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Witchvox Weekly Update for 10/12/1998

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Practical Magic - The WichVox Review 10/16/98

Our media coordinator Peg Aloi, had the pleasure of attending a pre-release screening of the movie "Practical Magic".

"An accurate and honest depiction of Witchcraft? At times. But for the most part this is an attempt to make a feel-good movie about Witches, complete with every stereotype ever uttered, based on a popular novel that does not ever stoop to steretypes, in fact barely even mentions the "w" word."

By request of the fine folks that do the screening we held off on posting our review until Friday Morning. Important note: This review is a "spoiler" so if you are planning to see the film and don't want to know the ending beforehand, read this later! - Click HERE for Peg's detailed and powerful review fo this film.

The Wonderful People in this Community!

Sometimes You've Just Gotta take a break!: Keeping this website fresh and alive is a full time job and one that we have taken very seriously for past few years. Wren and I are honored to be of service to a community that is filled with people that we love so dearly. Last week was our most active week since we went online. Our daily average for October has been close to 13,000 page hits (see This Month Stats for details)... Thank YOU all for allowing this happen. With this level of hits comes a dramatic increase in questions, email and site maintenance and of course the inevitable burn out.

Yesterday, Wren and I simply ran away and spent a lovely weekend with beautiful friends the Waterhawks (Don, Danellia & Tara). Great food, great company, frighteningly delicious Key Lime Pie and a peek at their latest creations (see my meager video capture just to your left... For better visual examples check out their website at Don and Daniella are veterans of the festival scene and brought us up do date on the what we missed this summer at our fave festivals. Check out Don's review of the 1998 Sirius Rising and Starwood festivals. Bless you Don, Daniella, and Tara for the love that you shared with us this weekend.

Buried in Email!...: In our 29 months online never have we seen the volume of email that we have in the last several days. Although we are used to dealing with a large volume of email, the recent barrage is more than we can keep up with. Due to the sheer volume, please give us a few days to catch up and do know that we will, as always, answer all of them based on priority. Thank you in advance for your patience and kindly accept our apologies for the delays. - Fritz and Wren

Our Magical New Samhain Section: Sometimes sections here at the Voice simply create themselves... Our new Samhain section has done just that. This week we are proud to present extensive coverage of our fave holiday - Samhain (a.k.a. Halloween). In this new chapter, we offer information on the History of this holiday, Essays, local circles and events, Poems and Song Lyrics. Look for new additions to this chapter thoughout this month. Surf on over and check out the new WitchVox Samhain Pages today!

So much is New at TWV this week.: What a week it was! Tweaks, updates and new info is all over the site. Some of the recent highlights include;

    Samhain Events in Your Area This new page joins our ever growing Samhain section (look for daily updates).

    Pagan Web Sites: This section continues to grow and grow and this week, by popular demand, we finally broke out the 'New links in the past 7 days' into its own page... Feel free to bookmark this new page and help us to celebrate the newest entries to the wonderful Witch, Wiccan and Pagan Web.

    Wren's Nest Stop by the 'Nest for daily craft releated news, Wren Wrants, discrimination cases, legislative alerts, calls for action and general comments about Pagan issues around the world.

The Craft in the Media: Tis the Season!!!

Were We "Charmed"? Oddly, in some ways we were! Wren and I took the time to give this new show a watch. Our hopes were high and we really wanted this show to, "take the next step" In some ways it did, words like "Wicca", "Athame" and "Sabbats" were tossed into prime time TV and this is very refreshing to see. A review of the first episod of any TV show is a bit unfair so we will hold off on a proper review until a few more episods are aired. Charmed has yet to define itself and the characters themselves are just starting to evolve. The performers, writers and directors really do need a chance to get their footing and to fall into the groove. Wren has composed her thoughts on the opening episode, surf to our Witches in the Media pages for her initial thoughts.

Spirit is God and Goddess, Lord and Lady, you and me.

Always in your service.

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
October 12th., 1998 c.e.

In Memory of Matthew Shepard

It is with a heavy heart that I write this to you all...

Matthew Shepard, the 21 year old college student from Laramie, Wyoming, who was lured from a bar by two men who claimed they were gay, beaten, burned, robbed, and tied to a fence, died yesterday. He was targeted because he was gay.

Matthew lived in Chapel Hill, NC before he moved to Wyoming. It was there that I met him at a bar, and we became friends. He was an intelligent, beautiful soul with a kind heart and a great sense of humor. Part of the reason he moved to Wyoming was because he had been there before and "felt safer" there. I attended a candle-light vigil for him last night. It was a very emotional night, full of sadness, horror, and anger. Having survived a gay bashing myself in the late 80's, I am saddened even more to know that the last emotions Matthew experienced were those of terror and hate.

It is a sad and shameful commentary on humanity that such barbaric activity still happens in this country. It is even more shameful that, as we approach the 21st century, there are people who would say that he "deserved" this, because he was gay. Those of us who find this apprehensible must work harder to promote tolerance not only of homosexuals, but of human diversity itself. Hate crimes will continue until humanity as a whole learns the real meaning of tolerance. All of humanity has been diminished by this act of hate.

I will be performing a "crossing over" ritual this Saturday (10-17-98) at 10pm Eastern Time, to help Matthew's spirit find peace. Any of you who wish to add your energies to mine are welcome to do so. Do whatever feels right to you, be it burning a candle, or chanting words of comfort. I miss Matthew....and the world has been deprived of his light....

In Sadness,


The Matthew Shepard Support Fund
Where to send donations, support:

The Matthew Shepard Fund
c/o First National Bank
P.O. Box 578
Ft. Collins, CO 80522
Account No. 1926083

The hospital that treated Shepard is also accepting e-mail and forwarding it to his family at

It is that time again, dear friends. The Wheel of the Year draws near the points of change and introspection, beginnings and endings, Samhain and Beltaine. Wren and I simply love this time of year and (no doubt) most of you do as well. Although we will dearly miss the New England fall we will look for ways to make our first Florida Samhain magical. In an effort to get away from these "pesky appliances" Wren and I are planning on attending the Autumnmeet Festival in early November. We hear wonderful things about this fest and are psyched to have the opportunity to meet it's organizers Wade and Dianne as well as our dear friends the Waterhawks. If you are planning on attending Autumnmeet we'd love to meet you.

Our Annual Opportunity to Educate : Although this IS changing, the Samhain season is still our best opportunity to educate the general public as to who we are and what we do. Last year we created some timeless documents related to this issue - Do check out The WitchVox White Pages for our...

Witches' Voice vs. RC5-64 cracks the top 1000!

What is Witches' Voice vs. RC5-64? It's the meeting of two projects-- supporters of The Witches' Voice joining together to form a team on The Bovine RC5 Project, working to make encryption stronger and hopefully raise some money for The Witches' Voice.

Oh. How does it work? The total possible number of keys (68,719,476,736) has been broken down into blocks. Now, what you do is download a client and run it on your system. It goes out to RC5, and downloads a number of blocks (this is set by you) and starts applying the keys to a section of the code. Once it's done, it uploads the tested blocks and downloads more. With tens or hundreds of thousands of computers across the world running this client, you've got the largest code-cracking network in existence.

Okay, what do I do? Go to Click HERE to check out FAQ's on this interesting challenge. (Wren and Fritz are honored to thank our friend and sponsor Cather "Catalyst" Steincamp for spearheading this opportunity for the entire Witch, Wiccan and Pagan community.)


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