When I was looking for sites with good RSS feeds that I could use, I took another look at the pagan web. I used to do that every few months or so, I'm not sure why I stopped. There's a lot of stuff in walled off parts of the web like Facebook.
It takes a fair amount of dedication and effort to maintain your own site. The server problems I had on Monday show that. I tried to update, got cut off, and the permissions on most of the blog files got changed. It took a while to sort out. You don't have to do that if you're on someone elses platform.
I consider that part of the creation process, just like the layout and the words I type. But I'm living in a world of podcasts. Hardly anyone reads anymore.
I don't want the attention. I want this blog to be about the joy and fun I have being a pagan and looking at the world in a different way. I can't show that without showing the World that makes me that way. And I can't do that in a podcast. I'm not sure I can do that in a twelve hour epic motion picture. It's not that my Story is so Amazingly Wonderful, it's that it depends on some very simple shifts in viewpoint which most people wouldn't accept even if it hit them over the head with special effects thirty feet high on a screen with a terrific soundtrack to emphasise each and every point.
And that is not fun. That's work to sell an agenda. I sure as blazes don't yearn for that.
This is me I'm sharing. Not some epic fantasy. Just me. And some things I really like. That includes pictures and quotes even if they aren't mine.
So no more "practical paganism." It's back to "a narrow slice of life." I won't change the world with this blog. I won't try to justify myself or what I am doing. I will share parts of my life. I'm shifting the emphasis away from a strictly pagan site back to the World experienced by a pagan. I'm still doing the big entry on Tuesday, but the rest will be bits and pieces that I find interesting.
I finally learned how to put in custom fonts. It's not my first choice of font for the titles, but it's the one that looks good.
I'm working on the lexicon. What else is new, right? But I enjoy it.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the site.
❝Our energy fields often look like mosaics of pieces from family, friends, co-workers, people seen on TV, or even random strangers encountered on the street.❞
—Rebecca Wilson, “The Art of Psychic Healing,” Gnosis No. 34, Winter 1995
❝We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.❞
— Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy
❝May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.❞
❝I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.❞
— Jiddu Krishnamurti
❝Sex is one of the nine reasons for incarnation. The other eight are unimportant.❞
— George Burns
❝Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.❞
—Doreen Valiente, Charge of the Goddess
❝Pagans and Pagan groups will never be taken seriously if the only social power we can claim is because we are threatened and oh so very put upon. Stars above and Earth below, do you really think that your Gods want you to exist as a victim and only at the sufferance of others?
Take the power that is your Divine right, look the bullies straight in the eye, and proudly claim your humanity and Paganism in that order. You don't have rights because you are a Pagan and because you have to be protected. You have rights and privileges because you are HUMAN.❞
— NeoWayland, “We've got trouble my friends…”
❝Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.❞
— Stephen King
❝Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.❞
— John Muir
❝Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all depreciated polytheism as intrinsically inferior - primitive, crude, lost. But much of the profundity of Paganism lies in its deep appreciation for the complexity and richness of life, its embrace of the world that surrounds us, that indeed is us.❞
— Frank Donnola, “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis No. 28, Spring 1993
❝The patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The "ultimate reality" doesn't necessarily matter or even our belief doesn't matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.❞
— NeoWayland, Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective
❝I don’t have a philosophy: I have senses...
If I talk about Nature, it’s not because I know what it is,
But because I love it, and that’s why I love it,
Because when you love you never know what you love,
Or why you love, or what love is.
Loving is eternal innocence,
And the only innocence is not thinking.❞
— Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep
❝Be careful the cloaks you wear lest you be soiled by their dirt.❞
— from the shadow book of Red Cedar Owl
❝There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.❞
— Lord Byron
❝The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed.❞
— Emily Dickinson
❝A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.❞
— Roald Dahl
❝Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.❞
— Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon, “No Peaceful Warriors!”, Gnosis No. 21, Fall 1991