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Weekly Update: 3/13/2000

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: March 13th. 2000
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A Magickal Pavilion Goes Down!

Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,

Apparently the mother has made the decision that a very famous Pagan structure (photos by Shaggyman) must be rebuilt... Several days ago, the pavilion at Camp Gaia (home of the Heartland Pagan Festival and several other events) was destroyed by high winds. Mercifully NO ONE was injured. At present, the pagan community is gathering to help see that this structure gets rebuilt and rebuilt quickly.

Wren and I have already offered our help and support to seeing that this happens. We will never forget the incredible magic we've experienced in this room over the past few years. In fact, anyone that has attended the Heartland Festival will no doubt agree. It was a large structure that held close to 400 Pagans. Some of our personal highlights include, watching Silver Ravenwolf work her incredible interactive magic with a full house, the "spinning cauldron" with Dream Tribe (then known as Velvet Hammer), countless amazing musical performances and powerful lectures with some of the most famous in our community.

At Heartland '98 I was honored to perform a one-hour "unplugged" set in this wonderful room. It was a night I will never forget. Although I was just one man with an old "Martin guitar" (1966 D-18) and a dozen "Witch Tunes", this room came alive with a magic of its own. Since this was the only live performance I have given in the past 5 years, I was quite nervous when I hit the stage. Oddly, just two minutes into the set I felt an embrace by this amazing room and found myself performing with a conviction that I wasn't prepared for. It was not only fun, but a magickal experience that I will take with me to my next incarnation.

This week we also heard from Nighthawk (drummer of long time Heartland Headliners "Dream Trybe")... "One of our 'homes' got hit by a windstorm. We call it home, because it always feels like it when we're there. ... The pavilion and stage area was demolished by this wind, and Heartland's next festival is not far away. Although we won't be there this year, our families will -- and our beloved Wildcat Production crew will need a roof over the magical moments that this year's musical acts bring to the stage".

For more information and how YOU can help follow this information... (Thank you John Kramer & Clarity): PLEASE! IF you have ever spent a pleasant Heartland Festival at Camp Gaea....PLEASE! IF you have any fondness for this wonderful retreat we seek to promote and protect.... Tell everyone you know who might care and then send whatever you can to Earth Rising P.O. Box 10442 Kansas City, MO 64171-0442 credit card (you can do it with a check too) through select "Send Money" and Send to

Also check out H.S.A.'s coverage of this travesty at their website.

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 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.

'Revelations' to debut this week on HBO

It was May 5, 1993. The victims were named Michael, Stevie and Christopher. Their battered bodies were found in the woods of Robin Hood Hill area. They were eight years old.

The other young men are named Damien, Jason and Jessie. They wore black and perhaps 'dabbled in the occult". They were arrested and tried for the murders of the eight-year-old boys. Jessie was sentenced to life plus 40 years, Jason to life and Damien to death.

The story caught the eye of filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky shortly after the teen-agers' arrests. They decided to film a documentary of the case and the resulting trials. What they found was a tale more bizarre than they could have ever imagined. The documentary became known as Paradise Lost and Damien, Jessie and Jason labeled as 'The West Memphis Three.' (see our extensive coverage from '98)

What seemed at first to be an open-and-shut case continues to conjure up tales of mismanaged investigations, 'witch hunts' and justice gone awry. The story, the case and the documentary continue to provoke controversy to this day. And it is far from over.

Monday night, HBO will air 'Revelations'-the sequel to 'Paradise Lost'-which will explore events that have transpired since the first piece aired. Court appeals, new evidence and the lives of the WM3 today suggest that this case is far from 'solved' to everyone's satisfaction. Whether Damien, Jessie and Jason are guilty or innocent continues for many people to leave a 'shadow of a doubt' on the entire investigation.

Major UPdate: (3/12/2000) WitchVox Media coordinator Peg Aloi has already seen this film (private screening in NYC last week) and offers a Major Update on this case as well as details about the HBO Special.

