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8
Nov

Warlock is a noun

   Posted by: Scrivener

Ddw109i  arlock is a noun

for sorcerers, summoners

of witchy renown.

Excerpted below is a recent blog entry of a former student, who I will denote as M. No, I won’t provide a trackback.

   


What is it that I want to become? The time of riding life to wherever it takes me is done.  It’s time for me to forge my path. I like that:  Forge.  With the unquenchable fire of passion and determination.  I don’t know fully what I want to be yet. Except this.

POWERFUL

I don’t mean the world domination, powerful (although that could be nice).  I mean a release of my innate power.  Being one that commands respect wherever I go (not to be mistaken with worshipped, although that is also not always bad, if only occasion)  If you could only see my smirk.

What is Power? True Power, the power that cannot be given or taken but simply is. Power that is a part of the soul. How is it gained, or earned, or proven?

Magick (mastery of) is Power

Strength is Power

Wisdom is Power

Compassion is Power

Authority is Power

Sexuality is Power

The Healing arts are Power

There is my starting point. Along with going a little wild and letting myself release my inner dragon. Seeing what she has in store for me. She’s in there. Waiting to come out.  I’m anxious to meet her.

 

My initial impression of M’s first blog entry in over a year was that either she was back on the Courtney drug (see my article “Fakers (not) Fakirs Among Us” or she was once more off her anti-psychotic meds. As you can see, the tone of the piece is definitely manic if not maniacal. In addition, the grammatical errors (M is an English major graduate) indicate an agitated state during her writing process. Of course, one could argue that the disjointed grammar was a byproduct of M’s intense fervor during her channeling experience. That’s what the sham not a shaman Courtney told her. If only M could see me smirk.

Despite the nonsense pumped into her fluffy brain by the blessed wannabe, Courtney, M is a seeker—nothing more and nothing less which is not a bad thing. We should all be seekers of truth and our own power. As M says, she doesn’t know what she wants to be—but she wants to be powerful.

Therein lies her true impotence.

While I agree with M’s list of some sources of power, however, like lightning following an ion trail, power needs a path, which is what she lacks. M is flailing about with no clear idea of how to obtain the power she craves. From experience with her, I can tell you that M is what I call a philosophical dilettante.

First, she’ll run down one religious or philosophical path picking up a few ideas. She usually takes these ideas out of context ignoring the parts of the teachings she doesn’t agree with, or due to her attention deficit, she simply doesn’t concentrate long enough on the lessons to absorb fully the material. Eventually M tires of her new fad and moves onto some other teachings until such time that she moves on again, and again, and again.

Clearly, M wants, but doesn’t know what she wants—like so many of us. But this flitting from one teaching or tradition or system of magick to another and another and another is about as likely to yield the results she wants as chasing butterflies without a net—which might also be an appropriate metaphor for her mental state. M should have added one more line to her what-is-power list: focus is power.

For she failed, in her brief and manic tenure with the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven and School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick, to remember the basic ingredients for successful magick:

  • Desire to change something in the mundane (she clearly has this)
  • A plan / belief / strength of will of how to accomplish her goals (she hasn’t a clue)
  • Visualization of the successful outcome of her magick (her mind is too erratic and unfocused and to visualize.

M needs to focus. She needs to pick a path and follow it to its end. While the greater part of the journey is the journey itself, the wise man who said that did not mean for the seeker to run around in circles. In addition, from what I know of dragons, they are no-nonsense type of creatures not given to being pleased at having their time wasted by philosophical meanderings of fluffy bunnies. Perhaps this little rabbit hopped out of her hole just in time for Ostara.

I wish M well on her life-path search. Ultimately it’s a path we all must walk alone to find our own truth at the center of all creation. With that in mind I still find M’s final comment about dragons to be way too Helen Reddy-ish (ala “I am woman hear me roar”) to be taken seriously because I know that all too soon this fluffy cottontail will be hopping down some other bunny trail.

 

Recently, I received this email from Marie K, Warner Robins’ self-proclaimed only real high priestess. While I would agree with most of the below points, in Marie’s case, I think it’s like the pot calling the cauldron black. I’ve posted the email below with editorial remarks.

RED FLAGS – SPIRITUAL TEACHERS!

Religion, like any other tool, can be abused and misused. In your quest for a spiritual teacher, you may meet someone who is not what they claim, and may not be functioning at a very high developmental level. To aid you in evaluating potential teachers, you must use discernment and judgment.

