Pagan & Shinto News: Buckland Museum Of Witchcraft And Magick Reopens

Pagan & Shinto News: Buckland Museum Of Witchcraft And Magick Reopens May 25, 2020

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • US: Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick reopens
  • UK: Scottish census to list pagans for the first time
  • Pagans are the largest non-Christian faith in Iceland, figures show

Read more below…

Left: Logo of the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magick, Centre: 2012 Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stefan Schäfer, Lich / CC BY-SA. Right: Members of Asatru Fellowship, Iceland, Lenka Kovářová / CC BY-SA

Pagan News

US: Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick reopens
Cleveland’s Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick reopened for business on Tuesday, May 19 with social distancing guidelines and coronavirus restrictions in place…

UK: Scottish census to list pagans for the first time
The Times
The growing popularity of modern versions of paganism, particularly among the young, means that it will appear — for the first time — in the 2021 census for Scotland…

Pagans are the largest non-Christian faith in Iceland, figures show
Reykjavik Grapevine
According to the latest data from the National Registry, members of the Ásatrú Society comprise the largest non-Christian religion in Iceland…

British army employs hundreds of Pagans, figures reveal

The Sun
Hundreds of pagan worshippers are employed in defence of the country, Ministry of Defence figures have revealed…

Canada: New Pagan radio station seeks to improve underserved market
The Wild Hunt is a licensed online radio station operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia…

UK: Somerset police preparing for travelling influx as Stonehenge closes for solstice
Chard and Ilminster News
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant this year’s celebration has been cancelled – prompting fears solstice revellers will head to Somerset instead…

UK: Avebury solstice closed to public as Druid priests plan to do ceremonies online
Wiltshire Times
The National Trust has confirmed that neither Avebury nor its land across the Stonehenge landscape will be open for this year’s summer solstice.

Pagan responses to Stonehenge Solstice being live-streamed
The Wild Hunt
A few weeks ago The Wild Hunt reported on the digitalisation of Beltane and recently English Heritage, the governing body of Stonehenge, stated that celebrations for the summer solstice in COVID-ridden 2020 would also be taking place online…

Livestream the summer solstice: my big survival plan for English Heritage
The Times
Watching the sun rise at Stonehenge on the summer solstice, seeing those ancient stones perfectly aligned to the first rays of dawn; that has to be one of the world’s most magical heritage experiences…

Paganism & Covid-19: Rituals, Reflections, Magic, & More
Patheos Pagan: Pagan Voices
During these tragic times we’ve been working hard at Patheos Pagan to document the strange times we find ourselves in today…

10 musicians who have actually practiced witchcraft

Musicians have long been associated with everything occult, but some of your favorite artists have also found themselves dabbling in witchcraft…

Shinto News

Japan’s biggest wooden statue of warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi found in Osaka shrine
The Mainichi
Japan’s largest wooden statue of 16th century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi sitting was found inside Omiya Shrine in this western Japan city, the Osaka Municipal Board of Education announced on May 21…

Colorful daruma dolls at shrine popular among J-pop band Arashi’s fans
Kyodo News
Colorful daruma dolls have become popular souvenir items at a local shrine in western Japan’s Shiga Prefecture that is known to be a mecca among fans of pop band Arashi…

Other News

Mexico: Mummified corpse of ‘witch’ buried alive 100-years ago for tomb-raiding to finally get a proper funeral

The Sun
The female corpse was killed – and has since been preserved – by Mexican locals who believed she had sold her soul to the devil…

Greece reopens the Acropolis along with hundreds of other ancient sites
Neos Kosmos
Ancient Greek sites opened to the public again on Monday after COVID-19 restrictions had kept them closed for two months…

Italy reopens ancient Greek site before Roman rival Pompeii
The Brussels Times
The archaeological site of Paestum and its three huge Greek temples, a World Heritage Site on the Amalfi coast (southern Italy), has just reopened to the public, beating out its popular Roman rival, Pompeii…

UK: Stephen Fry praises ancient Greek myths for portrayal of LGBT love
Leigh Journal
Stephen Fry has praised the ancient Greek myths for not portraying LGBT relationships as “anything particularly special”….

UK: Blind teen is inspired by Celtic culture to raise money for health service
Daily Record
Will Kent has titled his fundraiser ‘The Blind Celt Against COVID’, and has so far raised around £1500…

UK: Long barrow plan for non-religious people to leave the ashes of their loved ones
MK Citizen
A farming family has applied to the council to built a stone age-style long barrow where non-religious people will be able to store the ashes of their loved ones…

How Native Americans protect their religious freedom
Religion & Politics
My latest book, Defend the Sacred: Native American Religious Freedom beyond the First Amendment, is about such places as Cannonball, about the significance and orientation they have provided Native American communities and about the duties and obligations Native peoples have had to them for generations…

India’s first ‘paranormal helpline’ receives over 10 calls daily
Hindustan Times
The paranormal helpline number 9999518600 started by ‘The Paranormal Company’ provides free assistance for spreading awareness against blind faith, superstitions, black magic, witchcraft, and overall paranormal awareness…


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