Pagan? Like to read? Like to watch movies? Would you like to socialize with other Pagans who like the same things? Well, this group might just be for you.
We’ll start out as a book club reading Pagan related books (authors, plots, etc.) – mostly fiction, but as the group gets more established we can add movie nights, and maybe even games nights to the mix.
If this sounds like fun check us out at our Facebook pages for details.
Facebook: DFW Pagan Book and Movie Club
We don’t have a date, time or place set for to first meetup (we need some more members) but we do have a book.
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
The Synopsis from Good Reads:
The first adult epic fantasy novel from multi-million copy bestselling author of CHOCOLAT, Joanne Harris.
The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods – retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.
Loki, that’s me.
Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.
So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.
Now it’s my turn to take the stage.
With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.
From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.
“The young May moon is beaming, love.
The glow-worm’s lamp is gleaming, love.
How sweet to rove,
Through Morna’s grove,
When the drowsy world is dreaming, love!
Then awake! — the heavens look bright, my dear,
‘Tis never too late for delight, my dear,
And the best of all ways
To lengthen our days
Is to steal a few hours from the night, my dear!”
– Thomas Moore, The Young May Moon
A Merry Beltane. (links to post from The Wild Hunt)
I’m feeling so inspired this Beltane season.
My personal craft points of reference and experience are solely US and UK based but I would be remiss to skip over the Beltane customs of the Emerald Isle (btw: I’m not trying to slight the Welsh, Manx, Cornish or Briton traditions, but I know nothing about them). I’m not even going to try and pretend that I’m anything but your classic American mutt. Branches of my family tree on my mother’s side trace back to ancestors who participated in founding of These United States, and I have enough First Nation heritage that I’m comfortable calling myself Métis, but my father’s side of the family is 100% Irish, from County Westmeath, as far back as anyone can remember – from what I understand the family is one of the oldest/longest established families in the County.
I can’t fault my father for jumping whole-heartedly into the American experience, but, unfortunately, it left me a little bereft of old world cultural heritage. So I decided to do a little poking around into the Beltane customs of the area and discovered some very interesting history. According to lookaroundireland.com
“Uisneach Hill is an historical site in County Westmeath located near the village of Ballymore, and is considered the omphalos (mystical navel) of Ireland, whereupon rests a great stone (Ail na Mreann, which means stone of divisions) marked with lines indicating the provincial borders of Connacht, Leinster, Ulster and Munster.
Tradition tells that Uisneach was a site favored for Beltane fires and Druidical ceremonies Archaeologically the site consists of a set of monuments spreading over two square kilometres and includes enclosures and barrows, a megalithic tomb and two ancient roads.
There was an excavation in the 1920s and this showed occupation evidence from Neolithic up to the medieval period.
The Hill of Uisneach was the ancient seat of the Kings of Meath.
Uisneach has also been famous as a meeting place in pre-history as a place of cattle rituals and other May Day assemblies, and in more recent times as the meeting place for an important twelfth century synod.”
I think it’s time for me to do some exploration of the deities associated with where this side of my family hails from.
P.S. The following picture is considered a Sheela-na-Gig from Carne Castle, County Westmeath – now in the National Museum, Dublin. Here is further information on what the author calls “exhibitionist figures on mediæval churches”.
A great article about the annual Beltane festival on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill — Sparks of pure genius.
My sweetheart and I had a blast when we went 13 years-ago (seems like a life-time). Though I have to say (and this is from a girl born and raised for the most part in the great, white north) it was friggin freezing! I was in awe of those running around with barely a stitch on! I’ll have to see if I can dig out the pictures to share.
Have fun all you revelers — I’ll be with you in spirit.