Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pagan Icons - 30 thru 21

Hello all.  After snow, sleet and a nasty fall I'm back!!!  Let's get started...

30) Melissa Joan Hart - Actor

My daughter was and is a HUGE Archie comics fan.  Out of that comic book series came their friend Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.  My mother wouldn't let me ready it because she was going through her "Everything that is Magic is Evil" phase...little did she know - HAHAHA! 

Melissa started in the pilot movie on on Showtime and the television series which lasted seven seasons on ABC and The WB. 

29) Loreena McKennitt - Musician

For alot of people, she was the gateway drug of New Age music.  She is the artist that sparked my love for Celtic and Middle Eastern music.

All of her work is released under her own label, Quinlan Road.  In 1990, McKennitt provided the music for the National Film Board of Canada documentary, "The Burning Times" a feminist revisionist account of the Early Modern European witchcraft trials. The main theme would later be rerecorded by her and her band and called "Tango for Evora," a track which appears on her album, The Visit.  McKennitt's single "The Mummers' Dance" received airplay in North American markets during the spring of 1997, and was used as the theme song for the short-lived TV series, Legacy.

28) Madonna - Superstar

I know, she is an odd choice, but I had a pile of votes for her.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time by the Guinness World Records. Considered to be one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music, Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. She is recognized as an inspiration among numerous music artists.  Madonna is dedicated to Kabbalah and in 2004, she adopted the name Esther which in Hebrew means "star".

27) Terry Pratchett - Author

Sir Terry is best-known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels and has been one of the top novelist in recent history in the UK.  He was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours.  In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease, subsequently making a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, and filming a programme chronicling his experiences with the disease for the BBC.

All our wishes, Sir Terry!

26) Cyndi Lauper - Musician/Actor

Cyndi may be a Christian, but through her music and personality, she extols many of our virtues: independent, passionate and caring, not only has Cyndi released 11 albums and over 40 singles, and as of 2008 had sold more than 30 million records worldwide.  She also launched the Give a Damn campaign to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the GLBT community as part of her True Colors Fund. The campaign is to bring straight people to stand up with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community and stop the discrimination.

25) Stephen King- Author

King is the most famous author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction in the United States.  His books have sold more than 350 million copies which have been made into many movies and television films. As of 2011, King has written and published 49 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, five non-fiction books, and nine collections of short stories. Most of his stories of the macabre are set in his home state of Maine.

24) Carrie Fisher - Princess Freakin' Leia!

LOL. Just read "Wishful Drinking" if you don't understand.  On the fame of her mother, Debbie Reynolds: "She is literally like an icon--a gay icon, but you take your iconic stature where you can get it."  Same can be said, Princess;-)  She is like the Mother Mary of the Jedi following.

23) Lady Gaga - Performance Artist

Gaga is well-recognized for her sense of style as a recording artist, in fashion, in performance and in her music videos. Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements. Also, Gaga has been included in Time magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.  Her new album and single 'Born This Way' was recently called 'the anthem for the outraged and the outsider.'  I am excited to see what happens next!
Lady Gaga's Official Site

22) Zsuzsanna Budapest - Author

Z. Budapest writes on feminist spirituality and Dianic Wicca. She is the High Priestess and the founding mother of the Susan B. Anthony Coven #1, the first feminist, women-only, witches' coven.  She is the director of the Women's Spirituality Forum, a nonprofit organization featuring lectures, retreats and other events, and was the lead of a cable TV show called 13th Heaven.  She is also a playwright, her work 'The Rise of the Fates' having premiered in Los Angeles in the mid-seventies. She is the composer of the song, 'We All Come From the Goddess', as well as others.

21) Sting - Musician/Activist/Actor

Who would have thought that little Gordon Sumner would some day be in a slightly well known New Wave band and be the King of Tantric sex? 

Sting was, or sometimes is when they are not fighting, the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the band The Police.  When he is not making millions in music and film, he is a major force for human rights.  A high point came in 1988, when he joined a team of other major musicians – including Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen – assembled under the banner of Amnesty International for the six-week world tour Human Rights Now! Tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  With his wife Trudie Styler and Raoni Metuktire, a Kayapó Indian leader in Brazil, Sting founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund to help save the rainforests and protect the rights of the indigenous peoples living there.

Just 20 more to go!  I will have those up after the news!

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