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A Reading at Samhain

Och, now. So you've been busy this year, sir. Running for President, and all. And elections nearly upon us.

Well, let's see what the cards have to say.

Oh. Oh dear. Well, no, sir, I'm afraid not. Though it's grieved I am to have to tell you so.

No, no, no one else implicated here, sir: whatever's coming, it's all of your own doing. Coming back on your own head, it is, plain and simple. Nothing to do with anyone else, blame who you may.

Oh, my. Financial losses I see here too, sir: major ones. All a direct result of this year's doings, if I may say so. Irreversible, they are. That's money lost you'll never see again, oh no.

Well, sir, it doesn't look good. At the top of the Wheel you were, but it's all down, down, down from here, and I don't see any coming back for you, at all, at all.

And the cards don't lie. They don't.

Here, here, now, we'll not be having with that kind of talk. I'll say goodbye to you, sir. You'll leave now, you will.

Goodbye. Goodbye.

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A Forgotten Samhain Classic

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.

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  • Haley
    Haley says #
    Wonderful recommendation, Steven, thank you.
Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, October 19

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!

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Minoan Birds: Goddess on the Wing

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:

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Satanic Panic

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.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Thanks for the heads up, D. R., I'll keep an eye out for your novel. (What's the title?) I hadn't heard of Dark Places before, but
  • D. R. Bartlette
    D. R. Bartlette says #
    Thank you so much for posting this. I have a novel (in the process of being published) that is set in 1986, and the Satanic Panic
Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, October 18

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!

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