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The following are just a few of the interesting things currently being discussed on our message board. Please join in any discussion that interests you.

Mixed Pantheon Patrons?

When you mixed patrons from different pantheons do you only believe in said god(ess) or do you believe in the whole of each pantheon but only worship the selected. For example, if you worship Loki do you also believe in Odin, Thor, etc.

Also does mixing different paths bog some of you down. I noticed right off from searching a lot of people seem to be following their own marching orders cause it’s what resonates with them. Perhaps that’s the allure I see with paganism (esp. polytheistic ones) that there is no one way. That two people can believe in a the same thing yet hold different ideals of it.

A Woo-y Question

I’ve kind of been all over the place the last little while and haven’t given any offerings/deeds in forever. It’s been at least a year since I’ve reached out and done anything meaningfully “heathen”, at best guess.

A few weeks ago I planted a yellow rose bush by my front door with the intention of dedicating it to Frigga/Freyja (Frigja?). I’ve had intentions to paint (barely visible) miniature houses at some baseboards for the wights. I’ve been priming myself, I guess, but not really following through for awhile.

Yesterday however, I finally just went ahead and took a cup of coffee and tobacco out back and gave it in offering along with some silent prayer. It was for Frigja, because I’ve started to pull away from the intense masculine powers and drift towards the calmer female powers.

Today I took a break from cleaning (it bears mentioning that worth in homemaking is something I’ve been trying to focus on again and my prayer to Frigja involved this to some extent ), grabbed my phone and saw Google voice had randomly completed a search: æ.

So obviously I’m going to follow that rabbit hole and I click on the first result which is Wikipedia:

Æ (minuscule: æ) is a grapheme named aesc or ash, formed from the letters a and e. Originally a ligature representing a Latin diphthong, it has been promoted to the full status of a letter in the alphabets of some languages, including Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese. As a letter of the Old English Latin alphabet, it was called æsc (“ash tree”) after the Anglo-Saxon futhorc rune ᚫ (Runic letter ansuz.svg), which it transliterated; its traditional name in English is still ash /æʃ/. It was also used in Old Swedish before being changed to ä.
That’s…a bit of a coincidence right?

In my smoking cessation group we talked about the high rates of instances where people quit smoking and then later wind up getting cancer, and how that weird irony is often used to justifing continuing to smoke. The consensus though is that people generally intuit that their health is in the danger zone and this motivates them to quit, but that its often too late. Like that, I definitely think that “signs” are often confirmation of something we already sense deep down. And I know that Google voice gets turned on accidentally and picks up sounds all the time.

But seriously. The day after I give my first offering in a long time and my phone takes me to that?

I have a couple of questions. First, what do reconstructionists think of this type of woo? Would you accept it as something meaningful or as simply coincidence? What do others think of this as a “sign”? Finally, if it is potentially meaningful, what sort of symbolism can be derived from the ash?

Keeping Your Word with the Gods

The short background:

I had a god (it feels odd to type that) reach out to me three times. Once as a child, once about seven years back and once last year. As a child I didn’t get it, seven years ago I tried recon and I couldn’t make it work for me. Last year I sort of said, “Okay, but give me some time to sort out my issues, first?” And that was what I’ve been doing for the past year: really hard scholarly and spiritual work on several levels.

Close to now:

A set of very odd events happened at the beginning of this year. I went through seven weeks of daily torment. (This is going to sound so trivial) Ever had one of THOSE days? I had seven weeks of them and by the time they (miraculously) ended I was nearly suicidal and just wrecked, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Then I woke up one day and Everything Was Different. I changed, transformed really, everything, in a way that I never thought possible. I didn’t even realize that I was doing it until it had been going on for a while. It wasn’t even intentional, it was almost as if I was acting by instinct. Or accident.

Now:

As this transformation was going on I stopped one day and said, “Okay. I’m ready. I can do this now,” to the god that had called me so many times. And I felt it was the right thing. I was finally in the right place to move forward. I had done my prerequisite work and now I could start the real work and study. So I started to move towards that. Then, surprisingly, I got the weirdest sensation/contact. He said said, “Good. You want this. Now prove it. We come together. Work with him first.” But this new god is one I am frightened of. Which says a bit, since I’m also pretty terrified of the original one. I feel like he’s sort of thrown a curve ball so to speak. I was expecting one thing and got another and I really don’t know what to do. I gave my word. I might have dismissed the whole thing had I known about both gods to begin with. They’re too dangerous, too frightening for me. I need stability, not upheaval, which is what I went through at the beginning of the year. Thing is, I think that torment was this second god’s way of contacting me. And that is really frightening.

