Best Fundraising Idea EVER

I follow some atheist blogs so I knew a big fundraising campaign was gearing up for the Secular Student Alliance. Mostly it's bloggers who are urging their readers to give, but Crommunist over at Freethought blogs went one better: he's doing Youtube cover video requests in exchange for donations.I found it amusing to watch him do a cover of Josie and the Pussycats, and got a kick out of his rendition of Eye of the Tiger.As I watched the videos I quickly realized this was the best … [Read more...]

13 Artists I Am Listening To Now

I was going to wax eloquent on magic, but I'm not in the mood.So here's what I find musically interesting right now. Only slightly related to Paganism, although there are Pagan themes and artists in the list... 13. Wendy Rule's The Lotus Eaters album This album should be used as a soundtrack for a film adaptation of the Odyssey.12. Dar Williams' In the Time of Gods album She may not identify as one, but Dar has a Pagan sensibility. Another Odyssey themed album.11. Natalie … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Samhain

Seems strange that we began the 13 Songs series with Beltane and here it is already Samhain. What an important holiday, and an important milestone for us here on Pantheon. We've spent seven months together as of Samhain, the entire Goddess half of the year. I hope the God half proves as interesting and rewarding.I thought I would do something a bit different this time. Instead of 13 random songs to fit the season, I attempted to put together a liturgical set of music. From Joan Jett to set the … [Read more...]

Autism, Fundraising, Willy Wonka and Folk Music

Wired's Autism TestWired has an Autism test on their website. I found it when a friend took it and posted the results on Facebook. I decided to give it a whirl and was surprised by the results and intrigued by the questions. While the quiz isn't a medical opinion or diagnosis tool, it does offer interesting insight into the reality of people with Autism and Asperger's. Take a few minutes to take the quiz. I think you'll find it interesting. I did. My score was 29. What's yours?Circle … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Halloween!

For many Pagans Oct 31st is one of the holiest days of the year but it's also a secular holiday devoted to candy and spooky fun. I need to make the 13 songs for Samhain list fit the holiday, but I love all the corny old Halloween songs! So here I go! Getting it out of my system all at once! Crank up the sound and boogie away!Oh, and normally there's no order to this, but my favorite actually is number 1 this time....13. This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before ChristmasI LOVE this movie … [Read more...]

Pantheon Book Club: The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Christopher Knowles

Music and religion go hand in hand. Maybe it's on a dance floor, moving to syncopated drums around a campfire or locked in your room transported by the sounds flowing from your headphones. At some point, you've probably had a religious experience that was fueled by music. No genre has exemplified the ecstatic power of music as rock 'n' roll. From Chuck Berry to The Beatles to The Ramones to The Cure to Green Day, rock music feeds our soul.It's no surprise then that Christopher Knowles was able … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Gleeks, Rock Gods, O’Donnell and Your Thoughts on Evil

Glee on SpiritualityGlee has touched on spirituality before. Both Rachel and Puck are Jewish and Quinn's parents are very conservative Christians. Last night Glee decided to feature songs about spirituality and while I groaned at first the episode actually turned out nicely, if a bit preachy. The issue of non-believers right to not have religion forced on them, particularly in a school environment was a nice touch.While the episode felt heavy for Glee, and Glee has tackled heavy subjects in … [Read more...]

13 Things I Like About Judaism

Ah yes, it's time again for another 13 things post and I've really been looking forward to this one. Once, many moons ago I was married and wanted wee babies of my own. It was important to me to raise the child in a religious tradition. I had no interest in Christianity and my husband wasn't thrilled about the idea of Pagan kids. So I began to research Judaism. In the end the marriage dissolved, no babies, no conversions to another faith. Although I am Pagan to the core, a part of me has always … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Mabon

The list of songs is a bit darker for Mabon. Partly due to the season and partly due to my current mood. I'm craving darkly ambient, magical music lately. Enjoy and be sure to add links to songs I missed in the comments. What are your favorite Mabon songs?13. Days of Yore - MabonNever heard of these guys before but even from this bad recording they sound interesting.12. Enya - March of the CeltsSimply classic.10. Hugin the Bard - An Oak GrowsI was fortunate to meet Hugin the … [Read more...]

Jay-Z and Aleister Crowley?

I pay very little attention to Top 40 but even I know who Jay-Z is and what his songs are. What I didn't know was that he's been using some occult imagery and I find this fascinating. The music and links in this post are NOT PG, so if you're not comfortable with strong language you might not want to click.Despite all the conspiracy theories abounding on the web about his place in the Illuminati, Jay-Z says it's just to push people's buttons. In an interview with Angie Martinez of Hot 97 he … [Read more...]


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