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  • Siany DragonOak.

One of the things I love about the study of witchcraft is that you end up with a tailored belief system.

The one size fits all ethos that characterised the book religions is no longer valid within the paradigm that we are currently living in.

We now live in a world where the guy on the big white cloud does not apply any more.

We can no longer live in a world where good and evil are determined outside our own responsibility.

The idea that the" Divil" made me do it or we serve God by wiping out our fellow men, natural environments and generally anything we can get our hands on, no longer serves its purpose.

What was its purpose?

Well control of course.

Control of the people by Fear of damnation

The control of the mind by fear of persecution.

The control of the population by reproductive control

The control of woman by religious men.

Lets look at this one by one .

1. Fear of Damnation.

Well First and foremost we are not influenced to the degree that our forbearers were by the fear of Hell.

Most people in the currently secular society and many practising Christians have not read the bible and have no idea what constitutes a damnable sin. Apparently, as demonstrated below, the main understanding of sin is now that Homosexuals are the cause of all the bad in the world.

However there does not seem to be the understanding that Bombing children, and taking healthcare, university educations and the indoctrination of others actually a sin of the worse kind.

Our good friends at Westboro Baptist church

I will leave it to my good friend My Fantasy President to make my point for me.

2. Control of the mind through Fear of Persecution

I believe that this is still in existence but in a different form

The new heresy is intellectualism, I am not being snobbish here but I would define intellectualism as the ability to discern what is real and what is a distraction to do something unspeakable whilst people look at minutia.

Bread and Circus used to be the old term for it.

To have beliefs different to the Norm.

To have researched and investigated said beliefs but still not be in the normal paddock

To not have Celebrity as your religion

To not have consumerism at the heart of your day to day life

To think that what the media and government tells you is not the truth

To care about the environment both externally as a planet and internally as a person.

To care that our children are being poisoned by food, by pollution by Education and by lack of care from parents that are so involved in themselves that they don't see their own offspring as important.

All of these things are Outside the box, which is today not burning or pressing its opponents but instead outbreeding them and pushing them into the fringes of society.

Its ok I like it there I am amongst friends.

3.To control the populous by overpopulation powered by reproductive control

This is a controversial one and I will probably get kicked for it.

We should not have the automatic right to have children. The earth just cant stand the pressure of more of us.

We also have people who, when they do have children they don't care for them and the children end up suffering trauma and attachment syndrome - this is a condition which directly effects the formation of the brain, ending up with symptoms very much akin and often misdiagnosed as Autism.

This is the brain of a grown person who has trauma and attachment syndrome, look at the malformed parts of the brain, these are the areas associated with emotional control.

Surely if you have made the decision to use drugs and I am not saying that is a bad decision it is purely YOUR decision then you should not have children.

3. The control of Women by religious Men

In the West we are under the impression that woman are equal to men. Quite obviously this is still untrue

We have the current administration of America taking away women's reproductive rights, both in their right to have an abortion and the right to use contraception.

This is a picture of the American committee on Women's Rights - Notice something?

When they debated Planned parenthood in several states, the following protests happened

Click the picture for the original article

What can we do ?

We can resist.

We can protest

We can gather in groups and have intellectual conversation rather than concentrating on the bread and circus supplied by the media.

We can support each other on a daily basis to live the life that WE want rather than the one that those in power wants us to have .

We can celebrate our differences as strengths rather than weaknesses

We can LOVE without prejudice or as close as we can get.

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  • Siany DragonOak.

Well we are getting there!!

The sun is high in the sky and it has actually been very warm, for those of you that don't live in Wales this is the normal weather

As you can see Sun in Wales is almost like an UFO sighting.

So what are we up to in DragonOak at the moment.

Well the initiates are currently working on developing relationships with plants using the sigils of Charubel. A welsh magician who worked extensively with plants, minerals and metals in ritual form.

This is going well and getting really good results

This will then be followed by a study course on planetary ritual and astrological ritual.

The initiates in DragonOak work on a project basis with initiates working on separate projects and joining in with group projects when they occur.

We are starting our Summer attendance at the local pagan camps and our first one is on June 23rd at Wickedywitch.

This camp has become family to us. We get to see people that we haven't seen all year and get to do workshops, drumming and ritual in different contexts than our usual work.

If you have not attended a pagan camp I would really recommend it.

