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Witch School and Pagan Leadership, Part 2 February 26, 2009

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Witch School when it began was a concept that was shocking to most people, and was one that was highly derided and openly criticized. It was berated and even attacked as a idea that was not workable. I even lost a good friend and ally who promised everyone that Witch School would fail within a year as it was a unsustainable model and did not respect the leadership of the Pagan community. After all, Wicca could not be taught over the web. Now more than seven years later Witch School stands, not just as a school but also as the leader among a plethora of online Pagan and Wiccan schools that followed.

Among the reason Witch School was seen as something undesirable was that if offered a open access to an education. This many felt cut at the central authority of what was the primary source of leadership in the community. This allowed people who wanted to learn to be Wiccan, Witches, and even Clergy without having to be judged by a High Priestess or Priest to see who was worthy or who was not. It made the concept of learning Wicca at home, anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. The second concept was that you could earn clergy status without the rigors of dealing with the personalities of local leadership. In this Witch School has worked and worked well.

What was not obvious and even discussable at the time was the principles by which we would structure the Witch School community, and by association the Correllian Tradition. This is the first time that I have ever written down those concepts for the world to see, and share. It is important as these principles must be taken to a higher level as Witch School is going global at a quickening pace.

The first principle is virtualization, or simply that we would be virtual. Virtualization means that we would no longer require everyone to be in the same place at the same time in order to teach or to learn. A virtual organization is one that that you do not see, certainly not all together in one place but nevertheless delivers required services.

In such a organization you would have distributed leadership. In this I believe nature is not hierarchal. Wisdom is distributed through out the system. All the cells of the body is needed to repel the invading disease, all the fish in a school swerve as one, all the geese in formation takes turns at the point and then drop back to recuperate in the airstream of the wings of their fellows. This is how one can reach people and share in their knowledge.

At the top of a distributed leadership organization is a personalized leadership style, because the task at this level is to provide the glue that holds this virtual community together. The glue is made up of a sense of common identity, linked to a common purpose and fed by an infectious energy and sense of urgency. As a leader, my job is to inform and educate our mentors and provide the tools they need to do their jobs without the continuous need for instruction and permissions from above.

In this case, you can not simply assign positions and have people respect the people in that position simply because of their place in the hierarchy. In this type of organization you have earned authority. Being involved with Witch School is not simply a ladder of roles you climb, but instead where you lead by growing a reputation for getting things done and making things happen. Influence, not authority, is what drives true leadership in the Witch School community.

In this type of virtualized community, leadership means managing people you cannot see and cannot control in any detail. In fact, many of the people you are involved with you may not have ever met or may never meet physically ever. Only through distributed leadership and earned authority can you build the flow of trust in both directions to make this work.

This brings us to the next and final concept of this exploration of leadership and that is the principle of subsidiarity. This is a very old principle that holds a higher body should not assume the authority that could or should be exercised by a lower body. In this aspect a company should not tell a employee how to run their family. In Witch School terms, we believe that mentors are allowed to run their groups with guidance, not by authoritarian structures. Further that the Correllian tradition can not be run by a central authority but by the local temples. We cannot allow the hierarchy to steal responsibilities that belong to the lower levels of authority, as this will cause our mentors and students as well as future clergy members to be unskilled. Every time we have gotten away from this principle, we have tremendous fights, and every time we stick to this principle we have amazing results.

By this principle of subsidiarity, we are able to form really good teams. In this concept a true team both defines it’s objectives and finds ways to meet them. In our case, it is teaching students, and the mentors and members decide what they really want to learn and how they will learn. Further they are able to integrate the tools we have into there styles. They are also free to use any information that comes their way to refine their methods and skills as needed.

This has allowed us to understanding the universe works and encompasses a vision of life as one great-interconnected web. As we have come to recognize the dynamic connectedness of the various parts within a whole educational ecosystem and the world beyond our school.

