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Issue #108 -- July 2012

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In this Issue:

[00] Editorial Notes: Restarting Newsletters
[01] Cauldron News
   * Cauldron Web Site Changes
   * New SIG: The Mystery-Builder's SIG
   * Forum Members Publish Books
[02] Interesting Recent Cauldron Discussions
   * Finding a path without the male/female binary...
   * Spiritual Exercises?
   * Eating Locally as a Relational Practice
   * Building Outdoor Ritual Space
   * Mixing Traditions and/or Practices?
   * Gender Roles and Religion?
   * The Good-Enough Tool and the Right Tool (for Magic)
   * Cleansing Rituals without Smoke/Incense?
   * Visiting That God At His House And Other Stories
   * Magical Systems?
   * Why do so many people misinterpret the Rede?
   * Oathbound?
   * God/desses and Capitalization
[03] Phyllis Vega's Astro Talk: The Moon in Astrology
[04] Flamekeeping: Sacred Body, Sacred Soul
[05] Articles and Reviews
   * Crafting House Protection Spells
   * The Three Elements in Druidic Ritual
   * Review: Traveller's Guide to the Duat
   * Review: What thou wilt: Traditional and Innovative trends in
     Post-Gardnerian Witchcraft
   * Review: Whisper of Stone: Modern Canaanite Religion
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===== The Cauldron Web Site Changes

After many attempts to modernize the ancient HTML (some of it from
1998) on our multi-thousand page website, we have finally hity upon
a method that seem to be working. All our old material is on our
www.ecauldron.net site in with whatever HTML and look it is has had
always had. All new material appears on our www.ecauldron.com site.

If you do not watch the address bar of your browser, you may not
notice this as we have tried hard to intergrate the two sites in to
one site through our site menus and other navigation features.
However, you certainly will notice that different sections of our
web site look different -- sometimes very different.

Our new site uses a CMS. This allows multiple people to work on it.
In theory, at least, as I'm the still the only person currently
working on the main site. Some material from the old site has been
moved to the new site, the collection of back issues of this
newsletter for example. More material from the older site will be
moved as time permits, although it will probably take years to move
it all over. In most cases, this will be transparent to users with
pages on the old site automatically redirecting your browser to the
material on the new site. However, in some cases, you may be
redirected to an index page where you will need to select the
specific article you were looking for instead of directly to the
new page on the new site.

Switching to a CMS also allows us to set up "sub-sites" for Special
Interest Groups that wish to have them. These sites are maintained
by the leaders and members of the SIG in question. Currently, the
following SIGs have their own "sub-site":

Hazel & Oak SIG:

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===== New SIG: The Mystery-Builder's SIG

Many ancient religions speak of the Mysteries - the
transformational experiences that cannot be conveyed by
explanation, only by oneself going through the transition. This
crops up in modern paganism as well, both with the development of
mystery religions and with questions of whether - and how - one
might be able to revive the things which were lost in significant
part because they could not be recorded.

We may be called to pursue relationships with deities who may not
be well-recorded in surviving sources, for a variety of reasons.
When gathering that information, we can only turn to those deities
themselves for advice and knowledge. We may be trying to articulate
profound experiences, or build a structure to induce those
experiences. We may be forging a new path or trying to rediscover
an old one.

This SIG is for discussion of the practicalities of this sort of
work. Among its potential topics are: learning how to make contact
with spirits, deities, and other powers in order to learn from or
about them; developing ritual work and other tools that can provide
people with comparable and consistent experiences; finding methods
to travel reliably in various otherworlds; and discussion of books,
classes, and resources that address these topics in ways the
participants find useful.

The Mystery-Builder's SIG is visible to all registered members of
our message board (provided they are logged in). It is not visible
to guests.

===== Forum Members Publish Books

Two of our forum members have published books since our last

Darkhawk's Traveller's Guide to the Duat has been published by
Megalithica Books. From the book description on the Megalithica
Books web site:

    Planning a trip to the Egyptian spirit world?

    Like any responsible traveller, you want to know something
    about the history, geography, and politics of your destination.
    You want to know what documents you need to have in order for
    customs and immigration, what precautions to take, how to book
    a boat tour, where to stay, what to eat, and when you’ll get
    the most interesting sightseeing opportunities.

    The Traveller’s Guide to the Duat is your guidebook to the
    spirit world of ancient Egypt, inspired by The Egyptian Book of
    the Dead. Laced through its humorous presentation you will find
    extensive information about ancient Egyptian religion and
    magical practice - from the etheric anatomy of the human soul
    to what colour to make your protection amulets, and from the
    history of creation to the rites of judgment held in the Hall
    of Two Truths. Renditions of ancient spells in modern poetry
    mark each section, showing the ancient magical texts in a new

    The Beautiful West awaits! Book your tour today!

Traveller's Guide to the Duat can be purchased on Amazon via this


HeartShadow's Kindling Our Stars: Nurturing Bright and Dark Flames
is available from Lulu. From the book description on the Lulu web

    This book of essays lays out the essence of FlameKeeping, the
    creation of Genevieve Wood. It is not a religion, but a
    philosophy that can either stand alone or be used in
    conjunction with other spiritual paths. She defines the Bright
    and Dark Flames, discusses keeping them in balance, and then
    offers thought-provoking essays about using this framework in
    everyday life. Covering topics from creating a FlameKeeping-
    based society to being comfortable with one's self (alone, but
    not lonely) to raising children with the precepts of this
    framework to dealing with societal parasites, this is a
    practical workbook designed to help readers probe their own
    worldview and discover deeper answers via prompts at the end of
    each essay. She also sets forth the concept of a Wayfinder, one
    who asks the questions that lead people to investigate
    themselves and their surroundings within a FlameKeeping
    mindset. Ms. Wood challenges readers to add to the Flame, not
    merely warm themselves with it.

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===== Finding a path without the male/female binary...

All the pagan and wicca or sub-wicca paths and books I'm reading
seem to have a very strong gender binary at the heart of things.
God and Goddess. It's there in the wheel of the year, it's there in
the high-ritual-qabala I'm reading, and so on.

I don't believe Male and Female are these two essential poles, and
I don't believe they have these innate qualities, like water/fire,
or active/passive. While they are admittedly powerful symbols, they
are not symbols I want to support.

On the contrary - I do a lot of feminist work around breaking down
"women are like X but men are like X" stereotypes, and lots of
queer activism too, with people who are genderqueer, genderfluid,
agendered and so on. It seems ridiculous to revere a concept
religiously which I fight against in real life, and two enshrine
two genders as most important when, to me at least, they're not.

I know there are individual deities who are queer-er or
gendercomplex, but the new age frameworks for revering them - at
least, the ones which are widely available - all default back to
male candle/female candle stuff. I'm not at a point where I can
freewheel, I need 101ish resources to give me groundings.

Any path suggestions? Book suggestions? Ways of approaching the
resources I have to create something which isn't in violation of my
value system?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Spiritual Exercises?

I know people do it with yogurt and tai chi and a few other things,
and was wondering if anyone had some spiritual exercises they
wanted to share?

Spiritual connection is so intimate and individual at times, that I
think there must be some very different ways that people do this
with exercise that I have never considered.

