Weekly Update: 4/21/2003|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: April 21st. 2003
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One Worm at a Time...
by Wren Walker
I think that sooner or later we all come to the same conclusion: Worms have a death wish. Stroll down any street, avenue or walkway after a soaking rain and you'll undoubtedly find numerous strands of the recently deceased lying at the bottom of the newly ponded puddles. What great tragedy so drives the earthworm to such despair that its only recourse is to fling itself into the watery abyss? Has it been heckled by one robin too many? Perhaps our friend, Eddie , is on to something. Being called 'Slimy' or 'Yucky' by complete strangers does seem a bit over the top even in these politically divisive times. And I certainly can see where that sort of thing could really get to a worm after a while. Especially on a dreary and drizzly afternoon.
But it doesn't always rain and so what is a suicidal worm to do then? Because a convenient puddle is not always within wriggling distance, worms have apparently figured out other ways to off themselves. Worms with a religious bent often opt for self-immolation. Leaving the green, green grass of home forever, they stretch out one final time upon the fiery funeral couch so often referenced in that classic tome of earthworm esoteric literature: The Sidewalk in The Sun.
And so it was the other day that I witnessed what can only be described as a cult intervention. I was on my way to the outdoor trash bin with my bag of indoor trash. As my trash bag and I were heading out, I encountered a fellow apartment dweller on his way in. Now this is not the folksiest of apartment complexes. We don't exactly invite each other over for green tea. We don't even know each other's names. We generally refer to each other as the 'couple in '698' or the 'little blond kid's mother' and stuff like that. We, of course, are 'the Witches in Building Seven'. And so, this particular incoming tenet will merely be known as the 'Cell Phone Guy'.
CPG (Cell Phone Guy) was just minding his own business (I assume) and talking on his cell phone. He was looking down as he walked and talked and I moved a little to the side in case he didn't see me coming towards him all hell-bent on getting my indoor trash disposed off. He didn't see me at first but as it turned out, we were never in any danger of colliding. He suddenly stopped short and spun around. [... continued]
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Greetings TWV surfers... This week I offer a quick update on what has been happening here at TWV. I've spent the past couple of months stealing time here and there in an effort to compete a major re-write your powerful and extremely busy networking section here at Witchvox - WOTW (Witches' of the World) . What we have been calling WOTW v8.0 (code name Ruby lives) is actually near the beta-testing phase. Expect to see a call for beta-testers as early as next week.
Bad Email Addresses at Witchvox: Over the past 7 years we have prided ourselves on testing all email addys in your networking section here at Witchvox. We test them every 90 days and remove all listings with emails that bounce (typically this is about 13% of the total listings) - We were last scheduled to test them in February but have been holding off to just before we release v.8.0 of WOTW. - So please bare with us as we work hard to finish up v8.0. We should do a massive test/purge just prior to months end. - IF YOU have a listing here at TWV with an old email address, kindy resubmit your listing as updated OR email us to remove it.
The Witchvox 'White Board': Sadly, WOTW v8.0 has taken longer than we had hoped and this has meant delaying other projects... Since day one we've kept a 'white board' for listing and prioritising our projects. It seems that our WB has always had nearly 200 projects in the que. Ideas are cheap.... Manifesting them is another issue. At the top of the list are; A new section for Pagan artists to show off their works, a proper recipricol links system that will finally thank and feature Pagan sites that actually send traffic to TWV, the automation of our teen and adult essays section; tighter broadcasting throughout the 6,400 pages here at TWV and many more surprises and treats... The good news is that, given the many skills that I've learned in the past two months, most of these 'priority projects' should manifest quickly.
It looks as though we will pass the 80 Million Pages viewed mark later this week. Allow us to take this time and this space to thank all of you that have created the magick here at TWV. Those of you that have become sponsors HAVE kept this site online and proven to the world that you don't need obnoxious advertising to present a 'large site'. Our thanks also go the community at large... It is your words, events, songs, groups and websites that have rendered TWV a powerful community resource over the years. It is and always has been your site.
