Articles/Essays From Pagans
December 1st. 2013 ...
A Pragmatic Look at Neo Paganism
The Tarot as a Tool for Raising Consciousness
Leaving a Pagan Group Ė Part 1: To Leave or to Stay?
November 24th. 2013 ...
The Pagan and the Papacy
The Groovy Aquarian Christ: Jesus From a Pagan Perspective
November 17th. 2013 ...
For Love of the God
Which Witch? Philosophical and Psychological Roots of Wicca
A Threat to Religious Liberties?
November 10th. 2013 ...
Where did Aleister Crowleyís Influence on Wicca Go?
Thoughts on the Threefold Law/Law of Return
Nine Creeds: A Statement and Explanation of My Beliefs
The Celtic Tree Calendar
November 3rd. 2013 ...
The Mundane/Spiritual Mirror: What Does it Say About Your Life?
October 27th. 2013 ...
Thoughts On a Miley-Cyrus/ Robin-Thicke Society
On Being Wiccan: Some Unsolicited Advice
Pagan Religious Communities in your Area: Connecting With and Creating Them
Banishing, Invocation and the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
October 20th. 2013 ...
Weather Magick: Who is Responsible for the Weather?
Broom Closet: In or Out?
Bottle Spells and Magick in Hoodoo Tradition
On Coven and Claws
October 13th. 2013 ...
Destroying to Create: A Lesson from the Dead
Consume the Scorpion- Scorpion Energy Revisited
October 6th. 2013 ...
UPG and U: A Breakdown and Building Up of Unverified and Unsubstantiated Personal Gnosis
Answering The Call from Spirit
Coping with the Loss of a Familiar
The Five-way Road: A Pagan Pilgrimage, Part 2 (The South)
September 29th. 2013 ...
Six Reasons Why Covens are Here to Stay
Priestessing and Titles: What's the Point?
Truth or Convenience? Questioning Motives for Spiritual Advancement
Speaking Up: The Conflict Between the Spiritualist and Our Human Experience
September 22nd. 2013 ...
Death of a Friendship within the Craft
The Five-way Road: A Pagan Pilgrimage, Part 1 (The Center)
September 15th. 2013 ...
Some Pagan Prayers
Lunar Insight Moon Musings: Bramble and Cerridwen
The Holocaust Survivor (Part II)
September 8th. 2013 ...
Introduction to the Five-way Road: A Pagan Pilgrimage
The Druidic Concept of Nwyfre
The Holocaust Survivor (Part 1)
Giving and Helping
September 1st. 2013 ...
Use a Flyswatter for a Fly: More on the Dark Arts
How Spells Work
Is It Really 'Energy'?
August 25th. 2013 ...
Mother Natureís Way: Forging a Distinctly American Path
Healing Moon Ritual
Unconditional Love: The Paradox of Perfect Love
Earth to Soul/Sole
August 18th. 2013 ...
How Not to Fall in the Bunny Trap
Why Are You Like That? Thoughts on Hoodoo and Appropriation
Finding the Right Coven
The Knowledge Found in Silence
Moon Musings, Planetary Preponderances, Hazelnuts and Magick Wands
August 11th. 2013 ...
ďI Survived a Weekend with Galina KrasskovaĒ
The Charges of the Goddess and God with Commentary
August 4th. 2013 ...
Fair Weather Witches
Pagan Studies II: Modern Paganism in the Americas
Pagan Abbeys - A Practical Heritage for Spiritual Lay and Professional Cloistered Communities
July 28th. 2013 ...
Crystals 101: A Helpful Guide For Beginners
The More the Merrier? Itís not Only an Inaccuracy; itís an All Out Farce!
My Pagan Manifesto
July 21st. 2013 ...
I'm a Witch, Not a Wiccan: A Brief Summary of Broad Pagan Designations
Rethinking Community for Solitaries
13 Keys: The Beauty of Tiphareth
July 14th. 2013 ...
Ramblings of a Pagan Guy: Stupid Clichťs We Use (Part II)
Pagan Humanism: A Tradition of Rational Religion
Moon/Planetary Musings: The Holly King and John Barleycorn
July 7th. 2013 ...
Coping With Depression: Learning to Dance with the Sacred Twins
Shamanic Healing of Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Humility and Community Service
H is for Hubris
June 30th. 2013 ...
How To Feel The Energy Around You
Planning A Ritual
Why Pagans Might Benefit from Counseling Techniques
The Weight of Contemplation: When the Silent Self Grows Louder
June 23rd. 2013 ...
Magick and Play
Tarot Spell for Protection
Moon Musings and Planetary Preponderances: RE-fuse, RE-duce, RE-use, RE-pair and RE-cycle
June 16th. 2013 ...
How To Stay Spiritual Amidst This Chaos?
