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Various notes on Sabbat and Esbat Rites

Erin

The ceremonies and rites set out here are not meant to be inflexible. There is nothing stopping you from changing some of all of the ceremonies as you see fit.

You may even dispense with the rites altogether if you wish. For several years Mary and I celebrated the Sabbats by simply being with friends or relatives and enjoying ourselves.

The props and items used and the words recited do not cause anything to happen. They simply focus the Will on the desired outcome. That is all Magick is.

Alister Crowley said, “Magick is the Art and Science of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” This means that it is affecting this reality with your mind’s willpower. The rituals are only used to keep your concentration on the job at hand.

Thus, all you need is your thoughts when doing Magick.

The celebrations are exactly that. As long as you enjoy what you are doing on the days of the Sabbats and Esbats, then you are honoring the Lord and Lady.

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I can’t really say it better

Erin

This is a video that Ellen made up in response to the recent rash of gay/bullying suicides.

Not to detract from the whole story she just told, but I was victim of it too. I suffer from PTSD in regards to one incident where my sexuality and bullying was combined. I nearly killed myself that time. I was the butt of “jokes” from others who thought it would be funny to make a date with me and then stand me up.

This is not acceptable on any level.

Those of you who think it is, need to go to the psychologist worse than the victims of your “jokes” do.  This scars for life.  There is NO fixing it.

To my shame, I passed on the abuse to others.  I can’t make up for it, but when I found out that I had done so, I tried to make it right.  There is no fixing it, but the cycle can be stopped.

Originally posted 2010-10-02 11:29:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Rune Information

Erin

As promised, I have found, converted and posted this document I had kicking around my computer on the Runes.

I have no idea who wrote this, and for the content, It’s not bad. It is brief, to the point, and informative. Use this as a starting place only. There are many good references in this at the end, and I suggest that you use them.

Without further ado, The Runes!

Originally posted 2013-01-12 05:15:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Lesson 10: Herbalism

Erin

Herbalism, part 1

This section will study the BASICS of herbalism. This is not meant to be an in-depth study of this subject, because it is extremely complex and learning intensive. The course of study with herbalism will make one equivalent to a Doctor of Medicine, if one goes about it correctly.

This is why, for the Druids, herbalists were given their own sub-set and specialization, the Deagbaire. Oriental (especially Chinese) herbalists are considered to be doctors in their own countries, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof.

There are literally thousands of herbs known to exist today. Each has properties unique to the herb, as well as having properties in common with many different herbs. Each has a specific way to get those properties out and make them into a useful form for us. An herbalist needs to know this in order to make the best use of the herbs.

This is not to say that this kind of activity is not it’s own reward. If you enjoy green, growing things, if you enjoy smelling a crushed herb, if you like hiking in the woods and a pastoral existence, if you enjoy chemistry, then by all means, go into a course with Broom Naifer to learn everything you can about herbs and herbology.

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On picking your battles

Erin

For many years I have been a part of the Community, both online and off, and seen many causes taken up and championed by those who have a passion to fight for the right. There is nothing wrong with this; I just wish they would be a little more discriminating with their causes.

Here’s one that I wish to all the Gods was passed on by the “Activists”. There was a gentleman I was familiar with in Texas while I lived there. Wonderful metalworker. He made his fillet out of the leaf spring of an old car. He beat it and shaped it and it was a work of art. He was very into nature and into survival. He was going through a messy divorce. He was Wiccan. The judge refused to let him have his child, and he alleged to the community that the mother of his child was the bad parent. The impression retained many years later is that mom was a drug addict, a convicted felon or worse. He ran with the daughter to Kansas, making it possible to charge him with felony kidnapping rather than let her be destroyed by her mother. Eventually he was found and the little girl was brought back to Texas.

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Composing Magic

Erin

By Elizabeth Barrette
New Page Books, copyright 2007, $14.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-935-8
ISBN13 978-1-56414-935-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Okay, here it is finally, the book that many people have been waiting for; Composing Magic, How to Create Magical Spells, Rituals, Blessings and Prayers.

Much to my astonishment, this book is EXACTLY what it says it is on the cover, a book about how to write spells and rituals. It is a book on writing. Imagine that.

If I sound a bit effusive it’s because this book has been a long time coming in many ways. Several people have tried to write it, they have written things that are related to creating and writing rituals and spells, but no one has quite been able to write a book that actually and practically teaches you how to compose spells and rituals.

This book has the singular distinction of doing so. Add to that statement another one; this book does an excellent job of teaching you how to write spells and rituals. It not only gives you the information on sitting down and picking up your pen to write, but the book explains how to go about the creative writing process.

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Lesson 6: Divination

Erin

Divination, Lesson 6

Message: Lesson 6, Part 1: Divination
Author: Teacher – Daven Iceni
Date: Jul 11, 2000 17:55

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Sisters of the Dark Moon

Erin

by Gail Wood
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0095-9

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Well, this certainly lives up to it’s title. This is a book designed for all those out there who wish to explore the “darker” side of femininity.

While in and of itself, this is not a bad thing, there are any number of ways this could have been presented. Personally, I think the author did a wonderful job presenting it as she has.

For an overview, the book takes the Moon cycles of the New Moon (Dark Moon) and writes a series of rituals to perform to explore the Goddess aspect that she feels is associated with that moon. So, in the month of May, we have a ritual that can be done to get us closer to the Dark Aspect of the Gemini Moon. Working with the Goddess of that moon, The Twins who are the focus of Gemini, and other mythological aspects that are linked with that season’s moon.

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The Creed of Seax-Wica

Erin

(Daven’s Comment: This is a creed that is used in one Seax-Wican coven.  They use it and copy it into their individual copies of The Tree.  It was shared recently on “The Official Seax-Wica List” and it was modified somewhat there, and this is the final copy.   It’s very good and encapsulates the beliefs of Seax-Wicans very well.)

The Creed of Seax-Wica

(A modification of the creed version supplied by Kent Wiccan )

  1. We Acknowledge Woden and Freya as the Gods we wish to Honor in Group Rituals, and will honor both at all Group Esbats and Sabbats, Understanding that both Woden and Freya are both uniquely individual and at the same time while quite different COMPLETELY EQUAL. We may also invoke other deities of the Germanic pantheon as required for our purpose.
  2. We Acknowledge both Self Dedication and Group Initiation as Valid forms of entry into The Seax-Wica, neither is less or more important then the other. We are not Bound into a Coven, and my leave at any time and start our own Study Group or Coven- or leave the Seax-Wica itself if we should so choose. Freely did we enter, and Freely may we depart, for we are free.

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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.

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