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BRIGIT OF THE CELTS

Other Author

(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.

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Everyday Lessons

Erin

There are times in everyone’s life when a simple look around can teach more than all the knowledge in an encyclopedia.

What do I mean by that? Many people think learning can only be accomplished in a classroom. Valuable lessons are learned there. Just as many lessons are also available walking down the street. Some people do not think that daily life has lessons to offer. There is a need for classrooms, but many of our most painful lessons will happen far from institutions of higher learning.

Granted, it is simpler to learn from a person who knows the answers. Teachers usually have the knowledge that we are trying to learn, without paying the cost in sweat and struggle. Just wrap the answers you need into a neat little package and present it with a bow. Ultimately, though, isn’t that a cheat? Our teachers have been through the process of learning that we now want handed to us. That devalues the information and deprives us of the work.

Many more things can be learned by the attempt to learn, even if we fail, than can ever be learned by suddenly “knowing” the answer.

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A Samhain Ritual

Erin

[A Note from Daven: This will require some explanation. My wife and I were active in Ancient Sites as you may know by now, and this ritual was found on the Internet while Theresa was researching Samhain for her “family’s” celebration. She adapted it some and this is the result.

It is very moving and a transitional experience. Eldrich is the Druid of the Clan, Mai is my wife, a spaewife, and the Bard is someone else. Just read it through.]

Message: Awake with the sun
Author:
Druid – Eldrich Niall, Patron
Date: Oct 31, 1999 10:33

Eldrich stretches his creaking bones, refreshed by a long and dream-filled sleep. The sound of wood-chopping nearby assures him that the clanfolk are busy with Samhain preparations. Warming in the early sunshine, he allows himself the luxury of one more restorative stretch. Then he reaches for his staff and hobbles towards the crannog.

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The Hero Redeemed

Erin

(A Note from Daven: The Hero Redeemed is an assignment I received from an auditor of one of my classes. This was turned in for an assignment given in the mythology lesson.)

The Hero Redeemed- An Archetypical Myth

Author: Posting for a lurker – Daven Iceni

(Daven’s Note: I received this via email today. Apparently there is a group of Non-AS residents who follow this class, and email me their assignments. So, we have auditors in the classroom, be on your best behavior. I have their permission to post this, but I was asked to keep their identity to myself.)

In the story I will be examining I have found a modern retelling of the classic myth of personal redemption. In the true Grecian style, a Deus Ex Machina is employed to resolve the conflict.

(Daven’s Comment: For those of you not familiar with the device of Deus Ex Machina [Okay, I had to look it up too.] I will explain it in brief here. It’s the device used where a benevolent Power intervenes in the story to make it “all better”. It’s “and the little boy fell out of bed and woke up, it was all a dream” cheat that drives me out of my mind.)

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A Circle of Stones

Erin

by Erynn Rowan Laurie
Megalithica Books, 2012 $19.99
ISBN 978-1-905713-77-6

Review by Erin

Rating: ★★★★½ 

I love reissuances of books that have become classics because the publisher and the author has a huge chance to make sure that they are correcting anything that is wrong with the original edition, if they decide to take that step. Personally I don’t think this actually needs any revision.  It started out as a good book and continues to be a good book.

Ms. Laurie has done a wonderful job of explaining Irish spirituality in such a way that it is not threatening to the new student.  As I read through it, I found that many of the things contained in these pages were almost directly from what I was taught when I started my Druidic studies, and I wondered at the plagiarism, but then I realized that her book actually predated my studies by nearly a decade.  I guess I have to talk to my teacher about that.

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Impress Anti-Fluff Bunnies

Irreverend Hugh

An Irreverent Look at Ourselves and Our Supposed “Movement”

Which Degenerates into a Discussion of Theology.

