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Weekly Update: 8/12/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: August 12th. 2002
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Beautiful Community Faces: This weeks image magick is supplied by 'Grandfathers': Saffire, Billy Woods & Daveed - Photo by: Don 'Two Eagles' Waterhawk [see extensive Sirius Rising Review just below]
Welcome to Witchvox!

This week marks our 290th weekly update celebrating all that is good in the Modern Pagan Communities. Note: Our entire weekly update (our most extensive ever) is hot linked just below this introduction.

Regulars of the site have, no doubt, noticed the recent and dramatic changes in our front end structure. Feedback has been both positive and inspiring and for that we thank you. This week renders yet another polishing of this prime piece of real estate, with many additions and changes. Newly featured are global notices and higher profile links to our extensive networking section and VoxLinks: the Pagan Web.

Community comments on Wren's Nest News clips have been quite popular with nearly 2,000 posts since we launched this option on Aug 1st. Much has been learned and much has been shared.

On a typical day (at TWV) 85,000 pages of information are delivered to those seeking Pagan based spirituality. Enjoy the magick that only be the Modern Witch, Heathen and Pagan communities world-wide.

Next Week: Don 'Two Eagles' Waterhawk's Review of Starwood 2002 (with pictures and an entertainment celebration by Peg Aloi) -- another amazing piece from the 'Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies' series by Kerr Cuhulain -- and many other tweaks, changes, updates and Treats.

This Week's Featured Articles...

But What Will People Think?
by Wren Walker

'What other people might think' is a multi-faceted jewel of a dilemma for some people. On the one hand, there is the specter of ridicule or even of condemnation if one steps outside the 'acceptable' norms and on the other, there is the rather petty demon who whispers in your ear that any or all rebellion against an established order just has to be a good thing. Hold back lest others think you contrary and you're a coward. Reject convention with a disdainful snort and suddenly you're seen as some sort of cult-hero rebel. It is indeed an odd paradigm of our modern culture that celebrates the anti-hero in books and movies and yet still seeks to censor in real life those who stray too far from the mold when in fact both of these facets are part of that same little boxed gem called, 'What will people think'? You've just exchanged one audience (the conventional) for another (the non-conventional), that's all... [continued]

Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies
by Kerr Cuhulain

Pat & Caryl Matrisciana: Jeremiah Films: One of the major means used by Satanic Conspiracy myth supporters to disseminate their beliefs is through the medium of video tape or film. They either produce "documentaries" or training videos. Often they appear in each other's videos.

One of the best examples of this is Caryl and Patrick Matrisciana, founders of Citizens for Honest Government. Citzens for Honest Government does business as Jeremiah Films and Intergrity Films, based in Hemet, California. Patrick is the founder, president and producer. Caryl is the co-founder, CEO, creative director and writer. They are also associated with Rivershield Films in Huntington Beach, CA and Cutting Edge Films International... [continued]

This Week's Music Press...

Emerald Rose featured on Dr. Demento Radio Show.

Celtic Pagan band Emerald Rose was heard on national radio during June and July, when the infamous Dr. Demento Radio Show played their wacky hit, "Vampire Girl from Orn". The song comes from the band's new live cd "Fire in the Head: Emerald Rose Live"... [continued]

Polly Moller Releases Teaser Tune: Announces new CD for 2003.

As promised, Polly Moller returned from her sessions at Eugene, OR's Lucky Dog Studio with an audio master for _Diogenes_ in hand. We're now able to announce a February 4, 2003 release date and start preparing to unleash Polly's third album on the world.... [continued]

Mineral Kingdom Essays...

