Pagan Community Notes: Week of June 20, 2022

TWH – Sunrise at 5:13 a.m. EDT today marked the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Solstice around the world. As TWH noted yesterday the Stonehenge sunrise was streamed live for viewers around the world. Thousands of people turned out for the first time in two years to celebrate sunrise and the summer solstice.


There was a much smaller and calmer crowd at Glastonbury Tor this morning.

In honor of the start of the season, enjoy this show celebrating the oaks and summer, Ozoliņi (Oaks) interpreted by Latvian artists: Auļi, Suitu sievas, Suitu vīri, Suitu dūdenieki, Ilža, Otto Trapāns, Tarkšķi and Vilkači.

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Image credit: Kern8 – Public domain

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Art sculptures depicting mythological creatures or deities seem to encounter all sorts of difficulties in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Last year, a proposed art installation of a Púca sculpture by artist Aidan Harte received so many complaints that County Clare Council in the Republic of Ireland chose not to install it.

Now, a statue of Cernunnos placed in Hillsborough Royal Forest Park has recently drawn more than a dozen complaints. Some of the complaints characterized the statue as “an enormous green demonic figure” and “monstrous and grotesque”, as well as objecting to its pagan origin and connection to witchcraft.

According to city council statements, “extensive public consultation on the project took place before and after the recent pandemic. Presentations were made to local church groups, schools and community groups. Public displays were in place at Hillsborough Forest in January 2020 and again in January 2022. Changes were then made based on feedback received from the public.

Although there have been calls to remove the statue, but there is no clear indication that this will happen. It is likely that much of the confusion over the figure of Cernunnos, which was the first to be installed, will be resolved once the panels that will allow visitors to access digital information about each statue are in place.

The statue is one of ten to be installed on trails in the forest park and linked to a digital app that visitors can use to learn more about each statue’s relevance. Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council have received funding for the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Tourism Scheme project.

The council describes the project as follows: “This new footpath is a welcome tourism opportunity for visitors from all over the world, as they enjoy the experience of visiting Royal Hillsborough with all it has to offer in terms of heritage and hospitality as well as local retail. The app is also expected to include discounts and incentives to visit other parts of Royal Hillsborough and promote other parts of Northern Ireland’s tourism offering.

It has been reported that the cost of the project, according to reports, is over £700,000 and is expected to be completed by July 2022.

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Image credit: Txllxt TxllxT – CC BY-SA 4.0

LONDON — As the scrutiny of Indigenous art and cultural artefacts held in museum collections around the world continues, the British Museum witnessed a protest last weekend against the Parthenon Marbles. The advocacy group British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM) organized the protest.

Saturday’s protest coincided with the 13th anniversary of the opening of the Acropolis Museum in Athens. British museum authorities have previously said part of the reasoning for their refusal to return or repatriate the Marbles was that Greece did not have a suitable place to display them.

There has been growing pressure on various governments to return to their countries of origin culturally significant works of art and artefacts obtained through colonization or other equally scanty means. recommendable. As TWH reported last week, King Philippe of Belgium recently returned a ceremonial mask to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Other countries, such as the Netherlands, have created guidelines to determine what artifacts their museums and institutions might hold that were obtained through colonization, and the process for returning them to the lands and indigenous peoples from whom they were taken. removed.

While the marbles issue between Greece and Britain remains unresolved, there appears to be growing support for their return. According to a report by The Guardianat least six British lawmakers told the Greek daily, Your Nea, their support for the meeting of the Marbles in Athens. A majority of the UK public also supports the return of marbles to Greece, as demonstrated in opinion polls dating back to 2014.

George Osborne, the chairman of the British Museum, has recently made statements which may reflect a change in attitude among the trustees of the British Museum. Osborne said in an interview that “a deal has to be made so that we can tell both stories in Athens and London if we approach this without a load of preconditions, without a load of red lines… Sensible people could arrange something that makes the most of the Parthenon marbles, but if either side says there’s nothing to give, then there won’t be a deal.

In other news:

      • News editor, Star Bustamonte, appeared on Witch Hat Chats last Sunday to talk about the importance of community-supported news and the upcoming Mystic South conference in Atlanta next month. Bustamonte is also the conference director and serves alongside the other six board members who make the event possible. It will be the first time the conference has been held since the pandemic forced its cancellation in 2020 and 2021.
      • “Sesame Street” video footage from a 70s episode featuring Margaret Hamilton in her iconic role as the Wicked Witch of the West has been recovered and is now viewable online. The episode only aired once before and was deemed too scary and eventually shelved. A small part of the episode was previously released in 2019 during a Jim Henson show, but now the entire segment is on YouTube.

    To note positively

    Aidan Harte’s Púca sculpture is finally going to its new home, the Michael Cusack Center in Carron. The statue was originally commissioned by Clare County Council for the village of Ennistymon in Ireland in 2021.

    However, images of the sculpture were leaked to the public online and received a number of negative reactions. This led Clare County Council to halt the project and initiate a ‘public engagement process’. as TWH reported last year.

    Harte’s Púca installation will be unveiled Saturday at noon local time at the Michael Cusack Center. Harte recently opened up about the Púca’s past trials and tribulations, as well as her future on The Ray D’Arcy Show earlier this month.

    Tarot of the week by Star Bustamonte

    Platform: Houseplant Tarotby Minerva Siegel, illustrated by Andrea Campos, published by Ulysses Press.

    Map: VIII (8) flowering plants (wands)

    The week ahead will most likely unfold at a fast pace, requiring attention to detail and the ability to go with the flow. Success lies in the ability to use forward momentum to one’s advantage.

    Conversely, attempts to slow down or resist future developments and changes are unlikely to yield the desired results.

    Decks generously provided by Asheville Pagan Supply.