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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!

DATE: Sun, 23 May 2010
SIZE: 129. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 11: A Law Of Laws?

The Law Of One is something which I find comforting. When I show it to you and explain its comfort, you'll understand why. I discovered it when I joined the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. It is indeed comforting, because it gives me reasons to understand why my path can be right for me, even if it might be inappropriate for someone else. It also clarifies some aspect which are often misunderstood by some, and outright confused about by others. And if we understand that our understanding is limited to, at the most, one small part of one small corner of infinity, then The Law Of One helps to bring more sense to the discussion. And so, let's see what this has to offer. It offers me a great deal. Blessed Be!

DATE: Thu, 29 Apr 2010
SIZE: 256. MB
May 1, 2010, 2010 - Mass For The Shut Out Celebrating Beltaine!

Beltaine has a special meaning. The meaning is particularly special for those of us who have spent too much time in our lives hearing about "God's will", "God's time," or "God's higher plan." Beltaine is not only the celebration but the actual fulfillment of the promise made at Samhain! Remember, at Samhain, the god died, but there was a promise of his return. He was born at Yule, and at Imbolc and Ostara we celebrated his growth, but at Beltaine we celebrate his coming of full age. In ancient societies, June brides became soemthign special because it followed may when the deities married. And so, if Ostara was a Bar Mitzvah, Beltaine is the wedding feast. It is worth noting that in many traditional societies, it was at the wedding that the young man stepped forth on his own, and that is what we have here. But there is also the fulfillment. The god's will is our happiness and health. The god's time is when it is fulfilled. And the higher plan is for all of us to learn, prosper and grow. And that is Beltaine's gift for us. Blessed Be!

DATE: Tue, 20 Apr 2010
SIZE: 110. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 10: What About You?

There is one question which almost everyone who has any desire for the spiritual has probably asked at least once, and I asked it many times. You hear about someone else's spiritual experience and, unless you are already having equal experiences, the natural tendency is to ask that question: "What about me?" It's only natural to want such experience, and it's to be expected that you might wonder why it can happen for someone else but not you. But why can't it happen for you? There's a story that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sat down at a harpsichord at age six and immediately began playing what became known as the Minuet In G. Well, if that story is true, that was Mozart, not Aidan Odinson and not you, either. If either of us were to sit at such a keyboard and begin to attempt music, most folks would probably suggest that we take music lessons. Music lessons are simply mentored practice sessions which occur in between series of our own practice sessions where we make music which gradually sounds more musical. While we might not need mentored practice sessions in spirituality, there are things we can do to help ourselves, beginning with our visualizations. And from there, much can happen. Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 21 Mar 2010
SIZE: 270. MB
March 21, 2010 - Ostara Celebration On Mass For The Shut Out

Ostara is here! And it's about time! If your winter was like it was here, I know you agree with me that this past winter is good to have in our past. And that makes this Ostara seem more than some others as being shedding winter's yoke. And there is more! Every spiritual path has a story similar to the one the Norse have of the return of Baldur to lead the world after Odin's death. Ostara is one sabbat in the wheel of the year. And if you were to map out the sabbats since last Samhain in terms of human rites of passsage, Yule would be the birth, Imbolc would be the Briss, and Ostara the Bar Mitzvah. And so now the young god is ready to begin his real learning and the work of his life. And could this be a lesson for us? You'll see - here. Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 14 Mar 2010
SIZE: 114. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 9: Ostara and Ragnarok

Ostara is coming soon. And looking at Ostara, I looked at The Prophecy Of The Sybill from the Ancient Norse. One of the special things that happens at Ragnarok is that Odin's son Baldur returns from the dead. Not only that, but Baldur rules following his father's death at Ragnarok. There is also mention of a great hall built, where the deserving will live happily until the end of time. Does that sound familiar? If you've explored other spiritual paths, you'll be familiar with the story of a god's son who dies and will return when the so-called end-times have arrived. It's especially well-known among the Christians but even if they like to think they have an exclusive on that, they don't. So, what can be said about two stories sounding so similar but they were created so long ago and so far apart that it is unlikely that the originating cultures had much awareness of each other. And this brings us to one more thing we can learn from Ostara Blessed Be!

