Gwydion

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  1. Just be careful. Sometimes you do get what you wish for. Unfortunately, many times the object is more desirable while we are wanting it. The man you seek may not seem as fantastic when he is sitting around in his underwear watching crime dramas and spilling potato chips on the floor. You don't want to end up with buyer's remorse. Back in college I had a criminology professor who had been married for a very long time. She said that the secret was not finding the perfect man, but finding one whose imperfections you were willing to tolerate . It is good advice, and it has worked for me, even whe
  2. Thank you . Mastering Witchcraft is an excellent book and one of the first "do it yourself" books on Witchcraft. Many Wiccan Witches find it too "dark" because it presents magic (which the author refers to as "Witch power") as a neutral force that can be used for good or ill. The book is morally ambiguous and expects one to be mature enough to make their own decisions. I am not evil, but I don't want to be ignorant of the darker aspects of magic either. To quote the wise sage Schoolhouse Rocky, "Knowledge is power!" In recent years the book has become popular again among Traditional or non-Wic
  3. Hi PaganPeaceMaker! Yes, in Wales they are called the Plant Don (Children of Don) or the Tylwyth Teg (the Fair Folk or Tribe), but they are essentially the same family of Celtic gods . Hope your Beltane was a great one!
  4. Hi RevRattlesnake! Yes, I liked The Wicker Tree on its own merits. I think too many people tried to compare it to the original The Wicker Man which is a horror classic.. Really, in my opinion,The Wicker Tree was infinitely better than Nicholas Cage's remake of The Wicker Man.
  5. Hello Everyone, I just wanted to wish a Happy Nos Galan Gaeaf or Beltane to all of the Witches, Wiccans, and Pagans out there! It's a good time to dust off your dvd of The Wicker Man (original version, of course) .
  6. BTW, speaking of different terms, in Traditional Witchcraft we have a notebook or journal similar to a personal Book of Shadows, but it is usually called a grimoire (after the ceremonial magick texts) .
  7. I believe as Stormbringer mentioned that to some "warlock" would not be negative or offensive, myself included. I have also heard of these alternative origins for the word. Of course, I am a Traditional Witch and not a Wiccan. I prefer the Welsh term "gwyddon" which can be tranlsated as witch (male), wizard, scientist, or philosopher, but warlock wouldn't offend me unless it was meant by the person using the term to be disparaging.
  8. I would like to note that mystical experiences are definitely subject to personal interpretations, and I agree with LeopardBoy regarding examining these revelations in light of what we already know about these cultures and their deities. An Artemis who denounces hunting (or a Gwydion who despises the magical arts) would certainly raise legitimate questions. I also acknowldege that my personal interpretations are not the only possible interpretations. In my previous example of the goddesss Cerridwen, maybe she wasn't showing me a cup of imortality, but was indicating I was about to win a free l
  9. Hi Rev , Cerridwen came to me when I had been very ill with pneumonia and was seriously wondering if I might die. I saw her and she was presenting me with a jeweled cup. I seemed to know that she was presenting me a cup of immortality, and she was reassuring me that there was another life after this one in place where everyone was young and there was no sickness or death. Brighid seemed to be revealing another aspect of herself as the prototype of the Banshee (as well as indicating a relationship between herself and the Morrigu, an Irish goddess of war.) I had been having difficulty forming a
  10. Hi Rev. Rattlesnake, I am not a "Wiccan" Witch, but I have had visions of different gods and goddesses. One of the most vivid was of the goddess Cerridwen, dressed in green silk with her hair in golden mesh. I also had a vision of Brighid one autumn night where she was a giant and was juggling human heads (this is certainly not a typical attribute of hers). As far as physical manifestations, I have felt the precense of the gods as almost a tangible energy. My skin tingled and my hair stood up. Sometimes it was so intense that I felt as if I were vibrating. The candles flickered and breezes pas
  11. For me it was about age 15. Unfortunately I don't think my personality or behavior has changed much since then .
  12. I believe there are extraterrestrials. I also believe there may be New Age starseeds (extraterrestrial souls incarnate in human bodies) walking around here on Earth. But I do not believe the specific gods I honor were / are extraterrestrials. As a Pagan, my spirituality is very much tied to this planet in particular. As I have posted elsewhere, my gods are my ancestors, and I am not an extraterrestrial or descended from one, no matter how much the History Channel advocates the ancient alien hypothesis . I know this because to me my gods are not frozen in time, but still alive and interacting
  13. In contrast with Raincloud who is a Wiccan Witch ( ), I have become a hard polytheist meaning that I believe that the gods are separate and discrete individuals with different personalities(as with humans) rather than aspects or manifestations of one Divine Source. I do believe that there is an impersonal Divine Energy that connects us all (life force, mana, prana, qi), but to me it is not a Deity or Supreme Being anymore than electricity is. So I guess among us there is a continuum between soft and hard polytheists. I do not feel the need to convert others to my way of thinking (and I don't b
  14. I do not worship any deities, but I honor the ancient Celtic gods, especially those of Wales. I believe there is a Divine Source but I do not believe it is a personal deity to be honored. My family, as with many old Welsh families, can trace their descent from the Welsh god Beli and the goddess Don. Beli was a father figure, a sort of divine king, who has attributes of both a thunder god (like Jupiter) and a sun god (like Apollo). Don was a mother figure, and a water goddess, especially a goddess of rivers. I take my Witch name from Gwydion (son of the goddess Don) who was a wizard god and mos
  15. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, and by profession I am a counselor at a mental health facility. I generally adopt the same demeanor when presenting myself as clergy and people tend to be respectful. (People respond well to calm and confident.) When you are respectful to others they tend to show respect to you. If you take your role as a minister seriously, most will take you seriously. (As we all know, a title in and of itself does not always command respect.) I would have to say that I have have had mostly positive experiences . Most accept me in the role of minister, more people ha