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Of Oosers, Stangs, and Garlands

The stang is the standing forked pole that represents the Horned in Old (“Traditional”) Craft practice. I've written elsewhere about the custom of “dressing” the stang with seasonal garlands, and theorized about the meaning of this practice. It now occurs to me that the garlanding of the stang has an even deeper resonance.

It is universally acknowledged in Old Craft circles that the stang in-stands for the Master Himself. By Robert Cochrane's time (1931-1966), the personification of the “Devil” by the “devil” (i.e. of the god by the priest) had as a practice become moribund, so that the lore associated with it has been passed down only in fragmentary form.

That does not mean, however, that it has not been passed down. The ooser* (rhymes with “bosser,” not “boozer”) is the horned wooden mask worn by the priest when he personifies at the sabbat. Here in the American Midwest, as elsewhere, it has become customary for the ooser, when worn, to be accompanied with a “ruff” or collar of live greenery around the neck which, of course, varies in make-up with the season, just as the stang's wreath does.

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Go Deep.

Go Deep. Discover what more there is to the situation. Live it.

This is the key to a live lived. Thich Nhat Hanh has said:

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Lover and Beloved

Step into the place of the Beloved. The Lover will come immediately. The great Gaia is always there, right under your feet. She brings this quality of Lover and Beloved into the connection that's happening right now. As soon as you stop denying that, stop taking your awareness away from it, this love bursts to the surface. Allow it in your body, in your dance. Feel it spreading into all your other relationships. Love is happening right here, right now. 

Too often we waste our time- and love- in the delusion it isn't there. AS if we need to search it. This is only possible because we are so estranged from Earth. As soon as we come back to Her, we experience Her infinite Love. Allow yourself to step into the dance and become Her Beloved.

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    Beautiful.

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Art, Spirit, and Wonder

Greetings Pagan Blogosphere!

I am very happy and honored to be here on Pagan Square. For those of you who don’t know me, I am Helena Domenic, and I am a Pagan, an art historian, and an artist. I am one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, and I am also the creator of the Fellowship of the Fool Tarot deck, as well as a Lenormand deck that I am still working on. Some of the questions I seek to find an answer for are “How does one talk about the Ineffable? How have humans tried to express their beliefs and feelings about the divine through Art? Where does art become ritual? Where does ritual become art?”

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    It sounds like this will be a fascinating column, Helena. Hope you continue to post lots of pictures as well -- love both of these
Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 15

The world is a wonderful and diverse place. Today, in the Pagan News Beagle, we take a look at that diversity. How are Siberian shamans making a comeback? What does theology have to do with #BlackLivesMatter? And how do yesteryear's witches relate to modern women's health? These questions and more are discussed in today's articles from around the web.

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Tarot Magick for Everyone

Tarot magick can be as simple as finding an appropriate card and leaving in on your altar.  You can also sleep with the card under your pillow, or hold the card to your chakras and breathe in its energy.

Tarot magick works with the idea that each tarot card holds a specific energy. Choose the card that holds the energy that you want in your life, and consciously bring the energy of that card into your life. Tarot is a simple, effective tool for this kind of magickal work.

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Stags that Wear Torcs

One of the mysterious creatures that inhabit the dark forests of Arthurian lore is the stag with a crown around its neck.

This bizarre figure has entered heraldry and folklore as well. A stag gorged with a crown (French gorge = “throat”) appears on numerous coats of arms and pub signs.

The meaning is not far to find. The stag is the preeminently crowned animal—“crowned with antler”—and, as such, Lord of the Forest. Still: a crown around the neck? Weird.

Peeking from behind the High Medieval Dudgeon of much Arthurian lore one may sometimes see hints of something older and wilder: retroflections of the early Iron Age, post-Roman Keltic world that gave rise to the later material. And here, I suspect, we may find a key to understanding the stag gorged with a crown.

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