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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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911 America: Talking Through The Terror...
Talking Through The Terror... And helping each other cope with the tragedies that struck at the very heart of the United States. The Witches Voice has opened up this forum in order that Pagans may express their thoughts on the terrorist attacks that took place in NYC and DC on September 11th. As the full realization of what happened and the toll numbers begin to come in, Americans have many challenges ahead.
What are your thoughts on these incidents? How are you feeling? Feel free to post any magickal workings or other support gatherings planned in your area.
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| Not-so-merry Meet, Since I'm A Newspaper Reporter (a Very Small Town Newspaper... ||Sep 11th. at 7:25:45 pm EDT|
|Dawn Pillsbury (Sebastopol, California US) ||Age: 27 - Email |
Since I'm a newspaper reporter (a very small town newspaper reporter -- no fear of my getting sent to cover this disaster through I did call up the mayor and ask him about it) I've been innundated with news about it all day.
My biggest fear coming out of this -- greater even than my fear for my friends who are likely injured or killed -- is that our government will use this as an excuse to commit greater abridgements of our civil liberties in the name of a war on terrorism.
When I join the act of magic for this disaster this evening, I will pray that our representatives not allow our rights to be trampled in the name of national security. As we've seen, the conventional approach to domestic security does not work.
| Thoughts On This Terrible Event In Our Nation's History. Like Many, I... ||Sep 11th. at 7:31:44 pm EDT|
|Mark Sosnowski (Bridgeport, Connecticut US) ||Age: 39 - Email |
Thoughts on this terrible event in our nation's history. Like many, I was at work when I heard of the horrific events happening in New York City. Words can hardly describe the scenes of devastation, it was at best surreal. Transfixed, we watched, waiting and hoping for good news. Then the bombing of the Pentagon. Then the other plane in the fields of Pennsylvania.
I watched as the first tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. It defied belief. At one point I had to leave the room for fear of bursting into tears. A colleague of mine has a daughter who works at the WTC. He had no news of her. I could feel his pain, I cannot imagine what was going through his mind. Hers was a good ending, finally after hours of waiting, the call came through, she was fine, though no details. We all breathed a sigh of relief.
We work in our state's capital. I can see it, only a few short blocks away. Rumors went around that all tall buildings were being evacuated. We only have a 10 story building, and I work on the 6th floor. The WTC had 11 times the stories we have. Late in the morning word came that we, as a state office building, were also being sent home, the chose not to use the word, evacuate. Normally within a couple of minutes, one of the 4 elevators is at our call. I remember waiting better than 15 minutes for it to arrive. I can only imagine the horror those people faced many stories higher with no escape. My heart and prayers goes out the the families of those who perished, to the many workers trying to dig through the rubble looking for survivors, and the many health care workers dealing with this living nightmare.
I call upon the sword of justice to swing its mighty blow on the perpetrators of this act. I recall seeing our Lady Liberty looking on toward the billowing smoke enveloping the Isle of Manhattan. Truly a sad sight to behold. How dare someone terrorize us! Justice must swing its sword against the criminals who dared do this act.
I invoke these Gods of Law and Justice, Forseti, Kuan-Ti, Misharu, Nah-Hunte, Shamash, and Tyr to deal with this situation. I invoke these Goddesses of Law and Justice, The Erinyes, Ma'at, and Astrae to deal with this situation. And lastly, I invoke the Teiwaz rune over the matter. So it must be.
| When I Heard The News On My Bus This Afternoon At 3... ||Sep 11th. at 7:33:42 pm EDT|
|silver lotus (morenci, Michigan US) ||Age: 13 - Email |
When i heard the news on my bus this afternoon at 3:00 the thoughts on my head were oh no i dont get to see my shows. now that i see the destruction and the estimated death tolls i can barely move my breathing is labored and my cant think to straight. its only now that i see what this could do and my hands shake in fear and my eyes water in sorrow. its only now that i think of those dead or worse those alive with friends that are no more . i cant deal with this and i know that only 10% of my friends even care.I'm afraid
| Contact As Many Pagans And Witches And Druids And Wiccans You Know... ||Sep 11th. at 7:36:28 pm EDT|
|Frankie B (Johnstown, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Contact as many pagans and witches and druids and wiccans you know and give them this message, I am setting up a thoughtform for protection. I am creating a mass protection spell on the US for fear that they will damage the future. My plan is to set a giant thought form above the nation, and have all witches and magic users to add to that thoughtform with one thing in mind: protecting our home front. I need everyone for the next 2 days to concentrate magic to the sky, to add to it and create a huge barrier that will encompass the whole nation, from shore to shore. It can be done, and I need every one to do it.
This message was given to me by a great friend and I hope that you too will participate in helping our land.
| On The Topic Of Dreams, Last Night I Dreamed Of The Fall... ||Sep 11th. at 7:38:33 pm EDT|
|Gemedlyn (La Crescent, Minnesota US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
On the topic of dreams, last night i dreamed of the fall of Rome. I hope that has no connection to todays events. I pray that all of the people who were vicitims of today's tragedy may find peace, and that those who were equally effect emotionally may find healing for their scars.
I feel that in our prayers we should concentrate on praying for peace and protection than to try and condemn those who acted against the US. The Gods will see to them and they shall reap that which they sow.
