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Along the Wiccan Path
Celebrating the Moon
Choosing Crystals
Dedicating Crystals
Connecting to Your Higher Self
What We Do In Circle and Why
Animal Healing Spells
Animal Totems
Beauty Spells
Besom Folklore
Candle Making
Celtic Solar Calendar
Commuting Pagan
Drawing Down the Moon"
Dreams (excerpt)
Faery Herbal Magick
A Full Moon Ritual
Healing Herbs
Herbs for Magick
Imbolc Activities
Imbolc Facts
Imbolc Recipes
Imbolc Ritual and Lore
More Imbolc Recipes
Kundalini (sacred sex)
Magickal Oils and Candle Associations
Making Charms
Making Rose Beads
Medicinal Uses of Herbs
Natural Beauty Recipes
Protection Spells
Sabbat Recipes
Travel Spells
To Gain Prophecies
Witchy Recipes
Womanhood Ritual
Abbreviated Laws
The New Book of the Law
The Laws of Magick
My Wicca
Pagan Manners
Spells For All Occasions
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
What You Wanted To Know About Witches
The Irish and Faery Goddesses
The Celtic and Irish Gods
Two Witches: A Modern Craft Fairy Tale by Mike Nichols
AIDS work
Altar Dedication
8 Sabbats of Wicca by Mike Nichols
The Celtic Path by Erynn Laurie
The Esbats
A simple Full Moon Ritual
Handling Harassment at Work
Angels
Beltane
Blessing of a Traveller
About the Elements
Consecrating Tools
About the Bach Flower Remedies
Initiation
Lady Day by Mike Nichols
Ostara A text by StormWing
Ostara A text by Red Deer
Natural Ostara Eggs A nice craft for the season
The Maiden
Lucid Dreaming
Making Wands
Menstruation Magick
A Solitary New Moon Ritual
No Time for Ritual By Lilith Silverhair
The Magick of Massage by NightOwl
The Inquisition Continues
The Dark Ages and the Inquisition
The Bible
The God of the Bible
Easter Cancelled in Jerusalem in 1995 This is not a joke
Brigit of the Celts
Making a Besom
Being Sex Positive and Proud of It By NightOwl
Cupid and Psyche
Brighid's Fires Burn High by Miriam Harline
What the Army Chaplan's Handbook Says About Wicca
Charge of the Dark Goddess
Dying: A Pagan Perspective
Ecomagic
The Good Witch
`An It Harm None
Herbs & Plants to Know
Connecting with Your Higher Self
Hollywood Religions
Mead
Neo-Pagan Movement
Pagan Humor: Read at Your Own Risk
Patriarchy, Power, & Personal Choice
Arachne
Some Beltane Files
Breathing Exercises
Qualities of a Good Coven Leader
Playing with Crystals
Lammas
Lughnasadh
A Small Meditation Collection
Midsummer



A Christian Perspective


by James Clement Taylor

I am a Christian and not a Wiccan.

A Christian is one who has been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who has made a personal, free-will decision to commit himself and all his or her life to our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both of these things are true of me.

I am a Greek Orthodox Christian, a member of St. Mary's Eastern Orthodox Church, Calhan, Colorado.

In this paper, I am not speaking as agent for any church, but I am, entirely on my own responsibility, speaking the truth in love, as we Christians are supposed to do.

A Situation of Strife and Shame:
There are many Christians today who believe that anyone who is not Christian is doomed to an eternity of suffering in hell. Any decent person, believing this, would be compelled to try to save as many people from this fate as possible. But is this belief correct?

Jesus Christ, having noted the faith and righteousness of a Roman centurion, a Pagan, proclaimed:

If we accept these words as true, and surely we should, then it is clear that heaven will contain many who are not Christians, and hell will contain many who are! Clearly, throughout the Gospels, Jesus Christ sets forth the criteria for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, and those criteria include love, kindness, forgiveness, and a refusal to judge others:

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15)

"For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:2)

"But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy and not sacrifice.'" (Matthew 9:13)

"Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." (Luke 6:36-38)

Is it not clear? Anyone who fails in these things, will calling himself a Christian save him? Anyone who obeys God in these things, will being unbaptized condemn him? Jesus said,

"Not everyone who says to Me,`Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom ofheaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

In addition to these words from the Gospel, let us look at the words of Micah the Prophet, centuries earlier, who wrote:

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:6-8)

Where, in any of this, does it say what doctrines one is to believe, or whose teachings concerning reality one must accept? All these things speak on how one ACTS, how one lives one's life, the kind of person one's actions gradually bring into being.

