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Weekly Update: 10/8/2001

Author: Witchvox Central
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Helping Hands...
by Wren Walker

The squirrel was having none of it. As I headed back up the stairs, I really tried to look busy. Preoccupied. Distracted even. I walked a little faster. No good. In the few seconds that it took to turn the doorknob, he was there. Tiny paws grabbed at my ankle. Leaning back as far as he could without letting go his hold, the usually shy young gray squirrel peeked up at me. And right there and right then is when I finally lost it.

Like just about everyone else, I had spent the first few days after September 11th in front of the television. The footage of the planes hitting the Twin Towers, the stories of near escapes coming in from out of the dust clouds, the interviews with New York City officials, personnel and citizens- all these images and words held me spellbound in my chair. I didn't do much of anything else that first week. Nothing that I can recall anyway.

The week after that was no better. Fires still smoldered, people were still in shock, volunteers were still digging, and now we were getting names and seeing family and friends wandering the streets with pictures of their still-lost loved ones. Faces swam before our eyes. Tears and sweat ran down cheeks and dripped off the grizzled chins of fire fighters and police officers. Candle flames flickered around the many makeshift altars that seemed to be everywhere. And during week two, I stopped vacuuming every day. I only slept a few hours at a time. Fritz and I barely got through the weekly update. The laundry was piling up. And more than once I forgot to feed the critters down at the Little Pond.

Three weeks out and the memorial services appeared on the channels and the benefit concerts filled the airwaves and the numbers of the victims that scrolled across the bottom of the screens still seemed unbelievable. And now reports of troop deployments, espionage results and coalition building were interlaced with dire warnings of chemical warfare, biological terrors and other unknown threats that may be lurking out there just beyond the fringes of what used to be. Week three and the news programs still ran in the background all day long. I forgot to watch ER. I still wasn't sleeping. The dirty laundry was now overflowing onto the closet floor. I fed the critters more often, I think. But the usual joy of even that was now just another job, another chore and another obligation. I did it when I remembered and that's all.

And for quite a while now, the government press boys and the talking mental health experts and the fall season premiere promos have been telling us that it is time to 'get back to normal'. Get back on the planes or the terrorists have won. Spend your money and keep the economy going or the terrorists have won. Support your president, don't voice any dissent, be prepared to make sacrifices or the terrorists have won. And all the while this 'get back to normal' rhetoric was being spun, the scenes of the rubble still filled the television's eye and the names kept scrolling by and the plotting of the bad guys was being revealed and the war machine continued to crank out its orders. And on top of it all, we were supposed to get to back normal and do so without feeling guilty that we could while so many other people who had lost loved ones didn't have that option. Hullo? Were the guys preaching 'normalcy' even living on the same planet as the rest of us anymore?

Truth be told, I didn't really want to 'get back to normal'. I wasn't ready to get back to normal. (Although perhaps if someone could have actually pointed out just where 'normal' was, I might have been tempted to pay it a visit.) What's more, I also deeply and thoroughly resented the implication that if I didn't cooperate and 'get back to normal' right now that not only 'had the terrorists won', but that somehow I was un-American. Well that little bit of pundit pap finally snapped me out of my stunned stupor anyway. Because now I was deeply and thoroughly pissed off.

When I'm angry, I clean. So at least the laundry got done. The floors got vacuumed. The bills got paid. I even bought a few things. Although the latter had nothing to do with 'keeping the economy going'. I was out of razors. I needed to shave my legs. And it was actually while I was doing that very mundane thing that I realized something: During the entire almost-month since September 11th, I had never cried. Not once. Not yet.

Not until the day that I felt those two tiny little hands clinging to my foot. Not until the moment that I saw two very intense eyes looking up and into mine. Not until the instant that I realized what emotion that those wee dark eyes held within them. Because there it was. There- in the innocent eyes of a creature who had no idea what had happened in NYC and Washington or why it had happened or what would happen next- was the one reason for 'getting back to normal' that actually made sense. And so finally, the tears came.

I have no illusions. To the squirrel I am pretty much just a peanut tree with legs. What he made of those strange sobbing sounds coming from his favorite peanut tree with legs, I don't know. Just as he didn't know the shock, the pain, the depression or the numbness that had filled so many of my hours for so many days and weeks. Just as he didn't know why I didn't stop anymore to toss him one of the peanuts that I used to always carry in my pocket. Just as he didn't know why I couldn't even remember to put the peanuts in my pocket to begin with. The squirrel just didn't know.

