Leaflets Warning of Human Sacrifice Plans by Local Pagans Alarms Community
Pagans have dismissed ‘ridiculous’ claims they plan to kidnap a member of the public as part of festivities in Epping Forest next week.
An anonymous leaflet stuffed through letterboxes on Epping High Street on Monday (July 23) warns of a Pagan ‘plan to abduct a male member of the public for use as part of their rituals’.
Pagans traditionally celebrate Lammas Day, the wheat harvest festival, from July 31 to August 1 – the mid-point between summer solstice and autumn equinox.
Mani Navasothy is a Wiccan High Priest and representative of the Pagan Federation, which works with the Government to create guidelines on recognising Paganism.
The 42-year-old has led several Pagan camps at Debden campsite and staged his wedding on the edge of the forest.
He said: “That’s just ridiculous. Nobody is going to catch a man and abduct him. I have got a degree in physics, so I’m not an idiot. Practising Pagans just don’t do that sort of thing.
“I myself have led rituals in forests and I used to tell the police and council – we always do it very carefully and formerly. If anything we just go for walks in the wood.”
Contrary to the leaflet’s claim that next week’s celebrations will involve ‘public nudity, unauthorized fires, sacrifices and heightened risk of kidnapping’, Mr Navasothy said they were likely to entail a ‘drama’-like ritual, with worshippers in masks and costumes acting out the cutting of the first wheat.
“We don’t do animal sacrifices and definitely not people. That would be criminal.”
Simon Webb, the Loughton-based author of Unearthing London: The Ancient World Beneath the Metropolis , said Epping Forest had been used by worshippers of Pagan gods since the Neolithic period.
“The main road from the Neolithic flint mines in Norfolk to London passed straight through Epping Forest and straight through Waltham Abbey," said Mr Webb, 58.
"Travellers worshipped half-human, half-horned goats and took symbols of their religion with them.
“There are old roads leading through the forest made by Celts. They’re called ‘green lanes’, and they were used as old trackways.”
Mr Webb confirmed Epping Forest was still a draw for practising Pagans: “Not far from the Wake Arms roundabout, there’s a clearing with lots of symbols carved into the trees. You’ll also find traces of fires that have been burning there.
“I don’t doubt for a moment that on Lammas Day there will be people lighting fires and dancing round naked in Epping Forest,” he added. - guardian-series
Smoking weed...then close encounter
Waukegan, Illinois -11/5/2011 - unedited: I was inside my apartment meditating with marujuana, then felt a need to be outside. As i step through the door-frame i noticed in my right-side peripheral vision of odd lights flickering, as if i took witness to a neighbors building going-up in flames; but to my relief i was wrong. What i began seeing was a UFO, a classic disc. This object had a lot of various colors moving about its exterior structure.
It was at or near the top-floor(third-level) window, 15 feet away. It beamed a light into it, or at it, within its beams was a silhouette of a child-size thing in a horizontal position going toward the building structure, level to the top-floor. This took only a 35 seconds.
At a second in time, it was in-front of me. between the "c" shaped structure of the residence. Its a two floor building.
It space-craft hovered there for less than a second and began beaming its light into me and possibly the apartment exterior wall into a transparency of that wall, because i was worried that maybe a creature might have beamed down behind me. Not sure what was going on, but i felt warmth from the light. The light had a purplish-green, and goldish-yellow colors swirling about me and the wall. There was no communication between the object and i. Nearly three minutes it hovered in front of me than it lit-brightly and in a flash took off in a northern curve like direction toward Lake Michigan, but to where, i dont know. There was nothing left as evidence on the ground or the building structures. No sound what so ever during the whole time. - MUFON CMS
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First Pisa, now Rome's Colosseum - it's leaning
The ancient Colosseum of Rome, where gladiators fought for their lives, is slanting about 40 cm (16 inches) lower on the south side than on the north, and authorities are investigating whether it needs urgent repairs.
Experts first noticed the incline about a year ago and have been monitoring it for the past few months, Rossella Rea, director at the 2,000-year-old monument, said in an article published in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Sunday.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, another of Italy's most popular attractions, was reopened in 2001 after being shut for more than a decade as engineers worked to prevent it from falling over and to make it safe for visitors.
Rea has asked Rome's La Sapienza University and environmental geology institute IGAG to launch a study on the phenomenon, with investigations to be concluded in a year.
Tests have also started to observe the effects that traffic on nearby busy roads may have on the monument.
Professor Giorgio Monti, from La Sapienza's construction technology department, warned there may be a crack in the base below the amphitheatre.
"The slab of concrete on which the Colosseum rests, which is like a 13-metre (yard)-thick oval doughnut, may have a fracture inside it," he told the newspaper.
He said intervention could be necessary if the concerns are confirmed, along the lines of stabilization work carried out in Pisa, but he said it was too early to judge what kind of intervention would be most suitable.
The Colosseum - famous for hosting bloody gladiator fights in the days of the Roman Empire - attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists and is usually packed with visitors. - MSNBC
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Olympics UFO - Goodyear Blimp's “Spirit of Safety"
Friday night's spectacular pyrotechnics display of the most watched opening ceremony in summer Olympics history attracted more than the eyes of over 40 million people. A clearly seen unidentified flying object was videotaped making its way over London's Olympic stadium.
The disc-shaped object is first seen entering the upper left portion of the video as the fireworks erupt over the stadium. The UFO, which appears to have a dome or bulge rising from its center, moves slowly across the sky as if deliberately observing the light-show spectacle below it.
Bazinga! It turns out that the UFO was Goodyear Blimp’s “Spirit of Safety.”
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Calling All Covens!
I recently received an email from a Wiccan coven member in the state of New York who stated that their upcoming Mabon Sabbat will be emphasizing security and harmony thus, "...this is the time we honor the Spirit World and Deities as well as family, friends and the world community." They continued by stating "We celebrate Balance, a time when Light and Dark meet in order to equalize the energies and to contemplate our future. We ask others to take solace with the current leadership of our country and that we all move forward to a positive light."
I know that there are Wiccans who read the blog and newsletter...what are your thoughts to the email? Lon