23
Mar

What if…20 million illegal aliens just went home?

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Reprinted from an article by Tina Griego for the Denver Rocky Mountain News:

I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News wrote a column titled, “Mexican Visitor’s Lament”-
I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, “illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens to your country’s economy if 20 million people go away?”

Hummm, I thought, what would happen, so I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below.

It’s a good question it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America ? The answers I found may surprise you!

In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico , it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.

In Colorado , 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandchildren would move back ‘home’, mostly to Mexico . That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.
Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.

Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in Colorado . Denver ‘s 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.

In Florida , 1.5 million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America , the rule of law, and English.

In Chicago , Illinois , 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.

If 20 million illegal aliens returned ‘home’, the U.S. Economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

No more push ‘1’ for Spanish or ‘2’ for English. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our country.

In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ‘ 18th Street Gang’ would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!
America ‘s economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn’t return to the aliens’ home countries by cash transfers.Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America ‘s economy which currently suffers a $14 trillion debt.  $14 TRILLION.

At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act.

Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals un-screened at our borders.

Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put the ‘progressives’ on the horns of a dilemma; illegal aliens and their families cause 11% of our greenhouse gases.

Over one million of Mexico’s poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California in what the New York Times called,‘colonias’ or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.

The New York Times reported them to be America ‘s new ‘ Third World ‘ inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I’ve seen them personally in Texas and Arizona ; it’s sickening beyond anything you can imagine.)

By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to Mexico . We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico . We already invite a million people into our country legally more than all other countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation. It’s time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life.

Interesting Statistics!

Here are 14 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:

1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens.(that’s Billion with a ‘B’)

2. $2.2 billion dollars are spent each year on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

3. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

4. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!

5. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

6. $3 Million Dollars ‘PER DAY’ is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That’s $1.2 Billion a year.

7. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. –

9. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

11. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries. Over 10,000 of those were middle-eastern terrorists.  Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine, crack, Guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S.from the southern border.

12. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends.

14. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States !

Total cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!

20
Mar

Full Hare Moon Musings

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Query: Is it strange to see a man driving around in a pickup truck with a mounted head of a buck deer sitting in the passenger side?

Answer: Probably not if it’s a full moon and you live in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Yee-Haw.

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Excerpted below is a recent blog entry of a former student, who I will denote as M. No, I won’t provide a trackback.

   


What is it that I want to become? The time of riding life to wherever it takes me is done.  It’s time for me to forge my path. I like that:  Forge.  With the unquenchable fire of passion and determination.  I don’t know fully what I want to be yet. Except this.

POWERFUL

I don’t mean the world domination, powerful (although that could be nice).  I mean a release of my innate power.  Being one that commands respect wherever I go (not to be mistaken with worshipped, although that is also not always bad, if only occasion)  If you could only see my smirk.

What is Power? True Power, the power that cannot be given or taken but simply is. Power that is a part of the soul. How is it gained, or earned, or proven?

Magick (mastery of) is Power

Strength is Power

Wisdom is Power

Compassion is Power

Authority is Power

Sexuality is Power

The Healing arts are Power

There is my starting point. Along with going a little wild and letting myself release my inner dragon. Seeing what she has in store for me. She’s in there. Waiting to come out.  I’m anxious to meet her.

 

My initial impression of M’s first blog entry in over a year was that either she was back on the Courtney drug (see my article “Fakers (not) Fakirs Among Us” or she was once more off her anti-psychotic meds. As you can see, the tone of the piece is definitely manic if not maniacal. In addition, the grammatical errors (M is an English major graduate) indicate an agitated state during her writing process. Of course, one could argue that the disjointed grammar was a byproduct of M’s intense fervor during her channeling experience. That’s what the sham not a shaman Courtney told her. If only M could see me smirk.

Despite the nonsense pumped into her fluffy brain by the blessed wannabe, Courtney, M is a seeker—nothing more and nothing less which is not a bad thing. We should all be seekers of truth and our own power. As M says, she doesn’t know what she wants to be—but she wants to be powerful.

Therein lies her true impotence.

While I agree with M’s list of some sources of power, however, like lightning following an ion trail, power needs a path, which is what she lacks. M is flailing about with no clear idea of how to obtain the power she craves. From experience with her, I can tell you that M is what I call a philosophical dilettante.

