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Weekly Update: 4/19/2004

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: April 19th. 2004
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Workin' That Magick!
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Every Earthen Day
by Jesse Wolf Hardin

"It is not enough just to 'worship nature' or to want to 'be in harmony with Gaia'. Our relation to the natural world takes place in a place, and it must be grounded in information and experience."
- Gary Snyder
The Way of The Wild

Every April the powers that be sanction a tip of the hat to the ol' globe, the combined resources and orbiting stage for human history that some call the Earth. While I have little trouble finding places to present on topics like the immanence of the Goddess or sacred sexuality, this is the one time in the year I can be sure of a venue for speaking about ecology and activism. Earth Day, they call it, as if we spent the remaining 364 days somewhere else! And in too many ways we do, acting as if the last old growth forests weren't being cut down even as I write this; the evolutionary pool depleted by extinctions caused by the lifestyles and the system that we are all, to one degree or another, a part of. Inhabiting our linear minds more than the land that sustains us. We Pagans, who are in many ways more benign, aware and caring than the population at large, may still find ourselves saying or chanting the words "Mother Earth" without being fully conscious of the living ground at our feet, casting circles without a clear sense of the cardinal directions, or gathering in state parks next to land that has been denuded or neglected without walking out on it, touching and acknowledging each tree as our Druid and even Neanderthal ancestors did, asking for the ways in which we can actively give back. If we are called, and called we would seem to be, it is not only to gather power, dress beautifully, and invoke wondrous spirits and gods. It is to do the everyday work that makes us true heroes of Gaia, of the Lord and Lady, fulfilling an assignment and destiny through creative, risky, intentional reciprocity. We, whose religion is free of the dynamic of guilt, nonetheless need to embrace our intrinsic, evolutionary, moral and magical responsibilities..... [Full Article]

Updated Earth Resources! This past week Diotima put some quality time into updating several of the List resources in your 'Healing Planet Earth' section here at Witchvox.

Be Aware
by Eridanah Crow

Spring brings the promise of new beginnings, the promise of walking a new path. With the coming of spring we can reflect upon our faiths and ourselves. We can identify which aspects are strong and which still need some work. In the Wiccan community, let's make this the spring when understanding through education and our roles as ambassadors to other faiths become focal points in our community.

If we claim to be Wiccan we are also taking on the responsibility to represent our path in the greater world. It's been said that there are many more people wanting to start on the Wiccan path than there are Wiccans to teach them. Consequently, seekers turn to books for wisdom. Non-Wiccans also take what they may hear about Wicca whether it is backed up factually or not.

There will be some reading this who will wrinkle their noses at me and dismiss the writing herein as sour grapes. The mysteries and wisdom... [Full Article]

The Internet, Paganism & Copyrights.
by Patricia (Trish) Telesco

Ok, let's face it - Pagans are pretty trusting folk. We love to network. We love to share and exchange information. So, it's not surprising that the internet seems to be our media of choice. Within moments a piece of neopagan news can travel the world. Sadly, within those same moments pieces of intellectual property can also be stolen -- sometimes knowingly, sometimes with good intentions, and sometimes not.

"Knowing" examples are the worst offenders. They'll grab things from anywhere, including brand new pieces posted here at vox, and slap them on their site. When called to task they claim "no harmful intention" or that "they didn't know" it was a copyright issue. The reality is that if any website is surfing for information on a weekly basis and taking it without proper permissions or credits -- the word is STEALING, plain and simple. And it should not be tolerated. Unfortunately this is happening so much that it takes a lot of eyes and hands to monitor the internet and alert people to potential problems. It takes even more eyes and hands to resolve that problem... [Full Article]

Defending Fluffy Bunnies
by Morgan Willowmoon

"Come, come to the dark side." That is a statement holding little appeal for many Pagans. In this controversial essay, I will argue that the term "fluffy bunny Wiccan" should be seen as a term of endearment, not one of disrespect, because they may have slightly altered views of Pagan concepts such as Nature, deity, negativity, and death. (Disclaimer: I am not referring to "weekend Pagans" who exhibit uncivilized behaviors and disregard rules at gatherings, having the immaturity to call themselves Pagan because it's cool.)

I don't intend to change any attitudes, but rather to raise questions and viewpoints for consideration. If you choose to read this, I politely request that you do so with an open mind until I have spoken. Afterwards, you are free to state your case, since we all have a right to our opinion.

Clarification of Terminology: Here are some words and the definitions I will use when referring to them... [Full Article]

Tyr: Myth --Culture-- Tradition, Volume 2

Author: Michael Moynihan Joshua Buckley

Publisher: Ultra Publishing

A thought-provoking journal of myth and metaphysics

The second volume of Tyr is a professionally edited and produced quality trade paperback, 430 pages in length, and contains the following thought-provoking articles:

Julius Evola on "The Doctrine of Battle and Victory, " Charles Champetier's interview with Alain de Benoist, Alain de Benoist on "Thoughts on God, " Collin Cleary on "Summoning the Gods, " Stephen McNallen on the "Ásatrú Revival, " Nigel Pennick on "Heathen Holy Places, " John Matthews on "The Guardians of Albion, " Steve Pollington on "The Germanic Warband, " Michael Moynihan on "Disparate Myths of Divine Sacrifice, " Christian Rätsch on "The Sacred Plants of our Ancestors, " Joscelyn Godwin on Herman Wirth, Peter Bahn on "The Friedrich Hielscher Legend, " Markus Wolff on Ludwig Fahrenkrog, Stephen Flowers on "The Northern Renaissance, " Joshua Buckley's interview with "technosophical" musicians Allerseelen, and an extensive book and music review section, featuring sidebar interviews with Coil and P. D. Brown. - [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!

Current 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?

The deadline for this topic is May 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

Holy Gardens
by Red Selchie

My first magical garden was when my daughter was about nine years old. Not quite ready to let her know of my growing interest in Paganism, I simply let her help me without telling her the purpose behind it.

As we were planting the dozens of white viola plants around the inner perimeter of the circle, she sat back on her heels, looked around and said, "Mommy, this is a HOLY garden."

It's always amazed me how she could have recognized it as being a special place, without me telling her why. I suppose it shouldn't. All magickal gardens should seem holy.

I've constructed a total of three holy gardens in the ten plus years I've been a practicing Pagan, all under different circumstances, all with different levels of complexity, and all with a different, "holy" feel: a moonlit circle garden, a standing stone sanctuary, and a fairy garden. Let me tell you about them, and perhaps it will... [Full Article]

Magical Gardening
by Blue Scarrab

When I was a young child and more open to the energies that nature provided it seemed I could grow anything. I would take a dry bean from my mother's pantry and put it in a sandwich bag with a wet paper towel and wait. In no time at all I would have a bean plant and I loved it. I've always enjoyed attempting to grow my own garden, but as I got older and my life more cluttered it seemed that I just could not get a seed to start. After some ten years of trying and failing I moved on to simply buying plants that had already been started. A busy life and a central lack of focus had me soon failing with those as well.

Within the past year I finally realized that I had been following others beliefs and faiths for far too long. I began following my own solitary eclectic path. I began meditation and began to clear the clutter and was able to once again feel the energy around me as well as my own, which had seemed absent for so long. Having a renewed sense of confidence and communion with nature, I once again attempted to make a start with seeds... [Full Article]


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