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CaptionWitches of Silicon Valley --- --- --- Even though many of the traditions are rooted in ancient beliefs Wiccans have embraced Silicon Valley's gadget revolution. --- --- --- At last month's autumn equinox for example a group of witches milled about in a secluded clearing in Golden Gate Park as they waited for the other members of Reclaiming a Bay Area witchcraft community to arrive for a ritual. There was a disagreement about the exact date of Mabon the event they've gathered for. "I'll check " says Delight Stone pulling out her iPhone. When it comes to pinning down the precise date of a seasonal change apparently there's an app for that. After some clicking and scrolling Stone has the answer: Sept. 23. Reclaiming co-founder Starhawk says she comes across lots of witches who work in tech at such gatherings. "For people who have a scientific kind of mind paganism is very attractive " she says. "It doesn't have the same kind of split between science and belief that many other spiritual traditions do." Reclaiming performs all of its rituals in public. In stark contrast to lingering misconceptions about Wicca haunting the public imagination these rituals mostly consist of members standing in a circle reciting incantations singing songs dancing and listening to the Greek myth of Persephone. After the park ceremony was over Reclaiming members listened to announcements about a youth group and shared refreshments and small talk much like any other kind of religious service. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/30/LVQ61LJ5EA.DTL __________________________ The 18th Annual PantheaCon will be held Feb. 17 – 20 2012 President’s Day Weekend at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose CA
HeadlinePanthea Conference - Bay Area support of robust neopagan community dates to the late 1960s when future thinkers sought ways to transgress the boundaries of organized religion
KeywordsSilicon-Valley Starhawk Persephone
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