PaganFM 041616

Musical Selections
Opening
Emerald Rose, Summerland, Fire in the Head (Live)
Loreena McKennitt, The Mummers’ Dance, The Book of Secrets

Kellianna W/ Jenna Greene, Scarborough Fair, Traditions
Michelle Mays, Gently Johnny, The Golden Section
Featherscale, Song for Brighid, Gypsy Heart
Laura Powers, Shine Love, Code of the Goddess
The Moors, The Snake That Coils Within Without, The Moors
Cernunnos Rising, Blessings of Beltane, Wild Soul
Chalice & Blade, Cunning and Art, Wild Hunt
MterDea, Trip to Skye, MaterDea
Lindie Lila, Lady Water, Sisters of the Moon
Damh the Bard, Sons and Daughters of Robin Hood
Lisa Thiel, Beltane, Circle of the Seasons
Charlie Murphy, Burning Times, The Best of Pagan Song
The Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus, Loki, Chants of Balance

Opening:
Welcome once again to PaganFM.

Opening Comments:
Well, a lot has been happening – I’ve heard from listeners that many of you really want this show. It’s a lot of work to do a 2-hour show every week, and so I had to re-arrange my schedule, but as often as I can, I’m dedicating my Saturday evenings to make this happen.

I also heard from WSCA, and there is interest there, in airing the show at the station again, so we’ll see what happens there.

And I’ve heard interest in two other aspects of the show – there are some of you who would like it live streamed, and some of you who would like streaming video – those two items would involve some expense, so I’ll set up a Patreon page – and if there is enough support, those two things would happen. For the streaming, I’ll need a server, and some increased bandwidth at my studio. If that support comes about, you’ll have a stream. To be fair to listeners who support that effort, for the first few months of the streaming, they’ll have exclusive access to that stream.

The same thing will happen when we start looking at video. That’s going to be a bit more of a challenge, but it will also open up some more interesting possibilities regarding lessons and that sort of thing, but it’s also a greater expense. The bandwidth needed to stream video is fairly huge, so that would have to be done via some external service, and might eventually involve a separate program. But doing a video program right will involve some extra bits of hardware – including a computer for the video production, a bit of lighting, and one or two fairly decent cameras, as well as the hardware to connect those cameras to the computer. While we might be able to get started for around $500 or so, doing that right will cost at least $2000, or if someone has the video production equipment that they’d be willing to offer for these efforts, that would work too.

So, what do we have at the moment?

Well, I’ve got a professional broadcast audio console that I’ll be setting up exclusively for the show, and I’m going to be setting up some audio production software in the next couple of weeks – all of this to make the production easier, and to get ready for the audio streaming. I’ve got an area behind my studio set up for the server, and I have an optical fiber connection to the Internet, so the rest of this will really be up to you. Let me know what you want this show to become, and with your support, we’ll make it happen. But just know that it’s because of you, because you appreciate this show, that I’m back in the saddle, as it were. We don’t have a timeline for these changes – they will happen when the time is right – if they happen at all. No expectations means no resentments.

So, thanks so much for letting me know what PaganFM means to you. I appreciate it.
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PaganFM almanac

Today is April 16, it’s the 107th day of the year.
The moon is waxing gibbous, and will be Full on Friday, April 22.

Today is the birthday of Margot Adler who was born on this day in 1946. She was born in Little Rock Arkansas, and grew up in New York City. Her grandfather, Alfrad Adler was a noted psychotherapist who was a contemporary and collaborator with Sigmund Freud. Margot was a Wiccan Priestess and an Elder in the Covenant of the Goddess. She was the author of Drawing Down the Moon, one of the first major histories of the Neo-Pagan movement in America, and Heretic’s Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution, Our Way to the Stars – with John Gliedman, Out for Blood, and Vampires are Us.
She was also a well-loved reporter for National Public Radio. Margot died on June 28, 2014 of endometrial cancer at the age of 68.

Sunday, April 17, the MoonPool Coven in Haverhill MA has their regular meeting at the Unitarian Universalist church at 6:00 PM. The topic will be Psychic Self Defense, with a circle to follow. On May 1, at the same church will be the Beltane Unity throug Community Celebration at 7:00 PM instead of the regular bi-weekly class. The May 15 class will be Introduction to the Tarot. Find out more about the MoonPool Coven at www.moonpool.org

On Thursday, April 21, there will be a Pagan Pizza Party at La Festa Pizzerial in Dover, NH at 6:00 PM.

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day. From the Earth Day website, here is a bit of history:
The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.

On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

 

Kellianna will be at the Fertile Ground Gathering in Triangle, VA

Thursday, April 28, 2016 thru May 1

 

PaganFM Prayer List
Cal asked for prayers for his wife, who recently had surgery to remove a skin growth, and wants prayers to insure that everything is okay.
And we’ll offer up some prayers for Mallory who has a number of polyps in her nasal cavities, which are really aggravating her asthma and allergies. She’ll be looking at having those taken care of, which really doesn’t look like a fun proposition.

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Listener Question:

Elizabeth asked about becoming a High Priestess, and what the process is – what it takes.

Well, Elizabeth, this is a question that really depends a lot on your particular tradition, and it’s not something that is at all universal throughout Paganism. Some traditions don’t have such a thing, while others have different names for them. In Wicca though, this is a common term, and really speaks to whoever is acting in the position of High Priestess. In a particular ceremony or ritual, this doesn’t have to be someone of a particular rank or grade, but really speaks to what is going on at the time. If you’re a solitary, and you are performing your own ritual, you are at that time, a High Priestess. If it’s you and a male, he is High Priest, and you are High Priestess.

