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Growing Up Pagan: Issue Two: Unintentional Manifestation
by: Orion Watersong
So my little bundle of joy is here. Born on October 30th, the day before Samhain. As you can imagine, this is why I’ve taken so long in writing this article; I’ve been slightly preoccupied. And I also spent quite some time debating what to write about. Let me assure you that there is certainly no shortage of topics I could choose from. Becoming a mother and everything that goes with it has more than filled my proverbial spiritual plate.
But believe it or not, I don’t want to talk about things that have happened since I gave birth. My son is 5 weeks old now and surprisingly, I want to talk about some things that occurred while I was still pregnant. I want to talk about, as hokey as it might sound, the power of our minds and how it can manifest. Maybe being pregnant, having the energy of another living being inside you, increases your own power— I don’t know. All I know is that the idea of accidental manifestation is more relevant to my life now than it ever has been before.
"Keep your mind clear and your heart open so you can hear your truth.” - Kwan Yin.
What You Don’t Know About Beauty and the Beast:
Some backstory: due to this little discussion, I was considering writing a continuation/expansion of Beauty and the Beast. I read up on it and found out everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.
-It was created by one, singular, female author in 1740: Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
-It is not a retelling of a pervasive folklore like Perrault’s Cinderella, for example. It was influenced by folklore but is an original story and is very “post” the fairy tales you might be familiar with. The story is also influenced by women who gathered together and told each other revisions of fairy tales in Parisian salons.
-It’s over 100 pages long
-Though written simply and in a straightforward manner, the characters have personalities and are much more complex in their emotions than a normal folkloric tale. They behave in a diverse and fairly realistic manner to their situations. The Beast’s mother in particular is a complex woman, protective of her son and a capable military leader but not progressive in her attitude towards marrying below your station.
-Women are overwhelmingly the masters of the plot and outnumber the men in number and priority.
"The Word of Gods and Men"
Most of you know me for a lore junkie, so I want to speak about love/hate relationships with our texts. I’ll talk about how text is an important part of my practice as well as where text leaves off and gnosis comes in to create a living religion (and why). A friend of mine once spoke about the intersection of text and personal gnosis in terms of a parable. We will use the parable as a framework to explore our questions: Are you touching a snake? Or are you touching an elephant?
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Alchemeet will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 8pm EST. It will be hosted by Helaena and details about her topic are forthcoming. Mark your calendars!
Mythology Picspam → Quan Yin
Kwan Yin (“She Who Hears the Prayers of the World”) was originally the mother goddess of China, who proved so popular She was adopted into the Buddhist pantheon as a bodhisattva. A bodhisattva is a person who has attained enlightenment but chooses to forgo Nirvana and remain in the world to help others attain enlightenment. Kwan Yin’s specialty is compassion, and She is known as the Goddess of Mercy. Before She became a bodhisattva, Kwan Yin was a princess named Miao Shan. As Miao Shan She endured many trials, especially from Her father, who wanted Her to marry. But She refused, and instead dedicated Her life to Buddhism. (x)
DAYS WITH DEE: ISSUE 2: The Journey Begins!
The journey begins…….
Full of energy to run down this path, I hit the internet to find all the things I needed and wanted to make my altar. I had already brought home a few things from camp to place on it: I took a ribbon, some twigs and a little candle holder from the nest we had built. It made me feel safe at camp and I thought it would keep me safe at home.
Being a Libra, I treated getting my altar together as a quest to finish NOW. That is how I treat most of the things in my life. Full steam ahead when it feels right. :) When I had all the things I needed, I performed my first ritual. What I didn’t expect, however, was just how emotional it would feel. I’m not sure really what I expected, to tell the truth. It felt like I had come home. I felt the energy around me and it felt so good.