Weekly Update: 11/18/2002|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: November 18th. 2002
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Whine and Euripides...
by Wren Walker
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"This is slavery, not to speak one's thought.". -- (Euripides)
Euripides was one of the greatest of the ancient Greek playwrights. Not that many of the men and women who comprised his contemporary early fifth-century B.C.E. audiences thought of him as such at the time. It's not that the Greeks didn't love their dark tragedies. They did; and the darker and more tragic the tale, the more popular was the play. Throw in some guilt-ridden eye gouging and a little hanky-panky with the Gods and the crowd generally went away happy little playbill-tossers. And since Euripides wrote some darker than dark stuff, you'd think that he would have been quite popular on the streets of Athens.
Not so. You see, Euripides (Euripedes) was a curmudgeon. He was a recluse. He rarely went out and hardly ever socialized. That alone might have labeled him as an eccentric. But the bad reviews that he suffered during his lifetime had less to do with his personal quirks than it had to do with his message. In this time when Athens was at war, most plays and orations celebrated the rhetorical glories of the City's past and Her heroes and offered up assurances that the Gods were most definitely on Her side. But not so with Euripides. Rather, in his works, the Gods were dragged down to earth and the classical heroes were stripped bare of their superhuman personas.
In the rah-rah-rah of the Athenian patriotic glee-fest, Euripides was most definitely a few rahs short of the bandwagon... [Full Article]
New This Week: This weeks update is laced with several new adult essays, two new Bardic circle performances, a West Memphis Three update from Peg (and an interview author Mara Leveritt), 2 new festival reviews, another powerful expose' by Kerr, 3 awesome images, more than 2,000 new or modified listings at the local level and much much more...
It's also worth noting that (over the past two weeks) we have executed literally hundreds of tweaks, updates, rewrites, and changes throughout the site. Changes include; reverse sort options to the QOTW and Wren's Nest comments, major rebuilds of the Issues and Concerns, Gay Pagan, Festival Reviews, Pagan Passages, WitchWars and Media chapters... In most cases dynamic indexes were added and Black backgrounds were changed to a more readable/printable lighter format. Other changes include; several new categories added to your VoxLinks section, powerful management tools for Wren to better keep trolls and mixers out of our comments pages, national conference listtings were added to the Major festivals page, and better clarification/verification of the Pagan Spam desires (or NO Pagan Spam desires) for the personal listings in our networking pages. AND last but not least, we rewrote the navigation throughout all 814 Adult and Teen Essays.
Enjoy the many new features below and have a wonderful week everyone,
This Week's Features...
| AutumnMeet Gathering 2002 |
by Logan Sullivan
I love a good festival. They are a chance to reconnect with old friends, meet new people, charge your magickal batteries and retreat from the world at large for a few days. I go to a lot of festivals, because Emerald Rose plays at gatherings, and my wife Danae and I host several festivals every year on our private land. I know how much work it is to produce a good gathering, because planning and organization is only part of the job. It's also important to have a good magickal energy. Some festivals are good, and some are GREAT.
Autumnmeet 2002 was a festival beyond my expectations. Our band was invited by Wade and Dianne when we played for the CUUPS group in Jacksonville last year. I had met them both before, long ago at a little Georgia festival called Spiral. We made plans to attend and went off to the next gig. The wheel of the year... [Full Article]
The UK Halloween Festival 2002
by David Ash
Where has this year gone? It only seems to be a month or so ago that we were all at The Beltane Bash having fun, saying that Halloween was six months away! How time flies!!
