Views from the Redwood Coast

One Neo-Druids personal opinions about life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and being a Druid in Humboldt County CA.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Saudi blogger brutally lashed in public for ‘insulting Islam’

Why do we maintain diplomatic relations with barbaric regimes?  Why no sanctions against Saudi Arabia, and other countries that enforce Sharia Law?

Saudi blogger brutally lashed in public for ‘insulting Islam’

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Death's (Murders?) of CAW's "Official Bards"

The Church of All Worlds is a Neo-Pagan organization led by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and HQ'ed in Cotati, CA in Sonoma County.  In it's history the Church has had two "official Bards."   They both have several things in common. 1) They were both known to womanizers, 2) Both were genius level music lyricists, 3) Both were known to use, and distribute freely, weed and LSD, 4) and it is possible that both were murdered.

The first was Gwydion Pendderwen. According to an account found on a tribute page, he was murdered:

"When I examined and photographed Gwydion's car immediately following the accident, there was a distinct and undeniable indentation on the side with a pale white or beige paint transfer from the vehicle that sideswiped him. The CHP refused to investigate further. However exactly the same situation existed in the Karen Silkwood death. An unknown vehicle forcing the victim off the road. Gwydion almost never drank alcohol, although of course he did indulge in certain herbal products. The section of Hwy 20 where he went off the road is straight and narrow. On that night it was bright and dry.
The reactions of the California Highway Patrol were derisive and desultory, the FBI scarcely responded, and the IRS, thought nothing of dismissing the death of one of their former agents who had formulated the structure of Forever Forests and who openly decried the abusive "terrorist practises" of the IRS, at the time, against the poor and the underemployed.

I do remember Gwydion describing to me the training he had received in collections, encouraged to terrify taxpayers and non taxpayers alike, emboldened to threaten poor people with audits and fines and criminal prosecution if they failed to pay  taxes far in excess of what corporations like Exxon were then paying. But those were different times, and things have changed. Nonetheless, Gwydion compared his "membership" in the IRS to a "membership" in the Hells Angels. Once a member always a member, until death.

I have often wondered if Gwydion was assassinated by the government to which he meant no harm only growth. The government for which he once worked, walked away, believing that there was a better way and a better world. The slightly better world he dreamed of has arrived, but the struggle is not over. I don't know the answer.    Especially if they were advocates for a model of peace, dignity and tranquillity, good environmental temperance. And caution tempered with humour and song and a drag or two of good Mendocino weed." (From )
The second was Adam Walks Between Worlds, whom I knew.  Adam was a "star" in CAW, and like Gwydion, he was handed the position by Oberon himself.  His tenure as official bard was ended in a "kangaroo court," an excommunication, if you will, led by Oberon himself.  Basically, he was tried and convicted of rape by a small number of women, and defrocked.  In accounts I have read of this, the whole thing reminds me of a modern Salem Witch trial. 
A little later, Adam moved down to the Los Angeles area. One night, he answered his door, only to be greeted by both barrels of a sawed off shot gun, at close range to the chest.  The murder was never solved, the perpetrator was never found, nor the weapon.  Some in the magical community believe that a golem was constructed and programmed for the murder, which was made to, or programmed to, disappear after his mission.
I'm not the only person who suspects that Adam's, and possibly Gwydion's murders were "inside jobs".  Here is a comment to a blog article that mentions this: "Did you know the Church of All Worlds actually murdered someone? It’s true. Adam Walks Between Worlds, who was their “Official Bard” up until he was railroaded out of the church amid accusations of rape, was found dead in his LA home on February 22, 1997, of wounds from a double barreled shot gun fired into his chest at very close range. The murder was never solved. The leaders of CAW needed him silenced though." (From
So, we have possibly two murders here. Both victims were  "official Bards" of CAW, ordained by Oberon Zell.  Who killed them? Why?  One thing is for sure: there will probably never be an "Official Bard" in CAW again. Their life expectancy is questionable, at best.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

I Don't Believe in Abortion

Now, before you jump to conclusions, I also believe that the Government should stay totally out of the debate, as this is a moral question, not a legislative one. I also believe that the decision to have one or not is between a woman and her doctor (and her husband(s) if married) and NO ONE else.

