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Weekly Update: 1/15/2001

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: January 15th. 2001
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Digging Up Those Wiccan Roots...

Greetings everyone!

A new book, "Wiccan Roots: Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival" by Philip Heselton (Capall Bann Publishing), is now available. Our own Peg Aloi says: " Philip Heselton has written a number of noteworthy books, such as "Earth Mysteries", a beautifully-illustrated exploration of British sacred sites. His highly personal, anecdotal approach to these topics is well complemented by his comprehensive examination of historical documents. "Wiccan Roots" is a fascinating book, offering much in-depth information about Gerald Gardner's background, as well as other key players in his Witchcraft practice such as Old Dorothy Clutterbuck, the New Forest Witch who was his supposed mentor and who initiated him into the Craft of the Wise, as well as his magical partner Dafo, and students like Doreen Valiente, a prominent pagan author in her own right. (photo to your right is of Philip Heselton at Banbury, England. ©2000, Berta A. Daniels)

Any modern witch interested in learning the fascinating details of the history of the modern Craft movement, and the development of Wicca into a viable tradition by Gardner, would find this book an interesting read." You can order it from any bookstore, or go to www.capallbann.co.uk. (A quick browse through the 'Paganism and Magic' section revealed some other rather tantalizing titles!).

In Defense of the Goddess...
Elsewhere, Texas Pagan News' editor Kit O'Connell caught up with Cristina Biaggi, author of "In the Footsteps of the Goddess". Speaking specifically on the latest 'research' into the roots of Paganism, and more specifically of Wicca, Kit asked Ms. Biaggi about the now infamous Atlantic Monthly article, The Scholars and The Goddess:

TXPN: Lately, it seems like there's been a lot of research that attempts to discredit the work you and other proponents of an ancient matriarchal culture have done. There was an article in Atlantic Monthly recently on this.

CB: There has been a lot of research. Cynthia Eller put out her book The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory. It was a very well-researched book.

TXPN: Starhawk has gone on record recently basically saying this kind of research is an outright attack.

CB: It is an attack. (To read the entire interview Click Here).

The Classic Ray Buckland...
And no section on "Wiccan Roots' would be indeed be complete without a mention of Raymond Buckland. The Wiccan/Pagan Times recently interviewed Mr. Buckland for their "Authors Corner" series:

TWPT: Tell me about your first encounter with Witchcraft and how it changed your perceptions of what it was really all about?

RB: My first encounters with witchcraft were typical: reading of Satanism and devil worship, etc. But eventually I came across Margaret Murray's books ("The Witch Cult in Western Europe" and "God of the Witches") and suddenly that made far more sense. It was some years later that I came to Gerald Gardner's books ("Witchcraft Today" and "The Meaning of Witchcraft"), which explained what Witchcraft was really all about! This now made sense. About that time I also happened upon Murray's books again and reading all of them at about the same time I came to realize that this was the very thing I had (unconsciously) been looking for. I then went on to contact Gerald Gardner." (To read the entire interview Click Here).

Notes from a WebCrafter
Dozens of Changes & Another Free Tune

Greetings Everyone,

This past week saw many changes in the infrastructure here at TWV. Regulars of TWV have noticed many navigational changes and enhancements. Wren's Nest, VoxLinks: Pagan Search Engine, Weekly Homepage Archives, All Essay pages, Pagan Merchants and Pagan Music sections have received major updates. The key feature is a "VoxPath" hierarchy position hot link at the top of the pages. This gives you a good handle on "where you are" within our 3,000 pages. Also in progress is a new automated sitemap for a powerful and quick look at all chapters of the Witches' Voice. The new "VoxMap" should be completed by this coming weekend. Look for a complete site revamp over the next couple of months.

