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Posted: Nov. 17, 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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| Sad Greetingsjust About Ten Years Ago I Was A Returning College... ||Sep 11th. at 9:57:14 pm EDT|
|Seshat (Columbus, Ohio US) ||Age: 35 |
Just about ten years ago I was a returning college student at a community college in NW Ohio. As I sat down for the first day of my history class, I knew in the back of my mind that events were unfolding that would mark my life path for many years to come. The Professor said himself that evening that anything he might say that evening might be irrelevant the next day. It was the beginning of the most interesting class I ever sat.
The next day, the Gulf War began.
The class was Middle Eastern History and it forever changed my view of the events that unfolded a decade ago. Today I find myself drawing on that knowledge as I find myself once again listening to news of horrible proportion and range.
All around me, co-workers and friends are outraged, alarmed and devastated in turn. Some would have "the war machine" turned full force against any or all of the possible sources of these infamous acts. Others fear that war or escalating exchanges will follow in near days. I'm still left feeling like this is something between a flashback and a premonition - both unwelcome. I am also dismayed to hear how many misconceptions and generalizations are still made about the Mid East and its people.
WE (all people) must remember that oppressors/terrorists and their regimes are separate from the people. Just as past dictators have used propaganda and pressure to move people to do their dirty works, so today are those same tools employed. WE (all of us) need to remember that just as being black does not make one the descendant of a slave, neither does being Arab, Palestinian, Lebanese, Islamic/Muslim, etc - make one a terrorist. And finally We (everyone) need to band together irregardless of our superficial differences to combat this kind of inhuman action.
Or we may again be faced with another such tragedy
| I Would Like To Send My Blessings To All The Families Who... ||Sep 11th. at 9:55:50 pm EDT|
|Braden Meiter (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I would like to send my blessings to all the families who lost loved ones today. Also to thank all of the brave people who risked their lives to save some of them. I hope that all of the people responsible or this get what they deserve from the United States and the Gods serve them the same punishment. This is truely a sad day and will be remembered forever....
May the Gods and Goddesses watch over us all and may we have their blessings. We must be strong in this time and everyone Witches, Christains, Peagans, Jews, and every other religion must pray and ask the higher being hey belive in to help.
Gods and Goddess Bless us and America!
Peace and Blessed Be!
| Belleville, Il Pagans To Gather For Prayer On Wed 9/12 At... ||Sep 11th. at 9:55:23 pm EDT|
|Janet Schmidt (Belleville, Illinois US) ||Age: 35 - Email |
Belleville, IL Pagans to gather for prayer on Wed 9/12 at 7 pm at Bear, Book
and Candle, 18 East Main Street, Belleville, info firstname.lastname@example.org
| Having Grown Up In The Shadow Of New York City, And With... ||Sep 11th. at 9:50:55 pm EDT|
|Brian J. McGahren (Falls Church, Virginia US) ||Age: 38 - Email |
Having grown up in the shadow of New York City, and with many family members in the area, I was stunned. Then I watched, horrified, as the Tower collapsed. I remember, as an adolescent, standing on the deck of one of the Towers, speechless that I could be so high.
Two brothers work in Manhattan, and fortunately, neither was in that part of downtown, though one nearly was; he had been scheduled for a work meeting that morning on Water Street near the Towers. A last minute change kept him out of the area. Thank the Goddess and God....
If I'm feeling the way I am, I cannot fathom how the families of the missing and the dead are feeling tonight; may all spiritual energy and strength go their way tonight.
| Numbness And Disbelief Are Just Two Words Out Of A Myriad That... ||Sep 11th. at 9:49:17 pm EDT|
|Charles Demery (Glendive, Montana US) ||Age: 32 - Email |
Numbness and disbelief are just two words out of a myriad that could be used to describe the feelings as I sat and watched the days tragedy unfold. I had more than a few wishes for retrabution, however that is not what is needed. As Mr. Bonewits has already said, we need to focus on what is needed now. We need to send positive energy and thoughts to those who may remain trapped and to those working to save those who can be saved and recover and clean up. Revenge will come in time and hatred is the last thing we need right now.
