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post #561 of 583
Jennisee: If you put the hair into a tree or in your garden, the birds can use it to line their nests.

According to the quiz I am also a Zoroastrian pagan . . . hmmmm . . .
post #562 of 583
Me, again! I will be packing and such tomorrow so I had a few things I wanted to post. Gosh, I'll miss all my Pagan Mama friends!

Jennisee~ much of your post resonated with me. Coming from an agnostic and scientific background- as I think many of us here do- has a profound effect on my spirituality.

Magic- I not into practising magic, but I have felt the power of focusing energy or simply asking the universe for something (very similar to The Secret/ PoA). Thoughts?

Labels~I wonder about the baggage that comes with the words 'witch' and 'pagan'. Sometimes I want to embrace them in the manner that gay people embrace words like 'faggot' and 'queer'- by making them your own you take the hate power out of them. Other times, I think I should totally cast them aside. More and more, I think of myself as a Pantheist.

Gods/Goddesses~ If pressed I would have to admit I do not believe they "exist", but how to I explain the affinity/affection I have felt toward Athena from a very young age? How do I explain that this past October I felt I received a message from Macha? Perhaps Gods and Goddesses are paths of communication to the Divine.

Oh, and UnschoolnMa~ I thought your crazy, long post was very interesting! Thanks for getting my brain working.

My sweet goat Lucy is sick.
My girls are obsessed with the Wiggles : Anthony is kinda cute...

Bye, mamas! Have a lovely Imbolc! See ya all mid month. :
post #563 of 583
haven't had time for a good catch up yet this morning but just wanted to say BJ I'm so happy that your friend is on the road to recovery!

and Salvia... wow cool article! will return later I hope to read up what I missed, have a busy day today :
post #564 of 583
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Jennisee: If you put the hair into a tree or in your garden, the birds can use it to line their nests.
Great idea!

So glad your friend is doing better!!
post #565 of 583
Yay Birth Junky!

Jennisee- One of my Dh's school classmates was/is a Zoroastrian (there was actually a large religious community near his home), though it's not a hugely common religion these days it has serious "roots".

Soooo...I scored a 100% ecclectic pagan, followed by celtic pantheonic at 85%. But I'm just a Kitchen Witch in the glorious tradition of kitchen witches.

I almost snarfed my coffee at the "Ra is more than a character in StarGate" questions though...gods I loved that movie/series (before it went all wonky these last few years). One year I knit all my holiday gift sweaters while watching StarGate and the Mummy back to back to back to back. Something about Egypt and silly adventure took my mind off the freezing temps and never ending scarves. But I'm surprised the quiz didn't ask anything about Nanny Ogg or Granny Weatherwax!

For those Discworld pagans out there...my favorite quote about Granny Weatherwax is
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though witches don't have leaders, Granny is the most highly-regarded of the leaders they don't have
Be thou merry and bright no matter how ecclectic!
post #566 of 583
LOL Clay I LOVE that quote (although I haven't read the books) just vegging here today.. planning to bake some banana bread muffins in a moment : anybody want one?
post #567 of 583
UnschoolnMa, I was thinking about you tonight and I was wondering how you felt about the terms "Pagan Buddhist" or "Buddhist Pagan." When I think of the people in this thread, that is how you appear in my mind.

Birth Junky, I am so glad your friend is doing better. And thanks for the idea for the hair! My DD loves feeding the birds and I know she'll be thrilled at the idea of giving her hair to the birds this spring.

I actually keep meaning to mention my bird (and squirrel) feeding to you guys. I just started a month or so ago, and I am really enjoying it. I feel like I'm bringing a bigger piece of nature to my little city lot, and I enjoy watching the birds. The cardinals are probably my favorites, but I get so excited when I see a new kind of bird. Last week, when I was filling the feeder, a hawk swooped past me!

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Originally Posted by Salvia
Magic- I not into practising magic, but I have felt the power of focusing energy or simply asking the universe for something (very similar to The Secret/ PoA). Thoughts?
Yes! This is one of the things I am agnostic about. If forced to give an answer, my scientific self would probably answer, "Of course it's not real," but sometimes I just feel it, KWIM?

I'm sorry to hear about your sick goat. I hope she feels better soon. My DD loves The Wiggles, too. Anthony is cute, but I'll take Captain Feathersword and that feather of his. Have a good trip!
post #568 of 583
Oh, Cari, I forgot to mention that I'll trade you some pudding and homemade whipped cream for some banana muffins! I made whipped cream for the first time ever tonight. Man, I love my Kitchenaid mixer.
post #569 of 583
It's a deal jenn Now that you've made real whipped cream and see how easy it is, you'll never want the likes of 'non dairy whipped topping' (what IS that stuff anyway??) to pass your lips! How about I invite you girls around for pavlova that is the eipitome of whipped cream (oh yeah, there's merangue under there somewhere too )

btw jenn... I rented the movie in your sig line the other night, WOW were my eyes opened big time. I knew it was bad but not THAT bad!
post #570 of 583
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UnschoolnMa, I was thinking about you tonight and I was wondering how you felt about the terms "Pagan Buddhist" or "Buddhist Pagan." When I think of the people in this thread, that is how you appear in my mind.
It's funny you should mention that because I have actually used that term for myself on a medical form. It wasn't something I planned. I was just in a hurry and wanted to put something down. I am of both paths so it does make sense. I just wonder why I identified as Wiccan so long when I maybe wasn't... perhaps familiarity. Thank you for your thoughts!

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Birth Junky, I am so glad your friend is doing better.
Me too! That's wonderful news.
post #571 of 583
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Magic- I not into practising magic, but I have felt the power of focusing energy or simply asking the universe for something (very similar to The Secret/ PoA). Thoughts?
Yes! That's very much like what I feel and practice. I believe that magic and focusing my intent/need are prayer. It's all very much about the Power of attraction, desire, and hope for me. And it's also totally about worship.

