Pagan Publisher Peter Paddon Suffers Serious Heart Attack

Peter Paddon

Word has come to us that Peter Paddon, author of "A Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk," and founder of Pendraig Publishing, suffered a serious heart attack on Monday. Here's the official press release sent to me by a member of his tradition:"Well known Pagan publisher, podcaster, teacher and Cunningman Peter Paddon suffered a serious heart attack on Monday. He was admitted to a local hospital in Los Angeles and underwent a successful surgical procedure but is still in critical condition in t … [Read more...]

Checking in on the Cascadian Nones Vote

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Back in June I wrote about how a initiative in Washington state on the issue of same-sex marriage could see the first real test of a post-Christian majority at the ballot box. More than half of Washington's citizens don't belong to any formal religion, becoming part of the demographic known as "nones," and these "unchurched" have increasingly gotten more and more attention as their numbers swell. In addition, nones in the Pacific Northwest have their own special character according to the … [Read more...]

More on Catholics, Pagans, and Propaganda

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There's been some good conversation sparked by my post yesterday on the effects of anti-Pagan propaganda (in this case from Catholic exorcists and the Catholic media outlets who shine a spotlight on them). First, for those who wanted to hear more about the incident I mentioned concerning the Indiana Pagan Pride event, and the tensions that resulted when a Catholic youth event overlapped with it, check out the inaugural post from the new Indiana PNC bureau.Torcyr Storm Gull, who has been t … [Read more...]

The Consequences of Anti-Pagan Propaganda

A Catholic parent who thinks Pagans shouldn't be able to use public parks.

That there is a thread of hostility and distortion against modern Pagan faiths within Catholicism is well documented. My own journey in exploring this murky territory started in 2006 when Catholic pilgrims attacked and threatened Pagans in Glastonbury, leading me to wonder what exactly is being taught to Catholic youth about our faiths. "Maya Pinder, the owner of the shop, said: "We've had to hear comments such as 'burn the witches', we've had salt thrown in our faces and at our shop, people … [Read more...]

Pagan Voices: Donald Michael Kraig, Ivo Dominguez Jr., Alison Leigh Lilly, and More!

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Pagan voices is a new spotlight on recent quotations from figures within the Pagan community. These voices may appear in the burgeoning Pagan media, or from a mainstream outlet, but all showcase our wisdom, thought processes, and evolution  in the public eye. Is there a Pagan voice you’d like to see highlighted? Drop me a line with a link to the story, post, or audio."Merely because something works for you doesn’t mean it will work for others. However, it is quite possible that if someth … [Read more...]

Happy Autumnal Equinox

Photo by Brian Griffin (from Depeche Mode's "A Broken Frame" album.)

Today is the Autumnal Equinox which signals the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere (our friends in the southern hemisphere are celebrating the Spring Equinox). On this day there will be an equal amount of light and darkness, and after this day the nights grow longer and we head towards Winter. In many modern Pagan traditions this is the second of three harvest festivals (the first being Lughnasadh, the third being Samhain).The holiday is also known as “Harvest Home”  … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Robin Hood's Grave. Photo: Nigel Homer, CC

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.What's it like being a Pagan in Wyoming? Pretty hard, apparently, as locals attending a Pagan Pride Day event in Laramie discuss being closeted and how "people are not so nice here." Quote: “They’re closeted,” said Jo-Ann Aelfwine of Laramie, who has been practicing paganism f … [Read more...]

Libertarian Candidate Connects With Pagan Volunteers

While the two major political parties garner the lion's share of press and attention, third party candidates for President of the United Sates often struggle to garner attention, equal treatment, and the votes of individuals dissatisfied with the status quo. Many modern Pagans, already predisposed towards questioning the dominant narratives in our culture, have flocked to the Green Party or the Libertarian Party depending on where they fall on various social, foreign policy, and economic issues. … [Read more...]

Study Finds ‘Substantial’ Discrimination of Pagans in the UK

A University of Derby-led research team has conducted a survey of religious groups, analyzed legal rulings over the last decade, and polled individuals in several cities, with the results finding "substantial" discrimination against religious minorities and new religious movements in the UK. Especially affected groups include Muslims, members of new religious movements, and modern Pagans."The project's initial findings have identified [...] substantial reporting of unfair treatment on the … [Read more...]

Richard Ravish 1952 – 2012

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"You don't forget who you loved even though they died 20 years ago. There is no time on the other side." - Rev. HP Richard Ravish Word has come to us that Richard Ravish, Elder in the Alexandrian Witchcraft tradition, Hierophant of The Temple of the Strength of Hadit, and one of the original "Witches of Salem," crossed the veil on Saturday after battling cancer. Ravish, 59, was an ordained minister and Magus of the Temple of Nine Wells in Salem, and ran a distribution and retail outlet in Sa … [Read more...]


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