the author of Journey to the West and Nine Lives, Many Masters.  He claims that he can’t write.  I call bullshit on that statement.  Enjoy this as an adjunct to my review of the Grimoire.)

I’ve been reading the various comments on Oberon and the Grey School with much interest. A number of significant criticisms have been raised, as well as the occasional snarkiness or ad hominen. Perhaps the most significant issue raised, I think, is one of — here it comes again — responsibility. Several folks have noted that Oberon, and others in the GS, are Old Time Great Pagan Leaders. This has occasionally been used to imply that they are somehow above criticism, that respect means giving them a pass. I feel that, in fact, the opposite is true. To cop a move from Oberon himself, as Spidey’s dad says, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST EXPLOITERS OF LAKOTA SPIRITUALITY

At the Lakota Summit V, an international gathering of the US and Canadian Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota nations, about five hundred representatives from forty different tribes and bands of the Lakota unanimously passed a “Declaration of War against Exploiters of Lakota Spirituality”. The following declaration was unanimously passed on June 10, 1993.

  • Whereas we are conveners of an ongoing series of comprehensive forms on the abuse and exploitation of Lakota spirituality; and
  • Whereas we represent the recognized Lakota leaders, traditional elders, and grassroots advocates of the Lakota people; and
  • Whereas for too long we have suffered the unspeakable indignity of having our most precious Lakota ceremonies and spiritual practices desecrated, mocked, and abused by non-Indian “wannabes’, hucksters, cultists, commercial profiteers, and self-styled ‘New Age shamans’ and their followers; and
  • Whereas with horror and outrage we see this disgraceful expropriation of our sacred Lakota traditions has reached epidemic proportions in urban areas throughout the country; and
  • Whereas our Sacred Pipe is being desecrated through the sale of pipestone pipes at flea markets, powwows, and ‘New Age’ retail stores; and
  • Whereas pseudo-religious corporations have been formed to charge people money for admission into phony ‘sweatlodges and vision quest’ programs; and