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(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.
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.
(Note from Daven: I found this document when I was researching for Imbolic ceremonies for a Historical group I am involved with (Ancient Sites, if you must know) and I liked this so much, I copied it to my local computer. Glad I did now.)
BRIGIT OF THE CELTS
Brigit was one of the great Triple Goddesses of the Celtic people. She appeared as Brigit to the Irish, Brigantia in Northern England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Brittany.
Many legends are told about Brigit. Some say that there are three Brigits : one sister in charge of poetry and inspiration who invented the Ogham alphabet, one in charge of healing and midwifery, and the third in charge of the hearth fire, smithies and other crafts. This catually indicates the separate aspects of her Threefold nature and is a neat division of labor for a hard-working goddess.
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.
Paul Kershaw, ©2002
Problem: The word “pagan,” as well as “Neopagan,” “Wiccan,” and even “witch,” continue to be hotly contended, causing feelings of divisiveness among the community of modern practitioners of alternative religions. These debates, in my opinion, distract from the matter of coming together as a group with the idea of unity and mutual support. Also, the mainstream media continues to dwell on paganism for its shock value, showing marginal interest in treating the community fairly or even-handedly as a viable spiritual choice.
Proposed Solution: Those who wish the debates to cease frequently say things like, “It’s just a word.” That’s correct: It is. The proposed solution is to just create a new word, one with a clear definition and a professed coiner. That way, the word can represent the whole of the community in question — including those feeling alienated by the “pagan” debates — and won’t easily fall victim to the same semantic erosion and disagreement. Furthermore, because it’s not a traditionally shocking word, those who wish to explore the concept will not bring in negative baggage. Media sources won’t be tempted to dwell on inappropriate misconceptions about “pagans.”
(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:
- Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
- Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
© 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.
- Bowl (such as a fish bowl or cauldron)
- 3 rocks one small one medium and one large
- One twig
What to Do:
Begin by casting your circle a nice blue circle. Then fill the bowl with water about to the brim and imagine a calm place. You are being totally calm without any cares in the world. Then open your eyes and dip your finger in the water and bring it back up letting the water on your finger drip into the bowl as you imagine once again your calm cool place.
Then imagine excitement and joy in you. Open your eyes and drop the small rock into the bowl of water watch it splash and wave
Imagine next anger filling you. Open your eyes and drop the medium size rock into the bowl and watch the bigger waves the bigger splash
Next imagine filling your self with absolute madness and frustration as you drop the largest rock into the bowl watch the splash enormous in size
Imagine next total peace joy and harmony as you drop the twig in there as it pops back up to the top floating as light as a feather
Note from Daven:I was directed toward this essay on Livejournal by a friend. I read it and thought it was one of the best of its type on the Internet. I didn’t want the essay to be lost because it was on an obscure blog, so I asked for permission to repost it here. Please read this and comment on the original article if you chose too.
On a friend’s FB, she commented about how she was tired of Christians whining about being persecuted in the US. She’s a sweet heart of a woman, charming, funny, warm-hearted, everything you’d want in a friend. She’s always a very devout Christian. I don’t think we’ve ever really discussed religion – there’s not a whole lot of need to talk if one walks the walk; there are so many other things to talk about when we get together. But over the years, we’ve come to learn things about one another and the fact that we have different religious beliefs only deepens our friendship.
Her wall post attracted a Christian who very plainly felt she was personally put upon and persecuted by American society for being Christian. When this woman (I’m calling her CP for “Christian Person”) commented that she viewed verbal comments from people expressing different points of view (mind you, not comments that attacked her religion, just expressed a different viewpoint) to be persecution, I’m sorry, but I rolled my eyes. When someone asked her for examples, CP wrapped herself in her privilege and accused the querant of attacking her and not caring; that :::sob::: nobody cared! so she just would go away and not talk to such mean people!
Shades of the old Fascist Meanie Pooh Pooh Head days!
Originally posted 2015-03-30 03:35:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
©A L Folberth 1996 HalfWolfie@AOL.com
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This is a guided meditation I wrote and led for Imbolc. It is designed for a group. A single candle is placed in front of the reader so it may be read in the dark.
This is a guided meditation. It is also called path working. It is a spiritual journey created by imagination. In a relaxed state, we can touch a side of ourselves that we may ignore in ordinary life.
We begin the meditation with relaxing. Stretch and move around until you are comfortable. This meditation will last no more than 15 minutes, Don’t worry about shifting position once we start. It’s your body’s way of telling you that the circulation is slowing down. If you are uncomfortable, you can’t concentrate. At the end of this meditation, I will ring a bell to let you know that it is over.
(Speak slowly and pause often)