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Weekly Update: 6/5/2000

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: June 5th. 2000
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Pagans Extend Hands In Fellowship and Work-Good Times and Good Deeds

This is the height of the pagan festival season and from what we here at TWV have seen and heard, the forward momentum of increasing participation in such events shows no signs of slowing down. This week, Wren pens her impressions of the Heartland Pagan Festival held at Camp Gaea this past week. Sadly due to the lack of common courtesy of a past attendee the taking of any photos required a signed waver from all of those in the shot. WitchVox has but one photo to present this time out (featured both on our intro page and on our Heartland 2000 review)... But fun in the sun isn't the only reason why pagans are getting together.

Many groups from across the nation are planning events to help raise awareness of earth-based religious practices and many others are becoming involved in social issues and concerns. Some pagans in the Kansas City area are bringing all of these elements together for a good cause:

Pagan Pride Day III - A Benefit For Wayside Waifs" will be held on Saturday, June 24, at Shelter #6, Lake Jacomo, Missouri. This public event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 6 p.m. We have the following presenters giving workshops throughout the day: Wayside Waifs, Shanem Falconfire, Todd Altizer, She-Wolf, and a very special guest musical performance by Elvendrums.

Pagan Pride Day has become an annual public event to allow people of all faiths a chance to work within the Kansas City community by helping non-profit organizations. The first Pagan Pride Day was held in October 1998 and collected over 300 pounds of food for Harvesters, a local food bank. The second was held in June 1999 for Hope House, a local area woman's shelter and collected over four carloads of donations of various items for Hope House. For more information, you can visit the K.C. Pagan Pride Day website.

Giving The Godess Equal Bill(Board)ing is a project born in the Twin Cities area. "To honor the earth and the great diversity of life in her keeping, some simple Goddess messages have appeared on billboards in the Twin Cities. The billboards are part of a continuing effort by local pagans to post messages of nature-centered spirituality across the country. The original inspiration came from Greg Robinson of Arachne's Veil who was determined to have pagan billboards up by the new year. He brought his vision to Northern Dawn Council, where it met with enthusiastic support and financial backing." The rest-as they say-is history and these billboards are now part of the local landscape.

As An On-Going Outreach Program , probably none continues to grow and develop more than the Goddess 2000 Project. This week, Abby Willowroot sent the following press release:

"We are delighted to announce that Visionary Goddess Artist Lauren Raine has joined the staff of the Goddess 2000 Project. Lauren has been working with the G2000 Project for some time now, As a gifted ritualist and mask maker Lauren brings a wealth of ideas and creative input to the Project".

Lauren's G2000 Project contribution was the creation of 20 Mask of the Goddess. These Goddess masks were used for the Invocation of the Goddess at the 20th Annual Spiral Dance in San Francisco, they were danced at "Goddesses Alive!" a performance ritual created by M Macha NightMare at PantheaCon. The Goddess masks were also used by the G2000 Project in Willits, CA as part of their Winter Solstice Ritual in 1999."

And A Project in the Making is something that we had the pleasure of discussing with pagan author, Dorothy Morrison, while at Heartland:

The Gallows Hill Project 2000 "came about when we discovered that there was no marker whatsoever at Gallows Hill-the place where many innocent people lost their lives during the Salem Witch Trials. That being the case, we've decided to have a granite memorial placque/monument erected at the site." The memorial will read:

"In Blessed Memory of Those Whose Lives Were Taken For Daring To Believe Differently Than All Else About Them. May The Lady And The Lord Protect Their Immortal Souls As They Are Now Laid To Rest In The Bosom That Bore Them Life."

For more information on this project and on the latest with the beautiful and talented Dorothy Morrison... Click HERE

Tattoo YOU... Several weeks back we received an odd request. "May I use your logo for a Tattoo"? We get graphics use requests constantly and our stock answer is... Sure! All we ask is that you credit the creator of the image and NOTE that you are using it by permission of the Witches' Voice (this helps to keep other folks from wondering if you DID get permission). But a Tattoo? That request deserved special treatment. so we told this Witch, "Don't worry about the disclaimer <grin>... a few weeks later we got the image to your right with the following note...

"As promised, here is a pic of the tattoo :) The full armband is going to wait, but I will probably be going back for some color, maybe to emulate the sunset in the original. Thank you again for letting me use the logo, and feel free to post it online if you wish to, you have my full permission to use all or some of the image". -- Patrick Spence"

Thank YOU Patrick for deeming the WitchVox logo worthy of your flesh -- It looks "bitchen" and we say "go for the sunset background".

