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!
Adocentyn Research Library, a Pagan library located in the San Francisco Bay area, has reached a new milestone. According to Adocentyn board member and co-founder Donald H. Frew, the institution has now catalogued over 5000 books. Quote: “At the end of last weekend’s cataloguing day, we broke the 5000 mark and reached 5150 books in our online catalogue! You can see them, here. The most recent additions are shown at the top. (Make sure the drop down tab at the upper left shows “All collections”.) There are over 6000 volumes currently on-site (plus hundreds of periodicals) with another 5000+ coming (plus ephemera such as correspondence, notebooks, etc.). Cataloguing takes time, but we have 19 volunteers helping us move things along.” You can keep up with the latest announcements at their official Facebook page. Adocentyn has had preliminary talks with the New Alexandrian Library Project (currently under construction) and other institutions in forming a Pagan Libraries Organization so that they can share information, and offer inter-library loans.
Speaking of the New Alexandrian Library, work and fundraising on the project is ongoing. A project of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, the library hopes to become “one of the cornerstones of a new magickal renaissance.” If that is something you’d like to be a part of, September might be an excellent month to donate. The Louis Claude de St. Martin Fund of the Luzerne Foundation has offered a $500 matching challenge grant to the library. Assembly of the Sacred Wheel member Leanne Pemburn asks supporters to “consider a $10 donation, that will become $20, or a $50 donation that will become $100” and that “now’s the time to magickally grow your donation!” You can find donation information, here. In other New Alexandrian Library news, if you go to their official Facebook page, you can see some of the books in their collection awaiting opening day. As their websites says, “you can play an important part in bringing this dream into reality. The immediate need is for the funds to build the library, although donations of books and other materials will be welcome. The New Alexandrian Library will be located in the sacred woods of Seelie Court in Southern Delaware and will be under the aegis of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a 501(c)3 organization. All donations to the NAL are tax deductable.” You can see all previous reporting on this project, here.
The Patheos Pagan channel has launched a new blog entitled “Voodoo Universe” featuring the writings of Lilith Dorsey, author of “Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism,” and an initiate in Santeria, Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. In her first blog post, Dorsey lays out her spiritual journey. Quote: “My personal spiritual journey includes numerous initiations in Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo, and Santeria. In 1995 I became editor and publisher of the Oshunnewsletter, providing accurate and respectful information about Afro-Diasporan Pagan religions. I hold an undergraduate degree in anthropology and my graduate degree comes from a inter-disciplinary program in cinema/television studies and anthropology. Training is vital in any discipline, but takes on special significance in a spiritual context. Voodoo, Vodou, Santeria, Candomble, Ifa, Obeah, Hoodoo, and for that matter any other African based religion survives on it’s lineage, history, and training of it’s devotees.” As Afro-diasporic and African Traditional Religions become more popular, and more Pagans become initiates into these traditions, good information and news from these communities will be increasingly vital. I look forward to reading Voodoo Universe.
In Other Pagan Community News:
- Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary fame may, in fact, be the hardest working priestess in modern Paganism. Over the next month she’ll be traveling to Pagan Pride Day celebrations from Wisconsin to New Jersey. I have no idea where she gets the energy! Here’s a photo from the Opening Ritual at Chicago Pagan Pride this past Sunday.
- If you live near the San Francisco Bay area, Solar Cross Temple’s annual Idunna Blót and Apple Harvest Celebration is this Sunday. Quote: “Please join Solar Cross for this annual event! Gather at 11:00 am at the Palace to help wash and press this season’s apple harvest. The Idunna blót begins promptly at 12:00 noon and will be led by members of the local Heathen community. We will toast Idunna and ask Her blessing, and then continue the celebration with storytelling, song, and feasting.” I was able to go last year, and it was a fun time! Contact the organizers for directions and details.
- The 20th/120th anniversary of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is coming up, and Pagan Minister Angie Buchanan is looking to organize a couple Pagan-sponsored tables at the November benefit anniversary gala in Chicago. Quote: “We’d love to be able to sponsor a table or two. If you are interested in attending this event, please message me privately. Tickets will be $120.00 if we can commit to 10 – 20 people. You’ve heard us talk about this amazing organization that has been so valuable to Pagans in our struggles for religious freedom and credibility on the world stage, and provided us with a forum in which to share our traditions.” Contact information for Angie Buchanan can be found, here. I’m hoping to do some special themed pieces on the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Parliament, as it was the “coming out” for modern Pagan faiths onto the international interfaith stage. Stay tuned!
- Eugene Weekly’s annual “Best of Eugene” poll is currently live, and our own Alley Valkyrie is in the running for “Best Hellraiser” of 2013. Let’s make this happen fellow Pagans!
- At PNC-Minnesota, Nels Linde shares some photos from the Twin Cities Pagan Pride day.
- Congratulations to Llewellyn Worldwide, their book Discovering the Medium Within by Anysia Kiel has won the Gold Medal in the “Metaphysical” category of the 5th annual Living Now Book Awards.
- Issue 23 of Goddess Pages has been published, and Medusa Coils lets us know why it’s a bit behind schedule.
In a final note, today is the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. My prayers and thoughts go out to all who have suffered and died as a result of that day. I think Heather Greene’s recent thoughtful piece on visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York is an appropriate mediation for this day. You may also want to read my pieces from 2012 and 2011. Blessings to you all.