domingo, 27 de marzo de 2011



Esta película es maravillosa porque:
This movie is wonderful because:

1) Muestra cómo la fe vence las artimañas de Satanás, que dirije actualmente el DEPARTAMENTO DE DEFENSA (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) y la COMUNIDAD DE INTELIGENCIA (U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY) ESTADOUNIDENSES.


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NO. 165-13


of Certain Selected Groups



APRIL 1978

Post Office Box 7633
San Francisco, California 94120

Anton S. LaVey
High Priest

AKA: Satanists

HISTORICAL ROOTS: The Church of Satan is an eclectic body that traces its origin to many sources - classical voodoo, the Hell-Fire Club of eighteenth century England, the ritual magic of Aleister Crowley, and the Black Order of Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. It departs from its predecessors by (1) its organization into a church, and (2) the openness of its magical endeavors.

CURRENT WORLD LEADER: Anton Szandor LaVey, High Priest.

ORIGINS IN THE U.S.: The Church of Satan was formed on Walpurgisnacht, April 30, 1966, in San Francisco California, when Anton LaVey proclaimed the beginning of the Satanic Era. Initial growth came from coverage in the mass media. Articles included coverage of LaVey holding a funeral for a member of the U.S. Navy killed in San Francisco.

NUMBER OF ADHERENTS IN THE U.S.: Between 10,000 and 20,000.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: The Church of Satan is focused in the Central Grotto in San Francisco. It accepts or rejects all potential members and charters other grottos (congregations) around the country. Isolated individuals relate directly to the Central Grotto. Power to regulate members is in the hands of the Head of the Church.

LEADERSHIP AND ROLE OF PRIESTS: The Priesthood of the Church of Satan is not comprised of individuals who are necessarily adept in the performance of rituals, though pastoral and organizational abilities are not minimized. The rank of Priest is conferred on those who have achieved a measurable degree of esteem or proficiency and/or success; one's level of membership within the Church is commensurate with his/her position outside the Church. Hence a respected career soldier or Commissioned Officer in the Army might qualify, though be totally uninvolved with group activity. This form of stratification determines the leadership and selects the governing body of the Church. Rituals are conducted by a de facto priest i.e., a celebrant member who has evidenced a working knowledge of and ability to conduct services and is authorized by the Central Grotto.

WHO MAY CONDUCT A RITUAL? Anyone, but a priest is required for group worship.

IS GROUP WORSHIP REQUIRED? No, but it is strongly encouraged, because it is a strong reinforcement of the faith and instillation of power.

WORSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Worship in the Church of Satan is based upon the belief that man needs ritual, dogma, fantasy, and enchantment. Worship consists of magical rituals and there are three basic kinds: sexual rituals, to fulfill a desire; compassionate rituals, to help another; and destructive rituals, used for anger, annoyance, or hate. Grottos often gather on Friday evenings for group rituals.

MINIMUM EQUIPMENT FOR WORSHIP: Varies with the type of ritual performed but is likely to include a black robe, an altar, the symbol of the Baphomet (Satan), candles, a bell, a chalice, elixir (wine or some other drink most pleasing to the palate), a sword, a model phallus, a gong, and parchment.

FACILITIES FOR WORSHIP: A private place where an altar can be erected and rituals performed.



SPECIAL RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: The highest holiday in the Satanic religion is one's own birthday. Every man is a God as he chooses to recognize that fact. After one's birthday, Walpurgisnacht (April 30) and Halloween are most important. April 30 is the grand climax of the spring equinox and Halloween was one of the times of the great fire festivals among the ancient Druids. The solstices and equinoxes - which fall in March, June, September, and December and mark the first day of the new seasons - are also celebrated.

FUNERAL AND BURIAL REQUIREMENTS: The priests of the Church of Satan perform funerals, and the Central Grotto should be contacted in case of death.

AUTOPSY: No restrictions.

CREMATIONS: Only permitted in extreme circumstances, such as an expedient measure where it is necessary to safeguard the health of others.

