How to destroy a culture

Druid Life

History offers us many terrible examples of attempts to destroy cultures through violence and oppression. What it also demonstrates is that, so long as there is someone left alive who cares, and either has access to memory or other sources, something of the culture will survive. People will go to remarkable lengths to protect the things they are passionate about.

As a consequence, I am endlessly confused by the people who think that immigration, and Europe, can somehow damage British culture. I find it doubly odd when you factor in that our radio stations are not carrying anything like as much European pop music as they do American songs. Our cinemas are not awash with arty continental films, but with Hollywood films. Our televisions are not broadcasting French sitcoms and Italian dramas to a great degree (I gather there was a Scandinavian  woman with a jumper, but it’s hardly a…

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Truth Against The World #7

October 31st is known by several names. Some popular and past names are All Hallows Eve, Hallowe’en and Halloween. Please note the slight difference in spelling. It is also known to the Pagan community as Samhain/Samhuinn. The word origin of Samhain is actually of Irish origin. Although, there are two ways of pronouncing the word. And one way NOT to pronounce it. The first way is sow-in. The second way is sah-win. The way not to pronounce it is sam-hane. Samhuinn is the Gaelic spelling of Samhain.
It is the day of year we honour our ancestors. Give thanks to our departed family members who were a part of our lives. Our uncles and aunts. Cousins and departed siblings. And our mother or father who passed away before we were ready to let them go. Before we had learned what lessons they still had to teach us.
And yet, people are still dying. People we never met. People we will never know. People we will never have a chance to thank. The people I’m speaking about are our military veterans.
One of the the days we have designated a day to honor our veterans is called Memorial Day. It is always celebrated on the last Monday of May. It was started back in 1868 by General John Logan. And it was originally called Decoration Day. And the name referenced the tradition of decorating the graves of the soldiers who lost their lives during the American Civil War. Its original date was May 30th.
And our veterans. Our veterans have fought and died defending our constitution. Our rights, our freedom, and our way of life. And most, if not all, pagans are pacifists or conscientious objectors to any war or open conflict the U.S.A. might get into.
Yet our soldiers and veterans do not hold a place in our practices as pagans. We do not honor them like we do our ancestors, our family. Yet we owe them as much if not more as our ancestors. We can compose spells or rituals to honor soldiers or veterans that we are friends with. Or are family members of friends we know.
Yet, the pagan community has done spells and/or rituals to end the war or conflict that is taking place. We mention the names of the friend’s family member or the member of our own family who died as a result. Yet, I do not think to date, there has actually been a specific spell or ritual honoring all those who have died serving their country with honor and/or distinction.
My father served in the U.S. Army. My uncle Stuart served in the U.S Marine Corp.
And still there is no ritual that is designed to give thanks to those who have died for our country. Nor is that same ritual designed to offer protection to those who still live carrying on the [good] fight.
I refuse to put this on anybody else, but the shame I feel about this sad truth is mine to carry.
And to every soldier serving our military, I say this: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION. MAY THE GODS BLESS & PROTECT EVERY ONE OF YOU!
Nine Blessings!

Truth Against The World #6

As we, as a race, are growing older and mature we seek to understand much about ourselves. Yet, we still wage wars instead of using that money to finance cures for the various forms of cancer. We wage wars instead financing a cure for Diabetes or Parkinson’s Disease ( of which my father died from the complications thereof). We manufacture chemical weapons under the guise of using them to create cure. We finance weapons of war in hopes of the fact we will have the one weapon that can end it.

All military weapons are fully automatic. These weapons are shared with the various law enforcement agencies, including local police departments no matter how large or how small. Yet, we sell these self same weapons to our friends. Our neighbors. Or very citizens. Yet we tell them there is one catch. To make it legal for you to own them, the weapons will not be fully automatic. Only semi-automatic. These are the terms, do you agree? Yes we said.

And with our military owning fully automatic weapons as well as advanced weaponry as our [citizens] society has become ill as we seek to own bigger, better weapons to hunt, to kill not just our enemies, but ourselves as well.

