There are many items that need to be covered in this editorial I hardly know where to start. Perhaps the biggest item and most newsworthy, is the one to start with, and so PAGAN MOVEMENT in BRITAIN and IRELAND is formed!
Although we only mentioned the idea of forming a Pagan Movement in the circular letter of 31st August the response has been good. As I write this 33 people have become members of the Pagan Movement and are in the unique position of being ‘founding members’. I’m sure many people would like to know how the Movement was born, so -
I had been thinking about the need for a pagan organisation since I arrived in this country over a year ago. Yet I didn't know if I would be able to do it, and was certain I could not start it alone. On 30th July I went to Wales to visit Tony Kelly and during the weekend the initial steps of Pagan Movement were gradually formed. After returning to Bicester I wrote to several people telling them about the idea, and asking for suggestions. Among these people was the editor of The Wiccan. We gradually decided on a very loose organization which would not dictate any beliefs to any member. And an organization whose administration is in the entire membership. Unfortunately during the planning stages the editor of The Wiccan did not agree with the others on the organization and also did not agree when we felt that the Quabalah was not pagan and should be treated only as comparative religion within the movement.
Since he was unable to reconcile himself to these views, or to accept the fact that other people might feel that way and still exist in the same organization (not to mention the fact that since I’m an American I should keep my nose out of the pagan scene in Britain) he formed another organization which is known as the Pagan Front.
So Pagan Movement in Britain and Ireland has given birth to a daughter organization, before we have reached our own maturity! ￼￼ Now what is Pagan Movement in Britain and Ireland all about? Well our long range object is to create a Pagan society wherein everyone will be free to worship the Goddesses and Gods of Nature. We want to create a society for sharing pagan information, rites and opinions. We want to organize meetings for worship, and to encourage others to organize meetings and groups. And, although we don’t intend to form a new religion as such, we are furnishing rites of many different types for members of Pagan Movement. These rites, of course, are subject to change by those who receive them.
Membership of Pagan Movement in Britain and Ireland is open to anyone, subject to payment of the membership subscription ......
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Then the following footnote: In times gone by a Coven existed as a means of training new ‘witches’ who were actually priests and priestesses of the various Pagan traditions. This is shown now by the fact that, in some traditions, one is initiated and welcomed as ‘Priest and Witch!’ Coven meetings as such were comparatively rare, and those initiated ministered to the people in their geographical area in matters of religion and magic. I have again taken up this practice, and hope that other initiated Craft members will also take up their old duties and again begin ministering to the people who need the Old Religion.