I've been thinking of making some Prayer Beads lately, and would value anyone else's experience in this area. I found some wonderful beads here, and would gladly buy a few different ones, so much do I admire them - were they not so gods-cursed expensive. (Once again I wish wholeheartedly that I had employment. HIRE ME!!!)Anyway, I value your input.... If some of the questions are personal, feel free to skip them. They're just a guideline of what I'm interested in.Do you have any prayer beads or have you used them in the past?Did you make them, buy them, or modify existing ones?Do you use a prayer or a mantra? Do you repeat a prayer for several beads (or every bead) or do you have a different line for each bead?Do you use the beads religiously for prayer, or more for meditation purposes?What drew you to use beads?Did you write the prayers/meditations yourself, or use existing ones? What was your source?Are your prayers pantheon-specific, or more general? Do they relate more to deities, or to nature?Share as much or as little as you'd like - any input here is appreciated.
"i'm guessing the egg and rabbit easter motifs have something to do with the more pagan aspects of the festival. a celebration of fertility and new life and all that. pagans, it seems to me, were (are) pretty good at celebrating things like fertility. i can only assume from this that they're a pretty randy bunch, always on the look-out for an opportunity to go at it like, well, rabbits. it's a wonder there aren't billions of pagans, hopping around the fields, eating all the grass."well. good old new zealand journalism.
Here is a question for you all: Will you raise your children with pagan beliefs? (In other words will you let your religion be an influence on your child?)
so anyone have any interesting plans for Mabon? i think it's on the 23rd... correct me if i'm wrong!blessed be!
In response to Sophie's post I thought I'd lj cut:
I've been wondering the last few days what it's like to be a guy in a female-dominated set of religions. Sure, many of the big names in Wicca and Paganism are men (Uncle Gerald, Philip Carr-Gomm, Buckland and so forth) but unfortunately, most of the guys I stumble across in daily life have a completely exaggerated idea of their own power and importance, and seem to think of Paganism not as a religion but as a way to claim power. You know the sort.... the type that claims to be into necromancy despite not even knowing what the word means. The sort that listens to metal and thinks that makes them hardcore. Either that or they're totally dodgy guys who want to take advantage of girls by pretending to be a teacher (there was someone on the NZ Witchvox like that calling themselves "Warlock". Danger! Danger!).Despite this, I know that there are many guys out there who are honest about their interest in Paganism. inquisitor_jc is one of these lads. So, to him and any other guys hanging around, I thought I'd devise some questions in order that we gels might understand what it's like to be a guy in a female-dominated religion.1) Do you ever feel lonely? Does the abundance of women into paganism make you feel a bit out-numbered? Do you ever wish more guys were into Paganism?2) How do you feel when you encounter another guy into Paganism?3) How do you view deities? If you're Wiccan or duotheistic, are you closer to the God or the Goddess - or do you view them equally? Is your patron, if you have one, a god or a goddess? (I've found that, for some reason, many females have a goddess as their patron, and was wondering whether goddesses are just more likely to pick favourites, or whether it's a gender thing and gods just prefer males as their favourites.) 4) If you have ever been in a coven, circle or grove, were you the only guy present? Did the group practice skyclad or clothed? How did you feel in this situation? If you were the only male in the coven, did you automatically warrant a High Priest position?5) What are your thoughts on Dianics and Goddess-Worshippers? (To resident Dianics: please don't take any offense at the question, I'm sure you probably won't but all the same...)6) Are you into/have you considered a branch of Paganism, such as Asatru, where the male to female ratio is more even? If so, did you do so for this reason? (I've noticed that more guys are into Heathenry. I'm not sure whether it's because of the values held in such traditions, or the imagery, or the male/female ratio, or that they just click better with the deities, or that they're more likely to be drawn to those paths for spiritual reasons.)7) How do non-Pagan friends view your choice of religion? Specifically, what do they think of you as a male being interested in a female-dominated religion?8) I'm out of questions, so.... any other thoughts or issues you have on the subject? Please share.Alright, discuss!
