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 [En attente de traduction] Weinstein, Marion American Witch, author, entertainer

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Weinstein, Marion American Witch, author, entertainer
and media spokesperson. Marion Weinstein is
especially known for her teachings on the positive applications
and ethics of magic—she is called the “Ethics
Witch.” As an entertainer, she offers Wicca-based standup
comedy.
Weinstein grew up in the 1950s. She said she knew
from early childhood—by age three—that she was a
Witch. Born in New York City on a new moon in the sign
of Taurus (with moon in Gemini), she has always felt
an affinity with Diana, the aspect of Goddess who rules
the new and waxing Moon. As a young child, Weinstein
called her dolls “witches.” She knew instinctively the
basics of magic: that reality can be changed by specific,
intense concentration. She felt a profound connection to
Halloween (Samhain) that went beyond a child’s interest
in trick-or-treating; to her, this most mysterious of Pagan
holidays was filled with magic and beauty.
The oldest of three daughters in a Jewish family,
Weinstein became interested in Jewish mysticism, but
was disappointed to find the Kabbalah closed to women.
At an early age, she realized she had a psychic link with
her mother, the experience of which encouraged her to
develop her intuition.
In school, she was fascinated by fairy tales, certain
they were truth that had become fictionalized. Fairy
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tales launched her on a lifelong pursuit of her Witchcraft
heritage.
In early adulthood, Weinstein began to piece her intuitions
and research together. At age 19, she visited Pompeii
and felt a strong, instinctive connection to classical
Paganism.
She graduated from Barnard College with a bachelor’s
degree in English literature. Witchcraft played a prominent
part in her creative life. She wrote a Rogers-and-
Hart-style musical comedy about Witchcraft, The Girl
from Salem, which was produced on campus. After graduation,
she took several courses in film at Columbia University,
then went to Los Angeles to work as a commercial
artist and animator. After two years, she returned to New
York, studied acting, dance and voice and joined an improvisational
theater troupe.
At the same time, she pursued her spiritual research
and formed a group of people interested in magic and
Witchcraft. The group quickly recognized itself as a coven,
with an eclectic tradition, meeting regularly on the
Witchcraft holidays, and devoted to—among other traditional
goals—sending positive energy toward world
peace and nourishment of the planet.
In 1969, Weinstein connected with WBAI-FM radio,
a liberal station in New York City. Her audition tape became
the Halloween show that same year. That led to
“Marion’s Cauldron,” her own program. Weinstein decided
to “come out” as a Witch live on air, figuring she
would be supported by the station’s liberal staff. Many
reacted negatively, however, and Weinstein had a difficult
time for several years before being accepted as a
Witch.
Weinstein interviewed experts, taught occult techniques,
conducted group rituals and discussed topics
such as psychic phenomena and dream research, as well
as Witchcraft. Her show lasted 14 years. She concluded
her work at WBAI-FM as she had begun, on Halloween.
During 20 years of research, Weinstein compiled a
treasury of material on Witchcraft and magic, which she
integrated into her first book, Positive Magic (1978 and
revised in 1981).
While she was working on Positive Magic, her own
personal theology crystallized into a system of working
with five aspects of the Deity: Dia na, Selene and Hecate
as the Triple Goddess, complimented by Cernunnos
and Pan, which she correlates to the five points of the
pentagram, the religious symbol of Witchcraft. Weinstein
developed this system in her second book, Earth Magic: A
Dianic Book of Shadows (1979). The book was published by
her own company, Earth Magic Productions, founded the
same year, and initially was intended for a small audience
of Witches. Its success led to several revised editions.
Weinstein has always advocated the practice of magic
only for beneficial purposes, both with the public and inside
the Wiccan/Pagan communities. Her stand on this
led to the informal title of the “Ethics Witch.” Ideally, an
ethics spokesperson shouldn’t be necessary, she believes,
because magical practice should be understood as inherently
ethical.
Weinstein began working professionally as a stand-up
comic in nightclubs in 1978, using Witchcraft as the basis
for her routines. Every Halloween, she appears in a New
York City comedy club to deliver her annual routine about
Witchcraft and to lead people in a ritual of positive magic.
She appears on numerous radio and television shows and
presents lectures and workshops about practical magic.
From 2001 to 2005, she had a radio show on Voice of
America, “Marion Weinstein Live!”
Weinstein’s guiding belief about Witchcraft is that a
Witch’s job is to help the community and to restore magic
to daily life. Her personal definition of magic is transformation.
She teaches personal self-transformation—always
for the good of all and according to free will—as an ongoing
way to help the individual self and the global community.
A self-avowed “city Witch” in a modern world,
she believes the ancient traditions translate well to fulfill
current needs. Earth Magic notes the integration of Witchcraft
into mainstream religious, political, environmental
and social concerns and the “discovery” of new physics
that show that the universe is indeed a magical place.
Weinstein sees Witchcraft not only as a religion, but
also as a philosophy and a way of life, springing from a
personal inspiration that comes from within. Her guiding
tenet is the Threefold Law of Return. She encourages
people to develop their own groups and traditions in accordance
with their inner guidance and their cultural and
karmic roots, rather than to follow rules set by someone
else. Her own system of Dianic Witchcraft evolved before
the term became synonymous with feminist Witchcraft,
and relates to her affinity with Diana. She believes it is
helpful for women to identify with one particular aspect
of the Goddess and embody the attributes associated with
that deity, and for men to align similarly with God.
Marion Weinstein (Courtesy Marion Weinstein)
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Her personal pantheon of deities has expanded from
the original five to include Ceres, Goddess of the grain and
rebirth; Neptune, God of the seas; Isis, Osiris and Horus,
the holy trinity of the ancient Egyptians; and Cerridwen,
Celtic Goddess of the Cauldron of Transformation.
Weinstein lives on Long Island with her pets and fa -
milia rs. Some of her pets and familiars have reincarnated,
and she maintains an animal family of wild and “nonwild”
animals. She is involved in animal rescue work of
lost, abandoned and mistreated dogs and cats and is developing
her interspecies communication with animals.
Through Earth Magic Productions, Weinstein has created
audio and video products from some of her radio interviews,
instructional material and workshops. Her other
book credits include Racewalking, with William Finley
(1986), an exercise guide to the sport; Magic for Peace
(1991); The Ancient/Modern Witch (1991, revised in 1993);
Positive Magic: Ancient Metaphysical Techniques for Modern
hints, revised edition (2002); and Earth Magic: A Book of
Shadows for Positive Witches, revised edition (2003). She
offers rituals on the Internet.
Further reading:
Marion Weinstein Web site. Available online. URL: http://
www.marionweinstein.com. Downloaded September 12,
2007.
“The Wiccan/Pagan Times Talks with Marion Weinstein.”
Available online. URL: http://www.twpt.com/weinstein.
htm. Downloaded September 12, 2007.
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