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January 2017ANNOUNCEMENTS LISTINGS & DIRECTORY PUBLICATION Calendar for DecemberAnnouncements – Chancellor’s New Year AddressEvents for 2017Spiritual War for Peace On going Events for 2017Temple, Shrine, Order and Study Group ServicesA – Z Directory of Temples, Shrines, Orders and E-GroupsCorrellian Herald SubscriptionsThe Correllian Herald in pdf can now be found onhttp://correllian.comWitchschool Ning Herald group andFacebook Herald Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1440209286242812/ Correllian Herald1

Pagan Calendar January 2017January 1 New Year's Day This day is sacred to the goddesses known as the Three Fates, the Germangoddess Bertha, the Morrigan, the Parcae, and the Japanese household gods. Many modern Witchesand Wiccans around the world traditionally start off the new year with a spell for good luck and aritual to bless the new year with peace, love, health, and prosperity for all.This is a traditional time for ending bad habits and beginning New Year's resolutions. The first day ofJanuary was dedicated by the ancient Romans to the god Janus. Janus possesses two identical faceslooking in opposite directions: one to the past, and the other to the future. He is a god of gates anddoorways, and a deity associated with journeys and the beginnings of things.January 2 The birth of the Pagan goddess Inanna has been celebrated annually on this day sinceancient times. Inanna is the Sumerian queen of heaven and earth, and a deity who presides overboth love and war.Every year on this date, the Perihelion of the Earth takes place. When this occurs, the planet Earthreaches the point in its orbit closest to the Sun. Many astrologers consider this to be a highlysignificant event.In ancient Egypt, a religious ceremony known as the Advent of Isis from Phoenicia was performedyearly on this date in honor of the goddess Isis.January 3 On this day, an annual fertility ceremony known as the Deer Dances is performed by theNative American tribe of the Pueblo in the southwestern United States. The ceremony, whichincludes sacred ritual dances performed by shamans wearing deer headdresses, is centuries-old anddedicated to the great female spirit-goddess known as the Deer Maiden.In ancient Greece, a Pagan religious festival called the Lenaia was celebrated each year on this datein honor of Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility.January 4 In Korea, the annual Sacrifice to the Seven Starts (Chilseong-je) is performed on this dateat midnight. To receive good fortune and divine blessings, water and white rice are offered to thegod who rules the constellation Ursa Major.January 5 Twelfth Night and Wassail Eve (in England) heralds the end of Christmastide. In ancientEgypt times, it was believed that the waters of the mystical and sacred River Nile possessed specialmagical powers on this date.On this date in the year 1918, renowned astrologer and author Jeane Dixon was born in Medford,Wisconsin.January 6 Day of the Triple Goddess On this date in the year 1988, Circle Sanctuary of Mount Horeb,Wisconsin, became legally recognized as a Wiccan Church by its local Township and County levels ofgovernment. Circle Sanctuary's attainment of church zoning was a significant victory for Wiccansaround the world, for it was the first time a Witchcraft group had been publicly sanctioned as achurch by local government officials.January 7 In the seventeenth century, it was customary on this day for a special Epiphany Cake to bebaked with a coin in it. Whoever was lucky enough to receive the portion containing the coin wassaluted by the family as a "king" or "queen" for the day. As part of the tradition, the "king" or"queen" would draw cross symbols on the ceiling with white chalk to drive out evil spirits and wardoff misfortune.January 8 Old Druid's New Year In ancient Greece, Midwife's Day (dedicated to the goddess Babo)was celebrated annually on this date, while an annual festival called Justica's Day was celebrated bythe early Romans.In ancient times, this day was dedicated to the Norse goddess Ferya (or Freyja),who presided over both love and fertility. Correllian Herald2

