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Chaplain: More Than 182,000 Reservists, Guardsmen Have Been Called To Active Duty
Members and guests of the Kiwanis Club of Carmi got a brief look inside the military at war as the club gathered Thursday at the fellowship hall of First Christian Church of Carmi for its weekly meeting.
The speaker was Kiwanian Keith Turner, pastor of First United Methodist Church and a deputy command chaplain assigned to the 22nd Air Force at Dobbins Air Force Base, Ga. Turner said he spent two years as a chaplain in Georgia, was attached to Scott Air Force Base near Bellevill... [Read More] - [Add Your Thoughts]
The Medicine Wheel: Secrets of the Stones
by Jesse Wolf Hardin
"The proper and primary function of such observatories was based on an intuition which underlies all of the so-called "nature religions," namely, of accord - in depth - with the mystery of the order of nature as the first means and last end of well being."
- Joseph Campbell
"We pray that we may be aligned with you,
So that your powers may flow through us,
And be expressed by us,
For the good of this planet Earth,
And all living beings on it."
- Ralph Metzner The Four Elements Medicine Wheel Prayer
All human experience is cyclic; from birth until death, and every transition along the way can be mapped on a circular model we call the Life Wheel - or Medicine Wheel.
Remnants of ancient wheels have been discovered on nearly every continent, oriented to the four directions, and outlined in a solemn chorus of ageless rock. Descriptions of the various cardinal influences are remarkably similar among distant and disparate tribes, bearing witness to the universality of these truths. There are differences nonetheless. With respect to all surviving sacred traditions, including those of the culturally pilfered Native Americans, this is the Wheel as it was revealed to me, here, in this enchanted canyon I call home... [Full Article]
Priesthood Is A State Of Being
by Aidan Odinson
Priesthood is a state of being. That point must be understood before there can be any discussion concerning priesthood, clergy status, or who qualifies. Priesthood is not a job, a title, or something one earns as the result of a course of instruction. Priesthood is not what a person has, but what a person is.
A true call to priesthood refuses to be denied. It will even cross boundaries of denomination and belief system to ensure that the truly called know that they are called. There are those who say that if someone takes down their altar, they never were a Priest or Priestess. I can attest to the fact that someone who takes down their altar and later knows no peace until their altar is back up again is experiencing the power of the call. It is nearly as impossible to keep a real priest or priestess from being one as it would be to keep a fish healthy and happy out of water!... [Full Article]
|Notes from a Pagan Webcrafter....|
Isaac Serves 1 Millionth. Seeker!
On Thanksgiving day www.neopagan.net (The Isaac Bonewits' Website) hosted it's ONE MILLIONth. visitor... A pretty amazing feat to say the least. - It's worth noting that this measure is based on unique IPs (arguably the most accurate method of tracking visitors).
And the Winner Is?
Isaac offered a treat to the surfer that hit his site and saw the magic number... The lucky Pagan was Mary from Louisanna. Congrats Mary!
So why have 1 million Pagans stopped in a neopagan.net over the years? See for yourself by surfing over to the Isaac Bonewits Website.
Good show Isaac! Thank you for evolving one of the most interesting URLs on the Pagan web for the past 8 years.
On the Horizon: We are wrapping up a major site rewrite that will finally bring together articles/essays with Vox accounts. Also look for new RSS feeds ... In fact, if you have ideas on the content from TWV that you would like to see in an RSS feed, email us with your thoughts.
Giving Thanks: Say what you want about thanksgiving but I find it inspiring that it DOES force many Pagans to stop and give thanks... Even the more bitter and jaded Pagan Message Boards (more on this soon) find the question 'What are you thankful for?" on their boards. Other than the few "I'll tell you what I am NOT thankful for" folks, most will stop and reflect on the good things in their lives.
I am thankful for my beautiful and inspiring life-partner and lover Wren, our wonderful home, our love slut cats; Ruby and the 'lil midnight twins (D'Jinn Jinn & Lee-lu), my paying job, the Witchvox staff and sponsors, and the tremedous support this community project has experienced over the past 8 years.
Be excellent to each other,
Webcrafter - Witchvox
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Environmental Spirituality and its Activist Dimension
Author: Brendan Myers
Category: Celtic Paganism, Politics, Environment Level: Intermediate
Dangerous Religion" is a "thought-opera" of spiritual contemplations on Neo-Pagan and environ-mental themes. It was also written to be a manual for environmental activists and other participants in the anti-globalization movement.
The book describes a planetary Will to Life expressed by everything in nature from animals and plants to the material elements. This concept of "Global Animism" requires radical transformations in our total lives, from the level of personal belief all the way to political and economic organization.
