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Subject:The Natural Witch: Familiars
Time:07:02 pm
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To me it was always natural to be able to communicate with the things around me. I grew up in the woods with a herd of horses as my guide. Through observation I understood very well what the horses were telling each other and saw the "thought pictures" they projected in their minds. So my training in magick begins here... as a horse whisperer.

Unrealized by me at the time, there has always been a familiar in my life. A friend, guardian, who found me. They have been pony, horse, cat, and the latest a dog. I also believe they are the same lifeforce in all those different forms. I don't know if it is a trait of the creature, but they all seem to have an irrasible personality with a higher intellegence. Another notable fact is they always came in a form that would fit in with my life at the time... so when my horse friend died suddenly, unknown to me at the time, there was change on the wind when he came back to me in cat form! The apartment I ended up moving to had only room for a cat.

These creatures, while I was in my ignorance, were my guardian angels on many occations. And now that I have discovered that I am a witch and have been studying, my familiar, now in dog form, is content with her work on the path that I now follow. Our minds are so in-tuned in fact, that I have to be careful or she will pick up and act on unbridled feelings such as annoyance or anger. During times of fear or sadness in our family she acts as the tender clown trying to cheer us up and make us laugh... She guards and teaches my children to be civalized and yet she can be savage to unwelcome visitors. She has saved my life several times and rescued visiting children once who got stranded on our lake by towing the boat ashore!

Familiars are the most amazing creatures and blessed are those who attract one to their lives. They can direct your household in wisdom and make your magickal projects fly. From what I had learned, growing up in a herd of horses, through this present day, these creatures are not "pets" and demand to be treated with respect and equality as a partner or they will not stay around.
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Subject:The Concept Of Deity
Time:06:58 pm
Current Mood:thoughtfulthoughtful
From: http://www.wicca.com/
e-mail : Copyright © 1997-99 The Celtic Connection, wicca.com. All rights reserved.
Category: Using the Craft
Date: 10 Dec 1999
Time: 07:44:34


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As mentioned in earlier documents, Wiccans, Pagans and Witches see the divine as being manifest at all levels of humanities limited ability to comprehend the universe world around us. The fact that some may call upon or associate with the divine by different names does not necessarily mean that we see a complete seperation of deities.

We accept that different aspects of the divine combine to make the whole. In this view, we recognize and attune ourselves with nature and the creative force in a way the individual or group is most comfortable with. The following is an explanation of this concept which most agree upon.

The Supreme Creative Force: The One is the all encompassing unity of all things which exist. This includes that which is manifest to our limited awareness and understanding as well as that which is not. The One is infinite to a point that the human mind simply cannot comprehend its vastness.

Polarities of The One: The Goddess and God are seen as a manifestation of the feminine and masculine forces of nature. Each having unique characteristics that when combined result in the harmonious creation of life.

We see examples of this in everything around us as nothing can exist without the interaction of feminine and masculine energy. This creative energy is omnipresent. They are concepts that allow the human mind to comprehed the creative force of the world around us.

Giving name to the divine or feminine and masculine energies is in many ways irrevalent and certainly cannot justify the wars and bloodshed history has seen because of it. They are simply names humanity, a culture or specific belief system has created over time for association purposes.

It really matters little whether we associate with the divine as the "Father, Son and Holy Ghost" or "The One, Goddess and God." Ultimately, the concept is the same.

Gentle Breezes!

Herne

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Subject:Sheep people and our responsibility toward them.
Time:06:56 pm
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First I'd like to apologise if you are offended by the title "sheep people" There is no offence intended there... it is just a term that developed through observations that some people will never develope beyond the herd mind. They congregate in bars and churches and any other traditional place because it is safe and comfortable. They walk around in fear at the stores... without looking at you they move precariously out of your way. They won't look you in the eyes. They are the mindless masses that fill up the space in time that is theres.

To many I am "medicine woman" healing by wisdom and knowing when to say the right things... but we are not gods and sometimes the words are lost to the less understanding. Many times you change a life though. And the rewards are great.

Many are vampires in sheeps clothing... sucking off your empathy and clinging with one crisis after another. These people are not worth the energy taken from you.

But as for the innocent ones... the sheep people who know no better and live there lives as best they can. we have a responsibility not to harm or use them.

for more in depth understanding read the "circle of carma" story posted here... it is a living true example of how using your powers irresponsibly can hurt for a long time.
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Subject:Satanism and our beliefs
Time:06:52 pm
Current Mood:crazycrazy
From: Witch’s viewpoint composed by Phoenix SpringWater, July 19, 1999
e-mail : quoted from the Spokane Pagan Alliance at http://www.mtlion.com/spa/
Category: Magickal Theory
Date: 03 Sep 1999
Time: 23:53:17


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Satan is an entirely Christian concept. Wiccans do not believe in a "Devil" or "Satan" or "Hell". In fact, we embrace the idea of reincarnation. Wiccans also abhor manipulation and exploitation. While we don’t believe in the personification of evil, many of us believe that true evil is destruction without creation or creation without destruction. As we follow the Wiccan Rede, we don’t sacrifice living creatures in our rituals. The Christian church’s physical description of Satan is very similar to some aspects of our God, such as the Herne the Hunter, or Pan. The Church deliberately perverted this image of our gentle Horned God in their efforts to wipe out paganism.

