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Traditions
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at September 27th, 2007 (09:33 pm)



Understand the past. Understand the present.

http://cauldronborn.blogspot.com/2007/09/traditions.html


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The Death of a Noble Woman, The Birth of a Dis
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at September 14th, 2007 (12:38 am)



Praise the name of Dr. Ellice Hammond; her great spirit has joined the Disir, after laying down her life so that her infant could be born.

http://cauldronborn.blogspot.com/2007/09/death-of-noble-woman-birth-of-dis.html


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Failte
by wrathchylde (wrathchylde)
at May 25th, 2007 (08:17 am)

Hello,

I just wanted to post an intro. Druids and bards have always interested me, but lately I've felt a particular connection to the bardic path. I'm a writer, and I feel that somehow I come from that tradition. So I've begun to take a more serious approach to studying the bardic path, and I've started an online course in druidty. I also started a second blog ( aivlys_nagrom ) - which is specifically for things of a bardic/spiritual/philosophical nature. I may post here under that account on occasion.

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Two Fathers of the People: Understanding Lugus and Dagda
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at May 14th, 2007 (04:09 pm)



http://cauldronborn.blogspot.com/2007/05/two-fathers-of-people-understanding.html


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Our Truth, Part One
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at December 6th, 2006 (02:52 pm)





Heathenry in a modern context and the myths of the modern world

http://cauldronborn.blogspot.com/2006/12/our-truth-part-one-seidman-discusses.html


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Our way of Life, Our way of Love
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at October 24th, 2006 (02:33 am)



Those who live according to our way of life are always at home, wherever they go. When you live a life of conscious awareness of the sacredness of the Land, you are in the presence of divinity at all times. The powers that spiral and grow out of the land as plants and trees are fresh expressions of life and spirit; they are brothers and sisters in a great community of life. We are very much like them, joined to them in an unbreakable bond of kinship.

Those powers that move invisibly on the earth, like the wind, are also kin to us; those powers that exist in the interior spaces of the Land, under hills and mounds and under the verdure of the forest and pasture are our relatives. The Gods themselves are kin, but they are of massive power and awareness. We look to them with respect and we desire their guidance and teachings.

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The Dark Season
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at October 23rd, 2006 (03:23 pm)



I give worth and honor to the Grandmothers and Grandfathers who have lived before us, and who still live in a state of mysterious perpetuity inside the Land we all walk upon. They passed their life-force and wisdom on to us, their children, through the ritual of love and birth and blood.

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The Cauldron Born weekly column
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at October 20th, 2006 (02:12 am)




Here is a link to a weekly column devoted to reconstructionist animism and mystical practices from the Pre-Christian British Isles, and giving an animistic and polytheistic perspective on modern issues and world events:

http://cauldronborn.blogspot.com/



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Shamanic Attainment and Modernistic Evil
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at October 16th, 2006 (06:47 pm)



Shamanic Attainment and Modernistic Evil
The History of Spiritual Loss and the New Shamanic Myth of Return

Copyright © 2006 by Robin Artisson


Good Day All:

In ancient times, both the pre-historic and pre-modern, animistic tribal peoples in all parts of the world had the entire record of their primordial experience contained within traditions of living shamanic practice. The actual mystical specialists of these many peoples, called by whatever names, from Wicasa Wakans in the Dakotas to the Drui and Ban Drui of Ireland, were living repositories of the group spiritual experience. Without them, the tribe of whatever country had no spiritual past, present, or future; these mystics were the keepers of memory, the maintainers and representatives of the tribe-identity to the powers of the Otherworld or the unseen world, and the teachers of the future mystics would would maintain the inner life of the people.

Few people alive today can understand the crucial position of these people to largely pre-literate societies, where remembrance of story (and, in the case of men like Skalds and Bards, the inspired composition of songs, poems, and stories) represent the only conscious connection that most people have with the ancestral past and the spiritual power of the group in the present.