MEDICAL TREATMENT: No restrictions.





BASIC TEACHINGS OR BELIEFS: The Church of Satan worships Satan, most clearly symbolized in the Roman God Lucifer, the bearer of light, the spirit of the air, and the personification of enlightenment. Satan is not visualized as an anthropomorphic being, rather he represents the forces of nature. To the Satanist, the self is the highest embodiment of human life and is sacred. The Church of Satan is essentially a human potential movement, and members are encouraged to develop whatever capabilities they can by which they might excel. They are, however, cautioned to recognize their limitations - an important factor in this philosophy of rational self-interest. Satanists practice magick, the art of changing situations or events in accordance with one's will, which would, using normally accepted methods, be impossible.

CREEDAL STATEMENTS AND/OR AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE: The writings of Anton S. LaVey provide the direction for the Satanists - The Satanic Bible, The Compleat Witch, and The Satanic Rituals. (See also "Ethical Practices.") Members are encouraged to study pertinent writings which serve as guidelines for Satanic thought, such as works of Mark Twain, Niccolo Machiavelli, G.B. Shaw, Ayn Rand, Friedrich Nietzsche, etc.

ETHICAL PRACTICES: The ethical stance of the Church of Satan is summarized in the Nine Satanic Statements: "(1) Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence!; (2) Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams!; (3) Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deceit!; (4) Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of love wasted on ingrates!; (5) Satan represents vengeance, instead of turning the other cheek!; (6) Satan represents responsibility for the responsible, instead of concern for psychic vampires!; (7) Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all fours, who, because of his 'divine and intellectual development' has become the most vicious animal of all!; (8) Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!; (9) Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years!"

Beyond the above principles, Satanists generally oppose the use of narcotics which dull the senses, and suicide, which cuts off life (the great indulgence), and stand firmly for law and order. The Church of Satan is not to be confused with "Satanist" groups which have been found to engage in illegal acts.

HOW DOES THE CHURCH OF SATAN RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS? The church does not proselytize but welcomes inquiries from honest potential Satanists who hear about the Church from the various books about it, the mass media, or word-of-mouth. New members must go though a screening process before they are accepted.

RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER RELIGIONS: The Church of Satan stands as gathering point for all those who believe in what the Christian Church opposes and members are generally hostile to its teachings and resultant behavior patterns. To a lesser extent, the same position holds for Eastern religions."


"Military Views on Wicca
US Army Chaplain's Manual

Excerpt from the U.S. Army's Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains (pgs 231-236). Available from:

USAF Chaplain's Service Institute
Resource Division
525 Chenault Circle
Maxwell AFB
Montgomery, AL 36112-6429


No central address. Wiccan worship groups, called covens, are essentially autonomous. Many, but far from all, have affiliated with:

Covenant of the Goddess
P.O. Box 1226
Berkeley, CA 94704

Witchcraft; Goddess worshippers; Neo-Paganism, Paganism, Norse (or any other ethnic designation) Earth Religion, Old Religion, Druidism, Shamanism.

Note: All of these groups have some basic similarities and many surface differences of expression with Wicca.

No central leadership. The Covenant of the Goddess annually elects a First Officer and there is a constitutional limit of two consecutive terms, but in practice officers have almost always served for one year only. In 1991, there are two Co-First Officers, Phoenix Whitebirch and Brandy Williams.

Because of the complete autonomy of covens, this cannot be determined. There are an estimated of 50,000 Wiccans in the United States.

(Hernes note: This number is now substantially higher and estimated at over 200,000. Wicca is currently the fastest growing spiritual path in the U.S.)

Wicca is a reconstruction of the Nature worship of tribal Europe, strongly influenced by the Living Nature worship traditions of tribal peoples in other parts of the world.

The works of such early twentieth century writers as Margaret Murray, Robert Graves and Gerald B. Gardner began the renewal of interest in the Old Religion. After the repeal of the anti-Witchcraft laws in Britain in 1951, Gardner publicly declared himself a Witch and began to gather a group of students and worshipers.

