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May 19, 2007

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2 million crowd Paris streets for 'White Night' festivities

Not very informative - what was it - a music festival? Also, uninformed. "A mix of Pagan and religious" - well, what "religion/s " and why isn't Pagan included in "religious " anyway?  (Oct 5, 2008 | post #1)


Salt Lake Pagan Pride Day Sucks

Seems to me that the writer of the article took a picture to show how few people attended, then included a paragraph about how large the circle was, 3-deep in places, and how it only showed a quater of the circle. The author doesn't tell us if s/he is an organiser, former organiser, ex group member or what. Maybe the organisers would appreciate some help with the running of the event, or with recruitment for traders, or advertising the event, or other publicity. It's always easier to cricisise than to offer constructive suggestions or roll up one's sleeves!  (Sep 28, 2008 | post #13)


Far from stares and jeers, pagans affirm their rites

Hilarious that the Proff.states that we are "intellectual ly in error" about our beliefs. What she means to say is that our belief system is not the same as hers, therefore we are wrong because she is right. If it was that simple (i.e. able to be proved factually & intellectually rather than experientially & by faith) everyone in the world would have the same religion! Now I, on the other hand, KNOW I'm right......  (Sep 21, 2008 | post #6)


Buffy the Vampire Slayer destroying Church of England?

I am really confused. So Natalia (probably) doesn't exist as a person? wow. This is surreal. I read the interview, & it sounds as if the interviewer was talking to one person, not 2. "She" seeemed to be on most threads, and I really felt as if I knew her - not as well as you guys, obviously, as I only drop in from time to time, but still... I AM real, though.....  (Sep 6, 2008 | post #51)


Funny Knit and Pray thread

Hilarious, Tailkinker! By the way,protective thoughts & healing energies to your husband - hope all is well. Here's a thought - England is fast become as litigious as the US, and we are geting used to adverts for legal firms offering to get compensation for people. With that in mind, here goes a true story: My husband opened the Sunday papers one weekend to have his attention grabbed by the advertisment headline: "Have you ever worked with vibrating tools?" He showed it to me, shook his head, and muttered "That would be most of my Bosses...."  (Aug 31, 2008 | post #157)


Funny Knit and Pray thread

OK .......... I fell for it & replied without getting to the end. Just for a laugh, the word "SHAG" has a rather different meaning in England...... Lets just say it's a lot more fun than fitting carpets!  (Aug 28, 2008 | post #73)


Funny Knit and Pray thread

NAd that kind of nonseqitor is why we're nt Christains - God loves us, so He's going to torture us for eternity? odd religion you have, friend, but I suppose that your screen name fits..........  (Aug 28, 2008 | post #71)


Buffy the Vampire Slayer destroying Church of England?

We in England haven't "just" discovered Buffy. It may have taken that long for our former colonies to have realised that we've been watching for years. Who says that Buffy is responsible for women becoming interested in Paganism? It's been around for a while........ Sounds like the Christians are panicking again & looking for something/someone to blame. NEWSFLASH: people (not even women - irony-) generally choose a faith based on a fantasy TV show. Has it not occured to them that our faith fills a real Spiritual need? That we can actually think for ourselves & work things out without being told what to believe? Guess not.  (Aug 28, 2008 | post #1)


Why we love Halloween

Hi, everyone. just a couple of points: 1) Will the Christian posters please realise that this is a Pagan forum. You are of course entitled to your own religion, but please think about this. Telling us Pagans that we don't actually believe what we think we believe, but instead worship a Judeo-Christian-Mo slem figure who is anti-God, makes as much sense as telling you that you are really believing - well, anything other than what you do believe. 2) Shouting abuse at Pagans on this forum is unlikely to convert them to Christianity. 3) People of many religions and none enjoy Hallowe'en celebrations as a secular festival. Pagans celebrate Samhain (pronounced "Sow-ain ")as the end of the year, a chance to assess our spiritual and material progress, to give thanks for blessings given, and to come to terms with the idea that all life passes away - we look to do all the good we can in this life, then rest for a while. We also remember those loved ones whom we have lost, especially over the last year. Hallowe'en isn't as big over here in England as it is in the States, although it is becoming more commerciallised. Could those of you who are "anti" please think for a moment - if you tell your children that it's about "Devil worship" doesn't this tell them that it's dangerous, forbidden and powerfull? Now, even amateur psychologiy tels me this would make it attractive to teens! If you tell them it's just an old festival which people just do for a laugh, well, suddenly it's not so attractive any more. You could even say a festival of another religion is celebrated on the same night. After all, the word "Hallowe'en " was coined by Christians and is simply a contraction of "All Hallow's Eve" - the eve of all saints day. Sorry about the length - I do go on a bit when I've been off forum for a while. Blessings to all: Pagans, Other faiths, don't-knows and atheists - can we all just live and let live? Arianne.  (Jul 17, 2007 | post #104)


Judge Upholds Potter Books in Schools

Sorry - are you saying that Witchcraft doesn't exist, or that witches don't want the books (or any books) banned? Love Harry Potter books, but their "Witchcraft " isn't the religion, and the spells aren't real. Is she so insecure in her faith that she thinks that reading kids' novels will undo everything she's taught them from the cradle ? Good Goddess, they might even have some independent thoughts if she doesn't censor their lives!  (May 31, 2007 | post #75)


Parents give child a pagan blessing

We held a ceremony for our daughter in 1999 when she was about 10 months old. We weren't "out" as Pagans to large chunks of our families (Catholic, Baptist, Anglican), and still aren't, really, although I think they guess we're weird! We wanted to bless her, but not be hypocrititical enough to promise to raise her as a Christian. We didn't want a closed ceremony with only my Mum and our Wiccan and Pagan friends - we wanted everyone to be able to join in with blessing her, without feeling uncomfortable or excluded. We wrote ot the following, based, of course, on the second part of the Gardnerian/Alexand ian Charge of the Star Goddess: "We decided we wanted a ceremony to give NAME her names, but didn't want to choose any one place of worship for her. We thought we'd let her choose her own Path when she was old enough. We thought about the stories we'd heard, and the one that stood out was the one about the Sleeping Beauty and the Gifts of the Fairies, So, this what we wish for NAME: Dad: We wish her beauty in life Mum; and strength of mind, body and spirit. Dad: We wish her empowerment for herself, Mum: and compassion for others. Dad: We wish her a stong sense of honour, Mum: with humility to recognise strenghts beyond her own. Dad: We wish her the gift of joy and laughter, Mum: and reverence for all the womders of the Universe. Dad: May she seek and find her own fulfilment in life. Ladies and gentlemen. boys and girls, Both (shout): NAME!" Those who knew, recognised it, those who didn't, congratulated us on a beautifully worded ceremony! Everyone was happy and our Daughter got her Pagan blesing! Hope this might be of some use to anyone in a similar situation, Blessings,Arianne.  (May 27, 2007 | post #7)


Black Wiccans.

Sorry if it came across that way, but I was saying that Wicca/Paganism ISN'T racist, but you'd asked how black people could practice it. Answer - the same way as anyone, of any colour or race can. If you don't think it's right for you, personally, fine, but that's NOT because you're black! The religion and its practices varies from person to person, group to group, calling on God/esses each thinks is right for them at that time. One of my favourite chants is to Yemaya, by the way! Blessings, Arianne  (May 23, 2007 | post #22)

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Staffordshire, England

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I play with my dog, work, read, play computer games, or make handmade greetingscards. I watch TV too!

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