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Weekly Update: 9/1/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: September 1st. 2003
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Gods In A China Shop.......... by Wren Walker

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"The minds of the everlasting gods are not changed suddenly." *

I hope that the angels are enjoying their vacations. I guess even celestial messengers need an eon or two off once in a while. After all, they had a pretty hefty caseload of things that needed some specialized attention back there about four thousand years ago. There were city walls to topple, towns to incinerate, asses to hassle -- and at least one uppity wife to turn into a dinner condiment -- not to mention those hundred fourscore and five thousand snoozing Assyrians who apparently were just begging for a good old-fashioned angelic smiting.

Not that it was all fire and brimstone for the home team, mind you. Angels were called upon to interpret a few visions for Daniel, rescue an apostle from a shipwreck (not to mention bust him out of the slammer) and to also keep any shepherds who watched their flocks by night up on the current good news situation. I heard somewhere that they even taught an ox and a few lambs how to keep good time to a pa rum pum pum pum beat. Well hey... they are angels and that means that they are busy, busy, busy! Or at least, they used to be.

Angels aren't making those big headlines anymore. Sure, once in a while someone may remark that "an angel was surely watching over me" as he or she describes a particularly narrow escape. But we never see any eyewitness accounts on the evening news, now do we? Did they go publicity-shy all of a sudden or what? How come we don't hear this on CNN?

Reporter: "So you actually saw this angel step out in front of the speeding truck?"

Eyewitness: "Oh, yes! I was on my home from work. It was really quite incredible. He must have been twelve feet tall... wings about thirty feet across... and then he just stuck out his foot (He was wearing very nice sandals, by the way) and bang.... just like that... the truck stopped... right as it was about to take out that Honda. A real modest type, too. Didn't even wait for the police to arrive. Just poofed on outta here in a flash of light. It was pretty cool."

Reporter: "And so, yet another incident of angelic intersection intervention tops our local news coverage tonight. Next up: The Bethlehem Animal Quartet is back in the recording studio and we'll go behind the stalls for an exclusive interview with the band. Now back to our studio in Atlanta..."

Please don't send me letters. I am not dissing angels of any kind, shape, creed or form. All I'm saying is that they don't seem to have a lot to do right now or we'd be hearing about it like we did in the old days. So either the angels are all on vacation or maybe there is a legal gag order in effect. I'd even consider the theory that they were resting up in preparation for that apocalypse thing except that this news blackout seems to cut across all cultural lines. Soooo.... where'd everybody go?

Gods walking among men is nothing new. Gods walking about as men and women -- if the old stories are true or are based upon some kernel of truth -- used to be a pretty commonplace occurrence as well. Certainly the Greek Gods were well reported in myth and legend to personally take an active part in the course of human events. In Homer's Iliad and Odyssey:... [Full Article]

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New List of Military Groups
by Ryan Adams

Witchvox would like to thank Ryan Adams for his work in helping to network our Military Pagan brothers and sisters...
    "MM Fritz,

    One month and many e-mails/ long distance phone calls later, here is a list of groups meeting on military installations with the Chaplains consent (either as distinctive faith groups or as forming distinctive faith groups.)"
-- for the full list [Click HERE]

9/5 webnote: For a more complete and dynamic of Military Pagans and MP Groups list visit our Witches' of the World Pages today and check out YOUR area. We encourage ALL Military groups to list via our Local groups form.. (FUTURE NOTE: v8.0 of WOTW -- due out this fall -- will have a separate listing JUST for Military Pagan Groups.)

Virginia Band to Perform at Three East Coast Pagan Pride Day Celebrations
by Irene Jericho

Revel Moon, a Stafford, Virginia, based alt-folk band, will perform at three Pagan Pride Day celebrations on the East Coast. They are slated to appear Sunday, September 7th at the Virginia Pagan Pride Day in Charlottesville, Saturday, September 13th at the D.C. Pagan Pride Day on the Mall in Washington, and Sunday, September 21st at the Eastern Massachusetts Pagan Pride Day in North Andover, just outside of Salem.

Last year 31,506 people attended the 106 Pagan Pride Day events held in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Australia and Brazil. Together, they collected $19,202.48 and donated over 12 tons of food and goods to charity. More than 140 events are scheduled for International Pagan Pride Day 2003... [Full PRESS RELEASE]

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Defining Practical Magick
by Taylor Ellwood

When I think of magick I think of practical magick. I'm not into using magick just for spiritual transformations, but also for transformations that reach out and affect the world around me as well as within. I don't think you can really differentiate between the inner spiritual world of yourself and the outer physical world around you. For me the outer world is the mirror of our inner spiritual world. What occurs outside reflects what is happening inside. So to even try to separate magick into a purely spiritual phenomenon is to weaken it as a force in our lives. This kind of divide, this need to define magick in terms of spirituality and physicality is indicative of a duality, of a need to define opposites. Good and evil is an example of a duality. However life, and indeed magick, is not that absolute... [Full Article]

Practically Perfect Magic?
or What Do You Do With A Drunken Pagan????

by Cassandra Coleman

I seem to always be drawn to write when I need most to be working. I am a seamstress who works a bit of magic with thread and leather more often than potions and herbs. But I had to think about the thoughts on what practical magic entails.

The first thought that came to mind was anything that helps a person get things done is practical but then the Witches' Creed came to mind. Often what would make my life easier would in a round about manner hurt another - maybe not seriously but it could cause grief to them. For instance take parking. It is a simple thing to do the mental magic to procure a space near the out doors but have you ever wondered what happens to the person that was originally to get the space? Yes, these and other crazy half baked thoughts worry me. I do not wish to step on... [Full Article]


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