But, of course, I expect you’re looking for a bit more. There are those who, beside their name, when they sign correspondence, might use the terms, or initials, for High Priest or High Priestess – this is what is called an honorific. This is a title that is bestowed upon a person by virtue of their position or status. In Wicca, this is the title of a female leader of a coven. In established traditions, this will typically refer to an individual who has both attained a certain level of study, AND who is the leader of a coven. Some traditions don’t permit an individual to start a coven until they have attained a certain amount of study or knowledge – for example, a first degree might mean that an individual has dedicated themselves to a path, and understands the basic ritual format. Second degree might indicate that an individual can lead a ritual, while a Third degree could indicate that an individual would be capable of leading a coven. At this point, should a coven have enough members, a third degree witch and some of the members could “hive off”, and start another coven, with the third degree witches beign High Priest and / or High Priestess.

Some traditions have more than three degrees. So, while you might be a third degree witch, you would have a High Priestess who is still your teacher, whom you would go to with, for example, management issues with your coven. This arrangement insures that each coven maintains some consistency with the larger tradition. So there is a High priestess of a coven, and a High Priestess of that particular leg of that tradition.

In this way, it’s kind of like Martial Arts – an individual might get their black belt, and at that point, they might be able to teach the classes for white through brown belt, but they are by no means a master. When they get their third degree, they might be able to start a school, but they would still be taking black belt classes with their master, who is probably a 5th degree.

Now, as to the process of “becoming” a High Priestess, that really depends upon your tradition. In traditional Wicca, each initiation is its own thing, and it’s often secret. But, to give you an example, when a Witch takes her first degree, this might involve being bound and blind-folded, brought into the circle, taking some oaths, taking your craft name, and introduced to the guardians of the quarters. You might then be unbound, your blindfold removed, and then given your robe and tools. Each of these steps has meaning, which you would need to understand. Different degrees each add different elements to the ritual.

The ritual described above doesn’t mean that the coven provides you with your tools – but you should have your own tools, and on your initiation, you are presented with your own tools and robe.

Where in the first degree you are presented with your Athame, when you reach Third Degree, and you might be expected to Hive Off, an appropriate tool might be a sword. Each of the initiations you take will insure that you know how to use the tools of that initiation. If you’ve been present when someone has cast a circle effectively – even using an athame, it’s a powerful experience. Someone who is able to cast the circle effectively with a sword adds another visual element that can be even more powerful. But, again, each of these initiations is a recognition that you, as a witch, are able and ready to act effectively in the role that you’re taking on.

Some people might argue that these initiations do something magickal – somehow changing you, and granting you authority on another plane – others might say that they only recognize what you’ve already attained. I tend to believe, as Dion Fortune did, that it’s more of the latter – the initiations come about simply by being recognized by the Gods, Goddesses, by the entities who exist on another plane, by the effects of the work that you are doing. To me, these initiations are as much for those in the coven, as they are for the individual who is being initiated. The various degrees give an individual authority on our mundane plane, but they don’t add to a practitioner’s abilities. Like the various belts in Martial arts, they are simply a recognition of an individual’s abilities or learning. You can also liken it to a military rank – the rank itself doesn’t define a person’s abilities – it is merely a recognition of a certain amount of authority – a symbol that others have recognized your leadership abilities.

So, in the end, how one becomes a High Priestess depends somewhat on your circumstances. If you’re a solitary, you are your own High Priestess. If you start your own coven – you’re the High Priestess. I’d caution though, that you don’t take this on unless and until, you’re truly ready to teach – that you have a good deal of experience – that you’ve done a significant amount of study – preferably with experienced people, and that you have your own support network already in place. Starting a coven isn’t something to be taken lightly.

But if you’re in an established tradition, you’ll find yourself, on occasion, acting as High Priestess during some rituals. And, when you’re ready, it will eventually be time to Hive off, and start your own coven.

Not everyone does this – some are content to just be part of a circle. What many who do take on leadership roles begin to realize is that being High Priestess isn’t what they thought it was. When you take on the role of High Priestess of a coven, you’ll learn very quickly that it’s a lot more work than you anticipated – whatever you might have anticipated. The High Priest or High Priestess of a coven is really a spiritual leader. Many people in this position actually have degrees in psychology or social work – because part of that job is being a counselor.

Coven leadership can also be a bit costly. If you’ve ever done ritual in a room that was well decorated – who do you think did that? Who arranges for the candles, for the incense, for the cauldrons, the altar, crystals, wine, cakes, ale, chairs – for everything that is there. Certainly in many covens, there are a number of people who chip in, but in the end, it’s the High Priest and High Priestess who are responsible for insuring that everything is in order.

So, I’m sorry that I can’t give you a really quick answer as to “what is the process” – it really does depend on what is meant by “High Priestess” – and within the various traditions, the process can be quite different. But I hope this short piece helps you understand just a bit more about what’s involved.
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Climate change and Irrational thinking:

Marc Morano and Bill Nye were having it out about climate change, and the ensuing discussion on Bill Nye’s Facebook page were highlighting some of the problems that come about when people place ideology in front of facts. For those who don’t know, Marc Morano is a climate change denier, and Bill Nye is a quite famous science educator. Interestingly, Sarah Palin criticized Bill Nye this week, saying “He’s no more of a scientist than I am”. Well, Sarah got part of that right, in that she’s no scientist. But Bill Nye has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell, and actually worked on the Mars Explorer Rover helping to design one of the instruments in that experiment. Somehow, I don’t expect that Sarah Palin has been quite that close to any major scientific experiment.