Needless to say, people who would uphold the mantle of mystic didn't get their title from reading a book or two; they spent years engaged in learning, spiritual and actual travel, and direct experience of the inner realities that they would one day act as mediators for.

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Hands of Kali Colorbars and the obligatory rant
by Robin Artisson (owl_clan)
at October 13th, 2006 (09:56 pm)



Obviously, some of you have become fans of the experimental bellydance troupe "Hands of Kali". I think they are just mesmerizing; I love body paint, I love exotic costumes, especially with an ancient or rustic theme, and I love the power of human expression in music and dance. I admit that I can't dance (unless I've drank a few Captain Jacks, and even then, not well) but almost nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing talented dancers. How much more pleasing is the sight of four modern Earthbound Devi-Dakinis dancing their powerful and talented hearts out? Even the name... "Hands of Kali"... it's just awesome.

There's something about dancing styles, like belly dancing, which frightens many men. To see women completely unafraid to show sensual swaths of flesh, to sway and writhe serpent-like, the way these dancing women stare at you when they catch your eyes during their shows, the small smile that always hovers about their lips... and sometimes, the way they seem so mystically withdrawn from themselves and the world around, they are radiating a power that men have always desired, and later feared. It's ecstatic and dangerous to the forces that want to calcify human consciousness into a simple, predictable construct.

The tamed and docile women of the late patriarchal era, whether sitting unseen and silent in their homes, isolated behind clear glass walls of social convention and condescension, or walking the streets of eastern cities with yards of cloth and veils covering their natural beauty, are no threat to bloated masculine ego. But the liberated women? The ecstatic women? The women who have somehow escaped the veil of repression? They become the new Goddesses of our era, the Dakinis, the sky-flying witches, whom the Tibetans call "Khandroma"- sexually powerful and brutal divine females holding the bloody body parts and remains of social conventions in their hands, and feasting on entrails. They embody the notion of Kali dancing on the Body of Shiva, on the ruined remains of the world that has passed away, in preparation for a new era of regeneration and ecstasy. In the female, all things begin, and as ancient peoples all knew, in Her, things will end, awaiting a new birth.

The entire world has been scourged with masculine fear for the natural beauty and raw power of women. Now that this era is rapidly drawing to an end, and the birth of a new era is upon us, we see the swift decay of these threads of fear and stupidity that have stifled the human spirit. I'd say they only stifled the feminine spirit, but this is only half of the story- when men repress and imprison the female spirit, they repress and imprison themselves. If men can offer women physical fertility, the crucial gift that gives continuity to our species, women offer men the every bit as crucial spiritual and creative fertility required for them to feel at peace, and be whole. Patriarchal crimes against women are not only crimes against women, but against humankind, regardless of sex.


I've been fortunate to see many powerful women in my time, true daughters of the Aeon-Devouring Mother Goddess, in her darkest and most energetic form. But I feel fortunate to have found Hands of Kali- those friends of mine who have seen them dance speak of them in only the most glowing terms- of course, the "glow" I'm talking about here is not the bright glow of the masculine heavens, but the dark glow of the eldritch Underworld, full of inexhaustible and hidden root-potentials upon which all things depend. I myself look to the images I do have of these dancers as icons of a spirituality which is born inside women, and which emerges outside of the control of the greedy powers that hold my world in chains.

So, my anti-patriarchal rant is done. I made some Hands of Kali colorbars for you all; please, take use them. The code is placed below each one. If you click on each one, it'll take you to their site. If you can see their shows, go to them. If you can't, try to get them to come to your area. Pass the link to this page of colorbars on to others, and tell people about them. A member of their troupe is a brilliant artist who is doing her own Tarot deck- The Tarot of the Pomegranate. You can see her amazing artwork here: http://www.an-magrith.com/gallery.html

It goes without saying that you should get the deck, whenever it becomes available.


Hail the Dark Mother, and her Daughters!



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