Wiccans, The Band (Plus Some Pagan Pride)

Wiccans in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Photo: Vice)

I think that modern Paganism has hit some sort of landmark when hip(ster) touchstone Vice Magazine features a new music column spotlighting a show in Ann Arbor, Michigan headlined by a band called 'Wiccans.'"Last night I walked into Encore Records, the best record store in Ann Arbor and one of the best anywhere, where Wiccans front women Aran Ruth and Kelly Jean Caldwell had cleared a space on the floor to spread out a flowery blanket on top of which they were busily setting up an altar … [Read more...]

Faerieworlds Update + Pagan News Links

Soriah with Ashkelon Sain and Lucretia*Renee

At past Faerieworlds, Friday is usually seen as the least busy of the three-day event. People have to work, it's a shorter day, and many are still arriving. However, this year seemed far, far, larger, and the energy level was high, making me think that we'll see record-breaking attendances on Saturday and Sunday. Like all opening Fridays at Faerieworlds, it started with a ceremony/ritual led by Emilio and Kelly from Woodland, with help from S.J. Tucker. They did a Lammas invocation, including … [Read more...]

Entering the Faerie Realm, Leaving Transformed

The stones at the center of Faerieworlds, before the event is underway.

Today marks the beginning of Faerieworlds, a three-day arts and music festival in Eugene, Oregon that embraces the mythic and the fantastic in ways that many of us in the Pagan community would find familiar. A transformational space where each of us is encouraged to embrace the numinous in our own way, our own context. A chance to "live our legend." As I said last year, this event taps into a blossoming re-enchantment of the world, one that is very in line with modern Paganism, but is not … [Read more...]

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

Winnemem Wintu Tribe members blockading the river.

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 teen … [Read more...]


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