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Bunnyhunting part 2

Erin

First Published on “The Juggler”

Many that I have talked to about this topic have expressed to me that one of the reasons they hunt bunnies are because of the PR war.

Think back to the icons that are being held up on TV and in the media as “typical witches”. You find that most of them are extremeists. People like Lady Belladona LeVeau on the recent show “Wife Swap”. AP with brooms? Fire spinning? Teaching her children how to be a HPS instead of a human being? House elves? And that’s a minor example.

How about Jonathon ‘The Impaler’ Sharkey? Remember him? He’s the “vampire” who was running for the post of Governor of Minnesota, who promised to put the Ten Commandments AND the Wiccan Rede in every government building in Minnesota, as well as impailing criminals on the Capital Lawn. He claims to be a witch and his wife is also a Pagan, according to what they say.

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Eris, the Goddess of Confusion, Chaos, and Laughter

Irreverend Hugh

(Note from Daven: Please note, this is NOT my article, but it is THE best article I have ever seen dealing with who Eris is and why we should care.  Do not make the mistake of dismissing this goddess just because she seems scary like other trickster/chaotic deities (like Loki, Coyote and Discordia) have been in the past.  They are CRITICAL to our world.  I made a comment when I read this article, and the author said it was one of the best summations of how a Discordian sees Chaos:  “Creative Chaos. Without chaos, no inventions can happen, no progress can be made, for it is the spark of the Chaotic that prompts inspiration. Total Order is stagnation. ” So, keep that in mind.)

Eris, the Goddess of Confusion, Chaos, and Laughter

by “Irreverend Hugh (otherwise known as Triskell), KSC, of the Discordians for Softer Sandpaper Society”

“Eris doesn’t want your soul. She only wants to talk to you.”

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Everyday Magic

Erin

by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2002 $9.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-469-3
Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

This is another of the books I wanted to look at for it’s suitability for my Magick Class. I must say, that I think this text will cut the nut.

What do I mean by that? I think that Dorothy has done an exceptional job of staying on topic and having original information for the reader.

Of note in this book is a section that many practical magickians would be thrilled to see, a section on modern twists to old spells. One example of this is her tale of how she learned to use an automatic drip coffee maker as her tool for making infusions and tinctures of herbs. She has several suggestions that many books of this kind skip. Things like why you do different magicks at different moon phases, how the time of day effects magick, the day of the week and the best explanation as to why one would do their spells in rhyme. I’ll admit that I am somewhat resistant to doing rhyming couplets in my spells and chants, but Dorothy has convinced me that it can be a powerful addition to my spell.

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Religion vs. Spirituality

Erin

I was posting on another board and I realized why I hate the term “I’m a religious person”. To me it implies that the person who is saying it is more concerned with the forms of their faith than with the actual faith itself.

I’m going to use a few terms here, and before I get started I wanted to define them somewhat.

Faith: The internal connection to whatever. It is the acknowledgment that there is a spirit and that many different and various things can and do happen to that spirit after death. In this case, I am using spirit interchangably with “intellect”.

Spirituality: The internal and personal relationship with whatever deities or spirits there are in the world around you. It is possible to be spiritual and not have any worship of invisible beings.

Religion: The forms of that honoring and worship.

The religion is the institutional and ritualized form of spirituality.

This is getting scattered. I find it possible to be intensely spiritual and not be religious at all. One can have a day to day interaction with the unseen world and never do a ritual honoring that world.

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Site Dedication

Erin

This page was on my front page in place of the rant for a long time, with the normal rant being removed.  I add it into the “Site Stuff” section because it’s important in a way that the normal rant is not.

Your normally scheduled rant has been suspended for the time being, so that I can write to you about something that you may not think about.

Your relatives.

I will be the first person to say that I have a shitty relationship with my family.  I have tried multiple times to bridge the gap between my father and I, my mother and I, my sisters and I, but it seems like no matter what I do, it’s not good enough.  I try and I have tried to be the person they expect me to be, but it does not seem to matter.  I’ll also stipulate that I’m at fault for some of it.  I am judgmental and short of patience with them at times.  <shrug> Perhaps it is all my fault that we are not closer.  But I am at a point in my life now that I am unwilling to sacrifice what I have now and the happiness that I have to gain their approval.  They can either approve of me as I am or they can stay away if I am that much of a burden and disappointment.

