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Weekly Update: 6/14/2004

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click here to enter the Witches Voice web siteNew this Week: Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies: 'Last Stop Hell' by Kerr Cuhulain -- 'Paganism and Recovery' by Rainbird -- 'Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign' by Rev. Charles Arnold, HP -- 'Our Experiences in Group Magic' by Ansur -- 'OK Pagan Beltane' by Michelle Mays -- New Trad Profile: 'Uniterran Paganism or Uniterranism' by Mirlin Poplar, Ellyn Keyel, and Suzan McDermott-Measheaw -- 'Faerie Energy Fills The Gate' by Lady Olwen Silver Tree -- Featured Book: 'Out of His Time' by Quill Mastercraft Enter Site

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An Interview with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
by Caroline Kenner

Prominent British authors Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, residents of the Republic of Ireland, will be traveling across the USA this summer to promote their new book, Progressive Witchcraft. Progressive Witchcraft continues Janet and Gavin's influence on Wiccan philosophy with a radical revisioning of Witchcraft, its history and practices. Progressive Witchcraft is a startling departure from a writing team known originally as Alexandrian Traditionalists. This is a brave book, a radical book, from authors well familiar with the founding of Wicca.

Janet was initiated into the Alexandrian Tradition by Alex and Maxine Sanders in 1970. With her late husband Stewart Farrar and her current partner Gavin Bone, Janet has co-authored over a dozen groundbreaking books on Witchcraft. Gavin Bone, an initiate of Seax-Wicca, joined the Farrars' writing team in 1992. He authored a book on Anglo-Saxon poetry and co-authored three books with Janet and Stewart before Stewart passed into Summerland in 2000. Progressive Witchcraft is Janet and Gavin's first book since Stewart's death.

In Progressive Witchcraft, Janet and Gavin advocate exploration into Hinduism, Voudoun, Santeria and shamanism. They focus on trance in their spiritual practice, and suggest that Wicca is evolving away from ceremonial practices and strict duotheism. They reveal their dedication to one deity, one Goddess Whom they serve as Priest and Priestess. They call for an end to Pagan dogma, and the further evolution of a spirituality based on Divine Nature and personal experience of deity. Most of all, they see the modern diversity of approach within Paganism and Witchcraft as a strength rather than a failing.

This refreshing book has many people nodding their heads in agreement while reading it. In their own words, here is an interview with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone about Progressive Witchcraft, an interview conducted over the Internet to herald their visit to America... [Go To the Interview Now!]

Web Note: Janet and Gavin will be touring America starting in a few weeks appearing at trade shows and local Witch Shops... Their only Festival appearance will be at the Chesapeake Pagan Community's Summer 2004 Convention and Gathering [Info Link]... For an up to the minute listing visit YOUR Local Events Listing Page. or check out the snapshot on the interview page .


Featured This Week...

Last Stop Hell
by Kerr Cuhulain

You can find a web site bearing this title at yourgoingtohell.com. Nowhere on the Last Stop Hell web site does the creator of it identify himself: This is reminiscent of the Encyclopedia of Satanic Wicca site I wrote about earlier in my Witch Hunts series.

The contents of the Last Stop Hell web site could be summed up by the statement: "God and his son Jesus love you so much they'll damn you to hell forever if you don't do it their way." A typical statement from the Last Stop Hell home page reflects this: "You're right God is Loving and Merciful. And once you start following his son Jesus with all your heart you now become one of Gods children. And he will come to your aid more then you can imagine (Psalms 18:). If you think you're slipping by any other way the Bible calls you a Bastard."[1] I've left the spelling, incorrect punctuation and grammar exactly as found on the site, and it is representative of the poor grammar throughout... [Full Article]



Paganism and Recovery
by Rainbird

"I have reveled with you, Dionysus. I have drunk my fill from your cup, Bacchus. I have experienced the ecstasies of the vine and was driven to madness by it."

I do not know what caused me to worship with such abandon the cup of Bacchus. Whether it was heredity, an allergy or a psychological predisposition, I entered the cycle of addiction at an early age. What began as a sense of exhilaration and freedom became a daily necessity. Alcohol ceased to serve its purpose and I began to serve it.

