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Riding the Broom a Film
by Hansi Oppenheimer

To Be A Witch Is To Strive For Wholeness And That Includes Politics And Religion
by Ivo Dominguez
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Falsehoods of the
Burning Times
by Arthur Hinds
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Politically Correct Religion 
by Ogmios

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Problems with the
Wiccan Rede

by Randall
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Embracing the
Feminine Consciousness:
A Revolution of Thought
by Rev. Karen Tate

Goddess is the Secret
by Rev. Karen Tate


The Electronic Book of Shadows
by Boudica

We all have them.  Notebooks crammed with material we have copied off the web or out of books that we reference again and again in our practice.  We have shelves of books, notebooks and sheets of papers in folders that we really do want to keep; or maybe not.  I used that spell, well, maybe two, or was it three years ago and it worked well, but I forgot what I used it for and I thought I remembered it worked well, but maybe some of those notes in the margins, scribbled quickly. 

Some of us may have a mess of notes.  I know I did.  Well, I still do to be honest.  It is going to take a long time to get my BOS sorted out.  Recipes, spells, chants, rituals, poems, miscellaneous writings, material copied from the web, pictures – all for my own private use.  And I do use them.  I am, after all, a practicing witch.  

So, how can we organize this better?  Well, many of us have a great tool at our disposal yet we never think of using it - our computer or laptop or tablet or smartphone.  Well, how about an e-BOS (electronic Book of Shadows.)  Oh, you tried that years ago, and now you have CDs with info on them that you can’t read.   But the technology is much better and storage is easier to do and just as easy to back up and keep safe. 

So, let’s start with the mess.  I am sure, as I have material on both my computer and on paper, that you face the same issue.  How to sort this all out and make sense of it?  Let’s start with software, and work our way up the line. 

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Sitara Haye

Power of Polarity, Rose of Mystery
by Sitara Haye

Welcome to one of my SEX ARTICLES!  Congratulations — you will now be inundated with science porn!  Seriously, though… sex is central to Wicca and we’ll be discussing it regularly but hold off on lighting up that cigarette for just a moment.  Sex, as I’m referring to it, does not equal kink or titillating nuance.  While we might be one of the species on this earth that has sex for pleasure, never forget that the act of sex is geared for one function and one function alone — reproduction.  In the animal kingdom, this takes two (with few exceptions).  However, I’m getting a little ahead of myself…

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Elysia Gallo

Witches on the Air
by Elysia Gallo

If you're anything like me, you take notice when anything even slightly witchy turns up on TV. And if that's a Pagan family on Wife Swap or Tyra Banks' all-out assault on our witchy sisters, it really gets your attention!

Now if you happen to live in a box that's not hooked up to the Internet, chances are you have missed the flurry of blogs and web commentary galore about the "Lives of Witches" episode of The Tyra Banks Show that aired on January 29 (check out some of the blogs in the links section to get caught up!).

However, if you're like the rest of us, you've been reading them all and rolling your eyes. How dare Tyra say she needed to burn sage (our thing) because she got the "heebie jeebies" from her own guests? How dare she insinuate that it was offensive to her viewers to refer to Wicca as a religion? And what roles do Satanists and born-again Christians have to play on a program about Witchcraft? In the end, I guess it's just sad that anyone felt that she would even attempt to be unbiased; she showed clearly enough that she was petrified of offending her Christian audience.

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Bob Makransky

The Lunar Rhythm: The Power of Symbolism
by Bob Makransky

Spirits: All early calendars were lunar, and have now been replaced by a solar calendar.  This is highly symbolic. The fact is that the human race in its infancy was matriarchal – the female principle always precedes the male. When the human race invented agriculture and began to stabilize waking consciousness, it also passed its baton to the males.  Heretofore the males hadn’t done much of the work of keeping society glued together.  What little “thinking” was being done was being done by the women. The culture – in the sense of religion, science, technology, crafts, literature, etc. – was in the hands of the women, who handed it all over to the men at the time agriculture was invented.

 The calendar was originally invented by the women who made it lunar because it was precisely the ebb and flow of lunar rhythms that they were trying to track.  You only need a solar calendar when you’re doing agriculture because the work you do revolves around the seasons. And although hunting and gathering were also seasonal (depending on what game and plants were available in what season), this wasn’t so much a part of primitive peoples’ existence. They were vaguely aware of the yearly cycle, but didn’t think in those terms much because they had no need to plan much of anything.

