Witchcraft/Paganism Today Part I:

Witchcraft as a Fad
What is a witch? When someone calls 
themselves Witch, what do you think 
of? Do images of bubbling cauldrons, 
cackling hags, warts, and flying 
broomsticks fill your cerebrum? Or 
do you conjure up visages of young 
teenagers dressed in black Goth garbs 
with pentagrams dangling from their 
necks? For the most part, both are 
true; but it is the latter of which 
this piece is focused. 
  To get to the root of it, a Witch 
is a person who (to generalize) worships
the Lord and Lady,holds a reverence 
for the Earth and the Elementals, and 
who practices the art of magick or 
"witchcraft".But what has happened to 
this wholesome religion in these 
modern times? It is now more likely 
for people, especially teenagers,to 
claim that they practice witchcraft 
just for the shock factor or to rebel 
against their parents and other authority 
figures. Sadly, Wicca, Witchcraft, or 
Paganism in general has become a fad 
among today's youth.
  With the influence of movies such as 
"The Craft", "Practical Magic" and 
television shows like "Sabrina, the 
Teenaged Witch" and "Charmed", teens are 
drawn to the mystical part of Paganism 
and not the spirituality. "It was my 
unfortunate experience to know a couple 
of teenagers who claimed to be Wiccan,
 but hadn't even heard of the Goddess,and were 
simply in it for 'doing spells'," exclaimed 
Brae, a Pennsylvanian Pagan. "The books I 
loaned them weren't good enough because 
there was 'too much spirituality', 'too 
much work involved in ritual', and 'there 
wasn't enough spells'". 
  "I think [that] between the breakdown 
of the traditional coven, the mass 
publication of low-quality paperbacks, 
and the fadism of Wicca in the movies over 
the past few years, it has become a fad. 
There are a lot of youngsters who play
with it, then grow out of it," states Gawain,
a native Pagan from Pittsburgh. 
But what can we do to combat this ever 
spreading nuisance? Among the people I 
interviewed for this article, one of the 
highest forms of "fad eradication" was education.
  "I say, embrace the fad and the opportunity 
to educate what Paganism is about!" exclaims 
Eliza, a Pagan from the northeast region of 
Pennsylvania. This would give the elder,more 
seasoned Pagans a chance to expound their vast 
knowledge into the minds of their eager young 
pupils. Education is a viable, effective way 
to reach those in need of guidance. But should 
one teach minors whose parents may not approve 
of the interference? 
  This issue comprises a small network of 
issues including the one above. The only 
right solution would be one that fits the 
situation of the individual. This may be
a lesson taught by an elder or as simple 
as picking up a few books at the local library. 
So the next time you see a lost little Wiccan/
Pagan puppy of a teenager,point them in the 
direction of the Lord and Lady and leave it 
at that.



P.eople join A.round the world G.ather hand in hand A.nd chant the names of those on high N.ot to boast, insult, or lie. I.n our hearts a god; a goddess S.tay, and love, and cry M.erry meet and merry part and chant into the sky! *Blessed Be* Adiva (Texas)

Wheel of The Year

by Amber Oakthorn
She dances over a mirror lake,
Silver hair,
Like moon strands,
Reflected off deep blue water,
She laughs,
Like chimes,
And spring arives,
She still dances,
Courting a young new God,
Together they dance through fields of grain,
The bread is baking,
And men reap the crops,
That the bountiful earth has supplied,
He falls,
But will be reborn when time turns around.

How Far Out of the Broomcloset Are You? These are the results we got when we asked the question: Who have you told about your religious choice? 8% are still in the broomcloset 17% have told only their closest friends 29% have told both their friends and parents 21% only tell those who ask 25% Other 'Other responses we got were: 'Some friends and one parent','Only parents',and 'Everyone!'


Book Review:

The Wicca Spellbook
Author: Gerina Dunwich
Published:Citadel Press,1994
Reviewed by Clover Aurora MoonSky

GERINA Dunwich is one of those authors who touches me. She (like me) doesn't reach out and grab the norm. She strives to be different. "The Wicca Spellbook" is just so.

THE book is basically a collection of random spells. The spells are mostly following the Wiccan Rede. But some do not. That's one of the problems that I have with the book. Another is that though there are recipes, there aren't enough! I love to cook for the Sabbats, but I haven't been able to find a whole lot of recipes. The ones she has in there are absolutely beautiful, though. Who in the world would have thought of "gingerbread Witches"? Certainly not I.

THE book, along with it's spells and recipes, has information about the Sabbats, a small dream dictionary, information on how to predict the future, etc.

