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In this Issue:

[00] Editorial Notes: Two Months, Two Newsletters
[01] Cauldron News
   * 2012 Annual Donation Drive: Help Us Stay Online
   * 2012 Suggestion Drive: How Can We Improve The Cauldron?
[02] Interesting Recent Cauldron Discussions
   * Pendulums -- Suspended Rather Than Held?
   * What's your Least Favorite Pagan Holiday -- And Why?
   * Virginity and Religion
   * Ageism in Paganism
   * Dumbest Thing You've Heard a Pagan Say
   * All Pagans Should Celebrate the Wheel of the Year
     Regardless of Specific Religion?
   * Is it Possible for The Gods not to Love?
   * Paganism and Tithing
   * Isis and Her Greco-Roman Mystery Cult?
   * Honoring Mulitple Gods?
   * Deified Mortals
   * Neo-Wicca Bad for Feminism?
   * Pagan Stereotypes You Embrace?
[03] Phyllis Vega's Astro Talk: Venus in Astrology
[04] Flamekeeping: Moral Flame
[05] Articles and Reviews
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   * Review: Forbidden Rites: Your Complete Introduction to
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   * Review: The Real Witches' Coven
   * Review: Way of the Horned God: The A Young Man's Guide to
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========= Recent Discussion Topics on our Message Board

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on The Cauldron's message board. Here are a few of the more
interesting recent discussions. It's not too late to join in.

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===== Pendulums -- Suspended Rather Than Held?

Has anyone tried using a pendulum suspended from a hook or stand,
rather than held in your hand, for either divination or dowsing? If
so, what technique(s) did/do you use? What kind of results have you

I'm interested in trying this method to rule out my own
subconscious movements. When holding the pendulum, I usually get
excellent results. But I can't quite trust them, ya know?

Any thoughts?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== What's your Least Favorite Pagan Holiday -- And Why?

As a counterpart to our long-running What's your favorite holiday?
thread, what is your least favorite Pagan holiday? The (fairly
important) holiday in your religion that you just can't get into
celebrating like you believe you should? Why is this holiday a
problem for you?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Virginity and Religion

I've heard the "virgin until marriage" and "virgin for religious
reasons" many times. I know the Christian faith really pushes it, I
can remember a youth group lecture or two. Which other religions
have a similar concept? Are the various pagan paths the only
religions that actually accept sexuality for what it is and don't
use teachings of fear, guilt and shame to mask it?

Any other thoughts?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Ageism in Paganism

Recently we've discussed racism, sexism, fatphobia, and a host of
other topics that involve stereotyping, and I figured it was time
to bring up another item in the same vein: ageism.

I'm willing to bet that almost all of us have experienced ageism to
one degree or another - from "post-menopausal women represent the
Crone" idea to "young pagans have no valid opinions", these things
pop up over and over with little to no repercussions. In addition,
people who don't tolerate stereotyping in other circumstances seem
to overlook or ignore ageism.

So, with that in mind:

1. Do you think ageism is an actual issue?
2. Have you experienced it, in either paganism or daily life?
3. Why do you think ageism isn't as hot a topic as other

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Dumbest Thing You've Heard a Pagan Say

Many years ago, a (now ex) friend of mine and I were out, talking
about Wicca. I was new to it all and curious, and she'd been into
it on a solitary basis for a couple of years or so.

We were in a grocery store parking lot when a young woman walked by
us with bright orange hair, wearing all black, sporting tattoos and
piercings. I didn't think much of it, but my (now ex for many
reasons beyond just this!) friend looked at her and said, "Oh. I
bet she thinks she's Wiccan. She can't possibly be; look at her,
she's overweight and doesn't take care of herself and she dresses
like crap!"

...dumbest thing I've heard a pagan say. Ever.

Your turn.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== All Pagans Should Celebrate the Wheel of the Year
===== Regardless of Specific Religion?

Long time members of TC known that any discussion of "Pagan Unity"
can quickly become a major thread with a lot of "hostility" here,
so I am sort of reluctant to bring this up here, but the idea is at
least interesting (note: "interesting" does not necessarily mean

I received feedback on our web site asking me why we do not stress
the Wheel of the Year more as while the wheel is a property of
Wicca and Wicca-like religions more than Pagan religions in
general, the public tends so associate the Wheel of the Year with
Paganism. The author of this note believes that all Pagans should
celebrate the eight Wheel holidays in some way even if they are not
a part of their specific Pagan path -- just as many Christians
celebrate secular cultural holidays like Memorial Day, Independence
Day, Thanksgiving, etc. religiously even though they are not truly
holy days in Christianity. Doing so would give Pagans more of a
common culture and would be more visible to the general public than
each group only doing their religion's own thing.

What you you think?

I'm very skeptical, but I figured it would make a good discussion.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Is it Possible for The Gods not to Love?

I wonder what your experiences are with this particular topic,
which is a little difficult for me to face, in all honesty.

Is it possible for the gods you work with not to love? I'm not
talking the peripheral ones, the deities you come to now and again
and don't have a strong one-on-one working relationship with. I'm
talking about the Main Ones. The first and foremost in your life,
your patrons.

I understand that some pagan faiths, like branches of Heathenism,
for example, might believe that the gods aren't as interested in
you as you are them, and that's a cultural thing (right?). I get
that, and maybe it's not those that I'm asking about, because
that's sort of a given.

