neo-religion

“The Old Religion, as we call it, is closer in spirit to Native American traditions or to shamanism of the Arctic. It is not based on dogma or a set of beliefs, nor on scriptures or a sacred book revealed by a great man. Witchcraft takes its teachings from nature, and reads inspiration in the movements of the sun, moon, and stars, the flight of birds, the slow growth of trees, and the cycles of the seasons.”

- Starhawk
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess
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PAGANS AND WITCHES OF TUMBLR I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE!!!!

This semester I took an anthropology class called Magic, Witchcraft and Religion. I was very excited, hoping that this class would examine cultural beliefs that tended to stay out of the limelight. 

I was horribly disappointed. The prof for this course (one I have had before, I should have known better) is agonisingly Euro-centric and put a Christian spin on everything. Thankfully, the demands from another class were extremely heavy so I didn’t attend the course lectures. Conversations with other classmates though have told me I was not missing much. 

The final straw was when he posted a set of 20 slides on Wicca. I’ll be sharing them below. Note that I do not currently have a transcript of the lecture (I’m working on it) but the slides themselves are incriminating enough.


What I need from you: Further research, information, authors, links, personal accounts, anything that would help me contend this. 

I am writing an email to both this professor and to the Department [of Anthropology] head for my school. I am not going to let this sit. But I need your help! I do not want one professor’s bias to taint the views of hundreds of students, to whom this may have been a first introduction. 


Update 1: I got a transcript of the lecture itself, none of which really expands on the slides. As usual with this professor, what you see is what you get. For those of you asking what Woodstock, Roswell, UFO Cults, etc (the first seven slides) have to do with Wicca: apparently he was trying to suggest that Wicca was a product of sociopolitical influences in a specific era.

Update 2: For those of you wary of my lack of attendance in this class, please review my response to @silentlittlek here

Update 3: Since originally posting this, I have sent a 3 ¼ page letter to the professor in question and although the sourced information therein is not from ‘scholarly sources’, it can be used as a testament to how easily accessible research on wicca/neo-paganism is. I have also attached a copy of the letter to the ombudsman whom I had contacted to determine a course of action.

Despite this, (they will probably not be seeing it until Monday) I would encourage further response, and to please PM me with links, books, journal articles, witch pages, blogs, etc. anything and everything that would provide information or examples.


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Here’s that url - goes to an American news report (KOB 4 News) from 2008

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Here’s the url, it’s a Nat Geo exposé on UK Witches/Wicca

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Help is very appreciated, folks, and please signal boost! Thank you for your support and responses, folks. I will keep you all updated!

Daily candle Ritual:  Happiness Promotion

Needed:

  • 1 Yellow Candle

Everyday light your candle and say this simple chant:

     “Today I will be happy,

      Today I will be free.

      I won’t let negativity

      Get the best of me!”

Do this daily to help promote happiness in your daily life.

For more spells and chants go here.

“Most of the written information about angels does not come from the orthodox scriptures of the four western religions that believe in the existence of these heavenly beings (Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam). Over the centuries, ideas about the angelic hosts have changed, depending on who wrote about them. Many scholars believe that angels are the result of crossbreeding among belief systems and include Egyptian, Sumerian, Babylonian, and Persian archetypes. Through further research we find that belief in angelic hosts and spirits is far older than any of the structured religions practiced today, which supports the idea that they aren’t tied to what humans want them to be. Angels simply are.”

- Silver RavenWolf
Angels: Companions in Magick
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usuncut.com
You Are More Than 7 Times As Likely To Be Killed By A Right-Wing Terrorist Than By ISIS
A new study by UNC and Duke University reveals the real terror threat.

US citizens are far more likely to die from the actions of a right-wing terrorist on U.S. soil than virtually any other group, even the highly hyped and dreaded international boogeyman known as the Islamic State. UNC Professor Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer of Duke University stated in the New York Times last June that terror attacks by Islamic groups only “accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years,” as compared to American right-wing extremists who have “averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.”