Anyway, back to the rather humorous discussion between Nye and Morano — well, it might have been humorous if ignorance weren’t so dangerous. One more quick aside – it was Dion Fortune who said “Ignorance is often an excellent substitute for courage” and this is particularly apt when it comes to climate change – the fact that people don’t know what they are doing to the environment, and refuse to look at the possible consequences is a substitute for courage. For if these people knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t have the courage to do so. We wouldn’t have the courage to poison ourselves – but if we refuse to recognize a substance as poison, we’ll quite happily take it. This is what we’re doing to our environment when we refuse to see the ability of the substances we pour, by the ton, by the tens or hundreds or thousands of tons, into our atmosphere. Anyway, one of the most amusing parts of this conversation occurred when some individuals pointed out something that Marc Morano said – and on his website, he’s claiming that “NASA says that fossil fuels are cooling the planet”.

Now it’s obvious that NASA said no such thing, but let’s look for a moment at what NASA scientists actually said, and then try to understand why some would be able to twist their words.

The catch-line in an article written by Jon Austin, referenced on Morano’s website reads “Burning fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found.” But that is a highly inaccurate summation of what NASA was saying.

What really happened? In December of 2015, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies( GISS) published some research they were doing, which used recent history to predict global temperatures. As anyone might imagine, this is what is done in weather and climate science. Our atmosphere is incredibly complex, and numerous variables have heating and cooling effects.

Summarizing the purpose of their research, NASA states “To quantify climate change, researchers need to know the Transient Climate Response (TCR) and Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) of Earth. Both values are projected global mean surface temperature changes in response to doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations but on different timescales. TCR is characteristic of short-term predictions, up to a century out, while ECS looks centuries further into the future, when the entire climate system has reached equilibrium and temperatures have stabilized. ”

What they are saying here is that there are short term fluxuations in the environment, and longer term conditions that are met when the system has come into equilibrium. This equilibrium is a theoretical equilibrium, based on something of a static condition – with a constant amount of energy entering the atmosphere, and stable greenhouse gas conditions. We don’t live in this theoretical world, but the concept of Equilibirium Climate Sensitivity is still important. It speaks to “what happens to this system if we don’t touch it”.

In their study, GISS pointed out some known facts – that some components produced by the burning of fossil fuels have a temporary cooling effect, as does the elimination of trees. Both of these result in some of the heat from the Sun being reflected. These can affect local temperatures in the short term. This is the TCR – Transcient Climate response. These are the temporary, local responses to a condition. Consider this the initial pain of a scorpion sting. The sting hurts, but it’s not what does the long-term damage.

Part of NASA’s article describing their research stated “Take sulfate aerosols, which are created from burning fossil fuels and contribute to atmospheric cooling”. This is one line which Austin and Morano latched on to. But in so doing, they ignored the next few sentences …

“They are more or less confined to the northern hemisphere, where most of us live and emit pollution. There’s more land in the northern hemisphere, and land reacts quicker than the ocean does to these atmospheric changes.”

“Because earlier studies do not account for what amounts to a net cooling effect for parts of the northern hemisphere, predictions for TCR and ECS have been lower than they should be. This means that Earth’s climate sensitivity to carbon dioxide — or atmospheric carbon dioxide’s capacity to affect temperature change — has been underestimated, according to the study. The result dovetails with a GISS study published last year that puts the TCR value at 3.0°F (1.7°C); the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which draws its TCR estimate from earlier research, places the estimate at 1.8°F (1.0°C). ”

What Austin and Morano did was to take a single isolated sentence, out of context, and use it to suggest that NASA was saying the exact opposite of what they actually said.

I do have to give Austin a bit of credit, and possible room regarding his report. He does actually state that the NASA research shows that the TCR is 3 degrees rather than 1.8, and its entirely possible that he had nothing to do with the headlines in his article – in which case, the problem lies with The Guardian’s editors, which published the article, and not with Austin himself. But Morano has no such cover to hide beneath.

And, of course, neither the Express’ (express.co.uk) article, nor Morano’s actually link to the NASA page which they were quoting. This means that credulous readers have even less of an opportunity to check the facts. And this also demonstrates that climate change deniers aren’t merely disagreeing on the implications of research – rather, they are lying about the facts of the research itself. Where climatologists say that fossil fuels result in global warming, the deniers say that the climatologists have said the exact opposite.

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Closing:

Well, thanks once again for listening, and thank you all for the encouragement you’ve given me to get this show going again. If you have ideas for the show, questions you’d like asked, interview or musical suggestions, let me know. You can reach me at the PaganFM group on Facebook, or at dee@paganfm.com
You can still find the show on Itunes and Stitcher and at Paganfm.com
Thanks so much for listening, and Blessed Be!

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Musical selections:
Opening – Wayne Read, Song for Deirdre – played on the Guitar and X-harp.
Blackmore’s Night, Earth Wind and Sky, All our Yesterdays.
Damh the Bard, Thundersbarrow Hill, Sabbat
Omnia, Sister Sunshine, Wolf Love
Robert Gass, The Circle is Cast, Ancient Mother
HuDost, It’s Your Turn Now, In An Eastern Rosegarden
Kiva, Rise Up The Call, Out of the Corner of the Eye
Gaia Consort, Peace Now, Evolve
Brocc, Call of the Wild Woods, 13 Moons
Denean, Eagle Fly, The Weaving
Telling Point, Legend of the Old Wood, Waiting for Nothing.
Celia, Red Alabaster and Blue, Red Alabaster and Blue
Jenna Greene, Soul of Nature, Crossroads
Tuatha Dea, The Hunt / Corners, Kith & Kin
Steve McDonald, I Will Return, Sons of Somerled

Welcome
So we have a bit of new music tonight ….

