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Weekly Update: 4/14/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: April 14th. 2003
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Killed a Goat Today...
by Wren Walker

I killed a goat today. And it was quite messy. For some reason, this year's goat put up quite a fight. It was hard to get a real good grip on it. The little beastie is wilier than you might think. When I did finally back it into a corner, the creature pathetically bleated and whined and for just a moment there, I even felt a little bit sorry for it. But no matter. A ritual is a ritual. The goat has to go.

Twice a year, at Beltaine and at Samhain, I sacrifice a goat. The actual killing of it is always a difficult thing for me to do and I experience some serious qualms over it each time. But the sense of release that follows the deed is well worth the effort expended. I guess that is why it is called a sacrifice. It's not supposed to be easy. So, I sucked up and I did it. So long, goat. Now, if only I knew where that other one has wandered off to...

Well, yes. There are two goats involved in this time-honored tradition. Goat #1 gets the proverbial ax. The other goat (Goat #2) is released into the wilderness. You have probably heard about that one. It is usually called the scapegoat.

As represented in the biblical tales of the Jewish and Christian belief systems, the scapegoat is "a goat that was driven off into the wilderness as part of the ceremonies of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, in Judaism. The rite is described in Leviticus XVI. Two male goats were to be brought to the place of sacrifice along with a bull. The high priest then cast lots for the two goats. One goat was offered as a burnt offering, as was the bull. The second goat was the scapegoat. The high priest placed his hands on the head of the goat and confessed the sins of the people of Israel. The goat was then led away into the wilderness, bearing the sins of the people with it, to be claimed by Azazel." * [... continued]

(Ed. Note: No actual goats were harmed during the writing of this editorial.)

Wren's Nest - 6 Million Visits and Counting

This past week the combined pages at Wren's Nest news cracked the 6 million full pages viewed (6,020,359) mark. AS of this writing; the articles were viewed 5,755,216 times, there have been more than 182,000 searches executed, the 'tell a friend' (about an article) option has been utilized over 18,000 times, and nearly 30,000 article comments (just in the past 6 months) have been posted by the Pagan community. The balance of the page requests were for pages such as; Wren's personal news links list, 'Nest PDA version, and email to and from those that have been commenting on the articles.

Wren's PDA - Also popular is the P.D.A. (personal digital assistant) version of the 'Nest. To date there have been nearly 20.000 requests for the Nest 'P.D.A.' feed. This no graphics/lean version of the nest is dynamic and feeds P.D.A.s and cell phones the latest spirit news.

Wren's Nest posts Pagan community news, updates on discrimination cases, legislative alerts, calls for action and general comments about Pagan issues around the world on a daily basis. For the absolute latest in Spiritual news visit Wren's Nest News Today

Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies
by Kerr Cuhulain

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Jopeph 'Doc' Marquis

"Earlier in this series I wrote about several individuals such as Bill Schnoebelen and Tom Sanguinet who had claimed to be former Satanic priests. Another person who tried a similar ploy was Joseph "Doc" Marquis, born 26 October 1956. Marquis is a former army medic, which is how he got his nickname "Doc." He claims that, at age 4, his foster aunt initiated him into the "Illuminati." Marquis claims that he was made a high priest at thirteen years of age, becoming a "Master Witch" at the age of seventeen. Having attained this title, Marquis claims that he was given control of the towns of Methuen and Lawrence in Massachusetts and Salem in New Hampshire. He claims to have witnessed over a hundred human sacrifices in the 20 years that we was supposedly in the Illuminati. Marquis claims that he left the Illuminati in 1979, resulting in the Illuminati issuing a half million dollar contract on his life. Marquis claims that there have been eight attempts on his life. "

To Experience PART ONE (of 2) of this New Article - "Jopeph 'Doc' Marquis" - CLICK HERE

Editors Note: Kerr's latest book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior' is the most viewed book in our database.

Mother Earth: New Essays... New Topic...

Once again, as Earth Day approaches, we ask you for your thoughts on the environment. Historically, we have gotten few responses to any essay questions relating to the environment, so the question will be slightly different this time. We'd like to know what part the natural world, the environment, Mother Earth, plays in your religion. Do you consider your religion to be "earth-based"? If so, what, if any, concerns do you have about environmental degradation and pollution, and what, if anything, do you do about it in the context of your life as a Pagan?