As for me, finding spiritual connection through cycling was
something that just happened. I didn't start riding as a spiritual
endeavor, but sure enough, the turning of the wheels got me
thinking. But it wasn't until I began cycling through woods (we
have a great paved trail here constructed over an abandoned train
line that runs through the woods off farm fields) that I began to
purposefully use that time and movement in a religious kind of way.
Seeing the season turn as I make my wheels turn. It's hard to
explain the feelings I get.

There are 4-5 months when I cannot ride and then I walk with the
same purpose in mind even through snow. It's not as easy on the
joints, but I've been addicted for years to both the spiritual
connections, but likely the endorphins too (only get that rush with
the cycling though).

The original purpose was to get more healthy in body, but it turned
out to do wonders for my spirituality and my depression. Though not
a cure for the latter, it has helped me as a coping tool sometimes.

I have a friend who does pottery as spiritual exercise. I was
surprised at the amount of physicality that went into it from start
to finish. And he also has said the spinning wheel was one of the
first things that prompted him to think deeply coincidentally. He
uses a kick wheel even when the electric ones are available,
something about doing that he's said is simultaneously hypnotic and

Anybody have any exercises they do that have turned out to be or
started as spiritual connections?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Eating Locally as a Relational Practice

I spend a lot of time thinking about the theology of food. (In
significant part because the culture I live in is so fucked up
about food that if I could address that with healthy theology it
would be amazing, heh.)

In Kemetic thought, food is related to a lot of things, but
importantly it is etymologically linked to the vital life-energy
soul, the ka. Nourishing the ka is one of the things that happens
when we make offerings (a bit of offering liturgy is "may your ka
be fed"), and so on. Further, as social primates, food and sharing
food is part of how we build and support relationships. This is not
a small thing to spend some braincycles on.

A week or two ago, I had a sudden comment that - as food is
basically a bloodflow of a community - and as we subscribe to a
farm share in part because of supporting community farms and so on
- that perhaps this process is part of building relationship with
the land spirits within a community. And rambling about the way the
heavily shipment-oriented food supply kind of distributes the land
we can connect to in this particular intimate and intense way,
because it's just too big. (I think I was not making enough sense
to be either convincing or coherent at the time.)

So of course I'm puttering along with this notion in my head, and
reading Orion Foxwood's Faery Teachings a few days later and
there's a note in there about how people form relationships with
land spirits through eating food that was cultivated on that land.

Has anyone else thought about this sort of thing?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Building Outdoor Ritual Space

While a lot of pagan religions do a great deal with the temporary
and portable, such as circle-casting, a lot of others would have,
at least originally, had some sort of dedicated space for ritual
work, and some of those spaces were located outside.

What sorts of factors would you consider if you were able to build
outdoor space? (Privacy, ancient models for what you're doing,
different pagan religions, alignments with the stars or directions,

What would you build? What materials, structures, other symbols
would you want to use?

What else might be involved?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Mixing Traditions and/or Practices?

I'm getting a bit annoyed by the lack of a coherent magical and/or
spiritual foundation in my practice.

I have never been comfortable with a whole tradition, and happy
with doing things my own way. Recently I started reading about
Chaos magic and it felt like things started coming together. Using
what works seems like a good idea, but i believe in a lot of
different things that I'm not prepared to throw away just because
something more interesting comes along.

I'm trying to get all my beliefs and practices to fit together but
it's very difficult. Not having a solid foundation makes me doubt
what I'm doing is right. On the other hand I can't just pick a
magical system because there always seem to be things that I don't
agree with.

Does anyone else have this problem?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Gender Roles and Religion?

Do you feel religion influences gender roles? Or is it just
tradition? If this is in the wrong section, please relocate it.

I keep running into conflicts around gender roles. My family owns a
fair-sized farm and I would like nothing more than to one day buy
into the farm (saving all my money to buy shares). I planned most
of my life around that farm. But I keep getting told a woman can't
run a farm herself, that I must marry to farm. I should make it
clear, I do not have any brothers and both my sisters can't get
away from the farm fast enough.

The main argument is that I am not physically strong or skilled
enough for some of the harder work. The whole argument reappeared
recently when I tore up my shoulder. It's now more than likely
permanently damaged. It doesn't stop me. I can do the work
especially now that technology has made certain chores easier.

Why do such views still prevail today? Are they influenced by
religion (Christianity in my area)? I feel like a cow being sized
up at market if I go to a local event and word gets out I'm single
again. Don't care to recall the number of proposed arranged
marriages I've heard. It's like those boys only see the land I
might come with (there's no guarantee, not in life anyway). Add in
perssure from the older women (Still single?! Honey, you can't farm
without a man! Women belong in the kitchen not in the barn, etc)
and half of the time I think we're living somewhere in the 1940s,
not 2012!

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== The Good-Enough Tool and the Right Tool (for Magic)

Early in my training with my teacher, I was given an assignment:
adopt a couple of certain forms of psychic cleansing and
protection, drawn from folk magic sources primarily. This was
something that I wrestled with constantly; I found something that
somewhat appealed to me, and I tried to make it work, and indeed,
it worked, kind of, sort of.

Some time later, I came back to this assignment with something like
dread, as I feared being unable to find somethign that really
worked, like all the tools - perfectly sufficient to the task -
were an outfit that just didn't fit right, or which, while fitting,
were just not attractive to wear. And I found an idea, chased a
thought sideways, put a little twist on it, and found something
perfect. And when I shared what I'd done with my teacher, she said
that it was pretty awesome.

This is something that happens to me a lot - I have something
that's good enough (usually something that works a good deal better
than that particular assignment!), and I'm content with it, and
don't think I need to go any further with it. I have an adequate
tool, a perfectly good methodology and technique, or whatever.

And usually, I do - I mean, I have my ritual cup sitting on my
nightstand right now. It's nothing hugely special, it holds water
just fine in a good quantity for my needs, it has a pleasant shape
and meets my quirks for wanting such a thing. But I don't have any
illusion that it's anything beyond good enough for my purposes.
It's possible there exists a cup out there that is mindblowingly
amazing for me. (I suspect in the real world I'll make one when my
studio works.) This ain't it. But it does what I need it to.

I'm not a very heavy tool user, at least not in my head. But I look
around, and I see the collection of scarves I use for one set of
protection magic, the perfume bottle I use for another bit of
protection magic, I see my aforementioned cup, I note that the
tools I put away so that the Celt's mother wouldn't see them
haven't been put back where they belong... So I think my head is
wrong on this. And some of my tools are good enough. And some of
them are The Right Tool.

Does anyone else understand what I'm talking about here? How many
of your tools are good enough, and how many of them are Right? How
do you know when a tool is The Right Tool? How does it affect your
magic to work with something that precisely attuned? Can you make a
good enough tool into a Right Tool? How?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Cleansing Rituals without Smoke/Incense?

I am looking for cleansing rituals that can be used for houses and
tarot cards, but they have to be ones that do not include smoke or
incense of any kind. Everyone in my house has sensitive noses,
allergies, and asthma, not to mention there's a puppy and a baby in
the house right now. Any suggestions or resources I could look to?
Also, any suggestions on talking to house spirits? I have the
ghosts of family members in the house and I get the feeling they
don't like that I'm not a Christian anymore. Not to mention they
seem to occasionally scare my nephew, who is the baby I mentioned
above. Please and thank you!

