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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
11:23 pm
[owl_clan]
Changeling Metaphysics and Supernatural Threats to Children




Is your newborn or toddler in danger, simply because they survived their birth?

The old traditions and folklore say "Yes". Find out what you can do:

http://tracksinthewitchwood.blogspot.com/2009/10/hushe-and-baloo-protecting-children.html


RA
Friday, October 16th, 2009
8:12 pm
[owl_clan]
Happy Halloween!







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Thursday, June 18th, 2009
2:54 pm
[tricksterwitch]
Tricksterwitch's Mass Post of Awesome!

Before you read this (or any of my future posts): I am very new to Witchcraft. I've been reading up on it for a year now, and consider myself to be more of a student of Paganism than an actual Pagan (yet). I don't believe that I'm right for ANYONE but me, and always try to exude that so others understand that what I believe is for ME and NOT what I think that they should do... that way, I can continue to be outspoken :P But if any of these questions offend you in the slightest, PLEASE tell me so I can apologize with a nice few lines of "OMGOMGIARESOSRYOMG" or something akin to that ;)

What are a few good websites / books that explain Dark Paganism? Deities, spellcraft, traditions, anything. I really want to look up as much stuff about different forms of Paganism to add to my own Eclectic views.

I SUCK at meditation. I can't do it for the life of me, so I've pretty much given up on it... but this is very limiting. The problem is that not only am I impatient, but I also have ADD (though I'm medicated). Is there any meathod that you could please tell me that could teach me how to focus?

Is it alright if you mainly worship Nature, and (while you don't exactly IGNORE them) don't attend to the Goddess and God as much? My reasoning is that I've never been face-to-face with any Deity (to my knowledge), don't have a conciously intimate relationship with him / her / them, and that Nature is RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME and an obvious part of me. Again, it's not that I don't *try* to worship them... it's just that I tend to worship trees, plants, animals, etc. a lot more, and it comes to me naturally.

What are a few non-Llewellyn publishers to take a look at (because I've heard from multple sources that their authors can be severely misinformed? Most of my books are from that company! >.< And yes, I'll admit that my first book WAS "Teen Witch" by SilverRaven Wolf...)

Was the Horned God taken from Paganism by the Christians and turned into something evil because Paganism was the main religion of the time and (some, not all) Christians wanted to "tear it down", as it were?

What are your personal proofs that Pagans and Witches aren't evil? (Obviously, I don't think they are, and have my own reasons for thinking that... but what are YOURS?)

What drew you into Paganism / Witchcraft?

I'm Worried: Can someone tell me if I'm a fluffy bunny or not? (Stupid question) XD

Um. Sorry for the MASS POST. I've just had these questions (and many others!) for a long time. I know literally ZERO Witches, and have only ever found three online (via Youtube and LJ). I have NO mentor or anything. So I just end up getting a lot of worries - not that I'm doing anything wrong (it's all right for me), but that I'm totally ignorant and, therefore, screwed XD

-doubts that many people will comment on this, due to its massivity and the activity of this community. damn.-
 



Current Mood: excited
Thursday, May 21st, 2009
10:10 am
[owl_clan]
Not Awake, Not Asleep: Opening the Faery Portal Trance








NOT AWAKE, NOT ASLEEP
Opening the Faery Portal Trance

A discussion regarding extraordinary states of awareness within the stream of traditional witchcraft and postmodern or revivalist sorcery

By Robin Artisson
Copyright © 2009

* * *

PART I: The Bridge Between Night and Day

"Aloneness haunts. The crack of the sky.
A primordial thing
Where blurred vision first cleared its way
Into an ancient eye.
The first vacant look, the first stirring
Mingling night and day."


-Peter Makem

Click Here To Read The Full Essay


Sunday, January 4th, 2009
3:38 am
[owl_clan]
Becoming a Traditional Witch




How does a person become a "traditional" Witch?

