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Weekly Update: 9/6/2004

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: September 6th. 2004
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FDA Panel Gives Preliminary OK For Test To Give Stimulant To Healthy Children

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A new Food and Drug Administration ethics panel said Friday the advancement of science outweighed the risks of giving a stimulant to healthy children as young as 9.

The 11-member Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee gathered for the first time to consider a proposal that would give a single 10 mg. dose of dextroamphetamine to 78 children. The study, led by Dr. Judith L. Rapoport, would use MRIs to reveal brain patterns as the children complete certain tasks.

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Say it Loud... Say it Proud!
Pagan Pride 2004

September is Pagan Pride Month! As the Fall Equinox approaches, the hours of light and darkness once again become equal and so magickally speaking, this is a very good time for Pagans to 'equalize' the scales of public dialogue.

Dozens of very successful programs took place last fall and while September is the 'traditional' month for the 'official' Pagan Pride Day festivities, fund raising events, public rituals and other gatherings proclaimed the 'We're Pagan and We're Proud' theme all the year long. To see if a Pagan Pride event is scheduled in your area, you can check out the listings in your TWV state page. Couldn't find one? Well, think about getting a few friends together to clean up parks, collect food for soup kitchens or blankets and cleaning supplies for the local animal shelter. Start up a 'stroll through the park' project for pagan teens and youngsters and educate them about the native plants and trees (bring a trash bag and pick up as you mosey along), or volunteer to read to children in your library. If you think that you would like to host an event in your town, check out the International Pagan Pride website for tips, ideas and lots of other useful information. Anything that you do as a Pagan can be done with Pride!

Pride has gotten a bum rap for years. It has been linked with selfishness, self-absorption and egotistical behaviors. But we're not talking about the "pride cometh before a fall' stuff here. A sense of pride in one's real accomplishments is called self-esteem and psychologists are currently saying that children of all ages really need more of this type of 'pride' rather than less. A loss of esteem can send someone spiraling down into anger, resentfulness and depression. Happily, most people recover from nominal blows to their sense of self. Some rise up taller and even more determined than ever to guard and protect others from similar victimization. They become role models for those who feel that they cannot change their position. They go on to lead people away from despair and apathy and into that space where they feel that they CAN change the world and make it a better place for everyone. .

Perhaps one of the best definitions of pride is "delight or elation arising from some act, possession or relationship' and that really sums up how many Pagans feel about their religious path or belief system: They are elated, delighted and downright exuberant about their spiritual life. They are indeed, "Pagan and Proud!"

For events in your town visit your events page for a quick list of PPD events click HERE

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Wren, Fritz, Peg, Christina, Diotima,
Steve, Waterhawk & Runewolf
Sunday - September 5th, 2004

The Somerset: Levels, Leylines and Layers
by Michael Calabrese

It's one of those very hard things to describe. Perhaps it's made all the more difficult because every image, smell, sound and emotion is so increased there. Being a self-proclaimed "word-smith" should mean that I can readily find a way to express the power, breadth and detail of this place whose name may, in itself, serve as its only definition: Somerset.

The wild, magnificent West Country of Britain has an area which is set apart - even from its extraordinary landscapes, ancient places and mists.... [Full Article]

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Queerying Faith
by Bird

I lost faith the day I was "disfellowshipped" by my Baptist Church in college. My sin? Asking for prayer because I was struggling with the "sin" of homosexuality. Shock turned to disgust, and I was conveniently given over to my "sin." I never fully recovered from that. Before that day, I had believed everything my church taught me, which is what I believed the Bible said.

I converted to Christianity at age 16, and within a year I was working as a peer counselor at my church. After my excommunication, I doubted everything. I was devastated. The Tower card in the Tarot overshadowed my life for years. Nothing was sacred anymore... [Full Article]

101 Reasons To Be Proud You're Pagan

Pagan Pride: Honoring the Craft and Culture of Earth and Goddess

Author: M. Macha NightMare

Category: General   Level: All

Here’s what our colleagues who’ve already read it have to say:

“Who wouldn't be proud? Pagans have given us art and architecture, customs and crafts, philosophy and poetry. Clearly and concisely, Macha NightMare offers a delightfully diverse overview of the world’s pagan heritage.”

~ Patricia Monaghan, author of The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit

“Applying the revived and newly meaningful term ‘Pagan’ to a wide variety of human cultural activities, Macha NightMare makes us look at our history ... [Full Book Profile]   [Author's Website]  

Witchvox Poll
If the US Presidential Election were held today, whom would you vote for?
John F. Kerry (D) 65.5%
George W. Bush (R) 15.2%
Ralph Nader (I) 5.7%
Eligible - Not Voting 4.8%
Michael Badnarik (L) 3.9%
Other 3.1%
David Cobb (G) 1.5%
Michael Peroutka (C) 0.4%

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Quest of the Elements: Using My Senses to Connect With the Elements
by Liliths Cat

When I think of air, I think of two things: the wind and scents. First I will talk about the wind. The soothing aspect of the wind is when a nice gentle breeze blows in my hair; when it is hot and a cool breeze from off the ocean comes my way. The wind can be soothing as well as destructive. The destructive force of wind comes in the force of windstorms and tornados. The wind can be harsh and destructive. At its best it can rip cement and concrete off the roadways, lift houses out of their foundations and turn a city to rubble in mere minutes... [Full Article]

The Voice of the Solitary: Connecting with the Goddess through Writing and Ritual
by Valerie Antal

My initiation into the Pagan Religion began with a Tarot Deck my sister had bought me for my thirteenth birthday. Through the female images in the Tarot, I began to comprehend the existence of a feminine power more beneficent than the God I had been taught to fear. The High Priestess clothed in robes as white as the Moon, holding her book of divine knowledge, led me away from the Catholicism that brought me spare amounts of comfort.

