Pagan & Shinto News: Wiccan Professor Sues Catholic College for Religious Discrimination

Pagan & Shinto News: Wiccan Professor Sues Catholic College for Religious Discrimination June 9, 2019

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Wiccan professor sues Catholic college for religious discrimination
  • New single calls for return of Parthenon Marbles to Greece
  • Rare exhibition focusing on animals in Japanese art on display in U.S.

Read more below…

Pagan News

Wiccan Professor Sues Catholic College for Religious Discrimination
The Daily Beast
Before resigning her deanship, Pauline Hoffmann was allegedly told she ‘might not want to be so overt about being a witch’ if she wants ‘to move up’ at the school…

London conference focuses on Magickal Women
The Wild Hunt
The first Magickal Women Conference was held in London on June 1st…

Texas Police Are Looking for a ‘Witch’ That is Scamming People
The Buzz
The alleged ‘witch’ has gotten away with a lot of money in just a few short days…

Uniting the World: Peace Fires Summer Solstice 26-hour Global Healing Event
World Religion News
Like-minded people from all over the world will simultaneously join the third edition of the Annual Peace Fires Summer Solstice 26-hour Global Healing Event on June 21…

Astronomical events in June 2019 – including Strawberry Moon and June Solstice
The Mirror
This month, star-gazers will be treated to a Full Strawberry Moon, as well as the June Solstice, to name but a few events…

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
CBC
Celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage June 20 to 23 at Vincent Massey Park..

Why summer solstice is one of the best times to see Stonehenge
National Geographic
Experience the mystery of this prehistoric monument during the midsummer sunrise…

How Iceland recreated a Viking-age religion
BBC
The Ásatrú faith, one of Iceland’s fastest growing religions, combines Norse mythology with ecological awareness – and it’s open to all…

Here’s What Being a Witch Really Means
The New York Times
My grandma Trudy used to tell us that she had “healing hands.” I soon discovered that I did, too…

Meet Pam Grossman, the Terry Gross of Witches
Vulture
Although there are plenty of femme witch-centric broadcasts to tune into, all with their own charms, Pam Grossman’s The Witch Wave stands out among the pointy-hatted crowd…

The Rise of Progressive Occultism
The American Interest
For an increasing number of left-leaning millennials—more and more of whom do not belong to any organized religion—occult spirituality isn’t just a form of personal practice, self-care with more sage…

How To Learn About Witchcraft In The UK, Because The Practice Is Going Through A Renaissance
Bustle
Although historically witches and the notion of witchcraft have had a bad reputation, it’s now going through something of a renaissance, with millennials and gen z-ers taking a keen interest in certain aspects of the practice…

Shinto News

Kyoto’s ‘dark night’ festival keeps revelers going ’till dawn
The Asahi Shimbun
The Agata Matsuri festival, famous as a “unique festival in a dark night,” kicked off here just before midnight on June 5, going on to usher in the wee hours…

Stranger things: Weird ways to get festive in Japan
The Japan Times
From the famous Namahage deity of Oga, Akita Prefecture, to the exotic Paantou, the mud-caked, foul smelling gods of Okinawa’s Miyako Island, the roster was an all-star lineup of some of the visually intriguing mythical creatures featured in festivals handed down through generations and practiced in communities across Japan…

Chagu Chagu horse festival
NHK World
Dozens of horses adorned in colorful decorations and bells paraded in a festival on Saturday. The event marks the start of early summer in northern Japan…

Other News

New Single Calls for Return of Parthenon Marbles to Greece
Greek Reporter USA
The Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Helena is set to release a new single calling on Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles, currently housed at the British Museum, back to Greece…

Rare exhibition focusing on animals in Japanese art on display in U.S.
Xinhua
From foxes and frogs to mythical animals such as dragons, phoenixes and kappa river sprites, in religious or secular, the first exhibition focusing on animals in Japanese art spanning 17 centuries is now on display at the U.S. National Gallery of Art in downtown Washington D.C…

17th century play based on real-life witch trial to be performed at Laurel Hill
Philly Voice
“The Witch of Edmonton” was written in 1621 during the Jacobean era and is based on the true story of a woman who was tried and executed for being a witch…

Kamikaze pilot inspired right-wing executive to fatally slash open belly near Yasukuni Shrine
Tokyo Reporter
Mitsuhiro Numayama, a 50-year-old male executive of a right-wing group, last month slashed open abdomen in apparently committing suicide near the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda Ward, a deed that apparently was inspired by a kamikaze pilot…

The queer and bewitching art of Indonesia’s Noxsatvrn
Gay Star News
The watercolor and ink artist draws inspiration from fantasy, manga, art nouveau and the supernatural for his decidedly queer art (NSFW)…

Former prison for witches labelled ‘most haunted house in the UK’ placed on the market again
Clacton Gazette
A former prison for witches widely reported to be Britain’s most haunted house is up for sale once again…

Zambia: Man killed by own daughter on ‘witchcraft’ suspicion
Zambia Reports
A 75-year-old man of Kawambwa has died after being beaten up by his 42 year old daughter on suspicion of practising witchcraft…

Tribal women harassed to leave village over suspected witchcraft in India
The Nation
Three people in a village in the Indian state of Rajasthan have been booked by police for harassing two tribal women by accusing them of practicing witchcraft…

Helen Duncan, the wartime ‘witch’
Scottish Legal News
In 1941, at a seancé in Portsmouth, the spirit of a sailor was said to have appeared to announce the sinking of HMS Barham…

The accused Suffolk ‘witch’ who ordered his own ‘sink or swim’ trial

East Anglian Daily Times
Accused of black magic by villagers in Wickham Skeith, the man said to have driven two people mad demanded that he was given a trial where he would sink or swim – meet Isaac Stebbings, who suggested his own witch ducking…


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