(But most importantly you must choose me, Marie K, because I AM THE WITCH QUEEN OF WR, GA.)

SEEKER BEWARE ANYONE WHO…

• …Asks for your money, beyond minimal basic expenses, for spiritual teaching.

(A coven like any other church needs monetary support but too often people feel that because we don’t have a building with a steeple, a services should be free. That simply is not the case. Also in the case of classes or other services, students sometimes feel that since the class is free, they don’t have to take the class seriously.)

• …Forbids contacts with others – required isolation.
(Again, isn’t that exactly what you have done Marie? My sources from inside your little )

• …Claims to teach you the “one, true and only way” or claims that their way is somehow better than others on the same or similar path.
(Agreed)

• …Watch out for anyone who puts down other spiritual paths or others in their own spiritual path without VERY good reason (such as physical, mental, emotional or psychological abuse – harming others) or claims to be the “only game in town”.
(My sources from inside your group have told me that is EXACTLY what you are doing in respect to the Circle of the Dark Moon)

• …Is physically, mentally, or emotionally abusive, or angry.
• …Anyone who claims that they are the only one who is legitimate and all others are false.
• …Promises to reveal to you great secret knowledge, when you “are ready for it”
(Once you get past the Wicca 101 stuff. There’s good reason for waiting to reveal potentially dangerous magickal techniques to students until they have mastered skills that are more elementary.)
• …Claims to have the ability to “fix” your problems – this action fosters dependency. Spiritual teachers should not offer quick fixes, but rather should help you to learn how to solve your own problems and deal with your own life.
• …Requires unthinking loyalty – discouraging or disallowing free thought or questions. Beware of anyone who gives you the notion that you are not worthy of having your questions answered.
• …Anyone who fosters dependence or subservience.
(Agreed)
• …Has a lifestyle which makes you uncomfortable.
(Wow, using your witches’ meetup to recruit for your little polyamory playtime group would make me uncomfortable)
• …Needs to put others down in order to make themselves seem more knowledgeable, worthy, or important or ridicules others. Beware arrogance, boastfulness and braggarts.
(Again, this is exactly the gospel that you preach to your group.)
• …Uses manipulative tactics, guilt or fear to control you. Avoid anyone who uses coercive tactics. (Ask yourself if you are being manipulated!)
• …Brags about how enlightened they are.
(There’s nothing wrong with demonstrated ability. In fact isn’t that what you do every time you recite your lineage?)
• …Requires you to purchase things from them in order to obtain enlightenment.
(Guess that leaves your friend Courtney out doesn’t it?)
• …Requires you to do anything you feel is wrong, or would harm you or others. Stay away from anything that goes against your own ethics and conscience.
(Marie, does that include having your husband hit on every female that attends a witches meetup. Some of our students have attended some of your meetings—unlike you we encourage our members to attend other groups’ functions—and they have said that they were VERY UNCOMFORTABLE with your husband’s actions and remarks.)
• …Does not have respect for you as an individual.
• …Requires sex, or the use of drugs
(See above)
GROUP LEADERS – WHAT TO LOOK FOR
You cannot expect any person to be perfect, (Except of course for the vaunted MarieK) however there are attributes that you can look for. Ask yourself, IS THIS PERSON…

• …Mentally stable and capable of sound reasoning?
• …Emotionally stable, and not looking to have their ego fed?
• …Motivated by a desire to serve rather than spiritual greed or a desire to have power over others?
• …Someone you would want to be like?
• …Living a balanced lifestyle?
• …Courteous, kind, considerate, respectful of others?
• …Able to display a sense of humor, especially about self?
• …Honest?
• …Humble?
• …Dependable?
• …Discriminating?
• …Respectful of diversity and uniqueness? (Especially concerning polyamory—I wonder what the county school board or the base would think of those activities)
• …Willing to listen?
(All good qualities—maybe you should practice some of them. Because, you are one of the most spiteful, and angry person I know when someone disagrees with the gospel according to Marie. Really, you need to go to Walmart and buy a sense of humor. )
LOOK AT THEIR STUDENTS, ARE THEY….
• …Healthy, strong, independent, well-adjusted?
• …People you would want to be like or even be around?

(So now you’re attacking the other members of our coven? If you have a problem, confront me don’t make oblique attacks our coven members. That is if you have the magickal stones for it.)