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Privilege, Not Persecution

Other Author

Note from Daven:I was directed toward this essay on Livejournal by a friend. I read it and thought it was one of the best of its type on the Internet. I didn’t want the essay to be lost because it was on an obscure blog, so I asked for permission to repost it here. Please read this and comment on the original article if you chose too.

By [personal profile] ebonypearl

On a friend’s FB, she commented about how she was tired of Christians whining about being persecuted in the US. She’s a sweet heart of a woman, charming, funny, warm-hearted, everything you’d want in a friend. She’s always a very devout Christian. I don’t think we’ve ever really discussed religion – there’s not a whole lot of need to talk if one walks the walk; there are so many other things to talk about when we get together. But over the years, we’ve come to learn things about one another and the fact that we have different religious beliefs only deepens our friendship.

Her wall post attracted a Christian who very plainly felt she was personally put upon and persecuted by American society for being Christian. When this woman (I’m calling her CP for “Christian Person”) commented that she viewed verbal comments from people expressing different points of view (mind you, not comments that attacked her religion, just expressed a different viewpoint) to be persecution, I’m sorry, but I rolled my eyes. When someone asked her for examples, CP wrapped herself in her privilege and accused the querant of attacking her and not caring; that :::sob::: nobody cared! so she just would go away and not talk to such mean people!

Shades of the old Fascist Meanie Pooh Pooh Head days!

Originally posted 2015-03-30 03:35:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts

Erin

By Raymond Buckland
Weiser Books, 2009 $14.95 US
ISBN 978-1-57863-451-4

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is the last in the three book set that I got from Weiser recently. I gotta say that I enjoyed this book.

Before anyone accuses me of favoritism, I am a friend of Raymond Buckland (at least on this side). I’ve met him once at a convention, and I’ve corresponded with him extensively on matters concerning Seax-Wica. So I thought I would like this book when I saw it was by him. After all, I’ve enjoyed many other books that he has authored.

Originally posted 2013-10-05 14:35:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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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Guided Meditation for Brigid

Other Author

©A L Folberth 1996     HalfWolfie@AOL.com

Permission granted for personal use only.

This is a guided meditation I wrote and led for Imbolc. It is designed for a group. A single candle is placed in front of the reader so it may be read in the dark.


This is a guided meditation. It is also called path working. It is a spiritual journey created by imagination. In a relaxed state, we can touch a side of ourselves that we may ignore in ordinary life.

We begin the meditation with relaxing. Stretch and move around until you are comfortable. This meditation will last no more than 15 minutes, Don’t worry about shifting position once we start. It’s your body’s way of telling you that the circulation is slowing down. If you are uncomfortable, you can’t concentrate. At the end of this meditation, I will ring a bell to let you know that it is over.

(Speak slowly and pause often)

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Witchcraft Goes Mainstream

Erin

by Brooks Alexander
Harvest House Publications, 2004, $11.99 US
ISBN 0-7369-1221-5

Review By Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is a book that I’m going to have to judge on two scales. See, this is not one of those books I normally review. Generally I review books of interest to the Pagan/Wiccan/Witch community and tell everyone what I think of it. This one touches on the NeoPagan community, but is not really of interest to the NeoPagan community other than as a reference.

A Christian wrote this book about the NeoPagan community, and the NeoPagan’s impact on society as a whole. It’s about trends and how we have touched almost every aspect of modern life. So I’m going to have to judge this book on it’s own merits and on the scale of “how useful is it to us”.

Let me say that this book is excellently written. The author has done his homework on this topic and knows what he is talking about almost as well as we do. He states in this book that he has been working with the NeoPagan community almost since it’s inception in the 1960’s. He was around and active during that critical crucible time in California and other parts of the country and had been involved in many of the groups that started the whole thing off. My first question was “why didn’t he become a Wiccan/Witch/Pagan?” By his own words, he found Jesus and God, was Born Again and has been very active in Christianity since.

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