I am a “Religious” Pagan marriage celebrant.
I am the “last” legal religious Pagan celebrant” in Australia.
Our government has deemed all celebrants, civil, unless they are from a registered religion, which I am. However, they will not allow any other celebrants to become “religious Pagan” unless Paganism becomes a registered denomination. Sadly, even though there are many registered Pagan churches and groups ready to band together to become a denomination, the Attorney General’s Department is not allowing our application for an umbrella Pagan religious denomination to go through. Thirty-six Pagan religious organisations have banded together to do this. Yet , the Australian Attorney-General’s Department’s reason for the denial is because “They” don’t consider Paganism to be an organized religion.
So, an arbitrary decision has been made, a judgment call, by someone
with opposing religious views, hidden behind a desk somewhere, to limit
your religious freedom. This decision affects every Australian and
Pagan, all around the world. You have to tell them that is not
acceptable. Say “NO” loudly and clearly. Otherwise, in the near future
we may not be able to hold beautiful ceremonies like this, legally, any
more – https://youtu.be/GsQALE_Te1I and we will have moved back one step closer to the dark ages and a return to the witch hunts.
STAND UP & SAY “NO” TO THAT!!!!
It would be wonderful if we all could show support for religious freedom, of a group that has no dogma, empowering, honors the individual, follows an nature based belief system, that is highly ethical, has no extremist history and that hurts no one. In fact, during the recent ‘Royal Commission into Victimization by Religious Organizations’ there were “zero” complains lodged against any Pagan group or organization. Yet what we do is hold beautiful and meaningful ceremonies like this handfasting.
Please show your support for what Australia could loose if Pagan Religious celebrants become extinct with my demise.
Please demand that our religious freedoms be upheld by signing this petition.
Thank you and Every Bright Blessing to you,
Reverend. Dr S. D’Montford (D.D. HPs)
Click Here to Sign the Petitions
2018 YULE Witches Masquerade Ball.
Witches gathered from all over Australia to share the abundance of what life has offered us and give hope for the future, as this marks the moment the Goddess gives birth to the SUN God. Everyone took part in a magical ritual on …
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A video from the 2017 Witches Ball
2 square metres of sunlight will melt anything on this planet and release more energy than a coal burning power station – YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS
Melting a Stone With Sunlight – Metal being melted under sunlight
See the Art of David Bowie in the next Magick Magazine
Magick Magazine pays tribute to a great 21st C Magickan by celebrating his creativity!
David Bowie paintings show a knowledgeable approach to art, influenced by Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Francis Bacon, Francis Picabia… Bowie, had an affinity for German Expressionist art that pre-dated his residence in Berlin. His art shows passion and great sensitivity.
“You aren’t dead as long as somebody is thinking about you.”
Issue 8 Is coming and, as you can see it is HOT
Find out what Fiona Horn, still looking divine at 53, has been up to and how magick has shaped her life. here’s a taser of the interview:
“My first aid mission that I coordinated and flew was February 2017 ….When I saw these kids (in need), it was like a light bulb went on in my brain and I ‘prayed’ to ‘my idea of God/dess’ and asked – ‘Please help me grasp the knowledge and skills necessary to fly and I will donate my time and skill to aid work to help children and families like these.’ And suddenly, I could remember all the airspace rules, regulations and V speeds and flows and maneuvers and aircraft systems, and comprehend and use the information safely and effectively…. The magick I practice now is a way of life, a way of identifying how to be of service, and how to be the best version of myself so that I can be useful in the world. …I suggest to people that the way to make your ‘spells work 100% of the time’ is to identify how they can serve others. “
…..and there is so much more
Over the next few weeks we will be giving you teasers of the articles you will be able to expect in the next issue-
Remember share the magick with your friends and stay tuned for more
Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US
The population of self-identified witches has risen dramatically in the United States in recent decades, as interest in astrology and witchcraft practices have become increasingly mainstreamed.
While data is sparse, Quartz noted, the practice of witchcraft has grown significantly in recent decades; those who identify as witches has risen concurrently with the rise of the “witch aesthetic.”
“While the U.S. government doesn’t regularly collect detailed religious data, because of concerns that it may violate the separation of church and state, several organizations have tried to fill the data gap,” Quartz reported.
“From 1990 to 2008, Trinity College in Connecticut ran three large, detailed religion surveys. Those have shown that Wicca grew tremendously over this period. From an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990, they found there were about 340,000 practitioners in 2008. They also estimated there were around 340,000 Pagans in 2008.”
Pew Research Center studied the issue in 2014, discovering that 0.4 percent of Americans, approximately 1 to 1.5 million people, identify as Wicca or Pagan, meaning their communities continue to experience significant growth.
The rapid rise is not a surprise to some given philosophical and spiritual trends in culture.
“It makes sense that witchcraft and the occult would rise as society becomes increasingly postmodern and rejects the hypocracy and domineering control of Christianity.” she said, ”Because it’s a ‘pre-Christian tradition’ that promotes ‘free thought’ and ‘understanding of earth and nature.'”
Similarly, radio host and author Carmen LaBerge noted on Twitter that the figures are striking in that witches outnumber certain Christian denominations. “As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically. There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 mil, than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 mil,” she said Tuesday.
Companies like cosmetics giant Sephora have attempted to capitalize on it, marketing a “Starter Witch Kit” to consumers interested in dabbling in witchcraft. In October 2017, Market Watch reported that the psychic services industry grew 2 percent between the years 2011 and 2016, an industry now worth approximately $2 billion.
Rather than deeming everything that is supernatural ‘demonic,’ the Church needs to wake up to the reality of this realm and begin to approach it from a perspective which understands its place and purpose,” said Wanda Alger, field correspondent with Intercessors for America and a pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Winchester, Virginia, in a CP interview at the time.
Autumn Equinox New Beginnings
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