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Weekly Update: 6/11/2001

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Building a Circle of Trust...

Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,

It was one of those moments that can take a person by surprise. It happened -as this type of thing often does- when Wren wasn't even looking. In fact, it all began with an accident. Laden down with bags of breadcrumbs, fishy food, peanuts and birdseed, Wren frequently thinks that humans really could use an extra hand or two. (Retractable ones would be nice, don't you think?) And this was definitely one of those times. Poised by the shore of the little pond -standing in that the magickal place where land, water and sky meet- Wren's juggling act came up squarely against the limitations of arm-hand paucity. Splash! Into the little pond went the bag of breadcrumbs. Setting everything else down on the sandy beach, Wren folded up her knees, went into her best imitation of a power squat and set about rescuing the crumb bag before it disappeared beneath the waters.

As Wren hauled herself upright -dripping baggie now firmly in hand- she caught a glimpse of something white to her left. Still only halfway erect, she glanced in that direction. Standing there- no more than six inches away- was the snowy egret. Now as egrets are about 3 feet tall, this put the egret and the Wren at equal eye level with each other. Yellow eyes met blue. Neither moved until the egret shifted his gaze slightly over and beyond Wren's silver-haired head. Wren glanced to the right. And there -no more than six inches away- stood the stork. Again wild eyes met human ones. Straightening up to her full height, Wren glanced around the shoreline. There were the laughing gulls with their dark little heads and white-starched-shirt fronts waiting by the water's edge for breakfast. Wren let out a chuckle for they looked like a uniformed private school group of kids waiting for a bus. And there were the turtles lined up by the edge of the little pond.. and the fish beyond them.. and the moorhen with her Lil' Chick mincing along -and it's a miracle in itself that a critter with feet like those could actually do anything even close to a 'mince'- the grassy bank. And then it hit. Just as something unexpected can enter the mind during meditation -and to Wren these early morning breakfast meetings are a form of meditation- she felt the magick. Wren was standing within a circle of trust.

'Trust' is defined as "to have belief or confidence in the honesty, goodness, skill or safety of a person, organization or thing." Wren never asked any of the critters to 'trust' her. She never demanded that they do so in order to get their portion of the breakfast buffet. She simply went out every morning at about the same time with a clear mind, a pocket full of good-peanut-intentions and a load of assorted critter-goodies. The trust thing just sort of happened. Or did it?

Trust is a concept that many people talk about. Wiccan Pagans invoke the mantra of 'perfect love and perfect trust' as an example of what the relationship of coven members or of fellow Wiccans should embody. Wiccan Pagans are also sometimes disappointed or even terribly hurt when their own 'trust' in this belief is betrayed by someone. Many well-intentioned Pagans start up a web site, an e-zine, a community project, a coven or a campaign only to be disappointed when other Pagans do not immediately flock to support it. They are puzzled by the seeming lack of response and may even become bitter about what they perceive as a deficit of caring concern or involvement on the part of the community. At some deeper level, they may even feel that people are perhaps more than a little jaded and unwilling to trust them. And they would be just a little right. Trust does not happen 'at first sight'. Trust takes time to develop. And trust does have its boundaries.

Wren and the critters have figured out amongst themselves where the lines are drawn. Wren does not take liberties with the natural boundary that lies between humans and beasties. Some critters-like the squirrels- are just naturally more 'friendly' than others. It doesn't take much before one can have a squirrel literally 'eating out of one's hand'. But other critters are designed by nature to be more skittish or more aggressive. And some critters have perhaps been hurt by humans before. Wren does not try to get closer to the 'skittish' or 'previously hurt' ones than what they are comfortable with. She also trusts that the aggressive critters (egrets are, after all, predators) will not overstep the boundaries and go for her hand with an athame-beak.

Trust comes with time. And both the amount of time that it will take to build trust and how closely that one will ultimately be trusted will vary from individual to individual and from situation to situation. If various promises of being the 'ultimate web site for Pagan whatever' has time and time again not lived up to the promises, then the newest-and-latest promise of being the 'ultimate web site for Pagan whatever' will probably not be unconditionally accepted in the first five minutes of inception either. However, if over time the web site DOES continue to produce what it has promised to produce, trust will build. And the same thing holds true for other Pagan causes, projects, individuals and groups.

