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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Of animals, people, and kindness

 

I want to turn a commonplace contrasting humans and animals on its head. I am not 100% sure I am on to something important, but am pretty sure I am. And if I am, it is very important. It also powerfully strengthens the case for a Pagan immanentist view of life as permeated by the sacred rather than a transcendental monotheistic one of it as needing its value to come from above.

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    Tasha Halpert says #
    Very interesting idea. Thanks for this thoughtful column. I feel that we underesermae our animal brethren, many of whom are kinder

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Why Widdershins

Witches have always been widdershins people.

Down the millennia, we've put up with a certain amount of guff on this account, even back in pagan times.

But everyone needs a little widdershins now and then.

It's applesauce time right now. The thing about apples is, only the whole ones keep. The bruised, the blemished, the ones with broken skins, will never last the winter.

So you cut them up and cook them down with a little salt and cider. Then you run them through the food mill.

Around and around goes the food mill. It's a collar with a screen on the bottom. You turn and turn the handle, always with the Sun; the applesauce trickles out into the bowl beneath, and the screen catches the stems, skins, and seeds.

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Jack Pumpkinhead Must Die

Old Jack is dead.

Valiantly he lit the Gates of Summer's End.

Then came freeze.

Now, with thaw, what the squirrels have left sits in a puddle of its own melt: sunken, falling in.

Once he was firm, thunkable. Now, if you tried to pick him up—but please don't try—he'd fall to spongy, rotten pieces.

Soon I'll be bringing out the snow shovel. Its first use of the season will be to shovel up what's left of Jack and take him back to compost.

Yes, Summer's gone, but you know Jack.

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    Tasha Halpert says #
    Made me smile! Great photo too.

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A Light Shines in the Darkness

I have been away for some time. And I have, unfortunately been away for a reason many of us know all too well:  Depression laid me low for several months from early spring all the way through the summer. I did not take the election of the current president of the US well, and my depression was, I believe, a manifestation of the agonies that many people went through at that time. 

I am pleased to report, however, that as the season darkens, my mood lightens, and that as I prepare for my annual winter solstice retreat, Going into the Dark, I delight in the grey and the rain and the lowering clouds of the Pacific Northwest. There is still the occasional visible sunrise or sunset, the first late and the second early, but mostly we are now in the rains of early winter. 

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The Snake Rots from the Head

My “crime” was walking while gay.

The car slowed as it drove past. Two guys leaned out of the windows, wolf-whistled, and shouted out sexual comments in my direction.

They were clearly not gay. This was not real desire, however swinishly expressed.

No, their intent was to humiliate.

Because, of course, the worst thing that you can possibly do to another man is to treat him like you would treat a woman.

Gods, I thought. So this is what women put up with.

That abuse of power and concomitant sexual harassment are societally endemic should surprise no one.

Media moguls, executives, and legislators are (finally) getting some well-earned comeuppance. Calls for the resignation of abusers are, at long last, being heard from every quarter.

I say, let's start from the top: with the Abuser-in-Chief and the Chief Justice Abuser.

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    I was reading as much as I could of Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" and it seems that this sort of abuse h

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Name (Tribe)

There's a conventional usage in the First Nations press which I think, for various reasons, would be a good fit for the pagan community as well.

There it's customary to identify someone both by name and by tribal affiliation:

Winona la Duke (Anishinabe)

Arvol Looking Horse (Dakota)

This makes perfect sense. In traditional societies, you don't just need to know who someone is; you need to know who her people are as well. In traditional Dine (Navajo) culture, when introducing yourself to a fellow Dine, you mention not just your own name, but your maternal and paternal clans as well. This gives you not just an identity, but a context.

Since pagans come in different kinds, it seems to me that this makes sense for us, too:

Isaac Bonewits (Druid)

Alison Harlow (Feri)

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