By veggiewolf Anthropologists say that humans are social creatures by nature, and (aside from the fact that I know some outliers), I tend to agree with them. We tend to group together, and very often into specific categories of people – those who are related (by genetics, relationship, or choice); those who share interests; those who share employer; those who share geographic region, etc. By grouping as we do, it is inevitable that an “Us” and Them” dynamic develops, even when we’re tied to each other by a shared goal.
I’ll give an example. I attended Paganicon 2014 this year (I know, you’re all going, “No, really???), and I chose to attend despite the fact that I probably could have benefited financially from not going…although, to be fair, a bunch of my friends actually picked up most of my expenses (attendance fee, lodging, most meals, rental car, and I did my flight through miles). I wanted to go, and ended up going, for a bunch of reasons, but primarily I wanted to see and hang-out in meat-space with my friends from The Cauldron.
(Oh, and I also gave a talk.)
This year, which was my fourth attending Paganicon, I spent …read more
By veggiewolf The creator of FlameKeeping, Genevieve Wood, recently shared the introduction to her second book, which is a work in progress. This introduction caused a reaction I wasn’t expecting and that I felt was worthy of writing out and exploring. So, with her permission, I present to you below the content in question (in italics) and my response to it (in plain text).
What do we see, when we look at other people? It’s simple, with strangers. We just see a stranger. A grocery clerk, waitstaff, someone passing in another car. And even here, we see examples of mirroring. When our mood is bad, people seem to be crankier to us. When we’re cheerful, we see people in a different light. Same people, but our mood gets reflected on them. But it’s a quick interaction, a small mirror. What about people we see more?
I tend to put people in boxes based on their role in interactions with me, and so I’ve not really thought about how I reflect off them. I size them up, look at what they are doing in relation to what I am doing…and into a box they go. There’s movement between boxes, …read more
I’ve been toying around the idea of using the medium of short stories (mostly e-books) to tell the story of my eclectic pagan path, as I think it’d be the most engaging and entertaining way to teach people about what I believe in.
Has anyone else ever done this before and have you had much success with this? The one thing that really concerns me though is trying to get the reader to look beyond the fictional story to see the inspiration behind it, the goddess that I worship, the nature spirits that I’ve talked to, etc. etc.
From reading the mythological cycle of Ireland the Deities were forced out by the Sons of Mil and from folklore they enter the sidhe. The sidhe/annwn over time becomes the home of the fairies and others like the fairies with less connection made to the gods. I am interested in how others view the this connection between the sidhe is the location of the Celtic deities.
I’ve received a bunch of feedback from the talk I did at Paganicon 2014 (and the recap post here on Fluid Morality) that included people wanting a worksheet version of the whiteboard exercise.
So, without further ado, I present…the Puzzle of Life with Religion Worksheet!
Puzzle of Life with Religion
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The book I am Healer, Story Teller, and Warrior Priest: Learning from Arianrhod is a short book. This book focuses on the lessons of one specific Goddess within the Celtic pantheons. This book covers many different lessons for personal and spiritual development. The overall concept and goal behind the entire book is to gain a better sense of Self and the relationship to the divine.
The author divided the book up into 4 different sections. Each section of the book had a specific set of lessons in them. The first section of the book is basically an introduction section. Here you are given a starting point for the journey of the book. This is the only section of the book that is made up of one chapter.
The second section of the book is about myths and legends. This section of the book provides two key mythological tales from Celtic lore. The section here then discusses and provides and overview of those two mythic tales and the various lessons in them. Here we learn about some important deities in Celtic spirituality but also learn quite a bit about the relationships between the different divine groups within the Celtic pantheons.
By veggiewolf I mentioned, in an earlier, post, that I would try and do a recap of the talk I gave at Paganicon 2014…and I’m going to try to convey what we discussed and how it went. Before I do so, though, I do want to thank everyone who attended despite it being at 11:00 AM on a Sunday morning after much drunken hedonism the night before. Would that I’d participated!
(Not really – I seriously needed not to have a hangover.)
The topic of the talk was, of course, Baby Steps. To be more specific, I presented on bringing religion into everyday life and actions rather than separating the two things. So many of us do this – we have LIFE, and then we have RELIGION, and we keep them as separate as possible. In order to be true to our spiritual selves, however, I believe we need to be able to integrate the two…and this is what I presented.
I, personally, divide my LIFE into four parts – job/school; family; personal time; community – and I drew a square made up of four puzzle pieces labeled with these things. I then put a circle around it …read more
By veggiewolf I am a FlameKeeper, and that means I believe that everything is Divine – you, me, the tree, the rock, and my left shoe (especially my left shoe!). I believe that I have a Dark Flame – the essential spark that makes me ME – and a Bright Flame – the side of me that interacts with others. I believe that both my flames need to be nurtured and encouraged to burn and grow that I might improve and, by so doing, improve the Universe.
In addition to believing these things, I do work associated with them. I care for myself, that my Dark Flame burn more brightly. I act in the world through in a variety of ways – charitable giving, care for my friends, adhering to Shopping Cart Theology – that my Bright Flame be able to grow. In addition, I try to remain polite and helpful (when appropriate) to strangers, go out of my way to find garbage cans and/or recycling bins rather than dump my trash along the side of a road while driving and, generally, try not to be a dick.
(As an aside, I’m quite fond of “Don’t be a …read more
By veggiewolf I wrote, some time ago, a post about Taweret that apparently got people thinking because ever since I’ve had random people ask me if I am going to write more posts about specific netjeru.
Now, I am not a scholar by any stretch of the imagination. I became fascinated with Ancient Egypt when I was a child, and learned a myriad of wonderful and conflicting myths from my father and our many trips to the Penn Museum, but in the grand scheme of things I’ve only come to Kemetic practice recently and I have no degree or certification or time spent in Egypt itself to back it up. I am, however, fascinated with the Names (Kemetic gods/netjeru) that aren’t discussed, despite my worship of some of the most known – Sekhmet, and Set, and Ma’at, and Nut, and a couple from other pantheons that have taken residence in my head. At Paganicon this year, I found myself repeatedly drawn to a figure of Khepri, the dawn form of the sun god shown (usually) as a scarab beetle or a beetle-headed man, despite having no direct connection with him. Khepri is important to the pantheon and his role …read more
By veggiewolf When I first became a pagan (of the Wiccanoid variety), I believed any number of things that I now look back on and, well, cringe. I am sure that I drove the other pagans around me crazy – I was full of light and love (despite not being that variety of human in any other circumstance), and blessings, and merry meetings, and ancient matriarchies, and Joseph Campbell, and Margaret Mead and…and…and
I was, in a word, better. Better than those hapless Christians who knew not what they stole from us; better than monotheists who refused to believe in more than one god; better than the random people walking 0n the Earth who couldn’t feel the incredible connection between themselves and Mother Earth.
And then, I woke up. Or, rather, then I was smacked across the head repeatedly by a clawed hand and told to listen and that, until I was able to sort things deftly, I wasn’t permitted to do anything but watch and learn. And I nearly keened with frustration because I needed to do ALL THE THINGS and I KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING!!!! But I listened, and I watched, and I read, and began …read more