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Articles from The Witches’ Voice

Okay, this is where I wind up admitting to theft.  Although you don’t get to get upset.

I asked Fritz Jung for permission to reprint these articles here, and he kindly gave me that permission, after clearing it with Wren Walker.  These are articles that I feel should be shared far and wide, either because they make sense or because they are necessary as assets in this community.

Things like what makes a good teacher, a frequently asked questions document (that I should really write, but don’t have the time to), what the real basics of the Craft are, broken down in simple terms, and so on.

However, this is not fair.  I have my information here, but the information on the Voice is as good as what I’m teaching.  They have a lot for beginners, some good articles for those in the middle of their journey, and a lot for those who (like me) are teaching and sharing their knowledge with a new group of beginners.  Of special notice is their section on the Traditions.  It is a series of articles that deals with different traditions, and they are soliciting other articles and multiple articles on a tradition, so there is some contrast.

Witchcraft 101: The Beginning Practice Phase (part #2)

(Note from Daven:  Here is part 2 in this series.  You will find the links to the rest of the articles at the bottom.  Reprinted by permission.)

Witchcraft 101: The Beginning Practice Phase (part #2)
by Wren Walker

Since its inception, the Witches’ Voice, has been barraged with email asking the simple question… “How do I become a Witch”? Although, it has never been the mission of the Witches’ Voice to actually teach Witchcraft we find ourselves constantly shocked at the aweful responses the Teenage Witch or new seeker receives from many that “claim” themselves “elders” of the craft. For this we apologize. We will never preach or claim to “have the answer”.There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for.

Part 2…

The Beginning Practice Phase…

Greetings and Welcome Back to Witchcraft 101! Before you begin this next section, perhaps it will be helpful to do a little summation. If you have been working through the “Interest Phase” and the “Exploratory Phase”, you will probably now be familiar with the following concepts and have some rudimentary knowledge in…

Teachers of the Craft (Part #3)

(Note from Daven:  Once again, I got this from The Witches’ Voice and advise you to read it.  I hope more and more of the teachers read this as well.  It’s pretty important to us all.  I have reprinted this with permission.)

Teachers of the Craft (Part #3)

Personalities-We All Got One!
by Wren Walker

Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Neo-Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folks who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This can be a rewarding learning experience – or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare…

So you have made the decision to begin teaching. My, aren’t YOU the brave one! Whether it is just one or two students that you will be mentoring or a group session/workshop that you have scheduled, you will probably want to know a little about personalities and group dynamics. If you don’t think that you need to be aware of such things, you certainly will wish that you HAD researched this area somewhere down the line. It happens to everyone. Why wait until a problem develops? A few hours now may save you a lot of sleepless nights later on.

Teachers of the Craft (Part #6)

(Note from Daven:  This is copyright Wren Walker and The Witches’ Voice.  It is reprinted here by permission.  Don’t take it or you will have Karma kick you in the butt.)
Teachers of the Craft (Part #6)

Lecturing Do’s and Don’ts
by Wren Walker

Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Neo-Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folks who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This can be a rewarding learning experience – or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare…

You’ve Been Asked To Present A Lecture Or Talk On Paganism:

Yes, You CAN Do It!

The key is to be prepared. You can use the teacher’s lesson plan outline to help you to organize your thoughts and materials. Do this at least one week before the event. Make all revisions and additions in the next few days and spend the remaining time practicing your talk.

Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization

(Note from Daven:  This is an outstanding article, and I think everyone should read this.  As I say in the next part, When I first read it, I got chills.  You can find Wren’s site at http://www.witchvox.com on the net.  Check them out, The Witch’s Voice is one of the most important sites on the net, and a real boon for those of us in the Craft. This article is used by permission.)

Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization
(February, 21st., 1999)
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by Wren Walker

College students and business managers are familiar with the works of Abraham Harold Maslow. Psychology professors often include Maslow in their classroom course of study for the same reason that corporate trainers may implant some of his material buried within their orientation or management skills workshops. Maslow had an interesting theory.

