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Witchvox Weekly Update for 3/8/1999

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: March 8th. 1999
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This Weeks Top Story:
 The Heated Issue of a 5 Pointed Star in a Circle
School Keeps Watch On Symbols - By David Shepardson, Detroit News

DETROIT -- As part of Lincoln Park's crackdown on symbols sometimes associated with gangs, Jewish students must petition for the right to wear the Star of David, officials said Tuesday.

Muslim students also do not have the automatic right to wear a crescent and star. During a daylong hearing in federal court to decide whether a school policy banning the wearing of a pentagram was unconstitutional, Supt. Randall Kite and Principal Thomas Kolka said a Jewish student who wanted to wear a Star of David would have ask for permission.

"Your policy means the only religious symbol that any student could wear is a Christian cross," said Robert Sedler, an ACLU attorney representing Crystal

Seifferly, a self-described witch suing for the right to wear a symbol that represents her Wiccan faith.

Edward Ortiz, a spokesman for the Witches Anti-Discrimination League, said "We hope this sets a precedent that allows us the right to religious expression," FULL STORY: Symbols

From the WitchVox Pentacle page: "The Pentacle, the symbol of Witchcraft, is a bold and fascinating statement about our place in the Universe. The pentagram represents an ancient concept that can be found in philosophical thought in both East and West. Although over 8,000 years old, the image of the pentagram is applicable in our modern world. The pentagram tells us that we have the ability to bring Spirit to Earth; this applies to every area of practical day-to-day living, as well as spiritual thought. The ability of bringing Spirit to Earth is what makes us whole."

Should Pentagrams Be Banned From School?

Voice your comments in the Detroit News Pentacle CyberSurvey: Current results of this survey can be found at: RESULTS.

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Principal Testifies On "Satanic Prevention"
-BY TINA LAM, Free Press Staff Writer

Crystal Seifferly, 17, said she is a wiccan, a witch who practices a pagan religion, and that the pentagram is a religious symbol that she should be allowed to wear at school despite the ban. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on her behalf.

Principal Kolka acknowledged under questioning from Seifferly's lawyer, Wayne State University law professor Robert Sedlar, that Seifferly is a good student, has never been a discipline problem, and wears a pentagram that is different from that on the cover of the satanic bible.

School officials agreed before the hearing that wicca is a legitimate religion and that Seifferly sincerely believes in it.

Edward Ortiz of the Witches Anti-Discrimination League in Lansing said the case is an important one for witches and pagans' religious freedom.

"We understand the need to limit cults and gangs, but we don't see ourselves as part of those," he said after the hearing. "We are a benevolent religion."-FULL STORY: Pentagram

We hope see YOU in Central Florida: This year Wren and I will be attending several festivals and we kick off our festival season with the famous Phoenix Phyre Gathering located just north of Tampa, Florida (March 25th - 28th, 1999). Wren and I will be doing some casual workshops and yours truly may be singing a couple of tunes at Bardic Circle. We are thrilled to able to hang out with our Floridian brothers and sisters. The featured list of presenters and performers includes:

Patricia Telesco, Don and Daniella Waterhawk, Elspeth of Haven
Maya Heath, Main Ritual with Full Moon Circle (TUUC)
Phyllis Curlott and Bruce Fields
Alexian and Seridina from Earth Tones Studios

Timely Note: Last week, Wren and I attended the Sarasota Renaissance Festival and the buzz was hot on this festival. It appears that Phoenix Phyre '99 will sell out quickly so get your registration in fast. Visit the Phoenix Phyre web site for more info.

Pagan Music? Really?

Andy Partridge Comes out of the Broom Closet!
XTC releases "Apple Venus Vol.I"

Last Tuesday was a special day 'round these parts. It marked the release of XTC's first new music in 7 years... "Apple Venus Vol.I". Sonically breath-taking this disc shows, once again, the incredible writing of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding. Pre-release reviews talked of Sgt. Pepper/McCartney-esc melody lines produced with lavish orchestration. This IS true, but the good news is that IT WORKS. Much to OUR surprise track #6 has "Next Pagan Anthem" written all over it. Simply stated, the incredible "Greenman" blew us away, melodically, lyrically and spiritually. Apple Venus is laced with tongue in cheek lyrical humor, powerful melodies and interesting grooves.

XTC has been around for 20 years and has had several minor hits. The most dramatic and controversial being 1990's "Dear God". Andy's cynical side has often called the dark/greedy site of mainstream religion on the carpet. He clearly penned "Greenman" as a celebration. Are they a Pagan band? No, I am pretty sure they don't claim to be,. but "Greenman" confirms what so many of us have suspected. Blessed be Andy and Colin... You have once again delivered the goods. The Witches' Voice salutes you for one of your finest efforts.

