I am a Vampyrian Universalist Pagan minister as well as a Ghetto Geeky, Autistic, Vampyre, Rivethead, Traditional, Hippie Goth, Vegetarian, "Vampyrian" Graver", Pansexual Experimental Sound Artist, treehugger AKA theUVUP. I am the Old school Gothic Vampyre & Proud PhreaK, and the founder of Vampyrian TempleUVUPsince Dec. 18th 2003. I have been in the gothic community since the first Outland (mid 90's), the pagan community since 2002, as well as the Vampire community since mid 2000. I a love topics about possession, the supernatural, Vampyres, Otherkin, Dark Spirituality, and Darkness ect...
I am mostly volunteering, signing petitions, writing, going out, TempleUVUP and helping others that have gone through the same crap as me. If you need to get a hold of me contact me at:[email protected]or home @ 740-990-6260
My 3 favorite bands are Velvet Acid Christ, Blutengel, Inkubus Sukkubus even though they are completely different.
My favorite singers are: Andrew Eldritch, Robert Smith, and Candia Ridley...
I like: DARK TRANCE! - EBM - INDUSTRIAL - GOTH - DARK ELECTRONIC - TRANCE - GOTH INDUSTRIAL - DRUMMING - PERCUSSION - DARK DANCE...
MY other FAVORITE BANDS ARE: UNTER NULL, GOO MUNDAY, THE CURE, SKINNY PUPPY, SNOG, SuicideCommando, SISTERS OF MERCY, Youth Code,PROJECT PITCHFORK, NORMIA,6th Circle,ALIEN SEX FIEND, VDevil, Kill Shelter, and Traitrs. After that I also like WUMPSCUT, SISTERS OF MERCY, Android Lust, WOLFSHEIM, Nine Inch Nails, DEAD CAN DANCE, Dance or Die. BELLA MORTE, CHRISTIAN DEATH, THEATRES DES VAMPIRES, FLESH FIELD, DAS ICH, DAVID BOWIE, MISFITS, Suixie and The Banshees, PRINCE, LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, ECT.
Vampyres don't just feed on blood - they feed on life...
How does one know if they are a Vampyre? I still and will always believe that Vampyres need energy from other sources because there body does not have enough for what we are. I also believe we are spiritually different than humans and that what we are is a spiritual condition. The simple Definition of Vampyre is one who needs energy (Life force) because our bodies don't have enough because of what we are (Spirit or Soul). We take it through the blood (some of the life force or human energy is in the blood) of be the taking of it directly. Most Vampyres are tired and drained when alone but are usually hyper, often have high anxiety, and feel high and extremely powerful when around large crowds.
BLOOD, Vampyres, ADHD, Autism, Serial Killers, PAGANISM, Vampyrism, Dark Humor, Possession, Vampire Erotica, LAYLA - LILITH - LILITU, SEKHMET, INDUSTRIAL, GOTHIC, German EBM, Independent Graphics, SOUND, and Media ART (Independent MUSIC and Media), BEAUTIFUL PALE SKIN, Hannibal Lecter, SERIAL KILLERS, INKUBUS SUKKUBUS, Robert Smith, Hoodies, Trent Rezner, THE HAMILTONS, QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, DRACULA, PERCUSSION, LAYLA (MY DARK MOTHER), HECATE, FREYA, ANUBUS, SET, DEMON UNDER GLASS, Tim Burtin, Bela Lugosi, Edward Scissorhands, Edgar Allen Poe, Christopher Walken, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Interview With The Vampire, Nightmare Before Christmas, SADISM, SAMHAIN, Halloween, Eyeliner, Gothic Fashion, Synthesizers, Expressionism, SINGING, PERFORMING, George A. Romero, David Bowie, Christian Death, BELLA MORTE, Dead Can Dance, Musicals, Safety pins, Buttons, My Scottish German Heritage, Psychic Abilities, Energy, Hearses, UK, Christina Ricci, Sharp objects, Dancing, Norse Celtic Mythology, Cats, JOHNY DEPP, Prince, Necks, Breasts, Tantra, Empathic, Reincarnation, Theology, Lyrics, Lost Girl...
As far as entertainment goes:
I like Vampires, the Supernatural, Dark Humor, Slapstick, and Documentaries. But mostly really Dark Obscure funny Stuff...
