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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

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A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...


Coping with Grief

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Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings

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Some Things Change Some Things Don't!

Author: Wren
Posted: April 17th. 2000
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Changing Seasons... Spring! We here in the Northern Hemisphere are feeling the change of the season in our bones and in our spirits. Even in the chilly places where the weather just doesn't seem to want to cooperate as yet, the stubborn little crocuses are pushing their purple and yellow heads up in defiance. "It's time," they seem to say, "It's time for Spring to begin. Ready or not, here we come!"

Dio is ready. This week she ruminates on her first Spring at her new home in North Carolina...

During The Moon of Spraying Apples, "I went outside tonight. After a pleasantly tiring day of planting raspberries and Shasta daisies, I went out onto the front porch of my North Carolina mountain home, and looked to the southwest.. Behind the barely-leafed trees the crescent Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all shone within a circle I could embrace..."

Are you looking for answers to your questions about the environment and ways to get involved in healing Mother Earth? This list of resources and reviews will give you a place to start. They were sent to us by a number of different people, and we at The Witches' Voice thank all of you for taking the time to write in and share your knowledge.

This list is by no means complete. If you have a resource you would like to see added to the list, please email Diotima and include a short review of the resource and we will add it to The Witches' Voice List of Resources for the Environment.

The strongest magick is that which is followed by action in the world. Whether you commit to increasing your personal recycling efforts, send a check to an environmental organization, or become an environmental activist in your community, we urge you to ground the magick you do to heal the Earth this Earth Day by following it up with action. Then let us know about your efforts so we can keep the WitchVox community informed!

Witchvox Is Always Changing, Too

And last week, we had a great deal of fun talking about these changes with Aleksei-Ra of Moonfire Coven. Check out the TWV interview for the Moonfire Coven Weekly Newsletter.

Wren's Nest Goes 4.0: This week we launch the latest incarnation of Wren's Nest News. The new version offers faster searching (relative to internet traffic), reformated detail on the news clips and a way for us to battle those pesky Micro$oft word "gremlins" as Wren is posting the news. Give Wren's Nest 4.0 a ride and tell us what you think.

Some People Really Want A Change

The protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund taking place this weekend in Washington, D.C. were telecast live on C-Span today. Environmental, religious, political, labor and student groups rallied to speak out against systems that continue to embrace the philosophy of 'profit over people.' (If you aren't sure what this is all about, you can check out some of the background information in The Washington Post.)

Even if you are not spiritually/politically in tune with the ideology of these protests, there is a historical precedence that pagans may want to file in the back of their consciousness: whenever the conquistador, the explorer or the entrepreneurial company went into new lands, the evangelical religious messengers of the dominant religion always followed closely upon their heels. Whether it was in North or South America, the Hawaiian or Pacific Islands, Australia or New Zealand, the indigenous religions were swept aside and virtually eliminated as business ventures and religious fervor claimed the land and the native people as their rightful prize.

And Some People Really Don't!

History is still being made today- and much in the same old way - as the extreme religious factions and their political allies turn their sights on Third World countries and support the companies and industries that can help pave their own evangelical road in. In fact, for the last two decades the language of business, politics and religion has increasingly become intertwined. While Jesus is noted as the giver of some excellent advice in the rendering "unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto god what is god's", it is very difficult to tell these days whether it is indeed Caesar who is speaking for god or god who is speaking for Caesar.

Caesar/God spoke yet again last week in the House of Representatives in the form of a 'charitable choice' amendment to a housing bill. H.R. 1776 (irony noted) included an amendment offered by Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana which allows religious institutions to compete on the same level as other nonprofit organizations for federal funds.

Reps. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, and Barney Frank, D-Mass., rose to question the constitutionality of Souder's charitable-choice provision.

Edwards asked Souder whether Wiccans could be eligible for charitable-choice funds.

Souder, seemingly looking past November's presidential election results, said, "It is unlikely under President Bush that the witches would get funding." (To read the entire text of the debate, you can go to Thomas Legislative Directory and search for H.B. 1776, Amendment 11. Included in the report is a list of very valuable religious freedom legal citations which should be in every pagan's reference file.)

Closing Thought... Perhaps we should send some stubborn little crocuses up to all of the folks on Capitol Hill. As a reminder to them from the pagans of this country of the power in nature and the inevitability of change, the enclosed note could simply read, "It's time. It's time for a change to begin. Ready or not, here we come!"

'Til next week.

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - April 17th.

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