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Issue #33 -- March 2003

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In this Issue:

[01] Editorial Notes
[02] Cauldron News
[03] Pagan Discussions
[04] Hearthfire Guild
[05] Review: The Tarot of Durer
[06] Review: Tarot of the Journey to the Orient
[07] Review: Praise to the Moon
[08] Review: Visconti Tarot
[09] Review: Tarot & Magick
[10] Upcoming Reviews and New Releases
[11] Article: Moral Cowardice and Pagan Hermeneutics
[12] Article: Making Simple Ritual Garments
[13] Column: TarotDeevah on the Tarot
[14] Humor: At The Astral Helpline
[15] Support The Cauldron by Volunteering to Help
[16] Newsletter Information
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    +++ Submission Deadline for next issue: March 25, 2003 +++
     Guidelines: http://www.ecauldron.com/cnc/submissions.php

========= by Randall Sapphire

If you read these editorial notes last month, you may remember
that I said the submission bin was empty of everything but
reviews. Unfortunately, we did not get any submissions for
articles last month. I managed to find two articles for this
month myself: one from Sannion (who does not mind this newsletter
using material from his web page) and one from a message posted
to our message board.

However, the chances of me being able to scrounge up articles
every month is pretty slim, if for no other reason than with an
active message board, a web site, real life work and family to
handle in addition to this newsletter, I simply do not have the
time to hunt up articles and beg permission to use them.

This newsletter is sent to over one thousand people. I'm sure
that a least a few of our readers can help by writing articles
for this newsletter. There's lots of choice on topics. Here are a
few areas in which we always need articles:

* information on the beliefs and theology of the various Pagan
  religions, especially non-Wiccan religions

* information on holidays and festivals of the various Pagan
  religions, especially non-Wiccan religions

* recipes for oils, incenses, and food for the various Pagan

* magick, spells, and ritual information

* herbal information

* positive articles on dealing with other faiths

* information on historical pagan cultures

* editorial/opinion pieces

We stress Non-Wiccan material in this list because good non-
Wiccan material has been hard to find. However, Wiccan material
is welcome. We have a web form you can use to submit an article
for consideration: http://www.ecauldron.com/persontestart.php

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Mari have taken top honors, Giraffe (WICKEDWIT), Shadow
(HEARTSHADOW), Dragonoake (DRAGONOAKE), Mary (MARY926), and Erin
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are ineligible for this honor and so aren't listed. Thread
Spinners are eligible.)

===== The Cauldron's Message Board Rolls On

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members from posting 6001 messages to The Cauldron's Delphi
message board during the month. While is this is not a record
number of messages, it is the second largest number of message
posted in The Cauldron's history. We do seem to have a talkative
group of members. And we always welcome new members, so come join


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========= Recent Discussion Topics on our Message Board

In an average month, over 150 new discussion topics are started
on The Cauldron's message board. Here are a few of the more
interesting discussions from the last month. It's not to late to
join in.

=== Pagan Charities

I've seen many people complain over the years that while many
Pagans will donate to non-Pagan causes, they are far more
reluctant to donate to Pagan causes. Some of this is a lack of
trust in some Pagan groups to last or to do much constructive
with the money (compared to a more general, but non-Pagan group
with a somewhat similar cause).

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Christian Wiccan: A Double Standard?

I've noticed that most Pagans seem to be very liberal when it
comes to accepting people who combine Wicca with other religions.
If someone says they are Buddhist and Wiccan, Native American and
Wiccan, Shinto and Wiccan, Hindu and Wiccan, Shamanistic and
Wiccan, etc. most Pagans just nod and let it be -- even through
there are usually many contradictions between the two belief
systems the person claims to hold. There seems to be one major
exception to this: Christian and Wiccan.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Using Prayer as a Weapon?

Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that said, "Angry? Need a
weapon? Pray the rosary!" Now, it may (or may not) have been
intended to give the message of taking non-violent action such as
praying about problems instead of violent action such as blowing
people's heads off. However, it initially came across to me as,
"Prayer is a weapon!" And I'm not sure I like that... but I'm
willing to admit that there may be circumstances I haven't
thought about in which that might be sort of an appropriate

What do y'all think? Are there ever circumstances under which it
is appropriate to use prayer (or something like it, for those of
us who consider spellwork to be similar to prayer) as a weapon?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Pagan versus New Age?

I often hear either that Pagan is New Age, or it isn't New Age...
but what the heck is New Age, anyway? I realize there isn't much
similarity between worshipping Gods and believing in
"transcending to the seventh dimension"...(shudder) but how far
does one go before something is no longer Pagan? Does it matter?
Does the vaunted Pagan Tolerance end when it comes to New Age
beliefs, or only some of them, or what?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Why Patron/Matron Deities?

I don't mean any offense to anyone who has a patron or matron
deity, but I'm curious. Why have them? Why do they claim you? Why
would a God want to invest in a person? What purpose does that
really have?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Are We Lacking In Oral Traditions?

My husband's background teaches him that if you write something
down, you've killed its spirit -- that anything really important
should never be committed to paper. Stories change in the re-
telling, which keeps them alive and fresh. Are we lacking in oral
traditions these days? I don't just mean entire lines of Wicca,
I'm including things like family stories that have never been
committed to paper (they lose something that way), and processes
that are simple to explain but hard to write. Are there parts of
your religion that aren't put to paper? Have you memorized
portions of lore (rituals, poetry, sagas), and has the learning
changed you?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

=== Pagan Etiquette Peeves

What bits of etiquette (regarding Pagan related stuff) do you
wish more people paid attention to, or were better known? I'm
thinking things along the line of "don't touch someone else's
religious jewelry without asking if it's ok" or "don't pester
someone with questions about what their practices are if they're
obviously trying to do something else" or whatever.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:


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========= Hearthfire Guild Knits Communities Together
=========    Charity Handcrafts Group Encourages
=========    Pagan Community Service

  [Editor's Note: One of the threads listed in the previous
  article, "Pagan Charities," generated quite a bit of discussion
  as to why Pagan charities so often fail. One of the reasons
  suggested is that many attempts to start a pagan charity start
  too big and never get beyond the grand scheme phase to actually
  doing anything for others.

