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Weekly Update: 10/13/2003

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Buster Get's Ready for Samhain! photo by Witchvox sponsor Diana Velasquez - [Web Link]
Uncle Ray And The Halloween Tree...

by SnakeMoon

For a holiday that focuses on the twin pleasures of dressing wacky and eating good tasting things, Halloween is often mired in controversy. Years ago in my son's elementary school, we encountered the usual issues of Christian parents objecting to their children celebrating a "Satanic" holiday (and Jehovah's Witness' offspring, who are apparently not permitted to celebrate any holidays or birthdays).

What was less expected were the more general debates around costumes and decorations. Many families energetically campaigned for restrictions around any element that depicted violence or war, often broadened to include almost anything with a scary component. Also verboten were any form of superheroes.

Umm, well, yes. But (I'd feebly argue), dead things are the point of Halloween. (Along with scary things, yucky things, and oh, yes, magical things.)... [Full Article]

Ellen Cannon Reed Memorial Services Today!

Friends of Ellen Cannon Reed would like you join us in a memorial tribute to honor her life. A potluck feast will follow the service. All paper goods will be provided. Refrigerators and stoves are available. Please bring any serving utensils for your dish, and put your name on your container if you need it returned to you.

Food suggestions of Ellen's favorites include: roast pork, cheeseburgers, lobster, scallops in garlic butter, shrimp salad, tortellini alfredo, liver pate, lobster bisque (from Hamburger Hamlet), meatloaf, cold roast beef sandwiches, black angus sandwiches (from Quiznos), cobb salad, chocolate cake, Kool-Aid pie, brownies, BBQ lamb on garlic toast (from the Bear Pit) -- For Complete Details... [Click HERE]

New This Week at Witchvox A powerful piece by famous author Judy Harrow (thanks Judy), Four Pagan Pride Day event reviews, wonderful essays by David Crawford and Amethyst TygerMoon, Peg remembers Fred, a new book by Carl McColman, countless community notices, 40 new Samhain event listings contributing to a record week of new and updated WOTW submissions... Enjoy!

Ancestors of the Spirit
by Judy Harrow

Try this experiment: do two web searches, one on "ancestor worship" and the other on "necromancy." The results for ancestor worship will be mixed -- strict monotheists disapprove, ethnographers simply describe, indigenous faithkeepers advocate the practice. But the results for necromancy will be irrationally fearful and bitterly hostile, even when it comes from those faith groups who venerate saints.

There's really not much difference between ancestor worship, veneration of saints, and necromancy. But "necromancy" has become a loaded term, strongly implying that either the practice itself, or the particular ghosts that are being called on, are gross and evil. (Just notice the difference in feeling tone between "ancestral spirit" and "ghost"!) So, our community honors our blessed ancestors; those people summon up the evil spirits of the unquiet dead. In fact, I do revere the spirit of Charles Seymour (an early twentieth century advocate for the restoration of Goddess worship). But "Saint" Dominic, that cruel instigator of the bloody Albigensian Crusade and inspirer of the Inquisition -- feh!!... [Full Article]

Connecting for Love and Learning
by David Crawford

Fall has a calling that reaches out to many. Cold winds begin to blow through the annual changing of leaves from green to gold, red, brown and orange. Whispers of times past can be heard around every corner. Samhain is a time of turning inward, to seek out our ancestors and reconnect with the history from which we came. It is a time to gather with friends and family to share in this reconnection to the past. It is a time to set the old aside and make way for new things, for it is the Pagan New Year!... [Full Article]

Why Do Humans Need Ceremonies?
by Amethyst TygerMoon

For millions of years humans have been using ritual and ceremony to affirm a link with themselves, the community and in many cases with their gods and goddesses.