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Elizabeth Barrette

Your Magical Library
by Elizabeth Barrette

Think of a Witch’s room, and one of the first things you see is a wall of books.  Witches rely on esoteric knowledge to accomplish their goals.  A magical library provides detailed correspondences, diagrams, ritual schematics and so forth.  Magic also lends itself well to focusing the energy of a library to help empower spells, and to protecting books from loss or damage.  Of course, a single article can’t cover all the different kinds of books that belong in a magical library, but these books will give you a good place to start.   

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Bringing Ritual into Your Everyday
by Lyon

Many people are drawn to the neoPagan paths because of the images of pop culture. TV shows like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Charmed’ have put a new face on magic and witches.

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Morgan Ravenwood

Paganism and Morality
by Morgan Ravenwood

In a previous article I wrote entitled “The Joys and Pitfalls of Pagan Parenting,” I repeated what my then-teenaged daughter, “Jane,” said to me in response to my attempts to keep her on the “straight and narrow”: “But, mom, it's not like you're a religious Christian or something!"  As I said in the article, I spent the rest of our conversation trying to explain why you don't have to be a Christian to be religious and to believe in---and practice---leading a decent life.  Fortunately, time and maturity has proven this to Jane, who now has three children of her own to teach it to.

In some of the online discussion boards I belong to, it has been mentioned repeatedly that many people believe that morality needs religion—and preferably the Christian religion--to exist, and vice versa.  Of course, both myself and others, including some Atheists, have hastened to explain that this is in no wise true, presenting our own personal points of view and experiences as proof. 

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Once Upon a Time
by Strahbary

Once upon a time there was a girl. She was a young pretty thing. However through no fault of her own she finds herself in a horrible situation. An evil woman has trapped her and she can’t get out. The poor girl was so disheartened that she just didn’t know what to do but to let the beautiful days of her youth just slip right through her fingers. That was until the day that the young and unbelievably handsome prince charming came riding up on his white horse to slay the evil woman and rescue the beautiful young damsel in distress so that they could go on and live happily ever after.

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Square Pegs in Round Holes
by Sunfell

Every group in society has them: those people who are on the periphery of a group, and who want to be part of it- sometimes desperately. Or, when they do manage to become part of a group, do not fit in, for whatever reason. I call them 'Not Ready Yets', because, for whatever reason, they are not ready to belong to a working magickal group. And some are not fit for doing magick at all.

In this day and age of growth and maturity in the Pagan paths, it is hard to imagine turning anyone away. Aren't our teachings for one and all? Shouldn't we lay our prejudices aside and welcome the misfit? Won't the study of magick make them well? The answer, quite frankly, is 'no'.

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Yasmine Galenorn

Surviving the Magical Rut
by Yasmine Galenorn

Have you ever reached a point in your magickal practice where everything seems mundane, including your rituals? There you are, sitting in a stagnant pool of water; the earth beneath your feet has gone fallow; the air is still and full of haze and those gorgeous leaping bonfire flames are just a bunch of burnt-out embers. Your wand is drooping, your athame has rust spots and the Gods seem to be having a high old time at your expense. What's a Witch to do?

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Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

To Be A Witch Is To Strive For Wholeness And That Includes Politics And Religion

The quest for wholeness is one of the greatest ideals held in common by a sizable portion of the pagan community. One of the measures of progress in this quest is often  phrased as "walking one's talk", in other words acting in accordance to belief.

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John Michael Greer


Druidry and the Future:
An Open Letter to the Druid Community
by John Michael Greer
Ancient Order of Druids in America  

As members of the Druid community in the first decade of the 21st century, we need to face up to the hard realities of a world in crisis. The soaring energy prices and destabilizing climate that claim space in today's headlines are only the leading edge of a wave of problems offering no easy solutions.

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A Tale of Two Necklaces
by Lupa

Sometimes the best rites of passage are the ones that aren’t planned. Some pagans assume that these rites are things that are stationed along our path at certain intervals, marked by formal ceremonies and celebrations, and ushering in new stages of life to much fanfare. Life has a way of initiating us all on its own, though, and the more we consciously evolve, the more opportunities it hands us.

In the summer of 1997, between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college, I visited Seattle, Washington for the very first time. I have family up there, and they took me in for a week to show me around the area. It was the first trip I’d ever been on by myself, and the first time I’d ever been to the Pacific Northwest. It was also a life-changing experience.

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