Weekly Update: 9/8/2003|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: September 8th. 2003
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Winging It... by Wren Walker
|Witch Mom and Witch Daughter... This week we received some devastating news about Wren's daughter... Wren briefly details this in her Weekly Editorial - Your magick, healing work and prayers are most appreciated. |
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"My life has crept so long on a broken wing thro' cells Of madness, haunts of horror and fear that I come To be grateful at last for a little thing." *
The waiting is the hardest part.
Every year, I promise myself that I will not count them. And every year, of course, I do it anyway. Some say that Nature is cruel and if I counted my blessings in ducks, I guess that I would have to agree with them since I'd be down quite a few at this point.
Four ducklings and three adults were lost to predators this year. Since there are soft-shelled turtles the size of hubcaps and two otters (who must tip the scales at twenty pounds each or more) living in and around the Little Pond, this duck depreciation rate is to be expected. Still, since I spend so much time watching my webbed-footed little neighbors, I can't help but feel some small pang of sadness each time that the count tallies in at a few feathers short.
And autumn comes even to Florida. Family Group A -- consisting of four mallard females -- left for parts further south a few days ago. The sole survivor of the late season Group A brood is busy grooming his new flight feathers although he still stays close to his mother. The bonds between the members of the same group seem to be very strong and I know that this mother duck would have left with the rest of her family if the young male had been ready to make the flight. My guess is that these two will be leaving within the week.
Family Group B is made up of two sisters from last year's brood -- these are the same ones who raised their ducklings together -- and one of their offspring although I never could tell which female was the actual mother. Soon, they will feel the strong pull of that same migrational urge. That is the day that I dread.... [Full Article]
Photo Credit: Wren and Skye shot captured by Fritz 2 years ago when they were last together.
Notes from a Pagan WebCrafter
Quick Site News & Notes...
Greetings! I am briefly chiming in with some quick notes and thank yous... First off, we thank YOU in advance for any healing energy, prayers and magick that you can send Skye... You saved her life three years ago, so we are humbly asking for your help again...
New Email for Diotima: In an effort to free her from the grips of the spammers, this week we changed Diotima's email address(s) - To contact Dio and/or send her your essay, visit our staff contact/info page... Her email addy of the past three years, firstname.lastname@example.org, has been retired.
Welcome RuneWolf: This week are honored to officially welcome RuneWolf to the Witchvox staff. His tireless work with as Assistant Editor over the past year is truly appreciated by the rest of us... For more on this 'giver' visit our updated 'meet the staff page' - Hail and welcome RuneWolf!
Hardware/Software changes: This past week yours truly spent the better part of three days (vaca time), updating much of the hardware and software that runs the Witches' Voice inc. I may be an Windows IT/LAN tech for a living (citrix/sql2000/win2000/XP servers) but at home/Witchvox it's Macintosh all the way... We finally brought our Macs up to 'Jaguar' (OSX 10.2.1) - An amazing Operating system, and we are proud to note that we are running all apps in native mode... Don't look Back!
August 2003 Rocked: Traffic at TWV last month broke many records and came in as our second busiest month ever (Reference Link). The numbers? 529,368 Visitors.... viewed 2,767,764 Pages of information... whilst generating 9,017,295 Hits. August also saw an incredible outpouring of community support to keep this site alive and online. - We profoundly thank those of you that chose to support TWV by becoming sponsors. We also thank the thousands of you that feed this cauldron with your essays, events, websites, groups, notices and so much more... We ARE in this together.
In closing, allow us to thank Auld Wul for his magick, light and charming company this past week. Our 'in person social skills' are a bit atrophied but we truly enjoyed the evening!
Gotta run... Mr. Bush will be speaking to the World in a few minutes and we never miss that. Have a magickal and prosperous week everyone and do plan to hit those Pagan Pride events in your area.
|Current Essay Topic... "Practical Magick" |
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NEW 'Practical Magick' Essays
by Penny J. Novack
"Birds do it, bees do it, even the flowers up in the trees do it..." Magic hums around us all the time. Spontaneous magic springs from need, will and focus on the part of all living things - and probably some things we don't consider living!
