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Pagan/Witch/Heathen Community Needs assessment

Hi Folks, 

Family of mine is working on a project for needs assessment within the Pagan/Witch/Heathen/etc. communities and could use your help:

The survey will take about 15 minutes and is open to U.S. residents ages 18 and up. 

Thank you so much as a personal favor…


Added by Leisha on January 24, 2012 at 16:18 — 7 Comments

Pagan riffs on "The Lord's Prayer"

Here's another one found in one of my notebooks that doesn't seem to have a life on the Internet at present.

This one is attributed to "Eilyan, 1995" and appears to be done in the style of the Christian "Lord's Prayer."

High and Holy Lady

Which art the Cosmos

Hallowed be Thy Names!

Thy Will be done

Throughout the

Astrals, the

Earth, and the


Illuminate us this day with the Holy Grail

And bless our…


Added by Leisha on December 27, 2011 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

Sacred Steps

Looking at which notebook this is in, I probably found this on a BBS back around 1993 or so. I don't know the author of it, and haven't had any luck finding a copy of it online. I am sharing it here so it won't be lost to time, even though it isn't something that resonates with me these days.


Sacred Steps



Swirling, tumbling wild



Trembling, awake, quick

The sacred web



Added by Leisha on December 27, 2011 at 7:19 — 1 Comment

Tending of the Witchflame

This is something i wrote....sometime. Probably wrote it back in '06 or so, but just found it while cleaning out that big bin of misc. papers. Figured it would be a good Yule gift for you all. Enjoy!


From the land on which I walk

To the sky where spirit soars

Through the waters of life I call

I, of the witchflame, give my word.



Let my voice blend truth and love

Let my deeds be guided above

From my…


Added by Leisha on December 22, 2011 at 13:35 — 2 Comments

Why I believe in "Witch DNA"

Witch blood, hereditary witch, natural witch, witch DNA. Regardless of what you call it, the topic can raise the hackles of newcomers and oldsters alike. More often than not, profession of a belief that some people are born into witchcraft inclination is seen as the mark of fluff. As a person who, ideally, has a reputation for being pretty fluff-free, I'd like to come out and make a rather bold statement.

I believe in "Witch DNA".

Because that statement is likely to cause some…


Added by Leisha on December 21, 2011 at 12:34 — 7 Comments

Korvidae Kalends by Dawn

Here's one of those things that I've found in my purging of papers. I have no other information about where I got it from or who wrote it, other than it was written by "Dawn". I've preserved the capitalization and spelling from the way I wrote it down:


January did bring to me

a Key to Unlock the Mystery.

February’s Gales did Bring,

Lore and Learning on the Winds.

March came with other Needs,

rising up with Oestre’s seeds.



Added by Leisha on November 28, 2011 at 19:37 — No Comments

Why I don't write of my poems

Another ol' writing of mine, this time from 2007 when I was doing some work with the elements leading up to initiation. It's not good--I'll admit that--but since someone asked a while back what my beef with poetry was, it's that most of it sounds like this to my mind. :P


I need to be consumed by


once again.

To drive down this familiar road as fast as I can,

So fast that the car that confines me 

Cannot itself keep…

Added by Leisha on October 23, 2011 at 21:03 — 1 Comment

A Few Thoughts on Shadows

Wrote this back in 2006. Enjoy!


A few thoughts on shadows:

1. Everyone has a shadow, because there is no way for us to exist in total darkness.

2. Spiritual people, because they work closer to the light, often have stronger shadows. This is how the balance is kept.

3. People who claim to embrace the darkness fully, do so many times because they are afraid of what shadow they would cast. By keeping themselves close to darkness, they feel they are…


Added by Leisha on October 17, 2011 at 7:31 — 5 Comments

Have all the good rituals been done?

Within various systems of philosophy, the question comes up at some point as to whether all the _______ have been done. Have all the original songs been written? Have all the thoughts been thought? Have all the original books been written? Have all the original movies been made?


This morning, I got an e-mail about a local eclectic coven's newest offering.... Saturday services. The gist of it is a service where people get together for "a silent contemplation, readings from…


Added by Leisha on July 8, 2011 at 7:40 — 5 Comments

Not the same, but that's okay

A few years back, I had a conversation with a self-proclaimed high priestess of a newly formed eclectic ritual group. At the time I was editing a book for her of her practices, and had made some comments in the chapter where she outlined her sabbat rituals that the rituals were all very cookie cutter and that she could probably save some pages by just writing out one sabbat ritual and then have the filler text on another page, or (preferably from the standpoint of her students) she could…


Added by Leisha on January 20, 2011 at 8:19 — 11 Comments

My Life Card

As a personal exercise, I have spent years condensing down what I believe....with the idea that if you can condense down what you believe, everything you do should be a reflection of one or more of the principles that you live your life by. 


Since I'm not the video blogging kind, here's what's on my card....this is what I live my life by:


The 10 Disney Management Principles

1. Make everyone's dreams come true.

2. You better believe it.



Added by Leisha on January 12, 2011 at 16:36 — 3 Comments

Why are some bloggers on this site cowardly?

To me, being a witch means that one lives a life of personal responsibility and personal accountability. This includes for our actions AND our words. If you write something, but then either don't allow for comments to be posted or feel the need to moderate comments, it is because you are afraid of what people might say. To me, this shows cowardice and goes contrary to the ideas of personal responsibility and personal accountability.

If you feel strongly enough about something…


Added by Leisha on December 15, 2010 at 15:36 — 29 Comments

Psychic Larvae and Psychic Vampirism

Many people of the internet world have heard stories of so-called psychic vampires, willingly or unwillingly feeding off the energy of those around them. Although it is easy to dismiss these claims as the ravings of deluded attention seekers, there is some validity to claims that people can drain one’s energy, albeit not in a supernatural way. In my view, there are three classifications for psychic vampires.

The first…


Added by Leisha on November 24, 2010 at 12:57 — 7 Comments

The Kubler-Ross Stages of Grief Model for Coven Loss

In 1969, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross compiled the five stages of grief in her book On Death and Dying. When a group, such as a coven, dissolves or when an individual either makes the choice to leave or is forced out, it is
 a major life adjustment. In many ways, it is a process by which the individual
 goes through a death and rebirth cycle. Here is an…


Added by Leisha on November 15, 2010 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Oathbound: It Isn't One Size Fits All

Spinning off from another thread where this was brought up and in the hopes that a certain someone will put a link to her blog on the subject (hint hint!) and that another certain someone will write up an essay about it (hint hint hint!), I thought it would be interesting to have different people weigh in on the topic from…


Added by Leisha on November 15, 2010 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Rede of the New Seeker

This is something I wrote a handful of years ago (under another name, if you've seen it elsewhere), and figured I'd share it here:

Rede of the New Seeker

Bide you well, if you talk the talk

In truth and strength must you walk the walk.

For those who claim to want to learn

Must know that knowledge is privilege to earn.

Your words and deeds shall be your calling

Lest a lack of morals become your falling.

No guide upon your path… Continue

Added by Leisha on November 15, 2010 at 18:55 — 2 Comments

Ten Warning Signs for Groups

I wrote this about a decade ago, but just found it as I was cleaning out papers. I hope you enjoy!

So you've decided that you want to find a coven, grove, circle or group. You may have even found a group that you're curious about. There are a few warning signs that you should be aware of when looking for a group to participate with. Sadly, there are some unscrupulous people out there. This list gives you some ideas of what to look for so you know what to…

Added by Leisha on November 10, 2010 at 12:39 — 4 Comments


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