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Hec

Hec

HecateDemeter is a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an ecofeminist, a lawyer, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth.

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It has not escaped my attention that of all of the drugs and medical procedures that have ever been, birth control (including IUDs) and abortion have the greatest potential to save the Earth.  Right now, we face a terrible contradiction:  Too Many People & Not Enough Planet. 
 
As Peter Grey says in his latest essay*:
 
[W]e do not simply have peak oil, we have peak water, peak wood, peak rare earths, peak everything that is drawn into the maw of the inexorable algorithim of industrial culture and the inevitable wars and revolutions that resource scarcity produces.
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You can read my post about being a Southern Witch on the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act here:  http://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/we-have-lost-the-south-for-a-generation-lyndon-johnson-fifty-years-ago-today-upon-signing-the-civil-rights-act/

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Surely I'm not the only Pagan pissed off that ISIS -- the Islamic State of Iraq -- a group devoted to deep Patriarchy, is using the name of one of "our" Goddesses?

More on this later this week as the Moon wanes and our opportunities for magical work increase.

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  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    The group's name in Arabic is ad-dawla ʾal-islāmiyya fīl-‘irāq waš-šām, which happens to translate into English as the Islamic Sta
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I agree that the nickname is unfortunate. Since the organization's name was probably coined in Arabic, I've also been wondering i
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Hec, Being the good jihadists that ISIS' minions are, I'm sure that any actual worshippers of Isis, should they be discovered, wi
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Which is not to say that atrocities are aren't being committed by every side in that conflict.
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    No, you're not the only one. It aggravates me, though I haven't made up my mind about how significant it is. I look forward to re

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By now the story is almost risibly routine. 

A white guy with a grudge and gun -- the kind of grudge that comes from believing that you are owed control, and adoration, and sexual service, and the kind of gun that can kill a lot of people in a very short period of time, with a minimum of effort -- murders a bunch of people, many of whom he didn't even know, many of whom were women.  It happens all the time in America.  It is, the gun fetishists tell us, just the "price of freedom," just an unintended, but inalterable, consequence of the Second Amendment.  As has also become fairly common, the white guy with the grudge and the gun left messages:  in this case, YouTube videos that explicitly spelled out how his "Day of Retribution" would play out, not to mention a 140-page "manifesto" sent to his parents, therapists, a radio station, etc.  (The police interviewed him and, as he was white, and privileged, and polite, decided that he was harmless and didn't do anything.)  And then there were his Facebook page and the messages that he'd left on various "men's rights" websites. 

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  • Stephen M. Stirling
    Stephen M. Stirling says #
    By the way, Elliot Rodger was Eurasian, not "white" as that is commonly defined in the United States. Try flipping the signifier
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Good points, Stephen. When something terrible like this hits the news, the reactions of people who weren't there and didn't know t
  • Patricia Maria
    Patricia Maria says #
    Having joined I think I'll be leaving again. All very well to cry 'Misogyny' at every opportunity, but don't use it as an excuse f
  • Patricia Maria
    Patricia Maria says #
    PLEASE stop using this young man's death in this way. He had Asperger's syndrome. I would urge you to do some research into how it
  • Ophylia
    Ophylia says #
    Hello Patricia. I'd like to respectfully inform you that Elliot was not, in fact, ever diagnosed with Aspergers. Additionally to p

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I'll be voting tomorrow in our county's Democratic caucus to pick a candidate for the upcoming school board election.  The county caucuses are fun; there's always some school group selling cupcakes or cookies and there are lots of activists handing out literature and seeking signatures for all sorts of causes.  And, usually, the candidates are there and more than willing to talk about the issues. 

I never vote without remembering my ancestors:  both of my blood (my grandma was born when women did not have the right to vote) and of my spirit (the Occoquan Suffragettes seem to show up in the booth with me with rather surprising regularity). 

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You can read my recent list of spell suggestions for the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls captured by Patriarchial terrorists over at my blog:  http://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/fucking-patriarchy/#comments 

Please feel free to add your own suggested rituals, spells, and magic workings in comments.

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In the book The Paper Chase, there's a scene where the young law student gets an extra assignment from his demanding law professor -- a chance to really show what he can do.  The student gets behind, the project takes longer than he thought, other work interferes, but the whole time he keeps telling himself that he'll just do such a big, bang-up, thorough and more-than-thorough job that it will still impress his professor, even though it's late.  When he finally confesses what's happened, the professor brushes it off and says that when it was clear the student couldn't handle it, he gave the job to someone else.  Which, in law school, is, you know, really, really, really not good. 

I've never forgotten that scene and it's sometimes shown up unpleasantly in my dreams. 

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  • Hec
    Hec says #
    David, I think that's brilliant. My preference would be no prayer but if there's going to be prayer, we need to be included and,
  • David Dashifen Kees
    David Dashifen Kees says #
    I've got the skills and talent to put together a website that would provide Pagans (or anyone, really, but let's start small) with
  • Kveldrefr
    Kveldrefr says #
    I honestly wouldn't expect there to be any atheist or Wiccan Justices, but the number of Catholic Justices is staggering. Five out

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