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Dedication of A Sword

Materials Needed:

  • Sword (doesn’t matter if sword is just for decor)
  • candles (1 for each element +1 black candle)
  • incense (preferably a dark colored incense any flavor)
  • strip of leather (length of sword)
  • bowl full of water (cauldron works)

Begin by cleansing your materials. Give any opening offerings to the Gods of your choice (preferably war Gods). Plot the land where you will work (mandatory outdoor ritual). Light the black candle and keep it burning throughout the ritual. Cast a circle using the sword by drawing the circle around you. Put sword in center of circle. Light the candle that represents Water and say:

In the element of Water I bless this sword to my name  (your name here) .

Stretch out the leather and lay it across the sword. Let a few drops of the candle wax drop on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Earth and say:

In the name of the God (God’s name here) I bless this sword of the Earth.

Let some wax drip on the leather. Extinguish the candle. Light the candle for Air and the incense and say:

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Candlemas; Feast of Flames

Erin

Amber K & Azrael Arynn K
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
ISBN 0-7387-0079-7 $14.95

Review by Daven

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Like “Lammas”, this book is only about Candlemas, or Imbolic, or Oimelc, or any number of other names you could give to this holiday. The thing that all of these holidays have in common is that all of them fall near the beginning of February, all of them involve fire, and most of them involve a young Goddess or lady named Brigid.

This book looks at those different celebrations, finding the cultural roots inside each celebration, it looks in depth at the customs surrounding the traditional celebrations, from the tradition of Groundhog’s day to Brigid’s bed.

Most of the facts explored in this text are “duh” facts, like Spring Cleaning and Candlemas being about candles as well as Brigid. It makes sense that during this time of celebration of a goddess of Fire and Smithcraft that one would clean out the house, make her bed on the hearth, and reconsecrate all the tools, right? That’s something that hit me up against the head when I read it.

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Etsy Shop

Erin

Well, I reopened my store, just on Etsy this time.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackRoseFloggers

Share it with everyone you think might be into the lifestyle.  Go buy something if you feel so inclined.

Originally posted 2013-10-21 13:22:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Sabbat

Erin

September 21-23

[The Altar and surroundings should be decorated with autumn flowers, leaves, pumpkins and squash, as well as pinecones, leaves, and boughs around the Circle proper. Once the Temple is erected, the Priest and Priestess join in front of the altar and kiss. ]

Covener: Now that the season of plenty draws to its close, let us listen to the words of Rhiannon as she speaks through her Priestess, ___________ here.

[The Priestess spreads her hands toward the people.]

Priestess: My love is ever with my Pagans.
Although the season of plenty draws to a close,
Think not that I forsake you,
For I am with you always.
I watch over you, as does my Consort, The Horned One.
When the dark months descend
Then will Woden hold vigil over you;
As you will over him.
For know you that as Man needs the Gods,
So do the Gods need Man.

[Priestess takes up the Salted Water. The Priest leads the coven members in a dance around the Circle, the Priestess sprinkles them with the water as they pass her. They dance around three times. Priestess replaces the water on the altar.]

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Goddess? Are You Real?

Erin

Author Unknown

The little child whispered, “Goddess, speak to me.” And a meadowlark sang. But the child did not hear.

So the child yelled, “Goddess, speak to me!” And the thunder rolled across the sky. But the child did not listen.

The child looked around and said, “Goddess let me see you.” And a star shone brightly. But the child did not notice.

And the child shouted, “Goddess show me a miracle!” And a life was born. But the child did not know

So the child cried out in despair, “Touch me Goddess, and let me know you are here!” Whereupon the Goddess reached down and touched the child. But the child brushed the butterfly away and walked away unknowingly.

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Take time to listen. Often times, the things we seek are right underneath our noses. Don’t miss out on your blessing because it isn’t packaged the way that you expect.

Originally posted 2009-11-10 01:39:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization

Wren

(Note from Daven:  This is an outstanding article, and I think everyone should read this.  As I say in the next part, When I first read it, I got chills.  You can find Wren’s site at http://www.witchvox.com on the net.  Check them out, The Witch’s Voice is one of the most important sites on the net, and a real boon for those of us in the Craft. This article is used by permission.)

Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization
(February, 21st., 1999)
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by Wren Walker

College students and business managers are familiar with the works of Abraham Harold Maslow. Psychology professors often include Maslow in their classroom course of study for the same reason that corporate trainers may implant some of his material buried within their orientation or management skills workshops. Maslow had an interesting theory.