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Visiting That God At His House And Other Stories

So here's a topic that's on my mind, and I know there are folks
around here who deal with either completely lore-lost or not-well-
attested deities, so hey, it might even be a useful conversation.

So every so often, folks want to deal with a deity other than the
Big Ones, the ones that have a lot of information kicking around
(whether that's a lot of archaeological evidence, or a lot of
recorded stories and references, or even a lot of UPG). Sometimes
the information is a name and a department, or maybe a couple of
scattered references; sometimes not even that. A face that may not
even be intended as divine in an archaeological dig; a personal
connection to someone unknown; an allusion that clearly points
somewhere, but no clear sense on how to follow up on it.

I was talking last night with one of the folks I regularly talk
religion with, and my comment was something along the lines of,
"Yeah, if I want to work with this god, I guess I need to go visit
him at his house." Of course, that's the end of practical mysticism
skills that I'm pretty much least confident about....

(And I know I'm on the lucky end of this kind of Obscure Deity
Quest. Archaeowiki has an entry on him! (Though archaeowiki appears
to be down, Wayback had it.) It had two sources cited! I already
owned one of them! I could look up all the ancient texts cited as
mentioning him in anything I could find on the web in books I had!
And ... okay. Now what? Sigh.)

So: more obscure powers. Thoughts, experiences, commentaries.
Whether it involves visiting them at their house or not.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Magical Systems?

What are some of the Magical systems that yall use? I'm just trying
to get an idea of what is out there and what people us.

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Why do so many people misinterpret the Rede?

I've been wondering for years... why do so many people misinterpret
the Rede? We've discussed it's meaning to death here several times
over the years. Those of us who didn't just read a book yesterday
know it doesn't mean "Harm None" and know it doesn't generally
apply to non-Wiccan paths. We know that it doesn't mete out
consequences for any actions that may cause harm, or even define
what harm is.

Where are people getting these misconceptions? Is it crappy
beginner books? Is it misinformed Big Name Pagans? I'd like to
know, because it doesn't seem to make much difference how many
times I (and other Wiccans here) refute the common
misconceptions... they just keep turning up like a bad penny.

Note: I'm looking to discuss the spread of the misconceptions, and
not necessarily the misconceptions themselves. Like I said, we've
hashed them to death, so there are lots of good threads out there
discussing that part. But if the thread drifts, the thread

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== Oathbound?

I am interested in what people think about oath bound materials and
traditions. The exclusivity of information is a very complicated
idea. Certainly, some oath bound traditions still hold very close
with those codes, but others not so much.

My curiosity was sparked because I needed to find out more about
Heredom. (Woke up saying it as part of a phrase.) And within a week
or so of mentioning that I'd like to read about it, I had someone
offering to give me some oath bound books. I was asked to return
them to a lodge when I was finished with them or destroy them, no
big deal made.

I was a little surprised that it took no more than asking to get
information, but upon hearing some old men discuss the backlashes
of secrecy, I kind of understand why they would have mixed feelings
and how it wasn't a big deal to give me the materials. I asked if
they were concerned about people using the idea of silence in an
organization to mentally or physically abusive ends, and was told
by a couple that it offended them that the idea of confidentiality
was used to scam people out of money all over tarnation.

And since some here are of oath bound traditions and many others
know about them and have interesting opinions, I thought I'd pose a
few questions here:

What is/are some of the most secretive organizations
(nongovernmental) magical, philosophical, social and why would you
classify them this way?

Do you think this kind of secrecy is effective in whatever its
purpose is stated to be?

What are some of the drawbacks to this kind of silence that you
have heard of or experienced?

Have you had any experiences with these kinds of organizations that
you care to share? As in what did it do for you? Is it something
you'd recommend?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

===== God/desses and Capitalization

So, as per usual I was searching around on the thread, and noticed
that some people capitalize both the name(s) of their god/desses,
and the third person pronouns tied into the sentences (e.g. I
follow Odin. I love Him and all of His principles...). Personally,
I don't do this, even for the Christian Yahweh. The god/desses I
follow have never shown any preference for it. But I'm curious. Do
you do this? If so, what is you're reasoning behind it? If not, why
don't you?

* Read (or join in) this discussion:

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

The Moon’s position in the natal chart is extremely significant,
and second only in importance to the placement of the Sun. The Moon
is the place to look when seeking the private side of an
individual, the person that others don’t see. Your birth Moon shows
how you come across emotionally. Your Moon’s sign is about the ways
you express and deal with your feelings. It signifies unconscious
patterns of behavior, and reflects the types of relationships you
are likely to form and how you interact with the people around you.

If you don’t know your Moon sign, you can generate a free birth
chart on the internet at Café Astrology:

Your Sun sign describes your façade, the outer you and how you
present yourself to others. Your Moon sign describes your inner
nature and interior hidden self. When you understand a person’s
Moon’s sign, you gain greater insight into that individual’s needs,
moods, and sensitivities. Because the Moon influences your deepest
thoughts and fantasies and illuminates your innermost feelings, its
sign shows what you really care about in life, and what you will be
happiest doing or being.

The Moon represents the feminine or yin principle. The domain of
the Moon is the subconscious mind and its relationship to emotions,
instincts, habits, intuition, psychic ability, dreams, and
memories. The Moon’s rulership includes women, conception,
pregnancy, birth, childhood experience, emotional security, home,
family, and the public. The archetypes connected to the lunar
principal are the goddess, the mother, the queen, and the nurturer.

Like the Sun signs, the Moon signs are grouped by the three modes
of being (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable) and the four elements (Fire,
Earth, Air, Water).

The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) initiate
change. Fast moving and goal oriented they make things happen, and
then they often lose interest and move on to something new.

The Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are tenacious and
determined. They complete, solidify, consolidate, and preserve the
changes initiated by the Cardinal signs.

The Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) are flexible
and adaptable. They take what the Cardinal signs have designed and
the Fixed signs have built, and fine tune, alter, and adjust it to
fit changing circumstances.

The Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are fiery, enthusiastic,
passionate, energetic, and impulsive. Although filled with
vitality, they work and play so hard that they can easily burn
themselves out.

The Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are down-to-earth,
practical, careful, and efficient. Although they are grounded and
extremely well focused, they tend to be over-cautious and
stubbornly resistant to change.

The Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are intellectual,
communicative, sociable, and intuitive. Innovative ideas are their
forte, but they are often more concerned with probing and
understanding theoretical concepts than seeking practical
applications for their discoveries.

The Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are compassionate,
imaginative, impressionable, artistic, and psychic. They tune into
emotions the way other signs tune into radio or TV stations.
Although their empathy makes them want to help everyone, it can
also make them feel defenseless and vulnerable.

=== Aries Moon Sign - Impulsive

Aries demands a great deal of personal freedom and you vigorously
resist attempts to dominate or tie you down. As a natural rebel you
prefer making your own rules to living under other people’s
restrictions. You don’t much care about the opinion of others, and
almost never follow advice when it’s offered. Since diplomacy is
not your strong suit, you generally come right out and say whatever
you are thinking. As a born leader you thoroughly enjoy the
authority and responsibility that goes along power, but what you
really seek is total dominion over yourself and your own interests.