In 1962, two of his students, Raymond and Rosemary Buckland (religious names: Lady Rowen and Robat), emigrated to the United States and began teaching Gardnerian Witchcraft here. At the same time, other groups of people became interested through reading books by Gardner and others. Many covens were spontaneously formed, using rituals created from a combination of research and individual inspiration. These self-created covens are today regarded as just as valid as those who can trace a "lineage" of teaching back to England.

In 1975, a very diverse group of covens who wanted to secure the legal protections and benefits of church status formed Covenant of the Goddess (CoG), which is incorporated in the State of California and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. CoG does not represent all, or even a majority of Wiccans. A coven or an individual need not be affiliated with CoG in order to validly practice the religion. But CoG is the largest single public Wiccan organization, and it is cross-Traditional (i.e. non-denominational).

Wiccans worship the sacred as immanent in Nature, often personified as Mother Earth and Father Sky. As polytheists, they may use many other names for Deity. Individuals will often choose Goddesses or Gods from any of the world's pantheons whose stories are particularly inspiring and use those Deities as a focus for personal devotions.

Similarly, covens will use particular Deity names as a group focus, and these are often held secret by the groups. It is very important to be aware that Wiccans do not in any way worship or believe in "Satan," "the Devil," or any similar entities. They point out that "Satan" is a symbol of rebellion against and inversion of the Christian and Jewish traditions.

Wiccans do not revile the Bible. They simply regard it as one among many of the world's mythic systems, less applicable than some to their core values, but still deserving just as much respect as any of the others. Most Wiccan groups also practice magic, by which they mean the direction and use of "psychic energy," those natural but invisible forces which surround all living things. Some members spell the word "magick," to distinguish it from sleight of hand entertainments.

Wiccans employ such means as dance, chant, creative visualization and hypnosis to focus and direct psychic energy for the purpose of healing, protecting and aiding members in various endeavors. Such assistance is also extended to non-members upon request.

Many, but not all, Wiccans believe in reincarnation. Some take this as a literal description of what happens to people when they die. For others, it is a symbolic model that helps them deal with the cycles and changes within this life. Neither Reincarnation nor any other literal belief can be used as a test of an individual's validity as a member of the Old Religion.

Most groups have a handwritten collection of rituals and lore, known as a Book of Shadows. Part of the religious education of a new member will be to hand copy this book for him or herself. Over they years, as inspiration provides, new material will be added. Normally, access to these books is limited to initiated members of the religion.

The core ethical statement of Wicca, called the "Wiccan Rede" states "an it harm none, do what you will." The rede fulfills the same function as does the "Golden Rule" for Jews and Christians; all other ethical teachings are considered to be elaborations and applications of the Rede. It is a statement of situational ethics, emphasizing at once the individual's responsibility to avoid harm to others and the widest range of personal autonomy in "victimless" activities. Wicca has been described as having a "high-choice" ethic.

Because of the basic Nature orientation of the religion, many Wiccans will regard all living things as Sacred, and show a special concern for ecological issues. For this reason, individual conscience will lead some to take a pacifist position. Some are vegetarians. Others will feel that, as Nature's Way includes self-defense, they should participate in wars that they conscientiously consider to be just. The religion does not dictate either position, but requires each member to thoughtfully and meditatively examine her or his own conscience and to live by it. Social forces generally do not yet allow Witches to publicly declare their religious faith without fear of reprisals such as loss of job, child custody challenges, ridicule, etc. Prejudice against Wiccans is the result of public confusion between Witchcraft and Satanism. Wiccans in the military, especially those who may be posted in countries perceived to be particularly intolerant, will often have their dog tags read "No Religious Preference." Concealment is a traditional Wiccan defense against persecution, so non-denominational dog tags should not contravene a member's request for religious services.

