I didn’t get to watch the Democratic debate as it aired this passed Sunday night. I was on podcast with my co-host KaliSara and our guest Rhiannon Dragcruin talking about sacrifice and community service in the Pagan community. I do feel strongly that paying attention to politics is important, but my duty to the community in regards to a consistent schedule of the podcast series outweighs my duty to watch political events as they happen. I watched the debate through the NBC/YouTube archives.
KaliSara and RevKess spoke at length on the dual topics of sacrifice and community service in the Pagan world. They were joined by Lady Rhiannon Dragcruin of the Covenant of Kernunnos Tradition, founding High Priestess. Rhiannon is RevKess’s tradition HPS and surrogate mother. She was gracious enough to step in and guest on the show at the last minute.
The topic of sacrifice is one that RevKess and Rhiannon have been discussing at length for about three years. This was an opportunity for Rhiannon to share her thoughts on the topic with a broader audience. This is also the second time that sacrifice has been the theme of a show on PMPChannel. The first being with Faith Hamilton in July 2011 – high time the topic was addressed again.
During the conversation KaliSara and RevKess both spoke about their articles in the forth-coming anthology Pagan Leadership from Immanion Press. Rhiannon spoke about her frequent musings on her own blog. They also mentioned in brief an article by Sable Aradia (Sable has been a guest on PMPChannel).
- Gaia Consort – Everything Sacred Thing – Secret Voices
- Lia Scallon – Grace of Gratitude – The Luminous Pearl
- Leigh Anne Hussey – Meet Me By the Standing Stones – Homebrew
KaliSara and RevKess talked politics in this edition of the Pagan Weekly News. As the show went live the Republican debate was nearing its close. Both your hosts had been watching the debate up until show time and were prepared to talk about some of the same issues that were brought up on Fox Business Network’s sponsored debate. RevKess and KaliSara had also watched the State of the Union earlier in the week.
Listed here are some of the links to articles, issues, and topics that were discussed during this edition of PWN:
- Planned Parenthood Drops A Bomb On Republicans With Lawsuit Over Illegal Edited Videos
- OR standoff crew depart from federal building to use federal equipment to destroy federal fence
- BUSTED: Guess What The Bundy Militia Was Doing While They Were Not In Gunfights With The FBI
- Michigan police confirmbreak-in at the City Hall office where the Flint water documents are stored
- Incredible: Democrat picks up dark red legislative seat in Oklahoma, for the second time this cycle!
- Trans Pacific Partnership
And here some of the stories the hosts ran out of time for:
Canadian Samuel Wagar joined RevKess and KaliSara for another conversation, this time with a focus on formalizing Wicca – or creating Wiccan Churches. Samuel is the founder of the Congregationalist Witchcraft Association of Canada (1991) and its British Columbia provincial daughter (2004). He’s currently HP of Ravenwood Temple of the Alberta branch of his church (2007 – there is also as Saskatchewan branch, founded in 2014) and the Wiccan Chaplain at the University of Alberta. He is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton, studying the evolution of a fraction of the Wiccan community toward more formal ‘church-like’ service to the larger community, a process he’s been involved with now for more than a quarter century. Author of four books on theology, ritual, church organization, and a memoir.
From an article on Vue Weekly:
Wagar has been practicing Wicca since 1982. He founded a federally recognized Wiccan church, the Congregationalist Witchcraft Association of Canada, back in 1991. He also currently serves as the first Wiccan chaplain at the University of Alberta, where he provides spiritual support for the faculty, staff and students in the pagan faith, education for the general public about Wicca and engages in interfaith work. He has also been involved in activism for both religious and feminist causes for some time. He ran as an NDP candidate in BC in 1994 but was stripped of his candidacy after it became public that he was Wiccan; he took the BC NDP (then the governing party) before the Human Rights Council and won a full apology in 1995.
Hammington has been practicing Wicca since her early 20s. After moving from the strong pagan community in Winnipeg to Edmonton—where the vast majority of Wiccans and pagans were still deep in the “broom closet”—she began hosting open circles and working with various organizations to build up a community here. She founded a Wiccan church in 2007 at the provincial level, the Congregationalist Wiccan Assembly of Alberta (CWAA—essentially the provincial equivalent of the one that Wagar founded federally). There are also sister chapters in BC (2004) and Saskatchewan (2014).
Samuel talks frankly and openly about the joys and struggles of operating a Wiccan church, from the beginning of things to the present day. Like most mature Pagans, he’s not afraid to speak his mind. For that we are thankful.
Just passed the start of the second hour, Samuel mentioned a book by Nancy Tatom Ammerman: Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life. He suggests the book to those who are interested in learning how formalized community structures can greatly benefit the average person. Not just churches, but community structures in general.
- Damh the Bard – The Cauldron Born – The Cauldron Born
- Omnia – Earth Warrior – Earth Warrior
- Rowena of the Glen – How Did We Get This Far – Book of Shadows
- Emerald Rose – Fire in the Head – Songs for the Night Sky
As a bonus, the oft mentioned Tengger Cavalry:
(RevKess grew a brain again and decided to try doing show notes during the show! Bear with him.)
KaliSara and RevKess were joined by Denice Garrou, a visionary author who uses the written word to share her understanding of Paganism, spirituality, and magic with her reading audience. Denice grew up with horses and uses the horse as her muse. That is evident with her Dragonhorse Saga:
“What if who you truly are is lost from your memory just to keep you alive? A love story that must endure the transcendence of time and dimensions. Young Shion’s life ripped from her, bound by a prophecy she herself had made a lifetime before, has become a seeker of the forgotten knowledge. She must fulfill her quest to relearn and regain her inherent power, before she can reclaim her life and the memory of her one true love. A thought provoking jaunt, back to a time when magic was forbidden, gypsies and witches were hunted, and dragons no longer lived, or didn’t they?.”
