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Weekly Update: 3/25/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: March 25th. 2002
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Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer...

Everyone has one. It is that dark and hidden place where the old batteries go to die, where every pen and pencil that you own slinks off to hide from you and where dozens and dozens of strange- and too often pointy- items lurk menacingly in the dusty back corners. It can be in the form of a closet too, I guess -and it usually is when one is between the ages of 12 and 19- but for most adults it usually manifests itself in the classical drawer form. Perhaps that should be 'neo-classical'? Cavemen undoubtedly had a pit or a shelf in the cave for those little bits of bone that they couldn't see fit to throw away either. In any case and in any age, we humans have shared an unrestrained need to have some little place to tuck away our handy-dandy utensils, our little treasures and last year's birthday cards. You know, our junk.

Of course, it isn't 'junk' to us. If it were, much as the definition suggests ("things that are considered to be of no use or value"), it would have just gone straight into the trash with the rest of it. Our junk is special. It is the hammer and screwdriver that we need in order to hang that pyramid poster. It is those twisty ties that we need to tie our real junk bags twisty shut. We have those screws for the table (when we actually get around to fixing it), the keys that we can't throw away (until we check everything that has a lock first) and the thirty-two cent stamps that just need a few one-centers to go with them. Hold off on that last one. The post office is raising the price again in June. You might need five-centers instead. Our 'junk' is made up of the stuff that we need -or may need- and the stuff that we want to know where it is when we need it. That's cool. That's using the old bean. That's being resourceful. Soooo... where did all that other kind of stuff come from?

Like bent paper clips. Surely one can just bend a fresh one when one has the need for whatever one needs a bent paper clip for. (I'm not asking. I'm sure that you have your reasons.) Or the remote control from two CD players ago. You already cannibalized the batteries, right? Just wipe your incriminating fingerprints off of it then. And what are all of those unseen little things rattling around in the bottom anyway? Little pieces of plastic from something or other and screw-on caps for something else and scraps of paper with someone-who-you-now-can't-recall's phone number? Perhaps it is time to do a little purge?

I know. I know. Just opening that drawer with such intent can be a little intimidating. I mean, no one but you and your most trusted confidants ever see it anyway, right? Most of the time you can still get it shut (if you lean on the top of the heap a little bit) and most of the time you can still get it open (if you can just get your fingers under that 1997 Yule card wedged against the top). So, what's the big deal? It's easier to just close it up again and forget about it. It's hard to toss some of that stuff. Some of it may still be useful someday and a lot of it has considerable sentimental value. Decisions will have to made. What are we going to keep and what really just doesn't work anymore or doesn't fit anymore and so, really should go? And exactly at which point in the reading of this piece did you begin to suspect that this article was going to be about more than just a kitchen junk drawer? Uh-huh. You know me so well. I'll have to work on that.

There is a lot of 'junk' that we tend to accumulate in our mental junk drawers, too. We all have our pet junk. Some of it has been in our mental drawer for years. We have become emotionally attached to it. It's hard to look at with cool detachment. But it's time for the Pagan/Heathen communities to take a good look. Do I hear drawers slamming? Well that's up to you. It's your drawer. But for those who are ready to clean out some of the clutter, here are some helpful hints on where to begin to look.

Wiccan Drawers: The religion of Wicca started with Gerald Gardner. It is not ancient or pre-Christian. Gardner did base elements of Wicca upon some very old folk practices and lore, but he drew even more from ceremonial magic and esoteric literature and occultism. Today, Wicca is a valid religion in its own right. It doesn't need to gussy up its past with false claims of antiquity. Toss out that original version of Starhawk and get the updated edition. Or simply say that Wicca is based upon Gardner's teachings and that in addition, you are adding some medieval mythology and some English folk customs to it as well as continuing to create new and innovative modern rituals. Learn about the history and culture from whence these customs, myths, Gods and Goddesses originated. You might uncover some more stuff to toss -or to add- when you do.