The others, though. The ones that you want to love you, you expect
and want to love you.

Is it possible, that even though they chose you (does it make a
difference if you chose them? I think so), even though you work
with them every day and do offerings and want to love them, that
they're not going to/don't want to/can't return that love?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Paganism and Tithing

I was wondering if anyone here ever set aside money for tithing.
Either for pagan organizations, non-traditional churches, or
charities in your deities names.

I know it's mostly a Christian concept, though to be fair the idea
is in a lot of other religions just in different forms, but I
wondered if it was something some pagans might feel compelled to do
to. Maybe with a different motivation or a different spin.

So do you tithe?

If so how and why?

If not, why?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Isis and Her Greco-Roman Mystery Cult?

I don't fully identify with any particular tradition or religion
(even if my foundation is a nebulous, recon-friendly syncretism of
Celto-Germanic heathenry), but lately I've been feeling very
interested in learning about, and possibly establishing a
relationship with Isis.

I know quite a bit about her regarding her Kemetic counterpart
Aset, but feel less knowledgeable concerning her Greco-Roman
mystery cult, which is the forefront of my interest.

1) Anyone have some good resources about the goddess/her cult in

2) Any tips on establishing a relationship with her? What sort of
offerings, rituals, etc.

I'll take whatever you have to give, personal experiences,
scholarly sources, so on.

I'm more interested in her Roman mystery form, but Kemetic view
points are welcomed too.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Honoring Mulitple Gods?

I know a lot of people worship and honor one or two or even three
Gods. I on the other hand honor five different deities. Are there
others here who honor that many Gods or even more? And how do you
find it to keep a balance in honoring all of them, without them
getting mad, that maybe one God is honored more or less. My gods
are Amaethon, Cerridwen, Don, Belenus, and Sulis.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Deified Mortals

I first grasped the title concept when reading Alan Moore's From
Hell. Not the historical fiction itself, but the annotations at the
end of the book that cited the extensive research he did into
Victorian times, Jack the Ripper, Freemasonry, and Pagan mythology
(he bemoans the lack of resources for a dragon goddess, Tiamat,
outside of Dungeons & Dragons.) Moore mentioned something about the
Greek gods, Apollo and Diana, that one researcher proposed to have
been an otherwise ordinary prince-and-princess team from Minoan
Crete who were deified as stories about them passed down through

I don't mean to get into alternative history, however. I mean to
focus on gods that are most popularly considered (though not
agreed) to have maybe possibly have started out as ordinary human
beings. There's a neat thread in these parts about Herne the
Hunter, and this one of Brighid though the saint is portrayed as
more of a vehicle for the goddess than a real person who had a
similar name as a goddess and ascended to sainthood-- sadly no
threads here for Antinous Farouche or Hymen (yet...? )

So, I wonder. Not in a very organized way, unfortunately, so please
do just throw any thoughts in here. I wonder:

What would it mean, for your belief system, if your patron deity
turned out to have been human?

How do demigods fit into this, in your opinion? Or those who claim
godly lineage, notably from the Tuatha Dé Danann, or Amaterasu?

Do you believe that you, an ordinary mortal human being, can
personally achieve godhood? If no, why not? If yes, then how (and
what causes would you patronize? Feel free to have fun with this

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Neo-Wicca Bad for Feminism?

This opinion piece by a Canadian author is a bit more than a year
old, but I just stumbled across it. I fear there's some truth to
it, as well as a serious misreading of what neo-wiccan paths are
all about.

Wiccans and Mystical Women: How New Age is Secretly Bad for

"This is why I find New Age thought, like Wicca, so much more
aggravating than your average brand of magical thinking. Wicca
tends to target itself to women followers. There’s a sense of
female empowerment in its imagery of motherhood of Earth
goddesses.... It’s a type of magical thinking which lends itself
well to taking advantage of those who may indeed feel powerless,
unheard, and unseen, providing them with a way to artificially
inflate a sense of self-worth using cheap parlour tricks."

Read the entire article then discuss.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Pagan Stereotypes You Embrace?

So we often talk about pagan stereotypes that we dislike, but what
about the things we embrace?

For example, I love every cheesy witchy thing about Halloween. I
own one of those "witch flew into the wall" decorations that I hang
on the front door of my house. I think it's fun.

What pagan stereotypes do you proudly embrace?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

========= by Phyllis Vega

Venus is love. Venus is romance. Venus is beauty. Its planetary
energy is peaceable, harmonious, unifying, and creative. Venus’
zodiacal sign defines your romantic persona. The planet’s position
in your birth chart exerts a strong influence on your sensuality,
self-image, and attachments to others. Venus’ natal placement is a
clear indicator of the manner in which you approach relationships
of the heart. Venus’ sign determines what gives you pleasure, how
you express that pleasure, and how you go about sharing it. The
planet Venus also denotes sensuality. Venusian energy relates to
the principles of love and attraction, and the drawing together of
two separate individuals to create a unified whole.

If you don’t know the sign positions of Venus on the day of your
birth, you can look them up on the World Wide Web at
CaféAstrology.com: Venus Ephemeris Tables:

The way Venus manifests itself in your chart is a clear indicator
of what gives you joy. Your Venus sign defines the various ways in
which you express your sensuality, how you attract love and
affection, and how you go about satisfying your lover’s needs and
desires. Venus also relates to the many different sides of a close
relationship, and denotes friendship, compassion, and understanding
between lovers.

