Weekly Update: 10/28/2002|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 28th. 2002
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The veil between the worlds grows thin. We can feel it. As Pagans across the globe decorate their altars and prepare to celebrate another turn of the wheel of the seasons, we can sense the subtle difference in the air. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is Beltane. Wildflowers and the first fruits of the land are heaped high amongst the ribbons and wreaths of pink and light green. Here in the Northern regions, pumpkins and Indian corn nestle in harvest baskets while orange and black candles flicker away the shadowy shapes of the evenings that now seem to come too soon. Whether we are welcoming back the strengthening sun or bidding farewell to our long summer days, Pagans can feel the energies changing. Another season has passed. A new beginning approaches. And it is somewhere between what was and what will be, that we now stand.
But it is more than the shifting of the energies that we feel. There is also an increasing awareness of something else afoot. A swift shape slips by and is visible only for a fraction of the second that it takes us to turn our heads in its direction. The tinkling silver sound of ethereal laughter is carried over the treetops only to fade away in the very same instant that we realize it is there. There is definitely more going on here than meets the eye or greets the ear. We can feel it: We are not alone... [Full Article]
New This Week at Witchvox: Wow! This week we have been blessed with a cornucopia of new treats.... Including a rotation of SIX fab images to punch up our front door this Samhain week (hit refresh on this page to see a randomly selected photo).... Also featured are fest reviews, moving essays, a new Pagan Tradition profile, Waterhawk reviews CMA Samhain 2002, a new Witch Cinema by Peg, a new piece by Kerr, a few thousands new/modified community listings and so much more! (Featured Articles Below).
Events Updated Daily: Due to much activity in throughout our events section this time of year we are updating the events listings on a daily basis. For the latest on Samhain (and other) events in YOUR TOWN. Click HERE.
New visitors are encouraged to take a close look around this page; it is crammed with links to some very powerful community resources. (Don't miss the powerful community notices; lower and to your left.).
Bardic Circle at Witchvox: (Week 2 - The Magick continues...)
Last week we re-launched a wonderfully successful section here at twv, entitled 'Bardic Circle. A Bardic Circle, to those unfamiliar with the concept, is a gathering of the clan to share stories, magic and music. This is best done in person, 'round a bonfire. With the advent of mp3 files bringing "quality" audio to the net, we can now do a "Bardic Circle", right here in cyberspace. To listen to the MP3 files your pc will need to have an mp3 player installed. MP3 players can be found for FREE at sites like VersionTracker.com-- This week we feature new performances by Loke E. Coyote and Pandemonaeon.
IF YOU are a Pagan Musician and want to participate by sharing one of your tunes and its story, kindly fill the Bardic Circle Submission form and email us a .jpg (150 pixels high/72 dpi) of yourself, your group or your CD cover. NOTE: Previous participants (from 2000 and 2001) ARE more than encouraged to submit a new tune.
Enjoy the many features below and have a magickal Samhain everyone,
This Week's Features...
Festival Review: CMA Samhain 2002
by Don Two Eagles WaterHawk
Daniella and I readied for the trip to CMA, the day before and had already packed the van. Anticipating the long drive ahead of us, but with the good type of anxiety, and in knowing that #1, this was the last festival of the year for us (we only had done 5 festivals this year... a record low... :)... and we are tired of driving... ), and #2, that it was back to CMA, that when we had first visited CMA Beltane, a year and a half ago, we had reviewed it stating it was the best Pagan festival that we had ever been to. So while we drove, we both thought/talked about the memories of the last time we were there at CMA. Will it be the same?, Will it be as good? Will it be better? I'm sure that it is the same thought we all share when going to any event a second time. I think that we can all remember... [Full Article]
Witch Cinema: Samhain's Silver Screen, and Autumnal Workings...
by Peg Aloi
Hello witch cinema mavens! Lots of exciting news to report this month. I trust you are all enjoying the thrilling season of late autumn (or late spring, for our friends Down Under) and looking forward to the cinematic treats the holiday season will bring.
The next installment in J. K. Rowling's story of the young wizards and witches of Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, opens next month. Sadly, Richard Harris, whose delightful portrayal of Dumbledore the wizard warmed many hearts, will no longer be able to continue his role as he passed away following a struggle with cancer on Friday, October 25, 2002. He did complete work on this film and on parts of the third one before he fell ill. This fine and prodigious talent will be sorely missed. I was able to view a trailer online and... [Full Article]
Richard Harris (1930-2002)
by Peg Aloi
Film fans everywhere are feeling a sense of sadness and loss today: Irish actor Richard Harris, known to many pagans for his portrayal of Dumbledore the wizard in the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, has died in London at the age of 72 following a brief battle with Hodgkin's Disease. Harris completed filming on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets just before he fell ill this past summer. He is survived by his 3 sons.