Witch Drawers: Whether you are a religious Witch or a secular witch, you won't find a certificate of copyright in your drawer. Anyone can use the word 'Witch' whether you think that they are one or not. You probably have less junk cluttering up your drawer than most (Good for you!), but you also have no business poking your nose into anyone else's. If there are no fluffy-bunnies in your drawer, then you simply have less lint. While you might suggest that an occasional drawer cleaning might be in order, you can't force anyone to do it with sarcastic web sites or belittling words. A lot more people might actually admire and emulate your drawer if you'd just stop slamming their fingers in it.

The Heathen/Reconstructionist Drawers: Okay, your people actually invented finger slamming. Your drawer is filled with historical facts and cultural nuances that most others do not fully understand. And you are sick of shagging curious folks out of your drawer and you are tired of having your sacred objects hefted by sticky fingers. These things are important to you. They are not just religious in nature; they are also cultural. They are who you are. Some of us get it. More would get it if you didn't scare or piss them off. You are often admired and some folks are hungry to learn. Consider adding yet another chance for understanding to happen into your drawer.

The Pagan Drawer: This is a very, very big drawer. And it's chock full of junk. This is the drawer into which we have just been shoveling everything that didn't fit somewhere else or didn't have a drawer of its own. The Pagan Drawer is useful. It is the one that we point to when we don't have or want to point to anything else. But it has become such a jumble of junk that it no longer really serves that purpose anymore. What should go and what should stay? The cleaning crew has entered the building and we'll just have to wait and see what will be left when they are done. Have some thoughts on that? Then get involved. This is a big job and it might take a while. But this particular cleaning job is long overdue.

And, of course, there are very many other drawers. There is 'The Victim Drawer' and 'The Sexual Predator Drawer' and 'The Ancient Secrets Drawer' and 'The Don't Want To Deal With It Drawer' and the ever-cluttered 'Don't Even Think About Touching My Sacred Drawer' drawer. Cleaning out the junk is hard. It sometimes is painful. There are all those pointy things hiding there in the back corners. And then after the cleaning itself is done, the drawers might look a little- well, empty- for a while.

But that's the good thing about having a junk drawer in the first place. We can always find something else to put in there. If we add to it carefully and thoughtfully today, then future clean-ups won't be as drastic or as difficult.

And we won't have to hunt through all of that clutter for a damn paper clip to bend.


Walk in Love and Light,


Wren Walker
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, March 25th., 2002


Lady Sheba passes into the Summerland
Monday, March 25, 2002 1:44 PM

I received word from Lady Sheba's daughter that Lady Sheba passed from this world into the Summerland on March 20th, at home, surrounded by her family. Patricia, her daughter, wrote this:

"In accordance with her final wishes, she was cremated and her ashes will be spread over the Wicker family graveyard in Kentucky. We sent with her, to be mingled with her ashes, a copy of THE BOOK OF SHADOWS, because it was such a part of who mother was. She had accomplished many things in her life, but the publication of that book was her proudest moment. She spoke often and fondly of Carl and Sandra and her association with Llewellyn. She was so thrilled when you chose to re-issue her books for a new generation and died knowing her work was not forgotten."

Blessed Be.

Nancy J. Mostad
Acquisitions and Development Manager
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
(651)312-8610


Tinkers Palace announces: Pagan History Month
Press Release 3/25/2002

October has been chosen the turn of the wheel for the celebration of pagan ancestry and history, Pagan History Month. PHM is a free, non-profit, event celebrated on a national level on a state-by-state basis. PHM will bring forth the many lost and sometimes ancient histories of the hundreds of pagan religions alive in America today.

Tinkers Palace is the founding organization of PHM while we already have many other sponsors. We need any and everyone who is interested in rediscovering their magickal ancestries and paths to join in this massive undertaking.