The Witches' Voice would like to thank the Chalkhills website for keeping us up to date on this release and for the fabulous site that they do for us XTC fans.

For the record: The Witches' Voice DID NOT "Put a Curse" on Celine Dion. Although, it IS true that Wren and I aren't fans of Celine's "music", we don't/won't work black or controlling magic... This rumor was untrue and was unfounded. It's worth noting that on this weeks People Magazine cover it states that Celine made 50 million last year. It is clear that Celine's "magic" is working quite well.

The Little Witch - A Smash! In early February we introduced a wonderful short story by John entitled "The Little Witch", and to say it was well received would be an understatement, this page has been viewed 2,145 times to date. EVERYTIME we take it off the home page we get email from folks that are looking for it. The Witches' Voice is proud to present you with this 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 of magick!

Wren's Nest... Where the Action is !

Wren spends a great deal of time researching current news events that may be of interest or concern to Witches, Wiccans and Pagans. This page is 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 relates to the modern Wiccan community, chances are... You'll find it at Wren's Nest on the Web. If you are aware of a craft-related news clip, feel free to email Wren.

  Updated Every day.. Updates on Wren's Nest happen every day and in most cases several times a day, so remember to hit your reload button when you get there.

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Make a difference where it counts.... In YOUR town!

With a current listing of 9,880 Witches, Wiccans and Pagans, keeping this list de-duped, sorted and clean is quite the chore. Recent systems have automated much of this... AND close to 1,000 of you ARE aware of the little surprise that we have been offering daily since January 1st. This is just one of our many ways to verify the integrity of email addresses.

WOTW also includes (as of this writing) 533 Covens and Groups, 400 Festivals and Events, 2,033 annotated links to Pagan Web sites and 510 Pagan shops of the World.

The entire 377 page WOTW and Links sections are driven by a custom written Database System that has evolved over the past couple of years. Our WOTW pages are updated every 48 hours and are constantly being fine-tuned for accuracy... Check to see what's happening in YOUR state, province, or country today!

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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:

April 1999:
Publication Date: April 3rd
Submission Deadline: March 28th

Topic: Foreign Agents Wanted!
Well, international pagans anyway. If you live outside the United States, tell us about the ways that Witchcraft/Wicca/paganism is practiced in your area. How are they same as in U.S. How are they different?
Topic: Rites of Passage-Wiccanings/Child Blessings and Coming of Age Rituals
What rites and rituals have you used to mark these milestones for pagan children? What are THE best Wiccaning gifts? Children's books and games? Advice for the new pagan mom? Advice for the young pagan approaching adulthood?

May 1999:
Publication Date: May 2nd
Submission Deadline: April 25th

Topic: Beltaine
One of our favorite holidays! What do you do on this wonderful day? Ritual ideas? History of the Maypole? How to construct a Maypole? How to construct a headpiece? Love stories? Did your last year's Beltaine wish come true?
Topic: Pagan Clergy
Yes, the weather is getting hotter and so are the topics! Do we even need a pagan clergy? Or is every Witch considered a 'priest or priestess"? Should there be some sort of generally accepted guidelines for behavior/training or should anyone be able to simply hang up their "shingle"? Wanna talk about compensation (monetary or otherwise) for clergy? Sure, go ahead. What do you think is a fair exchange for services rendered?

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

And for our Teen Section....
April 1999:
Publication Date: April 3rd
Submission Deadline: March 28th

Topic: Soulmate Search
Barbie and Ken? Buffy and Angel? What would be your ideal romantic relationship? What traits are important? What do you look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend? Would he/she have to be pagan? What has worked out-and been doomed-in your previous romances? Have you-would you?-rely on magick to attract a soulmate? Anything that your would-be soulmate should know about what would make you sit up and take notice in case he/she may read this? (Ya never know!)
Topic: Divination Do's and Don'ts
What divination techniques have you tried? What worked? What didn't? What scared the socks offa ya? What do you use now and do you have any recommendations/technique tips for others?
May 1999:
Publication Date: May 2nd
Submission Deadline: April 25th

Topic: It's My Coven And I'll Chant If I Want To..
Here's the scene: You are in -or have formed-THE ideal coven. What is it like? Who leads-or do you take turns? What would you do in your circles? Who would be there? Who can join? What would you call it? Do you think that you will actually have/be in a coven like this someday?
Topic: My Life as An Alien
Are you the "different' one in your family or circle of friends? The one who is always taking things "too seriously"? Who wants something that even you cannot adequately describe? Who knows that there is something MORE-and that you must find out what that is? The one who they try to pull back into the "real world"...when that world, their world, is the one that feels unreal to you? How do cope with being the one who is "different"?

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


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