The Rocks in My Life
by Ursus Uriel

Even before I began doing any formal rituals or education concerning Witchcraft, Wicca, or Paganism, I have been drawn to stones. As a child I had a rock collection. I grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago. In that place we had an open prairie not far from our house. I used to spend a lot of time there amongst the grasses and the flowers. Most of my interest turned to the Earth Herself. I was always on a rock hunt... [continued]

The Magick of GemStones
by Trish Breedlove

"Learn the energies of GemStones," was the directive that 'came to me' in the car, leaving the mountains of Tennessee and heading home from a festival eighteen years ago. Working with stones and crystals has been part of my magickal, meditative, and ritual practices since then; all are part of everyday life... [continued]

July 2002: Smokes Previous Records

July was another record breaking month here at TWV, being our first month to deliver over 2.5 million (2,546,667) pages to 376,619 unique visitors (Hits: 7,593,982 Traffic: 111 gigabytes - ouch). Much of the traffic came in the last two weeks, we believe that this is due to many of our regulars taking some holiday time in early July. Typicaly July is one our slowest months, so it is apparent that recent changes are an indicator that we can expect some serious increases in the months to come. (see July stats for a more detailed profile)

Sirius Rising: The WitchVox Review
by Don 'Two Eagles' WaterHawk

Sirius is a "Serious" festival. It is about Community, Learning, Teaching, Sharing, and working the Medicine and Magic of the People. There are no "Big Name Pagans" here. No shelling out thousands of dollars for someone to walk onto the property, do a workshop/seminar/ritual, and then walk away from the "Community". Nobody falls over googly-eyed over a big time author, worships some ego-maniac animal totem cross dresser, or sits pondering some workshop presenter that uses 11 syllable words to dazzle you with intellectual ca-ca... [continued]

Additional Thoughts (lots of them about Roy)
by Peg Aloi

"I had a few chances to talk with Roy this year (for the first time, or so it seemed to me, he was not running all over the campsite, making schedule changes, finding people, or preparing a workshop space or concert stage) and mentioned to him that Sirius Rising, despite having grown so large, had turned into a gathering that could run itself. Far from making Roy expendable, this was testament to how well he had done this work. From the early years when Roy not only organized the event but designed the program, ran sound at concerts, posted weather reports and made announcements all over the campsite, to this year when this well-oiled machine had obviously found its rhythm and continues to grow in astonishing ways! "... [continued]

Dragonfest 2002... (Georgia, USA)
Festival review by Ta'rakali

It was awesome! Everything a great festival should be and a standard for others to strive for. Classes and workshops were varied and aught! for the most part on time. The staff was organized and visible. Finding answers to questions was very easy. Everyone at the gathering was warm and open. The rolling hills of Georgia make for a spectacular backdrop to this festival, not to mention Tsa and Corwyn also offer horseback trail rides... [continued]

Lammas Essays...

by Karl Lembke

The Wheel turns. The Sun is in the heart of the lion (or at least it's where Regulus, the heart of the lion, was a couple of thousand years ago!) The lion calls to mind two images: the King of beasts, lazing in the shade of the trees in the hot afternoon sun, and the Goddess Sekhmet, whose bloodlust nearly burned away all life on earth, before it was quenched with beer. The earth bakes under the late summer sun, battered by the sudden violence of summer storms... [continued]

A Children's Lammas Ritual
by Lyon

Nearly a decade ago, following some particularly rousing Lughnassad games, my partner and I held a ritual asking for bounty and increase for the coming year. We meant for our income to increase but God/dess had other ideas. I conceived my daughter that night after the ritual. (Another case of being careful what you're asking for.) Up until that point in my life I had never considered what it meant to be Pagan from any other standpoint than my own. I never had to explain my beliefs to anyone. They were my beliefs and that was enough... [continued]

Feature YOUR Familiars

Rogue's Gallery has been opened at - Magick- to fill the void left by Fritz and Wren's long ago decision to close their online gallery of beasties. Everyone is welcome to submit their animal friends, and Pagan event pictures also, for inclusion in the gallery!!! Please do try to keep the file size of your pictures to under 600 x 600 pixels or you may have trouble submitting them."... [continued]

Witchvox Scores UK Top Ten
By Ash Pro 03 August 2002
The Independent (UK)

"Witches enjoy a much better press than they did a couple of hundred years ago, when all the average sorceress could expect for her tireless spell-casting was a one-way trip to the duck pond -- or worse. Today, witching is both permitted and cool, so check out this gigantic news and features portal for all things wiccan, pagan and heathen" - [Link]

Also: Witchvox voted 'Link of the month' at BlueCat's Den - [Thanks Steve]


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