Witchvox Weekly Update for 7/28/1997|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: July 28th. 1997
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The Next Pagan Holiday...
(around AUGUST 1st) also known as: Lammas, Cornucopia, Thingtide
Lughnasadh is the first in the trilogy of harvest festivals. It marks the beginning of the harvest season, and the decline of Summer into Winter. It is the turning point of the earth's life cycle. Festivities and rituals typically center around the assurance of a bountiful harvest season and the celebration of the harvest cycle. Check out our Holiday essay "Thoughts at Lammas" by Katrina
Greetings and happy Lammas!
First of all, let us thank the 338 Pagans who took the time to fill out the first Quest For Unity survey in its first 4 days. Your responses have been enlightening, inspiring and thought provoking. We hope that you will continue to express an interest in this topic and complete the entire series of surveys. How many will there be? We are not really sure. You see, this whole project is being driven by YOUR feelings and desires. We are simply providing the space where we can all come together to speak and to be heard. As we have read over the results of part one, many further questions and possibilities have presented themselves, and as a result we see this project going on throughout the remainder of this year.
We have consciously chosen to include two formats into the survey. One is the rather close-ended procedure of asking specific questions and allowing only a choice of one answer. We do know that this is annoying for many people. But there is a purpose to the system. We need a balance between the "factual" data-which will be logged into a data-base-and the open-ended essay parts which will be included at the end of each survey segment. This will act as a balance to give credence to the 'results' of the information itself. Interpretation can be a very personal business. This system allows for the "factual" information to be weighed fairly, while also allowing for the introduction of the personal viewpoint. In other words, the facts give us a base on which to interpret the more personal comments in proper perspective. It gives us some of the reasons for the reactions to certain questions and situations that many of you have experienced and have stated in the essay sections.
As this project continues, the questions will become more focused and in many ways more difficult to answer. We only hope that you will stick it out and continue to answer honestly. We KNOW there are ways in which we differ in technique. Read any message board, and you can see that we have established that fact pretty well already. What we hope to be able to bring out is those ways that we are ALIKE, so we can build on those things in the future.
We, here at TWV, were frankly amazed at the similarities in experience and thought that we heard coming in from Pagans all over the globe. We would like to share some these with you, so that we can all continue this project together. By keeping you informed of the results as they become available, you can reflect on and join in the entire process. This is an on-going developing inquiry into the basic beliefs of those in the Pagan community. Someone remarked to us, that what we may be trying to do is not so much build an "organization", but rather to give birth to a new kind of "organism". We like that thought, don't you?
|Modern Day Witchcraft...|
A Religion? A Personal Belief System?
Is Unity Really Possible?
Pagan Unity?: Can we even use the two words in the same sentence? We have seen a definite movement in this direction and we have also seen many of the obstacles that stand in the way of such an effort.
Can we find some common ground that will define ourselves as a religion- or are we destined to remain as isolated groups holding on to just our own personal belief systems? Can the two - the individual belief system and the common good of all defined as a religion - be reconciled? The answer we give may in fact determined the future of us all...
Featured and related pages...
Take The WVOX Unity Survey Part #1 Tell us what YOU think
YOUR Comments on Working with Groups/Solitaire NOW UP !
A Quest for Unity (Part #1) - by Wren
A Quest for Unity (Part #2) - by Wren NEW! - 7/13/97
Click HERE to see the beginning of this quest here at TWV.
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|Major Upgrade to Contact a Witch!|
Our "Contact a Witch in YOUR Town" pages have grown in a major way over the last couple of months and now list over 1, 100 Pagan contacts from all over the planet. Check out our cool NEW Teenage Witch Listing.
Coming Soon... Add YOUR profile to your "Contact a Witch" listing. We have received hundreds of requests for this feature. In the next couple of weeks we will offer this as an optional addition to your listing AND it will be a simple 2 field form containing your email address and short profile from you. Surf to our "Your Voice Matters" page, tell us what you think and get listed.... United we will stand.
|The Pagan WebCrafters' Association STILL Rules!|
PWA is a HOT, new and loose coalition of WebCrafters from the Pagan/Occult Web... Born earlier this month, PWA already offers a sterling site and an outstanding reference for all things related to your web weaving needs and related questions. Hosted by the incredible Craig of EarthWisdom.com, PWA features the work of some of the best of the Pagan Web. The Witches' Voice is both proud and thrilled to be a part of this wonderful venture. If you are a Pagan web designer you will want to join this group for sure...
Truly serving the Magical community - So Mote it Be!
"Serving the Magickal, Occult, and
Pagan Earth Community."
Solitaire or Coven?
Witches Speak Out!
| Introducing the WVOX Essay Series...|
Each month The Witches' Voice will publish essays from Witches, Wiccans and Pagans from around the world. We would love to hear from you! Check out our Editorial Submission Guidelines page for a submission guidelines and topic list and other details.
The month of July opens with some thoughts from three Pagans on the topic of "Solitary or Coven?" Some Witches are solitary by choice, some by chance. Some have experienced both settings, some would like to. There are pros and cons to each approach. Maybe hearing what some other Witches have experienced will help you find your own best Path. (Luna graphic by Steven Craig Hickman)
|WVOX Pagan Web Sites listing approaches 500... |
Here at the Witches' Voice we feature a current listing 472 Pagan web sites... Each and every one is annotated by the WebCrafters themselves. Broken up in to several categories for easy look up and navigation this section also flags all the new ones that have been listed during the current moon cycle. Sections include: Witch/Pagan Links, Religious Freedom Fighters, International Witch Sites, Pagan/Witch NEWS Sites, The WVOX "Voice of the Week" Award winners, a way to list YOUR Pagan/Witch Web Site, Witch Products & Supplies, Mystical/Occult Sites & Friends of the Voice. If you are a Witchcraft or Pagan Web site and would like to be listed here, fill out our simple form and grab one of our logos.
472 Pagan Web Sites
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