Pagan & Shinto News: Official support group launched for Pagans in UK military

Pagan & Shinto News: Official support group launched for Pagans in UK military November 18, 2018

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Official support group launched for Pagans in UK military
  • Man arrested for stealing 30 yen from Shinto shrine’s collection box
  • Easter Island demands British Museum give back 1,800-year-old stone statue

Pagan News

Official support groups launched for Pagans and Rastas serving in the military
The Sun
The Defence Pagan ­Network and the British Armed Forces Rastafarian Network will meet for the first time next month…

Pagan Presence at the Parliament of the World’s Religions
The Wild Hunt
From Nov. 1 through Nov. 7, the Parliament of the World’s Religions took place in Toronto, Ontario. Organizers estimated that 10,000 people from 80 countries would attend the event, including Pagans…

New student group for pagans at Shepherd University
The Picket
The Shepherd University Pagans just became an official group on campus…

Twenty-One Years of PAN: An Interview with David Garland
The Wild Hunt
The Pagan Awareness Network inc (PAN) recently celebrated 21 years’ service to Australia’s Pagan community…

An entire generation is losing hope. Enter the witch.
Washington Post
Today’s witches are an eclectic group, ranging from teens who pull the occasional Urban Outfitters-purchased tarot card to devoted practitioners who have adopted the African spiritualism of their ancestors…

The Real Witchcraft in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
For Puck’s Sake
Joshua Conkel is a Los Angeles based playwright and screenwriter. In recent years he has written for television, specifically for A Series of Unfortunate Events and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, both for Netflix. He also happens to be a witch and tarot reader…

What Satanists and witches really think about Sabrina
The Telegraph
“Satanism in the media and pop culture in general has always been portrayed as something to be feared and avoided with many misconceptions and accusations thrown around”….

Real witches and pagans break down “Sabrina”
SyFy
It’s common to mistake witchcraft for Satanism…

Meet Amanda Yates Garcia, the LA-based witch with an A-list clientele
The Sunday Times
She’s the ‘oracle of LA’ who shot to fame after supposedly casting spells on Donald Trump. But what does a self‑proclaimed witch do?…

At home with a village witch in Cornwall
Cornwall Live
Michelle Elliott, who also goes by the name Selkie Shell, is a professional wise woman living in Mawnan Smith in Cornwall…

The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch
Harpers Bazaar
In recent years, witchiness—as a personal style, a philosophy, and, yes, even a form of self-care—has not only gone mainstream, it’s taken on a patina of cool…

What we learned at the Chicago Humanities Festival about witches
Chicago Reader
According to Sollée, witches are having a moment (politically, aesthetically, and spiritually), and it’s no coincidence that this comeback is happening now…

What the Devil is Going On?
Under the Ancient Oaks
Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Old Scratch – all the demons, fallen angels, and frightening Gods that Christians and Muslims have combined and conflated into one personification of evil they call the devil. We’ve been accused for worshipping him for centuries, and the satanic witch is one of the clichés of Hollywood horror movies…

Women and Witchcraft Pop-Up: A Celebration of Power
Broadsheet Melbourne
Mittas is partnering with Melbourne artist Julia Dunne to curate a design inspired by the Pagan sabbat festival of Beltane, which celebrates pure joy, fertility and the beginning of summer, when the grassy-faced May Bride brings down the “bright fire”…

Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Country, but What Witchcraft Can Do for You
Esquire
The occult is having a moment in movies and TV. Maybe these witches are onto something…

Shinto News

Collection box (saisenbako) at Houchigai-Jinja, Japan. KENPEI [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.1 jp (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.1/jp/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Man arrested for stealing 30 yen from Shinto shrine’s collection box
SoraNews24
Masakazu Eguchi, an unemployed man living in the city of Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, went to a local shrine early on the morning of November 13, where he broke into the collection box…

PM Abe visits Darwin shrine to Japanese war dead
The Washington Post
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited a shrine in Darwin commemorating the deaths of 80 Japanese submariners in waters near the city in World War II…

