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Question: why are we as Pagans still worshipping fertility at a time of overpopulation and global warming? 

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  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    It is my understanding that the type of fertility we celebrate when we honor fertility gods like Freyr basically means "nature sta
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    I honor fertility because the fertility of animals gives us food, as does the fertility of plants -- in fact, the vast majority of

Posted by on in Culture Blogs
Boxing Day

It's also St Stephen's Day, which reminds me of that song--St Stephen's Day Murders.

For decades now, Boxing Day has been a sacred retreat day, which sounds pretty fancy until I tell you that I stay in my pajamas all day and write thank-you notes and switch over all the data into my new calendar. I eat leftovers--or I eat cake all day--and I read a book or watch a movie.

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    He might indeed. He is not a fan of shenanigans other than his own.
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Of course, Puka might have his own ideas about shenanigans

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From There To Here

You don't need to be an Elder god this time of year but it might help.  Lots of people who are otherwise very  hearty Pagans manage to get to the holiday (yeah, pick one) table and find they have nothing to say. They haven't yet "come out" to their family which complicates an already tricky situation. No matter how firm we are in our spiritual convictions, when we are in our parents' homes we revert to being wayward kids, the weirdoes of the family.  We go from being Lord High Muck of Bucklebury Ferry to being Billy, the fat kid with the wandering eye.

It happens. If you are very fortunate and mature it may not be so for you. I hope you know how blessed you are. My parents are dead so I get to choose how I spend the day without reverting to the fat girl who only wanted a pony.

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    Blessed be. Yes, I am fortunate that way, too. Mostly people are curious or quiet. I had never had a formal talk with one of my d
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thanks for your wise words. I am one of the lucky ones, very out as a witch with family and my wider community (including in the

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Love this post. At the Christian seminary where I am campus pastor, one of our Pagan students was very helpful in their Christian

Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs
Baby

There is only this moment of pure joy as I sit on the floor, my whole body attentive to this baby, this tiny embodied being as they reach for each object on my bookshelf.  Each object is felt with tiny fingers, held in tiny hands, tasted with a tiny tongue and mouth.  Each object is full of new texture and contour.  Each object is a delight of learning for this new embodied being.  This baby has recently begun crawling, employing the new skill of coordinating among body parts.  Something catches their eye and the new muscles in legs, and arms, and torso begin to work together to move their whole self to what has attracted their attention.  We both crawl to a new place to sit again as, with newly dextrous fingers, they pick up a new object.  The object is light weight but awkward in size and these tiny hands drop it on the floor.  The sound of this new object hitting the floor brings a beam of ecstasy to their tiny face and they reach to pick it up and drop it again and again, enraptured by the ability to create sound.

 

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thank you, Lizann, and all blessings of the season. "All work for justice and healing begins with learning to crawl." That is beau
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thanks Ted. Blessings to you as well!

Posted by on in Paths Blogs
Christmas with Dionysos

You’ve probably seen those memes that depict the many deities whose birthdays coincide with Christmas and whose attributes are startlingly similar to Jesus’. Please understand, I have no quarrel with Jesus, though I could do without some of his followers. He is one of a long line of gods who remind us that there is light within the darkness, that all cycles turn and renew, and that mindfulness and compassion go a long way toward curing the ills of this world. But he’s not the only one with those attributes, and in fact, he’s not the only one celebrated at this time of year, either, as you might have guessed.

Let me introduce you to another god who is born at Midwinter; perhaps you will enjoy his company as much as I do. He has much to teach, for those who have the patience to listen.

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At one time you may have considered yourself a Christian - because you loved the persona of Jesus, and felt a deep intuitive understanding of his attitude and teachings, as though he was an exemplar of kindred mind, the like of which you might grow to become yourself in time. You may have heard him communicate with you in your prayers and meditations. But the churches in your part of the country insisted that to be a Christian, you had to accept him as your personal savior, whose status you could never hope to attain - and moreover, you had to be evangelical about it. You saw no need for either of these things. You felt that each initiate must make his own sacrifices and his own choices, and that Jesus would prefer that you learned how to stand up for yourself! But because you had such a stiff-necked, self-willed attitude about it, no minister bound by a literal commitment to the Nicene or Apostles Creed could admit you into church membership. 

You might have also considered yourself a Hindu - because you meditated and chanted the Gayatri Mantra, and you received loving messages and assistance from Mother Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu, Sri Krishna and Siva Nataraj. None of them ever turned you away, that you could tell. You were sure you had lived many past lives in India. Yet militant "born" Hindus sent you nasty emails telling you to stop insulting their religion and stop teaching Yoga; you couldn't possibly understand the depth and gravitas of the subject. You couldn't possibly be psychically or emotionally gifted enough to communicate its truth to others. (As though complete strangers would be in any position to make that judgment about you.) 

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    You're very welcome, Asa - and thank you, Lizann and Carol. You're so right, Carol, about the mania of looking for an authority!
  • Asa West
    Asa West says #
    Sometimes a post feels like a drink of cool, clear water on an unbearably hot day. Thank you.
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Couldn't agree with you more. I find it interesting that many on the earth path also are looking for authorities, whether in the f
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Yes! The cultural turn from "right belief" to "personal experience" is happening in parts of all religious and spiritual communit

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