The Queen of Jordan speaks about the plight of refugees throughout the world. The world reacts to the terrible and tragic events in Orlando this weekend. And President Obama speaks about anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment about societal and political news around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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Greetings! Since my last post, I have been installed as Archdruid at ADF and it has been a busy six weeks. There has been a lot of discussion about what ADF is and what ADF isn't, so I thought I would go back to basics and discuss, over a series of posts, the Vision of our Founder (or Flounder depending upon your point of view) Isaac Bonewits.
I think it is safe to say that Isaac was a visionary, and his thoughts on Neo-paganism are as valid today as they were when they were first uttered three decades ago. I adhere to Isaac's vision and I think it is the organizational foundation for what ADF is today and will be going into the future....
Disney debuts their new film about Polynesian mythology. Duncan Jones talks about his fantasy film Warcraft. And a new Japanese series about a teenage witch gets a look from Westerners. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in popular culture! All thsi and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
I've been rereading The Dresden Files lately and as I've been reading the books I've been paying attention to the rules of magic that are part of that pop culture magic universe. When you practice pop culture magic, its important to pay close attention to the rules of magic within the given pop culture you're working with because those rules apply to the pop culture characters you work with and how they'll help you magically. It may seem odd that different pop culture universes have different rules of magic, or that those rules should even matter.
However they do matter because you're working in a specific context generated in part by the pop culture you work with. And if you want the aid of the characters you work with, you need to respect the context that is part of the mythology you're working in. Let me share an example to illustrate this....
I am going to delay the next article in the series "Blurring the Lines of Community" for an obvious reason.
The LGBT community has been deeply wounded. That community has been the inspiration of many of the things we have been trying to do over the years in the Pagan Community. I have often held up the LGBT Community as an example of what can be accomplished by a repressed, suppressed, and marginalized community. Same sex marriage is now the law of the land. Battles over equal rights continue, but the LGBT Community has done an amazing job over the last few decades of moving the discussion from one of pure hate and complete lack of understanding to an emerging view in America that their members are simply other members of the larger community. There is still far to go, but the LGBT inspiration has had a massive impact on the Pagan Community and how we are now attempting to become more accepted by the legal system and American society as a whole. There would be no "Pagan Pride Day" if it weren't for the LGBT Community blazing a trail for us.
Just came across this June 2013 piece I’d never shared. Now seems the time to share it, though I don't know why.
Amidst distractions—fears making my thoughts scurry in multiple directions, people attacking in hopes of distracting themselves with turmoil, forms promising to be essence, delusions masquerading as passions—I light a single candle. Simple altar. The Friend adds a stone.