PaganFM Prayer List
Raymond, Steve, Mojo and his Mom, Beth, Janice, Danielle and JP.
Tuatha Dea, The Landing / Tuatha De Danaan, The Tribe
Tuatha Dea, Mishiamagu, The Tribe
Omnia, Love in the Forest, Wolf Love
Deirdre Hebert, Come my Child
Tuatha Dea, Sympathy for the Devil, The Tribe
Tuatha Dea, White Rabbit, The Tribe
Late last year, many Pagan luminaries’ Wikipedia pages seemed to be under a systematic threat, repeatedly flagged for deletion as not being “noteworthy”. With Wikipedia, the problem is that action can be taken under the cover of anonymity, and while many such pages were repeatedly threatened, nobody was quite sure who was taking this action, and why there was such a vendetta against so many Pagan authors and performers.
Many of the pages that were attacked were created by Jeff Rosenbaum, and the individual who was making these attacks was known as Qworty, but nobody knew who Qworty was, or what was the purpose of his attacks. The Wild Hunt posted some material from a Wikipedia discussion page that demonstrates a bit of Qworty’s attitude toward articles written by Rosenbaum. Here is one example: Regarding the band Transe Mission, Qworty writes: Excruciatingly non-notable band that abysmally fails WP:BAND. Article was created by a notorious wikispammer whose arbcom revealed these atrocities . The guy has his own company, the Association for Consciousness Exploration, which hosts the Starwood Festival, and for the past six years he’s been creating and defending promotional articles about everyone who’s ever been associated with the festival. Incredibly, this article about Trance Mission has been tagged for lack of references for nearly five years now. That’s the way the guy operates–writes a bunch of completely unsourced articles about all of his friends, the articles somehow survive here for years, and then if anybody touches an article of “his,” he goes berserk per WP:OWN. It’s time to stand up for the integrity of Wikipedia and finally remove this WP:ADVERT. He likes to WP:CANVASS like mad, so the closing admin should watch out for meat puppets. Qworty (talk) 11:24, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
Well, one writer at Salon.com took it upon himself to discover just who Qworty was. It wasn’t the attacks on Pagans that caught the attention of Andrew Leonard, but rather, the attacks on numerous authors. In one example, Qworty made 14 edits to the Wikipedia page for Barry Hanna, removing links to interviews, obituaries, photograhs and literary prizes. He removed a number of praises for the writer, and changed the cause of death from natural causes to alcoholism. It was obvious that Qworty had a problem with Hanna.
But Leonard followed the story andn found revenge edits against Amanda Filipacchi, and seemed to be trying, as well as contributing revenge edits, to root out self promotion on Wikipedia. But someone approached Leonard with the possible identity of Qworty, as an individual who was himself engaged in the use of Wikipedia for self-promotion. This individual turned out to be Robert Clark Young, author of “One of the Guys” as well as some non-fiction works.
While, at first, Young denied any connection to Qworty, but in a series of email exchanges, it seems that Young send to Leonard an email intended for somebody else, in which he contradicted some of his earlier statements, and, essentially, accidentally shot himself in the foot. It was clear, at this point, that Young, is, in fact, Qworty, and has been banned from editing articles on Wikipedia.
Please note that all moon void of course data is courtesy of www.drstandley.com, and all astronomical or astrological times are in Eastern Standard Time. All other times are in local time.
Today is May 23, 2013. It’s the 143rd day of the year. The waxing moon reached its ascending node at 7:40 pm, and is currently in Scorpio. The Sun entered Gemini on Tuesday.
On Friday, May 24, the moon will be void at 1:01 pm. It will enter Sagittarius at 10:37 pm.
On Sunday, May 26, the moon will be void at 12:43 pm, and enters Capricorn at 10:15 pm.
On Tuesday, May 28, the moon will be void at 12:54 pm, and enters Aquarius at 10:45 pm
Pagan Pizza Party at La Festa Brick and Brew, Thursday, June 13, 7:00 to 9:00
Cherry Hill Seminary’s Summer Learning Series, Foundations, Certificate and Master’s Level Courses will be offered from May 20 to August 25. Courses include Contemporary Global Paganisms, Goddess: Prehistory to Present, Introduction to Fundraising, Paganism 101, Goddess & God: Archetypes in Arthurian Legend and more.
More information is available at www.cherryhillseminary.org
A Pagan Retreat During the Summer Solstice
A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23
Being a Pagan can be a lonely existence at times. Often, rituals are held in small groups or performed alone. Although your spiritual home is easy to find in nature, it can be difficult to find others with whom to be in spiritual community. Come celebrate Midsummer at Star Island, and create for yourself a spiritual community and a spiritual home. We will gather together in ritual, in workshops, and in community. Whether you define as Wiccan, Goddess worshipping, Druid, or Pagan, this is the retreat for you.
