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` Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of

humankind, it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the

Old Gods, to their sisters and brothers of the Craft, and to themselves.

Therefore, be it noted that:

1. Chivalry is a high code of honor which is of most ancient Pagan origin, and must

be lived by all who follow the old ways.

2. It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle Earth will

wax strong in other worlds beyond and return… bringing into creation, on this

world, that which had been sent forth. Thus one should exercise discipline, for “as

ye plant, so shall ye harvest.”

3. It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain

godhead.

4. “This above all… to thine own self be true…”

5. A Witch’s word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. Thus,

give thy word sparingly, but adhere to it like iron.

6. Refrain from speaking ill of others, for not all truths of the

matter may be known.

7. Pass not unverified words about another, for hearsay is, in large

part, a thing of falsehoods.

8. Be thou honest with others, and have them know that honesty is

likewise expected of them.

9. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth; to keep one’s

head is a virtue.

10. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others.

Strive not to do harm.

11. Diverse covens may well have diverse views of love between members

and with others. When a coven, clan, or grove is visited or joined, one should

discern quietly their practices, and abide thereby.

12. Dignity, a gracious manner, and a good humor are much to be admired.

13. As a Witch, thou has power, and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom

increases. Therefore, exercise discretion in the use thereof.

14. Courage and honor endure forever. Their echoes remain when the

mountains have crumbled to dust.

15. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. Strengthen

others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee.

16. Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another Witch or Coven. Others have labored

long and hard for them, and cherish them as treasures.

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17. Though there may be differences among those of the Old Ways, those

who are once-born must see nothing, and must hear nothing.

18. Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the

world.

19. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within

reason, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

20. Have pride in thyself and seek perfection in body and in mind. For

the Lady has said, “How canst thou honor another unless thou give honor to thyself

first?”

21. Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves the select

of the Gods, for it is they would lead the race of humankind to the highest of

thrones and beyond the very stars.


Following is a Dark Moon ritual written by one of our second-degree students. This ritual was performed by our coven on October 7th, 2010.

Dark Moon Ritual

Oct 7, 2010

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven & School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, & Magick

You will need these items:

General Items:

Altar facing East

Bell

Incense

Ritual Cakes

Wine or Ale

God/Goddess Candles

White Goddess Candle

Illumination Candle

Quarter Candles – Green (North), Yellow (East), Red (South), Blue (West)

Matches or Lighter

Athame, Sword or Wand

Besom

Chalice

Libation Plate

Cauldron

Ritual Specific Items:

Paper

Pen

Cleansing Sacred Space

(Maiden sweeps – with circular widdershins motions _ widdershins about the ritual area.  When she is satisfied that enough negativity has been removed, she sets the besom aside.

Next, she lights the white Full Moon Mother Candle.

Finally, the maiden checks the layout of the altar making sure that the altar is divided between male objects on the right – God Candle, censer, incense, HP’s athame/sword/wand, and besom – and female objects on the left- Goddess Candle, cauldron, bowl of water, bowl of salt, chalice, libation plate, bell, and the HPS’ athame/sword/wand.  The pentacle should be placed forward and between the Goddess and God Candles.  The maiden also ensures that the chalice is filled and the “cakes” are on the plate.  When these tasks are completed, she assists the HPS in any other way deemed necessary.)

Attunement

All:

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,

Whose breath gives life to all the world.

Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others.

Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy

Myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

Charge at the Pentacle

(HPS and HP stand before the altar, the HP is on the right and the HPS is on the left.  Both of them place their right hands on the pentacle, asking the Goddess and the God for strength, wisdom, and guidance.)

Call to the Circle

(HPS rings the bell to call everyone to the circle.)

HPS: This time is not a time; this place is not a place; this day is not a day; and this night is not a          night.  I stand at the threshold between the                 worlds.  I stand ready to part the     veil of mysteries.  May the Great Spirit help and protect us on this journey.  May the Buffalo,            Guardian of Spirit, show us the sacred path and may Hecate protect and bless us all.

Blessed Be!

All: So mote it be!

Consecration of the Elements

Blessing the Salt

(HPS places the dish of salt upon the pentacle)

HPS: I consecrate thee, creature of salt, seasoning of the hearth, gift of Mother Earth.

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignancy, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

All: So mote it be!

(HPS removes the dish of salt from the pentacle and then places the dish of water upon the pentacle.  Then she takes the salt, and using her athame, drops into the water three measures of salt.  She stirs the water three times with the tip of her athame.  HPS sets the salt aside.)

