Posted below is the ritual we used for our Full Harvest Moon ritual.

Someday, I’ll start writing real articles again, but for now the new job (even though I work from home) is pretty crazy. Following is the ritual:

http://scrivener.circleofthedarkmoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2012-Full-Harvest-Moon.pdf

 

 

Here as promised–albeit too late to be useful this year–is our Mabon ritual our coven performed last Saturday.

 

http://scrivener.circleofthedarkmoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2012-Mabon-Autumnal-Equinox.pdf

Following this is our recent Blue Moon ritual. We’ll also be posting our upcoming Mabon rituals. Enjoy and Blessed Be everyone.

 

http://scrivener.circleofthedarkmoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2012-Blue-Moon-in-Pisces.pdf

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The below article is quoted in its entirety from Austin Cline’s article on the subject of Wicca and Christianity in America. Those of you who call your self wiccan-repugnicans (an oxymoron) might want to pull your head out of the sand (or that orifice that follows you around) and take a fresh look. Also you may want to consider boycotting the stores/chains mentioned in the article.

“Do prejudice and discrimination against Wiccans exist in America? Absolutely – although those who engage in it are among the last to be willing to admit it. Wicca, in case you weren’t aware, comes from the Old English word for “witch” and is a religion which celebrates seasonal- and life-cycles using rituals dating from pre-Christian Europe.

Christianity failed to displace it completely, an oversight which I’m sure still rankles many. Coincidentally, Wicca is a religion which offers greater recognition to the value and authority of women in families and society, something else which I suspect is cause for consternation among many Christian men.

Just recently I reported here that a Wiccan woman was finally, after some struggle, permitted to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of Virginia. It seems that the first judge she went to decided that Wicca wasn’t “really” a religion. It is perhaps the most devastating form of religious discrimination and disdain to tell someone that their religion doesn’t even count as a religion in this society.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t been the only Wiccan to suffer recently in America. There was a firestorm over witches in Salem, Massachusetts, as Republican Governor Paul Cellucci promoted very degrading stereotypes in his election TV ads.

Cellucci’s commercials attacked state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger for his 1992 role in assisting Salem police when Christian evangelists were accused of accosting the city’s Wicca followers and Harshbarger threatened to prosecute for civil rights violations. Evidently, Cellucci felt that it’s OK to accost Wiccans – perhaps since they don’t follow a “real” religion?

Cellucci’s commercials featured a police line-up of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and a pointy-hatted, wart-nosed, stereotypical old witch. An announcer called it “scary” that Harshbarger might threaten prosecution on behalf of witches as the witch standing there cackles. Wiccans in the area were understandably upset – imagine the outcry if Cellucci had used a similarly nasty stereotype of a black or a Jew in that line-up. But of course, few in the media took notice of this stereotyping – Wiccans just don’t count.

The ad also chastised Harshbarger for banning Christmas decorations from public areas in the office – so he was not only to be condemned for defending the religious freedom and rights of a minority group, but also for prohibiting public offices from becoming promotion venues for Christianity. People who don’t toe the line by pandering to Christians in this country have a hard time in getting elected, even in liberal Massachusetts.

In Republic, Missouri, Wiccan Jean Webb has fought a lonely and caustic battle. Although she at times thinks of just giving up and running – times like when she picks up the phone only to hear a Good Christian Citizen let loose with a stream of obscenities and threats. Or like when previously friendly clerks at the supermarket close their registers when she approaches.

Or maybe when a Good Christian Neighbor stands outside and shouts at her that she is an evil witch who will suffer eternal damnation. Or maybe when she sees the vicious attacks painted on a large rock in a nearby field in which her children can no longer play. Or maybe when her daughter received so much abuse at school from Good Christian Children that she now has to be taught at home.

What did Jean do to suffer such torment at the hands of local Christians? What prompted the local newspaper to fire her without explanation, such that she cannot even today find further employment? Did she molest children or beat puppies? Worse: She opposed the officially dominant position of Christianity in local government.