Two Powerful TEEN Pagan Essays for JUNE NOW Up:

Syncretism: : Both our essayists this month feel that our Pagan tendency to adopt practices and beliefs from other religions is good if done with care and in moderation. While they reach the same conclusion, both authors approach the subject from different perspectives. More great reading from our teen community! Check out the Syncretism essays... Page ONE - TWO

Just UP TODAY: Today we posted our Monthly essay topics list for the remainder of the year (July - December 2000)... Both the Young Pagan and Adults topics lists can be found from the Articles and Submission guidelines page... As always, your suggestions FOR topics are always welcome.

RowanFest 2000 (DragonHills, Georgia) - Last week we presented a review of now famous Rowanfest festival... Written by Don "Two Eagles" Waterhawk in his own folksy style, this is a wonderful "on the scene" review... "Daniella and I really didn't realize we would be able to go Rowanfest, and didn't make the final decision until we saw the exit. Spirit made a right turn (along with both of our spirits of course and the van) and away we went. We had called earlier, and asked if we could attend on a very last minutes notice..." Check out the WitchVox review of RowanFest 2000

The Cats of WitchCraft In an effort to dispell one of the many myths about the craft we began featuring pictures of Witch Cats back in '97 when we went online. Of late we have been barraged with submissions by over 70 of you... Due to this volume we are presently a couple of months behind. Although some have offered to help us with this page only one person actually DID. The WitchVox staff would like to thank Lady Ostara/Sheri (email: for authoring our latest cats of the craft page Cats09. If YOU are real good with html and image clean up AND can work with a simple template (our cats pages) we'd love the help. For those of you that have submitted your kitty(s) do know that we have them and will get them up and featured. Thank YOU in advance for your patience.

Dancing the Fires: A Primer for Attending
Neo-pagan Gatherings, Festivals, and Events

Ms. Telesco comes back with 4 NEW Sections!!!

My mother always told me "If you want something done, find a busy person"... Turns out she was, as always, correct. Trish Telesco is not only a busy person but one that DOES effect change in our community with her many books (30 is it?), lectures and consistent involvement in just about all things Pagan. These days festivals and gatherings are popping up everywhere and all of them continue to grow in strength and attendance. Trish has attended numerous festivals all over the globe and brings to you, years of observations and "must have" tips for both the veteran and new festival attendee.

The Witches' Voice is honored to present this critical and informative guide to Pagan Festivals by Trish Telesco. This page is being launched as the index page for this series, so look for new additions on a regular basis. Bless YOU Trish for what you have done and what you continue to do for us all!

NEW Topics for this Week...

  • Festival FAQ's (part II) - I notice a lot of people with athames and other magickal gear at events. How should these be treated? With the utmost respect. Don't touch anything without first asking. Just because it's sitting somewhere, this isn't an open invitation for people to pick up an item and tinker with it. Please treat other people's goods with the same courtesy as...

  • Helpful Hints for Camping events - I notice a lot of people with athames and other magickal gear at events. How should these be treated? With the utmost respect. Don't touch anything without first asking. Just because it's sitting somewhere, this isn't an open invitation for people to pick up an item and tinker with it. Please treat other people's goods with the same courtesy as...

  • Merchanting at Gatherings, Events & Festivals - For those of us in the community who need to pay bills, and who have a pagan-friendly business, merchanting is a great opportunity to cover a festival's costs and offer a service to the community. Nonetheless, many of us don't know where to begin to be successful at merchanting. This list should help: Contact the event coordinator EARLY to get...

  • Matters of Etiquette - No matter the type of event you're attending, there are general unspoken rules of pagan etiquette that should be followed contentiously. Many of these rules come under the heading of common sense, but that all too often is in short supply! Magickal Tools & Altars: At nearly any event there will be other people's magickal tools, jewelry, drums, wands, walking sticks...

Bless YOU Trish for this valuable resource for the Neo-Pagan community!

Powerful Coven/Group/Altar 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) of those in the shot, make sure the folks in the photo are cool with being on the Voice. Feel free to include the URL of your Coven/Groups Website (if you have one).

Web Site NOTES...

Bug Fix... This week some of our surfers helped us to squash a bug in our people listings search section... Apparently some folks were listed as from the US when they were actually from other countries... The country listings WERE ok but the search results rendered a different story, thanks to the few of you that brought this to our attention.

YOU Design Wren's Nest: The new version of Wren's Nest has been up on our own server at for the past several weeks. We are presently re thinking it's stucture. Some of you have suggested a "yesterday" script... and others have asked that MORE than 5 articles be presented at one time... We encourage you to send us your thoughts.

Thank you once again for your support of the Witches' Voice of the past few weeks. They were trying times for sure but once again the community arose to take care of its own... You have defied the odds and made sure that this Voice stays alive. You ARE, as always, THE Witches' Voice! Have a great week everybody!

In Your Service,

Wren, Fritz, Peg, Dio and Christina
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - June 5th.


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