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Witchvox Weekly Update for 8/16/1999

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: August 16th. 1999
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A Week of Balance and Healing...
A Community that lives to give!

What a magical week! Allow us to start off this week's update by extending our heartfelt thanks (pun intended) to all of you who sent your healing energy in this direction. The result was both dramatic and effective. My own personal situation has improved substantially, but will not be finalized until dramatic change happens in our lifestyle and *they* do the second heart surgery (late Aug.). Mercifully, Wren and I love change and this week change we did with a focus on pace and balance. Bless you all for the light that you shine; it will have a profound effect on our future (photo to your left is of C.J. from Texas).

This week's update is packed with wonderful new information and links.

The community is all over the place in its reaction to "the Blair Witch Project" but one thing is for certain: B.W. is yet another opportunity to educate the general public about who we are and what we do. The buzz amongst Pagan WebCrafters (that we've talked to) is that "hit action" is at an all time high. Last week Witchvox had, once again, its busiest week ever with 180,835 pages viewed (1,085,345 hits). Thank YOU! This increase in "curiosity" can be directly linked to the promos and release of Blair Witch over the past three weeks (see New BW comments links below in this section) . We saw the same trends with The Craft" and "Practical Magic". During 1999, the NeoPagan movement has been in the press nearly every week. This is unprecedented and a direct reflection of the size and power of this growing movement.

Rumor Mill: This week we received several emails asking us WHY we don't allow commercial sites on WitchVox. This is, to anyone familiar with WitchVox, completely untrue. We list close to 2,000 commercial community ventures on our Events, Festivals, Shops and links pages. Always have and always will. What we DON'T do is accept commercial advertising or paid-for banner ads to FUND the expenses related to this organization. WitchVox is solely supported by its sponsors via their generous donations. Although big advertising cash is waved at us on a near weekly basis, we continue to have no desire to take WitchVox in a commercial direction. It is our belief that part of the appeal of the WitchVox project is that we DON'T hit you with advertising. We also take this opportunity to THANK our sponsors for keeping us in the black and ONLINE. If you would like to help keep Witchvox going, we'd love your support and do know that even a couple of stamps sent in the mail makes a difference. For sponsorship information Click HERE.

10 Years Gone:
"A unique observation of the Pagan community from a respected community Elder who took a decade off".

One of our personal highlights at the Heartland Festival (this past May) was getting to spend some time with Craft veteran Mike Nichols. For reasons that are now history, Mike bowed out of the Pagan public eye at the end of the 80's ... The Net brought Mike's work back in '97 (The Witches' Sabbats) but it wasn't until Heartland '99 that Mike met the community (circa 1999) head on. In this wonderful article entitled Ten Years Gone: The View from Heartland of a Changing Pagan Community Mike offers his observations on the dramatic changes of the NeoPagan movement.

Festival Reviews: Sirius Rising and Starwood '99 Frank Barney and family have a fabulous piece of land in Amish country in the lower southwest corner of the New York. The Brushwood folklore center is one of our favorite "homes away from home". Sirius Rising is put on by the Brushwood staff and takes place the week before Starwood. Starwood organized by A.C.E. (do check out the incredible A.C.E. Web Site) and, although it is not billed as a Pagan Festival, it is clearly dominated by Pagans. This Witch attended 6 Starwood festivals and will carry the wonderful memories long into my Crone years.

This week we feature two powerful festival reviews by a veteran of these festivals, Don Two-Eagles Waterhawk. Don is not a man to mince words and his thoughts are both direct and to the point. Click for reviews of Sirius Rising and for Starwood '99

Press Release: "The Wiccan/Pagan Times is pleased to be able to bring you another wonderful interview in our Author's Corner section. This time around we spoke in depth with Yasmine Galenorn, author of several books for Llewellyn, including Trancing the Witches Wheel. Ms. Galenorn was outspoken and frank on many issues concerning the Wiccan/Pagan community and the interview is a delight to read."  Check out one of the better sites on the Pagan Net, the Wiccan/Pagan Times

TWO National Pagan Events Coming up Fast...

Pagan Pride Day '99
The International Pagan Pride Day this year is September 18, 1999!

Pagan Pride Day is a celebration of PRIDE in whom we reverence and how we celebrate our spirituality! International pagan communities are planning events, picnics, walks and more to help promote understanding and tolerance among all religions and to share our abundance with others.

