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Weekly Update: 8/19/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
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Photo of the Week: This weeks 'cool' shot was captured at the Starwood Gathering at 'Brushwood' in NY two weeks ago - Photo by: Don 'Two Eagles' Waterhawk [see extensive Starwood 2002 Review just below]
Welcome to Witchvox!

This week, this community resource site offers you many new articles and features (click HERE). Included: a 'wicked' new piece by Wren, Don's riveting review of the biggest Pagan festival on this continent, a wonderful new teen essay, a powerful new installment from Kerr, a text review of the Castle Pook festival in Ireland, another new article related to the Mineral Kingdom and much, much more.

This past weekend, we (finally!) killed the ole' Witchvox.net server in our home. The only thing that it was still serving was the gathering of YOUR submissions to the Witches' of the World pages. Our nightmare is not only related to the extra expense for a commercial roadrunner connection, but to the reality that we live in the lightening capitol of all of North America (Tampa Bay, Florida). Although we simply love to experience the storms from the balcony of our 3rd floor apartment, the risk of damage to anything electronic impels us to disconnect everything, everywhere here whenever these storms are 'breathing on us' - and thus also temporarily stopping the incoming submissions.

Smarter and Zestier Forms: A complete rewrite of all the WOTW and Weblinks submission forms was completed over the weekend. These forms are much faster, have some sweet intelligence built in (they will watch for what you miss and tell you specifically what to complete or fix), and are more precise as to what goes where here at TWV. - If you experience ANY problems while submitting your data to Witchvox, kindly email us with any details you can offer.

The need to get these forms rewritten and to shut down our home server has haunted us for a few months. Now that we are beyond that and we can, once again, attack that massive list of projects and ideas that we have for the future of this site. -- Keep those suggestions coming; We just might get to a few!

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Next Week at Witchvox: New Book Releases plus much newness and many treats.

This Week's Featured Articles...

My Wicked Wicket Ways
by Wren Walker

'Whack! That sound could only mean one thing at my house on a hot August day: A croquet game was in progress on the Front Lawn. Almost every weekend at the white New England style farmhouse, the entire extended family would gather for fun and games and steamed clams. I didn't care much for the clams then and I still don't -- those gray drippy things with the bulging bellies (Ee-yew!) -- but the fun and games part was always something to look forward to. We had a rather large piece of property and so in the proper New 'Hamp-shah' Victorian tradition, we also had several different 'yards'. The Side Yard sported the badminton net. The 'Side' was narrow, but flat on the top and -- more importantly to the players and their ankles -- fairly free of holes. It perched at the top of a hill that then declined sharply. During the winter months, sleds and toboggans replaced the nets and birdies and so it was tradition to then call it the 'Slide Yard'. We could start at the top of the hill, zoom down the slope, make a sharp, skittering right turn at the bottom and then proceed down the road to the dead end. There we had to apply the brakes or bail out because the next stop was the ten-foot deep ditch that marked the end of the line. Sometimes though --if the snow was deep enough to pad the sharp rocks at the bottom -- we even made a chute down the ditch. It was a nice, long ride. ... [continued]



Witch Hunts - Exposing The Lies
by Kerr Cuhulain

Reel to Reel Ministries In my last article in this series I used Eric and Caryl Matrisciana and Jeremiah Films as an example of how evangelists can use the media to disseminate misinformation about Satanism. Another well known producer of films on Satanic Conspiracies is Reel To Real Ministries, which had offices in Arlington, VA and Gainesville, FL, but now uses an address in Brentwood, TN and is based in Penascola, FL. Reel to Real Ministries is the brainchild of Eric Holmberg. Holmberg's work has lead to appearances on a number of evangelical Christian shows, including: The 700 Club, John Ankerberg, Beverly LaHaye Live, Point of View, Wake Up America, Mother Angelica Live, Truths That Transform, Heart to Heart, Talk Back, Praise the Lord!, Action 60's, and 100 Huntley Street. In addition, his work has been featured in Focus on the Family Magazine, American Family Association Journal, Family Research Association's Citizen, and the Christian Film and Television Commission's Movie Guide. Holmberg is associated with Marantha Christian Churches International, Christian Assemblies and Intercessors for America.... [continued]



