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Videocasts of a special sort, including spiritual calisthenics for people who are willing to think. <br> <br /> Mass For The Shut-out is an omni-denominational celebration of The Divine.<br> <br /> "In A (very different) Pastor's Study" looks at issues, especially issues that folks like you and I face in our daily lives. It replaces "The Sabbat School Class for a number of reasons including that it needed to be more often than at Sabbats, and we wanted to present highly serious material beyond what would be associated with a class which might be held as an alternative to the main ritual.<br> <br /> This is not to teach you any one particular path, but to help you open your own path to The Divine.
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DATE: Tue, 28 Sep 2010
SIZE: 77.9 MB
Sabbat School Class #21 - About Healings, Thanksgivings and when it works!

When I was a student, I always felt that the teachers should admit to being human. Some did not. But now, I have to hold myself up to that standard, don't I? That does not mean opening up my private life to one and all, but it does mean admitting when something happens. And it also means that if something works as it should, there's an opportunity for thanksgiving. And the day this was taped, something did happen which was just as I'd asked for. I and a few other folks. And that means something. I won't claim to have a "magicakal formula" that guarantees results, but what was done did produce the desired results this time. Blessed Be!

DATE: Tue, 21 Sep 2010
SIZE: 259. MB
A Mabon Celebration on Mass For The Shut-Out, September 21, 2010

It is time to celebrate Mabon! The second of three harvest Sabbats, it is a good time to give thanks for all that The Divine has provided us! Of course, we need to understand that there are those less fortunate, and some of them will feel abandoned by The Divine. It can happen, and it does. It even happened to me. Are you surprised? I'm not surprised that it could have happened to me. One basic truth about the mundane world is the fact that no matter how terrible you consider your lot in life, there might well be someone whose own lot is worse than yours. And here I will share a story I found about some people who had been through a situation much worse than any I've experienced. And what they discovered. And there seems to be a basic principle here: giving thanks for what you do have increases your chances for even more! Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 13 Sep 2010
SIZE: 95.4 MB
Sabbat School Class #20 - What Bread And Wine Can Do!

Let's take a look at one recurring theme in the story of religion, that being the things that can be done spiritually with bread and wine. One I am sure you have heard of, but the Christian Communion/Mass has many predecessors, and predecessors by thousands of years. Passover begins by breaking bread and finishes with a cup of wine. But even before that there is the story of the patriarch Abram (who became Abraham) who led a military expedition to rescue his nephew Lot. When he returned in victory, he was met by a priest named Melchizidek who brought bread and wine. Melchizidek was a priest in the manner of many priests today, that being that he was a priest who had a "day job" (as King of Salem). Bread and wine can be used at many levels, including a version which many Wiccans enjoy. And why not! Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 06 Sep 2010
SIZE: 76.4 MB
Sabbat School Class #19 - Recipe For A Ritual

For this episode, let's look at the basics of designing a ritual. In fact, let's get to the most basic of basics in how a ritual is put together. Whether it is your wake-up devotions in the morning, the Lesser Banishing Ritual Of The Pentagram, or a large formal ritual with much fomality, the basic composition is the same. And that even holds true if you're talking about a ritual which can stand on its own or be part of a larger ritual. So, let's explore this and see that we might find! Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 29 Aug 2010
SIZE: 96.7 MB
Sabbat School Class #18 - Healing!

When you or someone you love needs healing, healing becomes the most important thing to you. So, we need to take some time to speak about healing. And if it's that important (and it is), then it would be a good idea to look at what is the most important part of healing from a spiritual viewpoint. Yes, healing might require the assistance of doctors, medicines and perhaps even surgery, but most medical professionals are coming to understand the power of the spiritual where healing is concerned. There is indeed a way that the best of modern medical science can be rendered useless, but it is also the same way that amazig healings can happen which make the most skepcial of medics take notice! The difference is the way in which that way is employed. So, let's see where we can find that secret. And yes, it is within your grasp when you or someone you care about has the need! Blessed Be!

DATE: Tue, 24 Aug 2010
SIZE: 99.1 MB
Sabbat School Class #17 - Your Personal Sacred Space

If you are spiritual at all, there are times when you want nothing more than a place to be alone with The Divine, no matter what name you use to address The Divine. And it would be wonderful if we could each have a private chapel for such a purpose, but it often doesn't work out that way. Sometimes, the most private place you have is shared with a sibling. Or perhaps it is shared with 85 fellow soldiers, or a fellow student. And even if you have a place of your own, figuring out a place can be a challenge. There's ample precendent in history. Even the greatest of established churches had humble beginnings. One of the greatest had spent years in underground mausoleums! Here are some ideas that might help you in working out how to find and make your personal sacred space! Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 15 Aug 2010
SIZE: 306. MB
Mass For The Shut-out Celebrating The Life Of Isaac Bonewits, August 15, 2010

Where Isaac Bonewits is concerned, those who do not know who he is will come to know who he was. Simply put, we have not seen or heard the last of that man. Even if he crossed over on August 12, 2010, he inspired and encouraged so many people in so many ways that his presence will be here for a very long time. Given the number of his early predictions which were initially scoffed but later earned credence, it is my estimate that his living legacy is guaranteed at least a century of active presence. He forged paths when the rest of us didn't even know that there might be new paths to forge. And his encouragement of others is a matter of record, including how he encouraged me. And so we celebrate the life of Isaac Bonewits. Bard, Archdruid, Priest, Teacher, Author, and so much more. Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 08 Aug 2010
SIZE: 82.7 MB
Sabbat School Class #16 - Your Prayer Life - Totally Personal

This is a personal and sensitive subject. Many people will claim that it's your own business, and then add the "but" which is their fair warning to you that they are going to make it their business. But it is indeed your business. There is a verse in the Christian Bible that sums up some of the best advice, even if some might not remember that it's there. But it is also the one assured constant in your spiritual life. Time and circumstance might keep you from making it to gatherings or doing rituals on the schedule that you might like, but your prayer life can be tailored to whatever you need. A dear friend who is a Roman Catholic priest once told of a retreat just before his ordination where he was told to jealously guard his prayer life, because his ministry would go or grow with it. I can cite many examples of how this has been proven over the centuries. And here are some ideas of where to look for what you need to make it grow! Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 01 Aug 2010
SIZE: 80.8 MB
Sabbat School Class #15 - Pennies From Heaven? Seeing Magick!