It is a mix of workshops, fun and spirituality that is really powerful, and the people you meet there will become fast friends.

So hopefully this lovely weather will continue and we will not end up like this

But you know what we are welsh pagans and we are used to it!!

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Well during the last 6 months a few things have come home to me.

1. Never underestimate the power of the universe, Murphy's law applies to everything

2. The fires of temperance don't take any notice of stiff upper lips and broomsticks up backsides.

3. Things change.

These are the aforementioned laws.

In January all was well, I was running a very active coven with some great people. There were workshops organised and all was good.

However there was a little beastie hanging around in the back ground.

Back in August I lost my mother. That seems such a strange phrase I lost her. To be honest I never really had her at all. My mum was a complicated woman who, battled continually through her life. Our relationship was always difficult and I always felt cheated that I never had the relationship that I wanted.

So when she died I expected to shrug and carry on as I always had done

So imagine my surprise when over the next couple of months my world fell into a very dark place.

I locked out everyone in my coven and was to be honest very hurtful to several of my group. I think looking back that was an attempt to not allow them to see me at a very weak point.

I was fine!!! I was Strong!!! but in reality I was hiding away from feelings that I did not expect.

I think that part of me was devastated by the loss of the mother I wanted, not really by the loss of the mother I had.

I was proud that, even though, our relationship through the years had been a challenge,I had in the last 8 weeks of her life managed a semblance of a relationship that I wanted. She was my mum, we laughed, we sat and shared photos, we talked about things that were mundane, everyday and I loved it.

I rubbed her back when she was in pain I was a daughter in the proper sense of the word.

And then She was Gone.

But not only was she gone, all potential for that relationship that I had been jealous of all my life, you know the one that all other girls have with their mums, The talking, the shopping trips, the moments of mundanity that I had in those last weeks of her life were all ripped away again from me.

When she died we organised the funeral, I sorted out her clothes, And I managed to keep it all together, hidden, well I was a teacher of the craft, I have done my shadow stuff, How can I teach others to cope with their stuff if I cannot do it myself.

Needless to say it did not go as planned.

I ran as fast as I could in the opposite direction to everyone that tried to help me

I disbanded the coven,

I cancelled all of the workshops that I had spent a long time organising.

I swore that I was finished with the craft and all the people in it. I hid in my cupboard for about 5 weeks, during that five weeks I had time to come to terms (well nearly) with some of the issues that I had with my mum.

But I was still not coming out of my cupboard. I tried to avoid people as much as I could but in the end, luckily for me I had strong dragons that gradually pulled me out of that cupboard.

They could see I was in pain and in that pain was lashing out in a mix of anger at the universe and at myself for being so fucking weak.

That showed me that what I had built had value, that DragonOak was important to more than just me, That it mattered in their lives, that I had made a contribution to their lives that was valued.

that there was a way forward if I would just accept help.

In the end I did, those who know me well will understand how hard that was but falling apart is the best thing that has ever happened to me, it certainly taught me that waterproof mascara is the way to go!

I learned a couple of things that made me run the gambit of emotions

People will always surprise you for good and for bad.

I am stronger than I thought I was

Love will beat grief and self pity every time.

That the path I am on gives value not only to me but to others that are involved with it.

That its ok to let go of people that you love, that you and they will survive.

I think that this past year will still take a lot of dealing with. I think that there are some relationships that were damaged during this time that will never be mended and thats ok.

I think that others will be stronger.

and I think I will be stronger for realising its ok to be weak on occasion, its ok to say HELP now and then

So if you are feeling weak or fragile at the moment, and think no one understands.

I do I have been there and will probably go there again , its ok to fall apart, its ok to ask for help, its ok to be weak, its part of being on the path, its part of being human and that in itself is divine.

Now I KNOW that when I fall down the next time, and there will be a next time, there are people there to catch me and I will also endevour to catch others when they are in need of support.

If you let them people into your inner world, scary though that may be, they will surprise you.


When your ego says zig and life says fuck that zag bitch.

When you get in your groove and your groove opens into a chasm which has you falling

Or is it flying

Depends on how you view it

I choose Falling but with Style!!!

Change makes thought

Thought begets growth

Growth begets new cycles

New cycles begat new learning

New learning makes for a bigger life

All hail Eris, maker of change

Defeater of plans and maker of new ones

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