Weekly Update: 6/7/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: June 7th. 2004
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Witches, Pagans and Heathens OH MY! - UK and US Witches featured this week! - Enter Site
New this Week: The Witchvox review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Peg Aloi -- Powerful reviews of the Beltane Bash/Pagan Pride at Red Lion Sq, Holborn, London [UK] by Bluebell and Starfest in Northern Georgia [US] by Witchvox's own Diotima -- The Bionic Priestess Project - Your powerful lead-in article Contemplating Evil in a Time of War by Thriving Joy -- Modern Queer Mythology: The Divine Twins by Rainbird -- The Thrifty Witch: Getting your tools and keeping your money by Marylin Houle -- NEW Essay Topic... "Covens and Covenants" -- Bardic Circle: The Whisper - by Ray Price -- 4,000 Pagan Poems to choose from.
Witches of the World: Over 1,200 NEW Events, Groups and various Pagan listings from all over the planet earth posted in the past 7 days. -- The critical Pagan Clergy Database now up to 700 -- Pagan Merchants now over 4,000 listings to serve your goods and services needs -- Enter Site
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Photo Credits: This weeks cover photos are from the UK Beltane Bash and the US Starfest Festival reviews... LEFT: Sigve the Twice Born (photo by Bluebell) - CENTER: 'The participants in the "Tree Walk".' (photo by Diotima) - RIGHT: info TBA (photo by Bluebell)
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Obit: Lady Circe, Founder Of The Sisterhood & Brotherhood Of The Old Religion
Source: The Toledo Blade (OH)
Lady Circe, as Toledoans the last 35 years knew Jeffrey B. Cather, who was a shop owner, a witch, and founder and queen of a church, the Sisterhood & Brotherhood of the Old Religion, died Sunday in her Old West End home of respiratory failure. She was 82.
She opened a boutique on Floyd Street around 1970. The shop's most recent incarnation, House of Circe, opened in her home last year... [Read More] [15,784 reads] - (13)
Contemplating Evil in a Time of War
by Thriving Joy
I graduated from high school with an excellent education in relativism, and nothing in college changed that. As I began my journey as a Pagan, I rarely considered the idea of evil. When I did, I usually spoke of it the way that many Pagans speak of it: as the dark half of the Goddess, and as an integral part of the world we live in. I also tried not to use the term "evil." I believe that "evil" is a dehumanizing word, and when we dehumanize someone, we lose our compassion for him or her.
I said that no person was bad. I believed that since we are all a product of our instincts and environment, we should not blame people who committed crimes. We must punish only when there is no other alternative, as a preventative measure, and we must seek to reform at all times.
In other words, when I began to be a Pagan, I did not believe in evil and actively sought to remove references to it from my theological system. I still believe that relativism is the most accurate description of our relationships to each other. I believe that most criminals consider their actions justified. I even believe that of is true of most terrorists. However, I have decided to return to the idea of "Good versus Evil." This essay is an explanation of why, and a discussion of the problems which spring from my decision... [Full Article]
| Starfest 2004 in Northern Georgia|
I hadn't really planned on going to a festival until July, but by the time Beltane rolled around, July seemed awfully far away. So when the email inviting me to Starfest 2004 arrived, I sat up and read it carefully. The festival was only a few hours away, on 50 acres with a five-acre lake, and the workshops sounded great. But the clincher for me was that Emerald Rose, one of my favorite bands, would be giving a concert Friday night. Without further thought, I sent in my registration, and in due time, packed up my station-wagon-with-an-identity-crisis (it thinks it's a truck), and headed over the mountains of Western North Carolina into the mountains of North Georgia... [Full Article]
Pagan Pride Parade and Beltane Bash Review 2004
"When The Morrigan Giant wants to go walkies, the Sun comes out!" and so it did, on Sunday for the Pagan Pride Parade. A terrible weekend had been forecast, with rain and possibly hail and thunder for good measure but Thor took the weekend off after all.
We took our places in the parade, The Green Lady (the organiser of the fest Jeanette Ellis) carrying the representation of the God- the Stang, with its stag horns, ribbons and bells. The Jack in the Green came next with his entourage of green men, known affectionately as Bogies, more and more spring up every year... [Full Article]
Modern Queer Mythology: The Divine Twins
Modern Wicca focuses its worship on the Goddess. She was the first deity in our mythology. She created all things. Life begins, ends and begins again within Her womb. It is said, out of Love, she gave birth to her son and lover the Horned God. Through the mytho-poetic tradition of modern Witchcraft we follow the life cycles of the Goddess and her Consort. Each season and Sabbat reflects a different facet of their interaction... [Full Article]
| Witchvox Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban |
by Peg Aloi
A strange thing happened between the second and third Harry Potter films. Harry, Ron and Hermione grew up.
Of course, those who have been reading the books all along knew this was coming. But for those fans (and there are many) who are mainly following the story through the films, this is bound to be something of a surprise.
There have been some other changes, too. Richard Harris passed away, and has been replaced by Michael Gambon playing the role of Dumbledore, the wizard teacher and mentor. Although I think Michael Gambon is an extremely gifted actor (check out the BBS television series The Singing Detective or the film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover), and though I had no preconceived notion of automatically disliking his portrayal of Dumbledore simply because I loved Richard Harris in thepart, I have to say I thought Gambon's performance lacked some of the warmth and humor that Harris provided... [Full Review]
The Thrifty Witch: Getting your tools and keeping your money
by Marylin Houle
It is not unknown that certain magical items can cost a pretty penny. Many new Witches become intimidated by the price tags on their must-have magical tools and as a result either spend way too much money or are turned off by this sad material aspect of the spiritual practice.
Although the tools of the Craft are not a necessary component of practicing magic, they are always useful and nice to have if you plan to devote such a large part of yourself to your craft.
There is no need to break the bank: You can easily satisfy your needs for little to no money at all by sticking to these important rules of The Thrifty Witch.
Rule #1: Stick to thrift stores, dollar stores, yard sales, and flea markets. These places usually have the best treasures you could find and are all quite reasonable in the price range... [Full Article]
'Bardic Circle 2004' at Witchvox:
This week we feature...
The Whisper - by Ray Price
"The Whisper" is a tune that I composed for the very center of my musical suite "The Mill." The entire suite is 80 minutes long and is the basis for a day long Sacred Circle Dance event during which I tell the tale, teach the dances that I choreographed for the spectacle and we a... (Go To Performance)
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|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.
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
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