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Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: March 3rd. 2004
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The Passing of an Elder!
|Serge Clapa |
It is with a heavy heart that we convey the sad news that veteran webcrafter, honored spirit and true giver, Serge Clapa has passed over.
So few Webcrafters have had an impact on so many. Since late 1997, I have had the pleasure of chatting with Serge ion countless occasions. He was always pleasant and one of the few that did think of himself last and others first. This is a rare trait and one that means the world to us. His creation/community gift 'Alternate Realities in Art and Thought' was a cornerstone of the Alt Art communities and turned us all on to much magick created by countless Alternative Artists for the past 7 years.
I will miss his humor, dedication and light - The Spirit Web is a less colorful place without him. -- Fritz Jung - Webcrafter Witchvox.
NOTE: The painting just below was created by Serge years ago and Ganieda tells us that he was most proud of this piece.
3/9/2004 Update from Ganieda:
Serge Clapa passed away suddenly at home in Red Deer on Thursday March 4, 2004 at the age of 54 years.
Serge was born in Liege, Belgium before moving to Canada in 1958. He attended high school in Brockville, Ontario and later married Peggy (nee Thomas) in Ottawa in 1972.
Serge was loved. He will be missed by his three children Chantal, Adrien and Damien; daughter-in-law Leanne; parents Joe and Nelly; his brother John; sister-in-law Jamie; niece Joanne and nephew Joe.
Serge loved art, music and technology. He lived a rich and diverse life sharing his passion for the arts with friends around the globe. He gave his time selflessly, establishing an on-line community for like-minded artists. Serge will be missed by many.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects to the family while celebrating Serge's life at an informal gathering to take place at the Parkland Funeral Home - 67A Street, Red Deer on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Sympathies may be forwarded to the family at http://www.parklandfuneralhome.com/
In living memory of Serge Clapa, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park.
A Community Remembers...
Serge touched so many and we are honored to offer moving testimonials that have come in the in the past 48 hours. -- Here is a sampling...
"Serge... thanks to the artists you so successfully brought together with your community (which really is much more like a family), your name, your love of art, your vision for an on-line art haven, and your passion will live on and on. I miss you already..." -- Jessica Galbreth [enchanted-art.com]
"He had a vision of us being a particular "school" of esoteric art, appealing to our vanity that way and probably his own as well. I'm not altogether certain that we were or are a cohesive group as far as style goes, but in the almost 7 years I knew Serge, he never stopped promoting us as a community...he saw some commonality there that we perhaps didn't, some good reason to draw us together (pardon the pun; it's one of his)" -- Jay Williams [www.greenshadows.com]
"To my best friend: May you "...be as a blue star upon a field of green, Circling upward towards a golden sun" Remembered Forever" -- Ganieda [ravensraithrevisited]
"Serge, knew more about my little life than the people I live with. His concern for my art and all the artists on the list was huge - he got me - us- out there. I owe so much of my success to him... Serge - I love you Sweetie!" -- Linda Biggs [FairieForest.com]
"Serge has always been known to lend a helping hand to those who ask. An avid admirer of art in all forms he created Esoteric Art .com to help show the works of artists who may not have had their work ever seen by masses. We will miss him dearly!" -- Ralph Manis [infinitee-designs.com]
"We are determined to keep his list and his site running as his monument. It was something he dedicated a huge portion of his life to... supporting HIS artists. I laugh now as I hear in my mind his possessive tone. We really were his artists and he gave, literally everything". -- Autumn Domoslai [autumnsrealm.com]
"So much good has been done by this one gentle man to promote art that would happily go ignored by the mainstream vendors... I'm going to miss you, Serge! I know you're somewhere safe and beautiful, surrounded by wonderful artwork checking in on us still, willing us to greatness!". -- Mary Layton [artfulfantasies.lunagrove.com]
"Serge gave of himself incessantly to inspire and motivate his artists and to share the results with the world-wide community that he truly served. He believed absolutely in the world as a community and loathed injustice." -- Malcolm [firstname.lastname@example.org]
"Participating in his site's co-op galleries was very inspiring to me as an artist... Serge's support and friendship meant a lot to me. I will truly miss him and feel blessed that I had the experience of working with this great man." -- Nanci Jennings Williamson - White Tower Graphics [www.gypsydance.com]
Surf to the [Full Memorial Page] for complete remberences.
Passage of "The Frater" - Grant Pontius
"The Frater would mock me for being too emotional about his passage. However, it is necessary to let the world know of this great man and of his death. Grant E. Pontius (Frater S.P.R.V) will be remembered in the pagan community for his big heart and his enthusiasm for everything occult.
He loved to learn and teach. He always managed to keep me in check and tell me not to do "anything I would not want to accept karmic retrobutions for" (I use to laugh and say How much worse can all this get?") He would roll his eyes and practically yell at me not to say that, as it can ALWAYS get worse. A man of many facets, both deep, superficial and very wise. He was after all, a true Libra. (balance and fair) Though I am quite sure he would argue otherwise." - [...more]
New & Powerful Writings...
