PWN S4E6: What we’re really say is….

On the Pagan Weekly News RevKess and Zaracon do their best to bring you news, views, and information that is of interest to the Pagan community. Along the way we often discuss religious intolerance/persecution and the brighter side of our religio-spiritual umbrella: festivals, books, and music. This week’s edition is no exception to that pattern. As the title of this edition implies, Zaracon and RevKess discuss some of the popular memes that are floating around on the internet, primarily on Facebook. What is a meme, you might be asking. It used to mean “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” It has come to mean “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.” Many of the memes that we see in social media are political in nature, especially during an election year. Whether they are political or not, memes are often half truths at best, out-right lies at worst. Many of the memes that people share seem humorous at first glance, if you look at them again you note that they are insulting to one group or another. Here is a prime example of such a meme. It is true that many who use politically correct speech are sugar coating things, but not because they cannot handle the truth. More often than you might think it is because they are trying not to insult someone else. This one makes no attempt to avoid insulting people. It does, however, bring to light what many think of politically correct speech. An example of how politically correct can be more insulting than sugar-coated would be many of the attempts the straight community use when talking about the gay community, in particular the trans community. See, look there. In an attempt to be general and “politically correct” I left out lesbians and bisexuals, gender queer and gender fluid. Other attempts to be more encompassing of everyone who might fit into that community is the abbreviation “LGBTQA” Even that collection of letters leaves people out.  Some like the acronym “SOGI”, sexual orientation and gender identity. This term is confusing for some, a literal look at the term would encompass the entirety of humanity. Perhaps that is the point. Maybe, just maybe, people should call it as they see it, or to use a phrase “call a spade a spade.” And then you have the opposite end of the spectrum. Memes that point out something that many might consider to be true. In this situation, many might consider it a fault to need alcohol and drugs to be entertained. Agreed. Drugs and alcohol are not necessary to have a good time. They can make for a little extra entertainment – like when your friend gets so drunk they can’t walk without falling down. In moderation, though, alcohol is fine – even some drugs are fine in moderation. RevKess would rather enjoy a glass of wine at dinner or while watching a movie than toke up, or even go out to the clubs. Combing through several pages of racist memes, none could be found that weren’t in some way disgusting or too far into the racist field (I think I need a shower now). But it is easy to understand that a racist meme is just wrong, insulting. Whether they are directed at whites, blacks, Jews, Asians, Latinos, whatever. They are all disgusting and insulting. After all this, there are some memes out there that are just down right funny, cute, or enlightening. Here is an example of one that is inspiring – at least for the bibliophiles out there. Just look around at RevKess’s home and you will see bookcases in every room (save the bathroom) and stacks of books literally to the ceiling. Never enough bookcases. And of course there are the snarky memes.

LINKS

Before we start with the links, RevKess would like to apologize for a tidbit of misinformation. He failed to double check the publication date of an article about Andy Griffth. Mr. Griffth died on July 3, 2012.  The article he saw just before going live was in memorial of him.

  • In the New York Times, opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof talks about how religious freedom is in peril, focusing on how Muslims seem to be using the idea of religious freedom to persecute non-Muslims – primarily in the Middle East and “underdeveloped” countries.
  • The Pope apologizes to Buddhists for the Christian Colonial Rule of Sri Lanka. Is it enough?
  • Rev. Chuck Currie, a minister for the United Church of Christ and columnist for Huffington Post – Religion, writes about how religious freedom is in under attack, and not how you might think. His focus is on how the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious exemptions for certain birth control coverage may lead to further misuses of the law and the protection of freedom of religion. “In a nation as diverse as the United States of America, it is critical that the federal government be trusted to follow — and indeed, to role-model — equitable employment practices. We believe that our mutual commitment to the common good is best served by policies that prohibit discrimination based on factors that have no relationship whatsoever to job performance. We are better and stronger as a nation when hiring decisions are made based on professional merit rather than personal identity.” – from a letter Currie wrote to President Obama.
  • On the Wild Hunt, Cara Schulz writes about the SCOTUS decision, after breaking things down in understandable terms she quotes several Pagans who voiced their opinions. RevKess is quoted.
  • RevKess’s full opinion piece on the SCOTUS decision for Lavender Hill.
  • In the days following the SCOTUS decision many businesses and organizations have begun prep work to petition for religious exemptions from Obama’s promised executive order to ban discrimination of LGBTQ employees of federal contractors, and the current draft of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act before theHouse. RevKess wrote an opinion piece for Lavender Hill after the announcement that  the Nation Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the ACLU, and other civil rights groups have withdrawn their support for the current version of ENDA.
  • In the current edition of the Pagan Community Notes on the Wild Hunt, Jason PItzl-Waters talks about the New Alexandrian Library Project and the special issue of Green Egg in honor of Morning Glory Zell.
  • Heather Greene has written a two part series on Pagans on campus for the Wild Hunt. Part 1, Part 2.
  • Cara Schulz, taking a step away from the seriousness of SCOTUS, birth control, and religious freedom, writes on the Wild Hunt about discovering Pagan ethics in modern secular life – Football.
  • Silverspring on her blog writes about why some people may choose to remain in the broom closet.
  • Writing on Witches&Pagans’ blog, author and lecturer Karen Tate talks about integrity in Pagan writing. Read an excerpt from her new book Goddess Calling on the blog Bad Witch.
  • On Patheos, T Thorn Coyle writes about public priesthood.

