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Looking Into the Face of the Crone

Elspeth of Haven Speaks by Miriam Harline

I first met Elspeth two years ago, at the annual Spring Mysteries Festival put on by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC). There she put on a workshop on the Crone that left nearly everyone attending in cathartic tears, myself included. A longtime pagan, matriarch of the Haven Community . . . → Read More: Looking Into the Face of the Crone

Gay priest fear agenda of Vatican officials

By Katya Kumkova-Wolpert

A group of Vatican reviewers visited the St. Patrick’s Seminary campus last week to review its admission procedures and performance. “Their aim is to see how our program is going,” Assistant Rector the Rev. Fred Cwiekoski said. “It’s their committee, not ours. They will be reporting to their commission in the Vatican.”

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Witches see an opportunity in new hate bill

By Jon Ungoed-Thomas

UK – The government faces new embarrassment over the religious hatred bill with a warning that witches and satanists could use it to trigger police investigations of their critics. The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, now passing through parliament, has been used by Labour to bolster support among Muslims. Charles Clarke, the . . . → Read More: Witches see an opportunity in new hate bill

Black cats played many roles

By Rene Knapp

Oct. 31 is Samheim, the New Year’s Eve of the Wiccan year. Most of us know the holiday as Halloween, a time of ghosts, goblins, spirits and black cat silhouettes clinging to our windows of cats and witches, and children waiting to get into their costumes. We have made Halloween a fun, . . . → Read More: Black cats played many roles

Halloween has roots in pagan traditions

By Susan L. Wagner

[...]As with many of our contemporary celebrations, Halloween was a pre-Christian festival that was co-opted by the Roman Catholic Church as it fought its way into the hearts and minds of the people of Western Europe. The ancient Celtic (Irish, Scottish, and Welsh) New Year’s festival called Samhain (pronounced so-wen) was . . . → Read More: Halloween has roots in pagan traditions

King of the pagan holidays: Halloween

To the editor:

The druids believed in the immortality of the soul, worshipping and serving the demonic “god of death”?-samhain. These satanic priests literally controlled people’s lives through the mechanism of fear and human sacrifice and much death came from the druids practice. Each year on Oct. 31, the druids celebrated their pagan god, samhain. . . . → Read More: King of the pagan holidays: Halloween

Christian group wants to ‘redeem’ US states

By Harriet McLeod

Cory Burnell wants to set up a Christian nation within the United States where abortion is illegal, gay marriage is banned, schools cannot teach evolution, children can pray to Jesus in public schools and the Ten Commandments are posted publicly. To that end, Burnell, 29, left the Republican Party, moved from California . . . → Read More: Christian group wants to ‘redeem’ US states

The Devil Made Me Do It

By Erin Fox

Recently this report was conducted by Jim Kouri, CPP who is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. “The news coverage of the extraordinarily brutal murder of Pamela Vitale, wife of well-known California criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, seems to have renewed interest in ritualistic crime. The 16-year . . . → Read More: The Devil Made Me Do It