As always, we are honored to be in your service!
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April 21st. 2003
Night Vision: Where Did the Stars Go?
by Peg Aloi
Happy Earth Day All! Every year when this auspicious day rolls around I like to think that neo-pagans the world over are giving some serious thought to what it means to walk lightly on the earth. Maybe they start trying to buy more organic food. Maybe they switch coffee shops and go to the one that serves free-trade coffee. Maybe they step up their recycling efforts. Maybe they vow to bike, walk or bus to work more often instead of driving every day. Maybe they decide to volunteer to help clean up a local park or riverbank. Maybe they try harder to conserve energy.
Well, turning off those lights will do more than lower your electric bill and place a lower demand on the power grid. It may help protect wildlife, too. And it just might give us the stars back.
Those of us who enjoy looking at the night sky are already aware of the problem of light pollution ("The Simpsons" even devoted an episode to the issue recently!). Many city dwellers have no conception of what it's like... [Full Article]
Magical Workings for the Troops:
This just in from Ariadne Morningstar
"Our local community had a gathering last weekend to collect items for our deployed troops to send- things like socks and chapstick... had a number of local businesses donate items to send- they collected about 300lbs of things. The local VFW donated flags for us to put on our altars to work for the soldiers abroad and remember them in our magical workings and prayers. The flags on the altar have the names of -local to our community- pagan (and non pagan) soldiers who are deployed at this time.
Our coven has worked for the safety of our own coven member Dylan and for all to come home safely. This photo was taken at the April Full Moon ritual we did on the 16th of April 2003.
Dragon's Weyr Circle is a member coven of Pronghorn Moon Local Council, of Covenant of the Goddess, and I am the local Pagan Pride Coordinator. I also represent Pagan Pride and Covenant of the Goddess to the local Interfaith Council as well as the Human Relations Task Force in the Antelope Valley. Dragon's Weyr Circle is a Traditional Wiccan Coven".
Pictured From left to right: Tamarion, Erik, Mikhael, Ariadne, and Sara..
For More Info on Ariadne Morningstar and Dragon's Weyr Circle visit their Website at http://dragonsweyrcircle.org..
Bardic Circle at Witchvox:
(Week 18 - The Magick continues...)
This week we feature a new performance by Peter Conover entitled Avalon is Calling and Beltana entitled Eorthe's Song
Peter Conover sez: "Avalon is Calling" was written for the people of the Return to Avalon / Well of Avalon Elder's Revel gathering, with thanks to the Lady Lhianna Sidhe for inspiration, and honorable mention to author Marion Zimmer Bradley for her Avalon series of books.... " [...continued] "
Beltana notes: "Candle lit bedroom in a musky basement... She sits... savoring the last few moments of quiet with the love of Her life, waiting for the sun to rise. She watches the shimmering luminessence of light flickering over His olive skin... His shoulders... His arms... His half uncovered torso..
There is a knowing... that at any moment He could wake, the sun would rise, and that He must leave Her. They will carry on throughout the day, doing what they must... playing the parts of the warriors of their seperate corners of this Universe." [...continued] "
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!.
| Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies|
by Kerr Cuhulain
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Jopeph 'Doc' Marquis Part II
"In his book America's Occult Holidays Marquis tries to convince us that Christmas was "an ancient occult ceremony dedicated to the birthday of Tammuz, the son of the cofounders of the occult, Nimrod and Semiramis." Marquis tells us that Christmas was forbidden by the early American pilgrims. Marquis goes on to claim that "Easter... is in fact the celebration of the return of Semiramis into her reincarnated form of the spring goddess" and that "Halloween... is the deadliest holiday ever celebrated in human history... which is dedicated to the Celtic lord of the dead." Of course, Christmas originated out of the old Yule (winter solstice) traditions, not out of the Middle East. Easter is named for the Saxon fertility Goddess Eostre and has nothing to do with Semiramis. Halloween was never dedicated to the Celtic lord of the dead."
To Experience PART TWO (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...
