Pagan Community Notes: Week of March 28, 2022

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ADELAIDE, Australia – The Adelaide University Occult Club, which was granted provisional registration in early 2021, had its approval delayed by the Adelaide University Union (AUU) earlier this month. The group was formed in late 2020 and includes a variety of Pagans, Witches, Occultists and Satanists.

Statements from Adelaide University Occult Club President Ashley Towner indicate that this is not standard practice when it comes to approving funding for clubs at the university.

Towner told ABC radio, “They filed it on the basis that they’re waiting for written complaints that don’t exist yet.”

A post on the club’s Facebook group mirrored Towner’s comments in the media:

The reason given for this decision was to await comments and complaints from other students who are not part of the club, on the nature of the club itself, as a welcoming and comfortable space for students of various religions minorities, and all students with interests related to these religions.

This decision is deeply upsetting, as it does not follow the standard procedure for club approval and affiliation, demonstrating that the Clubs Committee is willing to apply the rules and regulations of the AUU differently for each club. It also leaves our club in a very precarious position as we don’t know if we are wasting our time preparing for our events throughout the year, including our second round of Halloween events in October.

Registration with the AUU allows funding, as well as the use of equipment and space for the various clubs that are approved.

According to reports, AUU President Oscar Ong insisted the application had not been rejected, but merely ‘tabled’ for further decision, which he said was ‘standard procedure’. “.

Towner also wrote a letter to the AUU challenging the decision to delay the approval of the University of Adelaide Occult Club and argues that the decision is discriminatory, violates AUU policy and undermines the freedom of expression on campus. Additionally, Towner alleges that the current AUU leadership has a history of censorship when it comes to clubs they disagree with, and lists examples of past censorship.

The letter also cites the AUU’s own policies for clubs that are denied approval: breaking the law, violating university or AUU rules or policy, or being too similar to others. established clubs. More than two dozen students from various backgrounds signed the letter.

The University of Adelaide Occult Club does not practice any rituals or any type of religious worship, but rather is dedicated to the discussion of ideas, theories and books.

Of the more than 170 clubs listed by the AUU on its website, only nine of them are listed under the faith and religion category. Of the nine, seven are of Christian background, one is Muslim, with the University of Adelaide Occult Club being the only other list.

Last week, Towner also started a petition, “Save the Occult Club,” on the nonprofit site, Megaphone. To date, the petition has over 500 signatures.

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Ukrainian country in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

KYIV, Ukraine – An article first published by the Ukrainian Independent News Agency (UNIAN) last week described a ritual to be performed by a group of witches in Ukraine to oust Putin from power. The article was later picked up by Russia today (RT) and has since been circulating on some foreign online news sites. The UNIAN news agency belongs to the 1+1 Media group which has links with the oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

While the Facebook and Instagram pages are real for the witch’s cauldron and it lists an address in Kyiv, it’s hard to determine whether this is propaganda or not, since it was so quickly taken over by RT, an international propagandistic television network controlled by the Russian state and funded by the Russian government’s tax budget.

According to the article, the witches plan to perform a three-part ritual. The first would have been played in the mountains of Ukraine. In messages believed to be from the witch’s cauldron and quoted in the UNIAN article, “On March 31, the 29th lunar day, the day of corruption and curses, we, the witches of Ukraine, in collaboration together with foreign colleagues, will perform a ritual of punishment of the enemy of the Ukrainian people – Vladimir Putin.

The second part would be scheduled in April “in a Slavic country” with the participation of practitioners from other countries, and designed to provide support to Ukrainian soldiers and others fighting against the Russian invasion.

The third and final part of the magical work centers on Putin and his “isolation, removal from power, loss of support from the inner circle”.

The spokesperson for the group performing the ritual told UNIAN it would not release names or locations for fear of interference, whether well-intentioned or hostile.

“The event should not be treated as hostile or harmful to Ukraine. Our goal is to defeat Ukraine’s enemy Putin and support the armed forces,” they said.

In other news:

    • Canada’s Indigenous leaders are due to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican next week, representing Métis and First Nations Inuit survivors of residential schools. Nearly 75% of residential schools in Canada, which are now publicly known to have been plagued by physical and sexual abuse, were run by the Catholic Church. Last year a number of mass burial sites were revealed at several locations where boarding schools had operated before they were closed in the 1970s. The number of unmarked graves exceeds one thousand and it is unclear exactly who holds the majority of them, although early assessments using ground-penetrating radar suggest many are children. Nationally, the government recorded more than 3,200 school-related deaths, although many were associated with common illnesses of the time, such as tuberculosis. Pope Francis is expected to visit Canada later this year and First Nations leaders want a meeting with him to take place on Indigenous lands. Next week’s visit by First Nations representatives is seen as a sign of hope in the movement towards reconciliation and the future. Pope Francis is also expected to issue an official apology. So far, the Catholic Church has paid more than $50 million in reparations and is expected to add another $30 million to that sum. This amount pales in comparison to the billions that the Canadian government has already paid in reparations following a lawsuit and which have gone to support the indigenous communities who suffered at the hands of residential schools.
    • The battle on the Berkeley Shellmound in the Bay Area of ​​California which TWH reported over the past few years is probably coming to an end. Last April, the San Francisco First District Court of Appeals overturned a 2018 ruling that prevented development on the Shellmound site. Governor Newcomb has released a statement arguing for the removal of those living in the encampment on the Shellmound. A federal judge in the case Where do we go Berkeley vs. Caltrans issued an injunction in April last year preventing the cleanup of the camp. The homeless activist group, Where Do We Go Berkeley (WDWGB) has asked a judge to issue an extension to find suitable accommodation for those who have camped at the site.

    To note positively

    VALENCIA, Spain – Listed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage festival, Fallas de València (in Valencian) takes place every March from the 1st to the 19th and culminates with “la cremà” or burning of many temporary art exhibitions, known as the falls (in Spanish) or falls (in Valencian).

    The exact origin of Las Fallas is unknown, but the practice is likely related to carpenters burning off pieces of wood that were no longer needed, as well as wooden structures used to hold oil lamps during the winter since the vernal equinox heralded the arrival of spring and more. light.

    The practice of lighting fires to burn off winter and welcome spring dates back hundreds of years in many cultures. Although Las Fallas was only officially recognized by the Valencian government for some time during the second half of the 18th century due to the need to control where fires could be safely started, the practice is probably well older than that.

    There is also often a satirical element to the festivities seen with the incorporation of ninot (puppets or dolls) which are often caricatures of past and present historical figures or events.

    Every day at 2 p.m. mascleta (noisy firecrackers) explode for about ten minutes. From March 15, the 700 ninots are displayed throughout the city for all to see, complete with nightly fireworks. Each year, one of the fallas is selected to be saved from the fire and then placed in the Fallas Museum.

    The fallas (monuments) are found all over the city but the main falla which embodies the theme of the year is installed in the center of the square. This year, artist Antonio Segura created the main falla which was more than 23 meters high and whose message was: “protect nature and protect what you love”.

    Tarot of the week by Star Bustamonte

    Platform: Touchstone Tarotby Kat Black, published by US Games Systems, Inc.

    Map: Major Arcana, XVI (16), The Tower

    This week is likely to offer some abject lessons in chaos, upheaval, and unexpected change. There is also the potential for an undercurrent of fate against which no amount of power or wealth can provide protection.

    Conversely, sloppily constructed structures and organizations, as well as facades created out of illusions and fallacies, are all highly susceptible to crumbling and crumbling.

    Decks generously provided by Asheville Pagan Supply.

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