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Weekly Update: 10/21/2002

Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: October 21st. 2002
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Welcome to The Witches' Voice!

(Featured Articles Below)



Pagan Pride in D.C. (review by Angie Kennedy featured below)

"WitchVox does NOT teach Witchcraft, Wicca, Heathenism or any forms of Paganism, nor do we give out spells, rituals, affirmations or charms."

It is so stated on our 'What is The Witches' Voice?' page and has been since 1997. Yet each week, we receive requests for spells or for some other tidbits of 'secret' knowledge. The e-mail usually begins with, "I know that you state that you don't give out spells, BUT..." and then is followed by all of the myriad of reasons why we should renege on our policy 'just this once' because the person writing has a special problem or a special need or is just a special enough person to warrant some...well... special attention.

Now please understand that we are not heartless. We don't like saying "no" any more than most other people do. This entire project was conceived to be a viable conduit for the news and information that will both facilitate and encourage Pagans and Heathens to not only network in their local communities, but to interact on a broader and global scale. We also offer essays and other venues wherein Pagans and Heathens can offer some of these magickal helpful hints. We are, at our very core, people who wish to be of service. And some requests really do tug at our heartstrings...

One 'Google' search for "Book of Shadows" produced 86,600 returns. 'Spells' found 1,480,000. (Now that's one major league caboodle of spells!) And even if you are not that personally confident in your own spell crafting abilities, there apparently are some 51,700 'spell kits' available somewhere to further help you on your way to casting success. Stores and shops have shelves groaning under the weight of the many tomes of Pagan and/or magickal lore. So much for mystery. A whole lot of Pagans have obviously been spilling their guts. So I'd say that a lack of venue, visibility or availability is not the problem.

The lack of genuine spiritual depth is... [Full Article]



Return of Bardic Circle at Witchvox: Over the past few days we spent some time rewriting a wonderfully successful section here at twv, entitled 'Bardic Circle at Witchvox'. We kick off this re-launch with 3 new submissions (w/ stories/Mp3 links); 'Spiral dance' by Zorah Staar (pictured to your left), 'Spoon' by SONA, and 'White Raven' by Alchemy VII. For the complete 'Bardic Circle Experience', visit the BC index page.

IF YOU are a Pagan Musician and want to participate by sharing one of your tunes and its story, kindly fill the Bardic Circle Submission form and email us a .jpg (150 pixels high/72 dpi) of yourself or your group. We will be featuring a few new Bardic Circle stories each week over the rest of the year. NOTE: Previous participants (from 2000 and 2001) ARE welcome to submit a new tune.

Vote Your Top 5 Pagan Books: Only 10 Days remain for YOU to vote for your fave Pagan books! -- Click here! to cast YOUR vote.

New visitors to this site are encouraged to take a close look around this page; it is crammed with links to some very powerful community resources. (Don't miss the powerful community notices to your lower left).

Enjoy the many features below and have a great week everyone,

Witchvox Staff





This Week's Features...

Pagan Pride Day in Washington D.C.
by Angie Kennedy

More than 225 Pagans attended the 2002 Washington D.C. Pagan Pride Day to celebrate the Autumn Equinox and give thanks for the harvest of the year at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Sept. 22.

Coordinated by The Open Hearth Foundation, Inc., a Pagan community center initiative in the Washington, the celebration featured thanksgiving and harvest themed rituals, children activities, drumming and musical performances. Several area covens and discussion groups offered information and literature about their specific path, while many group representatives too the opportunity to answer questions and network with one another.

As the event kicked off, we knew it was going to be a special day when someone spotted a beautiful red-tailed hawk sitting high above on a branch over looking the our sacred circle below. We took the presence of the stoic bird of prey as a sign from Mother Nature to stop and give for all the blessings we have and the ones we were about to share... [Full Article]



Mini WebNotes...
by Fritz Jung

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

1. Major Rewrite: Attacked our extremely popular 'Bardic Circle Stories' section at TWV and brought it back to life. This chapter is now live (pending an email of the artist photo), dynamic (in several places here at TWV), ready for NEW mp3 Stories from our musicians. The submission form can be [found HERE] .

2. Local Shops, Events, Pro Skills: Wrote code that added 'New' and 'updated on [date updated]' flags to all Events, Skills and Shops listing for your world networking listings .

3. Executed dozens of clean up scripts against the 43,000 listings over at your networking section. Literally 10's of thousands of changes were made (mostly to normalize the listings). Changes included; stripping out extra spaces, fixing MS word proprietary characters, removing extra carriage returns, adding spaces after commas and removal of 'illegal characters. At the same time I captured many of these processes so that they will 'better clean' up new submissions BEFORE they hit the web.

