Category: Other Contributors

The Faery Faith in the Temple of Witchcraft

CHRISTOPHER PENCZAK. Faeries and Witches… Witches and Faeries… two archetypes inexorably linked in my own mind, yet in the outer world, many assume the two have nothing to do with each other. Some stories claim that Witches are the descendants of Human and Faery relationships, and the Witch-blood of legend is actually the blood of the faery folk.

My thoughts on Samhain

GREEN OWL. I will be decorating my seasonal altar this weekend with butternuts, grains, leaves, fruits and nuts. I will be making a wreath out of rosemary to remember all my ancestors who came before me and place the pictures of my grandmother and my mother who have passed on to the Otherworld on the altar. Hail to the gods and our ancestors!

Burn the ‘witch’

TALIANAH BREET. The complacency of the average human being when it comes to human suffering baffles me completely. Clearly it’s okay that babies are being burned to death over accusations of witchcraft. Well it must be, because so far very few people have communicated horror over what has been happening. It is getting to the point where my neighbour can accuse me of being a witch and the entire community can burn me to death AND IT’S OKAY, because hey, witches are evil, right? No evidence, no reasoning, but an accusation is all that is needed to pass and execute a death sentence on me.

Jeez…us… the way we do things!

OUTIE. I find it very interesting how people can subscribe and unsubscribe to values these days, as if they signed up for a newsletter and then changed their minds a day later. For example – and I apologise in advance for using sweeping generalisations, but you will see that they are necessary in order to make the point, and I do acknowledge that there are individuals out there who are not like this – it occurred to me that most of the black people who voice their opinion either directly to me or via the media have this collective empathy with those who were oppressed and discriminated against during the Apartheid era. I can understand this, since, as a self-identified South African Witch, I feel an empathy with all of those people through the ages who were accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake or drowned as heretics, under an unjust and very predominantly Christian system.

Allegorical hero and the initiatory quest for Virtue

LESLEY MADYTINOS. The heroes of myths and legends hold a most important place within the allegories of the ancients and within human society, past and present. Regardless of whether these heroes arise from the mire of historical battle or focus upon an ordinary person faced with an extraordinary challenge, the motif of the path of the hero is identified by a personal choice made by the hero from which unfolds a particular course of action that embodies specific qualities. These heroic actions and the qualities they suggest become the values of any community of humans.