Blessing the Water

HPS: I consecrate thee, creature of water, vessel of our emotions, gift of Mother Earth.

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignancy, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

All: So mote it be!

(HPS removes the dish of water from the pentacle.)

Blessing the Fire

(HP places the censer upon the pentacle.)

HP: I consecrate thee, creature of fire, that which brings  our passions and desires, a gift of Father Sky.

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignancy, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

All: So mote it be!

Blessing the Air

(HP adds the incense to the censer upon the pentacle.)

HP: I consecrate thee, creature of air, who carries our thoughts and words to the stars, a gift of  Father Sky.

I cast from thee all hindrance and malignancy, so that in my works of magick you may well serve me.

All: So mote it be!

(HP sets aside the censer.)

Circle Casting

By Earth

(HPS draws her athame, HP and HPS proceed doesil around the circle, beginning in the East, with the HPS holding the athame pointed at the perimeter of the circle.)

HPS: I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, to be a meeting place of love, joy and truth.  A boundary between the worlds of men and the Realms of the Mighty Ones.  A rampart and protection against all wickedness, that shall both contain and entertain the powers that shall be raised within.  Wherefore do I consecrate thee, in the names of Lugh and Hecate.

Strengthening the Circle

By Water

(Sprinkles the salt and water mixture around the Circle.)

Witch 1: Rain of water and salt sprinkled upon the ground, protect us from wickedness and make our magick sound.

By Air

(Takes the incense around the Circle.)

Witch 2:   Into the night sky, incense smoke roil, rise and writhe.  Sunder us from the mundane like a scythe.

By Fire

(Takes the candle around the Circle.)

Witch 3: Fire shine true and bright.  Aid, grant clarity of sight.  Mayest the Gods be with us this night.

Calling the Quarters

East: Hail and welcome, Hawk, Guardian of the East, messenger, protector and visionary of Air.  You, who awakens vision and brings our creativity to bear.  Come to our Circle on this New Moon night, to witness and protect our sacred magickal rites.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Air.)

North: Hail and welcome, Tortoise, Guardian of the Earth, symbol of goddess energy and eternity.  You , who slows down the pace of life and supplies limitless energy.  Come to our Circle on this New Moon night, to witness and protect our sacred magickal rites.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Earth.)

West: Hail and welcome, Otter, Guardian of the West, bringer of joy, laughter and sharing.  You, who awakens our inner child and leads our burdens to bury.   Come to our Circle on this New Moon night, to witness and protect our sacred magickal rites.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Water.)

South: Hail and welcome, Wolf, Guardian of the South, protector, teacher and Spirit if Fire.  You, who brings intuition and inner strength to our life.  Come to our Circle on this New Moon night, to witness and protect our sacred magickal rites.

(Draw the invoking pentagram of Fire.)


Drawing Down the Moon

Invocation to the Goddess

(HPS assumes the Goddess position.)

HPS: I invoke thee and call upon thee, Mother Earth, bringer of light, the Triple Goddess, Hecate.

On this New Moon Night we celebrate you and the gathering in of the harvest.

Hecate, please come unto me with your light, and grant me your wisdom’s might.

(HPS lights the Goddess Candle.)

(HP stands before the HPS.  HPS draws the invoking pentagram before the HP.)

HPS: Of the Mother, darksome and divine,

Mine is the scourge and mine is the kiss;

The five-point star of love and bliss-

Here I charge you in this sign.

(HP stands aside.)

Charge of the Goddess

HP: Now listen to the words of the Great Mother,  who was of old also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine,       Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Dana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride, and by many other      names.

HPS: Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place, and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all witches.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these I will teach things that are as yet unknown.

And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.  For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is joy on Earth; for my law is love unto all beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it, let naught stop you    or turn you aside; for mine is the secret door which opens upon the land of  youth, and mine is the cup of wine of life, and the cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of immortality.

I am the gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.  Upon Earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before.

Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the Mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the Earth.

HP: Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess: she is the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe.

HPS: I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon upon the mysteries of the waters, I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.

For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe, from me all things proceed and unto me they must return.  Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.

Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.  And you who seek to know me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery:  for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.

For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Drawing Down the Sun

Invocation to the God

(HP assumes the God position.)

HP: I invoke thee and call upon thee, Father Sky, Lord of the Sun, Lugh.

Keeper of the harvest and guardian of the gates of Death, we celebrate you this New Moon night.

