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Article ID: 4852
Age Group: Adult
Posted: November 4th. 2002
Welcoming the Dawn
"The fog comes/ on little cat feet./ It sits looking/ over harbor and city/ on silent haunches/ and then moves on.".
Carl Sandburg obviously never experienced fog in a Florida countryside.
I was up before dawn. Standing on the now infamous WaterHawk porch, I gazed out over the field across the street and whispered the above poem to the residents of the spider web suspended under the floodlight. Then we all had a good laugh.
"Cock-a-doodle-doo!" Even before the eastern sky had turned pink, a rooster began to crow in the west. Another one -- slightly tardy, but not wishing to be completely upstaged -- answered " Cock-a-doodle-DOO!" from the north. Somewhere in the distance, a herd of cows -- or maybe they were beef cattle since I can't really tell one moo from another moo-oo until well after my third cup of coffee- bellowed.
Squirrels chattered from the palm fronds bending over the drive, the blue jays were already calling each other nasty names and Owl gave one last sleepy hoot before heading back to her nesting tree for the day. There was a rising crescendo of sounds even as the dawn shooed the fog out from the meadow. "So much for silent haunches", the spiders giggled.
Having learned long ago that there is no arguing with a giggling spider, I simply nodded. And as the web weavers went back on sentry duty, I watched silently while the last wisps of fog sulked down the road taking the fading remnants of the old year with it. It was a new day.
The last days of the old year are always busy ones for Wiccans and some Witches and Pagans. Here at TWV, it was no exception. On October 31st, I spent most of the day and evening right here. Sitting in front of the computer and logging in the news articles as quickly as I could find them. Several nice folks were kind enough to send some that they had found my way and I think that we all had a grand time both reading and commenting on the contents in 'Wren's Nest'. I also kept one eye on the page counter all day. This being our first Samhain with our dedicated server, I was a bit nervous about how it would handle the flood of traffic that we usually receive on that day. To my relief, it simply kept chugging along without any sign of stress whatsoever. Good thing, too, considering the numbers that TWV racked up in October: 545,492 unique visitors consumed 2,872,877 pages. An average of 92,673 pages were viewed per day. That's a lot of trick-or-treaters!
One of the 'treats' that we received was meeting Raven Grimassi and his wife, Stephanie. On a current book/lecture tour, Raven was in the 'hood on Friday and so we were very happy to finally have a chance to talk in the flesh. After a hearty meal at the local steakhouse, we spent many pleasant hours reflecting on past events and future visions. We're all of about the same age and so we have many common frames of reference. We recalled people such as Leo Martello, now passed beyond the veil, and shared some thoughts on the future of the Pagan religions. Raven and Stephanie are very grounded and knowledgeable and possessing of good practical advice. If they come to an area near you, I think you'd find what they have to say to be both interesting and insightful. We did.
On Saturday, we drove down to visit with two of our favorite people in this lifetime (and probably in several previous ones as well), Don and Daniella WaterHawk. Fritz is a Samhain baby --This was the Big 5-0 for him! -- and we shared a nice dinner with Don, Dee and Wendyl and Bill from Manna Reading Center. Wendyl and Bill gifted Fritz with a branch generously donated by a tree on Druid's Hill, Ireland. Bill quipped that a Pagan is probably the only sort who is actually thrilled to get 'some old stick' for a birthday present!" Don and Daniella's surprise was a gift of Oberon Zell's 'Millennial Gaia' as we are apparently the only "Pagans on our block not to have one." (She is sitting on my desk right now watching me type this, so I'd best mind my P's and my Q's!)
Talking late into the night, Don and I shared many thoughts on the meaning of Samhain and of the Ancestors and of the future. It was these same thoughts that roused me from the bed while it was still dark. And it was these same thoughts that I pondered as I sipped my coffee and whispered to the Three Sisters as they spun their silver magick.
Yesterday, their web had been tattered by the wind, but now new silky strands glimmered even as the dawn reached up to turn off the stars and then to chase the night fog away.
"It is a new day," the Sisters rejoiced as they spun. "It is a new beginning. No matter what our disappointments, no matter what our loss, now we will begin again. We can weave a new web."
It is a new day. And I learned long ago to never argue with giggling spiders.
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, November, 4th., 2002
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