My favorite movies are:
God Bless America (2011),Cottage Country, Little Shop ofHorrors(original 86 one when the plant took over the world and everyone died),The Underworld movies,and *The Matrix trilogy.
I also like Avatar, and Caprica* LIFE FORCE - THE HAMILTON'S – MARTIN - DAWN (more realistic vamp movies), THIRST (1979) (At least the Vampires let the humans have pleasure as they feed from them unlike humans as they torture there food; however I do disagree with forced awakening), How to be a Serial Killer! (Great funny ass shit), BLOOD TIES, THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, AVATAR, DRACULA, QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, ALL Hannibal Lecter and Serial killer Movies\TV Shows, Dylan Dog (Dead of Night), THE OMEGA MAN (I prefer the Vampires or at least the leader Spiritual Vampire to the humans who created the plague), DRACULA 2000, SUCK, The PERFECT CREATURE, VAMPYRES, ULTRAVIOLET, VAMPIRES, Perfect Sisters (2014 but they should have gotten away with it!) The UNDERWORLD MOVIES, What we do in the shadows, Doctor Strange, The Usual Suspects, DEMON UNDER GLASS, LEGEND, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE LOST BOYS, INTERVIEW THE VAMPIRE, CANADIAN BACON, ED WOOD FILMS, THE DARK HALF, Night of the Living Dead Films, POWDER, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE ADDICTION, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, CORPSE BRIDE, NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, VAMPIRE JOURNALS, V FOR VENDETTA, VAMPIRE INTERVIEWS, the ADDICTION, DOGMA, CLERKS (both), BILLY MADISON, WHITE ZOMBIE, SID and NANCY, ALMOST ANYTHING BY MICHEAL MOORE, 12 MONKEYS, EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE, THE JERK, SOUTH PARK THE MOVIE, PURPLE RAIN, ECT...
I DON’T LIKE MANY NEW SHOWS. I LIKED TRUE BLOOD, ANGEL, FOREVER KNIGHT, GATES, BLOOD TIES, American Horror Story, FRINGE, LOST GIRL, Continuum, HANNIBAL, Grimm, The Gifted, & the ADDAMS FAMILY. The only things new I like are: Supernatural, Carnival Row, Preacher, Humans, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN THE SERIES, 12 Monkeys, Fargo, (real) Humans, The 100, Legacies, What we do in the shadows, and Vikings...
My Favorite Books:The Vampyrian Shadow book, pagan and earth-centered voices in Unitarian Universalism, and books about real Vampyres, paganism, theology, goths, animal rights, ect...
Morbid Obscurity, Peace, Love, Death, and Respect...
IT'S LIFE THAT I INGEST
LOOKING FOR DONORS, FRIENDS AND VAMPIRES TO ADORE...
LET ME DRINK YOUR ENERGY...
I am starving here in a dead land…
IT'S LIFE THAT I INGEST
I SEE THE LIGHT AND IT HURTS...
***I am a Vegetarian Vampyre: I do not eat dead flesh (dead animal meat) However I do feed on humans but at least they are still alive and do not suffer...
On November 15th, The Witches’ Voice, Inc. announced the retirement of thewitchvox.comwebsite. For those of us who’ve been around since before social media sites existed, this news plucks the heartstrings. It is like discovering that a favorite haunt of your teen years is closing down long after you last were there. Nothing quite illustrates how far you’ve grown like when the place where you finally “found yourself,” and your real family of choice, closes their doors for the last time, and you can just accept the news, much like the changing of the seasons.
While I am not surprised that the site is shutting down, I’m more than a twinge sad to see the ending of an important era for our Witchcraft Community. I am also grateful for the important work done by the creators and managers of The Witches’ Voice website, lo these last 22 years.
Notice 11/15/2019: The Witches’ Voice Inc will be retiring thewitchvox.com website in late December of 2019. Its time has come. If you have any articles or poetry posted here please collect/copy them to your computer*. Over the past couple of years site traffic has dwindled down to a few dozen visitors/posters a day. In anticipation of site retirement we stopped taking any sponsorships donations on 7/1/2018. Next month we will pull ALL data offline and safely archive it. The extremely active Witches’ Voice facebook page featuring Spirit news and information will remain as an online presence.
We thank those you that supported this site over the years. You have changed the world.
