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Witchvox Weekly Update for 10/31/1997

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 31st. 1997
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Thank YOU ALL for an Incredibly Magical Year


 

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
(Photo taken at CMA in Texas)
What a Year! As the year of the Witch comes to a close its time to reflect and give thanks to the year gone by. On February 2nd 1997, the Witches' Voice made its debut on the Web and what a year it has been. The Witches' Voice has had its pages accessed over 780, 529 times (based on server logs), over 4,000 Witches, Wiccans and pagans have been added to our email list and/or Witches' of the World pages, over 4,000 "Quest for Unity" surveys have been submitted and we have processed close to 20,000 pcs of email. At least 2 dozen cases of child custody have been decided this year NOT on the fact that one of the parents is a Witch. We have mailed information to and communicated with hundreds of schools, city officials and various organizations. The general public is starting to "buy a clue" and its actually becoming "hip" to know what Wiccans really are. We have worked very hard to bring you the latest news related to the modern Witch/Pagan community and will continue to do so.
Our Precious Sponsors! The reason that we exist today is only due to the 200 plus Witches' that have showed their support by becoming sponsors of the Witches' Voice. Our future is totally dependent on donations. For more info on how you can become an official Sponsor of the Witches' Voice click HERE. May our sponsors be thrice blessed by the great ones for the generosity and giving nature and do know that Wren and I could never THANK YOU enough. We know that your donations are indeed "Hard Earned Money" and we can only hope that we have lived up to our end of the bargain.

The Pagan Web has grown to over 1,000 sites and many sites are a work of magic in themselves. We are ALL growing up together on the Pagan Web and TWV would need to render pages and pages just to thank the thousands of Witches that have effected positive change in the public's perception of the modern Witch. The Witches' Voice is merely one tiny piece of this wonderful network. We are honored to share the Pagan Net with so many fine people.

What about next year? The White Board here at the Witches' Voice is packed with projects and ideas, we will get to as many items as time will allow. We plan on spending the month of November analyzing the results of the 5 Unity surveys and will post our findings before Yule. Much technical R&D has been going on the background during the past couple of months and we plan to have one of the smoothest search engines on the Internet in place by Yule. We plan on offering full editing capabilities (by the user) for Witch listings, Events and Websites in the near future. The Freedom Fires CD Project will happen next year (if sponsorship allows). We also plan to create a stable of monthly columns by various authors. We have many many surprises in store and will always be the first to celebrate the efforts of the Pagan Web Sites that are truly "correct and for the good of all".


Blessed Be & Happy Samhain!


Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Samhain Week, 1997 c.e.



WVOX... A Quest for Unity
Final Week for Filling out the Surveys...
We'd like to the thank the 4,000 plus Witches, Wiccans and Pagans that took the time to share their thoughts and opinions with the community via our 5 surveys... We will keep them up until Nov. 6th then pull them from the web. Wren and I will spend the better part of November analyzing the data and will post the results as they are compiled. Again thank you all for your help with this "Quest for Unity" Campaign here at the Witches' Voice. Our 5 surveys are as follows...


Introducing Wren's Nest... Merry Meet! My name is Wren Walker and I am the current Chairperson for The Witches' Voice. I spend a great deal of time researching current news events that may be of interest or concern to Witches, Wiccans and Pagans. This page will be a quick and convenient way for TWV to keep you updated on the latest news, commentaries and ideas that may affect our communities.

  The Wren's Nest will regularly post updates on discrimination cases, legislative alerts, calls for action and general comments about Pagan issues around the world. So book mark this page and stop by often for all the latest news and information from The Witches' Voice. If you find a news article of interest or are aware of an issue that may affect the Pagan community, please send it to: Wren The Wren's Nest is Updated daily!


ALSO new this week...

Tons of updates and changes... New pages not specifically featured on this page include What is Magick by Wren, a wonderful Samhain Ritual for Teens by Roland WordStone and a powerful editorial about Judge Moore "We Will Not Be Moved" by Stephen J. McManus.

Givers, Takers and the Pagan Web
Part II - "Look and Feel" & The Looters...

In this version of my randomly penned "Notes from the WebMaster" I would like to address two issues of grave concern; Presenting someone else's work as your own (the lameness of subtractive webweaving) and Bandwidth Stealing. Theft is never a pretty sight, but from our own "brothers and sisters" of the Craft? "So NOT it be".