Witch School with these principles, has avoided having the form of top-down leadership that control groups by withholding power from their ranks, deprive them of the ability to use their expertise and information vested in them to respond directly and with speed the needs of their students. With these principles we unlocked the power of Wicca unto the world with good people, who are dedicated and focused on other people as well as their own spiritual growth. With these principles we have been able to unlock people from their limitations and gave them hope for a better world today and in the coming future. We have awakened the leader within, and that is the greatest feeling in the world.

Ed Hubbard

Witch School and Pagan Leadership February 24, 2009

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Hi everyone,

Today, I am dealing with the concept of leadership within the Pagan community. In the Pagan movement today there is surprisingly small amount of real grass roots leadership. Of course, Paganism as a whole has very independent people, who live by a personal vision. Straightforward hierarchal leadership simply has limited appeal to a faith that believes each individual has a personal relationship with deity and act as their own priestess or priest.  Therefore, leadership is not granted or given by any form of central authority that is widely recognized. Instead leadership is earned and gained through actions and activities. Authority comes from respect of your peers and member so fhte community.

Witch School is in the education business and that makes us in the leadership creation business as well. Witch School and it’s predecessor, The Daily Spell has been focused on developing leaders, which includes Mentors and Clergy, on behalf of the Correllian Tradition and the community as a whole for the last decade. Further Witch School is working to develop leadership for the next century. It is important that we have quality leadership in order to meet the demands of our dynamic and growing community.

What is a leader?  For me, leadership is about taking effective action and improving the overall quality of life for a family, group, and/or a community. Leaders come in all shapes, sizes, colors, gender, and images. You cannot pigeonhole a leader by simply by their exterior, but by their internal character and qualities. Leaders simply have the guts to lead and the qualities that allow them to act.

The most basic ingredients of a leader is to have a guiding vision, passion and integrity.

A guiding vision allows a leader to know where they are going, what they are to do to get there, and to have the strength to persist in the face of setbacks and even failures. They have the ability to communicate the vision and make clear the benefits of their vision. They know that they can make a difference, and that difference is summed up in their personal guiding vision.

Passion is a love of what you do and love of doing it. You need passion for the people who you are leading and for whom the people who will receive the benefits of success. Passion is communicating hope and inspiration to people and having them believe and act on the guiding vision. Without passion, there is no hope, no inspiration and no vision.

Integrity is the one quality of leadership that is less learned but more of a byproduct. It represents a consistent behavior between the guiding vision and the actions of the leader. They must walk their talk, and show through actions that they believe what they are saying. Integrity is what creates trust.

Integrity requires self-knowledge, candor and maturity. All of this requires honesty of thought and actions, a steadfast devotion to core principles, and a fundamental soundness as a whole.

The traits are not inborn but are qualities that are learned and acquired. Very few people are born leaders, and the vast majority of leaders are self-made. In this way leadership is about personal transformation, and it is about what is in a person’s heart and soul.

Witch School with its core principle of offering an anyone, anyplace, anywhere, anytime education, seeks to thread these principles through out our system. It is only by strictly adhering to this guiding vision have we succeeded so far. It is our hope that by teaching and acting according to our guiding vision of a better world that we will generate a new generation of leadership. Witch School expects its members to become part of the leadership that guides the Pagan community in the 21st century.

I part 2, I will discuss the way Witch School has programs to generate leadership and how it is transforming the community.

Ed Hubbard

Witch School Offering to Merchants February 19, 2009

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Hi everyone,

Today I am adding a letter I am sending out to merchants, looking to kindle a stronger interest in our products. After all, we work because we love it, but also to create jobs for people. With the recession we have got to do our best to help people.  So I decided to share this with all of you.

Ed Hubbard

Greetings and Blessings,

With all the news of the economy and the difficult time many people are facing, this is probably one of the worst times to discuss new products for your store. But in times like this, a little magick can go a long way, and we are offering magick for the everyday person. Witch School, the leading name in Wiccan and Magickal Education, has products that help people learn and feel better in their lives. It can also help your bottom line as well.

