Anthropologists and archaeologists consider the fate of ancient women and children. Chemistry in the depth of space may help explain the origins of life. And a wide variety of new technologies making their debut in 2016 are showcased. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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I stand on the wooden bridge on the way to the ritual circle where I can already hear the drums calling me to join. I am once again with 120 Reclaiming Tradition witches of all genders at California Witchcamp. I hear the water ripple and flow beneath me. The creek is stronger this year, after four years of drought the land has found reprieve with a wetter Spring here amidst the redwoods. It is the last week of June and the extra water also brings extra mosquitos. My physiology is such that they rarely bite me, and when they do I hardly welt or itch, so when one lands on my forearm, I simply watch as it feeds off me. It turns into a small glowing ruby before flying off to become food for the bats and other beings. I can afford to leave a little blood offering here in the woods for the continuing cycle of life.
Well, it's almost here: the time of year that they named the Summerland for.
The apples ripe and fragrant on the branches, and overhead in the trees, that unmistakable, piercing, electric drone.
Welcome to the Season of the Cicada.
Around here they say that the cicadas call only when it's 80° or warmer: clothing-optional weather. To judge from my own experience, this may well be true.
The name comes from the Romans, by way of the French. Before that, say the etymologists, it was a “Mediterranean” word. Who knows? It may even be Minoan.
Because cicadas, like snakes, shed their skins as they grow, and because their nymphs incubate in the earth and pop forth whole and all, they're associated in the Received Tradition with rebirth and immortality. Fittingly do they sing to the dead in the orchards of that Other World.
A Shinto practitioner shares a basic prayer for beginners. One visitor to the Michigan Pagan Festivals reports on it afterward. And portable shrines for traveling Pagans make their debut. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment for news about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
Caution: Rant Alert.
Och. The Olympics just haven't been themselves since the barbarians took them over.
Every four years, the International Olympic Committee—the world's third most corrupt international body (after the Vatican and FIFA)—rakes in billions in bribes and awards the quadrennial Summer Games to a municipality which then bankrupts itself building white elephant sports venues that will never be used again.
I say, move the Games back to Greece. Permanently.