group on campus called Shadows End. The purpose of the group is to give people a chance to better understand a religion that has some negative connotations.
The group is run by Elizabeth Poehler and meetings are held weekly on Mondays and is open for all who are interested in learning more about what Wicca is. Members have religious background primarily in either Christianity or Wicca and in some cases both.
One of the things discussed in the group were basic ideas people had about Wiccan
culture. There were questions about the pentagram in ceremonies to represent earth, wind, fire, water, and self; there was also talk about what sort of things are seen a sacred.
One of the most important aspects in Wiccan culture is the use of colors in nature. Poehler gave an example with a pendant she owns and was wearing at the time. The pendant was made from a rose quartz. The color represents healing, friendship, and a softer form of love and helps in focusing healing energies. It is meant to be symbolic and holds meaning based on its color and what kind of mineral it is. What is dismissed as superstition by some is looked at as meaningful in
Wicca. It is a “new way to rediscover the old ways.”
The group has had trouble getting started. Poehler has found that some staff members were not eager to help the discussion. The Bemidji State University Student Association was approached to vote on allowing the discussion group to go through with but made a few comments Poehler found a bit demeaning.
Poehler wishes Wicca could be accepted as a serious religion and for it to come out of the dark; this being the reason for the title Shadows End. The group does not force anyone to change their religion; it is merely a way for people to get a better understanding on something new.