Wiccans celebrate eight festivals, called "Sabbats," as a means of attunement to the seasonal rhythms of Nature. These are January 31 (Called Oimelc, Brigit, or February Eve), March 21 (Ostara or Spring Equinox), April 30 (Beltane or May Eve), June 22 (Midsummer, Litha or Summer Solstice), July 31 (Lunasa or Lammas), September 21 (Harvest, Mabon or Autumn Equinox), October 31 (Samhain, Sowyn or Hallows), and December 21 (Yule or Winter Solstice.)

Some groups find meetings within a few days of those dates to be acceptable, others require the precise date. In addition, most groups will meet for worship at each Full Moon, and many will also meet on the New Moon.

Meetings for religious study will often be scheduled at any time convenient to the members, and rituals can be scheduled whenever there is a need (i.e. for a healing). Ritual jewelry is particularly important to many Wiccans. In addition to being a symbol of religious dedication, these talismans are often blessed by the coven back home and felt to carry the coven's protective and healing energy.

Most Wiccans meet with a coven, a small group of people. Each coven is autonomous. Most are headed by a High Priestess, often with the assistance of a High Priest. Some are headed by a High Priestess or High Priest without a partner, and some regard themselves as a gathering of equals. Covens can be of mixed gender, or all female or male, depending on the preferences of the members. Every initiate is considered to be a priestess or priest.

Most covens are small. Thirteen is the traditional maximum number of members, although not an absolute limit. At that size covens form a close bond, so Wiccans in the military are likely to maintain a strong affiliation with their covens back home. There are many distinct "Traditions" of Wicca, just as there are many denominations within Christianity.

The spectrum of Wiccan practice can be described as ranging from "traditional" to "eclectic," with Traditions, covens and individuals fitting anywhere within that range. A typical difference would be that more traditional groups would tend to follow a set liturgy, whereas eclectic groups would emphasize immediate inspiration in worship.

These distinctions are not particularly important to the military chaplain, since it is unlikely that enough members of any one Tradition would be at the same base. Worship circles at military facilities are likely to be ad-hoc cross-Traditional groups, working out compromise styles of worship for themselves and constantly adapting them to a changing membership.

Therefore, the lack of strict adherence to the patterns of any one Tradition is not an indicator of invalidity. While many Wiccans meet in a coven, there are also a number of solitairies. These are individuals who choose to practice their faith alone. The may have been initiated in a coven or self initiated. They will join with other Wiccans to celebrate the festivals or to attend the various regional events organized by the larger community.

Within a traditional coven, the High Priestess, usually assisted by her High Priest, serves both as leader in the rituals and as teacher and counselor for coven members and unaffiliated Pagans. Eclectic covens tend to share leadership more equally.

Wiccans usually worship in groups. Individuals who are currently not affiliated with a coven, or are away from their home coven, may choose to worship privately or may form ad-hoc groups to mark religious occasions. Non-participating observers are not generally welcome at Wiccan rituals.

Some, but not all, Wiccan covens worship in the nude (skyclad) as a sign of attunement with Nature.

Most, but not all, Wiccan covens bless and share a cup of wine as part of the ritual. Almost all Wiccans use an individual ritual knife (an "athame") to focus and direct personal energy. Covens often also have ritual swords to direct the energy of the group. These tools, like all other ritual tools, are highly personal and should never leave the possession of the owner.

Other commonly used ritual tools include a bowl of water, a bowl of salt, a censer with incense, a disk with symbols engraved on it (a "pentacle"), statues or artwork representing the Goddess and God, and candles. Most groups will bless and share bread or cookies along with the wine. All of these items are used in individual, private worship as well as in congregate rituals.


None. Recognition of the death of a member takes place within the coven, apart from the body of the deceased. Ritual tools, materials, or writings found among the effects of the deceased should be returned to their home coven (typically a member will designate a person to whom ritual materials should be sent). It is desirable for a Wiccan priest or priestess to be present at the time of death, but not strictly necessary. If not possible, the best assistance would be to make the member as comfortable as possible, listen to whatever they have to say, honor any possible requests, and otherwise leave them as quiet and private as possible.

