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It's the Eve of Samhain in the Royal Hall at Cruachan.
The fires burn, the mead flows freely; already people have begun to draw indoors. For this night, of all nights, is indeed dark and full of terrors.
While waiting for the feast to be served, Aillil proposes a feat: Who will dare to tie a withy around the ankle of the corpse that hangs from the gallows on the hill of Cruachan?
One by one the heroes try. One by one, they return in fear and failure.
Then Nera mac Niadhain says: I'll do it.
Who bears the responsibility for training Pagan clergy? What happens when a Jewish woman tries to reintroduce the divine feminine into her culture? And how are death and darkness treated in Shinto vs. western Paganism? It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news and analysis from the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
Birds of all kinds are a common theme throughout Minoan art. We find them in natural settings and in ritual art, and in some very interesting combinations that suggest the Minoans worshiped a Bird Goddess.
In many cases, the artist depicted the birds with naturalistic realism, to the point that we can often identify the specific species. These images include swallows and partridges:...
Really, it was a turning point in the life of the local pagan community.
It was back in the Bad Old Days of the Satanic Panic.
A conspiracy (really, one can't call it anything else) of nazzes sent out their evil missionaries, so-called “occult experts,” to spread their lying gospel of sacrificed babies, multi-generational “ritual abuse,” and “recovered memory syndrome.”
To their everlasting shame, the media, psychologists, and police departments all over the US were taken in by this claptrap.
Several rituals in local parks had been disrupted by the police. Following an incident that has (jocularly enough) gone down in local pagan lore as “The Great Lammas Massacre,” people had had enough.
Writer Paul Tuitean and a couple of other guys who had personal connections with local law enforcement set up a community meeting with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments.
We take a look at the continued prejudice towards indigenous Australians. Experts express concern that human rights are on the slide in Southeast Asia. And an examination of how Hillary Clinton's economic policy has shifted towards that of her colleague Elizabeth Warren. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the globe. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
All summer long, he has been our bonny god in green, and we have loved him for it.
But now come the days—so poignant, so bittersweet—for which he is called in the Old Language of the Witches Wulder, for his splendor.
His festive coat of colors he dons now, different each day: Earth's yearly gift of favor to her first-born and (they say) best-loved child.
Alas, such gifts of favor are apt to be preludes to deeds of blood.