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"The beautiful thing about myths is that you’re never telling a myth, you’re retelling it. People already know the story. You don’t have to create a narrative structure, and you don’t have to figure out where it ends. As a lyric poet, you can take the moments of greatest intensity in the myth, or the moments that interest you most, or the ways of looking at the story that you think would be most fun to rethink—you don’t have to do the whole story. You want to know what human mystery can be revealed by retelling it. D. H. Lawrence said that myths are symbols of inexhaustible human mysteries. You can tell them a hundred, a thousand times, and you’ll never exhaust the mystery that’s coded into that story. That may be a little hyperbolic, but I believe it."

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"… the gods only go with you if you put yourself in their path. And that takes courage."

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Sometimes I think we (Pagans) forget how miraculous our current condition is. We truly are in living memory of most of us being in the “broom closet,” and there are still plenty of Pagans out there who remember the “Pagan community” in the United States as nothing more than a few isolated groups led by charismatic non-conformists. We have gone from a side-show curiosity to an international religious movement of faiths within the span of one lifetime. That is amazing. We are amazing. 

It’s fine to be critical, and it’s fine to realize that the values of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, or 90s don’t line up with our values today, but we should do so with an open heart and mind. We should remember that the challenges were different, and the contexts were different, and that someday we’ll be critiqued for our failings under the lights of a different age. That’s to be expected, even encouraged, but I think it will speak well of us to remember that history and community is a process, one that changes every moment we live it. 

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The Wicker Man: The Final Cut - Official Trailer (by STUDIOCANAL UK)

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"But what mystery are you intimating to me with your name, oh Philemon? Truly you are the lover who once took in the Gods as they wandered the earth when everyone else refused them lodging. You are the one who unsuspectingly gave hospitality to the Gods; they thanked you by transforming your house into a golden temple, while the flood swallowed everyone else. You remained alive when chaos erupted. You it was who served in the sanctuary when the peoples called out in vain to the Gods. Truly, it is the lover who survives. Why did we not see that?"

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The new Sharron Kraus album (Amazon / iTunes) is truly magical. One of my favorite folk artists, and one that I think a lot of my Pagan peeps will enjoy (check out "Right Wantonly A-Mumming" or "The Fox’s Wedding" for some of her most folkloric/pagan-y work).

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Card-carrying.

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Altar layout done. Decided to go old-school (for the most part). 

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Abra Kadabra

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