So, I’ll keep my word, by I don’t know how to proceed. Has anyone gone through something like this where a god changes the terms of the arrangement? I’m very confused. I don’t know how to move forward. I could really use some advice.

The Avengers vs. the Christian Gospel

I stumbled across this today, from a Catholic website:

‘The Avengers’ and Friedrich Nietzsche

Joss Whedon’s “Avenger” films, the second of which has just appeared, work as a sort of antidote to Tolkien and Lewis, shaping the imaginations of young people so as to receive a distinctly different message than the Christian Gospel.

Read the entire article

One immediate problem I see with this contention is that the author pins it on writer-director Whedon and his atheism, when in fact Whedon didn’t just make this stuff up, but rather draws from well-established Marvel lore that predates him.

Anyway, discuss.

Deck Recommendations?

I feel like there was a different section for this or something (other than the book suggestions; maybe a mega thread), but I’m not seeing it so hopefully I’m not looking in the wrong place. I know I enjoyed the bad decks thread.

I’m looking for a tarot deck. I’ve got no money, so I’ve got plenty of time to pick it.

What I’m looking for
– Preferably tarot (vs oracle or other)
– Assuming tarot, preferably the symbolism similar to Rider-Waite (I’m pretty sure they’re not the only one who uses it)- eg the moon with dog/wolf/crayfish/moon, three of cups with clinking, stength with a lion, etc. I just really like this set up and I’m fairly familiar with it. (really, I greatly greatly prefer it, but I will take other examples especially if justified in not using this)
– Decent art (see below)
– On card stock (see below)

Particular benefits
– Non-mass produced (I see a lot of nice decks on kickstarter, actually- the ones that go into production must have websites or be available through someone’s), if only because I like the extra options and I think there are more with art that speaks to me (vs the wood-block-ish traditional or weird computer generated) (on the other hand, mass produced=easy to get, so I mean, go for it if you know good ones)
– As such, if they’re on etsy or whatever, not printed on printer paper and not download and print yourself (because the first one isn’t handleable and the second I’ll screw up)
– Smallish in size (like playing cards, not like mini tarot), because I have small hands and struggle with larger cards (I’ve had two sets that were like, 4″x6″; eek), but like indie decks, not super important as long as they’re not unusable

Don’t want
– Bad art (subjective, I know. I mean bad photoshopping, that sort of thing)
– Boring art (eg, non-face cards are like playing cards)
– Not available in/doesn’t ship to Canada

Game of Thrones

Is anyone else semi-addicted to this show and/or books? It’s a phenomenon in my workplace, 90% of the staff watches every new episode the day it airs and has either read, or is reading, the books.

I’ve already read all the novels that have been released (barring the Dothraki language book and the Encyclopedia of Ice and Fire).

Any other fans floating about?

“Fatherly” Gods?

Are there gods that have taken a more father figure type role in any of your lives? I’m not very particular on the pantheon as I’ve looked into honouring gods of various pantheons in the past. I guess with all of this happening, and the fact that I effectively no longer have a father, I feel a need to have a more fatherly god I can turn to for help and comfort on various issues in my life the way I can’t with my own father. I’ve been lacking in anything spiritual lately because of this and other things, and I think maybe trying to forge a connection with a god that can fill that spiritual gap as well as potentially take on a father figure role in my life, even as a deity, is something I really need.

Any advice, UPG, etc., would be strongly welcomed.

Learning About Past Lives?

How would a Gaelic polytheist go about learning of their past lives? Granted, I know that the concept of reincarnation is not mentioned that much in anything relating to the Celtic Isles (that I can find) but I have always been interested in learning about who I once was. Any tips?

Has Anyone Ever Had Their Magic Bound?

I met a new friend who turns out is a coven leader and I got really excited about it. He said I could join and I was all up for it til he started talking about some of the beliefs and rules of the coven. There’s a bunch I’m pretty iffy with since I’m a pretty gray witch and the coven seems snow white. But the main thing that I didn’t like is that they said it was their responsibility to bind witches they thought were dangerous. I was kinda like “mmhmm sure ok. tell it to the charmed ones.”

I never really thought of magic as something that could be taken away so it didn’t bother me at first. But I don’t actually know anything about it. Has anyone here ever bound someones magic? or had their own bound? And is there a way to unbind or protect yourself from being bound?