Pagan & Shinto News: Home Owned By ‘Britain’s Most Famous Witch’ Sybil Leek On Sale

Pagan & Shinto News: Home Owned By ‘Britain’s Most Famous Witch’ Sybil Leek On Sale April 24, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Home owned by ‘Britain’s most famous witch’ Sybil Leek on sale
  • Japan’s Crown Princely Couple to complete their investiture rituals in Shinto ceremony
  • American Shinto Shrine to hold Earth Day ceremony

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Pagan News

Home owned by ‘Britain’s most famous witch’ Sybil Leek on sale for $675K in Indialantic
Florida Today
Leek — an internationally famous psychic and author — lived in Melbourne Beach and Indialantic from 1968 until her death in 1982. Now, her breezy Third Avenue bungalow is up for sale for $675,000…

US: Weezer’s spiritual quartet of albums kicks off with beloved Pagan chant
Religion News Service
Written in 1980 by Pagan priest Andras Corban-Arthen, “Air I Am” is one of the most beloved Pagan chants and is often sung at seasonal celebrations, festivals and rituals across the U.S., as well as in private spell work and prayer…

US: Plant store in downtown Gloversville linked to known Asatru hate group
The Leader Herald
The business owner of Freya’s Forest is part of a known hate group and is displaying and selling flags depicting an identified hate symbol. The owner, Raven Winchester-Kenna, claims the Black Sun – or Sonnenrad – is an innocent symbol affiliated with her religion, the Asatru Folk Assembly. But experts at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League identify that organization as a hate group and say the Black Sun is synonymous with far-right groups who traffic in neo-Nazi and other hateful ideologies…

UK: We explore the rise of magic practices in Nottingham, from Wicca to Paganism
From the success of cult classic films like The Craft and Sabrina The Teenage Witch, to modern flicks like The Love Witch, our media suggests we’re thoroughly intrigued by magic, and those practising it. But, aside from campy movies, what do you actually know about witchcraft, Wicca and Paganism?…

Online covens and internet rituals: How witchcraft went digital
Emma is a successful businesswoman. She is also a witch. Her daily rituals and ceremonies help her to fulfil her potential and bring joy and meaning to her world, she says…

Is ‘manifesting’ dangerous magical thinking or a formula for success?
The Guardian
The practice’s popularity picked up when it went viral on TikTok in 2020 – but indulged without action, it could untether us from our sense of agency…

Beltane: Out of the long dark spell comes new beginnings on Calton Hill, Scotland
The Scotsman*
The Celtic celebration of fire, new life and purity – which traditionally marked the end of the long, dark season – will unfold on Calton Hill on Saturday for the first time since 2019…

Shinto news

Japan’s Crown Princely Couple to complete their investiture rituals in Shinto ceremony
Royal Central
The Imperial Household Agency has announced that the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan will complete the rituals for their investiture on 26 April in a shrine ceremony…

American Shinto Shrine to hold Earth Day ceremony
Rafu Shimpo
On Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. (Pacific), Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold our annual Earth Day ceremony, “Dear Earth 2022.”…

Repair work completed at World Heritage Nikko shrine
NHK World
Repair work has been completed on the highly decorated Yomei-mon gate at the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage site north of Tokyo…

Shinto priest peddling “god of feet” message to running’s converted
Kyodo News
Taishi Kato is a licensed Shinto priest with a master’s degree in Asian and African religions and an out-of-the-box style of thinking…

Group of over 100 Japan lawmakers visit war-linked Yasukuni shrine
The Mainichi
A cross-party group of more than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Friday visited Yasukuni, a Shinto shrine in Tokyo regarded as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism by its Asian neighbors, for its spring festival, but no Cabinet ministers were among them…

Highways and Byways: Traces of Shintoism in eastern and southern Taiwan
Taipei Times
The launch of the Kominka Movement in 1937 saw Japan encouraging Taiwanese to speak Japanese, adopt Japanese names and Japanese culture, which included Shintoism…

US: A $6.9 million cherry blossom park is coming to Sacramento. See where they will bloom
The Sacramento Bee
A 1.5-acre park filled with pink and white cherry blossoms will be a new addition to Sacramento’s urban forest…

US: A cherry blossom festival with Japanese treats and sake is coming to Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery is welcoming in the natural beauty of spring with its own “Hanami,” or flower-viewing festival…

Other News

The Greek goddess Gaia and her connection to Earth Day
Greek Reporter
The Greek goddess Gaia would surely be in full accord with Earth Day, as she herself represented the bounty of the earth itself…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

Branded ‘witch’, elderly couple killed in Jharkhand’s Gumla
The Times of India
An elderly couple was killed in Jharkhand’s Gumla district allegedly by their relatives who suspected that they practised ‘witchcraft’, police said on Saturday…

India: Woman killed on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’
The Pioneer
Police on Friday arrested four persons for brutally beating to death a married woman on suspicion of practising ‘witchcraft’…

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