I'm using something I found written by an advice columnist, and using that as a jumping-off point. I never was a particular fan of hers, and for a reason, but this time she found something that I actually found useful. And, it brought to life a saying that I've heard since I was a child. Part of reason for this lesson is to share with you something which you can try and see if it works for you as well as it does for me. The other part is to give you some ideas where and how you can look to see magick actually happening. Yes, magick does happen. There are some of you who know this well, and there are others who are still hoping to see something happen. This will give you some insight into where and how to look. Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 26 Jul 2010
SIZE: 237. MB
Lammas, Celebrating Fulfillment - Mass For The Shut-out, August 1, 2010

In the Havamal, there is a passage warning about harvesting a field too soon or trusting a son too early. And, isn't that something we see today? Wee see iussues of children not allowed to be children because of parents' focus on over-achievmanet as but one example. The lesson here is that the harvest is due when it is fulfilled. Many of us have faced a cop-out line that people use when talking about "God's time." And it seems strange that the same god who supposedly created the universe in six days (and then took the seventh off) couldn't work faster on our needs! Well, here we have a basic working definition of what is meant by "in God's time" (or the time of any other gods, goddesses, or other deities). Their time is the right time for it to be. That's all. But it's important for us to know to keep our perspective. And it also is a perspective that your Sunday school teacher never knew about. Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 19 Jul 2010
SIZE: 137. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 13 - Divination: Depth

For this third of three, I'm going to discuss depth. You've heard me mention depth before, and it's important in divination! What is depth? In the case of making food, it's the difference between the person who cooks hamburgers at a fast-food burger place and the chef at a five-star restaurant. The fast-food burger-flipper follow instructions. The chef knows the ingredients and their interactions well enough to be able to create something new. In divination, depth is the abiity to go beyond what you learn from a book or a teacher to being able to see for yourself, and preferably at several levels. It can apply to any form of divination. I've seen it in Runes, I've seen it in my pendulum, and it is obvious in Tarot. Let's look at a couple favorites of mine and see what comes immediately to mind. And then, you can see what else you can find! Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 12 Jul 2010
SIZE: 109. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 13: Getting The Learning, Second In A Series On Divination

This has to do with divination, and it also has to do with almost everything else you might want to do. When you set out to learn something, one if the first things you need to do is to find out who to learn from. Unfortunately, this is a field of endeavor in which many people will offer some opinons and many will offer to teach you, but who among them is worth learning from? So, here we'll look at that and see what you can do to find someone worth learning from. Blessed Be

DATE: Mon, 05 Jul 2010
SIZE: 285. MB
July 4, 2010 - Betwixt Litha and Lammas, a lesson from all of the Sabbats

Betwixt Litha and Lammas, a lesson from all of the Sabbats. Technical issues prevented a Litha celebration, but here is a celebration to make up for that and perhaps even more. And there is a lesson to offer here which applies to all Sabbats and to life in general. Did you ever notice that in the Wheel Of The Year, there each Sabbat is opposite a counterpart Sabbat? Litha is opposite Yule, and Lammas is directly opposite Imbolc, as two examples. And this has a special meaning for us. If the lessons of all of the Sabbats were to be summarized in one word, that word would be: "Fulfillment". The Divine's promises are kept. There is no question of The Divine's will, The Divine's time, or any so-called "higher plan". Simply put, The Divine's promises are kept. This offers comfort and healing to some of us, and assurance to all of us. So, let's celebrate! Blessed Be!

DATE: Tue, 15 Jun 2010
SIZE: 95.2 MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 12: Divination 101 - First In A Series

There is much to be said about divination and indeed much is being said, and much has been written. And sometimes it seems so muc that it's hard to tell where to begin, especially if you are a beginner. And so, here are some episodes of this show designed for the person who is indeed just beginning. And let's go to the beginning of the beginning. And where do we begin? First, by giving some thought to which form of divination we're going to choose. And which one? The answer to that question depends on you, so let's look at how to find the answer. And from there, see how the quest begins. We're at the beginning of the beginning here, although some of the more advanced might find this handy to know as well. Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 31 May 2010
SIZE: 297. MB
May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day On Mass For The Shut Out - Honoring Our Fallen Warriors

Today in the United States is Memorial Day, the day we set aside each year to honor those who have fallen in the service of their country's armed forces. We also add to them those veterans who returned who have now also answered the call to cross the bridge to the other side of The Veil. Every country has a time to honor such fallen heroes, and I take time to honor them all, including those of other countries and even those who fought against the United States. After all, they were serving their country. And what better reconciliation? Especially if their country and mine are friends now! But especially, I take time to honor those who fell in a uniform similar to, or a predecessor of, one which I wore. I would have gone onto the battlefield, but somehow I got chosen for a desk in Illinois during the Vietnam conflict. But I can name names of friends who went and did not return. And many of you can name friends, relatives and loved ones you'll wish to honor. And so, we are here for that on Memorial Day. Blessed Be!

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