Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So lets get started!Teo Bishop's Sacred Electric Grove: Pagan blogger Teo Bishop of Bishop In The Grove fame has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money so he can record an EP of original songs entitled "Sacred Electric Grove". According to Bishop, this is a chance to "offer up another voice of mine; a voice used in ritual to … [Read more...]
Pagan Community Notes: Teo’s Sacred Electric Grove, Starhawk on Wisconsin, Sharon Knight at Faerieworlds, and More!
I'm in Seattle, Washington this weekend, part of the team that's putting on FaerieCon West, a transformational celebration of music, myth, fantasy, and, of course, faerie. While FaerieCon West, and events like it, are not explicitly Pagan, the openness and embrace of Pagan culture can’t be missed by anyone whose eyes are open to it.While there are many presentations and performances I'm looking forward to, I'm perhaps most excited about participating in a panel discussion with Jeet Kei Leung, who's writing a book entitled “Dancing Together into The Great Shift: Transformational Festivals & The New Evolutionary Culture”, and once again getting to interview famed urban fantasy autho … [Read more...]
The TEDx Youtube channel recently uploaded a talk by Jeet Kei Leung from TEDxVancouver 2010 on transformational festivals. The half-hour presentation focuses on West Coast-oriented festivals and events like Faerieworlds and Burning Man and talks about how these events re-merge spiritual/religious practices with secular festival culture. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8tDpQp6m0A Jeet Kei Leung specifically references how many of these festivals have adopted practices and rituals from modern Paganism, incorporating opening and closing circles, altars, invocations of sacred land, and pre-Christian (often Goddess) imagery. I've written about the Pagan current within Faerieworlds before, and m … [Read more...]
Yesterday I discussed my impressions of Faerieworlds, a Pagan-friendly event that takes place in Eugene, Oregon, today I'd like to share some more images from my time there. In addition, I also urge you to check out the latest episode of A Darker Shade of Pagan, which features an interview with Oliver s.Tyr of Faun, recorded at Faerieworlds Harvest (there's also some great music to listen to).I hope you enjoy the photos. Websites for those featured: Faun, S.J. Tucker, Woodland, Lupa, and Stellamara. If you'd like to experience Faerieworlds for yourself, but aren't in the Pacific Northwest, Mythic Events throws similar events across the United States, so c … [Read more...]