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<table border=0 cellspacing=2 cellpadding=2 width=225 align=right><tr><td><table border=0 cellpadding=4 cellspacing=6><tr><td background=http://www.witchvox.com/wren/wn_images/detailbg2.jpg> <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/xwrensnest.html><img align=right width=37 border=0 src="http://www.witchvox.com/wren/wn_images/wn_logo_4.jpg"></a><font size=1><b>Just Posted...</b></font><br><a href='http://www.witchvox.com/wren/wn_detail.html?id=10656'><img border=0 height=4 src=http://www.witchvox.com/wotw/pix/clear.gif><br><font color=#880000 size=2><b>Obit: Joseph "Bearwalker" Wilson </b></font> <br><img border=0 height=3 src=http://www.witchvox.com/wotw/pix/clear.gif><br><font size=1 color=#000088> [32,767 reads] </font></a><br><img border=0 height=6 src=http://www.witchvox.com/wotw/pix/clear.gif><br> <span style="font-size: 90%;"><a href=http://www.witchvox.com/wren/wn_detail.html?id=10656><img align=right src="http://www.witchvox.com/apx/josephwilson.jpg" border="0"></a>Joseph "Bearwalker" Wilson, Founder of the 1734 Tradition of Witchcraft, Metista American Shamanism, TOTEG (Temple Of The Elder Gods) in California, Toteg Tribe, and publisher of the first Pagan newsletter in the United States, passed into the Otherworld on August fourth, 2004, from complicaitons of COPD.<br> <br> Joseph Wilson was born in 1942. His earliest spiritual influence was his grandmother's church meet...</span> <font size=2><a href='http://www.witchvox.com/wren/wn_detail.html?id=10656'><font size=1>[<b>Read More</b>]</font></a></font> &nbsp; <font size=1 color=#000088> - (15)</font> <a href='http://www.witchvox.com/wren/wn_comment.html?id=10656'><font size=1>[Add YOUR Comment]</font></a> &nbsp; <br></font></td></tr></table></td></tr></table><br> <font size=2><a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_atgamewkii.html> <b><font color=#000088 size=3>Arousing the Goddess: A Man's Encounters with Kali in India</font></b></a> <br>by Tim Ward<br><br> <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_atgamewkii.html><img align=left height=118 src="http://www.witchvox.com/apx/atg1.jpg" border="0"></a>I first heard about the Goddess from the lips of a Belgian Tibetan Buddhist monk. It was at a monastery in the Himalayas where I was studying Buddhism for the summer. He told me that we were living in Kaliyuga, the Age of Destruction named after Kali, the Black Goddess of Hinduism.<br><br>"She wears a garland of skulls around her neck, holds a machete in one hand, a severed head in another, and dances upon the corpse of her spouse, Shiva. This fearsome feminine energy signifies chaos, death and the dissolution of the universe," the monk said. "In Kaliyuga, the destructive passions run wild, causing much pain and suffering. And so it is also a great time for Buddhist practice, because the path of liberation from suffering becomes most appealing."<br><br> In my studies at the monastery I learned that cessation of suffering was at the heart of Buddhist practice, and that desire was the cause of all suffering and so was to be rooted out. And for a would-be monk, the most potent and dangerous form of desire is lust for a woman<br><br> "There's no prayer or charm that can protect a monk from the beast with soft horns on its chest," goes the Buddhist aphorism.<br><br> Indeed, I discovered many Buddhist practices are designed to protect monks from the evils of female flesh. In many sects, a woman is not permitted to touch a monk, not permitted to be alone with a monk. In Thailand a woman must kneel down whenever a monk walks by so that her shape won't excite him. In some schools of Buddhism, women are not even permitted to become nuns... <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_atgamewkii.html><font size=2> [<b>Full Article</b>] </font></a> <br><br></font><div align="center"><hr width=91%></div><br> <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/festivals/fest_sirius2004.html><img border=0 align=right height=266 src="http://www.witchvox.com/festivals/afest/sr043.jpg"><font size=2><font color=000088 size=3><b>Sirius Rising 2004 </b></font></a><br> <a href="http://www.brushwood.com"><b>Brushwood Folklore Center</b></a><br> Sherman, New York <br> <font size=2>Review by Don and Daniella WaterHawk </font><br><img border=0 height=12 src="http://www.witchvox.com/festivals/festival_images/clear.gif"><br> <font color=000088 size=3><b>W</b></a></font>ell... as we drove out of our driveway, we took one last look at our banana trees and tropical garden, and before we made the turn onto the main road, we already began to get homesick pangs. Looking at each other in the van, and remarking that its okay, for we were going to meet family and friends that we only get to see once a year. We set our traveling shields and trusted that Grandfather would help us see that the trip was safe and quick. Well, we were half right, the trip was safe, but not quick. Because of the storms it took us three days of driving before arriving at the Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman, New York. Owned and operated by Frank and Darlene Barney. So we arrived at Brushwood with looming clouds and were anxious to set up before the impending rain...