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Scars of Honor: A Brief Disquisition on the Men's Mysteries

 What no man may tell, nor woman know.

My father once said, What do you want for your children? You want them to have what you never did.

I had presided at G's Naming, so when it came time for his Man-Making, it was natural that his foster father should give me a call. We got together with G's godfather, and together the three of us planned a nice, tight little ritual, the rite that we all wished we'd had ourselves.

Later that night, as I was writing up the outline that we'd crafted, I realized that we'd left out something important. Actually, what we had left out was the single most important thing of all.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Gods, yes.
  • Piper
    Piper says #
    Should have added this, sometimes men come with their own scars, we just honor them and how they were acquired
  • Piper
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Hazel Moon: New Moon in Virgo


In Irish mythology, there is a story of the salmon who swam in the Well of Knowledge, around which grew sacred hazel trees. The salmon ate nine hazel nuts that fell into the Well, and suddenly become possessed of the all the knowledge in the world. Anyone who caught and consumed the salmon would also take in the blessing of wisdom, and so the salmon was pursued by heroes for years.

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The Black Bass Family, a family of freshwater fish in the Sunfish Family, is well known in sport fishing for being strong explosive fighters. This Fish Family of North America are called the Micropterus (incertae sedis) to differentiate this Family from other fish called “Bass.” Fish in Black Bass Family include Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, who are popular with anglers. Since They come in various shades of green, grey and black, most people identify the different Members in this Family by their jaws.

Preferring clear, clean waters, Black Bass Male usually nests in gravelly bottoms. He builds a small round “bed” and then chases after Female Black Bass, when She enters his territory. After an intense mating dance, She lays her eggs and leaves. A diligent Father, Black Bass keeps his Fry (Baby Fish) safe until They are ready to leave the nest. He constantly patrols the area guarding against anyone who would attempt eat his Fry.

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Empowering Each Other To Dis-Empower Bullies

Maybe it was naïve of me, but it never occurred to me before this morning that a person could be a racist feminist.

Personally, I find all forms of oppression and bullying equally abhorrent.  I believe all humans (all sentient life, really) deserve love and respect from the beginning to the end of their lives, no matter what they look like, who they love, how much they have, what language they speak, or what they believe.

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    Thank you!
Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, August 31

Should there be Pagan school clubs? Is there a proper priority to the relationship between politics and religion? And are Pagans becoming more concerned with the concept of "sin?" These questions and more addressed in this week's edition of Watery Wednesday, our segment on news about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_andean-condors-1.jpgIndigenous peoples have engaged in spiritual running for thousands of years and continue their traditions of running today. To many Indigenous nations, running is ceremonial and has deeply spiritual and traditional meanings. Runners also served as messengers. The Peace and Dignity Journeys, a series of runs across the Americas, are continuing those ancient running traditions. The purpose of this series of Indigenous runs, held every four years since 1992, is to fulfill the Condor and Eagle Prophecy, a prophecy held by the Taino people and other primarily South American Indigenous nations. Above is a photograph of a pair of Andean Condors. The California Condor went extinct in the wild in 1987, but has been recently reintroduced (see photo at right). b2ap3_thumbnail_300px-Gymnogyps_californianus_-San_Diego_Zoo-8a.jpg

To some Indigenous nations, the Eagle represents the male principle of our planet, and the Condor is the female principle. The prophecy states that once the European settlers arrived the balanced principles of Indigenous nations were devastated and the Eagle (men) have dominated for the past 500 years. Through these spiritual runs, the balance between the principles of women and men is returning--the Condor is being brought back into Her rightful place of honor. The 500-year cycle of disharmony is closing. These runs are meant to heal the Indigenous peoples, but ultimately, the Earth and all people will find healing once the female/male principles are righted after the tragic disruptions brought by colonization of the Americas.

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Let's Celebrate the Feast of Grapes

It's time for the grape harvest! In Modern Minoan Paganism, the last day of August is the Feast of Grapes, the celebration of the gathering of the grapes but also the death of the vine-god Dionysus, who sacrifices himself for us in a way similar to the grain-gods of northern Europe.

Like the northern European harvest festivals of Lammas and Autumn Equinox, the Feast of Grapes is set on a particular calendar date for the convenience of modern Pagans. In ancient Crete, the harvest happened when the grapes were just the right ripeness for picking. Depending on the weather and other influences, the date might have varied by as much as a week or two from year to year. If I were celebrating based on my own grapevine, I would have done it two weeks ago, when we picked the deliciously ripe muscadines and savored them in our own casual ceremony that included a bottle of muscadine wine from a previous year's brewing.

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