People with Venus in the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are
romantics. They love extravagantly, passionately, and dramatically.
Spontaneous, impulsive, and full of surprises, they are never
boring. Since subtlety is not their style, they are very open about
their feelings. Fire sign Venusian natives are bold and usually
willing to risk rejection. Their attitude is that there are always
more fish in the sea.

Those with Venus in the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are
serious minded and practical. Their happiness lies in the material
realm and they derive great pleasure from a comfortable, settled
home life. Cautious and controlled, Earth sign Venusians take love
seriously. Sensuous, tactile, and very aware of physical
sensations, they have well a developed sensual side and a strong
need for physical contact.

Individuals with Venus in the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
flirt with love and romance. Airy Venusians want a relationship
that provides intellectual stimulation, companionship, and witty,
engaging conversation. Emotionally cool, the air signs feel as much
with their minds as their bodies. They need to connect on a mental
level. For them, the exchange of ideas is paramount in a love

People who have Venus in the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
are sensitive, emotional, responsive, intuitive, and empathetic.
Psychically, there are few barriers between them and others, and
they often pick up on what those around them are feeling. Watery
natives tend to over-use their imaginations, and the combination of
intuition and imagination can make them feel exceedingly vulnerable
in a romantic relationship.

=== Venus in Aries

Individuals with this placement are assertive, enthusiastic, self-
expressive, and cheerful. You want excitement and adventure in your
love life. Since you are passionate and idealistic, sex and romance
are equally important to you. You're likely to experience some
inner conflict between your desire for a committed relationship and
your need for freedom and independence. Naturally daring and
flirtatious, you tend to become competitive when seeking the
attentions and affections of others. Aries is impulsive and
hopelessly addicted to conquest. Venus falls in and out of love
quickly. The result of this mix is lack of foresight and a general
instability where long-term unions are concerned.

=== Venus in Taurus

The planet Venus is generally well placed in sweet-tempered,
indulgent Taurus. Thanks to your deep appreciation of the physical
world and its pleasures, you experience love in a straightforward,
sensual, tactile manner. You enjoy good sex in much the same way
you take pleasure in good food and drink, luxurious surroundings,
and beautiful things. Easygoing and cheerful most of the time, you
know how to have a good time and to help others to do the same.
Venusian bulls need a certain measure of predictability and
dependability in their romantic relationships. Basically a
materialist who dislikes disruption and change, you can be quite
possessive of the people and things you love.

=== Venus in Gemini

For the sociable individual with Venus in Gemini, friendship is as
important as romance in a love relationship. Driven by a powerful
intellectual curiosity, you yearn to taste whatever life has to
offer. With your restless nature and diversity of interests, you're
difficult to pin down. Easily bored, you resist relationships that
might become too settled and comfortable. Variety, change, and
excitement provide the spice you're looking for in your love life.
You have an excitable, playful attitude toward romance and approach
each new affair with optimism and high-expectation. Communication
and mental stimulation are your absolute musts for any relationship
to have a chance of becoming permanent.

=== Venus in Cancer

The emotional Venusian crab is sentimental, nostalgic, kindhearted,
moody, and unpredictable. Easily hurt, and extremely self-
protective, you're seeking a safe, secure, solid love relationship
with few surprises. Deeply sensitive and easily hurt, you try to
hide your vulnerability behind a dignified facade. Despite your
total emotional involvement in a loving union, there is a sense of
caution as well. Love to you is all about home and family, and your
relationship style is nurturing and motherly. You can be clingy and
rather possessive of those you care about. Rationality leaves you
cold. You want a life partner who is romantic and affectionate and
not afraid to show it.

=== Venus in Leo

In Leo, Venus is dramatic, enthusiastic, and self-confident. Warm-
hearted and exceedingly generous, you are lavish with your
affections and attentions. Glamour, excitement, and charm mark your
courting style, and you relish your role as star of your own
romantic drama. Venusian lions make passionate, ardent partners,
and your love is sincere and whole-hearted. A born show person,
with tons of physical and emotional magnetism, you enjoy being
noticed and popular. Although never one to discourage or ignore
your admirers, you are innately loyal and faithful in love. Your
pride and ego are so wrapped up in your relationships that any
break-up is likely to be extremely difficult.

=== Venus in Virgo

The Venus in Virgo person is seeking an ideal lover on the one
hand, and a solid, down-to-earth partnership on the other. The
perfectionist in you yearns to place your beloved on a pedestal and
worship from afar. Your earthy, practical side wants a loving union
that functions orderly and efficiently from day to day. Either way,
you are extremely selective in your relationships. Despite a
sensual, romantic nature, you would rather be alone than with
someone who does not measure up to your high standards. You need to
feel needed and appreciated by your loved ones; you demonstrate
your affection by working hard for them.

=== Venus in Libra

The gracious peacemaker with Venus in Libra is polite, tactful,
considerate, and generally aware of what other people are feeling.
Innately civilized and refined, you are upset by bad manners and go
out of your way to avoid disagreements or discord. An aesthetic as
well as a romantic, you like being surrounded by beauty and
harmony. Love makes your world go around, and you tend to fall in
love easily and often. You are charming and agreeable, traits that
attract many admirers. In Libra, Venus is at her most seductive.
However, your seductiveness manifests in subtle ways that are never
vulgar or overtly sexual.

