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  1. Re: whats the main differences between traditionalism and reconstructionalism please?

    Although this seems to be forgotten/ignored/skipped by modern Shamans and Druids, there's a component of community servitude in those titles. The skills of the Shaman or Druid weren't so much for...
  2. Re: Which deities have you worshipped or what are your experiences

    Govannon doesn't like to get "worshiped" or "revered" in the typical way; he's a "just do it" sort of god. I see it as "Quit prayin' and get hammerin'!".
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    Re: Druidry and the Warrior's Spirit Discussion

    I think that what this topic is touching on is an example of a big issue that affect both modern Druidry and other modern Pagan religions; too many "clergy" and no "laity".

    Given the current...
  4. Thread: Brighid

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    Re: Brighid

    I would largely agree with that because of the nature of word "patron". Although pagans tend to use it to mean "favorite", "favored", or "deity regularly honored", in fact the patron is the one who...
  5. Thread: Defining "Pagan"

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    Sticky: Re: Defining "Pagan"

    As I've said before "Pagan" is a worthless term. Imagine asking some one where they're from and getting the reply "Not Antarctica". Truthful? Yes. Helpful? Nope.

    "Pagan" says what you're NOT. Not...
  6. Re: Calling all Celtic witches, Druids, Recons or generally well-informed individuals

    I have not found a "historically true" MMC Celtic deity. Usually, authors who make this claim have made some compromises with the available evidence. Either blurring national distinctions (Irish vs...
  7. Thread: Cats or dogs?

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    Poll: Re: Cats or dogs?

    Here's our dog. Sorry no pics of our 2 cats.

    http://www.celticclans.org/zenphoto/albums/hostedimages/diamond-at-grafton.jpg

    Before we were "stuck" with Diamond (our older daughter 'rescued' her...
  8. Thread: Brighid

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    Re: Brighid

    Start making or doing things that are associated with her and pay attention to the bits of inspiration that come.

    When I'm smithing I find that Govannon nudges me to push further and learn more...
  9. Thread: Defining "Pagan"

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    Sticky: Re: Defining Paganism

    Perfect! Well said and succinct.
  10. Thread: Druidry

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    Re: Druidry

    Kind of; as long as "what feels right" can be supported by some decent level of historical documentation. I've found that many reconstructionists tend to be very wary of "what feels right" and eschew...
  11. Thread: Druidry

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    Re: Druidry

    This may be a good place to start? http://paganachd.com/
  12. Thread: Defining "Pagan"

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    Sticky: Re: Defining Paganism

    Yes, that would exclude them. Personally, I feel that the term Christo-pagan shouldn't exist for the very reason that it's oxymoronic. Either someone is Christian or they're not and there are...
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    Re: Where to find inspirational pagan blogs?

    Kinda hard to use the link when it's removed by the staff?

    The "Reason: read the forum rules" is way vague too. Which rule in particular was the problem? There are no less than 8 stickies about...
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    Re: On the acquisition of mead.

    Chaucer's is very good if you have a sweet tooth (like me) :) If you prefer something drier or with more complex flavors I strongly recommend Magpie Mead. They've got a wide range of meads and all...
  15. Re: Resources on ancient Celtic relationships and sexuality?

    As far as Celtic marriage traditions go, that's pretty easy; the Brehon laws cover the rights and responsibilities of marriage partners as well as the social structure of the family. That said, you...
  16. Thread: NaNoWriMo

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    Re: NaNoWriMo

    I don't necessarily care that you personally are doing NaNoWriMo, I just think the article is an interesting counter point.

    I guess I'm also confused why people who like to write would be...
  17. Thread: NaNoWriMo

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    Re: NaNoWriMo

    Yes, my daughter is taking part as are some of her friends. I set them up with an e-list (I have several domains that I host so it was easy) for them to communicate and share amongst themselves. ...
  18. Re: The 30-second Commercial....what would you say?

    Of course, because that's actually the definition of pagan. Pagan=Not JCI. It's an exclusionary definition that people are trying to rewrite to become an inclusionary one. Personally I find the...
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    Re: Going mainstream?

    That was a very thoughtful blog entry, thanks for sharing.

    Although some pagans worry about seminaries making dogmatic Pagan clergy there are ways to teach that allow undogmatic beliefs. For...
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    Re: Should Pagans Be Survivalists?

    Because, as the article briefly mentioned, many Pagans have or want a deeper connection to their ancestors and the past. This then tends to lead them to the "old skills" our ancestors used; which...
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    Re: Make your own Athame

    Wooden blocks work just fine. I use a set of pine blocks while I'm fitting the grip furniture on the swords I make. Pine is nice and soft so it grips well and conforms to midribs, fullers, or even...
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    Re: My Necklace From The reat escape!

    Corvus, you're not that far away from me! I live in about 30 miles due east of you in a little village named Valley Falls. I'm also the blacksmith at the Albany/Schenectady/Greene Counties Fair...
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    Re: Do you have a bucket list?

    I have things I'd like to do before I die. But I'm not sure I'd call it a buck list simply because (if I understand correctly) that's a list of "Things I want to do just once before I kick the...
  24. Re: Offbeat Bride post about weddings and the broomcloset.

    Actually for most of its existence marriage has been a business contract. It wasn't until the industrial revolution that the concept of marrying for love started to become accepted.

    It's always...
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    Re: Re-enactment - the Civil War

    Well, after looking around at the other groups in the area (Albany, NY) there were only 3 possibilities; the SCA (of which I've already mentioned the issues), and 2 Norse groups. Now, the Norse...
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