Three main sections distinguish particular themes. The first is called "In the beginning was the Mother" and ... [Full Book Profile] [Author's Website]
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Post Election Thoughts From a Maven
Whatever your feelings about this last U.S. election, the fact remains that there is still a great deal of work to be done by anyone who cares about justice, liberty, and Mamma Gaia. So take a bit of rest, take stock, and then decide what it is you care about, because there are causes close to home and many people still suffering abroad who need our hearts, hands, and voices in 2005. As Terry Pratchett notes in his book, A Hat Full of Sky, "A Witch speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves," and our work on that front is far from done.
So forget the "pundits" and the scorecards and the gloom and doom contingent. As I look ahead, two facts stand out:
This is our time, folks, so let's get busy.
- Never before have so many people become active, organized and involved.
- The world needs Earthwise ethics and philosophy now, more than ever before.
We Pagans are here to help connect and heal the world. We are here to teach (and learn) about tolerance, responsibility, and honor. Did we think it was going to be easy? If so, perhaps Earthwise people were not paying quite as much attention to The Lord of the Rings saga as we had thought... [Full Article]
Re-Discovering Pilgrim America...
The Nina, The Pinta and The Religious Right:
A Misguided Voyage To Rediscover The Christian Nation.
by Wren Walker (Repost - from '98)
It has all the trappings of an epic voyage of discovery. Just as the European monarchs once commissioned potential adventurers to seek out the New World in order to expand their patron's influence and power, so a new breed of explorer is now setting its compass-heading on America.
Carrying their charts and the latest poll results, these modern explorers are looking for a fabled and lost land. Spoken of in folklore and legend, it is said to be a country where everyone was always happy, the traditional family was the cornerstone of its society and all the inhabitants worshipped the same god.
Unfortunately for our earnest modern explorers, they-like Columbus-are completely off course.
Seeking The "Christian Nation": Although the Spanish and the French early on explored the fringes of the New World, established trade with the local inhabitants-who were not always happy to be so "discovered"- and set up posts along major rivers and into Canada, the search for the Christian Nation for our new explorers usually begins with their interpretations of the mythic legends of the Puritans, the Pilgrims and that magickal number-1620... [Full Article]
| The Needfire: One Group's Journey For Change |
by Shelly O'Brien
When my Clergy partner and I heard about the Needfire we knew that we were in, that we needed to do this ritual. We worked the Needfire Ritual into our Full Moon schedule. We had already scheduled the Full Moon Ritual for 10:30 PM so that we would be beginning our Rite during the totality of the lunar eclipse. We had decided that there was no better time to hold our Ritual than during all three faces of The Mother.
At the beginning of the week preceding the Needfire, I began to collect the wood needed to complete the Needfire Ritual. I know where almost every kind of tree and plant grows around the area in which we live and this was a serious spiritual search for me. The second day of gathering I called Heidi, my Clergy partner, and told her that we were missing love, understanding and healing for the Needfire... [Full Article]
Dancing With the Broken Heart of Gaia: Embodied Bliss
by Kiva Rose
"Bliss is not 'found' but revealed. Acknowledged. Allowed. Engaged. Embodied."
- Jesse Wolf Hardin
I watch my four-year-old daughter as she crouches naked up to her shoulders in the San Francisco River. Her head is dipped down as she drinks the cold water in quiet gulps while her hair falls in wet ropes around her face. She is effortlessly comfortable and completely aware, surrounded on all sides by the rich riparian green and raw red cliffs of the Gila Wildlands. A single vivid blue damselfly rests tentatively on one small brown shoulder. Rhiannon stops drinking to motionlessly watch her visitor with intent eyes and a huge grin. She waits until the damselfly takes flight on its own before she whirls in wild circles, growling and howling in wordless delight... [Full Article]
Second Degree Initiates Announced
November 20th., 2004
by Rev. Jeva Singh-Anand
SIOUX CITY, IA --- A year and a day's worth of intense magickal study and a two-day initiatory ordeal earned five Siouxland Wiccans promotions to the Second Degree of Priesthood in Siouxland First Wiccan Congregation. The women, who have held their first degrees for periods of time ranging from one to two years, now have the right to the title of "Reverend" in the Iowa nonprofit corporation.
According to SWFC bylaws, Reverends Daphnea, JoEllen McCord, Jacki Saeemodarae, Marie Yeska, and Betsy Singh-Anand, are now authorized to teach Second Degree classes, develop the curriculum, and preside over most religious ceremonies. Perhaps most importantly, they are now authorized by the church to perform handfastings.... [Full Notice]
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