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Question of the Week: 94 - 1/13/2003

Who Would Make Your Pagan/Heathen Who’s Who List?

If you were compiling the Pagan/Heathen equivalent of the famous ‘Who’s Who’ list of influential people, which Pagan or Heathen names would make it on your list? Why did you choose these people?

Which non-Pagans, but still people who are/were influential in some way to issues important to Pagans, should be on the list?

What qualities or accomplishments did you consider to be the most important in making your choices?

Finally, which people of your own acquaintance would make your private ‘most influential people in my life’ list?

 Reponses:   There are 91 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 

Famous Unknowns Jan 14th. at 12:52:58 pm EST

Liorah Starcrow (Greene RI) Age: 54 - Email

First and foremost on this list would have to be my Iniator, who influenced my Life more than any person alive, or dead..Stockbridge Chandler. Then would come the person who initiated him, but much more well known, The Lady Gwen Thompson. Then, would come the person who deserves to be first as she was bravely "out" when most of us were hiding in the shadows(or not born yet), The Lady Sybil Leek. She, more than anyone,inspired me to become a Witch in the first place. Next, would be Betsy Ashby, of Out of the Dark whose unfailing patience has seen me through some tough times and whose unselfish devotion to the enlightenment of many through her work is to be applauded(standing)with great admiration. Lest I forget,Fritz and Wren Walker, without whose devotion, our opinions would go unposted and most of us would be in the dark about what is what . Diane Des Rochers,aka"Grotonwitch" is certainly a person whose devotion and contributions should not go un-mentioned.Her "Grotonwitch's Grimoire" is the source of many informative articles and essays that would slip by un-noticed if not for her.Robert Mirabal, although not a witch (and maybe not even a Pagan or Heathen)should be on this list because of his awesome talent as a musician and bringer of wonderful sights and sounds of Native American dance fused with modern dance(see "Tales from a Painted Cave" and "Spirit" on PBS).Also to Shea Thomas whose research and diligence have brought to light "The Wiccan Rede Project", an important work to be sure. And last , but no means least,Lord Theitic of the NECTW.His unselfish devotion to keeping the works and dreams of Lady Gwen Thompson alive through tireless and unpaid research are the most monumental amount of work done by anyone so far as I know to bring an almost lost traditon back to life. P.S. To all of you known and unknown who "Keep The Faith" in good times and bad, in darkness and alone sometimes .Loved and unloved.I say "Keep on keeping on".Blessed Be.

DAVEN! Jan 14th. at 1:35:25 pm EST

Sireana (South Carolina) Age: 30 - Email

Daven of would definitely be a good choice for a Pagan who's who list. This man juggles a regular full time job, family, free online magick classes, a very groovy website, and goodness knows what else. His dedication to teaching, his fairness, and his honesty are remarkable. He is doing a tremendous service to the Pagan community through his teachings... Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

Youv'e Got Gardner, But Do You Have Einstein? Jan 14th. at 1:42:25 pm EST

Forest Heather (Bethsda, MD) Age: 18 - Email

I would say a lot of the early philosophers had a lot of influence on me: Socrates, Plato, and a lot of authors that dabbled in metaphysics: Dante, Homer.

In the modern day, I think Einstein and his theory that everything is related in some way to other things, and of course the names that everyone 'knows' like Gardner and Buckland, etc.

Lastly, I am very new and everything, and practice what I do by myself. I haven't had much chance to come across influential people, but i hope to encounter some still.

My List Jan 14th. at 2:28:00 pm EST

Pluto 6 (Denver, CO) Age: 40 - Email

They wouldn't all call themselves pagan, but...

Henry David Thoreau
Carl Gustav Jung
Mohandas Gandhi
Joseph Campbell

Campbell goes on and off my list. In my more cynical moods, his "follow your bliss"
stuff sounds like something a spoiled academic who has no idea how the real world
works would say.

Pluto 6

Without A Doubt... Jan 14th. at 2:37:51 pm EST

John (usa) Age: 46 - Email

The Dahli Lama... He is a inspiration, and one of the few truely spiritual individuals.