First, she’ll run down one religious or philosophical path picking up a few ideas. She usually takes these ideas out of context ignoring the parts of the teachings she doesn’t agree with, or due to her attention deficit, she simply doesn’t concentrate long enough on the lessons to absorb fully the material. Eventually M tires of her new fad and moves onto some other teachings until such time that she moves on again, and again, and again.

Clearly, M wants, but doesn’t know what she wants—like so many of us. But this flitting from one teaching or tradition or system of magick to another and another and another is about as likely to yield the results she wants as chasing butterflies without a net—which might also be an appropriate metaphor for her mental state. M should have added one more line to her what-is-power list: focus is power.

For she failed, in her brief and manic tenure with the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven and School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick, to remember the basic ingredients for successful magick:

  • Desire to change something in the mundane (she clearly has this)
  • A plan / belief / strength of will of how to accomplish her goals (she hasn’t a clue)
  • Visualization of the successful outcome of her magick (her mind is too erratic and unfocused and to visualize.

M needs to focus. She needs to pick a path and follow it to its end. While the greater part of the journey is the journey itself, the wise man who said that did not mean for the seeker to run around in circles. In addition, from what I know of dragons, they are no-nonsense type of creatures not given to being pleased at having their time wasted by philosophical meanderings of fluffy bunnies. Perhaps this little rabbit hopped out of her hole just in time for Ostara.

I wish M well on her life-path search. Ultimately it’s a path we all must walk alone to find our own truth at the center of all creation. With that in mind I still find M’s final comment about dragons to be way too Helen Reddy-ish (ala “I am woman hear me roar”) to be taken seriously because I know that all too soon this fluffy cottontail will be hopping down some other bunny trail.

 

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Once again it’s time for the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Those of you who have joined our coven for these yearly trips to the realm known as Fairburn, GA. for this yearly fest of fun, frolicking, fighting, and feudalism–and that’s just in the carriage ride up to the fairgrounds–know that this is a coven event not to be missed.

The fair runs on the weekends from April 16/17 through June 4/5. Advance ticket purchases (that means tickets bought by April 17) are $16.95/person or  $6.95 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children 5 and under are free (we plan to give away several ourselves.) That’s a savings of either $3 or $2 per ticket respectively. 

Another bargain is If we attend the opening weekend (April 16/17). On that weekend tickets are two for one. You’ll pay the full price of $19.95/ticket and receive one free adult admission or buy one child admission and receive another child admission ticket for free.

Given our past experiences I believe the best deal is the two-for-one opening weekend deal. Our coven went last year on opening weekend and had a great time.

If you’re interested in attending the Renaissance Faire, please get in touch with a coven member through our website by using our contact page at http://circleofthedarkmoon.org/contactus.asp or contact the site administrator via our wytcheboard forums. You should check the forums anyway and vote in the poll there for your choice of weekend and weekend day to attend the Renaissance Faire.

Even if you’re not a member of the Circle of the Dark Moon, but would still like to attend, contact us anyway–you’re more than welcome to join us and what better way to get to know our coven than to spend a day with some of our members.   

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2
Mar

A Thing of Beauty Becomes Even More Beautiful

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My revised stored Proc that I wrote for a local web client located in Warner Robins, Georgia.

 

– ——————————————————————————–

– Routine DDL

– ——————————————————————————–

DELIMITER $$

 

CREATE DEFINER=`root`@`localhost` PROCEDURE `sp_getPix`(catg int, subCatg int, Indx int)

BEGIN

 

drop table if exists dbbandp.tmpGraphx;

 

create temporary table dbbandp.tmpGraphx

(

`Idx` int(11) NOT NULL default ‘1’,

`ID` int(11) NOT NULL default ‘1’,

`catg` varchar(80) NOT NULL,

`sub_catg` varchar(80) NOT NULL,

`JPG_file` varchar(80) default NULL,

`thumbnail_pix` varchar(255) default NULL,

`fullsize_pix` varchar(255) default NULL,

`caption` varchar(80) default NULL,

`desc` varchar(80) default NULL,

`nextPic` int(11) default ‘1’,

`prevPic` int(11)

 

);

