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Review: Contemporary Paganism by Graham Harvey [Apr. 11th, 2008|02:01 pm]
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I did decide to try again here. I hope that a mere book review (for the purpose of teachers and leaders in Pagan groups) will not be seen as attacking anyone (nor will I, hopefully, get attacked for it.) I apologize for whatever it was that caused such a reaction in my earlier posts.  Though, I often wonder about the caveat, "If you haven't offended anyone, you're not doing anything worthwhile," as well as, "The most offensive comment is often simple truth."

I can't always say this is the case, however I cannot be persuaded otherwise when I recieved only counter-attacks instead of rational rebuttles. Either way, I truly mean to be productive and if there's any suggestions on how I can better word my inquiries, I'd be very grateful to avoid further fiascos!

In Love,

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An excellent resource re: Trolls [Mar. 8th, 2008|10:25 am]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Hi all! I got to thinking about divisions in our communities and one source that causes a lot of division in groups is a troll.

There's a series of articles by someone named Eran that are wonderful. They look at the reasons behind trolls, what to do about them and how to understand why they target specific groups. I thought I'd share the link for those of you who haven't seen this set of articles before.

How to Keep Your Coven from Being Destroyed, by Eran. There are some problems with the website formatting, but if you scroll down you'll see the content. I highly recommend giving this at least one read.

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A few steps back... [Mar. 7th, 2008|09:29 am]
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I do apologize; I had not stated my position clearly and must now take a few steps back to explain myself. I felt a second post that covers most comments would be more appropriate and efficient rather than answering each individually.

First, I need to clarify my stance. I represent Pagans who want change in their community.
Now to address comments:

Just like any other small group, people will take their understanding of us from the media & those they know personally, whatever their Tradition.
Not only that, but a mix of solitaries and groups is true for any sort of religious order.
I think trying to unite us could actually destroy us.
We allow uneducated people represent us only when we don't stand up for ourselves.
Put out recommended reading lists and start book discussion groups on the books that you think are good.
I do recommend thinking of it in the context of our understanding at the time.
define "pagan"
they don't represent me.
It is too broad and covers in popular usage too many things I have no affinity with.
We are called to be wise and knowledgeable.
I was a solitary for nearly 10 years. Why? I didn't have any resources available to me.
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Dealing with issues of the American Pagan Community? [Mar. 6th, 2008|05:39 pm]
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[Current Location |Dayton, Ohio]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

As fellow priestesses on your own respective paths, this is what we do, so let us help eachother and help stabilize the Pagan Community. So, thoughts? Issues? Questions?
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Recently Called [Mar. 2nd, 2008|01:46 am]
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Hi Ladies,

I've recently been called to the service of Priestess for Morrigan.

I've been fully initiated to her and after arguing with her for awhile have accepted her role for me.  Have sent out the word for my circle to get off the ground, "Circle of Morrigan" in Devon, but at the moment I'm just trying to learn how to be a Priestess.

I swear she only likes me because I argue with her and she can make me uncomfortable lol, but yes.

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Priestess work in Kansas City [Jan. 14th, 2008|07:15 am]
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Greetings all,
I'm a priestess, and new to this LJ community. Some of the priestess work I'm doing at the moment is working to organize events that offer spiritually transformative work, as well as community building and leadership training. If you're in the KC area, you might be interested in attending the event. I'm hoping to travel around and offer conferences like this; my ultimate goal is to travel around and build shrines, temples, community centers, and perhaps even a seminary for pagans and priestesses. If this kind of work is of interest to you, I'd love to hear from you.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions. Thanks!

Ringing Anvil Productions presents:
Sacred Fire

Keepers of the Flame

A day-long event for spiritual seekers
February 2nd, Kansas City

What is the Sacred Fire in your heart?
How do we build the Clan-fire of community?
Will you become a Keeper of this Sacred Flame?

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National Transgender Day of Remembrance 2007 List of the Dead [Nov. 19th, 2007|07:22 pm]
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I apologize to those who have complained about my lack of lj-cut's. Occasionally, I feel the abuse to ya'll's friends pages warranted. This is one of those times. Other times, I'm just a rude idiot. This is not one of those times. Please forgive me.

Many or most of you probably already know this, but tomorrow, November
20, is the National (in the U.S.) Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day
chosen in remembrance of a transwoman who was killed (Rita Hester) in
order for us all to remember those throughout the year who have been
killed or died because of their gender identity or presentation.

Every year, I post the list of that year's dead, that their names might
be known, where possible, and they might be remembered, even if for
just one day. The Greco-Romans believed that immortality was to be found
in the memory of those still living and this was why they considered a
braggart nature a heroic virtue. Let us thus remember these victims,
who have historically suffered great mutilations in the course of their
murder, as if their killers were trying to erase them from the
photograph of existence.

All the victims from all years past may be found on

After the list of the dead follows the details of the San Jose Day of
Remembbrance which I will be attending. If you live in the area of
Silicon Valley, please come. If not, I beg of you to find out where and
when the nearest remembrance is. Many of the dead were alone when they
died, and many believed they would always be alone even while they
lived. Let not their loneliness continue into the chill after death. Let
them be warmed by the fire of our tears, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Whichever of the alphabet soup you are (LGBTQQIA -- Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, or Ally -- the last
meaning "we invite straight, cisgendered (non-trans) folk too"), please do
this for them.