'The Passion' and the Pagan
by Emilie J. Conroy
So Mel Gibson makes a film chronicling the last twelve hours in the life of a man called Jesus. What does this have to do with the Pagan community?
For my own part, I found that there is a whole lot going on in this film that applies to the human community and not just to any certain religion. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Many friends wondered why I, an avowed Pagan born and raised on the Pagan path, would possibly want to see "The Passion of the Christ." After all, how much evangelizing would I want to suffer in one afternoon?
Well, it's never been my habit to prejudge anything - even a movie with the word "Christ" in the title. Instead, I set about getting some information, and that made me interested. For example, the entire script is spoken in Hebrew, Latin, and Aramaic, with English subtitles. I love linguistics and I've studied a little of each of these... [...continued]
Today is a Good Day
"Today is a good day to die..."
I'm not sure where and when I first came across that phrase. As long as I can remember, it has been attributed to the warrior ethos of First Nations people. But we hear echoes of it in almost all warrior (as opposed to simply militaristic) cultures.
When I was a young lad, hot-headed and looking for a fight, I thought this meant that I was the "baddest mutha" in the valley, and that if I had to die, I was going down fighting while taking as many of "Them" with me as I could. The stereotypical (in the worst sense of that word) Viking, samurai, knight, brave, etc. It was not until many decades - and many rough patches in the road of life - later that I realized how wrong I was. What this really meant was that I was at peace with myself, my kith and kin, my Gods and the... [...continued]
Living Gratitude: Giving Back to Gaia
"The entire living universe is an act of communication as well as creation. We play our destined parts well -- when we strive to make our entire conscious existence an act of connection and celebration, sensuality and sacrament, thanks and blessings, purpose and prayer." - J. W. Hardin (The Canyon Testaments)
Whether to a god or goddess, a specific spirit or ancestor, prayer is conscious communication with the inspirited whole. We pray for that which we need, and pray for the well being and blessings of others. Pray for peace and an end to the environmental destruction. It's important to acknowledge our needs - and to feel worthy of asking for assistance with them... [...continued]
br>New addition to the Witchvox Basics Section...
Ritual Creation Worksheet
by Brian Gallagher
Creating a ritual is a common practice for pagan groups and solitaires. However, it is difficult to start with a blank page and just "make one". To help you get started designing your own rituals, you can use the Ritual Creation Worksheet. It provides an simple yet thorough template to get you designing your own rituals. It includes sections for each part of a typical ritual and prompts you to include the details that are often forgotten during ritual creation... [Full Article & PDF File]
Witchvox 'New Book Release' of the Week...
Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel
Author: Victor H. Anderson, with Cora Anderson
Publisher: Acorn Guild Press
Category: Witchcraft, Feri/Faery Tradition, Huna Level: All
In order to comprehend more fully our psychic structure, it must be understood that the human being is a trinity. This is neither a metaphor nor an abstract illustration. The human soul and spirit body is made up of three definite parts or entities. Each of these three entities has its own individual and collective existence in the soul and personality, just as surely as the three atoms in a molecule of water." - *Etheric Anatomy* - [More info]
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|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 20th. 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 'Pure and Not So Simple' Essay...
Purification, Harmony and Balance
by Lily Winterhaven
The Navajo believe that when a person experiences problems it is a result of disharmony. The have special Sings to bring a person back into harmony. The belief in being in harmony is found in many cultures and in literature. Often it is seen as a matter of being in balance. Our actions, our intent, and the actions and intent of others affect balance. When nature is forced without consent, or the free will of a living being is dominated, this causes the balance to be skewed. All of creation is connected and actions and intent are like pebbles in a pond creating ripples that spread out and grow ever wider. The ill word or deed done to me causes disruptions in the balance of my life force or the energy fields that surround and make up the being that is me. If I do not seek to correct the imbalance I become the spreading ripple.
A law of thermodynamics states, "Energy is neither lost nor destroyed." Currents of energy surround all of creation. The elements themselves carry energy and their currents carry far and wide. The relationship between the moon and the tides is evident to all as an energy field. Everyone can see the tide ebb and flow. Most people recognize the energy of electricity when they turn on a light bulb, a television, or a computer. They see the energy it takes to power cars, airplanes, and space shuttles. However, they miss the energy fields that surround them in nature. They do not see the ripples of energy that come off a butterfly's wings as it hovers over a flower. They do not hear the vibrations as energy crests and flows down lanes of power. Sound is carried on sound waves that eyes do not see. Humans cannot hear every sound made. Sound can be carried on frequencies too high or low for our ears. A dog whistle is an example of this. We often miss hearing the grand harmonics and the prime chord of vibration that is all of creation. Rituals, prayers, ceremonies are all examples of things used to hold and manipulate energy and hopefully use it in a way that does not cause harm or imbalance.... [Full Article]
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