But looking up at me, he had hope.

Hope that today I would notice him waiting there. Hope that today whatever had gone wrong in those past few days and weeks would somehow be right again. Hope that today I would have something to give to him. Hope that today what I couldn't understand and he couldn't comprehend would finally be over.

That was when I decided it was time to 'get back to normal' after all. Not for the good of the aviation industry. Not for sake of the economy. Not in support of the President. Not because I'm at all convinced that it would be un-American not to do so. And certainly not because I am overly concerned that terrorists may think that they have 'won' something just because I didn't go to Disneyworld.

In the weeks and months and maybe years to come, young people will be shipping out for potentially hazardous military duties. People in many lands will face starvation, deprivation and the despair that those evils bring. Children around the world will lie awake in their beds unable to sleep. Countrymen and women will look at each other with suspicion in their eyes. People of a different color or a different religion or a different nationality will be seen in a different and perhaps unflattering light.

And somewhere in the midst of all of that, there will be those who hope that today someone will notice them waiting there. And that today whatever had gone wrong in those past few days and weeks will somehow be right again. And that today there will be someone with a little food to share. Or a measure of courage to impart. Or a gentle word of understanding to speak. Or a warm hand of comfort to hold their own in the long and dark hours of the night. Someone to tell them that today- finally today- it is indeed over.

The best reason to get back to normal is to make 'normal' a better place to be. If we can recover, if we can go on, if we can just remember to tuck a few extra kernels of hope into our own spiritual pockets every day, then just maybe we can help others to get to that better place, too.

And yes, the little gray squirrel did get his peanut.

Walk in Love and Light,

Wren Walker
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
Monday, October 8th., 2001

Photo Credit: Ya ever try to capture a little gray squirrel in a still frame? Thank the Goddess for Digital Video Cameras! Although I didn't quite get that "looking up image of hope", I did get close, and yes that it my toe in the shot (sorry). -- Fritz

Adopt a Soldier Program At MPN
Overwhelming Response... Funding Needed Quickly

Our good friend and Pagan community veteran John Machate has recently set up an amazing program and in a little over a week the response has been incredible. The big problem is funding and YOU can help. Donations are seriously needed to manifest this program. You are the only one that can make this happen. The following details the program an offers some critical links.

The During times of war many church organizations set-up a program so that people can send care-packages, prayers, and well wishing to the soldiers serving during war time. MPN has opted to coordinate such an operation for Pagan servicemembers to allow all the various religions and traditions to do what they can to show support for those that serve over-seas and on board our ships.

The program will be done in two phases. The first phase is to connect the various service members wishing to be adopted with the groups/solitaries that wish to adopt them. During this phase only a name and photo will be provided to the adopting group/solitary so that they can include the service member(s) in their prayers and rituals.

The second phase will begin when the military establishes it's postal program to our deployed troops. We will then attempt to get the addresses of all our adoptees and provide them to the adopting groups so that, if they wish they can send care packages. We will also include a list of items to NOT send to the troops as we don't wish to break any regulations or agreements with our allies.

As part of phase two we will ask the family prov\iding the address if they wish for their loved one to receive a special care package from The Blessed Bee, an online Pagan store. If they agree we will provide The Blessed Bee with the address so that the care package can be sent out.

Due to the amazing response we have to limit the number of registrations to 1000 adopting groups and solitaries. We have to do this for a verity a reasons including, manpower and financial limits. While volunteers are easy to find, the funding is not. If you feel that this program is important enough to continue adding groups please feel free to donate a few dollars at We will re-open registrations of adopting groups and solitaries when it is fiscally feasible.
Update 10/9/2001: This just in from John Machate, "As of 5:00am this morning we reached our limit of 1000 registrants to adopt a soldier. We will not be accepting registrants until we exceed our current budget and meet first 200 soldier's goal. Our ultimate goal is 500 soldiers or more. If you can mention that we can not accept new registants to adopt but we do NEED soldiers to be adopted as well as the funding that would be great." - Look for more updates on this wonderful program in the next couple of days.

