Weekly Update: 6/2/2003|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: June 2nd. 2003
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Greetings Witches, Pagans, Heathens, Wiccans et all...
|Stronger Than Ever -- The Pagan Community Council of Ohio (Web link) Staff captured at "The Greening" - May 2003 [photo by Imajicka - TWPT]|
This week the Witches' Voice is honored to present a plethora of new features, essays, reviews, columns, (a) new trad profile, (a) new Bardic Circle performance, handfasting celebrations and a few thousand new local network listings. Links to these features and much, much more can be found on this page.
Residual 'email bounces' related to mid May's clean up of the networking section (Witches of the World) here at TWV have been processed. WOTW has never been cleaner! All 51,000 email unique addresses have been tested and all 'user unknowns/MB over quota' have been removed... Feel free to network with Pagans in your area by visiting WOTW today.
'Round the Pagan Web: Featured this week over at the Wiccan/Pagan Times is a fascinating interview with veteran Pagan author Kristin Madden
A Buyer's Market: Listings for Pagan commercial ventures have exploded over the past couple of years with new shops, crafters, courses, auctions and the like, coming in near hourly here at VoxSearch Pagan Links. Due to countless new web store software routines, YOU can have a store stocked with inventory in a few days. 'Store in a Box' does just that. They offer a custom store structure for YOU, loaded with a direct links to the massive inventory over at AzureGreen.com.
Buyer Beware: We'd be amiss if we didn't use this time and place to make you aware of an increase of complaints against some Pagan Merchants that we have been 'CCing' of late. Although, we are not the Pagan Better Business bureau we do sympathize with those of you that have been burnt. - We also recommend that you check out any Pagan Online Store that you are planning a purchase from. Look for testimonials, professionalism and longevity, and make that a part of your purchase decision. - MOST Pagan vendors ARE reputable and honored to sell you their products and services.
We close this week's intro by wishing you all a magickal and prosperous week AND... As always, we are honored to be in your service!
Wren, Fritz, Peg, Christina, Dio, Steve,
Darragh, Waterhawk and RuneWolf.
Monday, June 2nd., 2003
NEW TRADITION PROFILE at WITCHVOX...
Haitian Vodou: Serving the Spirits
by Michael Rock
Vodou, called Sevis Gineh or "African Service" in Haiti, is the primary culture and religion of the approximately 7 million people of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. It has its primary roots among the Fon-Ewe peoples of West Africa, in the country now known as Benin, formerly Old Dahomey. It also has strong elements from the Ibo and Kongo peoples of Central Africa and the Yoruba of Nigeria, though many different peoples or "nations" of Africa have representation in the liturgy of the Sevis Gineh, as do the Taino Indians, the original peoples of the island we know now as Hispanola. Vodou exists in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, parts of Cuba, the United States, and other places that Haitian immigrants dispersed to over the years... [Full Profile]
Spring Gathering of the Tribes 2003
by Susan Davis
Now that I have unloaded the van and hauled all our gear up 4 flights of stairs, I have the luxury of a few minutes to look back at GOTT, which ran from May 22-26.
Our Llama Nation campsite was full of both old friends and new faces. Bev Meadow rejoined us from Ireland, and the parents of our darling Heather who crossed over last year were there from California to share with us the first anniversary of her release from her cancer. We had rainy weather for the week before Gather and THursday was soggy, but the rainclouds scattered to brilliant sunshine on Friday. The rest of the weekend alternated between showers and sunshine, but none of us allowed the mud and muck to interfere in our celebration.
The drummers will have to spend time healing since their muse kept them going all night long and several dancers will be soaking worn out feet and tight muscles and joints for a week or so. Betsy and Maggie and... [Full Article]
Starwind and Mikal Evensong
Handfasted May 10, 2003.
In a ceremony to legalize their handfasting vows made at Beltaine in 1999, Starwind and Mikal Evensong were wed at Florida Pagan Gathering, an event attended by over 400 fellow Pagan folk, at Boyd Hill Park in Tampa, Florida. The relationship that began as a friendship six and one half years earlier -- a seemingly pre-destined meeting in a Pagan chat room on Talk City, during a discussion lead by Starwind -- was celebrated and made official on May 10, 2003.