It is important to point out, however, that Kurzman and Shanzer’s methodology for their study only included domestic terrorists who claim to stand against the government, as well as racist groups, such as the KKK and neo-Nazis. No mention is made of radical religious overtones wrapped up in the terrorism.

CLICK THE HEADER LINK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

Books about Paganism, Neopaganism, Wicca and Other Religions - A list by Sacred Chaotic Geometry

Lately I’ve been receiving lots of messages asking for me to recommend some books about Paganism, Neopaganism, Wicca and other religions, so I decided to post a list containing books I think are helpful or interesting.
I hope you like it!

I DO NOT recommend any books by Scott Cunningham - his books are considered bad by most traditional Wiccans, because they are written for the masses and they’re for people who don’t take Wicca or Paganism seriously. In my country, his books are called the ‘Wiccan Coca-Cola books’.

Just because I recommend a book about something, it DOES NOT mean I agree with what’s written on it! It just means I believe that book is interesting and its contents are well explained!
I read because I like to learn and I believe people can’t deny or accept something without getting to know about it first!

Keep reading

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Iconic Figures by Kim Jung-bin

Seoul-based Korean artist Kim Jung-bin’s wonderful illustrations depict iconic figures from popular culture and history in silly or simply mundane situations. #Love it!

Why EVERYONE has a right to have Spirit animals

There have been several posts on Tumblr circulating “explaining” why “white folk” don’t have a right to believe in Spirit Animals. 

Allow me to provide bullet points as to why this post is hideously wrong and shockingly narrow minded and bigoted in it’s own right.  

1.    Spirit animals exist in cultures the world over.  

Germanic Pagans / Asatru (Heathen) have Vættir / wihtiz who often could shapeshift into animals.  And ånd dyr.

The Gaelic / Celtic have Spirit animals.  In fact when white men came to North America the term Spirit animal was applied to Totems because “Spirit animal” (by the English words) was a concept they already understood.  Ironic to have rants about appropriation without considering this…

Wiccans and other witches have familiars, which is an animal helper, beloved pet, or a… spirit guide in an animal form.  This concept is quite old and can be traced to fifteenth century Grimoires found in Germany and France.

The Ancient Japanese, Chinese and traditional Korean have spirit animals too.   Korean Spirit Animals are  Jangseung.  And similar can be found in other Asian cultures.  

The Ancient Polish had rodnidze whose meaning and purpose is virtually identical to the Native American Totems.   So what the anti-White person Spirit Animal posts did is telling Polish Pagans not to honor their past or believe anything from their own culture’s history because of what the descendants of other Europeans had done to a similar culture.  I’m pretty sure the Ancient Polish were not appropriating anything.

Australian Aborigine (besides North American) also had Spirit Animals that you could communicate with in the “Dream Time.”  

Roma / Romani (impolitely called gypsy) also have Spirit Animals.  This stems out of Hungary and parts of Eastern Europe.    

In many parts of India cows are sacred. 

Cats were believed to be messengers of the Gods in Egypt.

Ravens and wolves are believed to be servants of Odin in Nordic tradition and are also powerful figures in Gaelic folklore.

And last but not least we have Shetani in East Africa.

There are others but those are the ones I list here to prove a point.  The concept is literally everywhere.

2.  The term Spirit animal is not Native American.  Notice, for starters that the words are … you know… ENGLISH!    The more common term for the Native American version is Totem.

The concept is literally world-over.  Just about every Ancient Culture had a version.   Some existing into present day, some fading into obscurity.    

3.   Telling anyone that they do not have a right to follow a particular religion because of an accident of birth is an insult to several cultures.  Many Native American tribes welcome new members or want people to share their beliefs.  “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”  Skin color and race does not determine what religion a person has a “Right” to follow.

