Pagan Community Notes: Esoteric Book Conference, Hexenfest, White Spring, and More!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  September 5, 2013 — 13 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!

2013-EBC-SaleThe 2013 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Washington is coming up on September 14th and 15th, this year marks its 5th anniversary. Quote: “The Esoteric Book Conference is an annual international event to bring together authors, artists, publishers and bookmakers working in the field of esotericism. In addition to presentations by notable authors and scholars, the conference opens it doors to publishers and booksellers showcasing new & used books as well as rare and hard-to-find esoteric texts. For two days the conference hosts the largest selection of esoteric books under one roof. Contemporary esoteric publishing, finepress book arts and antiquarian texts are offered to augment the libraries of readers, scholars and collectors alike.” Featured presenters this year include M. Isidora Forrest, author of “Offering to Isis: Knowing the Goddess Through Her Sacred Symbols,” Dr. David Shoemaker, Chancellor of the College of Thelema of Northern California, Chaos magician and ritual designer Joshua Madara, and many more. Of course a main selling point of the event is esoteric books, and lots of them, including book launches. You can get updates at their official Facebook page.

template-2panel revised [Converted]Hexenfest, an annual one-day mythic music and art festival held in the Bay Area of California, has announced Ego Likeness as their headliners for 2014. Quote: “Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune’, the band combines dark electronic/ dance music with heavy rock and striking poetry. They have released several albums, and have toured extensively trhoughout the US and Europe in the company of Voltaire, Rasputina, Peter Murphy, The Cruxshadows, and many ore. They are regular performers at DragonCon, the largest comic convention in America.” Joining Hexenfest will be Pagan tribal-fusion-rock band Pandemonaeon, with further announcements forthcoming. Hexenfest co-producer Anaar Niino said that “we are very pleased to announce that Ego Likeness will be our headliner for Hexenfest 2014” and that folks should save the date of April 26th, 2014. For future updates, you can follow their official Facebook page. You may also enjoy looking at photos from last year’s Hexenfest.

spring2The White Spring temple at the base of Glastonbury Tor in England has put out an urgent appeal for funds to stay open. Quote: “The White Spring in Glastonbury needs your help. There is a real risk that we will be forced to close unless we get more support! The owner is no longer able to generously support financially towards the annual costs as he has in previous years. Over the next year the current custodians are needing to step back to start focusing on other projects.” According to the appeal, they need to raise £600 by the end of October. The temple is open to all faiths and spiritual traditions. While the White Spring works to remain open, Pagan anti-fracking activists are working to ensure the water beneath Glastonbury is not tainted by the controversial extraction process (as reported on previously here at The Wild Hunt). Jonathan at the Barefoot Anthropology blog gives a good overview of Pagan resistance to fracking, and ponders if this is a key moment in history for modern Paganism. Quote: “As an anthropologist, it is hard to predict what impact The Warrior’s Callwill have. Nevertheless, as a practitioner, there does appear to be a sense of destiny about it, as though something has been set in motion that will be truly significant. If as many people join in as is predicted, then The Warrior’s Call will certainly be unprecedented in scale, but not unprecedented in intent.” We will keep you updated at these stories continue to develop.

In Other Pagan Community News: 

Ab4 Paperback Cover online

  • Speaking of images and permissions, Fire Lyte at Inciting A Riot gives an overview of recent controversies regarding images being used without attribution or permission by Pagan pages on Facebook (and other social media outlets). Quote: “What brought this topic up again, was when I noticed that several well-trafficked pagan-related pages on Facebook make it a regular practice to post pretty pictures for dissemination without attribution. Even going so far as to include their own watermark on a piece that didn’t have one, or to further delete an existing watermark in order to add theirs.” Fire Lyte has done a lot of legwork on this story, and it is an important piece worth reading. Don’t miss out.
  • Circle Magazine is currently seeking submissions for their next issue. Quote: “Circle Magazine is seeking submissions both of art, articles and poetry of general interest to the Pagan community and for the forum on ‘Lineage and Family Traditions.’ Forum articles could include subjects such as raising Pagan children, magical linage, ancestors, passing on traditions, nontraditional family rituals, becoming a teacher, chosen families and more. For this issue we are also looking for Pagan themed art drawn by children, as well as art, articles or poetry by youth. Help us celebrate the diversity of ages within our community and explore the way that our ideas and legacies are passed down to seekers of all ages.” Deadline is September 12th, though that may be extended. Submission guidelines and forms can be found at their official web site.
  • Our condolences to the Circle Sanctuary community on the loss of Peggy Hall, a member of their organization since 2011. A natural burial service was performed on September 4th at Circle Cemetery. What it remembered, lives.
  • As US military involvement in Syria seemingly inches ever forward, recent commentaries by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and M. Macha Nightmare are both timely and worth considering. I think our reporting this year on the death of a Pagan in Syria underscores just how complex the conflict truly is, and how simple solutions won’t be coming any time soon. I echo Lupus on the need for prayer at this time. Quote: “I hate to say it, but one of the only things I think we as responsible pagans and polytheists can do is pray, and preferably to the very old gods of Syria, who are yet alive and active and interested in the well-being of the people and the land in which they once thrived.”

