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Nov. 18th, 2010


ele_eternal

The Merry Meet... please forgive the journal x posting!

My name is El and I wanted to invite you all to join in a brand new world wide pagan community project.

The Merry Meet!

www.themerrymeet.com

Created by the Pagan Community, for the Pagan Community.

Where pagans, psychics and alternative spiritual types connect from around the globe!

Create your profile, make a group and forum for your coven, join other pagans and spiritual folk in intelligent conversation on our forums, share images, music and stories or simply connect with new and old friends.

You can even create and promote your events or your pagan related business!

The Merry Meet is here to bring together our community with Love, Joy and Wisdom. We're still brand new and slowly ironing out the kinks so please be patient with us!

http://www.themerrymeet.com

(somewhat x-posted. Apologies!)

Nov. 9th, 2010

priestess

nightshade_oak

30 days of Paganism

Is anyone else participating in this meme? I've been reading a few people's blogs on these and I've been enjoying not only the different responses but the different ways in which people read the question or topic, and the different things they choose to focus on in the way they respond.

I've already written a pathways thread for my form of Hedgecraft but not for my Heathenry, and this is a good way for me to flesh out the solid understanding I have of how these two paths form my religious practice, how they function together and as separate paths, etc.

I'll leave the meme here under a cut for those who haven't come across it yet - though the one I got my hands on may have been changed slightly from the original meme as different people I know have changed the topics very slightly to individualise them for their own responses.
30-day meme list under the cutCollapse )
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Jan. 28th, 2010

magic, wicca, herbs, witch, pagan

craft_haven

Concerning my last post...

My last post was met with some amount of hostility, and while some of the feedback was harsh I feel it was well deserved. Nothing drives me more than criticism. That said, I have revised the article into a manner that I hope is less dogmatic and just more informative.

After re-reading the article this morning, as I was trying to tweak it, I found many sections where my own fears and anger of past circumstances were glaring me in the face. This is not my intention for Craft Haven--to rant, and point fingers. I merely wish to be educational and to provide comfort to those seeking it. I will be more diligent here on out to make sure that I do not offend people. I am not naive in thinking that I can please everyone, but these past few hours have shown me that I can do much better.

If you wish to read the revised article, please refer to my last post for the link.

Jan. 27th, 2010

magic, wicca, herbs, witch, pagan

craft_haven

Pagan Sexuality

So recently I wrote an article about pagan sexuality. It was successful to a large degree. My goal was to be as upfront about the subject as I could be. You hear of so many people who mark sex as taboo, or they are at the very least embarrassed about the subject.

Why is this? The idea of sex ranges from an oppressed 'I am a sinner' view, to the carefree 'sex is a hobby' view. Where's the balance? I understand that the majority of people today grow up in households with parents whose best idea to keep their kid from 'promiscuity' is to tell them how wrong and disgusting sex is. What a mind trip!

I was part of a Christian family in my teens. My hormones were running wild around age seventeen. I was already inclined to be a 'rebel' and I can only imagine if my parents told me the above viewpoint. No doubt, I would only have gone to see for myself. Yet, I'm not like everybody. There are some people who take what their parents say as gospel (excuse the pun) and end up with their entire outlook on a life of love, tainted to a depressing degree.

What comes as a surprise is the look on peoples faces when they read that having safe and responsible sex is enjoyable. It widens peoples eyes with an expression of, "really?". Yes, really. Outside of being a responsible, loving adult, I don't feel that there should be any other sex rule. Sex is natural and should be enjoyed, not shunned. You shouldn't have to feel bad about it.

There are many other avenues I discussed in the article. If you would like to read it, just click here.

Jan. 26th, 2010

magic, wicca, herbs, witch, pagan

craft_haven

Greetings!

Hello everyone! This is officially my first post to this community, so I thought I would introduce myself. My pen/craft name is Marcus Briarstone, and I am a writer for a pagan informational website known as Craft Haven.

I am male, 26 years of age, and identify myself as an eclectic pagan. I do not follow a specific path as I find courage, strength, and harmony with most forms of earthen spirituality. I write to inform people of pagan history, celebrations, recipes, spells, and ultimately our common ground with many other faiths. It is through such that I find a sense of contentment; I drive myself to constantly update the website and provide accurate information through it, as well as my tweets on Twitter, and my posts here on Livejournal.

The website is a baby for now. There is a ton of work to do. My goal is to have it fully fleshed out with several hundred articles by the end of this summer--accurate and thought provoking articles.

I hope you all have a grand day. Thank you for reading this.
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Jul. 30th, 2009


gonemoondancing

Atheist Pagan?

I've never found a word for what I believe... all I've ever done when asked is either let people assume what they want about my beliefs (because it's none of their business anyway) or just used the umbrella term of "Pagan" and explained that it is in fact just an umbrella term when I use it. I always end up having to explain them before anyone really understands what I mean, and while I don't mind not having  a set word that sums up my beliefs... it gets VERY annoying. My husband is an agnostic, and we get into religious discussions often. One day he was asking about my personal beliefs, and after I explained a bit he came to the conclusion that I'm an Atheist.

