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Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 18th. 2004
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School Says Halloween Disrespectful To Witches
A Washington state school district is canceling its annual Halloween celebration, and the explanation has some parents baffled.
A letter sent home to parents Wednesday said there will be no observance of Halloween in any of the district's schools.
"We really want to make sure we're using all of our time in the best interest of our students," Puyallup School District spokeswoman Karen Hansen said.
The superintendent made the decision for three primar... [Read More] - (39) [Add YOUR Comment]
Gaia Eros: Evolution of the Gaian Mythos
by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
The eminent scientist and ecology-movement spokesman Rene Dubos told us: "Our salvation depends upon our ability to create a religion of nature...suited to the needs and knowledge of modern humanity." What we are birthing is a truly planetary-Gaian-mythos that invites people of all traditions in our divided world to know themselves as children of the same Mother - Gaea Herself; Mother Earth.
We have always known, in our deepest heart of hearts, that the Earth is alive. Throughout the world, even small children intuitively recognize Mother Earth. She is the oldest and most universally acknowledged religious archetype in all of human experience. Sculpted images of this primordial "Mother of all Mothers" date back at least to the Cro-Magnon Aurignacian peoples of 30,000 years ago, and are found across the Eurasian continent from Spain to Siberia. Indeed, as Wolf has pointed out, similar images have been found that push that dating back hundreds of thousands of years - to Neanderthals and even Homo erectus. The October 2003 issue of Discover magazine shows a beautiful picture of a two-inch crude prototype of the "Venus of Willendorf" carved from a piece of quartzite, pulled from a 400,000-year-old deposit near the Moroccan city of Tan-Tan. Stone tools found in the same deposit were made by Homo erectus... [Full Article]
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Obit: Madonna Marie Estafen
In Loving Memory
Madonna will be dearly missed and remembered always by her two sons, Josh and David, and her grandson, Alam; her brothers, Bernie, David, Victor, and Joe; sisters, Rita, Mary, Delores, Charlotte, and Kathy, and all of their spouses, children, and families.
Through her life's work as a healer, she touched and mentored many lives and her absence will be felt by thousands around the world. She brought together many different communities. Madonna's leadership in various spiritual families helped empower countless people. Josh and David would like to thank everyone who sent kindness, prayers, and meditations in Madonna's honor, which helped to facilitate brilliant ascension....
10/18: Just in from Peg Warm, Wise and Wonderful Woman
What can I say about Madonna? She was part of my Brushwood family: friends I saw once every year in the summer for a week or two or sometimes three. Madonna camped next to my other dear friends in a compound in the middle of the field, a central location on "Merchant Row" where there were constantly people stopping by. Next to Waterhawk Creations and Moonblade Knives, Madonna sometimes set up her own healing pavilion. Although she had some serious health problems over the years, her own healing work for others was a big part of her life. I got to know her gradually better over the last six or seven years, and this past summer she looked and felt fantastic, as she kept saying and as everyone kept telling her.I got to spend a fair amount of time with her and we had some great conversations. One day she looked particularly radiant, sitting in the sun with a pretty scarf thrown around her shoulders. She normally had to avoid the sun because of a skin condition but this year she was doing okay with it. I told her she looked beautiful and she grinned that huge grin of hers and said "We're all beautiful, it's a beautiful day!" Which sounds kind of goofy, in a way, but that was so Madonna! This woman had an infectious way about her, of spreading her sunny mood to anyone nearby -- [Read More] [Add YOUR Comment]
In April of 2003, I wrote an article for the Witches' Voice which appeared soon after the U.S. declared war in the Middle East. The article is titled "The Elephant in Our Circles: Pagans Tolerance and the War in Iraq" [link]. Since then, tolerance has become an issue in many ways and in many venues.
In January of 2004 Full Circle declared that our theme for the annual Witches' Ball would be The Silk Road. We deliberately choose this theme because it spoke about tolerance and the exchange of ideas; two things that tend to take a back seat during wars and elections. .... [Full Article]
Pagans & Politics...