A must read... Creativity and the Pagan Web a Guest Rant by Jorah.



WebNotes
Samhain '97



Video
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WITCH CITY - NOW on Video
Is Salem, Massachusetts a spiritual Mecca for modern Witches? Or a commercialized circus meant to turn a profit at any cost? You decide, after viewing this documentary video made by Salem native Joe Cultrera.

IF you plan to be in Salem this Samhain, check out the screening of Witch City until November 1st. Go to our Massachusetts Page for details on this MUST SEE film and all of the circles and events that will be taking place in the city of commercial Witchcraft.

Update on Rev. J.D. Stevens: (10/29/97): We have just been informed that one of our community's most respected Witches, Rev. James D. Stevens of Kansas city, Mo. is in COMING BACK STRONG AND REMEMBERING MUCH. We are thrilled to hear this !!!! We will keep you informed at this end as more information develops. We project for the best... We love you J.D.



Supreme Medicine Man... Slow Turtle: - Passes on John Peters, supreme medicine man of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe and the first and only executive director of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, died at the age of 67. Check out our Pagan Passages Page for more details

Thank YOU Texas: Wren and I just got back last week from an incredible trip to Texas. The land was amazing and the people were full of awesome love and light. The big thrill was to finally meet so many Witches that we have grown to love and respect over the Internet for the last 18 months. You just can't beat that eye contact. And the music was incredible, on Friday night we got to soak in the spiritual depth and beauty of Lisa Thiel and then on Saturday, the unique melodic rock of Velvet Hammer (sans drummer for this gig but they still ruled!). Three woman that can ALL sing with incredible phrasing and soul. Thank You Texas Pagan Awareness Online for making this all possible. We will be indebted to Lhiannon and Jeannette for many moons to come.

The Haunted History of Halloween on The History Channel: On October 31, when pint-sized ghouls and goblins "trick or treat", they're upholding an ancient northern European ritual dating back thousands of years. From the Celtic festival of Samhain, to the mumming tradition, to the Christian feast day All Hallows' Eve, we find out why this night is the scariest of the year! [TV G] ... This program features clips from the 1997 CWPN Samhain Circle. (Air Times: Sun, Oct 26, 8pm, Mon, Oct 27, midnight, Fri, Oct 31, 9pm Sat, Nov 01, 1am

The Ethics of the Witches' Voice... or how we do business. The Witches' Voice is a people oriented organization dedicated to fostering deeper understanding and cooperation amongst both the members of the Pagan community and society as a whole. Do we have ethical standards? Always have and always will. Click HERE for details

New Pages this month: The Witches' Voice Inc. is proud to kick off our Samhain Media/Awareness campaign for 1997. This "Annual Opportunity" to educate the world on modern day Witchcraft is something that we must REALLY be ready for. The Press does seek out "Real Witches" this time of year and what and how you communicate to them can dramatically effect the accuracy of what we really do. Many of you are "pros" at talking to the media. Many others have never had the experience. The Samhain campaign is starting to quickly take shape with 4 powerful reference pages by Wren, Peg and Jane. Click HERE for more details

Tons of new stuff and enhancements throughout the entire site. Wren has added some critical documents to detail the Religious Rights of Canadian Witches in our printable White pages section. We also feature two new essays in our Voices of Witches' section. The Witches of the World section has exploded with listings of new people and events. To address the numerous email we get about "Religious Hate Sites" we now have both a listing and a submission form so that you can help. We have added many new articles, lyrics and essays to our Samhain Pages.

A Christian Nation? Won't happen? Don't be too sure about that....Judge Roy Moore is a man on a mission. Moore wants to bring his case to the Supreme Court. His case? To have the Court once and for all decide whether the United States is indeed a "Christian Nation" or not. Click HERE for the Moore on Moore

THE Occult Search Engine...


Wiccan Chat Boards: Goddess are these popular - Many Witches/people simply love to chat. These boards run the gauntlet of human behavior from, lurkers, teachers, healers and are considered "homes" by many. As promised last week the Witches' Voice now offers an extensive list of Chat Boards on the Pagan Net. One of our many favorites is the incredible Witch/Pagan Message Boards. At present the Witches' Voice has no plans to reopen a chatboard. However, do know that we have many hot interactive irons in the fire.