=== Venus in Scorpio

In Scorpio, Venus confers magnetic intensity and a deeply emotional
romantic and sexual nature. In a love union, you're
straightforward, direct, and determined. An extremist in life and
in love, you give yourself totally and demand the same type of
involvement in return. Your intimate relationships are based on
loyalty, commitment, and complete focus on your partner. Because
your desires are so powerful and overwhelming, you can become very
jealous and possessive of your loved one. When Scorpio is involved,
control is almost always an issue. Although you may express your
domination in minor ways, there is little doubt that you're the one
pulling the strings.

=== Venus in Sagittarius

The idealistic roamers and seekers with Venus in Sagittarius have a
rather carefree attitude toward relationships. You are upbeat and
easy to like, but not particularly dependable where affections are
concerned. In fact, you can be downright fickle, and your
flirtatious behavior may cause problems with potential partners.
You fall in love easily, but prefer that things stay casual for as
long as possible. Threats to your freedom make you extremely
nervous. The key to your romantic nature is companionship and
shared interests. Your ideal partner is easy-going, open-minded,
willing to accept you on your own terms, and respects your need for
some personal space.

=== Venus in Capricorn

Venusian goats are proud, dependable, loyal, and controlled. Your
romantic feelings can be very strong on the inside, yet you respond
with reserve and caution when it comes to expressing them. You want
a loving, committed relationship, but you're basically insecure and
fearful of rejection. You would rather repress your emotions than
risk exposing yourself to ridicule. Consequently, you tend to come
across as lacking in warmth and spontaneity. In truth, you're a
rather romantic soul who yearns for a caring partner to share your
life. When you find that person, you expect your spouse to be a
helpmate as well as a lover.

=== Venus in Aquarius

In Aquarius, Venus is emotionally challenged. Essentially an
intellectual, you live more in your mind than in your body. Despite
a friendly, open nature you come off as cool and detached. Your
freewheeling attitude concerning standards of behavior is unusual
to the point of eccentricity. You set your own rules, with little
regard for what others think. With a sex drive that is not
particularly strong, romance is often the last thing on your mind.
Since your head is usually off somewhere in the clouds, you may be
totally oblivious when someone is attracted to you. When you do
find love, it's likely to be rooted in friendship and

=== Venus in Pisces

Venus in this sign is romantic, idealistic, sensitive, dreamy, and
sentimental. You possess a type of vulnerability and ethereal charm
that is both attractive and attracting. Naturally kind and
unselfish, you willingly give whatever is necessary to help others.
Yet you're highly dependent yourself, and very much in need of a
caring, nurturing mate or partner. In your search for someone to
share your deep, intense feelings, you spend a lot of time falling
in and out of love. Strong emotions and a vivid imagination
sometimes cloud your reality. What you are seeking is an
otherworldly romance that is exceedingly difficult to find on the
Earth plane.

=== About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a practicing astrologer and tarot reader and has
been a New Age counselor and teacher for 39 years. The author of
eleven published books and two self-published ebooks (Magick With A
“k”: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92699 and Phyllis Vega’s
Tarot Seminars: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/136614,
Phyllis may be contacted via email at pvega@bellsouth.net or
through her personal website http://phyllisvega.com/. Astrology and
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Phyllis Vega's Astro Talk copyright (c) 2012 by Phyllis Vega. All
rights reserved.

========= MORAL FLAME
========= by HeartShadow

HeartShadow is following her own religious path. She calls it
FlameKeeping. This regular column will present articles on
FlameKeeping, many taken from HeartShadow's FlameKeeping blog at:


===== Moral Flame

What is the point of a religion? Is it to dictate morality, or to
define and aid in connection with the Divine?

FlameKeeping does not speak directly of morality. There are moral
implications, but not a code of defined behavior. The only true
moral stricture is that we must all treat each other as Divine,
with all the respect and care that implies.

So how will people be moral? That is up to each individual, as it
always has been. There are extremely immoral people of all
religions, and moral people with no religion whatsoever. God does
not and really never has inspired any to be truly moral people.

FlameKeeping believes that humankind is Divine. This implies that
we are good people, or at least have within us the ability to be
good people. Lists of rules, and an assumption of humanities
“fallen” nature, does nothing but encourage lists of laws, and just
as many attempts to get around these laws. Assume humankind is
fallen, and it will live up to that assumption. Assume we have
within us the ability to be Divine and surpass ourself, and we will
do our best to live up to what is expected of us.

So there will be no lists of rules, no commandments. Those who need
them would probably not follow them anyway, and those who do not
need them would be more likely to be led astray by those things
that are not mentioned than guided by those things that are. There
are only two clear moral strictures, and all else comes from them.

1. We are all Divine, and must be loved and respected as such. By
this I mean that we need to treat ourselves and other humans with
as much respect and love as we can. Every time we treat another
person as a means, every time we denigrate someone because they are
not what we wish they are, we are going against our own nature and
against the Divine. We are ALL holy, not just the people we like,
not just the people like us. Everyone. Even the people we hate. And
we need to respect them as such.

