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Weekly Update: 12/23/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: December 23rd. 2002
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My "Coven"
by Trish Telesco

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Events of the last year or so have left me thinking about many things in our community. At least one of them is why nearly 70% of us remain solitary. Oh, certainly some live in an area where finding a group is impossible. Some may not be able to find the right group no matter how numerous the neo-pagans around, and others still may be afraid to affiliate themselves with a group because of personal or professional obligations.

In looking back on 18 years, I remember well wanting to be part of something bigger than myself... to find a group and fellowship. When it turned out that my silly notion of asking questions and challenging the status quo was not welcome locally, I simply tucked that dream into my pocket and learned on my own. I don't think I'm alone in this reality.

As years wore on, I started to travel more and more. This lead to the thought that at last, I had found my home. This is my coven.. the entire community is my "coven" for it is they who I serve. But now I wonder if that was wrong too.... [Full Article] .

Gifts That Keep On Giving...
by Wren Walker

I wrote up a holiday gift list again this year. I began the list in August when the onslaught of catalogs began to fill up my mailbox. Come early October, their pages were stuffed with little scraps of paper noting names and sizes and ordering deadlines. By late November, I had crossed most of the items out. Last week, I just threw them all into the trash bin. Ruby's medical bills and treatments came to over $1700.00 and that pretty much settled the issue of who would get what. I'll just stick a bow on Ruby's head and send you all a picture. Happy Yule! Other than that, it is going to be a lean, lean holiday this year.

Initially, I felt a little depressed about it. Okay, I felt a lot depressed about it. I almost cried whenever I had to go into a store. Seeing all of those shopping carts filled with toys and clothing and crinkly packages of candy filled me with a frustrated sadness. Don't get me wrong, I actually hate shopping. At least I hate the sort of coerced shopping that one is regularly brainwashed into performing at the turn of any commercial holiday. But still, there is a difference between choosing not to buy into the hype and not being able to buy anything because of physical or financial circumstances that one cannot change or overcome.... [Full Article]

Image Gratitude: The beautiful "Spiral Mandala" featured as our lead in image this week is by Maggie Mandzuk [Email]. "I see the spiral here as a symbol of growth and development into my true self, a path we're all on together. The pentacle at the center celebrates my openess about my religious identification as Wiccan. Darkness and light are both part of the circle, equally valuable in life, death and spiritual growth".

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Bardic Circle at Witchvox: (Week 8 - The Magick continues...)

This week we feature a new performance by Elaine Silver called 'Faerie Blessing Song' "This song was inspired by the connection with magic that comes when you close your eyes. It speaks of the power we all have to create joy in our lives, to find our life path, to connect with spirit and the life force."

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

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!.

Start Making Scents
by Oak

Once again; in the dark of the year, my thoughts turn to what is needed to bring back the light in these terrible times. And they are terrible times. For once, I do not feel like Cassandra issuing dire warnings to a country that sees me as crazy. I think that no matter the political agenda or view, there is mass consensus that (pardon my English) things are fucked. One identifying characteristic of witches is that we are metaphysical meddlers. Most of us have gotten busy trying to change the situation at hand, whether by overt political action or simply by burning candles devoted to peace. I have heard much talk about binding, and although I won't focus on that here, binding is something I am theologically against, believing contracting things is not what is called for at this time. Some are opening portals, but while not against portal openings, the whole idea feels like something from Star Trek to me, and I can't imagine it without a giggle. My work seems to be simply envisioning hope and mindfully charging things up with this hope, both in my own home and on the streets... [Full Article]

Pagan Books: Views and Counting!

5 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.

br>Visit Pagan Books at Witchvox today to see what's new and what's HOT.

Pagan and Magickal Etiquette
by Carol Bridwell

Merry Meet All!! My name is Carol Bridwell; I am a wife, mother of 2, and a full time student living in southern Indiana. I have been practicing Witchcraft for about 3 years now, but have had the beliefs of Wicca all my life. I have lived all over the world, starting out in Augsburg, Germany, where I was born a little over 25 years ago. I was born to a Methodist Father and a Catholic Mother, who taught me to follow the path in life that suits me best. After moving back to the states in 1982, we moved to Augusta, Georgia, where I grew up and lived until 1995. I moved Alabama in July of 1995. I lived in Alabama until September of 2001, when I moved to Kentucky, then in January I moved to Indiana. I am open about my path in life as far as Wicca and I am very proud to serve the Goddess Hecate in every way possible... [Full Article]

Black Cats and Tall Hats
by Ronni White

I chose to explore a magickal route to the Divine as a solitary pursuit initially, immersing myself in its varied texts and teachings until I found a path that called to me. When I had the honor of being invited to a Yule gathering of the Temple of the Triple Goddess in Arizona, I attended "in perfect love and perfect trust", not knowing quite what to expect, but open to the experience. It proved to be a turning point for me, as I gained a richer understanding of the Craft from those I encountered... [Full Article]

"Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies" - viewed times!

