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I am still deeply affected by the events of this week, and I'm struggling to reconcile my feelings around what is going on in our country right now. How larger themes of racism, sexism, xenophobia, transphobia, and hatred have permeated the fabric of our nation so completely. Working where I do in and amongst conservative Christians as a Pagan is a challenging and often times exhausting endeavor where showing up is half the battle.
I was on call the morning after the election news broke, and in our case, whoever is on call that day delivers the morning devotional in Chapel that morning. I've done a variety of offerings from my tradition and they have all been warmly received, but on this day I wanted to present something that spoke to deeper bonds of fellowship and used common language I knew would connect with my colleagues and yet would remain true to my identity as a Pagan. I presented this piece I had written in my Gospel of John course at Iliff a few years ago:...
This morning, I woke up early to go to a seminar for work. I stumbled into the bathroom to brush my teeth with Jow trailing behind me. We’re making little dumb barely awake jokes at each other, but I know by his face and his tone that the news isn’t good. But still, we talk around our toothbrushes and I want to keep this moment a little longer before I feel that death drop of the world rearranging itself out from under me.
I haven’t talked about politics too much here. I mean, you know I’m a feminist so it’s not that hard to extrapolate the vague positioning. Ever since I wrote about Disney, my mother, being adopted and Tangled on Witches & Pagans and I was accused of being a kidnapper sympathizer in the comments (among other things), I’ve been really leary of polarizing topics....
I initially published this post over at my Patheos Blog this morning, but I feel it's quite relevant to share here as well, as it's about sigilcraft - and finding our own power.
This morning, as I put inked brush to paper, my hand trembled. I’ve been using brushes for over 35 years, and I can’t remember a time when my hand shook like this, from the emotions welling within. I could have probably used a Micron pen to offset it, but my gut said ink and brush.
So much is at stake, at risk, and in danger – yet these are the times we were made for. I seek to exchange my tears of fear and dread – for those of determination, spawn by the winds of revolution. I have put brush to paper, intent into action by crafting a sigil for all of you who need protection and guidance against the impending storm. To summon its power and remind you of your own. To be a beacon to get us to time of the Star, navigating safely through the time of the Tower.
Description of the Power Sigil and the meaning of its parts:
The largest part of the form is a 5-pointed star, representing protection and the elements that make us up: earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. Within that star is a second star, another layer of protection and a balance of conflicting identities, shining against the dark and the unknown. Within that star is an open circle representing an egg, a seed of truth, the eye of calm within, potential. Extending out from each arm of the larger star are tripled-barbed arrows. They guide our energy outward, reaching while protecting, their points finding purchase in what they pierce. Flanking each internal chevron of the star is a crescent moon – its horns protecting the vulnerable areas, while also representing the waxing and waning of the moon, of ideas, of waves. There is one for each of the next 4 years, with a 5th to mark the rising of a new era of hope and change. Behind each is a black dot – a point of origin or destination, a new moon’s energy of facing fears and banishing the dark within and without.
The description of my Facebook group Ariadne's Tribe states that Modern Minoan Paganism isn't a reconstructionist tradition. That's true. Reconstructionist traditions use texts from the original culture to figure out what the religion looked like back then, and we don't have any Minoan texts that we can read. Linear A, the script the Minoans used to record their native language, is still untranslated. But we do have something close that has been deciphered: Linear B.
I know, the names of these scripts are maddeningly non-descriptive, but they tell us one thing right up front: Linear A came first, with the Minoans, who were one of the indigenous peoples of Old Europe and who inhabited Crete beginning in Neolithic times. Later, during the Bronze Age, the Mycenaean Greeks (who were an Indo-European people) came down through the Greek peninsula and met up with the Minoans. They learned a lot from the Minoans, including how to write (they were illiterate before contact with the Minoans)....