This week for Faithful Friday we're taking a particular focus on interfaith interactions, be they either cooperative or combative. Join us as we investigate efforts to end the tragic fighting between Muslims and Christians in Central Africa, the lives of Sikhs her in America, and the role of ethnic and religious minorities in Turkey. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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Today, 31 July, marks to first Polytheistic Day of Protest and Remembrance. This Day was established to honor the numerous ancient and sacred sites threatened, or even destroyed, by Daesh. As the official website notes:
This is not a Syrian issue. This is not a Muslim issue. This is a world issue. It is a human issue. Daesh is purposely targeting memory. They’re targeting their history, and their own physical connection with their polytheistic ancestors. It is done to demoralize, terrorize, and desecrate....
I am lucky enough to live in Kifissia, a lovely green suburb of Athens, Greece. Not far from my home there's a quiet place with meadows and olive groves. I love taking meditative walks there. Just a couple of days ago, as I was walking, I came across a snakeskin. I felt chills down my spine as I remembered the powerful symbolism of transformation associated with a creature that can literally shed its skin.
This made me think that the forces of change are always with us. They're part of nature as much as they're part of our inner landscape and our social environment. Living in Greece has given me ample opportunity to experience the winds of change time and again these past few years....
I don't normally forward you on to my personal blog, but I wanted to get a post in before vacation. As per usual, there is more to do than there is time...
The next divinity on the atheist's list is Kronos. A while back I wrote a story about him. I really don't think I can top this one, at this time. May he be remembered and honored....
This may be ambitious for your next Sabbat party, however I must decree it – get out to the country, already! Get rural with it for Lammas. Know someone who lives on a farm, or of one that is open for visits? That is where we should all be this Lughnasadh. Anywhere that offers dining on fresh produce and home-cooking is ideal. Remember, bread and corn are key, in whatever form you enjoy them.
Round-up a group of pals and make a pilgrimage. Bring a big red and white plaid vintage tablecloth to spread out on a picnic bench or the grass. Enjoy barley wine, hard cider, mead, or a local craft ale together. Stroll the grounds and eat outside. For the meat-eaters, it could not get more ritualistic than a sacrificial pig roast. If someone has access to a small tractor (and knows how to drive it), take turns giving each other rides perched atop some hay bales. It is near impossible not to get into the spirit of this day when partaking in these activities. Pick a picturesque spot to watch the sunset together. Listen for the resounding alien hum of the cicadas, and don't forget to take a pause and be thankful for what you have.
If you are not fortunate enough to be friendly with someone who has their own barn and facilities, here are some midwestern farm-themed options for getting away from it all. Take a gander at their websites and/or call first to plan your day trip:
(Halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee)
A homestyle country restaurant, live entertainment, hay rides and family-friendly fare abound at this Sturtevant staple. A word to the wise: If you don't mind crowds, by all means, go. If not...
Bridge-Between Retreat Center
Up toward Green Bay in the little town of Denmark, lies this peaceful retreat. They tend a small organic farm with meals available. Llamas, cats, hens, and geese roam the grounds. This is definitely for those looking for little quiet.
Brown Deer Farm
West of Beloit is where you can escape here. A retreat facility, organic farming, and a nature-rich surrounding await.
President Obama paid a visit here, and this place is hopping all-year round. Look ahead to Halloween-themed fun with their Zombie Quest event. Rentals are available for groups.
Red Barn Farm of Northfield
How much more romantic can you get? Make your own brick oven pizza from their farm fresh, pesticide-free produce. Hand-made vegan-friendly dough and and a fun environment are offered.
Och, have we all been brain-raped by Sigmund Freud?
Has our worldview become so simplistically sexualized that we've lost the ability to see the plain sense of things?
As pagan dogmas go, it doesn't get much more dogmatic.
Cauldron = female. Cunny. Womb.
As a quick glance at mythology demonstrates, the ancestors knew a rather more nuanced world.
Welcome back to Earth Thursday, our weekly segment about news related to the Earth and sciences. This week, we take a special look at architecture, landscaping, and urban planning with an eye towards ecological balance or seamless meshing with the natural environment. Join us as we tour Singapore's so-called "sky gardens," a transformed coal mine in rural Scotland, and Japan's new massive solar power arrays. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!