  One of our member's mentioned a small charitable group he has
  started which is already producing results on a small scale. I
  asked for more information for this newsletter and Drew
  provided me with this press release. I think this is an
  excellent example of a starting small. I hope some of our
  readers will join in this project or be inspired to start
  something small, but immediately functional, in some area of
  need that they see. A group doesn't have to be huge and well-
  funded to actually help others. -- RSS]

Amherst, MA -- Wand, chalice, and athame. Drinking horn and oath
ring.  Laurel wreath and libation bowl. Knitting needles and
crochet hooks.

Knitting needles and crochet hooks? Since when are these pagan
"working tools"?

Since the launch on August 1, 2002, of the Hearthfire Guild, a
grassroots network of pagan, heathen, and polytheistic charity

The Hearthfire Guild's program is simple. Volunteers select a
charity from a list provided by the Guild -- or choose one in
their local community -- and then knit or crochet a clothing item
or toy to donate. The Guild provides free tags to identify the
items as gifts of a Hearthfire Guild volunteer. The tags contain
no religious text or imagery, but they do list the Guild's Web

"I wanted to keep this program nonsectarian from the point of
view of the recipients. I don't want anyone to feel that there's
a religious litmus test they have to pass in order to get the hat
or scarf they desperately need," says founder Drew Campbell.
Likewise, anyone who supports the Guild's goals of helping others
is welcome to volunteer, regardless of religious affiliation.

Campbell hopes to see pagan and heathen groups getting involved.
The Guild provides tags and moral support for groups that want to
collect and distribute handmade items to local shelters,
hospitals, and nursing homes.

It's all about hospitality, says the founder. Campbell, a
Hellenic Reconstructionist priest, was struck by the number of
ancient myths that teach the virtue of caring for strangers and

"Our mythologies are full of stories in which gods walk the earth
disguised as beggars or wayfaring strangers. The mortals who open
their hearts enough to provide a meal or a warm bed are
inevitably rewarded with divine favor. Hospitality is part of our
religious heritage."

Today, "strangers and supplicants" have many faces: they may be
children or elders, soldiers or refugees, battered women or
homeless veterans. Hearthfire Guild volunteers knit or crochet
for them all.

So what's in it for pagan, heathen, and polytheist communities?
"The good will of our neighbors," says Campbell. "Our first goal
is to help others, but I truly believe that in doing so we help
ourselves. The Hearthfire Guild program says, in effect, 'We care
about what you care about. We're not scary; we're not mysterious.
We're religious people, trying to walk our talk.'"

For More Information:
The Hearthfire Guild
c/o The Rev. Andrew Campbell
P.O.  Box 3355
Amherst, MA 01004

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

The Tarot of Durer
Artist: Giacinto Gaudenzi
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: December 2002
ISBN: 0738702455
US Retail Price: $19.95
View Sample Cards:
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The Tarot of Durer is a Tarot deck inspired by the art of
Albrecht Durer, a German engraver and painter who lived around
1500. He was considered one of the greatest Northern European
artists of the period. This deck was not created by Durer,
however. It was created by Giacinto Gaudenzi in Durer's style and
as Gaudenzi believes Durer might have done had he created a Tarot
deck. While Gaudenzi is not Durer, his tarot cards in this deck
do remind me of the Durer works I've seen.

This is a standard Tarot deck in all ways, so it is very easy to
read with if you are familiar with the Tarot. It does have a few
unique features. Each of the cards of the major arcana have a
Latin motto printed on them. This mottos are usually quite
appropriate for the card. For example, the motto for the The
Tower is "Stultum est timere, quod vitari non potest" ("It's
foolish to fear that which cannot be avoided"). Don't worry, the
booklet included with the deck provides the translation. Each
suit is associated with an animal which appears on most of the
cards in a suit, although sometimes not obviously. Cups features
doves, pentacles eagles, wands lions, and swords foxes.

This deck comes with a tiny 64 page booklet. Only one-fifth of
the booklet is in English (the other languages are Italian,
Spanish, French, and German). This booklet provides background
information on Durer and the deck on the cards as well as brief
meaning for each of the cards and the already mentioned motto
translations. Very brief descriptions of for layouts for
divination are also included: the spread of the week, a general
situation spread, a spread for a year, and a basic three card
spread. As one might expect, it would be hard for the average
beginner to use this deck with just this information.

The Tarot of Durer is a very pretty deck. It is one of the few
decks where the illustrations for minor arcana interest me more
than those of the major arcana. If you are an experienced reader,
you will probably have little trouble using this deck. A total
novice will need an introductory Tarot book -- just about any
general one would do. If you see this deck in a store, it's
definitely worth a look even if you don't believe you are in the
market for another Tarot deck.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Tarot of the Journey to the Orient
Artist: Severino Baraldi
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: January 2003
ISBN: 073870282X
US Retail Price: $19.95
View Sample Cards:
Amazon Link:

The Tarot of the Journey to the Orient (also known as the Marco
Polo Tarot) is inspired by the wonders of the orient as described
by Marco Polo is his book Il Milione. Severino Baraldi's
illustrations combine the images and symbolism of eastern and
western culture in an often brightly colored mixture. Baraldi did
an excellent job of illustration.

