We've got the winners from a Norse mythology art contest. Elizabeth Creely talks about the mystique and appeal of Mary, the mother of Jesus. And a blogger discusses what it means to "put the gods first." It's Watery Wednesday, our news segment on the Pagan community around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The 2016 Midwinter Norse Mythology Art Contest is over. You can see the adult winners here at the Norse Mythology Blog, along with the teenage winners here.

Usually when you hear stories about witchcraft from around the world, it's due to hunts being conducted against alleged practitioners. But not this time. Apparently authorities in Cameroon are actually enlisting witches to use magic against the notorious Boko Haram extremist group.

The Virgin Mary may be a Christian icon, but that doesn't mean Pagans haven't been taking inspiration from her for years. Elizabeth Creely writes about the mystique of the holy virgin and what she means to the Catholic community in San Francisco where she lives.

Can art make a difference in lives? Can it make a difference in religion? Markos Gage writes on the benefits a polytheist art movement could bring.

Some people disagree about whether or not Pagans should put the gods first. But what does putting the gods first mean exactly? At In the Desert of Seth, G.B. Marian writes about his view of what the human relationship to the divine should be.


Top image by Anya Lothrop