4. Processed another record number of new/updated submissions (over 2,200) to your Witches' of the World Pages.



Spilling our Guts!
by Wren Walker

"WitchVox does NOT teach Witchcraft, Wicca, Heathenism or any forms of Paganism, nor do we give out spells, rituals, affirmations or charms."

It is so stated on our 'What is The Witches' Voice?' page and has been since 1997. Yet each week, we receive requests for spells or for some other tidbits of 'secret' knowledge. The e-mail usually begins with, "I know that you state that you don't give out spells, BUT..." and then is followed by all of the myriad of reasons why we should renege on our policy 'just this once' because the person writing has a special problem or a special need or is just a special enough person to warrant some... well... special attention.

Now please understand that we are not heartless. We don't like saying "no" any more than most other people do. This entire project was conceived to be a viable conduit for the news and information that will both facilitate and encourage Pagans and Heathens to not only network in their local communities, but to interact on a broader and global scale. We also offer essays and other venues wherein Pagans and Heathens can offer some of these magickal helpful hints. We are, at our very core, people who wish to be of service. And some requests really do tug at our heartstrings... [Full Article]



Pagan Books: Views and Counting!

12 New Releases this Month

his 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 this week are 9 new releases for October 2002.

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



Samhain 2002

Samhain/Hallowe'en 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 pictures) and coverage related to YOUR Samhain Event experience.

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Upcoming Samhain Events (click location for full details):

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Samhain/Hallowe'en Info.

This week, we continue with our moon long celebration of arguabally the most fave holiday in all of Pagandom - 'Samhain (aka Hallowe'en, ShadowFest, Martinmas, Old Hallowmas)... Local Samhain Events are plentiful and will be happening all over the Northern Hemisphere during the next 2 weeks (down under they will celebrating Beltaine in a big way). Visit your Samhain Happenings Page OR your Local Events Pages for up to the minute listings.

 The Real Origins of Halloween by Isaac Bonewits
 You Call It Halloween - We Call It Samhain by Peg Aloi
 All Hallow's Eve by Mike Nichols
 Halloween Errors and Lies by Isaac Bonewits
 A Quick Overview Of Samhain by Wren Walker
 Halloween-Myths, Monsters And Devils
 Satanic Panic and Black Cats by Wren Walker
 The Samhain Index at Witchvox links to various articles, essays and information on Samhain lore and celebrations as well as pointers to Samhain events in YOUR town.



'Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies'

Satan's Fantasies - Part 1
by Kerr Cuhulain

One of the two things most often cited by Satanic conspiracy supporters as occult indoctrination tools are Fantasy Role Playing Games(FRPGs). People have created entire organizations and ministries out of their lobbying and proselytizing efforts in relation to this subject.

Those who tell us that Fantasy Role Playing Games turn people to criminality, anti social activity and suicide often present us with statistics that at first sound impressive. For example, Pat Pulling's organization Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD), in their Law Enforcement Primer on Fantasy Role Playing Games, which came out in 1985, lists forty one cases of suicide, homicide or serious crimes that Pulling claims are directly linked to Fantasy Role Playing Games. This sounds like a lot of cases, but you must consider that at that time there were 6.5 million copies of the game Dungeons and Dragons alone in circulation. This means that at least this many people were playing the game. Therefore only .00062% of those playing Dungeons and Dragons are getting involved in this kind of activity... [Full Article]

WebNote: The pages of the Kerr Cuhulain series 'Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies' have been viewed times as of this moment. - Check out Kerr's NEW book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.



Pagan Pride Day in Washington D.C.
by Angie Kennedy

More than 225 Pagans attended the 2002 Washington D.C. Pagan Pride Day to celebrate the Autumn Equinox and give thanks for the harvest of the year at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Sept. 22.

Coordinated by The Open Hearth Foundation, Inc., a Pagan community center initiative in the Washington, the celebration featured thanksgiving and harvest themed rituals, children activities, drumming and musical performances. Several area covens and discussion groups offered information and literature about their specific path, while many group representatives too the opportunity to answer questions and network with one another [Full Article]



'New Adult Essays for Samhain '02'

New this week

The Language of What We Do
by Rain Bird

"Hail to you golden-armed Muses. Bright haired daughters of Heaven, lend me your voice and inspiration."

When speaking of channeling and possession work, several distinctions must be made. One common error among Pagans, is the use of the words evoke/evocation and invoke/invocation. The above prayer is an invocation. I am calling on the Muses to aide me with inspiration for this essay.