Despite the mixture of western and eastern symbolism, this is a
standard Tarot deck in all ways. This makes it easy to read for
anyone familiar with the Tarot. The mixture of symbols is most
noticeable in the major arcana, where many of the cards show a
scene from the orient in the foreground and a similar scene from
the west in the background. This works far better that it reads.
Perhaps the most striking major arcana illustration is The
Hierophant, which depicts a monk offering incense before a statue
of the Buddha with Christ on the cross outside the window. Each
suit of the minor arcana depicts scenes one might encounter on a
journey from west to east in the time of Marco Polo. The court
cards are oriental.

This deck comes with a small 64 page booklet filled with tiny
text. Only one-fifth of the booklet is in English (the other
languages are Italian, Spanish, French, and German). This booklet
provides background information on the deck as well as a brief
meaning for each of the cards. The minor arcana receive only
brief two line divinatory descriptions while the major arcana are
described in some detail, complete with a "quote" that sums up
the card. Very brief descriptions for three layouts for
divination are also included: a general situation spread, a (30
card) lifetime spread, and a love spread. It would be hard for
the average beginner to use this deck with just the information
given in this booklet.

The Tarot of the Journey to the Orient is a well-thought-out and
well-executed deck. I personally find the symbolism interesting,
although a bit confusing at times. Those more knowledgeable in
oriental philosophy than I will find the deck's symbolism less
confusing, I'm sure. In spite of some unfamiliar symbolism, an
experienced reader will probably have little trouble using this
deck. A total novice, on the other hand, will need a introductory
Tarot book. If you are interested the orient (or a collector of
unusual Tarot decks), you will definitely want to look at this
deck. Others may like it as well. I suspect it may be one of
those decks that many people will either love or hate on sight.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Praise to the Moon: Magic & Myth of the Lunar Cycle
Author: Elen Hawke
Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: November 2002
ISBN: 0738702781
US Retail Price: $12.95
Amazon Link:

Elen Hawke, the author of one of the better recent introduction
to Wicca books, In The Circle: Crafting the Witches' Path, has
turned her attention to the Lunar Cycle of modern Wicca. While
books covering the eight Wiccan festivals clutter the shelves,
the monthly lunar cycle has been somewhat neglected. With Praise
to the Moon, Hawke has attempted to remedy this lack with a book
that blends facts, speculation, Wiccan theology, and the author's
own experiences.

Hawke divides her discussion into sections of the new moon, the
first quarter, the full moon, the last quarter and the "old
moon." Each section discusses various deities associated with
that phase of the moon, provides a meditation of some type, and
discusses magick and ritual techniques appropriate to that phase
of the moon. Some chapters go into more detail on one area than
others. For example, the full moon chapter devotes more attention
to magick than the new moon chapter does.

Following each of the main chapters is a chapter discussing an
associated issue. Following the chapter on the new moon is a
chapter on eclipses of the sun and the moon. "The Man in The
Moon," following the chapter on the first quarter, dispels an
"urban legend" popular with many Wiccans that no culture has a
Moon God by discussing some of the world's male lunar deities.
Information on initiation follows the full moon chapter. One of
the most interesting chapters in the book follows the chapter on
the last quarter. Hawke discusses the lunar zodiac houses of
Vedic astrology.

The book finishes with short chapters on the moon in the various
astrological signs and the Celtic tree calendar. Five short
appendixes (on circle casting, color correspondences, magickal
tools, moon gardening, and ogham), a glossary and a bibliography
round out Praise to the Moon.

This is a very Wiccan book. This is both good and bad. It's good
in that the book is very focused. It does not try to be
everything to all Pagans. However, the mythology given for the
deities I'm most familiar with was Wiccanized to the point where
it was sometimes very misleading. So long as the reader remembers
that mythology presented in this book is being related through a
Wiccan filter and may not be what the ancient peoples who
worshipped these deities are thought by modern scholars to have
believed (even, in some cases, when the author implies
otherwise), this is probably not a problem for the book's
intended audience. Scholars and reconstructionist Pagans will
probably be shaking their heads and sighing sadly, however.

Praise to the Moon is not quite the book I hoped it would be, but
it is a good book for an intermediate level Wiccan or Neo-Wiccan
reader. I suggest that Pagans of a Wiccan persuasion take a look
at this book if they are interested in expanding their monthly
esbats. Non-Wiccan Pagans will probably not find much of interest
in this book, although the chapter on the Vedic lunar houses is

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Visconti Tarot
Author: Giordano Berti and Tiberio Gonard
Artist: A. A. Atanassov
Book and Cards Set
Publisher: Llewellyn (Lo Scarabeo)
Publication date: September 2002
ISBN: 0738702935
US Retail Price: $34.95
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Amazon Link:

The Visconti Tarot is printed with shining gold foil -- quite a
bit of gold foil, in fact. This deck is a modern recreation (not
a reproduction) of what is believed to be the world's oldest
surviving complete Tarot deck. The original deck was commissioned
by the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, in 1450 AD. It is a
wonderful example of Italian Renaissance era art. I've never seen
one of the reproduction decks, so I can't comment on the card box
claim that they are "restored to their original splendor" by
Atanassov except to say that the artwork on the major arcana and
court courts is splendid.

This deck, like most early continental decks, only has full
illustrations on the major arcana and court cards. The pip cards
are just that: pips. The cards that are fully illustrated,
however, are windows into the past, depicting things as they were
seen and thought of in the 1400s. The cards generally have less
detail and symbolism than many modern decks, but are still easy
to read from. Some of the cards show respect for the patron who
commissioned them by working his family emblem into the picture,
often in clothing. All the cards are labeled in several languages
within their black borders. I've heard a few people mention that
they think some of the pips cards are upside down. As I haven't
seen the original, I cannot comment on this. However, there are
no obviously upside down pip cards. Of course, given that the pip
cards are just collections of cups, wands, swords or coins, it
would be hard to detect just by looking at the deck.

