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Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Note from Daven: This is another article from Sunfell.  When I asked for permission to reprint her other article, she graciously gave me permission to reprint this one as well.  It first appeared on The Witches Voice back in 2000.  I hope you like it.)

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Author: Sunfell http://www.sunfell.com/

When I was a wide-eyed newbie Pagan, all those incredible years ago, one of the first tenets of the Wiccan path I learned about was the one about “Perfect Love and Perfect Trust”. This, it was explained to me, was a way that was superior to those guilt-ridden old Christians, who professed to love, but did not, and could not be trusted to even correctly interpret Scripture. PLPT was a ‘superior’ and advanced way of interacting, and I needed to get used to it. This explanation was usually given to me by an older guy, and accompanied by a gradual insinuation of hands and eyes. I was supposed to melt right into this, and be introduced to the Mysteries of the Gods.

The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

(Note from Daven:  I was a member of the Texas Pagan Community when this document began circulating around that community.  I know (from rumors mostly) some of what went on to prompt this document, but not enough to make any sweeping statements as to what happened.  I have had one person step up and claim credit for being the author of this document, and I humbly thank him for writing this.)

The Seeker’s Bill of Rights

High Priest Charles Mars

Seekers of the Pagan path are in an extremely vulnerable position. In their quest for teaching and fellowship, thy risk encountering those who use our faith to prey on others. Since paganism is still struggling for public acceptance, there is little sympathy from authorities. Neither can the elders of our community effectively address this issue. The most they can do is denounce these predators, and are usually accused of starting a “Witch War” when they do.

The answer to this dilemma is to empower those most vulnerable, the seekers. To this end, a Seeker’s Bill of Rights has been drafted. This tool will help to alert Seekers of a problem if a group or teacher violates any of the ten rights described. It will also serve to remind Seekers that while they do not have “degrees”, they are still human beings with rights and dignity.

CRAFT READING LIST

(Note from Daven: Obviously this goes with the Bibliography, as a companion piece.  I have many of these books, but not all of them.  Read at your own risk.  LOL)

*** Marks especially good books. Read these FIRST!! All are available through interlibrary loan. Generally anything by Farrar, Valiente, Starhawk, Buckland, or Gardner is excellent. Beware of the paperback books put out in the late 60’s-early 70’s. While there is some useful information in some of them such as excellent tables of correspondence, most of them are full of garbage, misinformation, and garbled bits of ceremonial magick, folklore, and wishful thinking. Many of them have some very negative things. Watch out for Paul Huson. Some of his stuff is excellent, some is not. Keep in mind, this is simply a listing of the books that we have found useful, or that friends have suggested were useful to them. Question everything.

  • A.E.(GEORGE RUSSELL); “The Candle of Vision”, Quest Books, Theosophical Pub. 1975
  • ADLER, MARGOT; “Drawing Down The Moon”, Beacon Press 1987
  • ALFORD, VIOLET; “The Hobbyhorse & Other Animal Masks”, Merlin Press 1978
  • ALLEN, JUDY & GRIFFITHS, JEANIE; “The Book of the Dragon”, Chartwell Books 1979

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:

Privilege, Not Persecution

Note from Daven:I was directed toward this essay on Livejournal by a friend. I read it and thought it was one of the best of its type on the Internet. I didn’t want the essay to be lost because it was on an obscure blog, so I asked for permission to repost it here. Please read this and comment on the original article if you chose too.

By [personal profile] ebonypearl

On a friend’s FB, she commented about how she was tired of Christians whining about being persecuted in the US. She’s a sweet heart of a woman, charming, funny, warm-hearted, everything you’d want in a friend. She’s always a very devout Christian. I don’t think we’ve ever really discussed religion – there’s not a whole lot of need to talk if one walks the walk; there are so many other things to talk about when we get together. But over the years, we’ve come to learn things about one another and the fact that we have different religious beliefs only deepens our friendship.