IF you haven't read it already, I highly recommend that you do. It's a must for every Witch's library. :)


A Dream Spell

To dream of a certain person:
        1 Chunk of Amethyst
        3 Rose petals
        1 Lock of Hair
        1 piece of daisy Root
        1 Drop Rose or Patchouli Oil (optional)
        1 Pink Candle (melted so wax binds all together)
Take the amethyst, rose pedals, lock of hair, daisy root, and empower all of them with what you want them to do (in this case being dream magick of a lover or friend). Place the amethyst next to your bed, atop it lay the rose petals, hair(the person of whom you wish to dream of's hair), and the daisy root. If you wish you may top it all off with rose or patchouli oil,and melted pink wax! To be done during the new moon, right before bed.While laying down before going to sleep, keep the thought of the person in mind. (from my B.O.S. this is my own original spell!) ( you have probably seen this one, I've posted it on the web a few times)

By Silver Willow (California) 1998

Ritual Cup

by Psyche

Here is and idea for your ritual cup.
Berry Iced Tea (This one goes great with any cake or bread recipe) You'll need:
3/4 cup Iced Tea (Lipton's the best)
1/4 cup Cranberry Juice (or pick your favorite berry drink)
Just mix'em together and there you go.

2 1/2 cups cold ginger ale
2 cups cold white grape juice
2 cups cold lemonade
Mix all the ingredients in a punch bowl and serve. *You can make ice hands to put in the drink by filling sugical rubber glovs with water and freezing.After it's frozen just take them out of the gloves and prop them up in your punch bowl.


P A G A N  P A L S

Brussels,Ontario Canada
"I am looking to talk to either gender 
of any age from any part of the world.
I am a solitary witch, but I am willing
to talk to any tradition.  I am very 
out going and will answer anyone!"

Darkened Relic
San Carlos,California
"Merry meet,
I was a former Catholic,but felt drawn
to the natural side of life.Interested 
in talking with someone who would like 
to speak about life and the craft and 
maybe even help me along... Not 
necessarily a teacher or mentor, but a 
friend. Of Irish heritage, I love to 
learn and be enriched with information 
of other crafts. Write to me if you feel 
inclined to do so. Merry Part ye fellow 
paganfolk of the world."

Lady Butterfly
"Greetings...I am a one-year wiccan 
looking for a person of my tradition. 
Either gender may respond."

"I am almost 17 years old, eclectic 
solitary witch.When I'm not in school, 
I read or sit in front of the computer. 
Have been a witch for almost half a year,
so I am kind of a newbie. It would be 
nice to be contacted by other Norwegian 
pagans and from the other Nordic 
countries (Iceland, Sweden, Denmark), 
but it is really all the same..."

I 5'4 blond hair and brown eyes.
I have been a witch for 6 months now.
I love hockey, basket ball and roller 
blading.I would like pan pals between 
13-15 but a year or two doesn't matter.
I would like m/f it doesn't matter but 
I would like if you are a pagan or witch."

Aishlin MoonWhisper
"*Merry Meet*
My name is Aishlin MoonWhisper and I'm 
a 17 years old Solitary Ecletic Wiccan.
I wish to know other pagans/wiccans from 
all around the world. Please write me :)
        *Blessed Be* "

" I am a somewhat new wiccan, but I have 
tried to learn for about a year now. I 
would love to talk to Wiccan women (35 
or over) and Wiccan men (30 or younger)."

Crystal WillowStarr
Sydney,Nova Scotia Canada
"Hello!I'm looking for anyone who would 
like to keep in touch with me. I'm a 
Solitary Eclectic Wiccan,5'4", 16 years 
old, auburn/brown hair, and brown eyes. 
I love to play the clarinet and I love to 
act.Specificly, I'm hoping to get in touch 
with others from around Atlantic Canada 
(Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and 
Newfoundland) but I'd like to here from 
anyone who wants to take the time to say hi."

" I am seriously considering the path of 
witchcraft. I am reading all I can and trying 
to decide if this is the right path for me. I 
would love to hear from anyone, anywhere."

"I am five foot eight tall, I have blonde hair 
and odd coloured eyes. I have been practicing 
witchcraft for about a year and a half and 
would like to hear from people with the same 
interest,male or female of any age."

Brandon Carson
La Mesa,California
"I'm a 16 year old solitary living in San Diego. 
I've been studying Wicca for about a year now, 
so I guess you could say I'm eclectic. Anybody 
can write me, I'm not really picky. Thanks and 
blessed be!"

C O M M U N I T Y  N E W S

Pittsburgh Area
2nd Annual Witches Ball,Sat. Oct. 24
1st U.U 7 to witching hour.Come in costume.
Readers,vendors,entertainment,ritual by Elspeth of 
Havenway. $5 to rent space.

Los Angeles Area
Pagan teen study group forming.Seeking new members to
attend regular meetings.Topics include book discussion,
divination readings,etc. Contact Psyche for more info
at psyche_@pagans.org

A  L O O K  A H E A D

Next issue will be sent out at the end of November.
We'll have PART I pf a new series we're starting called
'Witchcraft/Paganism Today'; An article on the Trickster
and lots more...so keep reading!
Blessed Be,Starlight Voices Staff

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