Paganism

Shamans of the Willow Moon

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 30 October 2006.

Contact Information

Email: Celticbog@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.geocities.com/shamansofthewillowmoon

Activities and Schedule

Update: Shamans of the Willow Moon has relocated from Charlotte, NC to Denver, NC. They are no longer affiliated with WARD or WARD NC as the organization is no longer in existence. It was absorbed by another organization, AREN. Though they are no longer...
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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

July 29, 2002

Source: The Dover Bureau

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2002/07/29pagangatherings.html

On July 29, 2002 The Dover Bureau reported that "on Sept. 15, pagans from Delaware and nearby states will descend on Legislative Mall for a public display of pride... Visitors to Pagan Pride Day will see is a display of posters explaining paganism, along with workshops, speakers and children's activities. .. Dover's Pagan Pride Day is...

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Support for Challenges Faced by Pagan Parents Grows

July 7, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On July 7, 2002 The Denver Post featured a story on pagan parents such as Michele Bigwood and the difficulties their "children will have to face as they grow up pagan in a majority-Christian country... Bigwood is one of a growing number of parents faced with teaching their children pagan morals at the same time they address issues of religious bigotry." But support for parents like Bigwood is growing. "Chain bookstores stock pagan parenting books, Yahoo! Groups reports 100 pagan parenting lists, and a pagan scouting program that...

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St. Louis Celebrates Pagan Picnic

June 17, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 17, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a "two-day Pagan Picnic in Tower Grove Park [in St. Louis, Missouri]... Sponsored by the Council For Alternative Spiritual Traditions, the picnic is a chance for pagans to celebrate being pagans, said River Higginbotham, chair of this year's 10th-annual event. Local pagans also see it as an educational opportunity - a chance to let the public know what paganism is all about... Higginbotham estimated [that the picnic] attracted about 2,500 people this year. Over the...

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Pagan Ceremony Faces Hostile Christian Protests

April 30, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 30, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that on the evening of the spring equinox, 50 local pagans gathered in Lancaster, CA. Their rituals were interrupted by "about 20 Christians [who] had driven up to pray for the pagans' souls, and two were walking around the circle reading Bible verses... A praying man, who turned out to be a sheriff's chaplain, was blaring Christian pop tunes through his SUV speakers... The pagans said they felt intimidated and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

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Korean Shaman to Perform Ceremony for Community Harmony on Anniversary of Los Angeles Riots

April 21, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 21, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that one of South Korea's most famous shamans, Kim Kumhwa,...travels the world with a group of performers to re-create selected rituals known as kut (pronounced coot)... [These] rituals are part of the country's folk religion and central to its music and dance traditions... Kim was initiated at the age of 17 into her role as a mudang, or shaman, by her grandmother, also a mudang. Her path to shamanism began, she says, when she was 11 and came down with a serious illness that she...

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Pagan Ceremony Faces Hostile Christian Protests

April 6, 2002

Source: The Antelope Valley Press

http://www.avpress.com/n/sasty1.hts

On April 6, 2002, The Antelope Valley Press reported on a Pagan ceremony in Southern California that was distrupted by Christian protests. "Celebrants taking part in the ceremony said they were the targets of loud and aggressive prayer, physical bumping, loud Christian music and a caravan of noisy vehicles... A pagan worshiper," who asked one of the protesters to turn...

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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

March 26, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On March 26, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on "The Pagan Pride Parade, the Bay Area's first ever, [which] more or less coincided with the ancient European pagan festival Ostara... The official theme of the parade was the Return of the Snakes... Snakes represent transformation and healing, especially appropriate in a post-9/11 world... Organizer Micha Dunston said he's heard estimates there are 50,000 pagans in the Bay Area. Their many beliefs were represented at the Berkeley event by, among...

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Seattle Hosts Women of Wisdom Conference

February 9, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

http://www.womenofwisdom.org

On February 9, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on the Women of Wisdom conference, whose participants are practitioners of "everything from earth-centered and goddess spirituality to Incan shamanic practices... About 2,000 people are expected to attend parts of the eight-day women's spirituality conference at Seattle Unity Church, a nondenominational metaphysical church. More than 90 events are planned, exploring...

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Religion Gaining Interest and Importance at Minnesota Colleges

January 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On January 26, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "reflecting a national trend, Minnesota's small private college students are increasingly interested in religion as an academic study and in seeking private faith answers. This comes after decades of secularization of the colleges, but also shows the new diversity of faiths on every campus... For several decades many small colleges, facing rising costs and tougher competition for students and an increased diversity in student populations, turned away from their close ties with the...

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