Around The Pagan Web

Here are some recent posts and articles that have caught my eye around the Pagan blogosphere. Over at Matrifocus (edited by Sage Starwalker of the Goddessing Blog) they just posted part two (part one is here) of a four part exegesis on The Charge of the Goddess.

“The second part of this sentence has often been used to impress on pagans the need for sky-clad rituals. While I have nothing against how practitioners dress or don’t dress at ritual, this ought not to be taken as an imperative. Digging deeper into the meaning, one might argue that we come wearing many guises. We wear masks and armor particularly in gatherings. We wear wounds and experiences from the past, we wear identities that have been fashioned for us by societies, marks of superiority, inferiority like race, gender and class, physical differences. What does it mean to shed these “garments”? I would suggest that what is being urged here is not the physical removal of clothing ? though that is one option ? but rather a shedding of armor, of protections that we carry to survive in the world. Standing in ritual naked of our shells or masks lets us be truly who we are. This line then becomes more about our authentic selves rather than about our physical dress.” – Kila

Dave Haxton at MacRaven muses on what seperates Heathenry and monotheist faiths.

“This article caught my eye because it so clearly shows the dividing line between Heathenry and monotheist, revealed religions. And I’m decidedly including Islam and Buddhism in that definition, as, along with Christianity, they all share one salient feature that this piece highlights: the conviction that world is a bad place, and that life here basically sucks.”

Isaac Bonewits over at Views from the Cyberhenge reveals the practices of Texas Pagans.

“It was the first Pagan festival I?ve ever been to where the opening ceremony included people on horses with flags (USA and Texas) riding around the sacred space while everyone else sang the Star Spangled Banner and then said the Pledge of Allegiance (they did say ‘Gods,’ however).”

Want to know more about evolutionary Pagan Panentheism? Jay over at Kensho Godchaser has the straight dope for you (even more here).

“If the Goddess transcends the physical world (i.e., if our spirituality is panentheistic as opposed to pantheistic), it’s a safe bet that She has a purpose which lays beyond it, but which is served by its existence. I agree with Sri Aurobindo, Ken Wilber and others that this purpose is evolutionary. The Goddess uses the physical world to exercise the matrix of all her possibilities. She involves herself into the universe, then evolves from this involution. All of history – human and otherwise – is the Goddess unfolding Her matrix as She evolves back to Herself. We are merely the latest step in this evolutionary journey.”

My favorite occult investigator Tim Boucher has that link between Ian Flemming and Aleister Crowley we have all been waiting for (and be sure to check out his Pop Culture Tarot).

“Fleming is said to have contacted Crowley regardless, who agreed to offer his services. Some people say that Crowley in fact had been an asset of British intelligence for years already before this – although I?ve also seen it said that his file was marked ‘Use with extreme caution’. Supposedly Fleming later modeled his first James Bond villain after Crowley, naming him Le Chiffre and changing most identifying personal details.”

Finally Maggie at Daily Arrows has a mythic homage to mom, just in time for Mother’s Day.

“I’m hoping that on this Mother’s Day, we can move beyond the idealized image of the good mother and recognize our mothers in all their complexity and human-ness. The sanitized notion we have of some kind of idealized mother does not allow our mothers to be human, to have frailties, to have their dark side and their dark bodies. Otherwise, we are left with nothing, a transcended idea of what mother is suppose to be.”

That about wraps it up.