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A Good Lughnasadh To You!Today is the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasadh. Called L?nasa in modern Irish and corresponding with the Anglo-Saxon festival Lammas Day (first fruits). Modern Asatru celebrate a similar holiday called Freyfaxi (sometimes on the same day, sometimes later in the month). Lughnasadh/Lammas is also one of the main Sabbats of modern Witchcraft. The name Lughnasadh means “Lugh’s Assembly” and honors the pan-Celtic diety Lugh / Lug / Lugus / Llew Llaw Gyffes who was known as the “many skilled” and is (in the words of scholar Alexei Kondratiev) “trickster, psychopomp, experimenter, mover between worlds, granter of success and wealth through intelligent manipulation, and granter of continuity through change”Here are some recent media quotes about the holiday along with some insights from modern Pagans:”This is when the powerful gods of the grain harvests are honored.

Interview With A Pagan SoldierLaura M. Wandrie has conducted an interview with military Pagan Keith Roberts in this weeks Witchvox update. Roberts is currently serving active duty in Iraq. In the interview he shares his feelings on being a Pagan in the military and his current service in Iraq.”I can only speak for myself as a soldier. I’m not always in agreement with policy over here, but as a Pagan, I take honor very seriously. No one that I work with wants to go out shooting and killing.

The Bullish Spiritual MarketColumnist Terry Mattingly (who also blogs at Get Religion) has a column about the faith and spirituality boom in America. “If someone had created a stock market for spirituality in the 1990s, all of the prime indicators would have gone off the charts…Some marketing professionals seem afraid to talk about these numbers, in part because religion is often controversial and this demographic is so hard to pin down. Are Faithful Consumers people who believe in God or the gods? Are they united by their broader spiritual concerns or divided by their narrow, specific dogmas? Are they prickly true believers or blowing-with-the-wind seekers?

Because It Didn’t Exist?The Arizona Republic profiles a new film by Paul Perry that depicts the early years of the life of Jesus using Coptic sources and “oral traditions” of the days after the family of Jesus fled from King Herod’s wrath.During the Cairo premiere, Perry visited with Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak, members of the Egyptian Cabinet and other dignitaries. Perry said the first lady, like many people who view the film, was taken aback by the mystery of the remote sites where a young Jesus reportedly raised the dead and destroyed pagan temples. “She kept turning back to me, saying, ‘This is an Egypt I’ve never seen before,’ ” Perry said. Indeed this isn’t an Egypt we have seen before because it most likely didn’t exist except in the oral traditions and writings of Coptic Christians. Hard to picture the Prince of Peace going around as a child blowing up Pagan temples.