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IQ: Do you believe in magic?

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The Harry Potter craze has made subjects like magic, wizardry and witchcraft the latest rage. Many a kid wishes he or she could attend Hogwarts, the preppy-type school of English wizardry alongside Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. There are, however, real live grownups who worship gods and goddesses and practice ceremonial magic and religious ecology as part of their pagan faith.

Erik Richardson
  • Erik Richardson

Erik Richardson
Administrator
Neighborhood: West Side

Do you know any pagans? I certainly know of paganism, but I don't know any individual pagans.

What's your view on paganism? Very positive. It's such a simple belief system and it's heavily based on nature. I'm anti--organized religion and I oppose Fundamentalist extremism, so I'm pretty sympathetic.

Is God male or female? Yes.

If you were a witch, what would be your coolest trick? Time travel. I'd go back to the beginning and travel all the way to the end.

Ben Wright
  • Ben Wright

Ben Wright
College student
Neighborhood: Downtown

Do you know any pagans? Not that I'm aware of.

What's your view on paganism? It seems pretty functional. They center on tangible, natural things instead of on a higher being removed from everyday life.

Is God male or female? I'd say asexual. Or maybe both at the same time.

If you were a witch, what would be your coolest trick? I'd be able to make myself invisible.

Miguel Barerra
  • Miguel Barerra

Miguel Barerra
High School student
Neighborhood: Downtown

Do you know any pagans? A lot of Palmer kids who hang out in Acacia Park profess to be pagans. There's a difference between paganism and Satanism, though. We talk about it sometimes.

What's your view on paganism? It's as valid as anything else, really.

Is God male or female? Neither.

If you were a witch, what would be your coolest trick? Wiggling my nose like on Bewitched.

Annette Daymon
  • Annette Daymon

Annette Daymon
unemployed
Neighborhood: Village Seven

Do you know any pagans? I probably know five or ten. I've been to a few of their functions.

What's your view on paganism? It's a good thing. Very ecological. The ones I know are good, kind people.

Is God male or female? I'd just say God is.

If you were a witch, what would be your coolest trick? Eliminating air pollution.

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