No medical restrictions. Wiccans generally believe in the efficacy of spiritual or psychic healing when done in tandem with standard medical treatment. Therefore, at the request of the patient, other Wiccan personnel should be allowed visiting privileges as though they were immediate family, including access to Intensive Care Units. Most Wiccans believe that healing energy can be sent from great distances, so, if possible, in the case of any serious medical condition, the member's home coven should be notified.

With respect to attitude toward military service, Wiccans range from career military personnel to conscientious objectors. Wiccans do not proselytize and generally resent those who do. They believe that no one Path to the Sacred is right for all people, and see their own religious pattern as only one among many that are equally worthy. Wiccans respect all religions that foster honor and compassion in their adherents, and expect the same respect. Members are encouraged to learn about all faiths, and are permitted to attend the services of other religions, should they desire to do so.


(Aside by Herne. Since this was written by the military, the list of books available has grown subtantially. For more topics and titles, see our Suggested Reading List)

The best general survey of the Wiccan and neo-Pagan movement is: Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986. 595pp

For more specific information about eclectic Wicca, see: Starhawk. The Spiral Dance. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.

For more specific information about traditional Wicca, see: Farrar, Janet, and Stewart Farrar. Eight Sabbats for Witches. London: Robert Hale, 1981. 192pp.

The Witches' Way. London: Robert Hale, 1984. 394pp.


Pagan Military Newsletter c/o Terri Morgan, Editor, 829 Lynnhaven Parkway 114-198 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Because of the autonomy of each coven and the wide variance of specific ritual practices, the best contact person would be the High Priestess or other leader of the member's home coven."


