The Nerdy Pagan

Because A Ven Diagram for "Pagan" and "Nerd" would form an eclipse.

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natural-magics:

I love labradorite! these pendants are for sale on my Etsy shop :) please don’t delete this text, I worked hard on these.

I don’t know if it is just the camera or the lighting, but these are the most vibrant labradoorite stones I have ever seen! The rest of the shop is worth taking a look at too.

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Most people use religion as a tool to kick the habits that rule their life and drain their money.

What the hell do you do when religious scholarship is the habit that is draining all of your money?
 I am a weirdo. I gave up buying lunch, eating out, and buying coffee on the go so I can pay for a subscription to the Pomegranate journal. My biggest motivator for finding a new job is so I can afford classes at Cherry Hill Semenary and other forms of Pagan/Magical Studies/theology training. Also so I have space for my library. I have a religion problem.

Filed under pagan paganism wicca theology religionproblem

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inveniemus:

"In Easter European Tradition when a young female drowns, she might become a rusalka. Rusalkas live at the bottom of lakes and rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the banks and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then lead them away to the river floor to their death."
Rusalka by Doberlady

inveniemus:

"In Easter European Tradition when a young female drowns, she might become a rusalka. Rusalkas live at the bottom of lakes and rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the banks and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then lead them away to the river floor to their death."

Rusalka by Doberlady

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http://chaoticwanderings.tumblr.com/post/97809427675/turnedtostardust-the-brambled-way

turnedtostardust:

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lavenderwrath:

turnedtostardust:

lavenderwrath replied to your post:I’m sorry, is this not the right time of day to…

What happened?

No one chimed in, for possibly the fifth time it’s been mentioned on this blog, when I…

Back in my Wiccan days, I started to include the idea of primordial deity—or deity before the split into male and female into my practicies. There would be a space on my altar for God and Goddess, but also the Before/In-between. A lot of Wiccan traditions, especially those that have borrowed heavily from Aradia assume that the primordial deity was Female, or that The Goddess came first and the God came from her. In my interpretation, or at least the one I held to then, that primordial deity was androgynous or a hermaphrodite and only when the divine energies split off from that did they become male and female, God and Goddess.

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Voices from the Past

Much has been made of the links between languages with Indo-Eropean roots and the use of these links to extrapolate information about ancient gods. This is something that comes up a lot in my study of Slavic and Baltic deities and at times I get the feeling that it has led to a lot of fuzzy pseudo-history. This gets even more frustrating when you realize that this kind of linguistic reconstruction makes up about 90% of the scholarly research that exists at least in English language publications.But in my search, I did manage to find something kind of cool and well…definitely nerdy.

By tracing the commonalities between the Indo-European languages, linguists believe that there was a Proto-Indo-European language that all of these languages came from. As humans spread across the globe, their languages branched off from this one point.

Linguists have been attempting to recreate this language by tracing the commonalities backwards to that original Proto-Indo-European ancestor language. And some of those linguists think they have a pretty good idea of what that language might sound like.

If you’re like me and the thought of hearing words that might be echoes of a dead language that hasn’t been heard for thousands of years sends shivers down your spine, you might want to check out these two recordings from Archeology magazine’s web site. They represent two hypotheses as to what this Proto-Indo-European mother tongue might have sounded like.

Unless a man driving a blue Police Call Box appears on their doorstep, linguists really have no way of knowing what this Proto-Indo-European mother tongue actually sounded like. But the spread of language can help us trace our path out of Africa, into Asia and out into the rest of the world. It’s one of the threads that connects us both to each other and to our ancestors.

That’s a nice notion, NerdyPagan, but really what does that have to do with Paganism? I’m so glad you asked.

The lingusitic connection between certain concepts and the names of the gods is one of the ideas behind the practice of syncretism, or the linking of one deity, idea or tradition to another. This can be found in both ancient Paganisms (Romans linking the myths of the Greeks to their own gods and the Greeks equating the Egyptian Gods with their own at various periods of history) and in modern ones (linking a god or goddess with a stone or planet or various lwa being linked with Catholic saints in Voodou.). P. Sufenas Virius Lupus has a really good article on syncretism if you want to read more.

I personally see syncretism as a spectrum and I’m not quite sure where I fall on it. I definitely believe that some gods can take on different guises in different cultures, but do I think that all love goddesses are Venus? No. Do I think that if I pray to Toth for wisdom and eloquence in this blog post I am getting the blessing of Hermes and Sarasvati since they are also deities of eloquence? No.

But as I trace the story and existence of the goddess I know as the Lauma— Godmother Death, protector of orphans, mothers and direct care workers, am I going to factor in the theories of Indo-European linguists and their ideas about Baltic and Slavic deities? Maybe. Many Slavic and Baltic reconstructionist religions such as Romuva identify as Indo European Religions. More eclectic organizations such as AFD also claims to base its beliefs on those of “ancient Indo-European Pagans— the Celts, Norse, Slavs, Balts, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Vedics and others.”

So linguistic studies do have a role in the way we perceive our gods and has shaped the scholarship of various Paganisms. It has also been the cause of a lot of Victorian quackery such as the idea of Russian Vedas proposed by W. R. S. Rawlston. Separating the good from the bad can seem as impossible as sorting poppy seeds from dirt. But when you are grasping at straws on the trail of a goddess unknown to the western world, you take what you can get and hope that your best judgment is enough.

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SO a thing happened.

norvicensiandoran:

lazypagan:

I don’t really feel like going all into it right now. BUT mostly I’m wondering if there are any goddesses who are represented by skulls and snakes.

If anybody has any ideas, leads, or tips It’d be greatly appreciated.

So, does anyone know of a goddess…

Baba Yaga often is portrayed with the motif of snakes and skulls. Though there is some debate as to whether or not she was ever worshiped historically, a lot of Russian and Slavic reconstructionists and modern Neopagas consider her one.

I’ve worked with her several times and she’s not your conventional Goddess. She doesn’t give much of a damn about conventions, especially those of gender and sexuality.  Heroes and children are often sent to her hut where she puts them through all kinds of hell but if they are able to please her, she gifts them with objects of great power.  She is a destroyer of innocence in the sense that innocence must be destroyed if a person is to progress from childhood into adulthood. She is an initiator. But in my experience she can be very dangerous and will turn your life on it’s head. If  she is the goddess that has shown up, I’d recommend proceeding with caution. She is a great teacher, but as her stories say, “too much knowledge can be dangerous.”

Here are a few links with more info. Let me know if she feels familiar.

About Page on Baba Yaga

Chapter from Songs of the Russian People

The Tale of Vasalisa the Brave

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Alejandra Leos Makes 8th Trans Woman Murdered this Summer

ughgodwhatever:

7 Trans Women of Color; all killed during the season that holds Pride Month. The queer community is still abuzz with the last vestiges of the season that promises parades, alcohol, and ‘a freedom to be you.’ So often, the larger LGBTQ “community,” has this idea that we’re all equally policed for being a part of this population. Without doubt, the summer of 2014 has proven that this is not the case.

…are the names of the 7 women that have fallen this season before Alejandra; and there is no protest for them. They are the silent-fallen that have fallen silent. There is an epidemic of trans female genocide; a cure to this maddening, tragic plague has yet to be seen.

Please #RememberAlejandra. If we continue to brush over the victimization of TWoC then again and again these beautiful lives will be cut short; again and again, #GirlsLikeUs will be made victims of hatred.

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