Friday, June 5, 2015

KOTF 18: What Wiccans Do - Ritual Circle and Ceremony - Part 5 of 5

In this episode Rev. Alicia Folberth and Iris Chausse discuss "What Wiccans Do" Ritual Circle and Ceremony - the final of a five part series 'dispelling' popular beliefs about Wicca. This was one of our first episodes, originally #12, and has been edited from VHS. Introduction from Donna Read's Goddess Remembered documentary series, featuring Starhawk, Margot Adler, and Gypsy Ravish. Music by Wendy Rule. 'Deep Within the Forest' was recorded live at by Phillip Safarik.

Keepers of the Flame TV Series
We are an educational and entertaining television talk show about Traditional Witchcraft, Paganism and Aboriginal Religions featuring lectures, interviews, music and entertainment from around the world. Friday Nights, 9:00pm Public Access Channel 10 in the Connecticut Valley. Began 2010 and now on the internet in 2013. For more information follow our blog at

Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth is the spiritual leader of Panthean Temple in CT. She is the coordinator of Panthean Temple's "Beltaine: A Pagan Odyssey" retreat fest, and other special events dealing with Women's empowerment. An activist of conviction, Alicia is also a professional artist, writer, lecturer, teacher, and the producer of the new cable access television show, "Keepers of the Flame."
    Her writing has been published in two books to date; Cakes and Ale for the Pagan Soul edited by Patricia Telesco, and Voices of Survivors edited by Namid, both are available on Her advice tarot column "It's in the cards" has been featured in Finer Things Magazine and on She is also a contributor to Grey Mare on the Hill to be published in December 2015. Although long overdue, Rev. Alicia is in the process of writing and illustrating her own first book, which is a series of guided meditations and journeys.
   To see her artwork and design, please visit and
    Panthean Temple website:

Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk's newest book is a picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.
    Starhawk is perhaps best known as an articulate pioneer in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. She is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion, and continues to work closely with the Reclaiming community ( Her archives are maintained at the Graduate Theological Union library in Berkeley, California. She is a panelist for the Newsweek/Washington Post website on religion, "On Faith," and also contributes to Beliefnet and ZNet, as well as maintaining her own blog, "Dirt Worship" (

Margot Adler (April 16, 1946 – July 28, 2014) was a journalist and correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR).
   Adler received a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York in 1970, and she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1982. She grew up mostly in New York City and worked for WBAI, FM 99.5, the Pacifica Radio outlet in that city. She created the talk shows Hour of the Wolf in 1972 and later Unstuck in Time.
   Adler joined NPR in 1979 as a general assignment reporter, and had since worked on a great many pieces dealing with subjects as diverse as the death penalty, the right to die movement, the response to the war in Kosovo, computer gaming, the drug ecstasy, geek culture, children and technology, and Pokamon. Since 9/11, she focused much of her work on stories exploring the human factors in New York City, from the loss of loved ones, homes and jobs, to work in the relief effort. She was the host of Justice Talking, and she was a regular voice on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
   Adler wrote Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today. This book is considered a watershed in American Neopagan circles, as it provided the first comprehensive look at the nature-based religions in the US, and became what was for many the first point of contact with the larger subculture. She was a speaker at the 1986 WinterStar Symposium, from which the Association for Consciousness Exploration produced her lecture tape From Witch to Witch-Doctor: Healers, Therapists and Shamans and the panel discussion The Magickal Movement: Present and Future (with Selena Fox, and Robert Anton Wilson). Her second book, Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution, was published by Beacon Press in 1997. Adler was a Wiccan priestess of the Gardnerian Wicca tradition.
   Her grandfather, Alfred Adler, is considered the father of individual psychology.

Gypsy Ravish - Her songs of a Salem Witch, a Priestess, a Proprietress, an Enchantress - Gypsy Ravish, came through in dreams and invocations from life challenges, deep tribal memories and connections to the Ancestors.
   “Gypsy” Ravish is the owner and operator of White Light Pentacles/Sacred Spirit Products Inc. and Nu Aeon . Established in 1981 e.v. in Salem, Massachusetts, White Light Pentacles/Sacred Spirit Products serves as a unique wholesale and retail distribution network dedicated to the propagation of the Wiccan Arts and Thelemic Magickal Sciences.
   "Gypsy" is an initiate of an Alexandrian/Hereditary/Traditional lineaged family of Wicca and functions as the High Priestess WQ of the Coven of Akhelarre of Salem, which is chartered by and twinned, with the Temple of the Mother recently relocated in Scotland under the eldership of H.Ps. Sally Taylor-Mapley Grand Witch Queen of Kent and Grand Master H.P. David Mapley. Principal Minister of The Temple of Nine Wells, ATC the only public Wiccan congregation continuously operating in Salem.
   “Gypsy” is a singer/songwriter and her recording, “Enchantress”, a favorite of the national and international magickal community, combines the magickal arts with music. Many, many thousands of copies of “Enchantress” have been sold since its release on cassette tape in 1990 e.v. Recently digitally re-mastered, “Enchantress” is now available on CD. 

Wendy Rule
   "Every so often Melbourne throws up a singular talent, someone previously hidden amongst the well-established musical tribes, someone possessed of a unique vision. Wendy Rule, the vocalist, songwriter and visionary, is such and artist. Beat Magazine, Melbourne"
    With the release of her fifth full length album, The Wolf Sky, Wendy Rule has firmly established herself as one of Australia's most uniquely gifted and prolific artists. Her music is a passionate union of her incredible voice moving from soaring heights to intimate whispers and her beautifully dark and visionary lyrics. Wendy's live performances draw on her love of ritual and theater, enticing her audience into an otherworldly realm of power and Magic. After years of local shows and national tours, Wendy's music is now being recognized internationally. She has recently returned from her 9th tour of the USA, and has also performed in France, Germany, England and Scotland.

Our introduction song 'Take Me Down Where the Pagans Go' is by Adala:
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