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Observed

Perusing the book section at the PX (with mah new CANE!), as we are wont to do, I happened past the religion section, which used to contain all sorts of goodies, and is actually where I found my Pagan Book of Prayer that I have grown fond of.  This time, all the Pagan books are gone, and are now two rows over and marked “Occult”.

Hmm.

It used to be a very diverse section, which I thought was awesome, for being a PX on a military post, and was very representative of the major world religions, and the ones local to Korea.

Not anymore.

It is now basically all Bibles, in every available version (LYFAO/eyeroll out of your head warning on that link), and all those self help books that Annaham loves (just think happy thoughts and Baby Angels will kiss your ooo-boos away!).  I counted one book on Buddhism (Zen, specifically, none of the others), and one on Hinduism, which is the world’s third largest organized* religion.  One book in the whole two shelf section.  I may have seen one on Taoism, which was totally random and maybe leftover from how awesome the section used to be.  Not one single book on Islam, ya know, the second largest religion in the world, probably because only good terrorist kids and the President are practicing nowadays, so no need to inform anyone about it**. /headdesk

*According to Adherents, Secular/Non-religious/Agnostic/Atheist is actually third, but Hinduism is the third major organized religion.

**OOH-HOOO if you didn’t catch the snark there you are on the wrong blog.

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Happy Mabon!

Have a most beautiful Equinox!

sgc_mabon_adI love the Fall.  Autumn is without a doubt my favorite time of year.  This year, being in Korea, we are going to get to have the first proper Autumn we will have had in five years.  Both Central California and Hawai’i tend to be pretty much the same all year around, so it will be great to see all the colors.  A taxi driver told me yesterday that one of the mountains nearby (I didn’t quite catch the name, but I am working on it) is beautiful in October, and that since I like to take pictures I should consider a trip up there w/ my camera.  Perhaps a family picture in the future…

Mabon is one of my favorite Pagan holidays.  The First of Three Thanksgivings, I like to call it, but this year it will be more like four, with Korean Chuseok all around us, and we want to celebrate accordingly.

May your Equinox bring balance to your life.  May you have abundance this Fall and find much to be thankful for as we venture into the great sleep that is Winter.

For those of you so incline, and to debunk the myth that Pagans don’t believe in prayer, I offer you this Pagan prayer for the Fall Equinox, from A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith (I have long felt that the Earth is not an “it” but a “her”, a Mother Goddess, so when I use this prayer I replace Serith’s “it” in reference to the Earth with “her”.  I have changed it here.):

This is what I know, gods of the universe.

This is what you are telling me

and this is what I tell you:

the Earth prepares for a great change.

Light and dark are equal today, but that will not las.

The Earth makes her way around the Sun

and takes us with her into the year’s dark half.

We travel with her

not in calm resignation,

but with wild anticipation of what dreams may be dreamt

in the night of the world.

May they be good dreams.

Happy Mabon, and Bright Blessings to you and Yours.

Happy Solstice!

Happy Eostre!

ostaracu Hope you all had a beautiful Eostre, Ostara, Equinox, or whathaveyou!  Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope that it brings you joy!

We are going to have a nice easy time w/ the Spring Cleaning this year, since our Household Goods are still en route, leaving us living fairly Spartan for the time being!

As I have mentioned before, I love the Spring Equinox for many reasons, including the fact that it gives me peace and energy all at the same time.  No matter what is going on in our lives I always feel like Spring is a big of a new beginning.  It is definitely an awakening.

This Spring feels especially great, after moving, traveling, injuries, stomach flu, stupid exes, and all the other things that have driven me bonky lately.  This is our first time living as a family on our own, and I have to admit, it feels great.  It reminds me to be grateful for the privileges we have, and to forgiving of the things that we don’t.

Have a beautiful Spring!

Blessed Be.

A quote for today

Via Cecelia at Ojibway Migisi Bineshii:

“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round . . . The sky is round, and I have heard that the Earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours . . . . Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a person is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.”

-Black Elk-Oglala Lakota Medicine Man

I love this quote for so many reasons.

First, it sums up the basics of my personal religious belief system.  Everything is connected, and everything exists on a spiral or circle.  The idea that life itself and all of it sources has no beginning and no end is so profound and beautiful to me.  Birth is a re entry and death is only the next step b/f the next beginning.  The cycle of life and the Sacred Spiral in Paganism blend together beautifully.  Identifying w/ this faith system gave me the first real inner peace I had ever experienced.

Also, it drives home the fact that far beyond anything any form of Christianity offered me (personally) my faith and my racial identity could be harmonious.  The love of the Earth and all that she holds all fit together, and we are embraced as a part of it, both responsible to and cared for by her.  The way that Native culture praises the love of the elements fits together inside my soul perfectly.

Lastly (at least listed here in this space), it makes me appreciate the way that I have made friends on these tubes that help me connect and identify w/ my culture and identity.  The things I missed being away from my extended family and Tribe in my teen years are easier for me to connect w/ and appreciate now thanks to friends like Cecelia.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the friends you make in Bloglandia aren’t as real or as important as the ones you meet in Meat World.

Happy Solstice!

And have a most beautiful Yule!

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We make it our own

In our house, we choose to make Thanksgiving our own.  I choose to draw from the Pagan foundation of it, and just want to share with and feed as many people as possible.  The Native American in me gets uncomfortable with and saddened by the way they try to push this false ideal of Thanksgiving off on our children.

But I also choose to not focus on the negative, b/c I have too much of that.  That is something the Native side of my family has focused on, remembering the truth, forgiving the past, and enjoying the present.

We are having a much smaller dinner than last year, which is kind of nice for a change.  There will be an update on that later, b/c it is a fun time and I love doing it.

But for now, I would also like to enjoy this, something I fondly remember loving from my childhood.

Miss you dad!  I’ll save a plate for you.  ;)

h/t to BSR

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