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Spiritualism in the Face of Societal Outrage

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Up to this point, I have resisted commenting about the Martin/Zimmerman matter and ensuing trial, but the reactions generally and within the Pagan and Wiccan Community have spurred me to address several issues, concerns, and statements that have been raised in response to the event and trial, as well as the growing need for activism in the State of Florida by our Community. Statements that the Martin/Zimmerman matter is an example of society in Florida. Racism is by no means limited to Florida.  Even in reviewing the list of racially related deaths cited by T. Thorn Coyle’s recent article on … Continue reading

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God and Capitalization

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Many people in the Pagan and Wiccan Community come from a Judeo-Christian background. In turning from a childhood religion that is male God based and embracing the feminine aspect in Her various forms, sometimes we try to turn away from that previous perception of God even though He is an integral part of our worship. We refer to him as the Green Man, Herne the Hunter, or the Horned One. For those just becoming familiar with our beliefs, the Horned One is not a reference to Satan. You have to have a belief in the Christian faith to believe in … Continue reading

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A Pirate Looks at 40, but a Witch Looks at 50

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“And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess is that she recognizes that youth is necessary to the representative of the Goddess, so that she will retire gracefully in favour of a younger woman” (Sacred Texts) Over the years, I have read about and been involved in many hushed discussions regarding the inclusion of this Greatest Virtue tenet in various Books of Shadows along with debates concerning the history and intent behind this tenet. Most people either dismiss it, ignore it, or use it as leverage against an older, wise woman. This leverage isn’t used by just men either. It … Continue reading

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Pagan & Wiccan Community: From the Past into the Future (Part 4) The Emergence Movement (Gatherings & Witch Wars)

The Establishment Movement (1970’s to 1990’s) During this period of time, Paganism and Wicca really begin to gain a public face and public gatherings are being organized. The first Pan Pagan Festival (PPF) was held in 1976. The Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) holds its first festival in 1980. The Free Spirit Alliance (FSA) is founded in 1986 and based in the Mid-Atlantic area. The Heartland Spiritual Alliance is founded in 1987 and hosts the Heartland Pagan Festival. In Florida, Phoenix Phyre ( f/k/a Life Springs) holds its first festival in 1992, and the Florida Pagan Gathering (f/k/a First Freedom Fest) … Continue reading

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