I also believe that until that child is able to breathe on it's own, it's not a child -- not yet a human. This is backed up by the Bible (not that I believe in that book).

So why don't I believe in abortion?  It's a piss poor method of birth control. It can be damaging to the mother (in ways both psychological and physical). I do not believe it is murder.

I am therefore prolife. In fact I am consistently prolife. Which is to say that I do not believe  in war (I am  a pacifist) and I do not believe in capital punishment. I also very strongly believe that if a child is born into the world, and that if society dictates that this should be so, then society is responsible for that child's well being up until it becomes an adult. That means (if needed) SNAP benefits, healthcare, a free education (all the way to PHD if desired) and that society is responsible for the mother in the same way.

If you are against abortion, but are also against and of the other things I have mentioned, then you may not call yourself pro-life. You are simply a misogynist pig, and probably one who subscribes to one of the patriarchal/monotheistic religions, the most extreme being Taliban Islam, and the least extreme being Reform Judaism.

Enough said. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Of CAW, OMS, RDNA, RDG and Disappointment

Samhain marked the 7th year of the Reformed Druids of Gaia.
March 18th will mark the 17th year of the Order of the Mithril Star. 

OMS was begun by a handful of members of the Church of All Worlds, who didn't think that the CAW nests were SiaSL'ish enough. Oh, the naturism was there, for the most part, but only the Mother Nest (Oberon and Morninglorie's) in Ukiah was actually practicing polyamory to any extent.  Like most Pagan gatherings and festivals, you could always count on at least half or more of attendees to be walking around nekked at CAW functions. But the commitment to being poly wasn't there, except that most CAW members were more like 'swingers' than polyamorists, and then mainly at gatherings and festivals.

So we schismed, and thus was formed, after a 'Bring Back the Snakes' event at Boulder Creek Brewery, under the full moon in the tourist Grove at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the Order of the Mithril Star.

We found out though, that no matter how much you teach or promote something, even elevating Stranger In A Strange Land to a near Biblical status, you can't make people be poly or naturist.  They either are or they aren't. Social imprinting, like you got in starting in kindergarten, trumps the natural every time. Oh, a handful manage to break the through the matrix, but most have too often, in the backs of their minds, associated nudity with sexuality, and poly with swinging, and even among those who practice one or the other, naturists spurn polys, and polys, much of the time, spurn naturism. To get the two together is a miracle. Only the Kerista group, a "group marriage" in San Francisco that lasted about 20 years there, managed to bridge the two. There is still a remnant of Kerista on Maui or about a dozen or so.

Did you know? The original idea, when OMS became Druids in 2002, was that the executive committee of every Grove would be a Nest -probably a triad. That never happened either.  We joined RDNA in the Spring of 2002 and by the end of the Summer, after much fighting, and hooting and howling in the RDNAtalk group, then AD Ceridwen proclaimed OMS to be in schism with RDNA.

At the Mabon Druid gathering here in Humboldt, in 2006, 7 years ago, we hatched the RDG. The rest is history.   What do we have to show for ourselves 7 years later?j  There are a handful of Groves, none of which are Poly or even poly-centric. There are a handful of solitary members who are poly, but their poly families are not Druids. Some are Naturist when a hot tub is available. In fact the only time someone gets nekked any more is at their 2nd Degree Initiation, and almost always that happens in a group of no more than 3, and the nekkedness lasts 10 minutes maybe.  Even this tradition is falling by the wayside more and more.

