3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem


3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem as they may seem. 4. There are thousands of us in this country, and millions around the world, and for the first time in hundreds of years of genocide against us, we are 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem beginning to grow in numbers again, as the Gods return to claim Their own. 5. And we firmly believe that whether rituals become a stumbling block or a steppingstone to the stars is entirely 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem dependent upon the discipline, knowledge and wisdom of those performing the rituals, not upon the rites themselves. 6. Blessed be the Most High Goddess, Who was and is, and is to 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem come, always, now, forevermore, throughout all eternal space and time.

Peace!

Isaac Bonewits, D.A.L., Be.

Samradh, 14 y.r. (circa July 1976 c.e.)











The Third Epistle of Isaac: Doing Things the 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem Rite Way (By Isaac Bonewits, 1979) (New to ARDA 2)

Chapter the First: A Complaint 1. Here with a moderately rude and impertinent article by Isaac Bonewits on a topic that should be of concern to 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem all of us. 2. In recent years a number of people around the country have been complaining more and more about the quality of the rituals being performed by Druids, Witches and other Neopagans. 3. If 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem we're going to be brutally honest about the matter, we'll have to admit that on a scale of one-to-ten the average ceremony in our community 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem rates between two and four as far as the actual amount of psychic energies raised are concerned. 4. Even the best rites, the ones that people talk about in glowing terms for weeks 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem later, still only rate between four and six. But this is a topic that, until recently, nobody wanted to talk about very much. 5. Politeness, interpersonal and intergroup politics, lack of fundamental psychic and 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem magical training, and simple ignorance of what really strong psychic energies feel like, all conspired to make people reluctant to voice their growing doubts about the ritual technology in common use 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem in our community. 6. Perhaps it is about time to forget about politeness and try to analyze just what's wrong with our ceremonies. We can't settle all the questions in one article, but if 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem we can get folks discussing the topic openly we can at least start to work on the difficulties. 7. Readers of PJ&DC are invited to write articles commenting on 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem this and other related matters. Chapter the Second: From Whence the Problem? 1. I'll start my theorizing with the observation that most American Neopagans are Americans first and Neopagans second. 2. Most of us are 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem white, from middle class backgrounds and have high IQ's. 3. These factors combine to steer us towards highly intellectualized, "all head no gut" rituals. 4. It's no coincidence that most Druidic, Wiccan and 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem other Neopagan ceremonies bear a strong resemblance to High Church Anglicanism. 5. The Reformed Druids were founded by an Anglican, as was Gardnerian Witchcraft, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem and most of our other sources. 6. Most white middle class people have a positive terror of strong emotions to begin with. We've had strong programming through parents, school, and peers that inhibits 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem our outward expressions of emotion. 7. As a result, most of us are stuck trying to do wordy, "head - tripping" rituals while trying to get excited enough to generate psychic energy. 8. As a result 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem, we find that our fanciest theatrical rituals often generate only a fraction of the sheer energy that many "low class" Pentecostal or Voodoo ceremonies get routinely. Chapter the Third: Lessons 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem from the Theater 1. Theatrical rites can be done effectively, if some basic factors are taken into consideration. 2. Because they have so little emotional power to begin with, they must be handled very well indeed 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem in order to beguile the participants into enough excitement to generate any useful amount of mana. 3. This means that the theater aspects of the rite must be done properly: every important line 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem must be memorized (or at least understood enough that the speakers can improvise effectively), all the cues for movement or speech must be memorized, the participants must rehearse all the elements 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem of the rite (though the design could be flexible enough to allow spontaneous additions without disruption), and people must learn how to effectively speak and move for maximum effect. Chapter the Fourth: Dancing 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem for the Gods 1. If dancing is going to be part of a ceremony, which I highly recommend, the participants should actually learn how to dance. 2. Holding hands and skipping 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem (or more usually, stumbling) around in a circle is not dancing - it is, in fact, an insult to the Gods, particularly when done without any true involvement in the movement. 3. Every metropolitan area in the 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem country has one or more folk dance centers where people can go for little or no expense and learn a few simple steps in only a few evenings or 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem afternoons, and dancing with joy (or solemnity for that matter) would add a great deal to the energy raising. Chapter the Fifth: Study the Rules of Magic 1. If magic is going to be a part 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem of the ceremony (which is usually the theory), it helps if the participants, and especially the leaders, know something about the generation and focusing of psychic energy fields. 2. Every single 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem element of the ritual must be in a dynamic state of balance with every other part, and all must contribute to the general dramatic and magical atmosphere while still being focused around 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem the general flavor and specific goal of the rite. 3. Every person participating in the ritual must be working (and playing) hard - our clergy are not good enough to do 100% of the work 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem by themselves, which is what most Groves, Covens and Lodges seem to expect them to do. Chapter the Sixth: Hard Work 1. Now all this sounds like it requires an incredible amount of 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem time and effort. It does. 2. The name of the game, as I stressed in an overly long and pompous sermon last Winter Solstice, is "commitment." Too many of us want the excitement and 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem glamour of being able to call ourselves "Druids" or "Witches" or "Psychics" without actually wanting to do any of the work required to justify those titles. 3. For people who did 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem not grow up in a culture where effective magical and religious rituals are common, where everyone learns to dance as children and magical knowledge is commonplace, preparing to perform effective rituals is a time consuming 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem and often expensive proposition. 4. One has to be willing to give up quite a bit of time in order to study theater, dance, psychism and mythology. This is not easy, especially if 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem we are also trying to practice what we preach by being involved in ecological or other social activities in keeping with our beliefs, not to mention the amount of 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem time involved in basic survival. 5. But if we aren't willing to invest the time and energy, and to make personal sacrifices for the deities and ideas we claim to love, then perhaps 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem it's time we re-evaluated our motivations and personal priorities. Chapter the Seventh: Commitment 1. This kind of commitment is hard to achieve, especially for the sort of intelligent, creative anarchists 3. And I have wanted you to be able to at least understand where I am coming from, whether you agree with me or not; for I am not alone in my beliefs, bizarre as they may seem who make up our community. 2. Most of us are afraid, for very good historical reasons, to have a really deep commitment to any belief system.
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