O Lugh, please come unto me, and grant me your wisdom’s might.

(HP lights the God Candle.)

(HPS stands before the HP.  HP draws the invoking pentagram before the HPS.)

HP: I am the stag of seven tines,

Lord of the Underworld, darksome and divine,

Mine is the realm of shadow sublime.

Mine is the scourge and mine is the kiss,

The five-point star of love and bliss-

Here I charge you in this sign.

(HPS stands aside.)

Charge of the God

HPS: Listen to the words of the Horned God, the Guardian of all things wild  and free, and the Keeper of the Gates of Death, whose Call all must  heed:

HP: I am the fire within your heart… The yearning of your soul.  I am the Hunter of Knowledge and the Seeker of the Holy Quest;  I who stand in the darkness of light; I am He whom you have called Death.  I am the Consort and Mate of Her whom we adore, call forth to Me.

Heed my call beloved ones, come unto me and learn the secrets of death and peace.  I am the corn at harvest and the fruit on the trees.  I am He   who leads you home.  Scourge and Flame, Blade and Blood, these are mine own gifts to thee.

Call unto me in the forest wild and on hilltop bare and seek me in the Darkness Bright.  I who have been called: Pan, Herne, Osiris, Cernunnos, and Hades, speak to thee in thy search.  Come dance and sing; come live and smile; for behold, this is my worship.

You are My children and I am thy Father.  On swift night wings, it is I who lay you at the Mother’s feet to be reborn and to return again.

Thou who thinks to seek me, know that I am the untamed wind, the fury of storm, and the passion in your soul.  Seek me with pride and humility, but seek me best with love and strength.

For this is my path, and I love not the weak and fearful.  Hear my call on long Winter nights, and we shall stand together guarding Her Earth as She sleeps.

Statement of Purpose

Good Evening and Welcome to our New Moon Ritual.  Tonight we are going to face our fears and magickally rid ourselves of at least one.  Fears are the biggest stumbling block to our spiritual progression.  They inhibit our being able to become the best person we can be.  Overcoming our fears and working towards strengthening ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually is our lifetime goal.  So we are going to go outside and meditate on our greatest personal fear, then we are going to come back in, write it down on a piece of paper and banish it in smoke, fire and ash.

Power Raising

(HPS & HP lead the coven in the Witches Rune)

WITCHES RUNE

Darksome night and shining moon,

Hearken to the witches’ rune.

East then South, West then North,

Here, Come, I call thee forth.

By all the powers of land and sea.

Be obedient unto me.

Wand and Pentacle and Sword,

Hearken ye unto my word,

Cords and Censor, Scourge and Knife,

Waken all ye unto life.

Powers of the Witches’ Blade,

Come ye as the charge is made.

Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell,

Send your aid unto the spell.

Horned Hunter of the night,

Work my will by magick rite.

By all the powers of land and sea,

As I do say “So mote it be”.

By all the might of Moon and Sun,

As I do, my will be done.

(IF she likes, the HPS may have the coven chant the Eko Eko chant three times)

All: Eko Eko Azarak

Eko Eko Zomelak

Zod Ru Koz E Zod Ru Koo

Zod Ru Goz E Goo Ru Moo

Eeo EEo Hoo Hoo Hoo

Eko Eko Azarak

Eko Eko Zomelak

Eko Eko Lugh

Eko Eko Hecate

Main Working

Banishing Fear

The HPS opens a door in the Circle for the coven to exit and then closes it from the outside.  The coven proceeds to go outside and choose a spot away from others in the dark to sit and meditate on their fears.  When they have chosen the fear that they wish to banish the coven returns to the Circle.  The HPS opens a door in the Circle, the coven enters and then the HPS closes the door to the Circle again.  The Maiden hands out the pens and pieces of paper.  The members write down the fear they want to banish and folds the paper in quarters. One at a time the coveners light the paper with the Illumination candle, and place it in the cauldron, as they say:

COVENER: With Fire and Flame, Smoke and Air,

Take away the fear I bear.

In its place I see the light,

Return to me the power of might.

With Fire and Flame, Smoke and Air,

Take away the fear I bear.

In its place I see the light.

Return to me the power of might.

With Fire and Flame, Smoke and Air,

Take away the fear I bear.

In its place I see the light,

Return to me the power of might.

The Great Rite (symbolic)

(HPS takes the Chalice and the HP stands before her holding his athame over the chalice.)

HPS: You are the Spear of Lugh.