 

if Indx = 0 then

 

insert into dbbandp.tmpGraphx

select

(g.seq) as ‘Idx’,

(g.catg + g.sub_catg) as ‘ID’,

(c.catg_desc) as ‘catg’,

(sc.descr) as ‘sub_catg’,

(g.name) as ‘JPG_file’,

(concat(g.path_thumbnail, g.name)) as ‘thumbnail_pix’,

(concat(g.path_big_pix ,g.name)) as ‘fullsize_pix’,

g.caption,

g.desc,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx + 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘NextPic’,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx – 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘PrevPic’

 

from graphx as g

 

join categories c on (g.catg = c.catg)

join subcatg sc on ((g.catg = sc.scatg) and (g.sub_catg = sc.sub_catg))

 

where ((catg = g.catg) and (subCatg = g.sub_catg))

order by g.name;

 

else

 

insert into dbbandp.tmpGraphx

select

(g.seq) as ‘Idx’,

(g.catg + g.sub_catg) as ‘ID’,

(c.catg_desc) as ‘catg’,

(sc.descr) as ‘sub_catg’,

(g.name) as ‘JPG_file’,

(concat(g.path_thumbnail, g.name)) as ‘thumbnail_pix’,

(concat(g.path_big_pix ,g.name)) as ‘fullsize_pix’,

g.caption,

g.desc,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx + 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘NextPic’,

 

(select seq from graphx where ((seq = (Idx – 1)) and (graphx.catg = catg) and (graphx.sub_catg = subCatg))) as ‘PrevPic’

 

from graphx as g

 

join categories c on (g.catg = c.catg)

join subcatg sc on ((g.catg = sc.scatg) and (g.sub_catg = sc.sub_catg))

 

where ((catg = g.catg) and (subCatg = g.sub_catg) and g.seq = Indx)

order by g.name;

 

 

end if;

 

set @minSeq = (select min(idx) from dbbandp.tmpGraphx);

set @maxSeq = (select max(idx) from dbbandp.tmpGraphx);

 

update dbbandp.tmpGraphx as t

set t.prevPic = @maxSeq

where t.prevPic is null;

 

update dbbandp.tmpGraphx as t

set t.nextPic = @minSeq

where t.nextPic is null;

 

select t.idx, t.ID, t.catg, t.sub_catg, t.JPG_file, t.thumbnail_pix, t.fullsize_pix, t.caption, t.desc,

(select concat(g.path_big_pix, g.name) from graphx as g where nextPic = seq) as nextPic,

(select concat(g.path_big_pix, g.name) from graphx as g where prevPic = seq) as prevPic

from tmpGraphx as t;

END

11
Feb

Black Dog (Hecate’s Hound)

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Lesson 7

Imbolc/Imbolg/Oilmec/Candlemas

 

Imbolc (February 1)

 

Correspondences

 

Colors: White, orange, red

Decorations: Lamps, besom, yellow flowers

Foods: All dairy products, curries, onions, chives, garlic, spiced wine, seeds, herb teas

Incense: Rosemary, cinnamon, wisteria, frankincense, myrrh

Herbs: Snowdrop, bay, heather, any first flowers of the year, violets, daffodils

 

Pronounced “IM-bulk” or “EM-bowlk” and derived from the Gaelic word “oimelc” which means “ewes milk”.  Also may derive from a word meaning “In The Belly,” which is a reference to the womb of Mother Earth.

 

Also called Oimealg (“IM-mol’g), Candlemas, Imbolg, Brigit’s Day, St. Lucy’s Day, Feast of Brighid, Oimealg, Imbolgc Brigantia, Imbolic, Disting (Teutonic, Feb 14th), Lupercus, Candlelaria, The Festival of Lights, or the Feast of the Virgin.

 

This sabbat marks the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God. The length-ning periods of light awaken Her. The God is a young, lusty boy, but His power is felt in the longer days. It is a fire Sabbat, meaning there should be a fire burning.

 

This cross quarter holiday and Greater Sabbat is celebrated by most Pagan traditions on February 2, although some groups celebrate on February Eve. It marks the center point of the dark half of the year and is the festival of the Maiden because from this day to March 21st, it is her season and a time for the earth to prepare for growth and renewal. From Samhain to Feast Of Brid (pronounced BREED) the Celts observed a time called “the period of the little sun”.