For the complete article go to http://www.mtlion.com/spa/wiccafaq.htm
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Subject:Religious Ritual and it's place in tradition and magick
Time:06:50 pm
Current Mood:ecstaticecstatic
Let me bring to you the argument that the gods were created and formed by the ancients themselves as a way to store up through their collective beliefs the vast amounts of power needed to work "miracles" and possibly even to create an entity/deity to look out for future generations and help care for and teach them what they need to know. The gods are thus very real in every way because of the belief and worship that has been bestowed to them for centuries.

"I believe, therefore I am" (or as in other various choices like, "it is" etc...) This is a powerful statement, and a central part of the basic workings of magick theory. Let me bring to your attention the basic ability of the magick worker, even to the outer circle, to conjure an entity of power to do their bidding. It is done through concentration and forming the elementals and it is through belief that the entity lives and grows strong enough to work.

Keeping that in mind, let me touch on some of my experience within a Christian society that has brought me to some of these conclusions. (I am not bashing the Christians either, just using an example I am familiar with) I was once a music minister/evangelist for the Christian churches.

I was in the "inner circle" of my church and found that the "training" that they go through is not much different than that of pagans with the exception of their consistent group mind which was to protect them from their "satan's" influence and the impurity of "sin". The thing called "laying on of hands" really works as several believers would work the miracle while in a physical circle. I witnessed healing of both mind and body. They also promote the practice of wish magick through the use of prayers and many other ritual similarities to paganistic religion.

I believe that it is because of their strong belief that their God exists and their opposing lesser god satan also exists. The basis of their ritual and bible stories are strongly rooted in the old religion and without realizing it (like babies with a gun) they do wield strong magickal powers that affect themselves and others.

Does a pagan/witch have to be religious to work magick? I say no, the power is everywhere waiting to be exploited by whomever wants to and can figure out how to use it. But let me spark the imagination in asking, why not tap into the great stores of power that have become the higher powers? If you can increase your magickal ability buy plugging in a bigger socket that runs to the collective power grid then should we not take advantage of that? As long as we are keep in the front of our minds to value ourselves as individuals and think for ourselves.
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Subject:An ocean of power!
Time:06:46 pm
Current Mood:bouncybouncy
We live in a magickal ocean of power that is neither evil or good and it manifests itself as you do as you will.
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Subject:A Christian Speaks of Wicca and Witchcraft
Time:11:42 am
Current Mood:sympatheticsympathetic
From: by James Clement Taylor
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Category: Heritage Stories
Date: 10 Dec 1999
Time: 10:28:04


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I am a Christian and not a Wiccan. A Christian is one who has been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who has made a personal, free-will decision to commit himself and all his or her life to our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both of these things are true of me. I am a member of St. Mary's Eastern Orthodox Church, Calhan, Colorado. In this paper, I am not speaking as agent for any church, but I am, entirely on my own responsibility, speaking the truth in love, as we Christians are supposed to do.

A Situation of Strife and Shame:

There are many Christians today who believe that anyone who is not a Christian is doomed to an eternity of suffering in hell. Any decent person, believing this, would be compelled to try to save as many people from this fate as possible. But is this belief correct? Jesus Christ, having noted the faith and righteousness of a Roman centurion, a Pagan, proclaimed:

"Assuredly I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:10-12)

If we accept these words as true, and surely we should, then it is clear that heaven will contain many who are not Christians, and hell will contain many who are! Clearly, throughout the Gospels, Jesus Christ sets forth the criteria for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, and those criteria include love, kindness, forgiveness, and a refusal to judge others:

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15)

"For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (Matthew 7:2)

"But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy and not sacrifice.'" (Matthew 9:13)

"Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." (Luke 6:36-38)

Is it not clear? Anyone who fails in these things, will calling himself a Christian save him? Anyone who obeys God in these things, will being unbaptized condemn him? Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

Yet it is not by good works that we earn our way into heaven, because there is no way we can earn the free gift of God's mercy and grace, which alone can save us. But it is clear that it is not by faith, in the sense of sharing the Christian faith, that we are saved, either. The faith which saves us is not faith in the goodness of our works, nor faith that we have the right theology and/or belong to the right church. Rather, it is faith in God, and in His mercy:

"So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy." (Romans 9:16)

But the Wiccans, you will say, do not have faith in God. Yet by their own theology, they certainly do. Those who call them Satan-worshippers are entirely wrong. They do not worship Satan, or even believe that Satan exists. Instead, they worship a Goddess and a God whom they understand as manifestations of a higher and unknown Deity.