This week we feature three more essays on the topic of "Mother Earth" (look for more next week) as well as a couple of off topic pieces.
The Justification for War
How -- if at all -- do you justify war and/or violence of any kind within the context of your personal Pagan philosophy? Is war/violence justified only in immediate self-defense? In response to a perceived threat? Never? Also, how strongly do you feel about this? If you were ordered to fight in a war that you felt was unjust and immoral, would you?
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 5/18, but we will post them as we receive them. Please keep in mind that we will not post responses to previously posted essays.
Your voice counts! Please consider adding your thoughts to this collection of essays and join in the exchange of ideas throughout the worldwide Pagan community.
New Essays this week ...
Earth Religions on Earth Day
by H. Byron Ballard
It used to be that the media only wanted to hear from folks like me--you know, Witches, Pagans, Wiccans--once a year. Like clockwork, the phone would start ringing around 20 October, and every reporter and her brother wanted to talk to a "real" Witch about "Sam Hane". Well, no more! That's old hat now--the media is so savvy they've done articles on Beltane and the Winter Solstice, along with the seemingly ubiquitous Samhain pieces. And that's in a newspaper here on the Buckle of the Bible Belt. The press in other locations has been even more astounding... [Full Article]
Earth Day and Magic
To get this essay in under the maximum word limit, I'd like to start out with an assumption that some of you may not find justified, and which some of you may find downright offensive. However, this is an opinion piece, so I'm going to beat everyone over the head with that opinion: if you belong to an "earth-based religion", you have no business not being an environmentalist. In said opinion, an earth-worshipper who goes on about the spiritual aspect of the earth without considering its physical realities isn't just a hypocrite. He or she is for all intents and purposes a Baptist: someone who prefers the transcendent to the immanent, someone who thinks that God will fix all our mistakes, someone who believes that the flesh and the world don't matter and that our applied collective will has no power.... [Full Article]
Blame it on Dad's Compost Pile
Our backyard edged into a town park. The park was neglected for the most part. It didn't even look much like a park being surrounded on three sides by homes and on the fourth side by a heavily traveled road. It was a jumble of trees, undergrowth, paths and hills, a haven for all the children in the area. I think the only time I ever saw an adult there was to fetch an errant or hurt child... [Full Article]
Paganism and the Earth: Petitioning Pagans to Lead by Example
There are a remarkable number of ways to view humanity's relationship with the Earth. These paradigms have shifted over time, and as Pagans, we seem to be at a crossroads at present. It has been argued that the traditional view of the Earth as a nurturing mother was replaced, after the Renaissance, by the scientific, atomistic and reductionist paradigms. We found that in order to learn about the world, we would have to dissect it and to do this without guilt we had to kill the Earth Mother... [Full Article]
My Earth, My Religion
by Teresa Dawn
Though I still consider myself a novice, the Mother Earth has been the focal point of my spiritual and religious views since I can remember. I was raised in a small coal-mining town in rural southern WV where evidence of repeated acts of maliciousness were evident all around. Mining companies would take a beautiful mountainside and strip it of all the covering. The trees would be trucked away to sawmills to build more scabs upon her green skin. The rocks and soil were mutilated into mush that could easily be swept away from the scene. Great gaping holes lay uncovered in the forest splendor for all to see. Some of the wounds are still there thirty-five years later... [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...
Maiden Magick: A Teen's Guide to Goddess Wisdom and Ritual
Author: C.C. Brondwin
"Chock full of Goddess information, personal encouragement, and hip humor, Maiden Magick speaks directly to young readers, embracing and honoring themr as a true Spiritual Seeker drawn to the Goddess tradition and eager to learn to walk her path. But where does the reader begin her journey? Wht does it mean to become a Celtic spiritual apprentice, to conjure effective spells, write chants, or cast blessings? And how does one effectively practice their newfound magick skills and still balance their serious responsibilities?"... [More on this New Book]
Also New this month...BR>
Visit Pagan Books at Witchvox today to see what's new and what's HOT.
Some of Last Week's Features at Witchvox...
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... [... 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
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?
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]
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