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Author: Witchvox Central
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Leadership is a Verb
by Erin Aubry
I recently completed a college course on corporate management and leadership. The course was a real snooze because the instructor covered common sense stuff that everyone already knew: managers and leaders should be honest, knowledgeable, able to see the "big picture," etc. But a novel idea caught my attention during the third session. I temporarily awoke from my stuffy classroom-induced stupor when I heard the instructor explain that leadership is not a noun like the dictionary says it is. Leadership is a verb.
Leadership is a process that anyone can engage in. The process involves guiding and motivating other people to reach their full potential for the benefit of the entire organization or community. While some people do seem to be "natural-born leaders" because of their personality or intellectual powers, everyone has the ability to learn the leadership process to some extent. Everyone can hone his or her listening skills, communication skills, organizational skills, and all the other skills necessary to be successful in the leadership process. So, everyone has the potential to be a leader in some capacity if he or she really wants to.
Of course, the above explanation of the leadership process is an ideal. In the real world where we all work, play, and worship, our leaders do not always help us to reach our full potential. Sometimes they only help themselves. Sometimes they don't even do that. But having an ideal gives us something to shoot for. Without an ideal, we'd all just settle for mediocre all the time because we wouldn't realize there was the potential for anything more. When it comes to the leaders of the Pagan community, our clergy, I think we should all strive to rise above mediocrity. After all, spirituality is worth little if we do not use it as a tool to propel ourselves from average to extraordinary.... [Full Article]
Pagan Clergy - Who Qualifies?
An Asatru Perspective
by Gary Penzler
Why A Priesthood? In some faiths, such as Catholicism, one may pray directly to deity, but it is helpful to go through an intermediary, such as the saints, or better yet, the priesthood. In some others, such as Wicca, one is both permitted and encouraged to pray directly to the divine, and as a result, the faith considers every skilled practitioner to be their own priest/priestess.
Asatru (and its variants, sometimes going by Heathenism, Odinism, Theodism, Germanic/Teutonic Paganism, etc.) tends to pride itself on being direct and practical. Anyone may and should contact deity directly, and a priesthood is not necessary. Nonetheless, a priesthood exists. Why?
What we do today is modeled on how things were done long ago, before our faith all but disappeared for a thousand years. Worship rituals for smaller occasions tended to be done as a family or household, and were led by... [Full Article]
Priestess1 for One
by Gail Wood
Solitary. The word conjures up images of windswept and lonely landscapes without access to other humans, especially people with similar spiritual beliefs. In many cases, this is the correct scenario and Pagans are solitary by necessity. More and more, Pagans are solitary practitioners by choice. Even in the midst of nearby thriving communities, Pagans choose solo practice for a variety of reasons. There are also people like me who maintain both a group and solitary practice. I am proud to be an active member of a coven, a tradition and a community, but I still identify myself as a solitary practitioner. I serve as the priestess of that solitary practice.
To be a priestess for myself is joyful. I know that I can, with confidence stand before the Goddess and God and feel their presence. Through my own rituals and meditations, I feel the presence of the Divine inside me and around me. I have experienced their... [Full Article]
A New Yule Tradition
by Shelly O'Brien
Yule is a time for spending time with family and friends. It is a time to look back on our lives and then look forward to our futures. For most of us this is a delightful time full of fun and joy.
However, those who have the most fun and deep emotional attachment to Yule-time are our children.
My children have been looking forward to this season all year long. My oldest daughter is six and to her this stuff of Yule is old hat; she has the traditions down pat. But for my youngest children, this year is the first time that they will truly participate. My youngest children are identical twin girls who will be three on January sixth. So some minor changes to our usual traditions and holiday preparations had to be made this year.
The week before American Thanksgiving my oldest daughter began to ask when we would be getting our Yule tree. At the time I said the fifteenth of December. This meant very little to her and she continued to repeat the question, although the frequency had dropped to about twice a day instead of five or six... [Full Article]
How the Moon Affects Health
The moon is in all things our primary day-to-day influence, and this influence may be modulated (but never cancelled out!) by the phase fraction in which it finds itself, and by how it relates at any given time with other astrological elements. The first phenomenon is the more obvious, affecting the moon's appearance. As it passes through the phases, there is a leading edge of the bright image that crosses and illuminates the dark disk and a trailing edge that returns the disk to darkness. In our "modern" analytic mode, we would measure this by degrees of passage across the surface, percent dark versus light, rate of change, etc., and develop formulas to predict all this. However, in the human race's first 34,850 years of existence, we were not accustomed to comparing big things to little markers (like millimeters). We observed the phenomena and came up with explanations involving Gods and Goddesses for each phenomenon separately, and over the millennia generated... [Full Article]
Attune YOUR Magic - Phases of the Moon 2005
by Gary Reed
The Moon has always seemed a mysterious and powerful force to people everywhere. She moves the tides and guides the flow of magickal energies. Learning her ways, we can make our own magick join with Hers...
Successful magic depends on many factors. One of the most obvious things to consider is the timing of your spells and rituals with the phases of the Moon. When the Moon is waxing, it is growing larger in the sky. This phase lasts until the exact time of the Full Moon. From Full Moon to New Moon, is the waning phase where the Moon seems to disappear; until finally it is not visible to the eye for three nights. For this reason, this phase is sometimes called the Dark of the Moon or the Black... [Full Article]
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Churches, community centers, seminaries, universities...most religions have physical structures where they practice, teach, socialize with others of like mind, and serve the community. Looking into the future, do you see any or all of these things being established for Pagan religions? We already have a few buildings dedicated to one or more of these purposes here and there, but very few. What is your view of the future? How will we make Pagan structures happen -- or do we even want to? If you have been or are involved with one that is already established, what have you found that works, and what doesn't?
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Victor Anderson's New Book of Poetry!
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Author: Victor H. Anderson
Category: poetry, Witchcraft, Feri Tradition Level: All
The new book of poetry by Victor H. Anderson, the modern founder of the Feri/Faerie/Faery Tradition, is now in print for the first time!
_Lilith's Lantern_ is a companion volume to Anderson's classic first book of Craft and love poetry, _Thorns of the Blood Rose_. Victor had selected the poems in _Lilith's Lantern_ for publication before his death, and his family has published this new book.
Praises for Victor Anderson:
"Victor was one of my first teachers in the Craft. I will always be grateful for the worlds he opened up for meÉ. He was fierce, passionate, powerful, real. An inspired poet, he was a brilliant creator of myth and liturgy. He was allied spiritually with all the indigenous traditions of the planet; a true shaman."
~STARHAWK, author of _The Spiral Dance_
"My interview with the poet and shaman Vic ... [Full Book Profile] [Author's Website]
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