MUSIC

  1. PWN intro, courtesy Aetopus
  2. Damh the Bard – The Parting Glass – Tales from the Crow Man
  3. Big Bad Gina – Freedom Connection – Lake of Dreams
  4. Leigh Anne Hussey – She is Grandmother – Homebrew
  5. Mama Gina – Summer of the Fae – Goddess Kiss’d
  6. Spiral Dance – Weaving the Summer – Magick (also available on their best of CD, The Quickening)
  7. Frenchy & the Punk – The Circus Parade – Hey Hey Cabaret
  8. Celia – Carry Me Home – Carry Me Home
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Sacred Oak Circle, an introduction with Rev Gary

Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel is pleased to introduce a new program on their schedule. Sacred Oak Circle. Sacred Oak is hosted by Rev Gary, a third degree high priest of the Correllian Nativist Tradition, based out of the Kansas City area. He’s been a producer on Pagans Tonight and has taken a break from podcasting. He’s climbing back into the saddle with PMPChannel with his own bi-monthly program. Sacred Oak Circle will air every other Tuesday starting on  March 18, 2014 at 6pm Central time.

In his introduction he joined RevKess to talk about the concept and format for  Sacred Oak Circle. Rev Gary comes from a Wiccan background, a unique voice to our channel. He’ll be talking about Wicca, the Correllian tradition in particular, reiki, candle magick, gems and crystals and stones and so much more. He’ll have guests on from time to time to talk about various topics and bring their own perspectives to the table.

Rev Gary is also a big fan of Pagan music, so he will be spot lighting various artists and groups and sharing some of his favorites along the way. Who knows, there might even be an interview or several with some of those Pagan musicians!

Tune in every other  Tuesday for Sacred Oak Circle. (A more precise schedule can be found on our BTR page.)

MUSIC

  1. Spiral Dance – Fairy Tale – Magick
  2. Omnia – Wytches Brew – Alive!
  3. Elvendrums – rhymer – The Dragon
  4. Celia – Symbol Song

You can find out more about Rev Gary and Sacred Oak Circle by visiting the Facebook page for the show as well as the blog.

MP: Rock It, Pagan Style pt 1 & 2

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Click to Listen, pt 1 – Pt 2 available here.

Well now, would seem that RevKess has been even more neglectful of things than usual.  It has been some time since he did an edition of Musica Pagani. He’s making it up for it the best he can with a two parter: Rock It, Pagan Style!

Earlier in 2013, Kenny Klein launched a recording project with his touring band FishBird. Some of the music they did was rock-like covers of some of his older music. And of course, every good musician is experimenting with new pieces whenever possible. That’s just what FishBird has done.

In this two parter of Musica Pagani you will get a taste of FishBird as well as some other rocking musicians and bands with a distinctive Pagan flare. Everyone from Leigh Anne Hussey with her unreleased Uglytown demo to Wendy Rule and Rosin Coven, with stops along the way to visit with Omnia and Frenchy and the Punk.

We do hope that you have enjoyed this special edition of Musica Pagani!

Play List, Pt 1

  1. FishBird – Season of the Witch – FishBird
  2. Omnia – Intro (Anima & Faun) – Live Religion
  3. Omnia – Du Laman – Live Religion
  4. Omnia – Auta Luonto – Live Religion
  5. Wendy Rule – Continental Isolation – Continental Isolation EP
  6. Wendy Rule – The King Moon – Artemis EP
  7. FishBird – Fur and Feather (into) The Cuckoos Nest – FishBird
  8. Spiral Dance – Spirit of Albion / Wooden Box – Through a Sylvan Doorway (feat. Damh the Bard)
  9. Rosin Coven – Water Don’t Talk to Me – Sing Me Malaise