 

Although our Mother Earth rests at this time and her stirrings are still hidden from us there is life nonetheless. At Imbolc the long winter is almost behind us. The coldest times have been experienced and survived and now the days are becoming longer. The earth is coming alive and once again, it is time to begin anew. This is the time for banishing winter and preparing for the coming spring. On this day we celebrate the return of light, new beginnings, fertility of the land which is shown to us in things such as the swelling of buds on bare branches and in many places the first Crocus and snow drops flower, springing forth brightly from the frozen earth.. We also celebrate agricultural fertility as evidenced by the livestock birthing new babes, the engorgement of udders and the planning and preparation for the coming planting times. For this reason many people chose this day to bless seeds and consecrate agricultural tools.

 

It is also felt by many traditions that the eve of Imbolc is the best time of the year to perform divinations specifically pertaining to the future welfare and prosperity of your family. While New Year’s resolutions are often about letting go of habits or things that you no longer want, Imbolc is the time for taking the first active steps toward what it is you want to draw into your life-a time of new beginnings.

 

Assignment: Pick the correct answer to the questions.

 

1. What Goddess is associated with Imbolc?

    A. Cerridwyn

    B. Gaia

    C. Belenus

    D. Bridget

 

2. Imbolc is…?

    A. A Major Sabbat

    B. A Minor Sabbat

 

3. Another name of Imbolc is

    A. Lammas

    B. Spring Equinox

    C. Candlemas

    D. Ostara

 

4. Imbolc is a

    A. Death Sabbat

    B. Fire Sabbat

    C. Harvest Sabbat

    D. Fertility Sabbat

 

5. At Imbolc the days are…

    A. Fading

    B. Growing shorter

    C. Growing Longer

    D. Equal

    E. all of the above.


 

The Wheel
of the
Year

 

Samhain–October 31

Yule–December 19-22

Imbolc–February 1 or 2

Ostara–March 19-22

Beltaine–May 1

Midsummer–June 19-21

Lughnasadh–August 1

Mabon–September 19-22

 

Samhain — October 31. Pronounced “sow-en” (like the pig), not “Sam Hain.” The pagan new year, and the last harvest festival of the calendar year. Traditional foods include pumpkins, squash, and nuts. This is the time of year when pagans celebrate their ancestors and their heritage. Traditionally, an extra place is set and the food from that setting is put outside over night. Anything left in the morning is buried. This is also the time of year when the veil between the land of the living and the spirit world is thinnest, allowing communication with ancestors, necromancy, and the like. It is a good time for divination, notably a look at the year to come. In Wicca, the re-emergence of the goddess from the underworld is indicated, as in the story of Persephone, and we bid the god goodbye as we prepare for his Yule rebirth.

Yule/Winter Solstice/Midwinter — December 19-22, the exact time and date occurring when the sun passes into Capricorn. The time of greatest darkness and the longest night/shortest day of the year. The rebirth of the Wiccan god, signifying the re-emergence of the sun, as days will now begin to lengthen once more. There is a renewal of hope and optimism. In modern times Pagans often celebrate this holiday as Christians do Christmas, with feasting and gift-giving, Yule trees, decorations, and so forth.

Imbolc/Imbolic/Imbolg/Candlemas — February 1 or 2. The very earliest signs of spring and a celebration of the growing light. The Wiccan goddess is nurturing the young god. This is a time of new growth and regeneration. The planting of seeds is one way of celebrating. Creative tasks in general are positive points of focus.

Ostara/Spring Equinox — March 19-22, the exact time and date occurring when the sun passes into Aries. This is the first day of spring. The days and nights are now of equal length. The Wiccan god continues to mature and love is in the air… this is the time for many species of animal to breed, and even humans seem to be focused more in a romantic direction. New buds are appearing on the trees and flowers are blooming. Cut flowers decorate altars and feasts of in-season foods are appropriate.

Beltaine/Beltane/May Day — May 1. Spring is in full bloom. The Wiccan goddess and god are united in love. There is a focus on physical union in rites at this time, in often love-focused rituals. There are bonfires, and Maypoles, which are phallic symbols. As usual, seasonal foods are appropriate for feasting, as are cut flowers.

Midsummer/Summer Solstice — June 19-22, the exact time and date occurring when the sun passes into Cancer. The longest day and shortest night of the year. The Wiccan goddess and god are in the heat of their union. Herbs are harvested and young animals are growing. It’s the time of year for travel, weddings and handfastings, social gatherings like barbeques, etc. Crops grow between the times of planting and harvest.