Deborah Noel Receives Gaia's Guardian Award
A Truly amazing Woman and an Inspiration for us all.
(from the fullcircleevents website)

"Deborah lives in a rural part of Northern California. She is currently taking some time to rest and relax. These days she develops her spiritual and creative side and concentrates on her Pagan practice. She plants trees and works on her farm, attends drumming circles, beads jewelry, does crafts, trains her dog, gardens, cuts & styles hair, and travels. She practices in an eclectic Green Tradition.

Her work, humor, courage and her creativity inspire all who meet her. I am therefore pleased and proud to announce that she is our Gaia's Guardian Award Winner for 2001.

Deborah Noel admits that she's militant about the rights of people with disabilities. She's been through a life changing illness and has fought her way back to living an independent life that include the assistance of Service Dogs.

Deborah will receive this award at The Witches Ball. She will bring Sheeva, her new Service-Dog-in-training with her to this event. Sheeva is a black mix-breed female who Deborah adopted from the pound. We ask that you do not pet this lovely and very friendly dog, as she will be on duty that evening". -- complete story

Celtic Wicca
A New Book from Jane Raeburn

For many of us, the Pagan religions of Britain embody a timeless mystical spirit - one that continues to capture our imagination. Yet how much do we really know about Celtic religion and its influence on Wiccan practices?

In this engaging, thoroughly researched book, author Jane Raeburn brings the rich history of the Celts to life. She takes readers on a fascinating odyssey from the first evidence of their culture right up to the beliefs and practices of today's neo-Pagans. Along the way, she explores ancient Druid traditions, the Celtic gods and goddesses, and the magical cycle of the year, while dispelling commonly held myths about Celtic civilizations.

Perhaps as compelling as the history of Celtic Wicca is the way that it inspires a creative and living faith. Drawing on lessons from the past, today's practitioners can feel guided and empowered in their quest for spiritual growth as they learn the specifics of spellwork, meditation, invocation, divination and other important rituals. -- For more information about Jane and this new book visit her website at

Starhawk offers Victor H. Anderson Eulogy
Now Added to our Memorial Page.

"I just received news of Victor Anderson's death, and my heart is full of sorrow, with love and sympathy for Cora and their son and for all who know and have been touched by Victor".

Victor was one of my first teachers in the Craft. I will always be grateful for the worlds he opened up for me.

Visiting Victor and Cora meant stepping into a magical realm hidden behind the faŤade of an ordinary suburban house. Victor would sit in his rocking chair; I'd ask questions, and he would roam the galaxies in his answers. Cora would chime in with warmth, wisdom and common sense. And then we might go do magic... - [ click for Full Eulogy]

Pagans Work to Project Pagan Pride
Thank YOU Pagans that did this work in your Town.

Pagan Pride events 'round the world continue to get larger year after year. Hundreds of Pagans have organized, gathered and executed some impressive gatherings to celebrate their Pagan pride. The Witches' Voice salutes the countless Pagans that have done the work to increase awareness about who we are and what we do to those in their community. Our heartfelt THANKS, once again, go out to all of you that made this happen

Pagan Pride events have existed since the first Pagans came out of the broom closet and are wonderful way to gather and celebrate this spiritual path. Cecylyna and Dagonet Dewr, Two Pagans from Indiana, grabbed this idea in 1998, proclaimed September AS Pagan pride month and founded "The International Pagan Pride Project. The IPPP offers some wonderful resources to help you with your local event. This week we received the incredible image to your right from a PPD event in Portugal.

"We would like very much to see published this photo. She means a lot for us and for the Portuguese pagan community. She was taken in the Pagan Pride Day, the first Event of this kind happen in Portugal.

Pictured: Morgana do Lago and Bellenos do Corvo Sagrado portuguese Coordinators of the Pagan Pride Day for Portugal in Monsanto (Mons Sacrum:Holy Mountain), in the Day of the Event. Behind you can see the High-Priest Setherion in the workshop with some Portuguese Pagans.

Blessed Be all
and may the Gods illuminate your steps.

Bellenos do Corvo Sagrado
Morgana do Lago

"Modern Pagans" - New from RE/Search Publications!
Profile by Peg Aloi

The cutting edge San Francisco publisher RE/Search (which has offered such controversial books Incredibly Strange Music, Modern Primitives, and The RE/Search Guide to Bodily Fluids) now offers Modern Pagans, available in November 2001.