Sumayah, book two in the Dragonhorse Saga:
“Would you forsake your life and your love to save those you have never met?
Book 2 takes us back to how it all began; back to Shion’s lifetime as Sumayah. She is caught in a web of two loves; the mysterious one promised to her and the Fae Prince trying to save his realm. This tale of love begins in the ancient realm of Lemuria, a realm of unspeakable beauty and magic thought to be only a myth by the human race.
But, there is blood on the moon as impending invasion threatens the lives of those who live there.
Sumayah soon learns her life is not her own and is thrust into a world of uncertianties and sacrifices.”
Her target audience starts at age 14, but she has won some measure of success with readers of all ages – especially women over 50. Listening to her speak about her experience as a writer and where her ideas come from it can become clear as to why she has gained such popularity.
In her writing Denice brings in Lumeria, the Illuminati, and much more including the mythic city at the center of the Earth – Agartha.
Denice also has delved into what she calls “light romance” that turned out to be a little bit more than just a romance. Candlelight and Cobwebs: “Curses are real . . .
Rosalind never thought about ancestral curses until she inherited an estate called Wynterhaven in the mountains of Colorado, from a family she never knew she had.
Upon entering this sprawling estate, she is hit with visions, déjà vu, and plenty of bumps in the night. She soon finds her new home is inhabited by a gift-bearing raven, an extremely large black cat, and a talking skull.
Through the candlelight and cobwebs, she finds her great-grandmother’s diary, a book of shadows that takes her back to 1918 and a time of heightened interest in archaeology, spiritualism, and secret societies. Learning of her great-grandmother’s previous life as an Oracle of Delphi, Rosalind takes yet another step back in time to the ancient Greece of Alexander the Great, finding a time of misogyny, sexual freedom, and the continual political binding and dissolution of Goddess worship.
Follow along with Rosalind as she is taken through the forbidden history of her lost past and discovers curses, the occult, mystery, and a love story that transcends time and mortality.”
Denice spoke at length about fellow author Dolores Cannon, an early hypnotherapist that specialized in past life regressions. One book in particular was mentioned, The Search for Hidden Secret Knowledge. She also spoke of her own regression.
*K8 celebrated her birthday recently and Murf and Phil tortured her with Hoppy Birdies early in the show. Sir Fluffy Bunny also dropped in on the Mess after *K8 ran away to brunch with her family. Michelle is under the weather and was unable to join the Mess.
With the recent full moon and Mercury coming out of retrograde, the gang of the Mess thought it would be appropriate to use music that shares the balance of the moon. Featuring new music from various New Age and Pagan musicians as well as some classic pieces from Murf’s collection, this episode of the Mess brought you some fun and balance in this interesting astrological time.
1. Peter Kater – Innocence – Love NEW
2. Ryan Stewart – Windows of Time – One Journey NEW
3. Kerani – Boudicca, Heart of Fire – Equilibrium NEW
4. Christine Brown – Chasing the Moon – Souvenirs NEW
5. Kerani – Hypatia’s Universe – Equilibrium NEW
6. Mary-Kathryn – Mediterranean Passage – Wonders in the Deep NEW
7. Abbi Spinner McBride – We Walk – Fire of Creation
8. Crow Women – Is, Was, and Shall Be – Crow Goddess
9. Heather Jinmaku – Blessed Be – The Balance
10. Angela Masciale – Something Will Stick – Ancient Voices
11. Anne Lister – Dragons – Spreading Rings
12. Heather Dale – Fair Folk – Fairytale
13. Elvendrums – Between the Worlds – Wildly to the Night
14. Damh the Bard – Thundersbarrow Hill – Sabbat
15. Kari Tauring – Voluspakariola (with intro) – Live at the Capri New to the Mess
16. Coyote Run – Battle of New Orleans – Pleads the Fifth
17. Michael Longcor – Chant for Confusing the Enemy – Storm, Wind and Flame
18. Heather Alexander – Witch of the Westmereland – A Gypsy’s Home
19. Telergy – Astronomer – Hypatia Not yet released
20. Heather Jinmaku – Ding Dong the Witch Ain’t Dead – The Balance
On Thursday 30 April 2015, RevKess and KaliSara sought to discuss some of the many natural disasters that have recently hit the globe. The volcanic eruptions in Chile and elsewhere, the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, and other disasters. Though they had intended to spend the bulk of the show on these topics, other things came to the fore in the news that took the spotlight. Namely the Baltimore Uprising (or riots, as they are called by mainstream media) following the death of a young Black man while in police custody.
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Ironically, the uprising/riot began within 24 hours the podcast conversation with Crystal Blanton, Taylor Ellwood, and several of the contributors to Bringing Race to the Table: Racism in the Pagan Community. The peaceful demonstrations began the previous Friday, turning violent on Monday following the funeral. Shauna Aura Knight published an article Monday 27 April about rioting, oppression, and compassion on Pagan Activist as a Pagan response to the violence and uprising. On Wednesday Heather Greene of The Wild Hunt posted an article with quotes from Pagans who were on the ground in Baltimore.
- Baltimore Protesters held for hours without food in small cells
- Inner-city Baltimore principal “tears down barriers”
- Baltimore solidarity walk held in Lincoln, NE
- Press freedom on the decline in the US
- “Our demand is simple: stop killing us”
- Surrounded by allies – Soli on Pagan Activist
- Race Riots
Tune in every week for more news and views from Pagan Perspectives.