Well, once again, a group calling itself the “American Council of Witches” is alive on Facebook. For those who know their Pagan History, there was a legitimate American Council of Witches that was organized in 1973, which lasted for less than a year, and which disbanded in 1974. From this group, we have the 13 principles of Wiccan Belief. In 1973, Wicca and Paganism weren’t what they are today – there were far fewer of us around, and we weren’t very well understood. Indeed, while I first came to Paganism back in 1981 or 1982, things weren’t what they are today, but in truth, what the people who formed that first council were doing, was to begin a conversation that would change how Paganism was seen in the world – to dispel a huge amount of misinformation.

This first council was formed by Carl Llewellyn Weschke, Isaac Bonewits, Oberon Zell and many others – some of whom most of us might recognize, and some who most of us will not recognize. But most of us will recognize or agree with the 13 principles of Wiccan belief that these people authored. For those of you who haven’t heard them, they are:
We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

  1. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility towards our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

  2. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called “supernatural“, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

  3. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.

  4. We recognize both outer and inner, or psychological, worlds – sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. – and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

  5. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

  6. We see religion, magick and wisdom-in-living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world-view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft, the Wiccan Way.

  7. Calling oneself “Witch” does not make one a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.

  8. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning to the Universe we know, and our personal role within it.

  9. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way,” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

  10. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, or the origins of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

  11. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “the Devil“, as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor do we accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

  12. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

Some Pagans might take issue with some of the details of some of these principles – some of these are far more Wiccan than others – I think that most of us might be able to come to some form of agreement with most of these.

In any case, along comes this new group, calling itself the American Council of Witches. They have a Facebook page, and one of the first things that I noted was their addition to these 13 principles. The four that were added include:
14)We are to protect the life of innocents and keep them safe.

15) we bow before no authority not even govermental.

16)Before the council you are judged.

17) traitors of the council shall be turned away and hunted down.

So, while I was at first mildly interested in this group, these four items caught my eye. I began to wonder by whose authority they were organized and operating, and so I asked a few pointed questions. At that point, I was blocked. But I wanted to do a little more research.

Another interested party has been archiving some of the posts by the admins on this page, and I discovered this in the archive …

I am regent and i shall speak to you all. i harbor a secret because i am well respected. Not many know why or how i am the answer is that when i was young the the witches of the seven covens performed a powerful ritual upon me putting me in to a sleep like death unable to move i woke to find myself in the astral plane surrounded by witches. I did not know who they were and i looked around and saw ropes and trees and a grave yard so horrible the stones were in the water. And at one of the trees their was standing a witch so old with such power that i agreed to her deal she who has power over all witches. Queen of the witches. I am bound to her will. I can hear whispers from the otherside. All witches have gifts and you know this to be true. I am the councils leader known as regent and i am herald to hecate. I am her vessel. I allow her to see through me because i respect her and because she is part of pagan history she who is queen of all witches. You can think of this origination as anything u wish: a council of witches, a coven, a inquisition anything you wish but we are here to stay and thats that. Blessed be! All hail hecate queen of the witches!

Well, isn’t that just special! This sounds much more like a fantasy game than any person who is serious about Witchcraft or Paganism.

I did a bit more checking, and looked at a few of the admins, and I discovered something curious … one admin has a total of zero friends in common with me, and another had two friends in common. To most people, this might not mean much – but to me, as a Pagan who has been active in the community for some time, what it says is that these people are connected to hardly anyone in the actual Pagan community. They are unknowns. What they are, is NOT PAGAN. They are pretenders, poseurs, and whatever agenda they have, it really has nothing to do with the Pagan community – so really, there is no “American Council of Witches”. What there is, is an American Council of People Pretending to be Witches. If they were for real, they wouldn’t be acting the way they are acting, they wouldn’t be saying the things they were saying, and they would actually have some connections to the actual, legitimate Pagan community.

What we really need though, is to have a legitimate American Council of Witches, whose only purpose is to exist, and to prevent other groups like this from trying to usurp the name. The work of the actual Council is done – it was completed in 1974.

Let’s hear some more music.

So, I came across a video that was produced about 16 years ago – called Drawing Down the Moon. This piqued my intereset because it stars Walter Koenig, of Star Trek fame. When I first heard of it, I wanted a copy, but it’s no longer in print. And it wasn’t even available in DVD form. But recently, I found a copy on Amazon that was available on VHS. For those who have given up your VHS players for DVD, there is a good reason to keep some pieces of obsolete technology around.

Anyway, it’s the story of a witch named Gwynyth McBride, and her adventures in a small town, as she is trying to open a homeless shelter and ritual space in a now unused Elks lodge. She’s fighting some local outlaws, known as “The corpration”, who want to use this building for their own purposes.

Walter Koenig plays the part of Joe Merchant, a Mathematician, who is representing The Corporation in their attempt to acquire the same property as McBride. Merchant had been a local drug dealer, but now works for the corporation – his only source of income, and uses those finances to help fund his mathematical aspirations.

In acquiring the lodge, McBride opens her homeless shelter, and also begins to perform healing magic in the building’s ritual space.

When a local minister objects to her work, because of her witchcraft practice she begins to do other work around the town and starts winning the townspeople over.

At one point, The Corporation, Merchant, and his goons begin to play hardball, using violence to try to get their way. The rest of the film is about her methods of dealing with these problems.

