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RANTS ON THE PAGAN CONDITION

I sit here baffled at the condition of the world and Pagans in general. I told Jennifer I would carry on my column for Forest Moon and am getting to it now after some irritating discussion seen on facebook. Pagans telling other Pagans they weren’t Pagan. Hmmm. Titles are the killer of any group or culture. Why can’t people just be happy on their own little path. The answer can be varied but boils down to individual. Some are unhappy or not very secure in their own path so they must drag everyone around them down. Some are the all-knowing control freaks that know all and anyone that disagrees with their concept must assuredly be wrong or ill-informed. As the quote goes, “If Paganism is whatever you want it to be, then it is nothing” Andras Corban-Arthen. To me a Pagan is an umbrella term for all Traditions of earth-based religions. Be they Wiccan, Witches, Druid, Asatru, Shaman, Shinto, and some that only work with energies. There are new forms of Paganism every year and that’s fine too if it’s what makes you comfortable and has an Elemental basis.  If everyone looked at the basic framework of their beliefs they should see a similar structure of poly-theism, reverence of nature, working within the elements or energy, and a following of the earths cycles as seen as the Wheel of the Year. Someone on this discussion board actually thought the Wheel of the Year was fluffy, hmm then call it the Cycle of the Seasons, it’s all the same. Even the Native Americans followed the earth’s cycles as seen by harvest, winter, spring, and summer. All seen by the sun; and its long and short days, and the lunar cycles. In the days of old a witch was someone who was taught by oral teaching passed down from generation to generation, not by picking up a book at Barnes and Noble, or googling witchcraft. I do firmly believe in life teaching you lessons through destiny and karma and books or others guiding you or mentoring but not in teaching per se. I also see Déjà vu as reliving the past from a former life which should be a warning that your repeating what you did before. Another problem I have with titles is hierarchy. I knew a Soldier in Balad that was with Desert Moon one week. He came to the group claiming he was a 3rd degree High Priest from a group I won’t mention. He went to this group at the age of 18 and was given his status of 1st degree after a year, ok that’s fathomable, but then they gave him 2nd degree for joining the Army and were jumping him to 3rd degree after his Iraq tour….no mentoring…..just automatic.  I’ve also seen others pay 3,000$ to an individual for the status of High Priestess, wow, titles really irritate me. Life is my teacher and courses I do take for counseling and clergy refresher but I don’t call myself Reverend as I don’t believe in status. Status is earned, not schooled or demanded. Now on to another topic on my mind. Disabilities.

A fellow Pagan emailed and asked me to join her blog on Pagan and disability. It made me think of a conversation I just recently had with my mate, Issy. I was medically retired from the Army in December after 19 ½ active years. Yes I know, 6 months and it would have been a 20 year pension but they med-boarded me thus taking away my pension and that can be a rant for another rainy day. I filed my social security disability and was given a 90% rating from VA for PTSD and some medical issues but nothing completely devastating. I have my memories and nightmares, I despise stupidity and have no patience with people anymore, and I stay away from crowds and noise most of the time, which keeps me home. I’m unemployable due to the anger I have, my memory loss, and my attention deficit all caused by PTSD. I take my medication faithfully which keeps me on an even keel and keep focused on projects I maintain. We will be focusing on Forest Moon Grove as a legal Pagan Church here in Mount Vernon, WA and working on Pagan events and coffee groups we will maintain on a monthly basis. I have a baby coming in November as well with my mate, Issy and we are excited about her arrival as well and she will be the one to carry on the Forest Moon after we pass. What will she encounter in 2031 will be anyones guess but it will be your kids and grandkids that will be handling that by then, have you been teaching them the Olde Ways? I hope so. Until next time. Blessings. Email us anytime and we’ll see what rant I have then.

Eric and Issy