rise and root



The Flame Haired Solstice Dreamer

Cold winter brings the Everfrost and jewels every tree
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
A flame~haired dreamer wanders there and shelters from the wind
And spins her dreams around the trees to break the ties that bind
She takes her thread and spins anew and how the Greenwood smiles
As she spins a spell for freedom and for her spirit Wylde

The dreamer finds an ancient oak and shelters in his lee
In a forest new as birth and old as old can be
Tis summer now and birdsong weaves its magick through her spells
And humming bees drum drowsily in the foxglove's bells
The dreamer sits beneath the oak with yarn upon her knee
And spins and knits and weaves her dreams and sets her spirit free

"When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people...shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. they will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow"

Hopi Prophecy

~shame of intolerance~

bigotry, intolerance, mind-set, narrow-mindedness, one-sidedness, prejudice, unfairness, viewpoint, animosity, bigotry, contemptuousness, discrimination, illiberality, injustice, narrow-mindedness

the serenity my yoga brought me this morning had gone, instead i am feeling rather angry and upset.
i spent the morning writing up some notes on counter-culture and religion then decided i would have a browse on the web while having my tea break,
now on my lunch time break decided to blog, to empty my mind of the negative before starting this afternoon's study session.

as i said, i was browsing the web and came across a site, a pagan site~my, but what an intolerant, aggressive sounding place it was.
in a few sentences it managed to discount any other path than its own as being inconsequential.

which actually takes me to something i was thinking about the other day after reading a back issue of what was then called 'pagan dawn'...a term i really hate and is just as worse as being sexist, racist, homophobic...fluffy bunny.
fluffy bunnies are, apparently, people who are new to paganism, (although the focus of many attacks are towards wiccans) people who take their beliefs from a few books, who see sweetness and light in everything...the list is endless but you get the idea.

anyone who chooses to label a person or group in this way are nothing more than narrow-minded idiots.
maybe these people do this to make themselves feel, like the bully in the playground, more important, that their pagan path is more important and real and of course you usually get those who are at pains to point out they have been a pagan since being an emryo and so of course are so far up the 'i am better than you' ladder as to be in the clouds and by being derogatory they are showing themselves to be apart, superior to those they label, the fluffy bunnies. if your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practices are not in line with what they say then it is wrong.
who are they to generalize and question others practice? do they actually talk to these people
ask them about their beliefs and engage in discussion?
i always thought that the joy of any pagan path is the lack of restriction, there is nothing written in stone on what each path will believe~
the shame of it is that sites like the one i visited, with all its associated off-shoots and attitudes will stop newcomers to any kind of pagan path from wanting to participate physically in social groups, attend moots and rituals and further their interests/studies~what these kind of folk need to remember is they were new to paganism once, whatever their path and however long they have been following it, to remember that just using big words and 'claiming' knowledge does not make them superior to the next pagan at the moot.

1 comment:

Tina said...

What you describe here really is just the reason that I’d rather stay “hidden” in the internet (or look out for books) trying to find out if Paganism is really going to be my path than ask questions in forums or even step outside into the real world and look for groups and meetings.

All things share the same breath~the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

Johney Gaul~1915

Johney Gaul~1915
1890-17 september 1918~France