"Religion Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains (U.S.
Army Pamphlet)
Excerpts from Department of the Army Pamphlet 165-13
Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., dated 28 April 1978
The following is an excerpt from the handbook that I think would be of interest to the 'other' religions as the
army puts it. I hope that it can be of some benefit and that none take offense to it. As stated, it is an excerpt
and typed verbatim. A complete copy of the book (price unknown) can be obtained
Superintendant of Documents
U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C. 20402
Stock Number: 008-020-00745-5
In the handbook, there are seven main sections, being Christain Heritage Groups, Indian Heritage Groups,
Islamic Groups, Japanese Heritage Groups, Jewish Groups, Sikh Groups and 'Other' Groups.
This paper will deal exclusively with the 'Other' Groups, and more specifically, the 'Old' religions. This
category is broken down into: American Council of Witches, Baha'i Faith, Church of Satan, Churches of
Sciencetology, Foundation Faith of the Millenium, Gardinerian Wicca, Native American Church and Universal
Life Church.
The groups considered in this section manifest the wide variety of religious options available in the U.S. They
draw upon several distinct religious impulses, each with a long heritage.
Magick (not magic, which is considered a stage performers art and not a religion) groups have experienced
considerable growth since the 1960's. These groups are distinguished by their use of occult practices
(astrology and divination) and magick (the ability to willfully change the world by manipulating the cosmic
forces). While like the psychic dimension, magick is as old as known history. It's contemporary revival,
however, began in the early 1900's. The most popular form of magick is witchcraft. Not to be confused with
Satanism, witchcraft is a nature-oriented religion based on the worship of the male-female polarity, the
observance of the agricultural seasons, and magick. Worship of the male-female aspects of nature usually
expressed as allegiance to the Horned God and the Great Mother Goddess. Ritual follows the movement of
the sun and moon.
Magick seeks mastery of all the cosmic forces believed to control the world. Witches believe in the ancient
principle of 'as above, so below', and in their worship seek to create a microcosm, a magical image of the
whole. The universe is generally viewed as a sphere. The magical circle, drawn at the beginning of all
magical rituals, is the outline of the microcosm intersecting the floor.[--pagebreak--]
Witchcraft had grown slowly until the repeal of the last of England's anti- witchcraft laws in the 1950's. Growth
accelerated in the 1960's and 1970's. There are no less than thirty different witch (or the preferred term
'Wicca') groups plus numerous independent covens functioning in the U.S. The American Council of Witches
represents the traditionalist covens which trace their ancestry to various medievel European traditions. The
Gardnerians are one of several modern Wicca groups. Others are the Alexandrians, the Algard, and the
Church of Wicca of Bakersfield (CA). There are also several miscellaneous traditions.
Secrecy is a major element of the existence of both witchcraft and Satanism. Secrecy is protective and
serves to guard the sacred mysteries of the group.
***The following excerpts are condensed, otherwise I would be typing out a whole book.
HISTORICAL ROOTS: Witchcraft is the ancient PAGAN faith of Pre-Christian Europe.
CURRENT WORLD LEADERSHIP: No central authority.
ORIGINS IN THE U.S.: Brought to the U.S. in the 17th century by emigrants from Europe.
NUMBER OF ADHERENTS IN THE U.S.: Unknown. Between 10,000 and 100,000
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: The basic structure is the coven with 5 to 50 members (ideally 12-15)
led by a High Priestess or High Priest.
LEADERSHIP: The High Priestess or High Priest has authority for the coven.
WHO MAY CONDUCT SERVICES: The High Priestess or High Priest.
IS GROUP WORSHIP REQUIRED: No, but encouraged.
WORSHIP REQUIREMENTS: None, but witches are expected to practice their faith.
MINIMUM EQUIPMENT FOR WORSHIP: The 'atheme,' the 'pentacle,' a chalice and a sword.
SPECIAL HOLIDAYS: Spring Equinox, March 21; Summer Solstice, June 22; Autumn Equinox, September
21; Winter Solstice, December 22; Candlemas, February 2, Beltane, April 30; Lammas, July31; and
Halloween, October 31. Besides these eight, most groups meet either weekly or bi-weekly (on the full and
new moon). Major holidays are termed sabbats, and weekly or bi-weekly mettings are esbats.
FUNERAL AND BURIAL REQUIREMENTS: Practices vary widely but notify coven to which
BASIC TEACHINGS OR BELIEFS: Underlying agreements are summed up in the "Principles of Wiccan
Beliefs" adopted by the American Council of Witches.
CREEDAL STATEMENTS: The 'grimore' or book of spells and a 'book of shadows' or book of ritual.
ETHICAL PRACTICES: 'An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will.'
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER RELIGIONS: Cooperation with the whole Pagan community is very high.
Relations with other religions are cordial, except those groups which have sought to persecute and defame
the craft.
HISTORICAL ROOTS: Founded by Gerald Gardner in 1954 due in part to the book 'Witchcraft Today'.
CURRENT WORLD LEADERSHIP: High Priestess Lady Theos and High Priest Phoenix.
ORIGINS IN THE U.S.: Brought to the U.S. by Lady Rowen from England in 1962.
NUMBER OF ADHERENTS IN THE U.S.: Unknown. Between 2,500 and 5,000.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: The basic structure is the coven with 5 to 50 members (ideally 12-15)
led by a High Priestess or High Priest.
LEADERSHIP: The High Priestess or High Priest has authority for the coven.
WHO MAY CONDUCT SERVICES: Only the High Priestess can cast a circle.
IS GROUP WORSHIP REQUIRED: Yes, but individual worship is possible but not encouraged.
WORSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Covens meet weekly or bi-weekly (at the full or new moon), always in the
evening. Worship in some (but not all) groups occur in the nude.
MINIMUM EQUIPMENT FOR WORSHIP: The 'atheme,' a bowl of water, a censer with incense, salt, an
altar and 6 candles in candlesticks. The 'pentacle,' and a sword are optional. All tools must be ritually
consecrated by a High Priestess.[--pagebreak--]
SPECIAL HOLIDAYS: Spring Equinox, March 21; Summer Solstice, June 22; Autumn Equinox, September
21; Winter Solstice, December 22; Candlemas, February 2, Beltane, April 30; Lammas, July31; and
Halloween, October 31. Besides these eight, most groups meet either weekly or bi-weekly (on the full and
new moon). Major holidays are termed sabbats, and weekly or bi-weekly mettings are esbats.
FUNERAL AND BURIAL REQUIREMENTS: Practices vary widely but notify coven to which associated.
Ritual tools or materials found among the remains of the deceased should be immediately returned to the
family or members of the coven.
IS A PRIESTESS OR PRIEST REQUIRED AT TIME OF DEATH: No, but it would be permissable for any
Chaplain to offer spiritual comfort at such times. Upon death, a prayer may be directed to GOD for the
release of the soul from the Earth plane, separate and apart from any ritual work done by the member's
BASIC TEACHINGS OR BELIEFS: Gardnerians worship the Mother Goddess and also the Horned God,
symbols of the basic polarity of all nature. They seek balance within nature, within themselves, and between
male and female.
CREEDAL STATEMENTS: 'The Book of Shadows' is authoriative.
ETHICAL PRACTICES: 'An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will.'
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER RELIGIONS: Wicca is open toward other faiths, recognizing that the Great
Mother appears in these faiths under various names. Because of the persecutions of past years, Wiccans
take a guarded relation to groups which claim to possess 'the Truth' or to be the 'Only Way.' Wicca is only
one path among many, and is not for everyone. Members are encouraged to learn about other faiths and
attend services, should they desire to do so.
*** Well, there you have it. A nutshell version of how the Army looks at and tell's it members about 'Other'
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The U.S. Army Chaplains Guide to Wicca

