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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Sept 16

On Fiery Tuesday, the PaganNewsBeagle focuses on issues of activism and the Element of Fire. Today we have stories on civic invocations (aka prayers); crowdfunding site Go Fund Me bans "sorcery," fiery photos from Burning Man; a prominent Heathen speaks out about racism in his community; and the Pagan Environmental Coalition of New York visits fracking sites in Pennsylvania.

Now that "civic prayers" have been ruled legal by the Supreme Court, who gets to give a prayer before government meetings? Patheos blogger "The Friendly Atheist" writes about his experience in this post.

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I told you all in my previous article on wands that they were my favorite tool, and I wasn't kidding.  I've always loved the idea of waving a wand and casting a spell.  I used to carry around wands, staves, and rods as a kid- some made of driftwood, some more ornate deals of crystal and metal.  It helps having a mother who was a sci-fi fan and also essentially pagan, when one is secretly training to become a first-class sorcerer and witch.  That was my ambition as a child, and honestly I'm rather happy with how things turned out.

But I digress- the point is, I've had wands of all shapes and sizes since I was very young.  And one thing always used to drive me crazy about them.

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So I'm curious- how many of you are tabletop gamers?  You know, pen-and-paper RPGs, dice, maybe some figurines or what-have-you?

Because I'm a HUGE gamer.  As in four times a week, in some cases.  If you haven't realized that from my blog, then I'm telling you now.

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  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    A Book you might find interesting is What video Games have to teach us about Learning and Literacy by Paul Gee. I know you aren't
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    Ooh, I haven't! I liked Real Magic, but I didn't get into Authentic Thaumaturgy- where can I find it? And I completely agree abo
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Thaumaturgy-Isaac-Bonewits/dp/1556343604/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377804273&sr=8-1&keywords=authent
  • Brand Lokason
    Brand Lokason says #
    I didn't have the cash to pick up the annotated Legends when it was released, and kept forgetting to get around to it, which might
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    Raistlin has always been an archetypal character for me, for similar reasons in terms of childhood experiences. It's fair to say t

So, about a year ago I was having a conversation with my friend Christopher and a host of others, and we were talking about something very interesting he had heard about.

It's called "the wizard's game."  It's a sort of trick old Pagans and occultists play on each other.  I may have mentioned it in my previous blog posts, but here's a simple recap: a new person enters into a conversation on a subject she or he are very new to and enthusiastic about.  However, this person, we'll refer to the person as "he" for the rest of this analogy, is a bit of a showoff or a know-it-all, or is perhaps espousing some sort of shallow theory as fact.

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  • BethZamiEl Closas
    BethZamiEl Closas says #
    Indeed we find our way in our own time, you guys are very lucky since you have all the literature and teachers you can find. At le
  • Sophie Gale
    Sophie Gale says #
    You would like "Re-Thinking the Watchtowers or 13 Reasons Air Should Be In The North" by Mike Nichols. http://www.witchessabbats.
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    *nods* I've read it, actually. I do like it, although I don't personally practice elemental magic in this manner. It's a well
  • Henry Buchy
    Henry Buchy says #
    I was taught in 'the customary manner'. it's also how I teach, which is the 'wizard's game'. It involves all the tricks you mentio
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    *nodding* That was the message I took away from the "wizard's game" too- that the magicians of the old school were benignly incli

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It's probably no surprise that I'm a huge fan of parodies and satire, or the various "-ifications" on the net (yes, I know that's not a word, I'm using it anyway).

I really enjoy it when people get creative about their interpretations of things- the creative world is too broad and vast for us to get terribly proprietary over our ideas.  Copyright infringement and patent laws and such really bug me.  Of course, I like the reversal of such things, like Repo: the Genetic Opera, which is not even terribly tongue in cheek in its commentary on commercialism in health care.

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  • Joseph Bloch
    Joseph Bloch says #
    It's only suggested by the title of your post, but have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VJWHL2K3I (I'm a gamer
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    Actually, I put that link in the post, although apparently the video is having a problem. *chuckles* But yes, I felt it was ter
  • Laine
    Laine says #
    It's nice to see that others have witnessed the interplay between story and world and spirit wherein it concerns roleplaying games
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    That's a great question! I actually do have a few answers for that, as it's been a bit of an issue for me and mine as well. *chu
  • Naya Aerodiode
    Naya Aerodiode says #
    Oh, Mage: The Ascension. What a wonderful RPG. I've spent many years playing it, and went on many awesome adventures. And I lea

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