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Thursday, November 16th, 2006
4:44 am - Widows Sue Over Wicca Symbol

iduok2
I hope that I can post this here for it pertains to the subject of Wiccan or Pagan at hand.
~Alacrana Rosada~ Community Member

Widows Sue Over Wicca Symbol
Associated Press | November 14, 2006

MADISON, Wis. - The widows of two Wiccan combat veterans sued the government Monday, saying the military has dragged its feet on allowing the religion's symbols on headstones.

The Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of 38 authorized headstone images. The list includes commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, as well as those for smaller religions such as Sufism Reoriented, Eckiankar and the Japanese faith Seicho-No-Ie.

The Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, is not on the list, an omission the widows say is unconstitutional.

Wiccans worship the Earth and believe they must give to the community. Some consider themselves "white," or good, witches, pagans or neo-pagans. Approximately 1,800 active-duty service members identify themselves as Wiccans, according to 2005 Defense Department statistics.

The lawsuit was filed by four plaintiffs: Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Nevada National Guard Sgt. Patrick Stewart, was killed in combat in Afghanistan last year; Karen DePolito, whose husband, Jerome Birnbaum, is a Korean War veteran who died last year; Circle Sanctuary, a Wisconsin-based Wiccan church; and Isis Invicta Military Mission, a California-based Wiccan and pagan congregation serving military personnel.

It claims that the VA has made "excuse after excuse" for more than nine years for not approving the symbol and that by doing so, it has trampled on the plaintiffs' constitutional rights of freedom of speech, religion and due process.

Circle Sanctuary and Stewart began calling in 1997 for the VA to allow the symbol's use.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based group representing the plaintiffs in court, is seeking an order compelling the VA to make a decision.

"After asking the VA on a number of occasions to stop its unfair treatment of Wiccans in the military, we have no alternative but to seek justice in the courts," said the Rev. Barry Lynn, the group's executive director.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Madison and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington.

In memos and letters cited by the lawsuit, Lindee L. Lenox, director of memorial programs for the veterans agency, said the government was reviewing the process for evaluating and approving new emblems and would not accept new applications until the review was complete.

The VA issued a statement Monday that outlined the procedure under way to create uniform standards under which new symbols can be accepted, but did not comment on the lawsuit itself.

Stewart said she wants the lawsuit to send a message that the government can't pick and choose which faiths appear on headstones.

"I'm hoping it's going to open the door to allow other pagan faiths to be approved," Stewart said.

Attorneys for Americans United argued in legal papers that it makes no sense for Wiccans to be excluded, saying that the Army allows Wiccan Soldiers to list their faith on dog tags, that Wiccan organizations are allowed to hold services on military installations and that the Army Chaplains Handbook includes an explanation of the religion.

current mood: indescribable

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Thursday, August 31st, 2006
12:41 pm - Hey There

amethyst_isis
Hi,

I have kinda been lurking around this community for long enough and I figured it was about time I said Hi and told you all a bit about me.

I have been a practicing Witch for the past 14 years.  I started off working with a very nice, friendly coven in the town where I was brought up.  Unfortunately at the age of 17 I moved to another city to attend University (Not yet finished the course - Got rather ill but am going back in September) and had to leave my coven behind.  I worked with them long distance, making it home for the important rituals and generally once a month to continue my lessons.  Eventually I learned enough to pass my 3rd degree.  Now, I could have my own coven but I cannot find a group of people I feel comfortable working with so I practice as a solitaire. 

My pet peevs in the "Pagan" community are those who say they are "pagan" (be that wiccan, druid, norse etc) just for the sake of making a fashion statement.  There are many genuine people out there who really want to learn and I am more than happy to share with them.  Another pet peeve is those who maintain that you cannot be a Witch without a coven..  One,  I am a Witch, not a Wiccan (there is a bit of a difference) and 2, Says who?  Oh that's right Gerald Gardiner the guy who also said that only a witch can make a witch...  So if that's the case who made him???

The pantheon that I work with is the Ancient Egyptian Pantheon.  I like researching into the darker side of the craft (not necessarily evil stuff - just not mainstream wicca), I prefer lunar magic,  I perform a lot of Ceremonial Magic (because that was what I was taught in my coven and I feel comfortable with it).  I work mainly with crystals and Aromas but have recently rediscovered herbs and am making a fresh start with learning about those.  I read Tarot, Scry, Meditate and am kinda in th process of learning the Runes...

