* I loved the responses that I got to this post, in which I urged Pagan bloggers to cover more EDPs (Everyday Pagans). I’d like to put together a post with a number of EDP stories. Would you be willing to share yours, either in comments below or via email? I’ll collect them and then do a post about them. Use an online alias or just your first name. I’m interested in where you live, how you became a Pagan, how you practice Paganism today, what you do for a living, your hobbies, etc.
* One hundred fifty years ago today, the statue of Columbia (formally known as Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace) was placed atop the Capitol in Washington, District of Columbia. She was acknowledged as Pagan from the very beginning.
On May 11, 1855, Montgomery C. Meigs, engineer of the Capitol, wrote to artist Thomas Crawford commissioning him to create a statue to top the new Dome. Meigs provided guidance to Crawford for his design, writing, “We have too many Washingtons, we have America in the pediment. Victories and Liberties are rather pagan emblems, but a Liberty I fear is the best we can get.”
Happy birthday, Old Girl. You don’t look a day over ageless.
/hat tip: Green Man.
* Poet John McGarrigle is believed dead as a result of a helicopter crash in Glasgow. Mr. McGarrigle wrote with a deep sense of place about his urban home.
May the Goddess guard him. May he find his way to the Summerlands. May his friends and family know peace.
Here’s one of his poems about the city:
that’s the braes
Workers City “The Real Glasgow Stands Up”
hat tip/ Sia
* I want to take a month or so off and read every single thing here, especially the parts about how:
Neopaganism is now connecting consciously with animism, in a large part because of Emma Restall Orr’s fabulous book The Wakeful World, and I know many “new animists” are also Druids, Heathens, Wiccans, etc. Others come from a Graham Harvey inspired neoshamanism or non-theist rewilding background where they found animism in daily life with the land.
I’m not going to get any time off anytime soon, but I am going to sneak some of these posts into my days.
* Good for Chas and Morning Glory. This needs to happen NOW. I was recently reading a book by a well-known Pagan author, printed by a Pagan-friendly publisher, and the blurb on the back failed to capitalize “Pagan.” Let’s all do better.
* Terri Windling is saying fascinating things about sustainable prose.
[I]f that’s what we need to start thinking about — how to live in sustainable communities, how to create sustainable economies that don’t exploit the land and the people but rather extend our compassion and imagination to foster new cooperative solutions, then wouldn’t that be an interesting structure to overlay a narrative? We are really talking about the need for new stories in our culture, stories that allow us to reconsider our lives.
We are simply hungry for good stories, fiction or nonfiction. Story is the umbilical chord between the past, present, and future; it keeps things known. Stories become the conscience of the community, it belongs to everyone. When we think of what it means to be human, it is always answered or explained through story.
One of the things we continue to learn from Native Peoples is that stories are our medicine bundles. I feel that way about our essays, our poems, our fictions. That it is the artist who carries the burden of the storyteller. Terrence Des Pres speaks of a prose witness that relies on the imagination to respond to the world as we see it, feel it, and dare to ask the questions that will not let us sleep. Imagination. Attention to details. Making the connections. Art — right words to station the mind and hold the heart ready.
You should read the whole thing.
* I love this very modern prayer to the land spirits. (They might appreciate an offset, to go with that offering, though.)
* Good advice from the garden about how to live. Here at the Dark Moon in December, what do you need to get rid of, to divide, to move to a container? What do you hope will spread?
Picture found here.