Witchvox Weekly Update for 11/24/1997|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: November 24th. 1997
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Teachers of the Craft - YOUR thoughts !
We have finished compiling the "Quest for Unity" surveys and many of the results are quite surprising... Starting this week we will begin feeding the results back to the community. We start with a general profile of those polled and due to its timeliness.... Your thoughts on Teaches of the Craft.
Modern Witchcraft/Paganism is currently defining itself, its ethical standards, its direction and its future. We offer the results of this survey to anyone in the craft to do what ever you please with them. Look at them, think about them and get those wheels turning on our growth and future development.
Our Unity Survey Index contains, the first round of results, your essay thoughts and all the details that went into the surveys themselves. Look here for new results as they are posted.
|About the "Quest for Unity" Surveys: Kindly note that this is a mere snapshot of the community and with a total of 4, 312 submissions to the five separate surveys, an arguably small cross section of thoughts and opinions. As far as we know the WV Quest for Unity surveys are the only surveys of this size currently available. The data from "Quest for Unity" surveys was captured online here at the Witches' Voice from 8/1-10/31-97 and via our survey forms as well as some email and snail mail submissions.|
Technical Note: The Witches' Voice used this first round of 5 surveys to develop the database/cgi technology in order to create quicker surveys for the future.
| Also new this week...|
Witchcraft 101 Part II... The Beginning Practice Phase
Chances are pretty good that you have already "dabbled' a bit with some of the techniques of ritual work. Even if you have only begun this in your mind, you are beginning to feel the stirrings of a desire to actually DO the workings that up until this point you have only been reading or hearing about. Where do you "begin"?
| New last 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 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 just about every single day.. 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 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)
|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...|
HOT New Freedom Fighters site launched this week: (11/25/97): Friends of the Earth "F.O.T.E. was established to educate and fight against religious intolerance. We work together to dispell some of the horrible myths and lies that are being spread about those who are of Earth Spirituality. Areas on: earth religions, Pagan contacts, parenting page, ecological concerns, and much more!"
Major Changes over at the Pagan Awarenss League: (11/25/97): The Pagan Awareness League is looking for active and hard-working Pagans. We are a pro-active organization, whose goal is to promote Religious equality, and keep the Pagan population aware of political and education events. These issues will directly impact the way you live today. Our membership consists of devoted Pagans who have asserted their rights, and have set aside their time to fight for those rights. If you would like to help the Pagan community by becoming involved, we would welcome your inquiry. Please request more information on the Pagan Awareness League by writing to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot New Domain & New URL's for Deamon Child's Wicca Page: (11/25/97): Deamon Child's Wicca Page has joined forces with Dancing Sidhe's Pagan Resources to form a new site with and easy to remember domain of pagansunite.com. The new site is called the Witch/Pagan Resources and the URL is http://www.pagansunite.com. If I could get you to take the time, please look at your pages and make the necessary adjustments. The new URL's are as follows....
All are welcome to stop by and visit, the site is still being worked on, but is rapidly growing. 20 message boards, our own chat servers mean unlimited rooms, and much more. Hope to see you there.
THE Occult Search Engine...
This just in from our friend Steve Paine in the UK: (10/31/97): The 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
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
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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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