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Weekly Update: 10/20/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 20th. 2003
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Ephemeridee! Artistic magick by Danielle Sylvie Taylor -- For more of Danielle's work visit her Web Site

Hallows Eve: The Season of the Witch and the Six Turnings for the Dark Master of Elfhame
by Robin Artisson

Of all the Times of the Year, late Autumn has always been my favourite. I like to think of myself as a person who possesses a relatively sharp sensitivity - "sensitivity" here meaning a kind of conscious awareness and connection to the natural forces around me. I also know that the spiritual and religious outlook of the Old Craft helps me to appreciate much more than just Autumn's red and brown leaves, or cool, crisp breezes. For me, as for most people in the modern day who consider themselves some sort of "Pagan," the tides of the darkening Autumn have an added dimension of spiritual meaning and power.

The full force of these added dimensions cannot be described, but they are certainly felt - and they add a note of mysticism and a pleasurable longing that cannot adequately be expressed. This is the time of gourds and straw, of bonfires and festivals, and of the chilling touch of deeper mysteries, those of life and death, and the shaded realms beyond, all of which come from the earliest times, and still carry the force of those times.... [Full Article]

New This Week at Witchvox Two new Samhain pieces by Robin Artisson and Ariadne, a review of Pagan Pride Day in the UK by Cerridwen DragonOak Connelly, Revel Moon's Road Trip to 3 Pagan Pride Events, 'Connecting with the Ancestors' Essays essays by Natahalanee and Ana Hawthorn, a new book by Jean Shinoda Bolen "Crones Don't Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women", Laura Powers releases 'TRILOGY: Legends of the Goddess III', 32 new Samhain event listings and much, much more... Enjoy!

Life is Like a Bag of Halloween Candy: A Tale of Secular Magic
by Ariadne

Here it is again, that annual ritual known as 'the sorting.' Earlier this evening, Sam poured her cache out across the dining room table and methodically separated it into piles according to confection type and desirability. Candy bars together in the far corner, the ubiquitous Tootsie Rolls off to the right, and in the coveted position right in front of her - lollipops. It's funny, because as I watched her I couldn't help thinking that's not how I would do it. Candy bars were always the holy grail of trick-or-treating when I was a kid. Lollipops were offered by the people who just didn't get it, the same people who yelled at you for cutting through their backyard on your way to the bus. But for Sam, the world is different. For her... [Full Article]

Samhain/Hallowe'en at Witchvox.

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.

Laura Powers releases...

TRILOGY: Legends of the Goddess III

The third CD in the critically acclaimed Legends of the Goddess series continues the inventive musical exploration of themes and imagery drawn from the ancient Celtic goddess. Evocative and haunting, these unique songs are filled with rich lyrical symbolism, layered vocals and interweave elements of Celtic-infused instrumentation. This new release, 'TRILOGY: Legend of the Goddess III' brings the musical journey of the series full circle and introduces some new musical elements as well... [Click HERE for Details]

TWPT Interviews Dianne Sylvan

Just as we went live with this update, we received word that the Wiccan Pagan Times has just posted an interview with Dianne Sylvan! Dianne has written for Circle magazine, and her work will appear in the 2005 Llewellyn Witches' Calendar. Her first book, The CircleWithin: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition was released in September 2003. More of her essays, rants, and spiritual ravings can be found on her website, Dancing Down the Moon. Sylvan lives in Austin, Texas, with her vociferous and perpetually hungry cat, Cosmo. [Click HERE for the Interview]

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.

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Everyday for the Ancestors
by Natahalanee

Everyday we are faced with people in need. Hearing "Excuse me sir, do you have a dollar?" isn't an uncommon question in the modern world. Nor are, "Would you care to volunteer to help us build a house for the homeless?" at work or, "Can you help me heal my child?" from a friend or even, "I'm very lonely, can you come visit me?" from an aging relative or neighbor.

Pleas we hear everyday. Often these go overlooked by us, and sometimes (especially in the case of the beggar on the street) we outright avoid the contact. We overlook these people in need, these people who we may be the only barrier between survival and an eerie fate... [Full Article]

Connecting With the Ancestors
by Ana Hawthorn

A large part of religious practice is the giving of honor to a Higher Source. This holds true for Paganism as well. Many come to this path because of a desire to give honor to Nature, to the awesome beauty that surrounds us. From there, we may begin to identify with the different personifications of Deity. Each of us holds a sense of who the Gods are, and how they appear to us. Some are satisfied to recognize them as a manifestation of the greater sense of the Divine Masculine and Feminine. Many others, however, begin to recognize that their image of Deity has specific elements about them... [Full Article]

More New Pagan Pride Day Event Reviews...

Pagan Pride: Three Weeks of Pride
by Irene Jericho

My car is a mess. Empty bottles, bags of chips and Altoid tins are scattered across the floor. The week-old 'new car smell' is officially gone, lost somewhere along the New Jersey Turnpike with my favorite lipstick. When I get home, I'll face bags of dirty laundry, a van of equipment to unload in the rain and the wreckage that hurricane Isabel left in her wake.

We began our mini-tour of Pagan Pride celebrations on the east coast near Charlottesville, Virginia. The Virginia Pagan Pride Day on September 7th was wonderful, a highly auspicious starting point for our trek. We pulled into Walnut Creek State Park in blazing sunlight. Unloading the vans went more smoothly than usual÷we had a lot of help. Finding a complete stranger willing to help one carry a 115-pound bass amp isn't exactly normal -- Our sound maven, Kim, directed the assembly of the PA inside the pavilion by the lake ("Put the microphones in their stands and then stay out of the way, Irene."). [Full Article w/Pictures]

Pagan Pride: United Kingdom 2003
by Cerridwen DragonOak Connelly

The third annual Pagan Pride Day UK took place on Sunday the 21st of September at Avebury Circle in Wiltshire, England.

Although the day dawned with mist and drizzle, after a brief visit to our local Sacred Grove in Hampshire (programming a warm sunny afternoon), the weather cleared and was perfect by the time PPD-UK kicked off at 4 PM. Approximately 350 people attended our Autumnal Equinox party, including many children, and about a dozen well-behaved dogs (not included in the attendance stats:-)

Our speakers this year were: Bob Mimmack: National Trust Site Director speaking on the local archaeology, Michael Dames: author of several Avebury anthropology books, DragonOak: "Tuath-Druidism - what is it and why is it now called TechnoPagans Unlimited", Gordon Rhymes: local Pagan activities throughout the year at Avebury, and Rev. Richard Thomas: PR man for the liberal... [Full Article]


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