Pagan & Shinto News: Council of Magickal Arts Postpones 40th Anniversary Beltane Festival

Pagan & Shinto News: Council of Magickal Arts Postpones 40th Anniversary Beltane Festival April 6, 2020

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • US: Council of Magickal Arts postpones its 40th Anniversary Beltane festival
  • UK: Paintings are discovered inside the coffin of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy
  • British Museum’s History of Magic exhibit is now free to browse online

Read more below…

Left: CMA Beltane Festival logo. Centre: Egyptian sarcophagus, Pixabay. Right: British Museum History of Magic exhibition book cover

Pagan News

US: Council of Magickal Arts postpones its 40th Anniversary Beltane festival
The Wild Hunt
he Executive Director of Council of Magickal Arts (CMA), Willow expressed her thoughts and concerns encapsulating the Covid-19 outbreak with “The world is changing. It is up to each of us to decide if it is for the better.”…

UK: Big Sussex May Day festival goes virtual to beat the virus
Worthing Herald
The organisers of Hastings Jack in the Green Festival have said it will still go ahead this year but as a virtual event online…

Taking spiritual action during the pandemic
The Wild Hunt
Those individuals and groups featured showcase not only the wisdom, thought processes, and evolution in the public eye, but also reflect the community in action…

Turning to Witchcraft in isolation

The Pitt News
The lockdowns and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic have made many of us feel powerless and trapped in our own spaces. For Witches, one positive use of the solitary time is to strengthen our practices and delve into new things…

When Is The Next Supermoon? Early April’s ‘Super Pink Moon’ Is Set To Stun
Although many moon-gazers have a special place they go to watch the rise of the full moon every 29 days, much of the world will be at home for April 7’s “Super Pink Moon”…

A Prayer For The World From A Pagan
I offer this prayer to you with love and with gratitude to my teachers from all faiths and no faith…

Is Witchcraft Too Mainstream?
Pulitzer Center
Although many Americans may connect the term “witch” to the Salem witch trials of the 17th century, practitioners of witchcraft connect it to a deeper historical legacy, tracing its way back to pre-Christian pagan religions…

Interpreting the divine with a Japanese card reader
Japan Today
In recent years, New Age approaches are growing in popularity, adding spice to the complex landscape of Japanese spirituality…

Shinto News

US Shinto shrine holds Livestream service to pray for end of pandemic
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America held a Shinto service to pray for a rapid end of the Coronavirus pandemic on Sunday…

Other News

UK: Paintings are discovered inside the coffin of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy
Mail Online
Paintings have been discovered inside the coffin of an Egyptian mummy after she was lifted out of it for the first time in more than 100 years…

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibit Is Now Free To Browse Online

The British Library has made the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit free online through Google Arts and Culture, and it’s just lovely…

Japan: Nara’s deer lonely for humans bearing snacks
Straits Times
Now that tourists who used to feed the deer in Nara have disappeared, the animals are wandering into the city centre looking for food…

Japan: Tokyo closes cherry blossom parks to slow spread of virus
ABC News
Japan’s cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but flower viewing has come to an abrupt halt in Tokyo because of the coronavirus…

Finland: Easter witch custom gets pandemic update
Social distancing measures have cast a hex on the tradition of collecting treats in exchange for decorated branches…

Deepak Chopra’s Meditation Livestream Crashes After 1 Million Visitors

Digital Chew
Deepak Chopra’s online meditation Livestream crashed after 1 million visitors visit the website…

UK: National Trust aims to lift lockdown spirits with #BlossomWatch
The Guardian
Charity asks people to emulate Japan’s hanami custom and share images on social media…

Traveling without moving: virtual tours of museums and more
The Wild Hunt
The Wild Hunt offers this short roundup of links to virtual escapes at museums and art galleries that might be of interest to our readers…

UK: The Scottish castle that went to the dark side as a witch’s prison
Edinburgh Evening News
Dirleton Castle in East Lothian served as a prison for those accused of witchcraft in the 17th Century. Here Morvern French, properties historian at Historic Envirnment Scotland, looks at this grim chapter in the landmark’s history…


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