Happy New Year, all!
Originally Posted by Maiasaura
Oh man! I forgot what my 2011 word was. I know I liked it a whole bunch. Oh wait....I know it had something to do with acceptance of people...drat, it's right there, but I can't access it! I will have to think on one for 2012. QUIET, maybe. As in shut UP; I talk too much. Or maybe I should choose LISTEN.
If you don't mine me asking, which stripe of Christian are you? How do you do both? We can PM if you'd rather, or you can just tell me I'm being nosy and to butt out
Quiet is good. I actually thought about "No Comment" being my phrase for the year, but I decided to stick with MOVE.
A very religiously liberal one? LOL. What brought me to Paganism was Earth-worship, ancestor worship, and recognition of feminine divinity. What brought me back to Christianity was ancestor worship and Marcus Borg (specifically his ideas about Christianity, myths, and social justice). My ancestors as far back as I can trace have been Christians. Lutherans and Catholics, but I was raised Lutheran (the most liberal version of Lutheran - ELCA). Part of what made me hesitant about Paganism before I became one was the issue of cultural appropriation, and because so much of mainstream Paganism takes myths, deities, rituals from other cultures willy nilly, I stayed away from Paganism despite how much I loved parts of it. Finally, Starhawk's Earth Path converted me. For a long time, I focused on divinity as nature, particularly the patch of nature where I live, but I love Samhein, and I got more and more into ancestor worship from that. However, the most recent immigrant in my family tree are my great-great grandparents. My great grandmother spoke Lithuanian but didn't teach my father: assimilating into the culture was very important to them. While I do have an interest in learning more about indigenous religions and spiritiualities of Lithuania and Ireland, my ancestors of the last several centuries, any ancestors I can name, were Christian and I felt called to honor that of my ancestors, to center myself in the traditions, rituals, stories, and deities of my ancestors while adapting them to fit the the times and place (both geologically and politically) of where my family and I live now. So, when I name Gods or Goddesses, I name Hagar, Miriam, Mary, and Jesus. Many Pagans focus on folk tales and fairy tales, and while I do have a love for finding Irish and Lithuanian tales as well as the tales I grew up hearing, I focus on the ones I find in the Bible to work with. I think particularly when you are working with Christianity, it assimilated a lot of Paganism, and while not true for all Pagans, I think that a LOT of Paganism is influenced by Christianity (because most Pagan writers not only live in a Christian culture but came out of a Christian childhood). Just thinking of the holidays, we had a nativity scene out (traditional in my family) but the way I see the story of Jesus definitely incorporates Jesus's birth as the rebirth of the sun (as well as the call for political transformation that I believe the Gospel of Luke and Matthew call for). I hope that's a good answer?
Originally Posted by wombatclay
Sharing the idea of year goals with the kids, dd1 decided her year goal would be going to Disneyland. I tried to explain that the goal should be something more character based/personal/internal but she countered that Disney has "lots of characters" and that she'd be "a happier person at Disney" soooooo.... what can I say? Maybe we'll figure out some way to do a "Disney at Home" adventure. LOL
pagan home binder- since that thread isn't really hopping at the moment... how do people actually USE their binders? I realized that while I love the idea of the binder, and enjoyed making it, I don't actually USE it for anything. Do people really carry their binders around the house? And if so, how does that work? Or is it more like a reference book on the shelf, waiting for you to pull it down and check out what crafts you want to make for a specific holiday? Right now I've got a small memo book/calendar thing in my bag that I've sort of adjusted to be a portable binder. I'm not sure it'll work, but it might! The clear cover of the calendar I folded over and it holds one of my Kitchen Tarot cards so I can take my daily card with me on the road, and the inner cover has pictures of my kiddos. But again it's something I think I'll need to tweak.
Happy new years all, and don't forget all your good luck charms! (we're going to get the chores done today so we can start the new years relaxing as a family with fridge/cupboards full, everyone gets a chocolate to munch when they wake so the new year will be filled with sweetness, we'll open all the windows and doors and faucets and have a noisy parade to blow away the old then light candles and sing at the door to invite the new year in, and we'll have our black eyed peas and buttered biscuits for dinner)
When we were talking about what we wanted to let go of from 2011 and what we wanted to embrace in 2012, my almost 5 year old answered that she wanted to say good-bye to vegetables and have more candy in 2012.
My book of shadows is kind of the same as the home management binder, but I have to say, I'm not sure how well that's working for me. It'll take me a while to finish writing out a ritual, and maybe I won't finish it that night, and then I won't get my dream written down the next morning because I want to make sure I have enough room to finish writing out the ritual. Does that make any sense? But I like having a small journal that can fit in a back pocket, so I don't really want one of those big three ring binders - I wouldn't be able to carry something like that around as easily and I probably wouldn't use it.
Okay, now to rush around and finish getting all the stuff I need to finish before everyone gets up from naps!