Weekly Update: 2/23/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: February 22nd. 2004
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|Marked One This amazing artwork is by linda ravenscroft and is part of the visually amazing DuirwaighGallery.com web site. (see 'Simply Stunning!' just below)|
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
by Diotima Mantineia
The results of a recent poll tell us that 76% of the American people, asked if they believe heaven is an actual place, replied that they did. Apparently, the poll did not follow up with the next obvious question - where did the poll's respondents think it might be located? With heaven full of astronauts, as Joni Mitchell once observed, the sky - such a convenient location for millennia - is no longer a viable option. The hollow Earth theory seems unlikely to be very popular; if not for scientific reasons, then certainly because it conflicts with the prevailing mythology. So where, then?
Star Trek and Star Wars and a flowering of both science and science fiction have given us a new mythology of stories, pictures, ideas and concepts to help us integrate our ever-expanding body of scientific knowledge into our spiritual understanding.
Nonetheless, planets, galaxies and universes are all still places that physically exist. It would seem that many people believe that the afterlife is just a different, nicer, but still physical life: it's clear that our current cultural mythology is at odds with both modern science and the wisdom of mystics from many religions, both ancient and modern... [Full Article]
'Round the Pagan Web...
Witchvox on KQRP (106.1 FM Salida, California)
On March 7th. Wren and Fritz are scheduled to spend some quality time chatting 'live' with Sandy Johnson (of www.fote.org fame) on the radio. Although she has graciously allowed us to use the time for whatever we desire... Do know that 'Preachin' ain't us' and we rather keep it loose and about you... If you would like to submit questions or topics, kindly email them to Sandy Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org. It's also worth noting that KQRP is public radio and could sure use YOUR support! You can donate via paypal from the www.fote.org website. This show is streamed live on the net and we will offer more details on next week's update. Let's have some fun.
Simply Stunning... DuirwaighGallery.com!
This weekend we had the privilege of chatting with Angi Sullins about her Art and Inspiration Website DuirwaighGallery.com. Their first film, entitled 'A Knock at the Duir,' premiered on December 17th and has created a small international sensation. The three and a half minute film has become a beakon of light to many and has launched a word-of mouth campaign of healing and inspiration around the world. Angi Sullins, Duirwaigh's creator notes: "We invite you to Linger. Tarry. Stay. You will find our gallery an Oasis for the travel-weary soul seeking inspiration and enlightenment in an all-too mundane world." -- To experience this fab short film - visit the DuirwaighGallery.com web site today.
Isaac Continues to Struggle...
This past week fame Pagan author Isaac Bonewits posted a humbling plea to keep his home... Some of you did offer your help, and he has updated the notice here at TWV. Click here or surf directly to Isaac's Website at www.neopagan.net for the latest status/information.
Pure and Not So Simple
Now, I didn't just wake up one morning and say to myself, "Self, we aren't going to do that whole purification thingy anymore." Rather, my whole concept of what constituted purity changed, over the course of time, as a result of the evolution of my personal life philosophy and spirituality.
What actually occurred was a shift in my thinking from dualistic to monistic thinking. It is in dualistic thinking that we find polarized and incompatible concepts such as pure and impure. These concepts are, for most people, very binary: you are either pure or you are impure, there are no shades of gray. Same goes for an object, a physical location, etc. Hence we have rituals in many religions and cultures, to purify everything from our bodies to our foods, our living and working spaces, our tools, our objects of worship, our thoughts, feelings and... [Full Article]
NEW Event Reviews...
Red Dragon Feast 2004
(Februrary 14th - Washington, DC)
by Eric 'Fritter' Riley
The DC Radical Faeries hosted their annual Red Dragon Feast on Saturday, February 14th and raised their largest charitable donation ever. By the end of the day the Faeries and friends raised $2,200 for Metro TeenAIDS, twice the amount that was raised last year. The one hundred participants, many from the local Pagan community, came to contribute prayers and funds. The event draws a religiously diverse crowd including members of Shamanic, Wiccan, Druid, Asatru, Christian, Santerian, Jewish, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic faiths. The event is growing with regional participation from as far away as Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh in addition to attendees from the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. The Red Dragon Feast has become an important part of the annual calendar of the DC area Pagan Community... [Full Article]
Mace Gill opens 'The Gate'
by Donna Juzva
On Thursday, February 11, Mace Gill, The Bard of Somerset County, gave a special performance at Gaia's Gate in Hillsborough, NJ.
What a wonderful evening of music and fun! Mace's performance kept the audience enthralled as he played acoustic guitar and sang songs that ran the gambit of musical styles.
A versatile performer, Mace played a wide range of melodies, covering almost every style of music. Starting with renaissance tunes and some classical Bach, then moving on to folk tunes and blues rhythms, Gill captured his audience... [Full Article]
The Mi'nerwen Tradition
The Mi'nerwen Tradition is more than just a system of belief. Based on an organized shamanic system, it is a complete culture with a rich history, mythology, and etiquette.
Now it should be noted that there has been some controversy surrounding the origins of the Mi'nerwen Tradition. This is because until recently the Tradition was more or less a secret society. Like many other Pagan traditions that have survived the Dark Ages, the Mi'nerwen Tradition chose to hide from those who would destroy it, and pass their knowledge down as an oral tradition. It has only been over the past couple years that they have chosen to risk becoming more public again; primarily because their dwindling numbers have forced them to either become more public, or finally die out as a tradition... [Full Article]
Witchvox 'New Book Release' of the Week...
Details on new book releases continue to pour in to the Witchvox Pagan Books section. This week we are honored to feature ...
The Beginner's Guide for the Recently Deceased
Author: David Staume
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD
"Who isn't curious to know what life is like after we die? In this humorous yet thought-provoking glimpse into other realms, David Staume asks you to open your mind and leave your body behind as he takes you on a tour of the afterlife.
Find out everything you need to know about the astral realm: how to get around, what's going on, and who and what you might bump into on your travels. Explore the big questions regarding the whys and wherefores of existence: Is there a hell? What about reincarnation? Who am I? Who is God?" - [More info]
To experience other new releases, community fave lists, featurettes, and one of the most extensive and detailed Pagan book listings on the planet visit the Witchvox Pagan Book Pages!
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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?
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