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Weekly Update: 7/17/2000

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: July 17th. 2000
Times Viewed: 5,542

Our Modern Pagan History...
A Week of Treats and Teasers!

The past year has been a poignant one for the pagan communities. Stewart Farrar and Doreen Valiente-as well as perhaps some of your own family, friends and coven-mates-have crossed over into the Summerlands. We miss them here. Yet much of what they did here in this realm remains within us still-and what they have left within us, it is now our responsibility and privilege to carry forward.

Our modern pagan history is part of the legacy that each one of us will someday pass along to those who shall come after. As we honor our ancestors, mentors and the teachers who have come before us, so we now can begin to turn our attention to the pagan communities that shall become the next building block for the future. The spirals of time and space-of past, present and future-are not as far apart from each other as some would have us believe. The spirals overlap and spread out forever. What our Elders have done-what we are doing-what our children's children will do-is all connected and whole.

Doreen Valiente, one of the most famous and beloved pagan authors of all time, still enchants and delights us from across the Bridge to the Summerlands. Among the artifacts left in her estate are some never-before-seen and hereto unpublished poems.

The 'teaser' here is that Doreen's estate is a gold-mine of historical documents and pagan artifacts which is still being discovered, uncovered and catalogued. What we wouldn't give for just one hour in which to sit quietly and enjoy such treasures from her life's work and passionate writings. Perhaps one day, the pagan community will be able to do just that.

A new website will be launched to mark the first anniversary of the passing of Doreen Valiente, the world renowned English witch. Doreen is generally regarded as one of the most influential practitioner's of the Craft to date. Using her skills as a poet and author, Doreen produced a wealth of material on witchcraft, most notably the book Witchcraft for Tomorrow, and Liber Umbrarum, The Book of Shadows.

The site will include as never seen before, her astonishing array of artifacts, poems, photos and diaries which, are the largest private collection of witchcraft memorabilia in the world. Including photographs of the original 'Book of Shadows' plus, many objects belonging to Gerald Gardner and Dorothy Clutterbuck of the New Forest Coven. Video tributes from close friends and associates of Doreen will enhance this unique online exhibition. (Doreen Valiente.com has been created by a Brighton based company Hexagon Hoopix, on behalf of the Centre for Pagan Studies and goes online at one minute past midnight on 1st of September 2000).

Inside Note: Doreen left as her legacy the many fine poems which became incorporated into the day to day rites of modern Wicca. The Witches Chant (above and to your right) is typed and signed by her. This poem can be viewed on the forthcoming site along with the photos oldest known Book of Shadows, written by Gerald Gardner

The Witches' Voice will feature additional info on this exciting new site as well as some interesting pre-launch images. Check back on this page over the next 6 weeks.

Little Witch and The Christian
(a new 5-part series by John)

Speaking of Sequels... Many regular Witchvox visitors may recall a story that we featured here early last year called, The Little Witch. This piece was VERY popular and to date has been read some 32,016 times!

John has since penned a follow-up story starring the same endearing and outspoken main character. This time, we find the Little Witch attending a wedding. Realizing that she knows few people at the celebration and left sitting alone at one of the tables, our Little Witch begins to wish for "something" to happen that would be "pleasant and interesting and maybe even lively".

(Teaser ahead!) Be careful what you wish for... you just might get it! What the Little Witch does with what she 'gets' is the subject of a five-part series called, Little Witch and The Christian.

Web Note: This special feature is part of our new printable Basics of the Craft section.


Harry Potter And The Entralled Witches at Witchvox enjoyed a good time reading the latest installment of the goings-on at the Hogwarts School. Harry's exploits have made the papers across the world again this week. While some people still haven't boarded the clue-bus, most folks are quite satisfied that Harry is good reading for kids of all ages. Skye ( click here if you missed last weeks note) has had her cute little button nose buried in the pages of the sequel all week (when not out shopping and visiting with her Mom, that is) and we are already looking forward to many more Harry Potter adventures to come.



Solidarity 2000 !
Witches and Pagans from around New England (and the rest of the country) are invited to join in a show of Solidarity in Salem, Massachusetts this August 20th. Every year, Salem puts on a Heritage Days, including a parade, which permits every segment of society to put its best foot forward. Every year the Witches and Pagans of Salem put forward a small group of individuals to show the community that we are part and parcel of the city and heritage.

This year, the Witches Educational Bureau (WEB) is issuing a call to all the Covens, Groves, any other groups, and solitary practitioners of the Pagan, Wiccan and/or Witch religions to send representatives to the parade. Bring banners, drums, and other instruments, wear ceremonial garb (if you wish), and let the world see that we exist, and that we are not scary individuals. It is the end of one millennium and the start of a new one.

Come and celebrate with us! For more information, call 978-745-0065 and ask for Teri. BB from Mike Gleason.



And Speaking of Teasers...
Our friend, Catalyst, over at Catalyst Point is also being pretty cryptic (even for him) these days. He's got something up his sleeve and we have that prickly suspense-building type feeling that it's really gonna be something BIG! (Actually, he came right and told us that it is gonna be something really BIG.) So, you may want to keep an eye on this guy via his web site. And while you are there, be sure to check out some of the other articles that he has written. We don't suppose that you'll be able to pry his secret from him until he is ready to reveal all, but in the meantime Catalyst has plenty of other interesting material for you to contemplate.

(hint: click on the image to your left for a taste of what is yet to come.



Wren's Nest... Very Busy These Days

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 quick and 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 Constantly! Updates on Wren's Nest happen nearly every day and in many cases several times a day, so remember to hit your reload button when you get there.

