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Question of the Week: 15 - 11/13/2000

What are YOU Thankful For?

As we get together with family and friends at this time of the year (and at every time of the year), which people do you want to thank for making a meaningful difference in your life? (Why not surprise someone and thank him/her/them publicly right now and right here?) What lessons that came your way turned out to be blessings in disguise? How do you demonstrate your gratitude to the Earth and/or to your Gods/Ancestors for their continuing guidance and blessings?

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Hi!; What Is There To Be Thankful For? No Longer Being A... Nov 19th. at 10:30:21 pm EST

Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 58 - Email


What is there to be thankful for?

No longer being a family man, so I can let these commercial holidays fade
into the following Week as quickly as possible.

Relatives are all dying off, so I won't have to attend Mormon clan gatherings, thank the Gods!

The kid is in his 30's, so he doesn't need a big spread laid out at my place. Let him do it at his own.

I don't do the "Mall" during the holiday Season. You would be surprised how much money is left for a New Year's bash!

Being thankful I can opt out of the commercial insanity. BB Tarostar

I Am Most Thankful For The Witches Voice And Other Sites Like... Nov 20th. at 10:19:35 am EST

barbara vassar (palmetto, Florida US) Age: 52 - Email

I am most thankful for The Witches Voice and other sites like it, who post not only news of Pagans and the world of today, buut timely items such as "What Thanksgiving should reaally be" I don't believe most people are aware of their history and all the wrongs that were done to the Aboriginal Peoples of the World in the name of belief systems contrary to their own. I know as a Pagan Witch, explaining myself and my rituals at these times of the year can be very taxing to not only myself but to the rest of the commercial and greed-driven world. I am really thankful for everything in my life and am grateful to be able to share my traditions with the Pagan world through such web-sites as The Witches Voice. Blessed Be and thanks. Barb Vassar

I Have Done A Lot Of Reflection This Season; More So Than... Nov 20th. at 10:58:44 am EST

Eowyn (Western, Massachusetts US) Age: 28 - Email

I have done a lot of reflection this season; more so than usual. During this examination, I discovered that I have lots to be thankful for. So as Thanksgiving rolls around I will finally have something to bring to the table, if you'll pardon the expression.

First, I have to thank the Dieties - I may not always like it, but to have the chance to get up everyday and make a difference ... that's worth something. And I let Them know that I appreciate that chance. I *literally* stop and smell the flowers. I never let a day pass that I don't realize that life is precious and that it can all be lost in a blink.
Having said that, there are people I thank for the way my life turned out (at least so far)
Momma - my best friend and my inspiration
Raven - my sister and confidante
Whatever the situation, you are there. You share my joy and my pain. You hold me up when I can't stand on my own and propel me when I am ready to fly. You always nudge, but never push (even if you do administer the kick in the butt that I need every now and again). And you always seem to have just the right amount of tissues. I love you.

Gwyn & Pup - life's lessons hard learned. You forced me into my own skin and to find my own voice. From you, I learned that I am a person; that I matter. I will always remember you for that. Thank you.

And to all the little people who made this possible ... Seriously, thanks to those who work so diligently at making it easier: Mama Silver, Starhawk, Trish Talesco, Wren & Fritz - you have made it possible for so many.
And to Victoria Bennett, the Sacred Well Congregation, Brandi Blackbear and the thousands & thousands whose names don't get public acknowledgement but fight nonetheless, even if it is nothing more than wearing your Pent openly in public. You give me hope and a reason to keep fighting.

Happy Holidays, everyone and Blessings for the new year!

I Am Thankful For My Freedom, Friends, Family, And My Animals. Most... Nov 20th. at 12:24:59 pm EST

Jayson Tegeder (Omaha, Nebraska US) Age: 26 - Email

I am thankful for my freedom, friends, family, and my animals. Most importantly I am thankful for my love of Missy Thompson and the love for me even though she is mad at me at this time. All the people I know are helping me with the troubles that I am going through at this time whether they know it at this time or not.


I Am Thankful For The Gifts And Talents I Have Been Blessed... Nov 20th. at 2:19:23 pm EST

Rev. Maya Ravensong (Council Bluffs, Iowa US) Age: 28 - Email

I am thankful for the gifts and talents I have been blessed with. I am thankful for the earth and all her bounty she gives.I am thankful for the teachers that have gone before me and left thier imprint on me and others. For without thier braveness to take the first step out of the broom closet, I would not be able to enjoy my life the way it is now. I am thankful for the love of my husband, children, family and friends, that abounds in my life, even through the worst times. I am thankful I have choosen a path of beauty in this life and not one of hatered. I am thankful for the people who currently take a stand for thier beliefs knowing the dangers that could be there. I am thankful for those who have taken on the task of networking Pagans around the world, fighting for our rights, and keeping us up on current events so we might have a strong voice. But most of all, I am thankful for being alive. I am thankful for the life experiences that I have been blessed with. I am thankful that I have a body that can sing with the sweetness of pleasure. That I have a mind that is sharp and clear and that my soul dances with merriment.
Blessed Be

I Have A Wonderful Life, A Magickal Husband And Son, I Have... Nov 20th. at 4:27:21 pm EST

Lasairochroidhe (Cedar RaPIDS, Iowa US) Age: 35

I have a wonderful life, a Magickal husband and son, I have my dream job and my dream house...I am one of the luckiest people I know, and I am grateful every day of my life for the gifts of this life. The past several years have been like a dream, and even though we struggle through life financially and have yet to break the poverty line, we are fabulously rich in joy and contentment.

