Intolerance & Old Minds

Warning: This article is about an ugliness and closed-mindedness that still exists out there today.

 

A dear friend, Rie McGaha, Author of Ancient Blood, contacted me today truly floored by a reaction she got from a woman, she’d hired to do Pagan & Pen some business. As you know, Rie McGaha heads up the Review Site of Pagan & Pen. In fact, if it weren’t for Rie, we wouldn’t have Reviews at all. But because of her determination to try and correct many of the unfair mistakes done to Reviewers and to those needing unbiased Reviews, Pagan & Pen has, well, branched out into that arena, and successfully too, I might add.

For those who follow that part of the site, you may have noticed that over the last couple of months, the review team over there has been nailing the lists with well-written, constructive, and detailed reviews. Not only did we add to WHO is reviewing, but the amount that they were reading became absolutely phenomenal. Heck, at the end of the day, Rie had to finally break down and add an extra date to when the reviews would be posted. She was doing them on the 20th, but now, she added the 5th.

Anyway, wanting to give back to the Reviewers, Rie decided to dip into her own pocket and offer them up little gifts– for the one who reviewed the most and so on. She came to me and asked if I’d make up some T-shirt emblems, which I did, and then Rie went out and found a woman who had a business and would print them up. Rie was also planning to use the woman to print up Promotional T-shirts and items for her upcoming release Ancient Blood. (If you click that link, you can see the cover AND scroll to see the T-shirt) Pretty cool.

I for one was VERY excited especially when our first Reviewer chose one of my designs for the T-shirt. The logo she chose was my favorite:

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Rie sent it in to the lady, and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited….but nothing happened. So, Rie went off to visit the woman making T-shirts, however, what happened, floored her.

The woman refused  the T-shirt because the logo is clearly Pagan and since she is a Christian, she refused to make it. She said,  "I’m a Christian and I just don’t feel right printing something like this."

Wait, what?

Rie McGaha is a Christian but she embraces us at the Pagan and the Pen and is accepting  of all walks of life, lifestyles, and paths. Once a Wiccan, she combines the two religions now, but goes by Christian and believes in Jesus. Yet Rie represents a more tolerate path of Christianity, while this woman who denied our logo represents old minds, old ways of thinking, and intolerance.

Does this woman not have a business? Isn’t it wrong to discriminate? By being paid to do us a service in which she offers, does that mean her soul is set to burn forever?

How offensive and dramatic.

But, that’s all fine and dandy.  Rie will take her business elsewhere. But the lady’s ignorance will make a point on our blog today and give a perfect example of the old minded thinking that still exists. People who will deny others a service, or a kind word, or even a smile if they are gay, or of a different gender, or from the wrong side of the tracks, or of a different race, or of a different path, or are just different—are on the soon to be extinct list. That’s right…I said it. And no, I am not threatening anyone with harm. I am just stating a fact, because these idgits are losing numbers because people are getting over it, and are tired of being judgmental and so dang hateful all of the time. they are moving on…the world is changing and so are they.  

And while some Pagans, Spiritualists, etc are still wounded by this type of behavior, make sure you don’t make the same mistakes. Let’s not be like THEM, treating others horribly or turning our nose up because someone walks a different path of life.

And know that you are welcome here, on our blog, no matter what color, creed, gender, faith, religion, or mind.

Old minds will fade with an old world…eventually. Cuz times, they are ah changin’!

 

 

C.H. Scarlett

www.chscarlett.net

Druid Life – Sex and the Occult

Following on with the exploring of sex magic in life and in fiction…

“Aiffe was chanting, the cold words whining out of her in the same rhythm with which Nicholas Bonner entered.” (Peter S Beagle, The Folk of the Air).

There’s a branch of sex magic that isn’t about the sex at all. The erotic content is a focus for a spell, or the means of raising energy for some other action. I own a book titled ‘The Art of Sexual Magic’ which offers techniques for just such things. I read it, I’ve never tried any of them. It’s all about using the energy of sex as a focus to send your intentions out into the world. Techniques mingle sex and visualisation. It didn’t inspire me in the slightest.

“It is in these moments of expanded consciousness that you can project a vision of your goal, your creation, into the harmonious fabric of the universe that surrounds you. In ecstasy, you come very close to the universal source. The creative womb out of which all things arise. What better moment to make magic?” (Margot Anand)

I recognise the connection and magic, but for me, the idea of using sex for something else is uncomfortable. The evidence would suggest I am not alone in this. The quote from Beagle above shows a couple undertaking sex magic, more excited by power than eroticism. Satanist villains in Phil Rickman’s fiction use sex for magic too. I can’t think of a single fictional example of people using sex magic in this way, when those people didn’t turn out to be the bad guys.

