Urban & Rural Pagan Issues : Where do you go to find Pagan News & Politics?

Today I attempted to Google Pagan ‘News’, Pagan ‘Issues’, Pagan ‘Headlines’ and came up sadly disappointed. This site is closed, however, the links under that boggled my mind a bit—bible, churches, real estate–what? lol What does that have to do with Pagan ‘NEWS’?

I found this site  but it seems to be linked to blogs which postings may vary and not really what I was looking for. I was hoping to find ‘news’, ‘headlines’ something of interest to Pagans. Yes, I could scan CNN, Yahoo, and whatever other news sources are out there, but who has the time? Why can’t I get it all in one place–through a feed, through something?

I know I won’t be flipping on the TV anytime soon to tune into my favorite Pagan channel for the evening Pagan News with Pagan News team—so why can’t I get it on the internet?

Or is it out there and I am just not seeing it?

Well I didn’t see this either…did you?

I missed this issue  (United’s Pagan Problem)…a Pagan/Druid Vet in a wheel chair harassed at an airline employee for his beliefs. I’m sure a Vet who fought for us sure needed our support. But I missed it because unfortunately, there is no dependable news feed for us.

By the way…the closet thing I have found that has SOME things is this…

The Wild Hunt & now they have a site called Pagan + Politics.

To my pleasure, I did not have to click through the neck deep ads of 900 number psychics and mediums to find some Pagan related news articles.

That brings me to another question…

WHAT ABOUT PAGANS & POLITICS?

We have so many Urban and Rural Pagans out there—I heard all of you shout out especially during the last presidential elections—but now it seems we have hit a dead silence again….

Are there any Pagans out there running for office? Are there any Pagan News sites informing us of issues from a Pagan perspective? Or, do Pagans no longer care? Surely we are not just concerned with ‘Green’ issues. Surely no one wants us to be confused with the 900 number Psychic and Mediums ads. Surely we have a say about other numerous issues, Congress, Laws, Economics, Science, etc—especially if we are paying taxes and so forth.

 

So what is your opinion…where do you go….what do you know? Let us at the Pagan and Pen know…. would ya? lol

Most Pagans I know are very unhappy with the world, with Governments, with the way things have been and are….

So what are we doing to change it? I know we aren’t a bunch of complainers sitting on our rumps whining….we are get-out-there-and-do-it Pagans….but what are we doing??? Drop me a comment and let me know!!!!

 

C.H. Scarlett

From an Authoring Perspective

Writing yesterday’s blog post it dawned on me that I don’t write urban pagan much. I grew up in the Cotswolds, and now live in a Midlands town. I’ve stayed in cities – usually weekends spent visiting people. A weekend is about enough for me. I could try and claim it’s about writing what I know… only I have no problems writing city dwellers, when they don’t happen to be pagan.

I’ve been pondering this. My one pagan city dweller – Tamarisk, I placed in Bristol, but within walking distance of the Downs, a big green area. But then, A Gift of the Goddess  has a lot of the action in Avebury, so I wanted my character to live in that part of the world. There’s very little city paganism in the story.

As far as I can make out, Wiccan and wiccan-style ritual lends itself to working indoors. If you want to go skyclad in the chilly UK, indoors is essential! However, I’m a Druid. We do it outside, if we possibly can. I’ve attended very few indoors rituals, although I know they happen. I find it very hard doing ritual without trees, earth and sky.

Druids do open air rituals in green spaces, a lot of the time. That might mean high profile sites like Avebury and Stonehenge. It might mean meeting in an urban park, or someone’s large garden (as in The Warrior Vision ) but often it’s an out in the woods thing (as with my own working group.)

Reflecting my own spiritual experiences, pagan activity in my tales tends to happen out of doors. It’s not just about my personal preference for being outside though. It’s also about stepping away from ‘normal’ human-centric life, to connect with something other than ourselves. With the security and comforts of urban spaces, tarmac roads, coffee shops, public toilets, and the like nearby, it’s easy to stay in the ‘normal’ mindset, bogged down by noise, advertising and materialism. For me, the countryside means tranquillity, a change of pace, a chance to stop and think. It’s easier to be open, spiritually, with the earth below and the sky above.