Interfaith, intrafaith

Cities tend to be multicultural places. Pagans are one faith group amongst many, and as society becomes more open to people following different faiths, this creates all kinds of interesting issues.

Do we want to engage with other religions? Should we be talking to people of other faiths? Secrecy and wariness have been part of pagan life for a long time and there are still places where it’s not ok to be openly pagan. Should pagans receive the same attention (and money and tax breaks) from governments that other faith groups do?

If talking to other groups, and sharing public celebrations is something we want to do, who speaks for us? There are probably as many kinds of paganism as there are individual pagans. It’s very hard to represent paganism to anyone else. There are at least as many differences as there are similarities between practitioners. (The same can be said of Christianity though).

Moots and open gatherings bring pagans of all and no tradition together. Sometimes that means exploring common ground, but it can equally lead to confusion, and discomfort. Eclectic public ritual can lose focus, becoming an ineffective crowd pleaser rather than a meaningful expression. Frequently what happens is that wiccan forms dominate, because there are more wiccans.

There’s at least as much misunderstanding between pagans as there is between pagans and non-pagans. As new branches of paganism spring up, this increases. Is it ok for us all to go our different ways? Diversity is good, but do we seek it at the cost of making sense to outsiders? Do we need to be able to speak with one coherent voice when dealing with other faith groups and people in authority? Can Fairy Wicca and Revivalist Druidry be recognised easily as part of the same thing as Gardenerian witchcraft, modern Heathenry or Celtic Shamanism? That’s scraping the surface of types of pagan. Sometimes about the only things we all seem to have in common is that we like the word ’pagan’ and we think nature is a good thing.

My feeling is, we need to keep talking to each other, and keep listening. And I don’t mean that with reference to subsets of paganism, or the interfaith scene. As human beings, we need to hear each other’s truth and stories, respectfully. We can all learn from each other. We are all different. We all want to belong somewhere and we all tend to designate some other group as ‘not us’ as part of how we understand ourselves.

I’m not a huge fan of formal interfaith things – I’ve had good and bad experiences, but they tend to emphasises ‘leaders’ speaking on behalf of ‘communities’ and that’s fraught with difficulty. But opportunities for sharing, listening and learning come up all the time. If people come knocking on your door wanting to talk about God, hear them out. We represent paganism best when we express it honourably, respectfully, in dialogue with others. We can do that, all of us, every day, and we can make all kinds of differences.

Wyntress Nyght’s Supernatural Crack Book Trailer

lol I just finished the Book Trailer for Wyntress Nyght’s Supernatural Crack

Book One: Exes & Hexes

Paranormal, Dark Satire, Erotic Romance

Shout at me and let me know what you think. I’m so tired now. It’s been a long crazy week, sheesh!

Oh and check this out!!! The Official Book Cover!

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Book Blurb:

“Good evening my delicious little darklings of darkness. Wyntress Nyght here, serving up your forbidden dose of supernatural crack. So hook up your IV’s, roll up the psychic and toke her, or offer up your shot glass for some ecotplasmic delight. For I have the phantasmal kick you have all been jonzing for. No DT’s here my darklings, only the monster of all dragons for you to chase… me! Now, for those readers who are new to my witch-board of communications, allow me too sinfully boast a little about the place I haunt. It’s the Other World, the Underworld, or a label I am rather fond of and prefer, Hell.”

*Gasps* Did she say Hell? That she did, and a few pages later, you’ll realize what a hilarious but darkly adventurous thrill ride Hell can be. And who knew it would have all started with an ex-Fanger and the kidnapping of his new coffin screamer. Toss in a lusty Were, a mischievous Zombie, a Dominion of Chaos, some too-damn-sexy Demons, a mysterious malicious and hidden plot, plus whatever other zany characters of Hell pop up, and we have the makings as to why there’s never a boring moment in the death of Wyntress Nyght!

Now, grab a dry pair of knickers just in case yours get moist from laughing, and open the book already. Wyntress hates to be left waiting by the grave!

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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays for February 18, 19, 20, 21

 

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Good-bye to Parentalia –the six day Observance for Parents (the Manes) who have passed. The temple is shut down and all marriages forbidden.

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An Observance for for women—celebrating the rites of Fertility called Spenta Armaiti will be celebrated in Ancient Persia today.

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The Celtic Tree Month of Nuin Begins

February 19th

The Roman Goddess named Minerva was born today, so the Gods and Goddesses will be throwing down and having one Hades of a good time where ever they are. *sings its your birthday!*

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Goddess Month of Bridhe Ends

February 20th

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Today in Ancient Rome was once of silence—honoring and doing rites for Dea Tacita—their Goddess of quiet. It’s a good thing because I have a feeling after Minerva’s birthday party, they are probably all hung over anyway—and who wants noise during a HANGOVER?

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The Egyptians aren’t going to be quiet, though, because today in their Ancient calendar is a festival for their God Min. He just so happens to be one of the earliest fertility Gods. So calling all wanna-be Daddies—call on out to Min for he is said to have the power to give MEN the power to father children.

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The Goddess Month of Moura Begins today.

February 21

Today in Ancient Egypt is the Day of Counting the Parts of the Eye of Horus according to Pagan Daybook. The sun and moon are said to be his eyes so how appropriate that today (Eastern) is the First Quarter—half moon symbol.

 

Urban Paganism : Have you read Urban Primitive? Give us your review!

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Have any of our urban pagans read this? If so, drop us a comment and let us know what you thought. I haven’t read it but while researching the subject to match our theme—I found this title for you.

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Paganism in the Concrete Jungle : Buy Link

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Description:

You consider yourself a Pagan, or a Magician, or a Witch, because you know there’s more to this world than meets the mundane eye. You believe that magic can influence events in your own life and in the world around you.

But you don’t live on some pastoral, isolated farm, living off the land, generating your own electricity and pumping your own water. No, you live in the urban jungle. You learned early on that money really doesn’t grow on trees, and you don’t have wads of extra cash to spend on elaborate ritual tools, custom spell ingredients, and stylish ritual attire. So what a modern urban Pagan to do? Learn how to live a magical life in the concrete jungle.

Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or you’ve never cast a spell before, this in-your-face guide to commando-style magic is for every urban primitive.

Excerpt:

Most Pagan rituals, spells, and symbols stem from an older, agricultural era. The holidays follow the Wheel of the Year as seen by farmers dependent on it for their food; the rituals revolve around fertility and growing things. This is a difficult path for many city dwellers to follow, surrounded as they are by the energy of a different place and time.
Seasons pass differently in the city; although climatic changes are the same, there are less natural cues, short of the weather, to notice. Even moon cycles are harder to follow in the city. There is more obscuring light pollution, and tall buildings may block the moon when she is hanging lower in the sky.
Granted, it is important to know your roots, to connect with your ancestral patterns, and above all to understand where your food comes from. One thing that is artificial about living in a city is that the majority of food production necessarily happens far away, and urban dwellers are quite dependent on their rural neighbors for almost everything they put in their mouths. This connection is vital, and should be appreciated, and to that end we encourage all city dwellers to periodically take time away from the urban centers in order to connect with the spirit of the giving Earth. Find a farm, and pick apples or help cut cabbages. Acknowledge how dependent you are on rural people for your living, and be respectful of this.

READ MORE HERE

Let us know if you read it!!!!

C.H. Scarlett