Who's Who Jan 14th. at 3:24:46 pm EST

Jennifer (Livonia, MI) Age: 24 - Email - Web

in no particular order....

Freya Aswynn
Kveldulf Gundarsson
Steven McNallen
Edred Thorsson
Jan Fries
Jenny Blain
Diana Paxon
Drew Campbell

....and probably tons more i can't think of right now.


My List Of Influential Pagans Jan 14th. at 5:57:26 pm EST

Storm Evanmoon (Indianapolis, Indiana) Age: 29 - Email

Though I am fairly new to the Craft(2 yrs. and running), I have had the pleasure of meeting a handful of influential people who have shaped my spiritual being, as well I have read several books from authors who seem to genuinely care about our religion and the education and well-being of our community. My list is short but forever subject to change as my journey through this life continues into the next. It would include these fine examples:

Silver Ravenwolf--who's books have taught me to lead and enjoy a fruitful, magickal life.

Ed Finch, Ray Buckland, Amber K., Dorothy Morrison, Edain McCoy, Scott Cunningham, and Gerald Gardner, of course.

D.J. Conway-- whose wonderful ways taught me to be able to live and play in harmony with the Dragons.

and then a few who you may not know--

Talon Beowulf-- My 1st High Priest who showed me how to spellcast and live the life I had only been able to dream about. He truly is a shining example of how a Pagan should treat his fellows.

Belladonna Ravenhawk--My 1st High Priestess who is the Goddess incarnate on this plane. You showed me power can come in so many 'powerless' forms.

My Who's Who Jan 14th. at 11:23:14 pm EST

Calitha (Redford, Michigan) Age: 40 - Email

Scott Cunningham-His writing led me to the Craft
The staff at The Witches Voice-They keep us abreast of the issues that affect us
Kerr Cuhulain-His writing showed me it was ok to be a Pagan and a warrior

The Board Members of the Federation of Circles and Solitaires of Michigan
Andrea-A determined little Kitchen Witch
Bonnie- For standing up for what she believes in, in the face o persecution and ridicule
Tempest Smith

Best Mentor Jan 14th. at 11:40:53 pm EST

Michael McBride (Sault Ste Marie, Michigan) Age: 48 - Email

I think this is something that is long over do.
Plus I would like to see how many vip's come forward stating their Pagan Statis.

I'm An Idiot For Missing This Jan 15th. at 7:14:13 am EST

Starlight Bunnybutt (FL, USA) Age: 26 - Email

Robert Heinlien, without whom we wouldn't have the inspiration for the Church of All Worlds, for his book "Stranger in a Strange Land". Not that he said anything original, just that he said it to a widely accessible genre.

And I should have said this before, Wren and Fritz. The Pagan community needs you guys, you are our glue that holds us together and our rock on which we lean. You do so much for us.

Every person who's ever looked around and just been floored by how beautiful life is. Every person who's ever seen the Divine in the faces of all humanity.

Mohandas Gandhi
The whole Feminist Movement. The Womanist Movement too.
Anyone who's ever written a spell on the back of Denny's Menu.
Every last one of you reading this now.
The people who thought up Chaos mathematics.
Malaclypse the Younger
People who ask why, why not, and how.

Even Though She Went Away... Jan 15th. at 8:22:51 am EST

Black Cat (Madison, WI) Age: 24 - Email friend Amethyst deserves mention because she gave me my first pentacle, made me my first infusion (which soothed my aching throat), told me to learn Astrology, and showed me that it was all very, very real. Miss you, California friend.

WHo Did What? Jan 15th. at 10:13:46 am EST

Sloopz (Scotland) Age: 17 - Email

to tell the honset truth the minister of teh Peoples Church Falkirk did. I was a rebelious christian and he kept saying pagans where bad so I studied paganism and quit the church

So thank you to Pastor George McKim the minister of the peoples church Falkirk.

Also HoZ my exes cousin who is always been a support since the day I helped her start paganism and my current girlfriend as she always believes in me and has faith in me ( and that is the most important thing I could ask for) so ta Kirsti

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