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Unspun: The political diary

Unspun: The political diary | Pagan | Scoop.it

FORCED out Bute House by a dodgy ceiling, the First Minister held Christmas drinks for the media in the bunker-like basement on a government…
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Iceland's first pagan temple in 1000 years ready in late 2018

Iceland's first pagan temple in 1000 years ready in late 2018 | Pagan | Scoop.it

The Ásatrú temple in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavik will be ready in the latter part of next year. There's been a break in construction of the temple but construction will begin again in January.


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Scottish Water told it should make more use of 'witchcraft' to find burst pipes

Scottish Water told it should make more use of 'witchcraft' to find burst pipes | Pagan | Scoop.it

SCOTTISH Water has been told their stance on using debunked magic to find underground pipes is defending the indefensible.
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Witchcraft: Infamous trials in Scotland's dark and murky past

Witchcraft: Infamous trials in Scotland's dark and murky past | Pagan | Scoop.it
Witchcraft: Infamous trials in Scotland's dark and murky past. The witch trials were some of the most brutal in Europe, with torture regularly used.
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India-sized North Atlantic wind farm ‘could power world’

India-sized North Atlantic wind farm ‘could power world’ | Pagan | Scoop.it
A massive deep-sea wind farm in the North Atlantic covering an area the size of India could potentially power the entire world, research has shown.
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The Mother of Modern Witchcraft Was Also a Pro-Choice Spy

The Mother of Modern Witchcraft Was Also a Pro-Choice Spy | Pagan | Scoop.it
Doreen Valiente is best known for popularizing the Wiccan craft, and her work is now being celebrated in a new exhibition in the UK. But she was also many other things, including a World War II spy.
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Tory councillor wins seat but refuses to take it up

Tory councillor wins seat but refuses to take it up | Pagan | Scoop.it
Tory councillor wins seat but refuses to take it up. A by-election will be held in North Lanarkshire, costing taxpayers around £25,000.
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Russian pagans revive ancient solstice celebration

Russian pagans revive ancient solstice celebration | Pagan | Scoop.it
A young girl with a garland of flowers in her hair sings to the setting sun before a group of women join in nearby. "We give our thanks to you, oh sun," they chant.
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The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year

The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year | Pagan | Scoop.it
Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?
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Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) - Woodland Trust

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) - Woodland Trust | Pagan | Scoop.it
Blackthorn, also known as 'sloe', is native to the UK and most of Europe. Learn more about the uses of blackthorn, how identify and where to find it.
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Robert McNeil's week ahead: Pop in for some Pagan pleasantries

Robert McNeil's week ahead: Pop in for some Pagan pleasantries | Pagan | Scoop.it
PAGANISM, in its modern form, has been plugging away for a good few years now, attracting articles that always point out that it – or at least the…
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Bart Everson's curator insight, May 12, 2017 11:12 AM
"The Scottish Pagan Federation ... has its 2017 conference in the mystical city of Edinburgh at the end of this week"
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'Ongoing' investigation after 'blasphemy' complaint against Stephen Fry

'Ongoing' investigation after 'blasphemy' complaint against Stephen Fry | Pagan | Scoop.it
Police have said they will not comment on a complaint of blasphemy reportedly made against Stephen Fry.
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Burning bright: Beltane festival celebrates 30 years of fire

Burning bright: Beltane festival celebrates 30 years of fire | Pagan | Scoop.it
Burning bright: Beltane festival celebrates 30 years of fire. A look at some of the photo highlights of Edinburgh's famous Celtic festival.
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Stonehenge set for 'horrendous' traffic as druids flock for winter solstice

Stonehenge set for 'horrendous' traffic as druids flock for winter solstice | Pagan | Scoop.it
As druids gather at Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice, one of Britain’s top traffic experts has identified the Wiltshire location as the worst place for Christmas traffic. Dr Graham Cookson, chief economist at transportation analysts Inrix, told The Independent that traffic on the A303 beside the neolithic stone circle will be “horrendous”. “Most people heading from the South-east to the South-west, towards Devon and Cornwall, will venture down the A303, unfortunately.”
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Our reporter heads out with one of Scotland's top dowsers to see if the water-finding practice really works - Sunday Post