The weekend was hot (record highs in the 90s), the humidity was high, the mosquitos were heavy, the female alligator living in the pond near their campsite was looking for a mate and singing all night, the birds started singing early every morning... but even with all that, it was an incredible, loving and magickal weekend. The gorgeous campsite was filled with a gathering of 10 tents full of friends in the immediate area, and other friends on the festival grounds. Surrounded by trees, a pond (where the 'gator lives) and other plant life it was pretty much secluded from the main concentration of... [Full Article]
Pictured: Left to right: Spelcastor, Mikal, Starwind, Selena Fox. (Photo by Gigi.)
Beltane Bash (London, UK)
(May 25/26 2003)
Review by Micca
On a bright Sunny Sunday morning The Jack-in-the-Green emerged from Conway Hall and made his way to the head of the Procession and after a brief pause to change porters set off behind the stang carried by Jeanette of Cadeuceus and the three Green (and I mean GREEN everywhere) tatter clad and green painted Bogie Drummers. Followed by The Morrigan Giant and several others to walk what has become the traditional procession route, around the British Museum, through Bloomsbury and back to Conway Hall to mark Our Pagan Pride and the start of the annual Beltane Bash.
At the half way point the procession rested in the local Park where The Fool (followed by several others including The Jack) danced through the fountain and got Very wet!! Then, under the amused and bemused eye of the allocated police officers (we seem to have the same ones every year, maybe they like being with us!!) we continued along the back of the British Museum and back along the Front of it.
New Book Releases for June
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.
New this month...  Divination for Beginners by Scott Cunningham [Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.] --  Tarot for the Green Witch by Ann Moura [Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.] --  The Witch's Guide to Life by Kala Trobe [Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.] --  Simplified Qabala Magic by Ted Andrews [Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.] --  Llewellyn's 2004 Witchy Day Planner by Llewellyn [Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.] --  Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe by Christopher Penczak [Weiser Books] --  A Witch's Book of Answers by Holland and CERELIA [Weiser Books] --  Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune [Weiser Books] --  Moon Magic by Dion Fortune [Weiser Books] --  Pagans and the Law by Dana D. Eilers [New Page Books] --
Visit Pagan Books at Witchvox today to see what's new and what's HOT.
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Featured This Week...
Pagans and the Law
Author: Dana D. Eilers
Publisher: New Page Books
Category: Paganism, History and Law Level: All
"I got fired because I am Pagan!"
"I am being evicted because I am Pagan!"
"They are threatening to take my kids away from me because I am Pagan!"
"My husband is using my spirituality against me in our divorce!"
Unfortunately, the above statements are all too common scenarios in the Pagan community. People find themselves in legal situations which they know little about and over which they become, justifiably, frightened. Where does one turn when they are confronted with these kinds of legal issues? Legal counsel is available, but are they going to be able to help?
Dana D. Eilers offers you information that you can use to understand the law for yourself and educate your legal counsel about the issues at hand. A 1981 cum laude graduate of New England School of Law with a history of private civil practice for 17 years in the states of Missouri and Illinois, Dana has written an informative and educational resource book to help Pagans understand the law and
Where To Buy: Visit your favorite metaphysical store and ask them about their stock of New Page Books! If you cannot find it there our books are also available online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble and at the mainstream bookstores.
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Bardic Circle featuring Victoria Parks:
(Week 23 - The Magick continues...)
This week we feature a new performance by Victoria Parks entitled Song for Beltaine/Cliffs of Moher.
"Beltaine is fecund, fast and furiously fun, and so is the Song for Beltaine. I wanted to write a tune that was as rich in arrangement as the holiday is with all greening things, richly diverse in its living landscape. Of course, Celtic influence runs deep in this arrangement. I end the tune with an Irish jig that captures the rapid heartbeat of of the Fey Folk who trumpet the call to all life forms to go forth with great vigor!! "The Faery Folk are saying it time to go a-maying!" [...continued] "
Thank YOU Victoria for the lovely note and CD you sent Wren and Fritz via the US post. We will cherish it always....
Editors Notes: 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.
|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.
New Essays this week: Magick and Personal Responsibility...
