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Glossary of Pagan and Wiccan Terms pt 2

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<– continued from

Mabon: the festival celebrated around Sept. 21, on the Autumnal Equinox, marking the second harvest and change of Autumn toward Winter, when Nature prepares for the time to come. A time of thanks and reflection by many old & new civilizations.

Mage: Old English for the singular, ‘Magus’ and plural, ‘Magi’; meaning a wise person. Can be a term of respect for a personal with great talent in a specific branch of magick; Herb Mage, Tarot Mage, etc.

Magic: the sleight of hand tricks, having ‘physical’, as opposed to ‘psychic’ exercise. NOTE: the word ‘magic’ is English from the Greek ‘magos’, and the Persian ‘magus’. The words mean a Seer or Wizard.

Magick: 1) the movement of natural energies to create needed change. 2) the process of building up the natural energies of certain objects for a purpose, then releasing it. 3) a natural practice of mind using matter.

Magick, candles: the practice of directing the energies emitted by burning candles to create needed change.

Magick, circle: see Circle.

Magick, crystal: the practice of using energy from crystals or minerals, to create needed change.

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Lesson 8: Mythology

Erin

Lesson 8, part 1: Mythology

All right, in this segment, we will look at some basics of Mythology, Gods and Goddesses.

Mostly, what one needs to understand when looking into mythology to any extent is that all mythology, from Christianity and the Bible, to Islamic and the Koran to the Druids and the Tain Bo and the Mabinogion, is that these are stories. That’s all. They are representations of a lesson to be learned, or a character to be explained, qualities to be pontificated on and so forth.

Our current mythology, in contemporary Western society, can be seen in the fables of Aesop, the books of our times, and also the movies that are popular. Epic stories about people that may or may not have existed, who are held up as models of behavior and honor.

An example of this: In one set of Irish myths, CuCulainn is a young boy and he kills a dog on a dare. It turns out it is the dog of a smith who raised this dog from a pup to guard him and his assets. Now without the dog, he has no protection. So CuCulainn (and the spelling differs) voluntarily takes on the job of guarding this man. The smith’s name is Culann and that is why CuCulainn is called what he is (his name means, literally, “hound of Culann”).

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Reposted from Tumblr

Erin

Okay, let me speak for a minute on the “myth of the chosen one” who would “bring balance to the Force”.

The Force is an energy field, created by all living things.  An energy field.  Like sunlight, like the electromagnetic spectrum.

As such, it is there, JUST there.  It has neither light nor dark aspects.  It simply IS.

It is HOW YOU USE IT and WHAT STATE OF MIND YOU ARE IN that determines if it is light or dark.  Using the Force with Anger, Fear, Hate, that’s dark aspected.  Using it in Peace, Compassion, Generosity, those are light aspected.  It’s a tool, like a crossbow.  Use a crossbow in anger against a tree, it’s not good, but not bad either.  Use the crossbow in anger against a person, that’s manslaughter.  Use a crossbow to protect a person from another, it’s Guardianship.  Same thing with the Force.

That’s the first thing.

Second is this:

You have a hundred thousand weiders of the Force who use the light side.  You have (maybe) five weilders of the Force who use the dark side.  Imagine a scale if you will.  Place 100,000 grains of rice on one side, five on the other.  How do you achieve balance between the two pans?

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A Druid’s Tale

Erin

By Cat Treadwell
Moon Books, copyright 2012, $19.95 US
ISBN 1780991134
ISBN13 978-1-78099-113-9

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Well, it took some time to get this book so I could review it for you all, and I’m glad it did. This was one book that the wait was worth it.

In the interest of full disclosure, I believe I know Cat from way back. Back in the early 00’s, I was part of and an administrator on many pagan boards, among them “Druid” which was a Yahoo! group that had (insert gasps here) druids on it. We talked about nearly everything. At the time I was known as Daven and I learned a lot of what I now hold dear in my life there, and a lot of my attitudes were gelled from things I felt, rather than knew. I believe I met Cat there and we swapped lots of debates.

Time passes and life intervened and we grew apart. I left the group and she did her thing. I’m glad that she wrote this book so I could become reacquainted with my friend.

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Resume

Erin

Well, just got an email from a lady who wanted some very specific information from me, so that she could judge the “correctness” of the Journal by what I had to say. She wanted, in effect, my Pagan Resume’.

So, I’m going to do something that I rarely do and that is talk about myself. BUT, I’m also going to put it behind a “cut” so that it’s not super-public where any idiot with an RSS reader can see it, they actually have to click on a link to get this information.

So, if you are using an aggregator like Thunderbird, click on the link to this post and read it in full if that is what you want to do. If you found this page through the actual blog, then you will have to click on the “more” link below to see the rest of it.

