Archive | November 15, 2011


Every day and every night that I say the geneology of Brighid
I shall not be killed
I shall not be harmed
I shall not be put into a cell
I shall not be wounded

No fire, no sun, no moon shall burn me
No lake, no water, no sea shall drown me.

For I am the child of Poetry,
Poetry, child of Reflection,
Reflection, child of Meditation,
Meditation, child of Lore,
Lore, child of Research,
Research, child of Great Knowledge,
Great Knowledge, child of Intelligence,
Intelligence, child of Comprehension,
Comprehension, child of Wisdom,
Wisdom, child of Brighid.
Carmina Gaedelica edited by Lunea Weatherstone

May my words be as considered as poetry,
May I reflect on all I do or say,
May I meditate on those things important spiritually
May I seek to know more of the lore
May I research what I am curious about and what will enable me to grow
May I seek to know great knowledge,
May I acknowledge the intelligence of others
May I comprehend what I seek to learn and apply those lessons
May I know that seeking wisdom is not the same as being wise.
May I be a child of Brighid.

SelfBlessing is by me

Brighid, bean-oirdheirc
Lasrach grad
Fetaim lasrach soillse
Thoir cuireadh sinne
ris a’ bheatha

Brighid, Sublime Woman
Quick flame
Long may you burn bright!
You give us the invitation
to life everlasting.

Manipulative magic

People do a lot of things that can be construed as manipulative magic. Non pagans do it without thinking about. Pagans are supposed to be smarter than that but aren’t. We know that if we do it, it will come back to us time three but it still goes on.

What is manipulative magic? It’s trying to force people consciously or unconsciously to do the thing you want them to do. It can be anything that sets up a situation where the person being manipulated as fewer choices to exercise their free will. Parents do it all the time and at that point it can be a good thing because we have to learn to make wise choices and limiting choice to two or three choices like chocolate or vanilla is probably not going to harm free will and it teaches the value of choosing wisely but once we are adults and even if we are married to a Libra restricting choice is a no-no.

How do you know if you are being manipulated? You know because you feel resentment and you at least inwardly rebel. If you don’t want to do manipulative things then learn to ask directly and don’t try to force the issue. An example? The 40th Anniversary ritual for the tradition we allegedly followed at our founding is coming up. They didn’t ask us directly so we decided at our planning meeting to say “no”. We have a website. We are all on Facebook. We all have readily available email addresses but the people involved with the ritual decided to go through someone not in the coven and who has never been a real part of the coven. We decided if they wanted us they could have come to us directly. That or it was a manipulation on the part of the person who extended the invitation which is her usual mode of behaviour. We weren’t asked directly so we aren’t going. Being manipulated into going would probably have had a bad result even though we are older than the group putting on the ritual. They must not have wanted us very badly.

Manipulative behaviour will always get you smacked somehow. It is always better to be direct.

Medium Cookie – Mom’s Bon Bons

Mom’s Bon Bon Cookies

1 cup sugar
2 cups butter
1 egg
4 cups sifted flour
½ teaspoon of lemon extract
Or a few drops of oil of lemon
1 small jar of S&W chopped fruit

Bag of chopped pecans or walnuts
Mix creaming butter and sugar, adding rest of ingredients
Make into 2 rolls then roll in chopped pecans or walnuts
Put in refrigerator
Slice thin and bake at 400 degrees

The chopped fruit was a jar of mixed maraschino cherries and other coloured fruit. When in the cookie makes it look like a stained glass window. The mom in Mom’s is my grandmother and she did this pre any magazine article for stained glass cookies as this was her way of modifying the spritz dough sans the almonds.

Ministers and magic

I found a blog on Patheos the religious bloging site that amused me no end. It was written by a Presbyterian minister and was about Penn Jillette’s new book that says basically that doing magic made him an atheist. And of course the minister had to reference the conversion of Simon the Magus.

I have several problems with this. I suppose the biggest one in the interest of fairness is that I happen to have changed this particular minister’s diapers and was his sister’s camp counselor at church camp. Not a lot of respect going here when you’ve changed a dirty diaper. Plus even then it was obvious this kid had very little sense of humour. Something I find most lacking in human beings but is particularly irksome in a child.

The second is that it’s not about magic, real magic. Penn is talking about magic as in illusion which I suppose when you know how a lot is faked may affect your belief system.

The third is that Simon the Magus probably wasn’t a magic user either because the term Magus at that point meant an astrologer who would not have called himself a magician at all. He would have been as close to a scientist as that time and place could have supported.

So what is “real magic”?

Real magic attempts to make a real change. It attempts it by somehow invoking a perceived higher power to help us do something we want. Prayer is magic no matter how you slice it. If you pray to God or gods or a goddess for anything at all you are making magic.

This magic can include asking for healing for someone including oneself. It can include asking to win the ball game or anything else that’s selfish. It can be asking to win a war because you think your side of the conflict is right. And all too often if your side does win you assume your deity answered your prayer. I don’t think it does. Doing things like dropping a bigger bomb on some one to make them surrender has more to do with winning a war than a deity, or being better prepared before the ball game. I don’t think God really cares whether USC or UCLA wins the game no matter how many times the players call to Jesus to thank him afterwards.

But intent IS everything when it comes to magic or prayer. If you intend good to happen good will often come back to you and if you intend to harm that often comes back to you to and in many fold ways.

This is one reason pagans were so upset by the Christian movement to curse the US Capital and pagans. They wanted to make it the District of Christ and not the District of Columbia who happens to be the goddess standing on the top of the Capitol building. Praying to harm anything is evil. No matter how you slice it and right now a lot of Republican candidates would think there was nothing wrong with that at all.

I will never ever vote in any way for anyone who supports negative magic and it frightens me that so many Americans see no problem working malefic, and black magic. What does that say about the people that want to run this country?

We need to be very careful what we put out in the universe. Thought forms are very powerful partly because they shape our actions. You think and you often follow that with do. In fact the best of spells are followed with doing something but that doing should be positive. You want to pray for healing and do something to help that healing like eat better or take a vitamin or get treatment. Nothing in the Craft says not to take action to help it along as long as you keep a positive attitude.

If you pray to harm and follow it with a harmful act don’t be surprised if it comes around to bite you in the butt even if you don’t think you were being harmful. If your intent was negative it was harmful, period

More complex – Moravian Christmas Cookies

Moravian Christmas Cookies

3 ¾ cups sifted cake flour
¾ teaspoon ginger
¾ teaspoon cloves
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
¾ Teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter or other shortening melted
1 cup molasses, heated
½ cup brown sugar

Sift flour once, measure and sift together with spices, soda and salt 3 times
Combine butter & molasses, add the sugar and the flour mixture and let stand in cold place for a week or two.
Roll out paper thin and cut with fancy cookie cutters and bake in a moderate oven (375) degrees) 6 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
Remove at once from sheet, cool and store indefinitely in a closed tin
Makes about 200 cookies.

As you can tell this recipe is old. It’s pre-refrigerator and temperatures on ovens.
This used to be my favourite dough to sneak pieces to eat while we were cutting them out.

Medium Cookie – Toffee Bars

Toffee Bars

2 cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or ½ cup butter and ½ cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 oz of milk chocolate
½ cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugar
Add egg and vanilla
Mix well
Add sifted dry ingredients mixing just enough to combine
Spread in shallow 10×15 greased pan
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and cover with 6 oz of melted milk chocolate
(Grate on sheet immediately)
Then sprinkle with nuts
Cut into bars immediately and remove to wire racks

Makes 50 1×3 bars