Making Magick Work
by Toni Silvano
I have been a practitioner of Magick for over twenty years. Very early on I realized that focus was the most important part of any magickal working. Of course, at first I was eager to light a candle, burn some herbs, and watch my life transform. Magick happens, but not without hard work. My life did not transform and I realized that it would be an ongoing process of focus and intention. It was not until I learned this lesson that I began to see results manifest in my life. I believe we can all manifest our own reality, but it takes work. Magick is not a quick fix, but a life changing process.
I will not perform magickal work unless I have exhausted every mundane avenue toward that end. Sometimes we all need a bit of help, and that is where magick comes into play. I have also found that visualizing your final outcome helps you remain focused. Knowing what I want allows me to take personal responsibility for the final outcome and therefore affords me better control over my life in general... [Full Article]
The Power of Personal Responsibility
by Penny Novack
When I first came to the Craft I had no interest whatsoever in magic. Or Magick. Whatever. I was looking for Goddess because the Moon told me that was what I needed to continue on my spiritual journey. Since the Moon had long been my confidant but had never before spoken to me -- let alone held a conversation -- I paid attention. And the sort of Goddess which the Fates held out to me was contained in the Old Religion.
But Magic? A waste of time. A distraction from Spiritual Growth. A temptation to idiocy.
I was already so positive I knew better than the Gods as to what was valuable in this life. Magic existed but was just a toy to distract the serious Seeker. Brilliant! ... [Full Article]
| Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies|
by Kerr Cuhulain
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Jesus Messiah Fellowship (Part 3 of 3)
(studies On The Cults Of Witchcraft)
"Vera's article starts by stating that Wicca is not an old religion. At the time that Vera initially wrote her article that might have been news to some Wiccans, but most of us figured that out decades ago. Vera more or less accurately describes the various elements that make up modern Wicca and it is no surprise that they don't resemble Reckart's claims. Vera points out that Satanists and Wiccans have borrowed similar elements from ceremonial magic, which is also true. She quotes Jeffrey B. Russell and Aidan Kelly, whose books on Wicca are both recommended by me. In fact I don't take much issue with her article, which is thoughtful and articulate. Vera has a different perspective and some different interpretations, but I can certainly live with them. It seems as if Reckart included it because he seems to think that it shores up his argument that there is some sort of link between Wicca and Satanism. Vera makes it clear at the beginning of her article that these two religions are quite distinct.... To experience part THREE Jesus Messiah Fellowship - 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.
Some of Last Week's Features at Witchvox...
Six of Lies...
by Wren Walker
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." *
Well then, Max, you can just take that telescope of yours and shove it up your astro-tush. I am sick of your scientific lies. You have lost all credibility with me, bucko. I'll never buy another book or believe anything that you might ever say again. Even if you were still alive to write or say it.
It's not entirely Max Planck's fault. In fact, he had very little to do with my latest grand bout of disillusionment. But he was a scientist-mathematician after all and, taken as a group, they have all proven themselves to be quite unreliable. I feel so...so... foolish now. It all began in 1960... [Full Article]
Micah and Jenna
Handfasted May 10th, 2003
by Grey Cat -- in consultation with Donna Ariell
Jennefer (Oaksong) Frances Combs weds Micah Thomas McCool in gorgeous ceremony at Starbridge Sanctuary in the north Georgia mountains
On May 10th at Starbridge Sanctuary in Dahlonega, Georgia; Jenna Combs, lifelong Pagan, exchanged vows of loving partnership with Micah at an outdoor ritual attended by about 150 people including families of both bride and groom and many friends of the couple and their parents. The Handfasting High Priestess was Brigit d'Augra, Patricia Combs, mother of the bride, wearing a Victorian skirt and embroidered lace trimmed blouse with soft purple bustle-bow and elegant white lace-up boots. She was assisted in this role by Robert, a/k/a Robert G. Combs, father of the bride, wearing a black Victorian styled jacket and plum brocade waistcoat and Donna Ariell Passaro, mother of the bride, wearing a Victorian demi-bustled skirt of floral brocade with a vintage ivory high-necked silk blouse heavily tucked and lace trimmed with a bustiere of plum brocade matching Robert's waistcoat... [Link: Full Celebration w/ wonderful Pix]
Creating Magickal Community
by Christopher Penczak
When I was complaining about the lack of connection I feel in the gay community, a friend of mine started quoting Gandhi to me, and loosely paraphrasing, she said, "You must be the change in the world that you want to see."
