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Witchvox Weekly Update for 11/23/1998

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: November 23rd. 1998
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Stewart Farrar is Resting Comfortably!

Thank the Goddess! The community got a quite the shock this week when Gavin Bone and Janet Farrar emailed us and others, with the news of Stewart's possible stroke. According to Gavin, Stuart was unsteady on his feet in the morning and by the evening he had started to loose control of his right leg and arm. Stewart was admitted to Our Lady of Lourdres hospital, Drogheda, Monday afternoon.

Yesterday (11/21/98) Gavin revealed: "Stewart saw the Doctors yesterday. Stewart has indeed had a mild stroke in the area of the Brain known as the Pons. This controls co-ordination and balance which explains his symptoms; he has power in his limbs but is just unable to co-ordinate properly. He will be having physiotherapy over the next week or so to teach him to walk again."

Today (11/22/98): We had a lovely chat with Janet on the phone and Stewart is still in the hospital but quite antsy about leaving. He will need to stay on a few more days for physical therapy and is expected home later this week. We will keep you updated with any changes as they become available. Also check out the Farrar's Home Page. (photo of Stewart courtesy of SoThisFilms website)

Stewart's incredible writing has moved so many of us for so many years... Join us in projecting for some quick healing for one of the true elders of the Craft. We love you Stewart! - Wren, Fritz and Peg.

We built this site from YOUR Email requests!
Always have... Always will!

The Witches' Voice is a Collective Voice. We offer this collection of community thoughts, news, information and world wide networking TO the community for FREE. Thanks to you we have been able to do this for the past 20 months. TWV accepts zero advertising and we are not "obligated" to anyone except our sponsors and the community itself (see FAQ's about the Witches' Voice). We can do this because of the support that so many of you have offered via, books of stamps, office supplies and by sponsoring this web site. We had a very powerful year because of you. Thank YOU!

From day one WitchVox has evolved in order to answer questions and supply solutions to the many of the needs of this wonderful community. Simply stated, the less time we spend answering email, the more time we CAN spend on the evolution of this site and the many "off site" projects and physical mailings that we do. This week we aggressively tackled two requests that we get on a near daily basis and well as a substantial upgrade to our Sitemap...

  1. "I am doing a report on Witchcraft and don't know where to start... Can you help"? Wren has handled literally hundreds of pieces of email like this via her listing of suggestions and links.... She has indeed built some powerful links and info over the past couple of years. This week we are proud to FINALLY point you to a page that addresses this need. Surf to " Doing A School Report On Witchcraft" Page for what we now offer. (Wren Note: This is also a useful resource for anyone that is looking for info on Witches, Wiccans and Pagans.)

  2. "How can I find a Coven or Group in my area"? Although the 'net offers many ways to network and communicate you just can't beat that physical contact with other carbon based units. This week we have worked hard to set up systems to capture and deliver this data to you. The obvious choice has always been to link these new listings directly from/to our "Witches of the World" pages... This is much easier said than done and will require many hours of proprietary programming at this end. However, we DO have the form up, a database designed to capture message, and integrate this data with our other systems and should have the actual link pages up by next week. We need YOUR HELP to make this happen as a community service.... Surf to the new WitchVox Covens and Groups Submission Page and list your group in your state/country today!

    Group Related Pages... New this week:: Over at Texas Pagan Awareness Online... Lhiannon has just put up a wonderful page on approaching Groups or Teachers... Check it out at TPAO. New in our Teens Section... Check out Phoenix's valuable new article called "Forming a Pagan Student Group"

  3. "Where can I find information on xxx"? It's always ironic when someone emails us, tells us how much they love the site and then proceeds to ask about something that we already have available. It had become clear that our SiteMap had grown "long in the tooth" and was not doing it's job. About three weeks ago we took on a total rewrite of our SiteMap to make it fast, easy to navigate and to make it as intuitive as possible.

    With a page count of over 600, TWV can be a beast to get a complete profile on. This week we put more time into our SiteMap in order to set up the "auto flagging" of new pages, a look and feel polish and added tighter integration and automation by coupling it with our numerous database systems. To experience the complete offerings of the Witches' Voice online, visit The WitchVox Site Map v4.2 today.

Also New this week!

Autumn Meet '98 This Past weekend Wren and I were invited to attend a local gathering just north of here in Land of Lakes, Florida. What we experienced was some near perfect energy, breathtaking weather and the love of many old and new friends. Check out our review of Autumn Meet '98 for just some of our thoughts and lots of groovy pictures. Bless you Wade and Dianne for what you are doing for the Florida community!

