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An author, a Wiccan, a Druid, a Priestess, a member of the ULC, Owner of Erin's Journal, mystic, magickian, DragonKin, Guardian and Transsexual. All these and more describe Erin.
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by Donald Tyson
Llewellyn, 2001 $17.50 US
Review by Daven
The Magician’s Workbook is definitely a workbook. This is laid out as a series of lessons, one per chapter. These are not the standard “learn these facts and this information and then answer these questions”. They are practical exercises, concentrating on being able to demonstrate the skill before moving on to the next lesson. Each chapter is meant to illustrate one idea. It is critical to learn the exercise before moving on since the next lesson will be built on the previous lesson you just mastered.
Mr. Tyson does a good job of condensing the practices The Golden Dawn uses in a series of lessons for the average person. They are well laid out. Each lesson and exercise builds on the previous one, exploring concepts in depth throughout the work.
Warning to those who think this book will be easy. Do not expect to learn everything about The Golden Dawn from it. That is not the purpose of the book, nor is all the information made available here. It is necessary for the reader/practitioner to do the work to derive the most this book has to offer. It will require a commitment of nearly a year to complete the exercises and it will mean a lot of practice and meditation as well.
I’m writing this article only because I feel it has become necessary to explain some aspects of my own practice.
I’m Seax-Wican. That should be obvious from all the information and articles I have on my site about Seax-Wica. I have conversed with Raymond Buckland multiple times, I have worked with people and written articles about Seax-Wica, and I’ve even created and administered chat groups about Seax-Wica. There was also one aborted attempt at creating a Seax-Wican coven in our home, right around the same time I was asked to give a class on Seax-Wica and what it was about to a group of Witchcraft 101 students.
Unfortunately one of the persistent criticisms that have come my way as a result of my being very public in my practices, is that I’m not “truly a Seax-Wican” because I don’t worship Woden and Freya, the deities of Seax-Wica. Again and again I have defended my deities and pointed out that my private practice is my private practice, and not subject to anyone’s discussion nor criticism.
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.
Dear everyone that wrote me:
Well, I got all your responses and various comments, and I’m glad that my letter of frustration touched so many of you.
Let me share some of what I have gotten.
The responses have fallen into one of two classes:
- Letters from people agreeing with me and my situation
- Letters saying “The President isn’t responsible for YOUR life…. grow a spine” etc.
To the first class of people, I’m relieved to hear that I’m not an isolated case. Judging by your emails, it seems that this country is moving into one of two groups, the haves and the have-nots. It seems that the top 5% of people are getting richer and fatter, getting more and more things and their slice of the American Dream, and the other 95% are getting poorer and poorer. As Ron Silver said in “Timecop”, “When I’m president, it will be like the ’80s again. The top 5% will get richer and everyone else can emigrate to Mexico where they can live a better life.”
I have stated in various places that I’m an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, and this is the proof. This is a copy of my ordination certificate. The only thing changed in this document is that I made it look a little better. I have the originals, even though I want to get another copy of the certificate, and I can show them on demand to anyone who asks.
My wife is also an ordained Minister, and her certificate is here as well.
Here are some hyperlinks for you to look at so that you can see that this organization is a good one.
- The Universal Life Church International Headquarters
- ULC Seminary Forum
- Official Web Presence of the ULC
- About the ULC
- Become Ordained Right Now for FREE
- The ULC Seminary Classes on religion and two of my classes are available at this location, one in Astral Projection and one in the Basics of Wicca/Paganism
Originally posted 2009-11-06 21:44:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
I am not shy about being on a lot of different Pagan Yahoo groups, discussing things from integration of sexuality with Paganism to how to bake cookies for Litha’s Cakes and Ale. Most times the discussions are fantastic and full of information.
But there is the occasional set of posts that devolve into a screaming match between four or five people, each of them stridently trying to make their particular voices heard above all others.
What is ironic is when all sides are saying the same thing.
It’s something that happens more and more often, and one that needs to stop. Communication breakdowns happen, and when they do there are things that can be done, but rarely are.
- DO NOT WRITE FROM ANGER. Writing from anger only means that you will be slinging aspersions and insults, most likely, without cause. If you are mad, write your response by all means. But then put it into your “Drafts” folder and let it sit there for 24 hours. It will still be there when you want to respond, but you won’t have to go back and say you are sorry.
(By Mary a.k.a. Theresa)
You will need a fairly large work surface that can remain undisturbed for several days.
If possible, it should be done as moonful begins to wane so that the disease is waning also.
Clean the work surface thoroughly. Preferably wood-but REMEMBER- it is will- the trappings to focus your intentions. This ceremony is fairly elaborate because I needed a lot of aid to concentration. It was first done for my father.
Take a shower. Seriously. While cleaning yourself, let the water symbolically clean you as well. Let the mundane world flow from you so that you approach the ceremony focused and clear as water.
(Digression #2. If this were a thousand years ago, you would be fasting and meditating during the filling of the moon, when you ate, it would be small portions and vegetarian only. Heigh-ho for the modern life.)
Spread a clean, pure white tablecloth, or sheet, or scrap cloth (you get the idea) on your work surface.
YOU WILL NEED:
Salt, oil, some type of grain, 2 goblets, 6 candleholders, incense, 3 red candles, 3 white candles and 1 orange candle. (*I used a combination of Cedar, Sandalwood, and healing blend)
All of us want to find that enduring and unending love of our life. Every relationship we enter into has the possibility of being that “one true love.” So how do we know the difference between one type of affection and the other?
Before we go very far in this explanation we need to look at some definitions and also some ground rules to remember.
Love: The state in which another’s happiness is integral to your own happiness. (Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein)
Lifebond (The Heralds of Valdemar series, Mercedes Lackey): A love that is so transcendent as to make any lesser emotion seem insignificant. The two people in this state effectively become one person on a spiritual level, incapable of disagreement and complementing each other’s strengths and compensating for the other’s weaknesses. Many call this “Soul mates”.
Lust: The state in which the physical act of having sex is the most important thing. Many teens go through this state and stay there into their adulthood.
The old Druid looked out on the assembled people that he was sworn to take care of. He knew that this was his moment. He would be shining in the eyes of all the people.
He picked up his staff. Waving it over his head, he chanted in nonsense that he learned at the school “Boon kwoert franden… Sumanet frewknot potemn!” while he looked for the sure sign that the storm was about to start. To them, he knew it looked as though he were summoning the rain. But it was just mummery. He was actually doing nothing.
Many of you have read at one time or another about the supposed powers of the Druids. If you notice, in the RP threads, I limit myself to something less than what the old Druids were rumored to be able to do. This has many reasons. The primary among these is because I want my character Daven to be somewhat believable. The other reasons don’t matter now, only this one.
I do this in an attempt to portray the Druids as real people, not personages out of the Mabinogion or the Irish myth cycles. Gwidion may have been a wonder as a magician, but I believe that his powers, while not fake, were probably significantly less than what we are led to believe.
This is a letter I wrote to the President of the United States, the day after his January 20th State of the Union Address to Congress. I was so ticked off and upset by the general tone of the State of the Union that I felt I couldn’t hold this in. I copied my Senators and my Representative of the area I live in. I’m hoping ONE of them could help, that ONE of them would pay attention.
I have deleted some personal information that, frankly, is no one’s business but mine. Other than that little amount of information, this is unchanged. Please note, this is written out of anger and fear, frustration and sadness. I AM sending this to everyone I know, and I’m also sending it to a few political groups and organizations. Maybe someone will listen if I shout down enough wells.
If you would like to see my response to various emails I have received on this page, please go to Feedback.