July 2005 APA Newsletter Editress Ginger Strivelli Be sure and get a chance this summer to look at the new Book “Which Witch is Which” Edited By Patricia Telsco, the Chapter on Appalachian Magic is written by the APA’s own Ginger Strivelli….where the APA is of course mentioned in Ginger’s bio after her chapter. Also another suggested reading for the summer is Pat Monaghan's Wild Girls which has a blurb on the back cover by Ginger that mentions the APA! It’s so nice to see the Appalachian pagan Alliance getting some good press in these professional mass market printed books. FROM OUR BOOK OF SHADOWS: In honor of the Forth of July….a magical incantation from Lady Liberty: The FIRST Amendment! Article I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. And In honor of these magical summer storms we have here in Appalachia: (By Ginger Strivelli) Lightning and thunder what a wonder Energy flying through the air try to catch it if you dare Charge your spells as the power swells reel in the light at the storm's height cast your energy net wide then cast your spell inside the vortex of plasma fire within the air and rain water on Mother Earth you stand with wand in hand fire, water, air, earth and you What magic shall you do? Sacred Sites Section: A Kudzu Field-anywhere in Dixie Magical Kudzu By Ginger Strivelli The magical kudzu does bloom tiny torches of pinks, purples, and reds Climbing like acrobats over trees, light poles and sheds. With lusty fertile bodies it does reach up, down, and out, it curls, twirls, and swirls all over and all about. Making sculptures in the wires and trees it seems to go just wherever it does please. The Kudzu does create artwork; as if inspired by the Muses with its vines and leaves it paints designs wherever it chooses. Clings to everything, it does including itself. it is such a mischievous little elf. 'tis a flower for the brave and adventurous Not the poor souls who do live slow and cautious. Kudzu is a plant for joyful artists, cooks, Witches and crafters For it does make good baskets, jellies charms and laughter.