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Pricer's Crusade [2]

Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: June 28th. 2004
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NOTE: There are more strange urban legends connected with this ritual date than any other Sabbat in the Wiccan calendar. They are so numerous that I won't attempt to list them here. A lot of the nonsense circulated about Satanism is based on Halloween customs, which were derived from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced "sow-in"). This is the Celtic New Year's Eve and was celebrated from sunset on October 31 to sunset on 1 November. The Welsh call it Calan Gaef or Nos Galan Gaeof and it is still celebrated today as Halloween, All Hallows Eve or Hallowmas. Samhain is a Wiccan festival, not a Satanic one.

  • "DATE: Nov. 4, CELEBRATION: Satanic Revels, TYPE: Sexual, USAGE: Oral, Anal, Vaginal, AGE: Any age".[36]
NOTE: Once again, there is no Satanic festival associated with this date. I'm not aware of any traditional festivals that took place on this date.

  • In America's Best Kept Secret, Frattarola describes December 22nd as "CELEBRATION: Feast Day, TYPE: Orgies, USAGE: Oral, Anal, Vaginal, AGE: Any age (male or female, human or animal)".[37]
December 21 is the Christian Feast of Saint Thomas. It is also Yule, the Winter Solstice (December 21), a Lesser Sabbat in the Wiccan calendar, also known as Alban Arthuan. The word "Yule" first appeared in its modern spelling in 1475 CE. Circa 1450 CE it was spelled "Yoole" and circa 1200 CE it appeared in The Ormulum as "Yole". Before 899 CE it appeared in Old English as the word "Geol" or "Geola". The venerable Bede recorded it circa 726 CE in his history (written in Anglian Old English) as "Giuli". It may have originated in Scandinavian countries, since their word for this season is similar: "jul". In old Icelandic it is "jol".[38]

Yule is the winter solstice: the longest night of the year. Some cultures hold a festival of light to commemorate the Goddess as Mother giving birth (once again) to the Sun God. Often this takes the form of getting up before the sun rises and lighting a bon fire. The celebrants stand around the fire, "singing the sun up" in celebration of the returning light. Wiccans often appoint coveners to represent the Young Lord (or the waxing year) and the Old Lord (the waning year) and play out a ritual drama of the Young Lord's victory over the Old to mark the point from which the days will lengthen.

  • "DATE: Dec. 24, CELEBRATION: Demon Revels, TYPE: Da Muer, USAGE: High Grand Climax, AGE: Any age (male or female)".[39]
NOTE: This is, of course, Christmas Eve, which is not recognized by most Pagans.

We can see that some of the dates on Frattarola's calendar are Christian festivals. Others like Walpurgis or Halloween were traditionally associated with themes that disturbed the Church and we saw that the Church took great pains to absorb parts that they wanted and reject parts they did not. Many of the dates on this calendar are older Pagan festival dates still observed in modern religions like Wicca. Misunderstanding concerning these older customs by the Church lead them to incorrectly identify Pagan religions with Satanism.

As you can see this entire "Satanic Ritual Calendar" is an example of poor scholarship. The end result is that the investigators receiving it could spend a great deal of time looking for things to happen on dates that have no particular significance at all.

If you were alarmed by the nature of Frattarola's "Satanic Ritual Calendar", you should be. Frattarola makes the following revealing statement in America's Best Kept Secret: "The history of our own nation bears testimony to the conspiratorial, time-spanning nature of this diabolical organization which manifested itself in our Salem Witch trials of the 1600's. Undoubtedly, innocent people were executed in the widespread panic but one must seriously consider the occultic practices which sparked the fear and wonder how many innocent people were killed in a ritualized fashion".[40]

Of course the only people killed in the Salem incident were the innocent people hanged for "witchcraft". None of the people hanged in Salem were Witches. The Salem incident had nothing to do with "people being killed in a ritualized fashion". It had everything to do with hysteria and Witch hunts. It is ironic that Frattarola should be referring to the "conspiratorial, time spanning" nature of this problem, given the panic that he is busy stirring up here.

