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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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| The Paradox Of Our Time In History Is That We Have Taller... ||Sep 11th. at 5:12:01 pm EDT|
|Lisa Harding (Santa Barbara, Queensland AU) ||Age: 31 - Email |
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; We have wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts yet more problems; more medicine, but less welless.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive to fast, get too angry stay up too late, get too tired, read too little, watch too much TV and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life, we've added years to life, but not life to years.
We've done larger things, not better things. We've cleaned the air but polluted our sould. We've conquered the atom, but not our predjudice. We write more but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. e builf computers to hold more information yet communicate less. These are the times of fast food and slow digestion, big men with small character.
Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks to you in awe, because that little person soom will grow up and leave your side. Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and doesn't cost a cent. Remember to say I love you to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Rememver to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, time to speak, give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
| I First Heard About Todays Attacks As I Walked Out Of My... ||Sep 11th. at 5:17:22 pm EDT|
|Lance (Walla Walla, Washington US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I first heard about todays attacks as I walked out of my dorm room this morning to take a shower. I am frightened that these attacks will provoke massive anti-arabic sentiment within the US. I am frightened that the focus of our presidents first remarks on this tradgedy regarded vengence.
On each of those planes were people who were willing to give their lives for a cause, that we must assume, they thought was worth that price. Anyone with this mentality must have been filled with tremendous anger. I hope that same anger does not take, or damage, any more lives. I hope that both those who were prepared to die, and those whose lives were cut short, unexpectedly, find peace as they deal with the choices that they made, or the choices that were made for them. I hope this peace extends to the families of the victims as well, and I hope strength will be with the rescue workers at the sites of the attacks, and with the medical staff who are dealing with an incredible number of injuries.
I hope that this tradgedy will bring us together rather then rip us apart.
| There Will Be A Prayer Service For The Victims Of The Ny... ||Sep 11th. at 5:18:14 pm EDT|
|Dagonet Dewr (Indianapolis, Indiana US) ||Age: 33 - Email |
There will be a prayer service for the victims of the NY and Washington bombings Tuesday night, 7:30PM, at the Fletcher Cafe, 935 S East St in Indianapolis. For more information, cal 317.916.9115.
| Kia Ora And Aroha From New Zealandmy Thoughts, Besseings And Prayer's... ||Sep 11th. at 5:23:14 pm EDT|
|Osprey (Wellington, New Zealand) ||Age: 30 - Email |
Kia Ora and Aroha From New Zealand
my thoughts, Besseings and Prayer's are with you on this day a scarey day of Americal history
Blessings and Thoughts from the Wellington Pagan Community
| It Appears I Am In The Center Of The New 'bermuda Triangle... ||Sep 11th. at 5:23:43 pm EDT|
|Aria (Somerville, New Jersey US) ||Age: 36 |
It appears I am in the center of the new 'Bermuda Triangle'. I live in New Jersey...praying for all my friends and neighbors in DC, NYC and also those who died in the crash in Pittsburg. I feel trapped in the middle of a nightmare brought about by hatred and intolerance on the grandest scale possible.
I will not give in to it. Pray...please...stay calm...help others...do what you can to come together and not fall apart.
I will light my candle for all who have been touched by this tragedy.
| This Is A Tragedy. But I Have To Wonder, If It Had... ||Sep 11th. at 5:25:04 pm EDT|
|Carrie (London, England UK) ||Age: 18 |
This is a tragedy. But I have to wonder, if it had happened in a different country would it be considered as bad?
| Dear Pagan Communityi Am Not A Witch, I Am A Buddhist... ||Sep 11th. at 5:29:54 pm EDT|
|Cory (Bemidji, Minnesota US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Dear Pagan Community
I am not a witch, I am a Buddhist(Vajrayana-Nyingma-pa school), but that is of no importance. What is, is that we must remember at all times that WHO commited these horrific acts is not as important as those affected by them. Please continue to practice for those injured, those dead, and those left to greive. They need all the love and support we can send them.
I feel it is crucial that people of all faiths come together in this very trying time and find the things that unite all religions- faith, love, hope, and compassion.
In a spiritual community as light and beautiful as The Old Religion(s), I feel it is very important to help as your beliefs and practices guide you to. Cast healing spells, and think the most positive thoughts you can, esp. for those who have died. They need our help the most so that they do not remain separate from Enlightenment(The Goddess and God), and return to more karmic suffering, but instead return in all the beauty and glory of liberated boddhisattvas(I think that most Witches are boddhisattvas who just use a different name).