My devotions to the Goddess were first enacted secretly. As a teenager, I burned carved candles at the desk in my room during Full Moons... [Full Article]

The Solitary Approach of an Experimenter
by Taylor Ellwood

For the eleven years I've actively practiced magick, I have been a solitary for most of it. I remember that, several days into deciding I was going to practice magick, I met a kid at my high school who said he was a shaman. He offered to teach me magick and I eagerly took him up on that offer. Several days later he called me and told me I had no soul and therefore he couldn't teach me.

I remember putting the phone down and feeling stunned. I had no soul, according to him, but what did that mean?... [Full Article]

Calling Down the Moon
by Lady Abigail

Calling Down the Moon, sometimes referred to as Drawing Down the Moon or Calling to the Sky Goddess, is a very wonderfully mystical experience, for you are standing before your Goddess, by whatever name you call her, asking that she descend to you, sharing with you her knowledge and power.

This joining with the Goddess is sacred and should be approached with immense consideration for the honor held within this rite, for you are not only requesting the Goddess be with you but you are also welcoming her into your actual spirit... [Full Article]

How to See the Sun
by Anamu

Just look up, right? And what happens when you do? Your eyelids make a tremendous effort to close, as if there are things the Sun doesn't want you to know, at least not just to satisfy an idle curiosity. But there are things for you to see, and you can perceive them if you make the effort. Here's what I saw:

On the physical plane, the Sun provides all that is necessary for life on Earth: heat, which impels inanimate matter to life; gravity, the force necessary to keep the planet close to the heat source; and light both day and night... [Full Article]

August 2004: Another Cooker!

August was another record breaking month here at TWV, with 3,481,067 pages delivered to 211,115 unique visitors (Hits: 12,831,573 Traffic/Bandwidth: Only 141.50 gigabytes - thanks to modgzip compression).

Pagan Pride Events 'Round the World...

There are presently  16  events listed for the next 7 days. [for a complete list of Pagan Events in your town... Go Here]

9/11/04:  Bastrop County Pagan Pride Autumn Festival The Art of Living Spiritual Center/D'lana Raven (Elgin - Texas)

9/11/04:  Pagan Pride Day Wyoming 2004 Laramie Pagan Group (Laramie - Wyoming) - [Updated: Sep 3rd.]

9/11/04:  Twin Cities Pagan Pride 2004 Witches' Informational Network (Minneapolis - Minnesota) - New Listing - [Updated: Sep 9th.]

9/11/04:  Modesto Pagan Pride Day Association of United Pagans - WVox Sponsor (Modesto - California) - [Updated: Sep 6th.]

9/11/04:  Nashville Pagan Pride Day Nashville Pagan Pride Committee (Nashville - Tennessee)

9/11/04:  Pagan Pride Day in Lorain County Oh Lorain Cty Pagans/Circle of Standing Stones Shrine (Oberlin - Ohio)

9/11/04:  Lansing Pagan Picnic Triple Goddess Bookstore/Lansing Pagan Village (Okemos - Michigan) - New Listing

9/11/04:  Pagan Pride Event Sanctuary of the Crescent Moon (Palos - Illinois) - [Updated: Sep 4th.]

9/12/04:  Pagan Pride Day Childrens Corner CUUPS - WVox Sponsor (Albuquerque - New Mexico)

9/12/04:  Pagan Pride Day ~ Awaken The Spirit Within ~ Pagan Pride Los Angeles - WVox Sponsor (El Monte - California)

9/12/04:  Mississippi Pagan Pride - AutumnFest 2004 Central Mississippi CUUPS (Jackson - Mississippi) - [Updated: Sep 6th.]

9/12/04:  Southeastern Mass. Pagan Pride Day Festival The SEMAPPD Group and Friends (Middleboro - Massachusetts)

9/12/04:  Southeastern MA PPD Southeastern MA Pagan community - WVox Sponsor (Middleboro - Massachusetts)

9/12/04 - 9/12/04:  Pagan Pride Day Los Angeles Pagan Pride Day - WVox Sponsor (South El Monte - California)

9/13/04:  A Taste of Faeries DC Radical Faeries - WVox Sponsor (Washington - Washington DC) - New Listing

9/17/04 - 9/19/04:  4th Annual Pagan Pride Day The Wellsprings Grove in Kalispell - WVox Sponsor (near Kalispell - Montana)

for a complete list of Pagan Events in your town... Go Here


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