Lughnasadh/Lammas — August 1. The First Harvest, of three. Many foods are being harvested: early grains, fruits, vegetables. There is a wide variety of choices for the sabbat feast, and canning begins. Young animals are growing strong. Our creative ventures begun in spring begin to bear fruit. Days are still long and yet they are waning; there is a lazy feeling in the evening air.

Mabon/Autumn Equinox — September 19-22, the exact time and date occurring when the sun passes into Libra. Once again the day and night are of the exact same length. This is the Second Harvest, the continuing harvest. More canning and preserving are done. The nights are cool and the leaves are turning, beginning to fall. We begin to prepare for the cold winter months ahead.

 

 

 

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven


 

    First Degree

Minimums for Initiation

 

  1. Be able to meditate and or maintain a trance state for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Be able to visualize the results of their magick.
  3. Be cognizant of their heritage
    1. Be able to converse intelligently about the major traditions in Wicca
    2. Know the major historical figures in Wicca
    3. Understand that while Wicca may have sprung into existence in the 1950’s, that it’s roots lie with Goddess worship and witchcraft techniques which extend back to at least Paleolithic times.
    4. Be passably well read on the heritage of their life-path and be able to discuss Wicca intelligently.
  4. Have an awareness of Deity
    1. Know what Deity means to themselves and others.
    2. Have a passing familiarity with differing religious pantheons in order to better define their personal relationship to Deity and to further understanding of others on a different path.
    3. Be aware of their God and Goddess.
    4. Know the steps to take to further their spirituality.
  5. Be able to function as a competent solitaire.
    1. Understand how Wicca is a lifestyle and not just a religion.
      1. Be familiar with the laws of Karma.
      2. Understand at least in a limited fashion the concept of living lightly and deep ecology.
    2. As a Wiccan, know your responsibilities to society.
    3. Understand the Wheel of the Year.
    4. Know the lore connected with the Sabbats and be able to observe the Sabbats and Esbats.
    5. Be confident in their ability to conduct rituals.
  6. Have a passing familiarity with numerous magickal systems so that if they should decide to pursue further experience in magick the student will know how to proceed.
  7. Have a thorough understanding of the basic symbolism of the Circle including,
    1. Casting the circle, calling the quarters, and invocation of deities.
    2. Altar arrangement
    3. Must have obtained proper ritual wear as put forth in the laws and know why you are required to wear a robe in ritual.
    4. Be well versed in Circle protocol and etiquette.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to write a full Sabbat or Esbat ritual. (teachers choice)
  9. Know the Sabbats, dates, mythos and symbolism behind them.
  10. Know the Esbats, what they stand for and how they are used magickally.
  11. Choose a healing art and demonstrate a beginning knowledge of it.
  12. General knowledge of the power of symbols. (May include some runes).
  13. Demonstrate a general knowledge of one magickal alphabet.
  14. Demonstrate the ability to cast a circle, create sacred space, and perform basic ritual of teachers choice.
  15. Display a passing competency of one form of form of divination.
  16. Receive a recommendation of secession from the HPS, the HP or at least one member of the coven council.
  17. Demonstrate the ability to write and cast a spell of your choosing.
  18. Complete a paper on what you believe a First Degree is and why you want to advance to that level.
  19. Know the differences between Witches and Pagans.

 

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Recently, I received this email from Marie K, Warner Robins’ self-proclaimed only real high priestess. While I would agree with most of the below points, in Marie’s case, I think it’s like the pot calling the cauldron black. I’ve posted the email below with editorial remarks.

RED FLAGS – SPIRITUAL TEACHERS!

Religion, like any other tool, can be abused and misused. In your quest for a spiritual teacher, you may meet someone who is not what they claim, and may not be functioning at a very high developmental level. To aid you in evaluating potential teachers, you must use discernment and judgment.

(But most importantly you must choose me, Marie K, because I AM THE WITCH QUEEN OF WR, GA.)

SEEKER BEWARE ANYONE WHO…

• …Asks for your money, beyond minimal basic expenses, for spiritual teaching.

(A coven like any other church needs monetary support but too often people feel that because we don’t have a building with a steeple, a services should be free. That simply is not the case. Also in the case of classes or other services, students sometimes feel that since the class is free, they don’t have to take the class seriously.)

