25 Feb 2015
in Community, Healing, Life, Life Lessons, Media, Rants, Religion, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: Bible, good christians, Good people, hurtful words, judgmental, non christians, Pagan, perspective, Religion, You're going to hell
WARNING! This topic may be offensive to certain parties. Its intent is not to be hurtful or even discriminate against said party(ies) but to provide a new level of ‘awareness’ to those who it DOES apply to. You have been adequately warned, proceed to read at your own risk. Thank you for your understanding.
The most vulgar and ugly phrase I have come across in the human language by far has to be, are you ready? “You’re going to hell!“. Yep. You read that right and that’s definitely what I typed, “You’re going to hell!”. You might be wondering how in the world this simple phrase can honestly and truly be so vulgar, but – think about it. How would you feel if someone said this very thing to you?
Especially if you considered yourself say, a ‘Good Christian‘. What if you were a non-Christian?
Non-Christian folk often have to put up with hearing this sort of thing all the time, especially if they’ve chosen a different path that they feel, honestly and truly connects them with the Divine in some way. In our world, there is not just one path to God, Yahweh, Gaia or whatever name you use to refer to the creator, there are many. Some are honestly more positive than others.
Now bear with me because I will be, most likely, pulling the Christians a few times in here, only because they are the best example. So if your Christian and don’t like being criticized, you were warned earlier but – this is where you may wish to get off. Just saying.
It’s no secret that I’m not a Christian – but I have Christian roots and so I try to be as respectful as I can toward the religion. The people on the other hand – they are hit or miss. It’s like what Gandhi said, “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ,” and that has been my general feeling of most “All smiles” Christians I meet. More
07 Jan 2013
in Community, Life, Magic, Media, Religion
Tags: Asatru, authentic living, Buddhism, culture, fellowship of isis, Heathenism, Hinduism, life, Pagan, paganism, Religion, Religion and Spirituality, spirituality, Taoism, Vancouver, Wicca, Wiccan
Very essential Heathen altar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Back home now, safe and sound. The trip back to the states went much more smoothly than crossing the border, believe me. lol So here’s my 1st official post since I’m back in the States. I hope you enjoy! Sorry if the formatting is a little messed up too. Can’t help that.
Oh! One more thing, I know it’s a small stretch but the Title is based on a Movie reference. If you get the reference, major Geek and Brownie-points for you! I didn’t want to add too much because than it would have been an obvious and rather “famous” quotation. If you do know what it is, be sure to say so in the comments. 🙂 And it doesn’t count if someone “Posts” the answer to what it is and you say, “Oh! I get it now! Duh!”. 😛
More often than not, when someone asks me what my religious orientation is or something related to it I state firmly and very plainly, “Pagan”. To me Pagan implies the modernized definition (check What Pagan Means to Me to find the definition) and that I worship multiple deities or forms of Spirit, I might have appreciation or reverence for nature (though I know not all Pagan groups do, but most do) and maybe more. That’s the general gist it implies though. More
29 Dec 2012
in Community, Life, Magic, Media, Religion, Self Empowerment, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: ancestral, Asatru, beliefs, Hellenic religion, information, Pagan, paganism, philosophy, principles, Reiki, Religion and Spirituality, Roman Religion, sharing, teachings, Wicca
Hail and well met from Vancouver B.C. once more! I’m doing a little better today (as I have been a little under the weather last few days) and I have yet another topic for you. Sorry, on a bit of a semi-religious kick. Don’t mean to be – just happens to be the way of things, but at least it’s on topic on what I usually love to talk about in general. This is definitely a “Food for Thought” topic today.
Something I have heard and seen is a good handful, possibly more, people out there in the Rescontructionist communities like to say, “That’s ours, that’s ours, you STOLE that from us – it’s originally ours!” to anything that they feel originally was a part of their ancestral traditions. This ranges from holidays to holiday activities to general rules/guidelines, beliefs, principles and other things.
24 Dec 2012
in Life, Magic, Rants, Religion, Spiritual or Philosophical, Uncategorized
Tags: Asatru, Druid, folkish, golden dawn, Heathenism, IPad, order, Pagan, Reconstructionist, Religion and Spirituality, Self-taught, Sexism, Spirit guide, Tradition, Wicca, Witchcraft
Detail from The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio, maybe an illustration of Hypatia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hey everybody! Gwen here again from beautiful Vancouver BC (Really is too, wish the weather was nice enough for pictures) with another fun and informal posting. Yesterday or the day before my “Man-friend” (like “lady-friend”) had me listen to one of his Podcasts called “British History”. He had me listening to a very special one and it inspired me to write this blog. Sorry for any spelling mistakes and the like typing, I’m typing with an iPads touch screen (keyboard wasn’t charged, typing one-handed, limited unfortunately on typing options).
If by the end of this you can figure out which podcast it was – kudos and brownie points for you, because I’m not telling. 😉
Today’s blog is obviously about “Reconstruction of old religions“. I am willing to tell you I am one of those people doing the same based on study of history, culture, lore & intuition (allowing my ancestors, heart, & soul to guide me). Now I’ve spoken with other Reconstructionists and unfortunately my experiences thus far have all been less than pleasant. In fact I have been insulted spiritually and the few I have met had this rather “Sexist” mentality. More
12 Jun 2012
in Art, Books, Comics, Life, Media, Movies & Television, Music, Religion, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: all father, All mother, Brahma, Celtic Mythology, Christianity, Dagda, father god, Freyja, God, god figures, Goddess, Great Spirit, Hindu, hindu culture, holy mothers, Joseph, Mary, mother god, Norse mythology, Odin, Pagan, Religion, Saraswati, spirit, spirituality
The Theotokos of Vladimir, one of the most venerated of Orthodox Christian icons of the Virgin Mary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Whether you believe it or not, all religions no matter what they are have some commonalities one way or another. Many cultures out there who have their own religion had little or NO contact (way back in the day) with some of these cultures who’s religions are now major in the world at large. One of these commonalities I see and feel that has been a persistent element is that of the “Mother God” and “Father God” themes. More
31 Oct 2011
in Just for Fun, Life, Magic, Media, Religion, Spiritual or Philosophical
Tags: All Saint, Celtic, Halloween, Jack-o'-lantern, Neopaganism, New Year, Pagan, postaday2011, Samhain, spirit, Trick or Treat, Wicca
Image via Wikipedia
Some people know this day as Halloween, “All Saints Day“, or Samhain. Some people know the history of this day while others do not. In later years, we do know that the holiday ultimately lost its true meaning. Originally this day was a Pagan celebrated holiday. Samhain actually means “Summer’s End” which meant of course the end of summer and the beginning of the long winter months. This is the time when people who were affected by this change prepared by drying or smoking meat, hanging herbs in their rafters, where they should have gathered as much of their crops up, well before hand, for the winter months and stored them appropriately since everything has long died off now.
This is also the time when we “Honor our Ancestors” or “Honor the Dead” those who have come before us by spinning tales by hearth or bonfire (maybe a fake electric fireplace) of these “Ancestors” in order to give them life and to perhaps teach our children lessons of character, valor, honor, integrity, or whatever it is we wish them to learn. More