Weekly Update: 1/19/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: January 19th. 2004
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One Moon - One Thousand Poems!
|Community Magick - Handfasting of Shelly and Michael in South Florida on the Winter Solstice 2003 - Photo by Don Waterhawk [Link]|
28 days ago we launched the option for you to share your original poetry and you responded in a big way. This week we've upgraded the Witchvox Poetry section to better serve your surfing desires... New features include; full search options for the collection, a quick link to the author's personal profile (If they have one) and a dynamic list of the top 13 view poems. Instant classics such as 'Dead Bees' (by GG_Feral - a personal fave) - can be quickly found on the new right side bar. With over 30,000 page views in 28 days, it is clear that the new Poetry section here at TWV is a hit! To experience this magick, visit the Witchvox Pagan Poetry Pages today.
Site-Wide Changes/Features: Over the past two weeks we have upgraded many sections here at TWV... Here is what we remember...
- AO/Hel: The issue of AOL bouncing Witchvox site generated email (posts to listings, and/or log in info) appears to be resolved. For details Click HERE
- Souped-Up Power Menus: The 'Menus' that dominate all pages here at TWV (page top just under the mastheads) saw a major upgrade this weekend... Missing areas were added, and Pagan commercial listings were better broken out into their own menu.
- Upgraded Site Searches: Back this week are the 5 site search engines offering you incredible search capabilites for this site and the Pagan web. They are available on the bottom of all 7,000 pages here at TWV. Most are enhanced to offer deeper and more detailed searches.
- Bardic Circle is Back: We are thrilled to note that Bardic Circle is working again. BC 2004 featuring FOUR new performances is celebrated in a feature bock lower on this page... If you are a Pagan Musician and want to share an mp3 file and a story... Log in and submit your magick.
- Pagan Shopping: This week we put some serious work into the Pagan Merchants section. Full product search (against some 2,000 vendors) is now available as well as quick access to the latest Pagan commercial announcements. We have also added a detailed 'quick launch' to this section via the power menus on the top of all pages here at TWV.
Our profound thanks go out to Diotima and Runewolf for carrying this page with their timely and detailed editing of the many fabulous essays that come in on a near daily basis. Dio has done this without fail for nearly 4 years and we simply could not do this without her. Runewolf is a wonderful spirit, a blessing and has worked hard over the past year also adhearing to our tight deadlines... Bless you both, we simply can't thank YOU enough.
In closing allow us to formerly welcome Don Waterhawk to the Witchvox staff [WaterhawkCreations.com]... Although we have considered Don AS staff for years, this past weekend we pressed him to make it official. Mr. Waterhawk begrudgingly composed a bio and sent over a 'head shot' - Regulars are familiar with the countless 'awesome' cover photos Don has shared with us all on this very page. Don has also penned some of our most extensive festival reviews and is always there with Pagan Veteran pieces. - Hail and Welcome Don Waterhawk, your magick has healed so many.
In Your Service,
WorkerBee - Witchvox
Witch Cinema: The Year in TV and Film 2003
by Peg Aloi
Well, the first thing to note about the year in media last year is that witches were not quite the ubiquitous darlings we were the two years previously. Oh, Charmed is still popular, but you don't see witches in every other fiction TV show that comes along now. Just wait though; there's already a couple of reality TV shows that put out calls for pagan or Wiccan cast members... and of course, we may end up being horrified and excited by this in equal measure. (My personal opinion: if you allow your privacy to be compromised by going on a reality TV show, I have no pity for you).
Still, there are a few new shows dealing with interesting issues of interest to the pagan community, as we tend to like stories... [Full Article]
|New ESSAY TOPIC!|
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 Syncretic Pagan Essays...