Fans drawn to sacred rugby spot in Kyoto
The Japan News
With Japan gearing up to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, fans’ attention has been drawn to the Tadasu no Mori grove in Kyoto, believed to be the birthplace of rugby in the Kansai region…

Estonia art inspired by nature and gods exhibited at Japanese shrine
Baltic Times
The fascinating display arranged jointly by the Art Museum of Estonia, the Okuni Shrine, the city of Saku and the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art in Japan gives an extraordinarily revealing glimpse of the ancient world of the Estonians’ ancestors, as well as of Estonian legends, beliefs and relations with nature…

Hiking With a Priestess on Japan’s Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trails
Conde Nast Traveler
Dressed in a buttercup robe and wide-brimmed hat, Tomi Oka Shu-Sei looked every part the ascetic septuagenarian priestess meant to join us on our hike across Japan—less so an intrepid outdoor guide…

11 Festivals That Will Help You Experience the Real Japan
Travel and Leisure
The festivals, many over 1,000 years old, showcase Japanese culture, history, and community…

Other News

Easter Island statues (Moai)

Easter Island demands British Museum give back 1,800-year-old stone statue
Mail Online
Easter Island, officially Rapa Nui, say carved heads are spirits of their ancestors…

University’s refusal to disclose “Dark Goddesses” course syllabus upsets Hindu lobbyists
News Patrolling
A Hindu lobby group is upset at the University of California or refusing to publicly divulge what it teaches in its course “Dark Goddesses/Black Madonnas”, which includes a section about Hindu goddess Kali…

Wine, song, and gods abound at Yale Art Gallery exhibit on ancient ritual
Yale News
By bringing together objects from a number of cultures, the exhibition encourages visitors to make connections between how people across the ancient world used sights and sounds to produce vibrant ritual…

Dead Can Dance Draw Pagan Gods to Celebrate Humanity’s Relationship with Nature
Pop Matters
“Dionysus is very much connected with nature and those forces within nature, within the cosmos, that are still mysterious to us”…

The Satanic Temple says it’s ‘finalizing an amicable settlement’ with Warner Bros. to its lawsuit over the goat-headed statue in Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ reboot
Business Insider
The Temple sued Warner Bros. and Netflix for $50 million earlier this month, claiming that “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” copied its statue of the goat-headed deity, Baphomet with Children…

Miniature fairy buildings spread magic on Isle of Man
BBC
An art project has brought the Isle of Man’s fairy folklore to life by hiding miniature buildings around the island…

Statue of Roman Goddess, Ceres, removed from Capitol dome for refurbishment
KY3
The process to get the 10-foot-four-inch, 2,000 pound statue from her perch atop the People’s House started at 7:30 a.m. Thursday…

Goddess imagery coincides with #MeToo & Time’s Up
Tri-City News
Port Moody’s Judith M. Atkinson opens a solo show at the Art Gallery at Evergreen titled The Return of the Goddess, which pays tribute to the figure and reimagines Athena leading the way in modern times as a warrior for female empowerment…

Penises of the ancient world: phallus found in Roman toilet was far from the first
The Guardian
A mosaic of a young man holding his erect penis has been found in a Roman toilet in Turkey. But portraying the male member is a tradition that stretches much further back in human history…

The case against accused witch Anne Boleyn
SyFy Wire
In 1536, Henry VIII  declared that he had been “bewitched” into marriage with his second wife Anne Boleyn…

Netflix Gifts Us a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Christmas Episode
TV Guide
The special follows the Church of Night’s annual celebration of the Winter Solstice in which families gather around the Yule Fire to croon pagan carols and tell ghost stories…

Ward secretary among 3 held for assaulting woman over witchcraft
Kathmandu Post
Police have arrested the ward secretary of Tillotama Municipality-5 in Rupandehi district for assaulting a woman over witchcraft allegation…

 

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