In modern parlance, McBride is quite the fluffy bunny – sometimes an accomplished martial artist, and at other times quite overly vulnerable.

Critically, the characters were overly stereotypical and shallow. Much of the dialog is fairly trite and shallow. And the witchcraft shown in the film is certainly not revealing any secrets.

BUT … what’s certain is that the writer, Steven Patterson (who was also the director, producer, etc.) had at least a passing acquaintance with witchcraft. He was also trying to do something good. If you can get past the fluffy qualities, and the sometimes lame-ish dialogue, it’s not that bad – and it’s actually nice that a film about Magick and Wicca was actually produced. And, as a bonus, you’ll get to hear some music by Kiva!
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Lastly, tonight, I want to talk about all of the anti-LGBT bills that are being proposed and passed in a number of states. Under the guise of “Religious Freedom”, bigots in many states are proposing numerous laws to presumably support the religious freedom of their citizens. Some restrict which bathrooms transgender people can use, others would prevent lawsuits against people who discriminated because of their “sincerely held religious beliefs”.

The first thing to know about this is that none of these laws have anything to do with religious beliefs. These laws protect nobody’s religious beliefs, because nobody’s religious beliefs or practices are in any sort of jeopardy. The Bible – and its invariably “Christians” who propose this legislation which is a poor disguise for bigotry, says nothing about not baking cookies, making a flower arrangement or photographing a wedding just because you disagree with their choice of a life partner. If the Bible doesn’t have a prohibition against these things, and these Christians make the claim that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, then this idea that baking cookies violates someone’s religious beliefs is a total fabrication.

I was thinking yesterday about this same thing, and I realized something:

We talk about Christians having taken control of the GOP. But in truth, that’s not at all what happened.
I know Christians – they are good people. And it’s not Christians who took over the GOP.

Rather, what truly happened, is that people who hijacked Christianity managed to take over the GOP. And that is something far more frightening. It’s the same people who hijacked Islam. All over the world, there are people acting in the name of popular religions to enact this conservative agenda – an agenda of hatred. An agenda of intolerance.

If you want to blame someone for what has happened – don’t blame Christianity – blame Neo-conservatism. And be wary – for the enemy here in the United States is the same enemy everywhere – it just wears a different mask.

What so-called Christians are looking for in these laws has nothing to do with religious freedom – rather, what it has to do with, is homophobia, trans-phobia, and bigotry. It’s an excuse to practice hatred.

The real sad thing is that the people proposing these laws are just too damned stupid to understand the actual and real consequences of their proposals. And if you live in one of the states who has passed such legislation – listen up – because here is a way to make the consequences known.

If you’re living in one of these states, and one of these lawmakers who passed such legislation comes into your place of business – you now have a right to deny them service to these people on religious grounds. If you’re a Pagan in a state which has these RFRAs, you can legally refuse a Christian service. Certainly I wouldn’t recommend that you do, but rather, I’d recommend that you let these people know that you do have the right to refuse them service, but because you’re not a bigot, because you believe in actual religious freedom rather than bigotry and hatred disguised as religious freedom, that you choose to provide service to everyone. Just let them know that their law has granted you permission to send them out without service. It would be interesting to see what these people say – so if you do this, let me know – shoot me an email at dee@paganfm.com, or let me know on Facebook.

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Debra, Mike, Joseph, Judith’s family, and all of those who struggle to find peace in our tumultuous world.
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Celia, Break These Chains, Carry Me Home
Emerald Rose, Gwydion’s Song to Lleu, Archives of Ages to Come
John McNair, Pagan Queen, Tears for Lucifer
Lindie Lila, Gayatri Mantra, Sisters of the Moon
Carl, PaganFM Almanac
Lisa Thiel, Lammas, Circle of the Seasons
Loreena McKennitt, Beneath a Phrygian Sky, An Ancient Muse
Kellianna, Autumn Wind, I Walk With the Goddess
Peter Calandra, Night Watch, Inner Circle
Russell Means, What Tribe Are You?, Electric Warrior
Spiral Dance, Song for a Selkie, From the MIst
Todd Alan, Burning Times, Carry Me Home
Wendy Rule, Elemental Chant, The Wolf Sky
Arthur Hinds, turn the Wheel,Dance In The Fire
Leigh Ann Hussey, She Is Grandmother, Homebrew
MaterDea, The Green Man, Satyricon

News

In a story on The Wild Hunt, by Cara Schulz today, it seems that the band Norsewind was uninvited to play at the Philadelphia Pagan Pride celebration. Antifa Philadelphia wrote to the Pagan Pride Day organizers to express concern that Norsewind had ties to the Keystone State Skinheads.
So, what was the extent of those ties, Apparently the Heathen band had played at a number of Lief Ericson day events which were, apparently organized by Keystone State Skinheads, and some of those people liked Norsewind’s facebook page. Some have also friended certain band members.

Norsewind has denied that they are in any way sympathetic to any sort of racism, and no racist comments have been found in the band’s lyrics or in any comments they have made, so this very much seems to be a case of guilt by association.

I need to wonder if now, musicians are guilty of something because of who organizes the events they play at. Should I be required to do a background check of everyone whose friend request I accept on Facebook?

I have to wonder if Antifa Philly was so concerned about Norsewind, did they ever approach Norsewind to express their concerns? Why is it that suspicion alone is worth ruining the reputation of a band? Antifa Philly has gone so far as to call Norsewind a “White Nationalist Band”, and the only evidence they offer to support this is that Norsewind is listed on a list of favorite bands by a particular white nationalist group.

