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Personally, I’m getting a bit tired of many Heathen’s “Christianitiaphobia”. Not that I don’t think it’s a disgusting, Soul-destroying, Malevolent Belief-system, just that I’m tired of this automatic tossing of anything Culturally “Christian”….because in Truth it usually isn’t very Christian.
While Wiccans and Modern Pagans will complain about Christian’s “Stealing their Religion”, Heathens who actually have a valid Right to those things tend to ignore them.
Any Reading of the Bible, Early Christianity, early Roman Church etc will show you how LITTLE the common Beliefs of European Christians ARE Christian.
A good example would be that of Angels. In Hebrew, Biblical and early(read pre-European Influenced) Christianity, They are, as one author succinctly put it, “YHVH’s Stormtroopers”. They strike Terror in the hearts of the Transgressors of His Laws. In actuality, if you read the early descriptions to a Modern Christian and don’t give the source, they would think you’re describing a Demon. They aren’t the Dead, they aren’t Guides of Individuals of Families and they are always described as Male. The Modern Christian Angel(sans Wings:>) describes better an Idis or an Alf.
Another would be the Afterlife. Again, nothing like the modern C view(well, with exceptions of small denominations such as JW’s…). In these you are DEAD. You remain DEAD until YHVH decides to bring your Body back to life…if you are of the Elect AND your corpse is still Intact after all those yrs….PERIOD. The Idea that when you die your Soul goes to be with your Dead Relatives or to the Halls of Divine Being(s), even that there is a place of Punishment(Sheol is literally the garbage dump. You burn the body of the Evil-doer, negating even Divine “clemency”. That’s IT.) for the really Evil.
We won’t EVEN start on the Holy Days;>!
So when you hear some Eejit online blowing off Lore because it was written down by Christians, Remember who really won the war of Ideas in the long run…

“We’re probably talking about a New Age kind of Angel;” Claire sighed. “human-appearing, frighteningly powerful, smug … a sweetly sanctimonious busybody”. “The Second Summoning”
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I recently joined a list that would be best described as Heathen Survivalist. Folks seem a lot more level-headed than others I’ve run onto on-line OR the militia folks that my older brothers are part of(since at least the early “70’s”). While I’ve had Visions since even before I met these folks as a kid, it’s not something I’ve really Worried about. Why? Because Readiness IS. A very “Heathen” concept I’ve had, way before I Knew what Heathenry was.
Disaster, Economic Downturn, Bureaucratic stupidity(the Brown-outs of California a few yrs back…) all are made more comfortable when you are ready. We were out of Power once for almost two months after a hurricane and Passed without any problems…or sadly, loosing any weight;>!
Most of us live in an area that has some chance of Disaster; Weather, Geology, Hydrology,Stupidity, etc. Sadly, most don’t have the supplies to “deal” with a couple days without Power, Phone, Water or Grocery Store….let alone Something Bigger. Won’t even GO on about something like an EOTWAWKI(End Of The World As We Know It). I asked a Pagan friend about his lack of Prep for ANYTHING and it was the Usual “The Universe Will Provide”. I asked about Something Big and his reply was to Die as quickly and Painlessly and Reincarnate as soon as Computers were reinvented;>!
Being an aids person, an EOTWAWKI places me SOL, sort of. The two not-so-bad points is that aids meds don’t get folks “high” and don’t take care of regular Infections so aren’t big Lootables. Also, some evidence with “Drug Holidays” or patients who’ve stopped their meds for whatever reason that the Virus acts more like a new Infection. SO, instead of turning into a skeleton, coughing up Blood in a couple weeks it could be a number of yrs. And, of course the absence of large populations of “Infection Reservoirs” would help;>
Personally, I’d have a lot to offer a “Porkiclypse Community”. Both Medical and Herbal Medicine Background, Foraging and other Immediate Survival Skills, Knowledge of both Iron Age Ag and Husbandry, Trapping and a “splash” of “hobbies” like Papermaking and Calligraphy….