Now if you are a Christian, this will sound familiar to you, and it should. In the Bible we find the following:

"Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, `Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, The One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you" (Acts 17:22-23)

The Wiccans worship the Unknown God, as manifested to them in the form of a Goddess and a God. Therefore, our Bible tells us they worship the same God we do; and if they do not know this, we should know it!

For those of us who are unable to simply stand on God's Word, and must prove to themselves the truth of what it proclaims the holy Apostle John has given us the method for doing this. You have only to attend any public Wiccan ceremony, and test the spirits which are there, to see "whether they are of God" (1 John 4:1). You will find that, while the power manifested there may be less than what you have experienced as a Christian, that power is clearly the power of God.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, these people of Wicca have been terribly slandered by us. They have lost jobs, and homes, and places of business because we have assured others that they worship Satan, which they do not. We have persecuted them, and God will hold us accountable for this, you may be sure, for He has said, "Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:40)

Let us, from this point onward, repent of our misdeeds and declare that henceforth we shall obey Christ our God, and not judge others or condemn them, so that He will not have to judge and condemn us for our sins.
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Subject:Necromanicon
Time:11:33 am
Current Mood:confusedconfused
From: Kultainen Muratti
e-mail : m_kultainen@yahoo.com
Category: Books to Read
Date: 10 Apr 2000
Time: 07:34:45


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I am a mortal female who relly needs to talk about the "Necromanicon" with some pagan who knows what he/she is talking about,this book arrived to me not so long ago and is too fascinating ,I have many questions ... Any comment about this book will be very welcome.

All the best : Kultainen Muratti.
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Subject:Evil Pamphlets
Time:11:29 am
Current Mood:pissed offpissed off
From: KnightOwel
e-mail : crayon_eater@mytalk.com
Category: Magickal Theory
Date: 29 Mar 2000
Time: 10:19:18


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My name is KnightOwel (I am Ladyhawlke's son). I am 15 years old, and I have been practicing Wicca for about four years. Previously, I was raised and baptized in the Catholic church by my father, but I never really believed in it. So anyways, I was in a bookstore one day looking through some books (by people like Silver Ravenwolf and such) when I came across a pamphlet that was left there by someone to "save" all of us witches. It was titled "Satanism in Today's Youth" and featured telltale signs of "evil" in "your child".

I had to laugh when I saw the list on the back of "evil" things. On it were Gaia, Mother Earth, Success Imagery, Mind Control, Biofeedback, Imagery Conditioning, Confluent Education, Spirit Guide, Relaxation Rainbow, Advisors, White Light, Psychic Healing, Transcendental Meditation, Quieting Reflex, Stress Management (heaven forbid!), Zen Imaging, Focused Imagination (yeah, you know all those horrible artists out there), Holistic Health, Inner Guide (the voices! it was the voices!), Psychic Workshop, Magic Circles (spelled that way), Alpha State, Psychokinesis, Yoga (hahaha), Crystal Power, Creative Visualization (in my opinion, some jealous and uncreative guy wrote that), Guided Meditation, Hypnosis, Consciousness (What? Okay, that's very wrong in my opinion, how can you do anything without being conscious?), Imagery Guides, Master, Psychic Helpers, Psychic Light, Astral Plane, Out-Of-Body Experiences (this one's funny because I have heard of a number of Christians who have had out of body experiences.)

Anyway, that's the list, and I thought some of it was kind of amusing, but the point is, this was placed by the Concerned Women for America (that's there real name!) and it sort of offended me. I know that I should just blow it off, but this kind of thing is REALLY bugging me.

I am not gonna do anything, but I was just wondering what other people out there think about this. Oh, the heading said "New Age teaching is poisoning our children's minds in a variety of disguises. Be on the alert if one or more of the following terms turns up in school-generated materials of your child's conversation."

So, someone give me your opinion on this. Thanks.
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Subject:The hand of Karma...
Time:11:25 am
Current Mood:aggravatedaggravated
Category: Magickal Theory
Date: 21 Feb 2001
Time: 09:06:13


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Just a thought... People keep asking me this question... "How do we know that the revenge we enact on people that have hurt us or others we care about, is not the hand of karma that they are destined to experience?"

You may feel justified in your actions toward those that hurt you... and of course they deserve everything they get... right? But do you know how to judge them fairly and absolutly unemotionally? Do you see all sides of the picture? all sides of their hearts and souls...

Are you prepared to recieve three times back the negative energy you wish to hurt them with?

I have witnessed Karma in action so many times and I can tell you they get what they deserve in so many ways worse than you could even imagine.
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