It’s one thing to have a suspicion, to contact the band, and then address the facts. It’s quite another to have a suspicion, and to press that on as if it were fact, with nothing but a paid appearance at some events and some people who happen to have liked or friended the band on Facebook as evidence.

Personally, I haven’t heard a lot of Norsewind’s music – but what I have heard hasn’t been in any way racist – it’s a combination of Norse and Celtic music that certainly seems to be appropriate to any Pagan / Heathen / Norse / Celtic type of festival. If making music that a skinhead enjoys makes someone a skinhead, does that mean that we should equate the Beatles with the Manson family?

Here’s an idea – before we brand someone as a racist, let’s find out if they are. Let’s talk to them. Let’s not shun people because people we don’t like happen to like them. That’s sounding far too much like high school hallway politics.

If Norsewind doesn’t say anything that is racist, how can we presume they harbor those feelings? They claim to be non-political. Until I see other evidence, I’m going to take them at their word. I suspect that they now recognize that Keystone State Skinheads are a racist organization. I suspect that they now know that the particular Lief Erikson Day celebration they were playing at is sponsored by a racist organization. Why not leave it up to Norsewind to simply end that relationship – to ask them to not support racism. If they are honorable people, which I’ve no reason to suspect they aren’t, they’ll likely stop playing there.

I suppose that I’m one who likes to think the best of people first, who will talk to people and confirm my suspicions prior to going out and trying to ruin their business before I can confirm my suspicions with actual evidence.

I’ve left other organizations that use similar tactics – organizations that would seek to ruin a person’s reputation based on nothing but suspicion. Honestly, when someone uses tactics like this, I see them as no better than the groups they are trying to fight.

They might say “we’re fighting racism”, but if you brand someone a racist – or a sexist, or a bigot, or a pedophile, or anything else, and your best evidence is that someone friended them on Facebook, or that they were hired to perform at an event by someone like that – you are slandering them. Playing at a Lief Erikson event doesn’t necessarily mean that Norsewind approves of racism. They’ve already said that they aren’t, and nobody has demonstrated in any statements or lyrics that they are.

I don’t believe that a band is guilty of racism because a racist likes their music – any more than the Beatles are guilty of murder because a murderer liked their music. I would hope though, that Norsewind will recognize that when it’s demonstrated that an event they play at may be promoting racism, that they might want to distance themselves. But, then again, I don’t know that Lief Erikson Day was actually promoting white nationalism.

Anyway, that’s just me – probably being too careful. I was called a Pollyanna lately – maybe I’m just not suspicious enough.

Hi I’m Carl, and this is the Pagan FM Almanac for September 4th, 2014.
Please note that all moon void of course data is courtesy of www.drstandley.com.
Today is Thursday, September 4th, 2014 and it is the 247th day of the year.
The waxing gibbous moon is in Capricorn and the Sun is in Virgo.
The Moon will be void on Friday, September 5th at 3:08 PM and will enter Aquarius on Saturday, September 6th at 12:50 AM.
The Moon will be void on Sunday, September 7th at 3:02 PM and will enter Pisces on Monday, September 8th at 12:32 AM.
September’s Full Moon, the Harvest Moon, will occur Monday, September 8th at 9:38 PM.
The Moon will be void on Tuesday, September 9th at 2:44 PM and will enter Aries on Wednesday, September 10th at 12:25 AM.
The Moon will be void on Thursday, September 11th at 4:11 PM and will enter Taurus on Friday, September 12th at 2:26 AM.
After assembling the stories for this week in history, I realized that they all had something in common. So, albeit unplanned and unintended, welcome to the Pagan FM Almanac’s first Ladies’ Night…
On September 4th in 1879, Orpheis Caroline High-Correll founded the Correllian Nativist Tradition, aka Correllian Wicca. The tradition’s teachings, though influenced by Aradian Witchcraft, primarily involve knowledge passed down from the High-Correll family, descendants of Cherokee medicine men who had intermarried with Scottish Traditional Witches.
On September 5th in 2006, Katherine Anne “Katie” Couric made television history when she became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news program, CBS Evening News, replacing Dan Rather. Pretty big shoes to fill, especially since CNN president Reese Schoenfeld had banned Couric from appearing on-air because of what Schoenfeld called her “high-pitched, squeaky voice”. At $15 million a year, I’ll bet Katie squeaked – all the way to the bank.
On September 6th in 1997, over two and one-half billion people watched live TV coverage of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana had died in a car accident at the age of thirty-six. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of London to watch as Diana’s coffin was transported to Westminster Abbey, where during the funeral service Sir Elton John performed what was to become the second most popular single in music history, his tribute version of “Candle in the Wind”. Hundreds of thousands more people lined the streets as Diana was again transported to her family’s estate in Northamptonshire, where “the People’s Princess” was finally laid to rest.
On September 7th in 1950, Julie Deborah Kavner, actress, was born in Los Angeles, California. Kavner is best known as the voice of Marge Simpson in the longest-running animated show in TV history, The Simpsons. She has also appeared onscreen, both small (as Brenda Morgenstern in the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off sitcom Rhoda) and big (especially Woody Allen films – Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, and Shadows and Fog). Kavner is no stranger to hardware – she won an Emmy as Best Supporting Actress for her role on Rhoda, and another for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for one of her episodes as Marge Simpson.
On September 8th in 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationwide for the very first time. Oprah Gail Winfrey was born dirt-poor to a single mom in rural Mississippi. Over the next 25 years, Oprah would parlay her vast talent and appealing on-air presence into the most successful talk show in TV history.
On September 9th in 1939, patrons of the Fox Theatre in Riverside, California got an unexpected bonus double feature – a preview screening of the yet-to-be-released Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Producer David Selznick wanted to observe how an audience reacted to his film, which was officially released three months later. Of course, the film was wildly successful, nominated for twelve Oscars and winning nine, including Best Picture. The ladies in this case were first, Vivien Leigh, who scored the part of Scarlett after a nationwide search had come up empty by virtue of her happening to visit the set one day to see her agent, Myron Selznick, David’s brother. Leigh went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Second, Hattie McDaniel, who became the first African-American actress to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy.
Finally, on September 10th in 2000, Halle Maria Berry, actress, won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal of another actress, Dorothy Jean Dandridge, herself the star of the 1954 movie Carmen Jones. In 1954, Dandridge had been the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Actress. Ironically, in 2002, Halle Berry became the first African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress, for her performance in Monster’s Ball.
And this has been the Pagan FM Almanac for September 4th, 2014.

