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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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November 12th, 2004

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03:00 pm - What have I been doing?
Sorry I haven't gotten to respond to comments. I will shortly.

On Wed., I got my eyes dialated while at the eye doctor, and was thus unable to read well enough to respond to the myriad of comments on Tues.'s entries.

On the bright side, my eye doctor was a hottie. And I mean that in the most professional way possible.

Yesterday, I was in Cleveland at the Zoo, as I had the day off of work for Veteran's Day.

And today, it's been work, meeting, or being shorthanded, but a few of you will know that I've still gotten the chance to read all the journal entries (now that I can read again).

Tina's in Cleveland still, enjoying some time with family. I have reading glasses at the moment, to try them out, but I'm unimpressed with what they do.

I've met autumn_kitsune, as well, who was at our last Grove business meeting, and who I took to dinner on Wed. night. Saw her last night, as well, when I ran into her in the grocery store completely at random. Might hear from her tonight. We'll see. She's in town for Army training.

I love meeting people from LJ.

Oh, and after a full year of not reviewing any books, I'm back on track to review one. You guys will like this, as it's one of the first books I read when getting into Paganism: DJ Conway's Celtic Magic.

Some initial observations, from exactly 50 pages in:
  • Apparently, the Celts were henotheists. Or duotheists. Or Pantheists. Or Jungians. But they certainly weren't polytheists.
  • There's a ritual in there (a "generic" one) that doesn't tell you what its intent is. This doesn't seem to bother her.
  • The number 13 is of vital importance to "The Wiccan", but apparently we don't get explainations about that, nor do we ever see it mentioned more than once in her book.
  • Wiccan = Celtic = Witch = Druid
I'm amused. Every page has something written in the margins. At least when my grandchildren find that I had this book on my shelf, there'll be no question exactly what I thought of it.

Back to work. . . interspersed with reading and commenting on your comments. Thanks for the feedback. Apparently, I didn't piss off half my friends, like I was afraid I might :) You guys rock.
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: "Truckstop Salvation", -JB

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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
I hate to admit it, but this was the first "pagan" book I ever bought, and I used it extensively, until I bought The 21 Lessons of Merlyn.

Eventually, I bought Drawing Down the Moon and found out just how ridiculous a lot of stuff I was reading happened to be. Then I got the internet and found out even more. Man, I felt stupid.

BTW, her love spell? It's the "one ring to rule them all" poem from "The Lord of the Rings." Man, when I realized that...
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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
One to seek him/her, one to find him/her.
One to bring him/her, one to bind him/her.
Heart to heart, forever one.
So say I, this spell is done.

-p. 148

"One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the Darkness bind them."

Damn skippy. That rocks. :) Having never tried any of the spells (if I did, I think I blocked it out), I didn't ever catch that.

That is sooooooo cool! And it's definitely getting into my review, with proper credit to you for pointing that out :)
Date:November 12th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
*jaw drops*

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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hey! I'm a 21 Lessons Druid too! Sadly, I just didn't know where else to look at the time. And at least it gave me a place to start from in creating personal ritual. 'A elffyn todd . . .' - yep, even learned the 'spell of making' - having little clue what it meant.
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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
Didn't the spell of making come from the movie Excalabur? I recall hearing that.

Personally, I couldn't be bothered to read that much Welsh. :) But I did manage to memorize "The Truth Against the World", which I think is a dynamite code of ethics.

Since then, though, I've found that a little bit of fiction makes life about twice as interesting as 100% truth. I've also found that if you drop below 98% truth, though, you do eveyone a disservice :)

21 LoM was, I think, my first intro to Paganism. Sad, but true.
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Date:November 12th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
I loved that book. But I'm a big fan of books that require me to hand pick the bullshit out and filter truth for myself.

And I was a big fan of some of the stuff. I liked the spell of making, which I also memorized. And the truth against the world, which is not only good ut I still use. I don't even know if hte language is accurate.

the triads were nice, though only some of htem were useful. It was really just the "facts" and "history" that was hugely questionable, but if you use it as a piece of fiction that holds the druidic spirit then I can live with it and even find much merit in it.

I just wish he had SAID that . . .
Date:November 12th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
that book was one of my first, too. It was apparently so good that I dropped it after 20 pages, and my sister, who isn't pagan at all, read it and dropped it after little more than 30. Ha!
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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm not entirely sure I read it all the first time. But I do remember being confused to all hell with it.

It's a lot of fun to read now.
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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)

Oh man, yeah--that has to go in. I can't wait to read this review and cringe at my youth :)
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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
I think you're being too harsh on Conway. I mean - Intent in a ritual is highly overrated. LOL!
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Date:November 12th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know. Who cares why you're doing it, or whether you're invoking something bigger than your head? The point is that you're doing magic!
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Date:November 12th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
First rule of Paganism - If it feels good - Do IT! LOL!
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Date:November 13th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC)
When my mom found out I was into Druidry and things Celtic, she bought me Conway's Celtic Magic book. I never read it, but I kept it because Mom gave it to me.

I read 21 LOM AFTER I joined OBOD, and started reading a variety of John Matthews and RJ Stewart books, and of course, Philip Carr-Gomm. But when I wrote to Monroe, he sent me a nasty letter back telling me I couldn't be a druid because I am female, among other things. I never read another word he wrote, and have disparaged the book ever since.

However, it took finding ADF for me to start looking at things in a more scholarly fashion. I was quite the fluffy bunny in my day (OK, maybe I still am, to a point - heheh).

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