Weekly Update: 7/12/2004|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: July 12th. 2004
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Pagans at the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain
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Rumor Control: Witchvox Is NOT In Financial Trouble!
Fritz got home last night to a few dozen emails citing this 'press release'/Email:
Subject: "WitchVox May Shut Down in Sept. due to lack of Community Support".
That post was news to us.
This email campaign apparently started yesterday morning via a notice being sent around (we assume) with good intent. We sure thank all of you for your concern and offers of support, but we simply must respond quickly with the facts.... [Read More] - (34) [Add YOUR Comment]
by Jerrie Hildebrand
This week, over sixty Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Asatru and Contemporary Shamans from the United States, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Mexico, and other places are participants to the Council of the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain.
Representatives of Circle Sanctuary, Lady Liberty League, the Military Pagan Network, Gaia's Womb, Covenant of the Goddess, Pagan Federation International, and the EarthSpirit Community are participating in presenting panel discussions, networking, educating and sharing who nature and earth centered religious traditions are with many other faiths from around the world. The Council for the Parliament of World Religions is a world-wide interfaith conference of religious traditions all over the world from indigenous to the dominant faith traditions.
This conference is held once every 5 years and peoples from all religious walks of life travel to work together to promote the notion of peace and understanding of one another. As the assistant director of the Lady Liberty League, I am honored and humbled to be traveling with a group from the Circle Sanctuary along with joining my family from the EarthSpirit Community. These groups have been very dear to me for about 13 years now. I have looked forward to this adventure with them for three years now. It is one of the most amazing experiences and one that for many of us is altering our lives... [Full Article]
|Witchvox 'Quicky' Notes || New Country added: Qatar (current home to many US Military Pagans). -- Wren will write again soon, most likely via a Blog -- The 'Witchvox closing in September' email of last week was a HOAX. |
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Reconnect with the Magic and Spirit of Nature!
Gaia Eros: Reconnecting to the Magic of Spirit of Nature
Author: Jesse Wolf Hardin
Category: New Age Level: All
"Gaia Eros is a must-read for those who want to worship Nature not as an abstraction but in ways sensual, practical, and transformative."
-Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance
ÒHis word and voice is the haunting cry of a wild-voiced wilderness seerÉthe ecstatic song of an Earth lover, a man intoxicated with the beauty and diversity of life. The high-spirited and soulful voices of the animals, and of the Earth herself, speak and sing through him, reminding us of our ancient heritage of sacred wildness.Ó
ÑRalph Metzner, author of Green Psychology
ÒJesse Wolf Hardin
Featured This Week...
| Hopping Down the Bunny Trail|
I didn't set out to be a "fluffy bunny" but, as an Eclectic Witch, I evidently am well on my way down the bunny trail.
Some Pagans have reserved the term fluffy bunny to refer to individuals (usually teens) for whom Wicca is just a trend, like the latest hairstyle or the coolest sneakers. These fluffy bunnies are often inspired by shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Charmed, and tend to lose interest when their friends do, or when the next trend comes along.
Using the term in this context doesn't offend me - it's simply Pagan shorthand, like using the term "Muggle" for people who don't practice magick. I am, however, miffed and mystified by those Pagans who label all Wiccans, or those who don't 'meet' their criteria of "Wiccan-ness," as fluffy bunnies. And, unfortunately, I've noticed that this term is being used more frequently in this derisive and derogatory manner in articles and essays in Pagan publications, websites and blogs... [Full Article]
On Mystical Kemet, Nature, Life and the Divine
by Karl S.
The reader should understand that in no way is the author attempting to dictate to the reader what opinions or concepts should be held or believed. The author is merely presenting his perspective.
My discipline is Kemet, which is the religion of ancient Egypt, and probably one of the oldest of the Pagan religions. I am not modern Orthodox, however. The Concept of the Divine in Kemet is Monalatry, a form of Polytheism that says that there is One Divine Power, which consists of interlinked Essences, each Manifesting in Myriad Forms or Aspects (the Divinities - Gods, Goddesses, etc).
The Unmanifest Nothing, The Absolute One (some might say TAO, etc.) in Mystical Thought is ineffable and unknowable... [Full Article]
Community, Festivals, and Service
by Taylor Ellwood
Probably the most enjoyable aspect of the Pagan lifestyle is the festivals that a person can go to. Some of these festivals are large, well-know events such as Starwood or the Real Witches Ball. Some are small events such as Pagan Pride Days and some festivals are really just community gatherings, celebrating the family and spiritual bond between the people that attend the event.
