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Scottish PF Conference 2017

Saturday
13th May 2017

Still at the new venue this year:
Teviot Row House
13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EN8 9AJ

10.00am - 11.00pm
Speakers so far:
Geraldine Beskin:
Crowley and Dion Fortune: Early Sexologists

Dr Jennifer Lauxman McCorkell:
Metalsmithing and Paganism

Gary Kidgell:
Astrology and the Spiritual Path

Elaine Hindle: Balancing the chakras

Further speakers and talks to follow
check the web pages:www.scottishpf.org/conference.html

an inclusive ritual of hope prepared by members of the queer Pagan community


Evening Entertainment: Blackleaf 40



For more information and to buy tickets go to the Events page or contact Kitty

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Can you be a 'proper' Pagan if......

You don't cast spells?

by Saille

Of course you can! But what do I mean by spells anyway? I guess I would use a definition something like "A spell is an appeal to forces beyond the normal human consciousness, to affect or change an event, condition or circumstance." The ways to 'appeal to forces' seem to vary from gathering materials pleasing to them (recipe-like spells), to cajoling or placating them (grovelling spells), to imprisoning them (talismans or invoking spells), to impressing them (elaborate ritual spells), to honouring and smarming to them (prayer-like spells) to name but a few. Do I sound a bit irreverent? Yup, I expect I do. Can you tell I don't like the word "spell"? I guess I don't like the impression that a formula can be used to which the powers must respond, simply because... Do I believe in magic? Most certainly. Have I performed rituals to appeal to forces beyond myself to change things? A few times. Would I call them 'spells'? Not if I can help it. I guess the problem I have with spells, is that not enough is written about intention, when discussing spellcraft. If gathering a few specific items in a particular sort of place at a particular phase of the moon, or planetary hour, were all it took, given the balance of probability, spells would happen accidently sometimes. Spells don't happen without the focussed intention or will of the caster, and I guess for me, if the intention is there, who needs the rest?!?!?

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