DATE: Wed, 17 Feb 2010
SIZE: 289. MB
February 20, 2010 - Mass For The Shut-Out In Honor of Tempest Smith

Tempest Kayne Smith died on February 20, 2001. She had been the victim of religious harassment and bullying. It was after her diary was discovered that people learned the extent and severity of the bullying she was put through. Sticks and stones might break our bones, but those are wounds which can heal. The wounds caused by words are not so easy to heal, and sometimes it seems that they just don't heal. I won't criticize Tempest for how she died or anything about her death. I have enough memories of my own life at age twelve to know better than to "Monday morning quarterback". In the United States of America, people claim that there is religious freedom. It didn't work that way for her - and the last I heard, Lincoln Park, Michigan is within the United States. And we've heard enough about bullying, including a recent case in Seattle in which police refused to help a young woman who knew she was in danger, and then so-called security guards stood around and watched as she was beaten. Tempest Smith's classmates, the ones who should have been her friends, wrote many apologies which were on display at her funeral. I see her as a martyr. I also see her as a patron for religious freedom and for victims of bullying. Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 07 Feb 2010
SIZE: 147. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 8: Thinking about Tempest Smith Day coming

Tempest Smith Day is February 20th. Tempest Kayne Smith was intelligent and creative. She played the flute, wrote poetry, and sometimes showed an intelligence and sensitivity beyond that normally associated with someone her age. She died on February 20, 2001. She died by her own hand, after the harassment, taunts and teasing by her classmates had become such torment that she could take no more. They harassed her because she was a Wiccan. She was a Wiccan by her own choice. After she passed, a diary was found in which she wrote about the daily torments. Crowds of her classmates singing "Jesus loves you" at her were among the few that I can describe here and retain my "general audiences" rating. And this was in a school in the United States, where schoolteachers talk about how the United States has religious freedom. It somehow did not work that way for Tempest Smith. And so, we commemorate her. And think of the others like her whom we might not know about. And so that we can resolve that it not happen again. Blessed Be!

DATE: Sat, 06 Feb 2010
SIZE: 22.8 MB
Promo #1 - The "commercial" for Uriel's Gifts

Welcome to religious programming for the rest of us! And that's exactly the intention for Uriel's Gifts, as it was (and remains) for The Secrets In Plain Sight. And I hope this says what it's about!

DATE: Sat, 16 Jan 2010
SIZE: 274. MB
February 2, 2010 - Mass For The Shut-Out - Imbolc Celebration!

It's time to celebrate Imbolc! Inbolc is one of the least-known but most-worthwhile celebrations in the cycle of the year, especially because of the fact that it is a fulfillment of the promise made at Samhain. Remember Samhain? At that time, there was a death but also the promise that an ending by definition means a new beginning, and that new beginning was promised to us! At Yule, what we see as the sun beginning its return journey is marked appropriately in many spiritual paths by the celebration of the birth of a divine child. For a child born at Yule, we could see Imbolc as the naming done in some paths, or the Briss in the Jewish tradition. In the mundane world, Imbolc's coming is announced by the first plants sticking their fresh sprouts through the snow, and the animals who were cared for over the winter giving birth. Above all, it is another fulfillment of the promise made by The Divine, on the way to the complete fulfillment shared by Ostara and Beltaine. Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 03 Jan 2010
SIZE: 206. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 7: Where We Meet!

And this time, you'll be given sone "homework" which can begins some discovery for you! We just finished Yule, and Imbolc is about a month away. While there are many times when it is appropriate to step back and look at the full perspective, we find ourselves at a time when it is especially appropriate. Yule is still alive in our memory, Imbolc is coming, and if you look, you can see Ostara and Beltane on your horizon. Anyone who has gone beyond even pre-dedicant training as a Wiccan or Pagan will be able to relate those Sabbats to the cycle of life, so that's a no-brainer. But let's take it a step further. How do those Sabbats relate to rites of passage of other spiritual paths? You'll see, and then there'll be an opportunity to see for yourself! Blessed Be!