In Your Service, Wren Walker, Fritz Jung, Peg Aloi and Diotima Mantineia
Witchcraft before the Internet
Today it is hard to fathom a world that existed prior to the internet, but like any teen-witch in the early 90’s, I can report that it was really, REALLY hard to find other pagans to talk to back then. There were at least 10 years between widespread access to the internet, and the creation of social media sites like Myspace and Facebook. It took years more before Twitter or Instagram became this ubiquitous thing. I still don’t know how any witches found or founded pagan community before the internet, because it didn’t work out for me.
Legend has it, that pre-internet witches found each other by going to a local witch store and asking around, at which point those withes were obligated to deny their nature three times before accepting you as a student. Or, perhaps you’d find a surreptitiously worded notice on the bulletin board of a new-agey shop, and be able to read between the lines. That method required you to be lucky enough to have a shop like that within hailing distance, and in the southeast US, they were few and far between.
The other method of finding a coven or teaching circle that I heard about too late, was to go to any bookstore, and IF they had any of those early witchcraft books, like Scott Cunningham’s Wicca, or Raymond Buckland’s Big Blue Book, you could flip through the pages, and if magickal providence were on your side, you might find a coven’s business card or flyer clandestinely tucked within those pages.
The Witches’ Voice Changed Everything
Then came Witchvox.com in 1997. I finally found the site in 2002 after I just couldn’t abide my lonely broom closet any longer. This is the very first website I can remember which allowed 0ne to create a safe and anonymous profile that was searchable by location – for individuals, covens, shops, festivals, and open teaching circles. Best yet, the site facilitated messaging between people without revealing one’s own email address. In a time when deep secrecy was necessary, this ability to reach out and communicate discretely was a huge blessing. It was through witchvox that I *finally,* after 10 years of lonely searching, made contact with a local coven. There I met others of like mind, and eventually attended a Litha sabbat as a seeker. Witchvox was the medium through which I received this life-saving miracle, without which I doubt any of the subsequent work I’ve done in the Craft would have come to pass.
Unfortunately, as soon as I’d completed the seeker process with that first coven, I relocated with my family many hours away. In 2003, Greenville, North Carolina, had zero established covens, or findable witches or pagans, on any platform. So with the help of Witchvox.com, I started one.
People today regularly remark to me that they wish there was an active pagan community like ours where they live. They appear to be waiting for someone else to sweep into town, wave their magic wand and poof one into being for them. That isn’t how it works, folks. You have to build your own community from the ground up.
2003 was a dark and desperate year for me as a newly-activated witchling, wandering alone in the wilds of eastern North Carolina. Right after Samhain that year, I created a profile on Witchvox.com for a new social networking group I called East NC Pagans. I made an email discussion group on the Yahoogroups platform. Remember that old haunt? Through Witchvox, I contacted every single witch and pagan with a personal profile that was within an hour drive of my city.
In a personal message introduced myself, and invited them to join my eastNCpagans yahoogroup. This is how I finally met the priestesses who would mentor me, my Reiki Master, and the Pagans who would eventually start the local pagan festivals. However, it took years to grow that membership.
I also printed business cards with our group link, and hid them in every Pagan and Wiccan book in our local Barnes and Noble bookstore. I put up the requisite surreptitiously-worded flyers in the local crystal shop. However, it was the events listings on witchvox that actually found the seekers who would show up to build our pagan community with me.
I recently found one of the old “bookstore” cards among those old paper fliers I kept as mementos…so quaint…
Most people who wrote me back, either through witchvox or yahoogroups, were too terrified to meet in public, and we mostly just discussed our fears of losing jobs, our kids, or our parent’s love should our true nature ever be discovered. Having these “friends” on the internet who understood the struggle was so important to me.
For more than a year, I would announce a monthly “coffee night” meet-up, then sit alone in a coffee shop with an innocuous “ENCP” sign on my table, in hopes that any of them would meet me to chat about the Craft. After a few hours I would give up and go home, dejected and lonelier than before. After more than a year, one or two brave folks I’d met through Witchvox were bold enough to show up to have coffee with me in person. Those were the happiest nights!