Play List, pt 2

  1. FishBird – Jam (session, into) Marie Laveau – FishBird
  2. Nuit – House of Sleep – Mother Night
  3. Nuit – Look at Me – Mother Night
  4. Uglytown – Babylon is  Fallen – demo (unreleased)
  5. Uglytown – My Winter Song – demo (unreleased)
  6. FishBird – Pagan Jugband Blues – FishBird
  7. FishBird – Fairy Queen (into) Mandrake – FishBird
  8. Frenchy and the Punk – Blacksmith – Elephant Uproar
  9. Fenchy and the Punk – Lunar Frenzy – Hey Hey Cabaret
  10. Frenchy and the Punk – Magician and the Dancer – Happy Madness
  11. Rosin Coven – House of Roses – Sing Me Malaise
  12. FishBird – Victor – FishBird
  13. FishBird – Little Amazon – FishBird

MMM: Freedom to Be (Who and What We Are)

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Notes for 29 September 2013

KZUM promotes diversity and the Mess is a prime example of that diversity. If you listen to KZUM often you know that Sundays are an interesting combination of programming. The Glorious Gospel is from 6-9am and immediately followed by Murphy’s Magic Mess from 9-11am. Two polar opposite programs back to back. There is very little, if any, tension between the programmers for these two shows.

To share in that diversity, Murf, *K8 and Phil decided to do a show filled with songs about diversity and songs that address the discrimination that unfortunately still exists in the world. You can see that by the variety of songs that were picked for the show.

  1. God is Alive, Magick is Afoot – Buffy Sainte-Marie – Illumination
  2. Ancient Paths – Stanton Lanier – Open Spaces
  3. Valhalla – Stephen DeRuby – Sacred Spaces
  4. Day of Celebration – James Sera – Reality of the Fantasy
  5. Goddess Rising – Paradiso & Rasamayi – Attuning to Oneness: the Harmonic Ascension
  6. Malaika – Wouter Kellerman – Mzansi
  7. Rag Klem – David Vito Gregoli – Primordial Sonics
  8. Burning Times – Charlie Murphy & Circle Magic Music – Circle
  9. By Our Own Fear – The Wyrd Sisters – Inside the Dreaming
  10. Scott & Jamie – Fred Small
  11. Homophobes in Robes – Romanovsky & Phillips – Let’s Flaunt It
  12.  I’m Not Homophobic – The Trestle Foote Faerie – Naughty in Pink
  13. The Heart is the Only Nation – Ruth Barrett & Cynthia Smith – The Heart is the Only Nation
  14. Silent No Longer – Emma’s Revolution – Roots, Rock and Revolution
  15. Feel the Colors – Ubaka Hill – Dance the Spiral Dance
  16. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Buffy Sainte-Marie – Up Where I Belong
  17. All My Relations – Ulali – Mahk Jchi
  18. We Won’t Wait Any Longer – Gwyddion Pennderwen – The Faerie Shaman
  19. Everyday Goddess – Celia – Breathe
  20. Burning Times – Spiral Dance – Magick

PWN #106 – Heather Greene & Pagan Media

On this week’s edition of the Pagan Weekly News, Heather Greene joined RevKess for a lengthy discussion of Pagan media. Heather is a contributor to Circle Magazine, a columnist for The Wild Hunt, an adviser for Lady Liberty League and the current National Public Information Officer for Covenant of the Goddess. She also writes on her personal blog about various topics.

The first half hour of the show was brief coverage of some Pagan related news as well as some goings-on in the United Kingdom. Heather joined the broadcast around the bottom of the first hour. For the majority of the program she and RevKess discussed a variety of Pagan media related issues. Rounding out the end of the show RevKess visited on a couple of other news items.

Links

Music

  1. Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick & Poetree
  2. Damh the Bard – Pagan Ways – Cauldron Born
  3. Spiral Dance (featuring Damh the Bard) – Spirit of Albion/Wooden Box – Through a Sylvan Doorway

Musica Pagani #10: Drumming in the Harvest

RevKess had a blast with the 10th edition of Musica Pagani. Drumming in the Harvest was full of drumming and lively music. A true harvest celebration.

With harvest related pieces from Damh the Bard, Jenna Greene, Cernunnos Rising and Heartbeat, as well as drumming interpretation of African inspired music from Hennie Bekker and rock styles from Omnia, this edition brings you a collection of music from around several places around the globe.

This was a real chance for RevKess to share some of his favorite drumming pieces he’s collected over the years, most of his favorite drumming groups have been kind enough to allow airplay on PMPChannel. Tuatha Dea, Elvendrums, Dragon Ritual Drummers and Frenchy and the Punk to name but a few.

