Everyone knows that the Egyptians went to somewhat extreme lengths to ensure their continued life after death. They built huge tombs, hoarded wealth, and performed elaborate rituals and preparations on their bodies after death. It all makes for very interesting cultural history, but it all reflects back on their religion, beliefs and mythology.
The practice of mummification was based
on one of the myths of Osiris and his brother Set.
When people misunderstand the upright pentacle, and think it is a Satanic symbol, Wiccans usually correct them by pointing out the difference between one-point-up and one-point-down. “Satanists have turned a good symbol upside-down just like they did with the Christian cross.”
I’ve heard from people who say they aren’t always comfortable with the traditional element/direction correspondences. Some make adjustments to suit their own locations, such as a person who lives on the east coast of the United States may chose to associate east with water rather than with the more traditional air. It’s hard to ignore a huge ocean to the east.
As I was surfing around looking for information on Pagan coming-of-age rituals, I started thinking about how important they are. And also how this idea has been lost in mainstream society.
The whole idea of being a ‘teenager’ has only been around for a couple of decades. In the past, you were a child up to a certain point, and then you were an adult. Pretty simple, and much easier to grasp your own place in the world as you were growing up. But things are different today, and not for the better, if you ask me. Continue reading “Coming of Age”
If you made a New Year’s resolution this year to get out there in the Pagan community and be more social, you might want to think about creating your own gathering.
The somewhat traditional term for a social gathering of Pagans is a “moot“, though other terms are also used. They’re typically monthly, social, get-togethers of Wiccans and Pagans who like to just sit and chat with folks of related beliefs. Even people who practice their religion in a solitary manner enjoy a chance to get to known new people. Continue reading “How to Organize a Pagan Moot”
I have found when people are curious about Paganism, one of the first things they ask is “What do you believe happens when you die?” It’s a valid question and seems to be important to people. So here is an outline of a very generalized Pagan view on the afterlife.
Before I get started, I would just like to point out that there is no single or set doctrine among Wiccans when it comes to the details of the afterlife. Some other Pagan paths do have a more specific mythology about it, which I mention in more detail at the end of this page.
Many of the Wiccan traditions are very well-known and well-established, such as the Gardnerian, Reclaiming, or Dianic traditions. These trads have a history and documented background, giving them a strong sense of authenticity. And to be clear, I’m using the term “traditions” in the sense of different paths within Wicca, much like Christian denominations. I don’t mean “traditions” as in activities and rituals that they do regularly.