APA's NOV 2004 newsletter

Ginger Strivelli-Editress

Well Clearly the biggest ‘event’ of this month was the 
US Presidential Election. So here are some quotes from the 
PA’s yahoogroups chat list for the post-election week.

“...interesting, but I'd not heard Todd gloat either....where 
are all you GOP Pagans??? Off shooting abortion docs and gay 
people who are trying to get married or are you cutting taxes for 
all the rich people and cutting deals with the Saudi Prince and 
OPEC or are ya kicking kids out of after school programs, denying 
a fair minimum wage and healthcare to the working class and 
taking welfare checks from the poor??? 

Seriously....gloat away..if y'all want...but I have to say is 
Hillary will mop the floor with the GOP....(particularly after 
4 more years of war, and unemployment and depression and poverty, 
and lack of healthcare and lack of jobs and lack of funding 
for education and lack of social programs, and all)....UNLESS the 
GOP gets real smart and runs Condi Rice against Hillary to 
'steal' the Women vote and the Black vote...but alas they'd 
alienate their sexist/racist base if they did that so I think 
they'll chicken out and run another conservative rich middle 
aged Christian white man...and Hillary will win even with the 
diebolt machines that turned the 2% lead for Bush in NC exit 
polls into a 12% lead for Bush in the NC vote count. 
Now, y'all GOP Pagans can gloat...go ahead...we are listening, we 
are stuck here in the quagmire for 4 years... (LOL, one of the 
other volunteers at HQ Tuesday was telling us she got so mad 
when Nixon won she moved to Europe the day, I said we could all do that If Bush won... But then
IF we were rich enough for such a trip.....we'd likely be over helping at the GOP HQ. hee hee

“Me Gloat?? nah...what fun would that be....on the election
 thing...Yes I am glad Bush is in again. As far as Condi goes I 
would love to see her in office, maybe DC will resign and she 
can finish the last 2 years as Bush's VP. 
...Sooo Now we have Four more years. I just hope that now the 
war can be kicked up a notch. But unfortunately we still have 
to deal with the UN. With all the information about the 
shady dealings with in it I still can not understand why the 
media isn't making a bigger deal of it. I mean if the US did what 
the UN did our own media would lay us out to the sharks. Some how 
I think they are looking at Annan, as a modern day Gotti. 
And so the world turns 

Then we got the ‘my first thoughts after the election’ by 
Michel Moore (listing US Soldiers Killed in Iraq) email forwarded 
to us from Marcia, and Diotima forwarded us his next day’s email 
‘17 reasons not to slit your wrists by Michel Moore.’ 

Then Moss forwarded us a WONDERFUL little prayer penned by 
some unknown gifted satirist I am including below in spite of 
being unable to track down the author to credit.
Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.
He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.
He restoreth my fears.
He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war,
I will find no exit, for thou art in office.
Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.
Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.
My health insurance runneth out.
Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the days of thy term, 
And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.

Then we pretty much dropped the depressing subject and moved on 
to one of the APA’s infamous heated debates....and then on to 
the all-too-usual “oops I forgot’ type APA chat night reports. 
And Alas that was November 2004.

From our Book Of Shadows Section;
Magic Written by Lady Liberty Herself. Giving to right to vote 
to all races, both sexes, the poor, and the youth.

Voting Rights Guaranteed by the 
Constitution of the United States of America;
Amendment XV - Race no bar to vote. 
Ratified 2/3/1870.
1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not 
be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on 
account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.......

Amendment XIX - Women's suffrage. 
Ratified 8/18/1920. 
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not 
be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on 
account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by 
appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXIV - Poll tax barred. 
Ratified 1/23/1964. 
1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any 
primary or other election for President or Vice President, 
for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator 
or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged 
by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay 
any poll tax or other tax.
2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article 
by appropriate legislation......

Amendment XXVI - Voting age set to 18 years. 
Ratified 7/1/1971. 
1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen 
years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by 
the United States or by any State on account of age.
2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article 
by appropriate legislation


Another entry from Our Book Of shadows, 
a Wonderful holiday ritual penned by 
our Editress Ginger Strivelli;

Diwali is the Hindu New Year. Lamps are lit to symbolize the 
divine light dispelling the darkness. The holiday honors 
and celebrates the defeat of the demon Ravana by the 
Preserver God, Vishnu, in his avatar of Rama. The Holiday 
also remmebers Vishnu's Marriage to Lakshmi. Diwali is 
Nov 12th.

Detail of a MAGICAL Painting By Vishnu Das 
prints can be ordered online 
at www.krishnaland.com 

The Diwali Puja Ritual

You will need;
Idols (statues or artwork depicting Vishnu, Lakshmi, 
and Ganesha)
Flowers, fruits, bread, sweets, meat, spices, milk, 
curds, butter, sugar, and honey
Rose Quartz charm

First clean the Puja room (a general sweeping with a magical 
broom will do...you can smudge, or sprinkle a salt circle if 
you like as well) and then Clense each Deity idol. (Either 
statues or artwork of Vishnu, Lakshmi & Ganesha) first with 
water, then with rose water, followed by water once more.
Make a 'Panchamitra ' by mixing milk, curds (such as 
cottage cheese), ghee (clarified butter), sugar & 
Place this Panchamitra mixture in a bowl before the 
Gods' idols. 
Then decorate the altar with flowers and lit lamp around 
the idols of the Gods (oil lamps rather than candles for 
this rite, please.) 

Now make offerings of fruit, candy, meat, 
spices and gold or silver coins. (It is VERY important that 
this food be donated to the poor or thrown out to be 'donated 
to the wild animals' and that the money be donated to the poor.)
Now pray to the Gods asking for their blessings. 

Vishnu and Lakshmi are the 'divine couple' and rule over matters 
of love, marriage, family, beauty, art, good fortune, prosperity 
and luck. Ganesha is the 'remover of obstacles,' the God of 
good luck and is always honored before any other Gods in such 
Puja rites. I suggest a charm be made during this part of the 
rite, and charged with a prayer. You can of course write 
one appropriate for you and your needs, 
but a good one (unfortunately) all of us can use from time to time 
is a 'healing of a broken heart' charm I composed. 
It is as follows: 

"Invoking Vishnu and Lakshmi, I charge this charm of Rose Quartz, 
to bring love energy to me, and heal my heart of past hurts."


Sacred Sites Section:
"There is a solitude which each and every one of us has 
always carried within. More inaccessible than the ice cold 
mountains, more profound than the midnight sea: the solitude 
of self."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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