The Mineral Kingdom
by Randel James - New this week

Well I use crystals for most of my practices. Initially I used the knowledge from several books. Then finally own experiences. The following books I use/d are Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham (Llewellyn, 1988), (the Appendix section of) Dancing With Dragons by D.J Conway (Llewellyn, 1994), Love is in the Earth-A Kaleidoscope of Crystals by Melody (Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995), and Love is in the Earth-A Kaleidoscopic Pictorial-Supplement A by Melody (Earth-Love Publishing House, 1996). There are probably other books that are good but I never got around to use them. The books by Melody are by far the most diverse and for many uses outside the Pagan circles. Silver Ravenwolf usually has fair decent amount basic information on stones in her books... [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)


Starwood 2002: The WitchVox Review
by Don 'Two Eagles' WaterHawk

Woke up Monday to ... well what would you call the day between Sirius Rising and Starwood? It seems that I had just walked out a Disney realm and now I going to walk into another... bigger... older... and more adventurous... and sometimes challenging. So I'll call it the "IN" day, because that's when the people began arriving to Brushwood for the Starwood Celebration. After waiting in line to register up top, then the drive to the field. Wearing the new ID bracelets (yes I know they were somewhat a pain, but they kept out all the gate crashers, and made life better for the all). They came in... car after car, filled with people, long drive, weary eyes peering out at the people as they drove from who knows where, all day and night long they came. The fields once again came alive with the clanking of metal poles hitting each other as pavilions were put up or torn down, the sounds of chain saws starting up to ready the wood pile for Saturday night, people wandering around,asking if anyone knew where so and so were camping, And this city that had started being built at Sirius, now became a Metropolis... Starwood 2002. We talked with some of the newcomers, hugged friends, strangers and probably a few new aliens to be. And being right across from ACE's camp, I saw that it took on a new being, more lights strung, more tarps added, and more Chameleons came in... the Heart of Starwood has arrived and the pumping has begun.... [continued]



The Castle Pook Gathering... (Ireland)
by Del Richardson

The weekend was amazing! We have hosted gatherings in the past. This was the third or fourth (can't remember!) since we've been at Pook, but it was by-far the best, and easiest ... with having this purpose built house to keep everyone out of the rain!

Actually, it was a fine and glorious day. We started with the bread-making workshop right after breakfast. An outside fire, my old girdle-iron, and a lesson in basic chapati-baking. Several people got to have a go at rolling out and putting on the fire a bit of flour-and-water-paste that magically transformed into delicious 'bread'.

Then, with everyone present still sitting around the kitchen door (under a big sun-umbrella), Adge gave his rune workshop. I was busy making 'real' bread for later in the day, but he seemed to have his audience captivated as they learnt to write their names in the ogham alphabet, and found out which trees were special to them. (amongst other things, no doubt.) Then Pete and Lynda (and her brother 'the internationally renowned astronomer' Paul Underwood!) arrived, bringing lots more yummy foodstuffs, so I slackened off on the food preparation and enjoyed listening to Pete give his mead-making workshop... [continued]



Attention all Muggles...
by MagickCat

I, for one, love all Harry Potter merchandise. The books are so perfectly written to draw you in to a realm that includes everything from mystery to fantasy to homework. This formula has made the book fit any interest or any taste. Even adults will pick up a copy, disguised as an adult book by a fancy black and white cover. And everyone's reading it. Everyone.

I once got in to a heated discussion involving two of my peers over Harry Potter and Witchcraft. The boy, whom I will call Mudhen, was constantly telling me Witchcraft was lies, only the Bible had the truth, and that I was going to hell. This led me to call him 'witch hunter'. We often argued in Literature class during movies and other lulls when the teacher was snoozing, much to the amusement of the other kids. One boy would even start us arguing for his own amusement, merely with the phrase, "I, for one, think Witchcraft is Satanism." And immediately Mudhen and I would go at it. The girl, whom I will call Swan, was very popular and often untactful, and I liked her on and off.... [continued]







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