Ardent Aries loves passionately and with a whole heart. However,
you tend to view love as another of life’s exciting adventures. For
as long as it lasts your romance may be quite idyllic, with days
that are filled with fun and nights filled with pleasure. However,
when love dwindles into ordinariness you quickly grow bored and
restless. Once you decide that an alliance is finished, your
inclination is to end it as quickly as possible and take off in
search of new experiences.

=== Taurus Moon Sign - Tenacious

In Taurus the Moon may be even better placed than in its own sign
Cancer, because the stability of fixed-earth steadies and calms the
erratic lunar influence. This Moon emphasizes the material side of
life, and you enjoy all of its comforts including lovemaking, good
food and drink, art and music, and relaxing in pleasant
surroundings. Sensual and romantic, Taurus thrives on physical
contact; no lover of yours is likely to want for affection or

You don’t do well under pressure and can’t be rushed or forced into
anything. When pushed to your limits, you respond by digging your
heels in and becoming incredibly stubborn. However, once you settle
on something or someone you rarely change your mind. Since you
don’t enter into relationships lightly, when you make a promise or
commitment you stick to it.

Your proud nature makes it difficult for you deal with slights and
rejection. Bulls may forgive, but they rarely forget. Your
propensity for bearing grudges makes you waste precious time and
energy by doggedly hanging on to the memory of old resentments
engendered by personal insults and disappointments.

=== Gemini Moon Sign – Clever

In lively Gemini the Moon’s influence becomes somewhat erratic.
Lunar twins have keenly developed imaginations and minds that
appear to be permanently stuck in overdrive. Mentally you are the
“Fast Freddy” of the zodiac, and no other sign is a quicker study,
or processes information faster. A born critic, with an inclination
toward loquaciousness, your tendency is to analyze everything and
then discuss what you’ve discovered with anyone who will listen.
Your skills as a speaker and writer make you a perfect fit for any
career where communication plays a major role, such as journalist,
broadcaster, teacher, actor, salesperson, or preacher.

Although you take great pride in your own self-sufficiency, you are
essentially a “people person” and love nothing more than getting
out and spending time with friends and acquaintances. You like
being where the action is, and you hate to think that you might be
missing out on anything important. A walking encyclopedia of
information with an affable open manner and the ability to converse
with anyone on any subject, you are a welcome addition to any party
or gathering. Like a chameleon you have knack for blending in with
any crowd, causing some to label you superficial and others to
wonder whether or not they actually know you at all.

=== Cancer Moon Sign – Emotional

The Moon is in its natural home in Cancer, the sign of its
rulership. Lunar crabs are nurturing, creative, imaginative,
patient, and intuitive, but also very, very sensitive. Members of
this sign are among the most emotional in the zodiacal family, and
also the most easily wounded by perceived slights and rebuffs. You
are extremely self-protective, and although you are strongly
motivated by your emotions, you are also afraid of them.

You rarely show your depth of feeling openly, preferring to hide
your vulnerability behind the protective façade of your crab shell.
Thus it is often difficult for people to understand where you are
coming from, or know where they really stand with you.

Those born under this influence are strongly impressionable with an
artistic temperament that works best when allowed to function at
its own pace. You cherish the past, and have an extremely retentive
memory and the ability to store away impressions, reactions,
feelings, and information until the time comes for you to put them
to use. Many artists, artisans, chefs, musicians, actors, poets,
historians, antiquarians, and teachers were born under this Moon

=== Leo Moon Sign – Dramatic

Many of the Moon’s natural characteristics are modified or
nullified in Leo, the astrological home of the Sun. Here the Moon’s
power is stable, positive, and upbeat, and even its shadowy side
seems less dark than in other signs. Lunar Leos command respect,
and are optimistic and ambitious with an instinctive urge to rule.
They don’t like being told what they can and can’t do, and they
generally function best in positions of authority.

Naturally extroverted and dramatic, you gravitate toward center
stage and bask in the attention, admiration, and applause of your
audience. Your warm, generous nature wins people over, and your
easy-going charm and wonderful sense of humor keeps them interested
and entertained. You have a flair for the dramatic and performing
comes naturally to you. When nothing is happening that you find
interesting or amusing, you may try to raise everyone’s spirits by
playing some music, singing a song, recounting a dramatic incident,
or telling a joke or funny story.

=== Virgo Moon Sign – Practical

The shifting, changing effects of the Moon are much less evident in
the steadfast sign of Virgo. Stable, serious in outlook, and modest
in demeanor, your mental powers are especially keen and you have an
intelligent, thoughtful way of looking at things. You bring a sense
of professionalism to everything you do, and could find success in
virtually any occupation that demands accuracy, precision, and a
keen eye for detail. Your practical realism makes you good at
business and managing money, and your concern for security keeps
you focused on long-term goals rather than immediate profits.

You have a discriminating mind and a critical nature that
automatically questions everything you see and hear. Your approach
to life is closely allied to your practical, pragmatic outlook.
Basically you are skeptic who rarely accepts anything at face
value, and you carefully sift through information and ideas
searching for kernels of truth. Lunar Virgos are more practical
than scholarly. You consider the pursuit of knowledge merely for
the sake of learning a waste of precious time, preferring to focus
on subjects that are useful.

=== Libra Moon Sign – Practical

The cardinality of this sign energizes the more tranquil
characteristics of the Moon. Lunar Libras are ambitious, but
somewhat slower to react than members of the other cardinal signs.
Still, despite occasional bouts of laziness, you manage to motivate
yourself enough to accomplish your personal goals. Scales are
especially good at strategizing and planning projects, but often
get bored before the actual work is completed. However, your
specialty is teamwork and cooperation and you’re usually able to
charm someone into helping you finish the job.

As the sign of esthetic perception, Libra accentuates the Moon’s
allure of glamour and enchantment. The scales appreciation for
beauty and all the finer things in life is unmatched by any other
sign. You have a keen artistic sense, and an instinctive
understanding of music, dance, art, drama, and literature. Many
born under this influence have considerable talent along these
lines, and you could be a professional artist or entertainer, or
simply a patron of the arts.

=== Scorpio Moon Sign - Penetrating

This is generally considered a difficult lunar placement, because
Scorpio’s intensity exerts a powerful influence over the emotional
nature of the Moon. Your Scorpio Moon endows you with a deep-seated
need for transformation and rebirth. Yours is a fighting spirit,
with tremendous determination and a strong instinct for survival.
Your specialty is recovering from setbacks that might devastate a
less tenacious individual. You have an uncanny ability for bouncing
back from failure, defeat, disappointment, illness, and even the
very threshold of death’s door.

Lunar scorpions are able to concentrate their energies and focus on
their objectives with a passion that sometimes approaches
obsession. Always interested in what lies beneath the surface, your
instinctive urge is to keep digging until you get to the bottom of
things. This is an excellent placement for researchers, detectives,
physicians, anthropologists, engineers, occultists, and

=== Sagittarius Moon Sign – Enthusiastic

Sagittarius is a dual sign represented by the centaur, a
mythological creature with the upper torso of a human growing out
of the body of a horse. The Sagittarian centaur is usually depicted
with feet firmly planted on the ground, and holding a bow and arrow
pointed upwards toward the heavens. The duality of your nature
comes from the split between your earthy animal instincts on the
one hand, and your philosophical, rational mind on the other.

