Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

New Norse Site in Newfoundland

The discovery of Norse ruins at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, in 1960 proved once and for all that the sagas were right: settlers from Iceland and/or Greenland came to North America. Now a new discovery on the other side of the island suggests even more of a Norse presence. After studying the area and researching […]

The Spanish Piper at the Ghost Town

I had long admired the music of the Galician piper Carlos Núñez. I bought a couple of his CDs—one of the collaborations with The Chieftains plus Os Amores Libres. But to hear him live, that would be a big-city proposition. Maybe I would need to attend some festival in Europe. Not true. It took just […]

The Mind of the Native and the Mind of the Witch

Typical Colorado foothills weather — from snow on the ground mid-May to temperatures in the 80s F. by the first of June. What is this “spring” people speak of? If you have hummingbirds and snow at the same time, that is our spring. Some links: • Rod Dreher posts on “How to see a ghost,” […]

Investigating a “Grandmother Story”

Robert Mathiesen and Theitic, The Rede of the Wiccae: Adriana Porter, Gwen Thompson and the Birth of a Tradition of Witchcraft (Providence, R.I.: Olympic Press, 2005), 167 pp., $17.95 (paper). • • • Gwen Thompson (Craft name of Phyllis Healy), 1928–1986, founded the New England Coven of Traditional Witches in the late 1960s. It went […]

Some Items of Interest

Some Pagan, occult, and academic news items of interest: • I did not know that any of the “Group of Seven” were Theosophists — plus other influential Canadian Pagans and occultists in one list. • “Unintended Consequences of the Affordable Health Care Act” for part-time college and university faculty. In other words, schools are reacting […]

The Norse on Baffin Island

Swedish archaeologist Martin Rundkvist discusses evidence of a Norse presence on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic and whether the people who were there were seasonal trappers or trying to establish a year-round settlement.  Remains of Old World rats are indicative. So what we have here is High Medieval Christian Norse-speakers gone native in Arctic […]

Pagans in Winnipeg

The trailer to a new documentary, The WinniPagans, focusing on the (largely Wiccan, I think) Pagan scene in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It will be available as video-on-demand — details at the website Complete with a cute Pagan puppy and a nice shot of Boletus edulis.

Pentagram Pizza for April 21st

Week-old pizza from the back of the refrigerator … • Here’s an idea for a novel: “two down-on-their-luck entrepreneurs who stumble upon the idea of reviving for-profit idolatry. Selling statues of household gods to the masses, and building a neo-pagan religion around it.” Um, I think that people have been doing this for some time. […]

Your Aries Horoscope: Go Directly to Jail

Police in southwestern Ontario crunch some arrest numbers and note that they arrest more suspects with Sun in Aries than any other sign. Const. Pearce, who produced the data, concedes, “Next year the list could be completely different unless we arrest the same people.”

Doing What the Spirits Request

An interesting post from Walking the Hedge on daily practice, medicine bags, and the demands of tutelary spirits: That’s a whole other bother … fellow witches and pagans who don’t get it. Who think that it all must be done elegantly, flowing and … and not weird. Do something odd or awkward like blowing on […]