Media kits, suggestions for planning a Pagan Pride Day event and support available on the International Pagan Pride Day

Blessed Be and Meet me in DC: A quick surf to the BBMMDC Main web site points to lots of new action and plans are quickly coming into place. It is clear that the BBMMDC staff is committed to promoting this event as being "correct and for the good of all" and have been working on this since 1997. Visit the BBMMDC Main Site for the latest.

BBMMDC fever is spreading and other states are doing a version of this in their major cities. Check out what they are doing in Detroit, Chicago and now Iowa as well. Stay tuned to this page (and to your state events pages) for new info on BBMMDC and its sister events as they are posted.

New in our "Gay Witchcraft" Section:
A scholarly and powerful piece entitled Alternate Currents: Revisioning Polarity Or, what's a nice dyke like you doing in a polarity-based tradition like this?: by Lynna Landstreet. Originally printed in the now-defunct Blade & Chalice journal, this article looks at the challenges faced by gays and lesbians in traditional Craft with its often heavy emphasis on polarity. Is Wiccan polarity really inextricably bound to gender, or is the gender symbolism we so often see only a metaphor for something deeper? Are there other ways of working with it that aren't heterosexually based? --- Also NEW this week are some brief thoughts on Gay History by Keith Franks.

Alabama Does the Work...

In honor of Lughnasadh, the Alabama Chapter of the Pagan Foundation and its affiliate the Birmingham Pagan Alliance held their first holiday gathering on July 31st at Oak Mountain State Park.

About 47 pagans of various traditions came from all over Alabama to celebrate, in spite of the 100 degree heat. Informal classes and lectures were held during the day, while the evening hours included a dedication ceremony, a handfasting, and a Celtic-based ritual to celebrate the Sabbat. Feasting followed the ritual. Afterwards the evening was given over to socializing and getting to know fellow pagans from the area.

For more information, contact Lady Sarah (State Level Pagan) with ACPF:, or LaVonia (Local Level Pagan) with BPA:

Blair Witch News and MORE Community thoughts:
The response to last week's posting of 5 pages of pagan community thoughts on "Blair Witch" was incredible. THIS WEEK, we add two final pages of community comments. Check out Page Six as well as Page Seven for all the new postings. ALSO this week, we point you to a solid article in the Toledo Blade -by Judy Tarjanyi Wiccans Eye Film For Stereotyping (8/14/99) about how *we* are dealing with the 'Witch' in Blair Witch.

Our 10th Wave of WitchWar Comments: Bitchcraft? Bicca? Check out your thoughts on Witch Wars and the struggles of the Pagan Community. New comments from the past few weeks now up on page #10

August Articles and Essays: One of our many gifts from the Goddess in 1999 is an amazing woman named Diotima. For the past few months, she has delivered timely editing of this page and others for grammar and structure. Dio has also taken on the huge task of collecting, coding and finalizing our monthly essays series in both the Adult and Teen sections. This has opened up some time for Wren and I to focus on other things. The sheer number of August Essay submissions was incredible. Dio is presently finalizing them and we project that they will be featured here next weekend. Bless you, Dio, for the timely dedication that you have shown to both this community and to The Witches' Voice.

Have a safe and wonderful week everyone!

Humbly in your service,

Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
August 16th., 1999 c.e.

(Neil Finn/Marius De Vries)

    See it anyone got my eyes got my face _ sing it everyone got my nose got my blood
    conscience plays upon me now _ safe until my luck runs out
    cuckoos call, pendulum swings _ I thought you knew everything
    lift my hands make the cross...

    Sinner... I have never learned
    beginner... I cannot return
    forever... I must walk this earth like some forgotten soldier

    these things I should keep to myself _ but I feel somehow strangely compelled
    under moonlight I stood wild and naked _ felt no shame just my spirit awakened
    Sinner! got my eyes got my face

    fireball drop from the sky _ all my dreams have come to pass
    where's my faith is it lost _ can't see it till you cast it off

    Sinner... there is no such thing
    beginner... I have learned to sing
    forever... I must walk this earth like some forgotten soldier

    today I am still disconnected - to the face that I saw in the clouds
    and the closest I get to contentment - is when all of the barriers come down.

copyright 1998 Roundhead Music (administered by Wixen Music Publishing), EMI Music, and Mushroom Music
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