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Weekly Update: 10/7/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 7th. 2002
Times Viewed: 4,185

Welcome to The Witches' Voice!

(Featured Articles Below)

This week we officially kick off *our* Samhain season with many features, updates and treats including...

An exciting announcement of a new Wiccan Web resource; 'PerfectTrust.org', another new segment in the 'Witch hunts: Exposing the lies' series entitled 'Myth Makers' by Kerr Cuhulain, a fab piece by Wren called 'By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them' (actual furniture owner's name withheld to save MY butt), a thought provoking and critical essay by Greyhart 'Walk Into The Sunlight' , a review of a recent festival in Florida called 'Harvest Rhythms' by Dana Cavallero, 'Eastern Massachusetts and New York City Pagan Pride' a report from the road by Logan Sullivan (or ER), a celebration of 9 new Pagan books due for release this month, a mini event review of 'Pagan Pride Day UK' by Cerridwen DragonOak, a substantial rewrite of our 'Page for the Press' page, details related to September being another record breaking month here at TWV, a series of mini webnotes over viewing many recent changes here at Witchvox and a new rotation of 6 fabulous pieces of original art by Pagan Artists. - HIT your refresh button to see a NEW painting!

ALL of these features can be found just BELOW on this page.

Monster WOTW Clean Up: Arguably the most valuable section of this web site is your 'Witches of the World' networking section. It was created to help put Pagans, together, 'face to face' all over the world. As of this morning the pages of WOTW have been visited 23,189,437 times and this section of Witchvox gets busier by the day. Over the past 6 years WOTW has helped to form groups, share information, bring customers to Pagan businesses, announce events, enable tens of thousands of friendships, handfastings and much more. You've built it, you've updated it and you've get credit for all of its spirit. Give yourselves a hand!

This past week we tested all 47,495 of the email addresses attached to the listings. We haven't many rules 'round these parts' BUT we do require a working email address on all listings. This verification process is a tedious one, but one that we believe necessary to keep WOTW a valuable resource.

Verification results: 3,773 listings were removed due to 'user unknown' or 'mailbox over quota' responses to our tests. 765 of you responded and your listings have been removed per your request. in the last 7 days... 2,371 of you resubmitted updated info and that too has been processed. So what if YOUR listing was removed?
  • Witchvox Sponsors: If your listing has been removed, it is only due to our getting a bounce on your email. Kindly email us with your sponsor id and we'd be glad to manually update your listing with a working email.

  • Non-Sponsors: Sorry but with this volume of listings we simply can't make manual edits for you... If your listing is gone or needs corrections, we ask that you resubmit it with the correct information -- your new submission will replace your existing one when we do our twice weekly processing.
So yes, auditing and cleaning up nearly 48,000 listings is quite the task but thanks to our constantly evolving systems, this went quickly and YOUR network section has never been cleaner or richer with community contact information. We will continue to evolve this critical resource, so look for new features and treats related to Pagans in YOUR TOWN in the weeks to come.

In YOUR Service,

Witchvox Staff





This Week's Featured Articles...

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them
by Wren Walker

My backside is reminding me of something that I have known for quite some time now: ostentation is not very comfortable. In this particular instance, the offense came in the form of an antique Victorian sofa. The back was ramrod straight, the cushions were taut-spring stiff and -- even if I was somewhat inclined to enjoy a good masochistic lounge upon a bed of fabric-covered concrete as penance for neglecting to change the litter box -- there was no room to fully stretch out for an impromptu afternoon nap. It was a horrid excuse for a 'sitting arrangement' because no matter how I tried to 'arrange' the 'sitting' part of my anatomy upon it, all that I got for my trouble was a sore butt and the aching cheeks that come with trying to smile valiantly through excruciatingly long minutes of posterior pain. I couldn't wait to get out of there. Why in the name of 'Better Homes and Gardens' would anyone want such an abomination in their living room, I can't imagine. But I do have my suspicions... [Full Article]



Harvest Rhythms at All World Acres
by Dana Cavallero

Well, for whoever didn't make it, Harvest Rhythm at All World Acres was a delight! And so many surprises, at least for me! Yes, the same gloriously hot showers and !real toilets! in the big, community built bathhouse, (Thank you,thank you) the same sweet, laid-back, loving energy, but there were a lot of new faces along with the dear familiar ones this time. As usual, the strong community feeling was a living festival attendee, and swept up even those of us, like me, who arrived grumpy and tired. Within minutes, I was nurtured and healed, and I can't tell you how many conversations I heard echoing the same sentiments. I like to prowl all the camp areas, and over and over, I heard this feeling expressed. People loved the relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. All World Acres festivals tend to be fairly small and intimate, but the family is growing.

AWA has awfully good luck with rituals, it seems to me, and I know it has to do with the sweetness of the energy there, let alone the hard work Richard and Mary put into... [Full Article]



Eastern Massachusetts and New York City Pagan Pride
A report FROM the road by Logan Sullivan

September was a great month for Pagan bands all over the country, with Pagan Pride events happening in most major cities. Early in the summer, Emerald Rose and Alchemy VII made plans to perform at the New York City Pagan Pride event in Battery Park. I had spoken with Gina Citoli, lead singer of Milwaukee-based Alchemy VII about the hospitality of New York Pagans and the opportunities that had occurred for us since Emerald Rose played at their first annual event last year, following the events of 9/11. She was interested in the possibilities of working in the metropolitan environment of NYC and taking their band to the next level professionally. We made arrangements for Alchemy and other musicians to use our sound system at Pagan Pride so they would not have to truck a PA across country. We shared resources and contacts for other gigs... [Full Article]



Pagan Pride Day UK 2002
by Cerridwen DragonOak

Pagan Pride Day UK 2002 was celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox at Glastonbury Tor. The weather was perfect and Pagans from all parts of Britain turned up to celebrate Mabon at this historic sacred site.