Witch School is the leading provider of Public Pagan Education in the world today. Our products have a recognition that is very rare in the Metaphysical community, and Witch School is becoming a more recognizable brand, even to mainstream audiences. It is our hope that you will consider our products for your own shelves.


As our products have inherent recognition this will allow them to move quickly off your shelves. We also provide a great deal of support online, by phone, on the web, and wherever it is needed. We believe that small and medium size businesses such as yours are vital to a community’s health, and are the best way to reach people on a local level. While we have a global level of members, ultimately they are searching for local stores to buy from, and together we can help them. I hope that you will consider this.

We recognize this is a hard time to make a decision, but you still need products to sell. We are so confident that our products will do well for you, that we are offering thirty-day terms to first time customers, with a full return policy on all products. We are sure that our products are among the most recognized of new products on the market today.

As a merchant, we will support you not just with exceptional products, we will add free listings as a Participating Merchant on WitchSchool.com.  This includes an onsite listing, listings inside regional eGroups (email based), and other promotions. We also will provide literature and brochures that help explain our products to your staff and customers alike. After all, knowledge is power and we give you the information you need to answer questions.

Why do we believe our products will sell for you? We simply believe that people want to be involved with other people, and Witch School Members are a friendly and supportive community. They want to help and be part of their local communities as much as they do the Global Internet community we share. They also want products and places that fill a need with their lifestyles, at reasonable prices, with exceptional quality. Witch School combines both of these with every product and service we offer, and we believe that people want more than just the Internet. They want to have places to go and meet people as well as buy products and services, and Witch School, through its participating merchant program helps drive that traffic.

You can take advantage of this offer by placing an order by phone, fax, or email. We can help you with any questions.

Ed Hubbard
CEO, Witch School International

Phone: 217-748-4078
Fax:     217-748-4086
Email: Virginia@witchschool.com
Website: WitchSchoolStore.com

Witch School Regional eGroups Launched February 16, 2009

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Hi everyone,

Wow, 45 days have passed this year already, and that’s how many days I have been working everyone really hard. The Board, many of the mentors, and the staff have been worked, building many different projects to improve communication.

The regional groups, for people to find people in their area was launched over the weekend, and it has had a amazing early response. Basically, we are using a mature Internet technology that we have been involved with for more than a decade. We are using Yahoo Groups as a base for a network that we all understand, and that can get very local, and yet be operated global. Witch School was born of Onelist.com, the predecessor of Yahoo Groups, and we have been using this technology since very close to it’s birth as mass communication. We are now using this technology in a new way to reach globally and locally, simultaneously.

Now this isn’t very glamorous and cutting edge. I mean Twitter is hot (twitter.com/Witchschool), MySpace is cool (Myspace.com/WitchSchool), Facebook is amazing (we have one of those too.) The latest and best is Ning for creating Social Networks, (http://witchschoolinternational.ning.com/) Did you see the online trading cards, called PopCardz.com? Don is planning creating Witch School Celebrity Cards on that site. We have all sorts of the modern stuff and we are using it to reach out. Witch School staff and especially myself love to watch the net for the best and fun. We love to be using all these resources to reach global audiences. (If you like this stuff too, consider joining our Social Network Team.)

But for all their outreach, none of them has the very personal and stable way to create a network that must allow Global to local communications, local to local communication, and across lines of cities, states and provinces, countries, languages, continents, and even ideas and hobbies. Only Yahoo Groups gives us the tools, for free, and will be hear a year from now, and we have every expectation a decade ago.

We are using regional egroups  to create a way to reach into smaller communities and help. It allows us to organize electronically, in a way we are denied physically. Now after ten years of extensive online education, we are able to begin reaching back to physicality. Live classes and Video classes bring more of us together. So we have begun this wonderful and amazing expansion.

What are we doing with these regional lists? The vision of Witch School system is an anyone, anytime, anyplace, anywhere education. We provide the best possible education for a new age, for a world that is potentially in crisis. We are focused on the future of our community and these lists help us begin putting our trained mentors, teachers, and community builders to work. It is that simple.

