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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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Roleplaying Magick

Erin

Isaac Bonewits did a wonderful job in his book Authentic Thaumaturgy describing to gamers and roleplayers how magick works in the real word and the means to adapt real magick to work in their games.

But what about the opposite side? Can we adapt roleplaying to work with real magick? This article will explore the possibility that roleplaying can be an adjunct to any system of magick.

In any school of magick, one of the critical tools the student can bring is a trained, honed will. Being able to focus their desire and turn it into a reality is not a skill taught every day to the mass of Western Society. It is nearly an obsessive level of desire, forcing ones Will on the world around them to bring forth that which they desire. One way to train this Will is to have very clear and immediate visualizations of that which you want throughout the process.

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Harry Potter

Erin

First published on “The Juggler”

You know, I wish that there was a thing called LOGIC in the world.

Because if there was, all these people running around (like Pope Benedict XVI and others) would realize that reading does not equal becoming.

Yes, Harry Potter has witches in it. Yes, there are Wizards in there. No, it is not Pagan. (Point in fact, there is no mention anywhere what religion Harry and the others are.) No, it is not Satanic. No, it is not Wiccan. No, there is no chance, unless the child is already leaning that way, that Harry Potter will lead children away from the CHURCH.

It’s a book people. Get over it. It’s one of those things that you open up and read from. Like the BIBLE. Like the Hymnals. Like Science books (oh, I’m sorry, those are satanic too, aren’t they? Because they may lead people into thinking that the Bible has been edited and contains contradictions in it).

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RIP Pat Morita

Erin

Memorable quotes:

“What belt do you have?”
“Canvas. You like? J.C.Penny $3.98″

“Secret Karate punch make all of body fit inside one inch.”

“Ah Daniel-san, you all wet behind EARS!!!”

“Can you do that?”
“Don’t know, never been attacked by tree.”

“I’m sorry, that was stupid.”
“Miyagi say same thing to father. Father agree, was stupid. Father was right.”

“Wax on. Wax off.”

Originally posted 2005-11-25 13:01:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Neo-Pagan Witchcraft / Wicca 101 Glossary Part 3

Irreverend Hugh

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Shamanism

It is unfortunate that some people have mixed Neo-Pagan Witchcraft and Shamanism, because as much as shamanism can elucidate what Wicca was aiming for, it can deceive.
Shamanism, contrary to the market values of the New Age, is culturally specific and in order for one to receive shamanic training one must become adopted into a cultural group
which has shamanic roles. I know that “shamanism” is also the latest buzzword for those instinctual magical/spiritual practices that are in evidence around the world, but using the word in this way is very deceptive.
The word refers to practices of certain people in mostly hunter-gatherer cultures who went through ritual/psychic dismemberment and rebirth. This experience gave such people the ability to leave their bodies and travel to
other worlds and planes, commune with spirits and ancestors, and heal those who were sick, or find lost souls and bring them home. Some East Asian societies still have surviving forms of this sort of spiritual specialist, but the word shaman should not be used
as the blanket term for all sorts of these specialists.



Wicca is not shamanic. Anyone who thinks otherwise is really deluded. There may be certain ritual practices that may seem like shamanic practices, but apparent similarities are just that.
Wicca is a religion first of all. This makes it very different from Shamanism, which is really nothing but a blanket term for a series of techniques and phenomena exhibited by certain
Siberian and Native American cultures. Shamanism is not a religion, nor is it a “world view” or any of the rest of the things that New Age writers have falsely ascribed to it.
This very simple difference should be enough to convince anyone that Wicca is not shamanic. I am sure that some people who call what they do “Shamanic Wicca” or whatever will argue with me.
But let me spell it out: Wicca may have some things that look like or may even be “shamanic,” but that doesn’t mean squat. Christianity has elements that could be called shamanic, too.
And if Shamanism was, as some anthropologists say, the earliest version of human spiritualities, it should be no surprise that modern religions would have certain elements that seem shamanic.


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Finding Your True Path

(A note from Daven: I have Elf’s permission to repost this here. Please link back to this post if you repost this in whole or in part. I’ll see about putting up her email, website and/or user icon at some later time.)

ELF of Elfwreck; 11-09

I read a lot of posts and comments, on Pagan forums, about not discouraging people from finding their true paths. This is generally an admonishment not to argue too much, or not to use harsh words, or not to tell seekers they’re wrong about something, but instead to be gentle and welcoming to them. Elders and mentors, we are told, should not be causing them to doubt, not be dissuading seekers during their time of confusion and need.

I am baffled by this notion. My husband is baffled by it. My mentors are baffled by it. My friends are baffled by it. We are all horrifically confused at the idea that we have even the smallest capacity to turn someone away from her “true path.”

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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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Green Witchcraft II

Erin

Balancing Light and Shadow

by Ann Moura (Aoumiel)
Llewellyn Publications 1999
ISBN 1-56718-689-0

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I received this book at the same time as I received Green Witchcraft and Green Witchcraft III and I was thrilled. It looked to be a good series of books for the beginner.

As I said in my previous review, this set of books is not for the beginner. It is for those who have the basics down as described by Cunningham and Buckland in their seminal works.

What this book does do is show how to harness the energy of the Dark side of nature. While I personally object to anything being listed as “dark” since it is all of nature, the author does have a point in that anything in the universe has a negative side to it. This negative side she lists as the “dark” side. Such as, doing spells for benefit during the New Moon.

That’s not something that many Craft teachers are willing to go into in any depth. So once again, I need to restate that I don’t believe that these particular books are good for the rank novice, but rather for the intermediate student who is looking to further their education.

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