(HP lowers his athame into the chalice.)

HP: You are the Goddess of the Moon.

HPS/HP: And together we are one.

Consecration of the Wine and Cakes

(HPS places the chalice on the pentacle and lowers her athame into it while saying…)

HPS: May this offering to the God and Goddess keep us from ever knowing thirst.

(HPS removes the chalice and replaces it with the libation plate.  Touching the cakes with her athame she says…)

HPS: May this offering to the God and Goddess keep us from ever knowing hunger.

Simple Feast

(HPS takes the plate of cakes, HP takes the chalice.  They serve each covener and then each other using the following words and responses.)

HPS: May you never know hunger.

Covener: Blessed Be!

HP: May you never know thirst.

Covener: Blessed Be!

(When everyone has been served the HPS places the cakes that are left into the chalice with the wine.  HPS raises the chalice in both hands, saying…)

HPS: To the Gods!

All: To the Gods!

Closing the Circle

Release of the Goddess

(HPS faces the altar.)

HPS: Hecate, Mother of the Earth,

Triple Goddess, our time with you has passed too soon.

We thank you for the blessings of this night,

For friends and mentors, who show us the light.

For all that You are,

For all that we may one day be,

We salute and thank Thee.

Alas, our time together now is past,

We bid thee farewell.

Stay if you will and join our repast.

Leave us if you must.

Ere you leave us, know that all who met here

Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

(HPS extinguishes the Goddess Candle.)

Release of the God

(HP faces the altar.)

HP: Lugh, Father of the Sky,

Mate of she who lights our night, our time with you has passed too soon.

We thank you for the blessings of this night,

For your guidance and strength, and your wisdom’s might.

For all that You are,

For all that we may one day be,

We salute and thank Thee.

Alas, our time together now is past,

We bid thee farewell.

Stay if you will and join our repast.

Leave us if you must.

Ere you leave us, know that all who met here

Did so in perfect love and perfect trust.

(HP extinguishes the God Candle.)

Release of the Quarters

South:   Hail, Wolf, Guardian of the South.  We thank you  for witnessing and protecting our Circle on this New Moon night.

Merry we met, merry we  part, and merry may we meet again.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Fire.)

West:   Hail, Otter, Guardian of the West.  We thank you for witnessing and protecting our Circle on this New Moon night.

Merry we met, merry we  part, and merry may we meet again.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Water.)

North:   Hail, Tortoise, Guardian of the North, we thank you for witnessing and protecting our Circle on this New Moon night.

Merry we met, merry we  part, and merry may we meet again.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Earth.)

East:   Hail, Hawk, Guardian of the East.  We thank you for witnessing and protecting our Circle on this New Moon night.

Merry we met, merry we  part, and merry may we meet again.

(Draw the banishing pentagram of Air.)

Opening the Circle

(HPS walks around the Circle widdershins three times while saying the following words.)

HPS: O Circle of Power, as I have conjured thee; I now release your energies  into this blade.

Where there was once a rampart between this world and the Otherworld, the rampart is no more.  Once again, our realms are separate.  However, the love and joy with which we met here tonight remains undiminished.

(HPS grounds the energy from the athame into the Earth and then rejoins the HP at the altar.)

HPS: As the Night gives way to Day,

As the Winter Must yield to Spring,

As Youth must turn to Age,

And as the Magickal returns to the Mundane,

So must tonight’s ritual come to an end.

We met here tonight in love and joy,

Take that love and joy with you when you depart.

May you always walk in Beauty.

The Circle is open but remains unbroken.

Blessed Be!

All: Blessed Be!

26
Aug

Demons: 1 – Pastor: 0

   Posted by: Scrivener

At last, I get to return to writing articles which are at least tangentially connected to Wicca and Magick. I’m sorry if the last few of my posts sounded as though they’d been written by Gordon Ramsay after a particularly bad day in Hell’s Kitchen. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately with a failed job search and the resultant financial anxiety, my wife’s illness and my own health concerns, the day-to-day rigors of running a coven, and just having to put up with stupid people doing idiotic things (and I thought we’d corralled all the idiots in Florida.)

Today’s lesson is about those bible-thumping, hallelujahing, forever trying to find Jesus with their GPS, Christian Radicals. In fact, there are so many of these aberrations in and around Warner Robins, that I’ve coined a new word: WRadical. ‘W’,’R’, Warner Robins—get it? Or I suppose the ‘W’ ‘R’ could also stand for Wacky Religious Right. Okay, so that’s two ‘R’s. Perhaps we could use WR2 then. Don’t get me wrong. As Wiccan, and especially as a Wiccan High Priest, I am and expect others in my coven to practice likewise, tolerance for all spiritual paths. Besides, if for no other reason, we should keep Baptists around for entertainment value.

