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“Hardscrabble Creek’s” Subscriptions Are Changing

After experimenting with ReadyGraph’s “User Base” feature, I have decided I don’t like it. I just hate pop-up windows. Maybe you do too. When I checked the blog on my iPhone, the sign-up window dominated the view. So I have deleted the code and plug-in and am just using the simple WordPress email-sign up form, […]

A History of the Gods of Irish Myth

Forthcoming from Princeton University Press, Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth (2016), by Mark Williams. Think of the “Finding a God” and “Finding a Goddess” chapters of Ronald Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon — but book-length, dealing with Irish material, and the product of numerous quests through textual tunnels wherein dwell […]

Lammas, Wild Harvest, and “the Notch”

Many of the Pagan bloggers are putting up their “Happy Lammas/Lughnasad” posts. My archaeoastronomical friends who study mysterious ancient solar alignments point out that “real” Lammas is still six days away. But there is “the notch.” In 1986, when I moved to this part of Colorado, a friend told me, “Something changes around the first […]

Irish Druids Now Officially “Indigenous” — They Say

That is how the Celtic Druid Temple frames government recognition as an “official charity.” The Celtic Druid Temple is a full member of the World Druid Order and now has legal and formal recognition in Ireland as a religious charity with a CHY number 20684 issued by the Dept of Finance. I assume that is […]

Quick, Download this Paper Now

Israeli scholar of Paganism has published a paper on “Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality during the 1970s and 1980s: The Case Study of Monica Sjöö” in the Journal of Contemporary Religion. It is currently available as a free download. Here is the abstract: This article attempts to chart some of the […]

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Daughter Speaks Out

The MZB/Walter Breen scandal was bigger in the science fiction/speculative fantasy world than in the Pagan world, but MZB has influenced Pagans through her Mists of Avalon books and her Pagan associates, as detailed by Sonja Sadvoksky in The Priestess and the Pen. If you ask someone under 35 about Mists, they do not think […]

Paganism and/or Patriotism: Russia’s New Slavic Pride

An article in Russia Beyond the Headline talks about the rising interest in Pagan Slavic roots in that county, exemplified by the increasing number of celebrations of Perun’s Day, which was last Monday. As more and more Russians seek solace in patriotism, many are turning to their ancient past and reviving pagan traditions. Apart from […]

How Do You Feel about Faeries?

NOTE: The survey is now closed. Prof. Magliocco received more than 500 responses quickly, and they exceeded the number that the university’s Institutional Review Board “allowed.” From Sabina Maglicco at California State University, Northridge, comes this request for help with a survey: My latest project involves research into the lore of fairies, fae, sidhe, and […]

Pagans Rebuild after the Sockeye Fire

As a volunteer firefighter who also has had to evacuate myself three times in ten years because of forest fires, I am pretty accustomed to media coverage of such catastrophic events. This one from Channel 2 in Anchorage is pretty normal : “One thing left standing after Willow wildfire: an outhouse.” And yet it is […]

New Journal: Body and Religion

Equinox Publishing, publisher of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, will launch a new journal, Body and Religion, in 2016. Co-Editors: Shawn Arthur, Wake Forest University, and Nikki Bado, Iowa State University Book Review Editor: Kevin Schilbrack, Appalachian State University Digital Media Content Manager: Eric Waite, Iowa State University Body and Religion is […]