Weekly Update: 2/2/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: February 1st. 2004
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We Love you Skye!
|Brighid: Imbolc 2004: Photo received today of 'Brighid, with her lover' taken at the First Pantheistic Center of the Antelope Valley Imbolc celebration held on Jan 31st in Lancaster CA. |
"Our goal is to have a real-life Pagan Community center in our valley, a few years from now. " - Ariadne Morningstar. [link www.fpcav.org ]
Feb 1st. 2004
This is a dark day here at Witchox central. As I write this, Wren is on a plane to Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) where her only daughter, the beautiful Skye will be undergoing emergency brain surgery this Tuesday to deal with the dramatic return and rapid growth of a cancerous tumor. - Poor Skye, three years ago when this nasty tumor was discovered it took emergency brain surgery just to remove 85% of it. Since this cancer is 'incurable', her best option (at that time) was experimental chemo and radiation. Thanks to these trials, and a mountain of community magick, the cancer has been in remission and Skye has experienced a relatively decent quality of life. That was until two weeks ago.
'Nest comments Off until Monday: For obvious reasons Wren will not be posting news this week (or online at all) and without her here to moderate of the comments we have turned off that option. - Both Christina and Dio will be posting spiritual/social news this week as they discover it. I thank them for this help.
Wren is a very private person and if she has a fault it is that she will not ask for help... I am stepping in here (with her permission) to ask YOU to keep Skye in your workings and to ask that you project for 'skillful hands' and quick recovery. Our thanks go out to close friends that are already doing this work for Skye.
Two of the most giving spirits we know are getting handfasted at this moment - We take this time and this space to offer a toast to the union of Toni and Mino in Ft. Meyers, Florida.
<--- erik and tamarion of dragon's weyr circle - lancaster ca.
This weeks update is strong and features a new piece for the Gay Pagan section, another moving essay by SnakeMoon, two new Bardic circle performances, three new essays on the 'Syncretic Pagan' topic and details on a new essay topic 'Pure and Not So Simple' (thanks Dio) - it's also worth noting that this past week saw over a thousand new submissions to the Witchvox local networking, poetry, books and musical performances sections.
We love you Skye and will be working our best magick for you. !!!
In Your Service,
WorkerBee - Witchvox
PS: If you email Wren this week do know that she is not online and will not be until this coming Monday (at the earliest). Please understand that she typically receives a large daily volume of email and it may be weeks before she can catch up.
Home for the Holidays
Just the phrase evokes images of twinkling lights, pumpkin pies, brightly colored decorations, and tables burdened with seasonal delicacies. Or, for some it may conjure up Aunt Phyllis' drunken binges, carping criticism from parents, and the acrid whiff of tension every time siblings are in the room together.
This year, "home for the holidays" meant something else entirely for me. For years, I've been trying to gift myself - and my son - with a home of our own. After making yet another assault on the real estate market, unsuccessfully hunting for something (anything, a gardening shed, a hut!) that fit a single mom's salary, and suffering continual disappointment, I simply gave up. Despite this disappointment, I needed to move from my rented home of five years because the noise level had become unbearable. (On the plus side, I can recite the early morning trucking schedules for all of Central Marin!) Thoroughly defeated in this, my fourth attempt at home ownership, I rented a... [Full Article]
Gay, Pagan and Alone
Such a funny little grouping of words upon first glance, yet so powerful in their description of who I am at this particular point in my lifetime. Close to 30 years have gone by and those words are what make up such an important part of who I am. After all that time I at least have the comfort in knowing that there is something that describes and explains who I am, though rather succinctly.
Certainly, being a gay man has taken a lifetime to accept and understand, and if that wasn't complicated and confusing enough, having a different view of spirituality and belief thrown in definitely added to the chaos. After all this time, I realize that I am finally comfortable with my current skin, accepting of it and able to embrace it all with open arms. It has been anything but easy, but I believe I am at the point where I can openly talk about me rather than following my usual... [Full Article]
|'Bardic Circle 2004' at Witchvox:|
This week we feature two new performances...
Belita Adair presents Stone.
"Stone is a song I Spirit channeled, and it was inspired by the ancient stones that formed the pagan temples and circles in England so very long ago. It is dedicated to a very dear to me and gentle person on the path. This song reminds me that the beauty of spiritual love can be born out of chaos....and so like the stones of the ancient ruins, weathered by age and storm....much like the gem that is our own spirit, we reflect the strength and wisdom of the God and Goddess" [Go To Performance] "
Phoenix Reign offers up The Trickster.
"These words came from a place of reflection. When I heard Jennifer playing I added the bass and seemed to fall in a trance. I grabbed a paper and pen and began writing. The song seemed to write itself. I have had many deep moments with my music, but this song was pure magic" [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!|
Pure and Not So Simple
Most religions, including many Pagan traditions, have holidays, rituals and/or techniques devoted to the idea of purification. It is a universal concept, but often not particularly well thought out or well understood. So we ask for your thoughts on one or all of these questions: What does purification mean to you? What makes something, or someone, pure or impure? What happens to the matter or energy that is purified? Finally, what rituals and techniques do you use to purify, and in what circumstances do you use them?
The deadline for this topic is March 30th. 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
When I was about eight, our loyal and loving Doberman brought us a gift, a practice that she had been doing for a long while. She would drop a recent kill on the back verandah outside our kitchen door. The particular gift to which I now refer was a skunk. She had dropped the skunk in her usual place sometime during the early hours of the morning, so by the time we woke up the smell was hanging onto the screen door, the floor, the air in the small enclosed verandah was foul and when we opened the kitchen door the smell rushed in... [Full Article]
Should Paganism Be Syncretic?
Should Paganism be syncretic? I don't consider I know enough about Paganism to comment on that directly, but there are three more general, related perspectives I would like to write about.
Firstly, what if we turn that question around: Should the rest of the world be syncretic of Paganism? To me, based on my personal, limited-experience definition of Paganism, this means: Should the "rest of the world" learn to respect nature, and to work respectfully with and/or acknowledge invisible forces? (By "rest of the world," I mean not just other religions, but governments, bureaucracies and other socially or politically powerful organizations.)... [Full Article]
No and Yes - A Respectful Disagreement
by Lisa Emmbre Preston
After reading the brief for this discussion, I began to write this essay based on what I inferred the definition of the word "syncretism" to be. I admit that I'm not the most articulate person around, so up until now, it was just one of those Scrabble® words. After realizing that I'd gone off on a tangent at the start of my response (perhaps it's my Sagittarian sun sign that influences my mind to wander), I decided to re-focus by looking through the ancient dictionaries in our home for a more in-depth explanation of the word. ... [Full Article]
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