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Pagan Post-Apocalypse Fiction I: The Pioneers

Gerhard Hauptmann, The Island of the Great Mother (1925)

A boatload of women, but no men, are shipwrecked on a tropical island paradise. Together they create a flourishing women's civilization. One by one, by some mysterious property of the island itself, the women begin to become pregnant. Catch: half the children are girls, half boys. What to do with the boys?

A troubling, insightful, and prophetic novel.

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PaganNewsBeagle Sept 29

Welcome to Airy Monday at the Pagan News Beagle. Today we have stories on the autumn night sky, campfire storytelling, quantum physics and miracles, virtual/created constructed beings, and Pagan academics.

The still-warm evenings of autumn make for great star-gazing. This article at Space.com points out what to look for when you look up.

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Is Jesus abusive?

In my post “What I used to miss about Christianity” I mentioned the article How Playing a Good Christian Wife Almost Killed Me by Vyckie Garrison. The reason I mentioned Vyckie Garrison’s article was the parallel she drew between literalist biblical theology and the power & control wheel, a tool used for understanding abuse. For her, Christianity and abuse go hand in hand. Garrison opens her story by saying

 

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The Alice Tarot Is Here - Off With Her Wrapper!

It seems fitting that for a review on an Alice in Wonderland deck it feels like I myself have just climbed out from the rabbits hole! I notice it has been a while since I posted, yet somehow in my mind it seemed only a few days ago. That is what happens to authors and creative content producers, we have a tendency to lose space and time. 

At this point I am a complete Alice sympathizer and this deck arrived at the perfect time.

If you are a Baba Studios fan then you have been watching this deck come to life via both  facebook and their website. If you are not familiar with the incredibly work from Baba Studios then it is my honor to introduce you to some tarot VIPs.

One thing Karen and her team are known for is an exquisite product. Think high end luxury for the tarot market and you think Baba Studios. The Alice Tarot is just breath taking from beginning to end. I am even impressed by the box the cards sit in. It sort of flips open and hinges on the side making removal of the cards effortless.

The cards themselves go above and beyond with the special metallic ink that makes the images appear almost 3D. But like everything Baba Studios this is done in such an intuitive way that it only adds to the beauty and depth of the images. The back of the cards are just as stunning as the front of the cards and when they are sitting in their special red box look down right regal.

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What makes this deck so special to me is not the exquisite attention to detail, though it sure doesn't hurt, is the fact that this deck has taken just one story and applied it to the depth of the tarot archetypes.

This deck embodies the art of story telling as each card has become an individual story inside the larger story of Alice's journey. This deck invites us to see what a deconstruction of a story looks like, piece by piece, card by card. This is emphasized in cards like the ace of swords and the four of wands. We really do feel in this deck that we are following Alice on her journey through the looking glass. 

There are two versions of the Lovers card in the Alice Tarot, one is of the Walrus and the Carpenter the other is of two flamingos. The Walrus and Carpenter is the one that I have kept in the deck, for me it is much stronger image then the flamingos and brings more depth to the lovers archetype.

Although there are so many special cards in this deck two of them are super special to me. The first is the page of cups. In this card we see a fish delivering a message to the duchesses door. I have close friend who I call little fish and she often brings me donuts and coffee. Hence why gifts from little fishes are special to me.

The second card I just love to pieces is the temperance card. To stretch or to shrink, what's a girl to do? Such is life, sometimes we need to stretch, expand and grow to make our goals and dreams come true. And sometimes it is in our best interest to be as small and insignificant as possible. Which piece of the mushroom do you need to eat?

This particular deck comes with a little white book, which to be honest is not that bad, as far as little white books go. I really enjoy the split meanings as you get a typical tarot meaning and then an Alice meaning. I have to say I personally prefer the Alice meanings. For whatever reason I totally missed out on the companion book for this deck, but I am able to order it right off the Baba Studios site. Thank the Goddess!!!

The Alice Tarot is truly a special deck. It is not only unique but sets a new standard in deck and product creation. This is a 5 star product from beginning to end. I congratulate the team at Baba Studios for knocking it out of the park with this one.

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The Old Worship

The morning after our first Grand Sabbat, a friend approached, a little hesitantly.

“That was you in the horns and the paint up on the altar last night?”

I pause, then smile and nod.

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This essay was originally published at Neo-Paganism.com. 


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This question turns up in my inbox regularly. Sometimes when you’re searching for something, and particularly when you’ve been searching for a long time, a part of you wishes someone could just give you the answer so you can move on to the next step. I get it—really, I do. But the truth is the only person who can and should be answering this question for you is you.

One of the coolest things about Wicca, in my opinion, is that it makes you ask the hard questions and decide things for yourself. If you decide to pursue Wicca as your spirituality, you’re embarking on a path that’s not in the mainstream and doesn’t have a centralized leadership, structure, sacred text, or set of teachings. Exploring Wicca means jumping into the deep end without many of the usual societal supports. Nobody can truly tell you how to do it, although helpful people might be able to provide some guidance on the way. I realize that’s very uncomfortable sometimes, but nobody ever said spiritual growth (or any other kind of growth) is comfortable. If we’re too comfortable, we’re not likely to create change.

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