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O God

For all its recent history, the English word “god” is a fine old pagan word with a long, long pedigree.

Cognates occur in all Germanic languages (German Gott, Icelandic guð, etc.), and in all Germanic languages, interestingly, it was this word that was chosen by early missionaries to denote the Christian god. How and why this came to be is in itself an interesting question which would well merit further study, but that's not my intent here.

For historical reasons—largely because of its Christian associations—we've come to think of “god” as (connotatively, if not grammatically) masculine. I suspect that among English-speaking pagans this masculinization has been emphasized by the word's implied pairing with “goddess.” English lost its grammatical genders after the Norman invasion, but the other Germanic languages have kept all three of them (masculine, feminine, and neuter), and in all of them (again, for Christian reasons) the word god has become a grammatically masculine noun.

But that's not how the ancestors saw it.

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I Never Miss a Beat. I'm Lightening on My Feet.

taylorUntil today, I was rapidly coming to a place where NannyDeb would have wanted to punch CurrentDeb in the face until a few teeth went missing.  I survived my first tax season!  I have a shit ton of paid time off now!  I got my first large wholesale order for my craft business that puts a significant amount towards going to the UK to harass Gordon and other local wild life.  I upgraded my wardrobe!  I got my first Just Campagne bag!  I had tea in the Russian Tea Room!  I spent time in my favorite spa!  I got to use Sarah's Fairy Ointment and trance out in my teepee, journal about it, do some deliciously filthy things and then have a nice organic dinner!  My relationships are awesome, my finances are solid!  I will be featured in the 2016 edition of Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac! I'm thinner than I've been in the last ten years!

Everything is awesome.

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In my last post, I talked about going to the John Edward show and getting a metaphorical smack.  Since then I’ve had some interesting things happen.  I read tarot.  I love the tarot and feel very connected to certain decks.  I have one I use for me every time no matter what.  I’ve tried doing readings for myself with other decks and they just don’t resonate like this one deck.  I use the deck for other people as well and always have the best readings with this one deck.  I’ve stopped buying other decks.  I like other decks but they don’t work as well as this one deck I use.

My daughter’s friend called me out of the blue and asked if I would do a reading for her.  I’ve not read for her in probably ten years or more.  She believes but has not come back to me for a reading since I did one which told her a male energy was going to come into her life and have a significant influence on her.  (Shortly after, the reading she got pregnant with her first son.)

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Do We Know the Number of the Gods?

 

It would be rash to say that we do. One should be content with a reasonable number.” 

 

Ezra Pound, “Religion: Or the Child's Guide to Knowledge”

1885-1972

In Memoriam

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b2ap3_thumbnail_astro-clock-italy-sm_20121115-220151_1.jpgIt’s an  oft-repeated truism in the literature on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that it never goes away. I’m a big believer in the plasticity of the brain and the strength of the human spirit, so I’ve always felt that it was possible to fully heal, just damned difficult. Part of the problem is that trauma affects everyone differently, depending on a number of factors — genetics, environment, parenting, the ages at which trauma occurs, etc. — which means everyone’s path to healing is different. Sometimes it can be hard to see where the next step is, much less where the path leads.

I’ve had plenty of people tell me over the years about their special one-size-fits-all “cure” for PTSD.  Along with various psycho-therapeutic methods and magical and shamanic techniques, I’ve been urged to try EFT or acupuncture or any of a gazillion other different treatment modalities — and I probably have worked with most of them. But in my experience and that of many people I’ve spoken to in my work as an astrologer and tarot reader, you pick up some healing here, and some there, and a bit more over there, and pretty soon you’re talking real healing. But it takes time, it takes support, and it takes a willing heart.

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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    You are very welcome, Amy!. Yes, I'm slowly but surely getting that class together. Stay tuned!
  • Amy
    Amy says #
    Thank you for sharing this--lots of food for thought here. I have been excited about taking your astrology class ever since you fi
  • Wendi Lynn Wagner
    Wendi Lynn Wagner says #
    Thank you the poem is beautiful! Being gentle with myself is my biggest challenge. I too think that our tech heavy society takes u
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Wendi, I'm glad you are finding the blog helpful. I think life balance is an issue for everyone in this highly technological cultu
  • Wendi Lynn Wagner
    Wendi Lynn Wagner says #
    I find this an interesting subject. I have complex PTSD receiving treatment 7 years ago which dealt with the nightmares and flashb

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Letting Loose with the 3 of Cups

3 of cups from Robin Wood Tarot

I love getting the 3 of Cups in a tarot reading.  It clearly depicts celebration and joy with smiling girls that are dancing in a circle enjoying life, each holding a cup as they dance about.  Perhaps they are at a party or maybe it's just 3 friends getting together at someone’s house to have a good time.  It’s usually a reminder to the client to get out and have a good time.  Let your hair down and let loose.

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The Mess in Texas

So: a hate group in Texas mounts an art show featuring cartoons of the Muslim prophet.

At the urging of a local imam, the local Muslim community decides to respond with silence. No one pickets, blogs, editorializes, or writes about it in the press. No one does anything whatsoever to give the show any publicity.

An expatriate American who has gone to Syria to fight for the So-Called So-Called spreads word of the show on the web, urging retaliation.

Two Muslim converts from another state drive to Texas, wound a security guard, and are themselves killed. “Allah, accept your mujahideen,” one tweets.

The So-Called So-Called claims responsibility.

As one who strives to live in accordance with the thews (virtues) of the ancestors, I ask myself:

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    [This comment has been removed by Aryós Héngwis]
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    Your comments are trending remarkably close to Islamophobia. While the actions of the Islamic State / ISIL are deplorable, there's
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    The FBI defines a hate group as one whose "primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belongin
  • Renet
    Renet says #
    You should dig a little deeper and know of the fundraising at that same location not long before by muslims. The Art show, which i
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    Hate speech is a form of violence though a lesser form than violent assault and murder. I think it's fair to describe both groups

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