All of these festivals, large and small, bring together communities, give people a chance to laugh, dance, and enjoy each other. But sometimes one factor is ignored by many people that attend such gatherings and that factor is service. Service is ignored because people don't feel they should have to put time in to help others, because they are too busy with their own lives, or because they simply don't care enough to help out... [Full Article]
| Chopper 'Buzzes' P.S.G |
by Charlene Suggs
During this year's Pagan Spirit Gathering in Ohio, a television news team from Channel 19 News Cleveland, Ohio (WOIO, a CBS affiliate) arrived at the gate undercover and unannounced. They were stopped at the gate and refused entry as PSG does not accept drop-in registrations. While at the gate, they asked questions about the gathering, filmed responses with a hidden camera and neglected to reveal themselves as media. We found out which TV station they represented as we talked with local neighbors who had been interviewed the same day by the same crew.
The next morning, a helicopter from the same news outfit flew over the gathering and filmed the Wisteria site and the PSG encampment. As the helicopter flew low and circled near the daily village morning meeting, participants waved to the helicopter crew... [Full Article]
A Time for Prayer
by Rev. C.K.
In all the faiths ever mentioned, created, or observed there is a sacred moment of behavior described as prayer. Be it a stillness of pose, a quietness of heart, an act of active worship or a life lived in reverence, the energies of prayer are known and documented. We can dance our faith, sing our beliefs, paint our spiritual joys on canvasses of walls, light or faces, but when it comes to one-to-one discussion with our own personal Deity, we become reverential in our own ways.
How intensely personal this relationship is! How important this connection is. How misunderstood is the truest sense of this reality for each of us until we each find our own way to create it. Because of this intrinsic nature between who we truly are and who we presume Deity to be, it then becomes a crime most heinous to presume the arrogant stance taken by those who claim to be the "only way" to holiness... [Full Article]
The Science of Magick
by Red Dusk Hawk
What is magick?
In short, magick is energy, energy that is produced by will to make a desired change. But how does this differ from the scientific definition of energy? And how do the two relate to one another? For ages I have been asked by various Christian teachers and science teachers to prove that magick, in the Pagan manner of speaking, exists. And I think I have finally found a way to do so.
For one, we must remember that all bodies produce energy. We choose to use these energies in two fashions. These are, primarily, mentally and physically. We tend to use one or the other, depending on the requirements of the situation, and rarely both at the same time. It's often hard to solve algebraic equations while lifting a heavy sofa... [Full Article]
'Bardic Circle 2004' at Witchvox:
This week we feature...
Dedication - by Pisces Projekt
We received so much wonderful feedback from our first Bardic Circle post for Prosperity (from our not-yet-released album, Spellbook) that we asked--and were granted--permission to post another Bardic Circle listing for a song from our newly-released album, Opera.
This particular song is dedi... (Go To Performance)
The Enchanted Loom - by GaiaTribe
LobaÕs voice rises and falls in luminous celebration as I intone the tale, a Pagan prayer, an invocation of our collective spirit and the spirits that inspire and empower us.... as well as a calling together of the magickal tribes. In the background one can hear the soundscape of this enchanted New ... (Go To Performance)
The Word - by Catman aka Sardula Mugen
I want to say it like it is. Before it is too late. The song is the word, and is named The Word. The words to the song reveal The Word at the end of the words. and, The Word Is........... (Go To Performance)
Editors Note: If you want to share your mp3 file and your story, log in a add your performance... To experience the performances already posted... CLICK HERE.
A Powerful New set of Definitions....
by Kerr Cuhulain
Throughout the Witch Hunts series I've showed you checklists taken from the large number of books and manuals meant to educate the public and law enforcement agencies on the "dangers of the occult". Most of those that I have collected over the past two decades are appallingly inaccurate. The few that have any factual basis are so short that they are virtually useless. The slapdash scholarship, exasperating misinterpretations and deliberate falsehoods contained in these books are truly amazing. Unfortunately unsuspecting investigators take these inadequate manuals and waste a great deal of their time on unproductive wild goose chases trying to put the "information" in them to use. As a result, expensive investigative hours are wasted, innocent people are falsely accused and investigators are embarrassed.... [Full Article]
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How important are Pagan festivals to you and to your sense of/connection with community? How many do you generally attend each year? For those of you who have been around for a decade or so, how have festivals changed over the years? Most importantly, how do you think festivals can be improved, and what advice would you give to someone who has never attended a festival, but is considering it?
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