Her community has used the Christian symbol of the fish in their official seal, and since she does not believe that religious symbols belong as part of government business, she decided to challenge it as a violation of church/state separation with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union. Supporters of the symbol claim that it is supposed to represent the deep commitment to religious values – but among those values are apparently things like hatred and mean-spiritedness.

Jean had already left another town, Aurora, because of the abuse her daughter received at school there and had even considered “attending the Baptist church as cover” when she moved to Republic.

What sort of country do we have that religious minorities might feel compelled to hide their faith and pretend to be Christians in order to avoid persecution?

Christians today just love to complain about being persecuted in American society; but when I see a Christian attending Friday services at a Mosque or participating in a Wiccan ceremony in order to avoid being known as a Christian, maybe then I’ll take more notice. Until then, I suggest that they start thinking about how people following other faiths feel.

In a story from July of 2003 in Kentucky, the state’s Commission on Human Rights has helped a store reach a settlement with three women over claims of discrimination. The women, Audrey Jones, Denise Scott and Connie Stevens, each received a cash settlement while the store, Tren-D-Gifts, is allowed to avoid admitting any wrong-doing. Did they do anything wrong? The News-Enterprise, quoted Angel Fulkerson, owner of the store, as saying:

“There was an incident that occurred between my employees and members of the Wicca cult. The members of this so-called religion, Wicca, filed a discrimination suit against Tren-D-Gifts with the (Kentucky) Human Rights Commission. We denied any human rights violations. We came to an agreement and settled the case without admission of guilt.”

Cult? So-called religion? Hmmm…. you don’t suppose that this Angel has created an atmosphere in her store where prejudice and discrimination against Wiccans might flourish, do you? In order to root out prejudice and discrimination, one of the first things that needs to be done is to bring it out into the light where everyone can see that it exists. So long as people can pretend that it isn’t really there and/or that it isn’t really wrong, it will continue to thrive.

Later that same month, it was reported that the California-based apparel and accessory retail chain Hot Topic has a policy of refusing to carry any merchandise that carries the word “witch” or is in any way associated with Wicca. Why?

According to newWitch magazine: “In a phone conversation with Niven, Ms. Mitchell admitted that some of these ‘complicated issues’ involved pressure from the Religious Right to Hot Topic’s management to ban all Wicca and witch-related merchandise from its stores — despite the fact that there is a considerable demographic overlap between Hot Topic’s customer base (goth and other alternative lifestyles) and Paganism.”

Retweeting (or simply “RT”) is when someone reposts someone else’s tweet. It’s really that simple. And it drives me nuts, for a few reasons:

  1. Chances are if I was interested in the person being retweeted I probably follow them already, so the retweet just ends up being duplication and noise.
  2. If there’s something Big and Momentous going on (see: sporting events, political brouhahas, Apple announcements, etc.), many people often retweet the same tweet, which is like #1 but even more annoying.
  3. Many retweets often consist of links to “cool stuff”. For the most part I’m not really that interested as I already have enoughsources for cool links (delicious, digg, my newsreader, Tumblr, etc.), and the value of Twitter for me is more in stalking staying in touch with friends than in any so-called “viral messaging”.
  4. If you absolutely had to retweet something, common courtesy would be to link to that person’s tweet rather than regurgitate the text wholesale. The same courtesy already exists for weblogs, so why not microblogs like Twitter?

In the case of someone saying something profound, witty, or even just pithy, the occasional retweet is fine, even justified. But for the most part retweeting is just moronic parroting because these manic retweeters are just to vapid to formulate any original thoughts.

 

A group of students from the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) approached our coven asking whether any members would consent to interviewed for an anthropology class project. We were only too happy to have the chance to present Wicca in a factual light. Following is the student essay project (which got an ‘A’ by the way.)

http://scrivener.circleofthedarkmoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Exploring-Wicca.pdf

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