Your browser does not support script

Pagan Perspectives

Weekly Question

Question of the Week: 113

Pagan Problem Children: What Can We Do About Them?

Views: [32,767]
Responses: [2,666]

The Rules
Note: The opinions posted on the Pagan Perspective pages are those of individuals and are not neccessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

For Further
Visit The

WitchVox List
of 242
'Net Sites:

Chat Boards
Email Lists
IRC Channels

Past Questions
112. Elders: Who Are They and Do We Really Need Them? - [74]

111. So, You’re Dead. Now What? - [59]

110. What’s Your Favorite Element? - [119]

109. The Broom Closet Revisited: What’s Your Current Occupancy Rate? - [129]

108. Do You Speak Pagan Geek? - [38]

107. Would You Be A Good ‘Reality Show’ Contestant? - [49]

106. What Is Your Inner Animal? - [127]

105. Are Pagans TOO Individualistic? - [56]

104. Have You Changed Your Mind About the War in Iraq? - [258]

103. What Are You Reading? - [95]

102. Do Interfaith Conferences/ Discussions Work? - [29]

101. Have You Made Any Extra Security Preparations? - [85]

100. Why Are You A Pagan or Heathen? - [142]

99. What Moon Phase Are You In? - [70]

98. Would You Live In A Haunted House? - [166]

97. What Natural Objects Are On Your Altar? - [103]

96. If You Were Granted Three Wishes... - [179]

95. How Do You Feel About War? - [153]

94. Who Would Make Your Pagan/Heathen Who’s Who List? - [91]

93. Should Pagans Apply For Federal Funds? - [56]

92. What Do You See in 2003? - [47]

90. Which Christmas Ghost Would You Like To Be? - [82]

89. Bah-Humbug! Are You Offended by Christmas? - [173]

88. Are We Alone in The Universe? - [67]

87. The Pagan Web 2002... Your likes? Dislikes? - [50]

86. How’s Your Gratitude Attitude? - [64]

85. What’s Your Motivation? - [97]

84. Between the Veils: What Did You See? - [80]

83. Time to Talk Politics and Elections… - [109]

82. Your Samhain/Beltaine Musings - [50]

81. ExCUSE Me! Has Common Courtesy Become A Thing of the Past? - [97]

80. Polytheist, Monotheist, Dualist or Other? - [104]

79. Have You Switched Pagan Paths? - [110]

78. Would You Take Part in a Public Event or Protest AS a Pagan? - [268]

77. Pot-Kettle: Do We Have Our Own Fundamentalists? - [91]

76. America 911: One Year Later. What's Changed? Are we Safer? - [103]

75. So What Do YOU Think of the Pagan Web? - [43]

74. What is/was your 2002 New Year's resolution - [23]

73. Do You Believe in Faeries? - [44]

72. Is 'Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men' Possible? - [28]

71. How Do YOU View the Balance of Light and Dark? - [22]

70. What's News? - [22]

69. What Are Your Favorite Yule Traditions or Memories? - [17]

68. Are You Wild About Harry? - [80]

67. What Is Music? - [18]

66. What Did You Do this Samhain? - [8]

65. What ARE the most "Frequently Asked Questions' About Witches? - [31]

64. What Are YOUR book/video/dvd Recommendations? - [119]

63. Have You Done Any Protection Spells or Workings? - [38]

62. What Are Your Thoughts On The Current "War on Terrorism"? - [77]

61. Are You Willing To Give Up Some Civil Liberties To Be Safe? - [69]

60. What About Those Pagan Leaders Again? - [289]

59. 911 America: Talking Through The Terror... - [969]

