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Weekly Update: 9/16/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: September 16th. 2002
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Pagan Festivals: This incredible shot was captured by Lance (PagaNet News) and is featured in Aranea's review of Stones Rising 2002. Also featured this week is a wonderful review of the Caduceus Festival by Steven Repko.
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If it is September in the Northern Hemisphere, then it must be time to trot out Mabon. While it is historically and culturally doubtful that ancient Celtic peoples ever celebrated a harvest festival featuring Mabon as the central figure, modern Wiccans and some other Pagans have adapted his tale and his persona as an 'agricultural god' for their celebrations of the Autumnal Equinox. Archetypes are fine and Mabon certainly can fill this role. But I'd also say that it is high time that we set out to rescue Mabon once again. Only this time, we would be breaking him free from the constraints that we have placed upon him. Mabon isn't just a convenient god figure for a harvest festival. Mabon truly is a man for all seasons.

In the story of 'Culhwen and Olwen' as related in the Mabinogian, the hero Culhwen is given the task of rescuing Mabon from his captivity as one of the feats that he must accomplish in order to win the hand of his true love, Olwen. Mabon is known as the 'Son of Modron' (Great Mother). When only 'three nights old, he was taken from between his Mother and the wall'. Enlisting the aid of King Arthur, Culhwen sets forth on his quest accompanied by a band of the realm's finest knights and heroes. The very short version of this poetic and complex tale is thus:... [continued]

This week's update is rich with two powerful festival reviews, another extremely detailed 6 part expose by Kerr Cuhulain, a new series of 5 adult essays, details related to the launch of 'newWitch' magazine, great news related to a healing request posted last week, rotating graphics of new book releases for this month, up to the minute Pagan Pride Day links, and some mini notes related to recent changes and additions to this site.

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Next Week at Witchvox: A new edition of Peg Aloi's 'Witch Cinema' and other treats!

This Week's Featured Articles...

Fest Review: The Original Caduceus Festival 2002
by Steven Repko

It's August in New Jersey a time for hot humid afternoons, peaches, bayberries and The Original Caduceus Festival. Held once again in Monroe Township, this festival of healing and magic enjoyed record setting registrations this year. It's a good idea that continues to spread both on the web and by word of mouth. I have to say that even though the weather was a bit uncooperative this was one of the best Caduceus Festivals ever

There is something about this festival community that's special, it's hard to put your finger on it, but what it boils down to is that everyone shares. They share the showers, they share food, they share what they know, they share the work and they share a secret; "this is a really cool place to hang out for three days if you like to share"... [Full Review]

Fest Review: Stones Rising 2002
by Aranea, PagaNet News

I never know quite what to expect when I arrive at Stones Rising. Even though I've attended every single rising except the first, each and every year it is different... growing, evolving, adapting to the needs of the people who come both to give and to receive ceremony. Stones is not a festival. It is a reunion, of sorts, for folks who crave a connection with the land and with space that is always sacred, with other people who hold such things in high regard. It is a place where it is safe to follow the voice of Spirit, and a time to step outside the mundane long enough to realize that all paths to the center are equally holy. This year's Stones seemed to be mostly about discreetly pointing out all the similarities between the seemingly different journeys, and we were offered many opportunities to honor each other's spirituality, to learn about and see the beauty inherent in each, no matter what form it may take... [Full Review]

newWitch Magazine Hits The Stands September 22nd
by Dagonet Dewr

After ten months of work, BBI Media, Inc, is pleased to announce that Issue #1 of newWitch, their new title written for, about, and by young and beginning witches, Wiccans, and Pagans, will hit a newsstand or bookstore near you on or before September 22nd.

Contributors for the first issue include author and urban shaman Christopher Penczak, Pagan author and psychotherapist Maryam Webster, sex activist LaSara Firefox, and Pagan Pride Project Executive Director Cecylyna Dewr. Columnists discuss topics as widely varied as Pagan themes in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", how to build a personal shrine, and finding magical tools in your kitchen -- and of course the launch of our advice column with a twist, "Good Witch/Bad Witch", will give you two answers and two distinct viewpoints to consider. Finally, over thirty reviews of books and CDs will give you the knowledge needed to separate the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly... [continued]

Urgent Healing Request UPDATE
Update Email from Carmen Barber

Blessed Be, My husband IS awake and doing better. We still have a long way to go though. He doesn't really remember anyone and he is just now being able to swallow. He has talked of our son David. He is our first child and we lost him to SIDS when he was 2 1/2 months old. Everything is still fuzzy for him but I know he's going to come around. His body is here but his mind isn't all the way yet.

