Weekly Update: 12/9/2002|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: December 9th. 2002
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Mother Wit for Yule by DJ
(Featured Articles Below)
I have a quote button on my office bulletin board that says:
"I am the Mother of All Things and All Things should wear a sweater"
Good advice, that. I keep it there to remind me that the Mother Goddess I know is warm hearted, nurturing and very, very practical. Like all good mothers she gently reminds me what is important and what isn't. I need those reminders on a regular basis and never more so than at Yule.
Don't get me wrong; I love this time of year. I love the change in the air and in the earth. I love watching the migration of birds and making the wonderful foods that come with cold weather. But I also dread this time of year because with it comes a secular horror I refer to as "Xmas". (1)
Xmas, the cause of so much winter discontent, is the reason I used to overspend, overeat, and overwork myself in a flurry of Martha Stewart-like activity. But no matter what I did, I could never do enough, buy enough, bake enough or decorate enough to make myself happy.
Xmas stress and the unreal expectations that come with it added to the seasonal depression I already feel this time of year from lack of sunlight. This is not a good time for me to wander through crowds of grumpy, discourteous human beings. Don't even get me started on the music. [continued...]
Traffic, Features, Ruby update, and WOTW v7.5...
This week we are honored to present several new articles (including the inspiring piece by DJ just above), as well as a hot new piece by Kerr Cuhulain, a portal to some outstandlng Yule articles (including Peg's famous 'You call it Chrismas... We call it Yule' article - read over 52,000 times), details related to 4 new Book releases for Novemeber by Pagan authors; Alicia Grosso, Donald Michael Kraig, Kristin Madden and Carl McColman, a new tradition profile 'Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca' by Rev. Wendy Eversen, two new Bardic circles performances and literally thousands of new submissions to your networking section.(See Below)
Wren and Fritz would like to thank all of you that have been sending your healing energies to our kitty Ruby. Wren continues with 'round the clock' nursing and we are seeing some progress, and continue to hold hope. Keep that magick those healing energies coming. We'd also like to thank you for the kind comments some you posted in last week's Question of the Week about the Pagan Web.
Fritz has been working feverishly on 'Witches of the World' v7.5' (to be launched sometime next month). Expect to experience an intelligent and dynamic update to this extremely busy community networking resource. New features *should* include: a 'Master User' account control, community 'face shots', more dynamic local pages, a hot reciprocal links program, 'MeetUp' Breakout listings, new modules and Wren's Nest portaling of local news directly into the area pages.
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New & Recent Features...
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Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca
by Rev. Wendy Eversen
Originally the Correllian Tradition was not always known as that. The Tradition was founded by Orpheis Caroline High-Correll in 1879 (1479 Pisces). She was a woman of Scots-Cherokee ancestry, she is claimed by some members of the High-Correll Family to have been a Scottish Traditional Witch. She was also a practicing psychic, a spiritual healer, and a herbalist. She spent many years traveling with her husband, John Correll.
In creating the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca, Orpheis Caroline drew upon her Native American heritage, as well as the ideas of the European Witchcraft, Spiritualism, and Hermetic views.
The early history of the Correllian Tradition is a little unclear, with familial and religious structures wholly interconnected... [Full Article]
Bardic Circle at Witchvox: (Week 8 - The Magick continues...)
This week we feature TWO new performances: It's Time by Butterfly Messiah and Savor You Like Chocolate Flash Silvermoon - read the stories and experience the music.
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
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!.
What Pagans Are & What They Are Not
by Lady Mandrake
You ask what Pagans are? You asked what am I? You ask whom or what do we worship?
Let me answer with the kiss of the morning dew. Everyday for us is a celebration of life. The sun slowly creeping up in the sky is our captor and we his servant.
What we are is the morning mists delicately dancing through the beautiful green worlds of time. We are the sunshine laying warmth to the valleys and mountains of existence and space. We are the mist of the night laying tiny kisses of devotion and love upon mother Earth. We are the crisp winter wind bringing with it promises of rest and peace.... [Full Article]
Cramming It Down Our Throats...
by Wren Walker
"It's for your own good." At least that is what I tell Ruby each time that I have to cram more of the unpalatable gruel mixture down her throat. And since that little exercise in syringe-work occurs at three-hour intervals around the clock, she has heard me say the phrase a lot. I also tend to mutter it -- though more for my own benefit here than for hers -- as I jab the needle that will deliver the fluid therapy into the scruff of her neck or when I have to roust her at 3 a.m. for yet another fun-filled (NOT!) feeding.
It really is for her own good, of course. Without the fluids and the feedings, Ruby will die of starvation. Her liver functions are so impaired that she has no desire to eat or drink on her own. Feline fatty liver disease is a horrible thing to deal with. The only cure really is to force enough food into Ruby so that her liver finally gets the message that she is not starving. Only then will... [Full Article]
by Darragh Nagle
I'll start this discussion by stating for the record my own personal bias. I have followed a shamanistic path for 40 years. My opinions here reflect my views as such, and I do not expect everyone to agree with them.
With the Miss World contestants fleeing the violent protests in Nigeria (hundreds dead), and with the Iranian school's announcement that female students would be allowed to remove their face veils in the classroom as long as visual barriers are present to prevent males from taking "lavicious looks" at them, I wonder about the teachings of the various religions of the world concerning human sexuality and clothing, and how they might contribute to a safer and better world society... [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]
We Who Shall Inherit Ourselves
by Bethelaine Trimble (Ravenhart)
Over the course of the past decade or two, the giant surge of information on Paganism and Wicca, and Witchcraft in general has swelled to enormous proportions. Whereas I used to have to scratch pathetically through musty bookstores, or wait patiently for a dog-eared and battered single paperback copy of "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margot Adler at the library, or, if great luck would have it, borrow a book or two from some other fortunate soul who not only owned books, but might even know someone who knew someone who might have more; now I can walk into any mall, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Waldenbooks and find many different books in a wide range of topics, depths, and styles. I can surf the Internet and find information on anything I desire. Videos, DVD's, television documentaries, are all available to me like chocolates in a candy store. What do I want to pick today? What do I wish to learn? What path do I want to know more about? What do I want to know of our own history? The plethora of books and authors allow luxuries today that... [Full Article]
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This week: Police Who Believe by Kerr Cuhulain
Earlier in this series I detailed the efforts of Larry Jones of the Boise PD to spread information about Satanic criminality to the public. Jones is just one of many police officers out there setting themselves up as experts to satisfy the demand from Christian congregations for information on the Satanic conspiracies that they've been told about. Many police officers have come forward to meet this demand. Unfortunately many of them are simply disseminating hysterical nonsense.
One of the most well known former police officers presenting himself as an "expert" on Satanism is Dale Griffis. Griffis served as a police officer for 26 years, retiring as a captain from the Tiffin (Ohio) PD. During the later part of his career he supervised a regional information sharing system, worked on mental health boards and worked with the local hospital lay board.
One he had retired Griffis went back to school and got 4 degrees from 3 colleges. Later he got his PhD from the "north campus" of Columbia Pacific University, writing a doctorate paper entitled "Mind Control Cults and Their Effects on the Objectives of Law Enforcement."... [Full Article]
Do Check out Kerr's Latest book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.
Pagan Books: Views and Counting!
4 New Book Releases for December
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.
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