Criticism of reconstructionism

I recall leaving Wicca for Ásatrú back in my teens  because I was looking for the depth I associated with reconstructionism. Now, however, I think reconstructionism can be limiting.

I looked for experienced reconstructionist people on the web because I wanted to know what they think about thorny issues within reconstructionism, like purity requirements. Just a few such people answered me; some answers were somewhat vague; some were eccentric but no backing from a source was provided; some seemed to be common within that community, but no clear ancient precedent was mentioned.

What I want to say is that I’m so used to think in a reconstructionistic way that anything non-reconstructionistic seems to be not enough and/or even just wrong.

When I was a Wiccan I felt I could just invite a Deity to the circle, talk to that Deity in my native language, offer that Deity incense, maybe light candles during the ritual to which that Deity was invited, etc..

Now I think that:

– I, my room, my clothes, etc. must be strictly pure before I think of doing any ritual. I, however, am not sure about how to cleanse myself, my clothes, etc., since it varies according to overall tradition (like Hellenic, Egyptian, etc.) and varies even within traditions (like from temple to temple regulation within Hellenism, etc.), from source to source, etc.. It may require just abstention, a bath (perhaps in a river), maybe blood from an animal, etc.;
– I must have to be without sex, masturbation or any bodily fluid for two days at least (counting that the day starts at the previous day’s sunset); also for two days at least I must have not touched menstruating women nor animals, nor corpses or people who’ve been around any corpse, nor any murderer, nor any newborn baby, nor any woman who gave birth recently, etc.;
– the most correct language to address any Deity is any language in which people already talked to that Deity before in ancient times according to extant sources;
– I don’t know what to offer several Deities; it’s not clear what many Deities were offered apart from meat of animals slaughtered for that ritual;
– there’s proof that incense was offered Deities in Mediterranean regions, but it’s not clear it was the case in other places. And I’m not aware of ancient use of candles as offering.

I don’t know… I like the idea of just praying to Deities, lighting colored candles when praying to them and offering them incense, maybe flowers and/or libations, not that differently from the folk Catholicism/Umbanda mix I grew up with. I immagine that, a simple polytheistic practice within the limits of what I’ve lived regarding religion. With no worries as for ancestry, etc.. But I don’t know if this is possible…

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The Neverending ( community ) story

So, seeing as we have a fair few people here who enjoy writing and this is a time when things to do can be hard to find, I thought I might start a community story as it were.

Simple rules. Continue the story from where the last post stopped. If you want to give a brisk description of details or events so you can bridge to a more detailed part of the story or can’t think how to write it, feel free to do so.

I’m not going to give the lead character gender or race right now as, quite frankly, I find with books you create a lot of the details in your own mind and I’d rather create a story where personality trumps those two. The setting is a real world block of flats in a run down area but with a fair amount of park and field area. The person is a hard worker – some would say driven, or running away from their past/memories – and not really religious or superstitious, however, with the Coronavirus and their work closing for a time, that may be set to change.

“I found myself wondering what to do after the first few days. Being free from the daily grind was always the dream, but I guess it was always that because I would never need to live it.
It was then that I remembered the communal garden. The front of the block was mostly weeds and mud running up to the parking bays – home to a couple of escaped shopping trolleys which seemed to move of their own accord and gobble up the freewheeling plastic bags roaming the area. A fence used to mark the point where front garden became back but years of neglect had allowed the thick bramble mass to encroach over it.
Frankly half of the back garden, at least, was blocked off by brambles while the other half had been saved, by a great effort from one of my neighbours, for use by the children and was home to two cheap plastic goals and a well worn ball.

I know it doesn’t sound like much but.., well, don’t call me mad but.., um.., I’m sure there’s something beyond the brambles. Oh, I know, all you can see from the upper floors is the road beyond and a line of old bungalows which seemed to have escaped the purge but..
Well for one thing, when you peer in from the garden it looks like the brambles go back further than they could.
Then there’s the stone – You can only see it at certain times but I’d swear it’s in there – a great big grey monolith cutting up amid the thorns like a knife blade, covered in lichen and sharp edges.
The thing is, well I could put all these down to light and my imagination but., I’m sure I’ve seen movement beyond the thorns..”