Yet it is not by good works that we earn our way into heaven, because there is no way we can earn the free gift of God's mercy and grace, which alone can save us. But it is clear that it is not by faith, in the sense of sharing the Christian faith, that we are saved, either. The faith which saves us is not faith in the goodness of our works, nor faith that we have the right theology and/or belong to the right church. Rather, it is faith in God, and in His mercy:

"So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy." (Romans 9:16)

But the Wiccans, you will say, do not have faith in God. Yet by their own theology, they certainly do. Those who call them Satan-worshippers are entirely wrong. They do not worship Satan, or even believe that Satan exists. Instead, they worship a Goddess and a God whom they understand as manifestations of a higher and unknown Deity.

Now if you are a Christian, this will sound familiar to you, and it should. In the Bible we find the following:

"Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, `Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you" (Acts 17:22-23)

The Wiccans worship the Unknown God, as manifested to them in the form of a Goddess and a God. Therefore, our Bible tells us they worship the same God we do; and if they do not know this, we should know it!

For those of us who are unable to simply stand on God's Word, and must prove to themselves the truth of what it proclaims the holy Apostle John has given us the method for doing this. You have only to attend any public Wiccan ceremony, and test the spirits which are there, to see "whether they are of God" (1 John 4:1).

You will find that, while you may perceive the power manifested there as less than what you have experienced as a Christian, that power is clearly the power of God.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, these people of Wicca have been terribly slandered by us. They have lost jobs, and homes, and places of business because we have assured others that they worship Satan, which they do not. We have persecuted them, and God will hold us accountable for this, you may be sure, for He has said,

"Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:40)

Let us, from this point onward, repent of our misdeeds and declare that henceforth we shall obey Christ our God, and not judge others or condemn them, so that He will not have to judge and condemn us for our sins.

Light & Life,
James Clement Taylor






A Creation Myth


By Meraina


In the Beginning, before Time began, the Goddess spun a thread from within Herself. From her heart she created the Spark and spun it to form the Sun, then she wove the pattern of the earth on her loom.

On the first day, the Goddess gave birth to the world. She pushed it from her Womb and it spun into space.

On the second day, She breathed on it. Her breath came from the heavens and wrapped the earth with a cloak of air.

On the third day, she spun the world around until it passed the Sun. The Sun's flames leapt in joyous repsonse for the love of her. His passion grew hot and fire poured forth from him to the world. The world glowed fire and flame.

On the fourth day, the Goddess wept for the beauty of the world. Her tears fell onto the earth and became the bodies of ocean and seas.

On the fifth day, She laughed for the joy of it all. Her laughter rang out and touched the earth. And Life began.



Divination is a threat, not a harmless subject


By James Hyland
Seacoast Soundings
Portsmouth Herald 3-25-97

The subject of fortunetelling has had a lot of press around here in recent months. A lot of it has been controversial, and a lot of it has been poorly understood and reported.

In an effort to shed some light on this subject, I humbly offer my opinion and years of research on the subject. That others may be helped, I present this brief "Lesson in Fortunetelling."

The technical term for "fortunetelling" is "divination." The derivation of the word "divination" is the same root from which we get "divine" and "divinity." It literally means "to be inspired by the gods." The Encyclopedia Brittanica notes that divination refers, in part, to the pagan practice of "achieving contact with superior, non- human forces in order to gain insight into the future."

Although the so-called art of divination is not itself a formal religion, it is thoroughly religious and used in pagan religions extensively throughout the world. Divination in its many forms (such as astrology, palm reading, tarot, and numerology) teaches both polytheistic and pantheistic world views, reincarnation, an an amoral code of ethics. All of these presuppositions are religious in nature and are diametrically opposed to Judeo-Christian teachings.

But while the doctrinal differences are fairly easy to identify to the trained eye, the real problem is the less understood phenomenon of channeling "familiar spirits", which are also variously referred to as "gods" and/or "demons." According to one survey conducted in the United States, up to 25 percent of all diviners admitted to relying on non-human spirit entities in doing their readings.

