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Weekly Update: 10/27/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 27th. 2003
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Samhain Magick! A historical and 'Hot' Dancer Shot from Reclaiming Samhain 1982 in San Francisco © Ken Willard -- For more of Ken's historical images Click HERE
Blessed Samhain Everyone!
[Happy Beltaine to those down under]

The veil between the worlds grows thin. We can feel it. As many Pagans across the globe decorate their altars and prepare to celebrate another turn of the wheel of the seasons, we can sense the subtle difference in the air. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is Beltane. Wildflowers and the first fruits of the land are heaped high amongst the ribbons and wreaths of pink and light green. Here in the Northern regions, pumpkins and Indian corn nestle in harvest baskets while orange and black candles flicker away the shadowy shapes of the evenings that now seem to come too soon. Whether we are welcoming back the strengthening sun or bidding farewell to our long summer days, Pagans can feel the energies changing. Another season has passed. A new beginning approaches. And it is somewhere between what was and what will be, that we now stand.

But it is more than the shifting of the energies that we feel. There is also an increasing awareness of something else afoot. A swift shape slips by and is visible only for a fraction of the second that it takes us to turn our heads in its direction. The tinkling silver sound of ethereal laughter is carried over the treetops only to fade away in the very same instant that we realize it is there. There is definitely more going on here than meets the eye or greets the ear. We can feel it: We are not alone... [Full Article]

Pagan Passages for this past year...

The Witchvox staff asks that you remember the following Pagans that have passed during this past year in your Samhain rituals...

J. P. Slota -- Fred Tuttle -- Ellen Cannon Reed -- Phoenix -- Anthony Agapito Martinez -- Leon Edwards -- Tim Maroney -- Evan John Jones -- Mike Woren -- Dixie Jung -- Skott Greene

For more info on these Pagans that pioneered so much of what we celebrate today visit the Witchvox Pagan Passages Pages . If we have missed ANY pagans that have passed during this cycle, kindly email us and we will add them at once.

Water Magick in California (Oct. 27)

As you know, much of southern California is burning. The fires, some of them arson, are burning all around the Los Angeles Basin and down into San Diego as well. People and both domestic and wild animals are losing their homes. Would you please do some water magic, rituals, or spellwork on behalf of people of all faiths, domestic and wild animals, trees and plants and gardens, and the hills. You might want to sing James Taylor's song, "Shower the People," and visualize the shower being actual rain as well as love. Many thanks!

Nov. 1st. update: Well, it rained across southern California last night. I don't know if the community did this or not, but I know that everyone helped and we're all grateful to have most of the fires extinguished. What people need now are clothes (warm ones!) and household goods and blankets and to know that someone cares about them. I'm trying to imagine what Thanksgiving and Christmas/Yule will be like for people whose homes were destroyed. If anyone wants to, they can send money to the Red Cross and write "Southern California Fire Relief Fund" on the memo line of their check.

Barbara Ardinger
Long Beach, CA

10/28 Update: In response to Barbara's request, I have crafted a bindrune that may be of assistance. It binds 8 Laguz runes - the "Water" rune - around a central Ingwaz - Earth God - rune. The link to the image, and more detail can be found by Clicking HERE - RuneWolf (TWV Staff)

Why I Love Samhain
by M. Macha NightMare

In an old auditorium in San Francisco, California's Mission District, strange beings scurry about preparing for a sacred rite. Outside in the foyer people begin to congregate, pressing closer and closer as the space becomes more crowded with new arrivals. The sanctuary where the rite will take place remains closed to the celebrants who've come to help turn the Wheel of the Year. It's Samhain, the most powerful and mysterious night of the year, when the veils between the worlds of the seen and the unseen, the mundane and the spirit worlds, are thin. Humans can travel to the Otherworld and Otherworld beings, be they the sidhe or our dead ancestors, or one and the same, can move in the mundane world.