So is practical magic possible? Happens all the time. Is it ok? In other words, is there something literally wrong with using magic for practical purposes?... That reminds me of a story of an experience I had. On a sojourn to the Philadelphia area at a non-Pagan event I met somebody who had been a member, long ago, of the Philadelphia Pagan Way Grove. In the interim he had gone on to a career and a family and had his fourteen-year-old son with him... [Full Article]
Magick in My Life
by Nicole Wrigley
I am not sure if this is just me, or maybe there are a myriad of other young Pagans who feel this way, but I guess I'll find out.
I've been born, raised, reared...whatever you may think up: I was steeped in the Catholic religion. I hated every minute of it. Like many other teen Pagans I constantly questioned why there was a singular male God, constantly rebelling silently against any ideas I didn't comprehend. I was about ten years old, a computer whiz, and I stumbled upon http://www.wicca.com. .. [Full Article]
by Kensho Godchaser
I finish about thirty minutes of trance work, pour praise to the Goddess, and wipe the pentagram I've etched into the floor with my mind. A haze of incense still lingers as I pack up my tools. Perhaps it'll hit me as I clean: I'll be washing my chalice and look up into the window, and will gaze into and beyond the reflection staring back at me. Perhaps it has already struck - some torrential insight that reduced me to a heap of tears in the middle of my ritual space - and I'm still trembling from the aftershocks.... [Full Article]
Pagan Pride 2003
Pagan Pride Events are happening everywhere THIS month. - Witchvox will once again celebrate the details of the events and welcome all reviews and coverage related to YOUR Pagan Pride Event experience.
Total Future PP Events: 104
Upcoming Pagan Pride Events (click location for full details):
Alaska: Anchorage Anchorage Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/13]
Alberta: Calgary Calgary Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/20]
Arizona: Phoenix Phoenix Pagan Pride Day 2003 [10/4]
Arkansas: North LIttle Rock Pagan Pride Day Event [9/20]
British Columbia: Vernon Mabon Harvest Ritual [9/23]
California: Orangevale 5th Annual Sacramento Pagan Pride Day and Harvest Festival [9/20]
California: Redlands Inland Empire Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
California: Carlsbad Northern San Diego Area Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
California: South El Monte Pagan Pride Day Los Angeles [9/13]
California: South El Monte Public Autumn Equinox Ritual at Pagan Pride Day L.A. [9/13]
California: San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
California: Ventura Ventura County Pagan Pride Day [9/21]
Colorado: Foxton pagan Pride Day potluck picnic [9/13]
Connecticut: Wallingford Connecticut Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Delaware: Dover Pagan Pride Day [9/14]
England: Avebury Wilts Pagan Pride Day Uk [9/21]
England: Liverpool Pagan Pride Meetup [9/13]
Florida: Ft. Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day Mabon Celebration [9/20]
Florida: Plant City Osirus Rising [10/24]
Florida: Pinellas Park Harvesting Unity and Understanding [9/27]
Florida: Pinellas Park Pinellas County Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Florida: Pensacola, Florida Pagan Pride Days 2003 [9/20]
Florida: Bradenton Manasota Pagan Pride Picnic [9/20]
Georgia: Savannah 1st Annual Savannah Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Georgia: 885 Reynolds Bridge Road Jax PRIDE Festival [10/3]
Georgia: Decatur Atlanta Pagan Pride Day [10/5]
Hawaii: Pearl City Pagan Pride Day [9/21]
Illinois: Chicago Pagan Pride Chicagoland [9/13]
Illinois: Palos Heights 2nd Annual SouthSide Pagan Pride Harvest Carnival [9/13]
Illinois: Palos Heights South Side Pagan Pride 2003 [9/13]
Illinois: Highland, IL Illinois Pagan Project [11/30]
Indiana: Indianapolis Indy Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/27]
Iowa: Sioux City Iowa Pagan Pride Day Celebration 2003 [9/14]
Italy: Roma Italian Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/20]
Kansas: Salina 2nd Annual Central Kansas Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
Massachusetts: North Andover Eastern MA Pagan Pride Day [9/21]
Massachusetts: Andover Eastern Massachusetts Pagan Pride Day [9/21]
Massachusetts: Russell 4th Annual Western MA Pagan Pride Day [10/5]
Massachusetts: Kingston SouthEastern Ma Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Massachusetts: Salem Wendy Rule Fundraisere for Eastern MA PPD [10/24]