I was upset that I had very few gay friends and although I would find a few interested in the things I was interested in while online, I didn't know anyone near me. I never found a sense of friendship or community at dance clubs. I never really clicked with anyone at a Gay Pride parade. So I felt on the outside and if those are the only things the gay community had to offer, then I was ok with it.
Well, I really wasn't. I still longed for a sense of gay community. So with my friend's advice, I decided to create the very thing I wanted to see - a gay spirituality group. So about a year ago, I posted some announcements in bookstores, clubs and online, and started a group ... [Full Article]
New Essays this week: The Justification for War
A Pagan Past
I personally consider myself a Wiccan or Witch (to me they are interchangeable). As of late I've really been searching for what being a Witch really means. I truly consider the whole Witchcraft and Pagan movement as something new. In general we all accept the Rede "An it harm none..." in some shape or form. But what does that truly mean in relationship to what we are trying to revive? The closest things to ancient Witches are the Shamans and Medicine Men and Women of old. They cursed when necessary and helped when necessary or when paid. The only people they generally did their best to help were "family," not necessarily blood relation but people that they knew or people from their town... [Full Article]
Military Witches: The Morals and Ethics of a Witch in Conflict
by Keldon Raven
I have served quite some time in the British military and I have often pondered how I would react if I were placed in the situation where I had to 'do or die.' Thankfully that situation has never arisen. However, it is entirely possible given the current world stage and the far-reaching efforts of the British nation.
Many times throughout my life I have been in situations and places where I may have been called upon to cause the loss of life to others. This only leads to the obvious question: "How do I feel about this?" ... [Full Article]
War! Agree or Disagree?
by Child of the Mother Goddess
I am an eclectic solitary, 18-year-old Witch and high school senior, who has been on the Path for about seven years. Many of my views on Wicca and the world come from the teachings and writings of Scott Cunningham and Raymond Buckland. My advanced placement English class and I have been working on the Vietnam War and a way to teach future generations other ways to deal with conflict. This project included but was not limited to conducting interviews, reading novels, and doing massive research. After much work, each group had to provide the class with an editorial on how they viewed the Vietnam War... [Full Article]
by Lili Fugit
In order to discuss what would justify a war, one has to define what war is, and what it is not. Legally, war is defined as "hostile contentions by armed forces" between nations, states, or rulers. This is as good a description as any, stripped of specifics, judgments, rationale, dead bodies, maimed children, and rhetoric. And, free of these things, it reveals that at its basest, most honest level, war is nothing more than a political construct.
This runs directly contrary to the commonly held view that war is somehow an intrinsic part of human nature. "Human nature" is an abstract concept anyway -- biologically there is nothing to suggest war is a natural state of being; psychologically there is no evidence of this; genetically there is no "aggression gene."... [Full Article]
One Witch's Personal Views
by Erin (Isis) O.
As a practicing Wiccan, my belief in the principle of "harm none" has been extremely strong. Adopting this belief, for me, was one of the greatest things that I have ever done. I grew up in a volatile family, to say the least, and yelling and hitting were a constant. As a teenager, I became like my parents; only instead of abusing others I abused myself. I started to use drugs; I would cut my arms for the pleasure of the pain, thinking all along that it could kill the pain inside. I lashed out at people, screamed and shouted, had this huge reputation as this big, bad fighter girl (when, in reality, the only time I ever fought was in self-defense).... [Full Article]
"The ruler cannot mobilize the army out of personal anger. The general cannot engage in battle because of personal frustration. When it is advantageous, move; when not advantageous, stop. Anger can revert to happiness, annoyance can revert to joy, but a vanquished state can not be revived, the dead can not be brought back to life."
"The Art of War"
When Christianity was still forming it believed heavily in non-violence, but as more public officials of the Roman Empire converted to Christianity, it was realized that the state still needed to be defended. As a result the idea of a Just War arose -- basically the state could, and had the right to, defend itself and to punish injustice. The state could not engage in a war of conquest. I doubt that third and fourth century Christians were the first to come up with this, merely the first to write it down and have it survive to our time... [Full Article]
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]
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]
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
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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