NEW This week: Police Who Believe Part III by Kerr Cuhulain

Mitchell, Wedge and the San Diego County Sheriff's Association

Very often police chaplains will get involved in "occult crime training." Often the individual has no formal police training, being a local minister seconded by the church to fulfil this role. Sometimes these individuals receive honorary ranks while so employed, which can give the erroneous impression to outsiders that they have some special police training when in fact they do not.

One such chaplain is Chaplain Norman E Mitchell of the Cumberland County (NC) Sherriff's Department. While so employed Mitchell enjoys the rank of Lieutenant. He is also a pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Reverend Mitchell is also associated to the Youth For Christ organization in the Fayetteville. Mitchell authored a manual for occult crime investigators entitled: Hidden Practices, which was published by the Fayetteville Youth For Christ. In it Mitchell calls himself "Lt Norman E Mitchell." However, in all of the other articles that I have in my possession in which Mitchell appears, he is either referred to as "Reverend" or "Chaplain" Mitchell... [Full Article]

Do Check out Kerr's Latest book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.

Yule 2002...

Usefull Yule Links by DJ

Here is a sample...
    A Winter Solstice Page: Architecture, History & more: [Link]
    A Pagan Yule Carol Collection: Pagan words for the traditional carols & new songs for the community. [Link]
    For Pagan Parents: A Family Education Web page on the Winter Solstice. [Link]
For the complete list [click HERE]

Celebrating Yule: Light In The Darkest Hour
by Flame RavenHawk

Twinkling lights and tinsel, candles and cookies, ribbons and wrapping paper, gifts and gorging, excitement and eggnog... these are all images that come to mind when we think of the Yuletide season. Yule, the Wiccan holiday that arrives each year at the Winter Solstice, is one of the most joyous and anticipated holidays of the year. At Yule, we celebrate the rebirth of the sun, marking it as a time of brightness and beauty. Light is what this holiday is all about, making it an occasion where our hopes and wishes shine like the sun.

We use the occasion of the Solstice to celebrate all of the things that brighten our lives, and we share this beauty with our family and friends. Yule has long been a holiday well suited to gathering together with those we love best... [Full Article]

Christmas and Yule, Are They the Same?
by Godhi Adam Wycoff

Why do we celebrate a seemingly Christian holiday, "Christmas" or "Yule", in the religion of Asátrú?

Let us begin by clarifying something... Except for the Nativity Scene and Christmas Mass, everything celebrated, practiced, and observed by Christians at the "Yule" season, or so- called "Christmas", was appropriated from Heathen/Pagan sources, i.e. the ancient Northern European religion, in its various forms. This is a fact that any historian, of even mediocre expertise, can discover by a brief study of the past. This knowledge, although quite common amongst scholars, is generally concealed from the Christian populace.

Yule or the Winter Solstice is possibly the most important celebration of the year for those who follow the ancient religion of Asátrú. It begins on the Mother Night (Dec. 20th) and ends on the... [Full Article]

Yule:The Silence of Winter
by Katie Hodges

It's cold outside. Here in Sacramento we don't get snow but the rain comes. It gets windy and the temperature drops at night. Winter here is not nearly as harsh as it is in many other areas of the world but it gets cold here. The days between Samhain and Yule have always left me puzzled. There is nothing left to do but live off our harvest and hope it lasts. It's such a quiet time. Sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I yell, no one will hear me in the wintertime.

I am preparing for this year's Yule celebration and the inspiration has left me. Our faithful traditions - the yule tree/log, homemade cider and Pagan carols - hold little excitement. Our circle has decided to (once again) attempt to stay up all night to greet... [Full Article]

It all turns toward Yule
by Karl Lembke

The Wheel turns, the year flows, and now, in the darkness of the year, we come to Yule. Yule is one of those names with many layers of meaning. Some sources claim the word means "feast" or "winter". I've even seen one claim that traces it back to Jolin, a nickname for Odin. Yule is, ultimately, a holiday for the Lord, who is reborn on this day. It makes sense that it would be named after a male god, and the head of the Norse pantheon. Bede is cited as an authority tracing the word back to the Norse word "iul", meaning "wheel". It turns out that he's probably right. Michael Medved, in his exposition on the "Secret History of Christmas" traces the word back to the Anglo-Saxon "Hweal"... [Full Article]


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