58. What Are Your Plans For Fall? - [21]

57. If You Were Stranded Alone On A Deserted Island... - [56]

56. What Would You Like to See at The Voice? - [65]

55. What Lies Beyond? - [28]

54. What is the connection between Spirit, Nature and Humankind? - [18]

53. What is 'Will' or 'Willpower'? - [19]

52. Have you ever been to a Pagan Festival? - [26]

51. What Did You Think of 'The Mists of Avalon"? - [44]

50. What's Your Magickal Focus? - [33]

49. Ending Religious Discrimination-What's It Gonna Take? - [41]

48. How Fares The First Amendment? - [20]

47. Are you a Talker or a Listener? - [14]

46. Predator and Prey - What Beasts Live Within You? - [44]

45. Who Do You Trust? - [22]

44. Do You Spend Money with Pagan Merchants? - [24]

43. What's On Your Balloon? - [52]

42. Is There An Energy Crisis? - [30]

41. What Makes You So Special? - [33]

40. What is Your Guilty Little Secret? - [101]

39. Who Are Your Gods? - [55]

38. What Are The Greatest Challenges That Pagans Face Today? - [35]

37. What's On Your Altar? - [45]

36. Should the United States Apologize to China - [32]

35. Pagan Web Surfing Likes/Dislike - [60]

34. What Are Your Views on Abortion, Euthanasia and Suicide? - [95]

33. What Is The Appropriate Response to Bigotry and Religious Hatred? - [108]

32. Why Are Kids Killing Kids? - [60]

31. Whassa Matter With Kids Today? - [71]

30. What Do You Support and Why Do You Support It? - [21]

29. How About Some New Holidays? - [39]

28. Where Did You Get Your Magickal Name? - [93]

27. Where Are The Pagan Social Programs? Do We Care? - [22]

26. What Do You Think About Bush's 'Faith-Based' Initiative Plan? - [87]

25. What Are The Boundaries? - [26]

24. What is Pagan History and What is Pagan Belief? - [44]

23. Who or What is a "Pagan Leader"? - [61]

22. What More Do You Want To Know About Paganism? - [45]

21. What is/was your New Year's resolution? - [19]

19. What do YOU of our newest entry into the Presidential Political Pool? - [61]

20. What have YOU done to trace your family history? - [11]

18. Your Gift, Craft and Holiday Celebration Ideas! - [43]

17. Does Older Equal Better? - [199]

16. What is the best gift that you ever received? - [28]

15. What are YOU Thankful For? - [87]

14. The Unresolved US Election - [263]

13. Divination - [29]

12. Pagan Choice for the y2k US Election - [129]

11. Hollywood Hype - [74]

10. Money and the Craft - [82]

9. Pagan Jokes and Humorous Stories - [37]

8. Misconceptions About Witches, Wiccans and Pagans - [63]

7. The Ethics of Magick and Spellwork - [43]

6. What are YOU planning for Mabon-Autumn Equinox? - [14]

5. Pagan books/web sites-dynamic or drivel? - [46]

4. The Broomcloset-In or Out?... What's YOUR View? - [181]

3. Church and State, Religion in School... What is YOUR View? - [122]

2. How Do You Define Witch/WitchCraft? - [42]

1. Who are you going to vote for and why? - [233]

 Author:    Posted: Sep. 8, 2002   This Page Viewed: 19,992,300  

Vox Q Stats

Times Viewed: 32,767

Reponses: 91

Lurker/Post Ratio: 360 to 1

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 

Who's/Who In New Orleans Jan 15th. at 9:28:42 pm EST

Donna Fransen (New Orleans, LA) Age: 48 - Email - Web

I have been involved in the local Pagan community here in the New Orleans area for the past seven years. I have met wonderful people here, including Lady Mimi at Esoterica and Sally Glassman of the Voudon community. But the most influential person in my life the past years has been the Reverend Velvet Rieth, APS.

