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Witch's Teats

Hey you: witch.

How many nipples do you have?

Back in the Bad Old Days, the received wisdom was that witches have more than two. That's so we can suckle our imps.

Those of us with a Classical education, of course, think immediately of Diana of Ephesus, goddess of witches, with her ample endowments (polymasteia: the state of having many breasts). Of course, Many-breasted Earth feeds us all to this very day.

But I highly doubt that that's what the witch-finders had in mind. Humans have two nipples, animals have many. It's a comment on the witch's intrinsically bestial nature.

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    Giggle, giggle!
grab your wallet: how vegans exemplify consumer advocacy

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In today's political climate, I've noticed more and more folks talking about consumer campaigns around "grabbing your wallet" when you disapprove of certain individual or industrial practices. I think this is great. It reminds me of the activist magic at work behind veganism. Every single one of us votes with our consumer dollars in one way or another. Veganism is one example of a "boycott," in the sense that we are grabbing our wallet and refusing to pay for certain practices. The concept was popularized (though not invented) by Gandhi as non-cooperation with an oppressive group or practice.

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The American Eclipse

Everything under the sun is in tune, But the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

 

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Hyphen-Clad

You've heard of skyclad, ritual nudity.

But that's only one of many options.

 

Sty-clad: dirty

Spy-clad: wearing sunglasses and a trenchcoat

Shy-clad: dressed to cover

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The Dog Days of Summer: As Above, So Below

The period from early July to mid-August marks the dog days of summer, which were named for Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the sky. In ancient times, it rose just before the sun during the hottest period of the year. In Egypt, the rising of Sirius marked the annual flooding of the Nile. Because the river water rejuvenated the land bringing it back to life, this occasion was associated with the return from the dead of the god Osiris.

Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major, the Great Dog, and according to Greek myth, it represented one of the hunting dogs of Orion. Canis Minor, the Little Dog, represents the other one. I like to think of these constellations as guard dogs watching over us.

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    Been seeing a very big star in the night sky of late, thanks for identifying it, I thought it was a planet. Not having researched
Re-examining Cutural Appropriation: Part V.

I have argued culture is a network of living processes best understood as an ideational ecosystem. We are inhabitants of this ecosystem, as we are inhabitants of a biological one. But, as in biological ones, we are not alone nor are we in charge. We share our cultural ecosystem at least with memes, and as minds, we co-evolve with them.  With this brief summary, let’s look again at the argument for ‘cultural appropriation.’

Looking again at ‘cultural appropriation’

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    I could not agree more.
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    My friend Carol Less Sanchez said that she was happy for non-Native Americans to learn to love and live in greater harmony with na

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Hexing as Social Change

I've had a few requests for hex work to work against Nazis, specifically Italian-American hex work.  I recently consulted Mallorie Vaudoise about this because I wanted to be sure that since this is such a delicate matter that I had a second opinion on the issue.  

  1. Make sure you actually want to tie yourself up into hex work.  Yes!  It's much more exciting on a Thursday night after a long shitty day to involve yourself in the Dark Arts than to fundraise for non profits you support.  But (a) that doesn't mean you are good at hex work and (b) if you are better at fundraising than hex work, you should do fundraising.  Think about your skill sets.  Think about your previous hex work experience and the results of that work.  Think about your moral compass, as we've spoken about w/r/t the Dark Arts extensively. Are you better at writing, organizing, rallying or managing your non profit's finances ( . . .because everyone can throw a hex.  Not everyone is a CPA.  Or a lawyer.  Niche skills are suuuuuper important right now) rather than hexing?  Do that thing.  Is your moral compass queasy about actually completing this?  Um, don't do it.  Donate money, organize a bake sale, call your representatives a million times a day, do something.  Be productive.  
  2. If you are going to protest at a Nazi rally, be careful above everything else.  Then, pick some key players who seem to be figure heads and throw the malocchia back at them.  Because they are throwing the Evil Eye out to the world first.  You can throw it right back, return to sender.  Say that person's name, summon up your will and literally take all that hateful energy that person is building and throw it right back at them with your eyes.  Stare them down.  If you want to really be overt, spit on the ground after you throw it back.
  3. If you want to do some work at home, chose some ancestors who are against Nazis and/or spirits and goddesses who are against the systematic genocide of a people and/or a Mary (Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Sorrows, whomever your Mary is) of your choice who you have a relationship with already.  Your Lady of Peace may be willing to throw down because of your relationship and the greater good for the world, but if you don't have a relationship it's like a stranger asking you to get into a boxing match for them.  You are really not likely to do so.  Pour everyone a glass of red wine, yourself included.  If someone doesn't drink, Pellegrino would work nicely.  Get some pastries from an Italian bakery.  If you don't have an Italian bakery, make coffee cake.  Eat and drink with your ancestors/Marys/goddesses/spirits.  Catch up.  Talk about world events, tell them who died, who got knocked up, whose kid is still a f*ck up, the usual.  When you feel their presence, play an Italian antifascist song to get everyone's (ahem) spirits up.  Mallorie recommends this one.  Ask for their assistance and then throw your curse.  You may be saying, but what do I say?  You have to sleep at night with what you throw, so that's up to you, sport.  Speak from the heart and be concise.  
  4. Draw an omen and then go from there.

 

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