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Entering the Cave of Bones: A Preview of "Doorways to the Underworld"

Through Doorways to the Underworld, the Minneapolis Collective of Pagan Artists' Samhain 2014 exhibit, we enter into the disquieting—sometimes disturbing—dreamscape that is both Samhain and the world of contemporary pagan art.

In Anne Marie Forrester's Bear Priestess, the viewer stands at the mouth of a cave literally packed with skulls and leg-bones. Between us and the cave sits the bear priestess herself, all breasts, belly, and thighs, dressed only in the head and skin of (apparently) a bear cub. She wields that classic shamanic tool, the frame drum, in her role of go-between for living and dead, past and present.

The painting disturbs on a number of levels. Content is one: corpulence, nudity, powerful female eroticism. Another is scale. The priestess' head is too small for her mountainous body, the bear's head that she wears too small for her own too-small head. One cannot help but be reminded of Paleolithic “Venus” figurines, whose heads and feet dwindle into unimportance compared with their massive bodies, the true center of their power. Small as it is, though, the priestess' head is still much larger than the skulls that frame her in the cave mouth. The viewer experiences a dizzying loss of sense of proportion.

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Remembering Sparky: The Memorial Service

 

A Rite of Memorial

and

Crossing the River

 

Peter Bruner Soderberg

February 3, 1954 – June 1, 2014

Order of Service

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Remembering Sparky T. Rabbit (1954-2014)

 

Remembering Sparky 

A Rite of Memorial

and

Crossing the River

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Checking Dicks at the Door

It was the year of the great Transsexual Panic at Pantheacon. The politics of sex, gender, and identity were very much in the air.

That summer Sparky T. Rabbit, Frebur Moore, and I finally decided to put together for PSG the men's ritual we'd always wanted to attend. From this was born the Rite of the God-Pole, an adoration of the Divine Masculine.

And of course, in that atmosphere, the issue arose: who's invited, who isn't?

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I think that the laws of hospitality, that immemorial pagan virtue, apply to ritual as well as any other situation. If you're thro
  • Constance Tippett Chandler
    Constance Tippett Chandler says #
    I agree. But as a solitary, what was all the ruckus about Z having just women is her circle? Was it because it was a public space
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    From what I understand the controversy over Z's circle has more to do with her opposition to letting transwomen participate in Dia
  • Constance Tippett Chandler
    Constance Tippett Chandler says #
    Just asking a question..... what do you think of women born women groups? It seems like such an explosive subject. Greybeard?
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    A powderkeg issue for sure, Constance! My opinion (for what it's worth) is that private groups have (and ought to have) a right t

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Remembering Sparky

 A Rite of Memorial and Crossing the River

Peter Bruner Soderberg

February 3, 1954 – June 1, 2014

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Oh Daddy

In the late summer of 2006, Sparky T. Rabbit and I went to the Between the Worlds Festival.

One day he comes stomping over.

“What's wrong?” I say.

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    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Great photo! Great story! xo, Macha

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Sparky T. Rabbit
Sparky T. Rabbit
Peter B. Soderberg
Bruner Soderberg
Heathenbear
3 February 1954 – 2 June 2014
 
Back in 1982, if memory serves, I attended the first CoG MerryMeet festival held outside of California, at Circle Pines in Michigan.  I was a very young Witch (not such a young woman, but a young Witch).  I had only been to two smallish, mainly local Pagan festivals, one being the first MerryMeet in ’81 and the other one in the hot, dry coastal hills of the East Bay.  I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited.  I was there for a reason, as a delegate from my Local Council to conduct the business of CoG.  That fact gave me some assurance of who I was and what I was doing out in the woods with a bunch of unfamiliar Witches.
 
We held our meetings under a pavilion, where I remember shucking Circle Pines-grown corn for the evening meal.
 
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  • Steven Posch
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    Argr is an all-round abuse word in Old Norse. It implies cowardice, effeminacy, and a willingness to be penetrated. (None of which

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