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So, a friend let me borrow a book to review.  It’s called ‘Rhythmajick’ and on the front it says: Practical Uses of Number, Rhythm, and Sound.  by Z’EV.  I sat down with my drum one day and opened the book, looking for inspiration.

If I had a picture of myself scratching my head, I’d attach it to this post.  You see, I’m a musician and I know how to read music.  I’m also an educator and I know how to teach music.  A lot of people learn music by rote instead of reading it, so it can be hard to write about music if you don’t have the notation. 

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  • Travis Crockett
    Travis Crockett says #
    Hahaha Yes Yes YES to all of this. Im actually working with a musician to produce some sound scapes for meditation on the Tarot.
  • Amarfa
    Amarfa says #
    Something I do recommend is a book by Joscelyn Godwin, titled "Music, Mysticism and Magic." It's a series of excerpts from early

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Deific Multiplicity.

Before the blog entry proper, Id like to state that the ideas proposed are still in a somewhat incubatory stage. That said, I invite your criticism and thoughts on the topic. Still needing to flesh out the ideas and needing better metaphors, I offer up the discussion here for better ways to express these thoughts. Thank you.

 

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  • Al
    Al says #
    All good points. Personally I think that the truth lies somewhere between elevated ancestor spirits and archetypes when it comes t
  • Travis Crockett
    Travis Crockett says #
    haha pardon domesticality*
  • Travis Crockett
    Travis Crockett says #
    Al, that's a brilliant analogy! You articulated what I fumbled with in less than stellar language. What I feel like will will be a
  • Al
    Al says #
    I'll take a stab at this. First, the 'facets of divinity' approach might be missing the point by not further defining 'divinity'.

The following reflections came to me gradually over a period of forty-two years. I offer them here because of their universal spirituality, and also because our 21st century culture has turned Yoga into something quite different from its original purpose—which was, in fact, very close to Druidry. 

1971 was the year I took my first Yoga class. It was part of Actors' Training at the Stratford National Theatre of Canada. Our movement coach (Trish Arnold, http://www.teawithtrish.com/) presented yoga as a physical discipline—a means whereby performing artists could develop and maintain ultimate flexibility and endurance. 

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, a lovely musing, thank you. I love the phrase "The greater the leader was, the more he was in touch with the natural world an
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Dear Francesca, Yes, exactly! It's not what people call themselves, it's how they conduct themselves based on their inner inspira
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Thank you. One thing I miss from the old pagan days (I've blogged on this but cld not find the blog to give u its link, LOL) is ho
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    It may be the way of things, but it's a shame. Ravyn and I had the same experience in a New Thought Center 20 years ago. When we f
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    It is definitely "the way of things," to use yr phrase. Unfortunately, it usually ends up with the organization run by small min
Call for Papers: Finding the Masculine in Goddess' Spiral: Men in Ritual, Community and Service to the Goddess

Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions for Finding the Masculine in Goddess' Spiral: Men in Ritual, Community and Service to the Goddess.

E-MAIL FOR INQUIRIES AND SUBMISSIONS:
Erick DuPree:  please put “Finding the Masculine in the Goddess Anthology” in your subject line.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Thanks for the notice, Taylor!
  • Siri Snow
    Siri Snow says #
    I believe an important part of Goddess traditions is balance, and that the masculine is the counterpart to the Goddess, just like
  • Susan Harper
    Susan Harper says #
    Carol, I totally agree with you about the terms masculine and feminine -- I wish we could see all traits as potentially present in
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Love the concept and the subtitle. I think this is an important issue. We all need to be able to affirm that our bodies ourselves

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In common with the majority of Neopagans, I am a devotee of the Goddess. I spent the first half of my life in a masculine God-based religion, then felt drawn to explore the other side of things and to learn as much as I could about the Divine Mother. She has been my focus ever since. I see Her reflected in the best qualities of women I have met, and I often recognize her gentle and compassionate nature in men, too—underneath the stereotypical bluster and mindless arrogance which our pop culture likes to impose on us.

The downside, of course, is that—as a heterosexual man—I sometimes feel guilt about the historical subjugation of women, in a similar way that as a white man I feel guilt about the history of black slavery. While as a 60's flower child my personal sentiments have always been 100% on the side of women's equality and civil rights, it is obvious to any observer that I am a male of Caucasian descent; so I am connected, by association, with all males and all whites who came before me. But I am not one of the stereotypes. I am not an Archie Bunker. 

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  • Siri Snow
    Siri Snow says #
    From the small and forgotten, but very masonic Nova Scotia.
  • Siri Snow
    Siri Snow says #
    I agree with you Ted, heterosexual (especially white) males have a stigma attached to them...well to be fair I would say every cul
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Wow, what great comments from all of you! Siri, thank you so much for understanding where I was coming from; the only dental surg
  • Brandy
    Brandy says #
    This comment thread is very interesting to me, and coincidentally occurring during a period of time when I have been trying to ans
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    No problem; upon re-reading, I see that the twinkle isn't very obvious unless you know me. I happen, by the way, to be shorter th

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More in my continuing series on this rich Viking source: be sure to catch up on the other stanzas.

 

48.
Mildir, fræknir
menn bazt lifa,
sjaldan sút ala;
en ósnjallr maðr
uggir hotvetna,
sýtir æ glöggr við gjöfum.
 

 

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  • Kate Laity
    Kate Laity says #
    Merci, ma cherie.
  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    So beautiful, powerful.

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Morning Glory’s “Wake”

My old friend Anna Korn and I drove up to the Zell compound in Cotati after I finished with the Wiccan circle at San Quentin, so we weren’t there from the very beginning.  When we arrived, there were cars parked up and down both sides of the country road outside their home and the place was packed.  There was a proverbial groaning board in the dining room that kept acquiring more and more dishes of food.  Platters of ham, beef, chicken for the carnivores.  All manner of salads and side dishes – beans, pasta, greens, tomatoes and pomegranate seeds, you name it.  Plus veggies, breads and many tasty chips for dipping in many tasty dips.  There were also food tables out on the various decks surrounding the house, with plenty of folks outside, too.  There was a seemingly endless supply of wines and other potables, including Pyrate Jenny with her lovely basket filled with about a dozen different flasks, each containing some kind of whiskey or rum.

People congregated in the two living rooms, the den, and in several seating clusters on the surrounding decks.  During this time Zack Darling, using a fancy video camera with a tripod and a handheld mic, recorded stories about Morning Glory from individual friends and lovers.

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  • Constance Tippett Chandler
    Constance Tippett Chandler says #
    Thanks for sharing this. For those of us who spent time with her briefly, and sadden by her lose, and couldn't be there... Thanks

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