A guide to Wicca for U.S. Military chaplins.

EXTRACT FROM “Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: a Handbook for Chaplains”

U.S. Government Publication No.008-020-00745-5

Historical roots: Witchcraft is the ancient Pagan faith of Europe. This nature-oriented, agricultural, magical religion had no central organisation, but was passed through families. During the Christian era, particularly after the beginning of the systematic persecution of Witches in 1484, almost all the public expression of the Craft disappeared. Surviving in hidden and isolated places, Witchcraft has made a comeback in the twentieth century, partially spurred by the repeal of the last British Witchcraft Laws in 1951.

Current World Leadership: No central authority. Many Witches have, however, affiliated with the American Council of Witches, formed in 1974, to provide a structure for co-operation and mutual sharing.

Origins in the U.S.: Brought to the U.S. in the 17th century by immigrants from Europe. Since then, many Witches from many ethnic and national traditions have brought their religious practises to the New World. It survived in the isolation of rural settings and the anonymity in the city. The 1960's saw a significant revival of the Craft, and many Witches and "Covens" (local groups) became at least partially public. Many discovered others of like mind through the emerging Pagan press. A meeting in Minneapolis formed the American Council of Witches (1974) and a statement entitled "Principles of Wiccan Beliefs" was adopted.

Number of Adherents in the U.S.: Unknown: Between 10,000 and 100,000.

Organizational Structure: The basic structure is the Coven (local group) with 5 to 50 members (ideally 12-15) led by a High Priestess or High Priest. The Priest and/or Priestess derives authority from initiation by another Witch. Some Covens are tied together in fraternal relationships and acknowledge authority of a Priestess or Priest from whom orders are derived. Many are totally autonomous.

Leadership and Role of Priestess and/or Priest: The High Priestess and/or High Priest has authority for the Coven. Witches pass through three degrees as they practise the Craft: acknowledges one as a full member of the Coven and initiates the process of mastering the skills of a Witch; recognizes growth in ability and admits one to all the inner secrets; and admits one to the priesthood.

Who may conduct Worship services?: A High Priestess or Priest.

Is group worship required?: No, but it is encouraged.

Worship requirements: None, but Witches are expected to practise their faith, which includes mastering magick, ritual, and psychic development and the regular worship of the Wiccan Deities.

Minimum Requirements for Worship: The athame, or ritual knife; the pentacle, a metal disc inscribed with magical symbols; a chalice; and a sword. Various traditions will demand other items.

Facilities for Worship: Witches worship within a magick circle that is inscribed on the ground or the floor. The circle should be located so as to insure the privacy of the rituals.