Building A Pyramid

Abe Maslow earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1934. Early in his career, he conducted extensive research into the behavior of monkeys-more specifically into the needs of monkeys and which of those needs was fulfilled in what order. From this research came his now famous “hierarchy of needs” theory. This “need scale’ is often shown as a visual graph in the shape of a pyramid. From the bottom to the top, the basic needs are:

Teachers of the Craft (Part #2)

(Note from Daven:  Once again, this series is from The Witches’ Voice and I think it’s one of the best ones out there.  I have read this several times, and I can’t find anything to criticize.  I have their permission to reprint these there.)

Teachers of the Craft (Part #2)

Minors and the Craft — Guidelines For Teachers And Students
by Wren Walker

Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Neo-Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folks who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This can be a rewarding learning experience – or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare…

There is much concern-and rightfully so!- about the legal issues surrounding the acceptance of minor students into a Craft training or teaching program. Here are some points to ponder as aids to both teachers and the minor students who may wish to study Witchcraft.

Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)

(Note from Daven:  I asked Fritz and Wren of The Witches’ Voice if I could reprint these here, and they told me okay.  So, read this if you want, and think about it regardless.)

Witchcraft 101: So Ya Wanna be a Witch? (part #1)
by Wren Walker

Since its inception, the Witches’ Voice, has been barraged with email asking the simple question… “How do I become a Witch”? Although, it has never been the mission of the Witches’ Voice to actually teach Witchcraft we find ourselves constantly shocked at the aweful responses the Teenage Witch or new seeker receives from many that “claim” themselves “elders” of the craft. For this we apologize. We will never preach or claim to “have the answer”. There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for.

Part 1…

I Want To Be In A Coven. How Do I find One?

Teachers of the Craft (Part #5)

(Note from Daven:  Okay, here we are again.  This is from The Witches’ Voice and is used here by permission.  Don’t think I would steal it.)

Teachers of the Craft (Part #5)

Getting Organized: Develop A Lesson Plan
by Wren Walker

Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Neo-Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folks who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This can be a rewarding learning experience – or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare…

Remember your favorite teacher? The one whose class was always interesting and the time seemed to fly by? You also probably got a decent grade in this class. Why?

In contrast, if you have ever been subjected to a talk or lecture being presented by a “rambler”. you know to what agonizing tortures the human mind can be subjected to without going completely mad.. I have left many a lecture hall with “jaw cramps.” You know what those are. They result from two opposing forces: the overwhelming need to yawn widely and the cultural desire not to seem rude or bored. Checking your lecture notes after an experience like this will probably reveal more interesting samples of random doodling than anything of substance on the subject presented.

Witchcraft 101: Integrity… Making that choice! (part #4)

(Note from Daven:  Okay, this is the last in THIS series, but there is a whole lot more on The Witches’ Voice.  I encourage you all to go out there and to look at their site.  So, what are you still doing here?)
Witchcraft 101: Integrity… Making that choice! (part #4)
by Wren Walker

Since its inception, the Witches’ Voice, has been barraged with email asking the simple question… “How do I become a Witch”? Although, it has never been the mission of the Witches’ Voice to actually teach Witchcraft we find ourselves constantly shocked at the aweful responses the Teenage Witch or new seeker receives from many that “claim” themselves “elders” of the craft. For this we apologize. We will never preach or claim to “have the answer”. There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for.

Part #4…

Integrity: Making a Commitment

What? Are YOU Still Here?

You have probably noticed -astute students that you are!- that I have made little mention of the Gods and Goddesses in this series. In fact, early on I cautioned you to NOT make a commitment to the Old Ones just yet. There is a real reason for this and it is now time to discuss it.

Teachers of the Craft (Part #1)

(Note from Daven:  Once again, I got this from The Witches’ Voice.  This is a wonderful resource and I encourage you all to read all these articles, and to visit the Witches’ Voice and read the resources there.  This is a specific series on Teachers and the Craft.)

Teachers of the Craft (Part #1)

Neo-Pagans and Self Actualization – Part I
by Wren Walker

Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Neo-Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folks who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This can be a rewarding learning experience – or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare…

The Many Ways to Pass along the Knowledge…

There are all kinds of people out there today who may call themselves “teachers” or “experts” in Witchcraft and Wicca. Some advertise in New Age shops and publications or over the Internet. Some are well known local personalities who offer regular lectures, workshops or Wicca 101 classes. You may hear of a teacher through networking with other Pagans in your area. How can you know that these people are who they say they are? Or more importantly to you perhaps, how can you know that a teacher will be the right one for you?