Rev. Rieth co-founded Covenant of the Pentacle Wiccan Church-ATC in 1994 to give the local Pagan community a place to pray with like-minded others. Since the founding of this church, it has branched into numerous teaching circles, a food bank, and a hospital chaplaincy program. The most important contribution that she has made, however, is the founding and continuing work as the ONLY Wiccan prison ministry program in the state of Louisiana. Rev. Rieth began this work in 1996 and for the first 18 months traveled every other weekend to establish this program at Allen Correctional Center in Kinder, LA. Since that time, five prisons have been added to this list with active working circles in them, including an inmate on Death Row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA. This past week, Rev. Rieth has been invited to work with the Federal prison system here in the state and is also working with chaplains in other states across the country to help educate them on Wicca.

These accomplishments alone would be enough for many, but for me, she is also much more. She is not only my pastor and friend, but I am proud and honored to call her my sister. She has been there for me and many others in our times of need. In the face of personal adversity, she has stood strong and guided us. She is, to me, the Wo/Man of the Year.

Just My Opinion Jan 16th. at 4:39:53 am EST

Cougar (Zanesville, OH) Age: 27 - Email

I wouldn't choose anyone. Why do we have to cheapen the Wiccan experience by playing popularity games like "ooh, vote for your favorite witches celebrity!!"? It's bad enough that teenagers are playing "The Craft" and Covens have become Mini-Churches. Wiccan leaders set up supposed unbiased online communities but only so they can hear themselves preech Wiccan Doctrine and sell their hand-crafted, mass produced crap they call "essential crafting tools".

With that opinion expressed, I would give honorable mention to Mr. Crowley and possibly Konstantinos for their ground breaking journeys into the feared and avoided sides of the Craft. Not to say that others haven't traveled down similar roads, but these are the names I have heard.

Ralph Blum Hehehehehehehe Jan 16th. at 10:21:16 am EST

Sean (USA and Canada) Age: 35 - Email - Web

I would sat Ralph Blum for his Rune book and the controvesy it has started over the Blank Rune.
And to all the other Rune authors out there who's Names I dont know. Thank you

Help....I Can't Choose!! Jan 16th. at 10:29:42 am EST

Lisa (New Jersey) Age: 31 - Email

When I sat and pondered this question many names came to mind. I have read many books about Wicca and Paganism and have found many to be enlightening and some just rather foolish. At first, I was going to write the names of these authors and their contribution to the Wiccan/Pagan community. But, then I realized the true person that started me on the path to Wicca. Her name is Diane, and she is my mother. When, I was the tender age of eight my mother bought me a pack of tarot cards. She herself didn't follow any particular doctrine or religion but that instance of the opening of my psychic mind brought many possibilities that I would not have explored without her nurturing that within me. She never once said that I could not be what I envisioned myself to be and for that I place her in the class of the most influential Pagan/Wiccan person in your life catergory.

Pagan Who's Who Jan 16th. at 11:18:00 am EST

Branowen (Mesa, AZ) Age: 20 - Email - Web

The Goddess, and therefore essentailly every pagan who has ever served her. I think every one of us plays a huge part, not just the celebrities. And for that, I would thank all of us.

Who's Who Jan 16th. at 11:25:08 am EST

Angela (Washington, DC) Age: 32 - Email

Big Name Pagans
Issac Bonewits
Oberon Zell
Gerald Gardner
Doreen Valiente
Selena Fox
Ronald Hutton

Local Leaders Whose Names People Usually Forget
Donal - founded the Pagan Night Out in Houston back in the 1990s, a concept which has spread throughout the US
Dag and Cec Dewyr - started International Pagan Pride Day Project, leading to PPDs all over the world
Shea Thomas - Mystic District Planning Coalition & Open Hearth Foundation
Orren - founder of Four Quarters Sanctuary

The countless people who spend enormous energy making pagan events happen in the real world - nothing would happen to bring our communities together if it were not for these people having the vision and handling the sweaty details.

My Chosen Jan 16th. at 12:33:21 pm EST

James (Tx) Age: 18 - Email

Half of these people listed may not be recognized by modern pagans.. Before I make my list, I would like to say that people who write new-agey books which are filled with nothing but lies IE: "witchcraft is a "goddess" religion" "paganism is a religion" "wicca is the old religion".... these people do not make the list... there is nothing "pagan" about them.

