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Developers Squeeze Florida Big Cat
Andy Eller leaves no doubt about his priorities. The biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service says he wants to do whatever is necessary to protect endangered Florida panthers.
Indeed, under the Endangered Species Act he and the agency that employs him are under a congressional mandate to do exactly that.
But instead of offering Mr. Eller a promotion for his dedication and zeal, his bosses at the Fish and Wildlife Service want to fire him. They say he is ine... [Read More] - (12) - [Add Your Thoughts]
You Call it the Autumnal Equinox, We Call it Mabon
by Peg Aloi
"Goddess, bless our reaping,
Each ridge and plain and field,
Each sickle curved, shapely, hard,
Each ear and handful in the sheaf,
Each ear and handful in the sheaf."
-- From "The Reaping Blessing"
The Silver Bough by F. Marian McNeill
Well, we pagans certainly like to give fancy names to things. Our knives are "athames," our cups are "chalices," our grimoires are "Books of Shadows." To name our festivals, we draw upon cultures and languages rich in mythology. We call the autumnal equinox "Mabon" after the Welsh god Mabon ap Modron, which means literally "son of mother" or "son of mothers." Mabon appears in The Mabinogion tale Culhwch and Olwen. (Melanie Fire Salamander, a fine pagan author, writes about this in-depth in an article [Link]. Mabon is a minor warrior figure who acts as houndsman so the hero of the tale can hunt a notorious wild boar to fulfill his magical to-do list. Mabon is helpful because he has a way with animals, apparently...although having a way with wild boars is considerably different from having a way with dogs, cats, horses or even pigs. The pig's association with this time of year is with the upcoming time when livestock will be slaughtered and preserved (pork is usually salted or smoked) to provide enough food for the winter. The "Blood Moon" of October is so named for this reason. Even in the midst of agricultural abundance, the old names and associations with this festival are tinged with images of sacrifice.
Other European festivals of this include Michaelmas (September 29) and other lesser-known rites such as "The Streeking of the Plough," "The Maiden Feast, or Meal-and-Ale," "The Bere Barrel" (bere being a type of barley), and the "Kirn-Feast" or Corn Feast, also known as Harvest Home (more on this in a bit). Some very colorful descriptions of specific customs appear in F. Marian McNeill's study of Scottish folklore, The Silver Bough, Volume Two: A Calendar of Scottish National Festivals, Candlemas to Harvest Home.... [Full Article]
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New Essays and Event Reviews Delayed:
Ivan's wrath has effected many including Witchvox Associate Editor Diotima - She lost power back (and saw wind gusts upward to 90mph) on Thursday and as of this writting (sept. 20th) she is STILL out. - This means that the bulk of this weeks new essays and articles are stuck in North Carolina - Hopefully Dio will get her power back soon - Expect to see a flood of articles on next weeks update.
Update 9/21: Dio just got her power back .... look for many new articles and essays this Sunday - in the mean time enjoy the power writings featured this week.
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Desiring Blessed Quietness (Part I)
by Kerr Cuhulain
Stephen Van Nattan, based in Kingston, Tennessee, created the Blessed Quietness Ministries web site in December of 2002: balaams-ass.com. Balaam (a Hebrew name which translates as "destruction") was a Mesopotamian soothsayer and prophet in the Bible (Deuteronomy 23, Joshua 13, Numbers 22:5, etc.). Coincidentally, Balaam is one of the Infernal names listed in Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible as well as a deity mentioned in "Homage to Tchort" in LaVey's The Satanic Rituals. Long time readers will recall from an earlier article in the Witch Hunts series that Balaam is listed as a demon on the Demonbusters web site in the section "Learn About The Real Enemy- Satan and his Followers- Names of Satan and His Demons". You'll see later that Van Nattan recommends the Demonbusters site. In light of this I find it curious that he'd chose this particular name for this web site.... [Full Article]
PCCO Summerset Event 2004
Hocking Hills, near Lancaster, Ohio, Labor Day Weekend '04. Reviewed by Boudica [www.twpt.com]
Driving up to Camp Wyandot again, in the early morning fog, beautiful Hocking Hills played host to the Summerset Event once again for the Pagan Community Council of Ohio.
After a breathtaking sunrise, as I was on the road early, we (Vestana and I) arrived at about 9AM on Saturday. There were people to meet, friends to say hello to, classes to attend, and evenings filled with music.
