Weekly Update: 1/26/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: January 27th. 2004
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Witchvox Year 8.0
|Pagan ART Magick: Shamaness by Jessica Galbreth - Web Link .|
Happy Hatchday to you!
This week we enter our 8th year online serving the Neo-Pagan communities. To say that you have done an amazing job in the building of this resource would be an understatement. In the past seven years, a mountain of data has been processed through this url. Thousands have gathered face to face at the local level; many have fallen in Love; and many more have shared their magick in their towns, cities, states and provinces. This is YOUR TWV: Community supported and Community sponsored. No hustle, no advertising, no pop out windows, and no banners. Just more direct links to YOUR sites than any other Pagan portal on the planet. And we look forward to another rewarding and innovative year...
Let there be no doubt that it has been your words, your magic, your passion, your gatherings and your comments that have driven this site since day one.
Site-Wide News: Many new features on 'the burner' and dozens of tweaks happened this past week, here are a couple of quick notes...
Thank YOU! - The Witchvox staff would like to thank *our* sponsors for thier support over the years. Bless you for caring beyond the self. and...
- Faces of the Light and the Dark... Effective today we have replaced the world flags (to your upper left) with community faces. In the 6 weeks since we launched v8 of the Witchvox networking section there have been over 2,000 of YOUR faces submitted. - The rotation is 'random' so a new face will appear everytime you enter this page.
- Wren's Nest 9k... Witch hugs to Wren for posting her 9,000th news clip this week.
- Pagan Poetry: Do We Stutter? Not usually, but apparently there is an epidemic of stuttering keyboards out there that we did not take into consideration when we set up the poetry section. Our server logs note that multiple (sometimes hundreds) of 'requests' to view some of the poems -- and inflate the hit counters -- seem to all be coming in from an identical IP address. Hmmmmm...
Perhaps we weren't clear: This is not a contest. This is a section in which we can all share and enjoy the simple love of the poetic forms. So we now have installed some system controls on the counters in order to more accurately reflect the true number of views for each poem. Think of it as therapy. Or as the inspiration for your next work. "Ode To The Reload... " Kinda grabs your attention now, doesn't it? -- To experience similar (and undoubtedly better) poetic magick, visit the Witchvox Pagan Poetry Pages today.
- Thank YOU Gary Once again, The Witches' Voice is also honored to thank Gary Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org) for compliling the moonphaze data for the year 2004 (for the 5th strait year in a row... thanks Gary!!!).
- Hail and Welcome Paraguay! This week we added the option for Paraguay Pagans to share and celebrate their magick in the Witches of the Wold section. .
Our profound thanks go out to all of You! - You made all of this happen and You are making this resource more valuable by the day. Good show!
In Your Service,
The Witches' Voice Staff
Wren, Fritz, Peg, Dio, Christina,
Steve, Waterhawk, Darragh & Runewolf
Coming Out: Christian Paganism
by H. E. Smith
I am Christian Pagan. While the two faiths seem opposed, this isn't necessarily the case. Both religions are general groups that include many subsects. Baptists aren't the only Christians out there, nor are Wiccans the only Pagans. Historically, Christians and Pagans have been at such odds that it creates the illusion of fundamental contradiction.
I used to believe that illusion myself. I was raised by a semi-conservative family; they ranged between liberalism and conservatism, depending on which books my father was reading at the time. When I was a teenager, my psychic talents started to blossom. I could sense psychic energy, accurately distinguish past happenings from some objects, and I had some precognition... [Full Article]
|Return of 'Bardic Circle' at Witchvox:|
This week we feature a new performance by Clarsa McElhaney entitled The Hunt.
Clarsa sez: "Winterhawk "discovered" me at Dragonfest, the largest Pagan festival in the Rocky Mountains. After we had scheduled a date to record "Home to Dragonfest", I visited a friend in the mountains. We discussed Samhain while his 17-year-old neighbor sat on the couch, slouching in t-shirt and ripped jeans, playing video games. An avowed agnostic, he didn't seem to be paying attention. Then he turned to me and said, "I wrote a poem I want you to read."
He went next door and returned with a couple of sheets of paper. As I read, I got excited. I couldn't believe the depth and complexity of the symbolism. This poem sang to me as I read it. The melody wrote itself. Within a few minutes, I sang him a "rough draft" and begged his permission to include it on my album..." [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.
|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...
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Last night I went dancing. I hadn't gone for months, so I was sorely out of practice. The dance hall was full of people...some skilled, others more like myself. After enjoying a couple of songs, I took a seat to watch the couples around me. My date and I picked out individual dancers to watch and analyze. Some specialized in turns and momentum, while others worked on complex footwork or smooth delivery. One particularly skilled couple caught my eye. ... [Full Article]
I'll Be Me and You Be You
by Ironwolf Odinnson
In descending order of group size I am alive, human, Unitarian Universalist, Eclectic Wiccan with a Norse patron and myself, unique, Ironwolf Odinnson aka Robert A. Sloan. This article appears under my Craft name because I made a personal oath at choosing my Craft name to keep it public. My real name and literary pseudonyms will all link to it on my website when it's done, but all religious writing must come under my Ironwolf Odinnson byline -- because that breaks up the whole idea that Odinists are all rightwing Aryan skinheads... [Full Article]
The Syncretic Pagan
by Raven Uprising
I admit the Essays column, and the idea of contributing to it, intimidated me. After all, who wants to hear what I have to say? I'm not a theological expert; I haven't done mounds of research. But then I realized, most of the people who submit essays, at least the ones I've had the opportunity to read, aren't experts. So what did I have to lose? Other than risking feeling humiliated, laughed at and lacking in any and all intelligence. And I risk that every day! ... [Full Article]
The Embrace of Syncretism
by Vanessa Gonzales
In my small corner of the world, people happily embracing syncretism are most commonly referred to as eclectic Witches. Despite my own search for a distinctive religious title when someone is inquiring about my specific Pagan path, I find myself time and time again reverting back to the all-encompassing word "eclectic." Unfortunately, I have been discouraged to find that in many Pagan circles this title is met with exacerbated facial expressions and skeptical responses referring to my validity as a Witch, which I can't help but find disheartening... [Full Article]
Other New Pagan Essays this week...
Evolution vs. Creationism: A Witch's Perspective
One does not have to look very hard to find a vehicle displaying the Darwin emblem in proud fashion, and more than a few of these vehicles belong to my fellow Wiccans. Darwin has been claimed as some sort of personal cynosure by many Pagans, largely in rebellion against the patriarchal regime of the Abrahamic religions. What is perhaps not clearly evident is that Wicca is, or rather should be, a creationist religion. The simple reason for this is that, as I will demonstrate in this paper, the evidence against evolution and for creation is so strong that almost no scientist puts stock in the now defunct theory of Darwinian evolution... [Full Article]
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