The national Pagan Pride Project helps to educate the community and dispel the myths and falsehoods of Paganism. Every fall, Puget Sound Pagan Pride hosts an annual festival, which includes vendors, classes, rituals, entertainment and kid’s activities. People of all paths and traditions are welcome. This year’s Pagan Pride Festival is Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 at Freighthouse Square (2501 E. D St.).
Oct. 7, 10 a.m.
As a weekend of learning, community building and exploration begins, Our Lady of the Earth and Sky (OLOTEAS) invites all to come together in recognizing the natural space of Puget Sound as a home to a vibrant, diverse Pagan community, and to welcome and protect all who attend Pagan Pride. OLOTEAS will enjoin participants to honor the land, water and web of life and energy that all share.
Our Lady of the Earth and Sky (OLOTEAS) is a volunteer run, non-profit, non-denominational religious organization providing family-oriented religious services, classes and workshops since 1995. They are dedicated to promoting religious tolerance and freedom and environmental sustainability. OLOTEAS’ monthly services include a workshop, children’s activities, potluck dinner and ritual in a beautiful natural setting featuring a stone circle, heated swimming pool, hot tub, and acres of wetlands. OLOTEAS community events are open to the public. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, gender identity, or gender preference. For more information, visit www.oloteas.org.
Oct. 7, 6-10:30 p.m.
This night will be filled with community and merriment. Puget Sound Pagan Pride is hosting a fundraising event that will have a wide range of fun-filled opportunities for all to enjoy. The entertainment will be sultry and filled with the call of deities such as: Hathor, goddess of the sky, love, beauty and music; Eros, god of love and sexual desire; Pan, god of the wild and companion of the nymphs, also associated with sexuality and fertility; Osun, goddess of love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy; and any others that wish to come.
The fete is a 21 and older event. There will be alcohol to purchase such as beer, ciders and wines. Sodas and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Identification and hand stamp is required to enter. PSPP reserves the right to refuse anyone. All drinking must be done within the Rainier Room area. Anyone found with drinks outside the area will forfeit all and be sent away. This event has no dress code, except no nudity. Come as you are and be yourself.
Tickets: $10 at pugetsoundpaganpride.brownpapertickets.com
Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m.
The closing ritual is going to be an interfaith pagan circle facilitated by Sarah Heartsong. Heartsong will be collecting prayers throughout both days of the Pagan Pride Festival. There will be baskets with paper and pen to write your prayers. During the ritual, it is intended that the prayers will be empowered and lifted as an offering to spirit and the community. The Pagan Pride Festival seeks to close off the year with a ritual about creating a nature-centered ceremony and community.
For additional information visit www.pugetsoundpaganpride.org.