Detroit Pagan Pride Day holds drum vigil for Dead at “Love Conquers Hate” Aug 19

Detroit is a unique place, and Detroit Pagan Pride Day is using the creative spirituality here to hold a drum vigil called “Love Conquers Hate”.  This Saturday, on August 19th at Green Acres Park in Hazel Park, MI they call on the community to join with them to bring in love and energy to strike a mighty beat. The rhythm of love and honor.

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…in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives due to crimes of hate. The focus will be to uplift and empower. We will be raising energy to bring greater love, respect and inclusion to our communities, the nation and the world. The DPPD festival runs from 11 am-8 pm. Drum circle vigil starts at 6. All are welcome! Please spread the word, bring your families, chairs, rattles, drums and energy for change and join us.

These are perilous times. In times such as these, a murderer can plow into a body of humans and snuff out the life force of an innocent woman in Charlottesville.   The call for action by the warriors of the light is strong. Prayer and energy are real and they make change. Accompanied with actions, they save worlds.

Pagans are always the hidden in plain sight. They are the gatekeepers and the watchpersons. They are the healers and the protectors. On Saturday, they will send their intentions, in time with the drums, to again signal that they are stepping into place. Won’t you join them?

 

Hiding Your Faith During The Holidays?

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No, this article is not about bashing anyone for any reason. Just to shed some light and understanding to those who may not understand. Being Pagan isn’t something everyone was born into, more often than not it was something discovered on one’s own, not through family tradition. Even those that are born witches are not necessarily Pagan, or even Wiccan, and they may not even be open about the fact that they are a witch.

In some families and communities, being Pagan is frowned upon. Since many do not understand the old religion they associate it with Satanism, which are two entirely different religions. And to say you’re a witch to some is the equivalent of setting yourself on fire, or purchasing you’re very own key to the insane asylum. The fact of the matter is, coming out the closet as a Pagan, Wiccan, or Witch to your family can be just as hard, or possibil even harder than coming out as being gay.

And during the holidays… I must confess, I am out of the closet, but still in it at the same time when it comes to my family. More than likely it’s that way for a lot of people. Some families will just write your beliefs off as though they’re just a phase, a cry for attention, a bunch of gibberish, or just some more ramblings from the black sheep.

What’s funny is that while most families may criticize or frown upon one celebrating Yule or the Winter Solstice as opposed to celebrating Christmas, yet if you were to ask them what Jesus Christ’s true birthday was, they nine times out of ten would not know. They also wouldn’t know that the term itself derived from the Pagan celebrations of rebirth.  I double dog dare any one of you to go into a church and remind them of that fact.

So, for some, admittedly like me, it’s just easier to hide your religion during the holidays. Its just much easier to just go with the flow and say Merry Christmas while with family than to subjugate oneself to the inevitable ridicule that will come otherwise. And that’s okay. At the end of the day, whatever you believe, whatever your faith, cannot be taken away from you, whether you go around boasting the news to your entire family or not.

Whatever your patron, pantheon, Goddess, or God you pray to will not punish you, nor hold doing so against you. If you do decide to celebrate Christmas with your family you can still celebrate Yule/Winter Solstice privately, or amongst friends. One thing about the Pagan community, there truly are welcome arms all around. Arms that won’t hold you with judgmental eyes staring wholes into your forehead.

Haven’t decided what’s best for you yet? The answer will come to you, only you can make that decision. While thinking it over, maybe stop at the Fire and Frost Winter Festival this Saturday. Surround yourself with like minded people for a few moments of piece, and find a gift for yourself that calls out to you.

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Michigan Wide Pagan Pride!

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Looking for somewhere to celebrate your Pagan pride this weekend? If you’re in Michigan you’re in luck. There are three different events going on this Saturday, September 17, 2016; in Hazel Park, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids.

How do you decide which event works best for you? Is location truly everything? Or are you looking for something that is more family friendly than most? Or something that has even more events going on than just in celebration of our Pagan spirit? Let me try to help you out a little bit with that. This article is just to focus on the main events sponsored by each of these Festivals. Not every single one of them, my hands can’t type THAT much without cramping up and I need to get prepared for the festival myself. But, I will add the links so that you can investigate further for yourself. For those of you that had planned on going to the Lansing Pagan Pride & LGBT Day, most of the vendors that would have been there will be at these various Fests’ since we were literally washed out.

In Hazel Park Ancient Faiths Alliance will be hosting the All Hands Together Harvest Festival (I’ll be at that one.). This one seems has the most variety, and will probably have the most children and teens present since there will be other separate events taking place. There will be a Scavenger Hunt where  a lucky family will receive a grand prize of a family night out. And trust me when I say that is worth more than you truly realize, family outings are so expensive these days they rarely even take place anymore. For all of those out there still trying to catch ’em all, The Pheonix Cafe will be having a Pokemon GO party with multiple pokestops at the park. Plus, more kids’ games, classes, contests, and a dance party! So there will be plenty for the kids, pre-teens and teens to do as the adults enjoy the rituals, attend classes, and of course SHOP! (Be sure to stop by GothicMoms DarkCharms to see the Tiffany with the black box, not the stinking blue ones.)

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Ann Arbor will be hosting their very first Pagan Pride this year. They will be featuring a Peruvian fire ceremony that will be officiated by James Stovall. They will be having workshops for Druidry, Hood Magick, and even Belly dancing. This one unfortunately doesn’t seem to have any events specifically targeted for the children. So, this will be perfect for those without any to attend and enjoy at a more set back pace (and without all of the kids, probably much quieter). And of shopping! There will be vendors there so you can shop til you drop.

http://annarborpaganpride.org/

 

Grand Rapids theme for this year is A Spiritual Experience. They seem to also be very family oriented, with rituals to include the entire family. For those who have an affinity for the elements they will be having element based workshops throughout the day. The opening ritual will be done by Sanctuary of the Winds. And don’t forget to shop!

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I can’t express this enough, vendors need your business more than Walmart ever will. Also, please bring in a canned good as a donation. Thank you everyone!

 

Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again! Hope to see at least some of you this Saturday.

Ann Arbor Pagan Pride Day

Ann Arbor Pagan Pride Day has issued the following release for all those interested communities in Michigan:
Ann Arbor’s first Pagan Pride Day will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at the Community Park of Washtenaw Community College, from 11 AM to 6 PM. People of all ages and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The event will feature a Peruvian fire ceremony by James Stovall, plus workshops on Druidry, Hood Magic, and magical cleaning, along with information booths, vendors, and other activities from members of our local Pagan community. Entry to the event is free, but we request the donation of a canned food item or dry good for our designated charity, Food Gatherers.
The event is sponsored by Ann Arbor Pagan Pride, the local branch of the Pagan Pride Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of prejudiceand religious discrimination through education, activism, charity and community.
Washtenaw Community College is at 4800 E. Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. The Community Park is located between the Business Education Building and the Gunder Myran Building.
Ann Arbor Pagan Pride Rev. Rob Henderson, Event Coordinator can be reached at info@annarborpaganpride.org, and