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When I was a child being brought up in a Christian household, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. I didn't especially associate it with the dead, although on the night before Halloween, called in that time and place "Mischief Night," outhouses were found upended and other such pranks were discovered when the Sun rose in the morning, perpetrated by unknown beings. I associated Hallows with chilly late Autumn nights with the smell of burning leaves in the air, with wearing a costume and being someone else, with suspending disbelief, with bobbing for apples and caramel apples on a stick, with magic and mystery. I had yet to learn that hallows means holy.... [Full Article]

Happy Samhain from Witchvox The week many of us will be celebrating Samhain/Halloe'en! TWV is honored to offer you some wonderful seasonal pieces, local connections and reflections of those that passed over... Be sure to check out Samhain Events in YOUR TOWN! ... Also featured: a review of The 8th International Halloween Festival by Bluebell, another new 'Connecting with the Ancestors' Essay by Twilight Bard, a new book release by A.J. Drew and Patricia Telesco entitled "God/Goddess: Exploring and Celebrating the Two Sides of Wiccan Deity", and a thought provoking Essay on Pagan Community Building by Susan Stoddard-Brown... Enjoy!

The 8th International Halloween Festival
by Bluebell
Held at Queen Mary College, Mile End Rd., London, England. (Oct. 18/19, 2003)

Like a kid, waiting for a birthday party to come, I wait for my fix of Pagan Festivals. What do I wear this year? Which old friends will I meet?

Can't wait!

Ready at long last for the off! I made new friends on the way up to Queen Mary College. On the Underground you could not miss them, with black Goth velvets looking a bit nervous. I said "hi" and we were chatting in no time and yes, it was their first time to a Pagan or Witch Festival and wondering what to expect.

We arrived and joined the queue; the opening ritual had to be held up a little to allow everyone time to get in! Well it was The Societas Religious Isidis, which is Shaun Aston and friends; I love grand open rituals. Shaun did not let us down; we were transported back to Ancient Egypt, as Queen Mary was transformed into an Egyptian Temple. A wonderful fire dance by Isis was breathtaking, I could not believe my eyes as she began to dance on stage with naked flames. Truly magnificent and worth the entrance fee alone... [Full Review]

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.

An Essay on Pagan Community Building
by Susan Stoddard-Brown

While working on convening an Arkansas Pagan clerical association, I spent a great deal of time visiting with Pagans all over the state. In that process, I noticed a few things that seem to hold true for the Pagan community everywhere and thought I would put them out there for thought.

There is an incredible dynamism in the Pagan community, the likes of which I do not think I have seen in my entire 25 years in Craft. The reasons and the motivations which bring people to the Craft seemed to have changed somewhat over the intervening two and a half decades I have cared about such things, however... [Full Article]

Survey: Practitioners - All Traditions Welcome!
From Trish Telesco...

"I have a survey I would love to send to various people of all magickal paths (particularly Wiccan sects). My hope is to get as accurate a portrait of each sect as possible including some sample incantations, rites, or whatever you feel comfortable in sharing. Please email me at to get the survey (with my thanks)"

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
New 'Ancestors' Essays...

Connecting With the Ancestors
by Twilight Bard

Connecting with the ancestors has always seemed to me the natural thing to do. Perhaps it was ingrained in me during my Roman Catholic upbringing; it wasn't uncommon for my family members to have a small shrine on a dresser top with statues of saints, rosary beads, candles, mass cards and photographs of loved ones who had passed on, and the like. I grew up around people who called aloud a short cry of help or thanks to either a saint or a deceased loved one. As a child, it was not uncommon for me to go to my church on any given day to light a candle for ancestors who had died long before I had the opportunity to meet them, or to write letters to my grandmothers once they passed over. So, with the development of my Pagan beliefs, it only seemed right to set aside those special times to remember the people who have died -- anniversaries of their death, their birthdays, and particularly during the Samhain season.
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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]

Last 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... Click HERE 


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