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Weekly Update: 3/20/2000

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: March 20th. 2000
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Blessed Ostara to One and to All!

Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,

This Monday marks the first true day of Springtide. The days and nights are now equal in length as the Young God continues to mature and grow. We begin to see shoots of new growth and swelling buds on the trees. Energy is building, as the days become warmer with promise. Check out Peg Aloi's classic "You Call it Easter, We call it Ostara!."

This week the WitchVox central staff will be on vacation with friends and our Pagan family at the PhoenixPhyre Gathering in Land o' Lakes, Florida (see details just below) and then off to the Florida Keys after that. Judging by pre-registration numbers, it is clear that this year's festival will break all attendance records in a big way. As a thank you to WitchVox readers, festival organizer Wade Berlin has offered a cash discount at the gate to new visitors seeking a day/weekend pass... All you have to do is mention The Witches' Voice.

For the Record: Neither Wren or I or any of the WitchVox staff receive any cash or "honorariums" for our involvement with this festival. We DO in fact get in free in exchange for doing workshops and helping out.

Dream Trybe LIVE from Florida
Our good friends from the band Dream Trybe (formerly Velvet Hammer) have just informed us that their gig here in Tampa Bay will be broadcast LIVE on the internet on March 30th at 10:30pm eastern time. The venue is the Brass Mug and details can be (hopefully) found at From what we hear, it will cost 5 dollars to experience this live broadcast and the band gets 3.00. As of this writing, there are no details up on the BM site but if you are interested, email them and ask them when details will be posted. Dream Trybe has asked Wren and I to come up on stage and say hi to all those listening to the broadcast (not to worry, we will be brief - smile). NOTE: Dream Trybe has just headed out on a two month Southeastern US tour. Visit their web site for the tour itinerary.

Our Dixie is, once again, in Charge
As with our past trips to festivals, we will leave "the princess" in charge. Dixie is one of our Russian Blue kitties and has done a good job in the past keeping WitchVox alive while we we off playing. We will be back later in the week to update the networking sections and to answer emergency email. We will return full force to WitchVox at the end of the month. If you ARE attending PhoenixPhyre, stop on by the Waterhawks compound and say "HI".

Privacy Statements - Ours and Yours!
Pagan web sites continue to pop up on the web every day. While anyone can put up a site, more and more pagans are approaching web site design with increasing professionalism. This is indeed a 'good thing.' So moving forward on the theme of pagan issues and concerns on the internet, this week we feature an article on privacy concerns, legal issues surrounding the collection and use of personal information and the need for pagan webmasters to be aware of new laws on privacy and the web. Check out the Witchvox Privacy Statement as well as the latest addition in our Notes from a Webcrafter entitled "Protecting Online Privacy (this could help protect YOUR site). NOTE: The creator of these two powerful documents has chosen to remain anonymous as of this writing. We Do thank him from our heart for this critical work for the Witches' Voice and for the Pagan community. BR>

WitchVox.NET? Really?
This week we received countless emails asking the question "What is" Good question! is one of our new domains and is now the new location for all of our networking pages (People, Groups, Events, links etc). Last week marked the "soft launch" of this new domain. Our dream of "server level" control is slowly being realized. is hosted right here at WitchVox central and its pages are delivered to you via the Webstar Net Server engine. Webstar is very secure and in fact was the only webserver NOT hacked by Brazilian nationalists this past week at the US Army Web center. What WAS hacked were all of their Microsoft NT servers.

  • Future plans for include a totally rewrite of our networking section, live posting, user level editing and deletion, new sections, email address for WitchVox sponsors, automation of our dupe busting and url/email verification on a monthly basis, deeper profiles for the state pages and an even more powerful search capabilities. These changes will take a few months to render, but will strengthen this valuable resource that has served the community well for almost 4 years.

  • Current Tech Notes: presently offers you over 27,000 hot links to email address and web sites of Pagans, Events, Covens/Groups, Websites and local shops from around the world. These listings are "verified" every 30/60 days to remove bad links and email addresses. The events section is updated daily to remove any and all expired events. is custom authored with Filemaker Pro (v 5.02 unlimited) software and will soon be incorporating the dynamic power of "lasso" (v 3.6) by Blueworld. is served by the Webstar v 4.2 engine and is processed on a "hot rodded" Macintosh 7350 with a G-3 card. In its first week online, served almost 1/4 of a million hits and delivered some 34,000 pages.

  • Pagan Search Engines is just one of numerous "Pagan Search Engines". Although just 5 years old, the Pagan net and its reciprocal links listings have evolved quite substantially. First it was simple links lists in '95, annotated and alphabetized listings in 96/97 and then the availability of wonderful Gossamer Threads Search engine. During the past 4 years the leader of the pack has clearly been, with a custom written search engine, Avatar is the best there is.

    Pagan links technologies for Y2k are something to see. You too can join in with a Gossamer seach engine on YOUR site by visiting (free to NON-Commercial sites). Simply download the cgi, "colorize" to your website's look and feel and voila. For numerous Pagan search engines visit the WitchVox Links Pages and select "Search/Links Sites" from the side bar. You won't be disappointed, many of these are quite fabulous.

PhoenixPhyre 2000 - What a Line Up!

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 o' Lakes, Florida - just north of Tampa, Florida (March 22nd - 26th, 2000)

In closing, allow us to wish you all a wonderful and magickal Ostara. We will be back later next week.

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - March 20th.

Pagan Parenting by Christina

Christina Aubin continues to fill out the "Pagan Parenting" section with her latest installment of the Pagan Family Wheel of the Year. Christina offers suggestions and links to family-oriented activities that can be timed to celebrate the changing seasons. Fun for kids of all ages, pagan families can work and play together in many ways and in the process learn more about the wonderful natural world and our place in it.

NEW this Week...

  • Christina - Children and Spirit - Pagan/Witch holidays occur on what we refer to as the Wheel of the Year. This terminology illustrates the innate belief that earth religions hold that time is circular, not linear. Time, in essence, has no beginning and no end, it is not forward in motion but rather revolving and evolving. Time is, then is not and then is again...

From the past couple of weeks...

  • 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.
  • 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.

Last Week at WitchVox...

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 Lynda (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.

'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.

  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

Witches Speak Out! - Your Voice does Indeed Matter!

  WitchVox Year 2000 Essay Topics for 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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