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Message: Random thoughts
Author:Daven Iceni

Date: Jun 16, 2000 00:01

One, on music:  Any music can be spiritual.  It all depends upon how you take it.  Music should be like poetry or art.  It should evoke an emotional response in you.  It should make you angry, make you cry, make you glad, or what have you.

If the music evokes that response in you, then it is good.  If the music you are listening to happens to be something from Elvis, then don’t worry about it.

Personally, I have two songs that one would not think are Pagan to describe the God and Goddess.  So your brains don’t melt, I’ll tell you that I associate “Bitch” by Merideth Brooks for the Goddess Rhiannon, and “My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton for the God Herne.

But these songs evoke a deep emotional response in me.  The first time I heard Clapton singing about what he would do with his son, and what he should teach his son.  THis brought out all my doubts in my parenthood, and reminded me that my father probably had the same doubts when I was growing.  It gave me some sympathy for my father and what a brat I was, and brought home to me the fact that no one ever grows up.  Not really.  Their body gets older, but mentally they may be no older then 18 in their head.

It brought me to tears.  And then I saw that that is exactly how Herne regards us.  And it helped me come to terms with him in his Father face.  And made me face my fears about facing Him.

In many ways, it was an epiphany for me.

THAT is what spiritual music should be all about, from the hymns of the Shakers, all the way down to tribal chants of the African tribes.  It is another tool that is used to get one into the mindset.

So if having Metallica playing in the background while you do a ritual helps, and gets you into the mindset you need for the ritual you are doing, then go for it.

Two, Color:  Colors are associated with many different things, mostly the primary colors are associated with directions.

Just about any bookstore has books in them listing what color associates with whatever, but if it does not work for you, make your own.  Nothing is stopping you from deciding that golden candles mean money closer than the green ones do.

Three, the rules:  The only rules there are the ones you decide upon for yourself.  If you think and believe that you can’t read Tarot cards for yourself, then you can’t.  However, if you can be objective, and believe that you can read on yourself, then you will be able to.  The only real rule is called the “Wiccan Rede” and that states, “An it harm none, do as you Will.”

Boiled down, this means that as long as you are ready to take responsibility for your actions, and the price you pay is worth the pleasure, and no one, including yourself, gets hurt or has their free will taken away, then go for it.  It is a rule that allows you to be grown-up, as opposed to most established religions, which are based on the scapegoat system.

That’s it for now.  There will be more soon.  I’ll try to get the next lesson up soon.

Let the discussion amongst yourself continue!

Message: No association involved
Author:EponaDawn Catuvellauni

Date: Jun 16, 2000 00:36

Clapton IS God, Daven, I’m convinced of it :-), or at least his music is.  But you’re right, whatever makes us more attuned to the divine, by whatever name, is the way to go.  I feel sorry for people who are born “tone deaf”.  But I guess if you don’t know what you’re missing, you’ll find another way.

I wanted to say I’ve been doing the energy exercises and it was amazing!  I have a neurological disorder that makes my hands and feet numb (but not dysfunctional) and when I did the transfer of energy from one hand to another, I actually felt my palm get hot and could tell the difference between hot and cold for the first time in years!!  I was so stunned I jerked my hands back and then I felt the tingling.  It lasted a few minutes and then was gone, but trust me, I will continue to work with it.

Message: Before we go further,
Author: Contemplative – Daven Iceni

Date: Sep 26, 2000 00:41

I would like to pontificate on Magick.

As this class progresses, I shall be introducing you all to rituals and to spells. Now, before we get too far along, I want to speak on what Magick is and is not.

I should refer you all to a long article I wrote over in The Home School, called “The Path of the Magician” but I will give you a brief synopsis here.

Magick is not what you think it is, based on current pop culture. You can’t move things through the air with the wave of a hand, nor can you stop time, call GODS to be your personal servant, light a roomful of candles with a single match.

Magick is none of that.

Magick is a process, undertaken with need, to bring about changes in yourself.

Doesn’t sound too thrilling now, huh?

Tied up in magick is ethics. I could hold a gun to your head to make you love me, but that’s wrong. How is casting a spell to do the same thing any different?

The one, basic, fundamental moral code that most pagans follow is a variant on “Do whatever you need to, so long as no one is violated by it.”. In Wicca, it translates to “An it harm none, do as you will”. In Christianity, it’s “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” In other magickal paths it’s “Do as you will shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law and love is the bond.”

