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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.|
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.
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.
(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.
(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.”
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
Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today
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.”
- 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.
©A L Folberth 1996 HalfWolfie@AOL.com
Permission granted for personal use only.
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)
(I did not write this meditation, I don’t know who did. This is one of those AOL documents that had no credit give for it, and was posted on AOL unattributed. I’m sorry for the confusion. If you wrote this and can prove it, please email me so you can be credited properly.)
Ground and center
Close your eyes, breathe deep, in through the nose, hold it, count to three, exhale.
As the air leaves your body, allow the stress you accumulated to leave with it.
Inhale, count to three, exhale.
As the air leaves your body, allow the anger you have accumulated to leave with it.
As the anger leaves, allow your body to relax.
Inhale, count to three, exhale.
As the air leaves your body, allow the guilt you have accumulated to leave with it.
As the guilt leaves, allow your mind to relax.
Inhale, count to three, exhale.
As the air leaves your body, allow the sorrow you have accumulated to leave with it.
As the sorrow leaves, allow your spirit to relax.
Breathe deep, feel the empty places now within. Tonight we will fill those places with love and light.
(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.