Category Archives: Pagan

Introducing Modern Fairies

Many of my academic friends will know about this project already, but the rest of you will want to catch up too. Modern Fairies is a collaboration between artists and academics to bring fairy tales into the 21st Century. That’s … Continue reading

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Marvel Iconography

I went to see Captain Marvel today. I loved it for all sorts of reasons. I continue to be in awe of how Kevin Feige and crew manage the overall story arc. I enjoyed the glimpses of young Fury and … Continue reading

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Hutton on Fairies

Bristol University has many fine academics on its staff, but undoubtledly one of the best is Professor Ronald Hutton. Here he is giving a lecture on the origins and purposes of fairy stories. In the Q&A I discoverd that “trow” … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice – Time to Get Green!

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Here in the Northern Hemisphere the days will be getting longer and it is time to welcome the green back into our lives. Down south it is summer, and hopefully not too parched, Australia. What better … Continue reading

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Handfasted

I spent Friday in Glastonbury where my boss at The Diversity Trust, Berkeley Wilde, was celebrating his handfasting to his partner, Duncan. They have been legally married for a few months, but being pagans it was important to them to … Continue reading

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Solstice Card

Yes, it is that time of year again. And because I am still in the Northern Hemisphere today is the Winter Solstice and a wintery card is required. If you were among the small group of people to whom I … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Black History, Egyptians, Menopause & Underworld Goddesses

October is a ridiculously busy month in Bristol, being both Black History Month and the time when all of the literary festivals happen. As I had devoted all of my October show to books, I decided to do something for … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry & Chris Riddell do Mythology

Yesterday at the Hay Literary Festival Neil Gaiman and Stephen Fry did an event about mythology. Neil talked about his hugely successful Norse Mythology book, and Stephen about a forthcoming book on Greek Myths. As a special bonus, Chris Riddell … Continue reading

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The Strange History of Hot Cross Buns

Easter is a time when all sorts of nonsense tends to get talked about religious history. For the record, the only evidence of a goddess called Eostre is a single paragraph written by the 8th century English cleric, the Venerable … Continue reading

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Belated Happy Equinox

Yesterday was a bit busy, so I didn’t get around to doing an Equinox post. Hopefully this makes up for it. The image is “Primavera” by Sandro Botticelli. Venus is central to the image, but the scene is stolen by … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice

I have a radio show to do today (yes, I am working on a religious holiday), so I have scheduled this post in advance. My annual northern-hemisphere-winter solstice card (posted here in order to save trees and postage costs) comes, … Continue reading

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Solstice Shopping

This morning I popped over to Bradford-on-Avon where the canal folk were holding a floating Christmas market. (It will still be on tomorrow if you are local and want to go.) I did so because the Daily Malice‘s War on … Continue reading

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Happy Equinox!

I have been so busy today that I almost forgot. However, Liz Williams had this beautiful image on Facebook and I couldn’t help but swipe it. And for those of you who saw this when I first posted it, yes, … Continue reading

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Real Gods of Egypt

The Pharaonic period of Egypt lasted for about 3000 years. During that time, much can change. It is therefore impossible to propose a definitive form for Egyptian religion. To do so would make as much sense as to say that … Continue reading

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Queer Spirit Festival

One of the things I learned about yesterday was the Queer Spirit Festival, “a festival of queer spirituality” which will take place in August. The festival site is not far from where I live, but it is a five-day event … Continue reading

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Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice, everyone. Here’s hoping that it stopped raining for you at some point during the day.

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Today on Ujima: Pagan Festivals and Stuart Milk

We were a little light on guests for today’s show, it being that time of year, so I am especially grateful to Liz Williams and Trevor Jones for coming all the way from Glastonbury to be with me today. Most … Continue reading

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Chyskhaan Is Coming To Town

Last night I re-tweeted a lovely picture of the chap above, billed as the Siberian Santa Claus. People seemed to like it. It came from Samantha Lee in New York, whom I don’t know. As is the way of such … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice

Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, we will have the longest night of the year. Tomorrow will be the shortest day. After that, Gods willing, the sun will begin to return to our lands. This year’s card is “Uffington Hare” by … Continue reading

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Gender and Spirituality Workshop

I spent Friday in Exeter at an event billed as a Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Wellbeing Workshop. It was run primarily by academics who study intersex people, but there was plenty of trans involvement as well. The event … Continue reading

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