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Is there a genuine problem in calling Pagan religions polytheistic?

 

Polytheism, the belief in many Gods, has long been associated with Pagan religion. Some deities speak to us, some speak through us.  Some take our bodies over for a while and some bring us to our knees in awe.  Deities manifest differently in some traditions than others, but all appear part of an animate inspirited world bigger than we are, and Pagans find it appropriate to honor, invoke, learn from, and even love these entities.Often personal altars can be syncretistic, as is this one focused on healing entities and energies.

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  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    We are on exactly the same page I think!
  • Birch
    Birch says #
    Well, that Quote is merely Gardner's. I get torn honestly. Part of me feels as though One is a disco ball and each deity a singula
  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    I think there is much truth here Birch. But it becomes paradoxical if read as if we are in some way more fundamental than the God
  • Birch
    Birch says #
    This Monist approach can be summed up here: the Gods are real, not as persons, but as vehicles of power. Much food for thought upo

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She of the White Track

What does it smell like, the Milky Way?

Well, I think I know.

Walking down the sidewalk, unaccountably, I find myself thinking of honey. Then it surfaces, a sweetness almost subliminal. I stop and consciously immerse myself in breath. It's June, and the clover is blooming.

White clover. Trefoil (“three-leaf”). Trifolium repens (“creeping”). That's Anglo-Saxon, French, and Latin, respectively.

Moon clover, Moon honey.

Shamrock's the Irish. (Seamrog, diminutive of seamar, “clover.”) Saint who? Pfft, nonsense. It's Hers, all the way. Waxing, Full, and Waning: Three. (During the Dark, there is no Moon. Then again, maybe that's what makes that fourth leaf special.)

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Sweet Little Lies

 The Linestrider Tarot by Siolo Thompson 

The 7 of Swords is one of those cards that the shadow is pretty evident; especially when it is upright, but the truth is that it goes much deeper. The card conveys deception, lies, and stealing.  In most Rider Waite versions of the deck, the thief can usually be seen with his arms full of swords, walking away from the community that he stole from, as he looks back to make sure that he is getting away with it.  There is sneakiness to this card as the thief tip toes away with his bounty.

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Some People's Gods

It is told in the Toledot Yeshu that as a young man Yéshu ha-Notzrí (called by the Gentiles, Jesus of Nazareth) studied with the sages in Jerusalem. Here he heard disquieting rumors about his paternity. Knowing that only his mother could tell him the truth of the matter, he conceived a plan and went down to Natseret (Nazareth), to her house.

“Greetings, my son,” said his mother, “How fares it with thee?”

“Alas, my mother,” he said to her, “I am grievously ill.”

“Alas, my son,” said she, “Would that I could cure thee of thy illness.”

“Indeed, thou mayest do just that,” said Yeshu. “It is known to the sages of Jerusalem that if a woman should place the nipple of her breast between the doorpost and the door, and a man shall drink from it, he shall be thereby cured.”

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A Spoonful of Sugar – Can Pagans Be Kinder?

Our intrepid Editor, Anne Newkirk Niven, once told me: “Just write what you want to write. It’s virtually impossible to figure out what will resonate with readers—or what they’re interested in reading”.

And, if you think about it, just about anyone can fill a Symbolism blog with inventories of universal signs and archetypes—and what go-to authors of symbolism books list as accepted interpretations.

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  • Angie C
    Angie C says #
    Wonderful article. Thank you so much. I hope people read it and take it to heart. And not just pagans, this is important in all ar
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Thank you so much, Angie. The more I thought about, the more I, too, realized that rudeness and vitriol is a universal communicat
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you. It is a gift to read your writing - and now I am humming Mary Poppins myself
  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    Bless your heart, Lizann. (I can't get all the Mary Poppins songs out of my head! LOL! Probably will be that way for weeks... )

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A book I’m reading got me thinking recently about some of the deeper issues of the current, ongoing Mercury-Neptune square, as Mercury has been retrograding over the degrees of the aspect, dragging out what is usually a very short encounter.  The square aspect generally presents as what a friend of mine called A FOG — Another Freakin’ Opportunity for Growth. (It’s never easy, might be painful.) Both arms of the square have ideas and approaches to problems that must be brought together into a workable synthesis, ‘cause nobody’s backing out of this fight.

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KEYS and IMPRINTS - Unlock Answers & Adapt During Growth

This week we're going to discuss Imprints and Keys. Remember we talked about Growth Interference last week, and that it is caused by the introduction of another mineral to the crystal during its growth. Keys and Imprints are caused by crystals being in close proximity to one another as they grow.

poking something in clay (photo credit: redandthepeanut.blogspot.com)Key is created when a crystal pokes into another crystal during its growth. To the left is a visual example of how they are created: Take a crystal, and stab the top of the point into a cylinder of clay (surrogate for our crystal in this example) and then remove the crystal (pictured is actually a round object, but pretend it is a crystal). The impression left in the clay is the Key. Sometimes Keys have a pointy bottom and sometimes a flat bottom. example of pokey bottomed Key (photo credit: mysticmerchant.com)Pictured to the right is an example of a pointy bottomed Key in a crystal. This would be caused by the tip end of another crystal penetrating the original crystal as it grew.

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