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A Sexy, Bodybuilding, Antler-Wearing, Computer Nerd Pagan
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Thatís me, Draconis Wierinsan Kinthasil in a nutshell. I love nature, animals, and believe that without preserving the Earth we as humankind will doom ourselves to extinction. I also study hard, slack off on occasion, fight with my mom about the length of my hair, play computer games, and read books on every subject known to man. I care about my family and a girl who may never acknowledge me as anything more then a friend.
I hate math, loathe sports, and love to cook, bake, read books, write books, and make books. I am a mental werewolf, yet I reverence a God and Goddess associated with deer, and I am an avid D and D gamer. How do all these aspects mesh together? The short answer: Sometimes they donít. Sometimes they overlap or completely obscure each other.
To see me on the street without my school clothes on, you might think: that guy is normal. That is most peoplesí first impression. If you caught me headed for the Jackson Area Career Center you would think, ďMan, what a nerdĒ.
See me lifting weights you might think, man heís a jock or plays football or some other sport. The truth is I am nothing more or less then the sum of my parts; I am a simple Pagan a Draconic Wiccan to be more precise and I have many diverse interests. I am a solitary seeking to lead a coven one day. I have developed Draconic Wicca by trial and error and tons of hard work. I studied Wicca in general for almost four years before I was confident enough to put a name to my beliefs.
I follow the Wiccan Rede but have added another eight words: Aní Harm They Ye Strike Ever Ye Swiftly. This line is in reference to the fact that there are some people who would rather burn us to death then to allow us to practice as our beliefs dictate. So if someone is trying to harm you in some way fight back. That is just basic common sense.
My family for the most part could have cared less when I told them about my beliefs. My dad was immediately supportive, my mother still is jumpy about the word Witchcraft, my kid sister thinks Iím crazy, and my grandmother seems kinda sorta ok with it. I only know of one other pagan in my school district and she and I arenít very close, but thatís another story.
I like to think that I was given Magick to compensate for my physical impairments. I have Cerebral Palsy, am near sighted, farsighted, asthmatic, weighed two pounds at birth and had open-heart surgery not more then a few days after birth. I was born premature, and spent a little more then the first month of my life in an incubator and my lungs will never fully mature.
Iím not complaining in fact these physical impairments have taught me compassion and empathy for people worse off then myself. But my physical impairments have also taught me how stupid some people are. They complain about physical labor that they can complete with ease but I do the same work without complaining and have more trouble at it. And it surprises people that I do a better job.
The core of my philosophy is to do the best job I can without worrying about whether or not itís hard. If I can teach people one thing I want it to be that just because you have a physical impairment does not mean that you are disabled. Until I started the sixth grade I had no clue that I had a disability. That was the last year I attended public school full time. I am now a part time student at the local public school, Home schooled and taking the Business class at the Jackson Area Career Center.
My weaknesses emphasize my true strengths. I canít throw a football, but I can visualize Stonehenge in all itís Pagan splendor, I canít connect with a ton of kids my own age, but I can understand what animals are saying (sometimes), and I canít run very far without having to stop to catch my wind, but I can contemplate the powers of nature for hours.
I am what I am a human who was given a gift, skill in Magick to balance the weaknesses of my physical self, a Pagan who cares for the earth and all her creatures, a Werewolf who understands the need for balance between predator and prey, a Dragon fanatic who will always know they exist, and a young man poised to come into my own, to enter adulthood with hope for the next generation. My hope is that Pagan families teach their children that our beliefs are just as valid as any more mainstream religion.
The voice of Pagans in America is raised in pride as we proclaim, ďThis is the day we break these chains. Chains of what society says are acceptable and what is right. We will step from the shadows and blow that broom closet door off its hinges. Rip down the walls so that we can never be driven back in! The time has come to stand up and be proud or pass into shadow once more.
I have not taken the final step of putting on the pentacle (partly because I canít afford one right now) because I feel the symbol matters less then your intent. No matter how many pentagrams you wear, itís the inside that counts.
My ritual toolkit doesnít include a pentacle (I havenít made it yet) or the Athame (same reason). I find that making my tools has sharpened my connection to the Gods; I am currently working on my staff. For that I cut down a sassafras tree (after making a suitable offering) shaved of most of the bark, cut the ends, and just finished cutting a knot out of the wood. It has been out in the weather since a little before Samhain and is quite weathered at this point.
The next step will be to mount the antlers on a disc to mount to the top of the staff. Then I plan to get my hands on a fairly good-sized quartz crystal to fit between the antlers. Then the decorating will begin. It will be beautiful and functional.
In conclusion I would like to say to all my fellow Pagans out there: Donít try to change to please somebody else. Be who you are and never lose faith that the gods walk with us always.
All is one and One is all. May Sabdh and Wierin smile on you.
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Location: Jackson, Michigan
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