All too often in the media we hear about weapons being left unattended and and children dying by their own hand because they think they are toys. Yet we almost never hear about the final outcome of the tragic event. We never hear if the parents are arrested and stand trial for negligent homicide.

And yet, we hear about mothers and other parents who are outraged at these “gun nuts” who do the above and never face any kind of punishment whatsoever. They want to be outraged, let them be. But I never hear anything about these outraged parents and citizens launching a letter writing campaign. Or a petition. Bringing a dire situation to light is honorable. But sometimes bringing things to light is not enough. We need to take political action, but we need to bring about this change in our life first.  Then we need to reach out to other political bodies who want to bring about change in our community. Then our state. And finally our country.

But we are left with the question. What change do we want to bring about exactly? And we must remember the Constitution grants us inalienable rights. One of which is to bear arms. This might be bone stuck in their craw to some. But. That change you want to bring about? Why not push for stricter gun laws. The child dies. But the parents who leave their guns out in the open unattended should not a a free walk. Stricter gun laws need to be in place. Ones that say if a parent leaves an unattended weapon and their dies they do no jail time, but the automatically get a “lifetime conviction” for negligent homicide. Plus they give up the right to bear/own arms of any model for the rest of their natural life.

In closing, I would like to say this one thing. Even though I believe the above needs to be put into place, I, as a citizen of the United States of America still believe in the constitutional right for America’s citizens to bear arms. Just not weapons that are assault weapons,  and semi-automatic in nature.

What Exactly is a Grounding Cord, and Why is it Such an Important Tool For Spiritual Practitioners?

A new process to ground oneself.

Three Dragons Grove

What exactly is a grounding cord, and why is it such an important tool for spiritual practitioners?  A grounding cord is a beneficial tool because it allows us to; in a very basic way, let go of excess spiritual, emotional, mental, and energetic baggage. It is a mental construct; a basic visualization, that provides a pathway for these excesses to be sent deep into the core of the Earth and recycled.

In the modern world most of us realize the great power of electricity for powering our many wonders; as well, the power of unruly electrical fields and charges to destroy them. In out homes, we have lightning rods that run down into the ground to protect us from these unforeseen occurrences. In much the same way, grounding cords perform a similar function. By visualizing a grounding cord, we can use it to mentally focus away our excess baggage in…

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My Crane Book of Wisdom Table of Contents

Crane Book of Wisdom TOC

“All pagans have heard of a Book of Shadows. This is The Crane Book of Wisdom.”

That is the description of my blog, this blog that I maintain. With that I have have started this blog with the intent of sharing what I have discovered. A educational blog so those new to Druidry can search what I have found to be relevant to my studies. I have also created a hard copy of The Crane Book of Wisdom. I created this hard copy back on December 10, 2013. And last year i discovered a app or application I use daily if not weekly. And I have been creating a Table of Contents for my crane Book of Wisdom in a program called Evernote. It is touted as a application for corporate collaboration, but it lacks the built in network security features that would attract Fortune 500 companies. Yet is it great for start-up companies, schools, families and religion organizations. Organizations like Druid groves, Wiccan covens and Universal Life Church subdivisions like CUUPS.

I think it is a great asset for collaboration on Group rituals and the sharing of knowledge in general.

Nine Blessings!

Geeking Out With Druid Math

The Weekly Druid

AncientPathsImagine you lived about 2,000 years ago and you were one of the few far and between who had pretty much all the knowledge that was available back then. And don’t even begin to think that wasn’t quite a lot. You knew 350+ stories verbatim, the law (all of it), herbal remedies (all of them), you knew medicine, and how to augur from the flights of birds, from a sheep’s shoulder blade, or the entrails of an ox. You not only new the heavenly bodies, but could also calculate their path, and knew what their relation to the zodiac and to each other meant for you and your tribe. You were a Druid.

And as such, you also knew math.

