Archive for July, 2015
A lot of metaphysical/magical/Pagan ritual tools and statuary etc. are expensive, and cheap alternatives are often not very eco-friendly.
The ever-amazing Ozark Pagan Mamma (Tressabelle) has some great ideas for crafting Pagan decor
Crafting with Salt Dough– make simple (or complex!) wall plaques, deity figurines, beads etc.
Lupa also has lots of suggestions for eco-friendly ritual tools, including how she gathers ethically sourced animal parts and other items for her own artwork.
More links on an earlier post of mine- Practice- Simple & Frugal
What are your beliefs about deities from other religions/pantheons, both polytheistic and not? Do you honour any, and how do you balance that with heathenry?
Well I have been a Gaelic polytheist or Druid for a lot longer so for me the question is a bit more in reverse. That is, I honor both the Tuatha De Danaan as well as the Aesir & Vanir. I believe the two can blend together pretty well for both historic reasons and cultural similarities. There is a lot of Norse influence in especially northern Scotland, the Hebrides and Orkney islands, there is the blending of Anglo-Saxon and Brythonic traditions in Britain and in continental Europe, it is often tricky to distinguish between historical accounts of which tribes were Germanic and which were Celtic. I’m continually researching and learning new things about how these cultures compare, overlap, intersect and how they differ. I also from time to time will honor deities of other cultures/religions, typically when I am invited by friends or family members to partake in a ceremony, holiday celebration or simply a meal-time prayer. I just won’t participate in aspects that conflict, such as reciting creeds or statements about how there is only one god
Note that some of these articles are solely about the Irish Lugh Lamfada, others also compare him to the Welsh Lleu and Gaulish Lugus. I’ll leave it up to the reader to determine whether the three are ultimately the same or not- it’s probably beyond our knowing, as mortals.
The Nature & Character of Lugh by Tressa Disney (Ozark Pagan Mamma)
Lugus: The Many-Gifted Lord by Alexei Kondratiev
Lugus by Segomaros Widugeni
Comparison to non-Celtic cultures
The Birth of Lugh– Odin & Loki Among the Celts by Thor Ewing
Places/Groups Devoted to Lugh
Shrine of Lugh– Great collection of literature, essays, prayers about Lugh
More reasons why still need feminism.
So this is kind of a supplemental post to my Damsels in Distress post because for some reason after watching the video from Feminist Frequency and watching some of the responses YouTube decided to recommend some other videos for me. The subject of these videos all touched on the point of feminism being irrelevant, feminism being too extreme now, and why someone chose to not identify as a feminist anymore.
During this same time I also read this amazing post by Laura Hudson on her Tumblr discussing why she feels that it is important to still identify as being a feminist. The interesting thing about her article is the fact that her response partly stems from an article on Salon discussing famous women who do not call themselves a feminist. So after hearing from the various sides I wanted to just put my two cents in.
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Another label with symptoms that overlap with autism
Making diagnoses can be tricky business. In the medical world, even with all the lab tests and imaging currently available, physicians frequently have a hard time pinpointing the best label (never mind the best treatment) for a set of symptoms. Diagnoses are even squishier in the mental health world, where labels are based primarily on how an individual behaves and feels; lab tests and imaging are rarely used.
Elsewhere in this blog I’ve documented how the diagnoses for our son Nathan changed over time. In his late teens, the notion that he had Aspergers took hold. Psychological tests at his high school qualified him as “autistic-like”; the psychiatrist who finally provided an official Aspergers diagnosis said of Nathan, “He has it, in spades!”
Nathan has been through a few mental health professionals since then. All of them seemed to be on board with the Aspergers diagnosis, although the emphasis of their treatment was on Nathan’s depression, which…
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I used to be a member of Heathens United Against Racism on Facebook- left them mostly because I found them too disorganized, but still supported them in spirit. Well, no more. I stand with Heathens for Social Justice instead. Read this to understand why. I’m bad enough at making sense of interpersonal drama with people I’ve met let alone people I only know on the Internet- but I think the facts here do speak for themselves.
As some of you may or may not know, I used to be an administrator over at Heathens United Against Racism. I am no longer there, because the powers that remain there have decided to stop practicing what they preach.
On the fan page, they’re terming it a “internal restructuring“. This is an understatement akin to calling a raging inferno a “sudden reaction to molecular agitation”.
You all know me; I’m not prone to name calling, but I don’t shy away from demanding accountability either. On that note, the people who are currently running HUAR are people who are refusing any sort of meaningful accountability or transparency when it comes to their actions. Not to the bylaws they helped write and voted in. Not to the communities that they claimed to care about. Not to the religion that claim to practice. Nothing.
What you, the reader, do with…
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Last Queen of the Fir Bolg (the people pre-dating both the Tuatha De Danaan & the Fomhoire. She died of exhaustion while clearing a forest for agriculture. Her foster-son, Lugh began the tradition of holding funeral games in her honor.
Family members: father- Mag Mor, husband- Eochaid, Foster-son- Lugh
Sacred Places- Teltown in County Meath
Sacred Days: Bron Trogain (August 1)
Since there is not much info on this Lady, I’ve included articles that are more personal inspiration-based- use these to connect with Her, and develop your own imbas.
Tailtiu: Harvest Goddess– Overall, good info- but with some speculation
How I came to Love Tailtiu, Earth Goddess of Ireland , Part 2 by Shiri Sazynski- Historical info & personal experience