The event will begin with the onset of October and run throughout the month with gatherings, celebrations, seminars and the like in every state in the nation. We may add however that this idea has now spilt over into Canada and the UK with them participating as well. We need people who would be interested in heading up a state group to plan and organize their state for this upcoming celebration. We need assistant staff and many committee members in still most states. There is a very LARGE need of covens, groups, circles, churches, and etc. to host events in each state for that month. Each event will in some way, shape, or form presents the history that they have researched and brought forward through any means deemed worthy.

If you are interested in volunteering for Pagan History Month please e-mail us at tinker@tinkerspalace.com or join us at our organizing forum at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paganhistorymonth/


P.H. Bell
Lady Mandrake


Harsh Realities: Supporting Bards and Non-Profit Fundraisers
by Wendy Sheridan

Let me preface this by saying that I believe in financial support of educational, religious, legal defense, and charitable organizations. What I am getting tired of seeing are requests from organizations for free use of recordings of original music, essentially "Please donate songs to us so we can sell them and support our cause."

I think if you really look into the costs of creating a professional recording, and what the industry standards are for royalty payments (both performance and mechanical) you can see right away the problem I am beginning to have. "Real" bands, bands that are signed to a major label, who record in the "big name studios" can pay hundreds of dollars per hour for a recording session. Their recording budgets run into 6 figures for an entire CD.

Unsigned bands represent an entirely different financial model. There are bands that go out and purchase "low-end" pro recording equipment and do it themselves. This will run between 10,000 and 20,000 dollars, depending on the quality of the equipment. Or, they will go the studio route. Studios nowadays (at least in my neck of the woods) will charge between 50 and 200 dollars an hour, depending on the studio, their services, equipment, and personnel. (I know someone in NYC who gets $5000 to mix a song, because he's got a proven track record in the industry). Suffice it to say, that by the time a band has a well-recorded CD, they have already invested something on the order of 10,000 dollars just on the recording! This does NOT reflect the money spent on musical instruments - which can run at least 2500 dollars for each member of the band, or more, depending on how many guitars are required to perform, or if you have a custom-made 6-string bass, or like good keyboards, or need a wireless headset microphone to be able to sing and dance at the same time for live performances... -- Full Article


Notes from a Pagan WebCrafter
Son of: Clean ups, Polishing, Porting and some Fun.

Greetings Witches, Wiccans, Pagans and Heathens!

Once again, this workerbee spent all his 'spare time' pounding on this beast, in a effort to port over other key sections from Witchvox.net. I even bought a precious vaca day to toss at this. It was a week of some nice revelations in better understanding the PHP/Mysql combo. Amazingly some of the simplest concepts are the most illusive.

I spent a few hours sniffing 'round the code that drives 'post nuke' (those canned but powerful php sites)... Some amazing routines there! Some coding that is WAY over this Witches' head. Mercifully, I did snag a few concepts and some different ways to advance all of this.

I spent beaucoup hours hacking (read: guessing) at needed solutions. Amidst the frustration were some real successes... Week before last, we rewrote our entire links, pagan music and merchant section (see carry over feature in the green block just below). This past week we successfully rewrote and moved over all of our local Groups, Covens and Orgs. (Adult, College and Young Pagan) as well as the local Freedom Fighters and Regional links modules (768 rewritten pages). This gives some immediate relief to our .net server. So when you hit your state page you will be bopped back and forth (transparently) between our two domains. The afore mentioned modules will load instantly... The others (people, events, local shops) will be a bit faster than before, but will load slowly at peek traffic times. Expect to see all WOTW mods back at the original home by mid April.

WOTW Email 'Ping' FINISHED: This past week we wrapped up the verification of ALL 48,000 listings over at the WOTW (Witches of the World) pages. Nearly 7,000 of the email address were broken and all references/listings related to those email addresses were promptly removed.

We do this cleansing ritual every 90 days. If your listing has been removed it is only because we got a bounce on your email. Feel free to resubmit it with the correct information.

Attention Witchvox Sponsors: If YOU notice that any of YOUR listings have been removed, email us personally and allow us to put your listing back with a working email. We are honored to edit the sponsor listings by hand if need be.. It is the least we can do.

