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Imbolic Sabbat

Erin

January 31

[Pronounced Im-ball-ick. Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss. On the Altar are the two candles from Yule. They are not lit. Each witch has an unlit candle tucked into his/her belt.]

Priestess: Now has the Lord reached the zenith of His journey
It is good that we rejoice for Him.
From now till Beltane is the path ahead less dark,
For He can see the Lady at its end.

Priest: I urge ye, Wiccans all,
To give now your hearts to our Lord Woden.
Let us make this a Feast of Torches
To carry Him forward, in light,
To the arms of Freya.

[Priest and Priestess take up the extra candles off the Altar. Witches take the candles from their belts.]

Priest and Priestess: Light now your flames from the Sacred Altar.

[Females light their candles from the Priest’s; males from the Priestess’s. When all are lit they hold them high in their left hand, Seaxes high in their right.]

All: To Woden. The Mighty one,
Do we give our love and our strength.
So be it!

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Christianity for the Perplexed Pagan

Other Author

(Note from Daven:  This is not my own authorship, but it’s an excellent article about Christianity for those who have not encountered it before.  It’s written to be tongue in cheek, meaning a joke, but it’s accurate enough that I include it here.  I have the author’s permission to post it)

By Wood Avens

Most Pagans encounter Christians from time to time, but do not always know much about the religion of Christianity and what Christians are likely to believe. It is, of course, a very large subject, to which many months of study could be devoted. A brief overview of the main characteristics may, however, be helpful.

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Seax-Wica

Erin

The Symbol of Seax-WicaThe History of Seax-Wica is a short and interesting one. There are no long myths of the origins of the tradition, no claims to antiquity, and very few conflicting versions of how the tradition came to be.

Mostly Seax-Wica came from the vision of one man, Raymond Buckland. While he was in America teaching the tradition he learned from Gardner to us willing Americans, he found his own ideas developing along lines that differed in important ways from Gardner’s. So, he kept true to his oaths of silence and split with Gardner. He spent many years researching Pagan traditions, and he sat down and wrote, from start to finish, Seax-Wica.

Seax-Wica has a basis of Saxon belief. From what Buckland has said and what I have read, there is a mish-mash of traditions and celebrations intermixed into this tradition, mainly because the Saxon culture itself was made up of many different traditions as well. Many scholars have tried to separate out “pure” Saxon from the rest, and it can’t be done.

Because of this, you have a Norse influence in the Gods’ names. Instead of something completely different, the God is Woden and the Goddess is Freya. If you didn’t know that the Saxons were heavily influenced by the Norse, you could get more than a bit confused by this seeming deity displacement.

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To be a witch

Erin

A friend of mine (seshen if you want to know, linked to the right) posted this thing about “what it means to be a witch”. I’ll quote it below and give you my comments.

A woman was asked by a co-worker, “What is it like to be a witch?”

The co-worker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin. The Goddess picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then She cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. She removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then She carves you a new smiling face and puts Her Light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin.

~author unknown~

Bullshit.

What it’s like is similar to being a deity. You have no one to blame but yourself. It is completely in your power what you make of your life and how you live it. That is what it is like to be a witch. You can’t cop out, you can’t blame others, you can’t blame the gods, you can’t blame fate for the hell your life may be. It is up to you to do or not to do what you will, with the tools you have.

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Advancing the Witches Craft

Erin

By Lord Foxglove
New Page Books, 2005 $19.99
ISBN 1-56414-811-4

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


When I received this book from New Page, I had a couple things strike me. First to hit me was that it looked to be one of those books that propose to do a lot and teach a lot and miserably fail at the job. The second was that this book, unlike any other metaphysical/NewAge/spiritual book I’m aware of, had a CD in it.

No, not a Certificate of Deposit, but a real audio CD to play in the CD player in your car or the one with the headphones from your kid’s room. I saw that and was stopped for a minute or two.

The only other books I have ever seen with a CD in them were “how to” books for computers. How to use Microsoft Office, how to write in HTML, how to program in Visual C++, how to use Outlook 98 and so on. This was the first I had ever heard of that was in a metaphysical book. So I thought it was for listening to in the car.

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My Copyright Page

Erin

Well, circumstances have conspired to force me to come up with a Copyright page, laying out in plain terms what uses of my work are acceptable and which are not.

I really didn’t want it to come to this, but I’m seeing more and more theft of intellectual property from more and more sites.  It seems that certain fluffy members of the Canar communities can’t be bothered with writing their own damned material, they have to go and take other people’s work.  With this statement, I hope to avoid the accusation of “I didn’t tell anyone”.

People, I work long and hard for the money I need to support my family.  I do this journal in my spare time.  I write my lessons in my spare time.  I do everything that has to do with Canaric life, Paganism, Druidism, Wicca and spirituality in my spare time.  This means that in many cases I short change my family to write what you see here.  Seeing this posted to other people’s sites, without my name or my email address on it PISSES me off to no end, and it’s illegal.  I don’t mind you taking it and using it, but doing so without permission and claiming it as YOUR work, or worse, as “unattributed” makes me see red.  If this continues, I will pull this site entirely and sic some lawyers on you all.  I watch for my work appearing elsewhere, and I do notify offenders.

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The Candle Contest

Other Author

by The Open Hearth Foundation

Once upon a time, four young witches visited an elder at her small house where they talked long into the night about many wondrous things. Finally it came time to sleep and the elder said, “I’m sorry friends… but there is only one spare bed, so the rest must sleep on the floor.”

“So who should get the bed?” asked one.

“And how should we decide?” asked another.

The elder thought for a moment and said, “I’ll place a candle on the table for each of you to blow out… and the one to use the best magick will win the bed.”

So the first witch approached the candle and focused on the air. Soon a strong wind was circling the room and knocking pictures from the walls. Finally the wind hit upon the candle and blew out the flame.

“Very good,” said the elder as she re-lit the candle and re-hung the pictures, “Who would like to try next?”

So the second witch approached the candle and focused on the flame. Soon the flame was three-feet tall and burning like a torch. The candle was quickly consumed and the flame snuffed itself out.

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One Nation Under God

Erin

Vincent M. Wales
DGC Press, 2004 $15.95
ISBN 0-9741337-0-1

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I have to admit, when the publicist approached me and asked me to review this book, I was somewhat cautious. I don’t normally review fiction, nor do I review books that don’t talk about Paganism in general. I have made a few exceptions for one reason or another. This time I’m very glad I did.

This book is a dystopian look at what could happen if the current policies in America are continued forward into the 2020’s. There are only a few characters, the President’s daughter, a man named Jude and another named “Thomas Paine”. The President is a fundamentalist Christian, and his family is as well. Their best friend is Gene Sisco (a copy of Jerry Falwell) who blames the current state of America on Pagans, Gays, Satan and any other scapegoat he can find. Additionally, Congress is Conservative and Christian, and the Supreme Court is also ultra conservative and ultra Christian.

So, as one may surmise given this setup, there starts a chain of events that affects everyone in the book, and the nation as well.

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Morning Thought

Erin

You know, I have been reading and doing for several years now, and most of what I have seen is the same Wicca 101 basics presented over and over and over again. This is both online and in print books.

Lately, however, I have been seeing more books that take the basic concepts presented in the 101 format and they thuroughly explore those concepts, in many cases taking them to logical conclusions. Or they take those concepts and build upon them for the next order of information.

In other words, there seems to be a trend of Wicca 201 and Wicca 301 books coming to market, and this makes me VERY happy to see. I truly hope this trend continues.

Originally posted 2011-07-10 21:42:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sisters of the Dark Moon

Erin

by Gail Wood
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0095-9

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Well, this certainly lives up to it’s title. This is a book designed for all those out there who wish to explore the “darker” side of femininity.

While in and of itself, this is not a bad thing, there are any number of ways this could have been presented. Personally, I think the author did a wonderful job presenting it as she has.

For an overview, the book takes the Moon cycles of the New Moon (Dark Moon) and writes a series of rituals to perform to explore the Goddess aspect that she feels is associated with that moon. So, in the month of May, we have a ritual that can be done to get us closer to the Dark Aspect of the Gemini Moon. Working with the Goddess of that moon, The Twins who are the focus of Gemini, and other mythological aspects that are linked with that season’s moon.

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