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Weekly Update: 5/19/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: May 19th. 2003
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Craftwise 2003 -- "Opening circle Friday evening was very elegant. Music called the quarters, not voices, and Cate and Frank called the God and Goddess. It was a more complex circle and one which set the tone for the rest of the event..." -- For the complete Review and more awesome photos surf to... the Wiccan/Pagan Times (Pictured are famous Authors Trish Telesco & Janet Farrar - photo by Imajicka).
Five of Secrets...

by Wren Walker

"I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret. " *

I've got a secret. Lots and LOTS of secrets, in fact! And for a mere $29.95 (hardcover edition), I will share them with you. Yes, YOU! ... As one reviewer** put it: "Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness." So now you too can learn what thousands of others (so the publisher says) have already discovered about all of the things that you aren't supposed to know anything about. Buy Secrets Revealed! today. (Shipping and handling charges not included. Credibility not included. Taxes and author's royalty check definitely included.)

Okay then. Now how can I put this so as not to upset the tender sensibilities of anyone who has actually bought a book with a title such as our fictitious (and the irony will become even more apparent later) little example, Secrets Revealed? Truth is, I can't. It's no secret. You were snookered. There, I typed it out loud. So hex me already. There's a particularly good one on page 201, I believe. Right there under the paragraph entitled: When Good Magick Goes Bad (And Why This Is Usually Much More Fun Anyway).

Well, think about it. The concept of 'secrets', I mean. It is still okay to do the hex thing for a couple more weeks. Remember though that after Memorial Day, you have to go "White". Yes, this is yet another ancient Pagan ceremonial rite that has been misinterpreted (some say 'stolen') over the centuries. Only this time, not by another religion, but by the fashion industry. And they believe that it relates somehow to...get this...shoes! (Note to males: No, women can never have too many pairs of shoes. They are like power tools. Sometimes we even go "vroom, vroom" as we put them on. Especially if they are red.) [... continued]



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The Divine Feminine: Intersections and Collisions
by M. Macha NightMare

On April 3, 2003, there occurred an event unprecedented, to my knowledge, in American academe. During the afternoon, about 20 invited guests gathered for lunch and a text study sponsored by the Center for Multifaith Education of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. [http://www.auburnsem.org/] Drawing from pre-selected and pre-read Talmudic texts, this group, comprised of four rabbis, Protestant ministers, a Catholic nun, a Catholic sociologist, a Protestant documentary filmmaker, four Witches and other religious scholars, discussed the meanings of Biblical prohibitions against soothsaying, sorcery and magic-working, as well as various references to witches, sorcerers and miracle-workers.

The four Witches who participated were Katrina Messenger from Washington, D.C. [http://www.ambereyes.net/], Judy Harrow of Proteus Coven in New York [http://www.draknet.com/proteus/], Grove Harris of the Harvard Religious Pluralism Project [http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~pluralsm/], and me, Macha, a circuit priestess from the San Francisco Bay Area. Both Judy and I teach at Cherry Hill Seminary. [http://www.cherryhillseminary.org].... [Full Article]



Magick and Personal Responsibility.
NEW Essay Topic..

How has your practice of magick helped you take more personal responsibility for outcomes in your life? Do you feel that your practice gives you more control of your mind, emotions, and the events in your day-to-day life? If you have been practicing for a while, what would you suggest to a new practitioner that would help them learn to use magick to build a more positive, responsible life for themselves?

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 6/22, but we will post the essays 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.




Bardic Circle at Witchvox:
(Week 21 - The Magick continues...)

This week we feature a new performance by Skyypilot entitled Father to the Fire.

"Our dear friend PJ Seale was kind enough to let us turn her fantastic song into what she calls "Pagan Bluegrass!?" She also put the great introduction in it. Thanks PJ!"

Skyypilot's Magickal Line up includes:Kerri Hirsch- vocals, Ric Neyer- percussion, vocals Larry Tracy- 12-string guitar, bass Beth Witters- vocals Mark Witters- slide guitar, percussion, vocals (PJ Seale- Intro vocals) [...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.

Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies
by Kerr Cuhulain

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Jesus Messiah Fellowship (Part I of 3)
(studies On The Cults Of Witchcraft)
"Pastor Cohen Reckart is the pastor of the Jesus Messiah Fellowship and the chancellor of the Apostolic Theological Bible College. He appears to have been a very busy man over the years. His resume on the Apostolic Theological Bible College site reports that he was raised in a United Pentecostal Church. Reckart is a Vietnam veteran, having served in the US Army between 1963 and 1966. In 1966 he married Judy P Dormany. The couple has had four children. One of his sons, Gary, serves as an associate pastor under his father. Cohen's brother, Charles, is the pastor of the Calvary Tabernacle (UPC) in Millville, New Jersey".

Between 1968 and 1970 Reckart studied with the UPC and served with the Soul Patrol street ministry. In 1970 Reckart became the pastor of the Endtime Disciples of Jesus Christ Assembly in Plant City, Florida. Between 1971-72 Reckart took courses at Tampa College to become a paralegal in business law. In 1972 he was ordained as a pastor/bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ in Cleveland, Tennessee. In 1976 he moved to Kaufman, Texas, and then to Terrell, Texas, to be a pastor in the Primitive Apostolic Church. There he ran a Bible School for young ministers between 1978-1982....

To experience part one 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.


New Essays this week: The Justification for War

Aggression and Negativity
by Richard Sanker

As a person in constant reaffirmation of self-balance, I retain the knowledge and understanding that certain times and situations call for acts of aggression. The act of inflicting harm upon another or acting out various forms of negativity accesses the darker, more chaotic recesses of our psyche. Some might view the acknowledgement and use of these natural, inborn energies as wrong. In my humble opinion, to use them is not wrong, but to misuse them is.

