Occult Register - Letters to the Editor
Jan 31st - 13th Feb, 1998 - The Illawarra Mercury
Let's have the occult on register
SIR - If there is anything this country needs, it's
a national computer register on the occult.
Statistics show that whenever there is a major pagan
or witchcraft festival in the United Kingdom or the
United States there is an increase in missing persons.
I guess we know what happened to them - and if this
is the trend there, it will be the trend here.
If you know anyone even remotely involved in witchcraft
or satanism (Wollongong has 22 major groups), why not
let your local detectives know, even anonymously. In
this way, detectives can increase their files on these
people. One day it may help solve some missing persons'
If you are caught up in the occult and want to be set
free from pathetic demon powers, read Romans 10:9-13.
Most Pentecostal Christian churches (for example, the
Assemblies of God, the Christian Outreach Centre, the
Full Gospel and Reach Out for Christ churches) have
- G GIBSON, Sylvania.
Why not a register for religious groups?
Wednesday, 04 Feb 1998
SIR - I respond to G Gibson's letter (Mercury, January
23) in which he/she states there must be a register
of the occult community. Why not expand that to other
religious groups as well?
Over the 2000-year reign of Christianity, more people
have been murdered in the name of God than by any other
organisation (that includes the Nazi movement).
From G Gibson's letter, it appears they (the Christians)
still believe in demonic possession and the like. I
thought that, with all the advancements made by science
and the understanding of psychology, the concepts of
demons taking over people and groups that perform human
sacrifice went out with the Dark Ages (or, at least,
are now contained in mental health wards under the label
Occult orders or groups vary from structured membership
numbers to sole individuals practicing for their own
The religion of Wicca, for example, is nature-loving
and has no actual set structure, as each Wiccan creates
his or her own method of expressing love for the world
and the goddess figure. On the other hand, the religion
of Satanism has its own moral structure and philosophical
basis, based on The Satanic Bible.
Both Wicca and Satanism can be practiced either in
a group (Coven [Wicca] or Grotto [Satanism]) or as an
individual, and various Wiccan covens are registered
with their local governments as legal entities.
All Satanic grottos are registered with the Church
of Satan Central Grotto in the US, which is a legal
- JEISMAN RUBICANTE, Grotto Master, Wollongong.
Right to be outside mainstream
Friday, 13 Feb 1998
SIR - I write in response to G Gibson's letter "Let's
have the occult on register" (Mercury, January 31).
To have a register of all people involved in the occult
is not only an invasion of privacy, but outright discrimination
against people legally choosing non-mainstream religions.
I would be interested also to hear the origin of the
"statistics" in relation to the missing persons at the
time of major pagan or witchcraft gatherings. Pagan
gatherings are, in fact, about like-minded people celebrating
the Lady and the Land, nature, good company and life.
To imply that we are murderers and that humans (or
any other animals) are sacrificed is not only a ridiculous
concept, but are based purely on prejudice and extreme
"An it harm none, do what thou wilt," is the universally
known Wiccon Rede. It means be free of inhibitions and
do whatever you like unless you harm another physically,
mentally or spiritually.
My advice to G Gibson is: before giving your narrow-minded,
ill-informed opinions, make sure they are based upon
fact. It was people like you who sent hundreds of thousands
to their deaths during the witch persecutions.
- ANNIE HAMILTON, Wollongong