Posts Tagged ‘2006’

Holiday ornaments, 2006,2007,2008 update

(crossposting to morgan_gw and morgan_gw2)

As we decorated the tree last night, Dylan realized he was a few years behind on ornaments. Today, we took steps to remedy that, ordering three ornaments from CafePress. I turn the keyboard over to Roland for the explanations…

Courtesy cut…

Holiday ornaments, 2006

2006’s holiday ornament: Let The People Rule Ornament

2006 ornament
The Democratic party retook Congress. That didn’t turn out as well as we’d hoped, but at least it blunted the single-party rule we’d had for years.

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Samhain with children

[editor’s note, by PoliSigh] here’s another excellent diary for today!

Some dear friends asked me to work up a ceremony that would be suitable for their kids (2.5 and 4) to join us. We decided to focus on the “end of harvest” aspects of the season rather than the ancestor night/day of the dead stuff. Here’s what I came up with.

This is a very condensed version of my usual druidic ritual format, and was done sitting around a low table. The full ritual has been posted here a few times, and depending on how things go I may post it tomorrow.

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Spells for Democracy, Oct. 24

Two weeks and three Tuesdays to go :-).

From Views from the Cyberhenge:

Tomorrow’s (10/24) Spell for Democracy

Our original list of 13 spells for 13 Tuesdays has tomorrow’s spell being, “Set up an energy matrix on the astral around all polling places to ensure fairness.” This is a spell that all American Pagans should be willing to participate in, considering the many justified fears about voting machine errors (or hacking), renegade partisans trying to suppress voting among particular population groups, badly trained electoral volunteers, lack of translators for voters needing them, and other threats to a completely fair and honest election.

Everyone in our Spells for Democracy e-group has his or her own way of working magic, but here’s a suggestion for one way that might be effective:

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How I came to paganism (and how did you? :-)

Since it’s been a while since we’ve had this kind of conversation, and there’s a lot of new (or new-ish) faces around, and since it’s a reflective time of year, I thought this might be a nice place for we pagans/heathens/whatever you want to call it to tell a bit of our stories.

And also, for our Christian and other fellow prophets to get a glimpse into the rich tapestries woven by our many and varied threads :-).

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Spells for Democracy: Release the salamanders!

I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but a while back I saw a post about Spells for Democracy on Isaac Bonewits’ blog. At first I didn’t put too much attention on it, then on 9/26 we did that week’s spell:

(09/26) Klutzokinesis spell on opposition candidates, political party spin- masters to make them accidentally speak truth in public

A few days later, the Foley story broke. We couldn’t help but notice the timing.

More below the fold…

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Personal responsibility

This is going to be short, since I’m mainly hoping to start a conversation.

In view of stuff on other threads, I have to wonder: are belief in the idea of sin and belief in personal responsibility mutually exclusive?

I’d say no, because even though I no longer believe in “sin,” I was once a Born-Again Christian and even then I thought people should take responsibility for their actions and the consequences thereof. Those who blamed SAAAAY-tin for their misdeeds were, I thought, copping out.

But then, I think that even in my Christian days I was a pagan at heart, so I’d like to toss the question out to others, from the rich variety of traditions we have represented here on the Street :-).

What say you all?

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Wiccan Sign Allowed on Soldier’s Plaque

Finally, someone’s willing to give Sgt. Patrick Stewart some of that Freedom of Religion he fought and died for.

The widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan won state approval Wednesday to place a Wiccan religious symbol on his memorial plaque [1], something the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had refused.

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OT: Comic-Con?

Just wondered who else from our street is planning on attending the San Diego International ComicCon next week? Roland and I are going for the full convention, so if someone wants to try to meet up in all that craziness (to get an idea of the size of this con, it’s been claimed that the exhibit hall is so long you can detect the curvature of the Earth ;-), contact me off-board and we can work something out or exchange cell numbers or some such.

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Watching the Religious Right

The heat, humidity, and need to get off my duff and get the house ready for a termite inspection tomorrow have my brains mushy enough that I can’t come up with any good commentary on this, so forgive my posting something without adding much of my own :-).

From my favorite “Neopagan curmudgeon,” a link to the current newsletter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State on watching and dealing with the Religious Reich.

It includes a list of the top ten Religious Reich leaders, ten steps you can take to fight the RR, and an overview of the power now held by the theocrats who want to rule America.

IMO, we here on this Street are already doing a lot of these :-).
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