Here follow a few things that have caught my attention recently.
Erynn Rowan Laurie* has written a moving statement on gender and transgender inclusion in contemporary paganisms, “Gender and Transgender: A Statement of Solidarity”. It can be found at:
Peter Dybing has organized a Pagan Relief Fund for Japan to be given to Doctors Without Borders. Some of the most well-known aid organizations may never distribute the money that people give them, with most of the funds going to support high operating costs and bloated CEO salaries, but Doctors Without Borders has a very good reputation for giving the money to those who need it. The original goal of $30,000 has almost been reached. Even a drop along with many other drops makes for a substantial pool. Here’s the link:
The Spring Issue of Eternal Haunted Summer is up. Editor Rebecca Buchanan has put together an interesting collection of poetry, stories, and reviews. I’ve got a poem there. Sannion has a provocative essay about Hermes, and Phillip Bernhardt-House has an interesting review of an academic book about the Orphic Gold Tablets, Instructions for the Netherworld, a topic I’d like to know more about. Check it out:
C. Lee Vermeers has a fascinating new blog up about sacred werewolf traditions. I find theriomorphism in general quite interesting. Very different from Hollywood, but if you have read Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg’s wonderful book The Night Battles you will be oriented. Here’s the lycanthropic link:
Diotima Sophia (the contemporary one!) has edited Out of Arcadia: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Pan. It’s another in the rapidly growing Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the press of NeosAlexandria) line of devotional anthologies, and is now available. It features great cover at and interesting reading, including Michael Routery’s “Pan’s Arrivals: Epiphanies and Invocations in Modern Literature and Lyric””, Sofphia’s “Pan and the Feminist Consciousness”, and P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ “From Arcadia With Love: Pan and the Cult of Antinous”.
* If you don’t know Laurie’s work–and you have any interest whatsoever in Celtic pagan spirituality–you should! She is the author of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom, and of A Circle of Stones. One of the founders of the Celtic Reconstructionist movement, her website The Preserving Shrine can be found at: http://www.seanet.com/~inisglas/