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Weekly Update: 12/22/2003

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: December 22nd. 2003
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Happy Solstice to All

This week's update is rich with several new essays on 'Rights and Perceptions' , hot new features, a new essay topic from Dio, a new trad profile - The Feri Tradition: Vicia Line by Phoenix Willow, an amazing solstice research piece from Christina, 'Pagan Community Service: Personal, Sincere, and Growing' by Tucker Lieberman, up to the minute details on the new Witchvox networking section and much, much more. - Surf below on this page for all that is new...

Ah, Poetry! ...

We have received many requests for something like this over the past years and now -- with the updated and expanded coding system finally in place -- we are very pleased to announce the launch of the new TWV poetry section!

Ever since humankind first developed self-awareness, we have also wondered about those things beyond ourselves. In the earliest cave art -- scratched, carved or smeared upon the walls long before we developed even the most rudimentary elements of coherent speech -- we behold eerie, strange figures and complex abstract designs floating alongside easily recognizable prey animals and the local hunting parties. Beyond what can be seen and heard, it seems that humankind has always sensed that 'something else' is out there.

From the classical generation to the beat, from the epic and sonnet style to the free verse, poets likewise have thus set their pens and their imaginations to capture -- if only for a moment -- that which is both essentially elusive and yet so very near.

And just as art transcends the mere blending of color and music is more than simply a series of notes strung together, poetry does not remain trapped within its own words and letters.

Poetry is a restless spirit. Poetry roams. Poetry hunts...

Because 'something else' is out there still.

Walk in Love and Light,

Wren Walker
Co-Founder - The Witches' Voice
December 21st., 2003

Poetry Section Notes...

The new Poetry section can be found HERE. it's a workable shell for now, but look for quick enhancements, search options, and much, much more over this coming week. -- To submit your poetry, you must have a Witchvox account and must be logged in. - Choose 'add listing' to add your poem(s)

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Since we launched the public beta of the Witchvox network section (including the conversion of over 54,000 listings) earlier this month, there have been hundreds of enhancements, fixes and changes. Kindly note that YOUR feedback is critical - Here are a some updated notes...

Poetry Posting Option: As long as you have a Witchvox Account and are 'logged in' you can now share your poetry with us all

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Winter Solstice Celebrations and Customs
10,000 words from Christina Aubin

In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter Solstice falls between December 21st and December 23rd, and marks the modern official beginning of winter. We begin to notice the sun getting lower in lower in the sky after Summer Solstice as it travels southward. At Winter Solstice the sun is at its most southeastern point over the Tropic of Capricorn in the northern hemisphere and has no apparent northward or southward motion... [Full Article]

Also new from Christina...


The Feri Tradition: Vicia Line
by Phoenix Willow

Feri is an initiatory tradition of Witchcraft emphasizing "the more natural and wild forms of human magic and sorcery."[1] It contains a multiplicity of initiatory lineages or "lines," all ultimately tracing back to Victor and Cora Anderson. The tradition's name has been spelled in a variety of ways over time. Early initiates used Fairy, Faery, or Faerie, but Victor Anderson later changed the spelling to Feri in order to distinguish our tradition from others using similar terms (Faery Wicca, etc.). This change was not universally adopted and some lines of Feri still use the earlier spellings... [Full Profile]

Pagan Community Service: Personal, Sincere, and Growing
by Tucker Lieberman

Pagans aren't caring and are only out to promote their ideology, a Bush administration official insinuated recently. In an interactive online chat with the public in November 2003, Jim Towey, the director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, said he had never encountered "a pagan group that cares for the poor." The quote flurried around the Internet as Pagans everywhere rattled their broomsticks.

But is there any weight to Towey's concern? Where are the Pagan charities?

Government-recognized Pagan charities, although rare, do exist. Some have incorporated as 501(c)(3), which is the federal designation that non-profit organizations take for tax purposes... [Full Article]


"The Syncretic Pagan"

Modern Paganism often draws from other religions in a process called syncretism, which is the fusion of different forms of belief and practice. Some people see this as a good thing, others decry it for various reasons. Do you think modern Pagans should embrace syncretism, or should confine ourselves to only Pagan beliefs and practices -- and, if so, how would you decide what is and is not "Pagan"? Also, how syncretic are you? What other religions and philosophies inform your personal beliefs and practices?

