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Advanced and/or academic Pagan subjects such as history, ethics, sociology, etc.

Women all over the world are tired of being treated like third class citizens. Even in cultures that traditionally worship the divine feminine, grown women are granted fewer rights than a male infant and are punished with mutilation and death if they display personal initiative or act in accordance with nature. Three world religions blame females personally and vindictively for a mistake supposedly made by the very first woman ever created! By what logic should the ancient misjudgment of Eve be held against our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters today? This is a classic example of masculine propaganda: if we men say that women are inherently flawed, we can blame them for all of our problems. We can even make the outrageous claim that we were made in the image of God—but they were not!    

It is shocking how many women have bought into this mind manipulation, and actually believe that they are inferior. But this is not universally the case; these days many are seeking a different sort of religion that will give them equal, if complementary, status to their brothers.

Mother Nature has blessed us with a beautiful world. Why shouldn't women, who embody the regenerative Life Cycle itself, honor Nature and seek to preserve Her in cooperation with whatever demi-urges may exist as the guardians of trees, mountains and lakes? Early Celtic Christianity saw no contradiction between Nature veneration and the additional worship of Christ - the Son of the Sun. Sadly, the Church of Rome eventually succeeded in imposing its intolerant restrictions over a beautiful system that had been gentle, open-minded and inclusive.  

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    hi re: "There is an important difference between the Christian conception of Satan and the Hindu or Buddhist notion of Mara, the
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    Ted Czukor says #
    This is so lovely, Gary! Thank you so much for sharing it. Tolkien has long been among my favorite wordsmiths, and now I see that
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    I enjoyed the article and agree wholeheartedly with your conclusion, but I don't see where the foolishness comes in. The headline

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So, my friend Christopher Penczak wrote something on the whole "are the gods real or not" fiasco, which in my experience has been a tired argument since we started having it.

You can find the link here:

http://templeofwitchcraft.org/the-clash-of-the-polytheists/

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    Thank you so much for this. I agree completely and I don't feel it could have been put any better. What drew me and many others to
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    S. Rune Emerson says #
    I couldn't agree more, Stephanie. Pretty much the only time I feel the need to step in and 'correct' someone is if they're tryi

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On the Occult Side
Question: Does a twelve-tone matrix have any relationship with the 'Averse Table of Commutations' as found in Qabbalistic writings, and how does this speak to composer intent?
 
(In other words, did Arnold Schoenberg just copy from Medieval Manuscripts for his "unnerving" (to say the least) approach to music? And does that mean he's an Occultist?)
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Pagan Values, Pagan Morals

Please excuse the delay of our intended post on the supernatural. That will come next month. However, due to the Pagan Values Blogject event this month, I have decided to weigh in on the topic.

I have previously touched this matter in some of my previous Arkadian Anvil posts: Better than Belief, Evil, Ethics and Freedom, and God’s Boredom or Why we are not Enlightened. . .

But today I wish to look directly at the idea of values through the lens of ethics and morality. . .

If we want to discuss Pagan values first we need go back to a much older mode of thought. To do that we need to first separate Ethics from Morals.

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    Thank you for your insights. I enjoyed this piece.

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Starry Eye, Starry I

 

This will be the first in a series of blogs that will focus on contemplative practices in Paganism and their role in developing ourselves, our relationship to the universe, and our communities. I will also be exploring different ideas related to soul, spirit, evolution, and enlightenment. I will be presenting what I believe to be useful and/or true, but with the understanding that my truth need not be your truth. I will be sharing my perspectives and observations with the hope that it will encourage you to do some exploring. The material will be a bit chewy and dense, and will make the assumption that you are already knowledgeable about a variety of topics. I'm asking you to contemplate and to meditate upon these posts; they are not meant to be the quickly read fare that we snack upon as we peruse the internet and social media offerings.

 

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Most excellent, Ivo! I, too, am looking forward to your next installment.
  • Editor B
    Editor B says #
    I am looking forward to this series.

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