People are always asking. So now I'm answering. One person cannot make a definitive answer to such a question; but one person can have a perspective and give it. So I hope you enjoy mine. If you don't, that's fine too.

http://tracksinthewitchwood.blogspot.com/2009/01/becoming-traditional-witch.html

RA
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
7:04 pm
[owl_clan]
The Spirit of Yule-Tide









Glad Yule! Here is an essay on the Real Reason for the Season.

http://tracksinthewitchwood.blogspot.com/2008/12/spirit-of-yule-tide.html


RA
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
8:32 pm
[owl_clan]
Crooker of the Derwent and Malevolent Water Weirds





A Painting of the Derwent River


Here is an essay I wrote about Crooker, a well-known (in some circles) malevolent spirit who inhabits the Derwent River in England. The essay is also a brief exploration of "water weirds"- the spirits of bodies of water- in folk-animism and belief.

http://tracksinthewitchwood.blogspot.com/2008/12/crooker-of-derwent-and-malevolent-water.html


RA
Saturday, December 13th, 2008
6:21 pm
[owl_clan]
The Toad Bone Treatise: A New Horizon for Modern Witchcraft


For all you sorcerously inclined people out there:


THE TOAD BONE TREATISE
Or
Liber Hydrargyrum

Steps Towards an Occult Natural Science and the Advanced Practice of Sorcery

http://www.robinartisson.com/toadbone/toadenter.html


Some parts of the document are very philosophical; others far more "earthy" and praxis-based. I think it all came out pretty well. I think it will be a good source of interest and insight for those who are just dented a bit already. Glad Yule to you all!
Friday, October 31st, 2008
3:18 am
[owl_clan]
The Curse Must Pass Away










The Curse Must Pass Away:
The Healing Power of the Archetypal Myth of the Vampire and the Vampire-Slayer


A Basic Primer to the Hunting and Slaying of the Undead for Modern People Who Suffer from their Predations

By Robin Artisson
Copyright © 2008

It's Time to Kill Vampires



Saturday, October 11th, 2008
8:16 pm
[owl_clan]
Friends of the Gods: Get in on the ground floor




So now, the rant has gone beyond driven. Are you a friend of the Gods? I hope so. The time for political correctness is over. Woodsmoke, blood, feet being bashed against stones, honey and incense, the mind opening and entering the sky, the wisdom of the very old times, and the fulfillment of every aesthetic promise made by the sacred mythologies of old is at hand. I suppose you will need to be a little unhinged to make the walk... but hey, I've been walking for a long time, and look how good I'm doing! It's time to take a new look at what the ancients believed, and see how it matters now. Truth and Freedom are the common foundations of all greatness.




THEON PHILOI


Click on the image to take a walk on the Polyside!

All you spiritual rogues and anarchists that love the Gods need to work with me here. I got a list going, and I'm checking it twice, knowing full well who's been naughty or nice. Bronze for the skull bowls!

A benefit of joining the Yahoo! group will be great: you'll get tri-weekly issues of "Uncommon Piety: The Chronicle of Theon Philoi"- a journal for pan-Indo European Polytheistic religious experience in the modern day- full of awesome articles about being a Friend of the Gods in the 21st century.


RA
Thursday, September 18th, 2008
2:25 pm
[owl_clan]
Harvest of Life Force: Crafting a Bindrune


I have written a post here regarding the science of Esoteric Runology. I give an introduction to Runic mysticism and talisman construction, as well as showing how I designed a Bindrune for a nice lady in England, starting with Rune-meanings, going to a Rune-row, and the final construction of the Bindrune itself, in two different forms. I talk at length about Runic mythology and numerology, and show how it relates to the process. I hope you all get some use out of it.

http://cauldronborn.blogspot.com/2008/09/harvest-of-life-force-crafting-bindrune.html


RA
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
10:18 pm
[owl_clan]
A Wyrd Way of Seeing


A Wyrd Way of Seeing: The Worldview of Wyrd as Primordial Cybernetics



The Spinning of the Nornir and the Ancient Worldview of Wyrd
As Expressed in Terms of Modern Systems Theory



http://cauldronborn.blogspot.com/2008/09/wyrd-way-of-seeing-worldview-of-wyrd-as.html


Sunday, August 31st, 2008
6:17 pm
[owl_clan]
The Giants in the Water




Of all the great natural bodies of power that our Ancestors dealt with on a daily basis, the seas and oceans inspired more awe than most. When we stare at the great waters, we see not just an endless reservoir of power, but the origins of our very lives- the primordial genetic material that was the foundation of all life on land was once in the ocean. There is a great awe and fear of the oceans and seas, because they are containers of immense and mysterious powers, not all of them friendly to mankind.

