Pagan Community Notes: New Alexandrian Library, Morning Glory Tribute, Ronald Hutton, and More!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  July 8, 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!

ll prep at NAL.The New Alexandrian Library, a project of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel which hopes to create an institution that will become “one of the cornerstones of a new magickal renaissance,” has launched a new crowdfunding venture to help pay for the final phase of construction. Quote: We are building a library focused on the mystical and esoteric teachings of all religions with an emphasis on Paganism in all its forms. We are also collecting artifacts, art, ritual objects, etc. for the museum component of the New Alexandrian Library. The first building is in progress and we need your help to finish construction [...] We already have several important collections of books in storage including the entire library from the Theosophical Society of Washington, DC. Judy Harrow, of blessed memory, just left us her library as well.” It’s been a long journey, but this ambitious project is finally reaching the finish line on their first structure. You can read all of our coverage of NAL, here.

Morning Glory Zell

Morning Glory Zell

The special commemorative edition of Green Egg Magazine dedicated to the life and work of Morning Glory Zell, a Pagan elder and teacher who passed away this past May, is now available. Quote: “Contained herein is the official Green Egg Morning Glory Memorial issue. We are departing from our usual format in order to include all of the photographs, memories, biographies and videos that people have sent to us from all over the world to honor Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. It was put together with much blood, sweat, and tears and was the most difficult issue we’ve ever done. Morning Glory was our good friend and she considered my husband Tom to be her best friend. We cried and mourned her passing a lot as we wrote our articles, poured through photos of her and had too many memories of her stirred up to write about here; indeed if we had included all of our memories, we would still be writing and would have run into literally hundreds of pages.” A free PDF version is also available, here.  Contributors include LaSara Firefox Allen, Selena Fox, Oberon Zell, and many more.

Ronald Hutton

Ronald Hutton

Ethan Doyle White continues his interview series at Albion Calling with Professor Ronald Hutton, author of “Pagan Britain,” “The Triumph of the Moon,” and other works.  Here’s Professor Hutton speaking about his future plans: “I have a big one on the go at present, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, of a comprehensive study of the concept of the witch, in a global, ancient and folkloric setting, to understand more fully the context of the early modern witch trials. This is of course inspired by the work of Continental historians and folklorists such as Carlo Ginzburg, Éva Pócs, Wolfgang Behringer and Gustav Henningsen, and as such is an approach which has been much less favoured by English-speaking counterparts. It will, however, inevitably have some differences from the work of these Continental colleagues, in making a more comprehensive survey of the evidence, emphasising regional differences much more heavily, and relying less on modern folklore collections to plug gaps in earlier evidence. I have six people on my team, the others consisting of a distinguished Classicist, Dr Genevieve Liveley, a medievalist, Dr Louise Wilson, and three research students, working respectively on Italy, male witches and the animal familiar. Together we should produce three books, mine being the largest and the broadest in its scope, and three doctoral theses with resulting spin-off publications, in three to four years.” 

Covenant of the Goddess

Covenant of the Goddess

Covenant of the Goddess (COG) national interfaith representatives Don Frew and Rachael Watcher have been posting updates from the United Religions Initiative’s 2014 Global Council and the subsequent Global Indigenous Initiative. Quote: “We talked about how sacred items are treated as ‘art’. His people were part of the Nok civilization, which produced amazing terra cotta figures. Elisha said that when sacred images are recovered by the Nigerian government from foreign museums, they go into museums in Nigeria when they should go back to the people they came from, to take their proper, traditional place in religious ceremonies and sacred sites. Why does plundering a sacred site suddenly turn sacred images into ‘art’? We talked about how the same ideas I mentioned above could be applied to create collaboration between national museums and local stewards of sacred artifacts.” There’s a lot more at the link, including a line-up of who’s attending the indigenous initiative. Fascinating accounts from boots-on-the-ground interfaith work.

In Other Pagan Community News: 

An album released by Lux Eterna Records.

An album released by Lux Eterna Records.

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

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  • Yvonne

    Thanks for the links to Hutton’s interview and the writing by EthanDoyle White! Looks like I’ve something to look forward to.

    • Merlyn7

      Hutton is a treasure, very much looking forward to this

      • Deborah Bender

        Me too.
        I’m working my way through The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance, after which I’ll look for Marion Gibson’s book.

  • Angiportus

    Gee, I wonder how much the Frosts are actually going to change that book…?

    • kenofken

      It makes no difference how they change the book because they’ve made it clear they haven’t changed their minds or even engaged the issue internally in any serious way. It was a patronizing “I’m sorry you’re offended, so I’m changing it just to satisfy you unenlightened PC brownshirts.”

      Whatever real contributions they once made to the craft, the Frosts are knuckleheads, and they deserve every bit of opprobrium they bring on themselves.

  • Soli

    Funny, I’ve been hearing that criticism of the Frosts’ book for a good 15 years.

    • Ash McSidhe

      Since its original publication in the 70s.

    • Jason Hatter

      Apparently their hearing has recently gotten better….

  • Edward G. Rickey

    So it took forty years for the Frosts to realize a passage advocating pederasty and drunken child sexual initiation was a bad idea? Wonder what changed their minds?

    • blakektn

      At the risk of appearing cynical, it’s possible that they are revising the book because they aren’t being invited to parties any more. And people say social media aren’t good for anything…

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

    “Of course, since it took forty (40) years for the recent criticism to
    surface, we expect that when cultural mores change again, we’ll have to
    revise the book again. Hmm. GY”

    I think I’d call that an “anti-apology”. This indicates that the changes in the book are in no way reflected in their personal views, and they will wait until the rest of the world becomes as “enlightened” as they are. I’m sorry, but in the last two decades there’s enough socio-scientific evidence to show that how wrong you are about this and we as a Pagan community are *never* going back to ritualized sexual molestation of those who are under the age of consent.

    • Charles Cosimano

      A real writer would never revise in the face of criticsm or apologize. Shame on the Frosts.

  • ELNIGMA

    I’m glad to see the NAL has rehomed the Theosophy archive. Congrats to them and blessings on their work!