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Teens and the Victim Attitude

(Note from Daven: Please note, once again, this is not my article.  I include it because it is one of the best articles of this type I have ever seen or read, and it is important for it to stay on the Internet.  So, don’t credit me with this, even though it is on my site.)

by Astraea Crowe 

also printed at http://www.geocities.com/astraeaaradia/home.html

If you are a teenager (or any age, for that matter), chances are, you are worried about opening up to your parents about your interests in paganism or magick. How the heck do you even begin to explain to them why you are interested? There is a good chance that you will be leery about telling your friends as well. I was worried about my friends suddenly changing their minds about me being cool and “normal.” A lot of people deal with that situation.

I decided to begin with my “rant” about pagan oppression, so if you want a little advice on how to speak to your parents about your spirituality, you’ll have to either read through or scroll down.

The Chocolate Ritual

Copyright 1993, John Shepard, Performed at Dragonfest, August 1993

[Materials required: On the altar there are brown candles, a Tootsie Roll (the great big one—as the athame), a large glass with milk in it (the chalice), a small dish of Nestle’s Quick and a spoon, a small dish of chocolate sprinkles, a plate of cupcakes and some Yoo-Hoo along with a goblet. Participants approaching are given 1-2 shiny pennies with instructions that they must hold on to them until the appropriate time in the ritual. When feasting begins, they must surrender a penny for cakes and one for wine or one penny for both, if only one penny is handed out.]

(Attunement chant is similar to the “Ohm” chant but is focused to the ritual, “Yum-m-m”)

CLEANSE THE SACRED SPACE:

(Take the small bowl of chocolate sprinkles)

Chocolate sprinkles where thou art cast
No calories in thy presence last.
Let no fat adhere to me,
And as I will So Mote It BE!

(Take the small bowl of Nestle’s Quick and spoon)

Nestle’s Quick where thou art cast
Turn this milk to chocolate, fast.
Let all good things come to me,
And make my milk all chocolatey!

The Truth about the Runes

(Note from Daven:  On the site, Ancient Sites, there was a discussion about Germany and some of the culture there, since they are part of the Celts.  If you discuss the Germans of history, you must, of course, talk about the Norse.  In the discussion, the topic of Runes was brought up, the FUThARK runes of so many divination systems.  This is part of that discussion, and what one scholar of the runes and Germans and Norse had to say…)

The Truth about the Runes

Message: Little or no evidence for runic divination

Author: sceptical – Thiudareiks Flavius

Date: Jan 29, 2000 21:31

I agree with Theodoric and would caution anyone interested in the *historical* uses of the runic alphabets against most or even all of the books available on ‘runic divination’. It is *possible* that the symbols Tacitus refers to in his accounts of various types of Germanic divination were runic, but it’s impossible to be certain. According to current theories of the development of the runes, they were only just being developed amongst the northern peoples when Tacitus was writing, so it could be that they were pre-runic symbols or something else entirely.

Ethics, Morals and Other Rules

Pagans live by a different set of rules than “mere mortals.” Seriously though, we do have our own ethics, morals and family values. There are many lists of these guidelines available. In fact, just about anyone who’s ever written a book about magic or Witchcraft has given a list of “rules to live by.” That’s great, the more we have, the more we have to choose from because, let’s face it, we don’t all agree on everything. We have our sects just like any other religion. Some of us feel better with very specific, detailed rules while others chafe under such a system. Most of us, regardless of other differences, cite the “Witches Rede” as our guiding principle. I guess that’s a good starting place:

“Three words the Wiccan Rede fulfill; ‘an it harm none, do what ye will.”

I believe that is an abbreviated version of Doreen Valiente’s lovely little poem. She also mentions the “Law of Three”: “… unless in thy self-defense it be, ever mind the Rule of Three.” Yes, a very good place to start, indeed. But I have a few other rules that I try to live by.

To Whom It May Concern:

am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult, in order to accept the responsibilities of a 6-year-old. The tax base is lower.

want to be six again.

want to go to McDonald’s and think it’s the best place in the world to eat.

want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make waves with rocks.

want to think M&Ms are better than money, because you can eat them.

want to play kickball during recess and stay up on Christmas Eve waiting to hear Santa and Rudolph on the roof.

long for the days when life was simple. When all you knew were your colors, the addition tables, and simple nursery rhymes, but it didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know, and you didn’t care.

want to go to school and have snack time, recess, gym and field trips.

want to be happy, because I don’t know what should make me upset.

want to think the world is fair and everyone in it is honest and good.

want to believe that anything is possible.