Okay, first off I have to say that this information in here is very personal. The other thing I have to say is that most of this is covered in other places around this site. Next it’s going to sound like I’m name dropping, but I’m really not. Last, believe me, don’t believe me, it’s entirely up to you.

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The Dhuile, a teaching poem

Erin

(Note from Daven:  I was inspired to write this just because, but I have had good critical reviews of it, up to Searles O’Dubhain telling me that is was excellent and of good use for any number of things.  So, here you go.)

The Dhuile, a teaching poem

By Daven

Face the Sun in the South
The first element.
The body, element, and direction
The Dhuile guide us
in all that we do.

Look all of you at the heavens
You are given a Face to be seen
To raise it to the Sun and to Face the South
not to hide as so many do
but to be visible for all
to talk to.

Mind the Moon that shines Inwards
For the Light of the mother
can be in any direction
but the most important one
is the light shining inside your soul.

For the Gods think, and so should we
the Moon is the sister of the Sun
and inwards is the direction we all travel
so pay attention to what is inside
since it is so important to you.
It will be with you always.

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So mad

Erin

Congratulations, I’m now over being sad and depressed. I’ve gone all the way to Pissed Off.

Read this first: That pissing damned file. Please note, this has been circulating in many places, I got it in email myself.

Okay, there are many problems with this damned thing.

Let’s start with the fact that after September 11th, we had the most support from foreign countries in the history of the nation. EVERY nation, with a few exceptions, were calling and emailing and showing support for us. Everyone thought it was a horrific thing that happened. ALL of them thought that the attacks on the World Trade Center were horrific and a crime against humanity. I seem to remember speeches from the floor of the UN about how terrible this was.

What happened? Simple. The invasion of Iraq was not about terrorism or anything other than revenge. All these nations didn’t support the invasion because it had nothing to do with anything except revenge of the Bush Dynasty against the towelheads that hurt them in 1990 and 1991. The Iraquis put up a hell of a defense and we tore it down, but we didn’t have the will to finish the job as a nation. So Daddy Bush has nothing to show for his 4 years in office.

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The Future of Paganism

Erin

As we move through time and head into a new millennium, this topic is on many people’s minds. Where do we go, what happens next, and what should I do to help?

This article will address those questions, and can be summed up in one word, acceptance.

Many of us don’t think that we can do anything much to help paganism out and into mainstream acceptance, but I like to think that we all can do our part. It seems such a big job to bring the light of public acceptance to such a small corner of religion as a whole, and since it IS such a big job, many of us decide that we don’t have the time, resources, and energy to start that job, so we don’t do anything.

In this day and age, this is an intolerable attitude. There are things that all of us can do, must do, to keep events from continuing to happen like they did to The Church of Iron Oak, and many other examples I could name.

What is the largest problem that we as a community have in getting mainstream religions to accept us? It is the misconceptions that have been perpetuated for decades against us. How do we counter this?

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The Housewives Tarot

Erin

by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum
Headcase Design, 2004 $14.95
ISBN 1-931686-99-8
Available from Quirk Books

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Once upon a time, there were the 1950’s. During that decade, all women were told they had to be super moms, had to care about waxy buildup on their floors and had to wear pearls for their husbands at all times.

Men had to take care of the family, including their parents and the parents of their wife by working themselves into an early grave. They were supposed to wear smoking jackets to have that after dinner drink. This was the newly created middle class and everyone wanted to be a part of the single family Levittown tract housing suburbia. And thus, the nuclear family was born. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, watch “Leave it to Beaver” and “Father Knows Best” for a few days straight since these were held up as the paragon of all that is “The American Family ™”.

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Compiled Imbolic Information

Erin

(Note from Daven:  As you know, I am a member of Ancientsites, and as such, and being a Druid there, I sometimes have to do research on different holidays for the celebrations going on there.  This is the compiled information on Imbolic.  I gave this to my superior, one Ninian Cuchulainn for use in writing the celebration for use on the public boards.)

Compiled Imbolic Information

Credit this to Shannon Iceni

A good book on the Druids…’The World of the Druids” by Green has a little bit about Imbolic.

Celebrated Feb 1st it Celebrates the first sign of spring the lactation of the ewes. Imbolic means purification. This Sabbat was closely associated with the Irish Goddess Brigit who later became a Christian saint. So it is closely related to purification and possibly connected to luring the sun back to the earth using fire as a tool in sympathetic magic.

Another reference, although not as scholarly (sp?) , is McCoy’s “The Sabbats”. There is a reference to a lit wheel of the year later mutating to a crown of flowers on the maids head. ..

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