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Frugal & Eco-Friendly Pagan Decor & Ritual Gear

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.

Misc. Thrifty Craft Formulas

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

July 30, 2015 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

July Heathen Round Table

Heathen Round Table Prompt for July:

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

July 26, 2015 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Lugh

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.

General overview

Better Know a Celt: Lugh Lamhfada

The Nature & Character of Lugh by Tressa Disney (Ozark Pagan Mamma)

Lugus: The Many-Gifted Lord by Alexei Kondratiev

Lugus by Segomaros Widugeni

Specifics

What’s in a name: Lugh

The Women Lugh Wed

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

 

July 21, 2015 at 8:19 am 3 comments

Death of Feminism and Lewis’s Law

More reasons why still need feminism.

Comparative Geeks

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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July 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

Aspergers, or schizoid personality disorder?

Another label with symptoms that overlap with autism

Climbing the Cinder Cone

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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July 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Heathens for Social Justice

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.

Kvasir Amongst the Gods

HfSJAs 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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July 14, 2015 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Tailtiu

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.

Literary Sources

Metrica Dindshenchas

Articles

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

Tailtiu, Primal Earth Goddess for this Season

July 11, 2015 at 1:59 am 2 comments

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