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    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
    12:35 am
    Esoteric Book Conference 2013
    The 2013 Esoteric Book Conference will be in Seattle on September 14th and 15th, 2013.

    Well worth attending.

    Particulars available at

    Current Mood: sleepy
    Friday, September 21st, 2012
    4:52 pm
    Is any one still paying attention
    I know this commuinity has been fallow for a long time, I'm hoping it can be reinvigorated.
    Thursday, May 26th, 2011
    1:09 am
    stirring the cauldron
    as a friend is wont to say.

    Hope all is well with you and yours - post something, why not?
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
    11:02 pm
    Stirring the Cauldron a bit
    An open question: What do the witches do that makes them witches?

    Current Mood: contemplative
    Saturday, May 16th, 2009
    1:14 pm
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    9:42 am
    An Introduction
    Hello everyone! I thought that before I go and start commenting to people and making posts and what not that I would give some information about me and why I joined and stuff like that.

    Firstly, on the internet I am known as Gypsy Jenski. (Gypsy: A bohemian traveler. Jenski: Coming home. []) <- The reason for that is just because I found the meanings and thought them fun and wanted to share. XD ANYWAYS! I am a 23 year old witch who's base in the craft is the British Hereditary Tradition. It is a Trad I love very much and feel very connected to. This means that I follow the Welsh/Celtic Pantheon, myths and legends. I am still learning myself, so I do not know everything there is to know. However, I am a learning Bard so it is my goal to be able to recite every myth, legend, chant and song by heart. I know, big dreams. But hey, I just might do it some day.

    Being a Bard I am a lover of music and the written word. I have an average singing voice, so it is not like nails on a chalkboard when I sing, a fact I think my Coven appreciates. XD I also have a never ending thirst for knowledge. This has lead me to be interested in other traditions and forms of practice. The most notable of which are the Norse, Greek, Rom (or Gypsy's), and Native American Shamans. While I likely will never practice their teachings, I still wish to know about them.

    So yeah, that's some general information about me, but if you have any questions for me go ahead and ask away. ^_^ I do not bite, I promise.

    Thursday, January 8th, 2009
    4:14 pm
    It's been quiet
    What books are people reading? Reviews, recommendations?
    Sunday, May 18th, 2008
    2:40 pm
    Modernizing the Measure and the Oath
    In many pagan traditions, it is customary to "take the measure" at initiation, and to require certain oaths of the novitiate.

    The measure is a cord or string, knotted at points signifying various body measurements, such as height, arm length, inseam, circumference of the head, waist, distance from shoulder to opposite hip, middle finger length, and so on, exact details varying by specific tradition. The measure is kept by the High Priestess or High Priest of the coven, to insure the safety of the group, should the new initiate "go bad": they have the person's attributes in a physical form, which can be used for sympathetic magic, to bind or damage.

    The oaths, which also vary widely by religion and specific tradition, tend to involve a commitment to the Craft, to their fellow initiates, and sometimes to others, with promises of dire retribution should they fail to keep them.
    "…I further swear that initiates of the Craft shall be to me, each and every one, as my parent, my sibling or my child, born of one blood with me, and that no one sealed by oath to the Goddess shall appeal to me in vain.
    And if I betray any secret revealed to me here, or prove false to my oath, then I shall submit myself to the Elders of the Craft for such discipline as they shall choose; and if I fail, then may every person's hand turn against me, let them slay me like an animal and consign my body unburied to corruption and my soul to the mercy of the Goddess."
    [adapted from the Oath of the Free Amazons, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Similar, but not identical, to many Craft oaths.]

    Sometimes they have more gruesome details—... homeless, jobless, broke and floating in the bay )
    Saturday, April 12th, 2008
    11:55 pm
    Changes in trad over time
    Been contemplating Feri trad, and how it's changing. Or rather, how public perception of it is changing.

    Feri's a small trad. A cluster of lines, really, pointing to a single originator (although there's some debate about lines that don't trace to Victor Anderson, there are few enough of them, and they're not publicly active much, so the debate remains mostly academic). So: fifteen years ago, Feri was a little-known Wicca-ish variant active in the SF Bay Area. (It's not really Wicca-ish, in that it doesn't trace to Gardner at all. But it does cast circles, call four elements, honor a moon goddess, and so on. From the outside, especially from a non-pagan outside, it looks like Wicca. Fine.)

    Simple history & ponderings inside )
    Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
    12:46 am
    But it's quiet in here.
    Monday, August 27th, 2007
    7:55 pm
    The word "Wicca"
    After the recent thread in NFP at Livejournal (and an... interesting... thread at [info]circle_cast--look if you want, but please, let it die), I've got new insights on the use of the word "Wicca." This is still fairly rough; the ideas are solid in my head, but they're not parsing well into words, and seem to assume a whole lot of understood background. Let me know if this goes off on too many tangents, or fails to support itself.

    From what I gather, the history goes something like this:
    Please, nobody bitch me out for the generalization of the timeline. )
    6:51 pm
    Welcome to Trad Witches
    Let the posting commence!
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