MARKS OF AN ADVANCED SOUL… WHAT TO STRIVE FOR

• Humility, kindness, consideration, firmness, honesty, self-honesty, a sense of humor (ability to laugh at self).
• These things will never be outgrown. They are a foundation for higher learning and apply to all levels of existence. The will keep you safe in your magical adventures!
(All good qualities.)
As the Bard would say, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” I wish there could be more cooperation amongst the area covens but as long as people like MarieK remain acerbic and intolerant of those who differ with them, the infighting most likely will continue. Oh and let’s not forget “hateful” and “necessary.” Right, Marie?

28
Apr

Fakers (not fakirs) Among Us

   Posted by: Scrivener

An Editorial by Scrivener

It gives me no pleasure to write this blog entry, but C (who in my opinion is more a sham than a shaman), from a so-called new age store in Centerville, GA. has really pegged my bullshit meter. Wait, no, it’s not a new age store; it’s a ‘health and wellness bookstore.’ At least that’s what C put on her business license application to the city of Centerville several months ago and hence the partial source of her some of her troubles and damage to the pagan community.

I say damage because it’s people like C who in my opinion are more interested in collecting a ten spot for their ‘intuitive spiritual readings’ (Isn’t that the same thing as saying you’re guessing?) than actually being an asset to the pagan community. It’s people like her that are pointed out as examples that all
pagans are flakes by folks who are a bit more mainstream.

Incidentally, I’m not using actual names in this article because I don’t want to give C and her shop (I use the term loosely) any further search engine visibility, and, she’s taken the advice of Johnny Cochran that if your talents are not legiti-mate, you must instead litigate.

Let’s rewind the way-back machine to late January when this little shop of farces first opened. Even then, negative events surrounded her. It was about that time that an untrue rumor about the proprietor of another new age (an actual new age store) started floating around town. Charging to the rescue came the 800-pound belly-dancing gorilla of the local witches meetup group(not in any way affiliated the Circle of the Dark Moon) who was going to investigate the source of these rumors. Uh huh, C is a member of this group. While nothing was ever proven one way or the other, the suspicious mind would wonder aloud who stood the most to gain from disparaging the good name of the other store proprietor.

And, the drama continues. Last month Centerville served papers to C stating that she was in violation of a city ordinance. A copy of this letter is presented below for clarification.

CITY OF CENTERVILLE
100 East Church Street Centerville, Georgia 31028-1099
Phone: (478) 953-4734 Fax: (478) 953-4797

JOHN R. HARLEY .MAYOR

April 12, 2010

Dear Ms. B:

Centerville City Ordinance, Article I, Section 6.1
I have enclosed a copy of city ordinance Section 6-1, entitled “Forrunetelling and similar practices prohibited.” A recent article in the Local and State section of The Telegraph indicates that your business, Energy Among Us, is operating in violation of Section 6-1. At this time, the City asks that you discontinue offering any of the services described in this ordinance. A review of your business license application, filled out by you, describes your business as a “wellness center/bookstore.” Had you disclosed the entire nature of your business at the time you applied for a license, any lack of awareness or misunderstanding of the applicable city ordinance could have been cleared up. The cities of Warner Robins and Perry both have ordinances of the same nature as Centerville’s ordinance.

Additionally, it has come to the city’s attention that you are sponsoring or otherwise organizing some type of event in the shopping center located at 100 N. Houston Lake Road within the next few weeks. It is the city’s impression that you intend to have vendors offering services that violate City Ordinance Section 6.1. Please contact any vendors that offer such services and inform them that they will not be allowed to participate in such an event within the Centerville city limits.
The City Marshal will be making contact with you soon to ensure that your business is operating legally. The City will not be issuing any citations to you for offering the prohibited services at this time; however, prompt compliance with this letter and all applicable city ordinances is expected.

Sincerely,
Krista A. Bedingfield, City Clerk

Listed below is a copy of the actual ordinance.

GEORGIA, HOUSTON COUNTY
CITY OF CENTERVILLE

AN ORDINANCE

PROHIBITING THE PRACTICE OF FORTUNE-TELLING, PALMISTRY, OR OTHER KIND OR PRACTICES WITHIN “CENTERVILLE”;

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF “CENTERVILLE”, GEORGIA AND IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED BY AUTHORITY THEREOF:

SECTION I

It shall be unlawful for any person to have the occupation or advertise the practice of fortune-telling, phrenology, astrology, clairvoyance, palmistry, spiritualism, or other kindred practices, businesses, or professions where a charge is made or a donation is accepted for the services.

