The False “Lore-based vs. UPG-based Practice” Dichotomy

Weaving the Net

Lore versus UPG as unreconcilable opposites is a narrative that I have come across quite often during my years so far as a religious practitioner. It has become clear to me that this narrative governs how we refer to ourselves and to other practitioners like little else does.

Definitions

I’m choosing wide-sense definitions on both counts. UPG as an abbreviation stands for Unverified Personal Gnosis (sometimes I see Unsubstantiated, Unsubstantiatable, or Unverifiable as alternatives for “U”). I’m not going into the discussion whether Deities actually show Themselves in that sense; If you’re only halfway familiar with my blog, you know my stance on that matter. I am not going into the discussion whether a Deity expressing a preference about your clothes counts as UPG or not — in all honesty, that question is irrelevant to me, and I couldn’t care less. I will also only briefly mention that quite a…

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Cernunnos Pocket Prayer Beads

Beth Wodandis Designs

Brand new in the shop!

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A set of chapelet-style prayer beads designed in honor of Cernunnos, Lord of the Forest and one of the leaders of the Celtic traditions.

An elegant Tibetan silver antler charm adorns a strand of 8 mm rhyolite (rainforest jasper) rounds, alternating with genuine golden horn rounds, red horn rondelles, genuine white bone rondelles, and Tibetan silver leaf beads. The beads are strung on ultra-flexible professional-quality Beadalon beading cord (clear-coated stainless steel). The beads are strung on ultra-flexible professional-quality Beadalon beading cord (clear-coated stainless steel). These beads feel especially pleasant to hold and use, the coolness of the stone contrasting nicely with the warmth and organic feel of the horn and bone beads.

IMG_4277IMG_4280IMG_4278The loop of this compact pocket prayer bead set measures about 10 inches in circumference, with a 2 1/2 inch extension strand ending in the pendant. The pendant itself measures 1 3/4 inches…

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The Washington Post: ‘Reign of terror’: An online troll destroys a family’s offline life

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

‘Reign of terror’: An online troll destroys a family’s offline life
http://wapo.st/1LpS58G

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The madness of authors

Please support your favorite Pagan (and other) authors. No one who works this much should have to subsist on only beans and toast.

Druid Life

There are, in all fairness, a great many ways in which people who attempt to earn a living by writing are a touch insane. This is just one facet. While I’m drawing heavily on personal experience, I’ve also watched a lot of other creative people do similar things.

You write a book, and into that book you pour your love and ideals, your beliefs, values and hopes. You try to make it the very best thing you have ever done. It could take a year of using up much of your spare time. It could take more. If you’ve made it and are a professional, it could be your day job for months, or longer.

While you’re writing it you are thinking about the people who want to read it and don’t know yet. Who they are, what they need from you, and how you can answer them. Most authors…

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The Nature and Character of Lugh

Ozark Pagan Mamma

It seems like every year around this time, I’m fighting misinformation on the god Lúgh. Everywhere one looks on the internet, people are perpetuating the same outdated stuff; that Lúgh is a sun god, and/or a god of the grain. The origin of such notions is from new age books that never bothered to research beyond outdated Victorian-era anthropology.

I mean, you only have look it up on wikipedia to know that his name doesn’t link him to the sun: “The exact etymology of Lugus is unknown and contested. The Proto-Celtic root of the name, *lug-, is generally believed to have been derived from one of several different Proto-Indo-European roots, such as *leug- “black”, *leuǵ- “to break”, and *leugʰ- “to swear an oath”. It was once thought that the root may be derived from Proto-Indo-European *leuk- “to shine”, but there are difficulties with this etymology and few modern scholars accept…

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Wheat Stalk Centering Visualization for Lammas

The Rose Laden Magdalene

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I originally wrote this as a centering visualization for the opening of a Lammas ritual.  Feel free to alter this exercise to fit your needs. Enjoy.

Needed: A wheat stalk (You can usually find bundles of wheat stalks in craft stores located in the floral section.)

Take a deep breath in. 1. 2. 3. 4. Exhale slowly. 1. 2. 3. 4. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out.

Now stand tall with you feet firmly placed on the ground. Breathe in. As you breath out imagine roots growing from the soles of your feet. With every exhale they grow deeper. Through the floor. Through the foundations of your dwelling. Your roots expand downwards until they reach the damp, dark soil. Breathe in, breathe out. Deeper and deeper your roots go, until you are firmly rooted in the Earth.

With every inhale feel yourself pulling cool, earthy, grounding energy…

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Sacred Space: Inside Out

Stone of Destiny

I have visited many churches over the years.

Some of them have been modern and tidy, while others were old and ruined, all tumbled walls and ivy covered stones.  Some have been big majestic affairs, full of stained glass and flying buttresses.  Others have been of a smaller design, tiny cloisters for the meekest of hermits.

A few of these churches, I have known because of family or friends who worshipped there.

Most, I will admit, I have visited as curiosities, because I have a love of history and architecture, and the village church is so often the pivot upon which both of those interests turn.

There are some beautiful old churches out there that I’d still like to visit some day.  I know I’ll walk their grounds for hours if given the opportunity.

And then there are those things that look like repurposed convention centers, complete with giant video…

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