January 9 On this date in the year 1989, Jamie Dodge (a Wiccan who had been fired from her job atthe Salvation Army because of her Wiccan beliefs) won a lawsuit against her former employer forviolating her First Amendment right to freedom of religion and unnecessary entanglement ofgovernment with religion. On this date in the year 1880, "Old Dorothy" Clutterbuck was born inBengal. She belonged to a hereditary Witch coven in the New Forest of England, and was the HighPriestess who initiated Gerald B. Gardner into the Craft in 1939. She passed away in the year 1951.January 10 The Feast of Dreams, a centuries-old ritual, is performed annually by the NativeAmerican Indian tribe of the Iroquois to celebrate their New Year, which occurs on this date.In rural England and Scotland, Plough Monday (the first Monday after Epiphany) occurs on or aroundthis date. A plough is traditionally paraded through the streets and a ritual sweeping with brooms isperformed to drive away evil spirits from the village.January 11 In years gone by, an old ritual to ward off Witches was performed annually on this datein many fishing villages along the coast of Scotland. At sunset, a barrel of tar would be placed on topof a pole, set on fire, and allowed to burn throughout the night. Afterwards, charred pieces of itwould then be used by the villagers and fisherman as protective charms.In ancient Rome, a festival called the Carmentalia was celebrated annually, beginning on this dateand lasting until the fifteenth of January. The festival honored the Roman goddess Carmenta, a deitypresiding over childbirth, whose priestesses cast the fortunes of children at the moment of theirbirth. Juturna, the ancient Italian goddess of pools and still waters, is honored each year on this day.January 12 Each year on this date, a sacred solstice ritual called the Makara-Sankranti is celebratedby Hindus in India with saffron, songs of joy, and ritual baths in sacred rivers.January 13 Saint Silvester's Day. Evil spirits are traditionally driven away with clanging bells on thisnight by villagers in Urnasch, Switzerland, where the pre-Julian New Year's Eve continues to becelebrated on this date.In pre-Christian Ireland, the thirteenth day of January was celebrated each year as the Feast ofBrewing by the ancient and mysterious priests known as the Druids.January 14 On this date in the year 1967, a psychedelic spiritual "pow-wow" called the Human Be-Intook place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The event drew approximately 20,000 people(including Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary) and consisted of chanting, dancing, poetry readings,music, and celebrations of love and the unity of humankind.In Southern India, the three-day Pongal festival begins on this date each year to celebrate theJanuary rice harvest, honor the great sun-god Surya, and give thanks to the spirits who bring therainy season.January 15 In ancient Rome, a sacred festival called the Feast of the Ass was celebrated each year onthis date in honor of the goddess Vesta and the ass that saved her. Vesta presided over the hearthand her temple was lit by a sacred fire tended by six virgin priestesses known as the Vestal Virgins.January 16 Each year on this date in the country of Indonesia, the fire-god Betoro Bromo is honoredby Buddhist monks and pilgrims who gather at Mount Bromo. At the first stroke of midnight,offerings of food and flowers are cast into the volcano where the god is believed to dwell.On this date in the year 1976, the famous astrologer and author known as Zolar died.January 17 Wassailing the Apple Trees, a ritual dating back to old Celtic Britain, is held annually onthis date (the eve of the old Twelfth Night). A traditional libation of cider is poured on the roots ofapple trees while an old invocation is sung to the tree in order to ensure fertility and to drive awayall evil-natured supernatural entities. Correllian Herald3

January 18 In the country of China, the kitchen-god Zao Jun is honored with prayers and offerings ofsweet rice cakes each year on this night, which marks the end of the Chinese year. For luck, paperimages of the god are burned and dried beans are thrown onto the roofs of houses.January 19 Each year on this date, the Thorrablottar (also known as Husband's Day) is celebrated inIceland. In pre-Christian times, it was celebrated as Pagan festival in honor of the mighty god Thor,the red-bearded lord of lightning bolts and thunder.January 20 On this date (approximately), the Sun enters the astrological sign of Aquarius. Personsborn under the sign of the Water Bearer are said to be inventive, independent, unconventional, andoften idealistic. Those born on this day, the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius, are believed to makethe best astrologers. Aquarius is an air sign and is ruled by the planets Saturn and Uranus.On this date (approximately) in the year 2160, the Age of Aquarius will begin when the Sun movesinto the 11th sign of the zodiac. According to many occultists and astrologers, the following twothousand years will be a Golden Age of spiritual enlightenment, mind power, world peace, love, andharmony. However, according to many prophets, the Age of Aquarius will also bring cataclysmicchanges in the Earth and its atmosphere.January 21 Saint Agnes' Day. On the eve of Saint Agnes' Day, according to ancient legend, anunmarried woman will see her future husband in a dream. Saint Agnes' Day (named after the RomanCatholic child martyr who was beheaded in the year 304 A.D. for refusing to marry) is an ideal timefor Witches to cast love spells and prepare love potions and charms.This day of the year is sacred to Yngona, an ancient goddess worshipped by the Danish people inpre-Christian times.January 22 Festival of the Muses. Each year on this date, the invisible spirits that inspire and watchover all poets, musicians, and artists are honored and invoked with Goddess-inspired poetry, Paganfolk songs, music and dancingJanuary 23 A Pagan festival known as the Day of Hathor is celebrated annually on this date in Egyptto honor the ancient cow-headed goddess of heaven, beauty and love. A libation of cow's milk ispoured into the River Nile as prayers to the goddess are recited.January 24 Ekeko, the Aymara Indian pot-bellied god of prosperity, is honored on this date with anannual fair called the Alacitas, which is held in La Paz, Bolivia.In Hungary, a Pagan purification known as the Blessing of the Candle of the Happy Women isperformed annually on this date.January 25 Good-luck rituals are traditionally performed during the Vietnamese Lunar New YearFestival (Tet), which takes place annually on or around this date. Offerings are made to ancientdeities and ancestors, traditional feasts are prepared, and evil spirits are driven away with whistles,bells, and horns.January 26 Each year on the second new moon after the winter solstice (which normally occurs onor around this time of the month), the traditional Chinese New Year begins and is celebrated for twoconsecutive weeks until the full moon.On the first day of the New Year, ancestral spirits are honored and houses are decorated with stripsof red paper to attract good luck and ward off evil ghosts. A Lantern Festival and Dragon Paradetraditionally take place on the last night of the New Year celebration.January 27 On this date, the annual Day of Ishtar ceremony takes place to honor the ancientAssyrian/Babylonian goddess of love, fertility, and battle. Ishtar is identified with the ancientPhoenician goddess called Astarte. Correllian Herald4