In Sagittarius the Moon is restless and unsettled in mind and body.
Its archetype is the wanderer who explores both the material world
and the realm of ideas. You require a great deal of personal
freedom in order to fulfill your goals and follow your dreams.
Typically archers love to travel and meet new and interesting
people. A lover of nature and the outdoors, you thrive on lots of
exercise and constant activity. Yours is an impatient, adventurous
spirit that impels you to rush headlong into any enterprise,
situation, or relationship that sparks your enthusiasm.

=== Capricorn Moon Sign – Ambitious

The sensitive, ever-changing Moon is basically ill at ease in
Capricorn’s cool, controlled environment of rules and regulations.
Naturally serious, industrious, and ambitious, you tend to place
practical considerations ahead of emotional ones. In relationships
you keep your feelings tightly under wraps until you know whether
or not you are on solid ground with the other person. However, once
committed you make a loyal, devoted, dependable mate, lover, or
friend. Emotionally you aren’t very demonstrative, but you show you
that you care by taking responsibility for your loved ones and
providing for their financial and material needs.

Lunar goats are efficient, responsible, cautious, and mature in
attitude and outlook. You set long-term goals, and pursue them with
relentless, and sometimes obsessive persistence. Your tenacity and
strength of will are such that you consider no obstacle or
challenge too great for you to overcome. Your staying power is
unparalleled, and your willingness to work hard and put in long
hours mean that sooner or later you will achieve the respect,
recognition, and power that’s so important to you.

=== Aquarius Moon Sign – Unpredictable

The Moon is not particularly comfortable in fixed, intellectual
Aquarius. Naturally cool headed and cerebral, reason is your god,
and your basic focus is a mental one. You distrust instincts,
feelings, and emotions as being way too messy and irrational.
Although outwardly friendly and sociable, at heart you are a loner.
Lunar Aquarians are the quintessential outsiders. Your
unconventional outlook and eccentric, unpredictable behavior make
it difficult for you to “fit in”, and at times you may suffer from
inner feelings of loneliness.

As a life-long student of human nature, you’re extremely observant
of other people’s action. Although especially adept at analyzing
everyone else’s motivations, when it comes to your own you’re often
totally clueless as to why you do the things you do. Despite your
innate emotional detachment (or possibly because of it), your forte
is counseling and helping others. Career fields generally
associated with this Moon sign include psychology, sociology,
medicine, teaching, community service, and astrology.

=== Pisces Moon Sign – Imaginative

Both the Moon and the sign Pisces are about dreams and emotions,
and the lunar fish is the archetypal dreamer of the zodiac. Much of
the time you inhabit a fantasy world of your own creation. Romantic
and idealistic in the extreme, you rarely look at things straight
on, or see them for what they really are. You prefer viewing life
through a pair of rose-colored glasses, to dealing with its harsh

Psychic ability, intuition, imagination, strong creative talents,
and a deep fascination with everything mysterious are closely
linked to this placement. You flourish in a creative environment,
and you either have artistic abilities of your own, or a great love
and appreciation for the arts. Typically members of this sign are
deeply spiritual, although their faith is often more mystical than
religious. Careers associated with the Moon in Pisces include:
artists, musicians, dancers, poets, actors, filmmakers, fashion
consultants, interior designers, florists, chefs, nurses,
psychologists, practitioners of alternative medicine, and spiritual

=== About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a practicing astrologer and tarot reader and has
been a New Age counselor and teacher for 37 years. The author of
eleven books, including the soon to be released What Your Birthday
Reveals About Your Sex Life (Adams Media). Contact Phyllis via
email at pvega@bellsouth.net or through her website at
http://phyllisvega.geocities.com/. Astrology and Tarot columns and
other works by Phyllis are archived at

Phyllis Vega's Astro Talk copyright (c) 2012 by Phyllis Vega. All
rights reserved.

========= 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:


===== Sacred Body, Sacred Soul

I speak a lot about the individual being sacred, but not exactly
what that entails.

We are holy, body and soul. (of course, so is everyone else). How
we treat ourselves directly affects how we are able to treat others
and how well the Divine flows through us. When we treat ourselves
as though we are garbage, we lose the ability to improve ourselves
or the Universe around us. When we treat ourselves well, we can
grow and improve the Universe.

How do we treat ourselves well? Part of it’s obvious. We need to
eat right, we need to exercise, we need to care for our bodies. A
sickly body is a time sink, one that requires us to take effort to
care for our body at the expense of things we’d rather be doing. We
take preventative maintenance for our cars, but we sacrifice our
bodies for things we see as more important. Pounds and inches
aren’t what’s important. Health is what matters. We need to find a
place where our bodies are healthy, not losing that last five
pounds or getting that perfect sixpack of abs.

Our minds are also sacred. What we are, in many ways, is our mind.
It’s how we define our personality. And how we treat our minds is
important. It’s easy to fill our minds with garbage, to focus on
nothing of substance because it’s too hard and to treat ourselves
as though we didn’t matter. But that’s harmful, just as harmful as
trying to live off nothing but potato chips. We need to nourish our
minds, to give ourselves things to think about that aren’t just
easy. That doesn’t mean we can’t do anything but read great
literature. But it does mean that we need to be aware of what our
minds focus on, and to take care that we don’t spend our days
thinking about things that cause us harm. We can control our inner
chattering voice, if we’re willing to learn to try. And what we let
that voice say has a big impact on our lives.

It’s difficult to realize how much our minds can be controlled by
ourselves. What we believe, what we think the world should be like,
it affects us. We see the world as we wish it was, as we fear it
is, as anything but the truth. We fill our minds with casual
violence, with casual pain and hatred. These things are poison to
us. The more we think about anger, about pain and hatred, the more
our minds become programmed to think of pain and anger and hatred.
This is not to say these emotions are bad, they are not. Emotions
simply are. But choosing to dwell in them (and it is a choice) can
destroy a person.

We are worthy. We are loved. We are sacred, and of the Divine. We
need to treasure that.

===== Questions:

  * How do you take care of your body? your mind?
  * Do you think you do a good job celebrating your sacred nature?
    Why or why not?
  * How do you love yourself (keep it clean, folks!)? How does that
    self-love interact with your sacredness?

========= 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 terrilewis

House protection spells can be beneficial, whether you feel
threatened in your home or not. These types of spells are not only
used to keep negative energy and evil spirits out of your home, but
can also help in creating a barrier against physical threats and
harm as well.

All protection spells gain extra power if they are cast on a
Saturday, a day ruled by the planet Saturn which is known to govern
over bindings, protection and defensive magick. As for the ritual,
you have a few options – select one that best suits you.

=== Salt and Herbs

Salt is one of the prime ingredients used in house protection
spells, and should be used generously. Coarse sea salt works best,
but you can substitute it for regular table salt if you do not have
the option. The simplest way to protect your house is to pour a
line of salt crystals along your windowsills and doorways, though a
more complex ritual involving other components, such as the
addition of certain herbs, would enhance the power.

Several herbs are more effective than others in exercising
protection magick, and can be incorporated into various spells,
including the salt barrier mentioned above. Some of the most potent
herbs to use in spells are Anise, Rue, Fennel, Witch hazel,
Mistletoe, and Horehound

=== Object Burials

Many spells directed at protecting a home involve burying a
combination of magickal items or ingredients. Placing particular
objects in the earth can create a stable and permanent sphere of
protection around the house.

