Defaulting to Wicca: Issues with Intra-Pagan Dialogue

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!Over on PAGAN+politics Cara Schulz wrote a great recap of PantheaCon. I will concur that not only is she very nice in person but very funny as well. I was happy to room with her and after meeting her in person have even more respect and love for her, even if she is a conservative! In her post she mentioned something that she and I had discussed while at the convention: Wicca-centric language.At pan-Pagan events there is a … [Read more...]

Labeling Wicca: Why “advanced” and “101″ bug me…

The other day I tried to articulate something about "advanced Wicca" that wasn't terribly coherent. Some people challenged what I said and made me examine the issue more closely. Thank you Jay and Dave of PCP!So while I'll admit there are so-called "advanced" books out there that I really want to read (Kat MacMorgan, T. Thorn Coyle and Chris Penczak for instance), I don't perceive these as being "advanced" as much as different perspectives. So many of the books that are being touted as … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Henry Buchy responds to the Feri schism

Editor's Note: This post is in response to The Sundering of Feri by T. Thorn Coyle.My sister Thorn makes some good points, and very convincing too. I will offer my own ideas of the sundering or schism, because it is similar to the schisms which occurred in Buddhism or Christianity, or even Islam. Yet this division, this sundering is in no way about claiming a one true way, that one approach to Feri is the only correct one. It's more about demonstrating that there is another approach … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: What makes someone Wiccan?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! What makes someone Wiccan? Dedication? Initiation? Practice? Belief? (Any responses should be assumed to be individual opinions and not representative of traditions or covens unless otherwise stated.)Joseph D. Carriker, Jr. (Alexandrian trad.) responds: It is initiation that makes one of the Wica, immersion in … [Read more...]

Book Review: Trials of the Moon by Ben Whitmore

Title: Trials of the Moon: A Critique of Ronald Hutton's "The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft Author: Ben Whitmore Publisher: Briar Books Genre: Religious History Year: 2010 Pages: 100 ISBN13: 9780473174583 Binding: Paperback Price: 11.00Just as I was planning to sit down with Ginzburg, Frew, Hutton and an array of others over the Thanksgiving holiday, The Wild Hunt announced the publication of Ben Whitmore's Trials of the Moon: A Critique of Ronald Hutton's "The … [Read more...]

The Magic of Purses

I used to work in an office in a nice-upscale suburb of Atlanta. Women in my office rocked Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger and all those labels that were equivalent to what I paid in rent. As a thrift store aficianado, I was a fish out of water but the experience did get me thinking about purses as magical tools.A purse is a very feminine thing, an enveloping thing, a secretive thing. We carry tools of money, beauty, and health in purses. They contain our keys, our communication devices … [Read more...]

O’Donnell, the Media, Real Witches and the Promise of October

The Pagan community never expected this kind of media attention over Christine O'Donnell's ignorant and silly comments. We certainly didn't receive this much attention when Jerry Falwell said that we, along with the ACLU and others, caused 9/11. As a community we are used to people saying something negative and ridiculous about us in the public forum while we try in vain to be heard above the media hoopla. Yet O'Donnell's comments have the media coming to us, and this is something new.Jason … [Read more...]

The Unexpected Blessings of Lady Sintana

I never met Lady Sintana, but I firmly believe she is the reason I am a Witch today. It's kind of a long story, so bear with me.Lady Sintana was a very public Witch, one of the few well-known public Witches who were not authors. She appeared fairly regularly in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She fought seminal court battles for Wiccan rights. She took in animals and people who needed her help. For many years her doors were always open, 24/7, and the House of Ravenwood Church and Seminary … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Peter Dybing on Directionally Challenged Pagans

Some of us have had the experience of helping to set up a ritual site and the gentle amusement that comes with a group of directionally challenged Pagans debating witch direction is witch.  It also seems that the larger the gathering the more vocal the debate.  We, well known practitioners, unsure of the directions, each slightly embarrassed.While this situation has brought me much amusement, as a directionally challenged Pagan my self, it also serves as a great metaphor for our own Pagan p … [Read more...]

Reconciling Wicca’s Gods

(I should state that I am not yet an initiate of the tradition I am studying, so nothing beyond the quote is representative of my tradition.)I've noticed an interesting thing. There are people who identify as Wiccan who shun the term Pagan and people who embrace the label of Pagan that shy away from anything that suggests Wiccan. I used to be one of the latter but I now embrace both labels. Often once I've reconciled something within my own heart I tend to assume everyone else has reached the … [Read more...]