I Am Thankful For The Courage To Live My Life In The... Nov 20th. at 4:48:54 pm EST

Starina (Princeton, Minnesota US) Age: 33

I am thankful for the courage to live my life in the light of the Goddess.
To wear my beliefs on the surface and not hide them away. I am thankful that even though my family has other beliefs they respect mine as well. Allowing me to enjoy life openly and honestly which is truley the Pagan way. Blessed Be.

I Am Thankful For New Beginnings For A Growing Future, For Life... Nov 20th. at 6:37:03 pm EST

Wayne Harding (Sacramento, California US) Age: 18 - Email

I am thankful for New Beginnings
For a Growing Future,
For Life,
For Giving,
For Friends,
For Love,
For Magick,
For Happiness,
For My Mother & My Brother.
For Angelique and CJ, Ed and Mike.
For all People who love me, and Espically
I thank Godess For Brett, My Love.

I Am Thankful That I Am A Witch. I Am Thankful That... Nov 20th. at 8:31:36 pm EST

John (Naumkeag, Massachusetts US) Age: 33 - Email

I am thankful that I am a Witch. I am thankful that I live in America and that I am therefore free, including free to be a Witch. I am *very* thankful for my family and friends. And, I am generally thankful for and all the blessings the Lord and Lady have given me: the painful blessings as well as the pleasureable blessings.

I Am Thankful That I Am A Witch In America And Am... Nov 20th. at 9:47:15 pm EST

Lucinda-June Chapman (Elmira, New York US) Age: 48 - Email

I am Thankful that I am a Witch in America and am Visualizing a future where we become stronger and stronger.

Where the freedom that it is here in the northeast, where we are seen as just another religion, expands all over the United States and the Wrold.

Where women, Witches, the Rainbow of Color, Same Gender love are just people, and tolerance is the keynote of the world.

Where "living wage" is a truism, not a joke.

And of course I'm thankful for my husband and children, all Witches. And for my email lists and Witchvox.

Follow the Eleventh Commandment
Sister Blue Rose
Voters voted in Gore/Lieberman, got Dicked by Bush.

First Id Like To Thank You And All Like Us Giving Back... Nov 21st. at 1:05:22 am EST

derek posy (lafayette, Georgia US) Age: 16

first id like to thank you and all like us giving back energy to the earth. i would like to thank the sun for rising every morning and thank the moon for shineing down on me with her grace i would also like to thank angie for letting me live with her and treating me like a son i would like to thank dustin for being a brother and tony for everything he has helped me with.blessed be

I Am Thankful For The Blessings In Disguise, And Being Able To... Nov 21st. at 4:32:14 am EST

Wayne Andrews (Siler City, North Carolina US) Age: 48 - Email

I am thankful for the blessings in disguise, and being able to help others.

First of all, I was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses!
How is that a blessing, you may be asking yourself ?
Simple! Well, they will teach you an execellent background in Paganism.
They will tell you about all the holidays, the cross, and many other things
including days of the week, and too many other events that are truly pagan.

Much of this information came back to me during Samhain as I reflected back on
my past life and where I am going in the future.

I am thankful for myself and others, that we are allowed to practice our religion and able to be a Witch if we choose.
The folks in my town seem to be very responsive to the messages I usually give each month.
The Lord and Lady are so real in my life now, that they are like a Mother and Father at my side. I really never feel alone.
Always, when praying, I thank the Dieties for what they have done, and will do in the furure for me, my Brothers and Sisters World wide.
Included are the families of these people, that peace and understanding may prevail.
I pray that my energies, and the collective energies of others will help heal
those physically and spiritually.

I thank our Mother, Sky Father, Moon(Artemis), Rulers of the Elements...
Lady Brigid, Kwan Yin(Protectress and Goddess of mercy and understanding),
The Horned One, Horus, and too many to mention here. It could easily take me an
hour just to say my prayer in the morning upon rising, and at bedtime!

There is just too much to list it all here!
Thank You, LibbyAnn for the wonderful patience, insight, experience, and hope you have given me at One Magic, Pittsboro!

PS: Also this thanks goes to te wonderful people at TWV, and other Brothers and Sisters. Just too many to name here!

Blessed Be Well
Wayne Andrews, aka "Flying Eagle"

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