Then finally in late 2004 a Unitarian Universalist member of our YahooGroup announced a new pagan discussion meeting starting at their church. It was there that I finally met the local P-curious folks. Many of us are still friends 15 years later. In turn, the UUs came to my East NC Pagan coffee night, which grew exponentially every month after that, until we were forced to move our meetings to the UU sanctuary. We scheduled classes and open Sabbat rituals. We held huge Witches’ Ball parties at Halloween as a fundraiser, which would eventually pay for author Christopher Penczak to come to town for a weekend intensive training weekend with us. All thanks to the introductions first made through Witchvox.com.
Over the years I’ve received a hundred messages at least via Witchvox, from seekers inquiring about that first East NC Pagans yahoo group we listed there, or the training circle which eventually formed in 2005. Then, The Sojournershop was opened by another original member and myself in 2009. From there,The Sojo Circle Covenemerged in 2016, and continues the good work of publicly available witchcraft training and interfaith work. If we follow the roots of these resources, they all lead back to the opportunities created long ago through Witchvox.com.
Unfortunately, as Myspace, and then Facebook, Twitter and other searchable profile sites grew in popularity over the past 15 years, we sort of forgot about Witchvox. What was once the main hub for finding articles, news, and events, has been largely abandoned in favor of Facebook pages, pagan blog sites like Patheos Pagan, and pagan journalism sites likeThe Wild Hunt. I can’t remember the last time I logged in to update my witchvox profiles, nor list any events there, so I contributed to the dwindling attention.
I am not surprised that those excellent folks who’ve been dedicated to its maintenance for so long have now chosen to retire the platform. I see this progression as a success! Witchvox.com was like the dandelion that produced so much seed, spread by such a strong wind, that they spread so widely, and grew so vigorously, that it is now OK that the original mother-flower now passes. She has already reincarnated as so many new flowers.
In reply to Wren Walker, Fritz Jung, Peg Aloi and Diotima Mantineia, I thank you for your excellent service to building our community when we needed it most. I thank you directly for saving my wee witching life way back in 2002, by introducing me safely to so many others in my area. While I’m sad to see this era end, I agree that it is likely the right time to make this change. Just as the autumn leaves of the last cycle show us how beautiful they are before retiring into dormancy, we appreciate all that was accomplished by the witchvox site over the previous era. Thank you for connecting us to each other, for informing and inspiring our practices for so long. Thank you for archiving the record of our early history, and keeping up that good work via yourWitches’ Voice Facebook page. I know we’ll all be paying close attention to what you folks get up to on the next big adventure of modern witchcraft networking!
For additional perspectives about the closing of Witchvox.com, check out these blogs by
Jason Mankey and Aine Llewellyn.
Posted by Rev. JP Vanir on
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at
Most of today was amazing I finally went to the Reynoldsburg UU church and we had an outside pagan fire service that reminded me of the old days with the TempleUVUP gatherings. Many of that church are druid and I had great conversations with them. We had delicious hummus and peta bread that was better than any other I had before...
I did not realize they would be making a detour to Newark to visit the earthworks mounds and Grandville Ohio which was any blast from the past to bad I did not have time to visit Samantha Pandybut yeah my day was too much
Of course because this was the last day to get our stuff out my Mother and wife Lady Amauragave me a hard time and so much for the peace and no anxiety I never get...
Posted by Rev. JP Vanir on
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at
Well my computer doesn't work so all I have to work on for here is my kindle and a small library. Still worse yet I have to find a new place to live by Samhain of all days so I thought summer was bad my favorite time of year is not starting out so great BUT I will not let it year me down I will make it all work one way or another! For right now Facebook might be or easiest place at the moment since my PC has been letting me down but we will make it through eventually...
I am working on balancing my chakras especially my ajna (or brow) chakra. Apparently I need to take in more supplements and foods that help in keeping the pineal gland healthy and myregular distribution of melatonin is disrupted as it results in depression, mood swings, and seasonal disorders. The pineal gland is also responsible for metabolizing other neurochemicals, such as DMT and pinoline, which coordinate emotional and physical processes on a cellular level. I suppose I need some extra serotonin or DMT as well (like I can get that legally)...
taking some time off of being on the internet doing spring cleaning in my 3 bedroom house and packing up most of it to move soon
not sure how long it will take getting old and have health issues and bad back etc, so please dont delete me, i may pop in from time to time and make a few themes on my site if i have time but will be away from all other site for a while, bb, snowwolf