If you've been involved in the world of magick and the occult for some time, you may remember the anti-occult disaster in the 1980s and 1990s that has been called "The Satanic Panic." For those unfamiliar with what happened, a few nurses and sympathetic practicing mental health "professionals," along with various religious "leaders" and governmental officials who couldn't separate their spiritual beliefs from their professional duties, began supporting the bizarre mental musings of some troubled women. This carried over to the manipulation of children resulting in wild claims of "SRA" or Satanic Ritual Abuse. The claims are so bizarre and so impossible that I won't repeat them here. But
More than 20 years since the survey that informed Voices from the Pagan Census was circulated, researcher Helen Berger, now working with James R. Lewis and Henrik Bogdan, is conducting a new and updated census of Pagans around the world. Besides demographic information, the survey touches on what “type” of Pagan you are and what you believe in – and don’t worry, the answers are mostly write-in, you don’t have to tick yourself into a box when it comes to the tricky stuff. I estimate the survey takes around 20-30 minutes, depending of course on how detailed you get in your responses. If you have the time, please take the survey and pass it on to Pagan friends. (Note: this does
In exciting news for minority faiths, USA Today reports on the first Buddhist chaplain of the US Army. For those of you who keep up with the news, you’ll remember that back in 2007 one military chaplain who tried to change his denomination from Pentecostal to Wicca was not only denied, but removed from the chaplaincy altogether. So the inclusion of a Buddhist chaplain gives us hope that perhaps, one day, there will be military chaplains representing all minority faiths.
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So, I'm reading Ann Moura's amazing new manuscript. Yes, it's been a while since this Green Witch author wrote a new book for us, but it's turned out to have been well worth the wait. This is the most serious book on all types of Esbat magick that I've read since working here. (And sorry, you probably won't see it on shelves until Fall 2010!)
However, it's brought up a concern of mine, which we'll talk about at the Vision meeting next week. Basically there are several lengthy rituals included in the first half of the book - one for the waxing crescent moon, one for the full moon, for the new moon, for the waning crescent, the Blue moon, the Sidhe moon, the lunar eclipse and the solar