Pagan Soup: Celtic Library Giveaway and Peter Dybing Hits The Road

Peter Dybing Goes A-Roving Pagan Road Trip – 365 Days Riding With A GoddessOver the last year as First Officer for Covenant of the Goddess I learned much, became aware of many issues within the Pagan community and made many new friends. This experience has led me to a desire to get to know the wider Pagan community better. With this in mind it is my plan to travel the nation in 2012 and meet as many members of the community as I can. As I do this I have some specific goals in m … [Read more...]

Paganism and “Passing”

I am completely overwhelmed with what I need to do for tomorrow. Turkey is thawed in the fridge, I'm trying to figure out if I have enough serving dishes and figure out the whole chair situation. I'm sure many of you are doing the same thing. Do I have enough sage? Will there be traffic? Is someone in the family going to take issue with me this year? Do I need to de-Pagan myself, my house, my kids before having dinner with family?I have something on my mind that's kind of appropriate to the … [Read more...]

Peter Dybing: A Pagan request for help in Haiti

Please take a moment to read this call to action from Peter Dybing: Some may wonder how all this has been accomplished? Do we have unlimited funds like the big NGO’s? No in fact 100% for Haiti struggles along on a budget of $1,000.00 per month. Yet, today the world has turned its eyes from Haiti, appeals for funds go unanswered while millions of dollars sit unused in the accounts of Major NGO’s. With an additional 140 students in our school this year we are stretched beyond our cap … [Read more...]

Pagans on 9/11

I don't have anything wise or thought-provoking to say today. Plenty of people are waxing eloquent today. I'm simply thinking about how much has changed in 10 years. Regardless of the influence of 9/11, none of us are the same people we were a decade ago. On top of the inevitable changes time brings us, we have the changes 9/11 brought as well. Would the Pentacle Quest have happened without 9/11? Would Patrick Stewart be home with his wife Roberta rather than becoming a symbol of Pagan religious … [Read more...]

UPDATED-Link Round-Up: Is the Pagan Label/Community Useful?

*EVEN MORE new links added below*Polytheists are making the argument that their communities thrive better without the Pagan label and community, and it's generated a boatload of discussion. Here's a lists of posts discussing this issue, beginning with the post that set the ball, or some might say golden apple, rolling.*An interview with Drew Jacob, an article by T. Thorn Coyle and column by Eric Scott are forthcoming and will be linked here along with any other relevant responses to this … [Read more...]

Final Push for Pagan/Japan Relief Effort

Reprinted with permission from PNC-Minnesota.The fundraising effort by the Pagan community for the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan heads into its final push this weekend.  The goal is set at $30,000 and as of press time, $28,631 has been raised since the effort began on the 14th of March. Peter DybingPeter Dybing, First Officer of Covenant of the Goddess, has set up a fundraising page to gather donations from Pagans to send to … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: What Pagans Can Accomplish & Goddessy Gaga

Pagans Supporting JapanIt's a good time to be Pagan. I'm very proud of our community. Peter Dybing's fundraising efforts for Doctors Without Borders have raised over $23,000 and this week is the home stretch to reach the $30,000 goal. I wouldn't have thought it possible that we could have raised so much so quickly. It's a beacon shining forth of what Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, Recons and all the other fabulous folks who make up our communities can accomplish together. Please contribute what … [Read more...]

Pagans Standing By Japan: How You Can Help

On Friday, as I watched the news and saw the damage caused by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami that swept the Pacific, I began to reach out to Pagan charities and get as much information as possible on the best way to help the Japanese people rescue, heal and restore. I wish I could claim I was overwhelmed with responses.Peter Dybing has been reaching out to his contacts to find the best way for folks to effectively aid in the disaster relief. He's posted his recommendations on his blog. … [Read more...]

Japan Earthquake Relief: Giving Wisely, Helping Effectively

Peter's recommendations for donations can be found here.Peter Dybing is First Officer of Covenant of the Goddess, is a National Incident team member with the US Forest Service and was on the ground helping folks shortly after the earthquake in Haiti last January. I've been in contact with him to help get a better idea of how to best show solidarity with the folks affected by the earthquake in Japan. He was kind enough to briefly share his thoughts on how to respond to this disaster: As … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Peter Dybing on Directionally Challenged Pagans

Some of us have had the experience of helping to set up a ritual site and the gentle amusement that comes with a group of directionally challenged Pagans debating witch direction is witch.  It also seems that the larger the gathering the more vocal the debate.  We, well known practitioners, unsure of the directions, each slightly embarrassed.While this situation has brought me much amusement, as a directionally challenged Pagan my self, it also serves as a great metaphor for our own Pagan p … [Read more...]