The elements in their primordial form (which includes the ground under your feet, the water in rivers and oceans, lightning flashing through the sky, forest fires, and winds, among others) are by nature "giantish"- untamed and occasionally dangerous to man. It's impossible to avoid the feeling of awe when you see these hurricanes on satellite imaging, swirling with their massive spiraling arms, moving relentlessly towards land.

There is no evil in them; they are simply expressions of the might of nature itself, so massive and powerful that they move along on their Fated courses, heedless of the tiny specks of life that they blast by. I always compared them to the most massive whales in the deep ocean: massive creatures plowing along through the water, steadily, consuming thousands of pounds of tiny life-forms in the ocean as they go- they don't viciously seek to destroy life; they are simply doing as they do, never thinking twice about it.

The Gods, Hurricanes, and HeroesCollapse )

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
5:44 pm
[owl_clan]
Thoughts on the Future of Revived Paganism








Okay, I've decided to write a series of letters to discuss the future of revived Paganism. Understand that I have to make a distinction here between "Witchcraft" in the traditional sense- which is really a wide-ranging term including many forms of sorcery, all of which can (and do) exist despite the culture that surrounds them. Some cultures make it hard to be a sorcerer or practice occult/sorcerous arts, but still, they persist. Traditional Witchcraft, in the true modern sense, is a phenomenon that existed during Christian times, and now exists in the skeptical/scientific post-Christian era.

I don't worry too much about the "future" of Witchcraft; it will always remain, no matter how small or diffuse it is, because people will always seek out fringe elements of spirituality or the occult, regardless of society or culture's mainstream beliefs.

But what of "revived" Paganism, such as Asatru, Celtic Reconstructionism, Hellenism, Romuva, and the other revived Indo-European Pagan models? They have adherents, good lore and sources, reasonably strong structure as far as rituals and notions of sacred days and seasons: they have all they need to induct newborns and converts into their communities, and all they need to marry people and bury them, with rites. These revived faiths are pretty much complete faiths, with one exception: they all have pretty small populations of adherents.

So where do they go from here? A small population is bad news, for many reasons, but chiefly because small numbers means "little known", even in this day and age of the internet. "Little known" means "little or no political and legal recognition", and that means no support from anyone or anything else other than whatever few people (if any) you have near you that also practice your faith or believe as you do.


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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
8:34 am
[owl_clan]
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
5:54 pm
[faireceltic]
astral attack
I found this an interesting read and thought i share it. feel free to tell me what you think. i got this off on of the yahoo groups i belong to. i think it be an interesting thing to talk about
blessed be
fairy dragon

astral attactCollapse )

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
9:15 pm
[owl_clan]
The Robin Artisson Index




What could be more awesome than a huge index of all my online writings, essays, pranks, blogs, and sites? You'll be busy reading for months! Just click on the nifty banner I made and off you'll go to the yonder. It's magical.






Friday, December 7th, 2007
3:10 pm
[owl_clan]
Mythical: The Hidden Way of the Witch


I hope you enjoy this narrative about Traditional Land-Based Paganism and Witchcraft, and Glad Yule to you all.

http://www.robinartisson.com/scarespite/mythical.html



RA
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
10:29 pm
[faireceltic]
what do u think of this
<...The difference between being Wiccan and a Witch is that a Wiccan
believes
everything can be changed or made better by surrounding it with
love, white
light and positive energy. While in many cases, positive change can
take
place, this is not always true. A Witch understands that the basic
nature of
a thing will remain true to itself. You cannot make a tiger change
its
stripes....>

Current Mood: bored
Monday, November 12th, 2007
10:15 pm
[faireceltic]
studying
I have finaly finished all the home work my teacher gave me. i am ready for more. it feels good to be ready to start working on my magick again. i know some times we are not ready to do something the goddessis alway with and we are ready she will tell us. i was just feeling good about geting back to learning magick with my teacher and felt like shareingthat with every one.

i hope every one had a good new year / Halloween.

Current Mood: cheerful
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