Pagan Community Notes: Robin Fletcher, Appalachian Pagan Ministry, Wigglian Way, and more!

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VICTORIA, Aus. — Robin Fletcher, convicted sex offender, is once again seeking more relaxed supervision. In 1998, Fletcher was jailed for the rape and prostitution of two 15-year-old girls. He reportedly told the girls that the acts were part of their Witchcraft initiations, and he maintained that premise throughout his court hearings. Fletcher has been quoted as saying that his arrest was based on “a huge cultural misunderstanding” and that “his practices had a symbolic religious meaning and were not sexually motivated.”

However, the courts were unconvinced, and Fletcher served an eight-year sentence that ended in 2006. He was then released under strict supervision. Since that time, Fletcher has been working to either remove or lessen the court’s order. In late 2015, that supervisory order was extended to at least June 2016.

Once again, the case has come up for discussion, and the courts will reportedly decide in Feb. 2017 whether or not his status should change. Fletcher’s lawyer is quoted as saying, “[His] blindness, disability and notoriety mean he is unlikely to re-offend if released into the community.” However, lawyers for the province have argued that “even a low risk [is] still too great.”

Blogger and Wild Hunt social media director Cosette Paneque has been following this case and its effects on the Australia Pagan community, as a whole. In a blog post, Paneque wrote, “Fletcher’s crimes have had a devastating and long-lasting effect on the Pagan community in Victoria, if not all of Australia. It’s a wound to the Pagan community that hasn’t fully healed and Fletcher has become a cautionary tale, a bogeyman that keeps Pagans suspicious of each other.”

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12439186_1692694447675167_1750318053862034346_nHUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Appalachian Pagan Ministry (APM) recently announced that its work to directly assist Pagan and Heathen inmates has continued to expand. Founded in 2015 by Donna Donovan, the APM is reportedly the first and only Pagan ministry program allowed into both West Virginia and Ohio prisons. Donovan explains, “Up till (sic) now, Pagan inmates were allowed to meet once a week and to celebrate two holidays a year, but were not allowed to have any sort of religious ceremony or ritual without outside Pagan clergy present.”

The West Virginia Department of Corrections has approved APM to facilitate meetings, rituals, and ceremonies. The situation is similar in Ohio, and the ministry is working to grow its presence in both states. Donovan has said that their ministry are currently serving monthly at five facilities in West Virginia: St Mary’s, Salem, Lakin, Pruntytown, and Huttonsville correctional facilities, and four in Ohio: Allen-Oakwood, Southern Ohio, Warren and Chillicothe correctional facilities, including death row.

Donovan adds, “These inmates, male and female alike, know the mistakes they have made in their lives. They are paying for those mistakes. Yet instead of wallowing in self pity or continuing to blame outside sources for their current situation, they are holding themselves accountable and doing what they can to grow in body, mind and spirit to ensure they do not make those same mistakes again.”

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15840942_10154670847126041_815902673_nBURNABY, B.C. — The Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast is celebrating its tenth anniversary. “We started the show as a service to our Gods, Spirit, and the community. The fantastic part is that we receive so much love in return. Its all about the love.” says co-host Mojo, one half of the team responsible the Wigglian Way’s 142 episodes.

His partner in life and podcasting, Sparrow, said that she was pleasantly surprised with the success and longevity of the series. “Ten years? I didn’t think it would go past one episode!” For the anniversary edition of the show, listeners were invited to share a short segment about what they were going to do to create change or to spread love in the near future. That show originally aired Dec. 29. In Jan. 2017 the pair will launch their second decade of Pagan podcasting.