Trust is built through observation. One cannot insist, assume or demand that others trust him/her. In order to build trust, one must demonstrate that one is indeed trustworthy. This means showing up when one says one will show up. It means doing what one promised to do. It means understanding the boundaries of another person's 'comfort zone' and honoring the right for any individual to come around (or not to come around) in his/her own way and time.

Building trust also requires a good amount of consistency. Everyone has bad days. Everyone -no matter how committed to a principle or a cause-has times when they just don't want to show up or do something. Most trustworthy people will do it anyway because 'a promise is a promise' and even if they have not 'officially' promised anyone else or their Gods to do a thing, they have made a promise to themselves. It is called commitment. Trustworthy people take commitments seriously. Not that Nature does not have a built-in tolerance for the occasional 'Oh, I overslept' moment. Sometimes, Wren and Fritz go away over night to visit some friends. Happily, the critters do not immediately lose faith in the Wren Breakfast Buffet and declare, "See! I told you that you could never trust those humans!" because of an occasional scheduling glitch. Of course, if this began to happen more and more often, the clientele might rightly begin to drift elsewhere.

And that brings us to the most difficult aspect of trust: Sometimes one just has to take a chance and trust oneself. When no information is available from which to draw a conclusion about a person, organization or plan of action, one simply must rely on one's own experience, judgement and/or intuition. If you have generally been right about reading people or have been successful in choosing which actions to perform in past situations, you can probably trust yourself to do the right here as well. And if that little nagging voice inside of you says "Uh-uh!" don't let your head-or anyone else's head- talk you into ignoring the inner-warning-system. There IS something that you have picked on-even if you can't explain it or prove it or put your finger on it-that is trying to tell you, "Not yet. Not now." Learning to trust yourself comes from experience, too-- and most of us have at one time or another mind-talked over that 'little voice' only to find out later that 'uh-uh' really meant 'run like that monster that you always knew lived under bed was nipping at your heels'! Yep! Put another notch in your trusty life-experience belt for that one.

Trust doesn't 'just happen' but it can happen so naturally, in such an organic manner, that it is only upon reflection that one can see how it developed. As Wren finished up with the Breakfast Buffet Club and walked across the grass to the stairs, she let her gaze fall upon all of the various critters and fishies and birds. In a few hours, the blazing eye of the Florida sun would be staring down the earth. The Buffet Crowd would be off to do some sensible resting in their secret shady spots and Wren would be off to- hopefully as sensibly- write another little nature tale for the weekly update. But tomorrow morning, the Circle of Trust would come together again in that magickal place where the earth, the water and the sky meet.

Anyone-whether young or old, experienced or new, solitary or covenmate, naive or jaded, skittish or brave- can begin to build a new Circle of Trust. Show up. Be consistent. Honor another's boundaries. Walk your talk. Be trustworthy. Do what you say that are going to do even if you don't always feel like doing it. Build a Circle of Trust in your area. It's simple really. Just start with yourself.

Walk in love and Light,

Wren Walker
The Witches' Voice Inc.

Altar Photo: This amazing image was captured a few weeks back at Beltane by Father Time (Cory). We are honored to use it as our anchor photo for this weeks update... For more info visit the Bay Area Pagan Society's Website (Panama City, Bay County, Florida ). Thank YOU Father time and the B.A.P.S. for what you are doing for us all.

Counseling Basics for Wiccan/Pagan Clergy
by Judy Harrow, Marjorie Nelson-Brambir and Gwyneth Harrow

"If you're a coven leader, sooner or later a covener will ask you to help them figure out some problem in their life, using the insights and values of our religion. Most of us have had no formal training in counseling, but experience can be the best teacher of all. This site has a collection of materials intended to help working coven leaders understand how much they already know and extend it further. What is presented here started out as workshop handouts for a Counseling Basics workshop, designed by two High Priestesses with Masters Degrees in counseling."

From the Counseling Basics Info Page: "The Counseling Workshop was first taught as a series of five weekly classes by Judy and Marjorie, later as a series of two-day retreats by Judy and/or Gwyneth. Really learning to counsel takes much more than just a weekend, but even in the short time available for our workshops, we can work on acquiring some of the basic counseling 'survival skills.' The Counseling Workshop continues to evolve -- we invite you to let us know what we could do to improve it. "

"You will not become a counselor by reading these notes, or any other book. Real training in counseling is experiential, in-person and in-depth. On the other hand, most working priest/esses have learned a lot about counseling from the hard school of experience. Reading can help you put your experiences in context and integrate the skills and understandings you have developed through your work".