Lacking a specific formula as yet, I merely call upon the mup gods to
look, read, and remember:
Hermaphroditus, look at the names of the dead.
Ardhanarisvara, read the names of the dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the names of the dead.
Eris, look at the names of the dead.
Antinous, read the names of the dead.
Hoor-paar-kraat, remember the names of the dead.
Tlazolteotl, look at the names of the dead.
Azathoth, look at the names of the dead.
Pomba-Gira, read the names of the dead.
Inanna, remember the names of the dead.

List of murdered trans people from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2007.
For more info see:

www.rememberingourd ead.org/day
============ ========= ========= ========= ==
Nakia Ladelle Baker
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Age: 31 yrs. old
Cause of Death: trauma to the head
Date of Death: January 7, 2007

Hasan Sabeh
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Age: 34 yrs. old
Cause of death: Stripped and shot dead by an Islamist death squad
Date of death: January 11, 2007

Keittirat Longnawa
Location: Rassada, Thailand
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Beaten by 9 Youths and then they slit her throat
Date of Death: January 31, 2007

Tatiana (Aldomiro Gomes)
Location: Trani, Italy
Age: 57
Cause of Death: Her skull was bashed in, in the middle of the street
Her head was slammed in a car door.
Date of Death: February 18, 2007

Moira Donaire
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
Age: 30 yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Stabbed 5 times by a street vendor
Date of Death: March 5, 2007

Michelle Carrasco "Chela"
Location: Santiago, Chile
Age: 54 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She was found in a pit with her face completely
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Ruby Rodriguez
Location: San Francisco, California
Age: 27 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: She had been strangled and was found naked in the
Date of Death: March 16, 2007

Erica Keel
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 21 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: A car repeatedly struck her
Date of Death: March 23, 2007

Bret T. Turner
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 48 Yrs. Old
Cause of Death: Multiple stab wounds
Date of Death: April 2, 2007

Manuela Di Cesare
Location: Pescara, Italy
Age: 37
Cause of Death: Head smashed by unknown object.
Date of Death: April 21, 2007

Unidentified Male Clad in Female Attire
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds to the chest and lower back
Date of Death: July 7, 2007

Victoria Arellano
Location: San Pedro, California
Age: ?
Cause of Death: She was denied necessary medications to treat
HIV-related side effects.
Date of Death: July 20, 2007

Oscar Mosqueda
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Age: ?
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Date of Death: July 29, 2007

Stefania (no found second name)
Location: Roma, Italy
Age: 35
Cause of Death: Violently beaten with skull bashed in.
Date of Death: August 1, 2007

Maribelle Reyes
Location: Houston, Texas
Age: ?
Cause of Death: AIDS; Reyes was turned away from several treatment
centers due to her transgender status.
Date of Death: August 30, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


The DeFrank Center Ballroom
938 The Alameda San Jose CA

The evening will focus on highlighting the substantial progress made in
understanding and protecting transgender people.

Speaking at the event will be Aejaie Sellers, Executive Director of the
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, Danielle Castro of
TransPowerment, Shelly Prevost, Director of the powerful film "Trained in the way of
men", Reverend Sky Anderson of the San Jose Metropolitan Community
Church and Sylvia Guerrero, The mother of Gwen Araujo.

The evening will conclude with a reading of names for those who lost
their lives due to hate crimes this past year.

For more details please go to: www.reelfreedom.com/DOR_info_2007.htm
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Excerpt: How to Heal Toxic Thoughts [Oct. 24th, 2007|05:14 pm]
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I have permission from Sterling Publishing to share an excerpt from the new psychology/self-help book, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts, by Sandra Ingerman.

The excerpt is called "Words as Seeds" and contains a brief history of the power of words and a visualization exercise for cultivating a verbal garden of love.

The excerpt is available at the URL below or I can provide it in other formats -- PDF or TXT or DOC -- let me know.


With Love,
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(no subject) [Sep. 25th, 2007|08:02 pm]
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Witch, Priestess, Healer or none of the above... [Aug. 2nd, 2007|01:41 pm]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Something heathwitch posted the other day got me to thinking and I've only just gotten around to being able to write it down so that it makes some sort of sense.  So here goes nothing, I'd really appreciate hearing what folk think about this.

As a witch, I practice witchcraft.  I perform workings using elements and skills of a learned craft to manipulate energy in an attempt to manifest change.  As a priestess, I practice and perform acts in honour of and devotion to Deity.  I am both priestess and witch.

I am not however, leader of a coven, nor for that matter do I have any immediate desire to be.  Does this mean therefore, I have no rights to call myself priestess?  I have no leadership function, I am not a role model for anyone, I have no students who I am guiding in their desire to follow my path or their own.  I am not a teacher, I am in fact still a student myself.  However, it could be asserted that in choosing (or accepting the call) to walk a particular path, we are never finished learning, as there is always something to be gained from our experiences along the road. 

So I remain confused.  I am comfortable naming myself 'witch' but do I have any right to call myself priestess?

I have a similar dilemma when it comes to healing.  Before I was Reiki attuned, I was still able to perform a kind of healing.  This came from a place of intuition.  I had never read about it, been schooled, guided or taught, and as such could not, and did not think of myself as healer.  Now that I am Reiki attuned, I can by right, one assumes, name myself healer.  So is it just a question of self esteem that prevents me from thinking of myself as such.  Is it my inability to consider myself worthy of such an important title that prevents me from referring to myself as priestess or healer, or am I correct in my cautiousness?

My apologies if a lot of that doesn't make any sense.  I'm having a bit of a cognitive blur day today, and although it makes sense to me It may be unclear to everyone else!!

X-posted to nonfluffypagans and my journal
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