Another thing handed out at Bill Pricer's presentation was a two photocopied pages of "Symbols". The symbols and flawed definitions on these two pages include:

  • Drawing of an inverted crucifix and a peace symbol labelled "Cross of Nero". The definition accompanying these drawings reads: "The 'upside down' cross is an inverted Christian cross. This early-'60s peace symbol is now commonly thought of as the 'Cross of Nero' by heavy metalheads and occultists." NOTE: The peace symbol was created by well known author Bertrand Russell in 1958. He used it as a symbol in a march for nuclear disarmament that took place in Aldermaston, England. The symbol consists of three elements: The semaphore signal for the letter "N" (nuclear) superimposed over the semaphor signal for the letter "D" (disarmament), surrounded by a circle (representing the concept "total"). Thus the completed symbol was supposed to represent "total nuclear disarmament". It is in no way related to Satanism or inverted crucifixes. Followers of Neo-Pagan religions such as my own may utilize the peace symbol as what it was originally intended to represent: A symbol of peace. Pagans do not use inverted crucifixes.

  • A drawing of an Ankh. NOTE: The Ankh, also known as the Crux Ansata or AnX, is an Egyptian symbol. This Egyptian symbol predates Christianity by hundreds of years. The ankh is an Egyptian heiroglyph meaning both "life" and "hand mirror" (specifically the mirror of the Goddess Hathor). To the Egyptians it was a symbol of sexual union and immortality. It has become a popular symbol in New Age jewellery. All of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses are depicted holding an ankh, so one cannot say that it is a particular symbol of the sun God Ra. It certainly doesn't belong on a list of supposedly Satanic symbols.

  • A drawing of a "Cross of Confusion", which is an upside down question mark with a horizontal cross piece. This symbol appears frequently in Satanic conspiracy literature. For example, in Schemes of Satan, Warnke defines the cross of confusion thus: "The origins of this symbol are not completely known, but in modern usage it denotes an upside-down cross which questions the deity of Christ."[41] Definitions that I've encountered in "occult crime manuals" include: (a) "[Satanic cross:] The holy Cross with an upside down question mark attached to the bottom. The question mark is to state to observers that they should question Jesus: his Work, Will, and Way. Many contemporary rock groups flaunt the satanic cross as well as other satanic notions."[42] (b) "Sign of Confusion: Supposedly initiated by the Romans shortly after Christ's crucifixion to instigate confusion as to who really died on the cross."[43] (c) "The Cross of Confusion... Originally a Roman symbol questioning who really died on the cross."[44] NOTE: There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that this is an ancient symbol as these individuals claim. It's origins are obscure. It is not a symbol used by Pagans.

  • "666- FFF". NOTE: The ancient blessing "FFF" has been transmuted into an alleged symbol of Satanism by fundamentalists obsessed with the "number of the beast". Revelations 13 certainly gives the number 666 as the number of the Beast ("Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."[45]). The Bible makes no connection between the number 6 and the letter F in this passage. In fact, "FFF" is an abbreviated version of "FFFF", an ancient Saxon blessing meaning "Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frigg". It is a blessing upon the house (flag stones of the hearth), possessions (flax representing clothing), food (fodder) from the Norse Goddess Frigg or Freya. The shorter three letter version stands for Flags, Flax and Fodder. Popular literature about Satanism in modern times has interpreted this shortened version as being synonymous with the number 666 (F being the sixth letter of the alphabet). FFF is a very common Neo-Pagan blessing and Neo-Pagans aren't Satanic.

  • Drawing of a Crescent Moon and Star: NOTE: The crescent of the new moon is referred to by Pagans as "Diana's Bow". Diana is the Roman Goddess of the Moon and of nature. The crescent moon and star is also a well known symbol of Islam, which may be why some fundamentalist Christians are tempted to misidentify it as a Satanic symbol.

  • "Trail Markers", "Blood Ritual Symbols" and "Black Mass Indicators": NOTE: It is quite common for manuals meant to educate police about "occult crime" to include a section on markers for ritual sites. For example, Mary Ann Herold lists an anarchy symbol as a "coven marker" in A Basic Guide to the Occult for Law Enforcement. "Trail markers" are listed as "Identifiers of Occult Relations" in Alford's Occult Crimes Investigations.[46] Lou Sloat's Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual lists ritual markers in an untitled list of symbols attributed to Satanism.[47] Detective Rimer's "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'" warns the investigator to "Look for painted rocks, symmetrically placed rocks, bones, feathers, or symbols that would indicate traps. Do not touch any substance at a ritual site without wearing gloves. Poison is often used during ritual ceremonies."[48] I've never seen any Pagan using markers, traps or poison in rituals in over 33 years of Wiccan practice all over North America.