• …Forbids contacts with others – required isolation.
(Again, isn’t that exactly what you have done Marie? My sources from inside your little )

• …Claims to teach you the “one, true and only way” or claims that their way is somehow better than others on the same or similar path.
(Agreed)

• …Watch out for anyone who puts down other spiritual paths or others in their own spiritual path without VERY good reason (such as physical, mental, emotional or psychological abuse – harming others) or claims to be the “only game in town”.
(My sources from inside your group have told me that is EXACTLY what you are doing in respect to the Circle of the Dark Moon)

• …Is physically, mentally, or emotionally abusive, or angry.
• …Anyone who claims that they are the only one who is legitimate and all others are false.
• …Promises to reveal to you great secret knowledge, when you “are ready for it”
(Once you get past the Wicca 101 stuff. There’s good reason for waiting to reveal potentially dangerous magickal techniques to students until they have mastered skills that are more elementary.)
• …Claims to have the ability to “fix” your problems – this action fosters dependency. Spiritual teachers should not offer quick fixes, but rather should help you to learn how to solve your own problems and deal with your own life.
• …Requires unthinking loyalty – discouraging or disallowing free thought or questions. Beware of anyone who gives you the notion that you are not worthy of having your questions answered.
• …Anyone who fosters dependence or subservience.
(Agreed)
• …Has a lifestyle which makes you uncomfortable.
(Wow, using your witches’ meetup to recruit for your little polyamory playtime group would make me uncomfortable)
• …Needs to put others down in order to make themselves seem more knowledgeable, worthy, or important or ridicules others. Beware arrogance, boastfulness and braggarts.
(Again, this is exactly the gospel that you preach to your group.)
• …Uses manipulative tactics, guilt or fear to control you. Avoid anyone who uses coercive tactics. (Ask yourself if you are being manipulated!)
• …Brags about how enlightened they are.
(There’s nothing wrong with demonstrated ability. In fact isn’t that what you do every time you recite your lineage?)
• …Requires you to purchase things from them in order to obtain enlightenment.
(Guess that leaves your friend Courtney out doesn’t it?)
• …Requires you to do anything you feel is wrong, or would harm you or others. Stay away from anything that goes against your own ethics and conscience.
(Marie, does that include having your husband hit on every female that attends a witches meetup. Some of our students have attended some of your meetings—unlike you we encourage our members to attend other groups’ functions—and they have said that they were VERY UNCOMFORTABLE with your husband’s actions and remarks.)
• …Does not have respect for you as an individual.
• …Requires sex, or the use of drugs
(See above)
GROUP LEADERS – WHAT TO LOOK FOR
You cannot expect any person to be perfect, (Except of course for the vaunted MarieK) however there are attributes that you can look for. Ask yourself, IS THIS PERSON…

• …Mentally stable and capable of sound reasoning?
• …Emotionally stable, and not looking to have their ego fed?
• …Motivated by a desire to serve rather than spiritual greed or a desire to have power over others?
• …Someone you would want to be like?
• …Living a balanced lifestyle?
• …Courteous, kind, considerate, respectful of others?
• …Able to display a sense of humor, especially about self?
• …Honest?
• …Humble?
• …Dependable?
• …Discriminating?
• …Respectful of diversity and uniqueness? (Especially concerning polyamory—I wonder what the county school board or the base would think of those activities)
• …Willing to listen?
(All good qualities—maybe you should practice some of them. Because, you are one of the most spiteful, and angry person I know when someone disagrees with the gospel according to Marie. Really, you need to go to Walmart and buy a sense of humor. )
LOOK AT THEIR STUDENTS, ARE THEY….
• …Healthy, strong, independent, well-adjusted?
• …People you would want to be like or even be around?

(So now you’re attacking the other members of our coven? If you have a problem, confront me don’t make oblique attacks our coven members. That is if you have the magickal stones for it.)

MARKS OF AN ADVANCED SOUL… WHAT TO STRIVE FOR

• Humility, kindness, consideration, firmness, honesty, self-honesty, a sense of humor (ability to laugh at self).
• These things will never be outgrown. They are a foundation for higher learning and apply to all levels of existence. The will keep you safe in your magical adventures!
(All good qualities.)
As the Bard would say, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” I wish there could be more cooperation amongst the area covens but as long as people like MarieK remain acerbic and intolerant of those who differ with them, the infighting most likely will continue. Oh and let’s not forget “hateful” and “necessary.” Right, Marie?

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