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Reflections on ‘old guard’ Paganism

By Mike Nichols

‘Old Guard Paganism’. The phrase started out as a joke, but then caught on. This tells us something. It tells us there is a NEED for such a term. It also implies its own antithesis, ‘New Guard Paganism’. And it indicates that there is some difference between the two — a ‘difference . . . → Read More: Reflections on ‘old guard’ Paganism

Reflections on Outer Grove

“Why we teach what we teach” (by some of the gang who were there and did that thing)

Outer Grove, as here discussed, was (and is) a long-running series of weekly classes taught to Pagan seekers in various cities in the western parts of America and Canada. There was no particular reason for this geographic . . . → Read More: Reflections on Outer Grove

Gardnerian Witchcraft, in its Canadian manifestation

by a well-meaning and thoroughly-opinionated anonymous High Priestess…

A uniquely Canadian sensibility is gradually emerging within our tradition, but we are far from monolithic in our outlook concerning our Craft. We therefore maintain very close collaborative ties with our Craft kin within the Britain, the Commonwealth, Europe and America. We are scattered all across Canada, . . . → Read More: Gardnerian Witchcraft, in its Canadian manifestation

The Breviary: a personal tool

by Maellenkleth

I was sitting at tea with another priestess one fine spring afternoon, and after we set the tea to steeping, she pulled a small leather-bound book out of her shoulder-bag and suggested that I have a look through it. The book had no title on its front, just the age-worn patina of soft . . . → Read More: The Breviary: a personal tool

The Paradox of Evil in Wiccan Theology

The Paradox of Evil in Wiccan Theology Copyright 1997 by Lynna Landstreet. Wild Ideas

“The Problem of Evil” is a challenging question for any religion, but perhaps especially so for Wicca. And for Wicca, perhaps uniquely, “The Problem of Good” could be said to be equally challenging.

Unlike the monotheistic religions that predominate in our . . . → Read More: The Paradox of Evil in Wiccan Theology

The Laws

The Laws

YOUR HIGH PRIESTESS

In the Magic Circle, the words, commands and wishes of the High Priestess are Law. She is the earthly representative of our gracious Goddess. She is to be obeyed and respected in all things. She is our Lady and, above all others, a Queen in the highest sense of the . . . → Read More: The Laws

Glossary of Wiccan Terms (intermediate)

Glossary Of Terms Commonly Used In Wicca

By Rowan Moonstone And Durwydd Mactara

AKASHA- the spiritual ether (or Aether); the omnipresent fifth occult element which embraces the other four- earth, air, fire, and water; and from which they stem. This is the realm of “pattern” or causality, from which the realm the normally thought of . . . → Read More: Glossary of Wiccan Terms (intermediate)

Glossary of Wiccan Terms (basic)

Glossary of Wiccan Terms By: Keitha (FireWind) From: The Glass Temple

Altar – A small table or surface on which items meaningful to owner are placed. Can be an intricately carved table made only for this purpose, or as simple as a cardboard box or tree stump. Generally used during ritual. Can also be a . . . → Read More: Glossary of Wiccan Terms (basic)

“Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live”

By Havoc (BCPagans & VanIsle Pagans) reprinted with permission

Most of us have run up against this particular piece of Christian Propaganda from time to time

Quote: Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live

Usually it is in the form of “proof” that we are Satan worshipping, evil people, or at . . . → Read More: “Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live”

Recent Developments in the Study of The Great European Witch Hunt

Recent Developments in the Study of The Great European Witch Hunt By Jenny Gibbons

Since the late 1970’s, a quiet revolution has taken place in the study of historical witchcraft and the Great European Witch Hunt. The revolution wasn’t quite as dramatic as the development of radio-carbon dating, but many theories which reigned supreme thirty . . . → Read More: Recent Developments in the Study of The Great European Witch Hunt