Faith is a fact of life for many. But the plurality of voices and ideas is one for all of us. How then do you reconcile your deepest held convictions when they run contrary to those of others? Today's stories take a look at the many ways people of different beliefs come together... or not.
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I am fascinated by ritual. Rituals of all sorts. In every culture, in every age there are rituals to commemorate births and comings of age and marriages and deaths. There are high holy days set aside to celebrate the gods, goddesses, fallen (s)heroes, venerated Ancestors and important moments in a culture's mythos. Rituals can be elaborate festivals lasting many days or simple, daily actions such as changing the milk in an offering bowl or setting a piece of food aside for the Fae folk or just taking a moment to pray.
Rituals are made up of many components. There's the liturgy, the actual words that are spoken. There may be songs and offerings and costumes and incense and props of all sorts. For me, whether it's a grand affair or the most humble of rituals, stepping into ritual space is a beautiful and necessary act, because rituals ask us to leave the mundane "outside" of the temple and allow us to connect with life and our past and our future, right now, in the present....
"10,000 Pagans Raise Their Voices For Environmental Action"
This might be the headline this summer....
For all its recent history, the English word “god” is a fine old pagan word with a long, long pedigree.
Cognates occur in all Germanic languages (German Gott, Icelandic guð, etc.), and in all Germanic languages, interestingly, it was this word that was chosen by early missionaries to denote the Christian god. How and why this came to be is in itself an interesting question which would well merit further study, but that's not my intent here.
For historical reasons—largely because of its Christian associations—we've come to think of “god” as (connotatively, if not grammatically) masculine. I suspect that among English-speaking pagans this masculinization has been emphasized by the word's implied pairing with “goddess.” English lost its grammatical genders after the Norman invasion, but the other Germanic languages have kept all three of them (masculine, feminine, and neuter), and in all of them (again, for Christian reasons) the word god has become a grammatically masculine noun.
But that's not how the ancestors saw it.
One of the greatest needs of industrial civilization is cheap and plentiful energy. Our search for such energy has often come at the cost of the environment. But need that be the case in the future? Several of our articles this week take a look at the relationship between our power sources and the environment as well as how new technological innovations may make green energy truly sustainable and practical very soon.
I Never Miss a Beat. I'm Lightening on My Feet.
Until today, I was rapidly coming to a place where NannyDeb would have wanted to punch CurrentDeb in the face until a few teeth went missing. I survived my first tax season! I have a shit ton of paid time off now! I got my first large wholesale order for my craft business that puts a significant amount towards going to the UK to harass Gordon and other local wild life. I upgraded my wardrobe! I got my first Just Campagne bag! I had tea in the Russian Tea Room! I spent time in my favorite spa! I got to use Sarah's Fairy Ointment and trance out in my teepee, journal about it, do some deliciously filthy things and then have a nice organic dinner! My relationships are awesome, my finances are solid! I will be featured in the 2016 edition of Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac! I'm thinner than I've been in the last ten years!
Everything is awesome....
In my last post, I talked about going to the John Edward show and getting a metaphorical smack. Since then I’ve had some interesting things happen. I read tarot. I love the tarot and feel very connected to certain decks. I have one I use for me every time no matter what. I’ve tried doing readings for myself with other decks and they just don’t resonate like this one deck. I use the deck for other people as well and always have the best readings with this one deck. I’ve stopped buying other decks. I like other decks but they don’t work as well as this one deck I use.
My daughter’s friend called me out of the blue and asked if I would do a reading for her. I’ve not read for her in probably ten years or more. She believes but has not come back to me for a reading since I did one which told her a male energy was going to come into her life and have a significant influence on her. (Shortly after, the reading she got pregnant with her first son.)...