The theme of this years event was 'Solitaries', focusing on the individual practitioner and the workshops were presented with the solitary in mind. Presenters included the Rev. Bonnie Campaniello of Robin's Hood CommUnity Center in Cincinnati, Lilltih Silverhair, Chuck Cook, David Dean and many others. Topics included Solitary and the Community, Pagan Ethics, Witch Wars, Introduction to Runes, Mystical Energy of Daily Drum Meditation to mention a few... [Full Review w/pictures]
Coming Home: Reinhabiting Place PART II
by Jesse Wolf Hardin
This "land" is fully everything not made alien by our kind, by our design. First and foremost it is the very ground, undulating beneath the pavement, breathing deeply through the cracks in the sidewalks and the stretches of suburban yards. It's the flesh of plant and animal and rock, of all that's come before us reconstituted into the heated soil of the garden and the dirt that always finds its way beneath our fingernails. It is the ground that grows the food we eat, but even more close to home, it is what holds up our houses, the terra firma that supports our being and without which we would be left floating in the air, nothing more than an etheric possibility lost without the ground to manifest through and on.... Start with [Part One] or go to [Part TWO]
The first ever Seasons of the Witch wall calendar illustrated by Lisa Iris.
Seasons of the Witch 2005 Wall Calendar
Author: Victoria David Danann
Category: Wicca Witchcraft Level: All
BIG, 14x14, fourteen month wall calendar begins October 31, 2004.
The essence of Seasons of the Witch in wall calendar format beautifully illustrated with some of our favorite Lisa Iris prints selected from her zodiac, elemental and pagan collections. Includes power days for spellcasting, lunar astrology, sabbats, esbats, bank holidays, Mercury Retrograde, waxing moon phases shaded yellow. ... [Full Book Profile] [Author's Website]
Pagan Pride Events 'Round the World...
There are presently 23 events listed for the next 7 days. [for a complete list of Pagan Events in your town... Go Here]
9/25/04 - 9/25/04:  Pagan Pride Day Dallas! Betwixt & Between Community Center (Dallas - Texas) - [Updated: Aug 29th.]
9/25/04:  Edmonton Pagan Pride Day Pagan Pride Project (Edmonton - Alberta)
9/25/04:  NH Pagan Pride Day 2004 The Pagan Pride Project (Greenville - New Hampshire)
9/25/04:  New Hampshire Pagan Pride Day The Pagan Pride Project (Greenville, NH - Massachusetts) - [Updated: Sep 15th.]
9/25/04 - 9/25/04:  Houston Pagan Pride Day Houston Pagan Pride (Houston - Texas) - [Updated: Sep 5th.]
9/25/04:  Pagan Pride Day Indianapolis The Indianapolis Pagan Community (Indianapolis - Indiana)
9/25/04:  Las Vegas Pagan Pride Day This year is sponsered by LVCUUPS -the PPD Local C (Las Vegas - Nevada) - [Updated: Sep 17th.]
9/25/04:  The Greater Wisconsin Pagan Pride Day GWPPD Organizing Committee - WVox Sponsor (Middleton - Wisconsin) - [Updated: Aug 30th.]
9/25/04:  2004 New Orleans Pagan Pride Day / Mabon Festival New Orleans Witches Circle (NOWC) - WVox Sponsor (New Orleans - Louisiana) - [Updated: Aug 31st.]
9/25/04:  NYC 4th Annual Pagan Pride Day NYC Pagan Pride Project, Inc - WVox Sponsor (New York City - New York)
9/25/04:  Rochester Pagan Pride Festival MagicBoxEast/NEC of W.I.C.C.A. - WVox Sponsor (Rochester - New York)
9/25/04 - 9/26/04:  2004 Sacramento Pagan Pride Harvest Festival Pagan Pride International (Roseville - California)
9/25/04:  San Diego Pagan Pride Day 2004 San Diego Pagan Pride Volunteers - WVox Sponsor (San Diego - California) - [Updated: Aug 30th.]
9/25/04:  2nd Annual Savannah Pagan Pride Day Savannah Pagan Pride Day Inc. - WVox Sponsor (Savannah - Georgia)
9/25/04:  The 2004 Autumn Moon Festival/Pagan Pride day Mystic Moon - WVox Sponsor (Virginia Beach - Virginia) - [Updated: Sep 15th.]
9/25/04:  Connecticut Pagan Pride Day CT Pagan Pride Committee (Wallingford - Connecticut)
9/25/04:  Pagan Pride Day Grove of the Sacred Spring and Sacred Fountain - WVox Sponsor (White Sulphur Springs - West Virginia) - [Updated: Sep 22nd.]
9/26/04:  Pagan Pride Findlay Findlay Pagan Study (Findlay - Ohio)
9/26/04:  Pagan Pride Day -Memphis Memphis Pagan Pride Day organizers - WVox Sponsor (Memphis - Tennessee)
9/26/04:  Spokane-Inland NW Pagan Pride Spokane-Inland NW Pagan Pride (Spokane - Washington)
9/26/04:  Pagan Pride Day - Goddess Walk Spokane Pagan Alliance (Spokane - Washington) - New Listing
9/26/04:  K-W Pagan Pride Day Pagan Pride Project, Main Ritual by KW Pagan Templ (Waterloo - Ontario) - [Updated: Sep 3rd.]
9/26/04:  Pagan Cookout Antiquus Ordino Immortalis Mysteria (Wilmington - North Carolina) - New Listing
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