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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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Most Of What I Have To Be Thankful For Has Been Taken... Nov 25th. at 10:48:56 am UTC

Silver MayKitten (Springfield, Missouri US) Age: 55 - Email


Most of what I have to be thankful for has been taken from me in the last couple of years, Two people very close and important to me have marched into the Summerlands. My mother had a stroke on Beltane, thankfully she is still alive and appears to be slowly recovering in a rest home. My Mom's custody hearing again proved once again what kind of trecherous thief my cousin is; but thankfully she was saddled with the honorous task of doing the probate court paperwork required of a custodian. Two weeks later teens attempted to break into my home and thankfully I was home to stop them. This month my home was broken into by persons who would have gladly done me harm considering that what they didn't take they damaged or distroyed, they killed my familiars; poor defenseless kitties, and prepared to set my home afire. Thankfully I was not at home or they would have harmed me more than their actions had allready harmed me and thankfully they are in police custody or I most certainly would harm them. People I trusted because the wer Wiccans turmed on me over coven politics and I am no longer with them, but I have found support from the greater Pagan community, and several from my former coven are providing me friendship and prayers behind my old HPS back.

As long as you can enumerate your problems in one paragraph you are lucky.

I do have much to be thankful for however. I have had several nice job offers in the last few weeks, and I may be moving from this city of bad memories. And I have found I have more friends than I thought I had.

And taking inventory of my friends I find my shelf reserved for enemies dusty and only populated by those few who deserve my scorn, but then still overpopulated. (But I did find some black candles as big as ballbats.)

Living next door to an elementery school has been a burden with broken windows and other damage, but two months ago their insurance company has settled a long running liability class law suit and has paid us our expenses for new glass, bandaids and other damages as well as paying for our lawyer. (Actually they gave a first aid kit to each of the eighty-odd plaintiffs to cover the Band-Aids. (Some of them very odd at that.))

I have two new Goddess Daughters (Twins!) and a new second cousin named after me.

And a cousin thought to be permanently disabled in a car crash three years ago began to walk again this year and now walks without walker, crutch or cane. (Don't ask about my candle and incense bills.)

I have much more to be thankful for, but mostly I am thankful that I was able to suffer another year to give thanks once again to the Goddess and Horned God.


Good Afternoon: I Am So Greatful For The Fission I Had While... Nov 25th. at 1:06:01 pm UTC

Keith Hatke (Lafayette, Indiana US) Age: 28 - Email


Good afternoon:

I am so greatful for the fission I had while sleeping clear out of know were that started me on my pagon path. I was so lonely (still very much am) depressed, totally dead inside with no direction. yes probably suicidal thoughts have even entered my mind. I for 36 years asked for help and guidence prayed begged literly for help in the Catholic faith I was confirmed and raised in to know avail. And now although I still have a long way to go I am 100% better than were I was. I read and learn and practice all I can, I am just so greatful for my new bigening. Now if i just could one day find an answer to my loneliness. But at least I now the answer/person is there some place. Merry meet to one and all!

Sincerely,
Keith


I'm Thankful For Opening Up My Ears, Eyes, Hart, And Mind To... Nov 25th. at 1:12:06 pm UTC

Connie Hilton (Wells, Maine US) Age: 37 - Email


I'm thankful for opening up my ears, eyes, hart, and mind to the Pagan path. Being brought up one way and deeply feeling it was not my way . Alway feeling like I was looking in from the out side ( yet with my head pushed in and suffocating!)
I'm thankful for the happiness and strength That I have gained. I love who I'm now, and I look forward to growing and branching out into the person I will become on my Pagan journey.


I Am Thankful For My Mom, Who Has Taught Me How To... Nov 25th. at 1:25:44 pm UTC

Tasha (Mansfield, Texas US) Age: 20 - Email


I am thankful for my mom, who has taught me how to deal with adversity, helped support me when I feel like the world has come crashing down around me, and is always continuing to give me support in every part of my life. I am thankful for my son, without whom this year would have been very hard, who has taught me how to stop and smell the violets in the backyard, to wonder at cars and trucks passing our house, and who's simple smile can make everything seem like it will be alright. I am thankful for my sister, who continues to amaze me with her inner strength. I am thankful for my Grandma, who as annoying as she can be, I love dearly, and who has given me the opportunity to go back to school so I can do something with my life. I am thankful for WitchVox, who posted my essay about Teens and the Craft, and has helped me find other Pagans and Wiccans in my area, and always helps keep me up-to-date on current events. This year I have learned how very important family is in a crisis. I moved in to my own apartment in June. My car was in the shop all of July, August, September and most of October. My family helped get me through that, giving me rides, and when I couldn't afford rent, let me move back in. I try show my gratitude to the Earth and the Gods and Goddesses everyday, through my actions, by being the best person I can be (I can't think of a better way to say that).


I Am Thankful For Everything, The Good And The Bad... I Am... Nov 25th. at 2:01:11 pm UTC

Lady Rowan Phoenixheart (Sacramento, California US) Age: 27 - Email


I am thankful for everything, the good and the bad...

I am thankful for the presence of the Goddes and God in my life. I can feel them within me and all around me. Even when I am by myself, I know that I am never alone.

