Weekly Update: 3/29/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: March 29th. 2004
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Donna Cole Schultz passes over
by various sources
Donna Cole Schultz passed over this morning, March 31st, in her sleep. She had fought a long battle with cancer.
Donna was the founding HPS of Chicago Pagan Way, HPS of Sacred Stones coven, and I understand she was a 3rd degree Gardnerian. Chicago area pagans owe her a huge debt of gratitude for paving the way for us all, not to mention so many of us are in one way or another descended from Donna. She will be missed.
She will have a memorial service at the Healing Earth Resources on May 15th at 6pm. Healing resources is located at 3111 North Ashland in Chicago.
Witchvox Note: We have already set up a Donna Cole Schultz memorial with a moving writing by Judy Harrow. IF you can offer more details, a picture of Donna or simply want to express your memories, feel free to contact us.
Lost in the Traffic
by Fritz Jung
This week, we pause to reflect, clean the slate and take a look back... Fact is, Witchvox has collected a mountain of essays and articles over the years. Although we have spent much time working up ways for you to zero in on your interests (via extensive search options, weekly updates and weekly archives), it seems that so much 'gold' gets buried. And so, we are highlighting some areas and featuring the top seven articles/essays (based on times requested) of the past eight years. Take a few moments to visit some of our most popular community writings (sampled and linked just below).
Wren's Nest hits 10 Million: During this past week, the combined pages of Wren's Nest News broke the 10,000,000 times viewed barrier. Wren and I are news junkies and on a daily basis we try to consume everything we can from 'Rush' to 'Jon Stewart', 'The O'Reilly Factor' to the 'O'Frankin Factor' (new this week), Fox to NPR, general US media to the BBC and beyond. We don't believe that a 'no spin zone' exists, but by surfing the afore mentioned refs, one can get a nice feel for what IS going on and who benefits. Thank YOU, Wren, for your dedication and faithfulness in seeking out and sharing news of interest with so many of us in the Pagan communities.
Front Page Changes: This week we also did some 'porch chattin' in an effort to rethink the front page of Witchvox. The biggest problem has always been that there is just too much to feature and too much to say. - Nothing is permanent on this page... recent changes include: a smart upper left corner that knows if YOU are logged in, the addition of the 'shop' menu on the power menu bar just above, the remapping of 'commercial' notices so that you can consume more specials and deals than the 5 or 10 that used to be on the left side bar, automation of the new bardic circle posts (new submissions are portal'd live for seven days) and much much more. Look for many more changes to this page in the weeks to come.
WOTW Clean-Up: Our apologies go out for not 'getting to' that audit of the email addresses related to the 60,000 plus Witchvox accounts that feed the near 80,000 community listings in the Witchvox networking pages. We really do try to do this faithfully every three moon cycles, but to say it's a daunting task would be an understatement. We do expect to test the email addys in April. You can do us a favor by updating or removing any listings that you may have here at TWV -- it is truly for the good of the all.
Have a great week everyone and enjoy some new writings and some of Your Greatest hits.
In Your Service,
The Witches' Voice
Living Tapestry Tradition
by Silver Mercaeant-Koohns
The Living Tapestry Tradition began as a single coven, Living Tapestry Circle, late in 1998, in Richmond, Indiana. We began with eight members meeting in a hotel room with the goals of being a coven focused on training clergy and fostering fellowship. By the summer of 1999, due to a few members moving to different parts of the country, we had distance training set up and new covens getting started and growing up. The new and old members maintained contact over the next few years, more covens began popping up as people started moving through the degree system until today, when we now have seven covens in four states with common lineage that have maintained very similar practices and banded together to become a fledgling and happily growing tradition... [Full Profile]
"Troy" Owes It All to Eris
by Emilie Conroy
I wonder if the producers of the upcoming megabucks film "Troy" will bother to include the goddess Eris in the credits. The whole cast and crew owes her a raucous "Hail Eris!" for giving them such good material. After all, without Eris there would have been no war, and without a war there would be no tales to tell. Granted this is in advance of the film's release, but before audiences can be dazzled by a director's vision, I wanted to talk about the Trojan War, the events surrounding the war, and just how integral Eris was to the entire circus. Here it is, then, that I offer this recap of the Trojan mess from an Erisian perspective.
The very notion of defining who Eris is presents a paradox. Eris is all about paradoxes. Take this explanation with a bag of rock salt. Think of discord, chaos, strife, anarchy, change, and confusion. This is Eris and her... [Full Essay]
Witchvox 'Hot New Book' of the Week...
The Outer Temple of Witchcraft
Author: Christopher Penczak
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
As you enter the heart of witchcraft, you find at its core the power of sacred space. In Christopher Penczak's first book, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, you found the sacred space within yourself. Now The Outer Temple of Witchcraft helps you manifest the sacred in the outer world through ritual and spellwork. The book's twelve lessons, with exercises, rituals, and homework, follow the traditional Wiccan one-year-and-a-day training period. It culminates in a self-test and self-initiation ritual to the second degree of witchcraft - the arena of the priestess and priest. - [More info]
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Lessons of The Furry Buddhas
by Jesse Wolf Hardin
In the two decades that I've taught here in this enchanted New Mexico canyon, I've often been asked "which teachings" I follow, or what "mentors" influenced my rather eclectic way of sharing the secrets of the living world. Truth is I follow follow my instincts and intuition more than any known practice, though I've discovered truths common to them all. And frankly, few of the significant teachers in my life have been human.
Instead, much of who I am and most of what I've authored has grown out of the immediate lessons of Nature and direct interaction with the inspirited Earth... [Full Essay]
Witchvox Top Essays - 96-04
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|New Essay Topic... "Magical Gardens" |
Most of the Pagans we know have extraordinary gardens -- even if that garden is just a few flower pots on a city balcony. Let us know what you do to make your garden special, magical, sacred. Do you garden organically or biodynamically? Do you use sacred geometry in the planning? Do you work with Nature Spirits and Devas? What rituals and magic do you do in or for your garden?
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