Pagan & Shinto News: Professor Ronald Hutton Becomes Patron Of The Doreen Valiente Foundation

Pagan & Shinto News: Professor Ronald Hutton Becomes Patron Of The Doreen Valiente Foundation July 24, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • UK: Professor Ronald Hutton becomes patron of The Doreen Valiente Foundation
  • UK: Stonehenge design inspired by Ancient Egypt, research suggests
  • Sixteen ancient tombs containing mummified bodies of high priests uncovered in Egypt

Read more below…

Artefacts related to the Wiccan Doreen Valiente in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall. Ethan Doyle White, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Pagan News

UK: Professor Ronald Hutton becomes patron of The Doreen Valiente Foundation
Centre for Pagan Studies
On July 12 2022 Professor Ronald Hutton graciously accepted the role of Patron on the Doreen Valiente Foundation…

US: Temple of Witchcraft offers new program in Energetic Geometry
The Wild Hunt
An innovative program being offered by Temple of Witchcraft in Salem, New Hampshire, is redefining ecological awareness and may even lead to a new sacred site for magical practitioners…

UK: A nice day for a change to weddings – ‘People are looking for a deeper, more spiritual experience’
A boom in pagan handfastings and other less traditional approaches to marriage is expected when a law change recommended this week comes into place…

US: Witches of West Michigan to host Lammas Divination Festival
Fox 17
Witches of West Michigan (WWM) has announced they will hold their inaugural Lammas Divination Festival in Grand Rapids at the end of the month…

US: Dr. Susan Harper, feminist witch, invokes goddesses to show women the power in themselves
Dallas Observer
Dr. Susan Harper isn’t the first woman to be called a “feminist witch.” She’s just one of the few who don’t mind…

US: Kat Von D says she’s throwing out books about witchcraft and the macabre after a series of other major life changes
The tattoo artist shared in an Instagram post on Thursday that she’s throwing out books about witchcraft, magic, and the macabre because they “don’t align” with who she wants to be…

US: How Astrology turned into a billion-dollar business

The bottom line is: Astrology is making a comeback, and it’s making a lot of money…

Royals and the spirit world
Vanity Fair
Throughout history, royals who have explored Eastern religions, astrology, mysticism, and occultism have been mocked and even imprisoned for their beliefs…

Shinto News

Wind chime festival brings cool sounds to west Japan shrine
The Mainichi
A shrine is hosting its annual wind chime festival, bringing the cool sounds of glass bells to Japan’s hot summer…

The Gion Matsuri: The Mysteries of Gozu Tenno
Japan Forward
The history of the kami honored at the Gion Festival have intriguing parallels – and differences. The Yasaka Shrine claims they are the same, but are they?…

Shinto religion long entangled with Japan’s politics – and Shinzo Abe was associated with many of its groups

Japan Today
Shinto has a long and complex history of entanglement with politics and the state…

Japanese beliefs about the afterlife – and their influence in anime
Many anime like Naruto and Dragon Ball feature an afterlife of some kind, but what are the real-life inspirations that spark them?…

Other News

UK: Stonehenge design inspired by Ancient Egypt, research suggests
Arab News
The design of Stonehenge, the famous prehistoric stone monument in the UK, could have been inspired by Ancient Egyptian practices, new research has suggested…

Sixteen ancient tombs containing mummified bodies of high priests uncovered in Egypt
The Sun
The tombs of Ancient Egyptian high priests and sarcophagi dedicated to the sky god Horus are among a treasure trove of discoveries made by archaeologists…

UK: Rocks intentionally marked by prehistoric Britons are found as water level drops

Mail Online
Features known as cup-marked stones – made intentionally by ancient Britons – were re-discovered this month at Stithians Reservoir near Falmouth…

Scientists think they’ve found a huge goddess-worshiping lost city in Iraq
The ancient lost city of Natounia is only known to exist from references on ancient coins, and archaeologists have identified its likely location…

UK: Rare dig at Arthur’s Stone writes new story of neolithic site
The Guardian
Visitors flock to Herefordshire burial plot that inspired CS Lewis amid excitement at what is being found…

The best witch movies of all time, ranked
The Mary Sue
Whether you’re looking for horror, comedy, romance, or something that crosses genre, here are the top 10 witch movies of all time, ranked…

15 best witches in anime

From adults to children, these mischievous witches are some of the best and most powerful magic wielders in anime…

The fairy cats of Celtic mythology
History Daily
We know that the Ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, and indeed, most domesticated cats walk around like they expect to be worshiped. In Ancient Celtic mythology, however, cats were not merely an object of worship; they were magical creatures from the fairy realm…

‘Witch hunts’ past and present

India: Woman killed after being branded ‘witch’ in Jharkhand
The Week
A 31-year-old woman was beaten to death by her relative for allegedly practising witchcraft in Ranchi district on Saturday, police said…

India: Man kills mother with axe on suspicion of using ‘witchcraft’ to ‘kill’ his wife
Mirror Now
A man killed his mother and left his father battling for life after he attacked them on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ in Bihar’s Patna…

India: Elderly tribal woman hacked to death over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion
A 70-year-old tribal woman was allegedly hacked to death by a villager who suspected her of ‘performing witchcraft’ in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, police said on Sunday…

Malawi’s struggle with deadly ‘witchcraft’ violence
On December 26 2019, a mob driven by rumours of ‘sorcery’ hunted down and lynched a grieving family. The killings are among dozens of ‘witchcraft’ slayings that have shaken the southern African country, prompting talk of dramatic change to colonial-era laws on rumour-mongering…

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