Library seeks witches to translate 17th-century spellbook

NOTE: Thank you to The New York Post for the article!

 

Library seeks witches to translate 17th-century spellbook

Stonehenge Stoners and Worshipping Wizards: 12 Hours at the World’s Biggest Pagan Party

NOTE: While there is some text in this article, it is largely a video article, or a vlog entry.

 

Stonehenge Stoners and Worshipping Wizards: 12 Hours at the World’s Biggest Pagan Party

‘Witch’s cottage’ unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire

‘Witch’s cottage’ unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire

My Book of Prayers and Blessings

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nine Blessings!

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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My father served in the U.S. Army. My uncle Stuart served in the U.S Marine Corp.
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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.
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I refuse to put this on anybody else, but the shame I feel about this sad truth is mine to carry.
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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!
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Nine Blessings!

A Life’s Work

On December 10, 2013, I started writing my Crane Book of Wisdom. The hard copy book I have been writing in since. About two years ago I started this blog. I started it with the intention of providing information to those who were looking for information on Druidry. My Crane Book of Wisdom (the hard copy) is roughly eighty-five percent to ninety percent full. In the last six months I have started three other books. I will soon need to start a second book. 🙂

 

The next is a book for my Ogham readings. This one I have mentioned before. I have drawn the ogham shapes and their meanings in the front of the book. In this book I write the question I have to ask and what ogham fews I have drawn. I remain, at present, on the fence on whether or not to include my decision. But I suspect I will at some point.

 

The next book is called The Book of Prayers and Blessings. In this book I have written prayers found in The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids magazine Touchstone. As well as a few from the Carmina Gadelica. I have Mara Freeman’s A Druid Blessing for the Trees, The Druid Prayer, and The Druid Peace Prayer.

 

Finally is the latest book. I call it The Druid’s Spell Book. In this I have written a spell composed by Ian Corrigan. And two others. I have just started it and it is coming along nicely.

 

My life’s work. It started with my Crane book of Wisdom, and has expanded to include so much more. I will keep you keep you informed with the progress….