January 28 In the Shetland Islands, a centuries-old fire festival known as Up-Helly-Aa is held eachyear on the last Tuesday of January (which normally falls around this date). The festival, which marksthe end of the traditional Yuletide and pays tribute to the old gods and goddesses of the ancientViking religion, climaxes with the torching of a replica of a Viking ship. The day ends with atraditional prayer to drive away evil entities from village homes.January 29 On this day in the year 1688, famous mystic, scientists, and spiritualist-medium EmanuelSwedenburg was born in Sweden. His works had a major influence upon the secret societies of theeighteenth century, and a religion based on his mystical theological philosophy was founded in hisname by his followers.In the country of Vietnam, a mythical and centuries-old Parade of the Unicorns takes place each yearon this date (approximately).According to mythology, the ancient Pagan goddesses Irene and Pax were born on this dateJanuary 30 In ancient Rome, an agricultural festival called the Feriae Sementiva (Feast of Spring) wascelebrated annually on this date with sacrifices to Ceres (the goddess of agriculture) and TellusMater (the goddess of the Earth and fertility), as well as other lesser gods and goddesses associatedwith agriculture. On this date in the year 1940, Z. Budapest (the founder and leader of the mainbranch of feminist Dianic Wicca) was born in Budapest. Among her many accomplishments, shefounded the Susan B. Anthony coven (named after the famous suffragist), hosted a radio show inSan Francisco, directed the Women's Spirituality Forum in Oakland, and led a successful publichexing against a mass murderer.January 31 Each year on or around this date, a sacred festival is held in the Katmandu Valley ofNepal in honor of the goddess Sarasvati, an ancient Indian deity who presides over all forms ofeducation. As temples dedicated to her, offerings of food, flowers, and incense are made by faithfulHindus and students who seek her help on their school exams. In the courtyard of the HanumanDhoka, an ancient palace where the king is accompanied on this day by Nepalese officials, the annualrites of Spring begin with a traditional gun salute, followed by veneration ceremonies which areperformed by the royal priest. In the Hawaiian Islands, a joyous flower-filled festival in honor of anancient goddess associated with the narcissus flower is celebrated each year on this day; while inChina, an annual festival honoring Kuan Yin takes place.Events 2016If you have an event you wish to list in the 2017 editions of the Correllian Herald please emailthe details to: [email protected] Correllian Herald5

