Unfortunately, I did not perform the Samhain ritual I so wanted to do. Between drama related to a group project for one of my classes, and the start of NaNoWriMo, ritual slipped away and didn't happen. I'm disappointed, both that it didn't happen, and in myself for letting it become the least important thing in… Continue reading A Belated Blessed Samhain to you all.
Samhain is next month, and I'm excited! It's my favorite holiday, both secularly and spiritually. I absolutely intend to wear a costume, even if only a simple one, that Monday evening to class! Traditionally--as much as anything can be traditional in such a young spiritual community--Samhain has a strong connection to the Ancestors and Death,… Continue reading Chaos Paganism’s Calendar: Samhain for a Modern Pagan
He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality. --Emily Dickinson So a thing happened the other day that I was not expecting, and it put me off guard, and it seemed one of those out there WOO things that anti-theists and others use to put down Paganism. Looking back, though,… Continue reading Because I could not stop for Death–
Part of trying to distinguish my path from Wicca--which is important to me not because I hate Wicca or Wiccans, but simply because I'm not Wiccan and feel my path should reflect this--is figuring out a set of holidays that actually celebrate things I, as a modern Pagan, find important and even holy. Also, that… Continue reading The Holy Days of One Modern Pagan
I’m just gonna leave this here.
I’m going to keep this brief, because I have a life to live. But if someone tells you thatdiversity is “destroying polytheism” please show them this.
Dear Concerned Party,
You are being shown this blog post because you seem to think that diversity is contrary to Polytheism. You want to set up a Polytheist Community wherein only certain types of Polytheists count.
I’m just going to start by assuming that you have never taken an Anthropology 101 type course, and that your grasp of ancient human cultures is extremely limited. Forgive me. I can think of no other reason for your distress, or for your misguided notion that you can treat Polytheism like it is one community and one tradition.
I can think of no other reason why you would look at the ancient world, the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Icelandic, German, Celtic, Slavic, Chinese, and Nigerian Polytheisms, and think that…
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I am not Wiccan. As shared in a previous post, I was as a teenager just finding out there were religious options other than Christian, but I've changed since then, and Wicca is no longer the proper place for me in under the Pagan umbrella. The problem is that there is no established path or… Continue reading Sabbats, Holy Days, Holidays
I had a realization a few days ago. My realization is that I'm just not that into scholarship. I can scholar, don't mistake me on that, I can do the scholarly thing, I can read the books, and write the things, and cite everything under the sun. I like the reading part, and sometimes I… Continue reading The Scholar and the Mystic