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Some areas for further study

Erin

Some days ago I was laying in bed having a mental conversation with Blodeuwedd, and my mind started wandering. You know, that “just before sleep takes you” wander that normally just turns into “zzzzzzz”. That one.

But this time, a revelation hit me. I woke my wife with it. I remembered it till the next day. I wrote a friend about it asking his opinion. And he loved it.

So now, it’s percolated through my subconscious for a while, and I’m ready to talk about my UPG with you all. But first, we have to lay some ground work.

One of the biggest cycles we as Wiccans celebrate is the Oak King/Holly King cycle each year. This postulates that there is a king for half the year who dies and whom is replaced by the other for the rest of the year. There are all kinds of myths to show this cycle, one of the largest being the Llew Llaw Gyffes and Gronwy Pebr cycle with Blodeuwedd.

Originally posted 2010-10-07 06:45:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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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Harm None

Erin

Okay, let’s be honest here. We need to get rid of the Rede completely.

Yeah, I said it. What’s more I’ll defend it.

The Rede is antiquated. It’s been the source of more than a little confusion to those who are new, and a LOT of confusion to those who aren’t Wiccan. It has come to be a “Pan Pagan” assumed ethic when it is not. It has been taken out of context and translated literally and even worse, translated figuratively for generations of people. And you know what? We still harm each other all the time.

I harm my family when I go to work since I am not there for their emotional support. I harm my family when I come home since I am not at work earning money to fill their bellies. No matter what I do I harm my family. It’s a Catch 22 situation.

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To Whom It May Concern:

am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult, in order to accept the responsibilities of a 6-year-old. The tax base is lower.

want to be six again.

want to go to McDonald’s and think it’s the best place in the world to eat.

want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make waves with rocks.

want to think M&Ms are better than money, because you can eat them.

want to play kickball during recess and stay up on Christmas Eve waiting to hear Santa and Rudolph on the roof.

long for the days when life was simple. When all you knew were your colors, the addition tables, and simple nursery rhymes, but it didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know, and you didn’t care.

want to go to school and have snack time, recess, gym and field trips.

want to be happy, because I don’t know what should make me upset.

want to think the world is fair and everyone in it is honest and good.

want to believe that anything is possible.

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THE WICCAN REDE

(Note from Daven:  Okay, everyone else seems to have a version of the Wiccan Rede on their site, so I figure I need to have one too.  Here it is, and a better one I challenge anyone to find.  LOL  Take special care to look at the last line.  That is the true Rede, the one everyone speaks of when talking about the Rede.  Keep it in mind, and you probably won’t go too far wrong.)

THE WICCAN REDE

Lady Gwen Thompson

From the Samhain 1995 Issue of Witch’s Brew

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Everyday Magic

Erin

by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2002 $9.95 US
ISBN 1-56718-469-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

This is another of the books I wanted to look at for it’s suitability for my Magick Class. I must say, that I think this text will cut the nut.

What do I mean by that? I think that Dorothy has done an exceptional job of staying on topic and having original information for the reader.

Of note in this book is a section that many practical magickians would be thrilled to see, a section on modern twists to old spells. One example of this is her tale of how she learned to use an automatic drip coffee maker as her tool for making infusions and tinctures of herbs. She has several suggestions that many books of this kind skip. Things like why you do different magicks at different moon phases, how the time of day effects magick, the day of the week and the best explanation as to why one would do their spells in rhyme. I’ll admit that I am somewhat resistant to doing rhyming couplets in my spells and chants, but Dorothy has convinced me that it can be a powerful addition to my spell.

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How to Get Started in Wicca

Erin

One question that just about everyone has ever asked in the online forums is this one: “Hi! I’m new to Wicca and I just started. What do I do now?”

The slew of answers that the questioner will get will generally boils down to one word: “Read”.

Believe it or not, gaining knowledge is about 60% of what you have to do in this case, beginning on this path. The rest is actually practicing and getting the practical knowledge under your brain and in your fingers. But reading and gaining knowledge is the primary thing you have to be doing.

Why? Most people who start in Wicca or any esoteric path have a basis in their faith that they grew up with; most likely (at least in the United States) that faith is Christianity. Because of this, there is a lot of dogma and information that one must gain during the first little bit of the Path, and that requires study.

So the first thing is to read. Read whatever you can about Wicca and Paganism. Read about New Age mysticism. Read about Hindu beliefs, read the Buddhist philosophy. Read the Koran. Read the Bible. Read.

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Religion In The Workplace

Erin

If you have spent any time online reading about religion, you have probably come across a few articles on the appropriateness of taking your religion into the workplace. Most of those articles tend to be very conservative, citing discrimination, abuse, bullying by bosses and coworkers and other such problems to discourage you from displaying your faith in an office setting. Other articles make you aware of your right to display your faith and the symbols of your belief in a workplace environment.

I’m not going to recreate what those articles do, but I will address one thing they lack.

How much religion should be taken to the workplace?

I’m not taking the side of the HR departments or the bosses and saying that you can’t be religious in the workplace, but there are lines that have to be watched carefully or it could cause problems. For instance, publicly praying to Mecca twice a day in the office may be seen as interesting, but it would probably be frowned upon if previous arrangments haven’t been made.

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Progressive Witchcraft

Erin

by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
New Page Books, 2004, $15.99 US
ISBN 1-56414-719-3

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Generally when writing a review of a book, I work really hard not to look at other’s reviews of the same book. I do this so that I don’t “contaminate” my opinion of a book with someone else’s opinion. But while I was looking up publication information on Amazon to place in this review, I glanced at the “average customer review” and was shocked to see that it was fairly low.

I say “shocked” because this is one of the best books on Witchcraft I have seen in recent years. It is by far the best I have seen yet this year. I guess this is one of those books that you either love, hate, or love to hate. I know that many of the books that push the edge of religious practice get this label, and this one is no exception.

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Pagan Publishing

Erin

I was reading Jason’s Fourth Pagan Carnival and there were many entries about Pagan Publishing, and I can say it’s a subject near and dear to my heart.

I have to say that I’ve contemplated many of the topics raised in the blog entries referenced (and I wrote one of them LOL) and I can only offer the conclusions I’ve come to.

On the topic of “same old Wicca 101 crap” and why many pagan authors re-write the same thing again, I think I have an insight. It’s not that they want to re-write, it’s simply that they think they have a unique perspective to offer.

Some of these ideas explored in the various books require some context as well. Given that, there are times when you have to explain what the holidays mean so you can understand the ritual in the proper context later. For instance, my friend Seshen is a Lycian Witch. I don’t completely understand her practice, but I know that if I wanted to read a book written by her on some topic, I would have to understand the context she is putting the information in. This means that she is going to have to explain her beliefs, even though 99% of it is going to be the same as what is out there. But it’s required to understand what is going on and how the information is being presented.

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