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Pagans Coming to Tower Grove Park

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Are you an effective priestess? Do you need to bring more ritual into your daily life? How's your chant and drumming?

Brush up on all that and more this weekend at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic, running Saturday and Sunday in Tower Grove Park. The organization running the event's web site claims that the picnic, now in its 19th year, is the "largest free two-day Pagan festival in the nation."

The term pagan can refer to lots of different traditions, but in general it refers to polytheistic faiths with a close relationship to nature and ritual. There can be a strong Celtic element, but other traditions draw on Egyptian or other mythologies.

Some of the events for this weekend include a tarot card-reading workshop, a Welsh-style celebration and plenty of bellydancing. Like most summer festivals, there'll be plenty of food and vendors on site -- though you should expect more runestones and cloaks and fewer hacky-sacks and wind chimes.

The festival runs both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While it's free, there will be a collection for the Pagans' chosen charities: the Wildlife Rescue Center, Clowder House Foundation and Operation Food Search.

(Far be it for us to ever generalize about our magickal brethren and sistren, but if you go and don't see a single UtiliKilt, 12-sided die or 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew, let us know and we'll eat our hats.)

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Tower Grove Park

4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO

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yournextdoorneighbor
yournextdoorneighbor

I promise there was not a giant pit with a snake, and no virgins of any kind were sacrificed. There were a wide collection of people ranging in looks from typical house moms in khaki shorts to "hippies", some people in pirate costumes and even the occasional "goth" persona.  This is not Schwag. 

Pagans are far less judgmental than those of other faiths.  Picnic attendees are reminded to respect the christians that attend and observe.  There was a coven or two with booths at the picnic, but I did not hear any type of recruitment.  There were no animals mistreated, if so the animal rites people would have been all over that.  Not to mention that most pagan faiths do not believe in harming another life.

Yes, there were tarot readings and dream intrpretations.  There were also paranormal investigation groups and psychic protection seminars.  I didn't see any hacky-sac, but there were wind chimes and flags.  The preformances that I saw were wonderful.  The food was delicious.  I hope that next year some of those people that are less familiar with the pagan practices would come and observe, if not other reason than the empanadas. 

Christianity has Pagan DNA

P212
P212

"The festival runs both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m."What days? Does the RFT have an editor? Or does just anyone who strings together meaningless ramblings call themselves journalists these days?

terryinindy
terryinindy

Ah yes, nothing like Tired Stereotypes to bring out the ignorance.

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Sergeant Joe Friday and Lieutenant Pep Strebek approve of this message.

Sarah_Fenske
Sarah_Fenske

As one of the editors here, I'll be the first to admit we don't always get it right -- but I'm not sure what you're kvetching about in this case. The item clearly states, "Brush up on all that and more this weekend at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic, running Saturday and Sunday in Tower Grove Park."

Perhaps we should have clarified that "both days" meant "Saturday and Sunday" -- but it seems pretty self-explanatory...

anonymous
anonymous

you people are too insignificant to be stereotyped--most people have no fucking clue you weirdos exist

Melissa Meinzer
Melissa Meinzer

Jimmy, I have to say I almost posted a photo of them with this post. Thanks for bringin' it back around.

terryinindy
terryinindy

Not true, your bozo buddies up there whipped it out pretty swiftly. Seems like the poorly informed weirdo here would be you.

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