Michigan: Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/20]
Michigan: Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/13]
Michigan: Wyandotte Metro Detroit Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
Michigan: Okemos 2nd Annual Lansing Area Pagan Picnic [9/13]
Missouri: St. Louis St Louis Metro Area Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Missouri: St. Louis Images of the Divine [9/27]
Missouri: springfield Pagan Pride Day, Springfield, Mo [9/20]
Missouri: Cape Girardeau Pagan Pride Day Mabon [9/20]
Missouri: Columbia Mid MO Pagan Pride [9/14]
Montana: Kalispell 3rd Annual Pagan Pride Day in Montana [9/20]
Nevada: Near Gerlach Nonfluffy Pagans on the Playa at Burning Man (Near Gerlach) [11/30]
New Hampshire: Greenfield Southern New Hampshire Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
New Jersey: Estelle Manor South Jersey Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/20]
New Jersey: Highland Park Central NJ Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
New Mexico: Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day [9/14]
New York: Big Flats Chemung County Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/20]
New York: Liverpool Autumn Equinox Festival [9/13]
New York: NYC NYC Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/27]
New York: Penfield Rochester Pagan Pride Festival [9/28]
New York: North Tonawanda Buffalo Niagara Falls Metro Pagan Pride Day! [9/21]
New York: Buffalo Adopt A Highway Clean up and Beautification [9/20]
Newfoundland: St. John's Pagan Pride Day [10/4]
North Carolina: Raleigh Central NC Pagan Pride Day (formerly Triangle Pagan Pride) [9/13]
North Carolina: Asheville Harvest Home, a Pagan Pride Celebration [9/28]
North Carolina: Charlotte Charlotte Metro Pagan Pride Day [9/28]
North Carolina: Jacksonville Crystal Coast Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
North Dakota: world wide Witchy Awareness Days [9/21]
Ohio: Cleveland Pagan Pride Day Cleveland [9/13]
Ohio: Oberlin Pagan Pride Day in NE Ohio (Lorain County & points West & South) [9/20]
Ohio: Covington Cincinnati Metro 2003 PaganPride Day [9/13]
Ohio: Findlay Pagan Pride Findlay [9/21]
Ohio: Columbus Pagan Pride Day Columbus [10/18]
Ohio: Dayton Pagan Pride Day Dayton Ohio 2003 [9/14]
Ohio: Oxford Miami University Earth Religions Awareness Festival [10/4]
Ontario: Toronto Toronto Pagan Pride Day 2003 [9/20]
Ontario: Sudbury Pagan Pride Sudbury [9/20]
Ontario: Richmond Ottawa Pagan Picnic [9/13]
Ontario: Waterloo K W Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
Ontario: Hamilton Hamilton Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
Oregon: Coos Bay South Coast Oregon Pagan Pride [9/13]
Oregon: Portland 5th Annual Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day [10/5]
Prince Edward Island: meaning all over the world Witchy Awareness Days [9/20]
Queensland: Brisbane Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Queensland: Fortitude Valley/ Brisbane I survived Pagan Pride Day Party [9/27]
Rhode Island: Lincoln Rhode Island Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
South Carolina: Greer Greenville Spartanburg Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
Tennessee: Chattanooga Chattanooga Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
Tennessee: Murfreesboro Pagan Pride Day Smyrna Murfreesboro [9/21]
Tennessee: Murfreesboro Smyrna Murfreesboro Pagan Pride Day [9/21]
Tennessee: Memphis Memphis Pagan Pride Day [9/14]
Tennessee: Nashville TN Nashville Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
Texas: Washington DC Pagan Sprit National Samhain Celebration [10/31]
Texas: San Antonio San Antonio Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
Texas: Houston Houston Pagan Pride Day 2003 [10/4]
Texas: Dallas North Texas Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Texas: Beaumont Beaumont Golden Triangle Pagan Pride Festival [9/20]
Utah: Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Pagan Pride Day [9/14]
Virginia: Virginia Beach 2nd Annual Autumn Moon Festival Pagan Pride Day [9/20]
Washington: Ferndale Whatcom County Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
Washington DC: Washington Washington DC Pagan Pride Day [9/13]
West Virginia: White Sulphur Springs Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
Wisconsin: Wauwatosa Milwaukee Area Pagan Pride Day (Wauwatosa) [9/21]
Wyoming: Laramie Wyoming Pagan Pride Day [9/27]
For a more complete listing of events in YOUR area ... Check YOUR Area Events Pages and/or the Pagan Pride Website.
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