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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Censorship at Aeclectic Tarot

Tarot--the highly-symbolic set of cards that serves divination, meditation, pathworking, inspiration, creativity and illumination--is a "fringe" practice that, to some extent, is becoming more mainstream...just like Paganism in all it's diverse, vibrant expressions.

And because both expressions are "fringe" (meaning we tend to be objects of ridicule, exclusion and/or marginalization), we need to support one another.

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  • Vanessa Green
    Vanessa Green says #
    When I think of censorship I think of an authority coming in and shutting down the presses or making editorial changes to films ba
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    I see your point, Vanessa. Listing decks in a database, however, has nothing to do with guidelines or codes of conduct...
  • Lisa Allen
    Lisa Allen says #
    Hi Janet! You are wonderful - as a tarot deck creator, author and tarot reader! :-) So I don't mind giving my two cents. As far
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Thank you for your kind words, Lisa! That was one of my points: you can't claim to be THE authority of Tarot deck listings if you
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    The comments in this thread have been removed as they were quickly moving (on both sides unfortunately) from reasoned debate into

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Gong-gong is the Chinese god of floods and is the next divinity I am remembering from the atheist “graveyard”.  July is the start of the flood season for most rivers in China.  It is a huge challenge to those who work the land.  The rivers are a double-edge sword; without water nothing will grow but with too much water, lives and crops can be lost.  So it is very much a love/hate relationship with these fast moving rivers.  The Chinese have several eccentric river gods and Gong-gong is one of them.

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Birth-Tree

Your baby will come soon.

So you need to find a birth-tree.

You can't give birth in camp, because blood draws predators and you'd be putting everyone at risk.

It's winter, so you want an evergreen, one with enough branches to offer good protection from the weather, but not so many that predators can approach unseen.

You'll need a stout trunk to brace against; also lots of absorbent duff to sop up the blood, and a spot to bury the blood-soaked strew. Unburied blood draws danger.

The right tree will also provide dead wood, and you'll need that. Fire warms and protects.

A hemlock on a south-facing slope would be good. That way you'll get the best of what Sun there is.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I'm drawing here on Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' experiences among the Ju/wassi of the Kalahari in the 1950s, some of the very last
  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Because nothing says women and children are important to the survival of the tribe than making a woman give birth in the middle of

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Tree Full of Suns

“Nice tree,” said my neighbor, dropping off (bless her) a plate of cookies.

“Not very Christmas-y, though,” she added.

Well, no. It's a Yule tree.

That's why it's filled with Suns.

And fruits, and vegetables: all the abundance of the year gone by, and the growing season to come.

Every ornament's a prayer.

There it stands in the south, just where it always stands. Same place, same lights, same ornaments, giving the odd sense that somehow it's the same tree, back again from the forest for its annual month-long visit.

In a sense, I suppose, it is the same tree. The Tree is dead: long live the Tree.

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Is Your Witchcraft Subversive?

Jow: What will you ask for?

Me: To live deliciously, I guess?

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Dragons of the Cosmos: Timeless Chaos

Dragons of the Cosmos are a part of the fabric of the Universe. According to many myths, these Dragons have either created the world or plotted to destroy it. They have an intense unbounded energy to accomplish their aims. Because of the danger They pose, these dragons are best to be avoided. Moreover, Cosmos Dragons only have relations with the Gods, and usually ignore humans.

The Great Mother Dragon, Tiamat of Babylon (pictured above) is one of the best known of the Cosmos Dragons. As the Creator, She formed the first Heaven and Earth with Her Body. Tiamat is also called the Lady of the Primeval Chaos, who avenges her spouse’s murder. According to Babylonian myth, She tried to rid the Earth of both Gods and humans, and nearly succeeded.

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Midwinter Harvest

She's pregnant, hugely pregnant.

Midwinter's Eve gathers around her: firelight and song, laughter, preparations for ritual and feast.

No one is surprised when her labor begins. After all, it's what we're here for.

We revolve around her. She sinks into her birthing-crouch.

Her cry of triumph halts our dance.

She opens. From between her legs, a freshet, a torrent of abundance.

Apples, oranges, almonds, walnuts, filberts—and one lone pomegranate—pour forth and cover the floor.

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