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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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| Within Minutes After The Attacks, We Set Up An Altar In The... ||Sep 11th. at 7:43:35 pm EDT|
|Selena Fox (Oak Haven in forest near Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin US) ||Age: 51 - Email |
Within minutes after the attacks, we set up an altar in the Temple Room at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve in Wisconsin and did a working. We are keeping this altar set up as a focal point for sending blessings of healing, protection, and renewal. In addition to joining in with the many synchronized interfaith and Pagan rituals, prayers, circles, and other spiritual activities, we will be doing several special workings at Circle Sanctuary this week. On Friday night, September 14, at 7:30 pm central time, Craftway Circle will be doing a ritual. On Saturday morning at 10 am, we will be having a ritual open to everyone in the Circle Sanctuary Community as well as to Pagans of other paths and groups. Those interested in physically being present at one or both of these workings should call the Circle office (608-924-2216) or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We also plan to have a sacred space set up as part of the Circle exhibit booth at the Pagan Pride Day celebration in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday. Blessed Be, Selena Fox
| Merry Meet! Lately There Have Been Many Planes Crashing And A Lot... ||Sep 11th. at 7:41:59 pm EDT|
|Melissa (Mysty) (Amarillo, Texas US) ||Age: 15 - Email |
Merry Meet! Lately there have been many planes crashing and a lot of people have died, but none of that compares to what happened today. this is just scary to know that hundreds of people have died because of terrorists, It's just really devistating. I would like to know who is to blame for this? Merry Part! ~Blessed Be!~
| I Feel Angry, But At The Same Time I Feel Sorry For... ||Sep 11th. at 7:38:36 pm EDT|
|Brighid (Croydon, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I feel angry, but at the same time i feel sorry for those Arabs. I really think when an Arab is born they are taught to kill and hate. They celebrated this horrible time in history by throwing a party? No they crossed my border line of hate and love. I could never hate someone, but i hate the Arabs. No I'm racist, I just feel hate against someone who laughs after they killed 1, 000s of people. I hate war, but the Arabs asked for us to kill lots of there people. America has the best millitary, so why would they even try? I think if we didn't have so many different religions we wouldn't have these fights, because %90 of the wars are over religion. If we all were back to the old ways it would be more peaceful too. My boyfriend, who is also a wiccan, is stuck in Bermuda, because of the airlines are down and the hurricane. Right now I'm a nervous wreck, but i know there are many who lost family and friends on this evil day. I'm going to work protection/love magick out to all those people who lost someone today. I'm also working this magick for my boyfriend. I hope this world becomes more peaceful, but it would never happen. This happened only 1 1/2 hours away from me. I thank the gods i wasn't hurt. My mom came to my school to take me home. This is a day I will never forget. Blessings go out to all the fire fighters, cops, emts, and any other helpers. I send them extra energy to help heal those in need. I send blessings out to those people who lost family or friends during this horrible day.
| On The Topic Of Dreams, Last Night I Dreamed Of The Fall... ||Sep 11th. at 7:38:33 pm EDT|
|Gemedlyn (La Crescent, Minnesota US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
On the topic of dreams, last night i dreamed of the fall of Rome. I hope that has no connection to todays events. I pray that all of the people who were vicitims of today's tragedy may find peace, and that those who were equally effect emotionally may find healing for their scars.
I feel that in our prayers we should concentrate on praying for peace and protection than to try and condemn those who acted against the US. The Gods will see to them and they shall reap that which they sow.
As a final note I hope all of you remind your family and friends how much you love them. You never know when you might lose the chance to do so, and you will never get it back.
| Contact As Many Pagans And Witches And Druids And Wiccans You Know... ||Sep 11th. at 7:36:28 pm EDT|
|Frankie B (Johnstown, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Contact as many pagans and witches and druids and wiccans you know and give them this message, I am setting up a thoughtform for protection. I am creating a mass protection spell on the US for fear that they will damage the future. My plan is to set a giant thought form above the nation, and have all witches and magic users to add to that thoughtform with one thing in mind: protecting our home front. I need everyone for the next 2 days to concentrate magic to the sky, to add to it and create a huge barrier that will encompass the whole nation, from shore to shore. It can be done, and I need every one to do it.