  1. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Heart Beat – Passage
  2. Tuatha Dea – The Blessings – The Tribe (featuring Spiral Rhythm)
  3. Hennie Bekker – Cry of the Wilderness – Temba: African Tapestries
  4. Tuatha Dea – Bagabi – Kith & Kin
  5. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Bamboula – Volume 2
  6. Spiral Dance – Fae Dance – Through a Sylvan Doorway
  7. Frenchy and the Punk – Carnival – Elephant Uproar
  8. Frenchy and the Punk – The Chase – Elephant Uproar
  9. Damh the Bard – Lughnasadh Dance – Cauldron Born
  10. Spiral Dance – Pocket Full of Thyme/Guardian’s Dance – Through a Sylvan Doorway
  11. Cernunnos Rising – Hearbeat of Harvest – Wild Soul
  12. Jenna Greene – Harvest – Crossroads
  13. Heartbeat – Heartbeat of the Earth – Bloodmoon
  14. Omnia – Cernunnos – Sine Missione
  15. Omnia – Dionysos – Sine Missione
  16. Omnia – Flora – Sine Missione
  17. Frenchy and the Punk – Specter of Land and Sea – Elephant Uproar
  18. Elvendrums – Dreamtime – Gateway to Faerie
  19. Elvendrums – Walking in the Woods – The Dragon
  20. Omnia – Love in the Forest – Wolf Love 
  21. Omnia – I Don’t Speak Human – Musick and Poetree 
  22. Cernunnos Rising – The Great World Tree – Urban Druid 
  23. Tuatha Dea – The Hunt (Corners) – Kith & Kin
  24. Dragon Ritual Drummers – Serpentine Seduction – Tribal Magick (digital release)
  25. Wendy Rule – Elemental – The Wolf Sky
  26. Wendy Rule – Deity – Deity
  27. Spiral Dance – Summer’s Farewell/Bo Mhin Toitean/Idbury Hill – Through a Sylvan Doorway

Mruphy’s Magic Mess, 28 July 2013

ad bannerMurf, *K8 and Phil bring you two hours of new age and Pagan music every Sunday morning on KZUM in Lincoln, NE from 9am to 11am.

This week seemed to be a little strange with the studio equipment. Players not firing, CDs stopping after only 20 seconds of play. Mercury has gone direct, so it wasn’t an astrological incident. No, we discovered the reason when Murf told us what she had lined up on her master disc for the second hour. Scroll down through the play list and surely you will see what was up, too.

The Music

  1. Inkubus Sukkubus – Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Away with the Faeries
  2. The Pure Heart Ensemble – Remembering the Goal – Bliss of Being
  3. Fiona Joy Hawkins – The Journey – 600 Years in a Moment
  4. Meg Bowles – The Sweetness of Mist Pt 2 – The Shimmering Lands (radio edit)
  5. Steven Halpern – Deep Theta 2.0 Pt 7 – Deep Theta 2.0
  6. Sherry Finzer  & Daren Mahoney – Early Spring – Transformation
  7. Craig Urquhart – Autumn Wind – First Light
  8. Jami Sieber – River of Sky – Timeless
  9. Dan Kennedy – Cycle – Lantern
  10. Masako – Remembrance Pt 1 – Masako
  11. Larisa Stow – Ganesh Mantra I – Reaching In
  12. Larisa Stow – Ganesh Mantra II – Reaching In
  13. Lunacy – Shango – Hand of Desire
  14. Leslie Fish – Avalon is Risen – Avalon is Risen
  15. Kiva – Water Fire and Smoke – Out of the Corner of the Eye
  16. Tuatha Dea – The Landing – Tuatha Dea
  17. Blackmore’s Night – The Spinner’s Tale – Dancer and the Moon
  18. Elvendrums – Walking in the Woods – The Dragon
  19. Three Weird Sisters – Like Their Feet Have Wings – Hair of the Frog
  20. Solstice Assembly – Ripe and Bearded Barley – Some Assembly Required
  21. Sharon Knight & T Thorn Coyle – Nature’s Bounty – Songs for the Strengthening Sun
  22. Spiral Dance – Harvest Carol/Harvest Song – Lie: Worts & All
  23. Kenny Klein – Dead Gerbil Jam – Fairy Queen
  24. Dale Bacon – Anti-Gerbil Song – unreleased single

Thankfully, Murf always seems to have Dale Bacon’s response to Kenny Klein ready to go, but sometimes Dale’s spirit does like to show his displeasure over the song.

If you were listening or have seen the playlist on our Facebook page, you will note that some corrections to the playlist have been made. There was at least one case of mistaken identity and some typos in the Facebook posting. If you find any errors in this posting, please let us know so we can correct them.