Weekly Update: 11/11/2002|
Author: Witchvox Central
Posted: November 11th. 2002
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Three Nouns and a Verb...
by Wren Walker
(Featured Articles Below)
"Storytellers and stories change, but the opportunity to do well or ill by others and ourselves will always be present. The right to choose how we coexist is ours unless we willingly surrender it. There can be no quick fix, no easy or permanent answer to the troubles of today or tomorrow. A sword is a sword, nothing more. Hope, compassion and wisdom born of experience are, for Middle-earth as for our world, the mightiest weapons at hand.". -- (Viggo Mortensen; Introduction to The Two Towers Visual Companion)
I have to confess. In the past year, I have become an ardent fan of Viggo Mortensen. Not because he is a babe (He is) and not because he brings to the role of Aragorn all of the subtleties that Tolkien imbued in his characterization of the future King in exile (He does) and not because he has that same sort of silky, soft voice that first attracted me to Fritz (He has). I became a fan of Viggo because he does that one thing guaranteed to make me melt: He writes well.
I think perhaps that same ability to explain the complex in ordinary terms is one reason why Scott Cunningham also won our Pagan Readers poll. Scott believed that what is profound need not be complicated. It is often our very child-like awe of what is beautiful or powerful or unexpected that Scott encouraged us to embrace. A singular 'Wow!" may be the best form of praise and worship ever to reach a God's -- or a writer's -- ear. Scott and Viggo both sidle into our consciousness bearing big bags of wows. In my Little Booklet of Life, you will always get extra brownie points for a really good wow. [Full Article]
Pattalee Glass-Koentop [1943 - 2002]
by Lady Willow DancingEmber
Pattalee Glass-Koentop, 59, crossed the veil on Monday, November 11, 2002 at 12:45 AM at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.
A memorial service will be held for her on Sunday, November 24, at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas.
Contributions: Money is being collected to make a large donation in her honor to her favorite charity. Please send all contributions to:Rountree (C/O Flight of the Phoenix - 1034 N. Carrier Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX 75050-3301
Pattalee was born in Dumas, Texas on October 27, 1943 to a family of educators. Her father was also a lay minister of the Church of Christ. Pattalee continued in their footsteps as both an educator and a minister. She graduated from UTA with a major in communications and was a certified teacher for life. She was also a Notable Woman of Texas. Her background as an English teacher was evident to her Wiccan students. She expected quality work from herself and from her students, and she accepted nothing less. An accomplished writer, her published works... [Full Article]
Veteran's Day: Honor, Respect and Gratitude
by Don Waterhawk
Update: Nov. 12th [the day after]
After writing the initial piece on Veterans Day, I figured that that would be it, I have said my piece, and now would be the time I would spend alone, with my inner Spirit smiles, and my love, Daniella, next to me. Well...I was mostly right, actually two out of three. I am with my inner Spirit smiles, and my love Daniella, but....ah the famous word "but"., I was no where near alone. Nope, not even a little bit.
The e-mails about this article have overwhelmed us both, all positive, all showing a great amount of Honor...Respect....and Gratitude. So at 5:30 pm, Daniella and I went to Bill/Wendyl's house, to their place on the edge of the Caloosahatchie River, and Bill Bailey (Eternal Flame Fire Clan) had lit the Ritual Fire next to the river. And there among the swaying palm trees, as the sunset was fading from pink and purple to royal blue, with our friends Terra and William, Bill Bailey (US Navy Vet), and myself opened the Sacred Circle....called in the grandparents and those that have "Muddied the Waters" for us.
This Ritual, this Sacred Ceremony was not for the Veterans, it was not for the Fire fighters, nor the Law Enforcement officers... no.... this was for all the people that took the time to Honor, Respect, and give Gratitude... [Full Article]
Community Votes Fave Books: Results Now UP!
This week we are honored to present the results of YOUR choices for number one fave Pagan books.
The clear winner was the late Scott Cunningham (we miss you much!). Scott was a gentle spirit, embraced the needs of the solitare and was clearly a man ahead of his time. We know you are watching Scott, we know you will be back and we thank you for the magick that you have shared with us all.