Nigel Jackson
Evan Jones
R.J. Stewart
Michael Howard
Robert Cochrane
"Robin Artisson" Who can be found here:

The Elders In The Trenches Jan 16th. at 1:15:34 pm EST

Steve D. (N.J.) Age: 43 - Email

While credit is due for the Big Names; Isaac Bonewits, Ravenwolf, just to name a couple. The big credits should go to the elders who are leading the covens, giving the "101" classes and hosting the local Sabbats for the Solitaries who would have no where to go and be with their fellow Pagans. Without the efforts of the "troops in the trenches" Wicca would be lost. Who's Who to me would be my first teacher and HPS: Indigo.

Non-fluffy Who's Who... Jan 16th. at 3:56:53 pm EST

HrappR (New Jersey, USA) Age: 36 - Email - Web

Garman Lord, Swain and Eric Wodening, Edred Thorsson, James chisholm, Steve McNallen, Valgard Murray, Piperskegg Ullerson, Lavrans Reimer-Moeller, and all the others in the forefront of Heathenry. Some are authors, some are leaders, one or two are just doers. All are fine folks.

A Short List Jan 16th. at 4:14:40 pm EST

Kea Erisdottir (US) Age: 38 - Email

Tamarra & Richard James, Wiccan Church of Canada -- They've done long term, meaningful work in terms of Pagan/Wiccan education, temple building, clerical support of their community. The prison ministry of the WCC, at last asking, has a recitivism rate of ZERO because of the thoughtful way in which prisoners are brought back home and helped back to a productive life.

Tarostar -- Who, among other things, is an amazing man whom I admire because of his towering knowledge of the occult and his high personal standards.

The Church of the Iron Oak -- Who fought their case until they won against the local governments who were complicit in their persecution and attempting to limit their religious freedom.

Hadrea@Sword and Shield -- Who runs a very good BBS for Pagan Polytheists and well-behaved visitors of other faiths.

Drew Campbell -- For his ground breaking work in Hellenic Reconstructionism. One of the principles of Hellenion.

Kyrene Ariadne -- Founder of Hellenion and now working on a mysteries project called Ai Mystai. I personally admire her strong vision.

Sannion -- A Hellenic writer whose essays are thought provoking and entertaining.

Kveldulf Gundarrson
Freya Aswynn
Edred Thorsson

Influential Pagans Jan 16th. at 4:24:56 pm EST

Datura (South Africa) Age: 20 - Email

Hi there!

I would like to just add my quick thoughts here, with a perhaps not so popular opinion.
Thinking back over my journey of discovery these past four years I would have to say the most influential people were my friends and teachers here at home.

But one of the most influential public pagans would have to be the webmaster of Now I know a lot of people look at that URL and immediately get incensed - but there really is a lot of well thought out, rational, intelligent and honest work to be found on that page. I highly recommend it to anyone new to the path of Wicca who has learnt most of their religion from the multitude of "Wicca for beginners" sites scattered around the 'net. Aside from correcting a number of misconceptions this site also points newbies to well researched, academic and accurate sources for learning about witchcraft, magic and the history of pagan religions.

So - to 4 at WWS - thanks for helping me and so many I know snap out of self-delusion and embark on a serious path of research into religion and magic.

Datura Link to More info related to this post -- HERE

Who's Who List Jan 16th. at 5:04:27 pm EST

Max Tucker (Alva, OK.) Age: 27 - Email

1. Scott Cunningham
2. Gerald Gardner/Alister Crowley
3. Raven Grimassi
4. Farrar/Farrar/bone
5. Isaac Bonawits

I would ad these people to any pagan who's who list. For, at least in my opinion these 8 people have done a lot for pagans, in regards to opening the mind's eye.

 1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8  

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2018 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.