Hello

So I briefly had an account here several years ago but could not access the account information. I have started a new account. I am an Eclectic Universalist with a focus on Celtic Spirituality, amongst others.

I am still getting used to the interface here. I am not very tech savvy. How can I change my Avatar? I was looking at my Account Settings and could not immediately find a function to change the Avatar.

Anyway, I am new here, again. I have experience in my own spirituality, but I am always looking and learning. So in some ways I am a beginner, but in other ways more experienced, a mix.

I am looking forward to participating in the community here.

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Where do you notice multiplicity in your life

Many on this forum are polytheists, and I think it may be interesting to explore where various members whether polytheist or not experience multiplicity and oneness.

I do not speculate much on the matter of polytheism.  I tend to emphasize interconnectedness and individuality equally.  The two are related.

In my individuality and uniqueness I experience the whole as well as the many.  I am the product of the sun and water and genes and a multitude of ancestors and culture and history.  These many things merge into one in me, but also in you.

I think the gods exist in a similar manner, containing in a sense the whole as well as the many and individuality.

I experience the All as a multiplicity through angels and saints which in my brand of eclecticism are basically divine as are we and everything.

And I experience my psyche and emotions as a multiplicity of persons.  They cooperate to help one another and complement one another.  When one suffers another steps in with different strengths to help the other.  In a sense they remind me of a balanced pantheon, except they are internal to only me — unless perhaps others experience them too in their own way…I do come across other experiences indicating they may exist outside of me.

Are you a polytheist?  Where do you experience multiplicity?  Where do you experience oneness or interconnectedness?  Any other thoughts?

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Hello

My great aunt started reading me Bible stories rather young.  I was in a bad car accident one month before I turned four.  I had a near death experience.  I met a God who played Jesus just for me.  And I met a Goddess who gave me a chance to ask a new soul to be my second daughter.  I was supposed to learn and worship her as well at some point in my life.  Well, my second daughter is 17 and she always prays to the Goddess.  But we were bad Christian who didn’t read the Bible much, never went to Church, and have shopping to do on Sunday.  She is getting the Wiccan books I picked up for her for Xmas.  She writes poems beautifully, I told her it never hurts to ask nicely.  But we like a solitary secular type of thing.  I can heal.  My daughters have received the gift but not honed it yet.  It was after I found they could accept the gift that I began getting things like pendulums and cards and stones for them.  We all take meds for bipolar disorder and have for years.  I manage just fine on the meds I am on.  They don’t hamper me as far as I can tell.  My children don’t seem hampered either, just very green.  I really didn’t take to the regular tarot cards and I am using the Dreams of Gaia deck.  I love the cards and kinda want to know the stories behind the images.  Also maybe figuring out how to use it with different spreads where the reading isn’t all spirit work.

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Norse / viking but vegan

am looking into Norse/ viking  magic  but at the moment am vegan and i know that viking are about scarfing animals which  i dont believe in doing so  but am drawn to fraya Norse Goddess  i like reading about her and there are some books  that am interested  in Norse viking   but this maybe wrong for me so am unsure  what am meant to feel when drawn to a God or Goddess  but i feel love from her and love for her
is there anyone  here who follow the  same path ? i need to learn a lot

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The Cauldron’s Big Night–Soon!

“Up All Night” 2018 is right around the corner!

The night straddling Friday, December 21/Saturday, December 22 marks the 2018 solstice: the summer solstice (longest day of the year) in the southern hemisphere, and the winter solstice (longest night of the year) in the north. At the Cauldron we have a tradition of celebrating the December solstice with a cyber party that starts at sunset (wherever you are) and ends at sunrise (wherever you are), during which time we “gather” electronically in this space–posting anything and everything (but still within forum rules, of course) in a special Up All Night thread that opens on the solstice, and talking relentlessly to help each other stay up all night—or simply for as long as one wants to stay awake and participate. Northern hemisphere or south, pagan or not, staying up all night long or just dropping in while you’re awake…it doesn’t matter, because everyone is welcome at Up All Night: A Technopagan Solstice Celebration!

The festivities will begin at sunset on Friday evening, December 21 and for a second year will include the Great Global Group Meditation (details to follow). Tell your friends! Any Cauldron member can participate, and of course, Cauldron membership is free.

So who’s in this year? And who has an idea for this year’s non-theme?

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Recurring figures in dreams

For the longest time I would have the same figure appear in my dreams. She was a lovely little old lady in a blue anorak. She was slightly hunched over and always gave me advice. She would just show up in some dreams, I’d turn a corner and bam! old lady.

I’ve not seen her for a while, which I’m quite sad about as whenever she appeared I would wake up feeling so lovely. Like I had just ate a big plate of freshly baked cookies.

I suppose I don’t really have a question, I just wanted to share my experience. But I suppose I am interested if anyone else has had a similar experience.