My heart and thoughts are with those who are in need of help and with those families affected. It is indeed a very sad day...
Goddess bless and shine her light upon those who are affected...
May the Lord of the Forest lend forth his strength...
| At 8 Pm Est The Sentient Temple Gathered In Mind, Spirit, And... ||Sep 11th. at 9:48:18 pm EDT|
|Lady Avalon (kissimmee, Florida US) ||Age: 36 - Email |
At 8 pm EST The Sentient Temple gathered in mind, spirit, and those that were close, by physical means in the Temple's circle to send their combined Maya Reiki Spiritual healings/energies to those that were either directly or indirectly involved in the de-virginizing of our great nation. We must stand United as in "The United States of America!" United we stand....Divided we fall. Our hearts and energies go out to all...we must work together to rid our mother earth of her terrorists' pestilence....Blessings be upon you all! Lady A
| I'm So Sad That I Don't Have A Local... ||Sep 11th. at 9:46:30 pm EDT|
|romany (Northampton, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 27 |
I'm so sad that I don't have a local
| I Am Deeply Saddened That Such Hatred Can Occur In Our World... ||Sep 11th. at 9:45:50 pm EDT|
|Linda (Waterloo, Ontario CA) ||Age: 36 - Email |
I am deeply saddened that such hatred can occur in our world today. I can only hope that such acts of violence will forever end.
May the Goddess bless the people who have lost a loved one in today's tradegy.
| I Have Had Some Really Life Altering Dreams Lately Before This Incident... ||Sep 11th. at 9:43:50 pm EDT|
|Angela Palmer (Salt Lake City, Utah US) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I have had some really life altering dreams lately before this incident. I will band with the pagans of the world to send positive energy and enlightenment. Let us hope that the message we need the world to take out of this which is: love and light. That the people of our Mother Earth can walk on sacred lands together. My heart goes out to the Handicapped left behind in the twin towers today as well as the other deceased who never had a chance to make it out, as well as our American Citizens who come from the Middle East. I have friends who have already began to experience discrimination in their neighborhoods.
The ethereal light of the world will go on, let us hope that we strive together as a collective consciousness for love and peace.
| I Am In Canada And Feel The Effects Of The Tragedy Today... ||Sep 11th. at 9:41:39 pm EDT|
|Pam Wagner (Hamilton, Ontario CA) ||Age: 43 - Email |
I am in Canada and feel the effects of the tragedy today which has reached out to all peoples across all cultures all countries... I pray to the gods and the goddess that we can be strong in our magic, that the effects of suspicion and retaliation do not cause racism and hatred to prevail.
I don't pretend to have an answer, but I pray for healing....
| I Keep Wondering When The News Will Stop And They Will Say... ||Sep 11th. at 9:41:36 pm EDT|
|Zynnia Rose (Lynnwood, Washington US) ||Age: 27 - Email |
I keep wondering when the news will stop and they will say it was all a hoax...
alas, it is not to be. I saw Peter Jennings on the news tonight break into tears while reporting on the horror. I saw someone jump to their death on "live"
My hope is that the Gods watch over those who have lost their loved ones, keep them safe, and keep the rest of us safe.
| Here In New Zealand The Shock Has Been Felt All Round The... ||Sep 11th. at 9:40:43 pm EDT|
|Kazma (Auckland, New Zealand) ||Age: 40 |
Here in New Zealand the shock has been felt all round the Country. For some (inexplicable?!) reason my partner & I woke up at 2.00am this morning ans switched on the BBC World news, and were grief-sticken and horrified to see the twin towers collapsing. The whole country has felt the shock, and it is all anyone will talk about ~ our hearts go out to you all. As a pagan, I will be lighting candles and sending all of the positive mental energy I can possibly muster, and I'm sure all other Kiwi pagans/wiccans etc will be doing the same. I know from the comments around me at work that even everday kiwi's are sending their thoughts and prayers to you all. I agree with Issac Bonewits that now is not the time to focus on retribution, but to focus on all of the love, energy and support we can send to those struggling for survival, and to those trying to help them. Please know that we are with you in spirit. Love and peace to you all
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