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When a friend asked me to do a mojo bag for him, another stereotype I had to
dispel was the practice of Voodoo(another perpetuated Hollywood myth I had to deal with
for which African-Americans were portrayed as mambos and hougans). I had to
enlighten him tersely for his misinformation about me as well as the dangers
of negative workings for which I personally knew all so well.
Today I am a solitary, and have been most of my life. I love being solitary,
but I have kept an open mind and searched for a group that would accept me.
In the Spring of 1985 I once applied for admission to a coven. I filled out
the application to the best of my knowledge. The application also asked me
to send in a photo. I did not send one in because I didn't have a current one
and I didn't feel one was necessary. It did lead me to wonder about this
person's group and what her motives were. Well, this so-called 'Priestess'
did not accept me because she claimed that my energy was not right. At the
end of the rejection letter, she added a list of books to help me along the
way. Some of the books she listed were the same as those I had listed on
the registration and many of which I have read years earlier. Several months
later, I had found out that her group had disbanded. According to a friend
who was accepted, her group slowly fell apart because she had become too
demanding. I also found out that she was disturbed about having a black man
in the group and that she stated that people of my race were incapable of
Wiccan practices. I guess she learned the hard way that you never reject any
of the Goddess' children no matter who they are.
Just a few years later, an aquaintence of mine related to me a simalar incident.
He attended a course that had the same requirements. He also felt
uncomfortable leaving a photograph. What made matters worse was the
argumental power struggle between the priestess and priest. My friend
therefore has decided to remain a solitary practitioner for the time being.
We gave him a protective blessing and wished him well on his quest.
In August 1997, BadWolf
and I began taking courses in Wicca taught by a Priestess from the Sibylline Order.
But in Feburary 1998, due to personal differences on historical and anthropological opinion,
we were told our magick was incompatible with this organization. To us, they had exposed
themselves as charlatans and dabblers. And some really did not know what they were doing.
This incident led me to believe that my path was different than what they had in mind.
After some soul searching, and doing a couple of rites to repair the damage done by the
Sibylline Order to BadWolf and myself, I decided to return to the tradition of being a solitary.
As of late August 2000, we to have resigned our memberships from The Council
of Magickal Arts. To find out why, go below past the large torch.
I chose the name BlackWolf because my friend BadWolf says it suits me well, and its
comfortable to me spiritially as well as magically. My workings are
primarily healing and protection, although before my disability, I could raise
a very powerful energy mass for whatever purpose. After all, where would the
extra energy for mass calls for help and blessings come from? Never discount
the gifts that a solitary can provide, for ours are the ways of Wise Woman
and the Cunning Man. I once heard that only a Witch can make a Witch, but
according to the late Scott Cunningham's book,
'Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner', "Only the Goddess can
make a Witch. So who is better qualified?" He is right. I went to the most
qualified. I went to the one who accepted me as I am and whose love is
unconditional, and unchanging.
Many so-called well-meaning members of the Christian Community continue to
claim that Wicca is Satanic. They use these tactics to keep people from
finding out about Wicca for themselves. Most of the anti-Wiccan propaganda
has come from members of Southern Baptists and Assemblies of God. These
groups follow in the tradition of the Spanish Inquisition and the corrupt
judges of Salem, Mass.
I have known of the people who are predjudiced against Wiccans, some of which
can be brought to light by giving them an easy explaination of Wiccan practices
and beliefs. However, there are those who will claim you are a disciple of
Satan no matter what you tell them.
I knew of a Wiccan who went to work the day before
Samhain, and found some anti-Halloween propoganda on his desk.
He shocked everyone in the office by ripping it to shreds, then saying that
if he ever found any Christian material on his desk again, he would take it
to upper management for consideration as matter of personal infringement.
The manager took his side and agreed that the workplace was not to be used as
a forum for conversion.
This doesn't just happen to Wiccans. I once knew of a friend who was a
Buddahist. For weeks a co-worker continued to harrass him by leaving
copies of the Jack Chick comics and a tiny
copy of the New Testament on his desk. He finally put his foot down and told
his co-worker to back off. The co-worker responded with the usual, 'You'll go
to Hell if you don't turn to Christ' routine. My friend countered with the
fact that he had the right to believe in whatever he wanted without comment
or comdemnation. Although both incidences were peaceful, there are others
that have ranged from harrassment to actual violence. One well known
organization that I know of that deals with some of these religious matters
Lady Liberty League through the organization, 'Circle Sanctuary.'
Only Christians have Satan. Wicca has no devils or demons. It has no Hell or
Purgatory. We do not rely on those who are supposed to bring us the word and
expect us to drop money in the collection plate. We do not go out on street
corners or door-to-door trying to add more followers (and income) to the
flock! If they are confronted with questions, they make references to faith.
You are just simply handed a bible, and told to believe what is there. If
there is a problem, prayer is the answer. The only dangerous Christian is one
who believes his way is the only way and if unable to recruit or convince
will demean or harm by any means necessary. Even kill. My true criticism with
Christianity is that it has been the cause of wars and elimination of various
races in the world. It has been used to subjigate women and other minorities
into submission. History has recorded such mass mental and physical
destruction and genocide. And they do it all in the name of Christ. If Christ
were alive today (and I'm only speculating), I do not believe he would
approve of such practices.
This statement is for members of the organization known as the Council of Magickal
Arts. Stated below is an explanation of the reasons why we left the organization, and
why we will never return or wish further contact from anyone connected with CMA.
Once I said we had a dissapointing view of the Pagan community of Texas. Now
I know why. It seems that many of the Wiccan/Pagan (CMA) community has brought along
Christian baggage to the community. Many have sought the need for competition
and control, and in doing so have taking control of many good pagan organizations
The Sibylline Order (and I'm being cordial due to prior statements above) and The
Council of Magickal Arts. Many of you may know what the Order did to us and the results
of their retaliation. What they tried to do was ruin our reputation, and wound up being
banished by the greater community. Now a faction/clique has taken over the running of the
land site purchased by CMA. They have used certain members as figureheads to get what they
needed. And we were caught in the trap!
We were the dinner coordinators for the first work weekend at the landsite.
And up till the time BadWolf had his heart attack, we had done a supurb job.
We showed people that things like Solar power can be achieved. We even gotten
an award of a very beautiful Wolf's Head Knife at Beltane. But things began to
We began questioning why things have not been completed on time. And why were
people's pet peeves were more important than the proper needs. A shower facility
seemed to be more important than flush toilets or a kitchen. Even how to power
the landsite was called into question. And why the secrecy? Why the delays? We
went to the landsite for the first time since Spike's heart attack. When we got
there, we found that the protocol had changed. When we left, we assured everyone
that when Spike recovered, we would resume our duties. We instead found that a
clique had formed and had taken over our jobs. Even one of them had heard that
we had quit, when really we didn't. So the clique took over and took pains to
eliminate us. We confronted everyone at the landsite, and they ignored us. Even
the guys who comes out and is in charge of the work weekend snubbed and ignored us.
They had made it clear that we warriors are not welcome.
Is this the way you treat your brother Pagans? Is this really the true nature
of the Texas Pagan community? Unless I am convinced otherwise, I will retain
my view on this community. And that is that most of the Pagan community are
nothing but a group of whining, immature, jealous, non-magickal practising wannbees
who really attend events just to get naked, get drunk, hide and get high, and try
to have sex with anyone who'll put up with them. To me, that is not the Pagan
community I was led to believe in. So my view of the Pagan community stands.
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