The New Year is upon us, and as always Lady Stephanie and I would like to take this time to say a few words.
We sincerely hope that the year now dawning will be a good year that will bring many blessings for all of us. I grant that, as 2017 ends, this seems a bit optimistic -but we are magic users and what good is magic if we cannot use it to make the world better for ourselves?
We have much to look forward to this year. We have our Correllian Lustration which will be held at Our Lady of Light (http://www.CorrellianLustration.com) on April 27-29 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Special guests will be Arch Priestess Belladonna Laveau and Dusty Dione of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (http://www.ATCWicca.org) and musician Morgan McPherson! We hope to see the completion of the Witch School rebuild, with improved services for our students. We have the new and improved Daily Spell which will be expanding and developing throughout the year. Rev. Don will be appearing at the Twenty-Fifth Annual St. Louis Pagan Picnic (http://www.PaganPicnic.org) June 3-4 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Three Gates Gathering, (http://www.ThreeGatesGathering.com) June 8-10 in Missouri, and at WitchsFest USA (http://www.WitchsFestUSA.org) on July 13-15 in New York City. Perhaps most exciting we have the Parliament of the World's Religions (https://www.ParliamentOfReligions.org) in Toronto, Canada, from Nov. 1-7!
It will certainly be a very active year!
But what else awaits us this year? We have just entered 2018 AD, or by Correllian reckoning, 18 Aq. We are in the cusp of the turning of the Age, as we shall remain for many years. The character of the New Age is being built before our eyes. The world is wrestling with the possibilities that lie before it -old patterns continue to change and be broken, but what shall replace them? For we who work with spirit, this is not a passive issue. It is not simply a matter of waiting to see what we receive -we can and must influence the direction the world is taking, This is why we created the Peace Campaign and why our many Peace Warriors devote so much time and energy to advancing the cause of peace -that we might build a better and more just future. For we must never forget that peace is not merely the absence of conflict, but a world in which all may live without fear being hurt or killed simply because of who they are. This is the battle of our time; the great work we have spoken of for so long; birthing and then shaping the New Age. And as magic users we have a vital role to play, for many are trying to shape the future and not always in good ways. We must continue to bring our power to bear to help making a just, prosperous, and peaceful future.
Having said all this, we have much to be thankful for as we enter Year 18 Aq. Chief among these for Lady Stephanie and myself is gratitude for you. We are grateful for your presence and support in our mutual mission. Our mission, the work that we are all doing together, is to more consciously integrate Spirit into matter through the teaching and practice of spirituality -through ritual, through meditation, through shadow work, through healing, through classes and workshops and seminars, through Temples and Shrines and Orders, through helping people to make a more conscious connection to Spirit in a thousand different ways and then using that connection to build a better life and through that better life a better world. Thank you for being part of this! Thank you for building a better world!
We would also like to thank our Correllian Elders for all they do each day to help advance the Tradition's mission: Lady Windy Lajoie, Lady Anna Rowe, Ser Jason Highcorrell, Lady Raene Packery, Lord Eblis Pendragon, Lady Harwe Tuileva; thank you all so very much! Thank you also Lady Krystel High-Correll, Ser Ed Correll, Lady Virginia "Bitterwind" Smith for all you have done and still do to help us all!
Thank you also to our Arch Priesthood: Ser Angela Munn, Lady Laurie Denman, Lady Lily Greene, Lady Alyssa Maxon Kemp!
And thank you Ser Mike Neal for running our fundraising and the Corr Store (http://www.CorrStore.co)!
These are the people who keep our Tradition running. They iterate and reiterate our teachings, they built and oversee the many platforms we use to advance our mission, manage the records of our global Tradition, raise money to keep us going, run the Temple Making Process, oversee our communications networks, manage our social media, and help our people to co-ordinate regionally around the world. Thank you all!
We also want to thank our school staff, who keep Witch School (http://www.WitchSchool.com) functioning; Thank you Witch School President Lady Charlynn Walls! Thank you CTO Michael Ferrell! Thank you Membership Support Lady Laurie Denman! Thank you Dean of Students Lady Windy Lajoie! Thank you Lady Anna Rowe! Thank you Lady Vivian Dewey and Lady Shira Lanari! Thank you to the many Mentors and to everyone who helps to keep Witch School a vital and growing facility! Without you our tens of thousands of students around the world would not be able to have the rich experience that they do!
We want to thank our social media people, notably the revamped Daily Spell (http://www.TheDailySpell.com) of which Rev. Don Lewis is Executive Publisher. Thank you Ser Ed Correll, Rev Lori Blackman, MaryAnn Kay, and everyone involved in The Daily Spell. This year marks the Twentieth Anniversary of the Daily Spell -a huge achievement! And to celebrate we have already begun to rebuild The Daily Spell bigger and better than ever, and will continue to increase its offerings throughout the year ahead!
Thank you also to Pam Kelly for your excellent work as Station Manager at Pagans Tonight Radio Network (http://www.PagansTonight.com)!
And finally, returning to the theme of the future and of Peace, we would like to thank all of our many Peace Warriors who have been devoting their time and energies to this vital activity. Thank you Ser Theresa Ott, Mother Peace Weaver! Thank you Ser Colin Keller and Ser Apu Adman Aghama! Thank you to all of our Peace Warriors!
As we enter Year 18 Aquarius let us, as we have for many years, pray for peace. We pray for peace; we pray for love; we pray for stability; we pray for the nation where we live; we pray for the world!
Blessings to all!
M. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell, First Priest and Chancellor
M. Rev. Stephanie Neal, First Priestess