As a final note I hope all of you remind your family and friends how much you love them. You never know when you might lose the chance to do so, and you will never get it back.
| I Feel Angry, But At The Same Time I Feel Sorry For... ||Sep 11th. at 7:38:36 pm EDT|
|Brighid (Croydon, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I feel angry, but at the same time i feel sorry for those Arabs. I really think when an Arab is born they are taught to kill and hate. They celebrated this horrible time in history by throwing a party? No they crossed my border line of hate and love. I could never hate someone, but i hate the Arabs. No I'm racist, I just feel hate against someone who laughs after they killed 1, 000s of people. I hate war, but the Arabs asked for us to kill lots of there people. America has the best millitary, so why would they even try? I think if we didn't have so many different religions we wouldn't have these fights, because %90 of the wars are over religion. If we all were back to the old ways it would be more peaceful too. My boyfriend, who is also a wiccan, is stuck in Bermuda, because of the airlines are down and the hurricane. Right now I'm a nervous wreck, but i know there are many who lost family and friends on this evil day. I'm going to work protection/love magick out to all those people who lost someone today. I'm also working this magick for my boyfriend. I hope this world becomes more peaceful, but it would never happen. This happened only 1 1/2 hours away from me. I thank the gods i wasn't hurt. My mom came to my school to take me home. This is a day I will never forget. Blessings go out to all the fire fighters, cops, emts, and any other helpers. I send them extra energy to help heal those in need. I send blessings out to those people who lost family or friends during this horrible day.
| Merry Meet! Lately There Have Been Many Planes Crashing And A Lot... ||Sep 11th. at 7:41:59 pm EDT|
|Melissa (Mysty) (Amarillo, Texas US) ||Age: 15 - Email |
Merry Meet! Lately there have been many planes crashing and a lot of people have died, but none of that compares to what happened today. this is just scary to know that hundreds of people have died because of terrorists, It's just really devistating. I would like to know who is to blame for this? Merry Part! ~Blessed Be!~
| Within Minutes After The Attacks, We Set Up An Altar In The... ||Sep 11th. at 7:43:35 pm EDT|
|Selena Fox (Oak Haven in forest near Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin US) ||Age: 51 - Email |
Within minutes after the attacks, we set up an altar in the Temple Room at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve in Wisconsin and did a working. We are keeping this altar set up as a focal point for sending blessings of healing, protection, and renewal. In addition to joining in with the many synchronized interfaith and Pagan rituals, prayers, circles, and other spiritual activities, we will be doing several special workings at Circle Sanctuary this week. On Friday night, September 14, at 7:30 pm central time, Craftway Circle will be doing a ritual. On Saturday morning at 10 am, we will be having a ritual open to everyone in the Circle Sanctuary Community as well as to Pagans of other paths and groups. Those interested in physically being present at one or both of these workings should call the Circle office (608-924-2216) or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We also plan to have a sacred space set up as part of the Circle exhibit booth at the Pagan Pride Day celebration in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday. Blessed Be, Selena Fox
| Upon The Tragedy That Struck Our Nation Today, I Quickly Emailed Everyone... ||Sep 11th. at 7:45:01 pm EDT|
|Ceriwynn (Buffalo, New York US) ||Age: 28 - Email |
Upon the tragedy that struck our nation today, I quickly emailed everyone I know and care about in my life. Family, friends and close aquaintances to let them know that often times we lose track of what really matters in this world. Sometimes we take for granted our home, our families, our wives or husbands, our children. After realizing that, I sent an email to each one of them sending positive light and love their way.
I have been burning a single candle all day for the lives of those lost in the disasters, I have been meditating throughout the day, and asking for the God and Goddess's strength to endure in this stressful and painful time.
Although many of us did not know someone per se that was injured or killed today, don't forget we are all connected to each other, through this lovely Earth, and through the God and Goddess... what pains one pains the entirety.
Please remember that as you're giving thanks for your family and friends who have survived, and send positive light and love to those who aren't so lucky.
May the Goddess and God help strengthen each and every one of us in our time of need, and help us see a brighter day tomorrow.
We are one.
Love and light and blessings to all,
| As A Member Of A Community That Considers Itself To Be Rather... ||Sep 11th. at 7:50:33 pm EDT|
|Spoiler of Twigs (Atlantis, Denmark) ||Age: 30 - Email |
As a member of a community that considers itself to be rather evolved in it's spirtual beliefs, I would like to express my compassion to the people that are directly responsible for the tradgey that has occured; my point being that although those who are directly affected by the attack may be truly suffering, their spirit will be fine: the powers that be will always care for the innocent. It is the attackers that are truly suffering, the place that a human being must go to in order to carry out such an atrocity is a dark and cold place, full of illusion and ghosts, away from the light of truth may they one day see the ignorance of these actions.
Spoiler of Twigs
| I First Learned Of This Tragedy From The Radio On The Way... ||Sep 11th. at 7:52:07 pm EDT|
|Chiron (Greenville, North Carolina US) ||Age: 39 - Email |
I first learned of this tragedy from the radio on the way to work. As soon as I arrived my phone was ringing with "have you heard" calls. We hooked up a TV and watched the drama unfold all day long today. Despite what you might think of US foreign policy or politics, there is an innocent human element involved here. How many thousands of people had to die for someone else to prove their point? We may not know for days. Personally, I will go out tonight at 9:00 pm EST as requested by another post. I will call to my patron Goddess, the Blessed Mother Bast and request that she give healing and comfort to all those directly affected as well as to their families. I know that those actually on the planes are with Her now. As for the highjackers themselves...woe to be at the hands of an angry Bast! I will also pray for intellegence and clear thinking to prevail as a retaliation of some sort is inevitable. May the grace of the Blessed Mother in Her many forms be with all of us in this time of tragedy but especially with those it presonally touched today!
| All I Can Do Is Cry.........i Hurt So Much For Those... ||Sep 11th. at 7:56:27 pm EDT|
|Danny (Damacien)Valdes JR (oak ridge, New Jersey US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
All i can do is cry.........I hurt so much for those who are and will be suffering.......My alter candles will be lit through the night , and my heart goes out to all the families involved ..........
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