Harris decided to be an actor after he was stricken with TB in his adolescence. Two years of convalescence in a hospital bed led Harris to read the great dramatic literature of the British Isles and Ireland: Joyce, Beckett, Yeats, Dylan Thomas, and D. H. Lawrence. "Really, catching TB was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me, " a BBC obituary quotes... [Full Article]
Spilling our Guts!
by Wren Walker
"WitchVox does NOT teach Witchcraft, Wicca, Heathenism or any forms of Paganism, nor do we give out spells, rituals, affirmations or charms."
It is so stated on our 'What is The Witches' Voice?' page and has been since 1997. Yet each week, we receive requests for spells or for some other tidbits of 'secret' knowledge. The e-mail usually begins with, "I know that you state that you don't give out spells, BUT..." and then is followed by all of the myriad of reasons why we should renege on our policy 'just this once' because the person writing has a special problem or a special need or is just a special enough person to warrant some... well... special attention.
Now please understand that we are not heartless. We don't like saying "no" any more than most other people do. This entire project was conceived to be a viable conduit for the news and information that will both facilitate and encourage Pagans and Heathens to not only network in their local communities, but to interact on a broader and global scale. We also offer essays and other venues wherein Pagans and Heathens can offer some of these magickal helpful hints. We are, at our very core, people who wish to be of service. And some requests really do tug at our heartstrings... [Full Article]
Pagan Books: Views and Counting!
12 New Releases this Month
his new section [Link] continues to be hot and this past week saw hundreds of Votes for Your Fave Pagan Book, as well as over 100 new book submissions by Pagan Authors and Publishers. Featured this week are 9 new releases for October 2002.
br>Visit Pagan Books at Witchvox today to see what's new and what's HOT.
Samhain/Hallowe'en Events are happening everywhere this month. (Check YOUR Area Events Pages) - Witchvox will once again celebrate the details of the events and welcome all reviews (and pictures) and coverage related to YOUR Samhain Event experience.
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Upcoming Samhain Events (click location for full details):
This week, we continue with our moon long celebration of arguabally the most fave holiday in all of Pagandom - 'Samhain (aka Hallowe'en, ShadowFest, Martinmas, Old Hallowmas)... Local Samhain Events are plentiful and will be happening all over the Northern Hemisphere during the next 2 weeks (down under they will celebrating Beltaine in a big way). Visit your Samhain Happenings Page OR your Local Events Pages for up to the minute listings.
The Real Origins of Halloween by Isaac Bonewits
You Call It Halloween - We Call It Samhain by Peg Aloi
All Hallow's Eve by Mike Nichols
Halloween Errors and Lies by Isaac Bonewits
A Quick Overview Of Samhain by Wren Walker
Halloween-Myths, Monsters And Devils
Satanic Panic and Black Cats by Wren Walker
The Samhain Index at Witchvox links to various articles, essays and information on Samhain lore and celebrations as well as pointers to Samhain events in YOUR town.
'Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies'
Satan's Fantasies - Part 2
by Kerr Cuhulain
I mentioned in Part I of this article that one of Pulling's resources was Phil Phillips, who makes similar claims to Pulling regarding Fantasy Role Playing Games. Phil, like his father, is a fundamentalist Christian minister from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Phillips has a bachelor's degree in Bible studies from "Christ for the Nation" college in Dallas. He is another of those "spiritual warfare" supporters whose writings are full of battle terms and references to spiritual armour.
Phillips is most well known for his anti cartoon and toy stance. Phillips believes that toys, games and cartoons such as "Care Bears'" "Smurfs," "My Little Pony," "Rainbow Bright," "Gummie Bears," "G. I. Joe," "Crystlar," "Power Lords," "He Man and the Masters of the Universe," "Dungeons and Dragons," "Black Star," "Ghost Busters," and others are Satanic. Phiilips has written a much quoted book on this subject entitled Turmoil in the Toybox. He has also organized toy burnings in the past. Not all of these went as planned... [Full Article]
WebNote: The pages of the Kerr Cuhulain series 'Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies' have been viewed times as of this moment. - Check out Kerr's NEW book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.
An Early Samhain at MoonFire
Saturday night, the 19th of October, the Veil Between the Worlds parted for 35 to 40 adventurous spirits, as the annual MoonFire Samhain celebration (held at the UU Church of Arlington, VA) commenced.
