Weekly Update: 10/30/2000|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 30th. 2000
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|October-The Veils Grow Thin, The Portals Open|
Samhain for Fritz and I has always been a mixture of merriment and deep reflection; a strange brew of parties and gatherings mixed with sadness, reverence and a deep longing to be alone with our thoughts. For many others who celebrate the season, we would guess that Samhaintide is probably the same bittersweet experience for them. We seem to dream more clearly, feel more connected with those who follow the various Pagan paths and understand some of the deeper things in Life's mystery just a little bit better. The veils are open and we may experience in this brief time a merging of past and present or a glimpse into the future.
As I follow a path of Ancestral Witchcraft, we always take some private time to honor friends and family members who have passed on by thinking of the best times, the happiest times and the times when that person left us with something that not only changed our lives, but changed our hearts and spirits as well.
It is never too late to say, "Thank you!" It is never too late to say, "I Love You." They will hear you.
>Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are preparing to celebrate Beltaine. One of the best Australian Pagan resources is Stella Australis. Since many of the larger Pagan web sites happen to be in the Northern Hemisphere, our down under Pagan brothers and sisters often feel that they are in some sort of time warp when it comes to what is being discussed and celebrated on the internet. There ARE numerous wonderful sites dedicated to the Southern Pagans' Wheel of the Year and the Southern Hemisphere Web Ring lists many of them. Happy Beltaine!
So as we get together with our friends and family this coming week, we will circle and party and do our rituals to honor the Old Ones and enjoy the 'fruits of the season." And then we will also pause to remember and welcome in the spirits of all those whom we have loved and those who have loved us. Together again, we will remember.
Photo credit: The picture to your upper right is by SylverWytch from Boise Idaho (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Bless YOU SylverWytch for lending us this magickal image to share with so many.
by Christina Aubin
The crisp nip to the October air is a notable indication that Samhain is upon us. It seems that suddenly, all at once, the whole world knows its Samhain. The air changes, leaves cascade downward after reaching a symphonic pinnacle of color last week, and abruptly the progression of seasons decelerates. Summer's end is here and the journey into Winter has begun.
Thoughts become more and more reflective; conversation more introspective, we find great comfort and companionship in the love that knits our family so closely together. My children as if on key begin asking questions of family history and family stories. This is time of year when we visit great and great-great aunts and grandmothers, great uncles and second cousins, a time when we feel the strong tug of the roots of our family tree, as to remind us we are not alone in the winter's journey. The ancestral tree upon which our lives spring from ensures that we too are an important part of the future, the present and the past, for it is the progression of life and its mysteries our ancestors quested forward in their own lives... Click Here for this wonderful piece and powerful set of reference links.
The Silver Bough...
Peg remembers such a special and magickal moment. In The Silver Bough and Samhain in a Stone Circle she reflects: "It has been said that a branch of an apple tree which contains blossom, leaf and fruit (what would seem to be a seasonal impossibility) is a very magical item. It can grant safe passage to and return from the Underworld, and in some myths, denotes immortality unto the bearer. In The Silver Bough, F. Marian McNeil writes: "the apple was the talisman that admitted a favored mortal to the Otherworld and gave him power to foretell the future."
When I was in the orchards of Glastonbury, two days after the summer solstice, small apples had already appeared upon the trees. I walked through one orchard at the foot of the Tor, admiring the gnarled old trees and peaceful calm that pervaded the area. ...I went to sit within the curving boughs of the tree, which formed a semi-circle close to the ground. As I sat on one of the branches which acted as a sort of chair, I noticed one single blossom growing on a branch that had two small apples. My mouth dropped open in wonder."
To read more about the celebration of Samhain, check out You Call It Hallowe'en, We Call It Samhain by our own Peg Aloi and all of the other articles about this most important Pagan Holiday in the Samhain-The Final Turn of the Wheel section.
Pagan Community Events Continue to Blossom...
Groups of Pagans will getting together this week.( For the latest Samhain Celebration listings and other events in your area, check out the Witches of the World networking section.) The numbers of covens and groups and associations just continues to grow month by month. One such group here in Florida is The Acorn Wiccan Community in Orlando. Acorn Wiccan Community has been developing organically over time right under our noses, and will continue to do so!
"The History is really the history of our coven and it's own lineage, which is of Alexandrian descent. As we reach out to the local community at large, we are broadening our circle which has been named "Acorn" to represent that circle."
One of the projects to help folks get to meet and know the Acorn Wiccan Community is the First Annual Acorn Variety Show planned for November 11, 2000. Check out the talent and listen to clips of their music. Looks and sounds like this is going to be a real good time! Who needs Disney World?!
Wanna talk 'Celtic Revival'? The U.K. networking page is now the number one 'hardest hit' page in the TWV networking section. And no wonder! They know how to really celebrate the Seasons if The London Halloween Festival is any indication of the sort of revelry that goes on over there. David Ash writes:
"The weekend started with a warm welcome from our host and organiser, Jeanette Ellis of Caduceus, and Brian, our MC for the weekend. The opening ritual was performed by Hoth Kindred, a kind of fairy-tale that was narrated, and acted out, a lovely way to start the proceedings. At 12.45 The Wild Hunt took the entire hall by storm! An exuberant Morris team, in black tatters, dancing the Bedlam Morris, backed by a team of excellent musicians.
A little after 1.20pm, Esbat Music took over. Esbat have been with the Festival since it started, many years ago, they write their own music, and perform in their own inimitable style! Dambala makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand sky high!! Full credit to Nigel, Seldiy, daughter Madeline, drummer Syke & bassist Chris. They were a little "rockier" than usual, but the old favorites were still there. Time for a talk! But which one?"... Click Here for the full review.