We had an AD who for about six months, entered into a triad. It was the most wonderful thing she said. She was grateful to Ceridwen and I for 'pushing this.'  Then her husband ran off with the new 3rd, and left her with the kids. About a year later she quit the RDG (her Grove had broken up as well). Sad thing is that she was, (in time spent as an OMS member) the member who had been with us the longest. I even had at one time (when she was still poly) decided she would be my successor as head of OMS. And not too long after that, she quit. Then I put an ad out for my ideal successor, and got roundly trounced for that by members of NoDaL, and ended up making Ceridwen my successor, as she was the only member who fulfilled my laundry list, and I was tired of fighting about it.

A couple of years ago a person complained to their AD that El was pushing poly and naturism too much. That AD came to me and told me "many people" in her Grove had complained. What really happened was that in the old Yahoo OMS group, I had gathered up all of the articles that had been published over the years concerning Naturism and Polyamory, and turned them into files, and uploaded them into their own folders in the files section. This was instead of having them all lost to Yahoos gradual cleaning that they do. With the complaints, we decided at that time to produce two versions of The Druid Path, one to be sent to those who joined OMS directly, and a different one, with everything but SiaSL purged, for those that joined RDG directly.  About a year later I found out it was one and exactly one person who complained, and she subsequently quit because "RDG was a cult where the leaders had sex with ALL of the women."  About a month later we went back to there being only one version of The Druid Path, and about six months later the aforementioned AD, and her entire Grove, officially left the RDG and joined the ADF.

The reason she left had nothing to do with any of this. That is another story, for another time, but it has a lot to do with my own feelings of justice, of her struggle to become a 3rd in the RDNA (well, kinda, sorta) and me finding out she had told Ceridwen and I very big whopper. But she had quit before we found that out, anticipating that we would find it out.

So what DO we have?  We have a handful of Groves, were deep interpersonal relationships are forged, rituals are wrought, and for most that is all they need. The MG is in a college town, and most of our new members are college students, so they go away after four years. The MG currently has 7 members, 4 of whom have been together for few years and none of which are either poly or naturist (except for Ceridwen and I, who still hope for more). But, maybe this is the best we can hope for. We will turn 60 this year (Ceridwen did so in August).  Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking... into the future......   Our guides tell us that it's all going to happen soon. So we wait with joyful hope for the manifestation of Dryad's Realm.

I think the majority of people get what they want out of RDG. I think that's good enough. You can't make people be what you want them to be. You can only show them the cake. If they eat it, it's their choice but you can't make them eat it,  they will only eat the part they like.

In the end, that's the best we can hope for. Let us be happy, and satisfied, for what we have, and leave it at that.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Texas Abortion Restrictions Declared Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

The xtian Taliban loses every time they try to bypass the Constitution. Thank Goddess for our Founding Fathers!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mitch McConnell Rejects Ted Cruz Push To Filibuster Bill Defunding Obamacare

Allowing a govt. shutdown will insure that the Dem's take back the House, and probably filibuster proof the Senate, in 2014. American's are sick and tired of the GOP. They'll be lucky to be elected dog catcher somewhere.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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I'm an iconoclastic lifelong student. At my age, I've discovered that I don't know everything, at least not yet. I'm an environmental activist, with an acute interest in saving what is left of the Coast Redwoods from the chain saw. I'm a Reformed Druid, and a member of both the Reformed Druids of North America and the Reformed Druids of Gaia (RDG). I am currently serving as Senior Scribe for the RDG, and I am the Patriarch of the Order of the Mithril Star. I'm very happily married to the Archdruid of our local Grove, Cylch Cerddwyr Rhwng y Bydoedd Grove (which is also the Mother Grove of RDG). My wife and I are also both Reiki Masters. We have two cats, Gwyddion and Kundun. I have three sons, Joshua, Jordan and Jesse, and three wonderful daughters in law, Aisha, Nikki and Lyndsey. I also have grandchildren: Isaiah, Jalen, Mia and Cam. Follow me on Twitter: @redwoodeagle, or Facebook:
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