Defining Paganism The term “Pagan” comes originally from the Latin “paganus,” which appears to have originally had such meanings as “villager,” “country dweller,” or “hick.” The Roman army used it to refer to civilians. The early Roman Christians used “pagan” to refer to everyone who preferred to worship pre-Christian divinities, whom the Christians had decided were all “really” demons in disguise, based on the habit of rural folks holding on to their old faiths longer than city folks, as well as because the polytheists were unwilling to enroll in “the Army of the Lord.” Today there are many people who proudly call ourselves “Pagan,” and we use the word differently from the ways that most mainstream Westerners do. Like the members of every other religious community, we Pagans have the right to define ourselves and to demand that our definitions, rather than (or in addition to) those invented by individuals and institutions hostile to us, be quoted or referenced when we are discussed by the mass media.
The Secret Sun: Alchemy, The Joker and Rubeo The always-revelatory Inside the Cosmic Cube is looking into the alchemical origins of the Joker. I'd just like to add that the Joker's original incarnation as the Red Hood reminds me of the Rubeo from Alchemical iconography... Also, it seems that Heath Ledger had read The Killing Joke DRE: Have you read many Batman comics?HL: No and I think that’s kind of helping me a little bit. I was never really a fan of comic books or comic book movies. Pagan History or "Neo-Paganism" refers to those religions created since 1960 or so (though they had literary roots going back to the mid-1800's), that have attempted to blend what their founders perceived as the best aspects of different types of Paleopaganism with modern "Aquarian Age" ideals, while consciously striving to eliminate as much as possible of the traditional Western monotheism and dualism. The Church of All Worlds, most Wiccan traditions, my own ADF and Keltria, for example, are all Neopagan. These terms do not delineate clear-cut categories. Historically, there is often a period, whether of decades or centuries, when Paleopaganism is blending into Mesopaganism, or Mesopaganism into Neopaganism. Obviously, the use of this vocabulary is currently in flux, and you may need to try variant spellings, capitalizations, and hyphenizations to find what you're looking for. Copyright & copy; 1979,1997 c.e., Isaac Bonewits. To Isaac Bonewits' Homepage
The Secret Sun: Transformers, part 2: Ultraterrestrials Angels=alien androids John Keel's work has been floating around in my head in a oblique way, as I continue to process all of the Keelian weirdness that's gripping the world. In particular, I've been thinking about Keel's "ultraterrestrial" theory. Ken Korczak wrote about Keel's UT theory in an excellent column from 2006: People who support the Ultraterrestrial theory, such as authors Jacques Vallee and John Keel, point out that supernatural beings seemingly superior to humans have been reported throughout history. In the wake of the monster success of the new Transformers film, I've been thinking more and more Bruce Rux's theories that stories about the so-called "Greys" seem to describe androids rather than EBE's. AAT scholar Jason Martell notes that the Anunaki had a servant class called the Igigi, whom he believes could actually be the Greys of UFO lore. This makes a lot of sense. Hmm, not a cheery guy, that Charles Fort. I mean, as above so below, right? One thing I will say, though.
Male Spirit The male mysteries have always had their place in the many expressions of the Pagan religion. For a Pagan, male spirituality is honoured as an expression of the God in his many forms. Pagan men seek inspiration from the Horned God and other aspects of the male Deity; reaching within to embrace a vision of wisdom, strength, and love. The Men's Movement is a gathering force world-wide and is a more general expression of a newly-awakening male spirituality. In searching for a deeper male spirituality, men's traditions of spiritual expression take many forms. Two men who have had a strong influence on how men are seeking to find themselves are psychologist John Rowan in his book The Horned God and poet and author Robert Bly in his best selling book Iron John. The search for alternative images of male divinity begins for many men with the pagan gods and mythical figures suppressed by Christianity. John Matthews ed, Choirs of the God: Revisioning Masculinity , Mandala, 1991.
The Secret Sun: Fireworks (UPDATES) Ah, subtlety. Reader Davidly alerts us to this HuffPost headline on the "Stimulus Package" deal. Deep background on fireworks and obelisks here. More HuffPost symbolism here. Kenneth Anger could not be reached for comment. UPDATE: Elluminati has an interesting update on "Sol" Sender and Logogate. UPDATE II: "CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Two big communications satellites collided in the first-ever crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the international space station." Click to enlarge. UPDATE III: Is David Icke the new online editor at the Beeb? UPDATE IV: Secret Sun readers come through again. WASHINGTON — Presidential present and past intersected again Wednesday night when President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama joined stars in honoring one of his inspirations: Abraham Lincoln. Darth Vader! Check out a reminder in the comments section about Osiris and Abydos as well. UPDATE V: This just about says it all.
Paganism Paganism is a broad group of indigenous and historical polytheistic religious traditions—primarily those of cultures known to the classical world. In a wider sense, Paganism has also been understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, ethnic religion. Modern ethnologists often avoid referring to non-classical and non-European, traditional and historical faiths as Pagan in favour of less ambiguous labels such as polytheism, shamanism, pantheism, and animism. Nomenclature and etymology Hellene In the Latin-speaking West of the newly Christianizing Roman Empire, Greek became associated with the traditional polytheistic beliefs of Ancient Greece and regarded as a foreign language (lingua peregrina). By the latter half of the 4th century in the Greek-speaking East, Pagans were—paradoxically—most commonly called Hellenes (Ἕλλην, lit. This was influenced by Christianity's early membership, who were Jewish. Pagan Heathen Definition Defining paganism is problematic.
