November 2013

4 articles in November 2013
Sermons from the Mound: Pagan Theology: Recommended Resources
A list of books talking about (neo)pagan theology: polytheistic, feminist and animist. They’re written by pagans and therefore are respectful of pagan beliefs.
Pagan Mysticism
The blog seems dead, but what articles there are on it are gold if you’re into pagan mysticism/devotional practice.
Pagan Monastic: Breviary 1, Breviary 2, Horaria 1, Horaria 2
What does a pagan monk do? Read the posts on breviary to find out about sources for pagan prayers and posts on horaria to find out about leading an ordered life. Very appealing to a solitary pagan who would like to lead a more religious life with regular devotions.
Frater Barabbas: Learning Paganism in Modern Age, Art of Statue Animation
Frater Barabbas, an Alexandrian Wiccan priest and ceremonial magician, talks about personal devotional practices of modern pagans, especially idolatry (a worship of deities through their images) and how to bless the statue in such a way that it creates a strong, permanent connection to the deity.

Tthere is no credo, no summary of belief in Goddess Spirituality. While specific traditions may have defined leading principles, you will not hear – for example – a clear definition of what you are supposed to believe with regards to the Goddess. It seems therefore worth it for me to summarise my personal view, indicating the reasons I have for choosing those particular beliefs. A lot of it is – for me – common sense, relying on analogies to the world which surrounds us.

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The Used Key is Always Bright: Getting the Sight (part 1, part 2)
Two articles full of exercises allowing one to develop the ability to perceive the other world, as well as advice on what to do once you get it and are uncomfortable with the results.
Feminism and Religion: Women Artists and Ritualists in the Great Caves
Hand tracings are among the earliest art produced by humans. New data based on relative finger measurements suggests that the artists were women instead of young men (as previously thought, based on general hand size). Carol Christs comments on the new discovery.
The Wild Hunt: Layne Redmond obituary
This is someone to add to your ancestor altar if you have one and include feminist ancestors and/or drummers. She wrote When the Drummers Were Women, a history of women’s ritual drumming. Apparently at first it was dominated by women, at least in the Mediterranean. Sadly I don’t own the book yet.
Under the Ancient Oaks: Iamblichus on Prayer
An interesting article on pagan prayer, its benefits and effects on the person that prays. Check out Theurgia or On the Mysteries of Egypt, a 1911 translation of the work which John Beckett is referring to.
Invocatio, a blog (mostly) about western esotericism: women portrayals in Platonic, Hermetic, Gnostic and Kabbalistic texts
Spoiler: they were considered to be worse than men. Check out what the ancients actually valued in women. The whole blog has many great articles related to occult and feminist theory.
Root and Rock: De-Fluffing Minerals: Quartz (Crystals)
How is it mined? What are the varieties? When is it faked? When are you being fleeced? What are the environmental concerns?

Sserendipity provided a book of comparative religions, dug out of my grandmother’s extensive library. I read about Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism and many others. None of them felt like home. Nowhere did it say that any of the religions appreciated women. On the contrary, many mentioned the same problems I encountered in Catholicism – women being barred from priesthood, considered worse than men, welcome only as mothers. I was heartbroken and pursued my other interests: reading about historical witchcraft (what can I say, I was a bookish kid) and learning foreign languages. Then serendipity provided again: among English books about historical witchcraft I found “The Women’s Spirituality Book” by Diane Stein, which talked about Goddess spirituality, a version of Wicca

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