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Specific paths such as Heathenism, blended traditions, polytheist reconstructionism, etc.

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The magic of: Frankincense & Myrrh

The magic of: Frankincense & Myrrh

Frankincense

A resin from the Boswellia tree, a deciduous tree that grows on rocky outcrops.

As with all resins when burnt on charcoal it makes a lot of smoke but I have to say I think this is my favourite resin scent and again as with most resins it works well for cleansing and purifying.

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On Not Knowing (Peter reads the Neoplatonists, part II)

I’ve been reading Greek philosophers.  I formed a neoplatonist book club recently with a couple of Pagan friends, and we’re reading Iamblichus’s On the Mysteries.  I’m plowing through it, chewing on some very dense prose as I try to take in and understand neoplatonist ideas about God and the Gods, time and eternity, body and mind and soul.

I am aware of being very attached to some ideas about the soul.  It’s not all that different from the way Christians cling to their orthodoxy.  Christians (and that includes me when I was younger) will do a lot of mental gymnastics to make their experiences of the world to fit into Christian doctrines they can’t afford to let go of.  Everything new they learn gets reworked and reinterpreted to fit with their core beliefs.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Bishop, Thanks for sharing! Nicely done picture of the statue, as well.

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The magic of: Bay

The magic of: Bay

(Laurus nobilis)

The bay grows as a tree - the laurel, but it does grow slowly so it does very well in pots if you have a small garden.  You can pick the bay leaves all year round.

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Peter on Reading Neoplatonists (Part I)

Imagine an ice cream factory that fills an entire city block.  You have teaspoon.  You go in the front door and you have to run as fast as you can through the building to the back door and out onto the next street.  Along the way, you get to scrape your spoon across any tubs of ice cream you pass, licking the different flavors as you’re sprinting by, but those tastes are all the ice cream you get.

 

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  • Cat Chapin-Bishop and Peter Bishop
    Cat Chapin-Bishop and Peter Bishop says #
    You are in luck! Part II is now up at http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-paths-blogs/quaker-pagan/on-not-knowing-peter-reads-the-n
  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Great article! I would like to learn more about this.
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Bishop, As a Hellenic Neoplatonist, I revere Iamblichus and his teachings. Studying Plato, and his worthy successors, was lik

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Asatru FAQ: Where Are Other Heathens?

A Frequently Asked Question in the group I manage, the Asatru Facebook Forum, is: Where can I find a kindred or other Asatru and / or heathen people in my area?

Several sites and organizations have maps and locators for the members. Although the American Asatru Association no longer exists, the kindred locator map is still on the old wordpress site: 

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  • James H. McCoy
    James H. McCoy says #
    I have been Heathen for going on 30 years and live in Indiana. I am deputy steward in Indiana for The Troth (www.thetroth.org) and
By Land, Sea, and Sky: A Minoan ritual framework

Most Pagans are familiar with the Wiccan ritual framework of casting a circle, calling the quarters, and then invoking the deities. Other traditions have their own standard ways of beginning and ending their rites, of framing their sacred actions. But what about Modern Minoan Paganism? We can start by looking at what we think the ancient Minoans probably did, and build our practice from there.

As far as we know, the Minoans and other ancient cultures didn't cast circles; that's a practice that originated with grimoiric magic. What they did, instead, was purify the temple or shrine, usually with incense and occasionally by asperging (sprinkling) a substance such as herbal water.

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