Disagreeing


I am writing this article as a result of having a disagreement on a Facebook group where someone is trying to convert me to her way of thinking.

The disagreement is that I think that only certain trees are sacred, whereas she thinks that all trees are sacred. It’s the sort of argument where either party could be correct, yet as far as she is concerned I have to come round to her point of view.

Sometimes there are arguments where one party is plainly wrong. For example, if I said that Brigit was Donn’s sister I would be wrong. Both are Irish deities, but Brigit is of the Tuatha De Danaan, whereas Donn is a Milesian.

However, there are many arguments where what is being argued is the philosophy and the interpretation of data and I may change my mind at some point in time to the opposing stance.

Land


For me, the land that I live on is an integral part of my practice and my life.

I celebrate the festivals on it, my home is on it and since I’m a housewife I work on it.

It’s only polite to introduce yourself to the land that you live on when you take up residence there. Even if you’ve only moved to a different part of town, just introduce yourself.

The introduction can be as simple as going outside and saying “hi, I’m X” and giving offerings to it or it can be a full-blown ritual that takes ages. Whatever you feel is necessary.

Prayers


As some of you know, I have been flametending for a while now. Despite years of meditation I’m having trouble keeping my mind on Brigit while I flametend.

So I asked on a Facebook group for help and someone suggested praying to Brigit when I light the hob.

Unfortunately I seem to have a block about prayers. I was brought up Christian and I didn’t see the point of saying Grace. I asked why, but was not given an answer other than “that’s what we do”. So when it was my turn to say Grace I gabbled it as fast as I could with no feeling whatsoever behind it, which is not the point of a prayer. My prayers to the Christian God were never answered, even when I needed them the most, so I gave up on prayer a long time ago.

A few years ago there was an incident which illustrated the power of prayer to me. I called my friend Cathy, who is Irish and by accident I dialed one digit wrong. I did not realise this till I had talked to her for a while and the other person on the phone thought I was her Scottish niece Isobel.

However, by that time I had told her that my husband had lost her keys and she said she’d pray for his keys to be found even though she didn’t know me. Later that evening he found his keys, which had dropped into the boot of the car.

I have no idea how to get my head around my block, but think that it’s a necessary thing to do. However, I have said odd prayers to the deities when necessary and they have always been answered.

Religion


As a pagan, I think we who live in Britain have it easy.

While religion is not a taboo subject, if it’s mentioned people will move off the subject quickly. On one hand this is a shame as it’s difficult to have a decent discussion about what people believe. On the other hand, we don’t have people shoving their religion down our necks, except for those who proselytise at the door.

This means that I can keep quiet about what I believe until people get to know me and accept me for who I am and not shy away from me because of my religion.

While I have not suffered discrimination myself, I cannot say it does not exist as there were the cases in Orkney and Scarborough in the ‘80’s of pagan children being removed from their families. Only one child was not returned and no restitution made to the families for their distress. I would not admit to social workers that I was pagan.

However, in general we are not in danger of being attacked for our religion unlike other countries in the world.

Not Doing Things


I’m having one of those times when things are slowing down.

This is mainly because I’ve been ill and if you meditate when ill it’s more difficult to meditate, plus the illness and any medicines (drugs or herbal) affect the meditation, skewing everything around.

I’ve also had trouble reading my daily horoscope, as the net connection has been misbehaving and also our local transmitter for our mobile company seems to be on the blink yet again.

I find these times annoying, especially the meditating as I feel so out of touch with my deities, but I have to remind myself that things will get back to normal soon and deal with it.

Churches


I am against Paganism becoming an organised religion and having churches and temples.

This is because people then naturally look for a leader to be guided by and take the leader’s word as gospel, forgetting that the leader is only human and thus can err.

Then we would have the same problem as the Christian ministers do : teaching the people to think.

We do not need a church or temple to celebrate the festivals and full moons that a lot of people celebrate, but I don’t.

Discrimination


In the heathen community in The States, racism has reared its ugly head with the policy of the AFA being changed to “they celebrate their masculine men, feminine women and white children”.

In other words, men should be outdoors being rugged, women should be in the kitchen and all heathens should be white.
Not all heathens are like this and unfortunately you find discrimination in all branches of paganism.

If you are a pagan, I do not care what colour, sex, race etc you are. All should be welcome, regardless of what you are or what or who you identify with or as. Everyone should be allowed to be who and what they want regardless of what or who they were born as.

Non-Pagans


I would not involve more than one non-pagan in a group which is doing pagan work. I have found that non-pagans are often there only because they are curious and if there is more than one talk turns to non-pagan subjects and the essence of the group is diluted.

This is fine if it’s one of those moots where all you are there to do is make friends and the subjects can be anything, but if you are doing serious work or the preparation of such I have found it’s best to keep non-pagans down to one.

Intuition


I consider that intuition is one of the best tools anyone can have.

When I look at a restaurant menu, I ask myself if it feels like a good place. If the answer is yes, I go in. If not, I walk on. I have a high hit rate for finding good restaurants and this can be expanded to other areas of my life.

Where intuition is most important is when a situation feels wrong. So far, my intuition has always been right and I’ve walked away from it intact.

Hiatus


As some of you will know, I’m expecting my first baby. Unfortunately as the months have rolled on with the increasing appointments and increasing need to sleep my posts have become more erratic. Thus I have to announce that I’m putting this blog on hold and hope to be back in May.

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