Today Buddhists around the world are saying mantras of peace and compassion, I have been saying: OM MANI PADME HUM (Om mani PŽmŽ hung) and: OM AMI DEWA HRIH all day long, and hope you will be compelled to do what you need to do in order to help in any way you can!
| Not So Much A Question More An Offer Of Sympathies For All... ||Sep 11th. at 5:31:19 pm EDT|
|Jarrien Wolf (Somewhere in Scotland, England UK) ||Age: 39 |
Not so much a question more an offer of sympathies for all concerned in this terrible tradegy. Our thoughts are with you all and may the healing help those who have lost loved ones... and the loved ones lost!
| I Can Not Even Begin To Fathom The Pure Hatred That Must... ||Sep 11th. at 5:31:23 pm EDT|
|Aldyth Lenea (Yankton, South Dakota US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I can not even begin to fathom the pure hatred that must have consumed the persons who made this days events possible. I pray for all those families, especially the children, and hope that they will not be filled with that same hate that destoyed their loved ones.
| After Watching Cnn Today, My First Reaction As Being An Ex Ssgt... ||Sep 11th. at 5:33:28 pm EDT|
|Silver Sky (Des Moines, Iowa US) ||Age: 47 - Email |
After watching CNN today, my first reaction as being an ex SSgt in the Air Force was to retaliate in any way, but my thoughts almost immediately turned to wanting to send out feelings of hope and healing to the innocent people who were involved in this tragedy. before my involvement in the learnings of our ways, this would have never had been so overwhelming to me. The trouble is, I am still a student to the ways and am looking for a way to send these feelings. If anyone could help me I would appreciate it very much. I really feel this is a time we all need to come together with our energies and our love. Blessed Be to all.
| I Cannot Express My Pain, Nor The Pain Of Others... But I... ||Sep 11th. at 5:33:57 pm EDT|
|Onyx (Manchester, England UK) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I cannot express my pain, nor the pain of others... But I can offer this:
A PRAYER FOR THE ABUSED ONES
Ground and centre. Cast circle in the usual fashion and light elemental candles at each quarter. If you are so inclined, add a card/object representative of each Goddess you are about to call - Athene, Pele, Tiamat, Demeter. When you are ready, you may begin.
[Lift arms toward the East]
Oh Wise One, Athene, grey-eyed warrior, stand with me.
Let your shield protect those I gather today;
Let your spear defend those I gather today;
Let your cool wisdom sink into those I gather today;
Let your owls return memory, in small painless morsels, to those I gather today.
[Lift arms toward the South]
Oh Raging One, Pele, spouting volcano, stand with me today.
Let your rage light the self-worth of those I gather today.
Let your lava flow over the damage of those I gather today.
Let your regenerating qualities renew those I gather today.
Let your heat fill the souls of those I gather today.
[Lifts arms toward the West]
Oh Dangerous One, Tiamat, dragon of the waters, stand with me today.
Let your vast unthinking emotion fill those I gather today.
Let your tears purge those I gather today.
Let your creativity surge through those I gather today.
Let your strength empower those I gather today.
[Lift arms toward the North]
Oh Mourning One, Demeter, raging Mother, stand with me today.
Let your maternal love soak into those I gather today.
Let your implacable protectiveness heal those I gather today.
Let your ability to wreak justice inspire those I gather today.
Let your vast fecundity regenerate those I gather today.
For I gather the wounded ones.
I gather those whose parents were no parents to them.
I gather those whose childhood was betrayed by adults.
I gather those whose memories were stolen, whose lives were wrenched out of course.
I gather those whose scars are soul-deep; those who had first to be adults before ever they were allowed to be children.
I gather those who fear retribution for acts for which they should rather seek retribution.
I gather those who were made objects; those over whose heads were poured the ashes of shame, unjustly.
I gather those whose peers never understood why they were different, to be mocked, to be injured: only that they were so to be.
I gather all these, to stand in a circle of protection.
I gather all these, to stand in a circle of healing.
I gather all these, to stand in a circle of justice.
I gather all these, to stand in a circle of renewal.
May they and we all regain virginity: self-possession, skin- ownership.
May they and we all regain justice: self-esteem, proper blame.
May they and we all regain time: memories in due place, knives sheathed.
May they and we all regain health: growth and progress and inspiration.
And I bind this will in a spiral: that it repeat, increasing health, so many times as is wanted and needed.
For, you Goddesses, we are under siege; our childhood is under siege; our children are under siege.
And we must needs heal ourselves before we can be a proper protection.
[Take a few moments contemplating your words to this point. Cry if you need to, shout, scream. Anything. When you feel ready to end the ritual, start to dismiss the Goddesses.]
Oh Wise One, Athene, thank you. I take your shield for my own; your spear for my own defence.
Oh Raging One, Pele, thank you. I take your anger at injury for my own; your ability to destroy scars for my own; your self- regeneration for my own healing.
Oh Dangerous One, Tiamat, thank you. I take your power for my own; your emotions for my own; your ability to accomplish what you need for my own needs.
Oh Mourning One, Demeter, thank you. I take you as my own mother; your fierce protectiveness for the protectiveness that should have shielded me; your implacability for the ability to free me from the hells of despair and grief; your joy to renew my own ability to enrich the world.
---- Blessings ----
| I Feel No Rage Or Fear About The Recent Tragic Events, Only... ||Sep 11th. at 5:34:20 pm EDT|
|Jonathan Hansen (St. Cloud, Minnesota US) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I feel no rage or fear about the recent tragic events, only sadness and disgust for both those who have caused such suffering and for those who will most likely pursue "justice" for these sins. Violence of the sort exhibited by these terrorist attacks is ultimatly futile to promoting positive change and will only hinder those who perpetrate it from delivering whatever message they are trying to send. Those who will, of course, seek to prosecute the terrorists responsible rather than attempting to understand their motives are, in reality, only seeking vengeance, which is another form of violence.
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