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  1. As a matter of principle, I am suspicious of anything that uses the term "the true..." or "a real..." - be it pagan, alien, Christian, or whatever. I find the the terminology unacceptable. Regardless of what I think paganism is or should comprise, my view is not to be imposed on any other. Nor is Sheridan's. "The true..." and "a real..." is the terminology of imposition, the beginnings of doctrine, Yes, I find nature calming. I recognise beauty in it. I find it stirs sense and feeling. So do an awful lot of people, regardless of whether they are pagan. Yes, I do a lot of my th
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  2. Tonight I will be raising a glass to freedom of expression. To shamelessly name and celebrate what we hold dear and what we share by way of creativity, ritual, story and song. May all on here feel free in your paganism! 😁🌿
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  3. To continue in the same vein: LAKOTA CODE OF ETHICS 1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak. 2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy - and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance. 3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. 4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food,
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  4. Anyone can do it - even the most sceptical - I know, because I have a friend who is a Yorkshire man and he is the most sceptical person I have ever met. He held the hazel twigs so tight (he is very strong having been a prop forward for Halifax in his day) that the bark stripped off the twigs as they fought to move in his hands 😄 You should have seen his face!
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  5. A question that deserves a considered reply. I am a person for whom definitions need clarity. I am also a person who is not overly bothered if a definition is unidentifiable. It just means that there is no satisfactory definition. But that is not the issue. I have no problem with a clear, even a forceful, statement of a position - which may not come as any great surprise, I suppose. But that is not the issue either Nor do I think that this is a matter of "relationship with language". Whilst it is true that words can be interpreted in various ways, and that some are more pre
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  6. When written down, "and that my friends is how you become a real pagan" grates with me. It doesn't read well, partly for the implication that you have to pass a test and partly for the patronising tone. When spoken on the video, though, it doesn't grate with me at all. It sounds as if that's just the way he talks.
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  7. I subscribe to sentiments such as Thomas espouses (and how could anyone (pagan or otherwise) not?) but I should also do more armchair and bookshelf duty. I don't think one makes sense without the other. I couldn't have "become a pagan" just by reading books. I found a path in nature and then gave myself the eventual task of understanding and explaining what I'd found, at least to myself, which needed a little reading just to discover what words to use.
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  8. That worries me a bit. How far are we away from a bad situation in which an older man tells a younger woman she needs to get naked in the group to show her ongoing commitment to it? That's different from all deciding to work skyclad together as a means of achieving something, and it's different from an initiation setting where there needs to be some significant sign of crossing over into the group. I'm not sure of my logic here, but there has to be a line somewhere between appropriate challenge and never-appropriate abuse.
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  9. Good point. Setting people up as hero's and role models will have an inevitable danger in the possibility that our views of them can be toppled. Better to have visionary leaders who create a movement for change which is identified separately from their own persona. A grassroots type movement empowers individuals rather than sets them up as beholden to the reputation of a leader. I'll go for Shiva Ayyadurai as a visionary leader. https://shiva4senate.com/ It's actuslly a bit of a shock to me that I have latched onto a political campaign as I gave up on the world of polit
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  10. I'll take your respective words for it. I'll stick with cotton clad.
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  11. I think that a spirit animal kind of adopts you. Sometimes they stick around, and become almost an alter ego. But sometimes they can make themselves known for a short while, because we need to learn something and they have agreed to teach us. A shamanistic view of this would be that you are using the spirit animal magic, to bolster some quality that you lack but they have in abundance, for example. Many of the old folklore stories from all over the world have surprisingly similar themes and attributes given to spiders, say, or foxes. Ancient stories and poetry have many layers of meaning,
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  12. Yes, it does feel special. I've been naked without being skyclad, but never skyclad without being naked. Speaking from extremely limited experience, skyclad is a state of mind for me. It's about feeling enveloped, not exposed. When it hasn't worked (in a group collapsing with laughter or on my own wondering what on earth I'm doing) I'm just outside with my kit off. When it has worked, then skyclad feels like a really good word.
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  13. ... yes, that really is all that matters. Don't worry, I've said many many times that I do not believe that any two people believe the same thing. By the same token: I do not believe that any two people see or hear the same thing, nor do they have exactly the same interpretation. My point was more about the relative reluctance of religion to change with learning when new knowledge appears. When my thinking diverged with that of Christianity I ...... Well let me be fair, I was drifting anyway but it speeded the process. I will never take up religion again. I enjoy thinking far t
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  14. I did not know that. Maths is not my forte. The diagram - which I am probably doing a grave disservice to - helps me to visualise and understand the spiritual realms. I doubt very much that my understanding is the same as was intended when it was first devised. It makes a sort of sense to me, and for my purposes, that is good enough.
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  15. Hi - I've used a pendulum in crystal therapy and always had excellent results but for personal use I find I that i can influence the pendulum if you want a certain result so best to try and not form an attachment to the outcome 😊
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  16. Happy Beltane! We can’t go outside so we are staying in and taking photos of our newly arrived Green Man playing cards with some fresh flowers (they’re a little bit behind bloom here as it’s still quite chilly) It seems quite fitting for the day we can spend a little time with the Green Man even if it’s not as we’d planned.
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  17. Perversity? I don't know what you mean. I am trying understand what you're saying that's all. Anyhow you are sounding a bit pee'd off so I'll leave it there.
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  18. Just arrived new today at The Valley. The Lakota Code of Ethics has given me such a lift and worked as a positive affirmation for me. Thank you Earthdragon.
