The Feisty FaerieWitch

Feisty Fridays~American Council of Witches

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Over on Facebook, there’s this thing trying to develop itself into the Gods only know what. They say they are an all encompassing group for support to the Pagan community. However, their tactics and lack of forthrightness leads many people to think they are yet one more group of people who are trying to set themselves up as the Grand PuBah to govern the community.

First, let me be perfectly clear here. I do not accept anyone’s dictate over my life. I am an individual and I follow no man’s law except that of the United States constitution and everything it covers or implies. I refute anyone who practices hubris and is egotistical enough to believe they have the right to set any standards they expect anyone to live by.

Now, back to my original post. I listened to the entire radio broadcast CoAW *spokesperson Robert Aaron* had on United Pagan Radio on Thursday at 4:30. No questions were answered, just a lot of rambling and blame projecting to others in the Pagan community, no responsibility was taken for their actions and attitudes. When questions were posed to the person *speaking* for the council, we were given a random dialog with the caveat of “remember, this is NOT the final draft, and if you see or hear something different on March first when we go live, it is not my fault”. There was a LOT of that, it’s not my fault. And talking in circles.

The American Council of Witches 2015 does not want anyone to question them. On their Facebook page, the only posts left up were the ones supportive of them and they have removed all of the posts that questioned them. Any post or comment that had been left asking for their credentials and validity were immediately deleted and that person blocked. It is my personal opinion The American Council does not have enough knowledge to be a recognized council in which to support anyone in the Pagan community.

In fact, according to Robert Aaron, the spokesperson of CoAW 2015, there was only ONE member of the original council from 1974 that was contacted and invited. And evidently, although I’m not sure because a clear and concise reason was never given, this person declined to be involved. Why is this? And why is it such a chore to involve someone that is more well known in the Pagan Community. Yes, I understand many BNPs either have no time to get involved in something that is doomed to failure from the beginning OR want to be compensated for their time. And in reality, I would be embarrassed to ask a BNP to be part of any group or organization I was trying to form unless I was willing to pay for their time.

It also seems to be that their choice of name is ill-conceived as well. Not only does it leave a bad taste in the mouth of many, it also evidently does not cover everyone under the Pagan Umbrella. Only those who follow a polytheist form of worship are welcome. The moderator of the chat was specifically asked if Satanism was included and she said absolutely not. Satanists are not welcome. Then went on to explain the technical difficulties they were having with the audio feed during the podcast as some of the Satanists *hacking* their podcast.

Because the name they have chosen does not FIT the Pagan umbrella it also has many people seeing a resurrection of a group by the same name from 2011. During a conversation I was part of on Facebook on Thursday, Chas Bogan had this to say:

This is a handful of ill-prepared, inarticulate nobodies who’ve hijacked the name of a controversial organization in a misguided attempt to lend them credibility and speak for a diverse Pagan community that already has built organizations to represent it. I don’t see this working well for them. All this animosity could have been avoided had they not chosen the name that they did, as it lends them both an unwarranted ring of authority and resurrects past controversies from when the name was last appropriated in 2011. You want to build an organization to represent witches, great, just be honest and begin doing the work. Eventually, as with Lady Liberty League, you will gain the acknowledgment and respect of your community.

I have to say, I more than agree with him. How anyone can expect to be taken serious when they are using the same name as a FAILED organization is so far beyond my realm of reality. It makes me wonder just exactly how much research they have done before they jumped into this? And if they did do any research, why adopt a name that is only going to give you negativity and ridicule?

I think it is time the Hidden Children come out of the dark and reclaim their abilities. I refuse to be lumped into a category of those who are afraid of their own shadows, nor will I keep silent. If Pagans feel the need to hide behind a smoke screen created out of lies and deceptions, I will NOT be part of that. I am Witch, not Wiccan, I do NOT accept any of the mandates that the ACoW may feel necessary to bring forth to the Pagan Community.

Author: Vickie

I am Vickie, but known by many names, wife, mother, friend, BITCH! And each title I more than deserve. I have been defying description for more than half my lifetime. I occasionally have my sanity, although my circle of friends might disagree with that; I’m a mix of opposites, random, different and unconventional. I’m a self taught know it all and even though I can admit I really don’t know everything, I do know enough to carry on a conversation with most anyone. Some call me mouthy, I freely speak my mind…I do NOT tolerate BS. I’m a wife, Mom, Abi, Witch, eclectic, free-thinking, Priestess in training, wanna be gardener, who loves all things Faerie, cooking and everything about my life!

6 thoughts on “Feisty Fridays~American Council of Witches

  1. Somehow I feel the ACoW could hurt us as real Witches in the long run. I keep having morbid Cult like thoughts about how those young minds looking to find out who or what is calling them. Witches who are starting to find themselves and have no idea of what it’s all about will be caught up in the ACoW spider web if they are gullible enough. That is a bad thought indeed. It really scares me to the core.

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    • Me too Leeanna, and so many young Witches are always looking for a place where they can have a sense of community. The ACoW is NOT that place. Here’s to hoping they fall flat on their faces just as the ones from previous attempts have done.

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  2. As a solitary follower of Wicca (not even a dedicant let alone being initiated anywhere), I sense that the real danger isn’t inside the community but rather from Without. If this Manifesto/whatever-it-is actually gets published, someone somewhere will look at it as a weapon they can use against the Wiccan community at large. Since it seems to be destined to be published come-Hell-or-high-water, my recommendation is that the more-visible leaders of the community contact the national media and completely Discredit this minority-Manifesto as the crap it will be BEFORE it is published. (Of the Wiccans I am in correspondence with, the general feeling is that it will literally be crap.)

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    • I and manyof those I have spoken to about this feel this gorup will fizzle out before any real damage is done. Their lack of transparancy and willingness to talk or communicate makes more than a few sit back and watch. They’ve adopted a name that is linked to not one but TWO previous failed attempts. This is going to (hopefully) follow in those steps and rather quickly frpm the chatter I’m hearing. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  3. I was contacted in the 2011 surge to reestablish this council by Kaye Berry–as well as another local witch–and refused. Even as I was being “courted” to be part of the process (still have all of those original emails), I was refused transparency and honest information. I blocked Ms. Berry and her local contact and never looked back–until now. Any refusal for transparency–under any guise–is suspect. If they are clear on this, why continue to work behind a veil while claiming to represent *American Witches?* Bravo, my sister witch, for calling that hand. Seba

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    • Good for you for knowing that Ms. Berry was as fradualent as a $200.00 bill, and then taking the steps necessary to remove and shield yourself from her garbage. I honestly do not understand how they think this is going to be a success when everything they do is based on lies and secrets. At any rate, I’ve said my piece and refuse to give them any more air. No air, no life…

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