Hope I haven't scared anyone off...  LOL,  I really do have a lot to offer anyone who would like to learn.

current mood: chipper

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Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
11:16 am

xminxix
Hello all. 
I'm new here and have strong interest in Wicca. I'm from a Christian background and my family would probably have a heart attack if they knew I was interested in Wicca. 
Which is why I'm not letting them know, as deceitful as that sounds. I've been reading the "Sweep" series and it feeds me ample amount of information on Wicca, which is even more intriguing. 
I know I might sound foolish or childish with this excitement of having an interest in Wicca, please excuse it ^_-. 
Sometimes, I do feel like I have some characteristics that show that being a student in a coven would ease my tension and confusion, but it may be my mind fooling me. 
I hope I'll be able to make many new friends here. 

~Minxi~


current mood: calm

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Sunday, July 17th, 2005
3:44 pm

8ofspades
Does anyone know a short and easy protection (while traveling by plane in this case) spells

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
8:50 pm

8ofspades
I am going to be in Salt Lake all next week so i am posting this early...Enjoy.


Which Witch is Which
A Concise Guide to Wiccan and Neo-Pagan Paths and Traditions

By: Patricia Telesco

Type: All Denominations & For anyone looking to find the right coven or doesn’t know what denomination they are.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Reason: I chose this book because A) It is the latest thing I found at the Library and B) It had the clear views of the separate denominations (which is rare)by people who actually follow those paths.

The Review

This book is excellent for finding different denominations (Different Paths of Wicca) though it left me questioning more about them then when I started. For anyone seeking a Coven this book is a great resource guide to get started in finding exactly when kind of coven would be the best for your particular set of belief's. For those just trying to figure out what it is they believe in the first place, this is also an excellent start. Anyone who already knows there path and have no, what I call "holes", in there faiths probably would be disappointed with this book. Research into other paths of Wiccan faith should be found in other books beside this one, but it gives a quick explanation and basis enough to help someone start out. Each piece about a separate path is written by someone who follows that path and knows it very well, so there is no bias against other paths. Also other resources such as other books on each path and websites to check out are at the end of each piece on a path so you have another step toward learning more about it. Recommended for beginners.

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---Temple of Ara (Ara Tradition)
---Traditional British Druidry (TBD)
---Traditional Tantric Tradition
---Witchcraft (in gerneral)

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Monday, July 11th, 2005
7:32 pm

8ofspades
A brief explanation of how my book reviews will work. I will say title and author, which are self-explanatory. "Type" will tell what level of information is in it (basic, all spells, need to be well studied to understand, etc.) and it will also say what it falls under denominationally (Gardnerian, Celtic, Traditional, Neo-Pagan, Herbalist, Etc.) The number underneath "Type" is how much I recommend the book (1 being the worst book ever and 5 being the best book ever) I will normally give a brief reason of why I chose that particular book instead of something else, then a brief review. If you want to know more about the book I will include under a cut a VERY extensive piece about the book and what is in the chapters individually.
Now please keep in mind that these are my opinions and yours may be totally different. I mean only to help you all find some new material. Blessed Be!
This all being said, here you go:


The Learned Arts Of Witches and Wizards
History and Traditions of White Magic

By: Anton & Mina Adams

Type: All Levels & Non-Denominational

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

Reason: I chose this book to go first because I reference it the most often of all of my books and I never see it on reading lists for those studying the Wiccan faith.

The Review

This is one of the best books I have come across over many years of studying. I recommend this book not only for beginners but those who have studied for several years because It goes into detail on things that most books don’t explain enough to understand completely and without the bias of the writers beliefs. This is one of the greatest resources for any path. There are few spells in it and most are sample spells at that, but this book actually explains all that goes into spells including different kinds of spells and magick (Candle magick, Cord magick, the difference between a spell and a chant, and more.) I think that everyone should at least look into checking this book out of their local library if they carry it.

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
8:48 pm

8ofspades
I was thinking about posting some book reviews on Wiccan books. Would anyone be interested? Or should i just keep it to myself?

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Monday, June 20th, 2005
8:44 pm

8ofspades

HAPPY LITHA EVERYONE!!!!!

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Saturday, June 11th, 2005
9:39 pm

8ofspades
I have always wanted to astral project, and i have been trying for what seems like ages. As soon as i get to the point of leaving my body i have a wierd spasm and if i dont get sucked completely back into my body i keep shaking, It is really awefull. Any suggestons?

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Monday, May 30th, 2005
9:27 am - Memorial Day

shyanncherub
Hope everyone is safe and happy!!!