Not just adding and subtracting, but geometry, sacred geometry. You knew π, and the number you had was pretty close to what we know of it today. And you knew…

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Facing the Witch

An interpretation of the story of Ceridwen’s Cauldron and Gwion Bach who went on to become known as Taliesin!

The Dreaming Path

Sharp-tongued, bad-tempered,
Baleful with knowledge,
Ambitious witch,
A fervent desire burns in her eyes.
With charms written backwards,
She gives us long tasks.

We perform.
It’s her will.

We sit at the cauldron stirring dark liquids
As moons chase sun after sun from the hills.

The cauldron is split.
She screams in her fury.
Vicious elixir spills out on the land
Poisoning horses,
Parching the lake.
All of her wishes taken from her.

Disappointed, tyrannical mother,
Who spurs on her children, as if to their ruin,
Giving, by this, the magical spark
The three precious drops
Bright knowledge and wisdom
Three drops to shine in the pitiless dark.

For this she will chase you.
Chase you through dreams.
There is no escape.

Turning to meet her, tired of the race,
Looking the dark hag straight in the face
My eyes newly opened
I see there another
A goddess
A mother

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Honoring the Predators: A Story of Reconnection

The Druid's Garden

My last beekeeping post told a the tale of my two bee colonies destroyed by colony collapse disorder. I had hoped to have better news to share about my beekeeping endeavors this year. And things started well enough: a friend removed some bees from a house that was to be torn down and gave them to me; I moved my hive to a new location and setup the hive in a friend’s yard, and then I was able to setup an empty hive with the hopes of catching a second swarm. But, unfortunately, this tale has a different end, and a different lesson. The bees were doing great, I had just added honey supers a few weeks ago, and I was expecting a ton of honey from such a strong colony and then–the bear came. I have read about bears taking out beehives, but I have never talked with anyone…

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IT’S ALL IN THE SWING or How to Train Your Pendulum

Mystic Cauldron Blog

Today I want to talk about pendulums. Especially since getting them to work reliably has been a real challenge for me. In the event that you just discovered the wide world of magic, and don’t know what a pendulum is, it’s essentially an item with a bit of weight to it, which hangs from about 4″ – 6″ of string. My first one was a skeleton key on a cotton string, and since that pendulum, I have had lovely stone pendulums, brass pendulums, as well as a gorgeous gothic looking glass crystal one.

One common pendulum that used to be used, that isn’t used as much today, is a wedding band. This pendulum was mostly used to determine if a pregnant woman was going to have a boy or a girl. They would hold the ring, often the
pregnant woman’s ring, which was strung on a chain or string over…

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Why prairies matter and lawns don’t

An interesting perspective.

The Roaming Ecologist

Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people.

Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate between 5,000 and 385,000 acres per day* in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated with a tremendous European influence that provide no benefits over the long term; no food, no clean water, no wildlife habitat, and no foundation for preserving our once rich natural heritage.  And there’s the unbearable ubiquitousness of mowing associated with such a useless cultural practice, which creates a ridiculous amount of noise pollution, air and water pollution, and a bustling busyness that destroys many peaceful Saturday mornings.  The American lawn is the epitome of unsustainability.

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Two Poets on Poetry and Ritual

A post worthy of your time and consideration.

Tree of Many Feathers

Last fall, I asked my friend Paul what the difference between poetry and a spell might be. The poet (me), doesn’t see a difference. The magic worker might, at least to some degree, I surmised.

Paul answered, “Intent.”

Perhaps, yes.

Kristoffer Hughes has written eloquently about the Welsh “Englynion,” a form of “song-spell” that “often appears hand in hand with acts of magic.” Hughes notes that “Bards of the Celtic nations were magicians in their own rights who used words to transform, inspire, satirize, create, and also destroy” (Celtic Magic 5).

Similarly, the ancient Gaels knew the power of language. In some Scottish clans, there were two crimes that could result immediately in exile (a fate worse than death for a clan-based people): murder and satire. (Imagine if today’s satirists–Jon Stewart, Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver–were silenced for effective critiques.)

When I write poetry I am intentionally opening a moment of sacred memory…

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