Unlike the majority of the Lo Scarabeo decks I've seen, the
Visconti Tarot comes with a trade paperback book of some 160
pages instead of a small flyer or multi-language booklet. This
book was translated from the Italian by Harriet Graham and
Elizabeth O'Neill. The first part of the book, written by
Giordano Berti, traces the history of the Tarot and of this deck
in particular. Then it goes on to talk about divination and some
simple Tarot layouts. The rest of the book, written by Tiberio
Gonard, details the cards. The information on the major arcana
cards is fascinating. Each card is placed in a historical
perspective so one has a chance to see what the illustration
would have meant in the deck's own era. The major arcana cards
have two pages each, while the minor arcana receive only one.
While this is probably not the best book to learn the art of
Tarot divination from, it is miles ahead of the usual Lo Scarabeo
flyers or booklets.

This deck is one which is interesting and worthy of a close look.
However, my personal recommendation is neutral. I love the
artwork on the major arcana and court cards, but the pips are
boring even for pips. I really can't read with it. However, as
the oldest Tarot deck known, the Visconti Tarot is a worthy
addition to any Tarot collection. This Lo Scarabeo recreation is
lovely. Take a look at this deck when you get a chance and decide
for yourself. Please note that the sample card scan does not do
justice to the gold foil.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= Reviewed by Randall Sapphire

Book Review:Tarot & Magick
Author: Donald Magick Kraig
Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: December 2002
ISBN: 0738701858
US Retail Price: $12.95
Amazon Link:

Llewellyn's Special Topics in Tarot books are a series of thin
volumes on advanced or specialized Tarot techniques. One of the
latest books in this relatively new series is Donald Michael
Kraig's Tarot & Magic. Many readers will know Kraig through his
classic book on ceremonial magick, Modern Magick. I certainly
approached this book with enthusiasm and high expectations.

Tarot & Magic opens with a brief introductory chapter discussing
the tarot and magick which is aimed at those familiar with one
but not the other. It's very basic material, but should help
those it is written for. The second chapter goes directly to the
heart of the subject by discussing tarot spells and providing
several spells using tarot cards as examples. The third chapter
talks about tarot-based astral projection and pathworking. In the
fourth chapter, Kraig resurrects an interesting technique for
magickal change published in a long out of print book from the
early 1980s: Tarot dancing. (Unfortunately, this chapter really
seems too short to do the system justice.)

The fifth chapter covers using charged Tarot cards as ready-made
talismans and amulets. This is followed by a chapter on using the
Tarot in ceremonial magick. In the seventh chapter, Kraig
presents the idea that the Tarot is not just something which can
be used in magick, but is magick in and of itself. The next
chapter talks about using the Tarot in sex magick. The final
chapter talks about how the Tarot and magick may change in the

This is quite a bit of material to cover in a short book. While
Kraig does his usual excellent job of presenting ideas and
concepts in a clear and understandable way, this book tries to
cram a large amount of information, ideas, and techniques in a
relatively few pages. While only the chapter on Tarot dancing
truly seems incomplete, most of the chapters would have had to be
double or triple their length to even begin to do justice to the
topic under discussion. Many could have easily filled a book this
length or longer by themselves.

Because of this problem, Tarot & Magic can really only be
considered a brief overview on the various ways of using the
Tarot in magickal work. However, it is a very practical and easy
to read overview. Had the chapter on Tarot dancing been longer
and more detailed, that chapter alone would have made the book
worth buying. As it is, this book is a worthy addition to your
library -- if the majority of the material is new to you.

           This review is available on our web site at

========= by Randall Sapphire

=== Received For Review

The following books and decks have been received for review in
February 2003 and will be reviewed in future issues. "First
Glance Comments" included with these listings are exactly what
they seem to be: my first impression of the item from a quick
glance through the book or deck. Be aware that these views could
change drastically after a more complete examination. If you are
waiting for a particular review, remember that reviews appear on
our web site as they are finished -- often a good while before
they are published in the newsletter.

Witchcraft: An Alternate Path
  by Ann Moura (Llewellyn)
  ISBN: 0738703435
  First Glance Comments: Another introduction to Witchcraft/Wicca
	by Ann Moura. Apparently this version is a generic
	introduction not based on her own Green Witchcraft. I'll
	have to read it to be sure and to be sure that it lacks
	the weird history and religious prejudices that marred
	her previous works.
  More Info from Amazon.com:

Designing Your Own Tarot Spreads
  by Teresa Michaelson (Llewellyn)
  ISBN: 0738702633
  First Glance Comments: While this book provides a number of
        Tarot spreads, it main thrust it teaching the reader how
        to design Tarot spreads. It looks like a thorough and
        informative book on the topic.
  More Info from Amazon.com:

Astral Projection Plain & Simple
  by Osborne Phillips (Llewellyn)
  ISBN: 073870279X
  First Glance Comments: This thin volume is an introduction to
        astral projection. It covers how to project and what can
        be done on the astral plane.
  More Info from Amazon.com:

Garden Witchery: Magick From the Ground Up
  by Ellen Dugan (Llewellyn)
  ISBN: 0738703184
  First Glance Comments: Garden folklore, magick, crafts, and
        even a bit of gardening advice from Master Gardener Ellen
        Dugan. It looks interesting.
  More Info from Amazon.com:

The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation
  by Silver Ravenwolf (Llewellyn)
  ISBN: 0738703192
  First Glance Comments: This is a massive work on Neo-Wicca and
        magick with articles arranged in alphabetic order in five
        groups. Lots of information and many spells. The format
        will make this book hard to review, let alone comment on
        after a brief scan. However, from a quick look, it does
        look better than many of the author's recent works.
        Ronald Hutton is thanked for checking the historical
        information. I think this is a good sign. Watch for the
        review soon as I plan to jump this one up a bit on the
  More Info from Amazon.com:

