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Weekly Update: 5/1/2000

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: May 1st. 2000
Times Viewed: 4,610

Changing Seasons, Changing Public Perceptions-It Really IS All About Change!

Greetings Witches, Wiccans and Pagans,

We'd like to begin this week's update by thanking all of you who sent us your thoughtful and insightful comments on last Tuesday's JAG episode. Most of you thought that CBS did a pretty good job, that the information about Wicca and pagan practices was handled tastefully and that-after years of being the 'bad guys' in television plots-perhaps in the near future we wouldn't necessarily have to grit our collective teeth every time the boob-tube guide contained a program blurb that revealed Witches will be involved in the plot. Well, maybe we're not ready to throw away our oral retainers just yet, but in general, most agreed that CBS should pat their writers on the back for this one.

As positive as most of you thought that the episode was, interspersed within the comments that we received were threads of minor irritation and discontent: The robes were too..well, they were just too-too. The ritual was a little off. Women were once again portrayed as helpless victims of male agression. What was with that 'widdershins' thing? And why, oh, why, did they have to use sex and rape as the background for a positive show about Wicca?

Check out the Witchvox Review of the "Jag" episode... posted last week over at Wren's Nest.
Also feel free to use the CBS Feedback Form to tell them what YOUR thoughts (thanks Calliope)


The show was good, mind you...But it wasn't perfect.

Perfection Is Not All That It's Cracked Up To Be!

Perfect. There's a concept that can get one to thinking. Just what is 'perfection' anyway? Perfection denotes a sense of being without flaw, mar or blemish. Nothing is missing. A perfect anything is a something to which nothing can be added-it is complete unto itself and can never be improved upon. Sounds 'perfect'?

As earth-religionists, we know that Nature is not 'perfect'. Just as a lake can seem completely clear and 'perfect' without silt or algae, we also realize that it can also be perfectly dead if no organisms live within it. Perfection has nowhere to go: nothing to be added or subtracted, nothing to be thought about or discussed, nothing to be worked on or worked out. Perfection just sits there being perfect. Goddess, preserve us from 'Perfection'!

Nature is not perfect because She is always working on changing something, adding something, removing something, adapting something, growing something. And from Her wisdoms, we as pagans take our cues. There will probably never be one book that is the final set of words on who we are or what we all believe. That is because our ways are carried upon the winds, written in the trees and scried from within the sometimes murky waters of Nature as She stirs things up and agitates the Earth in order to bring fresh new growth into being.

Perfect? No, humans may never be perfect, television programs will probably never be perfect and Nature Herself will certainly never consider becoming perfect. She wisely knows that there is something even better than perfection. There is that Something that is everchanging, never completely predictable, sometimes inexplicable and always interesting: It is that 'crazy little thing' called Life. And as pagans who follow Her ways, that is 'perfectly' fine with us!

Beltaine Is Another Chance To Change!

This week, many neo-pagans will be celebrating the Holidays of Beltaine or Samhain. As we mark a change in the seasons, pagans generally take time to reflect on not only what changes they would like to make in their personal lives, but also what has changed within themselves since the last turning of the Wheel. Christina shares some of this desire within Nature to change and grow in her new article on Beltane (as well as a powerful list of Beltane Links):

The beginning of summer heralds an important time, for the winter is a difficult journey and weariness and disheartenment set in, personally one is tired down to the soul. In times past the food stocks were low; variety was a distant memory. The drab non-color of winter's end perfectly represents the dullness and fatigue that permeates on so many levels to this day. We need Beltane, as the earth needs the sun, for our very Spirit cries out for the renewal of summer jubilation.

Beltane marks that the winter's journey has passed and summer has begun, it is a festival of rapturous gaiety as it joyfully heralds the arrival of summer in her full garb. Beltane, however, is still a precarious time, the crops are still very young and tender, susceptible to frost and blight. As was the way of ancient thought, the Wheel would not turn without human intervention. People did everything in their power to encourage the growth of the Sun and His light, for the Earth will not produce without the warm love of the strong Sun. Fires, celebration and rituals were an important part of the Beltane festivities, as to insure that the warmth of the Sun's light would promote the fecundity of the earth.


As always, we here at TWV would love to show off some of YOUR smiling, happy faces. If you or your group have some photos of your Beltaine festivites that you would be willing to share with the world, please send them on over.

In other news...

Florida Pagan Gathering - This Weekend!
Wren and I will be attending the Florida Pagan Gathering (May 4th-7th) in St. Petersburg this coming weekend. Due to our schedule, we can only make it for a single day, but are thrilled to connect with the wonderful folks that have been doing this gathering for so many years. Other Guest Speakers include: Donald Michael Kraig, Maya Heath and Pete Pathfinder Davis. Our favorite drummers, Greywolf and Briga, will be there as well (Yea!!). We WILL be doing a workshop on Saturday morning (10:00) and then spending the rest of day socializing and having fun. Thank YOU Roger for this chance to connect with other Florida Pagans.

