‘Makes me feel great’: University of Alberta’s first Wiccan chaplain is proud to serve | Metro Edmonton

Every Wednesday afternoon, Samuel Wagar sets up a table on the main floor of the University of Alberta’s Student Union Building, spreads out a brightly coloured cloth and a deck of tarot cards and waits for students to stop by for some spiritual guidance.

The school’s first (and only) Wiccan chaplain recently started offering free tarot readings.

It’s partly to reach out to the fledgling pagan community, but also just to make sure students in general know the chaplain service is there when they need advice.

“You just have issues in your life and you want someone to talk to, but you want to talk to someone with meaning, with spiritual resources, we can do that. We are there for everybody in the university community.” he said.

Source: ‘Makes me feel great’: University of Alberta’s first Wiccan chaplain is proud to serve | Metro Edmonton

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Passing of the last Kadazan skull-keeper | Daily Express Newspaper Online

A significant part of Kadazan history ended a fortnight ago on Nov. 13 with the passing of Anthony Jomikik Lojuta at age 94. … What is less known was that Jomikik, as he was popularly known, was the last remaining physical link to the Kadazan community’s head-hunting past. Not that he was a head-hunter but that he inherited several skulls that are believed to be at least more than 300 years old or more.

… Although a Christian, he identified himself more as a pagan, partly due to his responsibility in caring for the spirits of the skulls, who he said he was able to communicate with in his own way.

Even at that time, he was concerned by what would happen to his charges once he was gone.

Source: Passing of the last Kadazan skull-keeper | Daily Express Newspaper Online

It’s always a loss to the world when we lose part of our past.

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Scottish Water defends use of witchcraft to find pipes and leaks

SCOTTISH water has defended its use of witchcraft to detect pipes underground.

The public-owned utilities company has admitted that some of its water operatives use rods and divination to establish the “presence of water and pipes”.

Known as water witching in the United States, but more commonly referred to as dowsing here, it’s the practice of holding twigs or metal rods that are supposed to move in response to hidden water.

Though an ancient method, it’s not backed up by science.

Source: Scottish Water defends use of witchcraft to find pipes and leaks

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Get nasty (for charity!) at Let’s Get Nasty: Witch Hunt

Halloween is over, but no one is safe, (w)itches.

The Nasty Woman Project, a feminist initiative that began as a social media portrait project, is hosting its second major charity event Let’s Get Nasty: Witch Hunt in December.

“The immersive party will be set up like a witch hunt from the infamous Salem Witch Trials to represent the continuous demonization of the feminine spirit. The Witch Hunt was established to kill that spirit. We are here to bring it back. To revive it from the dark corner it’s been hiding in for all of this time. We are here to celebrate the WITCH.”

Source: Get nasty (for charity!) at Let’s Get Nasty: Witch Hunt

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Statue Plan Raises Questions – KTSA

By Don Morgan

A statue that’s planned for the San Pedro Creek area is creating some controversy.

It’s called Plethora and Allan Parker at The Justice Foundation tells us it’s being erected with nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money on county owned land…and that violates the Establishment of Religion Clause of both the Texas and U.S Constitution.

Parker says the artist stated the statue is the likeness of a Goddess and he doesn’t feel a Pagan statue should be paid for with your tax dollars.

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Source: Statue Plan Raises Questions – KTSA

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California Governor Signs Bill to Defend Against Religious Registries | Electronic Frontier Foundation

On the last day to act on legislation in 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill creating a firewall between the state’s data and any attempt by the federal government to create lists, registries, or databases based on a person’s religion, nationality, or ethnicity.

S.B. 31 was one of the earliest bills introduced by the legislature to oppose discriminatory policies floated by Pres. Donald Trump and his surrogates during the 2016 campaign. S.B. 31, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, was a direct response to Trump’s and his surrogates’ support of a so-called “Muslim Registry.” Although the bill places California at odds with the White House, both parties in the California Senate unanimously approved the bill, as did an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Assembly.

Source: California Governor Signs Bill to Defend Against Religious Registries | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Witch-hunting, a curse in Rajasthan – The Hindu

Dalit women in Rajasthan are being hunted by ‘bhopa’ sorcerers, who exploit superstitions on health

When a 75-year-old woman, labelled a witch by an influential Jat family and locked up in her own home was rescued by a team from the administration in August, the ugly face of medieval-style witch-hunting was revealed in the Mewar region of Rajasthan. The incident at Bholi village in Bhilwara district is not an isolated one.

Sunita Devi (name changed), who spent 18 days in a room measuring 10 ft x 10 ft without a window, was held responsible for the illness of a school-going girl from a Jat home. A ‘bhopa’ (exorcist) told the family that Sunita was a witch, and Jats responded by attacking her modest house – the only one belonging to the backward Nai community in the village – and thrashing her husband and sons.

In another instance, Lakshmi Bai (name changed), 65, has been forced to live in Bhilwara for 12 years after being driven out of her native Dariba village on the suspicion of being a witch. Living with her husband as a social outcast, she attended the caste panchayat five times pleading that the odious tag be removed, but to no avail. Sunita Devi and Lakshmi Bai came to Jaipur this week to narrate their sufferings to State Women’s Commission chairperson Suman Sharma, after the occult practices of ‘bhopas’ were exposed in a sting operation led by social activist Tara Ahluwalia. Hundreds of ‘bhopas’ have gone into hiding in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand and Udaipur since their torture of innocent women came to light.

Source: Witch-hunting, a curse in Rajasthan – The Hindu

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Cobb County Genealogy Society to have meeting on Salem Witch Trials | News | mdjonline.com

The Cobb County Genealogy Society will have its monthly meeting on Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church St. in Marietta.

The program will be Exploring the Salem Witch Trials. The trials, synonymous with paranoia and injustice, will be presented by Candy Parrow whose ancestor was accused of witchcraft. The trials took place in colonial Massachusetts during a two-year period from 1692 to 1693. Parrow will set the stage for how the witch panic started and the possible reasons for it.

Source: Cobb County Genealogy Society to have meeting on Salem Witch Trials | News | mdjonline.com

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New York Church Defaced With Spray-Painted Images of Upside-Down Crosses, ‘Witch Spells’

A New York pastor dismissed the vandalism attack that hit his church last week as just “paint on the walls [and] no one got hurt,” but it still spelled trouble for the Christian community and the police.

Source: New York Church Defaced With Spray-Painted Images of Upside-Down Crosses, ‘Witch Spells’

Awww… The little kiddies and wanna-be satanists are out and got hold of spray paint. Just check the local Halloween costume shop.

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