This week we offer the results of YOUR choice for your number one favorite Pagan book. For those new to Witchvox, this vote took place from Sept. 1st to Oct. 31st. and was open to all that desired to make the effort to pick their top 5 favorite Pagan books... This list is now our primary resource for what IS being read and what does speak to our brothers and sisters in the community. This list has already become a popular reference for many surfers and (as of today) over 21,000 seekers have already checked these listings out, with 13,000 drilling down to see the other choices made by the 1,299 of you that cast your votes.
Results compiled so far include; the top ten lists (just below), separate lists by age group, and full listings (top to bottom) for fave books and fave authors.
Important Notes: Tabulations compiled and presented this week are but a tiny snap shot of popular Pagan books and don't take in consideration the other 4 choices made by those that voted (or the near 500 current Pagan books in the stores today). We do hope to offer 'across the board' results in the next week or so. We believe that there are many powerful and popular books that may not score high in these initial results but will do quite well in a bigger picture. It's also worth noting that the top ten books below only represent 46% OF the community choices for their number book. We highly encourage you to check out the lists below to get a feel for the many wonderful books that were chosen.
In 2003 the Witches' Voice will, once again ask for your thoughts on what you are reading and what YOU recommend to those new to this path..
Books: Chosen as #1 Faves...
1. Wicca: A Guide For The Sulitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham 
2. The Spiral Dance by StarHawk 
3. To Ride A Silver Broomstick by Silver RavenWolf 
4. Drawing Down The Moon by Margot Adler 
5. A Witches Bible, Compleat by Janet and Stewart Farrar 
6. Book of Shadows by Phyllis Curott 
7. Witchcrafting: A Spiritual Guide To Making Magic by Phyllis Curott 
8. Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton 
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley 
10. Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland 
Authors: With Most #1 Book Votes...
1. Scott Cunningham  Other Tabulations... (based on #1 choices)
2. StarHawk 
3. Silver RavenWolf 
4. Phyllis Curott 
5. Margot Adler 
6. Janet and Stewart Farrar 
7. Gerina Dunwich 
8. Ronald Hutton 
9. Marion Zimmer Bradley  Tie
9. Ann Moura  Tie
10. Laurie Cabot 
We take this opportunity to thank all of you that participated in the voting process... YOUR choice will be viewed by tens of thousands in the months and years to come.
Enjoy the many new features below and have a wonderful week everyone,
This Week's Features...
Leaves of Gold: Finding Those Rare Occult Books
by Peg Aloi
It will certainly come as no surprise to anyone reading this to learn that (gasp!) PAGANS LIKE BOOKS. We like reading them, sure, but oddly enough a lot of us just like having them around too. Margot Adler, in Drawing Down the Moon, referred to modern pagans as (among other things!) "bibliophiles." Yes, we love books. How many of you have fairly vast libraries? Or know other witchy friends who need a whole separate room for just their books? Do your fr iends groan when you ask for help moving to a new apartment because they know there will be many small but heavy boxes of books to lug up and down the stairs? Do you frequent used bookstores? Have your own "wish list" on Amazon.com? Know the local librarian by name? Do the folks at the used bookstores you frequent know your interests and recommend new acquisitions to you? Almost every time I go into the Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston, one of several staff who know me and my buying habits will mention they've just acquired a whole estate's worth of occult books, or some other noteworthy items they think I might like. That's almost as cool as having the local bartender start mixing your martini the moment he sees you walk in the door!... [Full Article]
Bardic Circle at Witchvox: (Week 4 - The Magick continues...)
Last month we re-launched a wonderfully successful section here at twv, entitled 'Bardic Circle. A Bardic Circle, to those unfamiliar with the concept, is a gathering of the clan to share stories, magic and music. This is best done in person, 'round a bonfire. With the advent of mp3 files bringing "quality" audio to the net, we can now do a "Bardic Circle", right here in cyberspace. To listen to the MP3 files your pc will need to have an mp3 player installed. MP3 players can be found for FREE at sites like VersionTracker.com--
This week we feature a new performance by Whitedog.
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, your group or your CD cover. NOTE: Previous participants (from 2000 and 2001) ARE more than encouraged to submit a new tune.
Pagan Books: Views and Counting!
6 New Releases for November
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.
Yule Events are happening everywhere this year. (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 Yule Event experience.
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October 2002: Our Busiest Month EVER!
