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What has happened

Erin

Dear all.

Well, it’s happened. Poor financial decisions on my part has finally caught up to us and Mary, Rhiannon and I are being evicted.

The complex has said that we can stay if we can come up with $5900 to pay them off for everything, all the money we owe and the rents we haven’t been able to pay. So we are busy putting together all our belongings and are working on moving.

Currently the plan is this: We pack, we put everything in storage, we either live in a hotel for a while with the bare minimums to live on while there and look for someplace to live permanently, and then move into that. OR we put everything in storage, move in with a lady who has offered to put us up and then she and us move into a 3 bedroom apartment together and get our stuff back and fill the apartment. See flaws in these? We have seen them now.

Mary, Rhiannon and I have been discussing this most of yesterday and today and come to a decision, right now we pack.

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Articles from The Witches’ Voice

Wren

Okay, this is where I wind up admitting to theft.  Although you don’t get to get upset.

I asked Fritz Jung for permission to reprint these articles here, and he kindly gave me that permission, after clearing it with Wren Walker.  These are articles that I feel should be shared far and wide, either because they make sense or because they are necessary as assets in this community.

Things like what makes a good teacher, a frequently asked questions document (that I should really write, but don’t have the time to), what the real basics of the Craft are, broken down in simple terms, and so on.

However, this is not fair.  I have my information here, but the information on the Voice is as good as what I’m teaching.  They have a lot for beginners, some good articles for those in the middle of their journey, and a lot for those who (like me) are teaching and sharing their knowledge with a new group of beginners.  Of special notice is their section on the Traditions.  It is a series of articles that deals with different traditions, and they are soliciting other articles and multiple articles on a tradition, so there is some contrast.

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On Black Magic

Irreverend Hugh

Much of the Neopagan community is woefully ignorant about magic and its terminology. I should point out the many in the occult or magical community also fall under this ignorance, but I haven’t run into many occultists who necessarily have problems with “black magic” unless they are pulling legs, or pretending to be infamous. This would normally not present any problem, since Neopagan religions are not necessarily magical systems, though they may use magical elements in ritual much as the majority of world religions do. The problem is that Wicca, and other Pagan religious variants under the Witchcraft rubric, consciously uses magical elements and practices and names them as such. This has led to the curious situation today where many Wiccans, self-professed Witches, and Wicca-influenced people will claim they do not practice “black magic.” Many older or more experienced people will often respond with the seemingly intelligent phrase “magic has no color.” But such a statement really says nothing new.

We know that magic has no color anymore than poetry or music has any color. So what? Many people, in using the terms “black” or “white” in reference to types of magic, are making a conscious value statement in clear lack of understanding where the terms come from and to what they really refer.

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Wiccan Magick

Erin

by Raven Grimassi
Llewellyn 2001 $12.95 US

ISBN 1-56718-255-0

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

This is one more book in the series I requested to use in my Magick Class. Good thing I got around to reviewing it AFTER my class officially ended.

I want to be clear, I know Raven from other writings and I like him a lot. This book has some good information in it. It also has a lot of old stereotypes in it that are better left behind. I really don’t understand how it can still be said with any modicum of seriousness that modern Witchcraft is centuries old.

I had to read through the book in stages. It is a weighty book, and shouldn’t be finished in one sitting. There is a lot of information here. Please note, I did not say that there was a lot of NEW information here. It is the same information that can be found in many other places, explained more concisely, with more detail, and with a different spin on it. But the same set of correspondences, the same herbal information, the same use of the pentagram and so on. It’s Magick 101 for dummies.

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Okay, donations needed

Erin
Well, going to try this again.

We are going to court on the 22nd.  Why?  We owe our complex $5000 in rent.  It’s mainly because of me being out of work some, trying to get a job, trying to get another income.  So we fell behind and that’s it.  The complex won’t work with us anymore and didn’t want to send us to the collections BECAUSE they understand, but the owners don’t care, they just want their money.

Needless to say, we don’t have it.

Add into this that we had to spend $1100 on our car recently simply so we can get back and forth to work, I’ve been out sick while I adjust to new diabetes medications, we had our daughter move back home and were supporting one friend for a month while she got her life together (co-workers and anime geek),

I wouldn’t be asking if this weren’t the last hope.  Our family is tapped out, they have their own financial problems, we don’t have any place to go to from here.  The current plan is to get a storage unit and move everything we own into that, and live in a hotel room. But that takes money too, storage rental and moving expenses.

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Wicca and Death

Erin

Many times I’m amazed at the Western world’s obsession with death. So many times I see intelligent people who are arguably at the peak of their lives reduced to emotional children by the death of a loved one that it still surprises me.

There are times that I find this crippling to be a crime.

Every day, I see ads which will allow the user of these products to extend their lifespan, to live longer, to live fuller, to cure this problem or that problem. I see news stories that talk about how dangerous this thing is, or that that action causes cancer and so on that I want to scream.

