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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 

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

Pagan Who's Who Jan 15th. at 12:28:32 pm EST

AJ Jarvis (Rhode Island) Age: 17 - Email

If I had to list the most influential people in the modern pagan movement, out of all the colorful characters we've seen, the list could not be complete without Gerald Gardner. He's my no. 1 choice, considering that modern Wicca developed from his books. Granted, Gardner was not without fault and I don't agree with all of his ideas, but I have a gut instinct that The neo-pagan movement may have ended before it began without his contributions.
After Gardner, Doreen Valiente, the mother of modern witchcraft. Without her, we would not have the Charge of the Goddess, and Wicca without the charge of the goddess seems unthinkable.
Next is Scott Cunningham. No witch should be without his work, whether they are traditional coven-oriented or a solitary. His books are beautiful tributes to the Lord and Lady.
One group of people who have to be realized for their importance are the scholars like Murray, Gimbutas and Graves. Everyone knows by now that Wicca's ancient origin claims are at best a little sketchy, but at least with the help of these and other hisotrians we can make Wicca closer to the religions of our pagan ancestors.
And finally, as much as so many of us are loath to admit it, Aleister Crowley's OTO and other cabbalistic groups of the early twentieth century helped flesh out the ritual aspects of early Wicca, so they too should be thanked for their contribution.

People Who've Made Me Feel Good About Myself (Known) Jan 15th. at 1:19:41 pm EST

Lunae (rural, STL area) Age: 31 - Email

Joseph Campbell

I cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to see the Bill Moyers' special with him. I consider him my PaPa since my mother cannot know who her father was. I chose him as a child.

The Dalai Llama

Obviously His story is one of incredible endurance and love but really for his actions and the things he has said. He's someone I want to be like.

Francesca de Grandis

Her way is clear and fun. Her writing is for "real people," as they say. I've considered writing to her but never gotten around to it. She is a true Seeker, in my eyes. Anyone *attempting* to do all she does deserves praise.

These are the ones I most admire.
Blessings All

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