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Moonsmith

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About Moonsmith

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  • Path
    My Own. ---- edit: but as of Yule 2009 I'd say My own which happens to be Druidic.
  • Experience
    Solo - a long time With others since 2006
  • Biography
    I called myself a Pagan for about 30 years but only knowingly met one in 2006. I neither read nor practised anything specific. I just was. However since 2006 I have been attending a number of moots and camps. A Druidic group [Earthworks] were kind enough to let me tag along but, even though I have similar beliefs to some of them, I did not think of myself as a Druid until the end of 2009. I'm too old for homework so just get on and develop myself and my own path. Earthworks publicly declared me to be a bard in 2010.
    I suppose I am a BSP - A Bog Standard Pagan.

    ed. but now I'm a Druidic BSP
  • Goals and Aims
    What an excellent question. Well very little is new - so all I can usefully do is share experience. I will bring a little healthy scepticism. My view of Druidry for instance veers to Hutton rather than Carr-Gom :-) I am highly appreciative of the scientific method based as it is on evidence. I do not believe that explanation in any way reduces mystery or magic.

    What do I hope to gain - A sharing with like minded people and my own development.

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    Midlands UK
  • Interests
    I am a plastic flute maker and have run flute making and playing workshops for Pagan groups in the North West and Wales. My hybrid flute is a beautiful instrument with which to perform ritual or to meditate. I am also a story teller.
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  1. All or ..................

    That is one of the reasons that Druidry is so acceptable to me!
  2. All or ..................

    Now you have surprised me John, and you may have shown up a fundamental flaw in my understanding. Is it not central to Wicca to believe in a God and a Goddess? To what extent must a Heathen believe in the Norse Pantheon in order to be accepted by other Heathens as such? How important is Valhalla? How significant is a belief in magic [of whatever spelling] to some belief systems? These are some of the elements that I had heretofore thought of as requirements and which influenced some of my choices early in my Pagan life.
  3. All or ..................

    Oh this is a mess! The last bit of the above was....... So: To what extent do feel that you need to conform in your thinking before you start telling people that you are a [..... insert belief here ]???? To what extent would you require that a postulate conforms to your thinking before recognising them as a member of your belief set [.............]????
  4. This is in Starter's Orders in case it interests an enquirer or someone unsure of taking an early step within Paganism. First and foremost, there is absolutely no need to adopt any name for your belief at all. Many, maybe a majority of Pagans just do their own thing. Back at the turn of the century I stepped out of my Pagan isolation and attended a moot and for the first time knowingly met Pagans. After some hiccoughs I became a regular attendee at the meetings and Gorsedds [rituals] of a Druidic group called Earthworks. While they seemed pleased to see me and I was able to contribute I didn't call myself a Druid or even a druid. I certainly did not want to adopt a course of study. I had forged my own Paganism over a period of some thirty years, it was robust and worked for me. Over about three years in which I read a lot of my own choosing, I realised that belief is a highly individual process, not just for me but for everyone. My beliefs had sufficient in common with elements of many of the other members that I was indistinguishable from those around me in conversation about things spiritual. I passed a form of Turing test. A Witch, Shaman or Heathen would suss out immediately that I wasn't one of them but to Druids and others I'm a Druid. Now: I do not say all the things that Druids say. I do not do all the things that Druids do. I do not even believe all the things that Druids believe [if Philip Carr-Gomms book is to be believed] I am what Druid is.
  5. Open Letter to Non-Pagan Bookstores

    Very occasionally I'm pleased with a find while browsing a used bookshop. Rarely is the volume about my spirituality, more likely to be artwork of some kind. As for anything useful, I buy it on line as most of us do. That's how the business is changing. I don't hire videos from a shop and I don't buy my steel tube from a local stockholder. If there is anyone down near Hastings looking for some esoteric stuff look in High Street, Old Hastings. Pull out the front row of New Age and pop-Pagan stuff and look behind at some of those pamphlets and papers. I don't understand much of them other than a few key references, but you might.
  6. Well your first point is covered by the Drake equation which is usually interpreted as "There has to be life on other planets in other systems." Unfortunately it is possible to slide the error bars so that the calculated probability drops to zero but this would be an odd thing to do. Life seems to be an imperative, it lives everywhere that it can. DNA just might be able to stand the temperature of the CMB [3 deg.K] so if life can do its thing, it seems that it will. As my deity is the universe then my belief can not be affected by whatever we discover it comprises. In fact that is part of its majesty. Does this help [I haven't read much of it] I'll let a polytheist answer the rest of that question. It is common to find conjecture, supposition, anticipation and faith in nearly every philosophical group but I do not know of a Pagan grouping to which belief in ET life is central. There are or at least have been, quasi-scientific religious groups who believe in such but I am suspicious of them. [Sorry that link is Wikki but its as good as anything on this topic.] They seem to believe in a humanoid life form which to me is far too simplistic and thoroughly improbable. Humans are specifically designed for 1g, 1 bar, blue green light and with an iron/oxygen energy exchange. We seem to think of aliens as some form of animal and occasionally vegetable but what about an alien wavelength or sound sequence. What about a composite alien [don't ask me of what!] Would we recognise them? Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker series refers to "...certain intelligent forms of the colour blue." Now THERE was an inspired imagination! You are welcome here whatever your beliefs but we are more a philosophical, metaphysical discussion group than a quasi-scientific one. Does ANY hard evidence of deity alter belief? If they call, do we answer the phone? Our experience of Western behaviour in North and South America, Africa, Australia, India, much of Asia and a hundred lands in between plus our observation of locusts and crown starfish, says not! I recall Brian Cox on tv taking us through the Drake equation, demonstrating just how many life forms in our galaxy should be at a developmental stage whereby we could be communicating. He finished with an almost agonised pitch to his question:- " ....................................... but where are they?"
  7. Genuinely Good Reading

