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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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| Yesterday Morning Seemed Like Any Other. I Woke Up, Got Dressed For... ||Sep 12th. at 9:22:28 am EDT|
|Adrian, aka Amethyst_Panther (Maysville, Kentucky US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Yesterday morning seemed like any other. I woke up, got dressed for college, drank some juice, and watched the news. It seemed like any ordinary day. It was my boyfriend's nineteenth birthday, and that is all I really thought about.
After my first class, I had a girl come up to me to inform me of what had happened. At first, I didn't believe her. "You're just exaggerating it, " I said. Later, I knew the truth, for I watched in horror at the animosity let out on our country. I felt the tears spring from my eyes as I saw pictures of people jumping to their deaths from the World Trade Center building. I cried when I heard that over 200 fire fighters were killed in action. I was devestated, however, when I knew that over 10, 000 had lost their lives.
As a Wiccan, I am trying to deal with this in the best way I know how, by praying for the families, and for justice. Deep inside, I harbor a quiet anger, and all I want to do is find the lunatic that did this and make them suffer. However, I also know that violence does not beget violence.
No matter what religion someone is, they know that human life is a precious and sacred thing. Atheist, Buddhist, Wiccan, Christian, and so on...we all partake in religious activities to help us deal with our lives and to find guidance. We must all unite together and put aside petty differences, because no matter what we believe or who we are, we are still human beings.
I offer whatever healing energies I may send out, and I urge everyone else in the Pagan community to join forces with our prayers and healing powers. Love conquers all. I sincerely offer my humblest apologies to the families and friends out there who know not where their loved ones are, or if their loved ones have been injured and/or killed. We will fight this thing. We must unite. We have not yet begun to fight.
Bless'd Be to all,
| Brighter Days To All...i Lost An Old Friend In Manhattan Yesterday... ||Sep 12th. at 9:33:16 am EDT|
|Vaj Korsen (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 33 |
Brighter days to all...
I lost an old friend in Manhattan yesterday. He is missing and presumed dead. He was a stockbroker in NYC, he was from a family of Cuban Emigrants who came to America for freedom. He worked hard and long to become a succesful stockbroker. He lived the American dream. He was also a amateur Body-Builder and was a carpenter who often donated his services to Habitat for Humanity. He was also a practitioner of Santeria, who firmly believed in the spirits and Jesus Christ.
I am FURIOUS that he is gone, and so many more are gone or missing. He NEVER had a bad thing to say about anyone. He always felt the best rule to live by was live and let live.
Today is September 12th...on this day I was born in Weehawken, NJ..right across the river from New York City. As I grew up, I always remembered and looked for the World Trade Center's Twin Towers on the New York skyline. Even when I moved to Philadelphia, when I visited friends in NJ, i would always look for the great towers of my youth. Now I miss my big Cuban friend. I also miss my 2 giant steel friends on Vesey and Church Streets in Lower Manhattan's Financial district
| I Just Find It So Ironic That The Word "islam" Is Arabic... ||Sep 12th. at 9:33:32 am EDT|
|Ross Duffy (Southend-on-Sea, England UK) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I just find it so ironic that the word "Islam" is Arabic for "peace."
May the grace of Her hand pass over all affected.
PS. Out of the most atrocious, wicked acts, something can be learnt, and some good can come out of it.
| Appalled,horrified,shocked... ||Sep 12th. at 9:44:48 am EDT|
|Warmage (Delbarton, West Virginia US) ||Age: 52 - Email |
Appalled, Horrified, Shocked,
| Because Of My Work, Much Of My Daily Life Is Focused On... ||Sep 12th. at 9:53:15 am EDT|
|Caro (Philo, Illinois US) ||Age: 28 |
Because of my work, much of my daily life is focused on social concerns, violence, and trauma. I'm in the habit of looking at horrible events and puzzling out an explanation that makes some sense to me, a way of thinking about our world that helps me understand the bigger picture.
Today, I find that I can't do this. I can't think about anything but the people trapped in the crumbling towers, the courage of the people who helped save themselves and others, and the sacrifice of the emergency workers who died. I can only see the personal, and not the political. And perhaps that is as it should be, for these attacks are deeply personal.
It's true that we live in a violent world, that we are a violent people. But we are also a people of creativity, ingenuity, and passion. My thoughts today have wandered far and wide, and along the way, I found some hope. That hope comes from knowing that this horror is not new. It is one day in a long history of barbaric acts in human society. But the unredeemable barbarism also somehow calls into being our grace and courage.
| It Seem So Unreal Like We Are Looking At Footage Of Another... ||Sep 12th. at 10:03:11 am EDT|
|meg (milton, New Jersey US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
IT seem so unreal like we are looking at footage of another country and then you see the empire state building in the background. To think of all the people who lost thier lives and to to try to feel safe again, I only feel safe praying that the Mother is holding me and everyone close an tight.
| I Don't Think Words Can Express My Grief, But I Will Try... ||Sep 12th. at 10:08:51 am EDT|
|Anastasia Fortea (Las Vegas, Nevada US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I don't think words can express my grief, but I will try. I grew up in Indiana in a small town. I looked towards New York as the strength and pride of our nation. The statue of Liberty the proudly proclaims our freedom. The Financial District that makes helping other countries out possible. The WTC as a wonderful place for all.