4.   It only proves how little respect you have for a belief if you think some people do not have a right to believe in it.  That heavily indicates you do not humor the notion that the belief to be a truth / fact of reality but rather treat it as nothing more than a badge or trinket to be jealously guarded away from others.

5.   Segregation and telling people to “keep to their own kind” and that they only have a right to things their “own people” created is not okay, no matter who is saying it.  All that does is perpetuate a cycle of hate and resentment.   We are all human.

Respect the opinions of others.  Respect the religion of others and never, ever, ever go so low and pretentious as to tell someone what they can or cannot believe in.

Back in the 1930s, business leaders found themselves on the defensive. Their public prestige had plummeted with the Great Crash; their private businesses were under attack by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal from above and labor from below. To regain the upper hand, corporate leaders fought back on all fronts. They waged a figurative war in statehouses and, occasionally, a literal one in the streets; their campaigns extended from courts of law to the court of public opinion. But nothing worked particularly well until they began an inspired public relations offensive that cast capitalism as the handmaiden of Christianity.

The two had been described as soul mates before, but in this campaign they were wedded in pointed opposition to the “creeping socialism” of the New Deal. The federal government had never really factored into Americans’ thinking about the relationship between faith and free enterprise, mostly because it had never loomed that large over business interests. But now it cast a long and ominous shadow.

Accordingly, throughout the 1930s and ’40s, corporate leaders marketed a new ideology that combined elements of Christianity with an anti-federal libertarianism. Powerful business lobbies like the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers led the way, promoting this ideology’s appeal in conferences and P.R. campaigns. Generous funding came from prominent businessmen, from household names like Harvey Firestone, Conrad Hilton, E. F. Hutton, Fred Maytag and Henry R. Luce to lesser-known leaders at U.S. Steel, General Motors and DuPont.

In a shrewd decision, these executives made clergymen their spokesmen. As Sun Oil’s J. Howard Pew noted, polls proved that ministers could mold public opinion more than any other profession. And so these businessmen worked to recruit clergy through private meetings and public appeals. Many answered the call, but three deserve special attention.
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So Republicans like to claim that America is a “Christian” nation: SINCE WHEN???

The belief that America is fundamentally and formally a Christian nation originated in the 1930s when businessmen enlisted religious activists in their fight against FDR’s New Deal. Corporations from General Motors to Hilton Hotels bankrolled conservative clergymen, encouraging them to attack the New Deal as a program of “pagan statism” that perverted the central principle of Christianity.  

During these years, Americans were told, time and time again, not just that the country should be a Christian nation, but that it always had been one. They soon came to think of the United States as “one nation under God.” They’ve believed it ever since.

Excerpts from the New York Times article by Kevin M. Kruse, author of “One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented “Christian” America.

Ásatrú Temple to be Built in Reykjavík

“Construction on the first main temple of the Ásatrú religion to be built in 1,000 years will begin in March. The temple will be located in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavík, a forested hill popular for recreation on which landmark building Perlan (‘The Pearl’) stands.”

Read more at:

http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/01/30/asatru-temple-be-built-reykjavik

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All stocked up! Make sure you label all of your inventory. My Book of Shadows is getting pretty full and I have some great spells in it. I also got myself a full page of The Wiccan Rede to remind myself of the rules I promised to follow.
I hope you all are having a wonderful day today and make sure to thank the God and Goddess for everything they do for you.
Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!
Blessed Be 🌙

“The three females represent Hecate’s powers over heaven, earth and underworld as well as her control over birth, life and death. Her six arms carry three torches, a key, a rope and a dagger. The key illustrates her role as the guardian of the deep mysteries; only Hecate possesses the key that unlocks them. The rope possibly symbolizes the umbilical cord, or represents her role of bringing souls into the underworld and helping them to be reborn. The dagger symbolizes cutting through illusions to true power.”

- Joy Reichard
Celebrate the Divine Feminine: Reclaim Your Power with Ancient Goddess Wisdom
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