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

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Franklin Evans

    The FB page “Pagans Against Plagiarism” has much detail on certain FB pages and groups, some of whom go so far as to attack anyone who tries to call them on their sometimes egregious violations of copyright. The author Dorothy Morrison is the latest victim of it. I see that Fyre-Lite’s article is already linked there.

  • Vyviane

    Thank you for posting about the White’s Springs appeal. As someone who has been going to the White Spring for thirteen years and considered it a sacred site well before that I must say the current guardians have done the best job highlighting and preserving the Spring’s sacred nature. The building now a temple is beautiful, open to all and provides an amazing place to do ritual, hold vigils and just be. They have truly turned a bare bone structure into an impressive temple.
    When I led a pilgrimage to Glatonbury back in 2011, almost everyone said the highlight of the week was a simple one hour long chanting circle held at the White Spring. I don’ disagree with them. Our women loved it.
    When we arranged to visit the White Spring, the guardians went in before us, cleaned up, set up a hundred tea lights and stayed outside to watch the entrance and keep others from interrupting us. This was all done out of kindness. Their love of the Spring and it’s pilgrims really touched me.
    I hope the White Spring stays open with the same group of people behind it.
    Vyviane Armstrong

  • cernowain greenman

    Ego Likeness is one of the few bands I like that is national/international. So many of the bands I enjoy are local and/or regional at best. I wish there could be more national acts.

  • cernowain greenman

    I just LOVE that picture on the cover of Abraxas!

  • cernowain greenman

    Copyright issues on Tumbler, Facebook Twitter, etc, is going to come to a head soon. Fire Lyte’s info on how to search Google Images for artist info is a great tool. I will start using it so I can give credit where credit is due.

    • Charles Cosimano

      There is already talk in Congress about limiting copyright. It did not go anywhere this year, but it is not going away.

      • FannyFae

        If you are an artist, a writer, a musician etc., your work is yours and you should have complete ownership and absolute control over it unless you have sold or licensed those rights or you have granted permission for its use. . It is really surprising and disheartening that anyone would try to argue those points. It is even sadder that the problem is so widespread within the Pagan community. It will take an effort on everyone’s part to overcome it..

  • Amy

    Oh wow, so pleased to see the bit about Ego Likeness! They are friends of ours (my SO was in the band for a few years) and it’s so gratifying to see their hard work and dedication pay off.

  • Fire Lyte

    Thanks for the feature! Hope this gets a greater conversation going about copyright infringement and which side of the gray line we want to stand as a community.

    Fire Lyte

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    Any chance we shall see your good self at the EBC this year? I’ll be there for the whole of it this year (not like last year, when I had that annoying wedding of my sister to officiate…!?!), and am looking forward to it very much indeed!

    • I would love to, but I have family visiting that week, so it may be difficult. Perhaps you’d be interested in sending a report?

      • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

        Perhaps! I’ll certainly be doing a write-up on Monday night at some point, I suspect, so maybe I can do a summary of it for you as well that would be different from what I post on my blog, etc. Anyway…we’ll keep in touch and you can see what you reckon closer to the date!

  • Jonathan

    Thanks ever so much for covering my article! I’ve been following this blog for years, so I can’t tell you how much pleasure it gives me to be mentioned.

    I’ll be posting more about The Warriors’ Call as time passes – so stay tuned. Thanks again!