The book mainly consists of in-depth interviews with fifty contemporary Neo-pagans, Witches, Wiccans, Druids and other practitioners on similar paths. Many elders and familiar names are featured here: Starhawk, Isaac Bonewits, Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, Circle Sanctuary's Selena Fox, British Druid Emma Restall Orr, and ex-Catholic priest Mathew Fox, whose pagan-sympathetic views earned him an ex-communication from the Pope himself.

The interviews are illustrated with black and white photos, some of rituals and gatherings but mostly shots of the interview subjects themselves; oddly enough we get to see some high school and baby portraits in amid the Renaissance garb and body paint!

For more information or to order a copy, go to Or watch for it at your local occult bookshop starting in November.

October 7th is Pagan Day!

At least it is in West Hollywood, Ca. According to several local Pagans, a signed proclamation by the West Hollywood City Council- which will be on display at the West Hollywood Pagan Day Festival- was issued October 1st. The Text of the proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, Paganism, a multifaceted faith encompasses many beliefs such as nature based Wicca, Druidism, ritual magick and other non-mainstream beliefs that are not included in the five major religions and spiritual experiences; and

WHEREAS, West Hollywood has many Pagan practitioners of various traditions, some of who worship in groups, and others who are solitary celebrants; and

WHEREAS, On Sunday October 7, there will be a Pagan Day Festival in West Hollywood Park, the purpose of which is to encourage different groups within the Pagan community and non-pagans to learn about each other; and

WHEREAS, It is fitting that creative, personal and tolerant belief systems are being celebrated in West Hollywood, the Creative City, which is known for its openness and acceptance of all;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of West Hollywood does hereby proclaim Sunday, October 7 as PAGAN DAY in West Hollywood.

Resolved this 1st day of October, 2001

Next Week: October Adult Essays, another new FREE mp3 "Samhain" gift, and much, much more...


October Teenage Pagan Essays Now UP!
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.

  • Beyond Wicca 101
    We hear a lot of folks say they're tired of the "Wicca 101" approach that's found in so many books. So we'd like to hear what topics would be part of a book on "advanced" Wicca? What would you like the elders in our community to write about? Read these powerful essays here: Page 1 - 2

  • Magick for Personal Gain
    Do you think magick/spells should be used for personal gain? What constitutes personal gain (e.g. love spells, money spells, healing spells, self-improvement spells...) Page 1 - 2 - 3.
Other Young Pagan Resources at TWV: WitchVox Teen Essays MAIN Index - Young Pagans in YOUR Town (6,638 listed) - Young Pagan Covens and Groups (310 listed) - F.A.Q.'s of the WitchVox Teen Section - Teen Article Submission Topics! Make YOUR Voice Heard! - Teen Pagan Web Sites (242 sites listed!) - Click HERE to submit YOUR Teen Pagan Site.
Essay Update: Diotima has Update the guidelines... Click HERE For Details

Notes from a Pagan WebCrafter
Busy, Busy and Busy

Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,

Our mid week statement related to "a need for national leaders" garnered even more email. We apologize for not getting this up for the launch of last weeks update but we simply ran out of time and energy featuring all the other wonderful pieces. For those that missed it Click HERE. The basic point of this piece is that the power really does lie at the local level and nothing could thrill us more. Yesterday, Wren and I took off midday to check out "Unity Harvest" at a book store just south of us. The book store (Brigit Books) was very impressive and had a fantastic ambiance. The experience was wonderful, and we got to hang out with Roger Coleman, Ann Marie, Theresa and so many other magickal people. Allow us to thank these hard working spirits for the grounding they offered us and the love they make.

During the first week of November, we "get out" again to a couple of wonderful festivals. We hope to hit the Southeastern Spirit Gathering (sponsored by Rowan Grove) on November 1-4 (we *should* be there on 11/2 or 11/3). We attended this fine fest last year and were thrilled to hang out with Druydess and Thiatsii and all the magickal people from Central Florida. Big NEWS: They are paying to fly in famous Pagan author Phyllis Curott (Book of Shadows) as their special guest, as well as The Raft (Awesome Pagan Rock), Maya Heath (Author of: Handbook of Incense, Oils, and Candles), DeLuna and many others, so your money should be well spent.

