White Mountain Druid Sanctuary (WMDS) is a Druid inspired Pagan site in Trout Lake, Washington. There aren’t many Pagan sites in the US and there are even fewer that have been created as a modern interpretation of ancient Indo-European customs and practices. WMDS was envisioned after years of study of ancient Celtic (Irish, Welsh, and Gaulish) archaeology, history, and religion and was built to honor the practices of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF), a Pagan church based on ancient Indo-European traditions expressed through public worship, study, and fellowship. WMDS was also built to re-imagine how the ancient peoples of Celtic Europe may have honored the world around them, the Land, and the Gods and Spirits.
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If some Da'ish thug put a gun to your temple and hissed in your ear, Convert or die: what would you do?
Pagans have faced this choice ever since non-pagan religions gained political power. In our own day, alas, some pagans still face this hideous choice.
Which is better, to be true and die, or to hide and live?
The martyrs get all the hero-tales, it's true.
And indeed, I praise the sacrifice of those who kept (and keep) faith at the cost of their lives.
But ever, they say, the Craft must survive.
So I also praise the sacrifice of those who wrap themselves in the cloak of the conqueror, but keep the Old Ways in secret.
Ugh, my on again, off again life.
We moved here to slow life down. It has been quite the adventure! Since 2009, I have had 7 jobs. That is more than Ihave ever thought I would have in my lifetime! My husband has had 2 since being here. I've started many projects and finished only a handful....
Since the last time I posted here almost a year ago, I had mentioned I was going through a metamorphosis. I did a lot of soul-searching and reflection on it over several weeks, and I made the move. Before I do anything else, I need to extend a great deal of gratitude to everyone who's helped and supported me, especially my husband. Everyone needs a rock to lean on, and I'm very lucky to have one. Because of so many people being there for me, I've crawled my way out of the swampy water, shed my old skin and have spread my wings. Ain't they purty? Allow me to tell you all about their iridescent facets!
It was around the same time last year when I left the agency I began my real estate career four years earlier. The one I chose was a much larger one yet still a local independent - from three people (including myself) in my old office to nearly 500! It was a frightening experience for sure, but the change paid off in more ways than one. Not only did all of the landlords I regularly worked with follow me over, which I am still touched by that, but I gained quite a few new clients throughout the year! Since then, I had also earned my broker license, which I know is something that would not have happened if I stayed where I was. And, because I have that, I now have many more opportunities available to me, such as rental property management and sales. My managing broker feels I would be a natural at property management, and for the right client, I would cheerfully offer that service!
This was one of my doodles while I was studying. I tend to remember things not only by writing them down, but also by matching stuff to pop culture references.
Money-wise, yes, I closed the books on 2016, and I earned more money with Kale Realty than I did with my past brokerage, and I earned that only with commissions. At the other place, I was also their office manager, so a good portion of what I earned was income for administrative work. Now, the only stuff like that I do is for myself, and it's a lot more fun! One of the reasons I chose these guys is because they truly allow me to be independent - so I was able to design my own business cards, door hangers, signs, banners and holiday cards (which those, I was able to design them for my friends and family and not just for clients and prospects - I mailed hundreds!). Creating a sign for my retail storefronts - that was a huge achievement for me - the first time I officially got to use my broker license over being a leasing agent.
[Putting on my Realtor hat] This vintage Logan Square corner storefront rental with commercial zoning has tin ceilings, exposed brick and a full basement! Priced right!
In 2016, I passed quite a few checkpoints and crossed off bucket list items, all thanks to that big change! One of the first things that happened was I won a set of tickets from the office to the White Sox opening game. Oh, and these weren't bleacher seats, either. We were right behind home plate, and the tickets also came with premium parking and access to the VIP area - fancy bar, restaurant with carving station and fancy bathrooms! What, you don't believe me? Well let me show you!
In Baltic lore, each of the Old Gods has his or her own sign.
For the Sun, it's the Sun Wheel. For the Moon, the Crescent.
Fire is the Fire Cross, the swastika, Thunder, the Thunder Cross, or compound swastika.
The Winds, since there are four of them, have the Cross, Heaven the Mountain. (How else would you draw a picture of the sky?)
But what about Earth?
My teacher, Tony Kelly, of the Pagan Movement in Britain and Ireland, used to say, “If we know anything at all about Earth, we know that she's Mother.”
At the time, as a good, doctrinaire second wave feminist, I found this statement reductionist and objectionable.
Since then, I've changed my mind.
"DEAR GOOD WITCH , BAD WITCH,
I need advice: I had a great connection with one of another witch. We are old friends, and the connection was amazing. We have so much in common especially in our devotion to the Craft. (He and I have both been taught by the same high priestess.)
I met him last Wednesday at the beach I gave him a hug and a kiss and, as I walked away I had a feeling: “I will never see this man again."
We were supposed to go out on Friday evening and all of a sudden, he just won't talk to me or anything and he's known me forever, so I'm very confused.
I swore I would never date another person in the Craft, but it seemed so real. If there's any advice that you can give me, please. I can't get him out of my head and I just need to know what happened on his end. I feel like he put a energy spell on me and I just keep craving to hear his voice or something and I'm not sure if it's the rejection or a psychic attack.
I just feel so much in my heart and he knows, too, that we would have been a great team. Please if you can give me any insight or advice I'd appreciate it. Thank you so much.
Heartsick in Half Moon Bay
It's something of a problem in contemporary pagan iconography.
Do gods have halos?
Halo: a disk of light surrounding the head, in art the conventional indicator of holiness. (In Greek, halo means “threshing floor”; threshing floors were clean, shining disks of ground.)
To Western eyes, halos may have something of a Christian look to them. For some, that's a problem.
But look East and you'll see that buddhas wear halos too, and so do Hindu gods.
In fact, there was a time when use of the halo was forbidden to Christian artists. Sorry, Crispus, halos are for pagans.