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Posted: May 3rd. 2004
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In Praise of Pagan Men: A Beltane Essay on The Green Man Among Us
|Pagan Drum Corps March in Washington D.C.|
Photo captured on April 25th - Great Article with powerful images... [link] -- T-shirts by Robbie Conal [Link]
Speaking as a feminist and as a Pagan woman, I would like to say this: I like men.Ê I like to flirt with them, I like to be around them, I like to knowing them as friends, I like working with them, and I like hearing their take on things.Ê So it seems to me that Beltane -- a holiday that celebrates the Green Man -Ê is a perfect time to celebrate the many great men in the Earthwise community.
It's been said that "Nine tenths of the Laws of Chivalry is the desire on the part of men to keep all the fun to themselves".Ê While that may have been true in the past, our Pagan men have found a way to merge old world courtesy with modern equality.Ê Anyone who's been to a Pagan event will know whereof I speak, and will appreciate these men for their gallantry and their sense of style.
Goddess knows, I like their sense of style. These guys are as comfortable wearing leather, silk or velvet as they are wearing blue jeans or a suit.Ê I'm not taking just about the young, hunky guys, either; I happen to think that all men are handsome and that all women are beautiful.Ê In fact, it's been said that I organize Pagan events just so I can see lots of men in costume.Ê To that I answer, "Yea, verily."Ê (Hey,Ê I may be married, folks, but I'm not dead.)... [Full Article]
Sun Stave Circle Beltane
If I had a dollar for every time I have heard the question "Are there really Pagans in Utah?" then I'd be a happy witch. The answer, of course, is YES, and today over 115 of us celebrated Beltane! We arrived at high noon at the Riverton Homestead where our gracious host and hostess had thoughtfully posted a ren-fair style pole flag with the word Beltane painted on it.
Making our way to the back of the house, we were greeted with a huge, luscious expanse of two acres of green grass with the 16 foot Maypole erected at one end. Everyone was busy laying out picnic blankets, getting chairs set up, and relaxing a bit before we got started.
There was some excitement around a small table near the food tents, the Church of the Sacred Circle had brought some beautiful themed baskets of goodies to raffle as a fund-raiser for their Sacred Earth Fund.... [Full Article]
Spells for Same Sex Couple's Equal Rights
by Christopher Penczak
With the debate over the rights of same sex couples raging, being publicly open as both a Witch and a partnered gay man, I've had a lot of people from many walks of life ask me what I think about the current events. When we talk about same sex marriage rights, they want to know if that is something I want, and if the word marriage is important or if a civil union is okay with me. They ask if I am going to get married in Massachusetts or San Francisco or even Canada and contest it in my home state of New Hampshire. I've been very surprised and warmed by the sensitivity and thoughtfulness of all the questioners, even those who disagreed with me.
Personally I am all for marriage rights, and the word marriage is important to me. I have a marriage with my husband, regardless of what the current laws say. Some in the queer community don't want to be defined by straight models of relationship, and that's fine. I think in the end everybody has to decide for themselves what their relationships really mean, gay, straight or otherwise, but I don't want to be denied rights that are offered to others. We should all have the right to choose marriage if we desire, and not have it be denied based on orientation or gender identity... [Full Article]
| Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism|
Author: John Coughlin
So often darkness is associated with evil. Since the term evil has no place in a nature-based religion, we Pagans are forced to look beyond such stereotypes.
But what then is "darkness"? Why are so many of us drawn to themes associated with darkness such as death, mystery, wisdom, magic, and the night? These themes and symbols are empowering to many of us because they tap into the deepest reaches of our unconscious. - [More info]
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Pagan Drum Corps at the March for Women's Lives
by Caroline Kenner
It was the largest demonstration in support of women's rights since 1992. An estimated 1.2 million women, men and children took part in the "March for Women's Lives" on April 25th in Washington, D.C. Official delegations from more than 1,519 organizations and communities registered their solidarity. And for the first time, the roster of official delegations included one from the Washington-Baltimore Pagan community.
We marched together in every abortion rights march since the 1980s, but as far as we know, this was the first registered Pagan delegation from our area to a women's march. Those of us who marched believe it's important for our Pagan community to stand with others sending some powerful messages to Washington: Lay Off Women's Rights. Stop Eroding Women's Right to Choose Abortion. Support Gender Equality. Promote Gay Rights and Gay Marriage... [Full Article]
Magical Gardening: The Care and Feeding of Self
|NEW Essay Topic... |
"Covens and Covenants"
Are you (or have you ever been) part of a coven, grove, hearth or other Pagan group that meets regularly to worship? If so, what are the structures, agreements and organizing principles that bind the group together? Are there initiations? Degrees? An inner/outer circle? Does the group offer clergy training? What is involved in the screening process for new members/students? Is there a Book of Shadows or similar written material that is only given to members of the group? Is a certain level of participation required? Tell us about the structures and standards of your group, and what you think is worth keeping and what might be worth changing.
The deadline for this topic is June 21st. 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.
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by Arwen Nightstar
My magical garden has been in my head for years. I can see it laid out in my backyard in a pentagram. One triangle has my kitchen herbs. Another holds herbs for medicinal purposes. The third has flowers for cutting and drying. In four I will plant my vegetables and the fifth will be home to my mints. I will ring the entire thing with stones so that when I sit on the bench I have there, I can rest my feet. It will be blessed under an Earth Full Moon with stones buried for energy and growth.
I thumb through seed catalogs to carefully dog-ear pages that hold plants and seeds that will one day sprout in rich dark earth. I will then harvest those dear little plant beings with a moon-shaped bolline and place them lovingly in a flat basket that I carry on my arm. All of this will be done under the light of the... [Full Article]
by Wolf's Voice
My garden is a wild eclectic collection. Brimming with Life, filled with the smells of rich earth and fallen mangos. A tall curry tree arches overhead protectively, the leaves shining peridot under the golden sun. A smaller mango sapling basks beneath her large mother, all succulent green shoots and broad leaves. Near her is a tall fir-like tree, reaching for the sky. Open the gate to the main street...and you will see a small pomegranate plant, presently flowering with the promise of fruit.
At nights, when the breeze is cool, you will smell the fragrance of the curry leaves, co-mingled with the sweetness of ripening mangos. My cats will hunt in the warm darkness beneath, sleek feline shapes bringing to mind images of their larger cousins, the jaguars and the tigers; they climb the curry tree, sometimes stalking birds along the branches... [Full Article]
Let It Grow
I dwell on the outskirts of a city in that place between urban and rural life. My backyard is my sanctuary. It is a small space -- only 45 feet long and 20 feet wide and that includes a concrete pad and a small deck. No matter how tiny my patch of earth may appear, the Goddess reveals herself in every square inch of it. The birds and bees frequent the garden and the squirrels often play tag in the cherry tree.
Much of the magic that blooms in my garden grows from the dark, musty richness of the soil. The garden thrives on the scent of positive decay -- of recycling and renewal -- of organics slowly disintegrating into the soil to become one with the Great Mother again. That smell breathes life into things and little did I know that one day it would help to breathe life back into my own creative process... [Full Article]
'Bardic Circle 2004' at Witchvox:
This week we feature...
Party On Jesus - The Cartoon - by Loke E. Coyote
Party On Jesus first appeared on Bardic Circle a few years back and much of the song's story and the mp3 file can be found there. This performance is a Bardic Circle first - a full length music video animation! The link below may say "LINK to the mp3 File: Click HERE", but it will really t... (Go To Performance)
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