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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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| I Am Every Sadden And Heart Broken Over The Attack On Our... ||Sep 11th. at 11:14:25 pm EDT|
|Sonya Skelton Aka Raven Hair of the Afro Norse (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 31 - Email |
I am every sadden and heart broken over the attack on our home land and our kin. And now i write this pray to the Asrgods to clean up, and protect our kin, and to bring justices to the our land,
I call apond you swift Freya, great leader of the valkries... come and take the dead heros of this fray how gave there lives to save others. Take these heroes to Gladsheim so the alfather will honor them in Valhalla
I call apond Nanann the loveing wife of Balder to come down and comfort the grieving and soothe their pain in this time of need.
I call apond you almighty Tyr Great warrior of Justice come down from Glitnir (the hall of splendor) to strike down those with your axe who use hate and violence in the name
I call apond you Hella great Queen of hel. call forth Hagalaz apond the heads of murderers of the innocent
may their punishment be just and fast
may their suffering belong.
I call you Heimdal the watcher of the Bilfrost bridge watch over us in our time of need.
May no harm cross our sea, May no evil cross our bourders.
May no more of our kin of all colors and all faiths shall not be harmed.
I call you Oh powerful Thor to protect our land and the son and daughters of this land. And with your great hammer of thunder and lighting defeat the hateful and the wicket that will bring harm apond our land.
I call to you ODIN Great war king bring forth your blessings.
May our war be of the mind not of the sword.
May no more blood be spiled may no more lives lost to hate and intolerence.
May we find strength in your wisdom. And my your children of vineland (USA) live in peace and hormony.
May your power be strong...
| I Am Not Only Sad Because Of This, But Also Terrified, Not... ||Sep 11th. at 11:16:08 pm EDT|
|Buddha Eireagle (Austin, Texas US) ||Age: 14 - Email |
I am not only sad because of this, but also terrified, not of the terrorists, but of my own country. Today, thousands of my brothers, my sisters, my mothers and fathers have died. Probably even more will die beneath the rubble tonight and tomorrow. And though i am sad, i feel no anger for those who hijacked the plane because they were doing what they THOUGHT was right at the time, and they were also probably a little insane, as are all people who would think of taking a human life. But we have to realize that they did this for a reason. Whether it be the united state's cultural imperialism, or the fact that we are the global nobility, or that we are allies of Israel, or turning Iraq into little more than a bomb crater, we have to identify why they hate us so much that they would kill, and work to change that. For even if we destroy every terrorist group there is, like the hydra, 3 times as many will pop up. We cannot resolve this with blood, but with love. But not everyone, espiecally in the government, will realize this, and this is why im terrified. if the terrorists are from the middle east, which they probably are, and iraq or palestine or whomever are harboring them, we will almost certainly go to war with them, and so libya, and egypt, and china, and all of the other countries that are our "enemies" will go to war with us and our allies. to put it another way, WWIII.:(
| I Am Sure All Of You Feel The Same Way I Do... ||Sep 11th. at 11:25:24 pm EDT|
|Gwynwhyfar (Owensville, Ohio US) ||Age: 27 - Email |
I am sure all of you feel the same way I do about this horrific tragedy; shock, disbelief, deep sadness, a deep gut-wrenching feeling in the pit of your stomach. It's very difficult to understand how some person or group can harbor enough hate to commit such acts of evil. I have been holding a candlelight vigil in my home since I found out about the attacks. I am using the candle to direct my love and energy to all who need it in this crisis especially the victims, rescue workers and the victims loved ones. My heart goes out to all of you. ~Blessings and Love to All~
We all need to pull together on this, help out in any way you can by money donations, giving blood or volunteering. Go to www.RedCross.org for more information.
| After A Long Night Of Not Being Able To Sleep I Turned... ||Sep 11th. at 11:27:12 pm EDT|
|Turtle Moonchild (Billlings, Montana US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
After a long night of not being able to sleep I turned on the TV this morning to discover tragedy. My initial thoughts were shock, fear and pain. To all the family and friends of those harmed or killed, both on the ground or in the planes, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
First and foremost we must take care of the living, then we mourn our dead. Take a few moments to donate blood if possible, check in your area to see if any type of aid program is being set up and volunteer. Then take a deep breath and release some of the anger. We need to take care not to take this out on the innocent people of other faiths. So much talk is being said about blaming the Moslem and Islamic terrorist groups for this, the key word here being terrorist. These are not the average person of Islamic faith, we have been persecuted and hounded, let's take the time and caution to make sure we don't do that to them.
Lastly, all many of us can do is say a prayer. Pray for clear thought as we deal with this tragedy. Pray for both the living and those lost. Pray for those who are still buried in the rubble, and the men and women who work to find them, the men and women who are doing their best to heal them. Then take the time to pray that this doesn't happen again, here or anywhere else in the world.
| This Is Going To Be One Of Those "where Were You When... ||Sep 11th. at 11:30:11 pm EDT|
|Artemis (Manchester, Connecticut US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
This is going to be one of those "Where were you when.." kind of days. In my lifetime, the Challenger explosion and the Berlin Wall are the major tragedies that spring to mind, but this engulfs them all.