=== February 2003 Releases

Cooking by Moonlight
  by Karri Ann Allrich
  ISBN: 1567180159
  More Info from Amazon.com:

Wicca Almanac (2003)
  ISBN: 0738702943
  More Info from Amazon.com:

Witchin: A Handbook for Teen Witches
  by Fiona Horne
  ISBN: 0007136951
  More Info from Amazon.com:
  Australian Edition (Life's A Witch) reviewed on The Cauldron:

10 Minute Magic Spells: Conjure Love Luck & Money in an Instant
  by Skye Alexander
  ISBN: 1931412316
  More Info from Amazon.com:

Wicca for Life: The Way of the Craft -- From Birth to Summerland
  by Raymond Buckland
  ISBN: 0806524553
  More Info from Amazon.com:

  by Tayannah Lee McQuillar
  ISBN: 0743235347
  More Info from Amazon.com:

Spell in Your Pocket
  by Kate West
  ISBN: 0007146647
  More Info from Amazon.com:

John Dee's Five Books of Mystery: Original Sourcebook of Enochian
  by John Dee, et al
  ISBN: 1578631785
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Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New
  by Silver Ravenwolf
  ISBN: 0738703192
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English Witchcraft, 1560-1736
  by J. A. Sharpe (Editor), Richard M. Golden (Editor)
  ISBN: 1851967354
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Magic for Lovers
  by Kathleen McCormack
  ISBN: 0764155911
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  by Tabatha Jennings
  ISBN: 9654941481
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========= by Sannion

Judging by the frequency of it's use, I'd guess the verse of
Scripture most familiar to Pagans is Jesus' injunction, "Judge
not, lest ye be judged." Often this is used to repel zealous
Christians who have invaded the Pagan chats to share the good
news that we're all going to Hell. However, I've seen it quoted a
number of times when there was nary a Christian in sight, merely
someone with the audacity to point out the faults of another. It
usually succeeds too. Either by shutting up the judgmental person
or redirecting the topic of conversation -- often to how
hypocritical Christians are for not following the teachings of
Jesus, or, if I'm there, why Pagans steal moral teachings from
other religions instead of quoting the wise sayings of the
learned women and men of their own tradition.

It's unfortunate that this is the most popular piece of Christian
moral teaching among Pagans, because while the Bible contains
much of value, and many excellent doctrines -- this is certainly
not one of them. Oh sure, it sounds good. It has a simple, homey
quality to it that almost guarantees it's truthfulness. And no
one really likes to be judged. But when you look at what it's
really saying -- namely, "I'll let you slide, if you don't point
out my faults" -- it's basically the worst sort of moral
cowardice, clothed in pretty words.

From top to bottom, this is bad advice. "Judge not," Jesus tells
us -- despite the fact that elsewhere in the Bible the authors
repeatedly make the point that discernment -- the ability to tell
right from wrong -- is the most important, the most uniquely
human quality that we possess. Animals have no moral sense. For
them, instinct and survival govern all. It falls to man to
reflect on actions and discern their moral quality. Only man can
look at something that would seem to benefit him, and judge it
wrong because it violates his sense of ethics. This moral
awareness -- that we are not alone, that we function within a
society, and that our needs and desires are not more important
than those of the other members of our society -- reflects the
best and noblest within man.

No man is born moral. It is something that develops over time,
that he is taught, that he learns by watching as it's
demonstrated, that he acquires through habitual practice. It's a
parent's duty to instill in their child moral responsibility and
discernment. But imagine if a parent followed this bit of advice,
and never judged their child. Never told them that it was wrong
to hit or steal, never warned them about touching an open flame,
never put into them the shame which makes potty training
possible. How well do you think this child would get along in the
world? Ill-prepared to face both Nature and the society of man --
all because its parent failed to judge.

How high would you esteem the able-bodied young man who stood by
and watched as an old woman was beaten and raped, without so much
as raising his voice to stop it? I don't think there are words to
accurately describe the indignation most of us would feel upon
hearing of such a situation. His crime is almost greater than
that of the rapist -- and yet, what exactly is he guilty of,
besides not judging? Part of belonging to a society is accepting
the responsibility to judge our neighbors. To condemn their
actions and thoughts when they are harmful, to intercede when
they will not stop themselves from doing harm. This critique and
check goes both ways. We must also be willing to accept
chastisement from our neighbors. I know that I am grateful for
it. There have been times when I simply went too far. When a joke
stopped being funny, when justifiable anger became blind hatred,
when the thin line separating right from wrong became blurry, and
I crossed it. Thankfully, there have always been people around me
willing to offer a gentle word of reproach, who have challenged
me to look at it from a different perspective, who asked me, "Are
you aware of the consequences of this path?" or who simply said,
"Stop it. This is wrong. If you continue, I won't be your friend
any longer." We need that censure sometimes. If we could do it
ourselves, no one would ever do wrong. Who chooses evil, thinking
it's evil? It always seems like a good to them - sometimes a
lesser good, but a good nonetheless. It's the outsider's
perspective we get when someone judges us. That helps us
reevaluate the problem. And if we still do it, at least we're
doing it with our eyes open.

