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My library has discarded its set of The Golden Bough by James Frazer. Unfortunately this is not a complete set and is missing the first two volumes (which I guess must have been an introductory volume and then Part I, since "volume 3" is labeled Part II). Don't believe the year in the call number; this edition is New York: St. Martin's Press, 1963 (some volumes say 1966).


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I didn't take a picture of the inside of any of these, but the paper seems in decent condition, somewhat yellowed but not like the one below. Free of internal markings as far as I can see.

There is also this extremely condensed illustrated volume which seems to contain just a few selected chapters from the first two to four or so parts (Taboo and the Perils of the Soul, The Dying God) and some from the later Balder volumes (part VII). New York: Avenel Books, 1981; 407 pp; ISBN 0517336332. Considerably age-yellowed, as you can see in the second picture. The jacket art also seems fairly faded on the spine.

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All have library processing: besides the labels you can easily see in the photos, there are call numbers written in pencil on endpapers or title page; plastic jacket covers that have been taped on (although I don't guarantee the tape is still holding on every corner); stamps on edges of pages; glued-in checkout card pockets or the remains thereof; and barcode stickers.

Free to anyone who wants them - pay shipping.
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We've discarded a copy of Graves' The White Goddess from my library. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966 Amended and enlarged edition, paperback, 1981 printing, this cover art. Good condition with usual sorts of library stamping, labels, etc.; no marks within the text that I saw. Would anyone be interested in having it? I would ask a few dollars to cover shipping.

eta: transaction pending.
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Nutshells and Klippot/Qliphoth
I am not a Kabbalist, but I found this an interesting conception of the Qlippoth and how their arrangement into a "Tree of Death" could be not a mirror image of made of "evil", but another side of a single Universal Tree of Life and Death.

Tweaking the paradigm’s tail … public altars
From the Department of Poetic Terrorism, I guess -- not really glamourbombing, although there is a mythical flavor to it:

How could a public pagan altar be made, so that it had some chance of sucess? Let’s agree to define success simply, so it is tantalizingly possible — success is 10 strangers coming upon it, and using it in active devotion to its gods.

What would such an altar look like?

Perhaps it would be chthonic — built under the overpass of a freeway. One with heavy foot traffic. The pillars are spray painted with the images of gods, together with words for their devotion. “Blessings upon you who makes devotion to Me. Say My Name three times while stamping your right foot, clasp your hands to your heart, turn on your own axis clockwise one time, and bow.”
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The annotated apocalypse: Anthropologists tackle 2012

The college course mentioned called "Archaeological Myths and Realities", "looking at myths that have come out of archaeology and how those play out in popular culture", sounds really cool. Also some interesting remarks on how traditions can get invented and become culture, become "real things", like the Mythos and perhaps Harry Potter.

(Favorite bit: "...the reality is that this mythology came out of the psychedelic subculture. You can’t ignore that influence. ... If some of the 2012 theories seem like they were made up by people on drugs, it’s because they were.")
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(edit: Apparently it was not the Self-Blessing one which was controversial, as I speculated; rather, the Rite of Lilith, which did not specify "women only", whereas the Self-Blessing one did although I don't know about trans women in that one. See http://fruitofpain.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/in-response-to-the-lilith-rite-at-pantheacon/ for instance if you're interested. This post actually goes off in a different direction.)

http://wildhunt.org/blog/2011/02/pagan-community-notes-pagandash-campaign-post-pantheacon-stories-cherry-hill-seminary-and-more.html

The early comments on cis and trans women in Dianic rituals are interesting and what I'm thinking about here. I have a note in my book from last year's PCon about polarity and a thought that its essence, in the sense of what is the "optimum" opposite pole to make a battery for magic, is that it should be the "perfect other", however that might present itself to you. For example, for me it's not simply "male" but a certain kind of male which has a rather feminine look/feel. But for others it could be anything - a really "masculine" male, an androgynous person, a masculine female, a person who can switch back and forth... whatever we feel is the most attractive: it's that yearning that produces the electromagnetic current.

