Witchvox Weekly Update for 4/5/1999|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: April 5th. 1999
Times Viewed: 4,043
| Hail and Welcome!|
Although Wren and I celebrated Ostara, privately, over a week ago, there was no escaping yesterday's traditional Jung Family Egg hunt. Our move to Florida this past year put us within an hours drive of my folk's house, so... after a 20 year break, the egg hunt was back on. The "big treat" was the plastic eggs filled with cash. Sadly, there was no compensation for inflation. Our total at the end of the hunt was $3.24. The real treat was the fabulous meal with family and friends. Bless you for your love and your light Mom.
That Fluffy Bunny just might... Kick your Ass! Before you chomp off the head of that chocolate easter rabbit, you may want to think again about the wisdom of your actions. Contrary to all the talk about the "fluff-bunny", Rabbit in the old tales does much more than merely hop down the bunny trail... Check our Wren's powerful article entitled "There's a Rabbit In The Moon And He Ain't Just Laying Eggs" by clicking here.
Jennie is BACK! A couple of months ago we posted a plea for information about a missing girl named Jennie... just last night we got this response from her parents... "Jennie is back! She was found hitchhiking in Eastern Massachusetts, having never left the general area. Right now she is in hospital for evaluation. We are glad that she is safe. Apparently, she never left New England; the whole California story was a ruse. This time has been a difficult passage for us, but your support and caring has done a lot to help us through. Sincerely, David and Sherry Briggs.
Revamped Gay Pagan and Pagan Parenting sections: Time has come for us to break out both our Gay Pagan and Pagan Parenting pages into their own chapters. We kick off this restructuring with new articles in both sections. Bless you DarHalen, Valeria, and Li Ferelwing for your magical contributions. Although these sections ARE coming to life, WitchVox will be the first to admit that these chapters could use some community TLC and support. We project for some powerful community magic for these areas. Until then, do check out the wonderful articles therein and allow us to point you to many wonderful web sites that REALLY go deeper into these topics. If you are a Gay Pagan or a Pagan Parent and would like to lend of some of your magic via some powerful writing you would do this community a great service. Email us if you have any questions.
In closing, allow us to thank you all for making March '99 the heaviest hit month ever here at the Witches' Voice. Over half a million times the pages (507,229 see last months stats for details) at WitchVox were viewed by surfers from all over the planet. Your magick made this happen. Bless you all for this!
Always in your service,
The Witches' Voice
April 4th., 1999 c.e.
And JUST last Week...
| Hail and Welcome!|
Wren and I are just back from 4 days off at the PhoenixPhyre festival. Thanks to the warm hospitality of Wade and Dianne we had 4 of the finest days of our lives. We met some brilliant Witches, Wiccans and Pagans and do feel that we have made some new friends for life. Wren posted daily updates for Thursday and Friday and today we present to you final festival coverage and a couple of dozen wonderful photos. These were the easiest photos I have ever taken, EVERYone looked good and simply beamed with positive energy.
Our journal of PhoenixPhyre '99 has just been added to ever growing festival review pages and can be viewed in all of its glory by clicking here.
The Waterhawk camp was our home at the festival. Don and Daniella, bless you for what you continue to teach us, the high ethical position that you maintain and for the love that you've offered us over the years.
Three writers of the light: It was thrilling to watch a new connection between Trish Telesco, Phyllis Curott and Wren. The energy they created was very powerful to witness and a taste of this can be experienced from the photo to your right and the image on the front page of the Witches Voice this week. In closing allow us to again thank Wade and Dianne for a healing that we so desperately needed. We also offer a spirit-filled "til we meet again" to some new friends and to several existing relationships that ascended to a higher level! Jericho, Scott, Willow, Rowan, Walker, Raphael, Tony, Mark, Bill and Chris... Bless YOU for the love YOU make.
Pagan Music: Alexian and Seridina from Earth Tones Studios impressed us all with a wonderful dinner time concert on Friday night. It was a big thrill for me to finally meet "the man" after chatting in email for the past two years. Alexian, my brother, YOU were even cooler than I imagined! AND PhoenixPhyre also featured a diverse community treat known as Bardic Circle. Elspeth and company slayed the crowd with there multi-versed crone tune.
While the humans are away: Surprisingly, our oldest kitty, Dixie did a wonderful job of keeping things going in our absence. Even more surprising was that she actually received 25 pieces of email. We will do everything in our (limited) power to persuade her to answer them.
Behind the "8" Ball: Four days off puts us instantly behind, but with hard work and evolving systems we should catch up fast. We returned on Sunday morning and immediately updated all the submissions to the Witches of the World section. This weekly update is next and then its off to hammer away at the barrage of email. If you have emailed us the past week, do have patience in that we do answer them all.
