Open Thread: The Lion and the Unicorn Tavern

Once upon a time, long ago, in a land far, far away (Beliefnet forums circa 2000 CE) there was a magical tavern, whose name I no longer recall. Someone accused Pagans of worshiping "Stan," and thus Stan the bartender at the greatest tavern in Hel was born. People would come in, sit down, rest, grab a glass of refreshment and enjoy each other's company. Some folks took handbasket rides across the lake of fire, and I seem to recall someone petitioning for a NHL franchise in anticipation of the day … [Read more...]

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The Importance of Online Community

Online community gets dissed a lot. I know, because sometimes I'm the one doing the dissing. It is true that online community is limited in what it can do. It cannot give you a physical hug, let you take a bit of it's fettuccine alfredo, or bring a casserole to your house and sit with you as a palpable human presence as you grieve over a loved one. It doesn't give you a deeper sense of belonging to your geographic community and landscape. But it can still do amazing things.Ten years ago I … [Read more...]

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Moving to Paganistan

I have had a surprising weekend. I was unexpectedly given notice that I have to move out of my current living situation by October 1st. Five weeks isn't a lot of time to plan a move. Thankfully, some amazing people have come to my rescue with advice, huge favors, and words of encouragement and support. I am a bit overwhelmed by the kindness I have been shown. My crusty exterior has completely crumbled, and I have sobbed like a big baby more often than I care to admit over the past few … [Read more...]

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John Cheese on Being Poor

I am, once again, doing the kind of frantic budgeting in which having $50 left for a month's worth of groceries is actually good news. What expenses can I cut? What do I absolutely have to spend money on? What will actually be possible without someone laughing hysterically at my income and credit history? The kind of crazy budgeting with margins so narrow that moving to Paganistan looking for better opportunities suddenly seems financially unfeasible because "Oh Gods, I'd have to buy a winter … [Read more...]

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Would Arranged Marriage Work For Pagan Communities?

Many of you probably already hate this idea, just from the title. Let me save you some time: I know that you hate it and I know why you hate it. I already know that most Pagans do not share the views I'm expressing here, and I don't care. Now that that is out of the way...I've been thinking a lot about the concept of family and continuity in Pagan communities and culture. We tend to base our communities on people who are religiously similar to us, but who rarely have a deeper connection. It … [Read more...]

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Shameless Plug: Limited Tarot Readings with Custom Charm

I have exciting things afoot in my personal life. Cogs are moving and wheels are turning. It is going to have a significant impact on my personal practice, my interaction with community, and even my writing. I might even end up sucked into writing for the PNC again. There's a lot of potential with this change. I am very excited.Unfortunately, change sometimes incurs expense, which sucks. So I've decided to do something I gave up years ago: tarot readings. I was told I was good when I did … [Read more...]

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Dar Williams’ In The Time Of Gods

I have been a big fan of Dar Williams since The Christians and the Pagans, and her lovely contributions to the first Lilith Fair album. Strangely, it was more acceptable for my sisters to listen to Madonna than for me to listen to Dar. Ironically, I think my mother thought Dar, and singer-songwriters like her, were more "gay."I have always liked Dar, but I have literally fallen in love with her new album: In The Time Of Gods. Inspired by Greek myth, it's a collection of modern songs. Had I … [Read more...]

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Astral Poo ( Or If Not For Bad Luck, I Wouldn’t Have Any Luck At All)

Since sometime last week I have been fighting some kind of flu or virus that has fogged my brain, congested my sinuses, plagued me with nausea, given me fever chills, and supplied me with muscle aches. My brain is finally emerging from the fog slowly, and my fully lucid moments are long enough to be able to write something that maintains coherency for more than a few sentences. Before I got sick I hurt my back. Last night I believe I managed to fracture my big toe. I didn't want to get up this … [Read more...]

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Fresh Snark: Spreading Some Love (and Hate) on Polyamory: Married & Dating’s Episode 6

With a large mug of coffee and plenty of coughing and sniffling, I steeled myself to watch episode 6 of Showtime's Polyamory: Married & Dating. I was genuinely expecting to hate it as much as episode 5. I didn't. So today we have snarky bullet points with what I hated, followed by what I loved, and then some thoughtful analysis. If you are one of the people who really hated my review, go read this instead. Jessica Karels writes really thoughtful reviews. Unlike mine.Throwing Some … [Read more...]

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Eager for Decay: Looking Forward to Autumn

Autumn is my favorite season. I revel in it. I read somewhere once that Hel's kingdom was forever a misty autumn, and whether that is true or not, it makes me reluctant to grab hold of a sword when I near death.Loving autumn is a strange thing. Everything is in decline, in decay. Entropy is winning. Those bright leaves? That's the result of trees trying desperately to stave off the inevitable winter. It's a season of death, and I love it.I'm not the only one. Almost everywhere I look … [Read more...]

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