Btw sorry if this is in the wrong place, I wasn’t sure where else to post it. ^^;

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Wikipedia’s anti-scythian sexism

Note: Archive links + addendum at the end

Recently, Wikipedia has saw fit to delete several pages relating to Scythian religion. The most notable casualties of this spiteful decision are Tabiti, which stands as the matriarch of the Scythian pantheon and its actual head according to Herodotus’ Histories, and Argimpasa, a rather iconic figure in the discussion of the matriarchal aspects of Scythian society.

The world’s leading encyclopaedia can afford to have articles about anal sex but not about important mythological female figures. And all because of spite.

The de facto reason for this deletion is a rather complex conflict between Wikipedia as a whole and me, and is particularly rooted on a logical fallacy: everything a certain user writes must be wrong by default. Such is the statement lead by user Krakkos and its possible sockpuppet 1|2|3k:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Tabiti#Tabiti

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tabiti&action=history

This particular user has been noted as paranoid and unstable by other administrators:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Tirgil34/Archive#Clerk,_CheckUser,_and/or_patrolling_admin_comments_43

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Krakkos#Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Tirgil34

This wreck of a person is allowed to edit Wikipedia, and destroy female representation on a whim, out of spite, out of paranoia, out of lack of concern representation has as a concept.

Wikipedia’s standards do definitely need to change, to put it absolutely as mildly as humanely possible.

ARCHIVED LINKS: http://archive.is/LQcJx

http://archive.is/fEbbF

http://archive.is/kRue8

http://archive.is/RNrJl

Addendum: At least one administrator agrees these jerks are going too far. Another did too, but was framed of being a sockpuppet, displaying the depths Wikipedia will go to be spiteful.

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Seeking: Christian/Secret Polytheist drawn to Pagan Practice

Hi all. :) This is my first post/first day on the forum. Apologies for what will almost certainly turn into a lengthy post.

I was practically born a Christian. My dad, along with just about every other man in my family, was a pastor. I was baptized as an infant and dedicated to the Christian God.

I was (am?) a devout Christian.

Despite being a devout Christian, I didn’t realize growing up that my natural relationship with Deity was, frankly, more pagan in flavor than it was Christian. I remember getting in trouble as a kid for drawing circles on the ground to sit and pray in. I always felt God more in nature than in the church, and felt a relational connection to plants and animals. I rejected fundamentalist ideas even as a young child in a fundamentalist church. I knew, deeply, that my God was good and kind and was different than the God often portrayed in sermons. I never believed it was a different God, only that the preachers had not really met Him!

I had very real interactions with Deity as a Christian. Most of that is too personal to go into here, but I could never deny what I experienced. Suffice it to say that God was personal, helpful, and very real in my life.

As an adult, I began studying theology and started realizing how much my personal beliefs differed from those of the Church. I tried very hard to submit to the teachings of the church, truly. When I couldn’t, I began exploring other denominations of Christianity. The word “practice” kept coming to me, that what I really needed was a spiritual practice. This was never emphasized in the fundamentalist belief-centered churches I had grown up in. So I began searching for churches that would give me some sense of spiritual practice.

I was delighted by the liturgical calendar, prayer beads, contemplative prayer, and other practices. Still, I struggled every time I tried to study and accept doctrine.

I continued to read. I imagine that you will all understand how reading can open up a giant can of worms. At this point, I can no longer intellectually assent to the Christian creeds or dogma. After much study in an attempt to strengthen my faith, I have actually lost faith in the Bible. This was devastating. I now strongly suspect that polytheism is “true.” And I find myself very drawn to practices that are considered sinful in my church. I find myself drawn to reading mythology. I’ve began a few very simple practices like smudging my home, lighting a candle or incense for meditation. These are simple, basic things that are actually frowned upon in my church. If anyone saw my bookshelf, oh my! I would probably be shunned.

Part of all this is due to my life circumstances. I’m going through a horribly painful time and Christianity simply isn’t helping me right now. Typical Christian answers make me angry. God has seemed very absent for the last couple of years, probably because my beliefs have changed, and I feel both sad and angry about this. I find myself longing for a female deity who can relate more to the difficult circumstances I am working through. I find myself connecting more with the upcoming solstice than the advent I usually observe.

I am torn. In the past, any “paganish” worship practices I experimented with were all done to honor the Christian Trinity. But after two years of unanswered prayers and the falling apart of my belief in the Bible, to paraphrase a comment I read somewhere (apologies for forgetting the source), I just want a good relationship with a good deity. Like I had before I began really studying the history and texts of my religion. I want to explore this path more.

Yet as someone who was baptized and dedicated to the Christian God, I have concerns about exploring this path further. Ours is a jealous God. For all I know, His silence and my horrible circumstances are all punishment for my doubts and refusal to submit to church dogma. This doesn’t jive with the God I experienced for all my life until recent years, but it certainly does jive with the Bible. I’m afraid I’m not free to seek out any other deities or try out certain practices, lest I invoke the wrath of the God I committed to in the past.

Does any of this make sense? Any words of wisdom as I try to sort all of this out?

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