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Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: May 24th. 2004
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The Foundation of Ethics
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by Quill Mastercraft
"Do as Thou Will."
Many authors over the past century have criticized Aleister Crowley for promulgating this tenet in The Book of the Law, citing it as an oversimplification at best and a license for promiscuity at worst. What if, however, Uncle Al had it right all along, cognizant of the need for humans to be fully in touch with their Will - the essence of their being - before ever attempting any action, magickal, ethical or otherwise?
This four-word phrase calls for maturity in practitioners, and the ability to think for oneself. As so many Pagan traditions claim, there are no doctrines bringing believers together; it is for each one to determine his or her own beliefs and actions. In fact, there should be no need for the addenda "An It Harm None" if a person has taken the time to acquire absolute self-knowledge.
No person can honestly vocalize personal faith if they have no knowledge of the true self. Beliefs grasped without such knowledge are merely security blankets, meant to shield one from the truth within. An individual must be stripped of all false images and external influences before a foundation of solid faith can be created, and the spiritual journey commence.... [Full Article]
|NEW TRADITION PROFILE ... |
Ar Afalon Tradition
by Rhiannon Solana and Lady Calliéan
History: Launched in May 2001, Ar Afalon and the Avalonian Institute of Magickal Arts are the creations of four close friends - ny'Raia, Seraphina Spellweaver, Calliéan and Amanda Rain. What began as a series of online discussions about Arthurian Myths and Avalonian Mysteries has evolved into a tradition and college based on the concept of awakening to our true selves.
Traditionally, Avalon is seen as a sanctuary for Goddess worship exclusive to women and women's mysteries. The Elders, however, have developed a different viewpoint that encompasses the Pagan belief in the polarity and equality of the God and Goddess. After countless hours, days and months of intense research and study, the Elders of Ar Afalon have unearthed evidence and theories that clearly point to this equality, beginning with the belief that Avalon is Annwn, the home of the God Afallach, father to the nine sister Goddesses who tended a pearl-rimmed cauldron, which we believe to be the forerunner of the Chalice or Holy Grail.... [Full Profile]
The 3rd Annual OHF Spring Gala
by Shea Thomas
To the casual observer, it would look like a black-tie fundraiser - a not-unusual sight in DC during an election year. Upon closer inspection, however, some important differences would emerge. There are no campaign buttons, there seem to be some renaissance gowns and ritual robes mixed in with the formal wear, and is that a four-foot long sword on the auction table?
What our visitor would have actually discovered is The Open Hearth Foundation Spring Gala, a Pagan charity event held annually in our nation's capital. At the same time, our hypothetical visitor might be forgiven the mistake. This year's event enjoyed an exciting new level of sophistication with a three-star hotel venue, a three-course gourmet dinner, live dinner and dance music, and over 100 well-turned Pagans gathered in support of a good cause... [Full Article]
NEW This Week...
|NEW Essay Topic... |
"Covens and Covenants"
Are you (or have you ever been) part of a coven, grove, hearth or other Pagan group that meets regularly to worship? If so, what are the structures, agreements and organizing principles that bind the group together? Are there initiations? Degrees? An inner/outer circle? Does the group offer clergy training? What is involved in the screening process for new members/students? Is there a Book of Shadows or similar written material that is only given to members of the group? Is a certain level of participation required? Tell us about the structures and standards of your group, and what you think is worth keeping and what might be worth changing.
The deadline for this topic is June 21st. 2004., but we will post the essays as we receive them. Please keep in mind that we will not post responses to previously posted essays.
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Coven of the Ravens' Eye
I was talking to a group of my covenmates last night about searching for a coven, and some of the pitfalls that go along with that quest. One woman said that, yes, you can find covens here and there, especially now that Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism, et cetera are more and more out in the open, and because of websites like Witchvox. But finding one that 'fits' is much harder. Several of our group had searched for years, tried out some, and moved on. They told me they found many groups that had no hierarchy, per se, very little 'class' structure, and worked more on intuition and doing what seemed right at the time. These groups seemed successful, but just didn't fit what these members were looking forl... [Full Article]
by Janis Strope
Wicca is an initiatory path and one I most enjoy through the coven format. I prefer a close working group over a loose circle. I trained in a coven and founded my own after my 3rd Degree. What I provide as High Priestess of my coven is a place to meet, a degree program leading through a series of initiations, rituals, teaching, priestessing, mentoring, and being the lineage link to the Living Tapestry Tradition. What I get is much, much more...
Our Tradition is American eclectic Wicca, and our covens have a great deal of autonomy. We value creativity and believe each coven and its members should create a coven that reflects our connections to Deity and the cycles of the Earth, as these reveal themselves to us. We have similar requirements for degrees, while leaving much leeway for the special knowledge and skills each High Priestess and High Priest brings to their coven... [Full Article]
The Quest for Happiness: Solitary or Coven?
by Morgan Willowmoon
When I told a friend about my dedication ceremony, I never anticipated her initial shocked reaction. I emphatically reassured her that my magickal practice wouldn't extend to casting spells, but her concern was unwavering, and my annoyance later turned to realization. She had a traumatizing experience with a high school coven and didn't want me to go through the same thing, especially when I developed an insatiable curiosity about it. This article is one of personal reflection, soul-searching and self-evaluation. I'll attempt to cover the various underlying motives behind coven membership. Hopefully it will be of some assistance if you're grappling with the same dilemma. Though I don't feel qualified to give advice in the matter, I can share the emotional journey I have undertaken... [Full Article]
br>From Last Week...
Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies (Over 500,000 Reads...)
by Kerr Cuhulain
After a well deserved hiatus... Our man Kerr is back with a new article for the Witch Hunt series here at Witchvox... We took this opportunity to revamp the Witch Hunts section by better breaking out the list of articles on the left side bar... Kerr's latest newsletter notes that he is planning something very exciting for the Officers of Avalon web site! Check it out!
"In the course of the investigation of all the bizarre claims of the people that created the "Satanic Panic" of the last three decades and in acting as an information resource to the many law enforcement agencies involved in investigating "occult" matters I created a large data base of occult information over the years. My "lexicon of occult terms" has something like 12,775 entries with 775 illustrations and 43 tables. ... It looks as if we'll be able to put this information on the Officers of Avalon web site soon to combat the mass of misinformation put on the web by misinformed "occult crime experts". I'd like to see Officers of Avalon become a premier source of accurate information on Pagan spirituality and "occult terminology" for law enforcement officers everywhere. " New This week at TWV... About Policing the Shadows
The March 2004 issue of Law Enforcement Technology magazine features an article by Ronnie Garret: Policing the Shadows Garrett's article is supposed to be on how to investigate "ritualistic crime". (note: Ronnie Garrett, the author of the article, is the Editor in Chief of Law Enforcement Technology Magazine). Sadly, it is yet another attempt to sell the idea that Satanic/Ritualistic crime is rampant and that anyone not Christian is a part of it. It is carefully written to disguise some of the agendas of the people mentioned in it, but it is pretty clear that it is written from the standpoint that police should be Christian guardians of society's morality... [Full Article]
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