The Syncretic Pagan
by Aylah Hallel
Many times, I think, we don't have a choice in whether we are syncretic or not. Most of the time I think we are syncretic by default; it's a natural consequence of the fact that we live. Our views are formed by the experiences that we have and many of those experiences are spiritual or religious in nature. I remember every spiritual and religious event that has ever happened to me. These experiences stay in my mind under the category of "precious" things I don't ever want to forget. And yes, I am very influenced by some of the experiences I have had, and I even use some of the things I have learned from other paths to teach people about Paganism. But I teach Paganism, not any of the other paths I have studied and practiced... [Full Article]
Syncretism and Coherence
In addition to being hard to spell, I find the problem of syncretism and Pagan faith to be a complicated issue that is not easily disentangled from all the various questions about personal vs. collective beliefs, tradition vs. collective practices, and magical vs. religious orientations. If we are going to think about the issue we need to break it down into digestible bits. The first question has to be: what do we mean by syncretism? Are there forms that work better than others? If so, why? If we understand what we mean, then the next set of questions relate to whether we should engage in syncretic practices... [Full Article]
Syncretism: Right or Wrong?
by Kiki Deister
Syncretism is a process that has existed for centuries, within all religions, within all belief systems. Without it, religion and society would not evolve and grow with the needs of its followers. In fact, there are many cases in which history has been made due to the presence or absence of syncretism.
An absence of syncretism can lead to extreme discord. Many of the problems that have existed between countries in the Middle East are based upon religious differences. Syncretism has not played a part in these issues, which, in my opinion, furthers the gap between them. I believe that if more of an effort was made to understand one another, some small melding of beliefs would occur, fostering understanding and a sense of cohesion, which could only be positive... [Full Article]
| Return of 'Bardic Circle' at Witchvox:|
This week we feature a new performance by Michelle Mays entitled Beltane Fires.
Michelle sez: "In the Fall of 2002, I was asked to write a song for a young girl about to reach her first stages of womanhood. How could I say no? She was soon to become a maiden. What message do I want to give her at this special time? Do I tell her about the changes in her body and in the way she thinks? Do I tell her about what it is like to be a woman? Do I tell her about the dance of Maidenhood and it leading to the possibility of Motherhood, ahh, the joy and agony of it all? Do I give her bits of information about being a woman? No.. she'd be getting lots of that from her Mother's Circle of Friends. What could I tell her? ..." [Go To Performance] "
This week we catch up by featuring exciting new performances by ...
The Devil's March by Tiffany Moon ...
The Devil's March is one of the six Scandinavian melodies selected and adapted for The Vampire's Lyre, which was recorded and produced by Tiffany Moon for sale at Buffy Fest, held in San Diego in October of 2003... [Go To Performance]
The Hills they are Hollow by Damh the Bard ...
I was having a severe dose of writer's block. I had loads of tunes, but just could not get the lyrics. So I took my guitar off for a weekend in Dartmoor, the wild place in the great south west of Britain. I went to the Merrivale neolithic compound, a place where there is a settlement, stone avenues, and a stone circle. ... [Go To Performance]
I Am The Goddess by Spiral Rhythm...
I wrote this on the road in 2000, and it simply conveys the eternal and infinite in the Divine. The Goddess is all-encompassing, indeed, the universe!... [Go To Performance]
Editors Note: Bardic Circle submissions have been turned back on... If you want to share your mp3 file and your story, log in a add your performance... To experience the 70 performances already available... CLICK HERE.
Other New Pagan Essays this week...
The Future of American Magic
by River Raven
Modern American practitioners of Witchcraft have enjoyed much less harassment and vilification than our predecessors. While many of us can certainly point to various instances of harassment, some of them having devastating effects on our lives, who among us can say we are risking death at the hands of the state simply for practicing our religion, or using our magical tools to care for ourselves or our loved ones? Certainly one can point to a clear bias that affects many of us in our culture, but none of us will be executed under Witchcraft laws... [Full Article]
The Essence of Magick
by T.D. Brodie
So, what makes magick work? What are the limits to magick? Can it be described in any other terms? Let me start with the easy one.
Magick is described in a number of different cultures using just as many different terms. While some cultures claim it is the actions of Gods, others call magick "miracles." I am sure that we have all been witness to these "miracles." I have an interesting story for you. (As you get to know me you'll find that I feel that parables are a great way to explain things.) This is a true story... [Full Article]
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