Wren has just put up five new documents in our White Pages section pertaining to Wiccan discrimination in schools. Use them as templates for in YOUR local education and awareness campaigns. Also included are How to talk ABOUT the Radical Right and The Equal Access Act - Your rights as a student

Witches of the World: Introduced earlier this month, the rewrite of this section has become very popular and almost 2,000 Witches are using this section to network and celebrate Wiccan Events in their area. Individual listings now contain an optional profile, sun sign, personal WEB link and a sponsorship celebration. Every Contact that is listed on these pages is verified on a monthly basis via a WitchVox global emailing. Due to fundamental database technology, you will NEVER see an outdated event, it's all time stamped and automatic. (Goddess bless the Macintosh). All 70 of our state/prov pages are updated daily and are constantly being fine-tuned for accuracy. The next module planned for these pages is a listing of Witch/Occult shops in YOUR town. We get numerous requests for this and look for this new feature on your state/prov. page sometime in October. Introduced just this week is a breakout of Major Pagan Festivals due to national interest. List YOUR Witch Event Today!

Click HERE for the Witches of the World Main Index
Check you what's happening in YOUR state today!

How IS the Witches' Voice doing? Thanks to recent sponsorships we are still alive and on the net. Our current balance is on the happy side of zero (around $380.00). Do note that 100% of all sponsorship donations go directly to serving the Wiccan community via this website, through legal and financial assistance and mailings to schools and local officials. Wren, myself and the rest of the staff take zero financial compensation for the work we do here. We can only do this with YOUR support. If you enjoy this website, like what we do, believe in what we do or want to help your brothers and sisters of the craft, become a sponsor of the Witches' Voice. If you are too poor to help, we do understand, do know that even a book of stamps can help. For more info surf to our sponsorship page and find out how you can become an official Sponsor of the Witches' Voice. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer. (animated WVOX logo thanks to - Ron Eaton)

Just In... Jane's Tidings for This Quarter!
The Witches' Voice is once again honored to feature the latest installment of the fine reporting and gathering work of Jane from Maine. Jane is a Witch and journalist who lives in Maine with four cats (black, of course). Many of you already know her from her famous "Jane's Tidings" column in both Harvest and Tides magazines. Feel free to send clippings, reports, updates, criticism and lavish praise to Jane, P.O. Box 64, Portland, ME 04112, or by simply E-Mailing her. Thank YOU Jane for the work YOU do.

COOL Stuff, HOT SITES and the LATEST NEWS...

SILVER RAVENWOLFE ON PBS!:UPDATE 10/27/97: Here's the site addr for the PBS page with the lil "blurb" about the show, am trying to *scry* when it will be ariing here in Chicago from the PBS Online page.

(thanks to Steve moonschild@hotmail.com)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/home.html

PBS will be airing a special on Halloween the week of October 26 through 31 on their Religion and Ethics News program. Please check your local listing for specific air time and date. The PBS crew spent an entire day filming at Silver RavenWolf's house and at Pinchot State Park for this program; however, we expect only 3 to 5 minutes of actual air time. The production crew treated us very well, and we look forward to a positive exposition.

Nine Black Forest members were present for this daytime filming. We chose the hours of light, rather than the hours of darkness to make a positive impression for the viewing audience. Lady BreidFox of New York wrote a ritual specifically for television viewing, and was kind enough to join us throughout the filming. We would like to publicly thank her for driving all the way to Pennsylvania at very short notice to provide magickal and moral support to our Clan, and to the magickal community in general.

We ask that all individuals receiving this post to pass the information on to as many people in our community as you can via e-mail, word of mouth, phone conversations, and letters.

We also ask that after viewing the show, if you would write positive letters or send an e-mail to the producer to let her know that you are out there, and that you care. During the harvest season, we are often fodder for the media, and this woman handled the shoot with a great deal of professionalism and kindness. I am sure that even a small thank you note will make her feel that her efforts were appreciated.

I think that PBS and Ginny need to know just how many of you there are "out there".

Write letters to:

Producer: Ginny Durrin
Durrin Productions, Inc.
4926 Sedgwick St, NW
Washington, DC 20016-2326
email: Durrin.Prod@aol.com

Honor is the Law
Love is the Bond

Silver RavenWolf-SilverRWlf@aol.com

Steve McManus On The Radio!: On October 31st, 1997, WMWV Radio 93.5 FM in Conway, NH will be conducting an interview with Steve McManus aka Amorgen on their daily "Drive Time" program at 5:00 pm EDT.