The first rule is that you must bash the threefold rule and the Wiccan rede. This is essential in proving your anti-fluffy status. Once you can learn to parrot the correct words and cliches regarding the fluffiness of these two Wiccan concepts, you have proven to yourself and to others what a real serious Pagan you are, especially if you are an Asatruar or a Celtic Reconstructionist, but really especially if you consider yourself a Witch but not a Wiccan.

Secondly, you must, no matter how many times you have heard, seen, or read it before, believe that you are really the first person to point out that the word “witch” is not the exclusive monopoly of Wiccans. (Despite the fact that it seems that they are the majority of people who use the word as a title for themselves.) And then you must laugh at all those sorry souls who ignorantly protest the yearly Halloween imagery of green-skinned black hat wearing witches because it causes prejudice. (I must admit I find those people pretty funny too, but I listen to what they have to say anyway.)

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Sex Magick

Erin

This is a very potent type of magick in which the act of making love is used to fuel the spell.

The first thing that needs to be done is for both partners to have it clear in their minds just what the goal of the spell should be. This is necessary so that both people can have an idea of what needs to be done. The man may not be able to keep his mind on it, and the woman may find it hard to do so as well, but they both need to subconsciously keep their minds on where the energy is going and what it is supposed to do.

After the goal is clear in each person’s mind, stimulation should begin. Start slowly and build higher and faster. Normally this process should take at least a half an hour. Penetration and orgasm should be avoided at this time. The male should be over-stimulated, while the man is also arousing the female. Ideally, the man should be almost mindless with pleasure.

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Wicca: A New Religion of the Old Gods

Irreverend Hugh

Breaking Craft Stereotypes:
“Just because my religion gives me a cyclical view of life, doesn’t mean I’ll let you run me around in circles.”

The Wiccan “cosmology,” if you will, describing a twin axis between a double-aspected God and triple-aspected Goddess, and a deep yet seldom explored (at least by hordes of new and increasingly vocal Wiccans) four element schema cross-referenced by a yearly cyclical calendar based off of a creative interpretation of observable natural events is all a modern collective vision. Many of the things that make up this cosmology can be said to stretch back towards humanity’s self-consciously accepted “pre-history.” But this is nothing new in the history of religions. New religions often take up strands of older practices or viewpoints and synthesize them into new practices and meanings relevant for those doing task of weaving them together. Many of Wicca’s practices and certainly most of its belief structure can be correctly said to be modern developments. This is, in and of itself, the way things have always been with human spirituality and religion.

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The Complete Story of Mark Ventimiglia

Erin

Well, it appears that this story will not die.  It has cropped up on another board.  It also appears that my pages here are confusing to follow chronologically and for that I am sorry.  So, I’m going to post this page and link everything I have that’s relevant in order so that this story unfolds logically.  Sorry about the confusion.

I’m going to lay this out chronologically and link the relevant pieces of information in as they happen, I hope this will make things less confusing to the reader.  There are links in here to evidence as needed.


  1. Seax-Wica has been getting fewer and fewer adherents for a while now. No one is to blame for this, but The Tree is out of print and with the One Book and I’m A Witch set, it’s getting harder for our tradition to be seen in the flood of books on the market these days.

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Green Witchcraft III

Erin

The Manual

by Ann Moura (Aoumiel)
Llewellyn Publications, copyright 2000
ISBN 1-56718-688-2

By Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

As with the others of this series I received them all in one package from the publisher, and it’s a good thing too. Ms. Moura has done one thing I find irritating above all; she constantly cross-references her own work in this book. Most times that is not a bad thing, but in this book it is taken to an extreme where one MUST have the preceding books in order to follow along with the lessons she presents.

In fact, she states plainly in the introduction to this work that one must have her first volume (Green Witchcraft: Folk Magick, Fairy Lore and Herb Craft also from Llewellyn Publications) in order to understand her manual.

Normally this is not much of a problem, but in this book, it quickly gets away from the author. In every section of every chapter she has some reference to her preceding book, and in some cases even references information from her second book.

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