Updates: Winnemem Wintu, U.S. Religion Census, Dan Halloran

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few updates on previously reported stories to ease you back into the work week.Winnemem Wintu War Dance: This past weekend, as I reported here previously, the Winnemem Wintu tribe blocked off a 400-yard stretch of the McCloud River, an area central to their coming of age ceremonies. The reason for the blockade is due to the Forest Service’s ongoing refusal to grant mandatory closures for these ceremonies, resulting in teenage girls being heckled and abused by boating tourists. The direct action happened peacefully, with the Forest Service only requesting that their banner be taken down."I arrived at the ceremony … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

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.Today is World Tarot Day, "a celebration of the spirit of Tarot," which includes the world's largest Tarot reading, and other related events held across the world. Here's a press release concerning the event. Here's a quote from scholar and mystic A.E. Waite for World Tarot Day: "The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs." The Krakus Mound in Poland, believed to be the pagan burial mound of a legendary prince, or perhaps a tem … [Read more...]

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

"I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds." - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter From Birmingham Jail"Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when we celebrate the life and work of the … [Read more...]