Kenaz Filan is the author of The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook ( avg rating , ratings, 34 reviews, published ), The Haitian Vodou Handbook ( The Return of Conversations we Need to Be Having, or: More Reactionary Ranting from Kenaz Filan and Galina Krasskova. The rise of Donald. H. Jeremiah Lewis, Caroline Tatem, Kenaz Filan, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, Virginia Carper, K.C. Hulsman, Sarah Kate Istra Winter, Ludwig Maisel, Lykeia.
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The rise of Donald Trump has left emotions at an all-time high: I have never seen my country so angry and so polarized. How have you been dealing with the craziness? Well, firstly, it doesn’t affect me fiilan much. I worship my Gods. I honor my ancestors. I am hip deep in mediev. For those who missed it: Conversations that Keep on Going: Vigorous discussion on refugees continues on Facebook. One interesting topic one of the few interesting topics, really concerns hospitality obligations and the obligations incurred by the recipients of hospitality.
There were definitely traditions throughout the pre-Christian world of extending a welcome hand to strangers and of helping those in need.
But there were also codes of conduct which applied to those strangers and communal expectations which they were expected t. Ryan Smith recently posted an article to Patheos kena the future of Polytheism. I agree with many of his statements. He is absolutely right when he says that Polytheism must engage with the local land and Powers; ditto when he says Polytheism needs to be something more than multiple altar statues and different holidays. We both agree the Polytheist Revival is in its infancy.
While many of us have been practicing Polytheism for decades, we have only recently put the P-label on practice. Conversations We Need to Be Having: There’s this idea that staying spiritually pure is an onerous never-ending task which will leave you with deep emotional scars. To me it’s as simple as “respect your Gods and fklan people who do not respect them; exercise caution in liminal spaces like graveyards and maternity wards; honor your gut instinct if it tells you so.
For me Polytheism can be summed up in three phrases: If you believe in archetypes, symbols jenaz anything else grounded in the human fiilan you are an Atheist; if you believe all Gods are masks of one God you are a Monotheist; if you believe the Gods have withdrawn attention from this world you are a Deist. There’s nothing wrong with any of those positions, but they are not Polytheism.
There’s plenty of room for discussion, disagreemen. But he, like most of the other commenters, does not speak to one very important question: They not only don’t believe in this concept, they never even thought it worthy of consideration. The idea that there might actually be more to this than LARPing and psychodrama doesn’t even terrify Neopagans or make them defensive — it just goes over their heads like Sput.
A recent Patheos essay by John Beckett worried that conversations about piety and ritual impurity are bringing the concept of “Sin” into Paganism. For him this would be an unqualified Bad Thing since: Sin is breaking the rules — even if those rules are arbitrary and outdated.
Sin is transgression — even if the institution we transgress against is regressive and harmful. The concept of sin tries to force a r. Erin had an interesting question in the comments: I agree that we are here to among other things work on cleaning up the messes our ancestors left behind. And I think that has to involve more than lighting candles and saying “I’m sorry.
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But where do we start? As White Americans become a plurality rather than a majority, we’re going to have to redefine ourselves. Right now I see two equally wrong-headed efforts toward that end.
The first is the “mighty Whitey” approach. It’s rooted in a Gilan binary that’s pure Monotheism filter: And it’s as dangerous and as pron. An Ongoing Discussion with Galina Krasskova.
An earlier post in this series can be found here. What obligations and responsibilities do we have to our country and our people as Polytheists? It doesn’t mean “you must forget your religion entirely when engaging in political activity.
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Giving The Devil His Due: I recently had the pleasure of attending the Church of Satan’s 50th Anniversary celebration: I mingled with old friends, made new ones, and received much invaluable input on the LaVey biography. But while I plugged my project I also spent time admiring the work of other Satanists. Cantus in Memoriam Andre Schlessinger.
Kevin-Wan Kenobi tells his faithful robot and smoking device C Kevin-Wan partakes of his Volcano attachment. The strike missed him by mere micrometers.
What Makes a Woman? Testosterone-driven human systems — otherwise known as male bodies — are larger and heavier-boned than those running on estrogen. An average male will quickly defeat an average female in hand-to-hand combat.
The same testosterone which gives male-bodied people this advantage also makes them more fian To Reign In Hell: Introduction — Hell is Murky. In a Rolling Stone article entitled “Sympathy for the Devil: It’s not easy being evil in a world that’s gone to hell,” Lawrence Wright found several of Anton LaVey’s autobiographical claims to be wholly or partially untrue.
Since that time Wright’s findings have been reproduced by many people wishing to “debunk” LaVey: Legend and Reality” is probably the most famous example. This has resulted in a widespread belief that.
The Case for Kishinev: It has been an uphill battle. The Coultons were working-class folk who received little media coverage. The European records were subject to several wars and a well-funded, meticulously organized effort to wipe them filab memory.
But by comparing those stories to history and to the scant available evidence I have been able to trace a tentative roadmap of Gran. Binah is the Hebrew alphabet which contains, conveys and preserves His message. The 3 of Wands illuminates the people and kenaa which made that success possible, the intangible assets and virtues the Querent has.
Strictly business or financial issues are more often covered by the D. Lying between Chesed and Tiphareth, the Hermit shows the Perfected Man preparing to claim his throne. There is an organic element of maturation and development to this card. The things lost to the Querent are not ripped away so much as outgrown.
But there is also a profound sens. Hermetics claim the Pillar of Strength the Sephirot Chokmah, Geburah and Hod is “outwardly corrosive and inwardly solar” while the Pillar of Mercy Binah, Chesed and Netzach is “outwardly solar and inwardly corrosive.
Netzach’s Venusian charms have sapped the Querent’s will. This is especially true of the 7 of Disks, the card Crowley called “Failure. While many Tarot cards are breathtakingly complex, the 8 of Wands is at first glance simple. Its meaning can be summed up in the label Crowley used in his Thoth deck: It arrives in a reading like a shot of adrenalin: But that very simplicity makes interpreting the 8 of Wands tricky.
Like all the 8s its meaning is colored very strongly by context and composition: Ever a bourgeois Englishman, Crowley saw this as the right and proper “Dominion” of a civilizing empire.
This is not a raging conflagration but rather what Dylan Thomas called “the force that through the green fuse drives the f. Western occultists fi,an Geburah, the fifth Sephirah, with Mars and grant it dominion over things like warfare and iron. Those familiar with African Diaspora traditions will also be reminded of Ogou, the hot-tempered ruler of battlefield and forge.
This Martial feeling pervades Tarot’s 5s. Wherever they show up they point to a conflict in the Querent’s life, an ongoing struggle requiring hard work and constant vigilance. When we look into the 5 of Cups we see the emotional toll this.
By filann time the Swords have followed the Lightning Flash to the 9th Sephirah Yesod they have become an all-consuming despair. The Querent is struggling to make sense of past traumas and fearful of future dangers.