Highlights of the day were the drumming walkabout (especially enjoyed by the many children present), Cerridwen DragonOak's talk on "Quantum Resonance Living - the Science of Witchcraft", the potluck picnic dinner, and of course the Sunset Ritual welcoming in Cyhydnos Hydref (EqualNight of Autumn) in English and Welsh by DragonOak and Clint... [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 October 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: October is the FINAL month 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.

Pagan books: NOW Searchable! also new this week is the creation of extensive search options (via the side bar on all pages) over at our new Pagan Books chapter. Feel free to execute searches by Title, Author, Publisher, Category, Level or Book profile.

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



September 2002: Another HOT one!

September 2002 was another record-breaking month here at TWV, with 2,427,225 pages being delivered to 438,587 unique visitors (based on daily unique IP addresses). Other key stats included; Hits: 8,179,310 and Traffic/bandwidth: 123.86 gigabytes. Once again, we spent substantial time blocking some domains from hitting this site, although there is nothing of value to those 'marketing bots' they were, once again, slamming on the site. For complete daily stats for September click here.

September saw an average of 80,000 page views per day. So far October is coming in at nearly 90,000. We expect this to be a very busy month for this site and for the Pagan web in general.


Myth Makers - Part One
by Kerr Cuhulain

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

In the last chapter we identified some individuals and organizations that disseminate myths about international satanic conspiracies. Now lets explore their backgrounds and motivations and examine other forms of misinformation that they are spreading.

The one thing that all of the organizations in this article have in common is that they are disseminators of the W.I.C.C.A. Letters myth that I discuss in my Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca. Basically this is a modern version of the famous fraud called the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" with the word "Jew" replaced with the word "Witch." It is alleged to be a set of 7 letters seized by the authorities which outline a plan for world domination by Wiccans. Wicca becomes an acronym for "Witches International Coven Council Association.".... [Full Article]

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



Announcing: PerfectTrust.org
by Ellen C. Friedman

For Immediate Release:

We are delighted to announce the creation of a website dedicated to ethics education and exploration. The website includes both original research and links to a large collection of publications and other resources concerning professional and Wiccan ethics.

A Survey of Ethics within the Community: We invite you to participate in our survey about your experience of ethics in the Wiccan and pagan communities. We encourage anyone with experience of the Wiccan community to participate. You do not have to be Wiccan to respond to the survey.

This research is a project of Ellen C. Friedman and James B. Casey, Jr. Our primary purpose is to encourage Wiccans to discuss the theory and practice of morality and ethics within the Craft.

We value your contributions! Please share your experiences with us. You may take the survey at http://www.perfecttrust.org.

For more information, contact the researchers at perfecttrust@direcpc.com.



Walk Into The Sunlight
by Greyhart

Pagans have been in the "broom closet" for centuries. To this day, many are still afraid to publicly admit their spirituality. Why? When asked some have an abstract fear of the Burning Times returning. Others fear reprisal from ex-spouses, or landlords, or employers. Individually, Pagans have many valid fears about being exposed. Fortunately, Pagans have found refuge and protection within communities.

Individual Pagans are part of a much larger set of communities. Even those who are not affiliated with any coven or group belong to a set of communities. These communities are comprised of the local populace of a town or city, then the larger populace of the state, growing to a region comprising several states, followed by a national community, which is a part of the global Pagan community... [Full Article]



Mini WebNotes...
by Fritz Jung

The following is a quick list of changes, tweaks and mods in the past 4 days...

1. Finally put some time into properly fixing the 'other countries' page(s) over at Witches of the world. Although it has only 130 listings, it is a critical resource and I offer my apologies for it been down these past few months.

2. Normalized the votes for 'fave book' again, by making consistant the book titles and author names in an effort to render the final results (to be featured in early November) as accurate as possible.

3. VoxLinks: Pagan Search - Added new a commercial category (Spells for Sale), renamed 'Free Email Accounts' to 'Pagan Email Accounts', renamed 'Courses' to 'Schools and Courses' AND re-assigned listings that should be in these new/renamed categories. This was done to more accurately reflect recent trends and changes in the commercial parts of our communities. - A major re-look at the categorization of our links section is scheduled for November.

4. Rendered many changes, additions and tweaks to our 'Site Map' pages to better reflect new chapters here at TWV

5. Pre-coded the next 5 weeks features for the extremely popular Kerr Cuhulain series 'Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies' - Amazingly he has even more coming after that.

6. Tested, processed and purged the results from our quarterly verification of nearly 48,000 listings here at TWV.

7. Discovered that Pagan musician "Patrick Ginnaty" (Web Link) and I were born on the very same Samhain (1952).

8. Substantially updated the Witchvox 'Page for the Press', and as in the past will be featuring it right here on our front page during the busiest press month for the Pagan communities.






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