As Political junkies and members of the ACLU and American's United (for the separation of church and state), Wren and I are keeping a close eye on the goings on of the Religious Right's move to secure key positions in our "new government" (Although written in 1999 Isaac's Understanding the Religious Reich 1.5 offers a reality check). Ex-Senator Ashcroft's recent appointment to a cabinet post has religious freedom groups VERY concerned. Many groups and orgs are also planning a protest of the upcoming inauguration and things are bound to get more colorful in the week's ahead. Be careful out there my brothers and sisters.
  • New "Bonus Track" Freebie: This one has "fuzzy guitar" on it! This week we offer yet another "commercial free" tune from the CFOTD sessions as well as a rewrite of this new section's page structure. I am proud to offer my humble rendition of an obscure cover tune (meaning that I didn't write it) entitled "Soldier of Love". Although this is NOT a Pagan tune it was recorded during the sessions for my "Celtic Feast of the Dead" CD and was the first vox track that I did after the stroke. I have always loved the 'attitude' in this song and am proud to offer it here.

  • Bardic Circle Continues to Bare Fruit: We are very excited about this new section of TWV (launched 4 weeks back). Bardic Circle at Witchvox has seen close to 4,000 page views and continues to get busier by the week. The talent in this community is inspiring to say the least. This week we feature another pair of wonderful tunes and plan to continue this for a few months to come. As of this writing we have 14 tunes "in the hopper". Check out Bardic Circle at Witchvox for the latest. (Also see feature below on this page)

  • Our Busiest WOTW Period Yet: Although we typically compile the hits for Witchvox.net at the end of the month, we made an exception and processed the first 10 days (hence the bump in Page views on our splash page) cause it seemed real busy. Record breaking was the reality. Witchvox Networking generated a near quarter of a million page calls in the first 10 days of 2001. Profiling the stats clarified England as the number one hit area page of this period. Other notables included: Coven's and Groups listings at almost 2,000 and record submissions in the listings of circles and events. Also interesting were the increase in "bookmark" lines in the server logs. Many of you ARE bookmarking your area page and staying in touch with your bothers and sisters. Check out YOUR home page at Witchvox.net

  • Festival Fury: Wren and I WILL be doing a few local events including the Southeastern Spirit Gathering - (Paisley, Florida 2/8/2001 - 2/11/2001) and PhoenixPhyre 2001 - (Land of Lakes, Fl -- 3/21/2001 - 3/25/2001) as well as the Florida Pagan Gathering 'round Beltane. We CAN do these because I do get the weekends off and they are all close enough to drive to. Do know that we continue to play the lottery and *when* we hit we will cheerfully retract these statements. For more info on the afore mentioned events, and others, re-visit this page AND stop by our Florida Events Page.. Also know that Witchvox has the most extensive and clean listing of Pagan events from all over the world. Check out the Circles & Events for your area.

As always, YOUR suggestions are welcome, in fact this site has been rendered from YOUR suggestions. Have a productive and fruitful week everyone.

In Your Service


Fritz Jung (WebCrafter - Witchvox)
January 15th, 2001



Pagan Traditions at WitchVox - A Smash!

Our new Traditions section is off to a great start with over 2000 page views in the first five days! We are very excited about this section, and the feedback we've been getting indicates that you are already finding it to be a valuable resource. This week we have two new traditions featured: an explanation of the Reclaiming tradition by M. Macha NightMare, and a look at the Golden Dawn tradition by John Michael Greer.

If you work within an established tradition, please consider writing something for us about it. We will accept more than one essay per tradition, so feel free to send us your own view, even if there are already other essays posted on your tradition. Please read the editorial guidelines page as well as the introduction on the Traditions page before sending your essay to Diotima




Pagans Speak Out!
  Pagan Adult Essays for January 2001  


  • Finding The Craft
    Again and again we read of folks who came to the Craft through trials and tribulations that would have discouraged all but the most committed seekers. In our society, Paganism is not an easy path to claim, nor an easy one to follow. But the passion with which those who are touched by the gods seek their path and find it is an inspiration to us all. Here are some wonderful stories... Essay # 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17
  • Money and the Craft
    There's a wide variety of views represented in this collection of essays. Some Pagans are appalled at the thought of paying teachers and clergy, others are equally appalled at what they perceive as an unhealthy approach to money in the Pagan community, exemplified by a reluctance to pay for services rendered. Clearly, this is not a subject we will agree on anytime soon. Read the essays here: Essay # 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Click for a complete list of Future Teen Topics and Future Adult Topics.


