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I have not done much. Resistance? Laziness? Hard to say. some meditation tapes and NLP practices. In some ways I must be close to the source of the issue, right?
Hmmm…makes me wonder actually a thought just popped into my head. I will have to explore that.
In a strange way I might have had near miss, but time will tell. A local printer, a rival, is closing down at the end of April. Because of working with us and our reputation he wants to turn all his clients directly over to us. Could be a big thing for Anderson printing. But will it have a net gain for me? Time will tell. Maybe I will go from graphic artist to creative director?
–by Shauna Aura Knight
The question, “Should Pagans charge for services/rituals/events/classes” comes up with some frequency within our community. One of my activist goals is looking at underlying difficulties and assumptions in our culture and how that impacts us.
Pagans (and people, for that matter) have a really unhealthy relationship with money.
It’s one of our cultural “shadows.” Any shadow causes us communal grief. For me, activism is about looking at those cultural shadows and working with them. What are our current assumptions about money? How do those assumptions get in the way of healthy communities and future community resources?
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These two quotes in particular stand out to me here from Anomalous Thracian:
I encourage folks — especially those who like to have clearly defined use of terms and ideas of what certain things mean — to suspend those for the sake of this discussion, and allow a certain level of elasticity to come into things so that we can navigate to the core of what is being discussed. It isn’t exactly about how one defines atheism or piety, but rather about some basic and intrinsic expressions of respect and acknowledgement-of-the-personhood-of-the-divine.
I think that polytheism itself, as a collective movement (which is ever held in measurable space by its slowest parts or its most aggressive instincts or its most passive concessions), would and should and could…
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Offering good, clean water can be one of the best offerings you can give. It is clean, life-giving, purifying, and cleansing. It can clean you within and without. I give water as an offering on a regular, everyday or every other day basis to all of the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits who I worship and work with. I appreciate Water as a Being unto Itself, a holy Being that helps to give us life. Yet, even having this mindset I became complacent with Water’s place in my life because it is all around me. I live in water-rich Michigan. I am literally surrounded by water. There’s ice outside, rainfall is excellent here most years, and our family has a well. I’ve never hurt for water. Till the water pump completely died on us.
For a few days we were without running water. If we wanted water to flush the toilets…
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I have been participating in the 30 Day Talisman Challenge that is the fantastic idea of Andrieh Vitimus. 30 Days of creating a magical talisman that we will be exchanging with other participants. Take a look.