The 8 Holidays of the Witch!: This section has long begged to be a chapter of it's own. This week we broke out all of our Pagan Holidays pages, polished them up and created a new chapter here at the Voice... Visit our Pagan Holidays Page for the latest in what we are doing to define, explain and celebrate the holidays of the Witch. Although this chapter will continue to build and offer valuable community info, we'd be amiss to not take this opportunity and send you over to Mike Nichols incredible Witches' Sabbats Website - We love you Mike!

A Little Research Dispels the Myths! We sing of our "pilgrims' pride", but did the Pilgrims really have all that much to be proud of? The myth of the founding of America as a "Christian Nation" is constantly be touted by certain factions. They want to bring it back. The question is: Did it ever really exist? Let's join some modern day explorers as they set off to find that fabled land known as the "Christian Nation."- For the entire article Click here.

Some Quik Additions: New info and pages are constantly going up in the background here at TWV. The struggle, is finding the time to list and celebrate them here on the home page. Check out a two powerful new essays over in the Teen Section, and check out the latest addition of Maurice's fabulous Samhain Edition of The Coventry Call. Also this month we proudly present 3 new submissions from Witches, Wiccans and Pagans from around the world. November's topic is Pagan Humor. We would love to hear from you! Check out our UPDATED Editorial Submission Guidelines page for a "how to" and topics list.

May the Great Ones bless you all for your support of this project. May Stewart Farrar heal quickly! and may the love of the lady be always in your heart and in your spirit.

Blessed Be Well,

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
November 22nd., 1998 c.e.

Earlier This Month at the Witches' Voice....

Sleep Well beautiful Willowsong... Safely in the Arms of the Goddess

Willowsong, our dear friend and sister, passed over the western shores November 6, 1998. She was a gentle and bright spirit who shall be sorely missed by her family and friends. We offer our condolences and love to all who shall find this world a little more lonely now that she has left it.

Willowsong will never be forgotten here at TWV and our thoughts are now added permanently to our Pagan Passages Page. Sleep Well beautiful Willowsong.

Just a quick note as we struggle to get back on track after (gasp) taking two days off for the holiday. Wren and I spent Samhain, as we always do, in quite meditation and reflection. Our weekend was quite healing and very magical and we do hope that yours was as well. Taking a couple of days off (at the busiest time of our year) from this site can quickly put us behind in email and site updates. Look for most of this to be caught up (except the email - Goddess help us) in the next couple of days. Thank you for your patience as we struggle to catch up.

The Chapter of the Voice that never Sleeps! Perhaps I should say that it's Wren that never sleeps. Since its launch last year at this time Wren's Nest has generated over 700 articles of concern and interest to the Modern Pagan community. As bizarre as it may sound, I too surf to Wren's nest on a regular basis just to stay in touch. Thank YOU my beautiful lover for the hard work that you have done on this section.

Election Wrenflection "The Republican candidates that opted for the clear religious right message-like James in Alabama, Faircloth in North Carolina and Lungren in California-went down in flames. That has to put the ultra-conservatives on alert. They now must decide how to keep the money that pours in from the religious right strategists while at the same time not actually delivering the goods that they are being paid to produce: The United States of Fundamentalist Christianity. "

For the complete coverage surf to Wren's Nest

Good people and a Great Deal: October rendered the busiest month we have ever experienced with over 475,000 pages viewed and 24 gigabytes of WitchVox data pulled down into personal computers around the world. Wren and I are honored to thank our web site providers, "Cetlink" in South Carolina, for the splendid job they've done hosting the Witches' Voice. They have served us well for close to for us for 16 months at an incredblily low monthly rate. Ask your service provider what they charge for 24 Gig of usage per month. the answer may shock you. Thank YOU Paul, Jeff and Greg!

For those of you that missed our Samhain (hallowe'en) coverage and our message of thanks, click HERE.

This year there were Pagans everywhere in the Media. Thanks to the hard work of so many of you, the world now has a better idea as to who we (the modern Pagan community) are and what we do. The real impact in this past year has been (once again) done at the local level. Thanks to so many of you that did get that positive press in your local newspaper. Look for Wren's Samhain Overview in the next couple of days.

The Incredible...

Every once in a while a critical and important resource for our community seems to pop out of nowhere. A site that REALLY covers an important aspect of the craft and truly goes for it. The Witches' Wed does just that. Containing nearly 200 pages dedicated to handfastings, Witches Wed celebrates these pagan unions through pictures, announcements, and ritual transcriptions. Detailed locale-specific information, reception ideas, and more are also available for your perusal! Drop by our forum to share your experiences and ideas. When you plan on "tying the knot" and need to know more... Surf to The Witches' Wed.

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 stereotypes, 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 of this film.

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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