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Progressive Witchcraft


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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Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization – Part II


(Note from Daven:  This article should be self explanatory, it’s something that we all need to look at.  When I first read it, I got chills.  This is part 2 of this excellent series, and I think it’s something every Pagan and Wiccan should read at least once.  This is used by permission of the author.  You can find their site at http://www.witchvox.com)

Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization – Part II
by Wren Walker (1/10/2000)

The Road To Self Actualization Is Not A Free Ride!

A.H. Maslow began his work entitled, “Religions, Values and Peak Experiences,” with-of all things-his thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling that eliminated mandatory prayers in the public schools. His was not a treatise on the Constitution nor specifically on the idea of the separation of church and state. Maslow, as a psychologist, was more interested in the reactions of people and how they viewed this particular event. Vocal opponents of the school prayer decision decried the ‘removal’ of God from the classrooms and what they saw as the beginning of the second fall of Mankind into some sort of ‘anything goes’ immorality or ‘valueless’ society.

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Daven’s Biography


My real life name is Eric Landrum.  I am currently 41 years old (I was born Jan 12, 1968) and I have been studying metaphysics since I was 4 years old.  My grandmother first got me started in this path, and she is responsible for most of how I turned out as a person in my life.

It's Daven! In Real Life! At his work! Don't you feel honored now?

I began studying in earnest when I was just starting High School.  This stemmed from many things, and one of them was the fact that I wound up playing Dungeons and Dragons ©.  In there, I found out that the Greek and Roman myths were not dead, and I could interact with them on a personal level.  It was a catharsis  for me.  From there, I began studying the mythology and the religions so I would understand the times I was supposed to be playing in.

From there, it was an easy step to go on to reading about psychic phenomenon.  Telekinesis, telepathy, psychometry, UFOs, and many other things started entering my head.

I also developed a love for fantasy and science fiction books.  This was the saving of my sanity, since I had an entire world to escape into when real life got to be too much.  And it was really hard for me.

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E-O-D-O Ha hay yay,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay. (Repeat throughout)

Air Breathe, Air Blow,
Make this wheel of magic go.
Work this wish for which we pray,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay.

Water bubble, water boil,
Make this wheel of magic toil,
Work this wish for which we pray
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay.

Earth without, earth within,
Make this wheel of magic spin,
Work this wish for which we pray,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay

Fire blaze, fire burn,
Make this wheel of magic turn,
Work this wish for which we pray,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay.

E-O-D-O Ha hay yay,
E-O-D-O Ha hay yay,

(Send the energy off)

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2009-11-03 20:19:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Neo-Pagan Witchcraft / Wicca 101 Glossary Part 1

Irreverend Hugh


Neo-Pagan Witchcraft, and Pagan religions in general have undergone some startling changes and growth in the past few years. I used to laugh about the idea that Neo-Pagan expressions of
spirituality would become the dominant set of religious practices in any society. Now, due to the rapid growth in the number of people involved in Neo-Pagan religions, led by the popularity of Wicca, I still laugh but only
because such an impossible idea is being realized before my very eyes. Due to the rapid influx of newly identified Pagans, usually of Wiccan or (Neo-Pagan) Witchcraft traditions, many of us who can write have started doing so with an aim to share our spirituality with others who may need an introduction of sorts.
The following is such a work. There is a key difference however. In this work
I am attempting to clear up a lot of preconceptions and oft repeated stereotypes that even people in “the Craft” have. I also
wish to demolish some of the stereotypes and unfounded assertions that many so-called occult writers have about Neo-Pagan Witchcraft; Wicca in particular.
To start with I will list a glossary of sorts dealing with the most common terms. It is important that such common terms be defined
as clearly as possible. Remember that not all will agree with everything I have to say, but I will present explanations that are generally
agreed upon with the caveat that sometimes there is an exception or two.

