Pagan Community Notes: Morning Glory Zell, Sekhmet Temple, Tuatha Dea, and More!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  April 21, 2014 — 6 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!

Morning Glory Zell

Morning Glory Zell

This past weekend a celebration of the life of Pagan elder Morning Glory Zell, who has been seriously ill recently, took place. Now, a new initiative has been launched to preserve her wisdom in the time that she has remaining.  Quote: “Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart is dancing with the veil. Her final wish is to preserve the knowledge and wisdom she carries of her incredible Goddess Collection for the generations. THIS INFORMATION is currently stored ONLY IN HER BRAIN. The only way to capture it is by voice recordings which need to happen NOW. Time is of the essence. Funds will go to recording her knowledge of her collection of over 300 votive Goddess figurines from around the world as the opportunity arises (she is in great pain) and to photograph and catalog the figurines in a database so that they will carry her wisdom along with them after she passes.” So far a little over $2000 dollars has been raised towards a $6000 dollar goal. That money will ensure that her archivist can stay by her side to make the recordings, plus do photography, database entry, and transcription. You can see a promotional video for the campaign embedded below.

Sekhmet TempleThe Temple of Goddess Spirituality in Nevada, which is dedicated to the goddess Sekhmet, has been had its statue of Sekhmet stolen on Friday. Quote: “Sekhmet stolen! Sometime during the night, the statue of Sekhmet was removed by unknown persons. The necklace someone had placed around Her neck is lying in the dirt just outside the Temple entrance indicating She was tilted up and placed in a car trunk or more likely the back of a truck. I am in shock, saddened that anyone would do this. Was it someone who coveted the statue? or retribution for the peace work done here? I don’ know.” At this time a $500 dollar reward is being offered for any information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. You can see a photo of the statue, here.

Tuatha DeaThe Pagan band Tuatha Dea, who recently held a fundraiser to create a new album, has been chosen to compete for a slot in the Hard Rock Rising Competition. Quote: “Send Tuatha Dea to Rome!!!! Tuatha Dea in Rome! You can make that happen! Tuatha Dea has been chosen to compete for a slot in the Hard Rock Rising Competition, The Global Battle for the Bands! All you have to do is vote! Follow the link below and download our song “Bagabi” and your vote will have been cast! Only 25 bands with the highest number of votes will be chosen to showcase their talent and those lucky 25 will be flown to Rome, Italy to compete on stage. So cast your votes now and let’s show the world how to do it Tribal!” As mentioned, if they make it into the top 25, they will be sent to Rome to compete. So far, they have won the first round, being one of five American bands that get to advance to a global round of online voting. They are the only Pagan band to do so. Good luck to them!

In Other Pagan Community News:

  • Pagan-friendly tribal band Arcane Dimension (they’ve played Hexenfest) had a successful crowdfunding campaign to produce band merch for fans. Quote: “Friends, you have been asking ‘when are you gonna get t-shirts/hoodies/merchandise?’ Well, you asked and we listened! The goal for this campaign is to raise enough funds to get all our band merchandise done and open our web store.”
  • Interfaith organization United Religions Initiative has named Pagan interfaith activist Rachael Watcher as their new Regional Coordinator for  the Multiregion. Quote: “Rachael brings seasoned experience with the URI community, commitment and passion to help the Multiregion fulfill its potential. As Interim RC, Rachael provided steady leadership in developing the Regional Leadership Team and strengthening existing services provided by the Multiregion. She is a practicing Wiccan for 30 years and lives in the Bay Area with her husband.” You can read a 2012 guest post she wrote for The Wild Hunt, here. Congratulations!
  • The Sacred Crossroads Association in Pennsylvania, is expanding their schedule of festivals this year with the addition of “Mythmusica: The Festival,” scheduled for the last weekend of July, 2014. The event will be held at Mountain View Park in Wind Gap, PA. Multiple performers have already been booked, according to a press release sent to The Wild Hunt. It looks like they are running a fundraising campaign to fund this new initiative.

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

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  • T Thorn Coyle

    I am shocked to read that someone stole the Sekhmet statue from the Goddess Temple in Nevada.

    To ensure her safe return, I offer this chant I wrote in her honor, to help a group of activists walk the desert to the Nevada Nuclear Test Site.

    Let’s sing it together, in her honor:

    ————

    Fire in our hearts

    Fire in our minds

    Fire burning at the core, keep us on our way.

    We call the Holy Fire!

    Dwell in us and inspire!

    (Om, Sekhmet! Om, Sekhmet!)

    ———–

    I talk about the Temple and Sekhmet at around 11minutes and start the chant around 19 minutes in the following podcast:

    http://www.thorncoyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/ElementalCastings_36_FIRE_102210.m4a

    May the Goddess Temple be blessed. May their work for peace continue.

    Hail Sekhmet!

  • T Thorn Coyle

    What a lot of news this time, Jason.

    May Morning Glory’s wish be granted and her legacy preserved.

    and congratulations to Rachael Watcher.

    (I’ll be at Hexenfest – looking forward to it!)

  • Brenda Francis

    I am very sad to hear that the Sekhmet statue was stolen. It was made by Marsha Gomez, who was an amazing artist and activist in the Austin community and beyond. I has hoped- and do pray – to visit it someday.

    http://citedatthecrossroads.net/chst404/2012/04/30/marsha-gomez-sculptor-potter-activist/

  • Raksha38

    Stealing a statue of Sekhmet out of Her temple is a monumentally stupid idea. She’s not really one you want to piss off.

    Pissing off a God aside, why the hell would you steal anything from a temple to begin with?

    • kenofken

      For the same reasons people have been stealing religious artifacts, grave goods and other sacred bric-a-brac since the first hominid made such things. Greed, intentional disrespect, and bored teenage hooliganism, in that order. Probably not 1 in 1,000 Americans could name anything about Sekhmet and the popular culture at large has a sense of the sacred that runs about as deep as whatever vapid reality show they’re watching that week.

  • http://saffronrose.livejournal.com/ A. Marina Fournier

    Yay, Rachael!
    May the Sekhmet statue be returned undamaged.
    May Morning Glory’s legacy be preserved.
    Alas, I shall have to miss Tempest (I love that woman!) and Nathaniel Johnstone (who ain’t so bad himself!), and the others at Hexenfest this year.