All Pagan Essays are coordinated by Witchvox Assoc. Editor Diotima... Wren and Fritz can't thank the beautiful Dio enough for the help that she has delivered to us. She has been a gift from the Goddess and we are honored to work with her. Bless YOU Dio.

Bardic Circle Continues at Witchvox (Week #4)
Musicians Tell Their Stories.

Michelle Mays:
We Kick off this weeks Bardic Circle at Witchvox with a beautiful piece by Michelle Mays entitled "The Promise".

"While gazing at the beautiful landscape of the Ozark Mountains and strumming my guitar, this song came out, as if the Mother Earth herself wrote the lyrics and music. It was written and complete in 5 minutes.

The promise we have for our lives, and the promises we make in our lives.. sometimes we forget.. we get distracted, but the promise is still there. In this busy rat race of a world we have made for ourselves.. the promise awaits us for fulfillment. The first Promise? Could it be... "

-- For the complete experience surf to The Promise.

Kari C. Tauring:
The second offering is a tune called "Remember Me " by Kari C. Tauring.

"This song was written in 1990 as my "coming out of the broom closet" song. It tells of my journey as a young girl down the path to the Feminine Divine through the Willow Tree I grew up in, the moon I felt the connection to, and the statue of Mary at the Catholic Church accross the street from where I lived".

"It is a song of thanks and praise to the Goddess who gives me the voice to sing and who put the words within my reach. The first recording was released under my first band's name, Rose Absolute, in 1991. It was a risk for me, at the time, to release it, for reasons many of you will know. But my parents interpreted the song for themselves and through their own filters and I saw no need to explain it".

-- For the complete experience download... Remember Me

(Go to Bardic Circle Index)


UK Student Seeks Interviews with Witches, Wiccans and Pagans!
Third year Media Technology student seeks witches of all levels to tell thier own story about their beliefs for a short student-produced documentary (in the Farnborough (Hampshire) England area).

"I would like to hear from anyone who would like to take part in this production, whether they be a complete beginner, or an absolute expert on the subject. I would like to hear from solo practicioners and covens alike. If you are not camera shy, all the better! Please also contact me at daniel.hughes@lineone.net with any ideas or suggestions."

Pagan Perspectives
WitchVox Question of the Week!

Last week, we asked "Who or What is a "Pagan Leader"?" We were more than thrilled-and very much impressed- at very practical applications in which many Pagans suggest that 'leaders' may indeed have a certain function within the Pagan communities. Leading by example and experience AS THE NEED ARISES seems to be a workable premise. When an actual recognizable or public spokesperson(s) may be necessary, most Pagans would have no problem accepting such as long as everyone was clear that this position was only by consent of the people and definitely only temporary. Leaders (coordinators, facilitators, and liaisons) may rise from the local, national or international levels, but each should not only recognize the diversity within the Pagan communities, they must honor it. A 'leader' who would command respect must be willing to treat others with respect.-- View the Responses.

This week we ask:

What is Pagan History and What is Pagan Belief? We have seen in recent times some scholarly 'attacks'-and many really excellently researched anthropological, archaeological and sociological works as well- which seem to refute the 'historical' basis for modern Pagan beliefs. Have these articles/books changed your perspective? Have you 'lost faith' or been discouraged at discovering that some Pagan 'sacred cows' may, in fact, be making very fine hamburger? Or have these findings actually caused you to become stronger in your beliefs, more likely to examine why you believe as you do or to become more resilient in some way? How are YOUR sacred cows holding up these days? -- Post YOUR Opinion or view the Responses of others



In Closing...

"There are many who have symbolic dreams, and if they brooded on them I am sure they would come to have faith in that dweller in the innermost. As they see images in the inner light, they may come to understand how in the mysteries...the Wise Ones could on that clear and blessed light bring messages of their inner selves, of gods and immortals, before them, so that they might know something of their own yet unveiled magnificence and 'to feel that they are greater than they know'." -A.E. (George W. Russell from 'Song and Its Fountains').

In Your Service,

 

Wren Walker & Fritz Jung
The Witches' Voice
Year 2001 - January, 15th.






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