2. We must improve the Divine as we can. The Universe is not
already perfect, it moves towards perfection, and we are a part of
that. When we see something we think is wrong, we should act to fix
it as we can. And we should also be aware of what lies behind the
problems we see whenever possible: it is easy to say poverty is bad
and to place a few dollars in a fund drive once a year. It is much
harder to look at the systems that benefit us but encourage
poverty, and to try and find ways to change the system to keep
poverty from happening. (In the meantime, of course, we should also
continue to give those dollars. There is no virtue in working for
the long term and letting the short term suffer needlessly).

===== Questions:

  * What does morality mean to you? Do you judge it in positive
    terms (you should) or negative (you should not)?
  * What does it mean to see everyone as Divine? Is this hard for
    you? What moral strictures does that rule impose on you?
  * What does it mean to improve the Divine? Is this one difficult?
    Again, what strictures does this impose on you?

========= ARTICLES

The following articles and reviews give the viewpoint of their
author. Reviewers may have received a free copy of the item they
are reviewing.

===== by Mike Gleason

Title: Genuine Witchcraft is Explained: The Secret History of the
Royal Windsor Coven and the Regency
Author(s): John of Monmouth
Published February 2012 by Capall Bann Publishing
ISBN: 1861633343
ISBN-13: 978-1861633347
Paperback, 486 pages
List: $17.95
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If your concept of Witchcraft is composed exclusively by the Neo-
Pagan movement and modern-day Wicca, this book is going to be a
real eye- opener. For the majority of Wiccans and Witches in the
U.S., where I reside and write my reviews, there have been few
choices - one either "trained" as an eclectic (usually by means of
reading one or more books) or one looked for a "tradition" to
follow (many of which touted themselves as having a long,
distinguished linage, but failed to provide any substantiation of
those claims). Within the past couple of decades the concept of
initiation by another has fallen into disrepute and "self-
initiation" has become the norm.

This is a massive book, but fully one half of it is composed of
data which supplements the first half. The supplemental section
includes photos of original documents from the Royal Windsor Coven
(no connection to British royalty - just a heads-up to American
readers). A large number of the documents which appear in the
photos are almost indecipherable, since they were either hand-
written, heavily amended, or carbon copies of originals. This is,
in my opinion, not a shortcoming. The fact that these documents
still exist at all is nearly miraculous; and the fact that they are
being preserved and made available is a real benefit for those who
wish to explore the development of Witchcraft in the 20th Century.
Following these reproductions are transcripts of the documents
which make it possible to read and understand the preceding

There have been lots of rumors about the early days of public
witchcraft in England. The few facts which have made it into print
have been circumspect and scattered through a variety of books and
magazine articles. This is one of the few books I have seen which
contain not only the real information, but citations which allow
the reader to check sources for themselves. It has gathered
together, in one easily accessible place, a multitude of sources
and details.

The first portion of this book covers the Royal Windsor Coven and
the Regency, two influential groups in Britain. This is followed by
"The New Pagan Handbook" which offers suggestions (and nothing
more) for the celebration of Pagan rituals. "The New Pagan
Handbook" was authored by one of the individuals responsible for
the running of the Royal Windsor Coven, and thus offers insight
which differs substantially from the more modern conception of

For those individuals who are interested in the history of the
early development of modern-day Paganism and Witchcraft, this book
is nothing less than an invaluable resource. This book deserves to
be in every Coven library (do Coven's even maintain libraries any
more?), as well as in Public Libraries. Every once in a while I
recommend purchasing an extra copy of a book so a copy can be
donated to a University or Public Library. This is one of those

I feel that the value is especially good for those readers who do
not reside in the U.K., and thus may not be familiar with either
the Royal Windsor Coven or the Regency. Reading this book will
expand your knowledge of the Craft outside the
Gardnerian/Alexandrian model, and that is an excellent idea.

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===== by Mike Gleason

Title: Forbidden Rites: Your Complete Introduction to Traditional
Author(s): Jeanette Ellis
Published 2009 by O Books
ISBN: 1846941385
ISBN-13: 978-1846941382
Paperback, 635 pages
List: $39.95
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One of the hardest things to convey to students of witchcraft, in
my opinion, is the difference between "Traditional" and
"traditional" Witchcraft. See, you're confused already, aren't you?
Traditional Witchcraft (capital "T") generally refers to what has
become known in the U.S. as one of the British Traditional Wiccan
groups (Gardnerian, Alexandrian, etc.), whereas traditional
Witchcraft (lower case "t") generally refers to hedgewitchery, folk
magic, and the cunning (wo)man of the local village. The problem is
that, short of using the phraseology "capital 'T'" and "lower
case't'," which is awkward, there isn't any easy way to distinguish
between them. Frustrating, isn't it?

There are hundreds, if not thousands of books on Traditional
Witchcraft, but not so many on traditional versions. This book, by
Jeanette Ellis, is one of the few I have seen written from the
inside, as it were.

I can guarantee one fact about this book - you WILL disagree with
at least some of the statements contained herein. If you don't, I
feel sorry for you, because you have no opinions of your own.

Based solely on this book, I have to assume that Ms. Ellis speaks
in sentence fragments. They litter the book like pixie dust. Once
you get used to them, however, (it only takes a few pages,
honestly), you stop noticing them. What I couldn't stop noticing,
however, was that personal bugaboo of mine - sloppy spelling. I
understand that most authors (and publishing concerns) rely on
automated spell checking programs, but these won't pick up "there"
when it should be "their" (for example, on page 35). Before a book
makes it into print, it really needs a go-through by a proof-reader
who doesn't have any connection to the book.