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What can you do with toilet rolls?

So I think the title says it all. I know there are many people on here who are living in isolation and worried but I feel we musn’t forget those poor people who now have to find uses for several hundred rolls of bulk brought toilet rolls which now clutter and barricade their homes.

Has anyone got any parctical ideas for using said items?
I have already discounted using them to escape the hordes of pitchfork wielding, toilet roll eating mobs, from upper floor windows. Also I doubt they would take writing.

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What’s the oddest grocery-store shortage you’ve seen?

A bit of (hopefully) fun, inspired by my grocery shopping earlier today, and this post from Sefiru:

I was at the grocery store on Wednesday and some strange patterns were emerging.

– Frozen veg: gone. Picked veg (beets, sauerkraut etc): fully stocked.
– Chicken: very low. Sausage and ham: mounds of it.
– Canned veg: gone, except for an untouched flat of yellow string beans. Does nobody like them?
– Canned pasta: cleared out. Canned fish, right next to it: normal stocks.
(I didn’t check out the flour, because I got a bag before shit hit the fan, but my mom said it was sold out when she went … but there’s no shortage of prepared bread yet. ???)

Lots of the things people are buying stores right out of make sense, like hand sanitizer. But some – as Sefiru notes here – are odd, either on their own or in contrast to similar/related products. What’s the oddest one you’ve seen?


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EFT, and an app I’m trying called The Tapping Solution

I recently downloaded an app called The Tapping Solution from the app store.  I’ve yet to explore it fully (though I’ve dabbled with Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, before), but I wanted to share details of it right away anyway because today I received an email from them offering six months free membership for healthcare workers and first responders, which can be activated here:

They’ve also created some specific tapping meditations for anxiety around coronavirus, so I might also add details of those to the Fear of coronavirus thread (and hope I don’t get a rap on the knuckles for cross-posting, ‘cos it’s only semi- cross-posting).

Hope this is useful to someone/that people can share it with those who might find it useful.

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Time and magic

So, I brought up a question in another thread which has rattled around the back of my mind for quite some time and the reply that came back has left me more curious.

Basically – How have you found magic relates to time?

What I’m thinking of is how some things would take a lot to happen instantly but only subtle changes to happen after a certain amount of time. So have you had an experience of magic affecting the past to cause something to work in the present; do you see it as working like this; do you feel magic can flow into the past or is constraint, like ourselves, to the present and future?
I know that, in physics, time is considered a dimension like length and height so does magic work over extra dimensions?

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A *possible* neo-druidry resource at a discounted price

I just came across a Facebook ad for the following druidism ‘diploma’ course*:-

“Druidism Diploma Course is now only £29” – use the code DRU11 at the checkout to get this discounted price**.

* and ** please note I’ve NOT done any due diligence regarding this, I just wanted to copy-paste it before I lost it (as I’m not terribly good at Facebook).  And I’ve not come across this Centre of Excellence before now so can’t vouch for their quality or otherwise.

So if you’re thinking of parting with your heard earned money on this course I strongly recommend you do your own due diligence first.  But I hope this is of some use to someone, while the discounted price is available.

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Keeping occupied while isolating – hints and tips

So my husband is really bummed out about the comicon we were looking forward to in mid-May having now been cancelled.  And I might be working from home from sometime next week (or if not next week then in the next few weeks or so, anyway).

What hints and tips can anyone share for keeping occupied while isolating?  (My hours of work are nine to five, but if I won’t be travelling I’ll have a couple of extra hours each weekday to do with what I like!)

There’s some obvious options such as films, TV, reading and computer games — interspersed with some indoor type of exercise, ideally.

I’ll be fine, I think (I might even get to giving the place a good spring clean!).  But my husband already doesn’t go out a lot at all and now the events throughout the year that he was really looking forward to aren’t going ahead.  So not only has he not got the events to look forward to, but he feels there’s no point doing all the prep work on his cosplay costumes (his hobby).

It feels as though were going to lose half of 2020 to this pandemic (possibly more?  But let’s not even go there.)

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