DATE: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
SIZE: 224. MB
December 21, 2009: Mass For The Shut-Out - Celebrating Yule!

It is time to celebrate Yule! Yule is indeed just possibly the most primary and basic of all of the Sabbats, and almost every spiritual path has a celebration at the time of the Winter Solstice which has the basic theme of a new birth, and especially a divine birth. Even Hannukah can be seen that way, if you understand it as the re-opening and re-consecration of the Temple at Jerusalem after the exile in Babylon. In fact, there indeed is a re-birth after what some had thought was a death. And that's the original idea. Yule was when the sun stopped its rertreat away from us and began its return journey and with it the promise of another spring and summer. And I see the birth at Yule as being Samhain's gift. It's much the same was as what a seed does in order to become a tree. And so, there is new life, and a new promise. And that's what Yule is giving us. The beginning of the fulfillment of the promise made at Samhain. Blessed Be!

DATE: Tue, 15 Dec 2009
SIZE: 187. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 6: A Yule Gift - Something You Can Actually Do!

This lesson is one that you might see as being a Yule gift. One of the most often-asked questions where spiritual matters are concerned is the basic question of what can you do. People spend a major part of their lives searching for something to do about whatever concerns them, and here is an offering for you which might help. Between the spiritually walking wounded, those who have come to realize that what they were taught doesn't seem to work anymore, and those who simply want to see if there is anything more, there are enough people to fill many churches and keep many clergy very busy. The problem is helping them find the answers which they seek, and everyone's answers are unique to that person. To borrow from the jargon of systems analysts and MBA's, what's needed is to "think outside of the box". And that's what we're discussing here. Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 30 Nov 2009
SIZE: 239. MB
November 27, 2009: Mass For The Shut-Out - Betwixt Samhain and Yule

Samhain is over, Yule is coming, and there is a special lesson which applies now Actually, it applies anytime but especially now. At Samhain, there was an end, but also a beginning. And anyone who has been a parent will remember that the time between discovering that you're going to be parents and the arrival of the child is filled with preparations for that child's arrival. And why not now as well? Add to that, one of the most empowering of any scriptures, the Gospel of Thomas. No wonder it didn't make it into the list of books accepted by mainstream Christianity - it's too empowering for most of them to handle! And look where it says to look! Blessed Be!

DATE: Sat, 14 Nov 2009
SIZE: 176. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 5: Things To Do With Bread And Wine

And here, perhaps, you'll find some answers as to what I'm doing in Mass For The Shut-Out, and more importantly, how you can apply them in what you do spiritually. The roots go beyond Crowley's Gnostic Mass, The Mass, Passover Seder, or Cakes and Ale. One of the most ancient references is in the Old Testament, in Genesis when Melchizidek, who was both a king and a priest, met Abram (not Abraham yet) and greeted him with bread and wine. And that tells us that bread and wine must have been a well-established custom by that time, which we would know as the Bronze Age. It's also worth noting that in so many of the rites based on bread and wine, the Pagan/Wiccan aspects are there for anyone with the knowledge of where to look and the wisdom to know what to acknowledge. Anyone want to guess why a Roman Catholic priest makes the sign of the cross over the chalice? Might it harken back to the days when a Norse Vitki or Ghodi (or Vitka or Ghoda) would make the sign of Thor's Hammer over a similar vessel (or a drinking horn, for that matter)? So much to explore, and so much to learn. And you can put it all to use for your own benefit, too! Enjoy this exploration! Blessed Be!

DATE: Thu, 29 Oct 2009
SIZE: 217. MB
October 31, 2009: Mass For The Shut-Out - It's Samhain!

It's Samhain, and we are celebrating, both here and on "The Secrets In Plain Sight!" Samahin is special, for many reasons. One is that it the celebration of beginnings and endings. The other is that this is when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Between those basics, there's a lot we can do! And yes, there's something in it for you!

DATE: Sat, 17 Oct 2009
SIZE: 134. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 4: Looking Forward To Samhain 2009

For me, Samhain is perhaps the most significant of the Sabbats, even if it is not considered to be a "minor Sabbat" in that it is not one of the four solstice/equinox points. This is the Celtic New Year, and also, according to tradition, the time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. And, there is more. Let's see how to make this Samhain special for you, personally.

