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. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjC7RcB3fWsNoted early-music performer Owain Phyfe, a long-time fixture on the Renaissance Faire circuit, science fiction conventions, and Pagan festivals like Pagan Spirit Gathering, passed away this week from pancreatic cancer. Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary, who knew Owain, had this to say about the musician: "Thank you, Owain, for good times, friendship, & carrying on the bardic tradition with old & new songs & stories! Thank … [Read more...]

I Have No Plans to Kidnap Your Man

The Epping Forest Guardian reports that someone has been stuffing leaflets in local homes accusing Pagans of  wanting "to abduct a male member of the public for use as part of their rituals" this Lammas. Pagan Federation representative Mani Navasothy is not amused by this local smear campaign.  "That’s just ridiculous. Nobody is going to catch a man and abduct him. I have got a degree in physics, so I’m not an idiot. Practising Pagans just don’t do that sort of thing. I myself have led rituals in forests and I used to tell the police and council – we always do it very carefully and formerly. If anything we just go for walks in the wood." I don't know what his degree in physics has to do wit … [Read more...]

“No School is Being Told to Teach About Paganism” in Cornwall

Last week I deconstructed the Daily Mail’s sensationalist assertions regarding the teaching of Paganism in British religious education courses, specifically in Cornwall. I pointed out that there is no hard-and-fast mandate requiring schools to insert Pagan religions into their curriculum, and that the RE advisory council is exactly that, advisory. This didn't stop conservative Catholic columnist Christina Odone from flying off the rails, using the story as a jumping-off point to rail against any who dare place non-Christian faiths on equal ground with Christianity. “God, Gaia, whatever: school children are already as familiar with the solstice as with the sacraments. In pockets of Cornwall, … [Read more...]

Interview with Vivianne Crowley on The Pagan Federation’s 40th Anniversary

In October, The Pagan Federation, an international organization that was founded in 1971 to provide information on Paganism and counter misconceptions, celebrates its 40th anniversary. What was originally started in Britain now has branches throughout the world, including Mexico, Russia, and the United States. While the Pagan Federation (PF) is a vibrant force in Europe and the UK, many Pagans in America might not know of their work or understand the importance of this organization, so I've turned to Council member Vivianne Crowley to help us understand the PF's accomplishments and future challenges. Vivianne Crowley is author of "Wicca: A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Mo … [Read more...]