    Agreed Bob. I found Contemporary Paganism by Graham Harvey very very useful in the early days. It gave me a vocabulary that I sort of understood before I went to my first moot. The first, general, chapter is the best definition of Paganism I've seen given the it's virtually undefinable. He goes on to cover a wide range of "paths". ( I DO dislike that word)
  8. [The Bardic Blog] I go to the Church of Trees

    Some while ago I was invited to a church in Worcester by my friend Eva, who was at that time it's parish priest. I had met her on a Pagan web site while discussing circles. She wanted me to see her circular church. The alter table was on an eight inch high octagon about eight feet across, positioned at the centre. As I stood in the circle I thought that the octagon dais looked very like the rock outcrop that we would use as an alter for out Druidic rituals. When I looked up through the skylights I saw the same pine and beech trees that I would see at the gorsedd. To all intents and purposes [well almost] I was in the same place.
  9. I have no status to update.

    Where do I apply?

     

    No no Deebs, that was the best I can do for humour.  I don't use the blog/status features.

    1. deebs

      deebs

      Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    2. Ellinas

      Ellinas

      Turning your status off and on again sounds painful

  10. Genuinely Good Reading

    I take it as the companion title to Stations of the sun and a reference to the association of the moon with Wicca. As the book is about Wicca and its growth, then I see the title as reasonable. He says that ToM and Blood and Mistletoe were written in parallel. I just wonder why he didn't kill off pre-16th century Druids as he did early Witches. My own take on the title Triumph of the Moon is that Hutton searched history looking for witches and failed to find them. When he looked up towards the end of his work he not only found himself surrounded by them but he loved them.
  11. Genuinely Good Reading

    It is debunking the history of witchcraft .... and confirming that there is no history of Wicca beyond Gerald Gardner! Infuriated some Wiccans at the time but generally now accepted as spot on! Sure Maeve. He's done something similar with Druids. He seems to have pulled the punch with Druids but when I asked him he said not. but What does that title "The Triumph of the Moon" refer to? I've read the book pretty thoroughly and can't find a reference.
  12. Genuinely Good Reading

    Years ago, here in the Valley it was generally agreed that Terry Pratchet had had a highly influential effect on attitudes to Witchcraft. I tried to find the thread but it is more than one generation of UKP into the past. I have four of Ronald Hutton's books. The content is excellent and I trust his view to the extent that it informs my belief. but "Good Read" they are not!!!! Bloody Hell they are hard going. I've read "Triumph of the Moon" and "Blood and Mistletoe" twice cover to cover and have the eyesight correction to prove it. They are much better for dipping into to check that you aren't thinking bollocks before making a more public statement. :) His references just lead you deeper and deeper into the subject. His indices are comprehensive. Excellent research tools. I have failed to get through Stations of the Sun but may one day do so. His work on Stuart Britain is seminal. btw Has anyone formed a view as to just what IS "The Triumph of the Moon"?
  13. Do You Have A Sacred Animal?

    have you noticed that most people who are dyslexic can spell dyslexic? :D
  14. Do You Have A Sacred Animal?

    If I can catch the cat that is coming through our cat flap and beating up our ginger waste of space that will be a bloody scared animal!
  15. Grief, Loss Of A Loved One And Atheists

    First - I am a theist who does not believe in a post mortem awareness. Awareness is for me the test. Were I to believe in such, reincarnation in which I have no memory of me as I am in this incarnation may as well [in my view] be annihilation. Another thread please reincarnationists???? Second - you propose an interesting variation on Pascal's Wager. One cannot lose by anticipating post mortem survival and it removes the responsibility of facing the alternative. I could almost envy those who have a certainty of salvation! Oh yes, salvation please in that strange universe that contains Devil and hell. Me, I'm a Pagan. I take personal responsibility for my spirituality whether I enjoy it or not. [Mostly I do :) ] Fizz I wish you a quick end to your grief and joy in your memories. edited because I always do.
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