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Witchvox Weekly Update for 1/4/1999

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: January 4th. 1999
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1999 Kicks off with...
Two Fabulous Live Benefit CDs!

Live At Heartland '98 - A Heartland Benefit CD

"To put it quite simply... The Musical portion of Heartland was a unqualified "High Point". An outstanding mix of folk - Rock - Celtic - Jazz etc etc etc... Lots of incredible energy and numerous talent. The big surprise for me were the sound and lights (usually anemic at most Pagan Gatherings). Thanks to the world class set up and execution by Wild Cat Productions (the wonderful Doc Mateo and his crew), the musicians and the audience were treated to a visually stunning and sonically inspiring performance." - (Fritz Jung - June 98)

Check out our Heartland '98 Review for more details on this concert.

Featured Artists on this CD include: Velvet Hammer Butterfly Tree Prydwn & Green Crown Fritz Jung Uncle Dirty Toes Elven Jones

An order form can be found at the The Heartland Web Site.

Singing The Promise - A CUUPS Benefit Concert
From Jerrie Hildebrand, Director of Public Relations, (CUUPS).

In June 1998 at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly in Rochester, NY, the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) sponsored a concert of earth religious music.

Singing the Promise was the concert held to raise funds for CUUPS programming initiatives, religious education efforts and chapter support. From this concert a recording was produced to continue the original intent of the concert.

We invite you to enjoy the evening of fun, laughter, and delight from talented UU musicians, as they celebrate the sounds of earth religious traditions on this recording.

Featured Artists on this CD include: Carole Eagleheart Rev. Mary Grigolia Rev. John Gilmore Nancy Vedder-Schults Chris Wagner (Khrysso)

An order form can be found at the CUUPS Web Site. For distribution or wholesale rates please contact

"Year of The Bible" Nixed In Ohio
(January 6th., 1999)

Ohio Mayor Rescinds Bible Year Proclamation
By Jeremy Leaming, First Amendment Center

Less than a month after anointing 1999 "The Year of the Bible," an Ohio mayor has rescinded the proclamation in the face of a legal threat by a state civil rights group.

In early December, Mayor Dick Church Jr. of Miamisburg, a suburb of Dayton, issued the Bible year proclamation, stating that "renewing our knowledge and faith in God through the Holy Scripture, the Bible, can strengthen us as a nation and as a people."

Toward December's end, the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the mayor warning that it would sue, challenging the proclamation as a violation of the separation of church and state.

In a press conference late last week the mayor retracted the proclamation, saying it was "the hardest decision I (have) made in my life."

The Latest Issues are Always at Wren's Nest: Wren's Nest posts daily updates on discrimination cases, legislative alerts, calls for action and general comments about Pagan issues around the world. For more information on the latest stories related the Modern Pagan. Surf to Wren's Nest

Witches Speak Out! - Your Voice does Indeed Matter!

  The Witches' Voice Wants More of Your Voice in 1999!  

The Witches' Voice is actively soliciting editorials and essays on a variety of topics on interest to both Pagan and mainstream audiences. These essays will appear on our "Words From Witches" page, and will be rotated on a periodic basis. The following is A List of Editorial Topics to start the New Year:

January 1999:
Publication Date: Jan. 17th.
Submission Deadline: Jan. 15th.

Topic: The Year In Review
In your opinion, how did 1998 stack up for the pagan community at large or for you in particular? What gains were made? What setbacks were encountered? How do you feel about the current media "Witch-fad" on TV and in the movies?
Topic: Imbolc/Candlemas
How do you celebrate this Holiday? Tell us about your altar decorating ideas, rituals or family traditions.
February 1999:
Publication Date: Feb. 6th.
Submission Deadline: Jan 31st.

Topic: Which "Witch" is Which?
Feeling brave today? Want to tackle the 'definition problem" of just what is a "Witch", "Wiccan" or "pagan"? And yes, you DO have give us your email address for those replies...Or do you think that perhaps we should just lay this entire controversy to rest once and for all?
Topic: Pagan Ordination
If you have been ordained and are registered with your state, tell us how you did it. Any problems? Helpful hints? What can a solitary do? Has being ordained helped to open doors to other sorts of counseling/ministries?

For more information, other topics and submission guidelines... Click HERE

And for our Teen Section....
January 1999:
Publication Date: Jan. 25th
Submission Deadline: Jan. 18th

Topic: If I Was Writing The Script, I Would...
Hate those "witchy" shows and movies? Even you love them, do you still think that you could do it better? Go ahead! Send us your 'script" for the new Witch-theme "hit series"!
Topic: Fun With Frustration
We all get frustrated from time to time and someone almost always tells us to 'lighten up' when we do. Do you have a funny story concerning an experience that turned out-shall we say?-in an unusual way? Did you use magick? Did it backfire? Or did you get just what you asked for-unfortunately?
February 1999:
Publication Date: Feb.6th
Submission Deadline: Jan 31st

Topic: The Big Peeve
What is your number one peeve related to being a pagan teen? School just doesn't get it? Parents don't agree with your religious choice? Siblings in your personal stuff? Pagan adults giving you unsolicited advice? Write an "open letter' to whomever and explain how this makes you feel. What else can you do to help yourself -and them-to understand?
Topic: "How Do I Become A Witch" Is The Question
That you have just been asked by a friend or acquaintance. What do you answer? How much do you say? What do you recommend? What if this person wants you to teach him/her "everything that you know"? Did YOU ever ask this question and what sort of answer did YOU get? Was it good advice?

For a complete list of Teen Topics... Click HERE

Excitement, Thank YOUs & Some Future Plans
(January 3rd., 1999)

Bless YOU all for a wonderful Year! 1998 (c.e.) was incredible year of growth for both the Pagan web and the Witches' Voice. Much was learned and an incredible amount of information was shared. This happened by the community and for the community. TWV has been able to offer this free resource without any advertising for yet another year. Thank YOU all for your support! Although Wren and I just ain't "past tense people" we do make a conscious effort every January to reflect upon the previous calendar year (see our 97 Wrap up for last years reflection). This is a struggle for us but always an enlightening and valuable one. Look for our year end wrap up this January.

Our White Board: We have never been short on ideas but finding the time to implement them properly is always the challenge. We keep a white board in our office to collect, organize and prioritize our plans and dreams. Look for implementation of some wonderful new sections of TWV in 1999. Also in this coming year we plan to work hard to better utilize the wonderful offers of help that we receive on a regular basis.

TWV Web site Tweakage...
It has always be one of our goals to make the Witches' Voice web site easy to surf and intuitive by design. Do know that this entire site is in a constant state of remodeling and polishing, sections and pages that you may be familiar with can and do change all the time. These past several weeks have rendered much improvement in our networking sections...

  • Correct and for the Good of all - During the past moon cycle we have verified and cleared out dead links and inactive email addresses throughout our entire Networking section. This includes verification of some 13.000 links and email addresses. In 1999 we will take this to a more effective and efficient level.

  • Site Map Rewrite - TWV has grown quite dramatically in size over the past year and a dynamic and fast SiteMap was called for. We are proud to point you to its latest incarnation. The Witches' Voice SiteMap v4.3.

  • Covens and Groups links introduced- A long time coming but must do to help celebrate the incredible work done at the local level. Direct access to these listings is now available via our site map. Click Here to check out Covens and groups in your area.

  • Submission Forms updated- In an effort to better qualify guidelines, minimize abuse and to render an easy submission experience we have tweaked up and rewritten many of our submission forms. Click Here to submit your Group, webpage, store, event, personal contact info.

A Spokesman of... The Disappointed: lately Wren and I just keep turning back to those XTC lyrics (from the album NonSuch) for some reality checks. In the past 30 days we have been inundated with requests for help related to Pagan sites that steal, graphics, articles, concepts only to present them as their own. This is very disappointing to say the least. TWV, like so many, have been a constant victim of all of the above (Check out... Givers, Takers and the Pagan Web Part I or Part II and Celeste's Thoughts for more on this subject). Why someone would desire to offer something that is NOT original or interesting to the Pagan community is incomprehensible to us. Mercifully, these takers represent a minority of the pagan online community. With the Pagan Web now over 2,000 sites some wonderful stuff CAN be found. There is so much magick within and so many untapped ideas (see Jorah's "Creativity and the Pagan Web"). Before you do the "more of the same", take some time and look within. You'd be surprised as to what you can come up with. Many of the needs of the community are obvious, all it takes is initiative and lots of hard work.

