Literature for Magicians: the Llyvyr Taliessin

The Book of Taliesin is a great collection of medieval poetry. You should read it on its own merits. But for this inaugural post of my series, Literature for Magicians, I’ll be focusing on ways that the Welsh bard’s poetry could be useful to you in a magical or ritual setting. From direct quotation to loose adaptation, the verses of The Book of Taliesin can be incorporated in a variety of ways.

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Animist Existentialism

I’ve been thinking more than usual about the philosophical side of my “paganism” (for lack of a better term). This is due in large part to the folks at the Hermetic Agora, which you should consider joining if you’re interested in magic, hermeticism, or any generally associated stuff. I’m a mod there (eek)! And while a few people were talking about the ontological existence of gods and what that implies about their genders, I got to thinking some more, and I have found that I am, apparently, an animist existentialist. If an animist existentialism does not exist, it will be necessary to invent it.*

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The Postmodern Druid: Anti-Academic Bias

If you take a look at my About page, you can see that I’m an academic as well as a magician and all around weirdo. I also recently declared myself a druid I’m trying it on and seeing how it fits. So far it works for me better than Wicca did. However, even in such a great overall community there’s still some anti-academic bias. And that, for obvious reasons, makes me feel a bit odd. So I thought I’d address that here, in a semi-regular series I’ve been considering for a while. So here’s the first entry in The Postmodern Druid.

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The Summer Solstice and Anglo-Saxon Poetry

…or how to make a diy ritual when the cookbook won’t do

The Summer Solstice approaches. This should be going out on the day before, but if you live ahead of EDT(US) then you may already be in there. If so, happy solstice! If, like me, you’re still waiting, happy solstice eve! The difficulty with the solar festivals, for me, is how exactly to celebrate them. Halloween, Yule, I know how to celebrate those. So, often, the solstices and equinoxes don’t get the same pomp and circumstance in my house. I wanted to change that this year.

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