Pagan Community Notes: Pagans in Prison, Pagan Songs on TV, and More!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  July 10, 2013 — 12 Comments

Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So let’s get started!

James L. Bianchi

James L. Bianchi

Earlier this year, I reported on an emergency Pagan conclave in California to discuss proposed regulations by the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) relating to religious items allowed by incarcerated Pagans. This “Religious Property Matrix” would significantly change the way religious materials were handled, and Pagan prison chaplains wrote impassioned editorials both for and against the new guidelines. Now, James L. Bianchi of the House of Danu’s chaplaincy program, who called the initial conclave, has issued a press release on proposed revisions to the property matrix that address many (but not all) concerns voiced by Pagans. Quote: “Though the revisions in the proposed Matrix represent substantial progress, we need to remain vigilant to ensure that the spiritual needs of our people are accommodated as required by federal law, and that Pagans enjoy the same religious freedoms as other religious traditions as required by the 1st, 5th, and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.” You can see the proposed revisions, here. Public comments on these changes are open until July 16th at 5pm, and can be sent to Timothy M. Lockwood, Chief, Regulation and Policy Management Branch, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Chalice & Blade

Chalice & Blade

From our “better late than never” department: Pagan band Chalice & Blade, which features songwriter and podcaster Mojo of The Wigglian Way, had one of their most popular songs, “I Hear You Calling,” featured on the US television show “Being Human” earlier this year. The episode “One is Silver and The Other Pagan” aired in February of this year, and is available for rental at Amazon.com for those who’d like to see it. As one might expect, the episode features a Wiccan coven: “In order to begin reconstructing a new life for herself, Sally seeks out Bridget, her old best friend. Bridget is unusually calm about Sally’s sudden reappearance as a flesh and blood human, which prompts Sally to ask a few questions. Bridget, it seems, has taken up with a local Wiccan group.” Due to the renewed interest in their music, Mojo, along with singer Wendy, have re-formed the band as a duo and are now playing gigs again. Chalice & Blade’s last album was 2006’s “Wild Hunt,” available at CD Baby. Congratulations to Chalice & Blade!

Glenn Turner (Photo: OaklandNorth)

Glenn Turner

The 2013 TheurgiCon, is coming up this Weekend, July 13th, at the Bay Area Thelemic Temple in Oakland. TheurgiCon was founded in 2010 by Glenn Turner, who also founded PantheaCon, and features discussions on Neo-Platonism and theurgy. This year, featured speakers include Don Frew (who provides a look at the non-Greek Hermetic texts), Richard Reidy (speaking on Iamblichus and divine possession) and T. Thorn Coyle, who will be talking about theurgy in practice. Quote: “Theurgists such as Iamblichus instructed us to work from gross to fine in our operations. But what does this mean? How can we best approach this? There is a simple formulation: Thought. Energy. Emotion. Matter. The contemporary magic worker can use these levels to gauge what is missing from her magic, uncovering how best to approach the Gods and any theurgic operation. This session will include discussion and a diagnostic meditative working.” This one-day intensive costs $40, and includes meals. You can read previous Wild Hunt coverage of this event, here.

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 10.19.50 AMOn June 21st, a new book entitled “Cults and Criminals: Unraveling the Myths” was published, co-authored by Dr. David Oringderff, co-founder of Sacred Well Congregation, and “occult crimes expert” Don Rimer, who passed away at the beginning of 2012. The book claims to take you “beyond the hype” of occult crime. Quote: “There is likely no term that strikes holy terror in the western mind more than “Satanic Cult!” Most cults are not “Satanic.” Most criminals who commit horrific crimes, leaving satanic symbols, often in the victim’s blood, at the crime scene are not “Satanists.” This book takes you beyond the hype, hyperbole, misinformation, disinformation and urban legends of pop culture and mass media that suggest that all cults, cultic and occultic activities are inextricably intertwined with criminal activity. That is a fatally-flawed assumption. The truth is that most criminals are criminal and most cults are cults, and sometimes their paths cross.” The book makes it sound like it debunks the majority of “occult crime,” which would be a welcome narrative within law enforcement. Don Rimer was quoted in 2011 saying that “occult crime happens all over the world and it’s growing,”  so perhaps Mr. Rimer had a change of heart in the last years of his life? Anything is possible, and I certainly respect the work of Dr. Oringderff highly, so I’ll approach the book with an open mind.

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That’s all I have for now, have a great day!

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  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    It’s been ages since I’ve seen one of those goofy, scary newspaper articles covering an “occult expert” lecturing the cops on the public dime about “occult crime,” or laying out how Hallowe’en arises from a still-celebrated Satanic holiday called “Samhain.” Maybe this is the only way to sell a book on the subject any more. One may certainly hope.

    If you include the murder of woman and children in Africa and Asia for being “witches,” then Rimer was correct in 2011. But was that what he meant?

  • David Griffin

    Big news in the Golden Dawn. An intelligence operative that infiltrated the Golden Dawn community has now been exposed. Don’t miss “The Spy with the Smoking Gun at http://hermetic-golden-dawn.blogspot.com/2013/07/satanism-sria-exposed-spy-with-smoking.html

  • Lēoht Sceadusawol

    “US television show ‘Being Human'”???
    What’s with the inability to accept the original of anything?

    • http://www.wildhunt.org/blog/ Jason Pitzl-Waters

      Not that the British version was high art or anything.

      • Lēoht Sceadusawol

        Oh, is was pretty mediocre, in my opinion, I just don’t get why there seems to be a continuing need to make American versions of existing shows.
        Did it with the Office, too (I hate Gervais and Carrell…).

        It’d be like British television airing a show called ‘Mates’ (all about a group of people with way too much time on their hands and spending most of that time in the local Costa.)

        I imagine that it goes deeper than just a few shows and movies. I just don’t know what the reasoning is.

        • AnantaAndroscoggin

          Trying to “stick-it” to the screen writers’ guilds is one of hollywood’s reasons.

          • Lēoht Sceadusawol

            There is very obviously a market for their outpourings, though.

    • harmonyfb

      Because the television producer noticed that lots of Americans loved the BBC series, so they figured they could make some money off the people who don’t watch BBC America. Unfortunately, as with most of those ‘let’s make money off popular things’ remakes, they missed the point of the original entirely (the American ‘Coupling’ was just embarrassing.)

      • Lēoht Sceadusawol

        Ah yes, the ‘American Dream’.

  • Mojo

    Thanks for the mention, Jason!

  • Charles Cosimano

    Rimer’s heart did change. It stopped.

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