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Weekly Update: 11/3/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
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Fair Weather Witches
by Deanna Dawn

he sun was setting to our right, the full moon rising slowly to our left, and there we stood! Myself, my 8 year old son, and a fellow Priestess on the beach, celebrating the full moon in all it’s glory! And as we cast circle and called the quarters, I noticed that my son had chosen to participate! There he was saluting the elements along with us, and when we called out to the Lady and Lord, he stood in the God position, arms folded across his chest in reverence! The intensity of that very moment hit me like a ton of bricks! My son is following in my footsteps!

All the next day I walked around the office with a glow from that spontaneous ritual of the night before. Thoughts of pride and joy regarding my blossoming child flashed before me. And as I sat and pondered thoughts of his participation, worries for his future began to steal across my brow. Will he continue to flourish if I continue on such a public path? Will he suffer any consequences? And then it dawned on me, I have to be public, I have to be aware and know what is going on! For his sake, I CAN NO LONGER BE A FAIR WEATHER WITCH!!!

A "Fair Weather Witch"! Just what exactly is that? Well, I for one can honestly say "I know" since until very recently, I was one.... [Full Article]

Photo Credit: This wonderful shot was sent over last year from Ricky - (Email).

Avoiding Moral Imperialism: A Pagan Discussion on Morality
by Sgeir

Everyone has some sort of morality, a sense of ethics, and we often assume that"right and wrong" are concepts set in stone which everyone knows. All religionsand philosophical systems have struggled with the idea of morality at one timeor another, and Paganism is no exception. We need to decide why we believesomething to be right, and another thing to be wrong, and whether what webelieve is right applies to everyone, or just to ourselves.

Subjective morality - ethics specific to ourselves - may sound like atempting prospect. It means that we do not need to try to impose our morality onothers - as right-wing Christians try to do on issues such as homosexuality -and we don't run the risk of "moral imperialism," of imposing Western moralityon other cultures. Subjective morality is not without its problems, though. If all morality is merely subjective, and applies only to each individual, then itbecomes very difficult, if... [Full Article]

The Role of the Sacrificed Youth at Samhain
by Garan du

In October, the wheel of the year turns unrelentingly to the dark season. The brightly-colored leaves swirl like autumnal confetti, ripened apples fall like dying suns into cider presses to be transformed magickally into liquid summer, and the gay community begins to gleefully ready itself for what is generally acknowledged as the second most festive party of the year (after Pride, that is). Hallowe’en (Samhain/Samhuinn or Harvest Home to us followers of the Old Ways) has held a special place in the minds and hearts of queer folk in the U.S. since the mid 20th century. Up until recently it’s generally been one of the few times a year where public displays of transgender style cause no more than the batting of a straight eye at a queer guy/gal in drag. Mingled as it is with the romping of ghouls, mummies, vampires, and other assorted monsters conjured from the collective unconscious, images of genderf*ck... [Full Article]

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Connecting With the Ancestors
by Cris Davis

The leaves turn, and the air becomes crisp, and Samhain is approaching. A fewyears ago, this would have been the beginning of my deepest depression. The timeof year when "Family" is celebrated; when everyone has a favorite story of UncleNed, or Grandmother Louise, and "remember when's" of favorite holidays long past- for me, the loneliest time of the year. Raised in a multitude of foster andgroup homes, the very concept of "Family" is as foreign to me as the wearing ofan abaya in downtown Oklahoma City!

As a child, I comforted myself with "borrowing" someone else's family, usuallythe extended family of the foster homes I was placed in. Most of the fosterhomes I was placed in were good, caring homes, and they went out of their way toinclude me in every way they could, but they could not make up for the lack ofmemories. There were no stories involving me when I was a baby... [Full Article]

Last Week at 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! Click HERE 


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