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(Note from Daven: This is a poem I found in the book mentioned below. When I first read it, I was moved by the power of this poem and I tried to memorize it, without success. I have since copied it here, and I still think it’s very powerful.
The blank in the first line is so that the person chanting it can “customize” it to their situation. Like naming a name of someone you are with, or the place you are in, or what have you.)
_______________ in this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power.
And the Sun with all it’s brightness,
And the Snow with all its whiteness,
And fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightening with its rapid wrath
And the winds with their swiftness along their path
And the sea with its deepness
And the rocks with their steepness
And the Earth with its starkness
All these I place,
By God’s almighty help and grace,
Between myself and the powers of Darkness.
With thanks to Madeline L’engle
“A Swiftly Tilting Planet”
Originally posted 2015-07-28 18:05:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
(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.
(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.
(Daven’s Note: This is a reprint from The Daily Press and is used here by permission. I saw this article and knew that I had to link it here, and in the interest of keeping it available for future reference, I’m reposting it here. I hope that you all will respect their copyright and not reprint it without their permission.)
So it’s happened again, just as it does every year around this time: A concerted effort to subvert the real meaning of the holiday and twist it into something far removed from its origins.
To take an ancient and revered celebration and rebrand it.
That’s right – it’s the annual War on Wicca.
No, no. Just kidding. What I’m really talking about is the annual War on Paganism, of which Wicca is a small subset.
That’s right: Every year, pagan symbols and festivities stretching back thousands of years are co-opted in the name of Christmas. Without thanks or barest acknowledgment.
Christmas trees everywhere, but no mention of the pagans and their reverence for evergreens or lighting the yule log to chase away midwinter gloom, and whose “Yule” is now synonymous with Christmas.
(Daven’s Note: I am unsure as to the copyright status of this particular document, but I have contacted the author several times to request permission to reprint it here, but I have never gotten a response. I hope that the author will contact me if they have a problem with it being reprinted here.)
Everything I Know About Romance I Learned From the Addams Family
Morticia: “Oh darling, do you remember the emotional roller coaster, the raging hormones, the constant heartache of our first love?”
Gomez: “Yes. Too bad we can’t relive that agony.”
Looking back, I realize that I have learned a great deal from television, much more than I ever did from parents, educators, scoutmasters, the church or even Willie the greasy transient behind the grocery store. Whenever I needed to know how to navigate through life’s stormy waters, television was there.
When I needed to know how to read, count and consider sock puppets as intellectual equals, there was Sesame Street, The Electric Company and ZOOM. Jeopardy, Family Feud and the $100,000 Pyramid helped fill in those gaps in my knowledge that grade school inexplicably skipped. The Price is Right taught me rudimentary economics and comparative shopping, while Emergency! helped me learn the vital importance of having a cool head and thousands of gallons of water under pressure.
The Magic of Ancient Celtic Beliefs in a Contemporary Society
(Note from Daven: I have personally read most of these texts and references. I find them to be some of the best sources of information. I highly recommend all these books, and I will append a list of my own personal favorites to the end of this article. Or at least, put the rest of the “recommended reading lists” there.)
The purpose of this listing is to help the novice sort out the reliable from the sensational in the wealth of material that is now available on Witchcraft. I have left out old historical treatises (records of the Inquisition and such) which are of little value to the modern student, and have concentrated instead on contemporary sources. This also yields a much more objective perspective. ~~ Mike Nichols [c.1989]
‘Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today’ – 2nd ed. – by Margot Adler. Beacon Press trade paperback.
(Note from Daven: This is really good advise on how a student should act with a teacher or a HP/HPS. I would like you to read it and think about the corollaries of how a teacher should act with a student. I think this goes with the Seeker’s Bill of Rights. We have lives too. I have known too many who think that all a Priest/ess does is stand around waiting for the coveners to get their act together. Not so.)
25 January 1994
1157 1/2 West 30th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
During the 1960s a gentleman once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” I believe that the same applies to Wicca and ones search for a group, mentor, or High Priest/Priestess. Although their is much which you can (and should) ask of your High Priest/ess remember that there are certain obligations which are expect of you as a student. Remember that learning is a two way process. The Student/Covener learns or is given information from the High Priest/ess; however, since no one knows it all the teacher also learns from the student. In order for the relationship to work, both parts most do their share for the greater good of the whole.
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
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.
An Open Letter to Young Seekers
If you are under 18, you will probably already have noticed that young folks generally elicit different reactions from adults in the Pagan community than what you’d like. You’ve probably had a great deal of difficulty finding someone to answer your questions honestly, or a respected teacher who is willing or able to teach you what you really want to know.
Following is part of the general information we make available for young seekers. If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer what we can, but please understand if sometimes the answer is “you really need to ask your parents.” (If your parents support your interest and would like more information about Wicca, please have them contact us. Or bring them to a Laughing Cat meeting, where they can ask questions and meet members of the local Pagan community.)
We hope you can understand that without knowing your parents, and hearing directly from them that they support your interest in Wicca, an ethical teacher or mentor cannot work with you. Most groups and private teachers don’t accept seekers under 16 or 18. (Some even require you to be 21 — or even older!)