Posted 23 April 2004 - 08:20 PM
Posted 23 April 2004 - 08:29 PM
Posted 25 April 2004 - 01:40 AM
Posted 28 April 2004 - 12:15 PM
It would be far more honest to just admit that yes, some people and/or sects do use it in spellwork, but that you (generic you) find it distasteful and don't do it, rather than incorrectly speaking for a whole path and saying that it isn't done.
Posted 28 April 2004 - 12:17 PM
Posted 28 April 2004 - 11:08 PM
AWOMAN! Well said. I always cringe when I hear people say that blood is not allowed at all in any Wiccan rituals or bad things will happen.
Thank you, Ana.
See, this is my biggest gripe against so-called Wiccan authors like Silver Ravenwolf, D.J. Conway, and some of the others in the Llewellyn gang. They have bastardized Wicca so badly in order to make it palatable to the parents of teens so the kids will be allowed to buy their books, that they are printing information that is patently false. Silver RavenWolf has even gone so far as to take parts of Christianity and "Wiccanize" them so that parents will think that Wicca and witchcraft are all just one big happy fluffy game, and it's totally ridiculous. I call those who read her books and proclaim themselves to be Wiccan "McWiccans", because she makes it sound like all you have to do is what she says, slap on a pentagram, dress like a goth, and voila! you're a Wiccan. She disgusts me.
Posted 29 April 2004 - 09:36 AM
Posted 29 April 2004 - 09:44 AM
Krafted with luv
Posted 29 April 2004 - 09:45 AM
Posted 29 April 2004 - 09:52 AM
Krafted with luv
Posted 29 April 2004 - 11:10 AM
I've been iffy about the Llewellyn Press ever since I picked up a book on Celtic Magic, only to open it, and find in the introduction the statement that the peoples we now refer to as the Celtic Tribes came from Atlantis! Thank the Gods I was reasonably familar as a layperson in the history and archaeology of the Celtic tribes else I'd be spouting garbage about Atlantian Celts!
This sounds typical of Llewellyn. They're not so much concerned with accuracy as they are with pandering to the faddish masses. The only thing they publish that I buy is their yearly publication "The Witches Almanac" and all I do with it is tear out the calendar that has all the different holidays and moon phases on it to use for reference throughout the year. Since I don't have a parakeet cage to line, the rest of it goes in the trash since the little stories in it are about as useful as nipples on a boar hog. :
Posted 29 April 2004 - 11:56 AM
Posted 02 May 2004 - 03:41 AM
Posted 02 May 2004 - 09:26 AM
Posted 02 May 2004 - 10:11 AM
As a Christian, I see mention of blood a lot in the Scriptures. The most powerful passages talk of our garments being washed white in the blood of the Lamb. In the sacrament, we partake of bread and water in remembrance of the body and blood of Christ - but they are merely emblems.
Hawaiians believe that mana is stored in the physical body of a being. When a powerful chief would die, his children would often drink his blood, eat his flesh, and store his bones in their hut. This was the fate of Captain Cook - the locals killed him and ate him to obtain his mana.
Today there is an understandable concern about microbes in blood. We understand that by introducing A+ blood into someone with B+ blood, there will be complications (the two types of blood will fight it out).
I can understand using blood in rituals, but I will never drink someone else's life force (I am not opposed to blood transfusions performed in sanitary conditions).
I didn't lose my mind - I have it backed up on a disk ... somewhere
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