Our small intrepid band of Pagans again used public transport to get to the show, and were soon Pagan-spotting on the London Underground! Once at the venue, Queen Mary's College, the "usual suspects" were everywhere. It's a good feeling, a bit like coming home. Once inside the reception hall, Trish and Jacci looked after us with armbands and programmes etc. The Pagan craft market was buzzing, and although on the way into the main hall, I could not resist a quick look round! Zia of Seven Veils caught my eye; I am in need of a... [Full Article]
West Memphis 3 Update Nov. 2002
by Peg Aloi
The West Memphis Three: An Update Witchvox readers who have been with us since the early days know that one of the cases we have been following for years is the plight of the West Memphis Three. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. were arrested and convicted of the murders of three eight-year old boys (Steven Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers) in 1993. Echols is currently on Death Row and Baldwin and Misskelley are serving life sentences. Despite an almost total lack of evidence connecting them to the crimes, as well as many instances of investigative incompetence on the part of the police, blatant leaks of restricted information to the media (which promulgated rumors of cults in this overwhelmingly-Baptist--not to mention poor and u neducated--community), and questionable legal behavior on the part of the district attorneys and the judge, the three young men (teenagers at the time of the crimes) were found guilty... [Full Article]
The Witches' Voice interview with Mara Leveritt
by Peg Aloi
Arkansas journalist Mara Leveritt covered the case of the West Memphis child murders from the beginning. At first shocked and horrified by these crimes (Leveritt is a parent herself), she gradually began to be amazed at the turn of events as the investigation and trial unfolded. Her articles covering the case in the early days were among the very few that questioned the practices of the police or the legal soundness of what took place. Years of research and writing have led Mara to produce an eye-opening new book Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three. Written in an accessible style, but thoroughly supported with extensive footnotes, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the West Memphis Three.
I was fortunate to interview Mara and talk with her about her book and the case... [Full Article]
Bardic Circle at Witchvox: (Week 5 - The Magick continues...)
Last month 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 Ankha and A Dream Whose time is Coming
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.
Visit Bardic Circle at Witchvox today!.
Pagan Books: Views and Counting!
6 New Releases for November
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.
Yule Events are happening everywhere this year. (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 Yule Event experience.
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October 2002: Our Busiest Month EVER!
October 2002 was another record-breaking month here at TWV, with 2,872,877 pages being delivered to 545,492 unique visitors (based on daily unique IP addresses). Other key stats included; Hits: 10,791,751 and Traffic/bandwidth: 156.99 gigabytes. Once again, we spent substantial time blocking some domains from hitting this site, although there is nothing of value to those 'marketing bots' they were, once again, slamming on the site. For complete daily stats for October click here.
| Kerr Cuhulain's "Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies" - viewed times!|
This week: Experts - Part 1
One of the most common fundamental errors made by those investigators or therapists wishing to obtain information on "the occult" is that they frequently accept the word of anyone who introduces themselves using the title "Detective", "Doctor" or "Minister" without making any attempt to check the background of the individual. Society has taught us to respect these titles and there seems to be an assumption that people would not dare to use such a title unless they had truly earned it. Nothing could be further from the truth. All of these titles can be obtained through mail order businesses for a few dollars. People in law enforcement and related fields seem to be particularly lax sometimes in checking up on the credentials of individuals who introduce themselves with such titles and provide impressive sounding resumes... [Full Article]
- Check out Kerr's Latest book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.
'Adult Essays for November '02'
Problems Associated with Religious Ideas from the Past
Many of the metaphysical ideas known to us have been around for thousands of years and are one of the great achievements of humanity. The understanding of the forces that are beyond and that shape the universe are among the greatest of human understanding. For instance, there are the beautiful stories of the corn goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone, the story of the creation in the book of Genesis in the scriptures of Jews, the religious references in the medical texts of the Anglo-Saxons relating cures given by the god Woden, and there are many others.
As with any branch of knowledge, mythology grows and develops over time, and the mythology known to us represents thousands of years of development. Thus it would be foolhardy to discard it in an attempt to start afresh, as it would be foolhardy to discard say medical knowledge and to start again... [Full Article]
History and Eternity
by Karl Lembke
Paganism is the oldest religion in the world, and the newest.
