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Weekly Update: 12/13/2004

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: December 13th. 2004
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Secrecy as Power / Proclamation as Power
by Eric Fritter Riley

The Hermetic Quaternary is a set of four precepts that are necessary to create magic: To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Keep Silent. In their original context these refer to the creation of a magical working, both inside and outside the magus. However, I believe that these four precepts also correspond to the journey of awakening, of self- realization, that we experience as queer people. But our journey goes beyond to add a fifth element, To Break Silence. Not everyone will go through all of these phases in the exact order I present here, but I believe we will all recognize aspects of our self-realization process and our emotional growth in these five facets.

To Know:

In the context of Alchemy, To Know is a matter of knowing chemical correspondences, mixtures and solvents, how nature works, and how it can be transformed from one state to another. This implies a deep understanding of the elements that you are working with... [Full Article]

Obit: Lady Serenity de Namaste
by Nels

Lady Serenity, of Madison and in retirement Monroe, Wisconsin passed to Summerland Dec. 8, 2004, at the age of 64. Born in Manitowoc, she married in 1966 and moved to Madison to raise a family of five children. She returned to college in Madison and later earned her master's degree in education. She taught special education and at risk students before retiring in 2000.

Serenity had a passion for many social issues and worked with womens' victim causes. Trained in family tradition Wicca, she worked with many covens, and was a respected leader and mentor. She freely offered training and support to all serious seekers... [Full Eulogy]
by Kerr Cuhulain is the creation of Purity Solutions, based in North York, Ontario. They provide a Christian names directory for parents naming children, free Christian webmaster resources and tools, comprehensive online Bible study courses and a collection of Bible stories for children. They also disseminate misinformation about witchcraft.

This misinformation can be found on the "Wicca & Witchcraft" page of the site. [1] The intent of this page can be summarized from a statement found there: "By the logical standards of consistency and liveability, Wicca falls short on several major issues, particularly in ethics and morality."[2] Of course the "logical standards" are those presented by the fundamentalist Christian creators of this web site.

"Wicca and Witchcraft" commences with a series of titles linking the reader to the site, including... [Full Article]

You Call it Christmas, We Call it Yule
by Peg Aloi

Try though we might, it is not easy to escape the influence of Christmas in this country. It is easy to become jaded and cynical about it, wondering why it is not the magical time we all experienced as children, wondering how it ever got so commercial. For modern pagans who may still observe the holiday because their families do, it is a confusing time of year; how to celebrate this as a seasonal festival when so many of our associations with this holiday have to do with gifts, food and merrymaking?

Even for those who celebrate this day as the birth of Christ, it must be difficult to stay focused on that significance, with the tinsel and shopping and office parties and the newest toys for kids clouding their vision. I for one find that cynicism abounds at this time of year, and that many adults dread the "holidays" because of family issues and stresses that seem to become more pronounced. The emphasis... [Full Article]

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Avalon Within: Inner Sovereignty and Personal Transformation Through the Avalonian Mysteries Views: 63,235

Author: Jhenah Telyndru

Category: Celtic Paganism / Women's Mysteries   Level: All

Throughout the ages, the loom of Celtic Lore and Arthurian Legend has woven a subtle tapestry of symbol and allegory around the Priestess Path found at the heart of the enigmatic Island of Avalon. Drawing upon the vibrant powers of Glastonbury's Sacred Landscape and the rich heritage of Celtic British mythology, "Avalon Within: Inner Sovereignty and Personal Transformation Through the Avalonian Mysteries" parts the mists of distant memory to reveal a practical foundation in the Avalonian Tradition.

"Avalon Within" provides potent tools for growth and personal revelation to women who quest for the Holy Isle, offering guidance in using the journeying techniques of Imramma to enter the Sacred Landscape and connect with the archetypal realms of Avalon. "Avalon Within" presents accessible instruction for developing legendar ... [Full Book Profile]   [Author's Website]  

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The holidays of Witches occur on what we refer to as the Wheel of the Year. This terminology illustrates the innate belief that earth religions hold that time is circular, not linear. Through the holidays of the year we celebrate the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, apparent in nature as well as human life. Consequently, through the celebration of the Wheel of the Year we are linked to the ever changing cycle of life, death, and rebirth. It is through the celebration and connection of these holidays we are allowed to experience and thus understand the eternal process.

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