This isn't going to be a very uplifting Memorial Day post. Nor is it very Pagan, except perhaps in the way that I view collective responsibility and the necessity to uphold it.This time last year, we had just found out that my brother, a Vietnam veteran, had liver cancer. He hadn't been getting regular screenings from the VA even though he had been exposed to Agent Orange and should have been considered high-risk. They didn't tell him that. It was just the last in a myriad of ways that the … [Read more...]

Honoring Our Fallen

I walk the warrior’s path. I have in my time served a Goddess of war (Sekhmet) and I’m owned by a God of war and military leadership (Odin). I’ve studied martial arts, weapons, shooting, and but for an early back injury, would have gone into the military. I am fortunate that within Heathenry, the values taught along the warrior’s path are generally respected. Before I became Heathen, however, when I moved predominantly in eclectic Pagan circles, my respect for those who submit themselves to the d … [Read more...]

Remembering Veterans, Remembering My Father

Americans are preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have given their lives in the US armed forces. Though its origins date back to 1868, it wasn’t declared a National Holiday until Congress passed the National Holiday Act in 1971.If you’ve never seen a military cemetery around Memorial Day, it’s a very moving event. I had the opportunity to be in Luxembourg for Memorial Day weekend many years ago. I was able to visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, a mi … [Read more...]

Addicted to Outrage

There are a lot of pundits who make a good living on outrage. It's their first refuge and resort. President Obama has decided to visit a different National Cemetary for Memorial Day because it seems a bit unfair that it's always Arlington that gets the attention. Surely the servicemembers in other National Cemetaries are just as noble, brave and deserving of a Presidential visit. It seems pretty reasonable for anyone willing to actually look at what is really happening.However, a person hooked … [Read more...]

Sgt Stewart: Honoring Fallen Pagan Warriors

I look forward to the stories I will tell kids as I get older. When I was your age we didn't have the internet. When I was your age cell phones were HUGE and carried in small briefcases. When I was your age fallen Pagan military members didn't get their symbol of religion on their grave without a fight.Take some time to remember Sgt Patrick Stewart, and his widow Roberta this weekend. The VA decided to stonewall the request for a pentacle to be placed on his VA memorial plaque which launched … [Read more...]

Ares and Aphrodite make love in Afghanistan

If you have ever had a hard time wrapping your mind around the hot, passionate love affair that Love and War engage in, you need to watch this video and all is made clear.Lady Gaga's Telephone - Afghanistan RemixPerformed by soldiers from the 82nd Airborne unit stationed in Afghanistan, this video is a remake of Lady Gaga's "Telephone". The soldiers tease one another in sexually suggestive ways and seem comfortable doing so. Part way through the video more soldiers join in and their … [Read more...]