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A review from my main blog

That I thought might be of interest to followers of this blog: Path of Paganism, by John Beckett.

Published By: Llewellyn Worldwide Publication Date: 8th May 2017 Edition: Paperback I.S.B.N.: 9780738752051 Price: $19.99 (US) Blurb The Path of Paganism provides practical advice and support for living an authentic Pagan life in our mainstream Western culture. Witches, druids, polytheists, and other Pagans will discover an experiential guide to the foundations and practices of these […]

via Review: ‘The Path of Paganism’ by John Beckett — Rosie Writes…

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I declare, winter is here

I had to put the heating on yesterday morning. 

It’s that in between time when it’s freezing in the morning and the late afternoon but during the day it’s boiling, or at least tolerable. I never know what to wear.

I’ve started my MA at The University of Lincoln. I had my first day of seminars and workshops last week. It’s only one day a week, and one workshop plus one seminar per day, but I’m enjoying it, and it’s exhausting me slightly. It’s all the walking I have to do. It’s only a three mile walk to the train station but once I add in getting from Lincoln station to university and then back home again it adds up. Plus, people all day long, chattering constantly. They don’t seem to understand the concept of silence. The train is bad in the evening, one carriage for all the people leaving work etc. I end up squished, tired, overwhelmed by noise and really grumpy.

Last Saturday I took a trip to Leeds to see the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition at The Royal Armouries. It closed on Sunday so we just managed to see it. The exhibition was called ‘Warrior Treasures’, and ficused on sword furniture found in the Hoard. It was very interesting and there was some basic background information that I needed for my research (my next novel will be set in the late seventh century and the wars between Mercia and Northumbria). Overall though, I think they could have tried for a bit more dept to the exhibition. I did like the structure of the space and the Beowulf quotes, as well as the reconstruction of the damaged artifacts.
A few of my photographs from the visit


In other news, a Lincolnshire Heathens Facebook page has been set up and there is a moot tomorrow. It’s a closed group but easy to join if you send a request. Just search ‘Lincolnshire Heathens’ if you’re in or near Lincolnshire and are interested in heathenry.

The moot details are here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1578163785826197/?ref=4&action_history=null&source=4

I’m not a mod or anything by the way, I just think it’s nice that someone is trying to get a community together. There tends to be a lot of isolation and internet only communication among heathens (which I don’t mind, that’s my preferred form of socialising). Local groups are useful even if it’s just to remind people they are not alone.

Summer’s End; what shall we call it?

Afternoon, faithful but often disappointed by my lack of content, readers.

I’ve just got back from my weekly sewing group and we’ve started on the Christmas crafting. Yep it’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to gluttony and gifts. Before that we have Halloween though and of course in the pagan community it’s ‘Mabon’in a week. 

I do not celebrate Mabon; the name ‘Mabon’ has never been associated with the autumn equinox, it is the name of quite an obscure god appropriated by early members of the witchcraft tradtions as a festival name in the 40’s and 50’s. There is no reference to celebrations for the autumn solistice in any survivng Anglo-Saxon or Continental Iron Age literature, that I kniow of. That being said, September is called ‘Haligmonath’, christianised to ‘Harvestmonath’, by Bede in his Ecclisiastical History. It’s a holy harvest month; the grain harvest is long over, what we’re bringing in now is the fruit – apples and pears, blackberries, rosehips and sloes. The fruit of the orchard and hedgerow. The stuff that stored, pickled, made in to jams and steeped in alcohol provided a source of fruit through the winter. 

Next weekend I’ll be celebrating that harvest, thankful for the fruit that my ancestors survived on and thankful for the free food I find as I take the dogs out for a walk, or go for a stroll myself. I’ll be with a bunch of druids and pagans who have a different religious calender to me; we each will find different meaning in the same celebration, each as valid as the other.

If I don’t call Mabon ‘Mabon’, what do I call the autumn equinox? 

Nothing. Well, the autumn equinox, I suppose. But as a celebration? To me it doesn’t have a name. Haligmonath is the name of the month, a time to celebrate the fruits and last harvests. I might choose to celebrate it all month or I might choose to celebrate on a specific day, or I might do both. Joining other pagans in a festival is a bonus and I’ll take a different meaning from it than my friends who are druids or who are exclectic pagans, or who are Christo-Pagans. 

There’s room enough for us all to find our own meaning’s and to use whatever name fits.

My weekend ‘to do’ list:

  • Forage cooking apples, eating apples, brambles (if there are any left), sloes.
  • Learn how to make use of rosehips; forage rosehips.
  • Collect firewood if the rain stops long enough for them to dry out.

Best be off.

Rose

Attempting to meet new pagan people (and failing miserably)

I’ve often wanted to meet more people who have similar beliefs to me but I’ve always been a bit put off by the in-fighting I see online, and my anxiety condition. A few weeks ago, in a fit of bravery I joined two UK based heathen Facebook groups, UK Heathenry and Asatru UK. They’re both closed groups so you have to request membership and wait. For some reason they let me join.
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Random question of the week

Why do Christian bloggers – and I mean for the most part American Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christians – insist on tagging their posts ‘pagan’, ‘paganism’ or ‘polytheism’?  I’m not referring to Christopagans by the way.

I have read a few of these posts and other than screaming about Catholics being not-Christians, they have nothing to do with paganism or the pagan blogging community. Unless they’re trying to convert people to their particular form of Christianity it seems rather ridiculous to tag something obviously aimed at fundie Christians as ‘pagan’. That might be the purpose, I suppose, as they seem to believe anyone who doesn’t follow their particular brand of Christianity is a pagan. ‘Seem’ of course if the operative word here; as I’m not part of their belief system how am I to know precisely how they see outsiders? It is possible to gain some idea from reading their blog post, and of course from reading the work of those who’ve ‘escaped’, or left the cult, but my interpretation is still mediated by my own prejudices – I’ve read enough to know how toxic fundamental Christianity can be to women and children (I review books, I get to read all sorts of stuff) so I’m unwilling to give them the benefit of the doubt and I give their pronouncements a negative inflection because of that.

I’m still not giving them the benefit of the doubt; the only purpose in tagging a blog post ‘pagan’, knowing that the majority of readers of that tag will be pagans of one sort or another, is to get your attempts to convert in front of the target audience – pagans – and try to convert us. Luckily, it’s usually only two or three a week and some are repeat offenders. I can scroll past them, although some can be jarring when you’re scrolling through a page of people talking about their experiences or rituals, or seasonal festivals, to have a ‘Christian’ screaming in ALL CAPS about something or other which is completely irrelevant to the majority of people looking at the posts tagged ‘pagan’ etc.

Anything to add?

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