Charities by Deity

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I found this site some time back, but I think it is good to take a look at. It is about various charities that could match up with deities. It is listed by several pantheons: Gaelic, Greek, Norse, Roman, and Egyptian.

I personally think this is an awesome idea. As Hospitality is very important in my path, this is another way of providing an offering IMO for one of the deities I honor.

What do others think of this?

Goddesses or Not?

The Head of Medusa by Peter Paul Rubens, circa...

The Head of Medusa by Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1618. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Out and about on the interwebs, I’ve come across a few tidbits of information that I’d like to get your take on. I’m just a little curious about a few mythic figures. Namely, Medusa, Lilith, and Boudicca.

Do any of you consider Medusa a Goddess? I realize she was originally mortal in the myths, turned into a “monster” by Athena. A few places I’ve visited seem to see Medusa as the shadow aspect of Athena in an archetypal sense. Others seem to think she was originally a goddess demoted by the patriarchy. Of course, I don’t know if I buy the pre-patriarchal matriarchy myth. However, lurking around, I know people have worked with her as a deity. Has anyone here done so? If you don’t mind sharing, what was your experience like?

I have the same questions about Boudicca. I know she was a historical queen and somewhat (ok, no. Definitely) a badass. I’ve seen people mention her as a Goddess also. What is your take? Has anyone worked with Boudicca as a spirit/guide/deity?

And finally, Lilith. I know she’s probably a pure demon and not a Goddess at all. Though, again, people seem to invoke her as a deity in ritual, especially in women-centered circles. These are braver souls than me. That is for sure. Because as far as I can tell, there is precious little in her mythology that would make her more than a storm demon.

Of course, I guess the underlying question is at what point do you think a mythic figure becomes a Deity?

Like, in the Christian scriptures, there is little on the surface of the texts to make Mary anything but a young Jewish woman. However, with all of the devotion and love from her followers, the titles She’s accrued over time (Queen of Heaven?), I have no doubt She is a goddess. The same thing with Kwannon/Quan Yin. They both function as Goddesses.

So…again, what do ya’ll think?

Feminism and the “Wussyfication” of Men

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From the Huffington Post:

Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked a guest on Thursday whether he believes that feminism is hurting American’s national security.

Nick Adams argued in his new book “American Boomerang” that men around the world are no longer allowed to be “manly.” In an appearance on Thursday’s “Fox and Friends,” he said it was a “dangerous” phenomenon, claiming, “American men are of course very susceptible to it. It’s really important particularly in America given the leadership role that America has in the world that American men be allowed to be men.”

“Is this in direct relation to feminism on the rise?” Hasselbeck asked. “Is it a result just sort of society seeing men that are not as masculine and men that are as masculine being kind of demonized?”

Thoughts? In the meantime, my head will be meeting the desk…repeatedly.

Help identifying a Deity?

Jan 3: Ringtail Possum

Ringtail Possum (Photo credit: debtony)

So for the past month and a bit Ringtail Possums have been flocking to me, in the rain, in the heat, during the day and night; after asking around I found that this was possibly a sign of a Deity taking interest in me. After much G

oogling (and reading through terribly scanned documents) I discerned that there is only one Deity associated with possums, apparently the Mayan God Mam, however according to different sources this is either one God and a God of evil, or the name for one of three possible Gods.

I was wondering if anyone here had any knowledge of this or could point me in the right research direction? I know nothing of Mayan Gods as my faith has mainly centred around cultures I descend from.

Magical Work: Burning Paper – Reasons and Alternatives

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I did some work this morning involving burning paper, and have decided that this is at best impractical* in my current living situation.

I’m now thinking about the different reasons one might burn papers in magical work, and how one might choose alternatives based on the intended purpose. I can think of lots of practical alternatives (need to destroy it? cut it into tiny bits; need to mix it in a liquid? just let it dissolve), but I’m curious about how the symbolic or energetic purpose of the burning might make one choose a different substitute action, or perhaps decide that there is no appropriate substitute.

So, why might you burn a paper? What purpose does the fire serve? What would you do instead if you couldn’t use fire?

*This may or may not have involved me sitting in the bathtub with the window open and the air cleaner on. Thank goodness for a January thaw.

Pheremones (Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie)

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I recently learned about Love Potions Magkical Perfumerie ( http://www.lovepotionperfume.com/). The whole idea of intentionally using pheromones to achieve various goals (mood elevation, popularity, encouraging openness, love, sex, etc.) fascinates me. Though I can also see how it could be used in a creepy way, too.

Just wondering if anyone here has used any of their products or any similar products — magically or not — and what you thought about them.

Aesthetics and Spiritual or Magical Practice

Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus. Oldham Art...

Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It occurred to me the other day as I was rearranging some things that I invest a lot in creating atmosphere. My apartment is, as far as I’m concerned, an extension of my personality, spiritual practice, and magic. I want things to look a certain way, from the decor to ritual supplies.

(I’m a Libra. This may be relevant.)

So I was wondering if this is the norm. Does your living space reflect your spiritual or magical practice? If so, what is your aesthetic? I have a friend who is very into the use of bright fabrics and sari material, and I’ve met others who preferred the fantasy artwork look. (Personally I’m more likely to surf Apartment Therapy for altar ideas than a pagan store, but I sometimes think I’m in the minority on that.)

Furthermore, do you think that having things appeal to you visually is an aid in your spiritual or magical work? Are there any particular objects you covet?

Deities: Separate or the Same?

detail of an image stone with Thor, Odin and Freyr

Detail of an image stone with Thor, Odin and Freyr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I first decided to believe in deities, I chose to accept them all as separate beings. And by that I mean, the Greek gods and goddesses were real, the Norse gods and goddesses were real, and so were Celtic and Irish and so on and so forth. They were all separate beings in my eyes.

But upon working and researching Lilith, my views have started to change. I’ve been noticing how many different cultures have a deity eerie similar to Lilith. And I started wondering if perhaps all the deities weren’t different, but merely one being twisted from culture to culture. Like with Lilith, perhaps she is Lilith, but also Inanna, but also Maeve, but also Hecate or the Morrigan. And Zues would be Jupiter and Odin.

This is just an idea I’m playing with.. But is it wrong to think this way? I suppose the beauty of paganism is the ability to chose your own beliefs. I guess I just wonder if I’m alone in this idea. Any thoughts?