<br><br> <b>Awesome Bonfire Photo:</b> Do check out the anchor photo on this review... One of the BEST 'large fire shots' we've ever seen... Even from Waterhawk! <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/festivals/fest_sirius2004.html><font size=2> -- <b>Experience the Full Review</b></font></a><br><br><br> <center><table border=0 cellpadding=4 cellspacing=6 width=100% background=http://www.witchvox.com/apx/bggbar.jpg><tr> <td valign=top><b><font color="#FFFFCC" size=2>Recent Witchvox Changes....</b></font><br> <ul><br><font color="#FFFFFF" size=2> <li><b>Speed:</b> Recent code analysis and re-writes have rendered this page more efficient in loading... What was a load time of 5 seconds is now less than 2 (relative to volume at the moment you hit and your 'pipe') - see YOUR load time under Wren's Nest to your right. <br><br> <li><b>Change:</b> Due to a constant battle against attackers and spammers we now require that you be logged in to send email to any of the 60+ thousand Personal Pagan Profiles here at TWV. (Group, Event, Shop etc listings are still open to the public)<br><br> <li><b>Forced Mentoring:</b> You can only contact Pagan Teen Profiles IF you are a Teen Pagan yourself and you are logged in - This was recently instituted due to ongoing complaints from Young Pagans stating that Adults are 'Mentoring them' whether they want to hear it or not. <br></ul> <center><font size="1" color="#FFFFCC" >Witchvox is composed on a <b>Mac G5</b> (OSX Panther) and optimized for the <b>Safari</b> Web Browser. - Pages are spot checked against IE, Mozilla and Opera on a weekly basis.</font></center></font></td></tr></table><br></center><br> <font size=2><a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_fests04.html> <b><font color=#000088 size=2>That First Festival to Now</font></b></a> <br>by Christine Schnell Laplante<br><br> It was the day before my first festival. Although I had been calling myself a Witch since I was about 13, I was somewhat ignorant of the wider Pagan world. I knew I liked to be nude and was fairly uninhibited; I romped around the woods, and I called out to the Gods on a regular basis. However, I practiced on my own or with a small group of friends who were mostly there for the show. <br><br> I was excited, nervous, and...free. My friend had convinced me that this festival would be good for me. So I found myself in the grocery store checking off the items on the list as we went down the aisles. I believe it started that moment for me. There was a wider world out there to explore and, although slightly apprehensive, I was excited... <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_fests04.html><font size=2> [<b>Full Article</b>] </font></a> <br><br></font><div align="center"><hr width=91%></div><br> <font size=2><a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_dtgtae.html> <b><font color=#000088 size=2>Do the Gods Take American Express?</font></b></a> <br>by Liliths Cat<br><br> Picture this: A Craft store, like any other; a customer's shopping cart, full of candles, herbs, books and even a statue or two. The customer walks up to the counter and sees a flyer: "Wiccan 1st Degree training and Book of Shadows for only $350.00 - Sign up fast - Spots are limited." The customer pauses and thinks, "Should I put back the statues or pass on the 1st Degree training that I've been wanting?" Then the customer asks the cashier, "Do the Gods take American Express?"* <br><br> Can you imagine that happening? Can you picture people selling Wicca, selling initiations, selling degrees and the "rare and elusive" Traditional Book of Shadows handed down from generations through an exclusive line? When, they may say they cannot confirm their lineage as it is "oathbound," but their information is just as valid and real, so sign up and for $350 you too can have the ancient secret knowledge... <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_dtgtae.html><font size=2> [<b>Full Article</b>] </font></a> <br><br></font><div align="center"><hr width=91%></div><br> <a href=http://www.siouxlandwicca.org><img border=0 align=right height=135 src="http://www.witchvox.com/apx/sioux04.jpg"><font size=2><font color=000088 size=3><b>Siouxland Lammas 2004 </b></font></a><br><br> MM, folks!