Visit the Counseling Basics for Wiccan/Pagan Clergy website for a plethora of critical information.

Update 6/13: The Wiccan Pagan Times just did an interview with Judy and it can be experienced at http://www.twpt.com/corner.htm.
Summer Solstice...
by Christina Aubin

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you." -- Maori proverb

Summer Solstice falls at the precise moment when the Sun's power is at its zenith. It is the time of year when the noon sun appears to be farthest north from the celestial equator. "Solstice" is Latin for "sun stands still" (sol "sun" and sistere "to stand"). Summer Solstice is so named because to the naked eye the sun appears stationary in its northern and southern progression. The sun is directly over the tropic of Cancer at the summer solstice, at which time the sun is 23¡27' north. The sun travels 23.5 degrees to reach its maximum distance from the celestial equator during both the summer and winter solstice.

It is the longest day and shortest night of the year. From the moment of Summer Solstice, the Sun immediately begins to wane. The journey into the harvest season has begun.

Midsummer has been one of the important solar events throughout the evolution of humankind. It was an indicator that the year was about to begin waning, thus winter would be again returning. Although not all the ancients were as precise in the calculations from an astronomical point, you can be sure that they were keenly aware of the sun's progression, and did most assuredly know when Solstice was upon them, as the sun appeared to stand still in its northern progression.

Click Here for this wonderful piece and powerful set of reference links.

Ellen Cannon Reed In the Hospital
by Willow Blackthorn

Greetings, I found out that Ellen Cannon Reed is in the hospital. I am still trying to get details, (she seems to be unavailable to answer her home phone....) but I do know that she is in the critical care unit of Holy Cross Hospital in L.A., Ca. Her condition has gotten better and it sounds like she is being moved out of the CC unit, but she is still there.

Any healing energies would be appreciated.

Ellen has done much for the pagan communities over the years and has authored such books as The Heart of Wicca : Wise Words from a Crone on the Path, The Witches Qabalah, Pagansong, Volume One, Invocation of the Gods : Ancient Egyptian Magic for Today, and she did the Witches Tarot.

I'll send more details as I get them. - Willow Blackthorn (Email: ravenblackthorn@hotmail.com)

Wicca to be Highlighted on Prestigious PBS Series

This month, for the first time, the award-winning PBS series "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" is scheduled to air a segment on the religion of Wicca. Religion and Ethics Newsweekly is a nationally televised half-hour news program dedicated to comprehensive coverage of religious diversity and ethical issues in America.

While the content of the finished segment is not known, according to those interviewed, objective questions on various subjects---including Wiccan theology and practices, discrimination, and teen interests---were discussed. Among those interviewed were renowned Wiccan High Priestesses and authors Margot Adler, Phyllis Curott (bookofshadows.net), and Patricia Kennealy-Morrison (lizardqueen.com). Additionally, the crew filmed the annual public Beltane celebration in Central Park sponsored by New Moon New York (WEBsite) and a private ritual at the Temple of Ara.

This segment is scheduled to air on Channel 13, WNET, in New York City, on Sunday, June 17th at 6:30 pm. For dates and times when this nationally syndicated series airs on other PBS stations, check your local listings or the Religion & Ethics Newsweekly web site.

For additional info contact Kirsten Rostedt RLLNHQ@aol.com


Our Gift to You for Mid Summer

For June 2001 we are honored to offer a timely holiday tune entitled Summer Solstice...

This tune was written "on demand" in 1995, a week before our mid-summer solstice celebration in Salem, Massachusetts and then performed live with Michael and Therese Pendragon in Circle. Those were good times and the audience was "merciful" of what was clearly a newly written tune.

I have always liked the way this tune came out. Perhaps it's the "on top of the beat" feel of the drum part, perhaps it's the driving rhythm guitar part... I am not sure, but I am quite happy with the way this tune feels. Summer Solstice is one of two Pagan holiday songs that I wrote during these sessions (look for a Samhain song this October) and I project that i will, someday, write tunes for the remaining 6 holidays.

Lyrics: The words to this tune were dashed off quickly for the performance but ultimately tweaked up by Wren It is worth noting that the line "Toast the Faeries" means to celebrate NOT "Toast like marshmallows". Thanks Wren for the important words that you added to this piece.