After all, Witches love knowledge in all its forms, and we have the strong interest in protecting it. Witch School International means we are going to be involved in communities around the world. We already are strong in the UK, South Africa, Canada, Denmark, and a lot more countries are developing strong communities as well. So we are reaching people and we have a lot of amazing talent locked up in our community. Our duty is to unlock that talent and have it used on behalf of improving individuals’ lives and our community through their own improvement. By sharing in personal growth, we grow as a whole community. By sharing knowledge we evolve as a society. So we are taking our next steps, and regional egroups are really part of that next step.

So I am really glad to see it begin working. We have a long way to go, a lifetimes worth of work, and this is one more step along that path. Actually several steps I think, and I thank everyone who is making this journey, this global and local manifestation of Witch School and her family and community.

Ed Hubbard

Witch School Coming to a Location Near You February 13, 2009

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This is one of my regular emails sent to everyone on the Witch School Site.

Hi everyone,  

Blessings and hoping everything is well with you. Last month I put out a questionnaire, and more than 300 people responded to it, and I thank all who did. In that questionnaire were a couple of things about being able to find classes and people in your area. We listened and have begun a process to help with both.

Witch School Live!  is our first step by offering live classes in different locations. So far we are having daily classes at Rossville, IL, if you want to join us at the HQ. We already have dates for Chicago and Salem Massachusetts. We will be adding more as we find locations where enough students are interested. The best thing about this is that we are going to offer these live classes for $5.00 each, wherever and whenever we can. We are anticipating that this will be announced quickly as we add more dates.

Further tickets will be good for classes through Dec. 21st, 2012. This means if you buy tickets for a class and miss it, you can use the tickets for a later class. We know how frustrating it is to forget or have circumstances where you cannot attend and lose the value of the ticket. In this case, you can buy a ticket and use it at anytime. We want this to be a service to all our friends and members. Check out the entire Witch School Live! Events site at http://www.witchschool.biz/wslive.html

The second outreach we are developing is ways to find people in local areas. We have started a set of Regional eGroups that allow people to find friends, members, and other Wiccans and Pagans in their local area. We hope our members such as you may be interested in joining them. We have over two hundred cities, provinces, regions and countries with groups. You can see them all at http://www.witchschool.biz/yahooegroups.html

If you are in a city or region not covered, just let me know and I will create a list for your area. My email is  Ed@witchschool.com  and just tell me the city you want me to add to our list. It can be anywhere in the world, wherever you live.

As part of this outreach, we are also developing WitchSchoolInternational.com, WitchSchoolEurope.com, and Witchschool.co.za, for working with these regions. These are all Witch School Sites, and one membership covers them all. This is part of our continued outreach globally, and working towards building an even higher quality of education.

For those who are interested, Salem Mass. will be the site of this year’s Spring Lustration and Witch School Live Events. It will be a chance to meet Rev. Don Lewis, the Members of the Witan council, Angie Buchanan of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and Pagan Pride Founder Dagonet Dewr. This will be a particularly powerful event, and we will have amazing news coming from it. It will be full of classes, rituals, initiations, and planning on a global scale. We will also have a lot of fun including not one, but two planned handfastings. You can find out more at: http://witchschool.com/salem.asp

For those who want to know:  WitchSchoolStore.com has been upgraded and added to by Virginia, Reanna, and Tony. Reanna and Virginia even did a little show on Magick TV called the “Witches Home Shopping Cauldron“. Don also did “How to make a Crystal Web Access Point” video and “Adventures of a Student Witch- Love” cartoon. So they are just moving to improve our services, and our desire to entertain and educate.

Last but not least, Virginia, Reanna and Maryann are making a Crystal Web Access Kit that is free to anyone who buys a lifetime Witch School Membership. If you are already a lifetime member, we will send you a Crystal Web Access Kit for only the $6.00 postage and handling fee in the United States. The Kit Contains one crystal, eight stones, spell cards, and a 16 page booklet about the Crystal Web. If you are a lifetime member and want one, just email Virginia@witchschool.com and she will take care of it. If you are not, become a lifetime member and we will send you one automatically.  Click here.

