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(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
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!)
©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)
(Daven’s Comments: Please note this carefully; this is NOT my essay. It is one of the classics of NeoPagan Literature, and as such deserves to be out there in the community. Every time, however, I find a copy of it, it somehow disappears off the Internet completely. To prevent this from being lost, I am putting it up here. So I don’t have to be anxious about whether or not it will vanish the next time I need to reference it. If you wish to see a more up to date version, please go to THIS SITE and read. I honestly don’t know the difference between these two, but that one is a higher version number. Sad to say the original site Clannada na Gadelica seems to have disappeared off the Internet completely. I leave this link here out of respect.)
by Iain MacAnTsaoir and Dawn O’Laoghaire
The following is by no means an indictment of the religion called Wicca. Wicca is indeed a valid and powerful path for those who truthfully walk it and understand it. However, there is a body of people who believe that Wicca is the descendant of the religious ways of the Gaelic or other Celtic peoples (or ‘Celts’ as a general nomenclature). This simply is not the case.
(Note from Daven: I found this on another newsgroup, and it sparked a deep interest in me. I could wish more people lived this way. It would make for a better world.)
The Native American Ten Commandments
The Indian Ten Commandments (“Indian” meaning the indigenous people of the continent known now as North America. Commandments meaning traditional guidelines for harmonious social interchange.)
- Treat the earth and all that dwells thereon with respect.
- Remain close to the Great Spirit.
- Show great respect for your fellow beings.
- Work together for the benefit of all mankind.
- Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
- Do what you know to be right.
- Look after well being of mind and body.
- Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
- Be truthful and honest at all times.
- Take full responsibility for all your actions
Originally posted 2009-11-14 22:25:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
(Note from Daven: Okay, I include this document here because I have seen those who try to obey these “laws” and who have wound up more confused than peaceful. Wicca is about removing restrictions, not imposing more. At one point on one of the newsgroups that I was a member of, the discussion was raging on this document. I read it, and responded point-by-point to that which I disagreed with. My comments to this are indented and in red. I hope you all read this carefully and think on the points raised.)
The Laws from Lady Sheba
Your High Priestess In the Magic Circle, the words, commands, and every wish of the High Priestess are law.
She is the earthly, living representative of our Gracious Goddess. She must be obeyed and respected in all things. She is Our Lady and above all others, a queen in the highest sense of the word.
All female coveners must curtsy whenever they come before her and say, “Blessed Be.” All male coveners must bend the knee and give her a kiss on the right cheek and say, “Blessed Be.”
(Note from Daven: This is a work on standard Numerology, as opposed to the Celtic Numerology that Mike Nichols wrote about. I place it here because this system of numerology is one of the most widely used in the world. You may need it one day. I know I did.)
Pythagorean System Of Numerology
Now simply total the numbers which represent the letters of your name.
JOHN PHILIP BROW’N would total: JOHN (1 + 6 + 8 + 5) = 20 = (2 + 0) = 2 PHILIP (7 + 8 + 9 + 3 + 9 + 7) = 43 = (4 + 3) = 7 BROWN (2 + 9 + 6 + 5 + 5) = 27 = (2 + 7) = 9
(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.
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!
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!
(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.