Music: Instrumentation was pretty strait forward and simply contains; two guitar parts (on the '64 Martin in the photo above), a bass hook executed on an Ibanez Rb800 and the drums were recorded live buy yours truly playing the part on my computer desk and then later replacing the "thumps" with hot drum samples.

Check out the FREE mp3 tune at the "Summer Solstice Page"


Two NEW and Inspiring Festival Reviews...

The UK Beltane Bash 2001 (Return of the Giants)
Review by David Ash

2001; A Witch Odyssey! -- That's how it was billed. The fiftieth anniversary of the repeal of the Witchcraft Act, and the fourth year of The Beltane Bash.

"The weather had been good, the few days preceding the festival had been warm and dry, Sunday morning was sunny and warm. We arrived at the venue as the organizers were taking equipment into the halls, and stall-holders were setting up. The refreshment bar was, as usual, the right place to be at such an early hour, I was in dire need of Caffeine!!!! The parade assembled outside the venue, about a hundred and fifty people, all dressed in bright colors, mostly masked, some of them greened!"

"Every year the parade gets bigger, and louder, this year was no exception. One of Beltane Bash's newest recruits was greened all over, a brilliant drummer by the name of Spider, and his lady, Jill attended the festival, with their drums; and along with everyone else, made a considerable noise, which really woke up the Pagan Spirit of London! The parade was lead by Jack in the Green, a large "bush on legs" closely followed by The Morrigan Giant, carried by Paul of Caduceus, three other giants were in the parade, Old Dame Holda, Old Man Thunder and Merryman the Wizard. There were dancers, drummers and merry-makers of all kinds as we started the parade route. The local Police were out in force to help the parade move along with ease. After a few short stops or so it seemed, we were on route back to Conway Hall. People tell me you could hear the drums about a quarter of a mile away! By the time we made it back to the venue, the parade had almost doubled in size! When we were arrived back at Conway Hall, the line to get in was enormous, the biggest yet, but the wait was worth it. Once inside the main hall, the stage was taken by Jeanette Ellis, (Caduceus, High Priestess of The Raven & The Rose Coven) and Brian Botham, our MC. Everyone was welcomed to the show, with a little information on the repeal of the Witchcraft Act, and a run down of what was on over the two days" -- Click HERE for the full review with photos.

Dragon Hills Does Rowan Fest
Review by Wade Berlin

If you've never been to one of the marvelous festivals hosted by T'sa and Corwyn, you've missed one of the loveliest festival sites in the Southeast. Dragon Hills is located in the Northwestern portion of Georgia, about half way between Birmingham, AL. and Atlanta, GA.

Rowanfest is held on a dedicated 40 acres of the 170 acre site and features low rolling hills and forest, bound on one side by a shallow ravine with a rocky stream.

We arrived late Thursday night, set up camp, and wandered up to the brand new drumming circle. Bardic circle was in full swing and we were treated to a wide variety of talent as we said "hello" to our old friends and met some new.

The new drumming space is an incredible, multi-tiered, multi-purpose area with a sand-bottomed dancing circle, little twinkle lights under the benches to illuminate the drumming area just enough to allow you to see but not enough to be a distraction, and a pretty gateway allowing entry into the entire area. The pictures don't do it justice. This space was definitely designed for nightlife."

Click HERE for the full review with photos.

Adult Pagan Essays for JUNE now up

    The Color of the Craft Despite the fact that many Pagans worship pantheons from different cultures, including African, Asian, Indian, and Native American, there is not a great deal of ethnic diversity in our community. What's your experience of and opinion on diversity within the Pagan community? Is the lack of diversity something we should be concerned about, or are racial issues just not a big deal within the context of religion? Do you think race relations within our community are better, worse, or about the same as in the rest of society? Here were some essays that we received on this topic: 1 - 2 - 3

    Trancework: Many Pagans use some kind of trancework as part of their rituals and personal spiritual work. We'd like to know how big a part trancework plays in your practice and/or that of your coven. What techniques do you use? What, if any, preparation do you do before entering trance, and, after you have returned to ordinary consciousness, how do you ground and integrate the experience? Some Answers and opions are offered here: Page 1 - 2


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As we enter the 21st. century, one thing is clear, Pagan Youth will lead the way. They are embracing this spiritual path with a passion and conviction like we have never seen before. We are honored to feature the wonderful Teen Essays written by our Young Pagans.