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  19. Books are not and cannot be anything more than inspiration when it comes to describing personal belief. No human is perfect, so what they write is at risk of this imperfection. If humans could perfectly describe what can only be held as faith then there is no reason to believe you could perfectly understand your own world without their help. However we can't and we all have to ultimately figure it out on our own. Unless you want a religion spoonfed to you, a book can only be a sounding board, a vague set of directions. Unfortunately, not all of us can get out into nature. It is tone deaf to ig
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  20. these quotes are specifically based on female spirituality though where there is a she could be a he also, these quotes are about the human spirit Clarissa Pinkola Estés Quotes (Author of Women Who Run With the Wolves) (goodreads.com)
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  21. I’ve found this to be true. I had jellyfish around me a lot in my early 20’s because I had weak boundaries and needed the extra support!
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  22. I believe that animals pop up in my life when their guidance is needed, but that whales and rabbits resonate heavily with me in the long term. I resonate with rabbits because I have long term trauma, and they mirror what I often feel- the fight or flight responses, being watched, feeling nervous like a prey animal, etc. I’ve come to expect any rabbits in my dreams to represent me. I actually also own two house rabbits, and it’s quite healing maintaining a positive relationship with them.
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  23. "You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered . . . Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader." Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be a good time!" "There
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  24. Primarily in the absence of doctrine. I can think along whatever bye-ways I see fit. This is important because I know what it is to be imprisoned by the doctrinaire wielding their doctrines. No longer will I be told what to believe.
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  25. He says "become a pagan" and the title of the incorporates the phrase "the true pagan". I think "become a real pagan" was me paraphrasing 😁
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  26. Probably moreso now with smart watches etc. I think the reference was to those strange and alien "young people" who have never worn a watch but use the gesture in any case. I remember with double-decker buses, the two storeys were refereed to as "inside" and "on top", which I always imagined came from the open top buses that come out in the summer in some places. Apparently, though, it's a survivor from the days of trams, but I wonder if it came from stagecoaches before then. Apologies for the digression ED - this has very little to do with "touch wood". I see pagan references almost ever
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  27. Not necessarily 😄 Gerald was a naturist long before he was an initiated witch and belonged to more than one naturist club. He also wintered abroad to get the sun for health reasons and would have best benefited for that by being nude. I can fairly certainly say that Gerald brought naturism to ritual in the Craft for no reason other than he preferred to work naked and wanted that to be the norm for the Craft!
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  28. The best leaders, seems to me, are hardly noticeable. Ab tergo ducimus, I believe, translates as "we lead from behind".
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  29. We applaud visionaries whose visions accord with our own.
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  30. A you will see from my post back in March 2017, we appear to have that in common - though I'm not sure whether my eagle is bald.
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  31. Sorry to be vague, but I can only reply that it "felt" as though someone? something? was aware of proceedings, and the build up of energy suddenly being released. I have occasionally, as HPs participated in the ritual of Drawing Down the Moon (and similar rituals). I can't explain the effects, I can't even describe it, but I was convinced that something "other" and very powerful was involved. I didn't ask who it was, or question the experience. I believed I was contacting a specific deity, and the results were as I had learned to anticipate. I may have been in some form of altered consci
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  32. Oh dear - yes it was a poll not a pole😄 I am unapologetically dyslexic and trying to discipline my brain by not using a checker. An idea that cannot work. Now, I am a Theistic Pantheist. This statement is tautological in that it says the same thing twice but the qualification is necessary. These days most Pantheists claim to be atheist which is of course oxymoronic. I refer to the universe as deity in the basis of the duck theory. If it creates like a deity, nurtures like a deity and smites like a deity then it is probably a deity. I am unable to distinguish between the accepte
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  33. Regarding being simultaneously detached and involved, I normally feel that there is no such thing as objectivity so, if I were being consistent, I would argue that you, the pendulum and the thing you're dowsing (the dowsee?) are all inseparable parts of the same system. Fortunately, consistency isn't a strong point with me. I'll therefore speculate that the purpose of dowsing is to learn something about the dowsee, not just to learn more about yourself or the overall system. I think that's how I'd resolve the detachment/involvement paradox - I'd think about what I was setting out to achieve an
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  34. Happy Beltane everyone! 😁☀️🌿
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  35. It's possible to multiply categories of belief to the point we end up playing with definitions to the point we risk disappearing up our own fundements. If I understand him correctly, Moonsmith is a pantheist because the universe is everything, everything is god and god is everything. From the stone to the star, everything has its part in the universal identity. He is as much the universe as the bricks in the wall of his house or the Pegasus galaxy. It's about as inclusive as you can get, and requires no belief in anything supernatural (assuming that is a concept that makes sense anyway
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  36. *just an opinion, a perspective, not necessarily fact at all* I agree on the answer of "both", and perhaps a bit of "not sure" too. It really does come down to who you ask. There is so much variation within the paths of Paganism, I doubt there are very many who follow the same "carbon copied" paths. For some, their way of practising might be considered to be quite "religious" in nature, e.g.: certain shared deities, shared ethics and principles, shared practices, shared rituals, working within groups of similar-minded people, and doing things a certain way. Similar, not the same - pagans
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  37. As you say, hun - what is "authentic"? I guess I'd put things in these categories: - claims are genuine and can easily be proved - claims are genuine but difficult to prove - claims are false and everyone knows it (teachers are open) - claims are false and only teachers know it - claims are false and no one knows it Of these, I guess the last two are the toxic ones. I got caught up with a cult in the 1970s. I didn't know it was a cult until 10 or 15 years later. It doesn't really matter - it smelled wrong to me and I dropped out before the level at which the nasty stuff starte
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