BW2 Review NOTE: And speaking of the U.K., that is where our auburn-haired Peg is today. The promised review of 'Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows" has been delayed because of the limited Internet access for Peg right now. We hope to have her review up in the near future. Do check back to this page for an announcement.
A Reminder: The Witches' Voice is neither endorsing nor promoting BW2 film (nor did we ever "work a deal" with them for any compensation), but we offer these segments as news items and for your information. While there has not as much 'commotion' surrounding this film as there was for 'The Blair Witch Project', enough concern has been forthcoming from the community about one of the characters playing a Wiccan that we decided to take advantage of the fact that we just happen to have a professional film reviewer on our staff to cover it for you.
The Real Witches Ball (Columbus, Ohio - USA
Review by Trish Telesco
Autumn's spirit greeted us with an abundance of colors as we left NY Friday afternoon for Columbus OH. It was the first time the family was going with me to a festival. That combined with the thought of a 6 hour drive with three children in the car made me just a little jittery, but thankfully the Gods and Goddesses of travel were smiling on us. The weather was lovely and the trip went off without a hitch.
The Witches Ball is, for lack of a better description, a huge pagan street fair that takes up several blocks of North High Street on the closest weekend to Halloween every year (see www.neopagan.com ). It is a wholly FREE event attended this year by well over a thousand people (that's just those who signed in). The cost for the celebration is undertaken in whole by the owner of Salem West as a thank you party for the community. And inevitably at least one or two few interesting things happen every year that become legendary LOL... Click Here for the full review.
WitchVox Question of the Week!
Last week Pagan Perspectives looked into The Pagan Vote. Yikes! To vote for the ballot that states that Pagans are passionate about their choice of candidate and their reasons for supporting that candidate would be a sure win. However it turns out, Pagans are engaged, involved and, we hope, registered to vote.
Divination: This week's Pagan Perspective question about other things that may lie in the future...or speak again from the past. Divination, scrying, inner journeying and many other techniques are often used during the times when the veils between the worlds are thin. This seems to be an exceptionally powerful and spiritually energetic season. Did you/will you perform any divinations this week? Did you have any unusual-even for you!- experiences that were either hard to explain or especially powerful? See any ghosts? (Wren loves ghost stories!)
Click to Post Your Opinion or to view the Responses
If you are pagan and plan to vote this November, you might just want to scoot on over to the Alternative Religions Educational Network to pick up your free I'm Pagan and I Vote banner. (Add a "D" to it after the election.) Another stop along the campaign trail that we recommend is the Pagans Vote web-site with its links to the home pages of the various political parties, commentaries on various issues and other handy yankee-doodle-dandy information. Like TWV, Pagans Vote is politically neutral and presents the information so that YOU can decide who best represents you and your interests. Vote.Com lets you vote your opinion and speak your mind on various international, national and local political issues.
Any way you choose to exercise your rights, we do encourage you to get out and vote!
The End of a Magical Year!
Greetings, Happy Samhain & Blessed Beltaine Everyone,
Tis' the season for so many to check out Witchcraft - it is clear that the Pagan Net has been pounded on by the curious and the press. Although, we will not have the final stats until mid week it is apparent that October 2000 smashed all traffic records here at the Witches' Voice.
As noted on the front door of Witchvox this past week, Wren and I will be taking most of this week off and Witchvox will be closed for all communications on Samhain. We plan on spending the day in quiet reflection of the year gone by.
Later this week will Wren and I will be relaxing and hanging with friends at the Autumnmeet Festival in Land of lakes Florida (just north of Tampa - see details below). These face to face get togethers WITH the community mean everything to us. Due to the fact that we really need to ground and center from all this, it is quite likely that we will do a soft update this coming weekend (if any at all)
Have a Magickal Samhain!
Webcrafter - The Witches' Voice
(October 31st., 2000)
Autumnmeet 2000 - Samhain in Florida!
Wren and I are honored to, once again, attend the Autumnmeet Festival in this week just north of Tampa, Florida. For a variety of reasons this will most likely be our last festival until 2002.
This will be our third time attending this festival and we couldn't be more thrilled. Wren and I are most excited to FINALLY meet our associate editor the magical and beautiful Diotima.
The Powerful line up for this year includes: Alexian & Seridina, Phyllis Curott, Harper Deluna, DreamTrybe, Fritz Jung, Diotima Mantineia, Madonna Moonhawk, Nybor & Elspeth of Haven, Greywolf & Briga O'Murchadha, The Raft, Orion Stormcrow, Trish Telesco, Wren Walker, Daniella Waterhawk and Don Waterhawk.
Note: If you can only get a way for a few days do know that day passes are available. For complete details visit the fabulously crafted Phoenix Festivals website. To get a "feel" for this festival visit our 3 page review and pictorial of Autumnmeet 1999.
This is also a time when we at TWV like to remember and thank all of the many friends and sponsors for their continued loving and generous support during the past year. The press reports have been predominantly favorable, the awareness campaigns have been highly successful and it is all because each of you has- in ways both grand and small- come forward. By writing letters, pointing folks to educational web sites and materials, talking to people in your own towns and cities and by supporting organizations like TWV and others, YOU have made a difference this year.
The Witches' Voice Staff wishes you all a wonderful Holiday season. May you be surrounded by loved ones, both seen and unseen, and may your Samhain/Beltaine fires burn brightly throughout the New Year! Happy Samhain & Merry Beltaine!
In Your Service,
Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - October 31st.
Location: Clearwater¼, Florida
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