As Wiccans, wytches, and warlocks—oh my—we’re expected to dress up in robes, chant, and dance about the occasional cauldron. But we’re Wiccan (Dark Moon Tradition to be exact) and people expect us to be on the fringes. However, just like in the song, Crosby is a member of ‘mainstream’ religions and “look[s] like a fine outstanding young man, I think [he’ll] do”. Therefore, like the tea party and all tea baggers, the wingnut right, fundamentalists and all repug-nicans, Crosby has focused on a non-issue and tried to make it of national import all for the sake of increasing the size of his flock. “[Picket] signs, [picket] signs, everywhere there’s [picket] signs fuckin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this [follow me], don’t [use that plywood demon], can’t you read the sign?”

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to school, a war for your very soul is being fought by fanatical fundamentalist Baptists against the forces of evil. That Evil— you must say it as though it were really evil—is to quote Mike Myers in “So I Married an Axe Murderer“, “Eee-vil as in Frui-its of the Dee-vil”, or as in Pastor Donald Crosby’s case, a demon. Just not any demon, mind you, but a spark shooting from his pitchfork, six foot tall, plywood high school football mascot.

That’s right—plywood. I bet your soul feels safer just knowing Crosby is on the case. Apparently, he’s an ‘ordained’ minister from the RAPP Bible Study Correspondence School. I didn’t make that up; see gkbministry [dot] com for his resume. From what I’ve found, the RAPP program is a literacy outreach program sponsored by the Calvary Baptist Church.

Even though RAPP sounds a bit like a correspondence school, as Wiccan clergy I don’t have a problem with that. Our own (Wiccan) history is filled with people of the like of Alexander Sanders and Gerald Gardner who if they couldn’t find a coven that suited them began their own tradition, or who sometimes cut corners as in filling missing parts of old rituals with ceremonial magick excerpts from the Golden Dawn. Therefore, realizing that religion is dynamic and not static and not always sanctioned by the status quo, and that all religions at one time were considered a cult (yes, even you holier-than-thou Christians—yes again that means you Baptists), I don’t have problem with Rev. Crosby’s ordination.

Below is a quoted summarization of the macon [dot] com article by Becky Purser.

WARNER ROBINS — A pastor who wants to get rid of the Demons mascot at Warner Robins High was arrested while picketing in front of the school on the first day of school Monday.

Donald Crosby, pastor of God’s Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ in Macon, was charged with disorderly conduct and picketing without a permit, both misdemeanors, after he refused to comply with officers requests to leave, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Crosby, 36, was free on $650 bond.

Officers were dispatched to the school at 401 S. Davis Drive shortly after 7 a.m. in reference to the picketing, according to a Warner Robins police news release. Pugh said Crosby was among a group of about 30 people picketing against the school’s use of Demons as its mascot.

The group did not have a permit to picket, which is required by city ordinance, Pugh said. Crosby was told this, and officers offered to help him with the process of obtaining a permit but Crosby declined and would not leave, Pugh said. Crosby was arrested.

Crosby has been circulating petitions to have the mascot removed, he said, because demons represent evil and the mascot “gives evil a good face,” Crosby said. “Prayer had to leave but the demons can stay?”

Crosby said he has guardianship of a young man he considers a son who lives with him in Warner Robins and who is enrolled at Warner Robins High School. Crosby said the boy did not attend school the first day but is expected to start soon.

The police report stated that Crosby declined an invitation from Warner Robins police Maj. Harry Dennard to come back to his office where he would help Crosby prepare a request form for a permit.

According to the police report, Crosby declined the invitation and stated, “You’re just going to have to lock me up.”

The report also stated that Crosby told the crowd of picketers, “Let them lock all of you up.”

Crosby was arrested a second time a few days later and released after paying a $36 fine and posting yet another bond for $150.

The mascot mentioned is a red devil with horns wielding a pitchfork. A large version of the mascot is wheeled out to the end zone during football games. Sparks shoot from the pitchfork when Warner Robins scores. The mascot was named for the Air Force’s 7th Fighter Squadron when the school opened in 1946. The squadron was nicknamed the “Screamin’ Demons.”

