Apple Island

As my second foot hit the sand, I collapsed with a moan of despair. My throat was stiff with five months’ unshed tears, and this, my last chance useless, was too much. Not dead at all, not even dizzy. I buried my face in my arms, heedless of the gritty beach, and sobbed like a rank amateur, the harsh sounds tearing from me and scaring the gulls.

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What the heck is Kitchen Witchery, anyhow?

Well, I can tell you what I mean by Kitchen Witchery. I cannot tell you if this is the same thing that other people mean by it.

I mean: My spirituality and my priestesshood and my magick are based around the concept that my home is my temple, all in it are consecrated and holy, and each action that I do is a portion of the ritual of my life.

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Points of Sexual Ethics as they apply to Homosexuals, Heterosexuals, Christians, and Pagans

From a discussion on ISCA.

Sep 19, 1995 09:43 from FtC
I need some advice!

I have a really good friend (we’ve been friends for almost 20 years!) and he is gay, or at least he thinks he may be. The reason he thinks he may be is that he has fantasized about relationships with men, but he has never acted on these fantasies. He asked me a couple of perplexing questions, and I was hoping you may have an answer. First of all, he doesn’t want to be gay, but he says he “just can’t shake these feelings,” and second, he has had sex with a woman, but “it was empty sex – there were no real feelings there.” His questions I couldn’t answer were this:

  1. Why would God make me homosexual or allow the devil to have this power over me?
  2. Since I don’t know if I am homosexual for sure [he’s never had sex with a man], should I try it to destroy these fantasies I’m having?

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On Abortion

The following was written on ISCABBS, Aug 16, 1996, in response to a question about the pagan or wiccan ethos in response to the issue of abortion. As always, no one can speak for any unitary sort of ethos; the thoughts which follow are my very own.


Now: on the topic of abortion, I feel myself uniquely qualified to comment, as I am female, have experienced an unexpected pregnancy, and have chosen an abortion: true, it was before I discovered I was pagan, but the reasoning still holds.

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Conversation on Robert Graves, the White Goddess, and related things …

This conversation between Mama Rose and Mike Nichols, of The Witches’ Sabbats fame, ranged over a great many topics in 1996.


Rose: Now: I understand to begin with that he actually changed the book with each edition, although he didn’t bother saying so. The one which got into my hands was the 1948 edition (funny what turns up in a science and engineering library!).

Mike: And I’ll have to check when I get home to see which version mine is. I wasn’t aware that the book had revisions with the different editions… verrry interesting.

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The Nature of Sin for Wiccans

A conversation on ISCABBS concerning the nature of Sin; pay special attention to the words of my esteemed colleague John Stitely …
Oct 19, 1996 00:03 from Nae
I have what some may consider to be a silly question….
My fiance & I are getting married in a year and we are trying to find a church that we feel comfortable at in our area. The main religious choices I have are Catholic, Lutheran and Southern Baptist. We know we don’t want the strict Catholic, so we are really looking towards Lutheran or Southern Baptist. I tried looking on the internet for information on their beliefs and I couldn’t find a clear cut answer. I was raised Christian Reformed (basically believing in God and that he does not expect anyone to be perfect and accepts us for our sins). My question is……

What are the basic beliefs of Lutheran and Southern Baptist? Which would be close to what I grew up with? We do not want a “you have to be perfect and we will accept nothing less” mentality. Basically because we already “live in sin” and I don’t want to feel screamed at every week for that, even though I know that is not what the Lord intended for us to do….

Can someone who is familiar with these two help me out and give me some basics? I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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The Nature of Truth

Oct 11, 1996 16:20 from Mama Rose
I’d like to bring up the subject of truth here, for I don’t think this part of the debate (which has raged for the last week in Paganism, if anyone wants to review it) is a specifically Pagan issue.

Specifically: I don’t believe that the word “Truth” ought to be used as a proper noun, as in The Truth.

This is because I regard “truth” as a descriptor for the amount of validity in a verbal/symbolic representation of reality; and I regard all representations of reality to be, of necessity, not the whole thing.

Therefore, I regard any discussion of “Absolute Truth” to be semantically null. And yet, people keep doing it.

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Who I am, and Why

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I’ve been asked several times why it is that I am Wiccan, Pagan, and a Witch as opposed, to, say, Evangelical Baptist Christian. Here’s the story.


Context is everything.

At the time I originally wrote this essay, for Muslims, Christian arguments were irrelevant. Today, they are less irrelevant and more a cause for wariness and rage on the part of some, or a cause for scholarship, or … irrelevant.

For Jews, Christian arguments are things to keep a wary eye on, watching for signs of renewed pogroms — signs which unfortunately do come up from time to time.

For members of other religions, even less attention is paid.

But NeoPagans are, for the most part, former Christians: not people who are in ignorance of the message of Christianity, nor people who are sublimely or warily unconcerned with it, but people who have been steeped in it and have rejected it. (Note the use of the phrase “for the most part;” we certainly have people who have come out of — or who have not left — other traditions as well. But, for the most part, these people have little hostility toward their milk religions.)

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