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Weekly Update: 1/24/2000

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: January 24th. 2000
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The Rebirth of Paganism
Interesting reading just ahead!

A glance at the desk calendar here at TWV gives us a vocabulary 'word of the day'. Today we are looking at "roman-fleuve". The definition reads: 'A long novel, often in many volumes, chronicling the history of several generations of a family, community, or other group and often representing an overall view of society during a particular epoch." I would venture to say that the pagan communities are already working on volume two of the series.

Volume two of the roman-fleuve, 'The Rebirth of Paganism" will be co-written by our children. Many of them are even today beginning to flex their literary and spiritual muscles. They are thinkers, they are doers and they are visionaries. Our future elders are taking our past and our present and are getting ready for our future. Volume two should make for some interesting reading.

The future is not ours to write. It is theirs. But we can help our future pagans make a smooth and strong transition. We can support their fledging efforts by offering support and guidance. We can make sure that the writings and the lessons are passed along. We can tell them our stories, introduce them to our myths and provide that which any parent-pagan or otherwise-gives freely to their children: our love for who they are and our trust in who they shall become.

Pagan families are now growing into their second and even third generations. Some of what we call 'fam trads' are even further along the generational line than that. This fact alone demonstrates that paganism is not some 'latest fad' or spiritual hobby. Paganism is made of a very real and extremely viable community of believers who are sharing-no, living!- those beliefs every day and incorporating them into their own families' traditions. Without a doubt, many family photo albums will soon be filled with images of "Grampa" in his ritual robes and 'Grammy' speaking with congressional leaders in front of the Capitol Building.

Strong images. Inspirational images. Images of our past that will blend into images of our future. Volume two will be written. Look into a pagan child's eyes. It's in there.

Honored to be in their service,

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - Day twenty-four

P.S. The powerful image just above is of Caroline and Sophie (thank you both for YOUR light), we are honored to utilize this image in the redesign of our Pagan Parenting Section. If you are Pagan parent and have something inspirational to share with the community, send us some email. Hail and Welcome, Pagans of tomorrow.

Young Pagans! Need we say more? Visit our Pagan Youth Pages for a taste of their magic.




Goodbye Velvet Hammer - Hello Dream Trybe!
This week, Neo-Paganism's premier Rock band - Velvet Hammer has change it's name... VH's drummer Nighthawk this week states the following in email...

"We have changed our name effective as you read this. We are no longer Velvet Hammer. We are now *drum roll please* {DREAM TRYBE} The music is still ours, and the band members are all still here. Only the name changes. I hope this is cool with everybody. We really had no choice. We have already sent in the trademark money, and will take the proper steps to protect this name. We did the research, and there is no other DREAM TRYBE. Thanks, I hope to see you all on this year's tour. Peace and Love, Nighthawk

give me a handful of stardust, that I can cast into my darkest night - Ginger Doss (DREAM TRYBE).

Florida Pagans, it's official, Dream Trybe WILL be performing at PhoenixPhyre 2000 in the Tampa Bay area. Also look for Dream Trybe on tour at many Pagan festivals this year. More on Dream Trybe can be found at their website Dream Tribe.

CMA Scores a Piece of Land!
This past friday, TPAO received one of the most exciting and long-awaited announcements in its history. After months of fund raising, the Council of Magickal Arts Director Lou Mancel and Land Manager Greg Evans signed papers purchasing 100 acres of land in Fayette County, Texas. This 100 acre parcel has trees, a creek, and plenty of space for all of CMA's members. TPAO editor Kit O'Connell was privileged to participate in a small celebration in Austin, and was given a sneak preview of the blue prints for the rest rooms and bath house that will be constructed on the land.

The complete story with links can be found at Texax Pagan Awareness Web Site

Does ANYONE Bother to Check these Things Out?
This past week we received several pieces of email (once AGAIN) asking pagans to remember to state PAGAN, Witch or Wiccan on the National census... This *would* be a good idea IF there were any questions about religion. Truth is, there won't be and hasn't been since the 50's. If you see this email go around please help and clarify this critical detail to those that send it.

No Religion Question? In 1956 the arguments put forth against a religion question included: Invasion of privacy and violation of the 'separation of church and state' provision in the First Amendment. When the news broke that the census may include the religion question, "the crowd went wild." Newspapers covered the story and everyone who had an opinion wrote about the issue. The entire controversy made the Census Bureau think that many Americans would either boycott the 1960 census altogether or try to skew the results in some way. On October 15, 1957, the Census Bureau decided that the religion question would NOT be included.