Arriving celebrants were met by members of the hosting group, most clad in black cloaks clasped with silver. Each participant was asked to draw a single card from the three Tarot decks spread upon the reception table, and then ushered into the pre-ritual waiting area. We were encouraged to leave remembrances upon the long Samhain altar -- both for new souls who had arrived during the preceding year, and for those who had departed... [Full Article]
Mikkyo - A Japanese Esoteric Tradition
by Aireon Silentwater
Mikkyo literally means secret teachings. It is a tradition from the Isles of Japan that is an amorphous mix of all spiritual-religious systems in Japan around the time of the 6th -9th century*. During this time, the state governments ran the religions of the country. This government took great pains to destroy or diminish any belief systems that were not state run or controlled or that were esoteric in practice. Therefore, the need for Mikkyo was born from the practitioners of these abolished belief systems during this period, integrated into a working system and blended with the established and accepted spiritual practices of the land.
The way I describe Mikkyo is it has the religious aspects of Shinto, the psychological aspects of Shingon Buddhism, and the mystical aspects that emulate the practices of Shugendo sects. During the time of its birth, there were several foreign schools of thought that were... [Full Article]
Zaduszki and Dziady
Dziady: It means "grandfathers" or "forefathers." This name was given to a solemn celebration in remembrance of one's deceased progenitors. This rite was celebrated mostly in Courland, Lithuania, and Prussia, with Zaduszki or Rodonica being the counterpart in other areas of Poland. The beginnings of this ritual fade back to pagan times, and it was once known as uczta kozla, or "goat's feast." The celebrant is called the KoL˙larz, Huslar or Gularz, both being priest and bard. Today, since enlightened clergy have striven to uproot a custom connected with superstition, the common people observe Dziady secretly in chapels or abandoned houses near a cemetery. There is a banquet of various foods, drink, and fruit laid out, and the souls of the departed are summoned forth with herbs and incantations.
According to Polish anthropologist Aleksander Bruckner, Dziady were celebrated by the people of the Bielorussian lands four times a year, the last one being October 24th... [Full Article]
'Essays for Samhain '02'
by Karl Lembke
Since Lammas, the days have grown noticeably shorter, and the nights longer and colder. Now, to our relief, the pace has slowed, and we begin to see a limit to how cold and dark the world will become. We have not yet reached the shortest night, but now we see it will not the ultimate end of all life. The sun is in the southland, sleeping until the awakening of the light, at Imbolc, and now we can hope that the light will return... [Full Article]
It was Samhain, 2001. I stood on a rocky bluff overlooking the surging, primal waters of the Pacific Ocean. The smell of salt water mixed with the scents of moist earth and blooming flowers. The night sky was illuminated by a moon as big and round and full as any I had seen in a long while, bathing the rocks and trees in a light only slightly more shy than daylight whenever the clouds parted... [Full Article]
Journey Beyond the Veil
by Flame RavenHawk
What follows is the ritual that was written for Birchtree Circle for Samhain, 1995. This ritual was designed to carry the participant on an inner journey of discovery; a journey beyond the veils that separate the world of form from the realms of Spirit. It is a deeply blended combination of ritual and guided meditation. This ritual was originally conducted by Flame RavenHawk and was attended by approximately ten members of the Circle... [Full Article]
Samhain - Feast of Feasts
by Kathryn A. Graham
It's Autumn again. The air grows crisp with the promise of Winter, and we begin to think in terms of spooks and faeries, ghosts and goblins - and lots and lots of pumpkin pie. Samhain approaches.... I've been an acknowledged Witch for 30 years, and I've been out of the closet in the middle of South Texas for several years. I'm also still alive, if a little singed about the edges, though at times I do admit to wondering how I have managed it... [Full Article]
Samhain, the Time of the Ancestors
by Rev. Steven Bragg
Although I honor and serve my ancestors year-round, Samhain is the time when I go all out for them and prepare a large feast for, not only my ancestors, but the ancestors of my Wiccan circle our friends. However, I find little information in many of the marketed texts of Wicca and modern Paganism that deals with ancestor veneration, a practice that is a major characteristic of the vast majority of the world's basic religions... [Full Article]
Adult Essay Topics for November:
1. The History of Pagan Religions Gardnerian Wicca is the most frequently discussed religion with a shadowy historical background, but many, if not most, of our modern-day Pagan religions rely to some degree or another on older religions and societies. What part does history play in the practice, myths and rituals of your religion? Are documentation and authenticity important? Do you practice what you believe is an ancient religion, a modern-day approximation of an ancient religion, or do you consider your religion to be strictly modern? And what about the gods you worship? Are they the same ones worshipped by our ancestors, or are they different? [Click for Details]
2. Living a Pagan Life
How do the beliefs and practices of whatever brand of Paganism you practice affect how you live your daily life? When it comes to "chop wood, carry water", or, more prosaically, "go to the office, shop for groceries" how do your Pagan beliefs shape the way you live your life? [Click for Details]
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