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Weekly Update: 9/23/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: September 23rd. 2002
Times Viewed: 4,527

Community Faces: This wonderful shot is from an informal gathering of 'Witches n Pagans of Columbus' (GA) -- "Since we had advertised our event on your site we made up signs that read "W.Vox Picnic"... Thanks for all the hard work you all put into WitchVox!" - Mae (Email)
Welcome to the Witches' Voice!

(Featured Articles Below)

Pagan Pride is running at an all time high with September being the most popular month for scheduled events. Many Pagan Pride events have already received some of the best local press coverage that we've seen in years. (see: Wren's Nest News)

Features this week: four new festival/event reviews, another meticulously detailed expose by Kerr Cuhulain (Part one of two) on spiritual counterfeits, Wren offers details on YOUR rising sign, Peg Aloi's latest Witch Cinema installment, sad news about the passing of two prominent community figures, a hot, new question of the week, rotating graphics of new book releases, Fave book voting results to date, a joint press release related to ER and A7 working their muse for Pagan Pride events and a listing Pagan Pride events scheduled for this week.

Pagan Community VOTES for Fave Books: Voting is going strong and we plan to announce the community's choices for fave Pagan Books just after Samhain (deadline for your vote). Voting is simple; surf to the Voting Page and vote your top five choices.

Today we tallied up the current votes (347) for a quick profile. What IS interesting is that, from what we see, just about anything could happen. Here are the results as of this afternoon (9.22.02)

Books: Chosen as #1 Faves...
    1. The Spiral Dance by StarHawk [37 Votes]
    1. Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham [37 Votes]
    2. To Ride A Silver Broomstick by Silver RavenWolf [20 Votes]
    3. Drawing Down The Moon by Margot Adler [17 Votes]
    4. A Witches Bible, Compleat by Janet and Stewart Farrar [12 Votes]
    5. The Triumph Of The Moon by Ronald Hutton [10 Votes]

Authors: With Most #1 Book Votes...
    1. StarHawk [44]
    2. Scott Cunningham [41]
    3. Silver RavenWolf [28]
    4. Phyllis Curott [18]
    5. Margot Adler [17]
Details: To most accurately calculate the results we must pull them offline, from time to time, and 'normalize' the votes. If every entry WAS consistent in the spelling of the title or author we *could* do it live but since that is not a reality we must view the votes and make 'Witches Bible, 'a 'Witches Bible', or 'A Witches Bible, Compleat' by 'Js Farrar', 'the Farrars', 'Janet and Stewart' all the same vote. It's also worth noting that 6 votes were removed due to submitting the author/book title backwards in the form. I am not sure what we can do to better clarify this but we made it even more obvious. If you are one of these people simply recast your vote.

Keepin' it Honest: Sad but true, several instances of cheating have already occurred (we capture IP addresses so we can see this). We have removed the duplicate votes. Today we modified the voting system so it will automatically check and to see if you've already voted.

To Cast YOUR Vote... Click HERE!

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This Week's Featured Articles...

Witch Cinema: Autumn Dreams and Parallel Worlds
by Peg Aloi

Hello, media mavens! I trust you are all looking forward to a new season of films and TV shows to stimulate your senses and maybe your cerebellums, and lure you from your more important tasks! We'll talk about TV a bit more in weeks to come (Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be at the top of the list, naturally, and what will we do without The X-Files? Yeah, I know it had become pretty much unwatchable in the last season or two thanks to some truly mediocre writing, but has Chris Carter really spent his creative genius already? Apparently so. I hope some other artists step up the plate and give us some more spooky and supernatural TV fare to chew on. And soon! But for now, let's talk about movies.

The summer, as usual, was a bit of a crap shoot. I did not see too many movies since I was busy traveling and also spent a lot of time in the woods. I am wondering why we did not have the third Blair Witch movie this summer! ... [Full Article]

Your Rising Sign
by Wren Walker

The sign that is on the horizon at the moment of your birth is called the rising sign. Every two hours, a new sign appears on the horizon. This helps to explain why people born on the same day can sometimes be very different in personality. Your rising sign is "how you see the world". It is your outlook on life or window of perception. Ascendants may be different in a professionally cast chart, but the designations below will be true for most people. Look up your birth time (Ask your mother!) in the charts at the bottom of the page under your Sun sign.

Rising Sign and Personality: if you read the average Sun sign horoscopes available through most newspapers, you know how general those can be. However, if you know your rising sign (as well as your 'moon' sign), you can flesh out that general reading a bit more. It is recommended that you read the astrological blurb for both your Sun sign and your rising sign. Remember that your rising sign is how you 'view the world'. Directly below are some general personality traits reflected in the twelve... [Full Article]

Gaian Mind at Four Quarters
by Chris Carter

On Friday, September 13th 2002, a very international crowd came from all over the planet, like pilgrims to the holy land. From New York to North Carolina, from Britain to Sweden to Russia, they came to the beautiful mountain setting of Four Quarters Farm in Artemis PA. For the first time, Four Quarters and Gaian Mind joined forces to produce an event like we have never seen. The energy of modern electronic dance harnessed by pagan spirituality and ceremonial settings joins the tribal traditions of our ancestors with the living tribal traditions of today. The result creates an experience of spirit that unites our common heritage... [Full Article]

Pagan Pride - Safety Harbor, Florida
by Ann Marie

A beautiful day dawned on September 7; it was the type of Florida day that reminded you that it was soon to be fall, where the temperatures would dip into the high 80's instead of high 90's. There was a flurry of activity in Pagan households from Palm Bay to Pinellas County. Pagans getting ready for the drive to Philippe Park in Safety Harbor. Last minute touches were being put on pies and cakes, pots of chili were brewing, and the Pagan Pride committee was double checking their last minute to do lists and packing their Altar. Lots of hard work went into advertising by Lady Madelena, Rob and MoonRaven.

