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Pagan Alliance Wins Student Organization of the Year Award

By Heather Greene

[Snip] On April 23, Mills Pagan Alliance of Mills College was presented with the Student Organization of the Year Award. The annual recognition honors an “organization that has demonstrated through their events and activities, outstanding collaboration and dedication to educating the Mills and broader community.” This marks the first time that the . . . → Read More: Pagan Alliance Wins Student Organization of the Year Award

New Shrine of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Dedicated

By Doug MacCash

Artist Ricardo Pustanio has been buddies with voodoo priestess Sallie Ann Glassman for almost 25 years. When he attended one of Glassman’s St. John’s Eve head-washing rituals on Bayou St. John two years ago, he felt that something was missing. The ceremony, he said, lacked a highly visible focal point.

Pustanio, who . . . → Read More: New Shrine of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau Dedicated

Catholic University Launches Pagan Student Club

By Dominic Lynch

Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible.

“Loyola’s mission states that ‘seeking God in all things’ is one of the . . . → Read More: Catholic University Launches Pagan Student Club

Court of Appeals Considers Neo-Pagan Tax Exemption Case

By Robert Gavin

An attorney representing Catskill [N.Y.] asked the state’s highest court Tuesday to deny tax-exempt status for a small neo-pagan religious group operating on a three-acre property in Palenville.

The Cybeline Revival, a pagan faith that worships the mother goddess Cybele, has received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service but was rejected . . . → Read More: Court of Appeals Considers Neo-Pagan Tax Exemption Case

Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

By Heather Greene

[Snip] Dr. Katharyn Privett-Duren was all the more devastated when she found out that her position as an English instructor at Auburn University (AU) had been terminated without a given reason. Not only was she an employee but also a three time Auburn graduate. When she was in her 30s, with a . . . → Read More: Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

Voodoo Rebounds in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

By Stacey Anderson

Late at night, in the basement of her modest home on New York’s Long Island, Marie Carmel Charles prepares to be possessed by a mermaid.

A mambo, or high priestess, in Haitian voodoo, Charles has gathered 18 of her younger initiates for a traditional, intensely private ritual called the Feeding of the . . . → Read More: Voodoo Rebounds in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

Frances Hodgson Burnett and the Occult

By Carol Faulkner

On Oct. 12, 1913, the New York Times featured an article on “Mrs. Burnett and the Occult.” “Mrs. Burnett” was Frances Hodgson Burnett, the beloved author of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886) and The Secret Garden (1911), among many other novels. Born in England in 1849, Frances and her family immigrated to Tennessee . . . → Read More: Frances Hodgson Burnett and the Occult

Pagan Spiritual Advisor Appointed at University of Chicago

The Reverend Angie Buchanan, Founder and Director of Earth Traditions, and former Board of Trustees member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, has been appointed as a Spiritual Advisor for Pagan students at the University of Chicago through Rockefeller Chapel. The chapel is the “the spiritual and ceremonial center of . . . → Read More: Pagan Spiritual Advisor Appointed at University of Chicago

Tarot Readers Who Are Shaping Brooklyn's Alternative Spiritual Community

By Antonia Blumberg

Someone looking for a tarot reading in Brooklyn, New York would not have to search for too long. The city is rich with tarot readers from many backgrounds and belief sets.

From witch covens to tarot readers to occult bookstores, the borough houses an active and eclectic community that has developed particularly . . . → Read More: Tarot Readers Shaping Brooklyn’s Alternative Spiritual Community

Granny Women – Healing and Magic in Appalachia

By Phyllis Doyle Burns

In the old days, people living deep in the Appalachian Mountains had to be very self-reliant. Granny women are the ones people went to for healing and magic in Appalachia.

It was not easy to get to a doctor and rarely could a doctor reach anyone in time to help them . . . → Read More: Granny Women – Healing and Magic in Appalachia