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    Re: Dating of British / Gaelic festivals

    I wonder if the "fixing" of them was a side-effect of Romanization and post-Romanization. Rather than pegging the festival to an actual event, e.g. the literal first grain harvest or the blooming of...
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    Re: Dungeons And Dragons Discussion Thread

    5th edition is just about the most balanced thing I've seen in an RPG. It's very well-constructed--a pared-down 3.5e but not making the same mistakes that 4e did when it attempted that very thing....
  3. Re: What ethical/moral "rules" do you get from your path?

    I'm a moral relativist, philosophically, so I recognise that the ethics I practice and/or believe in are derived from a particular history and context, and aren't universal. I've absorbed some social...
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    Re: Psychic ability and magic

    To be all the way honest, I don't believe in psychic abilities. I believe in magic, as a genuinely supernatural phenomenon. I think that most 'psychic' stuff is a snarled attempt to explain magic via...
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    Re: Which deities?

    Different ones at different levels. At a formal level, the Dii Consentes and the various Roman triads occupy a fair amount of attention, and I venerate certain Roman and Greek gods at various points...
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    Re: Druidism's foundations

    The closest you'll find is a couple of Roman Recon groups, like Nova Roma or Respublica Romana. They are oriented towards reviving Roman culture inasmuch as they can in modern day, in addition to the...
  7. Re: Hekate, Theomachy and the Pergamon Altar

    I'd have to assume that it can be chalked up to one of two things:
    1) it's just later artists conflating the two conflicts.
    2) her alliance with the Olympian order, as established in the Titan war,...
  8. Re: Hekate, Theomachy and the Pergamon Altar

    I've been long interested in Hekate's role in Greek myth, and what ancient beliefs about her have been lost to time. The imagery of what we may presume is her on the Pergamon altar is rather...
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    Re: "Atheist Wiccan"? WTF?

    It's not that peculiar. Wicca, while being implicitly polytheistic, does not have to be. In Wicca, ritual actions are most important, not specific beliefs.
    Point of fact, a non-theistic viewpoint...
  10. Thread: Oak

    by Louisvillian
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    Re: Oak

    As mentioned by others here, the oak tree is often associated with strength, power, and lightning. It often comes to be associated, then, with sky gods in Europe. Zeus, Thor, Perun, Jupiter, and...
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    Re: What might gods be?

    In my belief, there are various kinds of gods and spirits. Not all of whom have discrete form and character, or at least personality.

    The Romans did not often ascribe anthropomorphic form and...
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    Re: I'm not a Henotheist

    I've had similar issues come up. Christians have tried to press at my underlying panentheism as indicating that I'm "really" a monotheist. Atheists tried to push at my subjectivism and scepticism as...
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    Sticky: Re: Pagan Altars :)

    My main altar and shrine area, in my apartment, is literally my fireplace. It's not quite cold enough to justify having a fire roaring in the fireplace, so the wife's letting me use the stone area as...
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    Re: Natural Born

    At the more benign end of the spectrum, the phrase implies that the person claiming to be a "natural born witch/pagan/magician" was simply born into a family that has a tradition of practising those...
  15. Re: Pagan festivals that coincide with Easter?

    The Liberalia and the Athenian Dionysia, both celebrations regarding Bacchus, typically occurred in the mid-March to early-April timeframe. And both somewhat relate to Spring as Dionysos is a god of...
  16. Re: On the Cultus Deorum for our times (my growing fascination with it)

    Of interest to those in this thread: a new organisation had recently formed, not explicitly as a counterweight to Nova Roma, but essentially so. Roman Republic consists (so far) of mostly expats from...
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    Re: Tools of the trade

    Candles are used pretty widely by me. I use them to represent the presence of the gods, especially Hestia. When I'm not burning incense as an offering, I use candles to kick-start flames for burning...
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    Re: Your religious books

    Not exactly, no. Not in the sense that the Abrahamic religions do. But the Greeks in Antiquity thought of certain texts as being important reflections of the gods and their stories, and of their own...
  19. Re: Is the belief in a soul or spirit compulsory for Pagans?

    No belief is "compulsory" in any pagan religion, so far as I know. Nor, really, in any religion outside of a theocracy where "compulsory" can be enforced. "Strongly encouraged and expected" maybe, in...
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    Re: Honest Appreciation

    They way I've always seen it--your personal spirituality can be whatever you want it to be; address the gods or whatever beings you address in whatever manner you feel is appropriate or sufficient....
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    Re: how do you dispose of offerings?

    If it's burnt offerings, I collect the ashes and remains in a small container. At the new moon, I dedicate the offscourings to Hekate and go and bury them at a crossroads. Libations are poured onto...
  22. Thread: Ghosts

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    Re: Ghosts

    I think of a 'ghost' as being the spirit of a deceased person which is able to reach past the boundary between this world and the next. They are perhaps an impression left by the person, or perhaps...
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    Re: What are gods?

    Depending on your perspective, it could just be a matter of scale.
    On the other hand, I can understand a distinction where a god has a creative power over reality or nature, whereas a spirit is the...
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    Re: Religion Against Divination

    My understanding was that most religions actively practice divination--just under a circumscribed and controlled set of circumstances. It's not done willy-nilly or by just anyone. Experienced priests...
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    Re: Are your beliefs "reasonable"?

    I like to think that I'm trying to be "reasonable" about my beliefs. I still retain my sceptic's mind. I might have a vague sense of "That could be thing," but until I see it or otherwise perceive it...
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