Modern Paganism prides itself on its joy of living. As Wicca teaches that the Goddess's love is "poured out upon the earth," so Pagans seek to live fully and appreciate the pleasures that life offers. We aren't a glum lot... [Full Article]



Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign
by Rev. Charles Arnold, HP

Today, just a few days short of the 60th anniversary of the Allied landings that eventually led to the end of World War Two, there is much attention being focused on veterans of the US Armed Forces, and rightfully so. Whether one agrees or disagrees with US policy in Afghanistan and Iraq, one cannot doubt the loyalty and depth of commitment exhibited by American military personnel who daily face the chance of violent death while serving their country as they have been ordered to do. It is truly shameful that, in this time of both remembrance of past sacrifices and daily reports of current sacrifices, the same government which ordered American GIs into harm's way is also actively involved in discrimination against some of these same brave men and women simply because of their religion.

At this very moment, the Department of Veterans Affairs and its National Cemeteries Administration refuses to grant Pagan veterans the same respect that it shows to members of the Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Moslem faiths. It refuses to grant Pagan veterans the same rights it grants to such groups as the Native American Church of America, Konko-Kyo, Sufism, Tenrikyo, the American Humanist Association and even Eckankar and the Atheist Association of America. Each of these groups, along with several others, has achieved the right for members of their faiths to have an emblem of spiritual belief placed on veterans' headstones... [Full Article]


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OK Pagan Beltane
by Michelle Mays

Nestled in the scenic landscape of Northeastern Oklahoma, the third annual OK Pagan Beltane flew to new heights this year. Each year The Oklahoma Pagan Association sponsors a Beltane celebration that is steeped in Spirituality and Magick, and a bit of decadence which this year broke the proverbial glass ceiling. We gathered together in celebration of life and joy of the Earth. We came from across this great nation, from Wisconsin, Florida, Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Osage Hills, a wildlife refuge State Park, is one of Oklahoma's most beautiful treasures. Herds of deer and flocks of wild turkey openly cavorting with each other, making the most of the season's spirit, set the mood for the magick that happened within this special Beltane Gathering... [Full Review]



Our Experiences in Group Magic
by Ansur

In 1990 a chance meeting between an Indian Medicine Man and myself (an old male Witch), escalated into a friendship that still endures. A few months later, my Indian friend (a truck driver) found a new girlfriend that was a Druid in the LA area. By 1991, we had developed a gathering of 6 people - who including the Medicine Man, myself, the Druid, my Lutheran wife (now Wiccan), my grown daughter interested in old Celtic practices, and an old friend of my wife's.

In the next several years, many other people came, joined and/or quit this informal occult study group. But in general, the overall number in the group steadily grew in small increments. In 1995, the Medicine Man and his Druid girlfriend left us and moved across the US searching for jobs. At that time, five of the most devoted of us agreed to organize the group into a formal coven, which we named PACT. PACT stands... [Full Article]



Faerie Energy Fills The Gate
by Lady Olwen Silver Tree

Elaine Silver's melodic tones raised the energy at Gaia's Gate's June Coffee House. The Coffee House features fabulous Musicians, Poets, Story tellers and others every 2nd. Wednesday of the month, and this month was no exception.

With, "The voice you'll never forget", Faerie Elaine opened the energy with an original, "Pendulum", and then "Calling all Directions". You could feel the peace and serenity in the room, while those attending helped to call in the divine energy singing the chorus "Ahhh", as Elaine explained that this sound is found in many of the 1,000 names for God... [Full Review]



Our Experiences in Group Magic
by Ansur

In 1990 a chance meeting between an Indian Medicine Man and myself (an old male Witch), escalated into a friendship that still endures. A few months later, my Indian friend (a truck driver) found a new girlfriend that was a Druid in the LA area. By 1991, we had developed a gathering of 6 people - who including the Medicine Man, myself, the Druid, my Lutheran wife (now Wiccan), my grown daughter interested in old Celtic practices, and an old friend of my wife's.

In the next several years, many other people came, joined and/or quit this informal occult study group. But in general, the overall number in the group steadily grew in small increments... [Full Article]

NEW TRADITION PROFILE ...

Uniterran Paganism or Uniterranism
by Mirlin Poplar, Ellyn Keyel, and Suzan McDermott-Measheaw

We date our origin back to when Ike "Mirlin Poplar" Moorefield conceived the idea for Uniterran Paganism in September 2002 while living in FL. The original High Council was founded July 23, 2003 in Victor, NY. The group's by-laws were ratified in Victor, NY on September 27, 2003. The members chose the word "Church" because of its rareness of use in Pagan groups. Its use is intended to restore a positive image to the word "church." The word "Terra" is the Latin word for "Earth." "Terran" is another word for "Earthling" or "Human." The use of this word signifies a great affection for and dedication to the Planet Earth. We call it a Universal Church because we have branch Parishes in several other nations besides the United States. The Universal Terran Church originally... [Full Profile]






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