Counsel To An Elder

If you don't know who you are by now, then choose whom you desire to be.

Listen much. Speak little.

When the teacher is ready to learn, the students will come to teach.

You can affect the lives of others, but in the end, their lives are their responsibility.

Coyote has a standing invitation to your life, issued by Himself.

You may live to be a hundred, but will you have lived a hundred years or the same year a hundred times?

Always have a rubber trout or its spiritual equivalent on the altar.

We are by nature a young and frolicsome species. Never consider yourself too old to play.

All you have seen or sensed in every God/dess is within you.

Bless all about you. Blessed Be.

(Author Unknown to me..If you know please let me know and I will be delighted to credit him/her.)

Bertrand Russell's 10 Commandments

1. Do not be absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worthwhile to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority,
for a victory dependent upon authority is fleeting and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think to be pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement,
for if you value intelligence as you ought, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool would think it to be happiness.

Thirteen Commandments for Witches

I. Keep your word

II. Mind your own business

III. Think before speaking. Words cannot be unspoken.

IV. Judge, donít be judgmental. Thereís a difference.

V. Tell the truth. If a Lie is the only way to keep from doing harm, keep silent.

VI. Care for the Earth

VII. Honor and nurture all life.

VIII. Feed your mind, body and spirit equally

IX. Observe, donít interfere.

X. Take a wide view of othersí behavior, a narrow view of your own.

XI. Pay attention. The Gods are speaking to you.

XII. Remember, you are not the God/dess

XIII. Remember, you are the God/dess.

@ Lady Aisling DreamRange, 2003. All Rights Reserved

Beginner's Bibliography

So..reading about Wicca or Witchcraft, hmmm...? Here is a "Basic Craft 13" list I give my students...good places to start out right...the ISBN number is all you need to order the book from any bookseller of your choice.

A Witches' Bible Janet and Stewart Farrar ( ISBN: 0-919345-92-1)
An ABC of Witchcraft Doreen Valiente ( ISBN: 0-919345-77-8)
Ancient Ways Pauline Campanelli ( ISBN: 0-87542-090-7)
Myths To Live By Joseph Campbell ( ISBN: 0140194614)
The Way of the Goddess Ly Warren-Clarke ( ISBN: 1-85327-006-7)
The Practice of Witchcraft Today Robin Skelton ( ISBN 0-8065-1674-7)
Witchcraft: The Sixth Sense Justine Glass (ISBN 0-87980-174-3)
A Wiccan Bardo Paul Beyerl (ISBN 1-85327-036-9)
Drawing Down the Moon Margot Adler(ISBN 0-8070-3253-0)
The Western Way Caitlín and John Matthews ( ISBN: 0-14-019462-2)
The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries  Z. Budapest ( ISBN: 0914728679)
The Spiral Dance Starhawk(ISBN 0-06-250814-8)
Positive Magic Marion Weinstein (ISBN 0-919345-00-X)

Needless to say, there is now, unlike the sixties when I began doing my Craft, a VAST amount of available literature out there. So it is a good idea to check the bona-fides of the authors and the texts you choose to base your knowledge on, in order to weed out the dreck and the absolutely unethical. Here are a few guidelines for doing that.

Aisling's Bookshit Detector

      It's bookshit if:

Recommended Reading

There are, however, many reputable authors out there on  a variety of subjects. Here are some:

    John and Caitlin Matthews
    R. J. Stewart
   Janet and Stewart Farrar
   Nigel Pennick
   Alwyn & Brinley Rees
   Jean Markale
   Philip Carr-Gomm
   Emma Restall Orr
   Ellen Evert Hopman
   Peter Beresford Ellis
    Pauline Campanelli
    Margot Adler
    Marion Weinstein
    Z. Budapest
    Justine Glass
    Doreen Valiente
    Gerald Gardner
    Raven Grimassi
    Francesca di Grandis
    Paul Beyerl
   Mary Greer
    Rachel Pollock
    Angeles Arrien
    Eden Grey
    Dion Fortune
    Gail Fairfield 
    Ellen Cannon Reed
    Dion Dolphin


  Joseph Campbell
   Robert Graves
   Teilhard de Chardin
   Riane Eisler 
   Jean Shinoda Bolen
   Carl G. Jung
   Bruno Bettelheim
   Mary Daly
   R. J. Stewart
   Robin Wood
   Judy Harrow


  Paul  Beyerl
  Scott Cunningham
  Ellen Evert Hopman
  Pattalee Glass-Koentop 
  Terence McKenna
  Roisin Carroll
  Steve Blamires
    Sydney Omarr
    Alice Bailey
    Julia and Derek Parker
    Maria Simms
    Michael Bayley
    NIcholas Campion
   The Rosicrucian Order
  Joseph Campbell
   Colin Wilson
   Stephen Hawking
   Daniel Boorstin
  Alwyn & Brinley Rees
   John & Caitlin Matthews
   Bruno Bettelheim
   W. B Yeats
   Charlotte Guest
   Lady Augusta Gregory
   WYE Evans-Wentz
VARIOUS (books for the well-rounded Pagan) 
The Pythagorean Sourcebook
  K. S. Guthrie
In Search of Schroedinger's Cat
  John Gribben
The Masks of God (all volumes)
  Joseph Campbell
Truth or Dare and Dreaming the Dark
Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom
  J. & C. Matthews
The Chalice and the Blade
  Riane Eisler

I'm Not Done Yet....

Here is a collection of diverse, but interesting  and useful, online resources for Wicca, Witchcraft, Mysticism and general weirdness:

Wicca 101 @ Red Deer's & Elenya's
The PaganPath
sidri 's Home Page
Onyx Dimensions
Raven's Flight
Moonstone Circle
The Witches' Voice
A Mystickal Grove -
Circle Sanctuary
Pagan Web Resources
Wiccan Links/ Celtic Connection
Welcome to Gypsy Moon Emporium
The Wiccan & Faerie Grimoire of Francesca De Grandis
Sun Dragon Wicca Page
The Celtic Connection
Covenant of the Goddess

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