I'll Put It Next To The Darwin Fish...
by Nihilissa Edwards
My family and close friends are in shock. My boss was surprised and pleased. Most of my local Pagan Community was up in arms. How could I have put that sticker on my car? Right beside the Darwin Fish, above the "Tree Hugging Dirt Worshiper," and below the "Get A Taste Of Religion, Lick A Witch," you will find a Red, White, and Blue sticker that proudly proclaims "Bush/Cheney 2004"
The short answer to the above question would be, "Because I'm a Republican." The long answer will start...now... [Full Article]
Wiccans, Nature-Worshipping, and Environmentalism
Wicca, like other Neo-Pagan religions, has been called "Earth-centered" and "Nature-worshipping," and therefore commonly associated with the environmentalist political movement, since the 1970s. Such claims are sometimes based on Wiccan teachings, such as one interpretation of "harm none" being taken to mean that a Wiccan should not cause harm to any living creatures or the Earth's ecosystems. Other ideas include the notion that the Wiccan Goddess is the personification of the planet Earth as a nurturing mother, or that the Wiccan holidays, which have been loosely based on agricultural calendars, are a worship of Nature's seasons... [Full Article]
A Halloween Treat from Maggie Shayne & friends!
Author: Maggie Shayne
Category: Fiction--Halloween Anthology Level: All
This a spooky collection of chilling tales put together especially for readers who love this time of year.
Maggie's story is set in the small town of Burnt Hills NY where an intrepid reporter makes a name for herself by exposing fraudulent psychics, mediums and gurus. The one guy she can't seem to trip up is a phony ghost buster. But when she finds real ghost in her old house, she decides he's the only person she can ask for help.
Now he has to choose. Either fake his way through helping her or admit he's a fraud and see it in print the next da ... [Full Book Profile] [Author's Website]
Three Times Three
by J.L. Casey
In the last decade, I've met a lot of Pagans, beginners, covens, old and young all with many views on magic, on the truth of practicing and the history of rituals. I've heard opinions similar to my own and many differing by so much it's sometimes hard to imagine our crafts are somehow related. The one common amongst all is some form of the threefold and the elusive nature it has in discussion. As someone who spent most of my time practicing as a solitary Witch for a million reasons, there have been times where I could've used a more concrete description of what the threefold includes or how it shows itself in everyday life.... [Full Article]
Pagan Pride Day Reviews...
Tulsa PPD: The Day That Almost Wasn't
by Elise Coleman
As described in last week's review, Oklahoma had its first Pagan Pride Day EVER in Tulsa on September 25, 2004. It almost didn't happen because of another first: we were the first PPD to ever have an injunction filed to stop it.
At 5 PM on Thursday September 23, 2004, I was informed that an injunction had been filed to stop PPD. No one involved was served actual papers - we had NO idea what the basis was. We just knew that we had to be in court at 9:30 the next morning, the morning before the event we'd all worked so hard to bring into being. I found out this was a Christian attorney, who I'd talked to the Sunday before when we were building a bridge over a creek on some private property that we had permission to use for the PPD event... [Full Article]
Pagan Pride Shows in Savannah, GA
by Kathleen M. Moore
The magical city of Savannah, Georgia celebrated its second annual Pagan Pride Day on Saturday, September 25, 2004. The event was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, located in the heart of the historic downtown area.
After weeks of storms ravaging the Southeast, the day dawned clearer and brighter than the city had seen for days. Sadly, while the weather blessed Savannah that day, hurricane Jeanne's imminent arrival in Florida and southwest Georgia meant that several workshop leaders, vendors and fellow area Pagans could not be with us for the day... [Full Article]
'Bardic Circle 2004' at Witchvox:
This week we feature...
Touch Of The Goddess - by Skyypilot [Impressions: 109]
Skyypilot- ÒTouch Of The GoddessÓ
Mark wrote the song ÒTouch Of An AngelÓ around 1976. The song was put aside for 27 years before he completely rewrote the lyrics and named it ÒTouch Of The GoddessÓ. He brought it in and Skyypilot rehearsed it awhile before they decided to write completely new music on the spot. Kerri added a melody, Mark-new chords, Larry-the instrumental breaks, and Steve and Ric-the driving rhythms to make ÒTouch Of The GoddessÓ a true team effort. This song is taken f... (Go To Performance)
Petals - by Revel Moon [Impressions: 584]
She may not look it, but Irene, the lead vocalist and the lyricist of this song, is a former Marine. She has a lot of friends and former co-workers still active in the military. Several of them are serving in the middle east to assist with the Iraq conflict. It was probably only a matter of time until Irene wrote a song like this. She hopes that you like it and that it makes you think. Most of all, she hopes that you will use your most valuable right--the right to vote--this November.... (Go To Performance)
How it Ends - by Obskurity [Impressions: 385]
This song is about someone taking their life and the effects emotionally it would have on their family members, friends, and themselves.... (Go To Performance)
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