Sex is incredibly powerful and inherently magical. Taking that magic and subverting it for another purpose seems a betrayal of the essence of lovemaking. Most of the Druids I’ve encountered have expressed disinterest in this kind of magic. For Druids, magic is more usually transformation through experience and connection. Concepts of ‘harness’ or ‘use’ simply don’t fit in with how most of us choose to be. I don’t offer this as any particular judgement on people who do practise this way – each to their own – more as an explanation for why I wouldn’t. Other people may understand the subject in entirely different ways.

However, with all of the above in mind, the use of sex magic for other purposes is a very easy way of portraying characters as morally suspect. It’s something I first explored years ago when co-writing with Emy Naso. Since then I also used it in ‘Beauty in Tears’ – it’s the point in the story that defines certain characters as definitely unpleasant, and begins the redemption of another. Here’s the aftermath of some rather twisted sex magic…

“She located a lantern, and stood in the hallway for an hour, struggling to keep focused as exhaustion worked on her nerves. At last, one of the men came and unlocked the door for her. With faltering steps, Jemima descended into the darkness beneath the house. It smelled damp and unwholesome. After thirty or so stairs, she turned a corner into a large, underground space. The flickering light from her lantern barely reached the walls and thick shadows threatened to hide all kinds of evils. Stepping forward, she saw there were strange symbols painted onto the floor. Finding them ominous, she muttered a brief prayer. Religion had never played much part in her life, but the familiar words of childhood devotions offered some comfort. As she stepped over the sinister markings, her skin prickled and the hairs rose on the backs of her arms.

This is very wrong. Every instinct told her to turn and run, to seek cleaner air and sunlight. It seemed they had left Imogen down here all night, alone in absolute darkness, with only the cold and painted floor to lie on. Whatever the three men were about, she somehow doubted it had anything to do with money or inheritance. The scene struck her as being like something from a darker fairy tale – the bloodier kind that kept small children awake at night.

Taking small steps, she swung the lantern in slow arcs, illuminating as much of the room as she could. After a while, she found Imogen’s prone and naked form. Jemima dropped to her knees beside the girl, touching her shoulder. The skin was dreadfully cold, but the girl stirred. Releasing a breath she had not consciously held, Jemima brought the lantern nearer. It showed her dried blood in abundance.

I didn’t write the actual magic sequence in the end. It seemed better to imply. Sometimes things are more sinister for not being pinned down too closely.

Beauty in Tears available here.

Ancient Calendar: May 19th, 2010

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Wednesday May 19th is all about Callynteria, Egyptian Mystery, and Hathor!

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Athens (Greece) would have been hopping on this day in Ancient History because it was all about  rituals, rites, cleaning, washing, cleansing, and Athena!

The day was called Callynteria, And on this day, a Feast of Adorning would be held in honor of a classical Goddess named Athena. However, this one was not all about partying it down (in which Greeks were known to do). No, it was about going to the Erecththeum, which happened to be the Sacred Sanctuary of Athena, and putting on the cleaning gloves.  Not only did the Sanctuary itself have to be scrubbed from top to bottom, but the Goddess’ statue had to be purified, and her clothes removed and washed.

Only members of the Praxiegidae family could foresee to these duties, rites, and rituals of atonement, along with the Plyntrides–priestesses –women–of the Goddess Athena.

On Plynteria–the actual day of cleaning the statue, no Greek would dare to muck about with business of any matter, either. It was considered very unlucky to do so.

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Now peeking into Ancient Egypt, we have some other interesting things going down. All of which, happens to do with their Goddess Hathor. According to Egyptian Calendar, Hathor returned to the Land of Punt on this day in Ancient History, which broke the hearts of many other Goddesses and caused them indescribable amounts of sadness.

Now, as for the mystery…that would exist with the Land of Punt because to this day, the place baffles the mind of what’s real and what’s surreal. Once mentioned as a trading expedition by  Queen Hatshepsut, there was plenty of record kept proving that it was a real life location, rather than something simply existing in the world of the Gods & Goddesses. Some evidence suggests that it may have been located in present day Somalia, but whatever it was concerning Hathor (if it was something different) and or if this location was correct….remains a mystery.

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A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.

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©C.H. SCARLETT

www.chscarlett.net

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