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Weekly Update: 6/28/2004

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: June 28th. 2004
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A Call for Needfire - 2004
by Raven Grimassi

One of the most empowering aspects of being a Pagan, Witch, or Wiccan is not living life as a victim. Personal power means that we are full participants in the affairs of our lives. How then do we respond when the world around us seems to be falling apart?

In ancient times when troubles beset the land, and the Kingdom seemed to be in peril, the people turned to a practice known as the needfire. Fire represented the spirit of the land, which gave life and purpose to everything in the realm. Therefore when troubles arose within the Kingdom it was a sign that the fire had been contaminated. The spirit of the land had grown ill and required renewed vitality.

The custom of lighting a needfire called for specific types of sacred wood to be used to feed the fire: birch, elm, hazel, holly, oak, pine, rowan, willow and yew. Each of these sacred woods served to pass desired qualities and blessings into the needfire. Through this practice the people were able to refocus their spiritual values, generating a new vitality with which to enliven the spirit of the land.

Here in contemporary times Americans saw life change drastically following the horrific events of September 11, 2001. The spirit of the land was unarguably contaminated in the aftermath of shock and fear. In an unprecedented reaction Americans relinquished several key constitutional rights with the establishment of the Patriot Act. This was reportedly necessary in order to allow the U.S. Government to avoid becoming encumbered by legal procedures when it needed to act quickly for national security purposes.... [Full Article]

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Pricer's Crusade (Part II)
by Kerr Cuhulain

Many of you readers will recall an incident which occurred in Lancaster, California, in 2002 involving Bill Pricer. On 16 March, 2002, there was a Spring Equinox gathering outside of the Witches Grove book store. This Eostre ritual was interrupted by the arrival of several men who walked around the Wiccan circle loudly reciting Biblical verses while Christian rock music blared from one of their trucks. The mother of one 14 year old reports that one of these Christian protestors leaned up against her son and told him his mother was leading him to the devil.

Two of the persons participating in this disturbance were Billy Pricer, a former high school trustee and founder of a youth counselling center called U-CAN (United Community Action Center) and his son-in-law John Canavello. Pricer and Canavello are volunteer chaplains for the local Sheriff's Department... [Jump to Part II of this Article]

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Past, Present, Future
by Lyon

Where are Pagans heading as a community? Where are we and where have we come from? These questions are uppermost in my mind these days. So much has changed since I first found my Path. Have I been the one who has changed or is it the Pagan community around me? I think it's equal portions of both.

I came to my Pagan path through a-round-about route. In contrast with the almost mainstream position Witchcraft assumes nowadays, twenty years ago Witches clung to the shadows. There were notable exceptions among them - Starhawk and Raymond Buckland come to mind. But for the most part you had to know someone who knew someone before you found other Witches.

Now with the Internet moving from its toddler phase into the state of a transforming teenager, a curious seeker has only to enter the word "Witch" into a search engine to receive thousands of potential leads to information. In a way this is a very good thing; as... [Full Article]

The Free Spirit Gathering 2004
June 17-20, 2004 (Laurel, Maryland, USA)
Review by Patricia Telseco

I arrived at FSG [link] not really knowing what to expect other than the event was recommended by a long time friend, Rob (thank you by the way). As a travelling author one can never be completely sure what any community will be like, or how the dynamics of an event will unfold. I can say without hesitation that FSG was like the blossoming of a lovely flower, filled with the fragrance of passion on the part of its staff and coordinator (as well as the land owner whose hospitality is tough to rival).

There are so many good things to share - from having the option to sleep in a dry cabin (with hot showers no matter the time of day) to an amazing meal plan, and incredible local support from folks like Amber's Attic (who really know how to give new meaning to hospitality) and... [Full Article]

Very Bad Things
by Rodney Robbins

The premonition was strong. I was maybe eight years old, watching "Bewitched," the one where Samantha conjures Ben Franklin. Mr. Franklin said, "I hope for the best but expect the worst, therefore I am often pleasantly surprised." Being a creative eight year old, my mind said, "Well the worst thing that could happen to me would be some mysterious disease that didn't kill me, but left me unable to run, or play, or laugh and have fun with my friends," and that's when I knew what my fate would be tied up with some very bad things. You see, my premonition came true. I have a rare genetic disorder called Periodic Paralysis. Because of my Periodic Paralysis, I can't run, or play hard, or even socialize much without risking an attack of weakness or paralysis. We recently learned I also have Celiac Disease, that's an allergy to wheat, oats, barely and rye that destroys the lining of the small intestine. So my question is why? I'm not a... [Full Article]

Once in a Blue Moon
by Lady Abigail

"Once in a Blue Moon" is a common way of saying "hardly ever" or "not too often," but what precisely is a Blue Moon? According to the accepted definition, it is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month.

My Great-grandmother was and still is an immeasurable force within my spirit and life as a Witch. She would teach me as a young child playing in the night under the brightness of a day-like Full Moon of the enormous powers which came from the magick worked under the light of this Moon, a Blue Moon. For within the powers and magick of the Blue Moon are of an ancient knowledge, for the Blue Moon holds three-fold the already extraordinary power held by the Full Moon.

Being the Great-grandchild of an Old World Witch had some extreme benefits. One being that the night was a time for play or study, not bed. I recall countless warm summer nights lying... [Full Article]


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