I am a travel agent by occupation, I have always loved sending people to New York for their first time. Now as of yesterday all I could think of "Who did I send? Were they there? Did I say thank you for your business and friendship before they left?"
This has left a scar on my heart, and though in no way can I be accountable, I know, but I can't help but feel the grief from our nation. Whispering in the breeze today is of pain and confusion and loss.
I have never agreed with war, in my whole life. However today I have lost some of that niaveness. Never again will I question another declaration... For religion or freedom, the pain of loss drives the cause. I feel saddened by this. I feel the need to find the people at whatever cost.
Right now all I can say is this, May their souls be lifted and blessed in the next life to come. May the families find relief of grief in the goddess' hand. May we as a nation never take for granted another life as precious as their's was.
| I Am An Young Pagan As Well As A Soldier In The... ||Sep 12th. at 10:11:16 am EDT|
|EVAN TERMUHLEN (CINCINNATI, Ohio US) ||Age: 21 |
I AM AN YOUNG PAGAN AS WELL AS A SOLDIER IN THE U.S. ARMY. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A VERY PATRIOTIC INDIVIDUAL AND WHENEVER TERRORISTS ATTACKS TAKE PLACE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD MY HEART IS SADDENED. THIS ATTACK HAS SPARKED MANY EMOTIONS IN ME AND I CANT HELP BUT FEEL A GREAT AMOUNT OF RAGE, AND DISGUST. I, AS A SOLDIER AM HOPING FOR NOTHING BUT WAR ON THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK. AS A PAGAN THAT IS FAIRLY NEW TO THE PATH, DOES ANYONE BELIEVE I AM WRONG FOR WANTING BLOOD FOR BLOOD?
| My Heart Goes Out To All Of Those Affected By The Tragedy... ||Sep 12th. at 10:12:29 am EDT|
|Silver (Calgalry, Alberta CA) ||Age: 19 |
My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy which we all witnessed yesterday. We must all support each other and help everyone to overcome the fear which we all feel for what tomorrow will bring. We must pray for those who have lost their lives, and for those who are fighting to triumph over their injuries which they sustained in that horrible attack. I just want all Americans to know that we as Canadians are doing our best to help out by donating blood to the victims. May the Goddess bless each and every one.
| I Remeber Yesterday: We Came Back From Gym Class, Sweating And Exhausted... ||Sep 12th. at 10:16:38 am EDT|
|Tree (Libertyville, , Illinois US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I remeber yesterday: We came back from gym class, sweating and exhausted from running, but yet laughing and in good spirit. Suddenly, a announcement came through. Oh great, I thought, What do they have to say now?!
But instead of the expected sports events, we were told that two planes had crashed into the towers of the world trade center, and one into the pentagon. I do not remember, what thoughts went through my head that moment, but I know that it took me longer than most people to grasp the signifincance of this catastrophy. Never had a passing period been so quiet, so subdued than this one. Next period, my teacher had turned on the radio, and we all sat there, praying, hoping, some crying, listening to catastropy after catastropy happening.
And I sat there, wondering how a human being can do this, what kind of twisted mind came up with this plan. But also realizing that of all the creatures on this planet, only humans can inflict such pain to their own race.
And at his point i want to beg of all of you, don't jump to conclusions of who is responsible. Realize that the actions of a goverment very often have nothing to do with their people. Don't lash out in anger at those innocent people who happen to have the same religion or race than those who did this terrible deed. Yes, justice has to be served. But leave this to those people who have the resources to identify the attackers. All we can do is pray and hope.
| My Sincere Wishes Of Love And Blessings To All Those Affected By... ||Sep 12th. at 10:17:59 am EDT|
|Avalonia (London, UK, England UK) ||Age: 28 |
My sincere wishes of Love and Blessings to all those affected by the events in the USA on 11 September.
May the Goddess hold you all tightly in her arms.
With Love and Blessings,
| First And Foremost, My Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To The Victims... ||Sep 12th. at 10:23:30 am EDT|
|RuneWolf (Reston, Virginia US) ||Age: 43 - Email |
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these heinous atrocities and their suffering families. Whatever I can do to help I will do, and I know that every responsible Pagan out there will do the same.
Second, well, IÕm not what you would call a ÒLove, Light and LifeÓ type of Pagan. In the Northern Traditions there can be only one response to what has happened: Blood for blood. I do not endorse nor suggest indiscriminate violence, but a price Ð a heavy, heavy price - must be extracted for what has been done. The spirits of all who have died, the spirits of all who still suffer and will continue to suffer for uncounted days, months and years to come, cry out for no less.
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