“Don’t pray while naked, you’re seducing God, it’s witchcraft” – Filla – Pulse

The evangelist, farmer and Benue State official identified as Ben Dzwa believe God stands the risk of being seduced when he sees nakedness, and may be compelled to answer their prayers by virtue of that influence.

Source: “Don’t pray while naked, you’re seducing God, it’s witchcraft” – Filla – Pulse

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Pagan event aims to demystify the faith while also blessing modes of transportation | Local News | thesouthern.com

CARBONDALE — Sunday will provide a unique opportunity in an effort to both contribute to the greater good and to tear down stereotypes as the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance is hosting a Bless Your Ride event at Giant City State Park.

“We’re not running around in black robes and hats and turning people into frogs,” Eric Shelton, the event’s organizer, said. He was making the point that Pagans are just like everyone else. He also pointed out there are more of them than people might think.

Inspired by the annual Blessing of the Bikes event held at Bald Knob Cross — Shelton said he goes to this whenever he can — he thought it would be a good idea for his group to host something similar.

Source: Pagan event aims to demystify the faith while also blessing modes of transportation | Local News | thesouthern.com

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Vic serial killer wins tarot card fight – 9News

Victoria’s worst serial killer who uses tarot cards “as a contemplative doorway” and “spiritual tool” in prison has won a Supreme Court bid to have four cards featuring bare-breasted women returned to him.

Paul Steven Haigh, 60, was jailed for life in Barwon Prison over the murders of six people in the late 1970s. He murdered a seventh person in 1991.

The practising pagan launched legal action against the prison for removing four cards from his Deviant Moon tarot deck in 2017, featuring “abstract, mystical illustration of an other-worldly female character displaying breasts”, which the prison banned as “pornographic” or “objectionable”.

Source: Vic serial killer wins tarot card fight – 9News

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‘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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Tarot on the Square brings spiritual fortunetelling to Denton

A group of people sit criss-cross upon the Denton Courthouse lawn in the early dusk of a Thursday night. Curious onlookers diverge from their path in order to get a closer glimpse of what is happening. From afar, it may look as if the group is playing some sort of trading card game, but upon close

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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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