Pagan Web Theft: Without question, the email topic of the week (at this end) was related to last week's feature on "Fair Use and Pagan Web theft". We heard from many of you that are victims in the middle of battles against theft from "our own". Example: A few times last year we featured a beautiful image (druidess.jpg) by our pal J.K. Williams and sure enough this image has been seen, un-credited on numerous "pagan" Websites. Several of you asked us to expand our list of theft excuses to a page of its own. New excuses included... "You are just trying to eliminate the competition" (by asking you NOT to steal from us?) - "Do what ye will is the whole of the law" (and this is ALL you need to justify stealing?) - "I thought it was free FOR the community" (I'll bet you did)... Apparently, thieves are getting caught and held accountable. This is an inspiration to all of us that work hard to create our own work FOR the community. Allow us to applaud the lions share OF the Pagan Online community that DOES work hard to bring something fresh and original to the Web.

Those Pesky Pop out Windows Do you hate those pop out windows from Geocities? Most do! What about pop out windows when you simply want to leave a site? (I hear Wren bristling constantly). Sadly over the past several months some Pagan web sites are starting to use this little "trick". Question: Do you want us to leave your site based on a link you recommend or not? Why must your site lurk in a window in the background? Afraid we will forget about you? If your site is interesting you can bet we WILL return, in fact we just may just bookmark it. Do us all a favor and allow that decision to be ours, because ultimately it is.

Wren and are psyched at the opportunity to once again "get away" and in two weeks we will. Yet another chance to exchange hugs with so many loved ones. If you can make it to PhoenixPhyre (see feature below) do stop in at the Waterhawks camp and say high.

Honored to be in your service,

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - March 13th.

In other news this week...

Pagan Internet Conference - This Thursday!
Gavangar Shadowranger wrote: Greetings All! What're You Doing on the 16th of March 2000? Sitting at your desk? Or spending the day with some of the most outstanding Pagan writers and webmasters in the community? Easy decision, isn't it? On March 16, 2000, a number of Pagan writers & webmasters around the world will be leaving their own desks to meet for the largest and most significant gathering in history. We're calling it The Pagan Internet Conference. And YOU can play an active role. They want YOU to be part of the conversation. There is so much to cover. Just think how the Internet encourages us to defy the conventions of time and space in order to start a whole new kind of conversation. And The Pagan Community is at the heart of it. On March 16, 2000, Pagans like you will come to participate in this gathering. And you don't want to be left out. The Pagan Internet Conference is your event. For more info visit the website...

  Education/Media -- Science, Magick & Religion  

March AdultVox Essays... Now Up!

  • Education and the Media: We were lucky enough to have 3 pros write on this topic, including our own media coordinator here at TWV, Peg Aloi. No one questioned whether or not we should be reaching out to the media; everyone agreed that if we want to be able to practice our religion freely, we must work to educate the public on who we are and what we do, and we need the media to accomplish that goal. There is lots of great advice here on how to handle Pagan PR. Check out the Education and the Media essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE

  • Science, Magick and Religion: Science, Magick and Religion: As with the teen essays on this topic, the prevailing view seems to be that science, magick and religion have much more in common than is generally believed. Hopefully, the "theory of everything" physicists are working on (see the first essay for a clear explanation of string theory) will help delineate this common ground.. Check out the Science, Magick and Religion essays... Page ONE - TWO

March TeenVox Essays... Now Up!

The teens came on like thunder with this months essays. Incredible work from the heart.

  • Education and the Media: Though there is a lot of mistrust of the media, these writers agree that reaching out to educate people is a good thing. Here are some very interesting ideas on how to do that. Read on! Check out the Education and the Media essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE

  • Science, Magick and Religion: One of the most interesting aspects of Pagan thought today is the idea that science and magick need not be at odds with each other. Our teen essayists this month seem to agree with that notion, and develop the idea in some interesting directions. One author reminds us that life is a question we still haven't answered.. Check out the Science, Magick and Religion essays... Page ONE - TWO

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

PhoenixPhyre 2000 - What a Line Up!

Attention southeastern Pagans... If you are interested in checking out a festival this year, this one will be hard to beat. PhoenixPhyre Festivals has managed to put together a impressive list of presenters and performers. Wren and I are truly psyched to be once again invited back and to once again get the chance to meet many new friends and to rejoice in the friendships we have made in the past. Although we have attended a few workshops (up north) by Isaac Bonewits several years ago, we have never actually "met the man"... in a few weeks we get to do just that. Wren and I will be doing a few workshops and I will be doing sound for our good friends and premier Pagan band DREAM TRYBE (formerly known as Velvet Hammer).

