About Star Foster

Southern polytheist in the Midwest.

Guest Post: The Pagan Worldview in a Post-Constantinian World

[Nicole Youngman is a sociologist at Loyola University in New Orleans. She's been Pagan over 20 years and is active in a grove of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She also does volunteer work with the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans.]Listening to fundamentalists talk about the looming threats of “witchcraft” and “paganism” can be a decidedly surreal experience. They use the terms in a variety of ways: sometimes they’re talking about actual Witches and Pagans, sometimes they mean anything that doesn’t meet their definition of “Christian,” and sometimes they mix it all up willy-nilly and throw in a few Harry Potter references for good measure. Despite our best efforts to e … [Read more...]

Officers of Avalon Responds to Police Violence in Occupy Movement

Peter Dybing and Officers of Avalon have responded to police violence in the Occupy Movement: Over the past several days the membership of Officers of Avalon has become highly concerned with both the images of police actions at Occupy sites and the discussion within the Pagan community about these events. This leaves the organization in the precarious situation of having to find a way to support freedom of expression, arguably a Pagan value, and also support our fellow officers.For most of the last two months police and the Occupy movement has coexisted in a mostly peaceable atmosphere. Over the last week political leaders across the country made decisions to confront the protesters by … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Marginalization of Halloween

[ Sharon Knight is a musician and artist exploring the fantastical, mythic, epic, and archetypal. She is passionate about the arts as a vehicle to bring us into ever deepening awareness of the mystery and magick all around us. She is fond of preserving folk traditions and bringing new life to them with modern interpretations. She performs as a solo artist/duet with partner Winter, and as a front person for gothic-tribal-folk-metal band Pandemonaeon. She can be found at http://www.sharonknight.net and http://www.pandemonaeon.net.]The other day I was part of a discussion online regarding the further marginalization of Halloween. The tone of the discussion was one of sadness that we are … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Passing of Myrddin (Roger Tier)

[Star Foster is the rather opinionated editor of the Pagan Portal at Patheos.]Roger Tier, known to the Pagan community as Myrddin, has recently passed and Pagans are remembering his life: "He was always very moral and principled. He was also a very reclusive and private person." - Margot Adler"I first connected with Myrddin back in the 1970's and am among those remembering and giving thanks for the many contributions he & Crystal made to the Craft & Paganism ... and to animal care & to world peace." - Selena Fox Here's the memorial posted on Witchvox:In Memoriam: Myrddin (1947-2011) In Memory of Roger Tier Roger Tier, often known in the international Pagan and … [Read more...]