The Secret Sun: How Did They Hear What I Was Dreaming? The art I am most entranced by is the art I feel was stolen from my dreams. There's no ostensible pattern to this. Mulholland Drive, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Max Ernst, early Cocteau Twins, the first Devo album, Tubeway Army's Replicas, certain Industrial music videos, Jacob's Ladder, The Royal Tannebaums, My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno's 70's work, The Go Team, and Cliff Martinez' Solaris soundtrack all strike very deep chords in me that I can't quantify, nor am I entirely sure I want to. As tempting as it is to puzzle out exactly why this material triggers something so profound within me, I'm also afraid over-analysis will break the spell. But I do wonder why people will feel the same subconscious tug from certain songs or films. Why do people use the term "dream pop" to refer to bands like Lush or the Cocteau Twins? One band that has really dug deep into my Dreaming Mind was the Anglo-French outfit Stereolab. This video, however, is something special indeed.
Paganism & Neo - Paganism Paganism & Neo-Paganism The words 'Paganism' and 'Pagan' come from the Latin 'paganus,' meaning 'country dweller. In simplest terms - Paganism is a religion of place, or a native religion, for example the Native American's religion is Pagan, Hinduism is a form of Paganism. Paganism is a religion of nature, in other words Pagans revere Nature. Unlike the patriarchal religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) the divine is female as well as male and therefore there is a Goddess as well as a God. They are not simply substitutes for the Muslim or Judeo-Christian God. The Goddess represents all that is female and the God represents all that is male. There are sub-groups of named Gods and Goddesses called Pantheons, drawn from the distant past, for example Isis and Osiris from Egypt or Thor, Odin, Freya et al from Norse religion and mythology. Ancient Pagans would have worshipped one or a small number of Gods and Goddesses, while often recognizing the validity of other people's deities. The Moon
AstroGnostic: Trapped Here on this Alien World-UPDATED!!! NOTE: Scroll to bottom of post for important update. Well, here we are- it's Twilight time again. The Gnostic vampire-superhero phenomenon is about to descend on multiplexes all across the planet, enrapturing tween girls in ways not seen since the glory days of N'Sync and the Backstreet Boys. And most significantly for our purposes, Twilight creator Stephanie Meyer is a Mormon- a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints- and the Twilight books are widely seen as Mormon allegories. Amie Charney (a Christian blogger) detailed the links, darkly warning that those dastardly Mormons "believe in deification – you can become a god or goddess through their various rituals and practices," preach a doctrine "called “eternal progression...where it is a core belief for even a god or goddess to learn (progress) for eternity," that Mormon is "all about the family" (horrors!) Wait- I'm missing the exact problem here. What may really be bugging Ms. Reader Morgan turned me on to all of this. Damn.
Godchecker.com - Your Guide To The Gods The Fool Card in Tarot - Tarot You might surmise that the Fool would be card number one of the Major Arcana. However, his card number is zero. Why would this be? Perhaps it is because he is not truly born yet. What if the journey of the Fool starts out exactly the way all of us start out? In essence the Fool is a newborn. What is in the pack that he is carrying over his shoulder? The Sun is shining brightly overhead and the Fool is basking in its warmth and light. Will the Fool walk off the cliff and end his journey even before it has begun, or will he stop before he falls? The Fool card is full of unanswered questions. When the Fool arrives in a reading, it is always an indication that a new journey is about to begin. The cards around the Fool will always gives clues as to what that new beginning may be, as well as the position in which the Fool finds himself in the reading.
Pantheon (gods) A pantheon (from Greek Πάνθεον  - pantheon, literally "(a temple) of all gods", "of or common to all gods", from πᾶν pan- "all" + θεῖος theios, "of or for the gods", from θεός theos "god") is a set of all the gods of a particular polytheistic religion or mythology. Max Weber's 1922 opus, Economy and Society, discusses the link between a pantheon of gods and the development of monotheism. Since the 16th century "pantheon" can also refer in a secular sense to the set of a society's exalted persons. For example "Mick Jagger was exalted into the pantheon of rock megastars". Specific pantheons of deities
The Secret Sun: Up From the Underworld Heath Ledger's untimely death has people talking about the various symbols that are always put into play from events like this. Adam is digging into the the portents that no one paid attention to in his new piece, "This Joke is Not Funny." A large part of the success of the Batman franchise is drawn from Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. My personal take on B:TKJ was that it was Moore's admirable but not-entirely successful attempt to translate the very powerful musical and iconographic energies of the British band, Killing Joke. As I've written in the past, Moore's interest in the occult world was probably heavily inspired by the band, who were talking these themes up many years before Moore himself. Killing Joke also wielded an incredibly potent iconographic punch through the work of house designer Mike Cole. Killing Joke's iconography was ubiquitous in early 80s England. And of course, the malicious Harlequin was their mascot. My personal thinking?