I'm not really sure what to do. I will be giving blood at the first opportunity tomorrow... it just feels weird to go on with my normal activities in the face of this tragedy. Being relatively close by, in CT, there's a definite nervous sense of nearness to home.
I appreciate being able to come here for a supportive Pagan perspective, and my thanks to WitchVox for creating this forum for us to share with. There are some activist perspectives at indymedia, but they are dominantly political, and I find I can only read so much rhetoric.
May our candles burn for the dead and wounded, as well as those still trapped awaiting aid.
As political an act as this was, my first thought is for the people involved. My prayers are lifted to the gods for them.
May the coming days and weeks see a cautious and thorough investigation in the place of right-wing reactionism.
Let our understanding shield us, and prevent this tragedy from spreading any further.
Peace to everyone.
| My Thoughts, Concerns, And Prayers, At This Moment, Are For The Victims... ||Sep 11th. at 11:39:16 pm EDT|
|Sia Fox (Biloxi, Mississippi US) ||Age: 38 - Email |
My thoughts, concerns, and prayers, at this moment, are for the victims who may still be struggling to remain alive under the enormous amounts of debris, for the victims who have been rescued and seriously injured, and for the family members who are grieving. Tonight, my candles are lit for them.
| I Woke Up This Morning At 4:00 Am.. From A Dream... ||Sep 11th. at 11:49:07 pm EDT|
|Ravon (Calgary , Alberta CA) ||Age: 50 - Email |
I woke up this morning at 4:00 am.. from a dream, in that dream I was walking
in a dark tunnel filled with hundreds of black bats they were clinging to me..
at the end there was a white bat.. I awoke with the feeling that something terrable would happen to day.. I did protection around my home before I left for work.. and when I got there I heard the first news.. It does not seem real and I can not imagine how the people who were there are able to carry on as they are doing.. I watch the tv and see the strength of the human spirit in this time of terror.. and I see the power we are given in times like this.. May cool heads prevail.. and may there be no more distruction. I do not have any more words to say except my thoughts are with you all. Ravon )0(
| The Reality Of Looking Skyward To Find It Clear Of Jet Trails... ||Sep 11th. at 11:49:49 pm EDT|
|hyacinthbean (Holly, Michigan US) ||Age: 44 |
The reality of looking skyward to find it clear of jet trails and enveloped in silence one is I'll never forget. I'm at a loss for words and can only echo Issac Bonewits sentiments in his post here.
| We Are Planning Magickal Ane Prayer Workings For All Who Wish To... ||Sep 11th. at 11:50:05 pm EDT|
|Rev. Sonya Faith (owenton, Kentucky US) ||Age: 30 - Email |
We are planning magickal ane prayer workings for all who wish to attend. More details will be outlined on our site. www.geocities.com/gothic_mom
We feel the need to heal mother earth and stretch out our wings of love over the nation. Please feel free to join us, as this is an open event.
| Reading Everyone's Thoughts And Prayers I Am Moved To Tears, Yet Again... ||Sep 11th. at 11:50:28 pm EDT|
|Froggegyrl (Canton, Georgia US) ||Age: 26 |
Reading everyone's thoughts and prayers I am moved to tears, yet again today. There are more emotions and thoughts than I could ever express. Everyone I know and love are safe, but thousands, maybe millions cannot say the same. A friend of mine works in a building next to the towers. He made it out alive. He spoke of stubbling over bodies and seeing parts of people on the street and the stench of burnt flesh. One thing he kept saying, "There was nothing I could do." I believe he is/will suffer from survivor guilt. But there is something we can do. We can send love, prayers and energy. I saw the anger and hatred transform my step dad and it was scary. He was ready to kill them all. That's scary. We could be transformed into a country, or a world that wants to "kill them all". I'm sick with sadness. I prayed all day. I will continue to pray for all of us. Please let go of hate and fear. Hate and fear bring such death and destruction. There will be justice. Gods bless America.
| My Friend And I Did Our First Working Together Today To Cast... ||Sep 11th. at 11:50:49 pm EDT|
|Suzanne Huffman (Bradford, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
My friend and I did our first working together today to cast a circle and cast spells for healing, peace and protection. We carved runes into white candles and left them burning in a very peaceful place on our college campus. My college is very far from all that is happening, but who knows what will happen tomorrow? I have friends and family in the armed forces, and friends of friends in both cities.
May the Goddess watch over us all,
| We Need To Pull Together Not Only As A Nation, But As... ||Sep 11th. at 11:51:25 pm EDT|
|Panther FalconStar (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
We need to pull together not only as a nation, but as pagans as well to help those we can, whether the help be mundand or magickal in nature. We have time to do retribution after the rescue is over, and after we have all the facts. Justice isn't getting mad and throwing curses at whoever's responsible, but seeing that a fair punishment is meted out to those responsible. We must offer up our thanks to Spirit that some are being found alive, and we must offer up our prayers that more be found. Then and only then can we begin to turn to punishment. We will Rebuild. We will Recover. But we will not forget. And we will always mourn.
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