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Year 2000 and the Young Pagan: As we enter the 21st. century, one thing is clear, Pagan Youth will lead the way. They are embracing this spiritual path with a passion and conviction like we have never seen before. The Witches Voice is honored to present the literary power of todays Young Pagan.
School and Religion: We asked about how your school treated your religion, and whether or not you felt that there was an implicit Christian bias in your school. Not surprisingly, we discovered that out-of-the-broom-closet Pagan teens generally have a tough time in school. Though there are encouraging signs, and teens are doing their best to educate their peers and teachers, one of our contributors said it best in the bio which accompanies her essay: "She dreams of a day when topics such as "School and Religion" are no longer an issue." Check out the School and Religion essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR - FIVE
Can you be Christian and Pagan? is a question that crops up fairly regularly. One of these teen essayists consider themselves adherents of both faiths -- the second looks at the problems of being Pagan in a Christian household. Check out the Can you be Christian and Pagan? essays... Page ONE - TWO
Teenagers and the Craft This is the teen segment of a topic that the adults will weigh in on next week: Teenagers and the Craft. What is most striking about these essays is the level of maturity exhibited and the insight into the issues involved. Everyone who has, or will have a Pagan teenager in their life, in their coven, or even on an email list or in a chat room should read these essays to get a better understanding of what Pagan teenagers go through trying to find someone to teach them. Check out the Teenagers and the Craft essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR - FIVE - SIX - SEVEN
God in the Shadows? We noted that modern-day Paganism has frequently been portrayed as a collection of "Goddess religions" and asked whether or not you felt the God had been downplayed in favor of the Goddess. As expected, this topic brought us varying, and occasionally controversial viewpoints, though all of our respondents agreed that the God was not getting equal time. Check out the God in the Shadows essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR
Familiars: We asked what you think a familiar is, and whether or not you have one. Night Tiger, one of our regulars in the teen essay section, dispels the notion that Witches have only cats as their familiars, and introduces us to her boxer, Duchess. Check out the Familiars essay
Solitary or Covener?: Three excellent essays focus on the magick of personal solitary work, highlight the dangers of working in a group before you know the people you are working with, and discuss the difficulties involved for teens in finding people to work with. Check out the Solitary essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE
Tolerance: One of the two essays on this topic looks at the fine line between tolerance and allowing or accepting harm in the name of tolerance. The other looks at how being true to yourself in the face of other's intolerance brings strength, and often, a silver lining. Check out the Tolerance essays... Page ONE - TWO
Compassion: We have only one teen essay for this monthmust be the summer doldrums. Fortunately, Night Tiger, who's become a regular contributor to this section, dragged herself away from summer's distractions long enough to share her insights on compassion, and how being Pagan has increased her sensitivity to others. She also makes an interesting point about how the power to heal is based in......but, wait. No point in my telling you about it. Check out the Compassion essay...
Perfect Love and Perfect Trust: We were wondering why we only got one teen essay for this month, and then we remembered that last month was the magic month of June, when most teens are focused on getting out of school, either by graduation or vacation. Nonetheless, the Perfect Love and Perfect Trust topic did inspire one teen, NightTiger, to write an excellent and very thoughtful essay on the subject. Check it out the Perfect Love and Perfect Trust essay...
Syncretism: Our essayists this month feel that our Pagan tendency to adopt practices and beliefs from other religions is good if done with care and in moderation. While they reach the same conclusion, both authors approach the subject from different perspectives. More great reading from our teen community! Check out the Syncretism essays... Page ONE - TWO - Three
School Violence: We were blessed with a diverse collection of essays on School Violence this month. From Goths defending their culture against the media's inaccurate portrayal of the Columbine shooters as Goths, to young women who were physically attacked in school because of their Pagan beliefs, we are hearing about the gamut of what is going on in schools now, a year after Columbine, and how the current focus on violence in the schools tends to make life much more difficult for Pagan teens, or anyone who is viewed as "different". Young Pagans seem to have a special understanding of the issues raised by violence in the schools. Five of them have written powerful essays that should be required reading for Pagan parents (or parents of a Pagan) and school administrators.. Check out the School Violence essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR - FIVE
Shabby Chic, Pagan Style: We asked how a Pagan on a limited budget could dress like a God or Goddess for a fraction of the going price of ambrosia. We haven't priced ambrosia lately, but three people wrote us with some great ideas we're sure will bring you in well under budget with some wonderful magickal tools and clothing. Check out the Shabby Chic essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE
Who Loves Ya, Baby?: We wondered how much trouble Pagan teens have finding romance with someone who isn't Pagan. Our single correspondent on this topic has had her share of difficulties, including a boyfriend who, while somewhat apologetic about it, feels it is a sin not to try to convert her! Check out Who Loves Ya, Baby?:
Education and the Media: Though there is a lot of mistrust of the media, these writers agree that reaching out to educate people is a good thing. Here are some very interesting ideas on how to do that. Read on! Check out the Education and the Media essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE
Science, Magick and Religion: One of the most interesting aspects of Pagan thought today is the idea that science and magick need not be at odds with each other. Our teen essayists this month seem to agree with that notion, and develop the idea in some interesting directions. One author reminds us that life is a question we still haven't answered.. Check out the Science, Magick and Religion essays... Page ONE - TWO
Out of the Broom Closet (#01) - Over the long months many people have asked me "how did you get into Wicca/ Witchcraft/ Paganism/ metaphysics/ spirituality/ new age stuff?" in many different forms. I have been asked in conversations; ones both friendly and from accusers, as well as just a curious question, one usually asked when one of these topics come up. I have also been asked... Page ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR - FIVE - SIX - SEVEN - EIGHT - NINE - TEN - ELEVEN - TWELEVE
Karma (#1) - Karma, by definition, is receiving what one gives, be it positive or negative. But I've seen people argue whether it's appropriate to cast a spell invoking the Threefold Law against a harasser or to just let it fall into the Goddess' hands and let Her deal with it as she sees fit. Take it into your own hands or let...
Author: Agona Darkeagle Date Posted: 1/8/2000
Karma (#2) - This is my first essay here, and I am proud to say that I thought this all up myself, without help from any others, or their ideas. I am sure this idea has been already thought of, but who am I to say this is solely my own idea? Anyways, I sure hope this will be humorous to you, if...
Author: James Grant Date Posted: 1/8/2000
In Times of Crisis - I am a sixteen year old female Wiccan, a junior in high school. It might not seem that important but believe me, it is. At sixteen, a person's friends start to scrutinize everything you do, say, and especially, wear. Wearing my pentacle necklace makes me a freak to some people; to others it's no big deal. I'm the one who...
Author: Nica Date Posted: 1/8/2000
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