Witchvox Weekly Update for 11/18/1997|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: November 18th. 1997
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So ya wanna be a Witch?
Since its inception, the Witches' Voice, has been barraged with email asking the simple question... "How do I become a Witch"? We've seen this plea for help on message boards, IRC and on AOL. Although it has never been the mission of the Witches' Voice to actually teach Witchcraft we find ourselves constantly shocked at the responses the Teenage Witch or new seeker receives from many that "claim" themselves "elders" of the craft. For this we apologize.
There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for. We will never preach or claim to "have the answer" but do know that Witchcraft is a life long quest for knowledge and we are all learning .
Also new this week... Check out the major facelift we exicuted on our Pagan Links section... For your convenience we have added both the WebCrafters name and their email address to the listings as well as noting countries out side the US. We have also added a new category called "Free Pagan/Witch" Graphics Web sites... If you are a Witchcraft or Pagan Web site and would like to be listed here, fill out our simple form and grab one of our logos.
| Also new this week...|
Teachers of the Craft Part II... Minors & The Craft
There is much concern - and rightfully so! - about the legal issues surrounding the acceptance of minor students into a Craft training or teaching program. Here are some points to ponder as aids to both teachers and the minor students who may wish to study Witchcraft. Laws do indeed exist that protect the parent-child relationship from the undue influence of outside parties.
|A Global directory of Witches, Events and Shops |
The rewrite of this section has become very popular and over 3,000 Witches are using this section to list themselves, celebrate local Wiccan Events and to hunt down WitchShops 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. All 110 of our state/prov pages are updated every 24 hours and are constantly being fine-tuned for accuracy... Check to see what's happening in YOUR state today!
| A cauldron of NEWS over at Wren's Nest... Wren has spent 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.|
Updated twice a day in its first week.. Updates from Wren with more positive Samhain Press bytes, an article on school prayer in Alabama, some news about "Blessed Be and Meet Me in DC" and some submissions from a few Witch friends.
Bookmark Wren's Nest on the Web for the latest in news related to the modern Witchcraft community.
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The Kindred Arts Calendar is a unique collaboration of photographs by Sam Laundon, digitally montaged with sculpted clay figures by Jill Solomon. Jill's sculptures were inspired by ancient bird-goddess images. Combined with Sam's provocative environments, they seem to forge a mystical link between our distant past, the present and future.You're bound to have an interesting and magickal year with this highly unusual wall calendar to guide you through it!
A few of the comments we've heard:
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| The WVOX Essay Series... 5 NEW essays for November '97|
Each month The Witches' Voice will publish essays from Witches, Wiccans and Pagans from around the world. We would love to hear from you! Check out our Editorial Submission Guidelines page for a submission guidelines and topic list and other details.(Luna graphic by Steven Craig Hickman)
Nov. '97 How do you SPELL that? (3)
Nov. '97 Pagans - The Next Generation (2)
| WVOX... A Quest for Unity Surveys are NOW Closed...|
The Witches' Voice closed the Unity surveys on Saturday Nov. 8th at Midnight. 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... 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.
| Experience the Salem Witch Trials.... |
Designed by National Geographic, this site uses an interplay of image and text to evoke the hysterical tenor of Salem during the witchcraft trials. Experience the proceedings first hand as you assume the identity of a town resident accused of sorcery. Your life is on the line -- how will you plead? When you've completed your Salem adventure, wander over to Ask the Expert and pose any lingering questions to historian Richard Trask. Good design and lots of info, worth checking out.
The Witches' Voice would like to thank Laren for turning us on to this... Visit Laren's gorgeous Australian Web site at http://www.geocities.com/~laren today
|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.
|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)|
| COOL Stuff, HOT SITES and the LATEST NEWS 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.
THE Occult Search Engine...
This just in from our friend Steve Paine in the UK: (10/31/97): he BBC programme that I mentioned to you earlier this year is now complete, I don't know if you can find some space for this on your website, but it is called 'Pagan's Progress' It covers Witchcraft, Druidism, OPdinism and Shamanism. It covers a lot of ground for a fifty minute Documentary but it has been done very well and very sympathetically and I feel deserves the support of the Pagan communities. I believe that it will be shown eventually on the Discovery Channel, but I also understand that some BBC programmes can be received via Satellite/Cable feeds in certain parts of the US and Canada. The UK broadcast is due on the 30th of November 1997 at 10pm GMT. - Steve Paine
Update on Rev. J.D. Stevens: (10/31/97): We have just been informed that one of our community's most respected Witches, Rev. James D. Stevens of Kansas city, Mo. HAS LEFT THE HOSPITAL AND IS ON IS WAY BACK TO US ALL. We are thrilled to hear this !!!! Welcome Back Rev. J.D. Stevens... We love you brother !!! 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
Teen & Pagan Parenting Survey now up at Silver Shadowhorse's Web site We just received a request from Silver Shadowhorse to make young pagans and pagan parents aware of a survey that they are conducting over at their web site. Check it out and help them gather information for a upcoming book. The following hotlinks will surf you directly to the surveys.... Pagan Parenting Survey or Teen Survey
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
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
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
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