I believe that as a religious leader (like me—High Priest and headmaster of the Circle of the Dark Moon School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick, I’m still getting over that one; just goes to show that the Gods do have a sense of humor) Pastor Crosby should choose his battles more carefully. If he wants more publicity for his church—fine—I can relate to that. But there are more positive ways to do that than attacking two of Warner Robins sacred cows: High School football, and the Air Force. For instance, maybe he could’ve taken that $850 and opened a food pantry to help the area’s hard hit unemployed. Perhaps he could’ve spent or donated that money to a local environmental group for cleaning up the Ocmulgee River. Finally, he could have taken that money, put on a little church open house/barbecue where he could’ve delivered a real spiritual message instead of tilting at demon windmills like a frocked Don Quixote.

However, the way he chose to instead spend that money did nothing to bolster the size of his flock, increase his credibility as a spiritual leader, or even to achieve his stated ends. In gamer parlance, he was ‘pwned‘ and failed—sort of like crashing and burning. Instead he’s been labeled the WRadical fringe so far to the right that it makes Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal and Fox like an unbiased news reporting network. For all the good that money did, Crosby may as well have used the money to wipe his rear end. Welcome to being a pariah, Preacher. We Wiccans, wytches, wizards, and warlocks have your back.

I wonder whether Crosby knows that in the game, World of Warcraft, a warlock can summon demons to do his/her bidding. Or for that matter, there are summoners among the WRadicals of Warner Robins who regularly call and consort with all manner of beings, demonic, angelic, and otherwise from the Far Planes and astral realms.

Q. How much do classes cost?
A. There is no cost for classes.

Q. Where do I attend classes?
A. We hold both in-person classes (we’re located in Warner Robins, GA) and online classes.

Q. Do I need any books?
A. Both the online and in person classes we use the following books:

The Real Witches Craft by Kate West,
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penzak,
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland,
Wicca: the Complete Craft by DJ Conway.

The book list varies by year to year and depends on the degree program. It’s not necessary buy any of the books. I rarely give
reading assignments. While I base my lectures on the above listed books, lecture content is not exclusively from said sources.

Q. How do the online classes work? You just email me a lesson and then maybe I get to hear from an instructor once in a while–
right?
A. No, teachers and students interact just as though they were in a classroom. The online classes use Skype. Skype is a program which
allows student and teacher to converse and to see each other over the internet. To use Skype, you’ll have to download the client
program from http://Skype.com.

Q. When are classes held?
A. The in person classes are held Saturdays at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Q. What time are the online classes held?
Online classes are held Sundays at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

Q. What else can you tell me about the classes?
A. Class duration is usually one to one and a half hours long. The class format is a mixture of lectures based on reading material, and
our own experience coupled with teachings specific to the Dark Moon Tradition, and student participation. Additionally, we try to be
as hands-on as possible when it comes to things like herbalism, divination, and other ‘crafty’ types of activities. Additionally as part
of their training, our second-degree students will from time to time teach a class. One of the students will also be assigned to
mentor you. Not to say you won’t be able to email or call me with questions should you want to do so.

Q. How do I get setup for the online classes?
A. After you’ve downloaded and installed Skype, you’ll also have to register an account with http://skype.com. The software and
registration is free. Once you have your account set up, execute the Skype program and sign in—via the program not the web—and
send a request to add CircleOfTheDarkMoon as a contact. When we receive your request, we’ll add you as a contact and add you to
our class group and then on Sundays at 3:00 PM ET, we’ll initiate the call. So what you need to do on Sunday is load Skype, log in
via the program, and wait for a call from CIRCLEOFTHEDARKMOON and then answer it. After that things work pretty much the same
as any other conference call except we’ll be using computers, web cams, microphones, and earphones or speakers.  computers,
web cams, microphones, and earphones or speakers.

Q. Do I need any special hardware to participate in the online classes?
A. Even if you don’t have a web cam, you can still use Skype with just speakers and microphones or a headphone/microphone combo set.

However, we recommend getting a cheap headphone/microphone combination set available at Best Buy or similar stores for around
$40. The reason for that is with headphones, we don’t have the problem of feedback from the PC speakers.

Q. Does it cost anything to use Skype?
A. No, don’t worry about buying Skype credit or any of the other crap they want to sell you. The part of Skype we’re using is a free
service.

Q. How do I set up Skype?
A. You will need to tell Skype what type of microphone/webcam/speakers you’re using. You do that via the options tab on Skype. The
Skype website has fairly good instructions for setting up your hardware. If you’re having real difficulties, contact us and we’ll assist
you.