Hi, everyone!The comm's been a bit quiet of late. If my brain was working satisfactorily, I'd have come up with a thrilling topic to discuss by now. Unfortunately, this has not occurred. So, I leave the floor open! (James, I'm looking at you.)If no other subject crops up, we can always fall back on the standard: What's everyone got planned for the Equinox?Also, I finally got around to making myself a Covenspace account, so if you have one feel free to drop by my page
Hi guys, just some housekeeping stuff. I've changed the community set-up so it looks prettier. There's also a "blurb" area now that I plan to put little quotes in as well as links to other comms or interesting websites. So, if you've come across a website you're rather enamoured with, or a book you want to share, or an LJ comm or anything, let me know and I'll stick it up there for all to explore. Also, we have ten members now! Woohoo! But there's always room for more. I was thinking of sticking something up on the New Zealand Witchvox page, but that may be overkill. Oh, and that reminds me, starfirenz, is your Celebrating the Southern Seasons page still up? Or is that the webspace you sold?
Hey all, I've subscribed to Enhancing your Mind, Body, Spirit (you can see a review I did of this here, if you're interested), and the latest batch had what seems to be the start of a section on Celtic Tree Months. I haven't really been interested in these in the past, mostly because I was aware of their 20th century origins and didn't need yet another form of astrology, but the magazine has them as a focus on exploring the changing energies of the times of the year, and this seems useful. Or at least, as a starting place to compare my own experiences with. The magazine comes from the UK, so of course they're all geared for the Northern Hemisphere seasons. A quick google search couldn't find me any inter-hemisphere translations so I made my own, and thought maybe people here might find it useful. I've simply moved them by 6 months, accounting for differences in month length.Birch: 24 June - 21 JulyRowan: 22 July - 18 AugustAsh: 19 August - 16 SeptemberAlder: 17 September - 14 OctoberWillow: 15 October - 11 NovemberHawthorn: 12 November - 9 DecemberOak: 10 December - 6 January Holly: 7 January - 3 FebruaryHazel: 4 February - 3 MarchVine: 4 March - 31 MarchIvy: 1 April - 28 AprilReed: 29 April - 26 MayElder: 27 May - 23 June. This of course won't be completely accurate as Winter Solstice changes a little every year, but such months are a rough tool in any case. Our seasons will be different to those in the UK (although maybe not as much as those of the US or other countries), and I'm a bit cynical about simply importing a bunch of British tree-symbolism as if we're a "little Britain" and not our own country with our own trees. They do look useful as a starting-place for reflection and assessing our own experiences, though. And if anyone else is following Enhancing you Mind,Body, Spirit then they can use these dates and still have some fun learning along with the magazine. I'm going to buy a pretty silver pen and neatly write the translated dates on to the relevant pages. :) If anyone already works with such tree months, I'd be really interested to hear your experiences with them! Incidentally, I also notice that Witchaven uses a different system again.
Hey all, I've recently created an new community that hopefully people here may be interested in, also - pagan_articles. I feel a bit cheeky putting this up so soon, so hasten to add that it isn't intended to replace great chat/debate commuities like this but to supplement them as it's quite a specific type of community. The basic concept is that people post articles, podcasts, etc. that they think may be relevant to Paganism or magical practice, then people discuss them. The hope is that this can serve as a spring-board for really in-depth conversation and constructive debate about interesting problems and features related to Paganism and/or magical practice. Any thoughtful engagement with the articles, personal experiences or opinions relevant to them etc would be very much welcome - they don't have to be referenced by any means, and I don't want people being too shy to post because they think they don't know enough yet. :) While it isn't an explicit feature of the community, my hope is for a strong Kiwi presence on it. I think NZ could especially benefit from such forums because we don't have the longer histories of debate and evolution that countries such as the UK and US do. Sincerely, Natalie.