Raymond Buckland (1934-2017)

OHIO – Raymond Buckland, author and founder of Seax-Wica, died Wednesday after being hospitalized for chest pain. Ray, as he was called by his close friends and family, is largely considered responsible for introducing the U.S. to Gardnerian Wicca. Raymond Buckland was born August 31, 1934 in London to Stanley and Eileen. By 1939, as World War II loomed, the family moved to Nottingham where Buckland spent his childhood. During his school years, he became interested in the theater and acting, a passion that would follow him through life.

Pagan Community Notes: climate march, Margaret Alia Denny, Buckland Gallery, and more!

TWH – The 2017 People’s Climate March brought over 200,000 protesters to Washington D.C. and smaller venues around the world. Saturday’s event was planned prior to the election, although many protesters focused on recent decisions being made by the Trump administration. Paul Getsos, the National Coordinator for the People’s Climate Movement said:

“This march grew out of the relationship building among some of the country’s most important progressive organizations and movements. In 2014, the march was planned as a singular moment to pressure global leaders to act on climate change. There was a simple demand – act.”

Reboot of Buckland museum set for Apr. 29

CLEVELAND, Ohio –More than half a century after Raymond Buckland first opened the doors to his Museum of Witchcraft and Magick, members of the public will be able to once again view artifacts from the collection. The new Buckland Gallery of Witchcraft & Magick is scheduled to open its doors in Ohio at the end of the month. The gallery’s collection was first accumulated on Long Island, spent time on display in New Hampshire, and fell into a legal dispute in New Orleans before reaching its new home in the midwest. Buckland, who spread knowledge of Gardnerian Wicca in the United States and has written many books on the subject, will be on hand to cut the ribbon to the new gallery. “This is a real milestone in the long history of the collection,” he said.

Pagan Community Notes: Winter Solstice arrives; Toy Drive success; U.S. electoral college and more!

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Tuatha Dea band member Tesea Dawson ended up raising $4,660 for her “Gatlinburg Wildfires Christmas Fund.” She launched the campaign in the days after fires destroyed her home town, and hundreds of people were left with no home, and the children with no toys. Dawson spent the weekend shopping for new toys and other related needs to give to the local families most affected by the fires. She wanted the children to, at the very least, still receive holiday presents.

Pagan Community Notes: Voodoo Spiritual Temple, Cara Schulz, Robin’s Nest Auction and more!

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