Her wall post attracted a Christian who very plainly felt she was personally put upon and persecuted by American society for being Christian. When this woman (I’m calling her CP for “Christian Person”) commented that she viewed verbal comments from people expressing different points of view (mind you, not comments that attacked her religion, just expressed a different viewpoint) to be persecution, I’m sorry, but I rolled my eyes. When someone asked her for examples, CP wrapped herself in her privilege and accused the querant of attacking her and not caring; that :::sob::: nobody cared! so she just would go away and not talk to such mean people!

Shades of the old Fascist Meanie Pooh Pooh Head days!

Originally posted 2010-09-14 10:54:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

They Came for Me

“They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn’t a communist;

They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist;

They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn’t a union leader;

They came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me.”

Martin Niemoller, 1892-1984

Originally posted 2009-11-10 02:34:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

An Annotated Bibliography for Witchcraft

The Magic of Ancient Celtic Beliefs in a Contemporary Society

(Note from Daven: I have personally read most of these texts and references.  I find them to be some of the best sources of information.  I highly recommend all these books, and I will append a list of my own personal favorites to the end of this article. Or at least, put the rest of the “recommended reading lists” there.)

The purpose of this listing is to help the novice sort out the reliable from the sensational in the wealth of material that is now available on Witchcraft. I have left out old historical treatises (records of the Inquisition and such) which are of little value to the modern student, and have concentrated instead on contemporary sources. This also yields a much more objective perspective. ~~ Mike Nichols [c.1989]

THE TEXTS

‘Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today’ – 2nd ed. – by Margot Adler. Beacon Press trade paperback.

BRIGIT OF THE CELTS

(Note from Daven:  I found this document when I was researching for Imbolic ceremonies for a Historical group I am involved with (Ancient Sites, if you must know) and I liked this so much, I copied it to my local computer.  Glad I did now.)

BRIGIT OF THE CELTS

Brigit was one of the great Triple Goddesses of the Celtic people. She appeared as Brigit to the Irish, Brigantia in Northern England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Brittany.

Many legends are told about Brigit. Some say that there are three Brigits : one sister in charge of poetry and inspiration who invented the Ogham alphabet, one in charge of healing and midwifery, and the third in charge of the hearth fire, smithies and other crafts. This catually indicates the separate aspects of her Threefold nature and is a neat division of labor for a hard-working goddess.

An Open Letter to Young Seekers

An Open Letter to Young Seekers

Merry Meet!

If you are under 18, you will probably already have noticed that young folks generally elicit different reactions from adults in the Pagan community than what you’d like. You’ve probably had a great deal of difficulty finding someone to answer your questions honestly, or a respected teacher who is willing or able to teach you what you really want to know.

Following is part of the general information we make available for young seekers. If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer what we can, but please understand if sometimes the answer is “you really need to ask your parents.” (If your parents support your interest and would like more information about Wicca, please have them contact us. Or bring them to a Laughing Cat meeting, where they can ask questions and meet members of the local Pagan community.)

We hope you can understand that without knowing your parents, and hearing directly from them that they support your interest in Wicca, an ethical teacher or mentor cannot work with you. Most groups and private teachers don’t accept seekers under 16 or 18. (Some even require you to be 21 — or even older!)

Guided Meditation for Brigid

©A L Folberth 1996     HalfWolfie@AOL.com

Permission granted for personal use only.

This is a guided meditation I wrote and led for Imbolc. It is designed for a group. A single candle is placed in front of the reader so it may be read in the dark.


This is a guided meditation. It is also called path working. It is a spiritual journey created by imagination. In a relaxed state, we can touch a side of ourselves that we may ignore in ordinary life.

We begin the meditation with relaxing. Stretch and move around until you are comfortable. This meditation will last no more than 15 minutes, Don’t worry about shifting position once we start. It’s your body’s way of telling you that the circulation is slowing down. If you are uncomfortable, you can’t concentrate. At the end of this meditation, I will ring a bell to let you know that it is over.

(Speak slowly and pause often)