 *  The Witch Bottle - An age-old house protection spell, the
    witch bottle is a powerful charm that you personally create.
    You need a large jar (glass not plastic) with a tight-fitting
    lid. Using your imagination, you must assemble together a
    medley of sharp, broken items, such as shards of glass or
    mirror, rusty nails, etc. and place the pieces into the jar,
    filling it to the top. Now pour vinegar over the contents,
    screw the lid on tightly, and seal the rim with melted wax. The
    next step is to bury this Witch Bottle in the ground, at the
    front of your house.

 *  Stones and Crystals - If you prefer to work with stones or
    crystals in the performance of your house protection spell,
    black stones such as jet, onyx or obsidian, as well as genuine
    amber, are excellent choices. Bury the selected stone or
    crystal just outside your front door or, if you wish to create
    a large protected area, bury 4 pieces at the cardinal points,
    that is the north, south, east and west corners of your

=== Smudging

For protection within the home rather than outside of it, try the
Native American tradition of smudging. It requires that you burn
herbs or incense, and walk through the house with the smoke
trailing around you. Not only will you create a protective space,
but you will also eliminate any negative energy that may be
dwelling in your house. Use bundles of white sage, or incense
sticks of sandalwood or anise.

Keep in mind that no matter the number of house protection spells
you might cast, it should not deter you from taking the standard
precautions for safety. Keep your doors and windows locked at
night, and have a neighbor watch your home if you are going to be
away for more than a couple of days.

=== Spells to Sell

If you are trying to sell your home, there are some special spells
to sell a house that can really add a boost to your conventional
real estate efforts and help clinch that sale.

One particular spell to sell a house has become quite popular as it
is easy to perform. You will need a statue or image of Saint
Joseph. Granted, it may not be simple to find but some metaphysical
shops and Catholic stores carry them. Now although the procedure
may seem bizarre, it works. You have to bury the statue upside-
down, facing your house, and preferably somewhere outside in the
front lawn, near the door or walkway. You can pray to the Saint if
you wish, but it is not necessary as his image alone will help draw
people to purchase your house. Good Luck!

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===== by Alison Leigh Lilly

   The sun has set, and twilight settles dark over the autumn
   landscape. In another half an hour a harvest moon, swelling but
   not quite full, will rise over the eastern horizon, but for now
   the grove is thick with gray mist and half-seen shadows. In the
   center, a thin white altar cloth drapes a low, square stone; the
   cloth shifts once in a while, ghostly and almost whispering with
   the silent breeze that barely moves the trees. The altar itself
   is decorated with gourds, dried pale aster blossoms and pressed
   fall leaves collected from the local landscape over the past
   week, bringing out subtle shades of yellow, orange, russet and
   deep greens that are, nonetheless, difficult to distinguish in
   the darkness. A small bowl of incense smolders and smokes, its
   scent mingling with the damp late-night fog, and in the center
   of the altar a small lidded cauldron sits waiting, the waters of
   life inside ready to be ignited. When the time is right.

   Suddenly, the strike of a match and a flame flares into life,
   held delicately between the fingers of a white-robed figure.
   Opening the cauldron, she tosses the match inside and within
   seconds a column of fire is dancing and leaping upwards as if
   out of the very womb of darkness, lapping at the round, black
   lip of the iron pot. Flickering light illuminates the entire
   grove, revealing other figures standing poised on the threshold
   of vision, some dressed in white, others in the colors of the
   elements or of the autumnal season. As the cauldron fire grows
   stronger, the center figure raises her arms in a gesture of
   gratitude and exaltation, and those in the surrounding circle do
   likewise. Together, all begin to chant the familiar words of
   prayer, the syllables weaving and repeating, their voices
   cascading over one another in a rising harmony of sound and
   vibration. The energy is palpable, flowing through each tongue
   of fire, grounding in the deep earth and arcing towards the
   celestial realms - and each participant adds their own energy,
   opening themselves to the awareness of connection moving and
   dancing through the grove.

   This is the cosmos recreated, the three realms meeting in a
   center which is everywhere at once.

   The chanting prayer drops suddenly to a slow-whispered awen, and
   the grove falls once more into silence, the only sound that of
   the flames trembling and sizzling on the altar. Everyone waits
   expectedly, their skin shivering with energy, for the ritual to

   "Ritual is poetry in the realm of acts."
   - Ross Nichols, founder of OBOD

What is the purpose of ritual? In many Pagan circles ritual is seen
primarily as a method of magical work or spellcraft, a way of
raising and directing energy for a particular goal. This might take
the form of blessing candles for healing magic, or invoking the
presence of a particular deity to provide guidance or aid for a
specific problem. In Druidry, however, though magic has a role to
play, sacred ritual holds a far more poetic place in both personal
and group spiritual practice. I have written before about the way
poetry connects us to one another through memory, imagination and
creativity, how it reaches beyond the tensions of duality and opens
up in us a sense of metaphor, how it speaks to us of space and
potential that can transcend and reconcile, clarify and illuminate.
Although it can be used for specific magical purposes, Druidic
ritual serves primarily as a way for us to live our poetry in the
world of physical reality as well as in the world of words.

Just as the art of poetry requires a certain set of skills - a
grasp of language, its rhythms and sounds, a strong sense of
concrete sensory details, etc. - the art of ritual has three basic
elements or aspects that a practitioner must come to work with and
know intimately. These aspects echo the Druidic elements of calas,
gwyar and nwyfre, found in everything, everywhere: the form,
stability and solidity of stone, the flow, movement and connection
of blood, and the "breath of life," the energy and life-force of
wind (and fire). Learning how to incorporate all three of these
elements into Druidic ritual helps to ensure a powerful and
meaningful experience, more poignant, authentic and spiritually
fruitful than the kind of melodramatic role-playing that Pagan
ritual can sometimes risk becoming. But more than this, these three
elements serve as symbols, a means of connection and a reminder of
the three elements of calas, gwyar and nwyfre that dwell within all
things. Likewise, by mindfully incorporating these elements in a
way that is beautiful and aesthetically moving, we re-create or
invoke the cosmos within the ritual sacred space - as above, so
below - and so our actions in that space themselves become cosmic
or mythic in meaning. What are these three elements of Druidic
ritual? Put simply, they are: matter, sound, and energy.

The element of calas in Druidry can be understood roughly as
"stone." It is the quality of form: solidity, firmness, stability,
and resistance. It corresponds most closely with the realm of land,
or earth, as that which provides the basis and foundation for
everything else. In the body, you might say that calas is bone, the
hard inner core, the structure and scaffolding, although more
generally it is also the body itself a the physical form, with its
limits and boundaries. In ritual, calas is matter, the physical
materials utilized during the rite. These include the various tools
and decorative elements, such as the altar cloth, offering dishes,
candles, crane bags, wands or oracular stones, as well as the altar
itself. Indeed, the sacred space, or nemeton, of the grove and the
surrounding landscape all play a part in the ritual, for they
provide the physical context for our spiritual activity. The bodies
of the participants, too, are physical aspects of the rite. All of
these things can be considered an aspect of the calas of Druidic
ritual, and they can be engaged in ways that heighten the power and
meaning of a given rite as its performed.