The featured list of presenters includes: Isaac Bonewits, Roger Paraselsu Coleman (Iron Oak), Phyllis Curott & Bruce Fields, Gretchen Shork, Gavin & Yvonne Frost, Maya Heath, Fritz Jung, Greywolf & Briga O' Murchadha, Nybor & Elspeth Of Haven, Patricia Telesco, Wren Walker, and Don & Daniella Waterhawk -- Featured Musical Artists: DREAM TRYBE (formerly known as Velvet Hammer), Harper Deluna, and The Raft

WitchVox Coverage In the past we have done daily coverage of this wonderful festival... This year we are going to give ourselves a break. Look for substantial coverage of this event a week after the event. To get a better feel for this festival, do check out our past reviews... PhoenixPhyre '99 and our 3 page coverage of AutumnMeet held this past fall. PhoenixPhyre 2000 is scheduled to take place in Land of Lakes, Florida - just north of Tampa, Florida (March 22nd - 26th, 2000)

AutumnMeet Video NOW Out: The AutumnMeet 1999 highlights video is completed. And we must say it looks great! It features workshops from the event, Night Magick, A cut from the Velvet Hammer performance, a cut from Harper DeLuna's performance, People from the event, and so much more. It is for sale for $24.95 from their website at and proceeds from video sales go toward their scholarship fund.

Pagan Parenting by Christina

This week we continue with a new series of articles in our Pagan Parenting section by the beautiful Christina Aubin from the North Shore of Massachusetts. Wren and I are honored to call Christina friend and thilled to feature her in-depth study here at WitchVox.

NEW this Week...

  • Children and Spirit - Spirit The simplicity of raising Magical Children is, that all children are magical when they are born. Babies still remember the Goddess and the other side when they return to this world, in a very real way. I have heard speculation over the years, from a variety of sources, which suggest this is the reason that infants cannot speak from.
  • Christina's Spirit Links - ... Dozens and dozens of useful Children and Spirit related links.

From the past couple of weeks...

  • Pagan Parenting Health Links - Holistic medicine: a doctrine of preventive and therapeutic medicine that emphasizes the necessity of looking at the whole person--his body, mind, emotions, and environment--rather than at an isolated function or organ and which promotes the use of a wide range of health practices and therapies. It has especially come to stress responsibility for "self-healing," or "self-care," by observing...
  • Pagan Parenting by Christina - There are no set parenting plans for Pagans/Witch parents. Many other religions have dictates of how adherents should parent usually carved into stone. Witchcraft and Paganism does not require us to adhere to any generalized set of rules, personally or as parents. So what does being a great Pagan/Witch parent mean? Are adrift in the sea of parenting...
  • Powerful Parenting Links - Countless, useful links for Pagan Parents.

Witches Speak Out! - Your Voice does Indeed Matter!

  WitchVox Year 2000 Essay Topics for March/April  

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:

April 2000:
    Publication Date: April 2nd
    Submission Deadline:March 30th

    Topic: Shabby Chic—Pagan Style
    What innovative ideas have you come up with to turn ordinary objects into magickal tools? Handmade, homemade and recycled items are good for your artistic muse and for the environment. How can a pagan on a limited budget dress like a God or Goddess for a fraction of the going price of ambrosia?

    Topic: Who Loves Ya, Baby?
    Does being Pagan help or hinder your love life? What problems have you encountered trying to find that love connection who understands or shares your religious beliefs? Is it important to find a Pagan partner or can any true love work it out regardless of religious differences?
"Adults" Section:

April 2000:
    Publication Date: April 9th
    Submission Deadline:April 2nd

    Topic: Shabby Chic—Pagan Style
    What innovative ideas have you come up with to turn ordinary objects into magickal tools? Handmade, homemade and recycled items are good for your artistic muse and for the environment. How can a pagan on a limited budget dress like a God or Goddess for a fraction of the going price of ambrosia?

    Topic: Interfaith Adventures
    What have your experiences been interacting with other religions as a Pagan? Do you think we can develop interfaith alliances with more mainstream religions, and how do you see them happening? Have you personally made an attempt to build bridges with other who practice a different belief system than your own?

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

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