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BLOOD SACRIFICE

(Note from Daven:  This piece I cam across in AOL once again (can you tell I used to be addicted to AOheLl too?  LOL) and I thought it was a really moving piece.  I pulled it down, and now I share it with you.)

by Althea Whitebirch

We have all moved through periods of crisis in our lives; things ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the death of someone close to us to final exams. Events which are extremely stressful–which threaten our lives, home, future or security–would seem to call for strong measures of assistance. There have been many times that I have felt that the course of events required swift and strong intervention of a deity. Blood sacrifice is, to my mind, one of the more powerful magicks one could perform, and so seemed particularly suitable for this. But it’s rather ethically sticky.

I may feel that the kind of energy contained in the outpouring of blood would be most efficacious in a serious situation, but I’m dead-set against the use of an unwilling victim for the purpose. So, in the past I’ve spilled my own blood with an athame, at the same time offering up prayers; it just didn’t seem to work as well as I thought it would. Perhaps, I thought, one needs lots of blood to generate any appreciable amount of energy.

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.

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.

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.

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