Thank You for your continued support, and we are hoping to see you soon.

Ed Hubbard

CEO, Witch School International

PS: Looking to earn extra income for your group, check out the Witch School Membership Referral Program at Witchschool.biz


Witch School Going Global and Live! February 13, 2009

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As promised, we have begun to create live events. We have the Witch School Live Salem Event, which includes Correllian Lustration and a lot of great speakers. This is April 17th-19th, 2009 in the Witch City. This will be a great event with lots of Witch School people coming together to discuss our upcoming activities including the School Wide Food Drive for Pagan Pride and the Parliament of the World’s Religion.

The Witch School Live! Project is underway, and we will be teaching in a lot more places. It is our way of dealing with growth and the recession simultaneously. The growth is reaching out and meeting people, and we have requests all the time to have Don, Reanna, Virginia, and even myself to speak. So we are going to reach out and increase our local, national, and international live classes.

To deal with the recession, we are going to teach these classes at $5.00 each. We have daily classes at 117 S. Chicago, Rossville, Il 60963. These classes will be at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday (evenings and Sundays by appointments) . We have monthly dates in Chicago Campus at the Life Force Arts Center and the Occult Bookstore. We also have dates in Salem Massachusetts for April and October, and possibly more. We are looking at even more locations, including St. Louis, and even Australia in December.

Now this means we are going to be out, and this is also our path to opening a permanent campus in Salem, Mass. If we can sell enough advance tickets, we can open a campus. That number is 3,000 tickets total by the Lustration. If we can reach that, we can have a permanent campus affordably, and that we will teach classes everyday, 7 days a week.

Now I am looking at another alternative in Salem, something just a touch smaller. It depends on is this a viable project. Tommorow, I will know a lot more than I do today, but this much I can tell you. Witch School is wanted in Salem.

It is also true Witch School is wanted in many communities. In order to make Witch School Live! More focused, we have developed local and regional eGroups. This is groups focused on particular geographic locations. All the places we want to teach at. You can find these groups at Witch School Regional Egroups. This will help us locate areas we need to have classes at. This is a truly major expansion.

You will notice the regional lists are pretty global. This is because Don Lewis will be traveling around the world, on the Way to and From the Parliament of the World’s Religion. He is calling this tour “In Search of Local Gods”. It will begin in Rossville to Salem to Europe, Africa, and Australia. Don is hoping to continue onto India, Japan, and Mexico City where we also have groups. This is tentative right now; dependent on finding hosts in each of the areas Don wishes to travel to. Don’s ticket is being picked up by a sponsor. But we are hoping to keep the same opportunity for $5.00 classes no matter where Don travels. If you are reading this and interested in hosting Don, let me know.

So support Witch School by buying advance Witch School Live tickets, especially for a Salem project. Okay, I will have more tomorrow. I think it may be very great.

Ed Hubbard
WSI, Chairman

The Future: Positioning of Wicca , Part 2 February 10, 2009

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Wicca is a Earth Religion. That is a position that is growing in much of the Western World. It is not Satanism, and that it centers on nature. They believe in Mother Earth. They have different ways of behaving, and they are just people.

All of the above statements is basically the party line for years, for at least 30 years, and it has been a growing steadily in the mainstream press. This talk went toe-to-toe with Christianity insistence that all non-Christian faiths are automatically Satanists. We have won this initial positioning war, and we shifted the word. We gave it new meanings for many people and a different way of looking at it. It was even accepted, with much hard work, as a term for a legal religion. In this we have moved our position as Wiccans.

By having a changed position, in this case being a nature religion with every legal right to exist, and with a developing culture, we have given ourselves breathing room and some legal protection. So we have to continue this, as we know Christians Attack Ministries will continue to try to create a negative Wiccan image.

