Witchvox Weekly Update for 11/8/1999|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: November 8th. 1999
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| Thank YOU for This Time to Heal|
And heal we did in Land O' Lakes, Florida.
Greetings everyone, The Witchvox staff has just returned from an incredible week of magic and healing at AutumnMeet '99. Our Cats Dixie and Ruby did a wonderful job "holding down the fort" while we were gone. Dixie got a record number of email messages (48 pieces), but it's doubtful that she will respond (it's just not her thing).
This week we offer you our strongest and most extensive festival coverage to date accented with a plethora of wonderful video still images. We return both exhausted and recharged with an incredible amount of love. Our personal thanks go out to so many for their dedication to this festival... Wade, Dianne, Rowan, Walker, Rene, Betsy and countless others made us not only feel welcome, but *ran* one of the smoothest festivals that we've ever attended. There were just too many beautiful people at this festival to celebrate them all individually-although we wish that we could. Our apologies go out to the folks that aren't featured or mentioned in this special coverage. Your Magic will never be forgotten. Wren and Peg did an incredible job faithfully penning daily updates, so if you haven't been here in a few days, do check out our daily coverage. Three Pages, Three days...
Note: The beautiful "circle photo" (just above) is of Maya Heath spinning a wonderful tale at the end of Don and Daniella Waterhawk's powerful ritual this past Friday night.
To experience our Three Day Review... Simply Select Day One - Day Two or Day Three
Going to festival always puts us behind in email and various other site tasks. We have updated all 700 of the Witches' of the World pages, but humbly ask for your patience related to questions and needs you may have sent this way.
Other goodies this week include a riveting review of Blessed Be and Meet Me in D.C. by Scott Fray, as well as ongoing celebration of the writings of our "Young Elders" via the November Teen Essays.
Do know that there were some powerful articles scheduled to go up today... Sheer exhaustion at this end prevents this from happening until Monday or Tuesday evening. We will announce these articles on this page in a couple of days.
Tah Dah!!! (The very next night) Here is one of them...
Care And Feeding Of Your Local Journalist "A recent media incident makes clear that even the Pagan population, level-headed as we usually are, occasionally overreacts. If the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, we certainly get full marks in that department. But it's also said that attitude is everything, and our attitude could stand a little improvement". -- Nicole J. LeBoeuf. Surf over to our Essays section and check out this important piece of work.
Next Week - Nov. Essays Continue: Psychic Development and Historical Facts and Fallacies
Blessed Be and Meet Me in D.C
A WitchVox Review by Scott Fray
"The autumn air was unseasonably warm on the mall of our nation's capitol, the brilliant October crimsons, yellows and golds blazing bright against the towering columns of the Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson never thought his having been president sufficient an achievement to be mentioned on his tombstone, instead he listed that he had authored the Statute of Virginia for Freedom of Religion as one of the three major accomplishments of his extraordinary lifetime. This legislation became the precedent for the American tradition of separation between church and state and supported the ideal of our country being a safe haven for many faiths, beliefs and ideologies coexisting peacefully with one another. It was very appropriate then, that the scene for an assembly of Witches Pagans and Druids to peaceably voice their concerns, celebrate their triumphs and demonstrate their solidarity be beside this structure consecrated to the idea of religious tolerance."
For our complete coverage surf to the BBMMDC Review page.
| Pagan Youth Speak Out!|
Pagan Teens "a whole lot of love".
"When I Have Kids" It looks like the next generation of Pagans will be in good hands if the responses to the "When I Have Kids" topic are any indication. The qualities of honesty, open-mindedness and a strong sense of personal responsibility are what these teens want to pass on to their kids. That, and a whole lot of love.
"Smack Upside the Head" We had only one response to the "Smack Upside the Head" topic, but what a story! Learn how a young woman came out of two closets and learned the power of the goddess Ereshkigal during a bout with a serious illness.
For a complete list of Future Teen Topics: Click HERE ... For Adult Topics: Click HERE
Over the years we have learned that those that are TRUE givers are usually the very last to notice this simple fact. They give without expecting, they have no hidden agendas; they give because it's what they do. We can't thank the beautiful Dio enough for the help that she has delivered to us by taking over the monthly essays (Not to mention her magic and her continuous inspiration). She has been a gift from the Goddess and we are honored to work with her. This week we present her profile. Bless YOU, Dio, and welcome home. -- Fritz & Wren
Profile: Born on 3/22/52, Diotima is an eclectic Witch, astrologer, tarot reader, and avid gardener. She has been blessed by Bast with four wonderful cats, and lives with them in the Washington, DC area.
Born and raised in New York City, she planned from an early age to flee the city for the farm, and so majored in Agronomy (the study of crops and soils) in college and grad school. But her life was guided in unexpected directions, and after leaving school she went on to work in fields far from any farm, including a 7-year stint as the owner of a Pagan bookstore.
She now has a business that will allow her to fulfill her childhood dreams, working out of her home as a virtual assistant and freelance writer. She plans on moving to the country in the near future, where she will put both her scientific and magickal knowledge to work caring for a small piece of our beautiful planet.
Fascinated by the dialogue between science and religion, a conversation fueled by discoveries in quantum physics that stretch the boundaries of belief, she feels that the Pagan worldview, especially our view of magick, will become more and more instrumental in shaping that dialog as our religion(s) mature. She sees the dawn of a new paradigm, where science and metaphysics become allies instead of adversaries.
Witches' Voice Duties: As the essay editor for The Witches' Voice, Diotima is continually impressed by both the depth and breadth of thought displayed in the essays she receives, and is honored to have some small part in helping to promote communication within our community.
Next Week - Nov. Essays Continue: Psychic Development and Historical Facts and Fallacies
Thank you for your patience with us over this past week and for allowing us a much needed post-Samhain break. Tonight we will, once again, fall asleep with smiles on our faces and proud of the so many Witches, Wiccans and Pagans that make up this wonderful community. Tonight we fall asleep with our spirits filled with much love.
Thank You for giving us a reason to keep doing this,
Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Monday, November 8th., 1999 c.e.
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