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ÔShadowmancerÕ Writer Blasts Evangelists For Occult Slur
A best-selling children's author has hit back at a Christian fundamentalist group that has attacked his books for being "saturated by the occult".
Former North Yorkshire vicar Graham Taylor, who has enjoyed global success with his two novels, Shadowmancer and Wormwood, has been stunned by criticism of the US-based Focus on the Family religious organization.
Work is also due to start on the script for a movie of Shadowmancer.
But on the organisation'... [Read More] - (9) - [Add Your Thoughts]
Between the Worlds: A Grand Magickal Congress
by Caroline Kenner
I love pentacles. I pay attention to pentacles. So when Ivo Dominguez, Jr. scheduled the Assembly's much anticipated Between the Worlds conferences based on three Grand Quintiles making three cosmic pentacles across the heavens right around Samhain, I eagerly signed up to attend.
Between the Worlds is an irregularly scheduled interfaith esoteric conference organized by the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a multi-coven non-profit organization from the mid-Atlantic region. The conference benefits the New Alexandrian Library project, a magical and esoteric research library that will open its doors no later than 2010.
Between the Worlds is always scheduled in response to astrological alignments: the last one was held in 2000 and the next is in November of 2007. Two Grand Quintiles in one month plus a lunar eclipse is a once every 2000 years or so occurrence, much less taking into consideration the third Grand Quintile.
The quality and breadth of teaching at this conference was superior. There was a galaxy of the most inspiring, talented teachers from various Wiccan and Northern European Pagan traditions. Judy Harrow was there, from Proteus Coven. Selena Fox came all the way from Circle Sanctuary. Andras Corban Arthen, T. Thorn Coyle and Orion Foxwood taught Witchcraft and the Feri/Faerie/Fairy traditions. Skip Ellison of ADF taught folklore and the Celts. The celebrated writer Diana Paxson, accompanied by her oracular seidh priestess Laurel Mendes, taught Norse material. Nybor of Haven sold his beautiful artwork, and taught as well. Katrina Messenger brought Reclaiming tradition teaching to the conference. And of course the talented folk of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel taught a variety of classes... [Full Article]
New at TWPT: The Wiccan Pagan Times has just posted an interview with Ivo Dominguez, Jr. as well as the first chapter in a serialized novel by Jesse Wolf Hardin.
Obituary: Jack Armstrong
John ("Jack") Armstrong: student, teacher, mentor, priest and active member of the Chicago Pagan and magickal communities for over 30 years and the Founding High Priest of Heartland Coven has passed. Our Priestess, who had Jack's Power of Attorney for Health Care, received a phone call at 5:55 a.m. on Saturday, November 13th that he had passed at approximately 5:45 that morning.
The obituary written by the family is: " John J. Armstrong, 54, owner of Alchemy Arts Bookstore, loving son of the late John and Mary Armstrong, beloved brother of Michael and William Armstrong, cherished friend of Beatrice Mahlum and Kenny Kwilosc. Services private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association would be appreciated."
The Coven joins in the family in hoping that people will honor Jack's oft-stated wishes to have no type of memorial services.
High Priestess of Heartland Coven
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The Alexandrian Tradition
by Elders of the Alexandrian Tradition
History of the Alexandrian Tradition of the Wicca:
It's important to remember that "traditions" as we now know them did not exist at the beginnings of the "The Alexandrian Tradition." Our Tradition has its roots in what is now called Gardnerian Wicca, which at that time was simply called "The Wica," or "The Old Religion."
The name "Alexandrian" is generally viewed by the Initiates of the Tradition as a reference to the "founder," Alex Sanders himself, as well as a reference to the Great Library of Alexandria, which was the center of Occult knowledge in the ancient world.
