Religion in Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire

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While not technically real pagan religions, I’m interested in the religious themes that appear in the show and the books, although they don’t really go too deeply into religion in the show. I’m only part of the way through the first book, so I haven’t come across explicit explanations of the religions of the characters, except vaguely when a character mentions praying to “the seven faces of god” or something along those lines.

From what I’ve read online, the main religion practiced in the series is the Faith of the Seven, which involves the worship of seven deities who appear to be facets of one ultimate godhead. They include the Maiden, Mother, and Crone, a triad quite familiar to modern pagans, as well as the Father, Smith, and Warrior on the male side, and the genderless god called the Stranger, who represents mystery and death. Temples of the Seven are called “septs” (from the Latin word for “seven”), and priests are called septons and priestesses septas.

The Old Gods worshiped in the north are nameless deities, and this faith has more in common with animism than organized polytheism and the worship of specific, named gods. Trees called “Weirwood trees” are religious symbols, and there are no temples for organized worship.

There are also the Red God/Lord of Light, who seems a little sinister in the show, judging by the woman who follows him. From what I’ve read, this religion is more ecstatic and involves prophecy. There is also the Drowned God, worshiped as a local deity on the Iron Islands, which we haven’t seen much of yet in the show.

Anyway, I thought this was interesting, and clearly there is a lot of pagan influence in these fictional religious traditions, and elements relevant to a discussion of pagan religions.

A Medieval Mind Set vs. Not Believing in Anything

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Medieval display (Photo credit: One lucky guy)

I had a heated discussion with a friend about Religion and Non Believers. The discussion went from the current Abrahamic Religions to the Egyptians, Sumerians and Witchcraft. He believes there is no such thing as Witches and that it is all a psychological matter. He also doesn’t believe in life after death. I’m not sure where some people get the philosophy that there is no life after death because I have heard this same philosophy from other people.

He then goes onward by stating that the Human race would be light years ahead if there weren’t any religions. I personally believe that some aspects of his beliefs are true because of the fact that things like stem cell research and cannabis are both persecuted as acts of crime, yet both offer vast amounts of healing.

I was told that I have a Medieval frame of mind because I believe in evil spirits and other dimensions. I also got into a heated exchange about Witchcraft having so many facets and that earliest forms of medicine stemmed from Witchcraft. Alchemy is another facet that evolved into chemistry. Modern physics has already demonstrated that there are other realms.

So am I really thinking with a Medieval Mind?

Beginning Magic?

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1848 painting of a folk magic ritual (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been instructed (by the bossiest Goddess in the Universe) to start doing magic. When I pointed out that I don’t know anything about magic I got a terse “learn” as a reply.

So I’m looking for books, web sites, or tips on beginning magic.

For background I’m interested in herbs, candle magic, folk magic (and folklore), weather magic (that is, not doing magic to affect the weather but using the weather in magic as I am an uncannily accurate weather forecaster.) I’m not really interested in ceremonial magic stuff and I don’t work overtly with the four elements (in that I don’t make sure they are represented in all magic/ritual work).

Also is it okay to talk about magical workings as I am doing them? Some say this makes them less effective but I don’t understand why this would be?

Questions about Hellenic Polytheism

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I’ve been studying Wicca on and off since I was in 8th Grade. Now that I’m going to be a freshman in college this fall, I’m jumping back into my studies and have recently found Hellenism. I’ve had a fascination with mythology, mainly Greek mythology, since I was in elementary school.

So, with that said, I’m not exactly sure where to start. I’ve been researching the gods and goddesses and have found a lot of hymns to the gods and I was wondering if anyone had any book/website suggestions or just advice/information about festivals, altars, rituals, etc.

The Hunter vs The Farmer?

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Winter morning (Photo credit: blmiers2)

I’ve been around the pagan scene for awhile and I’ve noticed that there’s been a lot of emphasis on the growing season and the Spring and Summer months. Which I’m not knocking, if that’s what work for people, then that what works for them.

However, it seems that the Fall and Winter months seem to get neglected, the part of the year that I believe belongs to The Hunter. In the Spring and Summer farmers and field workers plant and grow their crops and reap them in the late Summer early Fall. However in the fall and winter, hunters hunt for their food.

Yes it is the season for death, as plants wilt their leaves, and the hunters do slain the animals when the earth becomes cold. However, I think this time has it’s own form of magic that I believe is being unappreciated.

The cold and dark days do have their own cycle, which heightens at the Winter Solstice and then makes way for the Warm season.

Just as the warm season’s magic is at it’s strongest during the Summer Solstice, so is the Cold Season’s magic is at it’s strongest during the Winter Solstice.

Honestly I have a stronger connection to the cold season because I love the Fall and Winter and I work with dogs, who are descendents from the wolves. Wolves seem to be more in tuned with the Cold Season than they do with the Warm Season, but maybe I’m off on that?

I just feel more in tuned with the Hunter than I do with the Farmer.

Christo-Pagans?

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I could not think of a better term than Christo-Pagan, although I only worship Christ.

I struggled a lot with Christianity growing up, because of the way it was presented to me. I dabbled in Agnosticism here and there, but always believed in a Higher Power. I was drawn out of my Protestant upbringing to the Catholic Church. From there, I found the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church.

At that Church, I feel like I am home. I feel intense peace and belonging. Yet, I still believe that religious beliefs fall on a spectrum. I dabble in energy work and Tarot cards still, but not in anyway that runs contrary to Christianity. I use energy work and Tarot readings as my own inner insight.

Is anyone else like this? I still feel weird about it, because I know many Christians would reject me upon hearing this, but at the same time, they are my true feelings.

What Makes You Interpret One Thing as a Sign and Another as a Coincidence?

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Loki taunts Bragi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If this makes any sense, what makes you interpret one thing as a sign, from the gods (or anything else spiritual, for that matter) and another as a coincidence?

For example, I was just reading about Loki turning into a type of fly and stinging a dwarf. Some kind of bug (it happened so fast that I wasn’t even sure what kind) flew down and landed on my page for a second and flew off. I’m in a room with the door shut, and I hadn’t seen it before then, and I haven’t seen it since.

When it comes to things like this, I don’t want to look too much into it, and yet I don’t want to not look enough into it, if I’m not completely rambling. I still have next to no experience, so any opinions, insights, or personal experiences with these things would be greatly appreciated.

How Do You Sense Energy?

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How do you sense energy? I know some people visualize it as something they see, and some people visualize it as something they hear, but how do YOU sense it?

For me (This is probably really weird), I feel it. In my brain. I can compare it to when I eat a lot of sugar and I have an uncomfortable feeling in my brain area, idk. Like a buzzing. Energy feels a bit like that, except not uncomfortable.

So how do you sense energy?

Or, if it isn’t normal to do this and I’m imagining it then please tell me.

Looking for Good Social Justice Communities

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I genuinely am interested in Social Justice issues, but to be honest I don’t actually know much about them, largely because all of the Social Justice-focused corners of the internet I’ve ever come across were really unpleasant places. (Um… I can be more clear on what exactly I mean by this; I’ll explain further if anyone needs clarification but I don’t want to turn the OP into a long rant.)

For a long time, that scared me off from ever wanting to get involved in anything related to Social Justice. Now I’m starting to become interested again, but I don’t know where to start.