I want to thank everyone for their prayers, love, and energy. As I am still a student of the old ways, would it be to selfish for me to ask everyone to please continue to send out their energy and prayers? To ask our goddess for more strength but I really need it. It means so much to know so many people care and it is helping, The Dr. even said his recovery is remarkable. -- [Email Carmen]

Pagan Books Views and Counting!

9 New Releases this Month

This new section [Link] continues to be hot and this past week saw hundreds of Votes for Your Fave Pagan Book, as well as over 100 new book submissions by Pagan Authors and Publishers.

Featured to your right is a random display of the 9 new releases for September 2002 (hit your refresh button for a different book). For a complete list of this month's releases click here!

Vote Your Top 5 Pagan Books: Last week we launched the option for YOU to vote for your fave Pagan books! You can vote for your top 5 Favorite Pagan Books by clicking here!

View the Voting so Far: For a quick list of community favorites... click here! Note: When you click on the Poster's name you can see their TOP 5 list.

Visit Pagan Books at Witchvox today to see what's new and what's HOT.

Mini WebNotes...
by Fritz Jung

It was a very productive week, with lots of polishing and changes... Here are a few notes...

Witchvox question of the week (AKA Pagan Perspectives): This 'rewrite' took off nicely last week but consumed much of my weekend to compose. This meant that a few features/reviews were delayed until this week (our apologies for that).

Another long needed tweak was to revisit all of our email addies here at TWV and get them protected. Although we have successfully 'cloaked' the email addies of over 44.000 listings in our networking section, our own staff emails are still exposed to the world (meaning the spam bots that troll TWV). When addresses get THAT tainted the only solution is to trash them and get new ones. We have replaced most of the staff email links on the site with a pointer to our 'contact' us page and cloaked all emails from the bots and in the source code.

Pagan books saw even more polishing and updating over the weekend, with a completely revamped side bar and the addition of a 'New releases for next month' page. 110 additional books were added by Authors and publishers this past week, so the next 'feature' will no doubt be full search capabilities. Look for this to be added soon. Voting continues to be strong with over 300 top 5 lists posted in the past 12 days. Look for a tally of the top community faves 'round Samhain.

Warlocks: Turning Mail Order Courses Into Satanic Expertise
by Kerr Cuhulain

The word "warlock" means oath breaker. It could very easily be applied to describe individuals who at one time had an interest in Wicca or other Pagan religions and then converted to fundamentalist Christianity, using what little they learned to invent fabulous and hurtful stories about their former associates. I've already described "warlocks" of this sort in previous articles in this series on Bill Schnoebelen and Eric Pryor. People like Schnoebelen and Pryor have gone on lecture circuits and Schnoebelen has written several books about his alleged experiences. Most of these individuals claim that there is a link between Pagan spiritual paths and Satanism. This is not true, but these individuals take advantage of the fact that many members of the general public are either unaware of this or have bought into the Satanic Conspiracy propaganda....[continued]

WebNotes: The pages of the Kerr Cuhulain series 'Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies' have been viewed times as of this moment.

- also check out Kerr's NEW book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.

This week: FIVE New Adult Essays

Gathering Light -- The Mother Harvest by Karl Lembke

The Wheel of the year turns into darkness. Since Lammas, the days have grown noticeably shorter, and night has fallen earlier with every passing day. There's a chill in the night air, and a certain briskness to the mornings. In areas where we grow pumpkins, there may be frost on them. We're in the waning year, as we have been since Midsummer, but before Lammas, the increasing dark wasn't noticeable. Now it's visible... [continued]

Reincarnation by Rev. C.K., Five Crows, Amara & Flame RavenHawk

Do you believe in reincarnation? If so, how do you envision this process working--one entity living many lives, or an "oversoul" with many different entities? ... [Click for Essay #1]

Adult Topics for October:

1. Samhain Do you celebrate Samhain or another cross-quarter festival? [Click for Details]

2. Seances, Channelling and Spirit Possession
Spirit possession by the Loas in Voudou, the classic mediumship of seances, full-trance channelling, and the Wiccan practice of Drawing Down the Moon all invite gods and/or other spiritual entities to speak through or otherwise "inhabit" a human being. Do you practice one or more of these techniques? [Click for Details]

For a list of Teen Topics: [Click for Details]

Pagan Pride 2002

Pagan Pride Events are happening everywhere this month. (Check YOUR Area Events Pages) - Witchvox will once again celebrate the details of the events and welcome all reviews and coverage related to YOUR Pagan Pride Event experience.

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