January 28th, 2010

magic, wicca, herbs, witch, pagan

Concerning my last post...

My last post was met with some amount of hostility, and while some of the feedback was harsh I feel it was well deserved. Nothing drives me more than criticism. That said, I have revised the article into a manner that I hope is less dogmatic and just more informative.

After re-reading the article this morning, as I was trying to tweak it, I found many sections where my own fears and anger of past circumstances were glaring me in the face. This is not my intention for Craft Haven--to rant, and point fingers. I merely wish to be educational and to provide comfort to those seeking it. I will be more diligent here on out to make sure that I do not offend people. I am not naive in thinking that I can please everyone, but these past few hours have shown me that I can do much better.

If you wish to read the revised article, please refer to my last post for the link.
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A "Witches' Ladder"?, Punishment for the people of Haiti?, Review of "The Crucible"

Odds and quads
by Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 28 January 2010
"This 1.5m long feathered rope was found in a Somerset attic in the late 1870s, alongside six brooms and an old chair.

It was presented in The Folk-Lore Journal in 1887 as a "witches' ladder": the chair was for witches to rest in, the brooms to ride on, and the cock-feather ladder to help them cross the roof. It still bore this description when it was donated to the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum in 1911. But its purpose is in dispute.

Some, including the Scottish social anthropologist Sir James Frazer, claimed that the rope was intended for alternative magical purposes such as obtaining milk from neighbours' cows or causing the death of enemies. Others have suggested that it was used by hunters to turn back deer or to frighten birds from crops.

Although the idea of feathered witches' ladders rests on hearsay rather than solid evidence, it was much discussed by folklorists and so proved influential. It has since been adopted in contemporary witchcraft, or Wicca."
A question asked of several local religious leaders.
In Theory: Punishment for the people of Haiti?
La Cañada Valley Sun, Jan 28, 2010
The Rev. Bryan Griem, pastor of Montrose Community Church said:
"Half the population of Haiti practices voodoo, and that might give us pause to think there might be something to this thought that God has had enough of them and their awful pagan ways. But then, how different are they from us, really? I mean, Haiti’s majority identity is foundationally Christian, but U.S. statistics run almost neck-and-neck with Haiti in the way our people maintain a sort of Christian-by-default citizenry, but then practice religion that is very syncretistic with whatever spiritual views seem popular at the time.

When Katrina hit New Orleans, the fact that it was our nation’s murder capital made people wonder about the God question.

When the San Fernando Valley suffered some memorable quakes, it wasn’t long before its “porn capital of the country” moniker entered into the divine wrath discussion. We can only look upon the dark side with our heads shaking, but we can never know with any certainty whether God supernaturally intervened with a heavy hand, or if he simply allowed us to live as we always do, without him and suffer whatever naturally comes our way.

God did flood the world at the time of Noah because mankind had become only evil all the time (Genesis 6:5 NIV). He rained fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah for their perversion (Jude 7), but lest God reveal his intentions with some specificity, we can’t know his activity, though he never does wrong.

I believe that most of our contemporary disasters exemplify the “Three Little Pigs” syndrome. We don’t build our houses correctly, and nature’s wolf blows them down. We build on fault lines, below sea level, and in the case of Haiti, without rebar and earthquake prevention codes.

The sheer mass of helpful response belies our having been made in God’s image, and all our charity shows that we don’t believe this to be his judgment.

Nonetheless, such events do make us look up and consider him."
Walden Theatre presents The Crucible
by Cristina Martin, Louisville Mojo (blog), JAN 28, 2010
""There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires..." - Villager Ann Putnum.

The more we delve, the more complicated things can seem. Arthur Miller once said, "The job is to ask questions – it always was – and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility." (National Observer (1/20/1964).

When a work you think you're already familiar with just grabs you and won't let you go, you know you're onto something big. Witchcraft, religious zealotry, mass hysteria, fear, sex, love, justice, condemnation, pride, power, lies, Truth – they're all at issue in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, set in 1690's Massachusetts and depicting the maelstrom surrounding the Salem witch trials.

Like many of us, I was introduced to The Crucible in high school English class -- before, I must say, I even knew what a crucible was. In revisiting The Crucible some 20 years later, I'm amazed at how much I missed. My interpretation wasn't wrong – far from it. But it lacked nuance, and it lacked that finer understanding of human nature that only life experience in the intervening two decades could bring.
"We burn a hot fire here," Deputy-Governor Danforth says. "It melts down all concealment."

But does the truth really come out through an inquisition such as this, or are the waters just tragically muddied? How simple things would be if all were black and white, if we truly had a book like Reverend Hale which contained, "all the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated.""
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Episode #010 - Death and Necromancy

In this extra long landmark episode we talk about death, the greatest rite of passage of them all by addressing its meaning and reality as well as how it affects the meaning of life. We talk to Ray Sette about being a Psychic Astrologer. We learn about Dr. John Dee, Sir Edward Kelley, and Enochian Magic in A Corner in the Occult. I read listener email. We find out which two lucky listeners won the goathead wall plaques from Episode #008. I share some personal stories regarding my experiences with death and medical cadavers. And to close we discuss Necromancy and Electronic Voice Phenomena.

Links: Ray Sette Psychic Astrologer, Association TransCommunication, Krampus, Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Research, American Express Commerical

Music: George Wood, Blue Oyster Cult, ASCIAN, Dragon Ritual Drummers, All India Radio, Guy David, Alexandre Falcao, Linda Holzer, Ted Tunes, Persian Paladin

Featured Music: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Portishead

Promos: Inciting A Riot, Lance and Graal, Witchery of One, Spiritscast

Credits: PodsafeAudio, Podsafe Music Network

Show Script (pdf)

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