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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: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.
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
(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
“Will you stop calling me ‘Sow’, all right? That’s a female pig. The name is Sam. Sam, as in SAM”.
He whispers that lowly to the woman who has just announced his talk. He clears his throat, and steps forward to address the students, leaving the well-meaning facilitator behind. Someone always ends up slaughtering his name, he ruefully reminds himself.
He’s honored to be here, on Religious Freedoms day. This is the day each school brings in representative theo/alogians from all the different religions in the district. Each gets their hour in the sun. It also happens to be October, so there is only one thing on people’s minds.
“My name is Sam Hain. Rhymes with ‘a-THAME’. That’s the gizmo Witches use to slice open apples to show that there are very few really regular pentagons inside. Oh, the pentagon. People are always confusing that with that building down there in Washington — what is it? Yes, the Pentacle. You know, where they’ve got that demon trapped.
Phases of the Moon
To become aware of the phases of the moon is to become aware of the Goddess as expressed in her three aspects of maiden, mother and crone. As Wiccans we seek to attune ourselves with both the Goddess and the God. Paying attention to the phases of the moon and meditating on the appropriate aspect of the Goddess is a powerful way to become more in tune with her. It is also appropriate to understand these phases and keep them in mind when working magic. Thus magic that deals with increase is best performed when the moon is waxing. Similarly the full moon is best for giving thanks and working magic aimed to reach our fullest potential. Finally the waning moon is best for removal of unwanted energies, learning of the great mysteries and seeing beyond the veil.
Simple put the three phases and what they represent are as follows:
Yet these three are ever one. This idea was well expressed in The Witches Goddess by Janet and Stewart Farrar:
Behold the Three-Formed Goddess;
(Note from Daven: Okay, do I have to state the blatantly obvious and tell you that this will NOT turn a person into a frog? This is a JOKE and it is meant to be taken lightly. This is not serious. It is pretend. It is a method of coping with someone you are mad at. This is not real. This kind of magick does not work…. Sing along with me now….)
Turn Someone Into A Frog
This spell is for entertainment purposes only and is not expected to be taken seriously. This is a mock spell for turning someone into a frog. Throughout the years shamans have practiced shapeshifting, the act of changing into an animal. Did they really change into an animal or did they appear to? Have you noticed that some people seem to have a certain animal energy? Some look and act like a cat when you look at and talk with them. Others remind you of a dog and still others remind you of a bear. Are they shapeshifting or do they think like that animal which they resemble? Do others see them as you do? In this spell to change someone into a frog I am not saying literally change them into a frog but change the way people look at them and how they look at themselves. Their dreams will be of wallowing in mud and eating bugs. To reverse the spell do a symbolic death of them as a frog and a rebirth as a human.
(Note from Daven: This is a simple listing of books that may be good for those who are interested in reading about the Celts, their culture, history, religion, and culture. Despite your studies in Druidry, one should read everything about the Celts, since you can’t separate the religion from the culture.)
Recommended Reading on Celtic History, Culture & Religion
Pre-Celtic & Indo-European Studies -
J.P. Mallory, In Search of the Indo-Europeans, 1989
Peter Harbison, Pre-Christian Ireland: From the Earliest Settlers to the Celts, 1988
Stuart Piggott, Ancient Europe: A Survey, 1965
Stuart Piggott & G. Clark, Prehistoric Societies
Stuart Piggott, The Neolithic Cultures of the British Isles, 1954
Aubrey Burl, Prehistoric Avebury, 1979
Sarunas Milisauskas, European Prehistory, 1978
Jacquetta & Christopher Hawkes, Prehistoric Britain, 1953
Jacquetta Hawkes, History in Earth and Stone, 1952
Phillip Van Doren Stern, Prehistoric Europe: From Stone Age Man to the Early Greeks, 1969
Colin Renfrew, Archaeology & Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins1, 1987
Colin Renfrew, Before Civilization: The Radiocarbon Revolution & Prehistoric Europe, 1973
T.L. Markey & A.C. Greppin, When Worlds Collide: Indo-Europeans & Pre- Indo-Europeans (The Bellagio papers), 1990
(For multi-religious groups)
The following is a Handfasting (Wedding) Ritual that can be used for crowds that are non-denominational or have Christians among the wedding party or audience. I performed it in June in San Diego for about 100 people. I left a few things blank, which you can fill in or change to your liking. If you have questions, just email me or write me at:
The presider and her/his assistant shall enter the area from the “Northern End” (the side away from the audience) and shall walk clockwise around the circle to be created. They will stop so that their backs are to the audience. The presider will then light the male and female candles that are represented in the form of a black and white candle on either side of the altar, which is in the center of circle. The presider will then turn and face the audience and say (something like…):
(Note from Daven: This piece I cam across in AOL once again (can you tell I used to be addicted to AOheLl too? LOL) and I thought it was a really moving piece. I pulled it down, and now I share it with you.)
by Althea Whitebirch
We have all moved through periods of crisis in our lives; things ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the death of someone close to us to final exams. Events which are extremely stressful–which threaten our lives, home, future or security–would seem to call for strong measures of assistance. There have been many times that I have felt that the course of events required swift and strong intervention of a deity. Blood sacrifice is, to my mind, one of the more powerful magicks one could perform, and so seemed particularly suitable for this. But it’s rather ethically sticky.
I may feel that the kind of energy contained in the outpouring of blood would be most efficacious in a serious situation, but I’m dead-set against the use of an unwilling victim for the purpose. So, in the past I’ve spilled my own blood with an athame, at the same time offering up prayers; it just didn’t seem to work as well as I thought it would. Perhaps, I thought, one needs lots of blood to generate any appreciable amount of energy.
(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?
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.