Thank the Gods we of Wicca aren’t like that. Or are we?

I have known Wiccans to be so devastated by loss as to forget everything they learned and go into that same state of non-functioning that it amazes me. Here is a group that has learned the secrets of life and death, know the wonders of the universe, have finally answered those questions of why we are here, and where we go after. But present them with a death and most, if not all, of that training goes flying out the window.

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The 21 Lessons of Merlyn

Erin

(Note from Daven: Yes, I grabbed this totally from DruidBooks, and I’m not sorry about that.  I feel that the 21 Lessons of Merlyn is one of the most devastating books ever foisted onto the public in the name of “scholarship”.  I have read excerpts from it, and none of it is true.  As a student of Druidry, I find myself compelled to speak out against this book on a regular basis.

Let me tell you a story:

Update 7-19-03: I have taken some criticism for this following passage, being that it’s not really the way things are, and that it’s not accurate. All I can say in defense of this is that this story was told to me by my wife, who was married to a Welshman, who also speaks fluent Northern Welsh. He is the one who said all this, and I think he’s in a possition to know. Regardless of that, repeated questioning and re-questioning of my wife, she stands by the story. If he lied to her about this, that’s not my fault. I’m only repeating what I was told, and the sources for that story. Now on to the story….

My wife was married once before, to a Welshman, native to Wales, and he grew up speaking Welsh.  When I found out that Monroe had stolen the “Charm of Making” from the movie, Excalibur, she laughed her head off.  It turns out that that famous scene, where Merlin is speaking to Morgan leFey’s dreams, making her recite this invocation over and over, creating a thick fog out of her mouth made her then-husband laugh his head off when he first saw the movie.  Turns out that all she was saying at that point was “Mary had a little lamb” over and over in Welsh.

It should make you stop and think about those who would plagiarize a movie for their source material, and then not even check it to see what the heck they are actually speaking.

Most times, you will find me defending Llewellyn Books as a source of Pagan Literature.  However, in this case, Llewellyn really screwed the pooch.  It’s books like this that wind up messing up a publication house’s reputation completely.  They have a few marginal works in their catalog, but this one should be thrown out completely, and Mr. Monroe should be made to reimburse them for their expenses.

What is so terrible is that more and more newbies come to Druidism having read ONLY this book, and they need months of intensive work to correct everything that they were “taught” by this man.)

From http://www.druid.org/druidbooks/monroe.htm

Originally posted 2009-11-15 17:45:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Witchcraft Goes Mainstream

Erin

by Brooks Alexander
Harvest House Publications, 2004, $11.99 US
ISBN 0-7369-1221-5

Review By Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This is a book that I’m going to have to judge on two scales. See, this is not one of those books I normally review. Generally I review books of interest to the Pagan/Wiccan/Witch community and tell everyone what I think of it. This one touches on the NeoPagan community, but is not really of interest to the NeoPagan community other than as a reference.

A Christian wrote this book about the NeoPagan community, and the NeoPagan’s impact on society as a whole. It’s about trends and how we have touched almost every aspect of modern life. So I’m going to have to judge this book on it’s own merits and on the scale of “how useful is it to us”.

Let me say that this book is excellently written. The author has done his homework on this topic and knows what he is talking about almost as well as we do. He states in this book that he has been working with the NeoPagan community almost since it’s inception in the 1960′s. He was around and active during that critical crucible time in California and other parts of the country and had been involved in many of the groups that started the whole thing off. My first question was “why didn’t he become a Wiccan/Witch/Pagan?” By his own words, he found Jesus and God, was Born Again and has been very active in Christianity since.

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Weaver Weave Your Circle

Erin

[To hear the tune for this song, click]

Weaver, weave your circle tight,
Spin a web of glowing light,
Earth and Air and Fire and Water,
Bind us to you.

Father in the coming night,
Gather in your ancient might,
Sage and warrior, horned hunter,
Guide us to you.

Great Is from whom all things come,
In you Lord and Lady are one
Earth and Air and Fire and Water,
Bind us to you.

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2009-11-03 20:18:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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For Goddess’ Sake

Erin

By Hailey D.D. Klein
Conari Press, 2004 $14.95 US
ISBN 1-57324-914-9

By Daven

Blue and deep pink is what struck me first with this book. When you see the cover, you will understand that statement. One could almost say it’s garish.

Bad cover design aside; I opened the book and began reading. It quickly became apparent that this was a book that men were not invited to. Within the first few pages, I saw several references to men who were repressive and oppressive people to the detriment of women everywhere.

I tried to ignore the feminist leanings, as I try to be a feminist myself. But in this case, I felt that I was intruding on a slumber party. Every page I read talked about how women were powerful, wonderful, good, and above reproach. It implied that the only reason that the world was not right was because of the screw-ups of men.

Now, I am exaggerating somewhat, but not a lot. It is very biased toward the feminine. Understandable and laudable in this case, but I think that this point could have been somewhat less obviously made.

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