Which brings us to the second part of this teaching, "lest ye be
judged." What this is saying is that if you judge, you open
yourself up to being judged. Why should one fear that? Why should
one hide their faults? If you accept that it's a fault, you
should welcome the chastisement, and openly work on bettering
yourself. Hiding it, pretending it doesn't exist, protecting
yourself from embarrassment -- allows the sin to take root in
you, gives it nourishment and shade in which to grow. One must
expose it to the light, and work to weed it out of your heart.
This can only be done in the open, and by accepting the judgment
of others. The second option -- that what the person is judging,
you do not feel to be a fault, is not made better by hiding it.
If you accept it as a part of yourself, and value it, then don't
hide it. Openly, boldly proclaim it, and tell them that you don't
accept their value judgment. Because that's an important thing I
haven't mentioned during the course of this. Not everyone's
opinion matters. Yes, you should feel free to let people know
when you think they're doing wrong, and yes, you should be
willing to listen when people give you the same advice -- but
just because it's said, doesn't mean that will stop it from
happening.  The person still chooses whether or not they will do
the action or think the thought. Opinions are like assholes, the
saying goes: everyone has one. And not everyone's opinion is
equally valid. (Or is that asshole equally fresh?) I'm more
inclined to follow the advice of someone I know to be wise,
successful, and who has some familiarity with the topic than,
say, a complete stranger off the street. (Though one shouldn't
discount them just because they're a stranger off the street.)
And, even though this person has been wise in the past, that
doesn't guarantee that their advice is correct on this matter.
After all, Jesus had a good many fine things to say. But he also
said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

Copyright (c) 2002 by Sannion. Reprinted with permission.

===== About Sannion

Sannion is a Hellenic Reconstructionist who writes some thought-
provoking "rants" on Pagan issues. Sannion has kindly allowed us
to reprint some of these rants as editorials. You can find more
of Sannion's writings at Sannion's Sanctuary:


========= By SahtYinepu

===== Men's (or Woman's) Egyptian Waist Garment
===== (Just like in The Mummy!)

Image: http://members.aol.com/shellgirlk/egyptc.jpg

You'll Need:

* About two yards of basic fabric depending on measurements.
* Some scraps of accent fabric (if desired)

First you'll want to measure your waist, and the length from your
waist to your knees. From your basic fabric cut a half-circle of
the waist measurement by the length measurement (at the longest
part). This will be the "tush cover" for the most part. We’ll
call this piece A.

Now, cut a piece of fabric about 7" wide by your waist
measurement plus 15", fold this in half, width-wise to make a 3"
wide piece. Press and set aside. (Remember, if it's a print or
velvet, to press inside out!!)  We'll call this piece B.

Cut another strip of 1 1/2 times the length as piece B by about
12" wide. Fold over and sew all the loose edges. This is piece C.
Take piece B and sew the entire length with it still turned
inside out. Basically, you want to make a long, thin tube.

Turn this right-side out (it's tedious, I know), fold over the
ends, and sew closed. You've just made your waist band and
successfully hidden the seams! Congrats! Lay piece B flat on a
table and center the long edge (the waist measurement) of piece A
on it. Leaving about 1/2" overhang. Pin this down and sew it in
place. Retrieve piece C, center it at the same seam level on
piece A (which is now attached to piece B) pin and sew. There,
it's done.

Now, how do you put the blame thing on? Simple! Loosely tie the
loose ends of piece B around your waist. Bring piece C up between
your legs, and thread it under the knot in piece B. There should
be a free end (hopefully!) that will hang over the knot in front.
If you don't like this "the guy who cut pharaoh's wheat" look,
try folding piece C against your stomach, and tying the knot over
piece C. Pin knot to underlying fabric to prevent embarrassment
(see illustration of finished garment tied both ways here).
Embellish the front piece (the "tail" of piece C) for a good

===== Skimpy Priestessy Robe-dress.
===== (For those who want skyclad, without a LOT of sky)

Image: http://members.aol.com/shellgirlk/skimpyc.jpg

You'll Need:
* About four yards of fabric (depending on measurements)
* About three yards of cord (depending on measurements)

As above, take measurements of waist, chest, hips, from shoulder
to ankles (or wherever you want the hemline) and from shoulder to
armpit (for arm holes).

Cut out two panels the length (shoulder-to-?) by the widest
measurement above (if it's the chest, go with that, hips, go with
that...etc). If your fabric has a pattern or is a velvet, you'll
have to match the pattern/grain later. Split one of the panels
all the way down the middle lengthwise. This will be the front of
your robe-dress.

Sew at the shoulders to the second panel, turn inside out, and
sew the sides closed. REMEMBER - you have to leave armholes!
Leave open the armhole measurement at the top.

Sew the bottom hemline and the seams of the front pieces. Get out
your cord. Cut a piece that is your waist measurement plus 24".
There's your belt!

Slip on the dress for a moment, just to make sure everything's
going well with it. Mark where you want the waist (and belt) to
be with eyeliner or appropriate sewing marker.

Get out some spare scraps of fabric and make about three small
Strips about 2" wide by 4" long. Fold the edges over on all of
these, sew, and then sew down to the dress where you previously
marked. There, belt-loops! I recommend one in the middle back,
and two at the front at the very edge of the front pieces. slip
the cord through the belt loops, and you're done. This is what I
meant by, skimpy. It's intended to be pretty much skyclad, but
will work nicely over the next dress.

Also, worn on a man, it can and will look manly. Quite a lot like
a martial-arts robe, actually.

===== The Egyptian Queen Dress

Image: http://members.aol.com/shellgirlk/egquc.jpg

You'll Need:
* A piece of fabric that is your largest measurement from pattern
  above, by the length measurement from above.
* A strip of elastic (same width measurement as above) and a
  piece of cord the measurement of your waist plus 24.
* A large safety pin.

Sew along lengthwise seam, fold over hemline, sew, and fold over
top. Sew but leave a gap of about 2" to thread the elastic

Tack one end of the elastic down inside of the "tube" created for
it at the top of the dress, attach the safety pin to the other
end, and begin to thread it through the tube. The pin will help
the process by creating less friction with the inside of the
fabric. When your pin comes out the other end, tack the remaining
end of elastic down and finish the tube's seam. It's done. When
you feel fancy, tie the cord around the waist.

===== Plain, all-purpose Robe Of Doom (kidding)

Robe Image: http://members.aol.com/shellgirlk/robec.jpg
Hood Image: http://members.aol.com/shellgirlk/hoodc.jpg

You'll need:
* About four yards of fabric.

