Don Rimer, controversial ‘expert’ on occult crimes, passes away

Don Rimer During the mid-eighties Don Rimer managed to establish himself as an internationally known authority on ‘Ritual Crime and the Occult.’

Unfortunately, his work contributed to the ‘Satanic Panic’ hysteria of that time.

Court allows ‘warlock’ to break curfew on full moon nights to perform Wicca ritual

A male witch who was put under an overnight curfew for carrying a knife he claimed was for religious purposes will be allowed to break the curfew on nights when there is a full moon, a court in England has ruled.

Longtime Paganism Leader And Lecturer Isaac Bonewits Dies

Isaac Bonewits Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits, one of the country’s leading elders in contemporary Paganism, died on Thursday.

Bonewits was an expert on ancient and modern Druidism as well as an author, lecturer and songwriter.

Archaeologists find wooden Stonehenge

Archaeologists say they have discovered a monument similar to Stonehenge near the ancient British stone circle, dubbing it the most exciting find at the site for 50 years.

The structure is said to be like a wooden version of the world-famous collection of giant stones on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, south-west England.

“This is probably the first major ceremonial monument that has been found in the past 50 years or so,” said Vince Gaffney, a professor from the University of Birmingham, who is leading the archaeological dig. “It will completely change the way we think about the landscape around Stonehenge.”

A priest at Pendle Witch Camp

You can learn a lot from pagans, Mark Townsend suggests: “I’m actually a priest of the Church of England – but with a difference. Though I’m still in “holy orders”, I now work full time as a magician, writer and retreat leader. I’ve been described as a “priest at the edge”. My latest book, The Path of the Blue Raven, describes my own encounters with the Pagan traditions of this land and what great treasures I’ve learned from them.” “I’ll always be a priest. It’s where it all began, and the beauty of the unpolluted Christ-message is still enough to send shock waves of love rippling down my spine. But when I spend time with pagans and absorb the openness, warmth, magical-power and sheer delight in being human, I catch a glimpse of what the church ought to, and (perhaps) could be like.” See also: Neo-Paganism: Is Dialogue Possible?

Summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge hit by funding blow

Summer solstice revellers are disappointed that UK’s coalition government will cut funding to a new Stonehenge visitor centre. The outcry was led by Arthur Pendragon, a druid who believes he is an incarnation of the once and future king. Here are some key facts about Stonehenge, plus a slideshow of Solstice celebrations around the world.

Pagan altar found at Israel construction site

Pagan altar Israel on Thursday announced the discovery of a 2,000-year-old pagan altar at the site where plans for a new hospital wing have come under fire from ultra-Orthodox Jews who fear bones found there may be of Jews.

It was discovered as the IAA was overseeing development of a hospital wing designed to withstand rockets fired from the nearby Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants.

Some Pennsylvania shops close doors to Pagan festival

Paganism ADAMSTOWN, Pa. — In the rolling hills of deeply religious rural Pennsylvania sits Stoudtburg Village, a tiny hamlet modeled on a German town. On weekends, tourists come here to visit shops on the ground floors of closely set three-story houses painted bright colors on pedestrian-only streets.

But this weekend, plans for a nature-worshipping group of modern pagans and witches to hold a festival in this picturesque section of Adamstown are getting a mixed reception, with some shop owners welcoming the visitors but others saying they plan to close.

Researcher presents thesis on tiny pagan movement in Israel

Paganism in Israel Like many other soldiers who took part in the Gaza operation, Omer, 20, occasionally took a few moments to pray, but he did not pray to the Lord of Israel.

Omer considers himself pagan, and has sworn allegiance to three ancient gods. During combat, he says they appeared before him, giving him strength during the most arduous moments.

The soldier is part of a tiny community of pagans that has developed in Israel

Mother, community search for answers in death of two girls killed in ritual

Lawrence Douglas Harris In the basement, officers find candles, Larry’s ritual knife, stained with DNA from one of the girls, a symbol of Baphomet, representing Satan and believed to have occult power, bells and an amulet with an inverted pentagram — all items used in rituals described in “The Satanic Bible.”

Larry tells police he has a spell notebook in his and Marla’s bedroom closet. The notebook contains drawings from the book “Pagan Ways,” references found in the occult fiction book “Necronomicom” and page numbers corresponding to “The Satanic Bible,” including one specific spell.

Pagan movement continues to expand, says author

Margot Adler Paganism is alive and well in America, according to author and National Public Radio correspondent Margot Adler.

Adler, a priestess of the Gardnerian Wiccan tradition, wrote “Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today.” The book, first published in 1979, was one of the first publications to document the history and modern practices of various Earth-based religions.

UK: Number of pagan prisoners has doubled over four years

Paganism Paganism is on the rise in jails in England and Wales with the number of practising prisoners more than doubling in the past four years.

Paganism was recognised by the Prison Service as a religion more than eight years ago but since 2003 the numbers have risen steadily from 133 to 328 in 2007, according to figures published yesterday.

Pagans pray to goddess Athena in rare gathering at the Parthenon

Pagans pray to Greek goddess Athena at the Parthenon Defying police presence and a thunderous downpour, dozens of Greek pagans huddled near the Parthenon in Athens on Sunday, holding a protest prayer for a museum being built at the foot of the sacred site.

The ceremony, attended by scores of curious onlookers, was performed amid the ruins of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon. The ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman empire in the fourth century.

After 1,500 years, pagans plan Acropolis prayer

Ellinais A small group of pagans pledged Thursday to hold a protest prayer among the ruined Acropolis temples, more than 1,500 years after Christians stamped out worship of the ancient Greek gods.

Peppa’s Athens-based group, Ellinais, is campaigning to revive ancient religion and has defied Culture Ministry bans to hold prayers at several ancient temples.

Pagans push for change at Berkeley festival

People from all walks of life joined in the fun Saturday at the 7th Annual Pagan Festival and Parade. It was a showing of acceptance and celebration across all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and faith traditions. Organizers said they also wanted to dispel common misconceptions that paganism is about devil worship.

Pagan prisoners allowed twigs in their cells to use as magic wands

The ruling has been announced as part of a prisons policy that requires Pagan prisoners to have the same rights as prisoners of other religions. The new rules were drawn up with the help of the Pagan Federation, which advised the prison service on what equipment its members needed.

Pagan weddings attract more than a cult following

Supporters and critics of pagan weddings often describe the ceremonies as beautiful, mystical, bizarre and even evil, all descriptions Kemper has heard. But, according to some experts, there is one word they can no longer use: uncommon.

The other kind of witch: Wiccans, Pagans discuss their spiritual life

Jerrie Hildebrand fights against the misconception that Wiccans and Pagans are somehow fundamentally different from Christians, Jews and Muslims — a belief she says was held and accepted even by Salem officials until recent years. In truth, said Hildebrand, they come in all forms: gay, straight, businesspeople and artists, family leaders and singles. “We’re just regular folk having a life,” she said. “So we’re just like any other faith community.”

Salem forum: Witches more popular, less scary

Witches get more respect than they used to here in the Witch City. That was a recurring theme among about 40 witches, pagans and Wiccans at a city-sponsored forum held Saturday night to educate the public and challenge stereotypes about their religion.
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