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Witchvox Weekly Update for 12/17/1997

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: December 17th. 1997
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Rhythms of Nature, Rhythms of Life

Witchcraft 101 Part III...

The Neo - Pagan Paths that we are discussing - including Wicca and Witchcraft - are called "Earth - based" religions. The rituals and practices follow the seasonal changes of the Earth. Some Paths use the eight holidays of the Wiccan Wheel of Life; some adhere to the more traditional Four Fire Festivals calendar. Some groups have come up with their own cycles according to their belief systems. What calendar will you use?

When you have decided which Holiday calendar that you want to incorporate into your life - lesson, read all that you can about it. Take one Holiday at a time. Look for resources, descriptions and Myths about each Holiday. Think upon each one as both a special event and as a "marker" for the year. Click HERE for Witchcraft 101 Part III.



Wren's Nest... Where the Action is ! 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 the Witches' Voice to keep you updated on the latest news, commentaries and issues that effect our community. If it realates to the modern Wiccan community, chances are... You'll find it a Wren's Nest on the Web. If you are aware of a craft-related news clip, feel free to email Wren directly

  Updated just about every day.. Updates from Wren happen just about every day and in many cases several times a day, so remember to hit your reload button when you get there.


Just In... 12/15/97 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). 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.

New this Week/Month: December has rendered a flurry of updates and changes here at the Witches' Voice. Check out the Basics of Witchcraft section, the Witches of the World directories and of course Wren's Nest on the Web. In our White pages Section we now offer some powerful legal reference data including the Ballard case of 1944 as well as Supreme Court decisions on Prayer in Schools as well as a sample Parental Permission Slip for teachers of the craft. Wren has penned part four of "Teachers of the Craft" entitled Personalities-We All Got One!. Wren's nest on the web has been very popular and this week we restructured it and it is now broken down by month (we converted the past "news snips") with a convenient index. Check out Wren's final postings for November for the latest in Craft related news. Also this week we feature 3 new essays on the topic of Which Witch is Which? (3) Our newly updated Editorial Submission Guidelines page is now up and offers you a list of editorial topics for the first half of 1998.

Unity Survey Results are now being Posted! The Witches's Voice is pleased to offer you the results of our "Quest for Unity" Surveys. Look for a totol of 6 segments with a new one every week until Yule

Posted Survey Results...

Winter Solstice
"Yule"
The Next Holiday of the Witch...
(On or about December 22)
Yule is the time of greatest darkness and the longest night of the year. The Winter Solstice had been associated with the birth of a "Divine King" long before the rise of Christianity. Since the Sun is considered to represent the Male Divinity in many Pagan Traditions, this time is celebrated as the "return of the Sun God" where He is reborn of the Goddess.
To celebrate Yule '97, we kick things off with a wonderful piece by Peg Aloi entitiled "You call it Christmas, We call it Yule"

Also check out 3 Powerful Yule Essays in our Voices section.


New THIS week...

Teachers (Part IV)... Teachers and Magickal Ethics

Did Mom and Dad crow at the dinner table over some "deal" they put over on someone else? Did they welcome new neighbors with a plate of cookies? Did your folks tell someone that they just LOVED that gift...and then threw it away after the giver had left? Did they allow you to choose your own friends? Did your parents break promises that they had made with you? Did they choose to go without something so that you could have that spiffy new pair of sneakers? Did you see them struggle with an ethical decision? How did these or other incidents at home make you feel? Did you agree with the ethical choices that your parents made then? How do you feel about their decisions and actions now?



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!


Witchcraft & Pagan LINKS on the Web
The Witches Voice now features an annotated listing of over 800 Witch, Pagan web sites in order for you to easily surf the incredible Pagan Web... Our main links index breaks this down quite nicely in the following categories....
Freedom Fighters USA Witch Sites (700) Witch/Pagan News INTERNATIONAL (outside America) Products Religious Hate Sites Witch/Pagan Chat Boards Miscellaneous and Friends Music Mystic & Occult Witch/Pagan Graphics

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HOT Goddess Calendar
A Timely Treat from the Witches' Voice...

Order the Kindred Arts 1998 Calendar & 25% goes to The Witches' Voice. This generous offer will help us help the community is so many ways... For the last 9 months the Witches' Voice has desperately tried to generate funds to produce our "13 Songs by 13 Witches" CD with all proceeds going to our Legal defense funds... However, we are STILL struggling financially and with THIS promotion things look very promising... So if WVOX sponsorship is out of reach, this can be an easy way to take care of some of your Yule shopping and help the community. Everybody Wins!.

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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!
The images in the Kindred Arts 1998 Calendar seem to strike a cord within people that is connected to something ancient and mysterious. Most anyone that has any kind of spiritual affinity relates them to their own concepts of spirit and higher consciousness.

A few of the comments we've heard:


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The WVOX Essay Series... 5 NEW essays for December '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 Newly UpdatedEditorial Submission Guidelines page for a submission guidelines and topic list and other details. Essay topics for the first 6 months of 1998 NOW UP! (Luna graphic by Steven Craig Hickman)

  Dec. '97 Which Witch is Which? (3)
  Dec. '97 Some Thoughts at Yule (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.



WebNotes
Samhain '97


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...

This just in from Celeste... Exciting new book release!: (11/29/97): "The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca" by Kerr Cuhulain. Written for law enforcement professionals by a veteran police officer who is also a Witch, this definitive manual has been revised and expanded for its third edition.  It offers an exceptionally clear and concise definition of what Wicca (Witchcraft) is and is not.  Resource materials include a glossary of Wiccan terms, numerous runic and magical alphabets, an extensive bibliography, and a case study of a relevant crime. The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca is used as an educational and networking tool by Pagans all over North America, who give this guide to their local law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities.  There is simply no other book like it. For More info Email Rob Von Rudloff, Call:  (250) 477-8488 or visit their homepage at http://www.islandnet.com/~hornow

Thank you Celeste for making us aware that this valuable resource is now available. Visit Celeste's wonderful website today.

Do you Know these Symbols ?

Former Sallisaw resident Tina Payton was found fatally shot Nov. 3 in her home in Crossville, Ala. The 19-year-old, who had just moved to the town of 1,300 in the northeastern part of that state in August, had an odd symbol carved into her abdomen. Relatives of the former Oklahoman hoped circulated pictures of a strange symbol would lead police to the woman's killer, but Alabama authorities say they haven't received anything concrete yet. For more information visite: Wren's Nest on the Web. Thank YOU Rev. Michael Adams for bringing this to our attention.

Voices from the Pagan Internet Community are gathering together to explore the Craft in an open-ended, educational project. The first phase of this is now on-line, the Yule 1997 issue of "Old Ways: A Journal of the Craft In the Modern Age "

Written and designed completely by volunteer efforts, the e-zine is published five times a year. The project is rapidly expanding and will include a redesigned website and a discussion group focusing on Pagan beliefs and living by the Ostara 1998 issue of the 'zine. For more information, contact Graelan Wintertide at Snowprints@aol.com or visit the Old Ways website at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/5881/craftzine.html

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