I am thankful for having my coven sisters in my life. They are the greatest group that I have had the honor of working with. But without this site, I would have never met them, so thanks to the Witches Voice as well.

I am thankful for having my husband in my life. This has been a year of trial and pain for both of us. We had split up this year, and then soon after he was diagnosed with cancer. But thanks to prayer and modern medicine, he overcame his illness. And we both learned the true power of love, and how rare and precious love really is. We were handfasted in October, and it was the happiest day of our lives. I am thankful every day for having him in my life.

I am thankful that I am finally finishing my degree after eight years of study. This has been a dream of mine since I was a child. It hasn't been easy, but following a dream rarely is.

Lastly, I am thankful for every laugh, and every tear, every moment of joy and sorrow that I have experienced, because it has made me the person that I am.


As A Practicing Professional Psychic, And A Solitary, I'm Thankful To Those... Nov 25th. at 2:27:17 pm UTC

John Russell (Cornwall, New York US) Age: 46 - Email


As a practicing professional psychic, and a Solitary, I'm thankful to those who've gone before me in the Struggle so that I might practice my Craft and my Profession without worrying about being burned, crushed, hanged, etc.

I'm thankful to those who've spoken out against religious persecution and prejudice so that we as a society might grow in tolerance and enlightenment.

I'm thankful that we have tremendous opportunities in the years ahead, especially as we approach the New Millinneum in the year 2001, to continue to push for the establishment of tolerance and understanding, especially of Pagan issues and Wiccan concerns.

We have a ways to go, but I'm thankful for the opportunity to make my voice heard along with the voices of my many brothers and sisters in the faith as we continue to speak out for our beliefs and to gain acceptance.

Rev. John Russell, C.T.M., Ct.Psy.
http://www.johnrussell.net
http://members.tripod.com/~atdaylong/index.html


I Would Like To Give All Thanks To The Goddess, For Keeping... Nov 25th. at 6:14:38 pm UTC

Gwendolyn Wise (Foresthill, California US) Age: 30 - Email


I would like to give all thanks to The Goddess, for keeping my family and I safe last night. After cleaning everything up from our feast and going to bed, I couldn't fall asleep. For 30 minutes I tried, but all I could think was I have to go to the kitchen, I have to go to the kitchen...I gave up and walked in to find the stove top burners were on, turned to high, and ready to ignite the pot holders above them. Never in my life have I recieved a powerful message as I did last night. While never in doubt of my life's path, I was given the gift of the Goddess's complete love and blessings. Her demands for me to return to the kitchen saved our lives. Thank you, O Great Goddess, for the lives of my family, and my own.
Blessed Be.


I Am Thankful For The Magic Of Love My Husband Gives Me... Nov 25th. at 7:03:51 pm UTC

firey one (raleigh, North Carolina US) Age: 28


I am thankful for the magic of love my husband gives me the gift of life mother earth allowed my mother to give me and the powers the gods and godess bestow upon me to keep living as mother earth would want me to blessed be


I Am Thankful For All Of Those People In My Wiccan And... Nov 25th. at 9:00:39 pm UTC

Marilyn L Holmes (Laurens, New York US) Age: 54 - Email


I am thankful for all of those people in my wiccan and Native american community who have taught me and stood by me, in my search for my true identity and belief system without you Pete, Jennifer, Jackie and the study group I would have been alone, and lost in my search.
I am thankful for all my family, both spiritual and mundane.
I wish them all well for the holidays and the new year
Mari


I Am Thankful That I Live In A Free Country Where I... Nov 25th. at 9:11:39 pm UTC

Sia (Santa Clara, California US) Age: 42 - Email


I am thankful that I live in a free country where I can read, think, study and believe what I want. I am thankful for my beloved husband who is my equal in all things and who believes in my dreams. I am thankful that I have always known stong women and good men as my cherished friends. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, food every day, basic health care and more than one set of clothing to wear, all of which makes me richer than 80% of all the people alive today. Lastly, I am thankful to the feminists, agitators, nature lovers, free thinkers, truth speakers and trouble makers who have gone before. They lived bravely, they questioned authority, they took responsibility for their own choices, they claimed their power, they stood for something, and they knew how to laugh, even in the face of disaster. The people who inspire me lived lives that changed the world for the better. I hope someone can say the same thing of me when I am gone.


I'm Thankful For Everything I Have. I'm Luckier Than Many People- I... Nov 25th. at 9:31:58 pm UTC

Katri‰n (Mendon, New York US) Age: 14 - Email


I'm thankful for everything I have. I'm luckier than many people- I have two parents who love each other and me too, of course, despite the fact that I am Pagan. My friends have, for the most part, accepted me (religion and all) as well. I'm thankful for the magick of life and living, the Lady and the Lord's true gifts to mankind. Most of all, I'm thankful for life itself.


Merry Meet To All My Fellow Witches, As I Hear The Call... Nov 25th. at 10:50:16 pm UTC

leigha witkowski (pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US) Age: 34 - Email


Merry Meet to all my fellow witches, as i hear the call of the Goddess getting stronger i must give thanks for being close enough to hear her soft voice. What i am very thankful for is being able to celebrate my chosen path of the wise ones. yet i think back in days of old, when we did not have the freedom as we do now. i give thanks for our brothers and sisters of witchcraft who lead the way for our freedom now.


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