THE WICCAN REDE

(Note from Daven:  Okay, everyone else seems to have a version of the Wiccan Rede on their site, so I figure I need to have one too.  Here it is, and a better one I challenge anyone to find.  LOL  Take special care to look at the last line.  That is the true Rede, the one everyone speaks of when talking about the Rede.  Keep it in mind, and you probably won’t go too far wrong.)

THE WICCAN REDE

Lady Gwen Thompson

From the Samhain 1995 Issue of Witch’s Brew

Find a teacher; join a coven…Simple, right?

(Note from Daven:  Blacksun has a formidable reputation in the Pagan community, almost as good as Searles O’Dubhain, Mike Nichols, and Isaac Bonewits.  I respect his opinion and his thoughts.  I have read this article in it’s entirety, and can’t find anything to criticize.  I hope it helps you in your seeking.)

Find a teacher; join a coven…Simple, right?

by Blacksun

If you are new to the Pagan community, or if you are thinking about working with others, please read this. This writing is directed toward the ever growing number of people who are anxious or “desperate” to join in to the Pagan community but who also might make foolish choices about with whom they choose to be affiliated.

There is a great deal of activity in the Pagan scene these days. Everywhere one turns, there are this and that “grove,” “coven,” “circle,” or whatever, offering all kinds of inducements and seductions to those who are attracted to our religion and sub-culture. But many times, at public gatherings or just in private talk, I am asked why it is so difficult to get admitted into a traditional coven (grove, circle, whatever… I’ll just use the word, “coven” from now on) or why it’s so hard to find a good “teacher.” Or the person will say something like, “I’m desperate! Could you tell me who’s accepting students right now?” These questions make me wince inside. What I would say to people who ask them follows.

Dedication of A Sword

Materials Needed:

  • Sword (doesn’t matter if sword is just for decor)
  • candles (1 for each element +1 black candle)
  • incense (preferably a dark colored incense any flavor)
  • strip of leather (length of sword)
  • bowl full of water (cauldron works)

Begin by cleansing your materials. Give any opening offerings to the Gods of your choice (preferably war Gods). Plot the land where you will work (mandatory outdoor ritual). Light the black candle and keep it burning throughout the ritual. Cast a circle using the sword by drawing the circle around you. Put sword in center of circle. Light the candle that represents Water and say:

In the element of Water I bless this sword to my name  (your name here) .

Stretch out the leather and lay it across the sword. Let a few drops of the candle wax drop on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Earth and say:

In the name of the God (God’s name here) I bless this sword of the Earth.

Let some wax drip on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Air and the incense and say:

House Blessings

Collected by HalfWolfie; she who throws away nothing.

Seven Celtic blessings for your home. They are in original form, so adapt them as you see fit – like replacing Goddess for God or your favorite diety.

Blessing for a New Home

A blessing upon your new home,
A blessing upon your new hearth,
A blessing upon your new dwelling,
Upon your newly kindled fire.
A blessing upon your tallest grass,
A blessing upon your fruitful partner,
A blessing upon your growing son/s,
Upon your growing daughter/s.
A blessing upon the household’s helpers,
A blessing upon children yet unborn,
A blessing upon the wise parents,
Upon your occupation.
A blessing upon your goods and income,
A blessing upon your kith and kin,
A blessing upon you in light or darkness,
Each day and night of your lives.
– Carmina Gadelica

Blessing of the Three

The sacred three,
My fortress be,
Encircling me,
Come and be round,
My hearth, my home.
Fend Thou my kin,
And every sleeping thing within,
From scathe, from sin,
Thy care our peace,
Though mid of night,
To light’s release.
– MacLean, The Little Book of Celtic Blessings, trans. C. Matthews

Books for Neo-Pagan Children

(Note from Daven:  I have no idea where this particular list came from, but I remember how hard it was for me to find good books for our daughter to listen to.  To preserve the integrity of this document, I will not list my book selection here, but rather in the Bibliography section.  I hope this helps someone.)

Books for Neo-Pagan Children

These are just a few suggestions of books I think would be appropriate for Neo-Pagan kids. They reflect a reverence for nature, encourage environmental exploration, discuss myths and legends, and/or encourage creativity and fantasy.

The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, 1986. Farmer Bailey takes in a mysterious stranger who has amnesia and Autumn doesn’t seem to come. One day the stranger blows on a leaf and it turns bright red.

Whisper From the Woods by Victoria Worth, Green Tiger Press, 1991.In the dark forest a seedling grows among its siblings. In winter their roots hold hands underground, in summer they murmur together. A heavy storm blows their mother tree over, they cover her with leaves, seed falls, and the cycle begins again.