This message was given to me by a great friend and I hope that you too will participate in helping our land.
| When I Heard The News On My Bus This Afternoon At 3... ||Sep 11th. at 7:33:42 pm EDT|
|silver lotus (morenci, Michigan US) ||Age: 13 - Email |
When i heard the news on my bus this afternoon at 3:00 the thoughts on my head were oh no i dont get to see my shows. now that i see the destruction and the estimated death tolls i can barely move my breathing is labored and my cant think to straight. its only now that i see what this could do and my hands shake in fear and my eyes water in sorrow. its only now that i think of those dead or worse those alive with friends that are no more . i cant deal with this and i know that only 10% of my friends even care.I'm afraid
| Thoughts On This Terrible Event In Our Nation's History. Like Many, I... ||Sep 11th. at 7:31:44 pm EDT|
|Mark Sosnowski (Bridgeport, Connecticut US) ||Age: 39 - Email |
Thoughts on this terrible event in our nation's history. Like many, I was at work when I heard of the horrific events happening in New York City. Words can hardly describe the scenes of devastation, it was at best surreal. Transfixed, we watched, waiting and hoping for good news. Then the bombing of the Pentagon. Then the other plane in the fields of Pennsylvania.
I watched as the first tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. It defied belief. At one point I had to leave the room for fear of bursting into tears. A colleague of mine has a daughter who works at the WTC. He had no news of her. I could feel his pain, I cannot imagine what was going through his mind. Hers was a good ending, finally after hours of waiting, the call came through, she was fine, though no details. We all breathed a sigh of relief.
We work in our state's capital. I can see it, only a few short blocks away. Rumors went around that all tall buildings were being evacuated. We only have a 10 story building, and I work on the 6th floor. The WTC had 11 times the stories we have. Late in the morning word came that we, as a state office building, were also being sent home, the chose not to use the word, evacuate. Normally within a couple of minutes, one of the 4 elevators is at our call. I remember waiting better than 15 minutes for it to arrive. I can only imagine the horror those people faced many stories higher with no escape. My heart and prayers goes out the the families of those who perished, to the many workers trying to dig through the rubble looking for survivors, and the many health care workers dealing with this living nightmare.
I call upon the sword of justice to swing its mighty blow on the perpetrators of this act. I recall seeing our Lady Liberty looking on toward the billowing smoke enveloping the Isle of Manhattan. Truly a sad sight to behold. How dare someone terrorize us! Justice must swing its sword against the criminals who dared do this act.
I invoke these Gods of Law and Justice, Forseti, Kuan-Ti, Misharu, Nah-Hunte, Shamash, and Tyr to deal with this situation. I invoke these Goddesses of Law and Justice, The Erinyes, Ma'at, and Astrae to deal with this situation. And lastly, I invoke the Teiwaz rune over the matter. So it must be.
| Not-so-merry Meet, Since I'm A Newspaper Reporter (a Very Small Town Newspaper... ||Sep 11th. at 7:25:45 pm EDT|
|Dawn Pillsbury (Sebastopol, California US) ||Age: 27 - Email |
Since I'm a newspaper reporter (a very small town newspaper reporter -- no fear of my getting sent to cover this disaster through I did call up the mayor and ask him about it) I've been innundated with news about it all day.
My biggest fear coming out of this -- greater even than my fear for my friends who are likely injured or killed -- is that our government will use this as an excuse to commit greater abridgements of our civil liberties in the name of a war on terrorism.