Other changes of note...
  • Set up redirects for all of the pages above from the .net location to handle the thousands of hard links out there in the Pagan community.
  • Rewrote the headers and logic for the 'Witchvox Festival Review Series' chapter.
  • Polished up the links, merchants and music pages via countless tweaks and adjustments.
It is clear that the word on the new 'Faster Witchvox' (meaning those ported over from witchvox.net) is starting to get a round. Recent stats indicate that you are hitting more pages per session than ever before. March is rendering 'October like' traffic with the daily average for pages viewed running just shy of 60,000.

In closing, thank YOU again for your patience during this transition. Do know that we are working like hounds to get this .net to .com conversion complete ASAP. As we said earlier this year, our goal is to have the conversion/rewrite done by 'lightening season' here in Tampa bay and that is just a few months away. Wren and I LOVE our 'lightening season' and can't wait to simply unplug the computers, sit on the porch and watch the Mother kick some serious ass.

On March 30th, Wren and I will be attending the 10th. Anniversary of the fabulous PhoenixPhyre Gathering in Land of Lakes, Florida (just Saturday for us). If you live in the southeast you simply must attend this gala event. Seems that just about everyone will be there. Check out the PhoenixPhyre Website (web-weaving at it's sweetest) for all the details. We really do hope to see you there.

In your service,

Fritz Jung
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, March 25th., 2002


Witch Cinema #7: Spooky Ain't Just for Hallowe'en!

by Peg Aloi

Well, there has been a pretty decent crop of horror films this year and a lot of films that defy categorization but that definitely have horrific elements. I am not sure where this trend is coming from (horror all but died out in the 1980s, it seemed, with few notable exceptions like the Evil Dead films). Why do so many witches and pagans love horror films?

Good question. My first guesses would be: 1) We are featured in a lot of them! 2) Witches are naturally drawn towards subjects like the occult and the paranormal, featured in the plots of many horror films 3) Witches and pagans, being creative people, enjoy creative literature and media, and horror movies are about as fantastical as it gets... and 4) We are in touch with unseen forces and feelings that many people consider "scary" (the otherworld, the old gods, magic, nature, even) and enjoy stories that deal with these things.

Me: I like to be scared. Not sure why. Not a healthy thing, to be sure, but it's not like I am the only one out there, am I right? Okay, on to this month's films.

If you live in or near a big city that has a decent alternative or arthouse movie theatre, be sure to go see Donnie Darko if it plays near you. It will also be released on video March 19, so you can see it that way, too. This is an unusual, absorbing story of a teenager who sleepwalks. He is also in therapy for depression and possibly developing schizophrenia; but to all outward appearances he is merely an unhappy outsider who wants more out of his life than his suburban existence. Set in October, 1988 (and with a surprisingly evocative soundtrack that includes original and cover versions of songs by Tears for fears, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other 80s bands-don't let this keep you away). Donnie starts seeing a tall figure with a metallic rabbit's head who speaks to him and tells him the world will end in 28 days (on October 30th). Donnie starts marking the days; soon after a jet engine crashes through his bedroom ceiling; fortunately Donnie has sleepwalked that night and avoids being killed. But all is not as it seems and the story takes twists that are surprisingly intricate: Donnie becomes interested in time travel, thanks to a book written by a strange old woman in his neighborhood. He exposes a scandal involving the local self-help guru, and falls in love with the new girl in the neighborhood. He also begins to be able to see the very near future, as ectoplasmic blobs emerge from peoples' chests (including his own) and show where they are about to go and what they are about to do. The story seems to be influenced by a wide range of other stories: E.T., Harvey, The Time Machine, The Catcher in the Rye, and others. But it is wholly original and one of the most engaging, moving films I have seen in a while. Don't let anyone tell you the ending before you see it! And even when you do, you will be scratching your head working out exactly what DID happen. The story does have its ambiguities and mysteries, which is one reason I found it so unforgettable. Let's hear it for movies that avoid spoonfed, predictable plots to their audiences!... -- Full Article


Peg Aloi
Media Coordinator - The Witches' Voice
Monday, March 25th., 2002
Email: [Staff Page Link]

Big Changes, Instant Response Times...
Major WitchVox Resources perform at Light Speed with the following rewrites

Re-introducing...

