Halloween Hangover (Link Roundup)

Halloween just happened, and if you're Pagan know what that means: a flood of "meet the Witches/Pagans" articles from a variety of media outlets. I would normally unleash the hounds, but they had a long night, so I'll do my best to personally catch you up on the busiest media season for our family of faiths.Let's start off with the fact that CNN's Belief Blog featured a story on Pagans, complete with quotes from Clare Slaney-Davis, Michael "Pagan Theology" York, Holli Emore of Cherry Hill Seminary, Jenny "Researching Paganisms" Blain, and yours truly. Quote: Another key pagan belief is the freedom for each person to determine his or her own way to and view of the divine. "Paganism doe … [Read more...]

A Blessed Samhain

Tonight and tomorrow is when most modern Pagans celebrate Samhain. Samhain is the start of winter and of the new year in the old Celtic calendar. This is a time when the ancestors are honored, divinations for the new year are performed, and festivals are held in honor of the gods. It is a time of final harvest before the long winter ahead. It is perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated of the modern Pagan holidays.An ancestor altar.This time of year also sees the celebration of Velu Laiks (“the time of spirits”) by Baltic Pagans,Winter Nights by Asatru in mid-October, Foundation Night in Ekklesía Antínoou, Fete Gede by Vodou practitioners, Día de los Muertos for followers of … [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.Beliefnet News runs a story on an upcoming Washington DC Pagan event, "a protest to the New Apostolic Reformation’s 51-day prayer campaign targeting Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Druids, Heathens, and other Goddess-worshipers nationwide." The press release from event organizer Caroline Kenner probably got picked up thanks to a pull-quote provided by the Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United. You can read more about the nation-wide Hail Columbia campaign, here. More on this speci … [Read more...]