When I join the act of magic for this disaster this evening, I will pray that our representatives not allow our rights to be trampled in the name of national security. As we've seen, the conventional approach to domestic security does not work.
| The Bright Noon Sun Shines Over The Beautiful Pink Stone Of A... ||Sep 11th. at 7:20:17 pm EDT|
|Seamus McKeon (Boston , Massachusetts US) ||Age: 10 |
The bright noon sun shines over the beautiful pink stone of a university plaza in Boston as one lone Pagan moves in a state of disbelief and fear, wondering about friends and family back home, where the smoke still rises. The pictures of fire and destruction still fresh upon his mind, he encounters a friend, at school and in spirit, and the two witches embrace. Just that morning, their biggest issue was the discrimination they faced from school officials for worshipping the way they do, but now that worry is lost in a sea of struggling emotions. Class seems like something very far away as words cannot express the anxiety and sadness felt throughout the nation. And one thought forms in two minds; healing.
So the two witches do as their hearts direct them. They head to one of their homes, and begin to plan a circle, an expression of healing in the midst of shock, in an on-campus room that prohibits the use of fire. The altar is set up, the candles annointed and lit. Two more join in, one a witch, and one not, but the intent is the same in both. A card depicting the sun is written upon, addressed to the Earth, the Gods, and humanity, and a message of love, strength, and healing is conveyed through green ink.
The circle is cast, the Gods invoked to heal, and the tears stream down faces as the energy is released. And the Witches gather in a hug, sharing their comfort, as the incense moves toward the windows. The circle is soon down and class has been missed, but a feeling of hope and release is gained. Solidarity lends strength on this deceptively beautiful afternoon, and the work of recovery is begun.
That card was meant for you, and for me, and for all of us. Accept its power, and our love. And perhaps we can face disaster with unity, and win. Brightest Blessings be upon you and yours forever this day.
| An Open Letter:okay, It's Time For Those Of Us Who Work... ||Sep 11th. at 7:15:44 pm EDT|
|Yasmine Galenorn (Seattle, Washington US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
An Open Letter:
Okay, it's time for those of us who work with energy to pull together. I have set up an altar for the dead, for peace and protection...if everyone who works with energy does something to focus, then maybe our workings will be felt--there are a lot of souls that departed today in confusion and pain, a lot of frightened people don't know what to do, and our country needs as much love now as we can give it, and as much support. I have also set up an altar to the Dark Mother, asking that justice be brought to bear where it is appropriate.
In whatever way you work best, be it magick, prayer, or simply 'good thoughts', let's build a web of energy to try and help out...if you have friends who do the same, encourage them to add their energy....if we know we are not alone in doing this, it can make the work stronger.
Also: encourage people to give blood. I've got a link below to help you find the nearest donation point. If you can give it, then do so. If you can't, then do whatever you can to help out.
In love, sorrow and shock,
| My Thoughts And Prayers Goes Out To All Who Is Personally Affected... ||Sep 11th. at 7:13:49 pm EDT|
|Moonsnake (Stockholm, Sweden) ||Age: 39 |
My thoughts and prayers goes out to all who is personally affected by this immensely sad and unspeakable tragedy, but also to the whole planet which seems to be standing on a crossroad at a crucial moment where time has stopped. On my altar, incense and a white candle is burning for protection and healing of the survivors and the brave people in the rescue teams. I have also asked the Goddess to guide all victims, whose spirits are in shock after a sudden and violent death, safely to the Summerland and to welcome Her children Home. I pray that the U.S. government and the citizens of America may not let their emotional fears and rage rule their actions and that world peace will prevail. What we all need now is positive and constructive actions and thoughts.
| This Is Just Insane. I Had The Same Strange Sinking Feeling That... ||Sep 11th. at 7:11:57 pm EDT|
|Ianne (Abilene, Texas US) ||Age: 19 |
This is just insane. I had the same strange sinking feeling that Ghost mentioned and my dreams were of formless monsters crashing through glass walls. I didn't know how they related until I heard the report of the planes crashing into TWC.
When I went to classes today, everyone was in a state of shock. We all gathered around an AV room TV in the student's lobby and just stared in open mouthed horror. We all were silenced by this horrible massacre. Prayers were muttered, nobody caring who they were to, as long as they were praying to someone. For once, all our differences were forgotten in that ominous instant, we became simply Americans. And we'd just been raped by an invisible enemy.
I can only say that the sky will never be as blue as it was yesterday.
Gods protect us.
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