I am all about freedom of religion and every one's equal and whatnot... but this word really upset me. I had no idea it would rub me the wrong way so much. In all honesty, I've grown apart from my meditations and everything because of it. All I can think of when I hear the word "atheist" is those kids in high school that wear black and talk about how much they hate Christianity and smoke pot all the time. I hate being so prejudice, but high school ruined that word for me... I can't stand to imagine having such a hate-filled word tagged onto me, but when I think about how I don't believe in any god/desses, past lives or an after life (because I don't believe in souls), that nothing needs to be worshiped, and I don't practice magik or spells because I believe in karma (not the misconstrued "what goes around, comes around" deal, but the "Que ser a, ser a" kind of thing... just accepting the facts of life). My list is a bunch of "I don'ts" and that makes it sound so... Atheist.

But I just don't feel like that makes me Atheist... I think that makes me a realist. If I can't see proof that it exists or a logical explanation for it... then I just don't think it's there, but I do believe all living things should be deeply respected, that the Sun brings us life every day, and the Moon is the best calendar we'll ever have. I celebrate Solstices, eclipses, and moon phases because of the amazing, perfectly timed dance the Sun, Earth, and Moon weave around each other. I believe the Earth is our mother, and that she nurtures and teaches us so much.... that death is just as wonderful as birth; there is a definite end to all things, and that isn't a bad thing. I don't think it's wrong to hate, because if you can love, then you can hate, too... anything you can do to one extreme, you can do to the other. I believe in a full circle of life, yin and yang, and a connection between all living things.

I can't even find out what Atheists really stand for, because all the research I've done has come up with nothing more than their hate for religion. How do I know if what I'm saying is a perfect match to "Atheist"? I'd like to be able to either come to means with the fact that I'm an Atheist, or be able to have a solid answer for why I'm not one. As of now I can't do either, and my spirituality is suffering from it. Any words of wisdom?

Jun. 9th, 2009

fl0e comission

ixious

Looking for Druidic Information

A bit of background:
I am a believer in reincarnation and the idea of pantheism and akasha.  I am a Reiki Master, and specialize in the Third Eye and teaching it to access the akasha.  Through some exposure to pagans, I realized that some of my more "elemental" thoughts/desires/compulsions can be traced back to at some point having a druidic incarnation.  I am EXTREMELY interested in investigating anything possible about the literal practice of Celtic Druidism.  i have researched neo-druidism, which is more of a "flavor" of wicca.  I am more interested in the ancient rituals, practices, and "prayers" of these practicioners.  Any information is welcome and cherished.  My contact info is on my profile or comment here.  Thank you again

Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh!

 

Apr. 28th, 2009

God is in the rain

papermoonriver

New Community

I've created a community that I wanted to let you all know about.  Behind the cut is the basic community invite I've been posting in various places around LJ.   communityCollapse )
It is not about paganism per se, but many members here have found healing and a newfound faith with pagan circles due to the acceptance and reverence of sexuality found within the many pagan subfaiths.  I'd love it if you all stopped by, and if you feel you could benefit from or contribute to the community, please join us.  :)  Namaste, all.

Jan. 22nd, 2009


annabellle

(no subject)

Do you chant to raise energy or put yourself into a trance?
what do you like to chant? what chants to you use for what?
I don't chant, adn iw as thinkinga bout it the other day. just general curiousity.

Jan. 17th, 2009

God is in the rain

papermoonriver

What would YOUR Wiccan Holy Book be?

For those of you who don't know me, I don't identify as a Wiccan or even purely as a pagan.  But I DO bring many pagan aspects to my spirituality.  I plan to major in comparative religion when I finish massage therapy school in a coupla months, and have a real heart for understanding and honoring all faiths.  It's just how I roll.

So on my mantle I have displayed many holy texts -- the holy Bible, the holy Koran, a collection of Mormon scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Tao Te Ching.  I've got a couple others for filler so it doesn't look so bare.  As you can see, my collection is far from complete.  I'd like to get a collection of Buddhist sutras and the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (aka - the Tibetan Book of the Dead).  Of course the idea of Divinely inspired word is pretty western, so the same ideas can't be applied across the board, but I'd sure like to try.

My question is this -- I would like to honor Wicca and other pagan religions (oh, I've got the general "mythology" collection as well, though it's really told from a cultural-historical perspective) on my mantle, but this is difficult because to my knowledge there is no specific book which wiccans and/or other pagans would necessarily regard as a holy text, even in a loose sense of the word.  There's the Rede, but a) it's quite short and b) difficult to find standing alone in bound form.

So what, in *your* faith, would be a book that is so sacred to you personally that it would come close to belonging in a collection of this sort?  Would it be your own personal book of shadows, over anything anyone else would have written?  And if this be the case, how could I put together my own book of shadows as I don't do much spellwork and my faith structure isn't purely wiccan?

Any and all thoughts are appreciated!

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