Category: Damon Leff

COVID-19 South Africa

As of 23 March, the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) and private laboratories have conducted a total of 12 815 tests. 402 tests have confirmed positive for COVID-19. The public has been advised to self-isolate if exhibiting symptoms of COVD-19. The Department of Health has urged those showing symptoms of COVID-19, who have also been in contact with a person who has tested positive, to first use primary healthcare channels, either local clinics or GPs, for referral to specialised units dealing with COVID-19 testing and treatment. No fatalities have been reported yet.

The Birth of the Public Pagan Movement in South Africa

DAMON LEFF. In honour of Pagans (Witches, Wiccans, Druids, Asatruans, Shamans and Magicians) who have dedicated their time and energy towards the birth and evolution of the public Pagan movement in South Africa, I offer, in perfect love and perfect trust, a libation of blessing to your continued well-being. May all Pagans and Paganism in South Africa thrive and prosper in peace.

Power over, or power with? The Pagan leadership debate.

I am fundamentally opposed to a national governing body for South African Paganism. It is my opinion that all we collectively need, as an existing religious community, is to be welcomed, supported and encouraged by each other, to do exactly what we are motivated to do. We do not need to be corralled, and we don’t need to be led. We need to be allowed to exist on our own terms.

No white genocide in South Africa!

Racism cannot be policed away; it must be socialized out of our communities. That process must start with identifying falsehoods and exposing those who perpetuate those falsehoods in order to foment separatism and divisiveness in our shared communities. There is no white genocide in South Africa!

Beltane 2018

Since the mid-1990’s, thanks in part to the work of several notable Pagans, Paganism has become a public religious movement in South Africa. I use the phrase ‘religious movement’ because, in keeping with the global emergence of several distinct Pagan religions, Paganism in South Africa is a collection of diverse theologies, religious practices, and peoples. As I observe the bale-fire of Beltane, I give thanks for the blessings of my brothers and sisters in spirit, everywhere. I wish for you all, strength of character, courage of heart, and success in all that you do for others.

Beltane, not Halloween

Halloween, celebrated in October / November in the southern hemisphere, is purely a spiritually valueless commercial event; a meaningless and empty copy of an American northern hemisphere holiday. The religious celebrations of Pagans are most importantly seasonal, closely timed to actual seasonal events. These seasonal events remind us to renew our bonds with what truly holds value for us, the people of the Earth; our intimate bond with Nature, and the necessary cooperation we must fulfill with the Spirit of the natural world, of Nature and Her sacred cycles.