I’m on the road again today, returning to my home in Oregon, so I won’t have time to do my usual overview of the Pagan news. Instead, I’d like to take this opportunity to share some more reporting from this year’s Pagan Spirit Gathering that I recently attended. First, here’s a picture from the main ritual that was released for print by Circle Sanctuary. If you squint, you can spot me in the spiral dance (hint: I’m wearing black).
I’d also like to point out two more PSG interviews that Star Foster conducted that are now posted to the Patheos.com Pagan Portal. One from SkyCat and Bella, who began the Bast ritual at PSG, and another with members of the Ghetto Shaman camp. From me, in case you missed it, I interviewed Pagan musician (and OBOD Pendragon) Damh the Bard, which was recently aired on the A Darker Shade of Pagan podcast (you should also check out my previous PSG post, complete with interviews).
There’s a lot more coverage we collectively did as part of the Pagan Newswire Collective, working with Circle Sanctuary, and you’ll be able to hear more of it on upcoming podcasts from T. Thorn Coyle and the Pagan Centered Podcast. But the work we did isn’t going to be limited to a handful of media outlets, we are in the process of uploading all the audio to Archive.org making it available for any Pagan media outlet, blog, radio show, or podcast, that wants to utilize it. Allowing these stories and memories to spread and survive for those who were there, and for those who have never experienced a large Pagan festival.
We are hoping that this becomes a tradition at PSG, and also spreads to other established Pagan events. A growing Pagan media recording experiences and stories, preserving memories, and sharing this unique culture with a wider audience. An audio and textual archive of Pagans coming together to celebrate and create community. A resource that could be a boon to future historians, academics, journalists, and seekers. I hope festival organizers consider the opportunities of having a Pagan media team at their event, and that in future years we will see coverage from many festivals on blogs like mine.