DATE: Tue, 06 Oct 2009
SIZE: 294. MB
October 4, 2009: Mass For The Shut-Out - A Special Dedication To Uriel

The Archangel Uriel is special to me, for a number of reasons. One is that she represents the fulfillment of so much of what I was seeking when I first came here. And hence the name of this place in cyberspace. And today, we dedicate a statue to the Archangel Uriel. Watch, and you'll see why.

DATE: Sun, 27 Sep 2009
SIZE: 238. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 3: Priesthood Is A State Of Being!

If you can imagine how difficult it would be to keep a fish comfortable, healthy and happy out of water, then you can imagine the intensity of a call to priesthood. That's why I'm known to say that priesthood is a state of being. Those who think of it was a job are missing the point. Here, I re-visit an essay I published a few years ago, and I discover that the only changes I would make if I were to write it today are updating a couple of details in light of some historical developments among those still in the path I felt forced to leave.

DATE: Mon, 07 Sep 2009
SIZE: 310. MB
September 5, 2009: Mass For The Shut-Out - A dedication and a celebration

I was invited to join the House of Independent Bishops, and of course I accepted. And what is a Wiccan doing among a bunch of bishops? Quite a lot, actually! The title "High Priest" is sufficient to be considered to be the equivalent of a bishop, and it also means that I can begin to build my omni-denominational ministry in that direction. In addition to naming The Virtual Mission Chapel Of The Archangel Uriel as a cathedral (even if the "cathedra" is a folding chair), there also can be The Diocese Of The Archangel Uriel, which has no borders and also has no denominations. A tavern, where the spiritually thirsty may drink. A diner, where the spiritually starving may be fed. A hospital, where the spiritually wounded are healed. That's what this is all about. Blessed Be!

DATE: Mon, 24 Aug 2009
SIZE: 143. MB
The Sabbat School Class, Lesson 2 - One Of The Most Basic Of Basics

And what would be the most basic of basics that you or I would need to know? Perhaps a step so basic that some forget to even acknowledge it. True, it is mentioned in every primer, and even some other paths will give it some sort of recognition, but few make it a principle. Perhaps it seems so basic. But those things which seem so obvious are often overlooked because of the presumption that being obvious would mean that it would be recognized on a regular basis. In the Universal Gnostic Fellowship, it is codified as The Law Of One, and I'd like to take a moment to offer it to you as a way to keep doors open. You might be surprised at how much of a help it can be. Blessed Be!

DATE: Thu, 16 Jul 2009
SIZE: 252. MB
July 16, 2009 - Mass For The Shut-out

Taking a moment between Litha and Lammas to look at where we are, where we have been, and where we are going. As we've said before, a Sabbat is never really "over" until the Wheel of the Year turns to that Sabbat of the next year.

DATE: Thu, 18 Jun 2009
SIZE: 189. MB
The Sabbat School Class - Lesson 1 - How Much Should A Magickal Tool Cost?

How Much Should It Cost? This is a question which every newcomer asks in one way or another. Expensive tools can be attractive, but are they any more effective? And why?

DATE: Mon, 04 May 2009
SIZE: 272. MB
Beltaine 2009 - Mass For The Shut-Out

Beltaine is the feats of the God coming of age, according to our ancient Celt ancestors. Let's celebrate and let's learn the lessons which Beltaine has to teach us!

DATE: Wed, 08 Apr 2009
SIZE: 269. MB
Ostara 2009 - Mass For The Shut-Out

Ostara is the celebration of new life at the end of winter. Come, let us join in this celebration of new life!

DATE: Wed, 20 Feb 2008
SIZE: 452. MB
February 20, 2009 - Mass For The Shut-out in honor of Tempest Smith

Tempest Kayne Smith died on February 20, 2001. She died at the age of twelve years old. She died as a direct result of the religious harassment she received from her school-mates. This did not happen in some third-world country, but in Lincoln Park, Michigan USA. This Eucharist is offered in her honor in hopes of the day when freedom of religion actually includes all religions.

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