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The Truth about Enochian Magick

by Gerald and Betty Schueler
Llewellyn Publications, 1996 (48 pages, $2.99 US)
ISBN 0-87542-716-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

I acquired this item hoping I would not only understand the “mysteries” of Enochian Magic I also hoped to use it as a reference for my High Magick class. I must give you my first impressions on this book when I opened the package and found it.

I thought, “Someone has been to the grocery store and put this in instead of the real book, it can’t have any information in it at all.” The book measures about 7 inches by 4 inches. Barely big enough to qualify as a pamphlet much less a “book. I saw how thin it was, 48 pages, and I didn’t think it could hold any information at all.

Reading it took almost no time. I took two days to polish it off, but that was simply because I kept getting distracted by other things. I was not able to sit down and read it from front to back in a couple hours as I normally do.

On Hobby Lobby and Christian Businesses

This has been kicking around in my head for a little while, and I’m going to share it multiple places, but I want to get this more moderate view out to people right now.

I really don’t have a problem with religious businesses discriminating or exempting themselves from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) here in the United States.

Now, before you get the pitchforks, torches and ropes, let me explain.

There’s a key word there, and that is “religious”. This means that the business in question is created to serve members of a specific faith, and their entire business rotates around selling products or services to those of that faith.

Examples?

  • A Christian Bookstore dedicated to making, printing, publishing, and selling Bibles and other sundry texts to those of the Christian Faith.
  • A Jewish Supply company, making and manufacturing manorahs, the skullcaps and matza balls (for example).
  • A Pagan bookstore selling tarot cards, pagan themed books, holistic healing services.
  • An Islamic clothing store, selling chador, hajib, the men’s clothing and so on.
  • The Seventh Day Adventist grocery stores
  • The Liahona (this is the name of the stores that sell holy underwear and books to Mormons)

Teen Wicca Excerpt

As promised, here is an excerpt from this upcoming book. This is one chapter, not all of it. This is also copyrighted material, so you CANNOT republish this AT ALL without my permission, and I can say that I won’t be giving it since this is for publication, and until it is published it cannot be shared.

Also, keep in mind that this is a draft copy. All this may be changed in the final version. It’s not been edited, nor has it even been spellchecked. I thought I would let you all get an advance look into what I plan on saying. ;-)

With those thoughts firmly in mind, please click here.

Originally posted 2005-05-07 19:04:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Druids’ Alphabet

by Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison
Earth Religions Press, 2002 $17.95 US
ISBN 1-59405503-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

One would think that a book on the Ogham by the current Arch Druid of the Ar nDraiocht Fein would be a book a cut above many others, and that thinking would be correct in this work.

I got this book to continue my studies in the Ogham and I was expecting something very different from what I got. I was expecting a work on the divination of the Ogham, but instead I got almost a masterwork on the Ogham Alphabet itself. Contained in this work are examples of the 120 different Ogham sets that the Druids used, with graphic examples taken from the various museums that still have them in their collection, and much other lore on the Ogham. There is information on the Bird Ogham, the River Pool Ogham, and all of it points to the Ogham associations that we have now being a way to remember the letters, much like today’s alphabet of A is for Apple, B is for.

The section on the different types of Ogham script and the different associations that the letters have makes this work invaluable in and of itself. But there is some more.

Goddess Faces

My wife Mary got a question on this topic on Care2 and she wrote this response. She claims that she has no clue where 99% of it came from.

Ah, my apologies. In my faith women go through four phases in life. Maiden, Mother, Crone and occasionally bridging all three Warrior.

Maiden is the springtime of life, learning and growing, glowing with all the possibilities possible for anyone, yet a girl for potential is not fulfillment.

Mother is more responsible, and having children of her own or not, is a nurturing influence on those around her. She is a woman, secure in her knowledge and place. She is not subservient to men, far from it. She is an equal partner with them. They must have each other to bring new life into the world. The tribe always needs new life.

Crone cannot bear children anymore but hers is the wisdom of age, hard won in many cases. Not only does she have life experience, she has knowledge from the books and teachers of this world and the other. It is her duty to pass on her wisdom to the tribe.

Affecting people on the Internet

Magickal disciplines have been around for centuries, all except this one. Why? The Internet in its current form has only been in existence for about 15 years or so, making this a still budding discipline.

Yes, it is possible to cast a spell on someone whom you know only as a screen name and/or IM buddy. It’s not that much different from affecting someone who is standing next to you in real life.

You need no tools, no props, no special ceremonies or special words of power. All you need is your trained will. As always, this is the key to successful magick.

And now, allow me to give you some theoretical background. When you cast a spell, what do you do? You raise the power, you chant the chants, you channel that into your desire, you add any emotions you may be feeling, you state your purpose and you send that energy off. But where does that energy go? Is it a physical thing? Does it actually drain out of you?

Candlemas; Feast of Flames

Amber K & Azrael Arynn K
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0079-7 $14.95

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Like “Lammas”, this book is only about Candlemas, or Imbolic, or Oimelc, or any number of other names you could give to this holiday. The thing that all of these holidays have in common is that all of them fall near the beginning of February, all of them involve fire, and most of them involve a young Goddess or lady named Brigid.

This book looks at those different celebrations, finding the cultural roots inside each celebration, it looks in depth at the customs surrounding the traditional celebrations, from the tradition of Groundhog’s day to Brigid’s bed.

Most of the facts explored in this text are “duh” facts, like Spring Cleaning and Candlemas being about candles as well as Brigid. It makes sense that during this time of celebration of a goddess of Fire and Smithcraft that one would clean out the house, make her bed on the hearth, and reconsecrate all the tools, right? That’s something that hit me up against the head when I read it.

Etsy Shop

Well, I reopened my store, just on Etsy this time.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackRoseFloggers

Share it with everyone you think might be into the lifestyle.  Go buy something if you feel so inclined.

Originally posted 2013-10-21 13:22:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Sabbat

September 21-23

[The Altar and surroundings should be decorated with autumn flowers, leaves, pumpkins and squash, as well as pinecones, leaves, and boughs around the Circle proper. Once the Temple is erected, the Priest and Priestess join in front of the altar and kiss. ]

Covener: Now that the season of plenty draws to its close, let us listen to the words of Rhiannon as she speaks through her Priestess, ___________ here.

[The Priestess spreads her hands toward the people.]

Priestess: My love is ever with my Pagans.
Although the season of plenty draws to a close,
Think not that I forsake you,
For I am with you always.
I watch over you, as does my Consort, The Horned One.
When the dark months descend
Then will Woden hold vigil over you;
As you will over him.
For know you that as Man needs the Gods,
So do the Gods need Man.

[Priestess takes up the Salted Water. The Priest leads the coven members in a dance around the Circle, the Priestess sprinkles them with the water as they pass her. They dance around three times. Priestess replaces the water on the altar.]

Goddess? Are You Real?

Author Unknown

The little child whispered, “Goddess, speak to me.” And a meadowlark sang. But the child did not hear.

So the child yelled, “Goddess, speak to me!” And the thunder rolled across the sky. But the child did not listen.

The child looked around and said, “Goddess let me see you.” And a star shone brightly. But the child did not notice.

And the child shouted, “Goddess show me a miracle!” And a life was born. But the child did not know

So the child cried out in despair, “Touch me Goddess, and let me know you are here!” Whereupon the Goddess reached down and touched the child. But the child brushed the butterfly away and walked away unknowingly.

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Take time to listen. Often times, the things we seek are right underneath our noses. Don’t miss out on your blessing because it isn’t packaged the way that you expect.

Originally posted 2009-11-10 01:39:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter