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Witchvox Weekly Update for 2/1/1999

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: February 1st. 1999
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Expecting! The Birth of Many New Ideas!
Samson (right) is an expecting father

Merri Meet to one and to all,

1999 is a "one" Year and by most definitions another beginning. Expect to see some dramatic changes throughout the Witches' Voice on the Web over the next few months. We have spent much time planning ways to implement many of the ideas that have been unattainable due to lack of time. We have never been afraid of working hard, but our focus for '99 will to work much smarter.

And Work smarter We Will... This past year our Witches of the World pages (all 340 of them) served the community well. This year we will continue to evolve this section. NEW for '99: We have added a new section in our Pagan links area for "Email Lists - Connections". With the advent of powerful and simple list systems (like "One List") many Pagans have forgone WebSites and chat rooms and are networking via email lists. Coming Soon: Look for major rewrite of Wren's Nest.

The Little Witch (a short story by John) As promised last week, the Witches Voice is proud to present you with an incredible story of what it is like to be new to all of this. Aim your browser to ... "The Little Witch" to experience this wonderful creation - Bless you John for this work.

The Goddess 2000 Project "A Goddess on Every Block!"... The community is all a buzz about this wonderful new project spearheaded by Abby Willowroot. "The Goddess 2k project is a Grass-roots community based Goddess art project. Thousand of pagans and others who honor the Earth are preparing to welcome the year 2000 by creating large goddess statues and paintings all over the country. Groups in other countries are also participating". Full details are available at the official ~Goddess 2000 Project~ website For additional info Email or write: Goddess 2000 Project, PO Box 403, Benicia, CA, 94510

The Cats of Witchcraft Goddess have these pages been popular. Presently we offer 5 pages to help dispel the "Cat myth" as related to Witches. Visit the Witches' Voice Cats of the Craft pages today.

Twoofthesheep had a fabulous time this past weekend and although we didn't get to "bottle feed the newborn cougar kittens" (She's still pregnant AND is a Leopard - see "dad" just above) we still got to experience the magic of the Cat. The energy was incredible and these cats were both worshiped and babied. Thank you Dave for sharing this magic with us.

This Year we Will Get Out More! First off, Wren and Fritz would like to again thank the numerous Groups and Festivals that have invited us to be part of their magic. Sadly, lack of time precludes us from accepting most of these invites. At present, we have accepted invites to the following: The Heartland Festival in Kansas (late May) and PhoenixPhyre just north of Tampa, Florida (Late March). We have previously attend events by both of these groups and can attest to their value and integrity. We plan on offering workshops at these gatherings and Fritz will no doubt perform at their Bardic circles. Visit the Phoenix Phyre and Heartland web sites for more info on these wonderful festivals.

The interview... Reponses have been wonderful related to our first "online" interview. We enjoyed the questions and it was good to step out of the Voice positions for a brief period of time. Wren and I (like everyone else) do have our own personal thoughts on many community issues but rarely present them here. Although we have done numerous interviews in the past few years we have never done one online. A few weeks ago the beautiful Trystia of invited us to do just that. Thank YOU Trystia for doing this. Click HERE for part one of this interview.

Coming Next Week... In early February we will post our first round of articles on "Which "Witch" is Which! Just what is a "Witch", "Wiccan" or "pagan"? This is a very heated subject in the community and we have received many essays on this topic. Not surprisingly, they offer a wide variety of thoughts, definitions and opinions.

Always in your service,

The Witches' Voice
February 1st., 1999 c.e.


1999 and the Teenage Pagan: This past year saw a real rebirth for the teen section here at the Witches' Voice. Many new authors came forward with some powerful articles and essays. Big plans to grow and develop this section even more dramatically are in the stars for the final year of this century. Check back here for the latest in articles from the Teen pagan point of view.

The Latest Issues are Always at Wren's Nest

No More Satan With Cloven Hoof...
(January 26th., 1999)


The Vatican will Tuesday try to revamp the image of Satan, arguing that it needs a "more subtle and sophisticated" definition of evil for the millennium, the London Times reports.

A new formula, formed by a Vatican panel of experts, substitutes "psychological disturbance" for references to the Devil as the embodiment of evil.

Officials say the Church isn't revising "scriptural references" to the Devil or suggesting that people should cease believing in "the Evil One." But priests conducting exorcisms should deal with evil as a force "lurking within all individuals" instead of one that threatens people from without.

Modern theologians regard the depiction of Satan as a reptilian beast with cloven hooves, wings and a tail, as a medieval invention, and prefer St. Augustine's definition of evil as "the absence of good.

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

Last Weeks Site Overview

Several Articles and Features about 1998.

Wren's Nest: 1998 The Year in Review: 1998 adds up to a "nine" year. The number "nine", as most of you probably know, is a number that symbolizes "completion" or the end of a cycle. Since we here at TWV tend to always be peering ahead to the next project, it is difficult for us to look backwards into a year now past. But every year -like some sort of seasonal ritual-we do it. Check out Wren's Nest's '98 Wrap up for the details of an incredible year.

A Good Year for So Many What did 1998 mean to you and YOUR growth... Several folks in the community were kind enough to send along theirs. Surf to Community Thoughts about '98 for what they had to say. (more will be posted over the next few days)

A Three-fold Return! One of our goals for 1998 was to maintain the light and the action that we were so beautifully blessed with in 1997. The Witches' Voice was created to serve the community and to serve our mission statement. Thanks to the many that do share this vision of networking and information, during 1998, the PAGES at the Witches' Voice were viewed on personal computers 3,063,554 times, Three times that of our first year online. Bless YOU for your Voices and your support in 98!

Coming This Week... We will present our annual Year End Wrap Up detailing the past, present and future of WitchVox. Also this week, look for a power story by John entitled "The Little Witch".

Two of the sheep have made plans to "run a way" for the weekend to ground an center. One of our many goals for '99 is to better automate Witchvox and schedule a bit of time for ourselves. Tomorrow we are off for the Florida Keys to do some camping with our friends the Waterhawks and there is a better than even chance that we just might get to "bottle feed some newborn cougar kittens". The Witches' Voice will be on auto pilot over the weekend and all submissions to the Witches of the World pages will be delayed by a single day. Thank YOU for your patience and understanding and have a wonderful weekend.

Always in your service,

The Witches' Voice
January 21st., 1999 c.e.

The Next Pagan Holiday... Imbolc is one of the four greater Sabbats, celebrated on February 2nd. It is to celebrate the first stirrings of spring from the depths of winter. This is when the first buds can be seen appearing on trees, when the days are quite visibly longer than they were around Yule, and when there are the first days of semi-bearable temperatures. New this year: Check out ShiningStar's powerful thoughts on Purification of the Spirit and Colleen's Imbolg - It's "In the Bag" on our Imbolc page. For THE website related to the Witches Holidays... Surf to and bookmark, Mike Nichols's wonderful: The Witches' Sabbats

Jennie Please Phone Home.

This was just forwarded to us by Scott Baldwin:

Have YOU seen HER? Our sixteen year old daughter Jennie (a.k.a. Alice Green) ran away from home on Dec. 22, 1998. Jennie also goes by the name of Alice Green. Date of birth Oct. 18, 1982, height 5'6", weight 180-200 lb. Last seen with bright green hair. We believe that her destination is California. We are very concerned about her safety and would like any information about her current situation. Ideally we would like her to come home, but we know that she may not want to at this time.

Our concerns with Jennie have never been with her beliefs in Wicca. She was raised in a home that respects other people and their beliefs. In the note that she left, Jennie mentioned a commune in California where people share her beliefs and would be willing to take her in if she works hard. If this is true, our deepest hope is that she arrived safely and that these are good people. Jennie may go by the name of Alice Green.

Addional information and other pictures can be found at: If you have ANY information about Jennie please email us at the link below.

If you see Jennie tell her that we love her. Tell her if she needs to come home she can call or write any time. Tell her to remember her beliefs: "An it harm none, do what you will.", and the law of three.

With Deepest Care for our Daughter,
David and Sherry Briggs
(Her Parents)

Two Fabulous Live Benefit CDs! just Released!

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 Elvendrums

This CD can be ordered by Clicking HERE... For Information about this years Heartland Festival check out 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

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:

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?

March 1999:
Publication Date: March 7th
Submission Deadline: Feb.28th

Topic: It Ain't Like in The Movies!
What you would like every aspiring Witch to know. The pitfalls, the rewards, the Work! Tell it like it is--and why you wouldn't trade being a Witch/Wiccan/pagan for all the incense in the world!
Topic: Country Witch, City Witch
Where we live may affect how we practice and celebrate our way of life. Tell us about where you live and how you have used your environment in interesting ways.

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

And for our Young Pagan Section....
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?

March 1999:
Publication Date: March 7th
Submission Deadline: Feb.28th

Topic: Otherwordly Encounters
Is your best friend a dragon? Ever seen a faerie? Encountered a ghost or UFO? Wanted to, but didn't? Didn't want to, but did? Has this changed how you look at "reality"? Tell us about your experiences with the citizens from the other side.
Topic: Hey! I'm A Witch!
When did you first say. "I am a Witch" and know for sure that it was true? Is there one moment that stands out? What happened which led up to this revelation and what has happened since this moment?

For a complete list of Young Pagan Topics... Click HERE

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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