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Most of you have probably seen this already, but I wanted to share it anyway.  When I was living with my parents, I used to watch Nightline with my mum before bed.  I remember their “Faith Matters” segments and always bemoaned that they were only devoted to the  big monotheistic religions.  I just wanted one segment…  Just one?

Well here it is!  Finally!  Only, it focuses on British Paganism.  Not a terrible thing, of course!  I wish they would look at what’s going on in America.  Maybe they felt it would be easier for Americans to digest if it were about those eccentric Brits.  I don’t know…

The video is dramatized, but it could be much worse.  I’m impressed that they interviewed a rather level-headed policeman rather than the strangest person they could find (which usually happens).  The newscasters seem more amused…  so much for an unbiased tone.  I guess that’s rare in any news media these days…

The Wild Hunt » Pagans on ABC’s Nightline.

 

 

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BBC News – Staffordshire Hoard ‘to help rewrite history’.

 

Neat!  I can’t wait to hear more about this.

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I am not… I am…

I am not:

  • a very negative person
  • a mathematician
  • the best at managing my time
  • a violent person
  • verbally abusive towards other religions, even ones I don’t understand
  • a meat eater
  • mentally disciplined at this moment
  • a bard
  • a warrior
  • a neat freak
  • a porn star
  • a palm reader
  • polyamorous
  • polydactyl
  • afraid of the dark
  • a litter bug
  • athletic
  • comedic (unless by accident)
  • a super model
  • perfect
I am:
  • generally optimistic
  • an artisan
  • creative
  • a Druid in progress
  • a lover of nature
  • a seeker of the old ways
  • a writer (or at least I try to be)
  • idealistic with a healthy dose of pragmatism
  • a strict but strange vegetarian
  • a collector of bones (see above)
  • a peaceful person until I need to defend myself
  • a fiery Sagittarius
  • interested in Celtic Reconstructionism, traditional witchcraft, heathenism, hearthcraft, hedgecrossing, and garden witchcraft
  • always curious
  • always learning
  • an animal lover
  • a dancer
  • a part-time wino
  • a feminist
  • a seamstress
  • a knitter/crocheter
  • a sketchbook scribbler
  • a gardener
  • a good friend
  • an excellent wife
  • faithful
  • a flame keeper
  • tolerant
  • a tree hugging dirt worshipper
  • pale
  • tattooed
  • a traveler
  • a lover, a sister, a daughter
  • afraid of tight spaces
  • an environmentalist
  • a casual gamer
  • a priestess
  • empathetic
  • critical
  • offbeat
  • frizzy
  • beautiful
  • feminine
  • long-nailed
  • an English major
  • prone to jealousy
  • clingy
  • magical
  • a great cook
  • devoted to my Gods, Ancestors, and the Nature Spirits
  • religious
  • skeptical
  • mildly agnostic at times
  • a believer in fairies
  • slightly obsessive-combulsive
  • a budding foodie
  • attracted to spirals and shiny things
  • a huge Beatles fan
  • a proud bitch
  • crazy
  • ME!

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Excellent essay from Sarah Lawless.

There is a very fine line between magic and madness. Some who follow this crooked path believe they go hand in hand and you can't have one without the other, but I say that is an unhealthy view point. For magic to work, it is best to be a sane functional human being grounded in this world. That is what I was taught. Too often sanity is thrown without caution into the gutter and people run head first into madness not even thinking for a second of … Read More

via The Witch of Forest Grove

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I’ve seen a lot of people making pessimistic remarks about the New Year.  I’m not referring to such comments as, “2010 sucked.  Glad it’s over!”  Some people have genuinely unfortunate years.  While it’s true that most people don’t even know who Janus is and why it’s significant that the first month of the year is named after him, and while it’s true that Samhain is a more spiritually important New Year observation to me – I recognize the power of the transition between December 31 and January 1st.  As previously discussed, it is a threshold, a crossroad, an in-between state.  Any Druid or witch worth her salt knows that such things are big, powerful deals!  Yes there is Samhain, but the Scottish Celts have Hogmanay.  This can still be an important time to a Druid.

It disturbs me to see so many negative comments about the New Years celebration.  I’ve seen many people claim that it’s just another day.  Others are grumbling about how 2011 will be the same as 2010 and people who think otherwise are delusional.  Further, I’ve seen people look down their nose on resolutions, stating that people shouldn’t set goals just because it’s a holiday.

That’s all well and good.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but at the same time that’s just being passive aggressive and/or down right rude!  Some of the people I’ve seen making these comments are in some tradition of Paganism or studied such things as anthropology in college (so much for cultural relativity!).  Why be such a scrooge?  Sometimes I get a little put-off by how in-your-face Christian holidays can be, but I am so over the whole “militant Pagan / your holiday is stupid and stole everything from mine and is wrong” phase. I saw Pagans laughing at Christians who had a religious holiday decoration vandalized.  Really?  That’s funny to you?  That’s disturbing and doesn’t say much for such people or our religion.

But back to the New Year.  Just because it’s not one of your holy days, doesn’t mean there isn’t magic to be found!  What is just another day to you is a day of joy for another!  And so what if someone uses a holiday as an excuse to set a goal.  Humanity has set a president for that!  There are many examples of cultures that set aside certain days for certain activities – including reflecting on the past year and making new goals/resolutions/oaths/magical tools/etc.  It’s part of being human!  And in a community that should understand the workings of magic, it surprises me when someone decides to verbally poo all over another’s excitement and desire to make a change.  Even if someone is not making a resolution based on magical correspondence, some people need an excuse to even admit that they want to make a change.  Some people genuinely are hopeful for something better.  Saying that 2011 will be the same as 2010 will not make the person who lost his or her job feel better.  It will not make the person who wants to give up smoking feel better.  It will not help the person trying to write that first novel, buy that first house, have a baby, do better in college, etc etc etc…  Why be negative?

Some people will always be negative.  I’m not saying I’m perfect and free of pessimism or judgment, I just don’t understand why some people are bahhumbugging what could be very meaningful to others.   We need to stop looking down our noses at another person’s harmless celebration and find some sort of joy in it – even if all we can say is “I hope it works out for you.”  Because that’s all New Years is about – hope for a better tomorrow.  What is wrong with that?

That said, I want to wish everyone a very happy 2011.  May the new year be filled with the blessings of your Gods, good food, drink, friends, and accomplishments!  May you be happy and may you reach your goals.

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