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Jesus has been lost again

Erin

I went looking for this today because I didn’t remember it all, but it is so perfect that I wanted to share here again, just so that you can all remember along with me and enjoy it again.

So, I’m standing at a bus stop and they pull up. A car load of well meaning, bible thumping nut cases that are just frantic! The middle aged professionally dressed woman rushes forward…She takes my arm and with trembling voices she asks….”Have you found Jesus?” Her eyes plead with an urgency that is out of proportion to a bus stop.

Now normally I just politely decline the sermon, and free religious paperwork that such folk pawn off on unsuspecting by-standers. But, unfortunately for her, she is the fourth car to accost me in the last 9 minutes. So by now I’m beginning to wonder what the heck is wrong with these people. I mean if its not Christians it is the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Can a simple Druid get no peace?

So calmly as I can muster, without being sarcastic I reply, “You people lost him, again??”

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The War on Yule

Erin

This was shared with me by a friend of mine, Seshen Wolfsong, Priestess in the Lycian Way living in Texas and a friend of mine for as long as I can remember.

It’s a small story about the war on Yule, and I think that even though this is tongue in cheek, it’s still a heck of a commentary on Wicca, Yule and Paganism in general.

After all, all parody and jokes start with a nugget of truth.

Every Year, it’s the War on Wicca

Sometime in the future I plan on acquiring permission to repost and archive this article here at the Journal.

Originally posted 2011-04-17 07:49:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Lesson 10: Herbalism

Erin

Herbalism, part 1

This section will study the BASICS of herbalism. This is not meant to be an in-depth study of this subject, because it is extremely complex and learning intensive. The course of study with herbalism will make one equivalent to a Doctor of Medicine, if one goes about it correctly.

This is why, for the Druids, herbalists were given their own sub-set and specialization, the Deagbaire. Oriental (especially Chinese) herbalists are considered to be doctors in their own countries, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof.

There are literally thousands of herbs known to exist today. Each has properties unique to the herb, as well as having properties in common with many different herbs. Each has a specific way to get those properties out and make them into a useful form for us. An herbalist needs to know this in order to make the best use of the herbs.

This is not to say that this kind of activity is not it’s own reward. If you enjoy green, growing things, if you enjoy smelling a crushed herb, if you like hiking in the woods and a pastoral existence, if you enjoy chemistry, then by all means, go into a course with Broom Naifer to learn everything you can about herbs and herbology.

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Harry Potter

Erin

First published on “The Juggler”

You know, I wish that there was a thing called LOGIC in the world.

Because if there was, all these people running around (like Pope Benedict XVI and others) would realize that reading does not equal becoming.

Yes, Harry Potter has witches in it. Yes, there are Wizards in there. No, it is not Pagan. (Point in fact, there is no mention anywhere what religion Harry and the others are.) No, it is not Satanic. No, it is not Wiccan. No, there is no chance, unless the child is already leaning that way, that Harry Potter will lead children away from the CHURCH.

It’s a book people. Get over it. It’s one of those things that you open up and read from. Like the BIBLE. Like the Hymnals. Like Science books (oh, I’m sorry, those are satanic too, aren’t they? Because they may lead people into thinking that the Bible has been edited and contains contradictions in it).

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Midsummer Magickal Celebrations of the Summer Solstice

Erin

by Anna Franklin
Llewellyn Publications, 2002
ISBN 0-7387-0052-5

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Anna Franklin should be an old hand at this, since she worked on Lammas with Paul Mason previously. This is her opportunity to shine, and shine she does with this book.

As with the other books in this series, there is a lot of information that the reader will have to assimilate. It is a reference work, not designed to be a book that is read once and sold to the used bookstore.

To that end, it has quite a bit of good information in it, from the origins of Midsummer and resultant celebrations, to Craft how-tos.

Those pagans who do not follow a European/Wiccan path will find this book of use also, since there are references to Chinese and African midsummer celebrations, as well as the standard European rites.

Ms. Franklin also includes footnotes for those of us who crave more information on a fact she cites. They are usually referencing works from the time she is researching, such as citing a passage in The Golden Bough for a declaration she made about the Roman Midsummer Celebrations. I find this in and of it self, extremely helpful.

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Definition of Wiccan/Pagan and so on…

Erin

Message: At one of the Lurker’s request,
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni
Date: May 11, 2000 21:40

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Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Sabbat

Erin

September 21-23

[The Altar and surroundings should be decorated with autumn flowers, leaves, pumpkins and squash, as well as pinecones, leaves, and boughs around the Circle proper. Once the Temple is erected, the Priest and Priestess join in front of the altar and kiss. ]

Covener: Now that the season of plenty draws to its close, let us listen to the words of Rhiannon as she speaks through her Priestess, ___________ here.

[The Priestess spreads her hands toward the people.]

Priestess: My love is ever with my Pagans.
Although the season of plenty draws to a close,
Think not that I forsake you,
For I am with you always.
I watch over you, as does my Consort, The Horned One.
When the dark months descend
Then will Woden hold vigil over you;
As you will over him.
For know you that as Man needs the Gods,
So do the Gods need Man.

[Priestess takes up the Salted Water. The Priest leads the coven members in a dance around the Circle, the Priestess sprinkles them with the water as they pass her. They dance around three times. Priestess replaces the water on the altar.]

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Lesson 2; Altar Basics Part 2

Erin

<— Continued

Message: Thalada,
Author: Cainte – Daven Iceni

Date: Apr 28, 2000 12:22

Yes, I understand perfectly where you are coming from.  I too carry a “Sacred Space” around with me all the time.  I have my altar in my head, as well as a Shrine, and a “crash kit” for emergency rituals.

However, let’s start at the beginning.  That’s a pretty advanced attitude that takes years to develop.  Baby steps before driving a car….

LOOHTA  (Laughter of one heart to another)

Message: Druid Shrines
Author: DJW – OllahmLaoich Urchurdan
Date: Apr 28, 2000 19:02

Daven Said:
“As to Druidic practice, I have no idea.  I would assume from archeological evidence that the Druids used SOME kind of Altar during their worship, but there is little evidence that I know of.  (If anyone has evidence supporting this, please let me know about it.)”

The only thing that comes to mind are the ‘Nemed’, probably more in line with the shrine concepts than the altar. There’s not much to go on concerning altars. But there were holy places. Places seen as ‘between’ were important (where water meets land, caves, wells, etc). There are instances of offering pits (some going for many meters underground), and certain spots in rivers where offerings are found. Also, trees have been repositories for gifts, eg. colored cloth.

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Weaver Weave Your Circle

Erin

[To hear the tune for this song, click]

Weaver, weave your circle tight,
Spin a web of glowing light,
Earth and Air and Fire and Water,
Bind us to you.

Father in the coming night,
Gather in your ancient might,
Sage and warrior, horned hunter,
Guide us to you.

Great Is from whom all things come,
In you Lord and Lady are one
Earth and Air and Fire and Water,
Bind us to you.

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2014-06-04 21:33:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Happy 2000 from Dalai Lama

Other Author

(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:

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

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