Sunday, July 26, 2009
The game is browser based an one moves around via mouse clicks, I'm currently in the early stages so once I'm really into it I will post a better review as a browser game of course most sides don't care for the backstory hopefully there will be some RP servers soon, if you want join in at www.deepolis.com/ and join the Scion faction!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
These days when one sees a pentagram one tends to think Wiccan, or at least a Wiccan-esque Paganism. That is Duotheism, triple Goddess, Horned God, Law of Three, Harm None and Wiccan styled rituals. For this reason I feel the Pentagram is not a good symbol for the whole of Paganism. As a large majority of Pagan faiths Druidry, Asatru, Kemeticism, Hellenism, Roman Paganism and the rest of the family do not share these features. Many such as ADF Druidry lacks even a believe in the five elements the arms of the Pentagram represent.
As such I feel a new symbol should be found and I believe the triskelion is a good choice to replace the pentagram as a symbol which all Neo-Pagans can in one way or another identifiy with.
One style of Triskelion
The symbol dates back to Neolithic times and can be found in virtually every culture in the world in some form or another. The spirals can have different meanings for different Pagans. I know it appears already in Germanic Paganism and Celtic Traditions, Druids can see the three realms represented in the spirals, Wiccas the Triple Goddess. Thus making it a symbol that is all things to all Pagans. Best of all no path claims the Triskelion thus as a universal Pagan symbol no would make the mistake of thinking Wiccans are the end all and be all of Paganism.
So what do you think reader? As Paganism hits the mainstream and other paths overtake Wicca as the most popular is it time we leave the Pentagram as just the symbol of one set of Paths and take the Triskelion which no path I know of claims as there symbol and make it the symbol of everyone?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Chris Orapello did a show recently on his podcast the Infinite and the Beyound located here: http://infinitebeyond.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=479546 that discussed the issue of Paganism and Nature. I myself plan to do a blog about Nature later down the road. For now let us just say that all to often Pagans tend to think of Nature as some Disney like setting of trees and bunnies, often forgetting just how deadly nature can be.
Awhile back I saw a Discovery Special about a pod of Orca that attacked a blue whale and her calf seperating and killing the baby. Many had to go into therapy saying nature was about love and healing not killing babies. These people before this time had always thought the term "Killer Whale" was just some mean nickname given to a gentle and loving creature.
Still this does not address the main issue why have Temples at all?
To start with if we ever want to get our Groves growing a place to meet and celibrate is a must, we cannot keep meeting at Myeddin and Morgan's place on every Holy day after all. A temple would provide a place for worshippers to gather (Plus Myeddin and Morgan will no longer need to worry about having property damaged or destroyed plus no more calls from the neighbors!)
In addition a temple provides a safe contact point between the Grove and the outside world. Myddin and Morgan I am sure would be very nervous about having any stranger just drop by there house, however strangers coming into the temple is another matter altogether. Classes can be held, a library maintained. A safe place to hold events and rituals. This is a place we wouldn't have to worry about having to constantly rent out or worry about avalibility. It would be OUR place.
Speaking of seekers and classes a temple would be a way to "fly the flag" for Paganism. A temple would make the statement, we are here to stay. We are serious about our faith and are not going away. As we grow and establish houses of worship people will start to take us more seriously and we will see our ranks grow as seekers come to take a look into what we believe.
To get here we as a community need to start growing up. We can't just "take a break" whenever the drama gets to hard on us, we can't constantly be self focused. Bills and expenses will have to be payed, land bought, a design agreed on and used, here I think we can take a note from the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and come up with a standard Temple design to be used at most times.
I'd love to see Pagan temples become a community center. Hosting in addition to rituals and classes parties and maybe even D&D and miniature games an LAN parties (charging a slight fee) along with sports, possibly even entering church or minor leagues and other such interests.
In times of tragedy people coming to the temple seeking healing and candle vigils.
Just think of it, the temple a popular hang out for people of all ages. Due to it's constant outreach programs and the fun events hosted it has grown in membership. Another 9-11 happens, or maybe something smaller, a local tradegy like a mine collapse. One of the Temple clergy is with the morning family possibly with a couple of members of the warriors guild to run off any Fundimentalist family members who in there spirtual arogance would dare to use this as chance to drag them back into the Church.
At the Temple lights are on, coffee, tea, water and sodas are brought out. The kitchen is in full swing preparing meals, the TV is locked onto a new channel. The meditation room and chapel are filled already. Beds are pulled out of storage and people are flocking to the grounds seeking healing, news reporters might even ask for a statement.
This is what we can be if we are willing to work for it.