The actual questions of the 2000 census can be found in pdf format at Census 2000

Writers, Farmers, Witches and Copyright

The week before last we kicked off a new section here at Witchvox loosely titled "Notes from a WebCrafter" (V.E.R.A.). The Witches' Voice has always maintained a strong ethical stance and consciously takes a hard line "attitude" in this area. This new section was hit hard and those that choose a strong ethical stance emailed us with their enthusiastic support. It is our desire to use this section to provoke both thought and awareness in the area of "Correct and for the Good of All".

NEW This week: We are proud to present a rant from Fiction Writer Maggie (Benson) Shayne entitled "Writers, Farmers, Witches and Copyright". Maggie helps dispel many of the myths about plagiarism and puts things into perspective. Thank YOU Maggie for this important document.

Over the next few weeks/months we will finish up some rants that have been stewing for some time. We will continue to feature other Pagan WebCrafters and community members and their thoughts on values, ethics, responsibility and accountability. Check out Notes from a WebCrafter.


The Cats of WitchCraft
This past week we caught up with yet another backlog of new cat pictures sent in from the community. Check out our latest addition to this section (Page #7)The Cats of the Craft PAGE #7. Note: during 1999 our Cats of Witchcraft page was the #5 hit page here at WitchVox.

Pharaoh, The Cat: Yes, we know, we did feature this link (and photo) late last year, but it was too damn cute to not repeat. Many kitties are treated like deity, the newborn pictured to your left is one creature already hailed as such. Although only 9 weeks old, Pharaoh has his own home page appropriately titled "Pharaoh, The Cat" (beautifully designed by his personal slave - Laren of Stella Australis).

"On this page you will find out everything you ever wanted to know about this lovable feline. But mostly you will find pictures! Hopefully, this gallery will grow over time to document the growth of the star of the site. We might even include some funny stories, which if the past few days are any indication, there will be many of. Pharaoh joined the family on the 12th of November 1999 at the age of 8 weeks. This photograph was taken on the 11/15/99." - Hail Pharaoh, may our service to you be correct and for the good of only you. - We love our kitties!



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Witch, Wiccan and Pagan F.A.Q.'s
Frequently Asked Questions about Witchcraft... Our FAQ page has been the number two hit page on this site since the day we went "on the air". It has become a powerful educational tool and was updated by Wren earlier this year. "The WitchVox FAQ's are offered to new seekers and the general public in an effort to dispel many of the myths of the Craft of the Wise. Witchcraft IS a legally recognized religion and has been since 1985. The ways of the Witch are defined in even more detail in various other pages on this Web site." We now present this document in Spanish - Italian - Finnish - Latvian - German and NOW in Dutch and Turkish.




Powerful Coven/Group Shots Wanted
Since day one the Witches' Voice has featured many of the beautiful faces of our community. If you have a fabulous shot of your coven or group feel free to email it to us. We'd love to celebrate your magic. We also ask that you include the names (left to right), make sure the folks in the photo are cool with being on the Voice and include the URL of your Coven/Groups Website (if you have one).

  WitchVox Year 2000 Essay Topics NOW Up!  


The Witches' Voice is actively soliciting editorials and essays on a variety of topics on interest to both Pagan and mainstream audiences. Diotima has put together the essay/article topics for the first 6 months of year 2000. For the complete listing and our editorial guidelines, follow the links at the bottom of this box.

Young Pagans Section:

February 2000:
    Publication Date: February 6th
    Submission Deadline: January 30th

    Topic: Out of the Broom Closet
    Let's hear your story. If you've come out of the broom closet, was it as bad as you had feared? Better? Worse? If you haven't, do you plan to in the near future? Why or why not?
    Topic: Whatcha Readin'?
    What books have helped you to learn about Paganism? Was it a book that got you interested in the first place? Have you ever been 'caught' reading a book on Witchcraft in school by your friends or your teachers? What happened?
"Adults" Section:

February 2000:
    Publication Date: February 13th
    Submission Deadline: February 6th

    Topic: Out of the Broom Closet
    Let's hear your story. If you've come out of the broom closet, was it as bad as you had feared? Better? Worse? If you haven't, do you plan to in the near future? Why or why not?
    Topic: Prayer
    Do you pray? How do you think your prayers are similar to/different from more mainstream religions like Christianity? Do you call them "prayers", "magic", or something else?


For Our Year 2000 list of Teen Topics: Click HERE ... For Adult Topics: Click HERE


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W.O.T.W. Includes (as of 1/1/2000) 1,062 Covens and Groups, 465 Festivals and Events, 3,017 annotated links to Pagan Web sites, over 17,000 Witches, Wiccans and Pagans and 642 Pagan shops of the World.

The entire 826 page W.O.T.W. and Pagan 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 24-48 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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