Q. Anything else?
A. Be sure to register with this forum. The Wytcheboard page is part of the Circle of the Dark Moon web site, and such is where we put
upload class handouts and where you can ask questions of all the members.

Q. What if I want to attend in person classes?
A. Contact us for registration for in person classes.

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Apr

The Witches’ Pyramid

   Posted by: Scrivener

The Witches’ Pyramid of Four Pillars


There are many tools used in Modern Witchcraft. According to some Wiccan systems, the first four are not physical, but rather are qualities which must be developed within the witch.

The “Four Pillars of the Witches Temple” are;

To Know (nescere)
-corresponds to Air
-represents the witch’s reason/intellect/intuition/wisdom and other more mystical understandings…

Basically this has to do with the gaining of knowledge, whether it be from books, teachers, or from experience. This also includes anything having to do with organising said knowledge: remembering, analyzing, dissecting, logical reasoning, imagining, linking, and many more. This is shown in many kinds of knowledge needed to do ritual: from remembering the words to invocations, to knowing when to cast the circle, to knowing what incense to use, to remembering how it feels when one grounds correctly.

In witchcraft knowledge is power. No knowledge is ever wasted, and you may find that your fifth grade Creative Writing class taught you things useable for creating invocations, or that your Aunt Jean’s gardening tips are helping you with your herb growing, or your Tai Chi class helped get the idea of centering across.

The admonitions “Know Thyself”, “Know your Craft”, “Learn” and “Apply you Learning” are all included in the pillar.

To Will (velle)
-corresponds to Fire
-represents the witch’s Will/Discipline/her skills in the arts of magic and life.

This can be split into two categories: the mundane and the Magickal. The mundane is where a with tries to keep their life in good order, and to follow through on promises and commitments. The magickal version refers to the Will to see a spell or ritual to its completion, keeping the intent clear without letting onself get distracted.
Concentration, Discipline and Drive are definitely a part of this, as well as Enthusiasm for doing ritual in the first place.

Placing one’s will in tandem with Divine Will is also incuded.

“Keep you thoughts and deeds in good order” and “Breathe and Eat correctly” belong here (though really just the act of living up to all the Goals could be listed inder “To Will”)

To Dare (audere)

-corresponds to Water
-represents the witch’s Emotions/Heart since the word courage derives from a word that means “heart”

“To Dar” encompasses the acts of facing fears, especially with regards to doing magick. Dare to experiment with what one has learned to gain more experience, like trying out that new astral travel technique or trance working. Dare to meet the Gods and interacte with them. Dare to deal with inner darkness.

This is not to say that one must never feel fear. Fear must be felt and examined before it can be dealt with. The more one tries to hide one’s fear from one’s self, the more power that fear will have over one’s self. Facing the Shadow within can be more traumatic than facing the most awe-inspiring Deity. However, Starhawk mentions in her book The Spiral Dance, “Where there’s fear, there’s power.” One’s greatest fear can mask one’s greatest strength.

It must be stated that any emotion or personal attribute brought into a magickal circle will be increased and strengthened. This explains the admonition at the gateway “Better to fall upon this knife/Than enter here in fear, or strife”. Give strength to your courage.

To Keep [the] Silence (tacere)

-corresponds with Earth
“To Keep the Silence” is often interpreted as “To Keep Silent”: that is, to keep secret knowledge of witchcraft, of membership and places of meetings etc., except in cases of voucher-for persons. “To Keep Silent” is probably a good general practice since it keeps the foolhardy from trying things that might be dangerous or from getting flack from less sympathetic neighbours. This is, however, not the whole story.

“Silence” represents the ‘still point’… the silence within… The correspondence with Earth here also gives another hint of this interpretation, since in order to begin to work magick, we generally “ground” and “center” ourselves. It is difficult to keep clear one’s intent if other extraneous thoughts keep flitting by and being distracting.

Listening to the Gods and Nature (and other people for that matter) is also intimated since one cannot hear unless there is silence first.

Again, “Keeping your thoughts in good order” as well as “Meditate” come under this heading

To Go (ire)
-corresponds to Spirit

Some traditions use the fifth Element of Spirit as embodying the power “To Go”: to go forth, to journey, to make manifest, to evolove. Most traditions assign Spirit to the Gods, making spirit a combination of the other four elements in perfect balance.