Cut the fabric into two panels that are about two feet wide by
your comfortable shoulder-to-? length. Out of the front panel,
cut a V at the top. This is your "neck hole". Sew along major
seams leaving armholes, sew hemline. Sew neck hole edges over.

A hood? Well, okay, a simple hood is easy enough. Cut two of hood
image of appropriate size to fit neck hole. Sew along seams, then
sew to cloak and you're finished. It slips over the head, you can
tie another length of that lovely cord around the waist (hey, why
not use the same cord for all of 'em!?) and you've got a
functional, sleeveless, all-around cloak that wont catch fire
from the big dangly pretentious sleeves hanging in the fire...

(Of course, you could tell everyone the sleeves burned off...
with you in them...)

========= by TarotDeevah

=== Faery Wicca Tarot

by Kisma K. Stepanich
Illustrated by Renee Christine Yates
Published by Llewellyn Publications
Copyright 1998, 1999 by Kisma K Stepanich and Renee Christine
ISBN 156718684X
See Cards From This Deck:
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It is my understanding that this deck was designed for use within
the faith/religion of Faery Wicca. I am not a
practitioner/follower of Faery Wicca, or even Wicca for that
matter. While I know some about Wicca, I know absolutely nothing
about Faery Wicca. Since I'm not informed enough to make comments
as to the value of this deck within its intended use, I will
merely comment on it as if it were just another tarot deck. If
any practitioners of Faery Wicca would like to comment on the
deck, I would certainly include those comments.

Although I can see influence of both Marseilles and Rider-Waite
type decks, I can't really say this deck follows either style.
What I would call major arcana are actually called ancient ones.
These ancient ones (major arcana) are divided into 3 sections
known as paths: the path of the moon (00 through 9), the path of
the sun (10 through 20) and the stillness of center (21). The
ancient ones (majors) are as follows: 00-the tree of life, 0-the
seeker, 1-druid, 2-high priestess, 3-Mother Goddess, 4-Father
God, 5-guide, 6-beloved, 7-chariot, 8-poetical justice, 9-holy
man, 10-sun wheel, 11-strength of will, 12-hangman, 13-banshee
crone, 14-holy water, 15-old one, 16-round tower, 17-star, 18-old
witch moon hill, 19-sun child, 20-judgement, and 21-Weaver
Goddess. Court cards are called helper cards and consist of:
Ainnir (page), Ridire (knight), Ard Ri (queen, except that it's a
man), and Banrion (king, except that she's female). Suits are
tine (wands), uisce (cups), aer (swords) and domhan
(pentacles/discs). Pip cards are called element cards and are not
fully illustrated. That's a shame, because the art is absolutely
wonderful. I would have liked to see 40 more of R.C. Yate's
illustrations. In addition to the extra major arcana card (00-the
tree of life), there are 4 other extra cards. These are called
the gift of Faery cards and consist of: apple branch, crane bag,
hazel wand and holy stone.

My Faery Wicca Tarot came as a deck and book set. The book (which
isn't full-size, but isn't a booklet either) has loads of
information on how to use this deck. It has detailed descriptions
of many tarot spreads, and relationships between cards. The book
is excellent! If the deck is available without the book (and I'm
not sure if it is or not), I recommend you hold out for a deck
and book set. I'd have been lost without the book. All in all, I
can remove the additional 5 cards and use this deck just like any
other tarot deck. Some of the cards (especially in the major
arcana) cause a little difficulty, but certainly not anything an
intermediate to advanced reader can't overcome.

Cards measure about 2.75 by 4.5 inches and are slightly large for
me. Those with larger hands wont have any trouble, and those with
smaller hands (like me) can master them with a little effort.
Card stock is good, although a little thin.

I don't know whether I recommend this deck for practitioners of
Faery Wicca or not, having no knowledge of the faith/religion. I
do recommend this deck for collectors and for anyone looking for
a new approach to tarot. The art alone makes this deck a keeper!
Beginners may have trouble and probably wouldn't want to use this
as a primary reading deck. Intermediate to advanced readers wont
have any difficulty adjusting.

=== Fantastical Tarot

by Nathalie Hertz
Published by US Games Systems, Inc.
Copyright 1999 by US Games Systems, Inc.
ISBN 1572812028
See Cards From This Deck:
Amazon Link:

Fantastical Tarot follows Rider-Waite style without deviation.
The cards are gilded, which I like. The art would be good except
for the creatures.  I just cant get past the creatures in this
deck. The humanoids featured in this deck look like zombies. They
have very sharp, angular features, and appear to be anorexic.
About 90% of them appear to be pouting or moping or something.
The happiest cards in the deck seem to be the ones lacking one of
these creatures.

Cards measure about 2.75 by 4.75 inches and are a bit long for me
to handle easily.  This is a common size for tarot cards, though,
so I wouldn't call them large. Card stock is good, and I suspect
the cards will be durable.

I recommend this deck for collectors. Beginners may have trouble
since all (or most) of the characters seem to be depressed. It
may be difficult to get past them to get positive messages in the

=== Gareth Knight Tarot

Instructions by Gareth Knight
Cards by Sander Littel
Published by US Games Systems, Inc.
Copyright 1985 by US Games Systems, Inc.
ISBN 0880790407
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Amazon Link:

Gareth Knight Tarot is adequate, as far as tarot decks go.
Symbolism is present, although I can't say I understand why some
things were done the way they were. For instance, the dog in the
fool is attacking the fool, the lion in strength is green, etc.
The art looks like it was done by someone in a high school art
class rather than by a professional artist. That isn't to say it
isn't good, just that I prefer a more polished finish and more
sophisticated art. To each his own, I guess.