I might light a candle and write my prayers on homemade papers, and hold them in my hand as I meditate and pour my heart out with my head bowed. I set the paper outside to be blown by the wind, shined down on by the sun and the moon, and poured on by rain. I might scatter the tattered remains of the paper over the ground and into the wind.

Is that magic? Is it more or less magical when I do none of that, and instead just scream the word "Help, help, help, please help me with xyz because I feel like I just can't deal!" That's (a very nutshelled) description of what magic can look like to me anyway.


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Labels~I wonder about the baggage that comes with the words 'witch' and 'pagan'. Sometimes I want to embrace them............ More and more, I think of myself as a Pantheist.
The term witch has never worked for me personally at all. I've always been comfortable with Pagan, but it seemed too broad somehow. Panentheism works for me very much.


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Gods/Goddesses~ If pressed I would have to admit I do not believe they "exist".......Perhaps Gods and Goddesses are paths of communication to the Divine.
I hear you. Like I feel that the God and Goddess form are just representations. I don't believe they exist as actual beings...seems to narrow really.

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Oh, and UnschoolnMa~ I thought your crazy, long post was very interesting! Thanks for getting my brain working.
Thanks for putting up with my long posts! This is a nice conversation for sure though, and I appreciate all the thoughts here.

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My sweet goat Lucy is sick.
Aww, poor thing! Many wishes for a speedy recovery for Lucy.
post #572 of 583
BJ- SO relieved that your friend has made such a turnaround. I hope she continues to progress well and gets to go home soon!

Celtic pantheonic (55%) followed by ecclectic pagan (45%), and then a bunch of others! That was a funny test. My dh was laughing so hard at the "Ra" comment (he loves stargate) and the Thir (comic book comment). He did not take the test though. I guess I am a Heinz 57 pagan.

I struggle with getting any form of magic in my life because things are so busy. I do tarot quite frequently, but only for myself. Rarely do I get a change to sit down and do it with someone else because all visits with friends surround my kids. That will be one goal for me to do more readings for other people. I pray and manefest a lot. About my life, my family, my friends, the people I work with, the children and their families that I work for...

It is going to be damn cold around western ny the next few days. I hope to do something with my family for imbolc. It will probably be making bread (I love the idea of making homemade butter! I haven't done that in years!) and reading a story. We will see. Have a great holiday mamas.
post #573 of 583
Birth Junky- so glad to hear good news about your friend!!!

Cari&Jennisee-I'll tkae a little of each if you don't mind. I am thinking of making monkey bread.

Igraine- mmmm, butter! I keep meaning to pick up cream to make butter but forget.

Salvia- I hope your goat gets better! My grest aunt raised goats and I have a special place in my heart for goats! Get better Lucy!!!!
post #574 of 583
Hi mamas! That was a fun quiz Salvia thanks! I am a Shamanic Pagan. This fits me perfectly, except it goes on to talk about Native American spirituality, and I would not put myself in that group. There is more than one group who heals, has visions, and works with nature spirits! You'd think Pagan test makers would get this.

Anyway, look forward to seeing you all in next months thread. I plan on having a beautiful Imbolc. It is one of my favorite Sabbats to celebrate. I love Brigid and love to get ready for Spring.
post #575 of 583
Cool quiz Salvia! I scored as a Zoroastrian Pagan, which I've never heard of before. Going to have to look into that more!
post #576 of 583
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Cool quiz Salvia! I scored as a Zoroastrian Pagan, which I've never heard of before. Going to have to look into that more!
As did I.

Well, I wrote a long post commenting on all the posts and it vanished. So short story....I agree with a lot of you. God and Goddess in my mind are not individual beings. There is a great power/force/spirit and the God and Goddess represent that force.
post #577 of 583
neat quiz

i am 95% Shamanic Pagan.

my local pagan group isnt going to get together for Imbolc
there is only about 10 of us, but everyone has other obligations.

i got my copy of "Herbal Rituals" and I am LOVING it! It has been coming with me everytime we go somewhere in hopes that i will have just a minute to read it

Its snowing, again. I dont remember having this much snow in recent winters. but it wont be long before im complaining of the heat again im sure

have a wonderful day mamas
post #578 of 583
This came in my morning email and I couldn't resist posting it here as it seemes related to our conversation:

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Since ancient times, China has hosted three religions: Confucianism,
Buddhism, and Taoism. The typical Chinese person has cobbled together a
mélange of beliefs gathered from all three. This is different from the
Western way, which is to be faithful to one religion or another, never
mixing and matching.

But that's changing in certain enclaves in North America, where growing
numbers of seekers are adopting the Chinese approach. They borrow
elements from a variety of spiritual traditions to create a
personalized
path. Religious historians call this syncretism.
from Rob Brezney's Free Will Astrology
post #579 of 583
i just have to say what a wonderful group of women this is, and how happy i am that i have, in some tiny way, been able to be a part of it this month!!!

so, i was thinking i'd make a potato gratin with sheep's milk cheese this evening... cant believe i hadnt thought of that one, so i had to share.

hugs to all, and see ya next month!!!
post #580 of 583
I scored Shamanic and Celtic pagan. That wasn't the greatest test for a Dianic though!!!

Birth, I am so happy for your friend. Having that tube out must feel so much better!!

DD attacked my Faeries' Oracle set. I tried really hard not to lose my cool. I mean, they are faeries. Of course they attracted her but come on!!!
So now I need to get myself another set.

I was supposed to head south this weekend to my favorite pagan store in the world but it looks like the weather is against me. So at least I can expect a super fun box from her next week.

I'm going to do something out of Herbal Rituals for Imbolc!
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