The first Pagans were the first humans - - or pre-humans - - who woke up to the Gods, in whatever form They made themselves known. We know Neanderthals buried their dead, and bestowed gifts on the newly dead, to prepare them for the world that lies beyond this one. From this early awakening, we have followed our paths toward the divine, drawn by the call to "arise and come unto Me". Prehistoric artwork, and carved figures bear mute testimony to this urge. Ancient stories are handed down from the days before we learned to store our thoughts in marks on paper or lines carved in stone, and the Gods live in these stories.... [Full Article]
Living a Pagan Life : I'm Chopping, I'm Chopping
As with any belief system, my Paganism effects my daily life only when I put it into practice: "Putting my money where my mouth is, " as Mother is wont to say. Sometimes that comes reflexively, and sometimes it has to be a conscious effort. To be frank, when some nimnoid cuts me off in traffic, my first instinct is to get mad and get even; it takes a conscious effort to remember that the Universe and the Law of the Returning Tide will take care of that individual. Its not my job to "set things straight" by giving her or him the one-finger salute. When my dogs are misbehaving (read: being dogs), I usually have to stop and remind myself - before I yell at them - that they are children of the Goddess too, and are just doing what dogs do... [Full Article]
by Nesaia Halimede
As a stay-at-home mom to a wonderfully active two-year old with three cats and a husband, my life is full of the mundane- diaper changes, cooking, cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, weathering tantrums, and other such joys. Yet, as a "kitchen witch, " I believe that every aspect of daily living can be infused with a spiritual meaning or intent. For example, sweeping the floor can be made a magical chore by singing or chanting to the Lord and Lady. Even eating a piece of fresh fruit can be seen as a "magical" act- taking in the bounty of the Earth into your own body. How much closer to divinity can you get?... [Full Article]
Leaving Small Footprints, Walking the Talk
I don't cease to be Pagan when I open my circle after a ritual. If I did I would be a part-time Pagan, because in my family we seldom have a formal ritual with all the bells and whistles.
Both my husband and I prefer to be Solitary, and given our schedules with children, work and other activities, the hour drive each way to local functions is usually more than we can manage.
In spite of the lack of official Circles in our lives, we are always Pagan. My first action when I wake each morning is a prayer to The Lady asking her to guide me through my day and to help me be the best me I can be today. My daughter's last words as she lies down to sleep are to the Goddess and God... [Full Article]
Between the Spokes of the Wheel
by Karl Lembke
Paganism is a religion. As I've stated in my other essay this month, it's the oldest religion in the world, but it's also the newest. It is constantly renewed by its practitioners, and it renews us in turn.
Valid religions all have one thing in common -- they're not romantic. They involve hard work, and a certain amount of sacrifice, in both senses of the word. They involve giving up things you would rather have or do, and they call you to make sacred those things which had previously been mundane... [Full Article]
Living as a Witch
by Dawn Blacksun
Some people choose to live as Witches on a Sabbat or for full and dark moon rituals, but I choose to live life as a Witch at all times. How do I live as a Witch? Many people I’ve met believe that it is a matter of doing a prescribed set of rituals each day or every time something occurs (like giving thanks to Dionysos each time one drinks water).
For me, it includes that and more. In the Hellenic Orthodox religion, there are a few laws, such as the Divine Law that I live by. These help me navigate through the rough waters of life more than a series of mini-rituals do... [Full Article]
How Paganism Has Changed My Life
After reading the subject for this month's essay, I thought Paganism hasn't really changed my life that much--at least not in concrete ways. I've always loved the Earth and thought of it as being beautiful and precious. I've always been fascinated at the beauty and mystery of the Moon and the starry sky. I've always found Nature to be healing in an all-inclusive way that encompasses the physical, mental and spiritual realms. I've always believed that our minds have the power to accomplish amazing things. I've always thought that there is much more to this Universe than what we can see with our eyes and grasp with our minds... [Full Article]
The Call of the Ministry
by Flame RavenHawk
There was a single moment that changed my life -- a moment that transformed me from a seeker searching for the simple certainty of faith, to a life dedicated to the path of service to the Divine. It was a moment that moved me beyond just talking about spiritual truths -- it set me on the path of actually living a spiritual life. It was my moment of personal epiphany when I became ordained as Priestess by the Goddess.
One summer evening I was driving with a friend through a city park when we saw the full moon. It had recently risen and was still swollen and huge on the horizon. That full moon radiated such a golden glow that we felt the need to pull over to the side of the road to admire Her. Impulsively, we got out of the car and moved to the soft grass under a large tree where our view would be unobstructed.... [Full Article]
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