If you’d like to celebrate the Solstice with some marvelous music, Arborea, just returned from their European tour, will be performing at A Higher Energy in Somersworth on June 21. They’ll be playing from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, and doors open at 6:00 PM. This is a BYOB event – please drink responsibly. Tickets are available at http://www.ahigherenergy.com/Store/tabid/243/ProdID/5/Arborea.aspx#.UZ6nyj6HDgl
Pagan Spirit Gathering will be held this year at Stonehouse Farm in Northern Illinois from June 16-23
The Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) is one of America’s oldest and largest Nature Spirituality festivals. Since its inception in 1980, PSG has been bringing together hundreds of people from throughout the United States plus other countries, to create community, celebrate Summer Solstice, and commune with Nature in a sacred environment. Sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, PSG is open to long-time practitioners as well as newcomers of a wide range of Nature religion traditions, including Wiccan, Contemporary Pagan, Druidic, Heathen, Celtic, Baltic, Greco-Roman, Isian, Shamanic, Hermetic, Animistic, Egyptian, Native American, Afro-Carribean, Taoist, Pantheistic, Ecofeminist, and Nature Mystic. PSG is an opportunity for personal renewal, networking, education, and cultural enrichment.
Registration is now open and more information is available at https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/pagan-spirit-gathering/pagan-spirit-gathering.html
The Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir will be hosting their famous Orpheus Cup Mead Fest on September 28 from 4 to 7 pm at the Clubhouse at the French Quarter Condominiums on S. Monaco Parkway between Mississippi and Evans Avenues in Denver. More info can be found at http://www.orpheuspcc.org/orpheus-cup-mead-fest.html
The Moon Pool Coven in Salem, NH and Haverhill, MA has regular events. http://www.meetup.com/NorthShoreWitchesMeetup/
Complete Book of Correspondences
There are quite a few books of Magical correspondences out there, and just about any beginner’s book on Wicca or Paganism will include at least a chapter on the subject. Beyond this, there are literally dozens of web sites on the subject. So it seems, at first, a bit strange that an author would dedicate a significant amount of time to publish yet another book on the subject. But it seems that two things, in this instance, make for a successful book: Firstly, Pagans love books – I mean, we really love them, and when we find one that makes sense to own, we’ll snatch it up. Secondly, when you can find a new way to present a subject, one which not only presents things in a new, clearer, more understandable fashion, but one which also builds and adds to the body of knowledge, you’ve got the recipe for something worthwhile.
The Complete Book of Correspondences is a large tome. Including the index, which, in a book of this sort is an absolute necessity, it is well over 500 pages. Going far beyond the simple East, South, West, North tables with which we’re all familiar, author Sandra Kynes has compiled what must be one of the most exhaustive lists of correspondences this reviewer has ever seen. Of course the directions are covered, as well as the cross-quarters of North-East, Sout-East, South-West and North-West. But there are also tables for each of the signs of the Zodiac, for plants, animals, herbs, crystals, deities, intentions, issues and powers.
What does this all mean? Well, say you need to perform a spell to help you prepare for the SAT. You could realize that the SAT is pretty much a test which will guage your intelligence and learning. So you open the Complete Book of Correspondences to page 76 and discover that intelligence is related to the signs of Aquarius and Gemini, it’s related to the Sun and Mercury, the East direction, the Tarot Cards of the Magician and Swords, the colors blue, lavender, the Hazel and Walnut tree, to Peppermint, the Violet and Rosemary, to gems such as Agate, Aventurine, Emerald, Hematite, to the Goddesses Athena, Minerva and Sarasvati, to the Gods Apollo, Enki, Ganesh, Marduk, to the Cougar, Coyote, Rat and Wolf, to the Crow, Magpie and Raven, to the Dolphin, Octopus and Whale, as well as the thunderbird.
The above are merely exerpts from the listing for intelligence, but anyone who has ever constructed a spell can see that we have more than the beginnings of the necessary symbolism to create some powerful magick. We could next look at the listings for the day and time of our exam for further ideas, and construct a spell utilizing the symbolism we find in each of these entries. Especially for beginners, this is an extremely handy tool.
If there is one criticism I have with The Complete Book of Correspondences, it’s that the rationale for the individual listings is not present. As a person who works with magic, I like to know WHY something is assigned a particular correspondence. But I’m also realistic, and recognize that if such explanations were included, this book would have required not merely many more pages, but many more volumes as well; it would have increased from merely “complete”, to a multi-volume, encyclopedic tome. While this would certainly be valuable to many, it would have been quite unwieldy, and unnecessary for the average practitioner.
In short, Sandra comes to a very realistic balance between the necessary and the nice to know, and has produced a book that is certain to be of value to those just starting out on their path. Certainly, there will be correspondences listed which some of us will disagree with – not everyone, for example, associates Water with West or Air with East. But for the majority of us, the correspondences are accurate, and we can certainly make whatever alterations we feel comfortable with in ample margins.
Perhaps, some day, someone will compile that multi-volume encyclopedic compendium of correspondences, and, perhaps, some day, some intrepid publisher will deem it of sufficient value to publish. But until that happens, Sandra Kynes’ Complete Book of Correspondences will remain my standard desk reference on the subject.
The Complete Book of Correspondences is published by Llewellyn and is available at Amazon.com, Kobo and other outlets in paperback or e-book.