Peace and Light to all

current mood: calm

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
8:45 pm

8ofspades
I have been having a really hard time sleeping lately. I am plenty tired, but I have a strange fear in the back of my mind that the fae will take me if I sleep, which is odd because i have a great relationship with them. Any advise?

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Friday, May 20th, 2005
8:02 pm - I need a new spell

8ofspades
I am thinking about doing a memory spell. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I have also had a hard time sleeping lately any help?

much love, dust

In love and light

Rose

MMMPMMA

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Monday, April 18th, 2005
8:20 pm - GRRRRRRRRRRR

shyanncherub
Anyone got any ideas for how not to be so pissed off? LOL I am seriously just so tired of peoples shit and lies. Anyone with me?? LOL

On a more serious note, tomorrow I am going to the library to check out some good "guide" books. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

current mood: annoyed

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Sunday, April 17th, 2005
3:10 pm - Newbie Here

shyanncherub
Hello and peace to all! Like some others that I have read about here I am coming back to my true beliefs but it has been a long time and even before I had not learned much. I would love to meet others with the same interest as I am fairly new to the area I live in as well. Right now I would be happy just being able to chat with others who truly understand my thoughts.

Please feel free to add me to your buddy lists!

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
2:39 pm - hi

torylynn
I'm new to the community and kind of a returner to WitchCraft. I have recently returned, with the good graces of my husband, from a ten year hiatus when regarding magick, so I'm kind of a re-newbie in most of the aspects of the Craft. My current guides (the books I carry with me nearly everywhere in my house) are To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver Ravenwolf, and Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practioner by Scott Cunningham. I am very interested in getting back into this, and my husband is being very supportive, buying me spell books and almanacs and (eventually) supplies that I need for an altar. Which kind of brings me to a few questions:

1. What is essential for an altar?
2. What other books do you recommend for study of the craft? I'm actually very interested in the Strega Tradition and the Celtic Tradition.
3. My husband is Christian. How do I explain this to him (and possibly help him towards participation, if he wants) without damaging his Christian perspectives.

More stuff about me... I'm an English teacher in California. I am taking up a year and a day of study to decide if this is right for me (which I am relatively sure that it is), and hopefully I will get tenure during that time, so that I won't have to deal with the anti-pagan tendencies of the Conservative element of my school. I will probably be dealing with this all year, so any support that I get through this (and other) communities, will hopefully be quite helpful and fullfilling.

Thank you all for your help, well in advance.

Blessed Be,

Vixen

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003
9:17 am

ravenchaos
Blessed Be!

I'm new to the community and i'd thought i'd just post something random. I'm a wiccan and i've bee practiseing for 7 years now, i work with herbs and crystals alot as well as doing candle magick.

i rea alot of books by Scott Cunningham and Silver RavenWolf, i think their the best authors around

current mood: loved

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2002
3:14 pm - I just had to do it

shantirose
I just can't help myself ...

I have the LJ Meet-up gang to do a Pagans and Witches Meet-UP!!! YEAH

The Wiches one is catching on fast... Lets hope the Pagan one does too!!

Click on one of the following or both to sign up!!!



Pagan
pagan.meetup.com


Or this one



Witches
witches.meetup.com


current mood: amused

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Monday, May 27th, 2002
9:47 am - a poem by me

fairylust
Window Gaze
as i sit by the window i gaze outside.
stare at a tree, i do.
i gaze into it's branches. study it's leaves.
i wonder if it is a she or he.
dose it care to be?
mabey it is a she.
after all we do say MOTHER nature.
then my eyes move around.
the search for something new.
i look up high, way up in the sky.
i stare at the clouds.
i watch them move by, in their funny little shapes.
i see a bird and follow it to the ground.
it pecks at a crumb and i smile.
it hops around in search of more.
then it gets up and flys away.
i see a man and his dog walk by.
the dog shakes his tail.
i search for something new.
my eyes find my stew.

Alli Hickey

Copyright ©2002 Alli Hickey

current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, May 26th, 2002
7:40 am - hello

fairylust
i am new and thought i would just say hello. i like poetry and write myself. currently i am feeling a bit on the lonely side but will probably be better later.

current mood: lonely

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Thursday, April 4th, 2002
12:49 pm

kookyfaery

I Am
Fachea
Celtic Goddess of Poetry.
I'm a freaky writer type that doesn't like to leave the house. I'm probably a lot smarter than you.
What Celtic Goddess are You?
Quiz by Aoibhell

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