Any thoughtful essays of over 1,000 words will be published. Please read our editorial guidelines first, and send your essay to Diotima The deadline for this topic is 4/15, but we will post them as we receive them. Please keep in mind that we will not post responses to previously posted essays.

The varied perspectives, and the depth and breadth of thought that are so evident in the essays we receive here at the Vox highlight the fact that Pagan religions are growing and vibrant. Please consider adding YOUR voice to our collection of essays from the worldwide Pagan community.

New Essays this week ...

Mother Where Are Your Children And What Are They Doing???
by Cassandra Coleman

I find this an interesting subject to write about, both as a Pagan and a mother. I have always felt that my religion, world and life are Earth based. How can one not feel the pull of the bare soil and the need to plant? How can we all ignore the destruction of not just rainforests but all forests? Where are the Pucks when we need them? I think I saw one hanging around my grape vine, but he was waiting for the grapes to become wine. Seems that is what they do best... [Full Article]

Weaving The Web of Beings
by Penny J. Novack

It seems to me that the absolute first thing a person coming in contact with the Old Religion -- in any of its forms -- would have to notice would be the immense number of deities and sacred concepts which relate to the natural world. This does not mean that every person who finds themselves involved in a Pagan or Witch scene has a personal, deep relationship with the natural world. Not at all. Some are simply looking to have a good time and Pagans are, indubitably, very FUN people. Some people are just really, really focused on all that occult power... [Full Article]

Are We Left Alone?
by Duir

The midday Sun turned its blazing gaze away from my garden as I stepped onto its warm orange tiles. I had just finished jogging, and when a soft breeze swerved through my hair, I knew it was a good time to lay down on the ground for quiet meditation. There was a spot in the middle of the garden where I have never lain before, for it was where the Sun always cast His scorching rays and I had to choose another corner behind the house where the shadows kept their unfailing vigil. This time, I thought, I could experience this space at the Sun's mercy. I made sure that the glass door was closed, as I did not wish to be disturbed by my four-year-old sister who was watching TV, and my family has no habit of drawing the curtains close... [Full Article]

New Book Releases for April 2003

The Book section [Link] at Witchvox continues to be hot and since this past September it has clocked in visits from Pagans all over the planet.

Featured this week...

The Veil's Edge: Exploring the Boundaries of Magic
Author: Willow Polson

""The Veil's Edge: Exploring the Boundaries of Magic" is for people who want to get beyond "Wicca 101". This book takes the reader through different levels of perception and reality, explores concepts like ecstatic worship techniques and fey magics, and offers practical instructions for how to work with these unfamiliar ideas and ways of shaping reality.
Laying the groundwork in chapter one with a discussion of quantum physics, the author goes on to explain how and why magic works, how to use various techniques of magic from around the world to affect change, how to work with the Veil and form a portal for deeper workings, and how to look inside yourself for the magic tools you need for this level of work."... [More on this New Book]

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

Some of Last Week's Features at Witchvox...

The Elephant In Our Circles: Pagans, Tolerance And The War In Iraq.
by Sia

There is an elephant dancing in many of our Circles; it's huge, it's beginning to trash the house and many people are pretending that it's not there. That elephant is conflict; both the one overseas and the one here at home.

Lately, I've noticed a tendency on the part of some Pagans to assume that all Pagans are in agreement on the war and that they all think X. When certain people discover that opinions differ, they take the stance that we all should be in agreement about the war. By that, of course, they mean that we should all agree with them. I've even seen Pagans take the position that you can't be Pagan unless you agree with their particular views on this issue. [... continued]

Looking for Pagan Soldiers
by John Machate (MPN)

The Military Pagan Network, Inc. is the host of the Adopt a Pagan Soldier Program. We are in need of deployed Pagan soldiers for adoption.

If you are a Pagan soldier or the immediate family member of a Pagan and you wish for 5 lucky groups or families of your faith to send you letters and packages in the field then please go to our website, read over the program information and send us the required info. Please note we will not accept soldier registrations from covenmates, kinsmen (Asatru) or friends.

We have eager people wanting to send you love.

John Machate, Executive Director
Military Pagan Network, Inc.


The Passing of An Elder: Phoenix
April 5th, 2003
Obituary by Grey Cat

A Hole In My Universe

The first person for whom I served as initiatory priestess died last night, died as silently as she had lived. Phoenix (a/k/a Circe, Barb) studied Wicca for at least 10 years before she trained with me over 15 years ago. No priestess ever began her work with an initiate in whom she could feel more confidence and satisfaction.