Alex Sanders was Initiated into Wicca in the early 60's. He was later well known as a Ceremonial Magician, as well as for his media antics and the title "King of the Witches" which was given to him by the leaders of some of his Covens in the late 60's. According to the accounts by his ex-wife Maxine Sanders, he was a member of at least two Covens before marrying Maxine and founding the Alexandrian "London Coven" from which many modern Alexandrians descend.... [Full Tradition Profile]
Fighting the Good Fight: Living As a Pagan Activist...Every Day
by Heidi Gleber
Another day, another "to do" list as long as my arm. In amongst our day-to-day duties - Shelly cares for her two-year-old twins, attends her first grade daughter's school play; I take my nineteen-year-old daughter to her volunteer job at the Public Library and my four-year-old to her library story hour and homeschool my other three children - my co- clergy, Shelly O'Brien, and I scramble to complete the final tasks in preparation for a Halloween Ball we are putting on as a fundraiser for Fingerlakes Pagan Pride. But today I am shaking. Yet again, our activities have sparked controversy.
When I found that our usual venue for fundraisers, the Ontario County Arts Council, had already been booked for all the weekends in October, we began looking at other venues in which to hold our Halloween Ball, a secular Halloween party geared towards the general public. My husband suggested that we rent the... [Full Article]
Pagans and Politics
A Time to Come Together
by Charles Hendricks
Since everyone has noticed that George W. Bush has won a second term as President, and since I have noticed multitudes of posts complaining, I would like to say a thing or two. I hope that everyone who is complaining and is eligible was registered to, and did vote. If you did not vote, and there really isn't an excuse, you have no right to complain.
I also would like to say this, for those of you who have not considered it: the time hasn't passed us by yet. We can still raise our voices, as one group, and save some of these "horrible" things being predicted from occurring. Now in order for it to work every single Witch, Pagan and Heathen must set aside egos, pride and self-importance. I'm not just talking about solitaries either; all of us must set our egos aside and work toward the higher good as ONE! It doesn't matter to me if you are a neo-whatsit... [Full Article]
Separation of Church and State: The Need for Pagan Voices
by Rainwriter Raveneye
Why is it important for Pagans to speak out and let their religious voice be heard in politics? It isn't. The separation of church and state goes for the Pagan religions also. It is important for Pagans to speak out not as Pagans but as citizens of America in politics whether that means voting, rallying, signing petitions, or any of the other ways a person can take part in the political processes of this country.
One of the main problems with the current regime in America right now is its desire to justify many political decisions with religious reasoning, including the interpretation of the beliefs of the founding fathers. It has been said before but needs to be stressed again that the founding fathers gave the American government the checks and balances they did to allow for freedom of religion or freedom from religion. This system has been eroding since the middle of... [Full Article]
The thrilling sequel to "A Question Of Balance" is here!
A Matter of Perspective
Author: Trish Reynolds
Category: fiction Level: All
Tary and Arthur have survived their first brush with dark forces, but not without paying a price. They face an uncertain future as they continue the struggle on opposite sides of the ocean. Are the nightmares which plague Tary the normal reaction to the stress of her ordeal? Or do they portend something worse to come? Arthur fears that she is in for the fight of her life, the fight that will seal the fate of her immortal soul in the thrilling sequel to ÒA Question of BalanceÓ.
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The Lone Witch
I am a 17-year-old Wiccan. It's a basic statement. Yes, there are many Wiccans my age, so what? I love Wicca so much, I love the God and Goddess, but I have nobody to share that pleasure with. I'm in a medium-sized town; I go to a public school...yet there are few serious Pagans. I hear rumors of people trying magic: "Oh yeah, Megan tried to put a spell on Bob...cheated on her..." Please, you'll shoot your eye out.
I have been studying Wicca and related topics for about three years. Like many people, I remember how it started. I was looking up things on my Encarta 2000 program, and somehow, I got to the subject "Dianic Wicca." Well, of course, I was very interested by it. I went online a few days later, and began to search there. I found so much information out there. I read and read and read...I was off of school due to summer vacation, so... [Full Article]
Samhain at Summerland
Samhain Magick unfolded deep within the wooded glades of Summerland in beautiful Bonita Springs, Florida as approximately eighty Pagans and Pagan-friendly folks gathered to celebrate the thinning of the veil and the turning of the Wheel once again.
The evening started out with the energies rising up in a very free-spirited drumming group at the Main Circle. As people placed their reminders of those loved ones that had passed in the Ancestors' Garden, each was given the opportunity to fill out a paper of the things they wished to release from their lives. These papers along with herbs and mementos were packed safely into orange waxed eggs and plunged deep into the torso of the Wickerman [Full Article]
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