On December 23, 1999, the Denver Rocky Mountain News
reported that the brightest moon in 133 years on the night of
December 22nd, which was also the day of the winter solstice, was a
reason for Pagans to celebrate. Members of the Earth Spirit Pagans
gathered at the West Center in Colorado Springs, CO for a full moon
ritual. The full moon on December 22nd was 15 percent brighter than a
normal full moon and 30 percent brighter than the faintest full moon
because it fell on the winter solstice, which is when the Earth...
On December 21, 1999, The Boston Globe published an
article on the full moon and Pagan solstice celebrations. Pagans
celebrate the winter solstice as 'Yule', the rebirth of the Sun.
Karen Thorne of Lincoln, Massachusetts, a professional astrologer,
stated: "The moon mythically represents our unconsciousness, and a
full moon on the solstice at the end of the century is
significant...I don't think that there will be any one dramatic
occurrence, but there could be profound changes in our collective
unconsciousness that will bring new...
On October 30, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
published an article on the Atlanta Pagan community and the
national Pagan ecumenism that resulted from the criticisms of U.S.
Rep. Bob Barr (R-Georgia.). Despite the efforts by Barr to ban
witchcraft from military bases, Pagans united to counter his efforts.
One result of this unity is the Wiccan Pagan Educational Association,
an Atlanta-based group that watches legislation that could have an
impact on Pagan worship. Ginger Wages of Atlanta operates...
On October 27, 1999, USA Today published an article on
the use of the Internet by Pagan groups. Fritz Jung of The Witches'
stated: "We were clearly one of the few religious groups to embrace
the Internet with a passion from the beginning." Jung added that
before the Internet, Pagans were "very fragmented with no national
communication. The Net blew this spiritual path wide open." the
Internet has about 3,000 witch, Wiccan, and pagan sites, which are
mostly found on the page of...
On October 25, 1999, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
published an article on the rising interest of young women in
witchcraft. With television shows such as "Charmed" and Sabrina the
Teenage Witch" and a popular new book entitled, Teen Witch: Wicca
for a New Generation, Hollywood and book publishers have noted
the interest in witchcraft of those between the ages of 11 and 23.
Vicki Just, who dispenses tea and tarot cards at the Village Tea
House in Bay View, Wisconsin, stated: "Older women and young women
On September 24, 1999, The San Diego Union-Tribune
reported that the public school board in Roswell, New Mexico voted
4-1 to lift a ban on students wearing pentagrams, a Wiccan symbol.
The school district had a ban on any "attire associated with gothic,
satanic or occult-type activities such as pentagrams, etc.," but the
pentagram has been excluded from this group because the district
faced legal action from Kathryn King, a local minister of Wicca who
says she knows approximately a dozen students in the district who...
On August 23, 1999 Morning Star reported that "Members of the Coven of the Dragon Warriors say they have been encouraged and threatened since going public about their hope to worship at Fort Bragg.
Laurie MacNeill, the group's high priestess, said she would not withdraw plans to apply. 'We want soldiers to feel safe enough and free enough to worship without being harassed for their beliefs,' said Ms. MacNeill, a former Army sergeant.
Lt. Col. Sam Boone, Fort Bragg's garrison chaplain, said he met last week with Ms. MacNeill to discuss...
On August 22, 1999, The New York Times published an
article on how The Blair Witch Project continues the trend of
negative bias against witches. Selena Fox, who helped found one of
the oldest Wiccan nature preserves in the country, the Circle
Sanctuary in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, considers it one long slur against
witches: "If the film had been called 'The Blair Cherokee Project,'
people would recognize the negative stereotypes."
On August 8, 1999 The Associated Press reported that "Soldiers who believe in the Wiccan religion want Fort Bragg to allow their worship services and study groups on the post.
The Wiccans say they are good soldiers and patriotic Americans.
'But we change 'God bless America' to 'goddess bless America,' said Laurie MacNeill, a former Army sergeant and the high priestess in the Coven of the Dragon Warriors.
There are about 10,000 pagans in the military and an estimated 200 to 400 at Fort Bragg, according to the Military Pagan Network,...
On July 24, 1999, The Plain Dealer published an article
on the presence of Wicca on college campuses. Practitioners and
scholars agree that college is a gateway for many into Paganism
because of the "usual willingness of the young to experiment with the
new and unfamiliar." College students are attracted by Paganism's
reverence for the Earth and nature and its flexibility and individuality.
"I like it because it's a very self-styled religion...There's not
very much dogma," said Andee Brown, a computer science major at Smith
On June 23, 1999, ABCNEWS.com reported on the Fort Hood Witches in Texas, "a group that includes active and retired Army personnel who are devotees of Wicca...Some local pastors, who consider witchcraft part of satanic worship, are outraged the Army is making room for witches. And conservative Christian groups are telling young men and women not to join the Army...