Basically what it boils down to is “so long as no one gets their free will taken from them, and are not hurt, do what you decide to do, but be prepared to pay the consequences.”

It’s ethics.

Spells, such as most know them, take away that free will from others. It can make you directly responsible for their actions, and as such, you have to pay a penalty for that. Remember the first lessons I gave in this class? The one about consequences? Well, here is where that lesson hits home.

If, for an example, I cast a spell to make a person fall in love with me, and that person is so in love with me that they want to get something really nice and expensive to impress me, so they go rob a bank to get the money, and shoot a bank teller, a guard and four bystanders before getting killed by the police, then I am responsible for everyone that was killed, just as surely as if I pulled the trigger.

Not too attractive now, is it?

Seven people dead, and I am responsible for it, and it will come back on me three fold. Hmmmmm, let’s not cast that spell just yet.

And some of you are saying, “That’s exaggerated” and you are right. Take one cardboard cookie out of petty cash. It is exaggerated for shock value. But Love has done stranger things than this. I bet most of the sensational news stories that you read about in the papers have some kind of emotion like this fueling them. And what if you tire of this deathless love? How do you get away from them?

And what if they are the kind of personality that decides that “If I can’t have you, no one will” and kills you? What do you do then?

Is Magick looking less attractive? Oh, LOVE spells are looking less attractive. Let’s look at money spells then.

I cast a spell for money. I get paid my paycheck. Spell worked. And by the definitions set down, the spell is fulfilled.

Oh, you wanted the LOTTO numbers? Oh, well in that case….

You hit three out of 7, you get one dollar. And I could go on like this all night. But let’s say, for argument, that you specify that you win the LOTTO when it’s at $80 million. And it works. First off, you will only see about half that money. The Government will get the rest, and of what is left, It’s paid out over 25 years. Which means you get a net of about 1.5 mil every year.

You can’t spend one and a half million in one year? What about all the leaches that will come out of the closet to cash in? Your relatives, the cracks, the charities, and all the other people who will have their hands out for that money? And remember, if you spend it all in the first few weeks, no more for about another 45 weeks or so.

Stick it in the bank and clip coupons, you say? Okay, who guards your finances at that point? The managers, the tax lawyers, the trustees, all have a slice of this, and through simple mismanagement, you can wind up owing money to everyone. And who keeps your relatives safe from the truly greedy who would kidnap them to get your money?

Not too attractive now, huh? Spells are like lighting a long fuse on a keg of powder. Can you get the fuse out of the keg before it goes off? And can you deal with the consequences of your actions before it blows up in your face? Because for every problem you can think of, be assured that there are three problems that you didn’t think of.

So what good are spells? Spells are for transforming yourself. That’s it. Others use spells for other things, but most of those of us who can wield magick find that just by having that ability, that we are changed internally. There is a metamorphosis that takes place that makes a magician a better person and more capable of dealing with problems.

It can be used to make qualities in yourself better or to make others go away. If you want to quit smoking, then magick may offer a solution. But you have to cooperate with the magick too.

All the Magick that Wiccans and Pagans do is to “nudge” things into the way we want them to go. If something is near impossible, then it becomes less likely, if less likely, then it becomes more likely. And so on. It can’t make earth-shattering changes, all it can do is make something more probable that it will happen.

I like analogies and parables, so here is another.

I want to have a river in my back yard. Since I live near the Mississippi, I decide to go out and divert a section of the river to flow through my backyard. I dig and dig, and I give it an outlet, and eventually, I have a small trickle in my backyard.

But if I go out and do all that digging, AND I go upstream of the Mississippi River, and divert a section of it, I get more water in my stream. I get a larger effect or a more likely effect by diverting part of the River.

All Magick is is the diverting of the river. You still have to dig and do what is necessary to get the change to happen, but the spell can make a difference.

I heard a joke a while back, that I feel is apt for this article.

A very pious man prayed to God every night. Each night, he would get on his knees and say “Lord, I love you in all things, PLEASE let me win the lottery.” He did this every night for years. And he never won.

Fifty years past, and the man is getting old. Finally, he prayed one night, “Lord, I’m getting old, and I don’t have much time left, please, for my children, let me win the lottery.”

And the Lord answered, “So meet me halfway already, buy a ticket…”

And that is what a spell is. It’s a lot to think about.

Here’s a few links you may like.

The Path of the Magician
On Druidic Powers
On Ethics and Morals
The Ethics of Love Spells By Mike Nichols

Stars light your path.

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