Research and case studies conducted in Europe during this century indicate that the Salem witch hysteria that was triggered after a group of teenage girls submitted themselves to divination, can be replicated when a fortuneteller is channeling a "familiar spirit." In over 600 documented occult case studies, Dr. Kurt Koch of Germany discovered "recurring patterns of blasphemous thoughts, a sense of impending insanity, fits of rage, the appearance of apparitions and strange voices, nightmares, complete loss of concentration, an inability to pray or read the Bible, attacks of mania, and suicide among those who have only been passive participants in divination."

This research, which until now has eluded those with an anti- supernatural bias, seem to be the key to understanding the Salem witchcraft hysteria perfectly. It is the single best reason I know for questioning the wisdom of the recent decision to invite two occult practitioners to speak and proselytize on the subject of divination at the Seabrook Public Library during the coming year.

In questioning this decision, I am not denying anyone's right to free speech. I am simply exercising my right to criticize a profession, which:
*Is proven to be totally unscientific,
*Is regularly deceptive in its presentation,
*Doesn't deliver what it promises (i.e., it can not predict the future), *Is a haven for scam artists, and is frequently in trouble with the law (I know of two major cases right here in New England over recent years, involving the swindling of large sums of money),
*Acts as a point of entry to the world of the occult,
*Has strong historic links to the drug culture,
*Is all about the unhealthy power and control over others, addicting people to the point of enslavement,
*Represents a capitulation to fatalism, fostering neurotic behavior and immobilizing healthy decision-making ability,
*Runs contrary to Judeo-Christian teaching and is highly offense to a large segment of the religious community, and
*Is an act of rebellion and spiritual defilement before God.

Back in December, a hearing was held at the library to supposedly discuss the issue of whether to invite two fortunetellers to give programs. The local Christian leadership, which had objected to the use of library funds for such speakers, was not put on the meeting's agenda, neither were they invited to the meeting nor was the quickly called meeting postponed by the other two board members so that the one member who sided with the Christian position could be present.

The stacked meeting, made up largely of out-of-town civil libertarians, witches, and pagan priests stated their cases, lambasting the Christian community for supposedly trying to restrict their freedom of speech, while hypocritically restricting that group's right to express themselves at that very meeting.

Clearly, stacking a meeting is one way to suppress freedom of speech and, in this instance, it reveals the sham of their pretended concern over this serious charge, of which the Christian community is innocent. The real issue for this group of occult supporters seems to be silencing and/or misrepresenting the church's view on this subject.

We recognize their right to free speech, now we would like ours. I hereby publicly challenge the Seabrook library to allow the Christian community to express its concerns about this subject in a public forum identical to what they are granting these diviners. We're asking for equal time, and I will personally offer my services to set up a series of meetings featuring occult survivors, authors, professors, and a documentary film about the dangers of New Age occult practices.

James Hyland is a resident of Hampton Falls.



Summerland



In a solo.list article On Sun, 23 Mar 1997 19:51:58 -0500 (possibly edited), wrote:
|Would someone please tell me about the Summerlands? I would appreciate it!
What I know about the Summerlands comes from my studies of Tibetan Buddhism (T.B.). I think there's a slightly different thought on this in Wiccan circles, so I leave that interpretation to others.

You have probably heard of Christian "Heaven". The Tibetans are quite happy with this, and say, ah, yes, this is Jesus's Summerland. In T.B. after death a person is confronted with many many choices for reincarnation. Many, of course, choose to return to earth - the "sexual plane", as a place that is recognised. Others choose the Summerlands, where they become "gods". The T.B.s call them that, because time passes very slowly in the Summerlands, and all is calm and peaceful. They say, however, that it is wasting time, since the spirit is not getting on with the business of self-realisation and getting to nirvana or whatever.

There are many different Summerlands. Christians will go to a certain small number that they recognise. Moslems go to another that is their Paradise. No doubt Wiccans, if they choose to rest between incarn- ations, go to another. The lessons learned, and to be learned in a Summerland are very different from those learned on earth. Some souls will need to learn those lessons, of course, others, perhaps after a very stressful incarnation, need to recoup some serentity or perhaps go over lessons learned, and a Summerland is an ideal place for that.

Of course, different people have different ideas about such things, but this is what I beleive about the situation after death. I hope this gives some ideas to think about.