George Cleveland, the host of the show, is interested in providing a balanced and informative presentation on real Witches. Steve will be speaking about our true nature vs. the myths and stereotypes which we find so prevalent during this holiday.

In preparing for this interview, Mr. Cleveland asked for some reading material that might be available. He was provided with Scott Cunningham's "Wicca: Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" and "Living Wicca: A Further Guide", as well as Silver RavenWolf's "To Ride a Silver Broomstick" and the latest copy of the "Witches Almanac."

As you may know, these particular publications are written in a friendly, straightforward manner which allows for faster assimilation of the concepts into one's thoughts.

Mr. Cleveland has expressed his admiration and intrigue with regard to our religion. It should prove to be an interesting show and at least one of the non-evangelical Christian leaders in the area reacted positively to news of the upcoming show.

WMWV covers northern and central New Hampshire as well as parts of Maine and Vermont.

HOT Product: Powerful New Goddess Calendar...
New ... An unusual full color fine arts calendar featuring Jill Solomon's sculpted clay goddess figures and Sam Laundon's photographs. "Whimsical, haunting, mysterious, spiritual, and funny".

"The monthly images on this beautiful calendar evoke a spiritual presence and a connection with god and goddess. I recommend this colorful delight to all who desire a visual closeness to Spirit!" - Richard Fuller (Senior Editor-Metaphysical Review)

Through the power of computer graphics, sculpted clay figures by Jill Solomon and photographs by Sam Laundon unite to create a series of startling images - whimsical, haunting, mysterious, spiritual, and funny. Jill's goddess-like figures evoke ancient rites, yet appear without explanation in a modern landscape, a flower, a contemporary archway - settings captured or constructed through Sam's photographic lens. You can view and purchase this calendar online at http://www.kindredarts.com

KIVA Performance - Live Radio on Halloween
Kiva Radio UPDATE 10/29/97 The mystical music of KIVA will be featured on the Halloween broadcast of AMERICANA ON THE AIR, airing live from 8-10 pm on October 31, 1997 over WDVR FM 89.7 and 91.9. You can actually HEAR the broadcast by going to their website at" http://www.frenchtown.com & clicking on the station call letters: WDVR. Also the rebroadcast WILL BE on 11/9 from 8 - 10 pm.

Big time thanks to Norn Vogel for getting this update to us fast... And hey ! Check out Norms's NEW page, "Norm's Corner"

The 2-hour drama-comedy-musical variety program also features an hour-long radioplay of DRACULA in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the first publication of Bram Stoker's classic horror novel, plus comedy sketches.

AMERICANA ON THE AIR is directed by Anthony Tollin (author of THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION's old time radio booklets and narrator of the CD documentaries THE SHADOW CHRONICLES and TOO HOT FOR RADIO) and is broadcast live from the "Great American Music Hall" at NORTHLANDZ on Rt. 202 in Flemington New Jersey. Tickets for the live broadcast are $10.00@. (For tickets and additional information call 1-800-469-3780.) The program will be rebroadcast over WDVR-FM the evening of Sunday, November 9.

Event Type: Radio
Sponsored by: WDVR - Americana on the Air 89.7 & 91.9 FM
Brief Description: KIVA music and Radio Play of Dracula
Price/Donation: $10

Address: Northlandz, Rt. 202 South
City: Flemington   State: NJ   Zip: 08557    Country: United States
When: 10/31/97 Time Information: 7:30

Event Details: This is a live broadcast radio program with KIVA playing at points throughout the program. They will be performing the radio play of Dracula for the 100 year anniversary of the book. The play was written by Orsen Wells and another man mostly by cutting up a copy of the book so this version of Dracula is more like the book than any of the movies or the play. Kiva will also be playing after the live show for the audience. You can hear it on 89.7 or 91.9 FM in the Phily or NJ area and it will be rebroadcast on 11/9 from 8 - 10 pm. You can buy tickets by calling the 800 number and get directions from them. Hope to see you there! Blessings, Ariana Lightningstorm

Contact: Anthony Tollin  Email: paganearth@aol.com   Telephone: 1-800-469-3780  Website: Kiva





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