October 2002 was another record-breaking month here at TWV, with 2,872,877 pages being delivered to 545,492 unique visitors (based on daily unique IP addresses). Other key stats included; Hits: 10,791,751 and Traffic/bandwidth: 156.99 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 October click here.
| Kerr Cuhulain's "Witch Hunts - Exposing the Lies" - viewed times!|
This week: Evangelists
Bob Larson joined the anti-rock crusade in 1967. It was Larson, a former rock musician and disc jockey, who introduced the idea of Satanic influence in rock and roll in his first book: Rock and Roll: The Devil's Diversion. He went on to found Bob Larson Ministries in 1972. Larson has built this Denver based ministry up into a lucrative business. The keystone of Larson's ministry is the Christian radio talk show Talk Back. Larson has made numerous TV appearances on shows such as Oprah Winfrey. Larson has sponsored conferences all over the country to which he brings "occult crime experts" to lecture on "Satanism." For example, he planned a "Save Our Kids Conference" in Colorado on 20-21 July 1990.
The organizations that Larson recommends as resources give you some idea of his beliefs. Four of the organizations on the following list were examined in earlier articles in this series... [Full Article]
- Check out Kerr's NEW book 'Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior'.
'Teen Essays for November '02'
Through the Eyes of a Witch
by Xamien Mooncrow
Being young and Wiccan, a lot of adults do not take me seriously; my mother likes to call it a "phase." I find it even harder being on the "Cusp of Adulthood" or, what others like to call a "Young Adult". People my age are always being misunderstood or branded as confused... not sure what we want in life, or trying to rebel ... against what? I suppose what "they" consider to be the "norm"... I am assuming that they mean being a good Christian man or woman. Well, it is not a rebellion, a phase, or confusion; it is a way of life, for me, and many other young adult Pagans. I take my faith personally and seriously, and I can honestly say that it has changed me, for the better.
My being Wiccan has changed the way I look at the universe, the world, the animals & nature, and the Human race. I really have learned to appreciate the beauties of the universe, to drive down a street in a wooded area and... [Full Article]
Teen Pagans in the Media
by Xamien Mooncrow
I think my best friend has finally learned to tune me out whenever I see a Witch, Wiccan, or Pagan on TV. I suppose I am rather vocal about the subject of teen Witches in the media. I've been known to comment sarcastically at every opportunity while watching movie "The Craft" ( a movie that I actually LIKE, but certainly have qualms about). I know its just a movie and that its not supposed to be entirely accurate, but media portrayals of witches are usually so fanciful and shallow that I get constantly pigeon-holed by anyone who doesn't know better.
Anytime I've ever mentioned that I'm a Pagan or Witch in the presence of other teenagers I invariably get responses like "Oh yeah...like on Charmed, haha" or "Can you do stuff like on the Craft?" This in and of itself doesn't upset me because one can't expect everyone to know the truth about something when they've been misinformed time and time again. It DOES upset me because I know that people... [Full Article]
Television Is NOT Real!
by Xamien Mooncrow
I remember all the fuss people were making about "The Craft". I adamantly refused to see it, for I had a sneaking suspicion that it would falsely portray Witches to the entire (mostly Christian) world. A year or two after the movie came out, I saw it, and I laughed.
To a Witch like myself, I find certain over-the-top representations humorous. However, one must stop to ponder the reactions of our neighbors. At about that point, I'd stop laughing. There are people who believe that we actually DO things like that! The general population still feels that we are a ragged band of immoral hags, out making sacrifices of babies under the Full Moon.
I happen to be a normal -- yes, I said normal -- seventeen year old. The idea of anyone harming babies is enough to make me cry! I've never been told that I look like a hag (though they say I look like Drew Barrymore ... woo!). Unlike "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", I cannot make things appear with a mere snap of my fingers. I... [Full Article]
Has Hogwart's changed the Muggle World?
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series is arguably the best and most entertaining series written for children and young adults within the past decade (from the 90's to now). She writes in a style that's appealing to all types if people, including those that are not avid readers. She is also responsible for resurgence in the literary arts among children and young adult's. People that didn't used to like to read now find joy in doing it, and continue to read books outside of the Harry Potter series. Whether these books as a side benefit give pagan peoples more acceptance is sub-par to the fact that they are helping young children to learn how to read, and therefore expose their minds to new concepts.
This is definitely a good thing. When someone reads a variety of topics on a regular basis, they are opened to new concepts and ideas from a variety of different people. They can then rise above what they were simply "taught to believe" and start thinking for themselves. Don't get me wrong. A person's cultural baggage (I... [Full Article]
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