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Witchvox Weekly Update for 8/30/1999

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: August 30th. 1999
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Life, Death and Healing...
A WitchVox Mid-Week Update (9/1/99)

Doreen Valiente Passes on Today... We have been asked by Merlyn & Epona to pass along the sad news of today's passing of Doreen Valiente. Doreen passed on through to the other side this morning at 6:55 am (GMT). This is indeed a tragic loss for the NeoPagan community. So many have come to this path from her books and teachings. For more information and a beautiful obituary written by Janet, Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone visit WitchCraft.org. We love you Doreen and do know that your pioneer work for modern Witchcraft will never be forgotten - Fritz, Wren, Peg and Dio.

The Rev. Chas McAvoy is Very much Alive... This past Sunday we reported that Chas McAvoy had passed away on 8/18. Although this info came from two trusted and reliable sources, it was a *different* Rev. Chas McAvoy that had passed on. The passing was of the grandfather of the Chas we all know and love. This is one correction that we are glad to make. Never the less we extend our deepest condolences to the McAvoy family for the loss of their loved one. We also send our best healing magic to Chas .... We are with you and there for you my brother.

Healing: Frank Dalton... Mark Sosnowski tells us that he has spoken with Frank Dalton and that he is back in Connecticut and on the mend. Due to the healing magic of the community Frank is recovering much quicker than expected. Franks road to recovery will be a long one but he is clearly up for it and progressing faster than expected. We love you Frank and you are in our blessings and projects.

Healing: Fritz Jung... I take this time and this space to thank this wonderful community for the incredible healing energy that you have sent my way. Two days ago I was in the O.R. for a second operation on my heart (a stint was placed in one of my arteries) and am typing this two days later. This angioplasty wasn't as smooth as the last one and they ripped me up pretty bad, but the healing (this time) was even more dramatic than the last. Although I am sleeping some 12 hours a day, I just had to get this thank YOU out and the critical information mentioned above up in a timely manner. There IS no place like home and am deeply indebted to my lover, the beautiful Wren and our kitties for the magic they do so well. It's also important to mention that all 840 Witches' of the World pages are updated and current.

Fall Gathering of the Tribes is a GO! Due to concerns about hurricane Dennis, Gathering of the Tribes was in question for a few days. Dennis has mercifully spared those in the Carolina/Virginia areas and the "Fall Gathering of the Tribes" IS indeed a Go. We wish all those attending a wonderful festival our very best and send our love.

This week's Update (8/30/99)...

Allow us to start this week's update by thanking close to a thousand of you that took the time to participate in the WitchVox Pagan Spam survey. It is powerful to have an actual community statement on this issue (see feature just below). Look for surveys on other HOT pagan issues in the next few weeks. Do know that you have a question that you'd like to ask the NeoPagan community you can email it to us for possible inclusion in future surveys.

This weekend Wren and I did a quick escape to Ft. Myers for 24 hours of r & r. This is were we go to relax, ground and heal. Thank you Don, Daniella, Tia, Tony, Terra and William for the healing magic that you consistently provide. Those of you that came in the WitchVox front door may have noticed the picture of the two eagles. This picture is real was taken in Ft. Myers just yesterday. Truly beautiful creatures and the first American Bald Eagles I have ever seen. It was a thrill for us to experience the magic of Terra and Williams incredible artwork. The Greenman cloak that they are working on is nothing sort of amazing. Look for some features on their work here at Witchvox *if* we can talk them into it. Until then you can visit their site at Earth'nwear, Cloaks, Capes And Robes-magickal

Speaking on Online Shops and Original Pagan Crafts, these two Pages in our Pagan Links pages continue to be the hottest. WitchVox has always believed in supporting all that is good in the Pagan community including our talented artists and the many on and off line Pagan shops. Visit our Pagan Links pages for Cyber listings and our Shops listings (by City/State) to help fulfill your magical shopping needs.

This week marks the beginning of new month here at WitchVox and this week we "clean the slate" on this page (Click HERE for last week's Community News). This week we also introduce a new set of links that will enable you to look at our homepages on a month by month basis. This is a quick way to check out the hottest news and community events of 1999.
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Pagan Spam Survey Results NOW up
As promised, today we post the Results of last weeks survey on your thoughts related to Unsolicited Email. Later this week we will start posting the comments from the surveys. So what did we learn? We now know that 86% of you "hate it" and that 92% of you want it stopped. We also learned that most of you find "Pagan Spam" (being added to a list without your permission) as a terrible community crime and don't blame the site where your email address was posted. Thank YOU for this but do know we will continue to aggressively work to protect your email address listings here at WitchVox.

Some Observations...

  • Commerical vs. Non-commercial: Interestingly most of you didn't draw a line between these two types of Spam and generally stated that ANY spam is an obnoxious invasion of privacy. TIP: Many of you advised others to NOT respond to commercial spam. We agree that this is wise, but do want to state that we encourage you TO respond to Pagan Spam if you didn't ask for it (note: some of you stated that you never have received Pagan Spam). Usually Pagan Spam is by an individual WITH a REAL email address and they will be effected about your reaction. By expressing your true thoughts you can help us to protect your listings here at WitchVox and hopefully make a community statement in the process.

    This is YOUR power we are talking about, don't allow anyone to take it from you.

  • Who IS responsible? (a.k.a. question #6) Although 92% of you want to see spam stopped, this was a tough question for many of you. Several of you thought that we should have included the Spammer (his/herself as the one responsible. Clearly this is true but Spammers (Pagan or not) play a numbers game, don't typically care if folks are offended, they simply want "quality" email addresses to work with. Like all Spammers they don't think that unsolicited mass mailings are arrogant, rude or an invasion of your privacy. They believe they are doing YOU a favor. Most of you didn't believe that the government should step in and that spam is a community issue. Truth is the government IS stepping in because many of the ISPs need help fighting this nightmare.

  • Your Comments Speak Volumes: Sadly time doesn't allow for us to post the comments in time for this weekly update. Over 600 of you DID have some very passionate thoughts on Unsolicited Email. We will start posting a balanced selection of these later this week. Check back here for an announcement on mid week. Until then DO check out the Pagan Spam Survey Results.




New Farrar Book Just Released
The Healing Craft: - Healing Practices for Witches, Pagans and the New Age
(Phoenix Publications Inc. Custer, WA)

We are pleased to finally announce the publication of our latest book, THE HEALING CRAFT; Healing Practises for Witches and Pagans, with Phoenix Publications of Custer, WA. (ISBN No:0-919345-18-2)

This is a groundbreaking new work; the first book of it's kind on healing specifically for Witches, Pagans and Occultists and is set to be a 'coven essential'. It includes extensive chapters on the Spiritual (aura/chakras/caballa etc), Mental (psychology), and physical body. A book which has combined occult wisdom with holistic principle, it has practical chapters on Spiritual (Aura/Chakric) Healing, Massage, Herbalism, Shamanistic Healing, Counseling with Regression and Tarot, and the last act of healing; Last Rites. For the latest on this book keep your eyes on the Janet, Stewart and Gavin Home page.

Important Note: Tomorrow Fritz goes into the hospital for a second operation on his heart. This will pull him away from the site and your new submissions of websites, events, groups etc. will not be updated during this time (but will be quickly upon his return). Wren will post the latest details over on Wren's Nest for those interested.

Wren and Fritz are deeply indebted to all of you that have worked your healing magic for us during this past few weeks. If you would like to work more we ask that you wait until the operation is completed (around 4 p.m. est. on 8/30/99). We thank you in advance and do know that your magic does indeed heal us all.

Always in your service.



Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
August 30th., 1999 c.e.





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