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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

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

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

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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Living In A Banana Republic

Author: Wren
Posted: November 13th. 2000
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Greetings everyone!

Fait Accompli. We here at TWV have now done our sworn journalistic duty. Even though it is only inserted into a fragment rather than a grammatically correct full sentence, we think this effort adequately allows us to punch in the hole labeled, "Used the term 'banana republic' in at least one sentence this week". After making sure that the number did in fact line up with the hole- and barring any call for a recount- we feel quite confident that we have exercised our right to vote in "The-Word-or-Phrase-That-We-Hope-Never-To-Hear-Again" election. At last count, the word 'expedient' was running a close second. It's gonna be a "squeaker".

Living under the gaze of the world here in Florida while the election results are suspended in a not-all-that-surprising gridlock is very interesting. For some reason, we now feel the need to lower our blinds at night. Creepy. But since we are Pagans, we are also sensitive to the energies BEHIND the physical scrutiny. Creepier still. After doing a one-card spread using the William Blake deck over at Facade ("In the creative process: A time for "blind" absorption of data, for intense focus on research and documentation of the creative project being initiated.") and consulting the Magic 8-Ball ('The Magic 8-Ball is not amused. Ask again.'), it has become obvious that we as Floridians should take some responsibility for our own psychic well-being and therefore deflect some of those misguided thought-forms wandering across our border with the facts:
  • Florida is NOT a 'hotbed'. The temperature here last night was about 55 degrees. Not really all that 'hot'. We almost had to use a blanket.

  • Floridians DO know how to vote. It is just with five 24 hour-a-day Christian broadcasting channels down here, a few folks got confused when the name 'Satan' did not actually appear on any of the ballots.

  • Florida is at the 'epicenter.' There are no fault lines near Florida. We don't have earthquakes; we have hurricanes. Hurricanes happen when lots of hot air blow across our state.

  • And finally, "Chads" are those little paper bits left over after a voter punches the ballot for the candidate of his/her choice. There have been NO widespread incidents of men named 'Chad' being punched more than once. (This may change depending on how long the recounts take.)

While we DO take politics seriously-and this IS a momentous event in our nations; history-there comes a time when the minutia takes over and the 'big picture' loses its focus. As both party hitmen (and women) nit-pick, spin and cast aspersions on the other party's motives, it is often helpful to step back a bit and take a deep breath. Between seemingly opposing forces is a 'third thing' that Pagans and other magickal practitioners can sense.

Duality, as represented by the two firm pillars in politics and the doctrines of a predominately Christian society, creates a space in between, an archway, an opening, a portal, and a door. In magickal workings, when such a space is created, a new energy source may then be invited to enter. This deadlock of the old systems may actually turn out to be the womb that allows a 'third thing" to be born into the world's spiritual realm. Think about that the next time that you as a Pagan find yourself feeling frustrated that neither side can close that opening and collapse their chosen quantum probability. The Universe may have other ideas...and birth pains are the natural clue that point to the fact that 'something wonderful is about to happen'.

The shortcomings, indeed the very fallacy, of believing in systems (both political and spiritual) based upon the Western ideals of absolutes as expressed through the concept of duality-light vs. dark, good vs. evil-have been exposed in this election. Most Americans chose a candidate this term not because they themselves believed in the absolute of either platform, but as 'the lesser of two evils'. Did those who supported third party candidates get it right? Well, yes and no. Perhaps some of them did see this 'opening' between the pillars clearly and invoked a new political energy. Many others, we think, simply rejected duality as a system altogether. It is no huge surprise to find Pagans (no matter which way they ultimately voted) were very much interested in those 'third things'.

The old Pagan religions were based upon concepts that came not from Western thought, as we now know it, but from the East. Harmony with the spiritual forces in Nature- an understanding that Light is not the absolute Good just as Dark is not the absolute Evil-is the underlying theme of ancient Eastern religious thought. The snake is not evil because it eats the mouse; the man is not evil if he steals bread to feed his starving child. Neither is the Sun always good when it burns the crops nor the Moon bad because narcissistic humans stub their toes in the dim light. The light of day transitions into the darkness of night and back again into the dawn. Somewhere in all of these things lies the truth of a 'third thing'. And as Pagans, we understand this in ways that the Western-trained people do not.

What we shall do with this knowledge remains our challenge. What we could do with this knowledge is beyond the limitations of duality. Pagans may hold the 'swing vote' that will determine the future of our world. And maybe-at this very peculiar and precarious point in history- that is why we are here.

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