Our reporter heads out with one of Scotland's top dowsers to see if the water-finding practice really works - Sunday Post | Pagan | Scoop.it
FINDING leaks and pipes can be a tricky but vital job for water companies. They use all sorts of methods from drones and listening devices to metal detectors and, we learned last week, metal sticks. Scottish Water surprisingly admitted that along with their high-tech scientific equipment, they continue to enlist experts in the “magic” method … Continued
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Face of `witch´ who died in 1704 digitally reconstructed

Face of `witch´ who died in 1704 digitally reconstructed | Pagan | Scoop.it
Lilias Adie was from Torryburn, Fife.
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Hubble bubble, toil and trouble: Scotland's dark past as a witch-hunting nation

Hubble bubble, toil and trouble: Scotland's dark past as a witch-hunting nation | Pagan | Scoop.it
WITH her high pitched cackle, the witch of our collective imagination has a pointed hat, hooked nose and rides a broomstick....a stereotype of the…
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Scotland just broke the world record for tidal electricity generation

Scotland just broke the world record for tidal electricity generation | Pagan | Scoop.it
A tidal power station in the Pentland Firth between mainland Scotland and Orkney has broken the world record for electricity generation, the company behind it has announced. The tidal flows between the Atlantic and the North Sea could potentially power nearly half of Scotland’s entire electricity needs, according to a study by engineers from Oxford and Edinburgh universities. However the exploitation of this extraordinary power source has only just begun.
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Are witches the ultimate feminists?

Are witches the ultimate feminists? | Pagan | Scoop.it
A new book argues that witchcraft’s proponents were among the first to champion the cause and compares their treatment with that of Hillary Clinton
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Religious affiliation in Scotland 'declines sharply' - BBC News

Religious affiliation in Scotland 'declines sharply' - BBC News | Pagan | Scoop.it
The Church of Scotland sees fall in membership as record numbers say they have no religion.
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Witchcraft law closer to being stricken from Canadian criminal code

Witchcraft law closer to being stricken from Canadian criminal code | Pagan | Scoop.it
CANADA – In March of 2017, legislation was introduced to Canadian parliament which could remove outdated and antiquated laws from the Canadian criminal code.

On June 6, the next step in this process was taken: bill C-51:An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to ma
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Back to the Bronze Age: Astronomers plot new inner city stone circle over solstice

Back to the Bronze Age: Astronomers plot new inner city stone circle over solstice | Pagan | Scoop.it
IT is an unlikely location to walk in the footsteps and recreate the archaeological wonders of our Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors.
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Shropshire church found to be UK's oldest sacred site still in use

Shropshire church found to be UK's oldest sacred site still in use | Pagan | Scoop.it
To the residents of the newly built Taylor Wimpey housing estate next door, it is simply a pretty little church that happens to adjoin their freshly laid lawns.
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Irish police drop Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation due to 'lack of outraged people'

Irish police drop Stephen Fry blasphemy investigation due to 'lack of outraged people' | Pagan | Scoop.it
An Irish police investigation into allegedly blasphemous comments made by Stephen Fry has been dropped after detectives decided there were not enough people who had been outraged by the remarks.  Police launched an investigation into the presenter, author and comedian after he described God as "capricious", "mean-minded", "stupid" and an "utter maniac" during an appearance on Irish television show "The Meaning of Life" in February 2015.
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Semi-naked pagan revellers hold fire festival to mark start of summer | Daily Mail Online

Semi-naked pagan revellers hold fire festival to mark start of summer | Daily Mail Online | Pagan | Scoop.it
Beltane Fire Society performers celebrated the coming of summer by taking part in the Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
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