SECTION II

Any and all persons guilty of violating any portion of this ordinance shall be guilty of violating a City Ordinance. Each person so convicted in the Recorder’s Court [sic] shail be fined not to exceed $500.00 and imprisonment not to exceed sixty (60) days, either or both in the discretion of the Recorder.

SECTION III

All Ordinances and parts of Ordinances in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed.

SECTION IV

This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its adoption.

BE IT ORDAINED, this the 5th day of February, 1985.

CITY OF “CENTERVILLE”, GEORGIA

While I abhor such ordinances, I have to agree with the city that it IS within their purview to regulate the type of businesses operated within the city limits AND that C was untruthful—or at least not completely truthful—in her business application license (apparently another failed student of Business Ethics 101.) Furthermore, such regulation of business IS NOT RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION as alleged by C and her witches meetup cohorts. If C were not charging for these ‘readings’, or she had set herself up as non-profit organization much the same way the Circle of the Dark Moon has, or was simply doing these readings for herself, and was told she couldn’t perform tarot readings or other such workings, then and only then would her constitutional rights have been abridged. The constitution does not guarantee your right to charge for fortune telling just because you say it’s connected to your religion. Why, pray tell is the religious-persecution/it’s-the-burning-times-all-over-again trump card played EVERYTIME a pagan doesn’t get their way. Especially since most of C’s would be rescuers are the selfsame people who hide in the shadows of Christian cathedrals and only come out into the bright light of pagan pride when it suits their purposes.

C’s big court date was yesterday, and as an ordained minister, and degreed Wiccan clergy, I had planned to testify to the ridiculous claims of religious persecution by C and Co. but alas, the city declined to follow through on prosecuting her not because their case was without merit, but because they couldn’t see giving her anymore free advertising.

When it comes to religion, C, seems duplicitous at best. She has claimed to be Christian, and now apparently Wiccan in addition to being an Indian seeress down many generations on her grandmother’s side (sounds like she borrowed a page from Alex Sander’s book.) It seems that she is whatever religion will ring her cash register. If C is Christian, then she should have been aware of the many prohibitions in the Bible against practicing divinatory arts communing with spirits and hence the reason Christian politicians pass ordinances such as the one listed above. In addition, as an ex-police officer she should have been aware of such an ordinance. However, I believe she was aware of that ordinance. Otherwise, why would she have been evasive on her business license application? Or—and this is probably giving her more credit than she is due—perhaps she did
know and expected to get a lot free publicity for her store from all the fallout. It took her less than a day to run to CNN and local media outlets with stories of religious persecution. It seems she more about slick self-promotion than substance.

On her website, C claims to be the next John Edwards. I’d ask which John Edwards, the senator who lied about having an affair or the other one.

C encourages these same sorts of exaggerated claims in her clients. One client claims that she “went off her meds” on C’s urging and now doesn’t need them any longer. If this is true, then there couldn’t have been much wrong with the client. Maybe the city should have prosecuted C for practicing medicine without a license as well. Another person has variously claimed to be Claire-sentient (not so bad a lot of people are to an extent), a shape-shifter (okay, this is a bit incredulous for even those of us who have been in the occult field for 20+ years), and finally this person is now a mystic (pass the Thorazine please.)

Admittedly, most of this chicanery is harmless. And if her customers feel that they’ve gotten their money’s worth, even if the readings are totally inaccurate because of lack of experience and talent, I’d venture that no harm has been done and that people will find out and make their own decisions. However, when my wife gets calls after C’s ‘expo’ and has to calm frazzled nerves, explaining that the readings had been done by a neophyte, because these people had received readings predicting events more dire than the 2012 apocalypse, that’s when I get upset. That is why most cities have these ordinances, because ultimately these ‘businesses’ end up being more trouble than they’re worth in terms of consumer complaints about fraud, misinformation spread through the community, and poor relations with practitioners and cowans alike.

Such ‘businesses’ are hard to monitor for consumer confidence because occultism is an art and not a science. Perhaps it’s an art-science, but still it is a subjective matter and not an objective one, and hence not easily measured by the usual business metrics. I believe that such ‘businesses’ are better suited to being run from a parlor or other private property than a public storefront. Why should such ‘businesses’ waste scarce business credit when the veracity of their usually wild claims cannot be verified?

Does anyone remember the Jamaican woman on the TV from the psychic friends network? As far as I am concerned, this so-called health and wellness bookstore is no different.