  • Are You A Good Witch Or A Bad Witch? (June 2001) "But, of course, Wicca isn't a real religion. It's a game that troubled teens like to play to anger their parents. Didn't you know that? Didn't you see that episode of Sally Jesse Raphael?" In this group of essays, teen Pagans speak out passionately on how difficult it is for them to be taken seriously in the face of media focus on the "bad Witch" stereotype. Once again, young Pagans give us all a lot to think about. Read these powerful essays here: Page 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
  • Missing Essay Found and Celebrated... The Color Of The Craft (by Darkstorm) Despite the fact that many Pagans worship pantheons from different cultures, including African, Asian, Indian, and Native American, there is not a great deal of ethnic diversity in our community. What's your experience of and opinion on diversity within the Pagan community? Is the lack of diversity something we should be concerned about, or are racial issues just not a big deal within the context of religion? Check Out... Is There Enough Diversity in the Pagan Community? by Darkstorm
Other Young Pagan Resources at TWV: WitchVox Teen Essays MAIN Index - Young Pagans in YOUR Town (6, 758 listed) - Young Pagan Covens and Groups (307 listed) - F.A.Q.'s of the WitchVox Teen Section - Teen Article Submission Topics! Make YOUR Voice Heard! - Teen Pagan Web Sites (267 sites listed!) - Click HERE to submit YOUR Teen Pagan Site.

Notes from a WebCrafter
Local Pagan Shops Clean up, Fires at Solstice, Dark or Dork and other goodies

Greetings to all,

This weeks update is once again crammed with some wonderful features, articles, news and yet more 'earth based magick' from the Wrenanator. Putting this weeks update in place was a scramble mostly due to our actually taking a night off for some quick healing at our friends the Waterhawks (two hour south). These "overnighters" have become a monthly ritual for Wren and I and with just a few hours on their porch we can actually relax and rejuvenate ourselves for weeks to come. Thanks Don and Dee, your magick is both appreciated and needed by so many of us.

Fires at Solstice 2001: In two weeks time, Wren and I will have the privilege of spending the day (Saturday 6/24) with our cherished friends at Fires at Solstice 2001 in Land of Lakes, Florida. We will be doing a workshop on WitchWars and look forward to seeing you there... For more info check out the Fires at Solstice 2001 link on the Florida Events Page or visit the Phoenix Festivals Home Page.

  • WitchVox Local Shops Clean UP Back in 1996 many local shops didn't have an internet connection so we asked the community to help and list stores in their area. This coupled with the stores listing and updating their data has created one of the largest Pagan "brick and mortar" shops listings in the world. Trouble is, since many of the listings were submitted by "fans" of the shops, email verification would have been spurious at best. Of late we have received some angry email from folks that went to visit a shop and it was GONE. Actually blaming us personally for the shop not being there (give us a break!)

    Worth Noting: 12% of the listings at TWV become broken during a 90 day period (about 2, 500) and sadly, those that listed their work couldn't be bothered to let the community know. Although this is incomprehensible to us, it is a reality never the less. ALSO ... Times HAVE changed and MOST Local Pagan Shops ARE connected or they know someone with an email address that they can work with.

    The Clean up Plan for local shops is as follows:
    1. Removal of Improper listings: Last night we took a more aggressive approach to our most recent update of this data... We scanned for listings with PO boxes and those no address... These listings have been removed. We are considering removing listings that offer no community services (workshops, networking, Tarot readings, open circles etc.).

    2. You can Help us! No one knows the status of local shops better than you do... Check out the local shops in your area and let us know which ones are NO LONGER IN BUSINESS by emailing us

    3. New Policies for Physical Shop Listings The ONLY section over at Witches of the World that we don't verify (via email) is our local/Physical shops listings... In two weeks we will start doing just that. NO working EMAIL... No Shop Listing (Bounced email will render the removal.)

    4. Attention Physical SHOP Owners: Feel free to update your listings (if necessary) via our Local Shops Submission form. If the email addy you have listed is working you should receive our verification in two weeks. You don't need to respond to this verification unless your shop is history and should be removed.