Pagans began to descend upon the park at around 10 AM. MoonRaven, the chairperson, Falonmoon, and Jami with the goodies for the Children's activities, our Guest speaker, Roger Paraselsu Coleman, and the elders Arwwen, Ardieth, Fred and Dreaming Owl were all early arrivals. There were calls... [Full Article]

Pagan Pride Musicians Tour New York City, Boston and Salem!
by Logan Sullivan

Pagan music will be a highlight on the musical menu in several major Northeast cities this month, as Pagan bands Emerald Rose and Alchemy VII bring their shows on the road to celebrate Pagan Pride Month. Both bands are known for their energetic live performances, and their music is drawing attention from mainstream press and media. Following their performances at Pagan Pride NYC on Sept. 28th, both bands will be appearing at the prestigious Baggot Inn, a well known folk/rock club in Greenwich Village. This is a great opportunity to check out some of today's most prolific Pagan musicians in a live setting. Information about the Pagan Pride event can be found at . Guest of Honor for this year's New... [Full Article]

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.

Fall Gathering of the Tribes 2002
by Don Waterhawk

It wasn't to bad of a drive from Southwest Florida to Virginia, about 14 hours, but a nice drive up I-95. And when we got off of the interstate, and started the rural winding drive to the site through small towns and farm land, we noticed a large Banana tree planted in one of the yards we passed by...not one in a pot, but a 15 foot tall banana tree in the front yard. I smiled at Daniella, and kinda knew we wouldn't be needing our thermal underwear that all south Floridians brought once they went north of the Caloosahatchie River...I was very happy! We ended up on a small one lane road that wound tightly in "S" curves and came to Blackwater Campground....Betsy and Maggie's place. Now Betsy had bought the campground and in 11 months had renovated it to its readiness. Already there had been three "Gatherings" at this new place for Pagans. And there will be many more to come, I'm sure. So we stopped at the "General Store" and registered, and met Betsy and was crushed with a big family hug.

Now, I have to tell you, I truly love Betsy, I love her honesty, brashness, openness and no bullshit attitude....and the fact, that this woman has buried her "Promoters Ego", because it simply was not there at anytime....ever. Come to think of it, Betsy may be totally devoid of a bit scary, but refreshing, for it teaches us that we truly don't need so much of "it". So we filled out the proper paperwork to enter the land, and Betsy offered to take us for a tour, saying that it would shorten the knowledge time of the campground, for it is big... [Full Article]

Researching "Spiritual Counterfeits" - Part 1a
by Kerr Cuhulain

Updated 9.26.2002: We launched this article on 9.23.2002, a few days later Kerr found himself conversing with Jack Roper (in email) and has updated this piece to reflect the results of those conversations.

By now you've probably noticed how many of the people that I have written about in the Witch Hunts series use each other as resources to build up each others urban legends about Satanism. Yet some organizations specialize in acting as "misinformation resources," especially for law enforcement agencies.

One such organization supplying misinformation to law enforcement is Christian Apologetics: Research And Information Service (CARIS), based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is an organization founded and directed by Jack M Roper, who lists himself in CARIS literature as a "researcher." It is associated with Writeway Literary Associates (whom I discussed earlier in the article on Michael Warnke). CARIS bills itself as "a research organization designed to assist individuals, churches, educational institutions and law enforcement in understanding the problems of cults and the occult."... [Full Article]

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'.

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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Doc Eicholtz (??? - 9/14/2002)
by Wade Berlin
(from the Phoenix Festivals Website)

I just recieved a call from Kathleen. Doc pasted away at 5:00pm yesterday. He was a much beloved member of this community and will be greatly missed by his Friends, family, and Phamily.

I knew Doc for 10 years, and I have many, many fond memories of him. I'd like to list a few: I remember a bidding war with him and a 4 year old child at a Wampum for wellness auction I remember long conversations about the land and what we were trying to accomplish, Doc felt strongly that we should move forward toward our own property. I remember a man of wisdom

I will rember Doc. for ten years he was, and his memory will continue to be, a vauable member of our Phamily... [Full Article]

Mary L. Comerford (1951 - 2002)
by Dana Brown

Mary Comerford, Associate Pastor, and original member of the Board of Directors of The Sacred Well Congregation, duties which she held dear, passed to the Summerlands peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning with her loved ones by her side. Mary died of metastatic breast cancer.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, High Priestess, coven leader, counselor, Reiki Master and Teacher, Tarot reader, herbalist, hypnotherapist and self proclaimed " Eclectic Fluff-Bunny Kitchen Witch", Mary lived a life of service to community and knew, with the whole of her being, the immense joy of laughter shared with those she loved and cared about. Her work touched the lives of so many and she rejoiced and celebrated all things human and marveled with the rest of us at the strength, beauty, and divine power of the human spirit. She created safe space for us to explore our own growth for those of us who had the privilege of knowing her and she loved the fellowship of camping ("with amenities!") with her large chosen family and magickal moments circling with community on many spiritual paths. She also never missed an opportunity to play with her grand-babies!

Mary is a beautiful, loving Spirit... [Full Article]


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