  • A drawing of a Pentagram accompanied by the definition: "The pentagram, or, without the circle, the pentacle, is used in most forms of occult magic. A spirit conjured within the pentagram cannot supposedly leave the circle without permission. Witches generally conjure spirits from outside the pentagram while Satanists can submit to possession by the spirit by standing within the pentagram while calling up a demon... " NOTE: The pentagram is a five pointed star within a circle. It is not called a pentacle if it doesn't have a surrounding circle: A pentacle is a pentagram engraved or painted on a disk which is used in Wiccan ritual. Wiccans do not "conjure spirits". Whoever came up with this definition is confusing Wiccan practice with Ceremonial Magic, which is a practice derived from Christian mythology. Whoever came up with this definition clearly demonstrates their ignorance of both Pagan ritual and Ceremonial Magic. Ceremonial Magicians do not invoke or evoke spirits into a pentagram in a circle: They invoke or evoke spirits into a triangle outside of a ritual circle. I defy Pricer to produce a verifiable document which states that Satanists "submit to possession" by calling up demons while standing in pentagrams.

  • A drawing of an inverted pentagram with the definition: "The upside down pentagram, often called the "baphomet", is strictly satanic in nature and represents a goat's head". NOTE: This definition is straight out of Frattarola's America's Best Kept Secret. Satanists use an inverted pentagram as a symbol as they interpret the four points of the elements over the point of spirit as representing the domination of matter over reason. It also, coincidentally, vaguely resembles a stylized goat's head, though this is probably a very recent interpretation. A symbol of Anton LaVey's Church of Satan is an inverted pentagram on a circular field with a goat's head superimposed over it, referred to by them as the Sigil of Baphomet. The Temple of set has adopted the inverted pentagram against a circular field as their symbol. The color of the background field indicates the degree of initiation of the wearer. However: There are many people who are not Satanists who use this symbol too. Wiccans use the inverted pentagram to denote the second degree of initiation in some traditions of Wicca. The Order of the Eastern Star, a women's Masonic order, uses the inverted pentagram as their symbol. As a matter of interest, the US Medal of Honor is an inverted pentagram.

  • A drawing of a "double bladed axe" with the definition: "The Roman symbol of justice was a double bladed axe in the upright position. The representation of 'anti-justice' is inverting the double bladed axe." NOTE: The Labrys, is a double bladed ax that is a symbol of several Greek and Roman Goddesses, including Artemis, Gaea, Rhea and Demeter. It was used as a ceremonial scepter at the shrine of the Goddess in Delphi. Because of the Amazon qualities of Goddesses like Artemis some modern day lesbians have adopted the labrys as a symbol. The double bladed ax is a symbol found in several other cultures as well. In India it is carried by the God Shiva. In ancient Egypt it was a symbol of the God Ptah. It also appears in Mayan art. The double headed axe is also a symbol of the Orisha Chango in Santeria. The claim that the double bladed ax was a Roman symbol of justice and that if inverted it becomes a symbol of "anti justice" is incorrect: Actually the Roman symbol of justice was the Fasces: A single bladed axe or arrow with birch rods bound to it with red thongs. In ancient times these were carried by "lictors" (assistants to the magistrate).

  • A drawing of a "Sample Altar" accompanied by the statement:
    The altar may be any flat object where the implements of the ritual are placed. The altar will usually be placed within a nine foot circle. This diagram shows a marble or granite slab 48" X 22" X 2". The pentagram in the center is etched into the slab. Human or animal blood is then poured into the etching. Other symbols may be carved into the slab according to the individual group traditions. Implements that would be placed on the altar would include: athame, chalice, candles, parchment, cauldron, Book of Shadows." NOTE: The list of "implements" at the end of this statement are all items found in Wiccan, not Satanic rituals. This altar in no way resembles a Wiccan altar. Wiccans do not use blood of humans or animals in ritual. I've never seen a ritual in any Grimoire of Ceremonial Magic that describes an altar of this sort either. While the words "Witch" or "Wicca" do not appear in this statement, it is clearly an attempt to attribute such foul practices to Wiccans and Pagans.

