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Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: January 6th. 2003
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Gender and Nature in Contemporary NeoPaganism...
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In recent decades, several social and political movements have had profound impacts upon the popular Western psyche. Collectively, they pose a powerful challenge to religiously grounded relational paradigms which until recently have been accepted almost without question. These movements include the human rights trio (ethnic/racial civil rights, lesbian/gay rights and feminism) and environmentalism.
The last two of these, feminism and environmentalism, have been converging to the degree that a common discipline, ecofeminism, has been born. Although some affinities exist between these two and the others, the only solid connection seems to be the choice by some feminists of lesbianism on ideological grounds in spite of their personal sexual preferences. What could the women"s rights movement have in common with the attempt to preserve and protect our planetary ecology which the homosexual and nonwhite rights movements do not share? To answer this question, we must take a look at the paradigm they are all opposing, and in what ways each of them oppose it.
Our Present Paradigm
This paradigm is drawn from the moral laws set down in the holy texts of the religions comprising mainstream Western Monotheism. These religions mainly include Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism; their texts include the Bible, the Koran and the Zend Avesta. For purposes of simplicity and brevity, we shall call this the JCIZ paradigm.
JCIZ postulates a single omniscient, omnipotent and relatively benevolent male deity (Jahweh, Jehovah, God or Lord, Allah or Ahura Mazda), who created and populated the world but is essentially transcendent with respect to it. This deity is opposed by another somewhat less knowing and powerful, relatively malevolent male deity (Lucifer, the Devil, Shaitan or Ahriman), who is also essentially supernatural. These two opposed forces of good and evil, light and darkness, contend with each other by intervening in our affairs. Each of us shall spend eternity with whichever one he or she allies with; in any case this earth is a temporary inconvenience, unimportant in the greater order of things. It is in our interest to ally ourselves with the 'good guy -- , and we know how to do this because He"s thoughtfully sent us a male savior or prophet or avatar (Moses, Jesus, Mohammed or Zarathustra) to so inform us... [Full Article]
New Book Releases for January/February 2003
The Book section [Link] at Witchvox continues to be hot and this past quarter saw visits from Pagans all over the planet checking out the latest from our authors. Also hot was YOUR vote for your top 5 favorite books. We are thrilled to offer those results as a guide for the thousands of new seekers that visit this site. Featured this week are 7 new releases to kick off the year (due out this month and next).
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The Dreaming Spirit: Messages from the Inner Self
by Flame RavenHawk
Dreams are highly personal communications between the subconscious and the conscious minds. I firmly believe that no one else can accurately interpret a dream better than the dreamer. Dreams are communication using the highly subjective language of symbols. This symbolism is unique to each individual. Two people can have an identical dream of a dog, but if one person raises dogs for a living and the other person was mauled by a dog as a child, the symbolic meaning of "dog" will be vastly different. Who would dare tell those dreamers what "dog" means to them? Toss that "dream dictionary" right into the trash.
Many dreams are simply the result of the brain sorting through the days experiences and filing them for future reference. Images get sifted, compared, joined, disjointed, and played with before getting tucked away. Analyzing these dreams will offer you lots of insight into the nature of your individual subconscious, and help you keep track of your own inner workings. But most of these types of dreams are of the "routine housekeeping" variety, and don't necessarily have a lot of significance beyond that... [Full Article]
Quick TWV Note: This week's update was a last minute scramble due to a mountain of technical 'opportunities' ... Look for more on this and many new features (including a new piece by Kerr) in the day or two.
Worth noting; The Witchvox staff are profoundly thankful for the friends we have made and knowledge that we have acquired over the past year. This week we offer Happy Hatchday blessings to Boudica (TWPT) and Wren Walker (Witchvox).
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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?
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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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Strange Therapy - Part 1
by Kerr Cuhulain
Multiple Personality Myths
In November 1991 Harold Lief, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, stated: "While our awareness of childhood sexual abuse has increased enormously in the last decade and the horrors of its consequences should never be minimized, there is another side to this situation, namely that of the consequences of false allegations where whole families are split apart and terrible pain inflicted on everyone concerned. This side of the story needs to be told, for a therapist may, with the best intentions in the world, contribute to enormous family suffering."
Sigmund Freud was the first psychiatrist to suggest that the accounts of adult hysteria patients stemmed from their being sexually abused as children. But by the late 1890s Freud had changed his mind, reporting that he could not accept that such abuse was widespread, stating his belief that the stories of the patients were fantasies, stemming from their own taboo desires. Freud concluded that "these remembrances reflected an emotional reality but were not necessarily historically accurate- rather, they were generally a combination of fantasies, desires, and fears as well as actual recollections of different periods of time."(1)
There now is no doubt that sexual abuse of children... [Full Article]
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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]
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