Invocation is a prayer or plea directed toward a divinity. In Wicca, we also invoke deities into our circles. Simply put, we are asking the Gods to witness and assist us in our workings. One may also invoke certain qualities of a divine being into themselves. One may invoke the Mercy of God or the Wisdom of Athena. Ultimately, invocation is a prayer. We are humbling ourselves before a Power and ask them to act on our behalf. Evocation is another matter entirely... [Full Article]

Making that Connection?
by Kamira

A childhood game it was supposed to be, a sŽance, they don't work. How could they when all it is, is a slumber party?

The room is dark, there is one candle lit that sits in the center of a ring of eight girls sitting around it. They are all holding hands, and most of them have their eyes closed. So begins the calling upon spirits that have passed this realm of living onto a different plane. Slowly, they begin to call out various ones÷ a skeptic in their midst calls for a character from folklore. Neither door nor window was open, however the girls all beckon this character, and soon, the girl that had first called the name feels a chill as a solid ice-cold hand touches her back left shoulder. Her eyes burst open and her jaw drops, she backs up and away from the circle, breaking her hands free. There is no one else that has come in or out of the room, only the girls, who had all remained seated. The skeptic laughs it off, and suggests a different game; not... [Full Article]

From Last Week....

Summer's End
by Karl Lembke

Since Lammas, the days have grown noticeably shorter, and the nights longer and colder. Now, to our relief, the pace has slowed, and we begin to see a limit to how cold and dark the world will become. We have not yet reached the shortest night, but now we see it will not the ultimate end of all life. The sun is in the southland, sleeping until the awakening of the light, at Imbolc, and now we can hope that the light will return... [Full Article]


Hawaiian Samhain
by Amara

It was Samhain, 2001. I stood on a rocky bluff overlooking the surging, primal waters of the Pacific Ocean. The smell of salt water mixed with the scents of moist earth and blooming flowers. The night sky was illuminated by a moon as big and round and full as any I had seen in a long while, bathing the rocks and trees in a light only slightly more shy than daylight whenever the clouds parted... [Full Article]


Journey Beyond the Veil
by Flame RavenHawk

What follows is the ritual that was written for Birchtree Circle for Samhain, 1995. This ritual was designed to carry the participant on an inner journey of discovery; a journey beyond the veils that separate the world of form from the realms of Spirit. It is a deeply blended combination of ritual and guided meditation. This ritual was originally conducted by Flame RavenHawk and was attended by approximately ten members of the Circle... [Full Article]


Samhain - Feast of Feasts
by Kathryn A. Graham

It's Autumn again. The air grows crisp with the promise of Winter, and we begin to think in terms of spooks and faeries, ghosts and goblins - and lots and lots of pumpkin pie. Samhain approaches.... I've been an acknowledged Witch for 30 years, and I've been out of the closet in the middle of South Texas for several years. I'm also still alive, if a little singed about the edges, though at times I do admit to wondering how I have managed it... [Full Article]


Samhain, the Time of the Ancestors
by Rev. Steven Bragg

Although I honor and serve my ancestors year-round, Samhain is the time when I go all out for them and prepare a large feast for, not only my ancestors, but the ancestors of my Wiccan circle our friends. However, I find little information in many of the marketed texts of Wicca and modern Paganism that deals with ancestor veneration, a practice that is a major characteristic of the vast majority of the world's basic religions... [Full Article]


Seances, Channelling and Spirit Possession
by Dawn Blacksun

We all have had times where we felt very lost and confused. We'd ask our friends and family for advice, but it isn't enough. We search within ourselves for the answers, but can't see through the mists of confusion. When it seems that there is nobody on Earth who can help us, it could be a good time to use the power of invocation and ask a deity for help... [Full Article]


Adult Essay Topics for November:

1. The History of Pagan Religions Gardnerian Wicca is the most frequently discussed religion with a shadowy historical background, but many, if not most, of our modern-day Pagan religions rely to some degree or another on older religions and societies. What part does history play in the practice, myths and rituals of your religion? Are documentation and authenticity important? Do you practice what you believe is an ancient religion, a modern-day approximation of an ancient religion, or do you consider your religion to be strictly modern? And what about the gods you worship? Are they the same ones worshipped by our ancestors, or are they different? [Click for Details]

2. Living a Pagan Life
How do the beliefs and practices of whatever brand of Paganism you practice affect how you live your daily life? When it comes to "chop wood, carry water", or, more prosaically, "go to the office, shop for groceries" how do your Pagan beliefs shape the way you live your life? [Click for Details]

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