Building A Pyramid

Abe Maslow earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1934. Early in his career, he conducted extensive research into the behavior of monkeys-more specifically into the needs of monkeys and which of those needs was fulfilled in what order. From this research came his now famous “hierarchy of needs” theory. This “need scale’ is often shown as a visual graph in the shape of a pyramid. From the bottom to the top, the basic needs are:

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The Charge of the Hunter

Erin

Listen to the words of the Great Hunter, he who was called among people Herne, Cernunos, Gwynn ap Nudd, The Horned One, The Master of the Wild Hunt, Mabon and by many other names.

Whenever you have need of any meat, once in the week, and better it be when the season turns to Winter, then ye shall assemble in the green wilds and continue the cycle of Hunter and Hunted. I am the King of the Herd, the one who sustains the People in the times of rest for the Earth, and I shall show you the Ancient Cycles again. And you shall be free from civilization, and as a sign of this freedom, ye shall carry a weapon to take your meat with, be it a Spear, an Arrow or a Knife. You shall creep and stalk across the Land, becoming closer and closer to the Hunted, and understanding the ways of the Hunted. Mine is the Joy of the Kill, the thrill of the Stalk and the Praise of the Slain. My law is that thou shall take the weak and the injured, the elderly and the sick, thus to improve the Herd and make them strong. You shall use all of what you Kill and you shall praise and thank the Spirit of that which you have killed, for Death is only part of the cycle of Life, and this child of mine will live again. I demand that you take only what you need and that you replace that which you took whenever possible. My teachings are those of survival and the continuation of the next Generation. I am the Tip of the Spear, the Arrowhead and the Knife’s Edge, and you shall remember that the survival of the Herd is paramount, for if the Herd does not survive, there will be no next generation.

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Glossary

Erin

AE: this is the abreveiation for “American Eclectic” in which elements of many different traditions are taken and mixed to form a new kind of spirituality, while respecting the cultures those elements were taken from. Has a strong sense of history and a seeking of continuity. See this article for an excellent discussion of the various flavors of Wicca.

BTW: this is the “short term” for British Traditional Wicca. Normally this is typified by Gardnerian and Alexandrian, but it can be any group that is a lineaged mystery tradition. See this article for an excellent discussion of the various flavors of Wicca.

Emo (an abbreviation of “emotional”) is a term now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional punk’s limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. It is also used to describe fans of this genre, most commonly teenagers. (e.g., emo kid). The actual term “emo” originated in the mid-1980s D.C. scene, with the band Rites of Spring. The term addressed both the way the band connected with its audience, as well as its tendency to deal more with topics of personal and relationship politics than with the standard themes of rock music.

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House Blessings

Collected by HalfWolfie; she who throws away nothing.

Seven Celtic blessings for your home. They are in original form, so adapt them as you see fit – like replacing Goddess for God or your favorite diety.

Blessing for a New Home

A blessing upon your new home,
A blessing upon your new hearth,
A blessing upon your new dwelling,
Upon your newly kindled fire.
A blessing upon your tallest grass,
A blessing upon your fruitful partner,
A blessing upon your growing son/s,
Upon your growing daughter/s.
A blessing upon the household’s helpers,
A blessing upon children yet unborn,
A blessing upon the wise parents,
Upon your occupation.
A blessing upon your goods and income,
A blessing upon your kith and kin,
A blessing upon you in light or darkness,
Each day and night of your lives.
- Carmina Gadelica

Blessing of the Three

The sacred three,
My fortress be,
Encircling me,
Come and be round,
My hearth, my home.
Fend Thou my kin,
And every sleeping thing within,
From scathe, from sin,
Thy care our peace,
Though mid of night,
To light’s release.
- MacLean, The Little Book of Celtic Blessings, trans. C. Matthews

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Books for Neo-Pagan Children

(Note from Daven:  I have no idea where this particular list came from, but I remember how hard it was for me to find good books for our daughter to listen to.  To preserve the integrity of this document, I will not list my book selection here, but rather in the Bibliography section.  I hope this helps someone.)

Books for Neo-Pagan Children

These are just a few suggestions of books I think would be appropriate for Neo-Pagan kids. They reflect a reverence for nature, encourage environmental exploration, discuss myths and legends, and/or encourage creativity and fantasy.

The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, 1986. Farmer Bailey takes in a mysterious stranger who has amnesia and Autumn doesn’t seem to come. One day the stranger blows on a leaf and it turns bright red.

Whisper From the Woods by Victoria Worth, Green Tiger Press, 1991.In the dark forest a seedling grows among its siblings. In winter their roots hold hands underground, in summer they murmur together. A heavy storm blows their mother tree over, they cover her with leaves, seed falls, and the cycle begins again.

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