If ritual is poetry in the realm of acts, then the calas, or
physical matter and form, of ritual serves as symbol and metaphor.
While in a poem you might speak of the "fires of inspiration," in
ritual you can choose a way to incorporate a physical flame -
whether a candle, cauldron or bonfire - to represent this concept.
Likewise, a poetic "wellspring of healing" may take the form of a
small bowl of water placed on the altar. Because your body, too, is
part of the ritual's calas, how you interact with and engage this
physical fire or water is also part of the metaphor of the ritual.
Do you leap in unison with the dancing flames, acting out your
receptivity to inspiration and your willingness to incorporate its
energies into your life? Do you drink the cool water, taking
healing literally into yourself in order to cleanse away sickness
or harm?

While many Pagan traditions will emphasize that magic can be done
without any tools whatsoever, entirely through the directing of
energies, ritual is something uniquely embodied and acted out in
the physical world. It celebrates and engages the body and the
world of matter. In this way, it not only involves us as whole
beings, body, heart, mind and soul, but it speaks to the
subconscious in the symbolism of the five senses with which it is
most familiar. And as anyone can tell you who has tried to light a
candle on a windy night, it also puts us in a position to confront
literal as well as spiritual forms of resistance, obstacles and
unexpected circumstances that come with living as embodied beings
in the material world.

The Druidic element of gwyar is understood generally as "water,"
but while calas has a coolness that comes from its stillness, the
"water" of gwyar is warm with movement and flux, and for this
reason it corresponds with the blood of our physical body. Gwyar is
the quality of flow: movement and change, but also exchange,
interconnection and communication. As the waters of the world cycle
through every landscape in the form of rain, mist, oceans and
streams, so gwyar connects and moves through all things, sometimes
bringing vital resources and sometimes washing them away. In
ritual, gwyar takes the form of sound: the voice of chanting,
singing, prayer and invocation, the rhythmic beating of drums or
shaking of rattles, and the music of many different instruments
with potential for ritual use, such as flutes, harps, guitars, and
so on. Anything that makes sound - even our own breathing, or the
noise of our dancing, stamping feet - is part of the gwyar of a
Druidic rite.

Though you might think that sound and voice make more sense as an
aspect of nwyfre, an element of wind and air, if we pause to
consider the nature of sound we see that gwyar is a better fit.
Sound is, after all, a form of vibration, and voice and music move
through the air in ripples and waves, lapping not only at our
eardrums, but humming and flowing through our entire bodies. The
pure ringing tones of a singing bowl can fill a space with its
cleansing voice, like a cool spring bubbling up from the earth.
When we sing, we seek the sympathetic harmonies that our own bodies
make so that, whatever our size, sex or age, we sing in tune,
moving to the same vibrations. In this way, music is an aspect of
ritual that quite literally connects us to each other, asking us to
participate directly in a dance of changing harmonies. Indeed,
every movement or action we make within the nemeton, through dance
and other ritual gestures, makes a sound of some kind. And so we
can think of sound not just in the literal sense, but also as a way
of describing our movement and activity within the grove.

The change and connection of gwyar is present in sound, and so is
its ability to circulate, to carry or transfer. The spoken words of
an invocation or prayer communicate, bringing ideas and images with
them, as do the ritual gestures that accompany them. Like the water
that flows freely through all three realms, connecting them in
relationship and exchange, sound is at once a physical thing
grounded in the calas of the bodies of people and instruments, and
a more ephemeral essence that connects us and moves us towards
nwyfre, the third and final element of energy and life-force.
Although silence, that momentary stillness when change and motion
cease, can also play a part in ritual, words spoken out loud, the
harmony of song, these sounds are vital in working with the
vibrations of a space. In ritual, it is important that we not
merely read, or remember, or think - we must speak and move, for
these, too, are acts from which the living poetry of our ritual is

In Druidry, the element of nwyfre is difficult to pin down, and
this in itself suggests part of its meaning - it is more of a force
than a thing. If we try to match up each of the three Druidic
elements with the four of classical philosophy - earth, air, fire,
and water - we see that calas matches fairly well with earth, and
gwyar with water; however, nwyfre has a meaning that is similar to
both air and fire, and yet unlike them in other ways. It easiest to
understand nwyfre as breath, and more specifically the sacred
breath of life, that which is enlivened and animate. Thus, we see
that it has both the airy quality of breathing, and a fiery, lively
quality that we associate with "vim and vigor." In many religions,
indeed, the word "spirit" is related to words for breath. For
instance, when a person "ex-spires" she stops breathing, while "in-
spire-ation" is literally the breathing-in of divine insight and
energy. In the body, nwyfre is the breath which keeps us alive and
thriving, but it is also the "divine breath," the spiritual essence
that animates us. Thus, we can understand nwyfre in ritual as
energy, and more specifically the spiritual energy that moves
through and fills all things, giving them life and meaning.

While the tools and physical materials of ritual are pretty easy to
come by these days, and even the use of voice, song, music and
movement can be practiced and developed over time, the nwyfre or
energy of a rite is perhaps the most difficult to grasp. Yet it is
also the most essential. It is the thing that keeps ritual from
becoming all dull memorization and empty gestures. And so, to work
with the nwyfre of Druidic ritual, we must first come to appreciate
the energy and alive-ness inherent within the calas and gwyar
aspects of our work. We can spend time developing our sense of
connection and spiritual engagement with our altars and tools,
seeing them not as dead objects but responsive beings with
awareness and purpose. We can similarly work with the surrounding
landscape and the space of the grove, listening to its moods and
messages. We can learn to appreciate the spiritual energies of
music and song, the ebb and flow of its essence carried on the
wind. And we can turn our attention inwards, to the spiritual
energies of our own bodies, developing a practice of disciplined
meditation and breathing exercises that put us more deeply in touch
with our bodies and the spirit that dwells within us. When we bring
all of this together in ritual - our openness, attention and
discipline - we discover that we can work with these energies,
moving and shaping them in powerful ways, knowing when to heighten
them and when to release them effectively.

This is when magic comes into play, with the directing of energy to
accomplish certain purposes. Yet Druidic ritual is so much more
than this. Ritual is also a way of teaching ourselves how to touch
divinity, how to ready ourselves for true, meaningful relationship
with the gods and other spirits of the world. Just as a poem works
with sound and image, rhythm and metaphor to create tension that
can lift us to a new level of understanding, involving the dynamic
elements of calas, gwyar and nwyfre at the heart of our work can
create a humming tension of ecstatic beauty that will raise the
"living, enacted poetry" of our ritual activity to higher and
higher (or deeper and deeper) realms.

Discuss and Comment on this Article:

===== Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Traveller's Guide to the Duat
Author(s): Kiya Nicoll
Published 2012 by Megalithica Books
ISBN-10: 1905713738
ISBN-13: 978-1905713738
Paperback, 160 pages
List: $19.99
View this Book on Amazon

This book is, in the words of the author (an Egyptian
reconstructionist pagan living in New England) "...an exploration
of the concepts of the Book, (The Book of Going Forth by Day aka
The Egyptian Book of the Dead - reviewer's explanation) a placement
of those ideas within some historical context, and a presentation
of a selection of its material in a lighthearted and, I hope,
accessible form."

When most people think about the Book (if they think about it),
they perceive it as a collection of magical spells. This author
sees it as ...a sort of a cross between a hymnal, a grimoire, and
The Traveller's Guide to the Underworld."