 Pagan Music v7.0: 

This Week we rewrote, polished and moved our entire Pagan Music section including Musician's Web Site listings, Bardic Circle Performances, music articles, music press releases, music-related web sites listings and our CFOTD free music mp3 file give-a-ways to the 'wicked fast' Witchvox.com server. Page load time (formerly 10 sec.-2 minutes) is less than a second (depending on YOUR connection)

 VoxLinks Pagan Web Sites v7.0: 

This Week we also rewrote, polished and moved our entire links section; AKA 'VoxLinks Pagan Search Engine' (nearly 4, 500 working Pagan links) to Witchvox.com. Page load time (formerly 10 sec.-2 minutes) is less than a second (depending on YOUR connection)

 Pagan Merchants v7.0: 

This Week we rewrote, polished and moved our entire Pagan Merchant Section including Online Pagan Shops, Pagan Made Crafts and Tools, Auction sites, Wholesalers over to the Witchvox.com server. Page load time (formerly 10 sec.-2 minutes) is less than a second (depending on YOUR connection)

 Updated Search Engines  (see the bottom of ANY page here)

This past we also rewrote the code for extensive search options related to our new Merchants section (search for products), our entire links section, and a new one specifically for searching the Witchvox Weekly archives. You can find these powerful little search engines at the bottom of ALL 4,020 pages here at TWV and on the side bar in related sections. Searches, EVEN against an article base of over 5,000,000 words are near instantaneous.


Have you been Teased for your Beliefs?

Not that long ago, a young girl named Tempest Smith was teased so extensively by her classmates that she simply checked out... She took her own life. (see Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans- by Wren Walker). One reporter, George Hunter, handled this story with both sensitivity and grace... This week, we received the following...
"Hello, Wren. It's George Hunter, the Detroit News reporter who wrote the article about Tempest Smith last year. I've been burning to write a book about teasing ever since Tempest's death. The image of that young girl lying in her coffin still haunts me, and I just know deep inside that I'm supposed to write this book.

The book will be aimed at kids. It's going to be a first-person narrative, wherein people can describe in their own words the teasing they endured. I'd also like to interview some people who were bullies in school and pick their brains.

The idea here is that if kids read what other kids have gone through, maybe it'll help them see that they're not alone in the world, and that other kids have survived this. It might also give a few bullies cause to think about the consequences of their actions. Who knows, it just might help, if only a tiny little bit. Every little bit helps -- the forces of good need all the assistance they can get these days!"

I'm sending out a copy of the questionnaire to all the people who emailed me after Tempest's story was printed. Once I get enough responses, I'm going to formulate them into cohesive, "book form.
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George has designed a questionnaire on this topic from which he will later compile the responses into book form. If you have been teased/bullied (or have been the bully) and would like to fill one out, Email George Hunter at GeorgeDHunter@aol.com.



Adult Essays for March 2002 NOW Up!...
As of this morning adult essays here at Witchvox have been read an astonishing 983,075 times. Both adult and teen essays here at TWV have been consumed a combined 1, 689, 202 times. This months response will only drive these totals to a new level... Great stuff!