The following week we will be a AutumnMeet WITH Peg and hopefully Diotima for some much needed R&R. Scheduled guest speakers include Patricia Telesco, Isaac Bonewits, Dreamtrybe, Don and Dee Waterhawk, Maya Heath, Harper Deluna, Steve Reel and Gaia, Nybor and Elspeth, and many more. Wade, Dianne and the AM staff has given us a wonderful home since we arrived here in Florida 3 years ago and we are again thrilled to attend.

For more info on these fests and others, visit the Witchvox Events Pages.

Record Traffic: October is here and although it is no longer the ONE month our community gets attention from the press, it is still the busiest. We expect the curious from all over to hit the thousands of Pagan websites on the net in a big way. Since so few sites actually post their traffic stats, we can only judge this by our own calculations. This morning we did a full site stat calc from the first 5 days and Yi!, October has been a busy one for this site. Average pages viewed per day are at an all time high (for us) at 63,224 (1,844,578 hits) and of even more concern, bandwidth or data transferred is running at 3.1 gigabyte of data per day. Concerned because big bandwidth = big bucks.

IF we can stay up this month, without problems, there is a good chance that Witchvox will actually deliver 2 million pages to the world (over 11 million hits). Expect some slow loads in our networking section over the next couple of weeks as so many of you will, no doubt, be checking the details of Samhain events in our towns.

Speaking of Witchvox Networking, today we FINALLY fixed that illusive bug that rendered bogus contacts when you click on "C" in the A-Z listings. Witch Hugs go out to Michael from Savannah, Georgia to not just complaining but for actually sending some 'de-bugging' magick along with his post.

Record Events Listings We have been processing a mountain of Samhain/Harvest Events in the past few weeks. It sure does look like something IS going on in your town. For the latest listing check out the Witchvox Events Pages for your area or visit your Global listing of Samhain Events for a broader view.

Witchvox "911 America" Forum Still Busy? While analyzing the stats for the first 5 days of Oct., we noticed a few surprises... The 911 America Forum was hit over 6,000 times and since we did little to actually feature this, we found this stat very interesting. The 911 America Forum at TWV has now been read over 70,000 times.

Also a surprise were a big increase in hits for Local Shops and Online Shops indicating that many of you are out looking for Samhain gifts for Family and friends.

Email and Image Backlog: Submissions, pictures sent in and email volume at this end continues to be overwhelming. We have so much to feature and are working very hard to get to it all. So, if you have sent in group shots or email do know that we ARE behind and will need time to catch up.

As I polished up this weeks update, America executed a substantial attack on the Talaban and "leaked rumors" of retaliation on our shores (from the "sleeper cells"). Personally, I am not sure WHAT to believe from the 'new media' in America these days, but IF this true I truly wish you all a very safe week! - Please be careful out there!

Proudly in Your Service,

Fritz Jung
WebCrafter - The Witches' Voice
Monday, October 8th., 2001

Pagan Music Press Releases for 2001
Many Announcements this week...

: Gaia Consort releases "Secret Voices" Just in time for Samhain, (Halloween) Suddenly Naked Arts Collective is proud to present An Evening with Gaia Consort, Saturday, October 13th 2001, 8pm, at the Museum of History and Industry, Seattle. The concert celebrates the release of Gaia Consort's new CD, Secret Voices. Secret Voices is Gaia Consort's second release. Their first release Gaia Circles, received enthusiastic critical acclaim, from nationally distributed magazines such as Green Egg, Sagewoman and Circle. - [Full Press Release]

Elvendrums Releases "Gateway to Faerie": It is with great excitement that we announce the release of Gateway to Faerie, our second CD on the American Entertainment Productions label. This 55-minute full digital recording contains 12 songs featuring the band's signature tight vocal harmonies and powerful drumming. Gateway is a trip through the Gateway to Faerie, a place beyond the boundary that divides Then from Forever. - [Full Press Release]

Wendy Rule does Harvest Tour in New England: This Week Wendy Rule is returning to America to perform a few shows on the East Coast. She just emailed us with the following information. For the latest details feel free to hit her website ( or check the WitchVox Events pages for your area for the event details.