Always in your service,
The Witches' Voice
April 4th., 1999 c.e.
|Wren's Nest... For "All" of the Best Religious News!|
SCIENTISTS TACKLE "PEEPS" RIDDLE-By SHELLEY HILL, Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - The question baffled two Emory University researchers: What are Peeps - those marshmallow birds that appear in stores around Easter -anyway?
On a sugar buzz after devouring ice cream sundaes with one too many Peeps on top, Gary Falcon and Jim Zimring set out to explain the colorful, spongy creatures.
``We were really just wondering what Peeps were after eating a dozen or two and so we immediately went to the kitchen and started trying to boil them,'' said Falcon, a computer administrator at the Atlanta school.
Falcon and Zimring, a medical student, were astounded that Peeps didn't dissolve in water. In fact, the only liquid they could dissolve the candy in was phenol, a chemical used for dissolving proteins. Their conclusion: Peeps aren't mostly sugar after all. They are made of gelatin, sugar and corn syrup. For more on this story surf to Wren's Nest
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Update 4/1/99: We are thrilled that so many of you have decided to help build the powerful networking pages of TWV. Bless you for bringing this community together. Keeping our networking section accurate is another story all together (and one that is long overdue here at TWV). It is our mission to have the cleanest Pagan links and contacts pages on the Web.
Pagan Links at the Voice last Week (3/18/99) we emailed 2,043 WebSites to ask for verification of their listed data, to encourage updates and to kill those with dead email addresses, 90% of these have been already been modified or verified and 180 have been removed due to undeliverable mail.
Circles, Gatherings, Workshops and Events last Week (3/18/99) we also sent out Global Emails to verify all of the listings in our "ongoing events" sections. The TWV Events section is NOW clean and any discontinued "ongoing" events have been removed.
Witches' of the World Contact Names In the NEXT FEW WEEKS we will send out our "WitchVox Global Email for Spring" to over 10,000 folks that are listed on our State/Prov/Country pages. All "undeliverables" will be removed from our Witches' of the World Pages. We do this quarterly and history has told us to expect a 16.8% undeliverable return.
WHERE Did My listing go? If your listing is gone from our State/Prov/Country contacts, Events or Pagan Links pages, it is solely due to the fact that we sent you an email and got a "undeliverable address" response. Your listing is NOT gone but simply put on hold in our database until we hear from you. If this IS the case, kindly email us and make us aware of your new email address (with a reference to your listing). Do know that we can turn you back on with a click of the mouse.
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Last Month's Features:
Well, based on the number of responses that TWV has received on one of this month's essay topics, we'd have to believe that either a LOT of pagans are tired of saying, "Really. It Ain't Like In The Movies! REALLY." or they are simply tired of shelling out $7.50 only to realize that Hollywood-yes, once again- has distorted their beliefs for the quick cash take. (Hope at least the popcorn was good.)
With the influx of new people interested in pagan paths, there are bound to be a lot of questions that will be raised about the true beliefs of Witches/Wiccans and pagans of all types. These fine pagan authors offer some of their ideas on how to field those inquiries and provide some practical tips for those who may be just beginning to seek out more information about earth-based religions and belief systems. Check out YOUR communities thoughts on It Ain't Like In The Movies!
Pages... ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX
Also New last Week...
Country Witch, City Witch (2) by Aidenaire, Ocean WindSong & Meriah
| 3 New Young Pagan Essays: |
The Witches of tomorrow... Coming on strong TODAY! The WitchVox Young Pagan section is designed to work with and celebrate the unique needs of the Teen Witches of the World. We are proud to feature the writings the modern Teenage Witch. This month TWV is proud to feature the writings of 4 young Pagans....
"I'm a Witch! - How many teen Wiccans have wished that they could yell that at the top of their lungs without repercussion? I certainly have; to be able to come out of the broom closet and be done with all the secrecy would be so liberating. But at the moment only my family and close friends know that I'm a Witch and that's how it will stay. What is more important is to be able to say it to yourself. If you aren't comfortable enough to admit it to yourself, maybe you should reconsider your path." - Calandra Ravenshadow
| Witches and their youngins'... |
Our Pagan Parenting section is slowing coming back to life... The lioness's share of the credit goes to the beautiful Valeria Holtz... This week we feature a powerful article entitled "Myth and Nomenclature" Thank YOU Valeria for doing this work
"Just because somebody doesn't' like or understand the work 'witch' should be avoid teaching our religion to our children? The answer to that is a very loud 'NO!'. True Will transcends the ego. It is beyond the public consensus. It signifies the True Path, or the Personal Goal of each spirit. To deny the existence of the spirit, pure and immortal, would be to stifle that person's personal growth and developing understanding of Will. There are many ways to do this, but the only one that concerns us here is the potential for the denial of religious training as dictated by fear and in ignorance of Will" - Valeria Holtz
Visit our Pagan Parenting Pages for Valerie's latest article, a Book Review and some powerful links. If YOU are a Pagan Parent and would like to offer your magick to this section Email us with your thoughts.
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