(Dragon Painting By APA member; Dara Luz, contact her for sales info: DaraLuz@yahoo.com)
In January, Paula and Ginger attended the North Carolina Pagan Leadership conference, on behalf of the Appalachian Pagan Alliance and Pagan Unity Campaign. They participated in the focus groups, which planned out what and how the Pagan community should accomplish as a community in the coming year. Various targeted mission groups were formed, and Paula was named the coordinator of her group, the 'Politics' group, as she is on the National Advisory board for Pagan unity Campaign. Ginger was in the Public Relations/Media work group, and was also appointed to be the coordinator of her group. As such she agreed to host a local PR/Media relations workshop in the mountain area of the state which is planned for the next APA meeting on Feb. 13th. A State wide workshop may be planned for the 2003 NC Pagan Leadership conference, and Ginger plans to also compile a state wide media/public contact list of willing speakers, for media work, education, court testifying, and such.
FROM OUR BOOK OF SHADOWS:
Lord of the Dance song Lyrics, (traditional with many Bard's input)
She danced on the water, and the wind was Her horn The Lady laughed, and everything was born And when She lit the sun and its' light gave Him birth The Lord of the Dance first appeared on the Earth
(Chorus): Dance, dance, wherever you may be I am the Lord of the Dance, you see! I live in you, and you live in me and I lead you all in the Dance, said He!
I danced in the morning when the World was begun I danced in the Moon and the Stars and the Sun I was called from the Darkness by the Song of the Earth I joined in the Song, and She gave Me the Birth! I dance in the Circle when the flames leap up high I dance in the Fire, and I never, ever, die I dance in the waves of the bright summer sea For I am the Lord of the wave's mystery I sleep in the kernel, and I dance in the rain I dance in the wind, and through the waving grain And when you cut me down, I care nothing for the pain; In the Spring I'm the Lord of the Dance once again!
I dance at the Sabbat when you dance out the Spell I dance and sing that everyone be well And when the dancing's over do not think that I am gone To live is to Dance! So I dance on, and on! I see the Maidens laughing as they dance in the Sun And I count the fruits of the Harvest, one by one I know the Storm is coming, but the Grain is all stored So I sing of the Dance of the Lady, and Her Lord:
The Horn of the Lady cast its' sound 'cross the Plain The birds took the notes, and gave them back again Till the sound of Her music was a Song in the sky And to that Song there is only one reply: The moon in her phases, and the tides of the sea The movement of the Earth, and the Seasons that will be Are the rhythm for the dancing, and a promise through the years That the Dance goes on through all our joy, and tears We dance ever slower as the leaves fall and spin And the sound of the Horn is the wailing of the wind The Earth is wrapped in stillness, and we move in a trance, But we hold on fast to our faith in the Dance!
The sun is in the southland and the days grow chill And the sound of the horn is fading on the hill 'Tis the horn of the Hunter, as he rides across the plain And the Lady sleeps 'til the Spring comes again The Sun is in the Southland and the days lengthen fast And soon we will sing for the Winter that is past Now we light the candles and rejoice as they burn And we dance the Dance of the Sun's return!
They danced in the darkness and they danced in the night they danced on the Earth, and everything was light they danced out the Darkness and they danced in the Dawn and the Day of that Dancing is still going on!
I gaze on the Heavens and I gaze on the Earth And I feel the pain of dying, and re-birth And I lift my head in gladness, and in praise For the Dance of the Lord, and His Lady gay I dance in the stars as they whirl throughout space And I dance in the pulse of the veins in your face No dance is too great, no dance is too small, You can look anywhere, for I dance in them all!
MERRY MEET THE GODS-section-M
Mars- Roman God of War
Mary- the Christians Mother Goddess, though they of course deny her divinity. She often appeared to children particularly even before 'her' lifetime, all over the world, and has since then been recognized as "our Lady of Lourdes, Fatima, Guadeloupe, etc. etc.
Metis- Greek Goddess of Wisdom
Min- Egyptian Fertility God
Morrigan- Celtic Goddess of war, fairies, magic, and fertility
Malakbel- Arabian God of farming, and gathering wild food.
Mahuikez- Polynesian Earthquake and fire God
Mamlambo- African Goddess of river and beermakers.
Maia- Greek/Roman Earth Goddess
Matlalcueye- Aztec Goddess of fertility
Matsya- Hindu Fish God who saves mankind after the great flood, an avatar of Vishnu
Mercurius/Mercury- Roman God of Messengers
Marduk- Babylonian Creator God