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Rethinking Bog People

In college I had a work-study job in the library, and my favorite part was shelving books, because I worked alone, deep in the stacks, and if I found something interesting, I could skim it quickly and either check it out or come back for it. One day I rolled my cart up to the […]

Passing of Margot Adler—Will NPR Admit She was Wiccan?

For those of you not on Facebook, this was the announcement of Margot Adler’s passing, posted by her son, Alex. Old friends, long time fans, today at 4am Margot breathed easily for the first time in two weeks. Later today, at 10:30am she was pronounced deceased. Her condition had been getting much worse over the […]

By Lugh, I Think They’ve Got It

Reading the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper in a coffee house on Sunday morning, I turned to the weather/almanac page and learned something new. The coming weekend marks the ancient Celtic [sic] solar festival of Llamas. That was a divinely inspired typo. Given the prevalence of the subspecies dramaticus in the Pagan community, I think we should […]

No, “Ring around the Rosie” is not about the Black Death

For one thing, there are multiple versions recorded by folklorists and they do not “all fall down.” From the Library of Congress blog: The claim that the rhyme is related to pestilence is even younger; the folklorists who diligently recorded the rhyme itself in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries never mention the plague interpretation, […]

Beltania Festival Moves Closer to the Capitol

It was nice while it lasted, having a Pagan festival near enough that, if my schedule was too crowded, I could at least buy a day pass and hear the best concerts. Not any more. Beltania is pulling out of District 12* (where the coal miners once toiled) and moving closer to the Capitol — […]

“Choose How Cute or Evil She Should Be”

The sexy witch. The evil witch. The cute witch. What accessories should she wear? What animal is her familiar? And where did she come from? When I ran across this website (another update of the old paper doll), I thought of two things right away. One was a book co-authored by my friend Nikki Bado, […]

Around the Blogosphere, 17 July 2014

¶ Tanya Luhrman compares the cultural differences in “hearing voices” in the United States, Ghana, and India. Plus, a Dutch psychiatrist who encourages it in his patients! ¶ You have read Ethan Doyle White’s interview with Ronald Hutton, right? If not, here it is. ¶ Two from Sarah Veale at Invocatio: • A PhD dissertation […]

Passing of Loreon Vigne

Loreon Vigne, priestess of Isis, who created the Isis Oasis sanctuary and retreat center at Geyserville, California, passed away last night. There are tributes on her Facebook page. Here is an earlier post of mine about visiting Isis Oasis. Her memoir, The Goddess Bade Me Do It, tells her story of how a young artist, […]

The Danger in Being “Ministerial”

When I saw a headline on The Wild Hunt, “Wiccan Minister Kathryn Jones to Run for Office in Pennsylvania,” it stopped me in my tracks. Not because Ms. Jones is running for office, but the use of the term “minister.” Immediately I thought of John Michael Greer’s recent column in Witches & Pagans 28, “A […]

Caves, a Sacred Pillar, and a Mystery Disk

¶ If I could visit Chauvet Cave, I could die happy. It’s one of “10 must-see cave paintings,” of which I have seen none. At least I know where there is signage-free rock art in southern Colorado. ¶ Croatian Pagans erect a pillar to Perun, the sky god. With video, still photos, and music. ¶ […]