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We've got the honor of the coven to uphold, after all.
There's the name that you're given, usually by your parents.
And then there's the name that you earn.
And, as the ancestors knew, living by name—reputation—is a long-sum game.
Name is vulnerable. Everybody screws up or makes a bad decision now and then. One mistake can destroy a name that you've spent years building.
But that isn't necessarily the end. It all depends on what you did before and on what you do after. Name is about consistency.
“We are a society built on signs and symbols. Our ancestors recognized their significance, assembling powerful messages around the signs and symbols they noted in their surroundings. They looked to Mother Nature for inspiration, and they then took this to another level, choosing shapes and signs and turning them into physical symbols that they could use in sacred rites and rituals.” – From Discovering Signs and Symbols: Unlock the Secrets and Meanings of These Ancient Figures by Kirsten Riddle (Ryland Peters & Small, 2015)
From the triangle to the clover, the caduceus to the Eye of Horus, signs, shapes and symbols permeate our social, religious, artistic and commercial landscape. Recognizing such symbols and tracing their origins is one thing (the crux of most symbol books), but incorporating them into a meaningful, enriching and personal context is quite another....
Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
(Glinda the Good, The Wizard of Oz)
Well, they call her Glinda the Good.
But she can't even tell the difference between a dog and a witch dog.
So obviously (I'm afraid I'm in a bit of a muddle, she says) she isn't, not very.
When it comes to witching, the difference between good and bad isn't the difference between help or harm.
No: when Tiffany Aching says of Mrs. Lettice Earwig (author of To Ride a Golden Broomstick) that she's “not really, when you get down to it, a very good witch” (Pratchett 99), it has nothing to do with helpful or harmful. Nothing at all.
This is part of a continuing series exploring ways that Solitary Pagans can connect not only with the Greater Pagan Community, but how we can connect with our local communities and bring our unique perspectives and beliefs into the fabric of those communities.
Few words elicit dread the way that “jury duty” does for a lot of people. Personally, I find this drive to “get out of” jury duty to be disturbing as I have always wanted to serve on a jury but have never had the chance. I personally think this anti-jury duty perspective is based on the quite unrealistic way that juries are portrayed on television and in movies. I think most of the rest of it is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the importance of jury duty and how it works.
Let's make Paganism great again!
Paganism used to be great. Paganism used to be the greatest religion in the world. The greatest!
And look at us now. A bunch of scared little wussies hiding behind fake names.
Scared! When we used to be great. Great!
What happened? Do you wanna know what happened? Well, I'll tell you what happened.