The Barna Group did a report that basically said that only 45% of people know what Wicca is in America, and around 6% of people saw Wicca as favorable. They further added the claim that 55% of Americans do not really know what Wicca is. Of course, Barna is a Christian think tank and all their statistics must be under suspect and scrutiny, but it still shows something of America. Most people are not aware of Wicca, and when they hear of it they will go with societal default definitions. So we have only a fraction of the population, less than 3% of overall America, and possibly that much in Europe, that have a favorable image of us.

So in marketing ‘Positioning’ occurs as an aggregate perception of the marketplace, as compared with similar products. It will happen whether or not a company or group’s management is proactive, reactive, or passive about the on-going process of evolving a position. Most companies and organizations can positively influence the perceptions of people through enlightened actions.

In Wicca’s case, Wicca is positioned as a religion, a faith, a practice, a culture, a pop fad, a Hollywood creation and increasingly so, as a moral structure. This position was and is being created by an accumulation of views of hundreds of leaders over the last five decades. It has been a mostly reactive strategy, and one that seeks to form natural consensus while allowing for fierce independence. Positioning is created from this against all the negative and mythical positions created by mainstream and Christian society.

When talking about who can state the Wiccan position in society, you discover the answer is that each person and group speaks for themselves. There is no Grand Wiccan Council anywhere that represents all Wiccans. It simply does not exist. So no one individual, group or organization can talk for and set the position for all Wiccans. In fact, no one can really claim anything more than representing of a small portion of the overall community. This makes the positioning of the Wiccan community a lot harder, but more honest overall. So any desire of changing position has to begin within the community, change the perception of the Wiccan community and then outward into the mainstream. It has to be a consensual statement, and with no anticipation that it will be accepted by any given individual or group. It makes the idea of creating a position a very difficult one.

So, in order to change a Position within the Wiccan community, you will need to develop a consensus if it is widely deployed, or to be iterated by a small but vocal minority focused on change. According to “Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind” in which they define Positioning as an “organized system for finding a window in the mind. It is based on the concept that communication can only take place at the right time and under the right circumstances.” (p.19 of 2001 paperback edition). We need to be on the continuous look-out for right time and right circumstances to offer our ideas of where Wicca should be placed in society.

So we see the task ahead of creating and improving our position to be a large one. We still need to reach more than half of the people in the United States, and give them our definition of Wicca. That we need to try to reach the 3% that finds us favorable overall, and then find bridges to the remaining portion that has a less than stellar opinion.

So here are few positions I hold that I believe would be helpful to Wiccans everywhere.

1. Wiccans are not Satanists. (Okay, I hate this as much as anyone!). This position must be continued to reinforced, as the moment we stop, the Christian Attack Ministries will seek to regain that position.

2. Wiccans are as healthy and mentally balanced as the average population, and to a larger degree show a healthier population, living longer, and find more peace and stability in our minds. Wiccans pursue health as one of the great gifts of the Mother Earth. We have lots of tools to handle change both physically and mentally.

3. Wiccans have been and are concerned about the Climate and Earth Changes. From Water Witches dowsing in the American West, to Urban Shamans in New York, London & Tokyo, Sagoma’s and Medicine Men, and just your average Witch have felt the changes that are occurring around the world. It is a instinct that is part of our lives, just seeking to be reopened in all people. Environmentalism is a major focus of the Wiccan Life.

4. Wiccans are friends, as they seek to bring blessings and balance to the world. Food and Water is a core belief that Wiccans have. Food is a miracle of the Living Earth, a gift of life and a celebration to be enjoyed. Water is life itself. The Earth herself can provide for us all, if we work with her and develop the ecology to support life and provide energy for us all. A Clean and sustainable world is in our best interest, and one that is holy and divine.

If these were a consensus of thought, I believe that this would move the Wiccan from having to defend ourselves constantly against derogative and negative attacks to taking a stronger, push forward action of stating what we want people to know about us.