In the history of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft (that is, Wicca and other Pagan Witchcraft traditions), three texts have been published which are absolutely essential reading for anyone who wants to form the most balanced
outlook. The first was Margot Adler’s Drawing Down the Moon (original ed. 1979; 4th ed. 2006) which contains a wealth of information regarding Gardner’s ‘revival’ (most likely his creation) of Wicca, which is
definitely the first version of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft. The work also contains information on other forms of Neo-Paganism which contributed to the broader community at large.
The second work is Ronald Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon (1999) which is the most scholarly and detailed account of this phenomenon. Hutton’s work proves beyond any reasonable doubt that
Neo-Pagan Witchcraft is an absolutely modern creation and a lot of cherished assumptions held by both Wicca’s supporters and detractors are laid to rest.
The third work is Bonewits’s Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca (Citadel Press, 2006). Isaac Bonewits has been working on this book for decades and he was one of the first American Neo-Pagans to challenge some
of the assumptions and myths about Wicca that were being told and retold as fact by many who should have known better. He effectively demolished the “Old Religion” and “Burning Times” myths and was not well liked because of it
way back in the halcyon days of the 1970’s. His work is important in that it contains a concrete account of the creation of Wicca, the various strands of Witchcraft, definitions of Witchcraft terms, and
common ritual structures. If you are stressed for money and can only afford one of these books, Isaac’s is the one to buy and read. (Go to his site at Neopagan.net for it.)

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The Native American Ten Commandments

(Note from Daven:  I found this on another newsgroup, and it sparked a deep interest in me.  I could wish more people lived this way.  It would make for a better world.)

The Native American Ten Commandments

The Indian Ten Commandments (“Indian” meaning the indigenous people of the continent known now as North America. Commandments meaning traditional guidelines for harmonious social interchange.)

  1. Treat the earth and all that dwells thereon with respect.
  2. Remain close to the Great Spirit.
  3. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
  4. Work together for the benefit of all mankind.
  5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
  6. Do what you know to be right.
  7. Look after well being of mind and body.
  8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
  9. Be truthful and honest at all times.
  10. Take full responsibility for all your actions

Originally posted 2009-11-14 22:25:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Craft and The Craft Companion


by Dorothy Morrison
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
The Craft ISBN 1-56718-446-4
The Craft Companion ISBN 0-7387-0093-2

Reviews by Daven

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I’m going to depart from standard practice here for a bit as these two books are going to be reviewed together. I think that is only fair as they are supposed to be a set.

The Craft

I got this and was somewhat excited as I looked at it in the catalog. I thought here is a Book of Shadows from Dorothy which should be an above average example of what it SHOULD look like.

I was disappointed with this book from the start. When I opened it up, it quickly became obvious that this was another Wicca 101 book that was really light on the theory and spirituality behind everything and only focused on the “how to” aspects.

There are exercises in here for each of the tools, and many of the tools some practitioners of the Craft don’t even use. I know of few practitioners who actually use a wand (the athame being substituted for every case without problems) but she devotes an entire chapter to the Wand. How to harvest it, how to consecrate it, how to charge it, meditations on it, why one should use it and so on. I’m sorry, I think that a tool consecration is the same for every tool, regardless of the tool. One should not need individual rituals to consecrate the wand, athame, broom and so on.

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The (Outdated) Laws

(Note from Daven:  Okay, I include this document here because I have seen those who try to obey these “laws” and who have wound up more confused than peaceful.  Wicca is about removing restrictions, not imposing more.  At one point on one of the newsgroups that I was a member of, the discussion was raging on this document.  I read it, and responded point-by-point to that which I disagreed with.  My comments to this are indented and in red. I hope you all read this carefully and think on the points raised.)

The Laws from Lady Sheba

Your High Priestess In the Magic Circle, the words, commands, and every wish of the High Priestess are law.

She is the earthly, living representative of our Gracious Goddess. She must be obeyed and respected in all things. She is Our Lady and above all others, a queen in the highest sense of the word.

All female coveners must curtsy whenever they come before her and say, “Blessed Be.” All male coveners must bend the knee and give her a kiss on the right cheek and say, “Blessed Be.”

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For Goddess’ Sake


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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Pythagorean System Of Numerology

(Note from Daven:  This is a work on standard Numerology, as opposed to the Celtic Numerology that Mike Nichols wrote about.  I place it here because this system of numerology is one of the most widely used in the world.  You may need it one day.  I know I did.)

Pythagorean System Of Numerology

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Now simply total the numbers which represent the letters of your name.

JOHN PHILIP BROW’N would total: JOHN (1 + 6 + 8 + 5) = 20 = (2 + 0) = 2 PHILIP (7 + 8 + 9 + 3 + 9 + 7) = 43 = (4 + 3) = 7 BROWN (2 + 9 + 6 + 5 + 5) = 27 = (2 + 7) = 9

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