These ancient peoples recognized that everything was cyclic: the movement of the planets, the rhythms of the sea and the pattern of birth, death and re-birth. They used this knowledge in their rites, honoring death as well as life because without death there could be no life.... [Full Article]

Quik WebSite Notes... The new site navigator (at the top of this page), introduced last weekend, was a big hit rendering lots of email... It has been cleaned up, fleshed out and embeded into over 3,000 pages here at TWV. The 'scroller menu' was removed due to conficts with older browsers and it's bandwidth consumption. - TWV Staff

4 New Pagan Pride Day Event Reviews...

Pagan Pride: Western Massachusetts
by Elizabeth Ariadne

The Fourth annual Western MA Pagan Pride Day took place on Sunday, October 5, 2003 at picturesque Strathmore Park in Russell. Sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Network of Pagans, it was a huge success, with attendance over 335 and beautiful, if a bit chilly, weather. The festivities began at 11:00 a.m., with over 20 merchants set up and ready for business. We had everything from gemstones to Turkish coffee, and many delightful handcrafted items as well as the more traditional Pagan fare, including Henna tattoos!... [Full Article]

Giant Redwoods Take Root in Old Bridge New Jersey
by Donna Juzva

On Sunday, October 5, 2003, Gaia's Garden Grove held a land dedication ritual and tree planting ceremony on their beautiful twenty-five acre campground property in the town of Old Bridge, located in central NJ. In a heart felt ritual honoring the Goddess Gaia and the God Uranus, Charlene & Joe Dzielak affirmed their intentions to heaven and earth. Before a large group of friends and family, the Dzielaks declared that Gaia's Garden Grove is dedicated to the service of the Mother Earth... [Full Article]

Savannah's Pagan Pride Day: A First in Georgia's First City
by Kathleen Moore

On Saturday, September 27, 2003, Savannah's very first Pagan Pride Day event was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah , located in the beautiful historic downtown of Georgia's first city.

The day's activities were the culmination of months and months of work by numerous members of the local Pagan community. ... [Full Article]

Pagan Pride: Pinellas Florida
by Balinnor

On September 27th 2003 Bay area Pagans showed their community spirit at the third annual Pinellas Pagan Pride. The event took place at the England Brother's Band shell next to the Pinellas Park City Hall. The day started early and a little damp as vendors and information providers set up their spaces before the afternoon heat caused everyone to seek out a comfortable piece of shade. A slight breeze kept the heat of the day from being uncomfortably hot. Many of the patrons stopped by the hot dog vendor and grabbed a quick bite or a cold beverage... [Full Review]

Remembering Fred Tuttle...
by Peg Aloi

Fred Tuttle, dairy farmer, occasional film actor and world-famous Vermonter, passed away last week at the age of 84. Many friends and neighbors mourned his passing, which was swift and painless; he suffered a massive heart attack just after sitting down to dinner with his wife and son (my friend Chris).

I first met Fred Tuttle on one of his rare excursions out of his home state: at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chris mentioned to me that his parents would be in town for a publicity event at the theatre, because his dad was starring in a new movie... [Full Article]

To read more about Fred Tuttle, his 'plan' and his legacy, see: Vermont's 'Man With a Plan' Dies To offer YOUR condolences visit the article featured on Wren's Nest

Cherry Hill Seminary: Logo Design Contest
Cherry Hill Seminary, Professional Pagan Clergy Training Program, is looking for a spiffy new logo. We solicit designs from artists in any medium; the primary use of this logo will be electronic. See your cool winning design on our website, letterhead, press releases, flyers and announcements and on fun CafŽ Press items (mugs, totes, T-shirts).

Cherry Hill Seminary is a privately owned Pagan seminary program based on the Communitarian philosophy of the sacredness of connections and community building... [Full Press Release]

YOUR Words Wanted... "Connecting With the Ancestors"

Many -- perhaps most -- Pagan traditions, both ancient and modern, incorporate rituals, stories and guidance for connecting with one's ancestral spirits. This can be either blood ancestry or spiritual ancestry. We'd like to hear about how modern-day Pagans connect and work with their ancestors and how you incorporate this work into daily or seasonal practices.

The deadline for this topic is October 31st., 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.

Any thoughtful essays of over 1,000 words will be published. Please read our editorial guidelines first, and send your essay to Diotima

Samhain/Hallowe'en Info.

This week, we commence with our moon long celebration of arguabally the most fave holiday in all of Pagandom - 'Samhain (aka Hallowe'en, ShadowFest, Martinmas, Old Hallowmas)... Local Samhain Events are plentiful and will be happening all over the Northern Hemisphere during the next 2 weeks (down under they will celebrating Beltaine in a big way). Visit your Samhain Happenings Page OR your Local Events Pages for up to the minute listings.


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