Witchvox Site Structure NEWS
Over the next couple of weeks the Witchvox web site will be moving to our own server. Over the past several weeks we have moved our entire networking sectionWitches of the World as well as the front end of Wren's Nest to this new server. Cetlink.com (in N.C.) has hosted the Witches' Voice for close to three years for a flat fee of 34.95 a month and has never changed us for "traffic" (we generate 44 gig a month). Since most isps DO charge for any traffic over 2 gig we are VERY thankful for the connection we have had at cetlink. For many reasons, including the fact that they ARE hitting us for the amount of disk space that we use (close to a 100.00 a month this year and sending our financial balance INTO the red), we have made the decission to move the site. We believe cetlink's disk usages charges are fair, and have nothing but kind words to say about them. That said, look for the following changes here during the month of May.

  • Intermitant outages in YOUR connection TO the Witches' Voice. We will make every effort to minimize this but this will happen until we properly test and trouble shoot the new server. NOTE: if you have trouble connecting, wait a few minutes and try again. We will be painfully aware of the outage and hopefully be "right on it".
  • The VoxSearch engines on the bottom of our pages will probably NOT be working for at least a week as we "custom write" brand new and more powerful search capabilities for our 2,000 plus pages.
  • Email response will be slow from my end as I scramble to get things together.
  • Submission forms for people, events, groups, local shops and links listings will be intermitant as well. But do know that we take our networking section seriously and will make every effort to minimize this invovenience.

Our new Server(s) will finally give us the control we have dreamed about for years. Look for some real "dynamic" pages here at Witchvox over the next few months. Our limitation will be time to impliment... We have close to 100 projects on our "white board" that are contigent to this new set up. We are very excited about this... Witchvox, as always, will change and grow. - Thank YOU in advance for your patience. - Fritz Jung (Webcraft -- The Witches' Voice)

A Healing Request for Lady Pythia!
We got this forwarded from our good friend Scott earlier today... "Just a few to let all of you who have been sending energy, love and healing to Lady Pythia know that her surgery went extremely well. The Dr.s have revised their prognosis and if all continues as it is now she will probably be back home in a couple of months.(Are we supprised? Great big smile!) The surgery took about 8 hours and she was breathing on her own this morning. We got to see her for a little while and she looked a little abused but was lucid and interacting with us. I know that when she can, Pythia will send her own thanks, but in the meantime I want to thank all of you for your kindnesses and for all the energy and healing work that you have done. Please keep her in your thoughts and circles. The hardest part is yet to come. Blessed be, Nimue... WVOX Note: Scott Fray is presently whipping up a website in order to keep us all informed on the lastest related to Lady Phythia. We will post this url when it is ready.

Closure for the Stewart Farrar Memorial

This morning we received a nice note from Janet Farrar about the memorial to her late husband Stewart...

Words can never express how touched I personally have been by all the loving messages left on Stewart's memorial site.

I just want to say thankyou to you all, to Stewart's friends and to all of those who never met him; to his initiates, to the gentle Irish folk, to his nephew John for his eulogy. To a grieving mother; my heart goes out to you, but I know Stewart will look after your green eyed son.

To all of you across the globe and to all of you who sent me cards and flowers to ease my grief. Gavin and I especially would especially like to thank Fritz and Wren for setting up this site for us all.

Thank you and may the Lord and Lady bless you all.

Janet Farrar
1st May 2000

To view numerous moving testimonials, surf to the Stewart Farrar Memorial page.

Three Spam attacks against Witchvox this week.
Spam? Most of you are painfully aware of this rude and assuming behavior. This week email addys at Witchvox, other Pagan sites and lists were hit by "our own" (read: Pagans asking YOU to join them in something or to purchase something from them). We are somewhat helpless against this sort of activity FROM the pros (see States outlaw spam for some hope) BUT NOT from those IN OUR COMMUNITY. If it is Pagan Spam and looks like a real email address DO respond and cc in their ISP as well (try both postmaster@xxx.com and Webmaster@xxx.com).

NOTE: Spamming IS sending unsolicted email of an impersonal nature... Doesn't matter whether it's commercial or not! For additional information, visit our article on Spam

Smiling Faces Indeed! Lady Elspeth To Celebrate Another Milestone...

We received this notice from Rosamund:

Hello, Everyone! Merry Meet!

It's been many years since I sent out Haven e-mail, but the Lady Elspeth has asked me to send to the old list the announcement of a Haven Family Reunion and the Celebration of that Great Lady's 70th Birthday on the first weekend in August, (Aug. 4-6, 2000) at The Land Celebration at Gore, VA, west of Winchester, VA on Route 50 West.

I ask you to forward this to other members/friends of Haven of whom you may know. The details are not yet complete, but I can tell you that volunteers are needed to "man" the kitchen at The Land Celebration and to help plan activities for the event. More details will follow.

Please RSVP me if you are interested. I am working with Bobbie Dresser to coordinate this event.

Blessed Be,
Wren, Catherine's Daughter of Haven


In closing, as pagans around the world celebrate the changing of the media perceptions and the changing of the seasons, we can also look forward to the beginnings of a new world concept in which each person is valued for who they are regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background or religious preference. No, it won't be a 'perfect' world. It will be an everchanging, never completely predictable, sometimes inexplicable and always interesting world. Pagans will certainly be a vibrant and energetic part of it. We always have been.

'Til next week.

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - June 26th.






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