Editress; Ginger Strivelli
Instead of an article this month, We are submitting some quotes for pondering, some historical, some from entertainment sources and even some from the APA email chat list.
Gentlemen, we must hang together, or we will most assuredly hang separately". Ben Franklin
As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?" -- Letter to F. A. Van der Kamp from John Adams
"I'd rather see a person burn the flag and wrap themselves in the constitution, than burn the constitution and wrap themselves in the flag." Molly Ivins
"Everybody has got some good, some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there." Mother Teresa
"Ye have enemies? Good, good- that means ye've stood up for something, sometime in thy life...." -Elminster of Shadowdale
"Humans are noticeably afflicted with what is termed a sense of humor." Spock from the TV show, 'Star Trek.'
"Dont take this ass kicking personal" world wrestling federation's "APA" (acolyte protection agency.)
"If you stare too long into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you." Tyr Anasazi from the TV show 'Andromeda.'
Dark and evil got thrown together by people who were not PAGAN. For example, September 11th was not dark it was evil. The capacity for evil exists in all religions, groups, and individuals. The trick is to figure out which groups have decided to follow an evil path. We seem to agree that some groups are evil like pure race Odinists. Evil exists in human nature. The dark is different. It is the crone (or Hermit as I call the dark God) who has to make the decision in a difficult birth on who should live the mother or child. This is not an evil decision it is a hard one. The hard decisions are ruled by the dark Lord and Lady. Saying we follow only the Dark Gods means we are only faced with decisions of this magnitude. It means we never have a chance to experience the beauty and bounty of nature. In modern Paganism we must reject evil, and accept darkness. My Beliefs Shawn Whitney -APA list
someday i hope people of all faiths have equal protection under the law but that doesn't mean that i want to be grouped with these people under some umbrella term. delores hunt-winn-APA list
I can understand a desire for legitimacy in the eyes of the mainstream, but technically Satanists, Atheists, and even Sith worshipers do fall under the protections offered in the First Amendment. I'm not saying that they should be included in the Pagan classification, but discriminatory language directed at said groups does sort of run counter to the stance of "Equality for Pagans because everyone should be allowed to believe what they want". Corbin-APA list
FROM OUR BOOK OF SHADOWS:
Money tree spell By Ginger Strivelli; (Use with caution, as all use self-serving materialistic spells tend to backfire, and work in unexpectedly strange ways.)
Plant a coin, (I use a Sacagawea Dollar for it's golden color's symbolism, and the Sacred Mother and child image.) right ion front of your front door. Be sure to plant this just as you would a flower bulb or seed, use the same shovel you use for gardening, water it and fertilize it as such, also. This spell symbolically 'grows a money tree on your doorstep.' It can work very well, but as all such self-serving spells the Trickers Gods often surprise you with the ways they work this spell, so be careful what you wish for, as always…and be prepared for unforeseen types of income.
MERRY MEET THE GODS-Section O
O-Yama-Tsu-Mi- Shinto God of Mountains
Osiris- Egyptian God of the underworld and husbands
Opochtli- Aztec God of fishermen and hunters
Obatala- Yoruba (African) God of fertility
Ola Bibi- Hindu Goddess of plagues, often invoked to cure cholera outbreaks
Ogmius- Celtic God of Poets, bards, and storytellers
Ometecuhtli- Aztec and the older "olmec" tribe Supreme God
Odin/Othin- Nordic Father God
Oxlahun Ti Ku- Mayan Sky God
Ostara- European Sun Goddess, associated with the Spring season particularly
Oya- Yoruba (African) Goddess of Rivers
Oshun- Yoruba (African) River Goddess
Owiot- Luiseno (coastal North American Tribe) Moon And Creator God.
O-Toshi-No-Kami- Shinto God of harvests
Ogun- West African God of War
O'meal- Na'kwaxdax Indian (Canadian tribe) supreme God.
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