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Wendy Rule comes to Canada July 11, 2007

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Wendy Rule (who graced the cover of newWitch #14) will be appearing with the Dragon Ritual Drummers (who will be appearing in an upcoming newWitch).   Performance details follow:

Sunday July 29, 2007
Robertson Hall
85 Church St. (just up the road form the Niagara Voodoo Shrine),
St. Catharines, L2R 3C7
Cost: $5/person
Doors open @ 5pm
Performance starts @ 6pm

Then, on July 31 and August 1, Wendy will be appearing at Charme-et-Sortilege in Montreal.

We’re always glad to hear that one of our favorite Australians is on this side of the globe; if you have a chance, why not catch her in your neck of the woods?

We get the most interesting PR releases… May 31, 2007

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From today’s mail comes this gem from Rotting Corpse Records.

Elite Chicago Black Metal veterans Ezurate have inked a deal with Rotting Corpse Records for three forthcoming albums, anticipated to be released over a one-year period. Their 2000 debut “Infernal Dominatio”has been completely reproduced (re-recorded, remixed, remastered) using their current lineup and is expected to be made available in July.

“Holocausto and Ezurate are very proud to announce our signing withRotting Corpse Records, so we can finally get our elite pure armafuckingeddon, soul-raping black metal art and evilness out to the world! Now, we have arrived.”

Congratulations are in order to the band, particularly to Holocausto Inferni, who is responsible for “vocals and Impaler of Christianity.” We should also give props to the drummer, Sir Marbas Daemoneus Hellstorm: let us hope his career does not end with him exploding or choking on someone else’s vomit.

Pagans in the Times May 16, 2007

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Today’s New York Times features an article on Wicca in the Virginia suburbs.  While the piece (which focuses on “broom closet Pagans”) is generally respectful, I wonder why the author felt it necessary to consult an expert on historical Christianity and a sociologist for information about Wicca.

It’s not that their information was bad – it was accurate and to the point – but were all your Pagan sources in the broom closet too? Chas Clifton, Judy Harrow and Margot Adler all have a web presence; surely their thoughts on the topic would have been interesting to Times readers.  If you want to get an authoritative cite for your article on Wicca, perhaps you could use Wiccan authorities, no?

Paranormal Weekend in Kentucky May 10, 2007

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General Butler State Resort Park will be hosting a “Spirits of Butler” paranormal weekend on May 19-20.

The program features a study and investigation of paranormal activity at the Butler-Turpin State Historic House, built in 1859 and former home to one of Kentucky’s most famous military families. For more information, contact PsyTech of Kentucky

Rosaries for Pagans May 8, 2007

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The May 5 Washington Post featured Pagans who use rosaries or prayer beads as part of their regular worship practices. According to Meg Williams, a Pagan from Maine:

It makes me feel very connected to God…Going through this cycle of prayer, it switches your brain into recognizing that something holy is happening and God is with you.

Among the Pagan authorities quoted are Chas Clifton, Raven Kaldera and Christopher Penczak. Kudos to the Post for a well-researched, well-written, respectful and insightful article.

Beltane in Edinburgh May 1, 2007

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If you’re in or near Edinburgh next April 30, be sure to attend the Beltane Fire Festival.  Just to whet your appetite, here is a description of this year’s festivities:

The festivities began just before 10pm, when giant fire sculptures were lit, representing gods and goddesses, as well as a centaur, a fish and a bolt of lightning.

Torchbearers then led the procession, headed by the May Queen, through a burning gate and around the hill. They used birch twigs to clear a path through the crowds. She was followed by her White Warrior Women – who represent truth, law and order – and druid spirit guides known as Blue Men.

The procession visited four points on the hill, representing the elements of earth, water, fire and air. Dancers and musicians dressed as goblins and nymphs entertained the crowds at each point. The performers then joined the procession, until it was almost 300-strong.

As they completed the circuit, they were ambushed by the mischievous Red Men, who scaled the hill symbolising lust and chaos. They were fought off by the White Women.

The festivities reached a climax when the Green Man, a symbol of the first growth of summer, arrived and was crowned by the May Queen. As they lit a fire, the Red Men and White Women joined in a courtly dance.

If you ever needed an excuse to visit the country which gave us Scotch, Robert Burns, tartan plaids and  R.J. Stewart, now you have one.

And yet another view on the Wiccan Headstone Victory April 28, 2007

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 “As long as they don’t allow Stevie Nicks to sing at the funeral, I’m fine with it.”

For those who haven’t yet heard… April 24, 2007

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Use of Wiccan symbol on veterans’ headstones is now approved

After ten years of trying to get the pentacle approved, the Department of Veterans Affairs reached a settlement with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, who represented the families of several deceased Wiccan soldiers. Under the terms of this agreement, has agreed to add the Wiccan pentacle to a list of approved religious symbols that it will engrave on veterans’ headstones.

1,000 Symbols Project for Spiritual Diversity April 22, 2007

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(Kudos to M. Macha Nightmare for forwarding this to our attention)

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Hi everyone!

I just wanted to make you all aware of a project that Celia and I are working on.

As most of you know, I am the documentary filmmaker who is producing he film “A Hero Denied” which is the story of Sgt. Patrick Stewart the Wiccan soldier who was killed in Afghanistan‹and the struggle to get the pentacle approved by the VA as a religious symbol.

Celia is the singer / songwriter who wrote the “Symbol” song about Sgt. Patrick Stewart and the Penatacle Quest.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the film, you can see it here along with Celia’s “Symbol” song.

We have started a project called 1,000 Symbols which is a program to promote the celebration of spiritual diversity in this country, and are working hard to get as many people to participate as possible.

Our primary goal this year is to have the month of June designated as  “National Spiritual Diversity Month.” The US is one of the few industrialized nations that does not have an officially recognized national day/week/month for religious tolerance or spiritual diversity. Well, we are trying to change that.

Here’s the deal. About 30 artists, writers, and musicians from all over the country have donated a piece of their work that in some way promotes spiritual diversity.

All of these works can be downloaded for free from our website during the month of June.

All that you have to do is go to our website and sign our petition to declare the month of June “Spiritual Diversity Month” with your name and email address. The list of supporters will be included with an application for a national declaration and sent to the White House.

Once you add your name to the list of supporters, you will receive an email thanking you for your support.

On June 1st, you will receive another email with a link to the download page so you can download all of the free gifts of art, music, and written word that our nation’s artists have so graciously donated to this cause.

You don’t have to wait until June to sign up, you can do it today by going to our website.

We would also appreciate it if you would forward this information to your friends or anyone else who would like to support spiritual diversity.

In love and light,

Todd Berntson
Witchy Films Productions

Virginia Tech April 17, 2007

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According to the latest totals, there are 32 dead in two separate shootings.

May they, and all of us, find our way from the darkness into the light.

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