In both her personal and her spiritual life, Phoenix always did her job. She made the best of an early and bad marriage and, when he walked out on her after almost 30 years, she valiantly tried to make the best of life alone. (Though I have always suspected she regretted having slept with only one man in her whole life, and him a SOB.) She coped with arthritis, money shortages, and ill health quietly and with courage. She learned to stand up for herself and not only say that she'd go this far and no farther but to enforce it, too. We must not forget she had a gamin sense of humor and was almost always ready to laugh. [... continued]

Anthony Agapito Martinez "Tony"
Loving Husband, Friend and Brother
[1972 - 2003]

Obituary by Soror BreAnna Ashtara (a.k.a Katari Martinez)

Anthony Agapito Martinez crossed over from this world on March 6, 2003 at 2:34 PM. Tony was born into this life on May 11, 1972 in Irving, Texas . He attended University of Austin and lived in Austin most of his adult live. For the past year, he and his wife have lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. His passing brings great sorrow to his friends and loved ones. He was an active member of CMA and will often be remembered around the campfires. In addition, he was an enthusiastic member of the OTO and many other Thelemic endeavors.

He will be remembered for his generous smile and a laugh that was contagious to all. He lived life to the fullest. Traveling to far away lands and experiencing all the joys life has to offer. Tony considered himself a jack-of-all trades but in his heart was an artist. He designed beautiful jewelry that brought smiles to many. [... continued]

Death of an Elder
Posted by: Deb Jarvis
Posted on: 4/8/03

On Friday morning, April 4th, Leon Edwards (born Edward Lindir), passed over. Aged 55, Leon had lived a rich life not only within the magickal community, but within the local artistic community as well.

Leon was a Master Tarot reader, an outstanding lecturer, and an endless resource on all matters arcane. At the time of his passing, he was the High Priest of both the First Coven of Thelemic Witchcraft, and The Sagefire Fellowship. His presence as High Priest at rituals held by both groups, including the past two Southern New Hampshire Pagan Pride Days, will be sorely missed.

A Memorial service and funerary rites are currently in the planning stages and times, dates, and places will be announced in the near future as more information becomes available. Members of the community are asked to attend these events to pay their final respects. An accomplished photographer who was known in the New England area, Leon had compiled a large body of works. Many of these will be on display at the Memorial Service. [... continued]

Remembering and Reconnecting
by RuneWolf

I do consider my religion - Wicca - and my particular practice of it, to be Earth-based. Such a statement might seem absurdly obvious on the surface, but it is, I think, important to state it in this fashion. Wicca has within it elements of Ceremonial Magic, and it has been my personal experience that it is quite possible to become obsessed with and lost in the liturgical and ritual forms, to the extent that what one ends up practicing has, in fact, more in common with CM than with Wicca.

Now, don't misunderstand me: We need ritualists and liturgists who can preserve the outer forms of our religion, and re-invent them as time goes by, so that we neither lose our traditional roots nor become mired in them... [Full Article]

An Earth Day Resolution?
by Galdor Sparrowhawk

Earth Day is fast approaching and the environment will once more become the concern of the world. Like every year, hundreds, thousands, even hundreds of thousands, gather across campuses, in schools, at conference centers, and various other places to show their support for Mother Earth. Earth Day T-shirts spring onto people's backs like the call of the wolf to the hunt. Workshops about energy conservation, cleaner living, recycling, and other conservation ideas become hot-ticket parties. Phrases like, "Think Green" and "Alternative Energy" are bandied about like the score of the Laker's game. For a brief day that world of excess - of SUV's and V6 engines, of cell phones as far as the eye can see, and the eternal hum of power lines... [Full Article]

Don't Mess With Mother Nature!
by Dove

If you have seen as many summers as I have, you will remember an old margarine commercial which featured the dialog line "Don't mess with Mother Nature!" Then this oldish lady with flowing robes and flowers in her hair would sweep her arm and thunder and lightening would flash across the TV screen. It was telling the public that this product was better than "natural butter" and Mother Nature was angry at being outdone by this big company making fake butter. I used the product, and smiled every time I saw the commercial, but the tag line "Don't mess with Mother Nature" has stuck with me. When you think about it, I think that you will see that this is really good advice... [Full Article]


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