The collective IQ of the human race is a constant. The population continues to rise. The conclusion is left as an exercise for the student-Solomon Short
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So, “S/He said S/He was a God/dess”. How do you tell whether the “Voices in your Head” are not just hiccups in chemoelectricity?
Objectively, you can’t. Subjectively? You’ve got some help, if the chatterbox has a recognized Name. It’s called generically, “Mythology”. Read up on what’s written about Them. Their Personalities, likes/dislikes, enemies, etc. This allows you to get a “gist” of Who they are as Individuals. This allows you to tell if something’s “out of character”. If it is, just like with us, if something sounds out of character for someone to do or say, it probably wasn’t Them who did/said.
Descriptions help, but only so far. Both They and our “Vision” of Them change over time. Let’s face it. Do you really Think that Landvættr/Nature Spirits world-wide look like Winged Victorian children;>? Also, remember that a “rule of thumb” with God/desses is that They’d be a piss-poor one if they couldn’t do what we can. “Just for Men” when “The Old Man” Wishes to go out among the Ladies:>? Freya going for the Jane Mansfield;>?
I’ll give a personal example. My 1st experiences with Freyr and Freya. In both cases neither looked as the Lore described, yet I accepted Freyr at his Word, but not “Freya”. Why? Because while He looked more like a healthy handsome version of a Bog man(Oak-coloured Skin, Hair, eyes and Clothing) His Actions, demeanor, etc were in-line with the Lore. “Freya”, while saying that’s who she was, didn’t Look OR Act like the Goddess presented in the Lore. ‘Course, some who subscribe to the “fun and frolicsome” Interpretation that Thorsson gives in his books might disagree with me. Me? I’ll take the source material over the personal interpretation of someone who practices Sex Magick with a naked woman as an altar;>…..
Now, there is no way to “Prove” your experiences but to yourself. Groups can help because in theory multiple people having the same experience makes it less likely to “be all about you”. In Practice, groups tend to focus your views before AND after the experience. I’ve been in groups where everyone when they’re together state the same thing but Individually have a more varied experience.
It’s also VERY IMPORTANT to remember this is your “stuff”. What a Deity states to you may not be what They state to another and may not be applicable to the Lives of others. If “The Old Man” tells you you need to do “A”, don’t expect that everyone’s supposed to do so as well. You also have to remember that you have the Right to not do so. Actions have Re-Actions. Listen, Think and Act in what you think is in the best Interest of You and the Folk. We are not Thralls….
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I’ve been Thinking about Eejits lately. Probably because I keep running into them. Folks who want to be the Boss, yet not the responsibility OR work involved to BE one. Folks that like to stir things up, for simply that. Folks that tell you that you are a Retarded Bully with a Mean Streak, then say something nice at the end, like this erases what came before…
Right now I’m having a “Beige Night of the Soul”. My experiences in the last couple of yrs has not been for the most part Positive. Part I realize is that most of those I Knew are gone, either Physically or simply dropped out of contact, leaving me about folks that, only a couple of yrs ago discovered that there were ANY non-JCI Faiths around, let alone Heathenry…and I don’t consider me being Heathen that long. After all, it’s only been 17 yrs since my 1st Sumble. It gets Old having someone sub to a list I’ve been on for yrs and have them constantly challenge everything I say. I could just direct them to the files section to read previous yrs’ posts but, like that’s going to change anything? It’s Weird sometimes when you realize that most of the folk you’re on-list with don’t Know who Stephen McNallen, Valgard Murry, Prudence Priest, Garman Lord, The Wodenings, etc are….or care? It’s funny, I don’t consider myself an Elder but I damned sure feel OLD….


Feb. 3rd, 2007 04:04 pm
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Thanks to all the “fun” lately, I’ve loosed up quite a bit….Theologically-speaking. It’s become more Important to gain Deeper Understanding of the Regin, as well as any and all Wights I run across than whether my Practice is as close as it can be to that of my Ancestors.
After all, I’m Following my Ancestor’s God/desses. I’m living Their Core Values. So what if my Daily practice isn’t in Their Tongue? Written Word-For-Word by Them? That my Sacrifices come more often from Commercial sources than my own Land? That I don’t gauge my own Self-Worth by my Parents Social Standing(or my own;>?). That my “Wealth” isn’t in Acres, Vassals or Treasures(no matter how much Amber my time with Hrafnar accumulated;>).
I’m more Interested in the Regin and all the Wights, Wealful and Woeful(so I can avoid or placate Them…) and how best to Interact with Them than that of Hierarchies and Thrones(sorry, Heathenry, not Ceremonial Magick;>). Honestly, I wasn’t that Interested in Feudalism in my Wiccan, SCA and Troth days when I lived in communities with mult members. I’m even less as a Solitary Heathen in an Eclectic Wiccan/Pagan Land…
I’m back reading my Lorebooks and even(GASP!) Meditating on the material Read. Sure, they’re in Modern English but I’m no longer Obsessive about what the meaning of “is” is;>. In some ways I think my Irish Ancestors are Happier now that I’ve put “My English Adventure” behind me. I’d felt the entire time that I was somehow Dishonoring Them anyway….
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Well, the softig female vocalized melodically. Got the last of my aids meds today. I do have assistance, but for some reason they seem to think that Poor folks always have an extra couple hundred a month lying around to cover things. Oh well. It's been a good extra decade anyway...
The surreal experience with this is that at the same time we're going on a cruise! I personally would rather(as would CHuck) have the money to pay for my pills but....whaat can you do? Last week my brother decided that he wanted everyone in FOrmal wear one night for pix. Not suit, tux. Now, even when I was Working I didn't have(or need) one. He relented but unfortunately a don't fit into my suits anymore(gee, it has been 8 yrs.....)so I got taken off to JC Penny. Again, would have rather had the money,but....
The Mental Health WOrker, Bless her heart has been trying all sorts of things to Lift my Spirits but as I pointed out, it's Normal for you to be Depressed when Depressing things happen. I'm actually not all that Depressed anymore simply because I Know the "lay ofthe land". It's Uncertainty that bothers me. Hey! After all, it took yrs for me to go from Normal to shitty T-cells, what's to say it won't Work out that way again;>!
Oh, and "Aslan" was stolen last night. Some Stoned kids were playing with Fireworks next door and, I guess thought it's be funny to take the Stone Lion from the Faggots' driveway. It was just a Plaster Lion Mom picked up a while back at a yrd sale and had been dissolving slowly due to rain and Acid soil(the side effect has been more Blossoms in that area;>). I Liked it's "Ancient" look. They're in for a rude awakening if they try to sell it. It's just plaster and was meant as an Indoor nick-nack.....
Pat(looking at his Frozen yrd....)


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