Weekly Update: 5/5/2003|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: May 5th. 2003
Times Viewed: 4,236
Three of Spirits...
| Beltaine in the Northern Hemisphere. -- Pictured: the Main Ritual at Beltane Brouhaha last week at Kings Mountain State Park, Camp York in Kings Mountain North Carolina (Sponsored by the N.C. Piedmont Church of Wicca).|
by Wren Walker
"Because "the spiritual" is beyond our control, it is never exactly what we expect. " *
I grew up in a world inhabited by spirits. They roamed the land. They lived in our house. They hid our car keys. All in all, they proved themselves to be quite interesting neighbors. Once you get used to the fact that you never really have any privacy, sharing the world with spirits is actually a comforting experience.
Sure, we heard the occasional moaning, thumping or door slamming, but the house ghosts -- and other indoors phantom critters -- were fairly responsive to constructive criticism. Those magical words, "Will you guys just shut the f*** up?" usually did the trick. Worked with rambunctious cousins, too. My mother could actually yell it in four different languages. (When she finally worked herself up into swearing in German, we all knew that we had best stop our moaning and settle down. Right now!) But like I said, this was family and you can get away with a little cursing at your loved ones whether they be amongst the dearly-departed or just some sticky-fingered little pest who was snapping your bra strap. Come to think of it, those last two weren't always mutually exclusive either.
Dad always said that whenever you travel and wherever you decide to 'pull up a seat' that you should always make peace with the spirits of the place first. It took me a while to figure that one out. Before I did, I got scratched by wood sprites, booed by bean-sidhes and pretty much run outta what used to be a town by the guardians of the place. I also got one mean three-day psychic headache from that last one. So one day when we were just puttering around in the barn, I asked him oh-so-casually about that. When he finally stopped laughing...
In my book, there are generally three types of spirits. (Your copy of 'Things That Go Boo In The Night' may vary.) These are: The Milds, The Wilds and The Xenophiles. So let's review. [... continued]
Mark Twain on "The Witches' Rede"
by Mike Nichols
It hardly seems possible that it has been almost 100 years since Mark Twain sat down and dictated his thoughts about The Witches' Rede, leaving to posterity what is surely the most clear-headed explanation ever attempted of this critical and central tenet of modern Witchcraft.
Okay, that really didn't happen.
But it might as well have. Because it was sometime around 1904 or 1905 that Mark Twain composed a short story called "The War Prayer". It's not easy to be sure just when it was written because Twain's publisher rejected it, saying that it was too controversial. It was based, in part, on Twain's opposition to the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902. Twain agreed with his publisher's assessment, commenting that it would probably have to wait until after his death before it could be published. As with the comet, Twain proved to be prophetic. "The War Prayer" didn't see the light of day until its first printing in 1923... [Full Article]
A must bookmark: For a more complete Mike Nichols experience, visit his wonderful Website: The Witches' Sabbats
| Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies |
by Kerr Cuhulain
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The Encyclopedia of Satanic Wicca
On Friday 2 May, 2003, a reliable source forwarded to me the following notice that he had received on his e-mail as he knew that it would interest me. I suppose that one of the people that he had lectured to had sent it to him expecting that he would approve of it. The notice reads:
"This email is being sent to you from the website notification service at Tripod.
You can see my new site here: http://kerr_cuhulain.tripod.com/
Let me know what you think!
Build your own web site at www.tripod.com."
If you clicked on the tripod address bearing my name you found yourself viewing a web site with the name "The Encyclopedia of Satanic Wicca". Immediately following this caption was that quotation from Exodus 22:18 that is so familiar to Pagans on the receiving end of diatribes from evangelicals: "Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live." The paragraph that follows this reads:
"The witch, tradition hath it, made a compact with the Evil One, signed in blood; sometimes it was blood that dripped from her nose. Satan seldom kept his part of the contract in so far as he inconsiderately permitted his devotees to be --burned quick to the death--, buried alive, or torn limb by limb."
To experience all of The Encyclopedia of Satanic Wicca - 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.
The Justification for War...
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?
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New Essays this week ...
Is War Justified?
by Mike Sanders
The question of how violence or war is justified is a very personal one. This is why it is impossible to give a blanket answer applicable to everyone. You need to decide for yourself how far your boundaries are to be stretched to allow violence into Pagan beliefs. Is it okay in self-defense? Is it justified when it's to stop people who you believe are acting immorally or unjustly? If we say that because the majority of the world believes a country or practice is wrong then it must be so, we have learned nothing from the Salem Witch Trials. t.... [Full Article]
Violence and War
I believe that every child of the Goddess and the God has the right to protect him or herself, and it is a fact of nature that violence is sometimes the instrument of that self-protection. But we very rarely argue the morality of the water buffalo that defends herself from the lioness with horn and hoof - we only seem to argue the point when we humans are involved.... [Full Article]
Excuses for War
by Elena Feick
It has to happen to all of us, I suppose. Growing up to look around the world, to notice its random chaos and the many-scaled wars that plague us, is a most painful experience, simply because it can lead one to believe that we humans are nothing but a curse or a scar upon the face of this beautiful, beloved earth. It seems that from the beginning of human existence, we have been the cause of devastation after devastation, claiming to learn from experience and then moving on to create yet another inexcusable war... [Full Article]
Bardic Circle at Witchvox:
(Week 20 - The Magick continues...)
This week we feature a new performance by Flash Silvermoon entitled Dancin' With the Snake.
Flash sez: "Dancin' With the Snake slithered into my consciousness while I was writing something else and demanded to be noticed. from the opening chords, I felt my Spirit lifted and engaged in a sacred dance with this mystical energy. Trance-like, the words sung themselves into my ear and out of my mouth 'til the ritual was complete and my kundalini was rising... and the Snake had done her sacred dance and was willing to return to her cave. I sort of felt Jim Morrison's energy abit in the middle." [...continued] "
Editors Note: We have put a hold on all new submissions to Bardic circle until later this month (in preparation for WOTW v8) - DO expect to see a few more NEW performances in the weeks to come. Scheduled for next week is a wonderful piece by Gaia Consort... To experience the 70 performances already available... CLICK HERE.
Some of Last Week's Features at Witchvox...
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. [... continued]
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]
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.
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