Gareth Knight Tarot follows the Marseilles style of order and
naming, except that the world is called the universe. Majors and
court cards are illustrated, but pips are not. Suits are swords,
cups, discs and wands. Court cards are king, queen, prince and

Cards measure about 2.75 by 3.75 inches and handle very well. I
prefer these smaller decks, as my hands are rather small. Card
stock is a little stiff, but that's better than thin in my
opinion. The cards appear to be quite durable.

Upon opening my deck (still shrink wrapped), I discovered that
the emperor was out of place. All other cards were in order, save
the emperor was before the fool. Also, instead of two extra
cards, this deck came with three extra cards. Since most tarot
decks are printed in sheets of 80, I was worried that this meant
I had a card missing. I did not. All cards were present, plus
three extra cards, totaling 81 instead of 80.

I recommend this deck for beginners who prefer the Marseilles
style and for collectors.

=== Gendron Tarot

by Melanie Gendron
Published by US Games Systems, Inc.
Copyright 1997 by US Games Systems, Inc.
ISBN 1572810653
See Cards From This Deck:
Amazon Link:

This seems to be one of those decks you either love or hate.
Personally, I love it and use it quite a lot. It is in the Rider-
Waite (RW) style in that all cards, even the pips, are
illustrated, and in that the cards closely follow RW names, order
and meaning. There are a few exceptions in the names:  the
Magician is called the Magus, the Hanged Man is the Hanged One,
Death is Transition, the Devil is the Deceiver, and the World is
the Universe. Suits are wands, cups, swords and pentacles. Courts
are king, queen, prince and princess.

The images are a far cry from RW, though. Gendron takes a fresh
new approach to tarot card illustrations. The deck has a feminine
feel without excluding or downplaying men. The colors are
wonderful, and there are lots of translucent figures and angel-
type beings of light.

The cards are 2.75 by 4.75 inches and handle easily. They aren't
stiff, but are durable. My deck is used frequently and holds up
very well.

The little white booklet that comes with the deck is the best
I've seen so far. It's about twice as thick as others and gives
lots of information. For each card, associated Goddesses are
listed according to their directions, Hebrew letter, astrology,
animal significance, associated symbolism meanings, card meaning
and reversed meaning.

I recommend this deck for collectors, feminist readers, those who
love strong visual decks, and intermediate to advanced readers.
Beginners may do better with a deck that more closely follows RW
symbolism, but could use this deck as well. The symbolism is
there and is explained well in the little white booklet. There
are a couple of nudes, and the deck does have an overall Goddess-
based feel to it, so I don't use it for my more easily offended

This is one of my favorite decks for personal use.

===== About This Column

TarotDeevah's column will feature monthly articles or reviews
selected from her web site or written for this newsletter.
You can find TarotDeevah's web site at:

========= By Faerie K.


- Astral Helpline, how may I help you?
- Yes, hello? I got through? [nervous laughter]

- Yes, you got through. How may I help you?
- Well, um...... [embarrassed silence] Well, I think I'm

- Are you sure you called the right number? This is Astral
  Helpline, you can reach your local hospital
- Yes, yes, I want the Astral Helpline! You see, I have this
  astral lover and...

- Oh, I see. Now your belly is growing at an alarming rate, you
  feel an overwhelming urge to eat strange herbs and you have
  very lively and disturbing dreams?
- No.... not really. But I do get this terrible morning sickness!

- And the astral lover is the only lover you've had for quite
  some time?
- [angry voice] Yes, of course! What do you think I am!!

- Sorry, Ma'am, I'm just doing my job, I need to ask questions.
- Oh... OK... But I don't have any other lovers! There was this
  guy at the party but he's not my lover, he doesn't count!!

- Did you have s.. [interruption]
- Ooops. [click]

[ring ring]

- Astral Helpline, how may I help you?
- Hi! I'm half a God and I have a problem.

- Eh... I'm not sure I quite caught you. You are a half-God?
- No! Stupid! I'm half a God!

- OK, I think I caught you now. You are half a God. How may I
  help you?
- I need you to go astral with me!

- This is Astral Helpline, we offer help on matters astral over
  the phone, this number won't offer group astral tra...
- I am half a God and I want you to go astral with me! You have
  to help me find my other half so I can become a whole God!

- Sir, I understand that being just half a God can be
  frustrating, but...[interruption]
- I'm still a dormant half a God, my skills aren't fully
  developed yet! I need to awaken! I got bored of being just a
  spirit and took over a mortal body and then got split in two!

- And how could I help with that?
- I command you to go astral with me!

- Sir, here at Astral Helpline, we really don't offer group
  astral travels, we offer help over the phone.
- No need to be so sulky!

- Sir, I can give you the number to Astral Group Travels, Inc.
- Stupid mortal! [click]


- Astral Helpline, how may I help you?
- [sounds of sobbing]

- Madam? Calm down, breath, I'm here to help you. What is your
- I.... I went astral traveling and now... [sobbing] now I can't
  get back to my body!

- Oh.... OK. How do you know this?
- I tried to come back but now I can't see anything!

- Right. So, I'll talk you through this, are you ready?
- [sobbing] Yes...

- I need to ask something first, did you go astral with only a
  candle giving you light?
- Yes....

- All right. Can you envision yourself back in the room you left?
  Imagine it in your mind's eye.
- I'm doing it right now. I still can't see anything, tho!!

- Just relax. Do you know where the nearest light switch would be
  in your room?
- Yes...

- Could you reach it from where your body is?
- I think so, yes.

- Good, very good. Now, imagine moving your hand towards the
  light switch. In fact, move your astral body's hand towards it.
  Are you with me?
- Yes, I am moving my hand.

- Can you feel the light switch?
- Yes, I can! What do I do now?

- Switch the light on!
- Yes! Yes! It worked! I got back! I can see! Thank you!!

- That's what we're here for, Ma'am. Astral Helpline at your
  service. [click]

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isn't said here.)

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