Regarding positive and negative aspects, it is often complicated as to how an action should be categorized. For example: should a mother, lightly smacking the hands of her child when caught stealing, be considered doing a negative or positive action? It inflicted bodily harm, but the result was to educate the child to not steal. Was the mother's action negative or positive? In truth, the action was negative. It instilled mild pain, startled the child, and perhaps produced some tears. However, this negative act was done out of love and to better the well being of another individual, and thus this particular form of negativity is not a bad thing.... [Full Article]



Violence: An Exploratio
by Amy Wallen

On February 15 2003, 2 million people marched from Embankment to Hyde Park in London to protest against what they considered an unjust war. The demonstration was just one of hundreds all over the world taking place the same day. I was one of the throng and proud to be part of a movement that, whether or not it would succeed in stopping the war, had just made history.

Violence is certainly a concept from which most people seem to want to distance themselves, but the people on that march were by no means all pacifists. Many of us had reasons why we thought this particular act of violence was wrong; that US imperialism, personal revenge and the search for oil were blatantly part of the process, that 'shock and awe' tactics would harm innocent Iraqis rather than Hussein, that the so-called weapons of mass destruction alleged to be in Iraq did not exist. What served more to anger people than the fact that a war was taking place was the lack of apparent justification for it.... [Full Article]






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

Four of Fates..
by Wren Walker

Before the earth was, before the Gods came into being, there was Fate. The earliest mythological accounts point to a belief that fate is a primordial force much like creation itself. Homer, in his Iliad, primarily depicts Fate as an impersonal force of destiny. (Although even this great thinker struggled with Fate's little quirks. You will die, Achilles, but you may choose the manner and/or time of your death.)

When our first human ancestors looked around their strange and often hostile world, they undoubtedly noticed that many things were beyond their control. Snowstorms, lightning and even the migration of the animals seemed as ethereal powers that humans could not perceive. These mysterious forces -- if they could not be understood or controlled by humankind -- came to be simply accepted as 'the way things are'. [... continued]



Mid-Atlantic Pagan Alliance's Beltane 2003
by Steven Repko

Marc was there, he brought Robin and Rose and Johnny. Music for the Goddess and Adam's Ghost, Elspeth and Charles Arnold, Iris and Barb. We saw Druids and Witches and Pagans, oh my! Owl (a.k.a. Jacci Sutton) and Trish Telesco (a. k. a Trash Telescope, what happens when you run her name through your spellchecker, it works, try it) were there too.

Maeve and Crow brought their new baby, sooooo cute! All the kids had been emailing each other for weeks and knew just where to meet up when they arrived. John, Adam and Paul were joined by Wendy and Rich. There were Roses and Daltons, Repkos and Flame Keepers. Galen, batt, Lisas, Georges, and even Kokopelli and Henry were there.

Why is it so important who was there? Because if you weren't, you missed the best damn Mid-Atlantic Pagan Alliance Beltane ever! ... [Full Review]



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



The Justification for War...
Essays this Month

Love to an N.C.O.
by Mena Laughing Wolf

My father's name is Donald. The United States army sent my father to Korea when he was seventeen years old to fight in a war. He was a hardened kid from a hard life, the product of an alcoholic father and an abused mother both of whom abandoned him early on. My grandfather left for a woman, my grandmother left to find a better life for herself and her kids but she just never managed to make it back. I think my great-grandparents truly believed that the army would mold my father into a good, responsible man; very different from the hooky-playing, troublemaker he was. They thought that to die in Korea would be far more honorable than to die in the streets of Pittsburgh. I'm not sure what my father experienced in Korea because he never spoke of it to me. I know he had two "tours" in Vietnam as well, but the only thing I've ever heard him say about war is that it's hell.

War has always been an acceptable hell for my dad. What's his favorite movie? A war movie. What's his favorite book? A book about war. My... [Full Article]


War and My Wicca
by Kensho Godchaser

While most outside observers would characterize all Wiccans and Pagans as outrageously liberal, those on the inside know what a diversity of viewpoints exists under these umbrellas. While you won't find many Pagan members of the GOP, quite a few are libertarians - defenders of both individual liberty and capitalism. While both these ends of the political spectrum disagree on social and economic policy, many in both camps hold high the sanctity of the individual and the value of life.

That's why the past six months have been so tough for me. While both liberals and libertarians have attacked the the War on Iraq, I've been cheerleading it.

There were many, many reasons circulated for going to war with Iraq - chief among them, the allegations that Saddam Hussein's regime was manufacturing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). With the war over and these weapons elusive, debate has erupted over whether we'll uncover the smoking gun, or whether our government misled us just to snatch Iraq's oil. I find this debate intriguing - and irrelevant. I was just a teenager in high school when I watched, live on CNN, as the Communist Chinese regime... [Full Article]


Pro-War/Anti-War
by Eri M.

Justification for war...when I saw the topic on the front page of The Witches' Voice...good God my mind went racing. As a teen I often get my opinion downplayed as insignificant. But this topic...this I could write for. It has been my experience to be on both sides of the line at one point or another.

As an avid disliker (for lack of a better word) of President Bush (unaffectionately dubbed "Shrubya" by my best friend and I) I at first was anti-war. I vehemently spoke against Bush's aggressive foreign policy and how much I just wanted him out of office. After all, I remember being a little girl of five, maybe six watching the soldiers on TV in Operation Desert Storm, and feeling sorry that my president had sent them out there, and had sent some of them to their deaths. I wanted nothing of Bush's son, or his war. And even today I despise American politics. One must admit it will be a cold day in hell when Washington D.C. runs out of hot air.

As I went on, I watched the protesters all around the world... [Full Article]



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
by RuneWolf

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]






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