Sex, Ethics, and Paganism

Pagan Activist

4487248_xl–By Shauna Aura Knight

I believe in being sex positive. Not just in the Pagan community–I’d like to see more positive, healthy behaviors across the world. I hear Pagans talking about wanting that too, but there’s a few elephants in the room. And until we acknowledge some of them, we aren’t going to have a healthy sex dynamic in our community.

First, what does “Sex positive” mean?

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“We Are Our Deeds” Please STFU

Adventures in Vanaheim

I hate this phrase, let me tell you why.

It seems like I can’t pick up a Norse Paganism 101 book that doesn’t have this phrase in it, usually within a larger discussion of ethics. A person is their deeds, actions speak louder than words. Ultimately, what you do is what defines you. This is, of course, most often trotted out in response to Christianity’s (particularly Protestant Christianity) emphasis on belief.

Lately though, it seems like this phrase needs a few qualifiers:

“We are our deeds–unless you worship a god I don’t like.”

“We are our deeds–unless you’re Wiccan (then you’re just a fluffy bunny, HAHAHAHAHA!)”

“We are our deeds–until I commit a crime. Um, don’t pay any attention to that deed! I’ve done a lot for Heathenry, what have YOU done for Heathenry?”

“We are our deeds–but it’s okay for me to spread nasty rumours and outright lies about…

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Heathen Ethics, Part 6: Taking it Back

Kvasir Amongst the Gods

The funny thing about how I write is that I frequently find new projects in the middle of work I’m still trying to finish.  I imagine I’m not alone in this, but it’s always a pleasant surprise when I try to tackle something and find an excess of material hiding there.  It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling when I search for one thing and end up finding a dozen other things hiding in the darker recesses.   It makes me feel like an explorer.

Let’s talk about the singularly, nearly uncontested linchpin of Norse Polytheistic ethics; “We Are Our Deeds”

I was researching where the phrase came from (I still don’t conclusively know) when I encountered an extremely acidic (though deservedly so) rundown of the phrase over at Adventures in Vanaheim.  The post in question had a lot of fire, and the author of the work definitely has some…

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Thoughts of the day

I still stumble along my path. I mean that too I stumble. The only thing I seem to be consistent at is being not consistent at anything. I am currently working on two stories. Gonna add a third one for Novel Writing Month in November.

Yes I made a writers’ blog. It is here if people want to see what I am trying to train myself to do.I love writing as much as I love photography. Both are amazing creative things and I am going to do both.

The URL: http://bflowerswriting.wordpress.com/

Story one I am weaving is with a friend. It is going to have some past life stuffs. It should be quite good tough it is going to be a long time going. There are complete worlds and solar systems to create as well as history of worlds and all that. Gonna be fun if we do nto kill each other over our thoughts and ideas.

The secound one I am working on with the odd ball story or poem tossed in between for the flexing of the writing brain is featured on the other WordPress blog.

The third one is for national novel writing month. Not even sure what I am going to do for that one. I am thinking of doing a modern take on the Norse Celtic gods and their interactions with each other and mayhap the moral plane. Not completely decided yet. My other thought was to write an origin story on one of my past lives. 🙂 Have to decided yet will decide soon enough.

Attitudes

Morning all. I am still feeling emotionally prickly so watch out. Yes I am still smoldering which should honestly worry people. I no longer get angry than cool off. I smolder for a long time. Which is partly why I am so sensitive toward personal stuff. If I feel like you are attacking my thoughts, words, feelings I will bite you. I will chew you up. Do not think for a moment I will not. For I will.

I do not treat other thoughts, feels or whatever like they are wrong. Their thoughts, feels or whatever are theirs, not mine. It is also how they see, feel, think about things. Why should I ask for anything less. When others try and act like I get less than that I get pissed off and rightfully so. I let their stuff go unless they act like their stuff is more important than mine.

It is that attitude that will cause a fight and for the monster I barely keep leased will come out.

So respect me and my thoughts and I will do the same. The moment you do not, do not expect me to do the same to you or to react kindly to your words for I will not.

Mother To The Dead… To our Children Still Born (and Still Loved) and those who left us before they were Held

This needs to be shared and spread around and well kept viral. Loss is loss. I wish more people would understand that.

The Ravens Breath

As Mother to the Dead Hel is given care of those children that are stillborn or lost in miscarriage. This for me gives great comfort as both one that does Her work and as one that has Survived 9 pregnancy losses – 8 miscarriages and one vanished twin. 1 in 4 women have survived this kind of loss and this month is pregnancy loss awareness month. No one ever teaches us how to grieve for a child we never held in our arms, no one talks about how to get through the whole thing. Its a death but its a largely unacknowledged death by most. but with the statistics being what they are I can almost guarantee that you know someone that has survived this loss. I would ask that we give offering to Hel for Her care and compassion for Her mothering to these lost children and for the…

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15 Assumptions About Life That You Should Make

Yes assume and assume in a good way. 🙂

Thought Catalog

1. Assume that you are loved.

2. Assume that those who love you find some kind of value in you and the things you do.

3. Assume, however, that you don’t need to be valuable in order to be worthy of love.

4. Assume that there is no one out there keeping a tally of all of your failings, ready to throw it in your face when you’re either feeling too good or too awful about yourself.

5. Assume that if anyone actually is keeping a tally of all your failings, that act says more about them than it does about you.

6. Assume that you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time; maybe not even some of the people some of the time.

7. Assume that you will, over the course of your life, sometimes anger or disappoint the people you love.

8. Assume that…

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