In Other News

  • The latest edition of The Pomegranate:The International Journal of Pagan Studies (Vol.18, No. 2) is now available. The issue contains four papers, by Pavel Horák, Christina Beard-Moose, Ronald Hutton, and Laurel Zwissler respectively. It also includes six book reviews by different writers. The new issue is currently available only online, but printed copies are coming soon. While the book reviews are free to download, the essays are available by subscription only. 
  • The deadline for submissions to PAPERS (Polytheist and Pagan Educational Research Symposium) is coming up, on Jan. 15. PAPERS is a new academic-based forum to be held during the Mystic South conference. Ryan Denison, the founder of this symposium, is himself an educator and speaker with a background in American and world history. He launched PAPERS after wanting to see more academic-based discussions hosted at regular Pagan events and, more specifically, those held in the southeast region of the U.S. Denison lives in Atlanta and will be personally facilitating the symposium. Mystic South will be held in Atlanta on July 21-23, 2017.
  • Speaking of the coming year, John Beckett has decided to offer his own personal divination for 2017. However, he doesn’t use traditional methods. Instead, his tool of choice is a Dracula-inspired coloring book. He begins, “Given the annus horribilis of 2016, I’ve been planning for my first post of 2017 to be a divination into what we can expect in this new year … and I’ve been hoping I’d see something encouraging. I assumed I’d do a Tarot reading, since Tarot is the divination system with which I have the most experience and most confidence. I certainly wasn’t planning on doing a divination by coloring book – I had no idea such a thing was possible.”
  • Damien Echols, who is best known for being wrongfully convicted as part of the West Memphis Three case, was spotted at the popular Houston arts and music festival Day for Night. Echols, who is now practicing ceremonial magician as well as a professional artist, was at the festival to present his own art installation called ‘Crimson Lotus’ and, simultaneously, offer an esoteric-based ritual art experience. According to Hyperallergic, “He led festival-goers through the meditative practice he had used to concentrate his hope on a release while in prison.”
  • For readers in the Los Angeles area, The Love Witch, a film by Anne Biller, will be returning to the silver screen after its successful 2016 debut. Over the year, Biller’s film was listed on several top ten lists as one of the best independent movies released over the year. In May we spoke with her about the project and its portrayal of Witchcraft and Wicca. Read that discussion and our review.

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Your Experience Mindset

As we begin a brand new year, I have a question for you. What experiences will you have this year? Life is all about the "Conscious" experiences you are having.  That requires planning, awareness, and setting your expectations. As you go about setting and achieving your goals, be sure to pay attention to your focus.   While you take action, shift your focus to the experience you want to have.  Life will be a lot more fun. Isn’t that what goal setting is all about? Don’t skip over the fun by jumping to the destination, savor the journey in 2017. http://ift.tt/1qutDaw

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXII)

1. Girls Playing Cards ca 1920s

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Found on the Vintage Everyday Tumblr.

 

2. What’s left of an Indoor Water Park in the Netherlands

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Work by Pieter Van Roijen found on Behance.

 

3. A Floating Gym in Paris, designed to be Powered by Human Energy

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a human-powered Gym Boat that cruises along the Seine River by using energy sourced from passengers’ workouts. The Paris Navigating Gym is a 20-meter long fitness vessel that can host up to 45 people.

It’s still just an idea for now but you can find out more here.

 

4. Henri Lachambre’s  Paris balloon factory, c 1890s

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Henri Lachambre was a French manufacturer of balloons. His factory was in the Paris suburb Vaugirard. He also participated in ballooning himself and attained a number of 500 ascents. Lachambre supplied balloons to both the US Signal Corps and the ill-fated arctic mission of S. A. Andrée in 1897.

Found on Wikipédia

 

5. Goldie Hawn having makeup applied behind set of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Los Angeles, 1968

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Found on That’s the Way it Was

 

6. Maharajah of Jodhpur, late 19th century

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Found on Little Red Mailbox

 

7. What the Museum of Natural History is hiding in its Basement

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“It all started when I happened to catch a glimpse through a basement window of the Museum of Natural History Vienna one night: an office with a desk, a computer, shelves and a stuffed antelope. This experience left me wondering: what does a museum look like behind the scenes? How are exhibits stored when they are not on display?” – Klaus Pichler

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Find the full series “Skeletons in the Closet” by Klaus Pichler here.

 

8. The Pigeon Express

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Found here.

 

9. A municipal bat-roost in San Antonio, Texas

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For size, notice the man standing on the lower part of the structure.

“Dr. Charles Campbell and a “municipal bat-roost” in San Antonio, Texas (“for one of man’s best friends”), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S.

Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 1914”

Found on Peer into the Past

 

10. The mausoleums of Mexico’s drug lords.

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Jardines Del Humaya is a cemetery outside the city of Culiacán, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Sinaloa is known for its drug related activities and violence. The cemetery has gained notoriety for its mausoleums built for deceased cartel members that are unique and lavish in their style. They resemble real life houses and associated opulence that these cartel members were used to prior to their deaths.