I guess that other needs to reciprocally have whatever type you yourself are as its "perfect other"... which complicates things. But the point is it's not necessarily as simple as "oh, male, female" because that may not be enough to produce the necessary surge of energy. (I know it's not automatically enough for me that someone is male!)
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*This Saturday from 10:00am - Sunday at 5:00pm*
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Location:

Winnetka Tower
8000 Winnetka Ave
Winnetka, CA

*Path of the Faery Seer: The Apprenticeship Series: Module II
Ancestral Voices: Working with the Spirits of the Dead in Faery Seership*

A Intimate Weekend Intensive with Orion Foxwood
[...] This workshop will deal with the necromantic aspects of Faery Seership and how we can work with “our spiritual next of kin.” Our work
will focus on ancestral reverence, redemption, partnerships, folk practices, death-bed midwifery, blood voices and other aspects of this branch of the work including:

The River of Blood and the Cave of Voices
Building the Ancestral Shrine
Souls in pain and the power of redemption
The Door of Parentage
The Gate of Remembrance
The awakening of the blood
The Opening of the Way Rite for Transitioning Work
Faery and Ancestral relationships
The role of the beloved dead in inner world contact and work
Soil as the providence of the dead
The role of the Faery in birth and death transition
Ancestral contacts of the future and past
Ancestral dead and the power of place
Death as a spiritual intelligence



Man, I wish Orion would start a new cycle of this series up here in the Bay area. (Actually, I might theoretically have been willing to go to SoCal if I could have planned for it and if this were the first module in the series.)
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Thought these two side by side were kind of interesting...


Fleming Rose
by ~AxelZero on deviantART


s_BurningStar
by ~AxelZero on deviantART
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Druid Animal Oracle Sonnets

The Druid Animal Oracle is a divination deck I rather like the art from. This is a collection of sonnets, one per card (not sure if it's the whole deck), with the relevant artwork.
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Some of you may be interested in this book:

http://www.avaloniabooks.co.uk/catalogue/titles/both_sides_of_heaven.htm

BOTH SIDES OF HEAVEN
A collection of essays exploring the origins, history, magic and nature of divine winged messengers, angels, demons and fallen angels.
Contents:
A Host of Winged Messengers - Sorita d'Este
Fallen Angels and Legends of the Fall - Rufus Harrington
On the Wings of Rebirth - Katherine Sutherland
The Myth of the Fallen Ones - Michael Howard
The Enochians - Aaron Leitch
Madeline Montalban, Elemental and Fallen Angels - Julia Phillips
Azazel & Shemyaza - Diana Allam
Thirteen Unicycles in the Woods - Adele Nozedar
The Salvation of the Sidhe - Emily Carding
The Green Butterfly - Dan Harms
The Fallen Angels and the Goetia - David Rankine
Demons & Devils - Maestro Nestor
Grimoires for Pagans - Jake Stratton-Kent
The Thwarting Angels - Stephen Skinner
Loving Lilith - Melissa Harrington
The Face in the Mirror - Charlotte Rodgers
Between Gods and Men - Kim Huggens
Zoroastrian Angels and Demons - Payam Nabarz

Personally I'm rather drawn to the lovely cover art by Emily Carding.
arethinn: Black stag on green ground, in front of a blue sky with geese and a stang with crossed arrows (pagan (nigel stang))
Some of you may be interested in this book:

http://www.avaloniabooks.co.uk/catalogue/titles/both_sides_of_heaven.htm

BOTH SIDES OF HEAVEN
A collection of essays exploring the origins, history, magic and nature of divine winged messengers, angels, demons and fallen angels.
Contents:
A Host of Winged Messengers - Sorita d'Este
Fallen Angels and Legends of the Fall - Rufus Harrington
On the Wings of Rebirth - Katherine Sutherland
The Myth of the Fallen Ones - Michael Howard
The Enochians - Aaron Leitch
Madeline Montalban, Elemental and Fallen Angels - Julia Phillips
Azazel & Shemyaza - Diana Allam
Thirteen Unicycles in the Woods - Adele Nozedar
The Salvation of the Sidhe - Emily Carding
The Green Butterfly - Dan Harms
The Fallen Angels and the Goetia - David Rankine
Demons & Devils - Maestro Nestor
Grimoires for Pagans - Jake Stratton-Kent
The Thwarting Angels - Stephen Skinner
Loving Lilith - Melissa Harrington
The Face in the Mirror - Charlotte Rodgers
Between Gods and Men - Kim Huggens
Zoroastrian Angels and Demons - Payam Nabarz

Personally I'm rather drawn to the lovely cover art by Emily Carding.
arethinn: glowing green spiral (pagan (fox))
Aradia Translated: a new translation by Norax, with notes. (PDF file)



This is basically collected from posts in a board thread (see attribution). I have no idea how similar or not the translation may be to Robert Mathiesen's "A New Translation" (although I'm interested in that one too).
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Aradia Translated: a new translation by Norax, with notes. (PDF file)



This is basically collected from posts in a board thread (see attribution). I have no idea how similar or not the translation may be to Robert Mathiesen's "A New Translation" (although I'm interested in that one too).

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