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Dermal Regenerator, or a Skin Gun

This is a link to a story about a “skin gun” which fires dermal skin cells into burn victims’ burned areas, and SAVES THEIR LIVES. It regrows the skin in a day or two, and it prevents the infection and will change the fucking world. Reblog this, spread it around, give the url out, EVERYONE needs to know about this. Especially the government.

My uncle died from burns. He was working in his gas station, the truck came in and did a fuel dump into the above ground tank, and it overflowed, then pooled in the office. Someone opened the door, the coil heater came on, and blew up the whole office. He had 3rd degree burns on 80% of his body and died in a week. This would have saved his life.

The article is linked below, and the movie is something you HAVE to see.

Healing burns in a matter of days with the stem-cell gun

Originally posted 2011-02-10 01:46:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Imbolic Sabbat

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!

Why not 20 years?

Any modern student of Druidry will eventually hear that the ancients spent 20 years learning to become a full-fledged Druid.

It can be a daunting thought. All that studying and learning, just so one can talk to the Gods. Most of the time this number is simply accepted and then ignored. If one thinks about it at all, one may spend some time blessing a deity of choice that modern Druidism is not like that. With any diligence at all a student can expect to receive the title of Druid in just a couple years.

It occurred to me recently that some may question why no longer takes 20 years of study to achieve the honor, right and responsibility inherent in the title, Druid.

In order to closely examine why current Druidic schools (such as the ODU and OBOD) don’t require that amount of time, it would be helpful to understand what the Druids of old studied, and for how long, to comprehend why it took 20 years to achieve the degree of Druid.

Documents indicate the ancient Druidic candidate spent their time in the study of many different disciplines. They started at a young age, usually about 8, and until they were 28, they studied every aspect of druidism their teacher thought was important.

Q&A

This is a list of questions I got in an email. Apparently the person had sent this several times trying to get them answered. I don’t know if they got it in response, but here are the questions and my answers.

Originally posted 2011-06-18 12:27:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Magician’s Workbook

by Donald Tyson
Llewellyn, 2001 $17.50 US
ISBN 0-7387-0000-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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.

My Rebuttal of “Witchcraft, The Facts”

In my time on the Internet and dealing with various email groups, I have found that there is a ton of information being disseminated. Looked at objectively, some of it is good, some is bad, but a lot of it seems to be coming from a paltry 20 total sources. Cunningham, Silver Ravenwolf, Buckland, The Witches’ Voice, and Mike Nichols seem to be the most prominent sources, although some information can be traced all the way back to AOL’s Pagan files and Athos’ Pagan Files, the latter which is now sadly gone from the web.

One of the top sources currently appears to be “Witchcraft, The Facts“. The Rev. Norm Vogel seems to feel that his work should be the primary source for what Witchcraft is and that his interpretation is the only interpretation. This despite the fact that this alleged seminal document is a scant one page that he wrote almost 5 years ago, judging by the copyright. Apparently there are many visitors who go to his site and praise him for his work, giving him ego strokes that he apparently must have. It only feeds his incorrect belief that he is correct and speaks for everyone.

New Archdruid

I was reading “The Wildhunt” today and I noticed that the ADF has elected a new Arch Druid.

I’d like to add my congratulations to all the other wishes of well to Rev. Kirk Thomas, the new head Druid in the ADF.

How does this affect me as an independent druid? Well, it really doesn’t, except that the leadership of one of the major Druid groups is going to swing a huge club and shape how not only the ADF, but Druids in general are seen in the future.

I’ve known Isaac for a couple years, had the honor of talking to him via email once or twice. I’ve reviewed books by Skip Ellison and also talked to him via email a couple times on websites and email lists that we shared. I have found both men to be very intelligent and open to new ideas, while still maintaining the highest standards for themselves and their Order. Kirk has a HUGE set of shoes to fill.

That said, I don’t know Kirk at all. I’ve never talked to him, nor have I had the honor of reading any of his works. I am going to have to take it on faith that he will be as good as Isaac and Skip have been.

So mad

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.

Invoke the Gods

by Kala Trobe
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0096-7

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Invoke the Gods is the companion book to Invoke the Goddess, also by the same author. Now, I have not read the first book at the time this review is being written, however, I have read this one through and I think I was expecting something else.

That does not diminish the information contained in this book. While the pantheons are not covered as in depth as I would like, the Gods that are presented are written on authoritatively and succinctly. I enjoyed reading about the different Gods and continued reading even when I knew that I would not get what I was looking for. It was an enjoyable read.

The basic premise is this is a mythological study of a selection of 5 to 7 gods from either the Hindu, Egyptian or Greek pantheons. The selection criteria for these gods seems to be importance to the over all pantheon, rather than the jobs they held. Instead of choosing Osiris, for example, the author chose Thoth to include due to Thoth’s job (knowledge) being more important than Osiris’ job of being the husband of Isis, genitor of Horus and God of the Dead.

Sacrifice

From time to time the topic of Pagans and Sacrifice comes up in various forums online. Unfortunately, the majority of people (including pagans) who talk about Sacrifice don’t seem to understand about sacrifice. Most think of sacrifice (in the connotation of Pagan religions) as dealing with human sacrifice or animal sacrifice. While those are ancient practices and valid forms of sacrifice, they are not all that is.

First we need to understand the definition of sacrifice. Sacrifice means simply “to make sacred”. It is from the Latin root and in modern times it is defined as giving up something of value to gain something you wish.

Pretty cut and dried, but when it is translated into Pagan Religion, all anyone can see is things like the Wicker Men of legend, bog drownings, burning bodies and cattle dropping dead.

Because of this persistent vision of what sacrifice is, the act of sacrificing something to the Gods has a VERY bad reputation.

But let’s think about this for a few moments. Sacrifice does not have to be bad, since it’s done all the time by most Pagans.