This issue of The Cosmic Cauldron Newsletter is somewhat controversial not only because we have some controversial articles but several situations surrounding this issue's publication. One has to love
CONTROVERSY. It is a word that seems to roll off the tongue and brings all sorts of visual images to mind. If it wasn't for controversy newspapers, both in print and on-line, would have nothing to publish.
In the last month I have been accused by my detractors of "plagiarism" with allegations that I am publishing material without permission. Of course this is untrue and how would these wags know that I have not been in contact with the authors or creators of the material in question just because I have not used a
reciprocal link. After all, not everyone wishes to have their band-width compromised or their details
revealed to all and sundry. After all, some of our writers use pseudonyms
as to prevent Pagan Bullying (previous article republished). One of my contributors actually wrote to me telling me that they have been threatened and told not to contribute to my publication.
Yes, as stated last month there is a movement afoot to have people boycott my publication and some people have. Their loss!
Even more controversial is the demand by certain people to have the membership of organisations that I am a member of or loosely connected to, to be supplied to them or an organisation that the demanders are attached too. Of course this has nothing personally to do with me (well, I seriously hope not) and it is more in the line of inappropriate conduct, pagan bullying and corporate bullying. Fortunately, here in Australia we have the "Commonwealth Privacy Act" and a legal tort of "Reckless Endangerment" which can squash such demands.
I have had several letters attempting to bring pressure on the continuation of publishing
The Sexy Witches page. The writers of these letters have informed me that the page is Sexist as no men have been featured on the page. Perhaps that is because NO MEN have had the courage to
contribute their photographs?
Even my quote last month which I attributed to Tom Waits was brought into controversy as I have been informed in no uncertain terms: "Its was Dorothy Parker who wrote that, not Tom Waits. Although, he might have quoted her in a performance. It calls into question the
veracity of this (Your) Pagan web-zine."
The owner of the Celtic Nation yahoo! group even go into the act by admonishing me in his group: "Wayfinder, upon review, your newsletter has nothing to do with furthering the development of Celtic polytheism and I would request that you refrain from further solicitations for it in this forum."
Ironically, the very day after, I received this criticism, my good friend Ian Cowburn contributed an article which diminishes the group owner's
Ah, Controversy. What a magnificent word and what imagery it brings to mind. I would like to mention in closing three wonderful quotes to bring it all into
“Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error” - Benjamin Rush
“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot'' than the stigma of conformity.” - Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
“Controversy equalizes fools and wise men - and the fools know it” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Cosmic Cauldron is an INDEPENDENT publication and the Editor/ publisher, The Wayfinder, will continual to be
Controversial, with the greatest joy and pleasure.
Without further ado please scroll down and read on. Your feedback on this issue would be greatly appreciated so please don't forget to sign our
THIS ISSUE IS CHOCK-A-BLOCK
Wiccan Tools Really that Necessary?
High Priestess Amethyst of the Oak
and Mistletoe Coven once more consents to grace our
Newsletter with yet another wonderfully written and
What can I say. So many wonderful books at
our disposal and so many reviewers wishing to contribute book
reviews. Not only does Mike Gleason and myself both have some
marvellous book reviews but we also have a Guest Reviewer, Rev.
Priestess Frances of The Temple of the Dark Moon contributes
her own "Isis Moon
Newsletter" to be a regular feature in The
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of the September issue but THE
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