Another problem with this book, which should have been caught
before publication, is punctuation. On page 69 appears this
sentence: "All over the world colors are an important part of
ritual in the Manchu Period of China, the emperors wore girdles of
stones according to the different ceremonies that they presided
over." From this it appears that colors all over the world are
important to the Manchu emperors of China. I know that isn't what
is meant but that is what it appears to say.

For me, reading a book is like taking an extended journey.
Generally I plant to take a week or so to enjoy the "trip".
However, once in a while I get so excited that I drive straight
through in only a few days. Sometimes I "have car trouble" and it
either takes longer than I had planned on, or I am more concerned
about making it to my destination and I am distracted and unable to
enjoy the journey. This was one of those books. Between the lack of
punctuation on the one hand, unusual spelling (what is "funa"? Is
it supposed to be "fauna" as I suspect from context?), and just the
overall "feel" of the book, I found it hard to concentrate on what
Ms. Ellis was trying to convey. In one of my English classes in
high school, my teacher gave each assignment two grades - one for
what you said and one for how the technical details of writing were
observed. On the first half of that grading system, this book COULD
be as high as a "B minus," but the second half couldn't hope for
more than a "C".

I really wanted to enjoy this book but, quite honestly, if I had
paid the cover price, I would have been (at least) disappointed by
the sheer sloppiness. For someone who has run a coven for over
twenty years; who organizes two major festivals a years; and who
makes their living selling Pagan jewelry, she presents a very poor
image. The "blurbs" on the back cover make me wonder if those
individuals were working from what they assumed were "uncorrected
proofs" (as I sometimes do), and assumed that defects in structure
would be cleaned up before publication.

There is a lot of potentially valuable information in this book
although I have to question whether many people will be able to
ferret it out. There are a lot of suppositions and personal
anecdotes, to be sure. And, honestly, not being a traditional Witch
(I was trained Alexandrian, so I am a Traditional Witch) I can't
say if these suppositions are representative of all traditionals,
or only represent Ms. Ellis' interpretations.

While I would like to be able to give this book a hearty
recommendation, I must hold back because of my reservations. While
I am inclined to accept her statements regarding gems and metal
(she is in the jewelry business), even there problems exist in the
way information is conveyed.

I respect Janet Farrar, Gavin Bone, and Professor Ronald Hutton,
but I honestly feel their praise is, in this instance, misplaced. I
would certainly not recommend this book for the novice - unless
there is a more experienced guide available to help sort things out
(and then there really isn't any need for the book).

There are profuse illustrations of charms and amulets. There are
also herbal illustrations, and examples of various magickal scripts
and runes. The above items make it a handy reference work, but I
tend to hold reference works to an even higher standard than other
books, and all of the previously mentioned difficulties make it
hard for me to offer more than a lukewarm recommendation.

Evaluating this book, in spite of the good points, it ends up being
no more than average. I would not say that it is a "must have"
addition to a coven library; but if you have a spare $40, it may be
useful. If you are put off by grammatical errors and such (like
me), you probably should save your money. If you are an information
junkie (again, like me), you will probably want it on your

This one is a toss-up, I have to say. It will all come down to
personal opinion.

I've had good experiences with other books from this publisher, and
they are by no means the only ones to put out works with editing
problems. There have always been errata which slip through. So
don't let this review sour you on O Books. Check out their website
(at the top of this review) for other offerings.

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===== Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Title: The Real Witches' Coven
Author(s): Kate West
Published 2010 by Llewellyn
ISBN: 0738715824
ISBN-13: 978-0738715827
Paperback, 225 pages
List: $17.95
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I must offer an apology before I begin this review. Over the past
five years I have read, and reviewed, nearly 500 books. And, once
in a while I simply forget to check my records before requesting a
review copy (but, hey, this is one of less than half a dozen times
when that has happened). When I saw that Llewellyn was bringing out
a book by Kate West, whose writing I really enjoy, I sent off a
request. It wasn't until it arrived in my mailbox that I realized I
had already done a review of it, when it was originally published
by Thorsons. That review ran at the end of 2004. In any case, I
decided to look at this book as if it were the first time I had
seen it.

Next I must offer my standard disclaimer when reviewing ANY of
Kate's books in this series. "The Real Witches..." refers not to
"the one true and right way to do it," but rather to "doing it" in
the real world, where concerns about child care, bill paying, and
resolving schedule conflicts are a part of daily life.

This book occupies a semi-unique niche. On the one hand it is an
introductory ("101") book, but it is on a topic which is most
decidedly not a beginner's topic - the forming, running and dealing
with a coven. It is sort of a "101" book for a second level class.
Kate skims over a lot of the basics about rituals and festivals,
and concentrates on how to avoid some of the pitfalls of running a
coven. It is aimed at the individual who is "starting from
scratch," without an established "up-line" which could provide
guidance and resources for a new coven leader.

Kate's earlier book, The Real Witches' Handbook, deals with the
major "101" points and I highly recommend it. It, like the present
book, is written in a no-nonsense style, and should be a welcome
addition to every newbie's library.

The Real Witches' Coven contains suggestions from Kate's experience
of things which have worked for her in training Witches and running
a Coven as well as some pitfalls to watch for, as well as a few
"horror stories" from her own experience (and some shared by other
High Priest/ esses). It is deigned to encourage and guide, not
discourage. By the same token, it does not downplay the potential
difficulties one may encounter along the way.