Other Specific Religious Requirements other than Worship (see above): None.

Dietary Laws or Restrictions: None.

Special Religious Holidays: The four great festivals are seasonal: Spring Equinox, March 21; Summer Solstice,or Midsummer, June 21; Autumn Equinox, September 21; Yule, or Winter Solstice, December 22

These are joined by four cross festivals related to the agricultural and herd-raising year: Candlemas, February 2; May Eve, or Beltane, April 30; Lammas, July 31; Hallowe'en, October 31

Besides these eight, most Wiccan groups meet either weekly or bi-weekly (on the full and new moon).

Funeral and Burial Requirements: Practices vary widely. In case of death, the Coven to which the Witch belongs should be contacted.

Cremation: Many prefer it, but the local Coven should be consulted.

Autopsy: Generally no restrictions.

Medical Treatment: No restrictions.

Uniform Appearance Requirements: None are proscribed.

Position on Service in the Armed Forces: No official stance. Many witches are presently military personnel, while others are conscientious objectors, derived, from the generally pro-life stance of Wicca.

Is a Priest or Priestess required at time of death?: No.

Any practices or teaching that may conflict with military directives or practices: None, generally, though individual covens may have some. The local Coven should be contacted if specific questions arise.

Basic teachings and beliefs: Underlying agreements are summed up in the "Principles of Wiccan Beliefs" adopted by the American Council of Witches. Specific expressions of beliefs will vary widely, due to the ethnic roots or the traditions of the individual covens.

Creedal statements and/or authoritative literature (see also Basic belief): All Witches use two books, a Grimoire, or book of spells and magical procedures, and a book of shadows, or book of ritual. Each Coven will use a different grimoire and/or book of shadows.

Ethical practices: Wiccan ethics are summed up in the Law called the Wiccan Rede, "An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will".

How does Witchcraft recruit new members?: Witches do not proselytize, but they welcome inquiries from those who hear about the Craft by either word of mouth or the media.

Relationship with other religions: Co-operations with the whole pagan community is very high. Relations with other religions are cordial, except those groups which have sought to persecute or defame the Craft."


Es un homenaje sutil a los filmes de DON LEÓNIDAS ZEGARRA UCEDA.

Un gran ejemplo, genera buenas obras. Por este motivo proporcionamos a "TEMPORADA DE BRUJAS / EN TIEMPO DE BRUJAS / CACERÍA DE BRUJAS (SEASON OF THE WITCH)" una posicion importante entre

DON LEÓNIDAS ZEGARRA UCEDA, gran cineasta católico, apreciado en Hispanoamérica, defiende con su obra fílmica una cultura cuyo objetivo somos los seres humanos como hijos de Dios a diferencia del cine que promueve la acumulación como signo de poder diabólico de unos hombres sobre otros. En la imagen, el renombrado director se encuentra en la Plaza de Armas de La Paz, Bolivia. Se aprecia la hermosa Catedral paceña.

DON OLLANTA HUMALA TASSO a la izquierda de la imagen. Al haber tenido experiencia militar, este Candidato a la Presidencia de la República del Perú asegura una defensa patriótica de los intereses nacionales. Se distingue por un sano respeto a la Iglesia Católica, Apostólica y Romana, a diferencia de la actitud de los militares estadounidenses, que tras la excusa de "tolerancia" promueven el satanismo, la brujería y otras perversidades en sus instituciones castrenses. La vocación por la democracia popular de DON OLLANTA asegura que el Perú será para nosotros, los peruanos, y Latinoamérica para los latinoamericanos. Sería buena idea que su bajo su mandato se establezca una oficina de censura para proteger a la población de los mensajes cinematográficos que forman parte de las operaciones psicológicas ateas, satánicas y pro-comunistas de los estadounidenses y que lesionan la cultura nacional. EL PARTIDO MARXISTA - LENINISTA - PARIS HILTON saluda afectuosamente la inclinación por la democracia real de tan excelente candidato.

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