<br><br> Here is a photo of today's Lammas celebration. It was sponsored by Siouxland First Wiccan Congregation in Sioux City, Iowa. <br> <br> For our charity action, we gathered donations of items for the local Ronald McDonald house. Seventeen people attended.<br><br> <b>Rev. Jeva Singh-Anand</b><br> Siouxland First Wiccan Cingregation<br> <a href="http://www.siouxlandwicca.org">www.siouxlandwicca.org</a> <http://www.siouxlandwicca.org> <br><br></font><div align="center"><hr width=91%></div><br> <font size=2><a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_fests05.html> <b><font color=#000088 size=2>Working Together</font></b></a> <br>by Raethelyn<br><br> As a practicing Pagan in a large metropolis, I am fortunate to have access to a variety of outlets for my faith and interests. I have in the past been privy to the Dallas-Fort Worth Pagan Pride Day festival, the Samhain and Beltane gatherings hosted by the Council of Magickal Arts south of Austin, as well as private functions. The various aspects of the celebrations have ranged in size from just a few close friends to a full-on community gathering. Being a lifelong resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I feel I can state with some authority that things have come a long way in the past ten years. If Pagan Pride Day had been attempted back then, there would have been a serious need for police protection, as there certainly would have been protesters at the gates. Here in Texas, people walk around armed as a matter of habit. As it was, the most recent celebration I heard of went off without... <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_fests05.html><font size=2> [<b>Full Article</b>] </font></a> <br><br><br> <table width="98%" border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="8" ><tr valign="top"><td background=http://www.witchvox.com/wren/wn_images/detailbg2.jpg><basefont size=2 color =#000000> <table border=0 width=118 cellpadding=12 cellspacing=4 align=right><tr><td bgcolor="#000000"><font color=#ffffff size=2> <center> <a href='http://www.witchvox.com/music/bardic/dt_bc.html?id='><a href='http://www.witchvox.com/music/bardic/dt_bc.html?id=121'><img border=0 width=150 src=http://spiralrhythm.net/SpiralLivePSGLabel.jpeg></a></a> <font size=1><img border=0 height=4 src="http://www.witchvox.com/px/clear.gif"><br>Bardic Circle<br> (version 8.0)</font><br><img border=0 height=8 src="http://www.witchvox.com/px/clear.gif"><br></center> </font></td></tr></table> </a><font size=2><b><font color="#770000" size=3>'Bardic Circle 2004' at Witchvox:</font></b><br><img border=0 height=8 src="http://www.witchvox.com/px/clear.gif"><br> This week we feature...<br><br> <a href='http://www.witchvox.com/music/bardic/dt_bc.html?id=121'><font color=#000077 size =3><b>Mysteries</b></font></a> - by Spiral Rhythm <font size=1>[Impressions: 618]</font><br><img border=0 height=4 src=http://www.witchvox.com/px/clear.gif><br> We are grateful for permission to post<br>Spiral Rhythm Live At PSG 2004.<br><br>June 23, 2004, Spiral Rhythm performed at PSG. It was a night of pure magic for those who were there. Kerri was targeted by a persistent spirit inhabiting the frame of a (lunar?) moth. We believe this spirit was also the culprit of the first half of the taped show (possibly eaten?) , but saved for posterity is the second half of this marvelous event. Mysteries  is another fantastic song written by PJ Seale and take... <font size=1>(<a href='http://www.witchvox.com/music/bardic/dt_bc.html?id=121'><font color=#770000><b>Go To Performance</b></font></a>)</font><br><img border=0 height=12 src=http://www.witchvox.com/px/clear.gif><br> <b><font color="#000077" size=2>Editors Note: </font></b> If you want to share your mp3 file and your story, <b><a href="http://www.witchvox.com/vu/vxlogin.html">log in</a></b> a add your performance... 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Because coming out of that phase just made me grow stronger and wiser and become the young woman and Witch that I am today... <a href=http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_tfpjhr.html><font size=2> [<b>Full Article</b>] </font></a> <br><br></font> <br> <center><table border=0 cellpadding=4 cellspacing=6 align=center width=100% background=http://www.witchvox.com/apx/bggbar.jpg><tr> <td valign=top><font color=#FFFFFF size=1><b><font color="#FFFFCC" size=2>Witchvox Notice</font></b></font></td> <td valign=top halign=left><font color="#FFFFFF" size=2><b>Political Events: </b> The Witches¹ Voice, Inc. will accept only non-partisan political announcements for inclusion in the global/local NOTICE sections. Voter registration drives or non-partisan informational meetings are acceptable. 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