APA Newsletter • March 2000

The APA's February meeting went well. Our class on reincarnation was well liked and our Past life regression ritual was 'memorable.' Our March meeting/class/ritual will be held on March 15th at the Mysts of Avalon Store. Ginger will be teaching a class on spellcasting. The ritual will be an invocation to the gods and goddesses of Love, also to be led by Ginger.

The census is being taken now, and we here at the APA wish to strongly encourage everyone to proudly list Pagan on their census forms. (As well as school, hospital and all other forms.) It is of the utmost importance that we as a religion gain recognition and respect from the general community. We can only do that by working to dispel the misconceptions about Witches. Therefore, we must stop cowering in the broom closet...we have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to be afraid of out of that broom closet. They aren't burning us at the stake anymore, and we are not evil or immoral. So be brave! Be proud! We can't expect others to see Witches as upstanding members of the community if we ourselves act like we have something to hide!!!

Along these same lines, the APA is continuing our work as the self-appointed Public Relations Department of the local Pagan Community, by continuing to donate to local charities, attending the Pagan council meetings that have been held in Asheville this year, by making ourselves available to the media, and as public speakers on the subject of Witchcraft.

From our Book of Shadows:

The spell used to conjure up a spirit in Lord Byron's play, 'Manfred.'

Ancestors communion spell: "shadow! or Spirit! Whatever thou art, Which still doth inherit The whole or the part Of the form of thy birth, Of the mould of thy clay which return'd to the Earth,- Re-appear to the day! Bear what thou borest,

The heart and the form, And the aspect thou worest, redeem from the worm. Appear! Appear! Appear! Who sent you there requires you here!
LORD BYRON (1788-1823)

  • March 17th--- St. Patrick's day (3-fold Celtic god who later became known as St. Patrick)
  • March 20th--- Spring Equinox, one of the two days of Sacred Balance!
  • March 31st--- Festival of Luna
  • April 1st--- All Fool's Day, the God Loki's day.
  • April 5th--- The goddess, Fortuna's festival (Lady Luck)
  • April 11th--- Festival of Ostara


"The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." J.B.S. Haldane

"The study of Nature is intercourse with the highest mind. You should never trifle with Nature." Jean-Louis Agassiz

"...the sea, once it casts its spell, it holds one in its net of wonder forever!" Jacques-Yves Cousteau

"Nature is wont to hide Herself." Heraclitus (c. 540-480 B.C.E.)


Hi ya'll, hope you enjoyed the newsletter, maybe it was good I had to break that spell up in the middle. It is darkly powerful rite, better not to even type all at once, and I don't suggest reading it aloud, at all, unless you want to conjure up a ghost! If it wasn't so hauntingly beautiful (What else would it be written by Lord Byron?) it would be way too spooky for my tastes.
Blessed be!