July Eassays - Now Up
NOTE: Although we launched these essays last week, a couple of them got temporarily "lost in the shuffle". We relaunch them this week for those of you that may have missed Perfect Love and Perfect Trust essays #FOUR and FIVE

Teachers: This month we asked what makes a good teacher, and got two essays: one an inspiring reminder that the good teachers really are out there, teaching a way of love, healing and self-knowledge; the other a perceptive list of what to look for in a good teacher. Check out the Teachers essays... Page ONE - TWO.

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust: We asked: How do you trust perfectly without putting yourself in a position where you might be betrayed? What does it mean to love "perfectly"?. The answers we got demonstrated a variety of different viewpoints—clearly, this basic concept of Wicca will continue to be a source of lively discussion for years to come. Check out Perfect Love and Perfect Trust essays... Page ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR - FIVE.

From The Teens...

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust: We were wondering why we only got one teen essay for this month, and then we remembered that last month was the magic month of June, when most teens are focused on getting out of school, either by graduation or vacation. Nonetheless, the Perfect Love and Perfect Trust topic did inspire one teen, NightTiger, to write an excellent and very thoughtful essay on the subject. Check out the Perfect Love and Perfect Trust essay in our Teen essay section.



NEW this Week!
Cats of WitchCraft - Page 14 Now Up
In an effort to dispel 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... A recent plea for help rendered some fine work by Lady Ostara, Daven, Stephen, Naomi Armitage, and Napoleon (page 13 AND 14). Thank YOU allfor authoring our latest cats of the craft pages Cats 9, Cats 10, Cats 11, Cats 12, Cats 13 and Cats 14

Note: Last year our Cats of Witchcraft page was the #5 hit page here at WitchVox. These pages average over 800 views a day.

The Witches' Voice online will continue to evolve and grow this chapter of WitchVox and to solicit the magic of your Witch Cat.



The WitchVox Surveys -- HEAT UP Again: Last week we re-announced our ongoing Witch, Wiccan and Pagan survey... Close to 500 of you filled them out... We DO plan on letting this one run until the end of the wheel (Samhain 2k).

What path do you Follow? What is the male/female percentage. How many of you are solitaire? Traditional? These are just a few of the questions ask in the WitchVox Community survey part #1. Our thanks go out to the 2.476 of you that filled out our new survey during its first 11 days.

If you haven't participated... Please do so by clicking here. We will continue to collect data from this survey (and others) until this Samhain. The next new survey will be launched next month and will focus on what the Pagan Web means to you, how you use it and what design techniques you like or dislike.

Witches Speak Out! - Your Voice does Indeed Matter!

  WitchVox Essay Topics for August & September  


The Witches' Voice is actively soliciting editorials and essays on a variety of topics on interest to both Pagan and mainstream audiences. For the complete listing and our editorial guidelines, follow the links at the bottom of this box.

"Young Pagans Section:

August 2000:
    Publication Date: August 6th
    Submission Deadline: July 30th

    Topic: Compassion
    It's a word that people throw around a lot in discussions of many religions, while it is often conspicuously lacking from actions taken in the name of religion. It is part of the Charge of the Goddess, where it is linked with power. Do you think your experiences as a Pagan have helped you become a more compassionate person? What do you think the link is between power and compassion? What are your thoughts on compassion and how we can bring more of it into the world?

    Topic: Priestesses and Priests
    What makes a priestess or a priest? Is it a title you can give yourself, or do you need to be "ordained"? What defines a Priestess or Priest, and what minimum standards should those who call themselves Pagan clergy be held to?

September 2000:
    Publication Date: September 3rd
    Submission Deadline: August 27th

    Topic: Solitary or Covener?
    In fact, many of us have been both. What are the pros and cons of working in a coven vs working as a solitary? Perhaps it's best to do a bit of both? What do you think?

    Topic: Tolerance
    We Pagans think of ourselves as a generally tolerant bunch, but what does tolerance mean? Can we take tolerance too far, and end up accepting what should never be accepted in the name of open-mindedness? Where should we draw the line?

"Adults" Section:

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

    Topic: Compassion
    It's a word that people throw around a lot in discussions of many religions, while it is often conspicuously lacking from actions taken in the name of religion. It is part of the Charge of the Goddess, where it is linked with power. Do you think your experiences as a Pagan have helped you become a more compassionate person? What do you think the link is between power and compassion? What are your thoughts on compassion and how we can bring more of it into the world?

    Topic: Priestesses and Priests
    What makes a priestess or a priest? Is it a title you can give yourself, or do you need to be "ordained"? What defines a Priestess or Priest, and what minimum standards should those who call themselves Pagan clergy be held to?

September 2000:
    Publication Date: September 10th
    Submission Deadline: September 3rd

    Topic: Solitary or Covener?
    In fact, many of us have been both. What are the pros and cons of working in a coven vs working as a solitary? Perhaps it's best to do a bit of both? What do you think?

    Topic: Tolerance
    We Pagans think of ourselves as a generally tolerant bunch, but what does tolerance mean? Can we take tolerance too far, and end up accepting what should never be accepted in the name of open-mindedness? Where should we draw the line? 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


In closing... Honoring our past is not nostalgia; it is history. Our history. At this moment in time, pagans are poised to influence the world in a truly remarkable way. This is the time to which future pagans will point to as a major turning point in modern world history. Can you feel it, too? As always, our heartfelt thanks go out to the many of you that believe in, contribute to and continue to support this mission in your own heartfelt ways...You ARE the Witches' Voice.

In Your Service,

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2000 - July 17th.






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