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Identity

Identity, such an elusive concept/construct.  

Who are you?  

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  • Elizabeth Creely
    Elizabeth Creely says #
    You know, I own and have read "Infinite Cities" and have read Solnit and Gomez-Pena’s piece on contingent identities, but didn't r
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    I know, I love the whole book/atlas, but that one in particular was so sweet and wonderful to think about....
A Case for Radical, Progressive Paganism

 

When witchcraft first flourished in the 20th Century, it was cutting edge. Hot on the heels of the feminist movement, the fledgling environmental movement, and a time of great social upheaval, neo-paganism opened a whole new realm of possibility that at once called to our roots but also challenged dominant paradigms. At the same time, a lot of us are drawn to pagan beliefs when we ourselves undergo inter and intra-personal change. To dedicate yourself to a pagan path is a challenging step to take, and the journey is a difficult one. If it was easy - everyone would do it. To be a pagan is already a radical and progressive act. But is it enough? I'd like to offer my own interpretation of what radical, progressive paganism can look like.

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  • Ian Chandler
    Ian Chandler says #
    Thanks for the stimulating article and comments. Paganism is such a 'big tent' encompassing so many different beliefs and practice
  • Christopher Blackwell
    Christopher Blackwell says #
    Like most everything else in Paganism it is a matter of personal choice. If it ceases to be a choice than what good is it?
  • Peregrin
    Peregrin says #
    Hi Jon ... we are living in different 'Paganisms'. Lee clear says she rights "from the point of view of a progressive witch living
  • Jön Upsal's Gardener
    Jön Upsal's Gardener says #
    The irony of this post astounds me. The fact that you are really blind to its irony astounds me even more. Show me a neopaganism
  • Lee Pike
    Lee Pike says #
    As Peregrin mentions, the views I express here are totally relevant to the climate I'm familiar with. Maybe it is different where

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Neo-Paganism as a Mystery Religion

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  • Piper
    Piper says #
    Rather than ascribe a gender, I typically use the Sephirot, Netzah and Hod as the focal ideas for this ritual, equal on the tree,

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  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    This is one of the reasons I'm interested in Feri -- gender and gender roles are fluid, and you're not restricted by yours to any

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Shuffling the Deck, Part Two of Duality.

It would now be pertinent to address how a conceptual duality and a gendered duality could function simultaneously without one enveloping or overpowering the other. Regardless of how high an individual holds an intellectual concept, the individual is still bound to gender. How then can a conceptual duality that stresses balance of all things remain exclusively masculine in it’s metaphors? The short answer would be that the conceptual duality goes “beyond” gender, that the metaphors can potentially be applied to gendered concepts, but ultimately refer to concepts understood as antecedent to gendered concepts. While this answer is ambitious, as a reply to a question posed by a society that holds gender to be reverent and relevant, it falls flat and lacks the humanizing element so often craved in religious discourse. To maintain a conceptual duality that preserves gendered integrity, much like gender, a few different options are available.

 

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Covered: the Pagan veiling controversy

This post is a bit of a tangent from my central focus of Frigga, fiber and wyrd--but, as I hope you'll see, it's only a bit of one, since it does concern, rather closely, the values around which I've built my own spirituality, especially the very Heathen themes of choice and responsibility.

As you can tell from my profile photo, I am a pagan woman who chooses to wear some type of head covering at least some of the time.  I've gone into detail on my own blog about my reasons for doing so, but just to recap a bit: I initially flirted with veiling a couple of years back, mostly as an extension of the semi-modest form of dress I had adopted.  My partner had already started veiling daily by then as a devotional act for her God (long before the practice became trendy), and I wanted to see whether I too could enjoy some of the practical benefits she reported, mainly protection for the crown chakra and an additional buffer against the thoughts and emotions of others--something invaluable for psychically sensitive people such as we both are.

I also liked the fact that wearing a veil sends a visual signal to others that you are somehow different, set apart from mainstream society.  This is in part a cultural signal; nuns wear veils, after all, and as the bride of a God I consider myself to be the pagan equivalent of a nun, more or less.  (The "less" part of that statement being because pagans unfortunately have no established system or architecture in place to support this path.) True, most people walking down the street would never mistake a woman wearing a colorful veil, or a hat, or a kerchief, for a nun, but for me it acted as a tangible reminder of my path.

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  • Soli
    Soli says #
    As one of those "pre-trend" head covering women, led me add nicely said! There is definitely a call toward this, and I can point t
  • Kathleen Farmer
    Kathleen Farmer says #
    I see both Beth and Sandra's viewpoints as having validity. A lot of women (including my mother) felt that there was a time period
  • Sandra
    Sandra says #
    "Traditional feminine skills" were not devalued by the feminist movement. Skills like weaving and spinning have been downgraded fo
  • Saidhbhin
    Saidhbhin says #
    I don't think that the current and more common type of feminism is what Beth meant. I assume (but could be wrong) that she's more
  • Beth Wodandis
    Beth Wodandis says #
    Yes, Saidhbhin, that particular type of feminist is exactly what I meant! I realize that feminism does not necessarily carry the

Posted by on in Paths Blogs

In the first article for this blog I mentioned the Löwenmensch, a 32-35,000 year old mammoth tusk carving found in Germany. Archaeologists assembled this beautiful statuette of a lion-headed human from hundreds of fragments. And in recent years it has become the eye of a storm of debate about the gender politics of Stone Age shamanism.

Although heavily critiqued in the last forty years, the notion that Europe's first human denizens were socially and spiritually matriarchal is still popular. Some proponents of this view argue that the Löwenmensch is in fact a female, not a male. And inferring from this theory, a few of them have gone so far as to argue that shamanic practice in the distant European past was practiced exclusively by women.

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