Practical Pagan
I’ve been very interested of late in Russell Means. For those of you who don’t know, Russell Means was a well-known Native American Activist. Russell was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1939. While the reservation is larger than the combined area of Rhode Island and Delaware combined, it has a population of fewer than 30,000 people, and is one of the poorest areas in the United States.

Russell had a troubled youth, growing up with a father who had alcohol problems, and his youth was characterized by truancy, drugs and crime. Early on, his family moved to the San Francisco area to escape the poverty of the reservation. Means attended a number of colleges, but did not graduate. It wasn’t until he became active in the 1960’s in the American Indian movement that Russell found his way.

His father died when Russell was only 28 – in 1967. And it was about a year later when he began serious work as an activist. When we look at activism today, many of us consider it “activism” to re-post items on Facebook, to “like” items that others have posted, or to sign electronic petitions. Don’t get me wrong – that’s better than doing nothing, but Russell Means wasn’t an armchair activist. He was part of the Alcatraz occupation in 1969, he and others took over the Mayflower II in Boston on Thanksgiving Day in 1970. In 1971, he was one of the leaders who took over Mt. Rushmore – which, while being a United States landmark, was carved out of sacred Native American land. He was one of the leaders at the protest at Wounded Knee.

Russell Means died in October of 2012 at 73 years of age.

A few weeks ago, I read the words of George Catlin, and I first heard them read by Russell Means. I’m going to read them again tonight, because I want to talk about one of the ideals espoused by Russell. He was a Libertarian, and George Catlin’s Creed sheds a bit of light on what it might take to adopt Libertarianism in our world.

Here is that Creed again:
George Catlin’s Creed
I love a people that have always made me welcome to the very best that they had.
I love a people who are honest without laws, who have no jails and no poorhouses.
I love a people who keep the commandments without ever having read or heard them preached from the pulpit.
I love a people who never swear or take the name of God in vain.
I love a people “who love their neighbors as they love themselves”
I love a people who worship God without a Bible, for I believe that God loves them also.
I love a people whose religion is all the same, and who are free from religious animosities.
I love a people who have never raised a hand against me, or stolen my property, when there was no law to punish either.
I love and don’t fear mankind where God has made and left them, for they are his children.
I love a people who have never fought a battle with the white man, except on their own ground.
I love a people who live and keep what is their own without lock and keys.
I love a people who do the best they can. And oh how I love a people who don’t live for the love of money.
When Russell Means spoke of Libertarianism – a minimum of government control over the people, it’s important to recognize that he was one of those people that George Catlin spoke of. He grew up in that society.

I think the last line is one of the most important – Catlin wrote: “I love a people who do the best they can. And Oh how I love a people who don’t live for the love of money.”

Think about that for a moment. Russell Means was a Libertarian. But he came from a culture which believed that greed is wrong. But who are the Libertarians today? Or rather, who are the white Libertarians today. They aren’t people who believe that greed is wrong. Rather, they wish to have government out of the way so that they can advance their own wealth, by whatever means are available.

Look at the environmental disasters we’ve suffered in recent years – from the Exxon Valdez at Prince William Sound in Alaska, to the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, to the countless rivers that have been poisoned, wells damaged by fracking, the water temperature in the Gulf of Maine raising by about ½ degree per year – and what are so-called Libertarians doing about it? They are calling for less enforcement action by our Environmental Protection Agency, suggesting that business will somehow self-regulate.

Here is the truth about our Western way of thinking: As a culture, we do nothing to solve problems until we have no other choice. How many of us actually take care of something so basic as our own bodies? We experience some discomfort, and we take pain killers until they no longer work. Think about how many people you might know who had a cough or high blood pressure or some other problem – and by the time they get to a doctor to have it checked out, there is nothing that can be done. The person had lung cancer, or a stroke, or some sort of tumor that had become inoperable.

Yet these are the same people who are running our corporations today. The truth is that if something isn’t going to kill or harm us immediately, we will ignore it.

One or two hundred years ago, if I told you that we would pollute our rivers to the point where they would catch fire, most people would have laughed at the idea that a river could burn. But with so much industrial waste being poured into the Cuyahoga river, it did burn – on multiple occasions through the 1950s and 1960s. It was this river, so polluted, that helped spur the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency by Richard Nixon in 1970.

So, what we’re being told is that regulations are bad – and that the EPA actually causes more harm than business would if it were left unrestricted by regulations – which completely ignores the fact that when businesses were unrestricted, they caused the harm that prompted the formation of the EPA in the first place.