In my earlier review I commented that I enjoyed this book, and
looking back on it after five years, I find no reason to change
that statement. For those who instantly "distrust" anything
published by Llewellyn, all I can say is "Get over it." This is the
kind of book the Craft community needs to see. It is not dogmatic
or preachy. Nor is it all happiness and light. It is a story told
by an individual who is willing to open her heart and feelings to
others. I can sympathize, if not agree, with most of her

This book in particular (and any of Kate's works in general) should
find a place in any Coven library. There are no "secrets" here; no
tables of correspondence; no detailed ritual scripts; merely good,
solid advice, suggestions and guidance. Anyone can benefit from the
advice given herein - Priestesses and Priests can learn how to help
their Coveners become better Witches and Coveners can gain some
insight into what they can do to ease the burden of Coven leaders.

Whether just beginning your journey; preparing to set up your first
coven; or looking for help to salvage a situation which is starting
to go bad, you will find this book to be a valuable tool. You will
glad to have it to turn to.

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=====         MODERN PAGANISM
===== Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Title: Way of the Horned God: The A Young Man's Guide to Modern
Author(s): Dancing Rabbit
Published 2010 by O Books
ISBN: 1846942675
ISBN-13: 978-1846942679
Paperback, 194 pages
List: $24.95
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Given the fact that I prefer books written by people whose name you
would likely find on their Driver's License or other IDs, I wasn't
sure about a book authored by "Dancing Rabbit", especially since he
is of an age with me, and thus there is no possibility that was his
birth name. Still, I was willing to give it a try, if only because
there are precious few books written for the male followers of neo-
Paganism (and many of them are intended for gay and/or
transgendered guys) and this book in intended for young, straight

The author is an eclectic Pagan, with a base in the Unitarian
Universalist Church, not a combination I am normally comfortable
with as a result of my own "traditional": training. Still, it is a
rapidly growing segment of our Pagan community and one which looks
like it will continue to influence our growth for the foreseeable

As with many writings by eclectics, I found myself disagreeing with
some of what he has written (his interpretation of the Goddess/God
positions in particular are at major variance with what I
learned),but my disagreement simply means that we have differing
backgrounds and experiences.

His suggested rituals are extremely basic (not surprising as this
is a beginner's book), which should help to allay parental fears.
Also, he deal right up front with the topic of how to deal with
parents, offering some basic, common sense advice for dealing with
various potential reactions. He de-emphasizes the need for tools,
while still explaining what they are and what they are used for.

This book is aimed at the young male Pagan (or Pagan wannabe) who
is still living at home with his parents and, as such, is a very
low-key, non-ceremonial approach. It won't suit everyone, but it is
a book which has been needed for quite a while. It deals with the
young man growing up in a modern urban environment.

The author offers variations of The Charge of Goddess, and of The
Charge of the God, which I found quite moving and inspiring. Most
variations I have previously encountered have been simple
reworkings of established (published) standards, but these off some
interesting concepts and insights.

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===== Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Title: Pagan Degrees for Children
Author(s): Shadaramon
Published 2009 by Astor Press
ISBN: 055709867X
ISBN-13: 978-0557098675
Paperback, 236 pages
List: $17.99
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This is a book which will engender strong feelings in its readers.
I expect it will polarize the community, just by the title and ever
before the first page is read. Many will find the concept of
"degrees" to be counter to their expectations of paganism (Wicca
okay, but Pagan degrees?). Then there will be those who feel that
degrees imply competition, and they perceive that as undesirable.
And, of course, the entire concept of structure sets off some
people (if it feels good, and it's kind of Pagan-ish, it's good

On the other side of the divide (and with little or no middle
ground) will be those who perceive structure as the most efficient
way to convey information. Without structure, curricula and tests,
how can you judge if your young Pagan has absorbed the lessons you
have labored to instill into their hearts and minds.

This book is one of those "good news/bad news" situations. The good
news is that it is very flexible and easy to alter for individual
circumstances. The bad news is that it is NOT designed to be part
of a nation-wide movement, so there is minimal support available.

On a personal note, I wasn't real thrilled with the type-face
chosen for the headings (the lower case "r" can easily be mistaken
for an "i"); but that has no effect on the value of the book

This book will be most valuable to Pagan parents (and groups) which
are fairly isolated. Patterned on the world-wide scouting
organizations it can provide a local equivalent to Spiral Scouts ®
where no branch exists.

There is a companion book which contains all of the achievement
badges and awards in color (as opposed to the black and white
illustrations in this volume). If you plan to use this system, go
to Astor Press' website and check out the color volume.

This is the archetypal beginner's book. Having said that, I must
also say that I feel it has been oversimplified for the final
(Mage) degree. Youngsters working in this degree are expected to be
at least 12 years of age, and they should be capable of absorbing
more complex concepts ('The Wiccan Rede states that "as it harm
none, do as you will"' is the complete explanation given on page
89). I've always believed in challenging children by encouraging
them to be mature, and this final degree does not, in my opinion,
do that.

In spite of my personal reservations, on the whole I have to say
that this is a book which does what it sets out to do. As such, I
suggest that if you have youngsters in your family who are
interested in learning more about the Pagan way of life, this is a
good basic guideline, and worth the price.