The deadline for this topic is Feb 1st. 2004., 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 Rights and Perceptions Essays...

Rights and Perceptions
by Sunlovin' Raccoon

How many of us have heard something along the lines of 'Paganism is BAD?' It's a pointless question really; we all have, at some point or another. How many detractors of Paganism have a similarly strong objection to Halloween, Christmas (with Yule Logs?), or even Harry Potter? The list suddenly shrinks, doesn't it!

The truth is that most Christians who profess to a 'tough love' attitude with Witches are perfectly happy to accept our traditions, so long as their origins are unknown. They are so deeply ingrained now that even though nobody knows from whence they originally came, they are a firm part of Christian tradition. What I do find peculiar is that they have not tried to adopt things from other faiths: for instance, it is rare to find Catholics fasting on Ramadan - although stranger things have been known to happen.

Another, much more subtly cloaked festival is, of course, Samhain (also known as Halloween amongst... [Full Article]

Earth Religion in the Modern World
by Steven Craig Hickman

A dear friend of mine asked me a simple question the other day: "You always speak of the Old Religion of the Earth as if it were something that everyone should know exists. So tell me: What exactly is this Old Religion? Does it have a founder like the religions of Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and the Islam? When did it begin? Does it have a literature? And one more thing: What impact for good or ill has it had on your personal life? Has it helped you survive the daily onslaught of the world?"

Boy, I was astounded. Here was a close friend who had known me for many years and, even though we have had to continue our friendship by phone due to work changes and lifestyles, I had never been asked these kinds of question by her before. She'd just accepted me for who I was. Now she was seeking answers, trying to understand... [Full Article]

Negative Public Perception: Partially Our Fault?
by Willowsong

I try to keep an eye on the monthly essay topic hoping that there will be one that I feel I may be able to contribute to. This essay topic asks the question, "Where are we these days in terms of our religious rights and public perceptions of our religion?" When I first saw the topic for this month, I once again drew a blank. Recently, a married couple that has become dear friends asked me if I would be willing to "teach" them what I know about Wicca. They had asked another friend of theirs and were very disappointed with his lack of commitment. He would promise to be there or to discuss with them and would inevitably back out at the last minute. I agreed to take up the post and began to tell them what I know. I have tried to impart to them that Wicca is very spiritual and fluid as far as religions go... [Full Article]

Rights and Perceptions
by Louise Beets

Having identified where my initial prejudice against Witches came from is amusing to me, yet also rather disturbing.

It did not come from my Sunday School teacher or any other member of one of the many Christian denominations that are scattered around. Rather, in my vulnerable formative years I learned that Witches were bad through entertainment!

It started with the illustrations. Those dark, untidy, ugly looking women with the unusual clothes and the fierce expressions made quite an impact with their mean eyes that seemed to follow me. This was before I could read. I didn't like the women in those pictures. Furthermore, they were always depicted in such shadowy and scary looking places. The animals that accompanied these dark women were always vicious looking, even the cats. They all reminded me of the big, mean dog down the road, a dog that frightened me enough that I would prefer to walk all the way around the... [Full Article]

On Tides and Ripples
by Lysander Foxfire

"May we love ever more
May we motivate ourselves to committed love in action
May we motivate ourselves to live the life we wish to see in the world
May we be the transformation we wish to see in the world
From the inside out...
From the roots branching upwards...
From the heart
To thought
To word
To action
Through life's trials and hardships
We can arise beautiful and free"

For Luna, Julia Butterfly Hill

Perception starts right now.

Yes, right now. This very moment you are being perceived, and you might not even realize it. Hey - you might not even be in the same room as the one who is "seeing" you, but they are, trust me. The words of this poem strike true in my heart, and stand firm as guidelines for what a Pagan should be in... [Full Article]


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