The Witches' Voice Essay Series for 1999...
Dec '99 Gimme a Spell! .... Two wise authors give insight into how to separate the merely curious from the true seeker. They agree that some of those who ask for spells truly want to learn, and they deserve to be taught spellcrafting. As for the otherswell, there's a very funny reply quoted in one of the essays; "Honey, this ain't Spell-Mart!". Page 1 - 2
Dec '99 Can You Ever Have Too Many Athames? The always thoughtful and plain-spoken Niall Leighton was the only person to take on the subject of "Can You Ever Have Too Many Athames?". He does an excellent and witty job of trying to "filter out the twaddle from the gutter end of the New Age marketplace". Don't miss this one!
Nov '99 Gender and Nature in Contemporary NeoPaganism is an in-depth look at the connections between the social/political movements of human rights, feminism and ecology and religion. Salamantis contends that the basic theology of Western monotheism has driven the ecological degradation we are currently dealing with, and cautions that Pagan thea/ology, too, has possible traps of bigotry and gender expectations we must be careful not to fall into.
Nov '99 Historical Facts and Fallacies .... Historical Facts and Fallacies brought several interesting viewpoints, ranging from an essay debunking a lot of popular myths to the opinion that bickering over the historical records of the Burning Times cheapens the sacrifice made by those whose lives were taken. -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Nov '99 Psychic Development The Psychic Development topic gave us three excellent essays explaining how to develop one's psychic ability, as well as the reasons for it. One writer put forth the interesting theory that psychic development is so embedded in the Craft that we can't study Witchcraft without developing psychically. -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3
Oct '99 Instant Witch .... inspired some wonderful and moving personal stories of paths found, and some very funny reminiscences of the pretentious behavior even well-intentioned new Witches can fall into to. -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
Oct '99 Are All Gods one God and all Goddesses one Goddess The question of "Are All Gods one God and all Goddesses one Goddess?" brought, as expected, a wide variety of ideas on this subject, some of which would be shocking to many mainstream religions. -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8
Sep '99 Initiation .... Initiation -- what is it, and is it important to one's spiritual growth? Is it necessary if you want to call yourself a Witch/Wiccan/Druid/Shaman? What about self initiation? -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Sep '99 Witchcraft As A Healing Art Witches were traditionally the healers of their local clans or villages. Have we forsaken this humble "mission" today for the more "glamorous" roles of "High Priests and Priestesses"? Is healing still a big part of our calling? -- Essay # 1 - 2 .
Aug '99 Our Magickal Roots Lots of interesting and sometimes contradictory views on Magick...what it is, how it works, and how we use it. -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7
Aug '99 Who's the Boss? Only one person took this subject on. The question was: How do you balance the power, the responsibilities and the practice in the Craft to accommodate and honor both sexes?
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Jun '99 Diversity, Unity and the Inevitable Conflicts -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6
Jun '99 Rites of Passage: Handfastings by Ayala Blakewolf
May '99 The Tragedy at Columbine High -- Essay # Main Overview - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
May '99 Pagan Clergy -- Essay # 1 - 2
Apr. '99 Rites of Passage-Wiccanings & Coming of Age Rituals -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Apr. '99 Foreign Agents Wanted! -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3
Mar. '99 It Ain't Like in the Movies! (12) -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 45 - 6 - Seven
Mar. '99 Country Witch, City Witch (3) by Aidenaire, Ocean WindSong & Meriah
Feb. '99 The Little Witch -- A Story for Beginners by John
Feb. '99 Witch? Wiccan? Pagan? How Do YOU Define these Words? (11) -- Essay # 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Jan. '99 1998 - The Year in Review (5)
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