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========= Cauldron Info

The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum was founded in December 1997 to
provide a friendly but serious discussion area for Pagans on the
Internet. We've grown a bit over the years. We now have an active
message area, a large web site with around 700 pages of
information (including over 300 book and divination deck
reviews), and a monthly email newsletter. To continue to provide
and expand these services, The Cauldron needs lots of volunteer
help from our members and supporters.

Here are some of the things members and supporters can do to help
The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum thrive:

===== Actively Participate In Our Message Board

While our new message board welcomes readers, we encourage
members to actively participate by posting their comments and
views in our discussions. One of the easiest ways to help The
Cauldron is to actively participate in our message board. The
staff especially appreciates members who start new topics for
discussion based on their own questions, opinions, or interests.


===== Articles! Essays! Tutorials!

We are in constant need of original, well-written and accurate
articles, essays, tutorials, and other written items for both our
web site and for our Cauldron and Candle newsletter. There's no
real limit on length for web site articles. 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

Non-Wiccan material is stressed not because we don't want Wiccan
material but because good non-Wiccan material has been hard to
find. We have a web form you can use to submit an article for
consideration: http://www.ecauldron.net/bnbarticleform.php

===== Book Reviews

While The Cauldron receives some review copies from a couple of
Pagan publishers, there are many books that can only be reviewed
on our web site if a member has a copy and writes a good,
objective review. The Cauldron is interested in reviews on the
more academic books used by reconstructionist Pagan religions as
well as on the books one finds on the Pagan/New Age shelf in the
bookstore. We have a web form you can use to submit a book review
for consideration: http://www.ecauldron.net/bnbbkreviewform.php

===== Graphic Assistance

The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum is purposely a low graphics site as
we value page download speed over flashy graphics. However, we
are always willing to talk with artists who have ideas for
well-designed small graphics (small in both physical dimensions
and file size) that might enhance a specific article or page.

===== Invite Your Friends

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The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum useful, please tell them about our
site. If you are active in our message board and have friends who
might enjoy them or have information to contribute, please invite

===== Link To The Cauldron

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site is a big help. Our Link to this Site page explains how you
can do this if you need help or want some simple graphic buttons
to use: http://www.ecauldron.net/linktous.php

===== Amazon Purchases

The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum also receives a small percentage
(usually 5%) from most items purchased from Amazon.com when you
go to Amazon.com from one of the links to Amazon on our web site.
If you purchase a lot of books, CDs, and other items from
Amazon.com as many members do, going to Amazon.com through one of
our links when you are going to make a purchase there is a
painless way to help fund this web site.


If you are a regular user of the US version of Amazon, you can
help The Cauldron by replacing the URL of your ebay bookmark in
your browser with the above link so that TC gets credit every
time you visit Amazon.com.

To do this in Internet Explorer or Firefox, find Amazon in your
bookmark list. RIGHT click on it and select Properties from the
popup menu which will appear. A dialog box describing your
bookmark will appear. You'll see the standard Amazon url --
probably http://www.amazon.com/ -- in an edit box (labeled
"Location" in FireFox and "URL" in IE). Erase that url completely
and replace with one listed above, then click on OK.

If you use Amazon UK, you can use this address


If you use Amazon Canada, you can use this addess:


===== Pagan Supplies Purchases

You can now order from Meta Pot via our affiliate
links and get the items you need while helping to fund TC (at no
extra cost to you). You can go to this page -- Buy Pagan Supplies
-- to start shopping. If you like Meta Pot, please bookmark our
Buy Pagan Supplies page and use it to shop from so we get credit
for your purchases.

* Buy Pagan Supplies

They have a wide variety of Pagan Supplies as this list of Meta
Pot item categories shows:

    * 3 x 6.5 Inches Pillar Candles
    * 7 Knob Candles
    * Altar Cloths
    * Amulets & Talismans
    * Anklets
    * Anna Riva Oils
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    * Bumper Stickers N-Z
    * Candle Holders
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    * Charmed Ritual Candles
    * Cloaks & Cologne
    * Crystal Balls and Runes
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    * Incense Sticks by Others
    * Incense Sticks by Us
    * Indian Oils
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    * Necklaces
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    * Other Candles
    * Other Wiccan Jewelry
    * Patches
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    * Pins
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    * Ritual Kits
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    * Scented Votive Candles
    * Smoking Herbs
    * Smudge Sticks
    * Statues
    * Taper Candles
    * Tea Bags & Strainers
    * Unscented Votive Candles
    * Wands, Brooms, Mirrors
    * Writing Tools
    * Ziplock Herbal Storage Bags

Remember, click on the "Buy Pagan Supplies" in the left hand menu
of any The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum web page to visit Meta Pot and
The Cauldron will get credit for any purchases you make.

===== Have Questions or Suggestions?

If you have specific questions, proposals or other ideas we
haven't mentioned here, please email them to
rssapphire00@ecauldron.GETRIDOFEME.com. (Unfortunately, Randall
has to answer general "Tell me more?" type questions with a
request for a more specific question. He's not trying to be rude,
he just can't think of anything general and useful to say that
isn't said here.)

========= (Including how to subscribe and unsubscribe)

Cauldron and Candle is a free publication of The Cauldron: A
Pagan Forum. The Cauldron intends to publish this newsletter once
a month and often actually succeeds in doing so. We tried to
publish it twice a month for a while, but real life interfered
too often.

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