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Imbolic Sabbat

Erin

January 31

[Pronounced Im-ball-ick. Erecting the Temple is performed. Priest and Priestess kiss. On the Altar are the two candles from Yule. They are not lit. Each witch has an unlit candle tucked into his/her belt.]

Priestess: Now has the Lord reached the zenith of His journey
It is good that we rejoice for Him.
From now till Beltane is the path ahead less dark,
For He can see the Lady at its end.

Priest: I urge ye, Wiccans all,
To give now your hearts to our Lord Woden.
Let us make this a Feast of Torches
To carry Him forward, in light,
To the arms of Freya.

[Priest and Priestess take up the extra candles off the Altar. Witches take the candles from their belts.]

Priest and Priestess: Light now your flames from the Sacred Altar.

[Females light their candles from the Priest’s; males from the Priestess’s. When all are lit they hold them high in their left hand, Seaxes high in their right.]

All: To Woden. The Mighty one,
Do we give our love and our strength.
So be it!

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Why not 20 years?

Erin

Any modern student of Druidry will eventually hear that the ancients spent 20 years learning to become a full-fledged Druid.

It can be a daunting thought. All that studying and learning, just so one can talk to the Gods. Most of the time this number is simply accepted and then ignored. If one thinks about it at all, one may spend some time blessing a deity of choice that modern Druidism is not like that. With any diligence at all a student can expect to receive the title of Druid in just a couple years.

It occurred to me recently that some may question why no longer takes 20 years of study to achieve the honor, right and responsibility inherent in the title, Druid.

In order to closely examine why current Druidic schools (such as the ODU and OBOD) don’t require that amount of time, it would be helpful to understand what the Druids of old studied, and for how long, to comprehend why it took 20 years to achieve the degree of Druid.

Documents indicate the ancient Druidic candidate spent their time in the study of many different disciplines. They started at a young age, usually about 8, and until they were 28, they studied every aspect of druidism their teacher thought was important.

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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.

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Q&A

Erin

This is a list of questions I got in an email. Apparently the person had sent this several times trying to get them answered. I don’t know if they got it in response, but here are the questions and my answers.

Originally posted 2011-06-18 12:27:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Magician’s Workbook

Erin

by Donald Tyson
Llewellyn, 2001 $17.50 US
ISBN 0-7387-0000-2

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Magician’s Workbook is definitely a workbook. This is laid out as a series of lessons, one per chapter. These are not the standard “learn these facts and this information and then answer these questions”. They are practical exercises, concentrating on being able to demonstrate the skill before moving on to the next lesson. Each chapter is meant to illustrate one idea. It is critical to learn the exercise before moving on since the next lesson will be built on the previous lesson you just mastered.

Mr. Tyson does a good job of condensing the practices The Golden Dawn uses in a series of lessons for the average person. They are well laid out. Each lesson and exercise builds on the previous one, exploring concepts in depth throughout the work.

Warning to those who think this book will be easy. Do not expect to learn everything about The Golden Dawn from it. That is not the purpose of the book, nor is all the information made available here. It is necessary for the reader/practitioner to do the work to derive the most this book has to offer. It will require a commitment of nearly a year to complete the exercises and it will mean a lot of practice and meditation as well.

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Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)

Wren

(Note from Daven:  I asked Fritz and Wren of The Witches’ Voice if I could reprint these here, and they told me okay.  So, read this if you want, and think about it regardless.)

Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)
by Wren Walker

Since its inception, the Witches’ Voice, has been barraged with email asking the simple question… “How do I become a Witch”? Although, it has never been the mission of the Witches’ Voice to actually teach Witchcraft we find ourselves constantly shocked at the aweful responses the Teenage Witch or new seeker receives from many that “claim” themselves “elders” of the craft. For this we apologize. We will never preach or claim to “have the answer”. There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for.

Part 1…

I Want To Be In A Coven. How Do I find One?

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My Rebuttal of “Witchcraft, The Facts”

Erin

In my time on the Internet and dealing with various email groups, I have found that there is a ton of information being disseminated. Looked at objectively, some of it is good, some is bad, but a lot of it seems to be coming from a paltry 20 total sources. Cunningham, Silver Ravenwolf, Buckland, The Witches’ Voice, and Mike Nichols seem to be the most prominent sources, although some information can be traced all the way back to AOL’s Pagan files and Athos’ Pagan Files, the latter which is now sadly gone from the web.

One of the top sources currently appears to be “Witchcraft, The Facts“. The Rev. Norm Vogel seems to feel that his work should be the primary source for what Witchcraft is and that his interpretation is the only interpretation. This despite the fact that this alleged seminal document is a scant one page that he wrote almost 5 years ago, judging by the copyright. Apparently there are many visitors who go to his site and praise him for his work, giving him ego strokes that he apparently must have. It only feeds his incorrect belief that he is correct and speaks for everyone.

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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.

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New Archdruid

Erin

I was reading “The Wildhunt” today and I noticed that the ADF has elected a new Arch Druid.

I’d like to add my congratulations to all the other wishes of well to Rev. Kirk Thomas, the new head Druid in the ADF.

How does this affect me as an independent druid? Well, it really doesn’t, except that the leadership of one of the major Druid groups is going to swing a huge club and shape how not only the ADF, but Druids in general are seen in the future.

I’ve known Isaac for a couple years, had the honor of talking to him via email once or twice. I’ve reviewed books by Skip Ellison and also talked to him via email a couple times on websites and email lists that we shared. I have found both men to be very intelligent and open to new ideas, while still maintaining the highest standards for themselves and their Order. Kirk has a HUGE set of shoes to fill.

That said, I don’t know Kirk at all. I’ve never talked to him, nor have I had the honor of reading any of his works. I am going to have to take it on faith that he will be as good as Isaac and Skip have been.

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So mad

Erin

Congratulations, I’m now over being sad and depressed. I’ve gone all the way to Pissed Off.

Read this first: That pissing damned file. Please note, this has been circulating in many places, I got it in email myself.

Okay, there are many problems with this damned thing.

Let’s start with the fact that after September 11th, we had the most support from foreign countries in the history of the nation. EVERY nation, with a few exceptions, were calling and emailing and showing support for us. Everyone thought it was a horrific thing that happened. ALL of them thought that the attacks on the World Trade Center were horrific and a crime against humanity. I seem to remember speeches from the floor of the UN about how terrible this was.

What happened? Simple. The invasion of Iraq was not about terrorism or anything other than revenge. All these nations didn’t support the invasion because it had nothing to do with anything except revenge of the Bush Dynasty against the towelheads that hurt them in 1990 and 1991. The Iraquis put up a hell of a defense and we tore it down, but we didn’t have the will to finish the job as a nation. So Daddy Bush has nothing to show for his 4 years in office.

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