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(Note from Daven: To my chagrin, I discovered that I did not have a copy of this excellent document on my website, despite having it in my Book of Shadows. So, here it is. Enjoy it all.)
ALCOHOL, DRUGS: As we all know, there are many different views about these substances. As a general rule, don’t use them either before or during the ritual. In any case never bring anything illegal with you; this is to protect you and the community as well. If you are sponsoring the ritual please remember to have a non-alcoholic alternative for non-drinkers. It is not cute to secretly spike the punch – do not do it.
BAREFOOT: Not necessarily always required in circle, but definitely polite. In some traditions one goes unshod in respect of sacred space; and besides being respectful of others’ beliefs, you’re less likely to hurt someone by stepping on their toes if you’re not wearing shoes either. (This only applies to indoor rituals.)
(Note from Daven: This is a work on standard Numerology, as opposed to the Celtic Numerology that Mike Nichols wrote about. I place it here because this system of numerology is one of the most widely used in the world. You may need it one day. I know I did.)
Pythagorean System Of Numerology
Now simply total the numbers which represent the letters of your name.
JOHN PHILIP BROW’N would total: JOHN (1 + 6 + 8 + 5) = 20 = (2 + 0) = 2 PHILIP (7 + 8 + 9 + 3 + 9 + 7) = 43 = (4 + 3) = 7 BROWN (2 + 9 + 6 + 5 + 5) = 27 = (2 + 7) = 9
- Sword (doesn’t matter if sword is just for decor)
- candles (1 for each element +1 black candle)
- incense (preferably a dark colored incense any flavor)
- strip of leather (length of sword)
- bowl full of water (cauldron works)
Begin by cleansing your materials. Give any opening offerings to the Gods of your choice (preferably war Gods). Plot the land where you will work (mandatory outdoor ritual). Light the black candle and keep it burning throughout the ritual. Cast a circle using the sword by drawing the circle around you. Put sword in center of circle. Light the candle that represents Water and say:
In the element of Water I bless this sword to my name (your name here) .
Stretch out the leather and lay it across the sword. Let a few drops of the candle wax drop on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Earth and say:
In the name of the God (God’s name here) I bless this sword of the Earth.
Let some wax drip on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Air and the incense and say:
Performed with Non-Sectarian Group on 02/95
I The presider should gather the participants outside of the circle prior to starting the ritual outside of what will be the circle area.
You have come here on this eve of your own free will. I ask you to walk around and breath in the night air. Think about the life around you. Draw it into you. Think about the Life which is around you and which fills you. Walk around and talk and converse with those who are around you and will join you in this circle. When I call you to the circle, bring only your soul and not your physical body.
The presider should then cast the circle. You will need the usual ritual materials but also you will need the same number of scarves as their are participants. It could be scarves or just pieces of cloth. Make sure that you have the same number or even a few extra for safe measure.
(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.
(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.