Pagan Community Notes: Pagan Census, Morning Glory Zell, Arthur Hinds, and More!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  April 14, 2014 — 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!

Sociologist Helen Berger discussing new Pagan census data (more on that soon).A follow-up to the Pagan Census Revisited is now up and asking for Pagan participation. Here’s a quote from sociologist Helen A. Berger, who is overseeing this project along with James R. Lewis: “The PCR II is a follow up to the Pagan Census Revisited, which itself is a follow up the Pagan Census. You don’t need to have responded to either of those to participate in this survey. This survey is short, they contain some of the question we wished we had asked in the PCR. For those of you who don’t know about the PC it was the first large scale survey of US Pagans. I published a book on it Voices from the Pagan Census and all the results are online at the Murray Institute at Harvard University for any and all to view. The more information we have about contemporary Pagans the better for understanding the religion, its participants and how it might be changing. Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to complete the former surveys and those of you who complete this one.” I encourage wide participation in this survey, as it shapes research into our communities, and gives insight to those of us inside of the movement. The 2009 revisitation data was a big eye-opener for many, and it will be important to know how we are changing over the years. Click here to take the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCR-II).

Morning Glory Zell

Morning Glory Zell

As has been reported here recently, Pagan elder Morning Glory Zell has been in and out of the hospital due to kidney issues and other complications. Her condition is serious enough that a celebration of her life is being planned for April 19th. Quote: “Celebration of Life for Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. Our intention is to give her the energy to stay with us as long as possible. Come celebrate Morning Glory’s life while she is still here to enjoy your stories: How did you first meet Morning Glory? How has she touched your life? We are working with a few people on plans to video-tape your stories, poetry, song – whatever you bring to share.” Morning Glory’s partner, Oberon Zell, adds that “Morning Glory remains at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital; however, she is rallying against the pneumonia.” Today, April 14th, is Oberon and Morning Glory’s 40th wedding anniversary, and our congratulations go out to them on this milestone. “The Wizard and the Witch: Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magick & Paganism,” which focuses on the lives of Oberon and Morning Glory Zell, was recently released by Llewellyn Worldwide.

9931d7a41cff52affc54a1c0f3082178_largePagan singer-songwriter Arthur Hinds, a member of the band Emerald Rose, recently launched a Kickstarter to fund a new CD entitled “Dance In The Fire.” Quote: “So let’s talk about this new CD, which I’m already at work recording in the Kitchen Studio. It’s called Dance in the Fire, and you can expect a lot of energy and beats that are going to want to make you move. You’ll also hear soulful love songs, chants that honor the seasons and our connections to Spirit, rousing rock anthems that you won’t be able to stop singing along with (so my Lovely Wife tells me), and more. But to get all of this out into the world, I need your help.” Happily, the Kickstarter has already reached and surpassed its modest goal of $2,500, and is now working on stretch goals. Quote: “If we reach 3500, I will be able to produce my next solo collection, tentatively called, Words of Mystery, and anyone who pledged forty or more will also get a copy of these bardic tales when it becomes available in the fall. So spread the word and lets bump this up. To be clear, if we hit 3500, everyone who has pledged forty dollars or more will get Dance in the Fire, a t-shirt, a tattoo,  Words of Mystery and I will throw in a copy of Poetry of Wonder for good measure. Thanks!!!!!” Congratulations to Arthur Hinds!

In Other Pagan Community News:

  • While I’m on the subject of Kickstarters, Pagan scholar and author Brendan Myers is looking to fund his fantasy series “Fellwater.” Quote: “It’s a series of novels about factions of ancient demigods and the everyday people caught in the conflict. Secret societies vie for control of the last corners of the Earth where the Mythic Age survives. It’s a world of alliances and betrayals, cults and politics, friendship and power. It’s what happens when you make a wish, and the horror of it coming true.” Sound interesting? Check out the campaign.
Character portraits from Brendan Myers' "Fellwater" series.

Character portraits from Brendan Myers’ “Fellwater” series.

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  • http://www.cernowain.com/ cernowain greenman

    Morning Glory, we are burning candles for you tonight. Peace upon you and Oberon and blessed be.

  • thehouseofvines

    Part of what led to Galina’s decision was doing this episode of Wyrd Ways where victims of abuse within our communities called in to share their stories:

    http://thehouseofvines.com/2014/04/02/listen/

  • ChristopherBlackwell

    I hope that the Blue Star Tradition can depend on support, when or if asked for, from the rest of the community as it goes through it’s time of trouble. May they also be granted their privacy for as long as needed until after this is all over.

  • ChristopherBlackwell

    Morning Glory, strength and peace as needed. The same for Oberon as long as needed.

  • Veracity

    A candle is alight for Morning Glory Zell. May she and all who love her find the peace and strength to meet whatever challenges they face. Blessed be.

  • elffkat

    That survey is heterosexist in the relationship definitions and Millennial in assumptions about paths and the community. It ignores the people in the community 20+ years.

    • Baruch Dreamstalker

      I confess nothing heterosexist jumped out at me. Of course I’m a straight cismale but my sniff test is generally reliable. Could you break down exactly what you mean, please?

      • elffkat

        The relationship of lesbians pre marriage equality can not be defined as single which is only choice available even if you had a partner.

        • http://www.cernowain.com/ cernowain greenman

          I thought I saw an option of “handfasting but not legally married”.

        • Baruch Dreamstalker

          Missed that, thanks. (This is how I sharpen my sniff test.) Cernowain, handfasting requires a ceremony.

          • elffkat

            Back in 1984 when I formally entered the community, lesbians did not get handfasted and a lot didn’t live together necessarily. Sometimes we lived communally but did not share partners or just didn’t move in. I lived with my partner for over 4 years at the time but we never formallized the relationship. Don’t you people watch the L word?

    • Rhoanna

      The decision to have the gender options as “male, female and other (including those transitioning)” doesn’t indicate much experience with binary-gendered trans people either.

  • Raleigh Roule

    UFO’s? Atlantis? Who wrote that survey… Shirley Maclaine? Oh dear, there are some very strange assumptions underlying that survey.