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Witch Way, Volume #1 Issue #1 -- Our inaugural issue!
June 13, 2008
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Witch Way!
Since this is the first edition, I’ve had to figure out just what I want to put into these newsletters. This is where you come in…all 7 of you. :)
I intend to have my regular monthly column here, Ken’s Korner. I figured that it was appropriate for me to have a corner in my ritual circle (that’s just how I am) where I can inform everyone about what’s happening with the site. Here is where I will have news about new articles that have, or are about to go online, as well as new sections that I am planning.
The website is a work in progress. I can guarantee that there will be new features appearing soon. In fact, I have just added an article on Tarot, in the Divination section, and a new article on Invoking the Gods, in the Learning Witchcraft Section.
Now for the part where you, the Witch Way reader comes in. I want to know what you would like to see here. What is it that interests you? Since CyberWitchcraft.com is for you, I think it only correct that I get your feedback on what goes into it. I have many thoughts and ideas for what I want to do, but that doesn’t do me any good, if it’s not what the people want to read. So, if you have ideas on articles for Witch Way, or the website in general, send me comments and let me know.
I am planning to have a recurring section in Witch Way, called Time of The Season. The first installment you’ll see below. These will be articles about the Sabbats that are approaching throughout the year. Each Time of The Season will appear in the newsletter before the actual holiday, and will contain information about that particular holiday. If you have information that you’d like to include in the column, send it to me. It gets really boring to see the same information reprinted year after year, and I’d like your help to keep it fresh.
The Launch Party
If you are around the Denver area, we are planning to have a launch party for the website in July, at The Witches Brew (4900 W 46th Ave. in Denver). This is nothing more than an excuse to get a bunch of Witches together, and have a good time, as well as to get the word out about CyberWitchcraft.com. So come on down and join us. If you happen to have a laptop computer, bring it. The shop has free WiFi, and it would be good to have several computers for people to use to surf the website.
Expect an email with details as to date and time, when I have them.
Time of The SeasonHurray for Summer! After a long winter here in Colorado, it’s good to have some warmth. Of course, by this time, there are many people complaining about the heat, and looking back with rose-colored glasses at the snows of Winter.
While the calendar says that it’s the beginning of Summer, (at least in the Northern hemisphere) those of us who are attuned to the seasons know that Summer has been around for a while now. In fact, it’s Midsummer, or Litha. This is one of two holidays that do not have anything to do with fertility or harvest. Litha and Yule, are about endings and beginnings.
At this time of year, the sun is at its zenith. It’s the longest day of the year, and the shortest night. If you’re in the Southern hemisphere, it’s actually Yule. In either case, the Oak King, and the Holly King, are having their biannual tug-of-war with each other. This is a contest that is traditionally created by Witches at this time of year, where two large men pull against each other using a rope.
The Holly King, in his heavy robes and crown of Holly, strains against his twin who wears light summer robes and a crown of Oak. They are fighting for dominance of the season. Will the Holly King win, and bring back the snows of Winter, or will his brother succeed in bringing the bounty of Summer?
Of course we all know who will win this battle. They will both win. The Holly King wins in the southern hemisphere, while his brother wins in the North. At least for now.
With the abundance that comes with Summer, this is the time to feast on fruits and vegetables from the garden. If you plan to celebrate with a Barbecue, be sure to add plenty of herbs to the meats. Any plant that can be eaten, is appropriate for this midsummer feast.
This is an ideal time to reaffirm your vows to the God and Goddess, or your dedication to following the Old Ways.
Life is circular, and so are the seasons. Remember that while this is the height if Summer, it means that the days will become shorter from this point forward. If you are in the Southern hemisphere, rejoice! Winter is now waning.
If you know of traditions or have information about any of the holidays that you’d like to share, go to the Contact Page and let me know what they are, so I can include them in future installments of Time of The Season.
Wisdom in Balance
We’re all constantly subject to the Natural Law of Balance. If we tip one way or swing another, in any fashion, Nature does everything in Her power to restore balance. Sometimes the results can set one’s world a-spin’, particularly when we resist the Law. It should be said, that Nature’s Laws are quite different than those transient synthetic piffling things we organize our lives with. Nature’s Laws are inexorable. They don’t change. We change our perceptions of them.
They’re Laws like physics, which we often think we understand, only to discover we were deluded in our assumptions. Most Natural Laws are beyond our conscious ken. However, our unconscious seems to know them even if it does continuously test them. The Natural Laws of Balance play in our every moment, and we dance them, sometimes with seeming grace and most often, awkwardly.
Those Natural Laws are apparent in the most innocuous instances. There’s that one that insists we have balance between pride and humility. If we’re un-proud of our achievements or appearance, too much, Nature finds a way to jack-up our egos and make us express pride until we believe it. By the same token, when we lack humility, Natural Law slaps us down, embarrassingly. Worse yet, it’s hard to tell which is actually occurring until it’s all retrospect.
Dealing with the Natural Laws of Balance puts us on a teeter-totter, or hanging on the end of the pendulum string, if you will. We sway back and forth all the days of our lives, and probably beyond. In our most private selves, the balance is precarious at best. We wage an internal war on it, or because of it. Sometimes we feel we’re just all right, and others, we feel sure it’s all very wrong. The more extreme we get in our judgment, the more wildly that rocking and swaying doth occur. We must take heart, though. Nature is even handed and fair. Everything in Nature is subject to the same Laws of Balance.
As with “most-private-of-selves” so with all things else. If we, as a species, resist the balance, the same thing happens as it does within each of us. This process can wreak havoc on our world’s life. It’s what makes human-caused disasters of the obvious kind, and what makes more subtle disasters of culture. It’s also what makes the life of our species continually evolve, both physiologically, and socially.
We resist it, yes, both balance and being out of balance. We’re part of Nature, and that same heavy hand that forces reaction, that same light touch that soothes those troubled waters. We’re not separate and subject to Nature’s Laws. We’re intrinsically interwoven with all other aspects of it. If we strive to comprehend all we can, continuously, we gain perception. With greater perception we create the tools of response. Maybe we might still spin and wildly sway, but it’ll probably make the ride more fun.
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