    The 4 step plan noted above will NOT EFFECT Pagan ONLINE shop listings, these listings will continue to be verified every 90 days as they have been for the past 4 years. Pagan "brick and mortar" shops are a critical aspect of our community, we are honored to list them and soon you (the consumer) will have not only the largest Pagan shop listing in the World BUT one that is "correct and for the good of all".

  • Very Courageous People: Dark or Dork... You Decide: Although I was first "turned on" to this site last year, it popped back into my cranium this morning... I had to see if it was still there. Indeed it is! This site is humbling to say the least... Those that follow the 'Dark Path' put their "Look" on the line and YOU the surfer get to decide if they are cool or un-cool. You've got to hand it to those that DO participate in this "beauty contest" ... Check it out at www.darkordork.com

  • Asatru Sites Featured at VoxLinks: Our Links Engine "Voxlinks Pagan Search" is in a constant state of evolution with rewrites, more powerful search features and bi-daily updates as the norm for over 5 years... As a particular "type of site" grows we eventually pull it out and feature it ... Last week is was Pagan Book review sites and this week we pull out "Asatru Web Sites".


As always, our goals are to create solutions that are both valuable and useful to the Pagan community. Both Witchvox.com and Witchvox.net were created for your news and networking needs. Use them with our love. Always know that YOUR suggestions and thoughts are welcome, in fact this site has evolved FROM YOUR suggestions. Have a magickal week everyone!

In Your Service,


Fritz Jung (WebCrafter - Witchvox)
Monday, June 11th. 2001


In our Gay Pagan section...

    Walking along, singing a song (New Article - 6/11/2001)
    by Phil Hoggart

    "It's a mild October day in 1997, and I'm walking, as I often do, through the forest that grows by my home village of Wadworth. Only this time there's something different; I notice an overgrown path curving off from the main track; maybe an animal path, maybe just one that's grown disused over the years. A curiosity tingling in my stomach, I leap between the two Beech trees that stand as guardians, and begin to pick my way through the blackberry brambles. The fading honey sunlight slants through the fresh, clean air and sparkles against spiderwebs hanging from the branches; here and there mushrooms have sprouted from the leaf-mould on the floor, the scent of which curls about my nostrils, mixed with the moss and deep earth.". -- Click HERE for the rest of this piece.

    Of Faeries and Feminists (6/04/2001)
    by Jennifer Homan

    "Traditional Neo-Pagan spirituality, while having its roots set firmly in autonomy, flexibility, anti-authoritarianism, and personal belief systems, has had a difficult time accepting the radicals within its ranks. The "radicals" of the Neo-Pagan movements are in my opinion, the feminist or "Dianic" witches, and the gay men's groups within the Craft, sometimes called the Radical Faeries. The fears and suspicions of these groups by the more traditional Pagans is not surprising when one takes into consideration that all of us, Neo-Pagans included, have been raised and encultured in this patriarchal society. Just as it is difficult for the general population to accept feminism and homosexuality, Neo-Pagans have their own qualms with these subjects.". -- Click HERE for the rest of this piece.
Pagan Perspectives
WitchVox Question of the Week!

Last week, we asked...

Do You Spend Money with Pagan Merchants (On or Offline)? - If you don't already, most of you do want to. The convenience of Internet shopping is diminished somewhat by the length of delivery time, but many of you are still willing to shop online for selected items. The more successful Pagan shops seem to be those who offer a sense of community along with the stocking of a good mixture of basic items and unique or specialty goods. Pagans who responded want to see more Pagan clothing. Items that can be classified as genuine 'works of art' (always a good investment) and other items of above average quality. And we do still have those clever folks in the community who make their own tools, use what is found locally in natural settings or improvise in quite innovative ways. View the Responses.

This week, we ask the question:

Who Do You Trust? -'Perfect Love and Perfect Trust' is an instruction that Wiccans find in the words of the Goddess. Even if you are not Wiccan, trust is an element that can have a profound effect in any relationship. Who do YOU trust? How did this person, group, organization or cause win your trust? Has your trust ever been betrayed? How did this make you feel and what did you learn from the experience? Are YOU trustworthy? What is YOUR definition of 'trust'? - Post YOUR Opinion or view the Responses of others.

In Closing...

"If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my own heartbeat."-(Vijali Hamilton; In The Fields of Life.)

In Your Service,

 

The Witches' Voice Inc.
Monday, June 11th., 2001






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