As you may remember that on December 10, 2013 I had started this blog as a companion project to my physical Crane Book of Wisdom. I had chosen the name because Book of Shadows is largely associated with Wicca and Witchcraft. I chose Crane Book of Wisdom because I have leanings towards Druidry. I also chose because in the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom: A Celtic Shaman’s Sourcebook by Caitlin & John Matthews, ISBN# 1-85230-561-4. Within this book, on page 142, is a story about a crane bag. That is a bag created from the skin of a crane. A story steeped in Druidic lore and myth. And that is why I chose the name Crane Book of Wisdom.
I have also created a journal to record my readings of the Ogham staves or fews that I have put into the front of that book as well as their meanings. Yes, I urge all who use the Ogham fews to keep such a journal. I put the question to be asked. the fews/staves drawn. Their meanings. And the conclusion drawn from the reading. It matters not if you use Ogham fews/staves, runes, or the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck or any other tarot deck. Keep a journal. It will be a big asset. I promise.
My other book is a Book of Prayers and Blessings. This book contains prayers I have found on web sites, social media like Facebook and Pinterest. Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) is a Druid organization that is all inclusive. Though they apply the term Druid to all members, they include the Celtic Pantheon of Gods, the Norse faith Asatru, and Greco-Roman/Hellenic faith of ancient Rome and ancient Greece, and others. And if you join the organization CUUPs, they too include prayers for other Gods of other faiths. And I have included prayers for the Celtic and Norse deities in my book of Prayers and Blessings! I have at present have not research prayers of other faiths. Yet.
Write your prayers down. It does not matter if they are for the birth of your children, the burial of a loved one or a prayer for a loan to go through to get a house. Write them down. Write them on a pad of paper until your prayers takes the final form it needs to be. And then write the final form in your book. If it is a common prayer said by every body write it down. If it is a prayer of your creation, write it down in the book. But leave room in the book after the prayer so you can record the results of the prayer to see if it worked or not. But write every thing down. You will be happy you did.
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 change.org 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.
“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.