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Weekly Update: 4/28/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: April 28th. 2003
Times Viewed: 2,806

Merry Beltaine...

Two of Ducks
by Wren Walker

They are vast in experience, These little birds that come in the night." *

It was a dark and stormy night. It really was. On Friday, we experienced one of those lightning storms from Hel that the Tampa Bay region is so famous for. This storm however was especially notable both for the amount of rain that it produced (Alas, ye poor worms!) and for its duration. Beginning at around seven in the evening, the lightning and thunder continued to flash and boom until almost dawn. It was a dark and stormy and very noisy night indeed.

Being a notoriously light sleeper, I found myself sitting out on the balcony at one o'clock and two o'clock and pretty much at every wee hour before and after that. And it was during one of those wee hours that it came to me. In a flash really. As I was watching the streaks of lightning dance amongst the clouds, I spotted something odd down by the edge of the Little Pond.

Now I have many times walked that shoreline and for more hours than I have walked it, I have watched from my concrete and stucco perch all of the comings and the goings of the myriad critters that live there. I dare say that I know that terrain as well as anyone -- or any critter -- and so something 'different' tends to capture my attention. This was one of those 'differents'.

I squinted my eyes and waited for the next bolt of lightning to illuminate the scene. Flash! Huh? Boom! Sure enough, I was right. Sitting out there on the shore -- seemingly oblivious to the torrents of driving rain and the flash-and-boom of the storm -- were the two female mallard ducks. I knew these two well. I had been watching them for the three weeks that it had been since their return to the pond of their birth.

The lightning flashed again and a light came on in my head. Several strands of thought came together somewhere between the next big flash! and the next loud boom!. (Your forbearance is hereby requested.) [... continued]

Photo Credit: Thanks go out to Wvox staff photographer Don "Two Eagles" Waterhawk (Web) for this powerful image. (location: Wendyl and Bill's Home/ritual space in Ft. Meyers, Florida) .

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New Book Releases for May 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.

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

Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies
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Alan Herbert Peterson

"Another of my favorite examples of a publisher of urban legends promoting Satanic hysteria is Alan Herbert Peterson. Back in 1971 the Reverend Dr. Alan Herbert Peterson became the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of a bewildering array of companies, committees and associations, most of which seem to exist only on paper. The addresses and impressive sounding organizations associated to this individual are:."

To Experience - "Alan Herbert Peterson" - 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.



Beta Testers Wanted for WOTW v8.Ohhhh...


Version 8.0.b2



In May we will be launching a major upgrade to YOUR 'Witches' of the World' Networking section whilst converting, normalizing and testing the 60, 000 plus listings therein. We will be detailing the hundreds of new features and enhancements just prior to v8.0's release.

Just prior to the launch we will be testing the email addresses of all of the 58, 000 plus listings and trashing any that we get 'auto responses', 'mail box full' or 'user unknown' responses from. NOW is a good time for you to update your listing (s) and make sure that your posted email is one that we CAN communicate with.

Essentially WOTW v8 is a rewrite from scratch... redesigned to better prepare this section up for a mountain of future features and portals. Goals for v8 include; the elimination of data entry redundancy, live posting and editing, a higher profile for Witchvox sponsors, smarter and more dynamic area pages and the empowerment of the community to help take it to v.9 (due out this Fall) .

At this time we are looking for a few dozen 'beta testers' to essentially beat on it, swear at it, toss sample data at it, and hunt down (and report) bugs.

Beta Tester Requirements...
  1. An abliity to quickly communicate in an articulate.
  2. An ability to offer constructive (and intelligent) suggestions related TO the interface, how it works, and how it could work better.
  3. An ability to understand the reality that a post/phpnuke shell (although brilliant in design) ain't the answer for *our* structure and future plans.
  4. A desire to work for a salary equal to that of the staff of Witchvox (which is ZERO!)
  5. Experience with PHP would be helpful.
  6. An ability to stick to a deadline.
If you are interested, please email us.

Together we have built the richest and largest Pagan Networking resource on the planet. For 7 years running, Wotw has served our community well - and as of this morning this section has been accessed over 35 Million times (full page requests) by Witches, Wiccans, Pagans and Heathens from all over the world. You have done this without obnoxious advertising, popout windows, and various other self-serving and annoying 'net marketing' techniques. Together we can make it smarter, quicker and more usefull.

Fritz Jung
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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 ...

Understanding the Seeker/Eclectic Seafarer
by Azjorna Allen

It's easy, for people interested in peaceful cohabitation of the planet, to reject the idea that one should kill in the name of religion, and to take a stand against people who support such ideals. For less than life and death issues, "respecting other people's religions as if their religion were your own" is a pretty good byword. Part of that is being open to learning more about what others do believe. All of us may err by profaning, through accident or ignorance, someone else's sacred space---but as caring individuals, we then have a responsibility to make what reparation we can, and also to try to never repeat our mistakes... [Full Article]

I've Been Thinking...
by Ardeith Carter

I saw that public service bit on TV again tonight. You know, the one that says something on the lines of, "On September 11, terrorists tried to change America. They did." Then you see a row of houses all flying American flags where there had been none before. It's a nice little piece, and in the days immediately after 9/11 many people were displaying American flags who had never done so before. The implication being, of course, that 9/11 made us all more conscious of being Americans. And, perhaps, all those flags flying in the breeze were also an expression of our grief, our sympathy for those who lost loved ones, and our respect for all the men and women who worked so hard to save as many lives as possible... [Full Article]



Bardic Circle at Witchvox:
(Week 19 - The Magick continues...)

This week we feature a performance by Paully Moonbeam entitled Ya Ya

Paully Moonbeam 202 sez: "Weary from battles on line and in person, concerned for the safety of ones I loved, I sat alone on the floor with a keyboard and cheap microphone. It was late at night. It had been a long month. I'd had the bass line in my mind for 14 years, which finally served as an appropriate palette above which to channel this cathartic lament, simultaneously comprehendible in no language and all languages. .... " [...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!.




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

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. [... continued]




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.. [Full Article]



Notes from a Pagan Webcrafter...

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.

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.


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
by Cat
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
by Lyon
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
by deò
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]






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