So there is a beginning. A seed in the collective consciousness.

Thank You for Reading and Sharing!

Ed Hubbard

The Future: Positioning of Wicca February 7, 2009

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Over the last few weeks, I have seen a more powerful movement of a long term trend. That is the positioning of Wicca in the public eye. There is no question that Wicca has been evolving a public persona over the last fifty years, and witchcraft proper for at least a couple centuries. It was never a centrally focused identity nor did it have highly charismatic leaders, it simply was and is ordinary people doing extraordinary things believe in incredible ideas that have created the most positive opinions in the community.
The idea that Wicca is a direct threat to the Christian has always existed as well, but now Christian ministries are making Wicca a direct and personal threat against teens. This is a trend that can have profound effects on the movement. They seek to reposition us in public opinion.

What is positioning? Positioning, in advertising terms, is the place or position a product holds in a customers mind. The higher and more acceptable a position on a consumers list more likely they will buy your product. It is a constant judgment we all have to make constantly as we seek to make purchases. Positioning, in political terms, is to have a individual, party or concept to mean something in particular to as many people as possible. The idea in politics is that you position yourself on a issue or your opponent positions you unfavorably. Positioning then in all cases is what people think of a product or word, and all that it represents. Positioning for Wicca then means what does Wicca stand for and what is it’s value in society, especially in the mainstream.

Who decides what Position Wicca has in society? Well, ultimately individuals have the right to make a choice about everything that affects their lives. But in reality choices are based on circumstances and situations. So people will make choices, individually and collectively, based on the circumstances and situations they are involved with. This means where they get their information and data is the most likely place that will affect one’s positioning or understanding of any given word or concept. So anyone who can influence and create opinion among individuals, especially if they can follow this with action has the right to position anything in our society. Anyone that can develop a following, that helps form opinion in individuals and collectively, about Wicca has the ability to position Wicca as they choose. It is simply a matter of getting people to accept your opinion over others, or at least consider it when making choices.

So what is Christian Ministries doing? They are seeking to equate Wicca as a direct threat to teens, that it fills them with different ideas, not unlike drug use, oral sex parties, cutting, and mental disorders. That different forces of Wicca are particularly targeting teens and they want them to be introduced to occult thought. Even if the teen is unaware that they hold Wiccan thoughts, they could be in terrible danger. So they are seeking to position Wicca as a source of motivation for dangerous behavior.

The second major way Christian ministries are targeting Wicca is that the followers do not believe they are Satanists. That Wiccans are outside Jesus and God, but are not worshiping Satan by their own words. In fact, Wicca is really Satanism-lite, a Gateway religion to worse forms of dark forces. That Wiccans themselves can be good people but a dubbed by Satanic forces, and need to be handled differently. That screaming Satanist won’t work as a conversion force, and that there are ways to make a Wiccan a friend and then convert them. So they are positioning Wiccans as religiously naive and capable of being saved.

So our move towards so many different positions, mostly unfocused, decentralized, and thoroughly independent, is finally being countered that we are a dangerous force, even though legally recognized, that is very dangerous to families and especially teens. If they succeed then teens will continue to join Wicca as a protest, and we will see more and more problems blamed on the faith and not on the real sources of the problem. It will act as a discouragement towards our full rights.

This is a bad position to be moved into.

Next time: How can Wiccans reposition themselves?

Ed Hubbard

CEO, Witch School

The Last Week: Stimulus, Food, and Salem February 5, 2009

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Hi everyone,

Can I say that I am surprised at the speed in which society is now moving? No, I am not surprised. I would be lying at some level as we always have known that this speed up was coming. The Wiccan faith has known this, as has the larger Pagan Movement, and even the New Age Community has spoken hard and long on this. So to say it was unexpected would be unfair, and one that shows we have not paid attention. That is something that has been part of my life, the waiting for this moment. The quickening of my own life, and others around me, and it has begun in earnest.

