Jewish leaders speak about the need to protect trans lives. Native Americans protest the appropriation of artifacts from their culture. And Chinese and Taiwanese scholars mourn the loss of a Confucian philosopher from among their number. It's Faithful Friday, our weekly segment on faiths and religious communities from around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
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Even in the land
of the starving
barren of nurturing
of communal cohesion
and direction for
the lost children
what bits of
I could find
built and grew
made and found
My ripe fullness
can be painful
waiting to be
picked and made
bursting with fine
I dream of others
in our similar
across the wasted
ley lines of life
Whenever a witness on my beloved Judge Judy starts hemming and hawing about a question they don't want to answer, she always barks, Um is not an answer! But sometimes? It kind of is.
I always assume that everyone who reads me is a psycho in the same way. You know what you want, you know how to get it, you just need a kick in the ass to get it. But then I look at people I actually know and I realize that not everyone knows what they want in the micro or macro. For example, I thought I'd be writing books about hearth witchery. It turns out though that writing recipe based pieces (such as my Llewellyn annuals work) is incredibly tedious for me. I don't mind it for the annuals, but a whole book? I'd run away to New Orleans with no forwarding address a lot faster than I would be likely to actually finish it. I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was eight, but what I actually write about depends on who's paying, like most artists. I've written smut, I've written about camping (despite loathing it) and camping equipment, I've written about miniature goat farming. I prefer the smut and the witchy over content writing, but I would do content work again if I had to and I would love to write Young Adult. But I spent several years working to pave my way into hearth witchery, to the point that it was the first proposal my editor had from me. She wanted it to be witchier and I said, I can do that but can I pitch a few other things first? We can come back if you don't like any of it. She picked up glamour and here we are. I love hearth based witchcraft, but I'm passionate about glamour....
(image: Two hands in black and white cupping the bloom of a deep red rose)
I had tentatively started a post on the Roman months of May and June being filled with rose festivals and how the adornment of roses and violets marked both life and death in the Roman world during the months of May through mid-July. I was mentally filling this essay with how we could all stop to honor our Beloved Dead in the summer with roses and all the historical bits I could yank out of my tumbling, sometimes foggy mind.
And then on June 12th, while I drank my coffee, the news filtered in that there had been a mass shooting in Orlando.
The baby bird is lying broken on the ground, dying. Its parents, perhaps detecting some weakness in it, have pushed it out of the nest.
Clearly, it's suffering. What do you do?
“Don't do what you want to do,” wrote Robert Cochrane, father of the contemporary Old Craft movement. “Do what needs to be done.”
Cochrane is critiquing the Wiccan Rede here. “Do what you want to do” is his sneering version of “Do what ye will.”
Old Craft ethic is different from Wicca's. It's tribal at heart, concerned with life together and the obligations that social existence entails.
A year ago my family pilgrimaged and moved back to the small town that I grew up in. The vision that we had as we prepared for our move was a simplified life that included a lot of family, less work, and lot's of open country side.
We take a look at some of the places where wildlife continues to thrive. Doctors consider a new solution to diabetes. And futurists imagine how the cities of the future may be greener and better. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!