Found on Imgur

 

11. Power washed Building in New York

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Found on Reddit.

 

12. Niel Armstrong and his crew had to clear customs/immigration after returning from the moon. They declared moon rock and dust.

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Found on Space.com

 

13. This Cliff House in Utah going up for Auction this Month

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Take a tour of the house below (don’t mind the overly enthusiastic salesman):

Auction details found here.

This article 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXXII) was published by Messy Nessy Chic.

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Mulled Wine, Goldfish Gifts

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I haven’t been writing things down. There are so many things I want to write, so many thoughts I’m trying to catch in the kitchen while the potatoes brown, so many ideas that come while I’m rocking the baby. They come and they leave, and I’m left standing in the kitchen as the skillet begins to smoke, wondering why my head feels emptied.

I know I won’t remember much about this busy, full season of diapers and balance bikes. I’ll remember the parts I wrote down, and the rest will be gone with the skillet smoke.

I’m learning that this is OK, that it’s good. That we can’t capsule our seasons and lives into pill form for later digesting. Memories, like pills, can heal. But sometimes they hurt going down.

Mostly, I just miss writing.

Our 2016 Christmas break in liner notes, then:
-Mulled wine from red solo cups
-Surprise caroling on a friend’s farm, white candles for Silent Night
-Wrapping tiny googly eyes for a toddler
-Lifetime Christmas movies and coconut oil popcorn
-A frenzied grocery run on Christmas Eve Eve, a last-minute Starbucks gift card for the upbeat cashier, a reminder that small acts of kindness bring big waves of happiness
-Sparkly lotions for nieces
-Saltines and 7Up for a New Years Eve flu
-Forgetting the words to A Little Town of Bethlehem, smiling when the nursing home residents love it all the same
-Bee visiting Santa’s house, the gift of a miniature Mr. Goodbar, the offering of her favorite goldfish in return, “for the reindeers, you know.”
-Plastic toy trains under dining room tables
-Smoked gouda for lunch
-Twinkly lights hanging in my mother-in-law’s garage
-Old puzzles with missing pieces
-A snowman ornament made from a tiny handprint and a loving Grandma
-Parsnip hash browns for breakfast, candied pecans for breakfast dessert
-Nerf wars in melting snow

 

Wishing you and yours a fresh start this year, smoked gouda and all.

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Sam Hunt Is Reportedly Engaged to His Girlfriend, Hannah Lee Fowler!

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Sam Hunt is reportedly getting married to his on-and-off girlfriend, Hannah Lee Fowler! A rep for Sam has issued a brief statement to People saying, "Sam and Hannah are engaged." In tandem with the news, Sam has also released a new song called "Drinkin’ Too Much," which seems to be all about his under-wraps relationship. In the telling lyrics, he sings, "I’m sorry I named the album Montevallo / I’m sorry people know your name now / And strangers hit you up on social media." At one point, he evens mentions her by name: "Hannah Lee, I’m on my way to you / Nobody can love you like I do / I don’t know what I’m gonna say to you / but I know there ain’t no way / I know there ain’t no way / no there ain’t no way we’re through."

If the song wasn’t any indication, Sam and Hannah have kept their relationship very private, in an effort, it seems, to protect the latter party’s personal life. While this might make it a bit hard to pinpoint when exactly the couple started dating, Hannah has popped up in a handful of Sam’s snaps over time, including in a post at the Dead Sea just last week. We also caught a glimpse of their love when they vacationed together in Hawaii this past September. Here’s to all the happiness for the newly engaged couple as they embark on this new journey together!

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Ellen Pompeo Is “Boy Crazy” About Her Newborn Son in Sweet Instagram Video

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Ellen Pompeo is ringing in 2017 with one irresistible little bundle of joy. On Sunday, the Grey’s Anatomy star shared a sweet video on Instagram, in which she sways along to some music while cradling the newest addition to the family, Eli. "Boy Crazy . . . Here’s to a year filled with happiness and love! Happy New Year," the actress wrote. Eli marks the third member of Ellen’s family with husband Chris Ivery, coming after Stella, who was born in 2009, and Sienna, who came via surrogate in 2014. Here’s to one of hopefully many sweet snaps in the year to come!

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Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Billie Lourd Just Posted A Beautiful Tribute

 

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