Maybe we might look at the logic of this in an area where there aren’t regulations right now. Let’s take coal ash. If we are to believe that businesses and corporations will adequately police themselves, and that they will do the right thing, wouldn’t they do so with coal ash? But in Kingston, TN, that ash was held in ponds – and what happened? 1 Billion gallons poured out of a poorly contained containment, and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and 300 acres of waterfront property.

Look at what lack of regulation wrought upon our economy in recent years. Look at the way our pensions have been brought to ruin, at the numbers of scam artist who take advantage of any profitable situation they can find.

The truth is that our Western, Roman “civilization” is incapable of adopting Libertarianism. For as long as, as George Catlin put it, the “love of money”, is what drives us, true liberty will elude us. While we need locks and keys, while we value money more than the life of another, while we have the capacity to think that we can own the Earth, rather than simply being part of the Earth, we can’t have the liberty that we are looking for.

Russell Means was a Libertarian, but that is because he was raised in a culture that saw each of us as equal, and the Earth and civilization as more important than the individual.

So what would I say to the libertarian? I’d tell them that I want to live in the world they honestly want to live in. But right now we can’t, because we are unruly children. We don’t let our children do whatever they want, because we know that they need guidance, they need to learn how the world works, before they are able to take their part in it.

Listening to one of Russel Means’ songs “What Tribe Are You?” he is talking about Freedom. He asks “Do you know what freedom means? It means The Freedom to be responsible.” Not “The freedom to ‘not’ be responsible”, but “The Freedom to be responsible”.

Let’s listen to our politicians – the ones who discount climate change. What do you hear them telling us? People aren’t responsible for climate change; there is no climate change; or “there is climate change, but we aren’t responsible”. Now some are coming out with such claims as “well, there is climate change, and we have an impact, but it’s not dangerous”. Neither, I presume, did that man with the cough think it was dangerous.

If we want the freedom of Libertarianism, we have to be willing to take responsibility for our own actions. Not after a poorly designed dam storing billions of gallons of industrial waste roars down a river and destroys dozens of homes, but long before that – when we actually have a chance to not destroy our environment.

Freedom means the freedom to be responsible – it means the courage to accept responsibility – it means the willingness to do what is right.

If we’re looking to the idea of liberty, with greed in our hearts, it’s not liberty we’re looking for – but, rather, we’re looking for nothing but a way to satisfy that which is insatiable – our own greed. I’m reminded of a contest where people were asked to write a complete story in six words, and someone’s entry – I don’t recall who it was, said “All I ever wanted was more.” And that is the life story of our stock market and share-holders. Unless the environment changes in their back yard – when the coastline erodes acres of their property, when their land becomes uncomfortable and unlivable, that is when the EPA or rules will become important to them. But for as long as they can make profit, for as long as living is comfortable for them, the EPA and environmental concerns are nothing but a hindrance.

And it’s the same way with so many species of animals. Only 200 years ago, the passenger pigeon was likely the most populous species of bird on Earth. Flocks of them would darken the skies. One single flock in the 1860s was described as being 1 mile across and 300 miles long. 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914, the species went extinct, when the last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Our environment is as delicately balanced as any fine watch. One small change will alter the way either functions. Some changes may be minor and correctable. Others can be devastating.

Our people – all of Earth’s people, should have a right to be honored as people. We look to our famous documents such as our Declaration of Independence showing that we all have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights that says “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. “

Here is the truth – until we recognize that as a human family, that we are responsible for each other, that we are responsible for the Earth, that we are responsible for other species on this Earth, that we are responsible for our environment, we can’t be free. Until we are free to be responsible, we aren’t free enough to enjoy true liberty. Until we are able to be responsible, the ideal of Libertarianism is an elusive dream, because we are not mature enough to attain it. We’re the adolescent children telling our parents what we want, but have no conception of what our desires really mean.

So how do we get from here to there? We grow the hell up. We look to civilizations where Libertarianism has worked, and we learn from them. We recognize that if any of us is left behind, we are all left behind, because we are all connected. We recognize that we can’t own the land or the air or the rivers – we are part of them, and they are part of us. We recognize that war is useless, and that telling each other what to believe or how to live is wrong – we all have liberty, up to the point where what we do harms the Earth, each other, or other creatures.

We put aside wealth as the primary purpose of living. And recognize that arguments such as “Your gardens or windmill, or farm, or antenna, or whatever the heck else it is . harm my property value”.

We need to recognize that in order to achieve real liberty, we can’t abandon our own responsibility. What government there is, we are all responsible for. That means that for now, until we grow up, we must be involved. We all need to vote. We can’t simply complain about the way the government is doing things, because we are the government. And until we are all ready to do the right thing without being told to do so, we need to insure that there are laws that will insure that regulations are in place to mandate the right thing be done. Remember that your parents only told you to clean your room when you weren’t capable of doing so without being told.

Someday, when we’re grown up enough, government will necessarily shrink. When greed gets out of the way, we won’t need that financial oversight. When corporations and businesses and people are able to stop polluting, the EPA won’t be necessary. When we stop committing crimes, we’ll need fewer police and prosecutors. When we as a people demand that substances like marijuana be legal, they will be, and we can then start emptying our jails of many who have been pointlessly held. And we can also demand that we stop holding people illegally, that fair trials are held for all, that no evidence be withheld from our juries, and that people who are in jail and prisons today, under questionable circumstances, be given the fair trials and hearings they deserve. Leonard Peltier is one such that comes to mind.

As people, as citizens, who demand our freedom and our liberty, it’s up to us to recognize that none of this is free – that it demands our responsibility. To become free, we need to accept responsibility – it’s that simple.

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