I wrote to the current Captain of Lancaster Station of the LASD, Captain Carl Deeley, outlining my concerns. "Wicca is a legal religion", I told him, "There are many legal ministers of Wiccan religion in your state. Wiccan chaplains are involved in your correctional system. I can give you contact information for them if you want. Wiccan police officers, firefighters and paramedics proudly serve in your community. My organization, Officers of Avalon, was formed to represent them. Many of the persons serving in the US military are Pagan: Wicca is one of the choices allowed on dog tags. Wicca has been recognized by the US military within their chaplain's manual since the 70s. Military Neo-Pgans also have an organization: The Military Pagan Alliance. Let me repeat: There is no way that Pricer can claim ignorance of Wiccan spiritual or ritual practices. There is no excuse for disseminating the misinformation he is distributing. That Pricer is doing so reflects poorly on your organization. I strongly recommend that you deal with Pricer before he gives your organization a reputation for religious discrimination and intolerance."

I encourage you all to write to Captain Deeley as well. The address is: LASD Lancaster Station, 501 W. Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA, 93534.

Remember how vice mayor Hearns described Pricer as "... a wonderful guy" and claimed that "If he says something, I believe it"? Remember how Pricer told the reporter "We were not there to hurt people... We were only there to observe... There was a lot of misinformation on their side"? I think that I can conclusively say that there is a lot of misinformation on your side, Mr. Pricer.

6/28 NOTE: I have subsequently learned that Dr. William Thomas reports that this presentation by Pricer was not approved through appropriate channels at the school district and was not sponsored by them or by Headstart.



[3] Rapacki, Lyle. (1990). Satanism: The Not So New Problem, pg 8.

[4] Alexander, David. (March/April 1990). "Giving the Devil More Than His Due," The Humanist, pg 6.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Schiller Institute: "Save Your Child's Life", a single sheet hand out about satanic conspiracy.

[7] Shawn Carlson and Gerald Larue, Satanism in America, p.76

[8] Frattarola, John: "Passport Magazine Special Edition: America's Best Kept Secret", pg 7.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Frattarola, John: "Passport Magazine Special Edition: America's Best Kept Secret", pg 7.

[11] Balsiger, David. (1988). 1988 Witchcraft/Satanism Ritual Calendar, pg 2.

[12] Rimer, Don. "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'"'%20association/occult/htm.

[13] Ibid.

[14] Ibid.

[15] Frattarola, John: "Passport Magazine Special Edition: America's Best Kept Secret", pg 7.

[16] Warnke, Michael. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 131.

[17] Rimer, Don. "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'"'%20association/occult/htm.

[18] Morse, Keith. (October- December 1983). "Questions and Answers on Wicca: A Christian Perspective on Witchcraft," Personal Freedom Outreach Newsletter, volume 3, No 4, pg 4.

[19] The Prophecy Club website,‑video.htm

[20] Barnhart, Robert K., ed. (1988). Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, pg 311.

[21] Ibid, pg 7.

[22] Frattarola, John: "Passport Magazine Special Edition: America's Best Kept Secret", pg 7.

[23] Warnke, Michael. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 131.

[24] Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 14.

[25] Balsiger, David. (1988). 1988 Witchcraft/Satanism Ritual Calendar, pg 3.

[26] Rimer, Don. "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'"'%20association/occult/htm.

[27] Ibid.

[28] Ibid.

[29] Ibid.

[30] Ibid.

[31] Ibid.

[32] Balsiger, David. (1988). 1988 Witchcraft/Satanism Ritual Calendar, pg 5.

[33] Warnke, Michael. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 131.

[34] Rimer, Don. "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'"'%20association/occult/htm.

[35] Frattarola, John: Passport Magazine Special Edition: America's Best Kept Secret, pg 7.

[36] Ibid.

[37] Frattarola, John: Passport Magazine Special Edition: America's Best Kept Secret, pg 7.

[38] Barnhart, Robert K., ed. (1988). Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, pg 1255.

[39] Ibid.

[40] Warnke, Mike. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 4.

[41] Warnke, Michael. (1991). Schemes of Satan, pg 183.

[42] Carder, Thomas. Back To School Special, ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture,

[43] Anderson, Sgt Edwin C, Jr.: Law Enforcement Guide to Occult Related Crime, California State University Police, pg 39.

[44] William Dubois. Occult Crime Control, pg 47 and Occult Crime, pg 89.

[45] Revelations 13:18 King James Version.

[46] Alford, Clifford. Occult Crimes Investigations, pg 41.

[47] Sloat, Lou. (Date unknown). Texas Ritualistic Crime Information Network Occult Crime Manual, pg 28.

[48] Rimer, Don. "Symptoms Characterizing Occult Ritual Abuse'"'%20association/occult/htm

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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).

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