Weekly Update: 5/31/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: May 31st. 2004
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Integrating Depression and Spirituality: Resources for Pagans
I became interested in the relationship between Paganism and depression when it began to dawn on me, after years of dealing with depression, that I had been deeply changed by it. The changes were not only psychological or emotional, but spiritual. My view of depression shifted from psychological disorder to spiritual teacher. From this perspective, I went from resenting my depression to accepting it, even seeing meaning and value in it. I began to wonder if other Pagans have attempted to integrate depression into their spiritual paths.
High and low I searched for the ways in which today's Pagans are endeavoring to understand and integrate their depression experiences. I rifled through library shelves, asked as many of my Pagan friends as I could, and scoured the Pagan's best friend - the Internet. What I found was that although Paganism has evolved no ubiquitous beliefs about depression, many Pagans are struggling with its relationship to spirituality in various ways. Further, a rich cache of resources are available to help individuals attempt to integrate their depression experiences. What I present in this article is a survey of the most interesting resources I've found to date.... [Full Article]
Score! TWPT Interviews Maxine Sanders!
Maxine Sanders... was initiated into the Circle of Witchcraft in 1964. The High Priest of that Coven was Alex Sanders, known throughout the world as 'King of the Witches'. Maxine and Alex were Handfasted in 1965, and legally married in 1968.
"Experience has taught me that it is by my actions that I am known and remembered; once one's feet are on the path of the Initiate, this fact is magnified many fold. The best Initiates were those who made mistakes and never stopped asking questions. Good manners cost nothing and are never criticised."
Experience the Full Interview over at the Wiccan/Pagan Times!
The Greening, PCCO's (Pagan Community Council of Ohio) Beltane Festival, is held every year on Memoral Day weekend in the beautiful Hocking Hills of Ohio at Camp Wyandot.
This year the theme was the Mediterranean. Workshops focused on Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations and Pantheons. Workshop presenters included Rowan Sterling, Lillith Silverhair, Michael Manor, Rev. Bonnie Campaniello, Rob McCabe and Boudica to name a few... [Full Article]
This Week Featured Articles...
| Covens and Covenants: What Defines a Group? |
by Lily Winterhaven
What makes a Coven? I have always thought of a Coven as a group sharing the same beliefs, having rules and regulations, initiations, and degrees. I most certainly do not belong to a Coven, but my Sister Witch, Erihu, disagrees. Erihu and I formed a Local Pagan Network - Heathens of the Coast. Heathens of the Coast has an e-group and also meets for informal social gatherings at places such as Barnes & Noble. While most members live in the area, a few live out of state. Our website states we are not a Coven, Circle nor Grove. I felt it was important to state this so solitaries of many paths would feel comfortable joining. The purpose of the group was to provide a place to meet other Pagans for socializing and sharing knowledge. Yet, somewhere along the line from that first meeting and the forming of the Local Pagan Network, we have grown into something else. Erihu says... [Full Article]
The Importance of Communication in Magickal Workings
by Taylor Ellwood
Lately, I've been forcibly reminded by various events in my life how important communication is within any kind of relationship. If you keep the lines of communication open, a foundation of trust is built and from that foundation grows a strong relationship, be it a working relationship, a friendship, or something more. But when you work magick with someone else, this need for communication and consequently trust becomes even more apparent. Without effective communication between practitioners, magick won't work. Actually it's fair to say that this principle can be applied to any aspect of life.
Recently, I realized this principle, when I considered dropping out of my graduate school program. I was very stressed out and felt that I could not communicate with any of my professors. However, I didn't try to communicate with my professors before writing a letter stating I was leaving the program. And although afterwards I did talk with the professors and... [Full Article]
| New Trad. Profile... |
Artemisian Faerie Faith
To begin our history with that of the Artemisian Faerie Faith (AFF) line seems a bit presumptuous. Instead, we will begin with the original lines from which our Tradition has evolved and work our way forward.
Witchcraft. Steeped in the lore and the magick of the European Witches we strive to follow a non-homogenized version of the ancient Craft of the wise. While not the exact Craft practiced in the past, we are not the standard of what is practiced in America today. Modern Neo-Paganism has borrowed and re-borrowed from so many of the popular practices of various cultures that we have forgotten many of the central roots and ideas of the original Craft that we claim as our heritage. Eastern thought has permeated many of the fibers of the Wiccan movement and Kabalistic practice too has had an immense influence. The result has been the more even keel practice known as Wicca, to which we as the AFF do not belong.... [Full Profile]
Blood for the Gods
by Red Dusk Hawk
On this night, I made a blood sacrifice to the Gods.
Now, on that note, let me say this: I am a firm believer that it is in no way right to slice and dice yourself for any reason. The human body is a temple, sacred in every way, blessed by our Gods and made perfect in various ways.
Now, to elaborate on the whole sacrifice thing...
For many months now, my family has suffered through one of the most despicable things that can possibly happen. My brothers were stolen from their mother by the deadbeat asinine twit that resembles a father only through the gene pool. His theft forced us from a life we had finally settled into and into a chaotic fray of lawyers, judges, un- dotted i's and un-crossed t's... [Full Article]
|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.
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