CHANCELLOR’S NEW YEAR’S ADDRESSWell, here we are again –time for a brand new Calendrical Year! And as every year it’s alsotime for my New Year Address, looking back at the old year and forward to the new.This has been an epochal year for the Correllian Tradition. In April of this year we seated anew First Priestess Coregent, Arch Priestess Stephanie Neal. This was the first investitureheld in 37 years –that’s pretty memorable just by itself! Although we have had Regents fromtime to time, we have never had a Coregency before and I could not be happier with how ithas turned out! First Priestess Stephanie and First Priestess Krystel now share this office,with Lady Stephanie taking the active duties of the office while Lady Krystel enjoys her (forthe most part) retirement from public life. I want to thank Lady Stephanie for doing such awonderful job in this role, and for being such a help and support to me. Go Lady Stephanie!This year was also the first full year of the Witch School site under Correllian EducationalMinistries, which took over the Witch School site from Witch School International in Year15. It has been an eventful year for Witch School and has seen many new personnel moveup to take positions of in the administration. I want to thank Witch School President Rev.Charlynn Walls HP for all of her hard work this year! I would also like to thank Rev. LaurieDenman HP in Member Support, Rev. Windy Lajoie CCE, Rev. Anna Rowe CCE, and RevVivian Dewey HP for their work in the Mentoring Departments, Rev. Shira Lanari HP andRev. Vega Lanari HP at the Ning Site, Rev. Lori Barberio Blackman in Social Media, and all ofthe many hardworking volunteers in our Mentoring and Media departments! I especiallywant to thank Michael Ferrell in Tech without whom we could not keep all of this going!Also, a huge thank you to Pamela Kelly at Pagans Tonight Radio and all of our wonderfulPTRN hosts!As you may know we have been working for some months on a total rewrite of the WitchSchool site. At present the ETA for the new site is February –but it is a huge undertaking thathas taken longer than first expected. The new site will offer greater functionality and will bemore user friendly for students and faculty alike. In addition, I am pleased to announce thatwe will are planning a series of new Herbal and Aromatherapy classes starting in the spring,significantly expanding our Herbal Studies offerings. The special price for Witch SchoolLifetime Memberships will continue until the new site opens eanwhile, the http://www.correllian.com rewrite is finished and available for viewingnow! This is the main website for the Correllian Nativist Church and it has been completelyredone and extensively updated. Here you can learn about the Tradition’s structure andhistory, Correllian groups, Correllian authors, biographies of prominent Correllians, andmore. Presently this remains a purely informational site- In the future a members-onlysection will be added, but that is still under construction.An important feature introduced this year and continued on the newhttp://www.correllian.com site is the Corr Store. The Corr Store is the Tradition’s storewhere you can find books, robes, patches, and more! You can find the CorrStore athttp://www.CorrStore.co! Correllian Herald6

There are lots of other great things coming for Year 17 as well. The Lustration of theAncestors is shaping up to be a quite remarkable event. The Lustration of the Ancestors willbe held on the weekend of March 31 – April 2. Phyllis Currott, former Vice Chair of theParliament of the World’s Religions, will be our special guest.This year I will be Guest of Honor at the Aquarian Tabernacle’s Spring Mysteries Festival,April 13-16! I am really looking forward to that! You can learn more about the SpringMysteries Festival at http://www.springmysteries.com!Also, as every year, I will be attending the St. Louis Pagan Picnic in St Louis (June 3-4,http://www.PaganPicnic.org) and WitchsFest USA in New York City (July 14-16,http://www.witchsfestusa.org) –these are wonderful events open to everyone so if you arein the area come on out and see us!And finally I will also be attending the first annual International Pagan Music Awards! Youcan learn more about IPMA at http://ipaganma.org!As for Year 16, it was a big year for me personally. This year I became a grandfather whenmy beautiful grandson Xander was born to my wonderful son John Lewis and daughter-inlaw Michelle Lewis! How cool is that? I was so chuffed.Also, this year marked my fortieth year as a Correllian Priest. That’s a long time. It has beena long road –though overall a wonderful adventure. It is not reasonable to think there willbe forty more years, as that would leave me an improbably old man, but I do hope to havemany more years in office. I have loved watching this Tradition expand, and loved watchingits members grow and blossom. We have wonderful people in this Tradition, and I love youall. One year or twenty, I will be here for the duration (and then in all likelihood I will beback).So, as we go into the new calendrical year, I am pretty pleased and very excited for what isto come! I hope you are too because we are going to see some great things in our particularcorner of the world!Blessings to all!M. Rev. Donald Lewis-Highcorrell,Chancellor and First Priest (et al)Correllian Nativist Tradition Correllian Herald7

Corr Storehttp://www.CorrStore.coThe “Corr” Store, a place to acquire all the core items for members of the Tradition, whether forthose of t

January 6 Day of the Triple Goddess On this date in the year 1988, Circle Sanctuary of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, became legally recognized as a Wiccan Church by its local Township and County levels of government. Circle Sanctuary's attainme