Converting to Paganism
Did you come to Paganism from another religion? What catalyzed your conversion, and how did it change your life? Here were the essays that we received on this topic:
  • Converting to Paganism #01 - by Tom Tadfor Little
    I am, at this moment, emerging from my "conversion" to Paganism. I place the word "conversion" in quotes because for me it is a misleading and wholly inadequate term. I have always been a Pagan; it just took me 40 years to strip away the barriers that had kept me from consciously understanding my identity. I was raised an atheist... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #02 - by Ciarrai
    Once upon a time, there was a little girl, who lost her father when she was just two months shy of her fifth birthday. Her mother had to tell her that her Daddy died and went to Heaven. I was that little girl. My mother may as well have said that my father died and went to visit another state... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #03 - by KaliTime Camaralzman
    Wow, I'm finally writing something with more than one line and it's not a dirty joke either (Yea!). This is a topic near and dear to me, even more so as I look back on my rather tumultuous search for a religion that felt right to me. I am not claiming to be some great literary genius or some reincarnation... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #04 - by Nuin Wysechild
    I really hope that no one takes offense at my using the word Eden. It's Biblical, I know, but no other word comes to mind when I think of the honor and pleasure of accepting the Lord and Lady's invitation to come home. I believe that I was a born Pagan. A brave statement, considering I was born to a... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #05 - by Panther FalconStar
    There are many paths to the God and the Goddess. I like to think that I took one of the more unusual paths. I, like many current Pagans, came to Wicca from Christianity. My story is a bit different from some crafters, however. I came from being a Jehovah's Witness. For the first fifteen years of my life, my sole... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #06 - by Coreaa
    My "conversion" into Paganism wasn't really much of a conversion at all. My rudimentary belief system has remained relatively unchanged, and I still feel 100% the person I was before my journey into the Old Religion began. Aside from the fact that many of my co-workers and associates have it in their heads that I conduct rituals in service to... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #07 - by Taliesin SpiritVoice
    Merry Meet one and all. I suppose that my conversion to Paganism came at the end of a very long journey to me that started in a little Pentecostal church in East Texas. I had grown up in a Christian home and attended church whenever it was humanly possible to make it through the doors. I was taught to use... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #08 - by Tavara
    Much to the certain dismay of my resident priest at the time, the catalyst for my conversion was the realization that I would only sit on the Blessed Mother side of the church. As simple as that might sound, I assure you it was quite a profound realization at the time. Imagine if you will a moment when you are... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #09 - by Kat
    Oh, the big C word: Convert. I don't like to think of myself has having converted to Paganism. I prefer to think that I Became a Pagan. For me, becoming was a rather bumpy road. I was utterly alone in a world of fundamentalists. But I get ahead of myself. I was raised in a rural Southern Baptist Arkansas town... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #10 - by AJ Wittig
    The question posed being 'When did you Convert to Paganism?' is sort of a difficult one to answer for me. I don't recall ever converting, 'officially'. There wasn't any grand ritual. There wasn't any recognition. There was no formal pledge made in front of any congregation. In only realized I was Pagan when I read and finally understood that there... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #11 - by RuneWolf
    To say that I converted to Paganism would be somewhat inaccurate. I think one must first belong to one religion before one can convert to another. As I claimed no religious affiliations when I came to Paganism, I don't really think of myself as converting, so much as finding what was missing all along. I've told a bit of my... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #12 - by Rev. C.K.
    Somewhere in our childhood, the myth and the mystery of life become a topic of thought. In children, when thought takes on a topic, everything focuses around that topic until the question is sufficiently resolved, or at least in my opinion and observation of my own kids, this seems to be the case. I was in love with life as... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #13 - by David Aquarius
    From the beginning, humanity has always sought connection with the essence of the Creative Energy. As we began to establish tribes, we looked to our elders for guidance. The village council or the matriarch/patriarch of the clan decided how this connection took place. Our spiritual preference was localized, parochial. We lived in small groups, never venturing more than a... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #14 - by Angel