Ms Nicoll has, in my opinion, succeeded in her goal of being
lighthearted and accessible. The lighthearted part was easy. This
book is presented in the format of a travel guide written by an
individual who is familiar not only with the destination, but with
the primary forms of transportation and the diplomatic requirements
based on length of stay and other considerations.

Her poetry is, so far as I can judge, based on Egyptian originals
without being a slave to literal translation, thus it is more
comprehensible to the average reader.

The illustrations are similarly based on commonly available images
although some of them are presented in an extremely unusual and
humorous format (the illustration of Anubis sitting at the checkout
counter of a Customs check point [page 83] is an excellent example
of that). The use of humor makes the images a little less
frightening, and downright entertaining in some cases.

As the book nears its end Ms Nicoll provides a list of some
correspondences (a very short list, considering the possibilities)
as well as a glossary of names and terms. This latter item, in my
opinion could benefit from a bit of re-editing - an empty line
between entries would break up the "solid block of text" look which
it currently has.

The bibliography deserves special mention, simply because it is
short yet comprehensive, and authoritative without being
intimidating. Add to that the fact that most of the material
appeared within the last quarter of the 20th Century or the current
century (thus making it more likely you will be able to find copies
in your local college library). She also mentions the Sacred Text
archive at http://www.sacred-text.com as a source of material which
has passed into public domain.

Many years ago I did some studying in an effort to relate to the
Egyptian deities. I found it hard to make the connections I wanted
partly, I now know, because of my own lack of background and
experience but also because the material was presented in a manner
which was extremely difficult for me to relate to and assimilate.
Ms Nicoll's presentation would have helped to solve at least part
of those difficulties for me. Her writing in crisp and
understandable. Her approach balances the information one needs to
know with just the right amount of lightheartedness so that you are
not trying to absorb the details as much as you are simply
absorbing them without trying. It is an approach which is eminently
suited to teaching students of varying levels of experience.

This is not the ultimate source book, but it is an excellent
source. If Egyptian religion appeals to you, add this book to your

Discuss and Comment on this Review:

===== Reviewed by Mike Gleason

What thou wilt: Traditional and Innovative trends in Post-
Gardnerian Witchcraft
Author(s): Jon Hanna
Published 2010 by Evertype
ISBN: 1904808433
ISBN-13: 978-1904808435
Paperback, 235 pages
List: $16.95
View this Book on Amazon

I have been reviewing books lately which have fallen outside my
primary areas of experience and knowledge, but I am back on firm
ground with this book (written by a fellow Alexandrian initiate).
Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting or working with
Jon, our common traditional "DNA" gives us a shared base of

This book started as a "Second Degree Essay" which simply got out
of hand. It was supposed to be 10,000 words (which sounds like a
lot, but is (in reality) only about 20 pages). I can sympathize. In
order to convey ideas clearly, one sometimes needs to use more than
minimal words.

Since it was intended for those "in the know" it assumes a certain
level of understanding and/or appreciation of what makes one a
"traditional" Witch. Its emphasis shifted from the Second and Third
Degree initiates, to being intended for everyone. Jon wastes little
time or space on basics (although he does include a short glossary
at the end). Nearly fifteen pages of references allow the reader to
check things out, both in print and on-line.

If you are tired of the flood of introductory books in the market
place; if "fluffy" books drive you crazy (even if you can't quite
explain what makes them fluffy); if you want inspiration for some
serious discussions, this book is definitely a good starting point.
Jon writes from both sides of the Eclectic (or as he prefers it,
Innovative)/Traditional divide. He began his experiences on the
Innovative side (and still sees some benefits from that source)
before moving into an Alexandrian orientation.

His assigning most of modern day "traditional" Witchcraft
(including the current Gardnerian tradition) to a Post-Gardnerian
identity may strike some readers as, to say the least, odd. When
you look at it logically, however, it is no different than
acknowledging that modern day mainstream religions have moved
beyond the ideas of their founders. Indeed the religious ideas of
Gerald Gardner are considered by many modern day Witches (of all
persuasions) as dated at best and downright unacceptable at worst.

While his arguments may seem like nit picking in some circumstances
they form some of the major points of difference between the two
sides. His choice of using "Innovative" as opposed to "Eclectic" is
well-thought out, as is the time spent differentiating between
"Wicca" in modern usage, versus its usage at the time of Gerald

I don't agree with all his conclusions, but I didn't expect to.
Although our backgrounds are similar, our life experiences are
unique. I strongly recommend this book to everyone who is
considering following either the Innovative or Traditional paths,
since it will expose you to both sides of a debate which shows no
sign of going away anytime soon. It may not be a vital book, but it
is an interesting, and well thought out offering, well worth the

Discuss and Comment on this Review:

===== Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Whisper of Stone: Modern Canaanite Religion
Author(s): Tess Dawson
Published 2009 by O Books
ISBN-10: 1846941903
ISBN-13: 978-1846941900
Paperback, 413 pages
List: $39.95
View this Book on Amazon

I have been reviewing books lately which have fallen outside my
primary areas of experience and knowledge, but I am back on firm
ground with this book (written by a fellow Alexandrian initiate).
Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting or working with
Jon, our common traditional "DNA" gives us a shared base of

This book started as a "Second Degree Essay" which simply got out
of hand. It was supposed to be 10,000 words (which sounds like a
lot, but is (in reality) only about 20 pages). I can sympathize. In
order to convey ideas clearly, one sometimes needs to use more than
minimal words.

Since it was intended for those "in the know" it assumes a certain
level of understanding and/or appreciation of what makes one a
"traditional" Witch. Its emphasis shifted from the Second and Third
Degree initiates, to being intended for everyone. Jon wastes little
time or space on basics (although he does include a short glossary
at the end). Nearly fifteen pages of references allow the reader to
check things out, both in print and on-line.

If you are tired of the flood of introductory books in the market
place; if "fluffy" books drive you crazy (even if you can't quite
explain what makes them fluffy); if you want inspiration for some
serious discussions, this book is definitely a good starting point.
Jon writes from both sides of the Eclectic (or as he prefers it,
Innovative)/Traditional divide. He began his experiences on the
Innovative side (and still sees some benefits from that source)
before moving into an Alexandrian orientation.

His assigning most of modern day "traditional" Witchcraft
(including the current Gardnerian tradition) to a Post-Gardnerian
identity may strike some readers as, to say the least, odd. When
you look at it logically, however, it is no different than
acknowledging that modern day mainstream religions have moved
beyond the ideas of their founders. Indeed the religious ideas of
Gerald Gardner are considered by many modern day Witches (of all
persuasions) as dated at best and downright unacceptable at worst.

While his arguments may seem like nit picking in some circumstances
they form some of the major points of difference between the two
sides. His choice of using "Innovative" as opposed to "Eclectic" is
well-thought out, as is the time spent differentiating between
"Wicca" in modern usage, versus its usage at the time of Gerald

I don't agree with all his conclusions, but I didn't expect to.
Although our backgrounds are similar, our life experiences are
unique. I strongly recommend this book to everyone who is
considering following either the Innovative or Traditional paths,
since it will expose you to both sides of a debate which shows no
sign of going away anytime soon. It may not be a vital book, but it
is an interesting, and well thought out offering, well worth the

Discuss and Comment on this Review:

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