"This is only a very little tour, mainly to catch up with some of the wonderful friends I made on my last trip. Next year's tour (around August) will be much more comprehensive. I'll perform again in Orlando, and will hopefully get a chance to meet both you and Fritz". - [Full Press Release]

Loke E. Coyote releases Pagan rock opera Druid Four Winds: Loke E. Coyote's Wiccabilly Circus is happy to announce the completion of the Pagan rock opera Druid Four Winds. This 2 CD set includes 26 songs which tell a tale of men and women, gods and goddesses, and of birth, life, death and rebirth, a story of love and hate, trust and betrayal, freedom and responsibility. This is serious stuff, nothing like what you might expect from Loke E. Coyote. Band spokesman Trickster had this to say: "I'm glad this project is finished! Now I can get back to recording goofy Pagan party tunes!" - [Full Press Release]

For Complete Details related to these music press releases... visit the Witchvox Pagan Music Press Pages.

Pagan Perspectives
WitchVox Question of the Week!

Last week, we asked the question...

Are You Willing To Give Up Some Civil Liberties To Be Safe? Most of the responders were willing to submit to increased security at airports and other public events, but were not willing to give up the right to free exercise of religion or assembly. Many feel relatively safe as they go about their day-to-day activities and are not particularly concerned about being identified as Pagans. Some voiced concerns over the stifling of free speech and the increased national guard/military presence in the 'Homeland'. While many expressed the view that safety can never be 100% guaranteed, almost all agreed that they were willing to be somewhat inconvenienced (at least for the short term), but were wary of the enactment of any new laws that might more permanently restrict civil liberties and constitutional rights.-- View the Responses.

This week, we ask the question:

What Are Your Thoughts On The Current "War on Terrorism"? On Sunday, the United States, Britain and the NATO Coalition launched the first overt military strikes against targets in Afghanistan. Do you agree or disagree with this action? As the United States continues to build a worldwide coalition of nations to fight a 'war on terrorism', what are your thoughts on the current military buildup, 'war on terrorism' can be effective? Does it worry you that no 'end' to such a program has been defined? Are you satisfied with the amount of information that the public has been given on the operations? What sort of outcome would YOU like to see? NOTE: This is a very emotionally charged topic. Like all segments of society, Pagans can be liberals or conservatives, hawks or doves. Please do not flame other posters for their opinions, but rather simply state your own.

Post YOUR Opinion or view the Responses of others.

A Special Samhain Treat From Mike Nichols
The Ever-Widening Circle
A New Pattern Glimpsed in the Holidays

BIG NEWS: Craft Elder and all around respected community leader Mike Nichols has just released a wonderful new piece of work. In a joint launch with Mike's famous website "The Witches' Sabbats" Witchvox is thrilled to present this new composition. Here is an excerpt...

"Have you ever held a kaleidoscope up to the light, turning it this way and that, for the sheer pleasure of the beauty it brings -- when suddenly, to your startled delight, the pieces fall into place, and you see a pattern that you've never seen before, one that makes sense?

I do that with the Wheel of the Year.

This particular kaleidoscope has long been my favorite toy. Again and again, I return to the Wheel of the Year, not only for the shifting beauty of Nature as seen through its moving prism, but because nothing else grounds our existence on this planet so completely, and nothing else can equal the comfort of its never-ceasing lessons of renewal. Yet every now and then, as I hold the Wheel up for inspection, gently turning it, a pattern will suddenly show itself, one that I fancy has gone unnoticed until now. This happened once before with my seasonal interpretation of The Death of Llew. And now it appears it has happened once again.

This "discovery" may not be as flashy as my reinterpretation of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi, but it has a subtle charm all its own. Also, whereas my former essay tended to appeal mostly to specialists in Celtic mythology, this one is equally accessible to the generalist. It is based on a succession of folk customs connected with each of the holidays on the waxing side of the year. And while I lack specific analogous folk practices from the waning side of the year, I believe at least one other folk belief about the calendar will shed enough light to bring the Circle to a close".

To experience this thought provoking piece Click here.

In Closing...

"Nothing is so hopelessly bewitched, either in fairy tale or in human life, but that somewhere there is a healing magic that can release it."- (Ursula Grahl; The Wisdom in Fairy Tales).

In Your Service,

WitchVox Staff
The Witches' Voice Inc.
Monday, October 8th.
, 2001


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