A Merry Beltane

Edinburgh's Beltane Fire Festival. Photo by Paul R Seftel.

Tonight and tomorrow (in the northern hemisphere*) are the traditional dates for many of the major spring/summer festivals in modern Paganism. Beltane, Bealtaine, May Day,Floralia, Protomayia, and Walpurgis Night, to name just a few. This fire festival heralds the coming of summer and is a high holiday, a liminal time when the barriers between our world and the otherworld were thin. In many traditions and cultures it is a time of divine union and fertility.Here are some quotes for the hol … [Read more...]

Peter Dybing Retires from Public Paganism

On Saturday, Peter Dybing, current president of Officers of Avalon, and former First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, announced that he was resigning from all, quote, "organizations, positions, posts and responsibilities in the Pagan community." In a statement posted to his blog, Dybing expressed a desire to return to anonymity, saying that his very public role was causing him to neglect his partner and engaging in behavior that he personally disapproved of."My commitments to commu … [Read more...]

Two Kinds of Witchcraft? Resisting Cynicism, False Dilemmas, and Moral Panics.

Christopher Howse at Glastonbury.

For several years I've been asking the question of what do we do when the men and women accused of “sorcery” and “witchcraft” are no longer “over there” in Africa or the Middle East, and are instead at our doorsteps. "If this trend isn’t seriously addressed soon, we may find this madness turning its eye towards “safe” occultists and Pagans in places like America, the UK, Australia, Brazil, and Canada." Now, with the UK still reeling over the murder of Kristy Bamu, who died while being tortured … [Read more...]

Katrina “Foxglove” Kessler 1989 – 2012

Katrina "Foxglove" Kessler

On April 21st, Katrina Kessler, known by many in the Pagan community as Foxglove, passed away after a car accident in San Diego, California. An up-and-coming figure in our community, Kessler worked at the World of Witches Museum in Salem, starred in, and helped produce, "The Young Witches of Salem," did reporting and production work with MagickTV, and hosted the video series "Foxglove’s Lost and Found." Shortly before her death she was working with a community service organization called The Circ … [Read more...]


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