    I'm not sure if "Converting" is the right word for my choice to leave Christianity, as I left it well before Wicca ever became part of my life. I was never really brought up in a religious background. The closest we ever got to religion as such, is being told not to say "Oh my God!" and "Oh my Lord... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #15 - by Amaranth
    I was fascinated by the image of the witch growing up, but always discounted it. 'They're just neat -- it's no big deal.' Then again, when I was a growing up, everything was 'no big deal.' At seven, I became fascinated with Greco-Roman mythology, and memorized D'Aulaire's Big Book of Greek Myths. 'No, Daddy, I'm sure the 'e' in Aphrodite is... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #16 - by Eeluna
    I am a Pagan. I have always been a Pagan. I just didn't always know it. My family was not very religious while I was growing up. Occasionally my mother would try to convince my father to go to church with her. He always refused. I'll never forget what he told her at those times--"God is everywhere, and I... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #17 - by Athena DragonDancer
    I've often heard converting to Wicca being described as "coming home." I can identify with that phrase well. For me, finding Wicca was arriving at the place where I belonged after spending many years traveling life's road, trying to find my niche. It was truly "coming home" for me. If someone were to ask my parents (namely my mother) which... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #18 - by Aderyn AutumnMoon
    Never having formally belonged to another religion, I cannot say that I 'converted' to Paganism. However, if the reader will indulge me, I will relate the journey that led me to the Pagan path. My first memory of being in church (Methodist) is not about God or Jesus, but of how jealous I was that the women in church were... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #19 - by Bran Skydancer
    Like so many other Witches I know, I could describe myself as a "recovering (insert particular flavor of Christianity here)". In my case it happens to be Catholic. I loathe the use of that description though, as it makes Catholicism sound like a disease and who am I to call a belief system that works for so many people, including... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #20 - by Aminata-ken
    I guess I have always been different. My whole life I never completely "fit in" with other people my age. It would seem that I always got along best with older kids at my school, as opposed to kids my age. I also like to think I was almost kicked out of my preschool. To put it bluntly, I was... (continued...)
  • Converting to Paganism #21 - by Talma StormPhoenix
    I think my first clue that I was different was my just being a "nature kid". I never, and I mean NEVER, wanted to wear shoes! Every summer until I was twelve or thirteen I was bare-foot! It was nothing to go into the woods and just stay there all day eating berries and watching for animals and just enjoying... (continued...)
How do you celebrate the Spring Equinox?
What is its meaning to you, and what myths do you associate with it? Here were the essays that we received on this topic:
  • Spring Equinox #01 - by Aderyn AutumnMoon
    Festivals have celebrated the coming of spring since time immemorial. After a long, cold winter, the rebirth of nature warms the spirit as well as the earth. The greening of the fields and the trees, the emergence of colorful flowers after the drab brown of winter, the Earth's call to plant the new seeds, all this speaks of rebirth and... (continued...)
  • Spring Equinox #02 - by Karl Lembke
    Spring is here, Spring is here, Life is skittles, and life is beer. -- Tom Lehrer Spring Equinox. The Mother awakens and we see Her bounty in the flow of life that surrounds us at this season. We celebrate the awakening of life in farm, in field, and in forest. The light has been increasing in strength, and on this day... (continued...)



Next Month's Young Witch/Pagan Topics:
    Publication Date: April 7th
    Submission Deadline: March 31st

  • Mixing Pantheons
    Pagans tend to be nothing if not eclectic, but some think we take our eclectic tendencies a bit too far. What do you think of working with Gods and Goddesses from different pantheons? Can Kwan Yin and Hera get along? Will Odin and Osiris work together? Or should we find a single pantheon of gods and work with them alone? -- Go Here for details
  • Magick for the Planet
    Do you do any magick to "heal the earth", or do you find that kind of magick inappropriate? Let us know your thoughts, and, if you do work magick, tell us what you do and why. -- Go Here for details
Adult Pagan Topics for April:
    Publication Date: April 14th
    Submission Deadline: April 7th

  • Mixing Pantheons
    Pagans tend to be nothing if not eclectic, but some think we take our eclectic tendencies a bit too far. What do you think of working with Gods and Goddesses from different pantheons? Can Kwan Yin and Hera get along? Will Odin and Osiris work together? Or should we find a single pantheon of gods and work with them alone? -- Go Here for details
  • Magick for the Planet
    Do you do any magick to "heal the earth", or do you find that kind of magick inappropriate? Let us know your thoughts, and, if you do work magick, tell us what you do and why -- Go Here for details


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