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Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: December 30th. 2002
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The Once and Future Year...
by Wren Walker
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It's 2003! Well, it will be come Wednesday. Let's take a peek ahead to January 1st and see what my new Michael Moore desk calendar has lined up for that day, shall we? Hmmm..."Freedom of choice is a thing of the past."
Oh, Joy to the World.
Not a good thought with which to begin a new year, Michael. New Year's is supposed to be all about optimism, isn't it? You know: Out with the old and in with the new? That and lots of bubbly and indiscriminate hugging and good old-fashioned horn-tooting confetti-spitting cheer. And, of course, Dick Clark.
So I'll make a non-prognostic guess that Dick won't be inviting Michael to his New Year's Eve Rockin' Bash then. Michael, you're such a downer, babe. Go pop a cork of something and lighten up. Let us have our one brief and shining moment of abandoned denial. Check back with us on Thursday, January 2nd. After a few minutes with CNN or Fox News, I'm sure that you'll find us all quite sober again.
It is almost obligatory that every journalist on the planet write up some sort of years-end wrap-up piece. Good thing for you that I am not a journalist. Good thing for me, too. I wouldn't even know where to begin. Or end. Like Janus, the God who looks both into the past and into the future simultaneously, I can see both the wisdom in reviewing the former and the hope of looking into the later. The trouble is that unlike Janus -- who after all is a God -- I get dizzy from whipping my head back and forth. Rather than gazing serenely in both directions, I am torn between demonizing the events of the not so good old 2002 and idealizing the prospects of hopefully-better-than-that 2003. Or vise versa ... [Full Article]
Silence is Golden
Paganism today is predicated on subjectivity. We believe in individual rather than communal truths - what is true for me may not be true for you, and vice versa. This subjectivity precludes Pagan evangelism, as the God that I worship may not be the God who is right for you. There are as many paths to the Divine as there are people - religion itself is subjective, it belongs to the person.
There are both good and bad issues associated with such subjectivity. We are freer than our objective brethren, for objectivity is the "tendency to accept rules governing both behaviour and thought."  No one tells a Pagan how to believe or act, it is something each individual must find or decide for him/herself. It is this very freedom that is problematic for some. It is easier to think of oneself as contributing to mankind's store of knowledge and truth, of creating something that will be true long after we are gone. Human nature makes us long for the safety of the group, to identify with others and not to see ourselves as lone thinkers, thinking things only applicable to ourselves. Subjective knowledge cannot be handed... [Full Article]
70 Million Views! (Views of What? and So What!)
by Fritz Jung
It's been quite awhile since I have chimed in here on our front page, and this milestone seems like a proper excuse for our annual explanation of hits, page views and visitors. This past week the Witches' Voice passed the 70 million pages delivered milestone, and we continue to be amazed at the steady and growing traffic that this site receives.... 70 million hits? Not! The Witchvox 'hits' total would be about 5.2 times that number (hits are page pieces including images etc.) 70 million visitors? Nope that count would be more like 1/6 this number. So does this number reflect page parts? pieces? NOPE this number represents actual FULL PAGE requests counting as ONE each. You hit THIS page we count that as ONE page view (more on this later)
70 million? So who cares?
Good question. I know we do, but this number is relative, we will never forget how thrilled we were the first time TWV delivered 100 pages in a single day (this month's daily average is 74,000). We know that the mainstream press cares, they love numbers and a high traffic reference does add to the legitimacy of a piece (at least in their eyes). Many of you have emailed us noting that you point your friends and relatives to this site so this number often shows parents that their daughter/son isn't all that weird or unique -- clearly there are many others that are 'into this' (safety in numbers to coin a phrase). Those that loot this site (articles, images etc. etc.) on a regular basis care, they want the traffic to sell their agenda, cause or (in most cases) products and perhaps with this 'stolen booty' they will. Those that want an extensive and diverse offering of local contacts care (many have fallen in love, gotten hand-fasted, formed groups or made life long friends via the WitchVox networking section).
For Battle Bots... What we DO count as a 'Page View', and various other ramblings... [Click HERE]
In closing allow us to wish you all a safe and properous secular New Year. And... As always, we are honored to be in your service!
Wren, Fritz, Peg, Dio, Christina, Steve, Darragh and Waterhawk
Photo Credit: Thanks go out to Wvox staff photographer Don "Two Eagles" Waterhawk (Web) for this powerful image. (location: Wendyl and Bill's ritual space in Ft. Meyers, Florida).
Pagan Books: Views and Counting!
4 New Book Releases for January '03
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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Is Nothing Profane?
Many Pagans say they believe that "everything is sacred", or, similarly, that the definition of sacredness is entirely personal and subjective, and therefore if someone says something is sacred, then it is for them, and others should accept that. While this attitude does reflect the importance that our community puts on inclusiveness, it also presents some real difficulties in application. For instance, the destruction of the World Trade Center was considered a sacred act by those who perpetrated it, and there are those who still sacrifice children to their gods. We'd like to hear your thoughts on what is, or is not, sacred. What does the word mean to you, and where, if at all, do you draw the line between sacred and profane?
Please be sure to read our editorial guidelines before submitting your essay to Diotima. Essays of less than 1000 words in length will not be considered for publication. Deadline for submission is Jan. 25 2003
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... [Full Article]
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This week: Police Who Believe Part IV by Kerr Cuhulain
Detective Robert "Jerry" Simandl was a Youth Officer with the Chicago Police Department. Jerry Simandl is a devout Catholic. He has spent his latter years in this department's Youth Division. Simandl was the president of the Illinois chapter of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association (MGIA).
Simandl attended a seminar sponsored by the California Gang Investigators Association while he was a Chicago Gang Squad officer many years ago. It was at this seminar that he was first introduced to the concept of ritualistic crime. Simandl spent the next 6 to 7 years on his own time studying this subject. Since then he has worked on this problem, mostly on his own time. Simandl has appeared in numerous television interviews and training films on the subject.
... [Full Article]
Do Check out Kerr's Latest book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.
by Patricia (Trish) Telesco
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]
Start Making Scents
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]
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