Make 1999 YOUR year to share your magick with our community.

What Keeps US Sane? The new Neil Finn Disc "Try Whistling This" and the Spongetones "Oh Yea!", Key lime pie, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (see link just below), our two resident "turbo princesses" Dixie and Ruby, more wonderful friends than anyone could ask for and our deep love for each other.

We are excited about the opportunities that the next calendar year will present. Wren and I do plan on "getting out" more in 1999 and are pleased to announce that we have been invited to speak at the PhoenixPhyre Festival (Check out their Website for the latest) late March. We did attend their AutumnMeet gathering (see our review) and had a glorious time meeting so many incredible spirits. Thank YOU Wade and Dianne for making all of this possible.

Have a wonderful and safe New Years everyone.

Always in your service.

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
January 3rd., 1999 c.e.

Other important Info/pages This Moon Cycle at the Witches' Voice....
Womongathering '98
by RainWalker
(June 11-14th, 1998)

Womongathering is a life changing, womon-only Goddess Spirituality Festival held in a beautiful, quiet, woodland setting in a private camp in northeast Pennsylvania. About 200 women attended this year; maidens, mothers and crones are all represented and all have the opportunity to take an active role. Each year the festival is dedicated to a specific Element, and this year we welcomed Water into our lives and into the spirit of the Festival. For the complete review of this festival Click HERE.

Shops Wanted for Australian/New Zealand Listing
(From Tallulah,

I'm creating a database of Pagan friendly stores throughout Australia and New Zealand, but I need help in finding these stores. I'm requesting that people email me, or fill in the form on my website, giving me the name and region/state of their local pagan friendly store. Some sections are not quite complete because of work and travel, but the database is underway. People can also email me their WebSites, email address and ICQ number, and in the future, I will be adding a database of pagans, so that if people wish to have a major festival in their area, they can invite some people along. That section hasn't been set up yet, but will be by the end of January.

Manx Pagan Determined To Make Tree Stand... His Last Stand!
(From Bev Richardson, Castle Pook, Ireland)

This young Manx Pagan has been protesting the destruction of this small, but beautiful piece of woodland (for a car-park). He's now stepped-up his protest to a full fast, as of the 22nd of November. He's taking water, but no food, and living in a plastic-sheet covered platform 30' up an ash-tree. With barely room to turn around, and none to stand, he intends to fast until the 9th of December, the date of the planning review. If the planning review fails, then he shall remain, and starve with his tree. (photo of Derek by Bev Richardson)

More than anything, he needs love, support, and letters!!

For up to the minute info on this story... Surf directly to Hag's Bed

(Luna graphic by
Steven Craig Hickman)
The Witchvox December Essay Series:
This week we are proud to present 9 brand new essays from Witches, Wiccans and Pagans from around the world. We would love to experience your work. Check out our Editorial Submission Guidelines page for a submission guidelines and topic list and other details.

In the Teen Section:
In the Words from Pagans Section:
In the Pagan Holidays Section:

The HOT new listing of Covens and Groups at the Voice!
100 Groups and Covens listed in the first Week!!!

Although the net has dramatically changed the way the modern Pagan communicates it just can't hold a candle to the one on one or group dynamic. TWV exists to support and celebrate the local covens, groups, and shops. The need to connect and learn with others is a driving force in our community. Three weeks ago we kicked off this listing and much to our surprise 242 Groups and Covens have signed up... These new listings are now tightly integrated into our "Witches of the World" pages... This is happening because you asked for it.

242 Covens & Groups have already submitted their info... Surf to the new any of our State/Prov/Country pages to check out Groups and Covens in your area.

List YOUR Group or Coven by surfing over to our Covens & Groups Submission Form. Your listing will be up the next day.

Group Related Pages:: 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"

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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