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Weekly Update: 11/10/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: November 10th. 2003
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New Year Writhing
by Wren Walker

Life is full of doors that don't open when you knock, equally spaced amid those that open when you don't want them to." *

It was two days after Samhain. I was busy at my computer searching for late-breaking Pagan related news items and so perhaps I was a little less than attentive the first time that Fritz mentioned it. "Uh-huh", I muttered and typed another key word into the search engine.

"No, Wren, I mean it."

"Uh-huh." Giving the enter key a final jab, I turned around in my chair. Fritz was standing half in and half out of the doorway. Hovering, I think they call it. It was obvious by the look on his face that he was not going to either come completely in or go completely out until he got to finish whatever it was that he was saying. Stifling a rude sigh, I put on my very best spousal "listening now" face and waited for the punch line.

"But this had better be good, " I thought.

And -- to be fair -- it usually was pretty good actually. Fritz is a very funny guy and he makes me laugh every day. That's one of the reasons why I fell -- and stay -- in love with him. Okay then. The news can wait for a few minutes. So let's hear the rest of the joke.

I blinked. Tried to look suitably expectant. Blinked again.

"Wait for it." Sim whispered. "

Sim, by the way, is one of those voices that you hear in your head while you are talking to yourself. I just happen to give mine names. Sim is the 'Snippy Inner Muse' voice. She's the one whose sardonic little quips cause me to laugh out loud in the grocery checkout line. Sim has been banned from most of the major supermarket chains even though I still believe that the "Have you ever looked, I mean really looked at broccoli, officer?" defense was quite plausible considering the circumstances.

"There is a big, black snake under my chair," repeated Fritz... [Full Article]

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An Interfaith Samhain
by Amara

In December of 2000, I was new to California. I had come from a place where the Pagan community was small and quiet. I was determined to be as open and honest about myself in my new home as I was in my old. I never anticipated the problems I would have.

In January of 2001, I met a friend I had known on the Internet for better than 5 years. That meeting was the start of a long battle against evil dressed in religious garb. The details are long and unpleasant, and not at all what I'm interested in talking about. They are important only in knowing what lead me to share my Samhain with a Baptist minister.

In September of 2001, I had two members of a congregation arrested on stalking charges, which were plea-bargained down to lesser charges. Both boys were underage, manipulated by a very evil man who dressed his evil in Christian clothes. In the name of God... [Full Article]

2nd Annual Twin Ports Area Witches' Ball
by Sarah SwampWitch, Kristy and Dennis

The answer to the question "Do Witches have balls?" was answered with a resounding YES! on October 25th when the 2nd Annual Twin Ports Area Witches' Ball was held in Duluth, MN. This event was a huge success, with over 360 people (Holy Wow!!!!) attending, over twice as many as attended last year. Good people from all walks of life and all spiritual practices came together - and for the span of the Ball, were unified in the sheer joy of partying the night away!

The Ball started in the afternoon as a two hour long Samhain Carnival for families and children of all ages. Attending Witchlings, min-mages, and Paganettes were excited to discover many fun games (from Pumpkin Bowling to fishing at the Bog Of Eternal Stench to Musical Brooms), face painting, and sing-a-longs like "The Hocus Pocus" (done to the tune of the Hokey Pokey... [Full Article]

Connecting With the Ancestors
by Debbie Osborne

The only time I can remember incorporating my genealogical ancestors into magic was a ceremony to say goodbye to my Grandpa the Samhain after he died in hospital. I know you're not supposed to call spirits back, so I meditated and focused more on sending my goodbye out to him, rather then bringing him to me. He was kind enough to let me know he was all right, and running, which made me glad because in his later life he'd had a bad leg. Although I suppose this was working with Ancestors, for me the word conjures up something that is much older. Over the years I may have created a glorious family tree of warrior queens and saintly ladies for myself, but the entities that I consider Ancestors, and that I sometimes pray too, I tend to think of as connected to the land in some way. Perhaps the first people or beings to arrive here, guarding, or watching to make sure things carry... [Full Article]

Ancestry and the Implications of Traditions
by Raven

First and foremost I would like to state wars have started over ancestors. In the micro-macro view we are essentially all related or at least everything on the planet and in the universe is intrinsically interconnected... Often many cultures - although rich in his/herstory and tradition - rear the ugly head of biased judgment if an individual is of mixed heritage or has moved away from the culture. I have seen many people seeking their roots shunned for this very reason; I think the solution is to remember that the beliefs of a group or sect and birth ties cannot erase a person's lineage.

Second, what constitutes ancestral claim? Is it bloodlines, heart-lines or soul connection? Personally I believe we do not have the right to judge a person's path; certainly we may have opinions about an individual's path, but to judge the right or wrong of a person's choices and set it in stone is biased. If, when contacting one's ancestors from a... [Full Article]

Life is Like a Video Game and You're Just One Level From the Top!
by Joe the Eternal

Shakespeare once said, and I am paraphrasing, "Life is but a stage and we are but mere players." I would say it is more like a Video Game and we have all been sent back one level fighting our way back to where we started.

Magick has some interesting traits and adventures and I am going to tell you one of mine. For years I worked in the sacred arts studying what I could of the esoterica. I learned much and continue to learn while in this mortal state...well perhaps not quite mortal but hopefully moving into something much less mundane.

The works I've done have hopefully opened some understanding, or perhaps they are just experimental way of thought. It may strike a chord for some and leave others to ponder or perhaps just think these are ideas that couldn't possibly be.

In my normal life, I am... [Full Article]

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