So I guess I find it surprising at the reaction I am getting about the three lines of communication I have had over the last few weeks. The first is the Salem Project, the second the need for a food ministry, and third, the $5. Pagan Stimulus Plan. They have been ideas in which real world consequences occur from our choices or lack of choices. In this case, We are a web of people tied together by gossamer strings. What those strings are made of is yet to be seen.

Here is what I am getting echoed back, and in direct conversation. Salem is a exciting possibility, something both needed and wanted, but a high level risk with potential costly downside. To answer this, a business plan is being created with a cash flow projection for the project, to explore it further.

The Food Ministry concept has struck a deep chord, and people are responding that the need is there. They desire to serve, to help, to prepare, is all there. So this is now a question of organization, and gaining a minimal level of structured activity that can allow us to follow to success. The need for something that Mother Earth should provide, and show a strong reason to everyone why we need to protect our living world. Food is essential and a lot of people are asking what is next, and next is organization. That is something to be explored and possibly established with the help of the Witch School Volunteer Guild.

The $5. Stimulus plan was a conceptual piece. So the response has been could this work, could this get jobs, and I answered them in theory that yes this will work. Now people are changing and asking me how it would work, and I have laid out that as well. The response has changed again, how and when do we get this to work? Let me say, I want to hear a few more opinions, but this will be implemented at Rossville in the next few days as a model. We will be developing this concept, and if you want to help me build this plan, email me.

Well that is a wrap up today. Big things are just around the corner.


$5. Pagan Stimulus Plan: Can it create Jobs and Other Questions. February 4, 2009

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Hi everyone,

Let me say hi, and I want to thank everyone who called me or emailed me about this subject. 32 days into being CEO, and I have people calling me about the idea of a Pagan Stimulus Plan. It is surprising that people see a definite need.

So let me answer more about it.

The first is, Yes the ticket will be a generic ticket, which will be good at any official Witch School event, type A. If sitting is limited, then first come first served will be the rule, and we will work to create extra seating, or additional classes.
So on to more direct questions:

Will Don, Ed and other Witch school staffers come to my area and teach? In some cases Yes. Don already teaches at the Chicago Witch School until he finishes training a staff. Even then he plans to continue to be part of that campus. We can do one time events and quarterly events in any region which we can sell enough tickets.
We would also need a place to stay at (local hotel) and a place to host the event. If we have a Holiday Inn in the area, we can always use them for space. If we can string several

cities in close proximity, then it becomes even more doable. This can allow for shared events as well.

Can I teach an Official Witch School Class? That depends, on what you want to teach, the audience you want to attract, and your credentials. Witch School Teachers and Mentors are almost always given official status to do these classes, they simply need to ask and apply for it. Others may request status through the Director at Witch School.
A Witch School Official Event accepts the Type A ticket, and expects from Witch School a payment of $2.00 plus bonuses per ticket. Any other arrangements will be discussed.
Once a event is official, Witch School will promote it through it’s websites, social network, and other means.

Can this really produce jobs? Yes, that it can. Certainly, people buying tickets and attending classes will allow for some income movement. Common promotion saves a lot of money and increases it’s effectiveness. In other words, focused effort produces better results. If we can have people want to take classes, to improve themselves, there will be work. Unemployed people, employed people, all sorts of people will be looking to change their lives, and we can help. Classes of as little as ten students, meeting regularly creates a successful part -time job. Each additional hour of class with ten students, meeting regularly increases the value of the part-time job. So if a steady class flow of at least ten students per class can be created, a part-time teaching job is created.
A second job is created as well, when you have more than a few teachers and that is administrator to assure payments, support, and customer services, as well as promotion. There are a lot of additional jobs created when you can sell more seats to an event. This becomes important. So yes, between local teachers on a steady schedule combined with regional events on a more spaced out schedule, you can create a lot of jobs, if your attendance numbers can be met. Meeting those numbers is definitely possible with a staff that desires to accomplish that goal, anywhere in the world.

Okay, I have answered some questions, and continue to ask for your thoughts.

Ed Hubbard