Conclusion

If one sees each of these qualities written on a four-sided pyramid, “To Keep the Silence” would be on the base, with the other three (To Know, To Will, To Dare) rising from the base (ie. Earth, foundation) to meet at the top. All things begin and end in Silence.

All of these qualities must be developed to gain proficiency in magick. (Remember “Achieve Balance”)Sources:

sources:

The Way of the Goddess by Ly Warren-Clarke
Dalukah’s Notes
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

Signifigator (Your innate characteristics):

Strength

You face trials ahead but with head held high, you are able to grasp firmly your destiny. You will master the forces within you.

Objects in Your Dream:

Poster from the movie “Blow”:

10 of Cups

You fear that your former life of abusing drugs or being associated with the drug world will destroy your happiness

Broken Headboard:

10 of Pentacles (rev)

You have a hard time letting go of things that no longer serve your best interests: e.g. broken relationships, things you’ve lost but may never find again, your own doubts and fears.

Oreos & Milk:

5 of Swords (rev)

In your past there was a conflict and while you were victorious you paid a high price for your victory—loss of childhood innocence or something that represents former happiness.

Transition Card (influences People in Dream):

Queen of Swords (rev)

Trying to find meaning and even demanding that there must be a meaning to what happened to you in the past is a fruitless endeavor.

People in Your Dreams

You smoking marijuana:

Knight of Cups (rev)

Be wary of falling into old habits for doing this could jeopardize future happiness. Or, this could simple be a fear of that happening. You seem to have a lot of emotional baggage from your past.

Your Friend, Amanda:

Queen of Pentacles

Amanda represents a time when you were happier and things seemed simpler and everything made sense. Now, you are feeling very confused and are unsure of what to do.

You & Amanda:

9 of Swords (rev)

Here again, Amanda represents something from your past or a sense of loss. I feel that you are almost nostalgic about something and are desperately trying to regain it. Your heart is crossed and you can’t see your way to solve this problem or resolve some old conflict. Until you are able to do this you will be blocked from true wisdom and emotional calm.

Transition Card (influences Symbols or the Deepest Meanings of your Dreams):

Knight of Pentacles (rev)

You need a rest or currently are in limbo about something. However, don’t hang on to the past too long or spend too much time searching for meaning in your past for your future will require your attention for your future holds abundance or fertility if only you can adapt to your changing environment.

Symbols in Your Dreams

A Wall (appeared twice):

The Devil

You have misplaced blame. Take responsibility for what happened and move forward. You’ve been using these feelings like a wall to prop up a false sense of being a victim thus creating an imbalance in your life. The wall is a barrier you must move through to create a new you.

Castle:

The Emperor

A castle and an emperor or a king appears in your dream. But the emperor like the castle has decayed and fallen into ruin. You have weakened the foundation of your life or perhaps your relationship with a father-figure has deteriorated. You recognize this and wish for more stability in your life.

Shattered Windows in Castle:

The Fool

The Fool represents you and the new beginning and everything before you on a journey to a new life, and all you are hoping for but the broken windows suggest you must first move beyond the shattered halls of your past. While it is good to seek answers about the past the future and present are more important. Make a radical change in your life in the face of conventional wisdom.

Hunger (for Oreos and milk):

Temperance

Seek balance in your life and beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself—cut yourself some slack.

Haunted Buildings:

The Empress

You have some unfinished emotional business with something or someone from your past—possibly your mother or a mother-figure or perhaps even with yourself.

The Past Influences:

The Page of Pentacles (rev)

Carelessness in the past has caused you grief in the present. Pay more attention to practical matters. Seek new challenges or studies and don’t rest on your laurels. Be warned you don’t know as much as you think you do.

The Present Influences:

The World (rev)

You feel as though your world has literally been turned upside down and are languishing. But chaos and change are all part of growth. You lack confidence about your present and it’s not really all that bad. You tend to see the worst possible outcome in every situation.

The Future Influences:

The Mage (rev)

You have all you need at your disposal if only you will start to apply yourself and have a little faith. Continue your studies whether they be a magickal ones or mundane ones at a school. However do not let your blossoming abilities lead you down the path of manipulation and overly controlling others for that is an addiction as bad the other you suffered.

What it all Means:

The Hierophant

Through studies both magickal and mundane you will find what you seek but more importantly to you, you will come through this difficulty. You will learn (so make sure you keep studying), you will find some of the answers your looking for (others you will never know and must accept this as fact), and finally society will accept you and you will find contentment within structures others might find too confining but will make you happy.


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