The Informed Pagan


The Informed Pagan is a collaborative Pagan community that can be used as a resource for learning more about the various religions and practices that fall under the Pagan umbrella. A place where one can ask any question and expect thoughtful, honest answers, based not only on collective experiences, but currently available scholarly research.

Founded by a group of Pagans from various paths, we are dedicated towards promoting responsibility and integrity within the Pagan Community, through knowledge and awareness. Paganism is a very broad topic, and there is a ton of misinformation that has been perpetuated over the years, and unfortunately, very little has been done to stop it.

Most of us started out, as many do, rather “fluffy”, not knowing what we were doing, and often trusting what we thought were reliable resources, only to find that we’d been misled. The misleading wasn’t always done intentionally, but it was clear that there was a serious lack of genuinely reliable resources for those who were seeking a Pagan path. In talking about how far we had come and how embarrassed we were at some of the things we had once said and written (and yes we have ALL been there), we felt strongly that more guidance should be available for Pagans of all types. Talking about this wasn’t enough, and we decided we needed to take action. Which brings us here, to TIP.

The Informed Pagan is for anyone who needs a bit of help navigating the world of Paganism. If you are unsure of what you should be doing, which authors are reliable, or even what you believe, just ask. ALL QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME!! We have the knowledge and experience


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All over the world, local coordinators host public Pagan Pride celebrations. In 2014, the window for celebrations is August 1 to October 31 — see our Event Policies for more information. Read more about what we have done in the Pagan Pride Project history and the News Section and Press Releases.

It’s PPD season, for those that are interesting in attending, you can find events near you here.

All over the world, local coordinators host public Pagan Pride celebrations. In 2014, the window for celebrations is August 1 to October 31 — see our Event Policies for more information. Read more about what we have done in the Pagan Pride Project history and the News Section and Press Releases.

It’s PPD season, for those that are interesting in attending, you can find events near you here.

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ALCHEMEET ANNOUNCED!

spiralheartreclaiming:

Spiralheart’s eighth Alchemeet will be hosted by Jibrael, on Monday, July 28th at 8pm EST on tinychat, so block it off on your calendars! Feel free to signal boost, all are welcome!

"INTERSECTING FAITHS IN THE NEO-PAGAN TRADITION"

While many of are proud to call themselves “Pagan,” for others naming our religious identity is a bit more complicated. Some may hold a deep relationship with Jesus, or follow Buddhist practices, or incorporate various folk traditions from our family heritage. How can I be authentically who I am if my sense of the Divine doesn’t fit into a single religious label? Is there a place in Neo-Paganism for those with multiple faith commitments?

Join us for our once-a-month Pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to anyone who would like to join. Read more about Alchemeet. And remember, we’ve updated our policy regarding the tiny chat password— so check out the Alchemeet Page if you need a reminder!

Tagged: alchemeetwitchcraftpaganpaganismneopaganneopaganismwiccareligious identity

morgandria:

Elemental Pentacle by Sherri Molloy

morgandria:

Elemental Pentacle by Sherri Molloy

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Pagans in the Workplace

Pagans in the Workplace

I’m currently a student studying radiography and I was wondering if there are other Wiccans in the modern healthcare industry? I have researched this topic but have yet to get an answer so I figured I would ask.

The simple answer is yes – there are Wiccans, Neo-Pagans, Witches, etc… in almost every career sector imaginable. It’s common misconception I think, to view Pagans as fringe-dwellers, who…

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Tagged: careersneo-paganpaganreligionwiccaworking

Christian Preacher-to-be Finds Home in Paganism… Now What?

Christian Preacher-to-be Finds Home in Paganism… Now What?

I am a pagan hiding in the world of Christianity. When I came to college, a christian university at that, I was planning on being a preacher. But as I went further and further into school the more and more I felt like I was missing something. Then I found magic, and a void was filled for the first time in my life. I have become a dedicated pagan but just still in the broom closet so to speak. But…

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spiralheartreclaiming:

SPAKE IN RHYME:

Steward’s Beltane 2014 poem. (Passages in quotations are from “The Charge of the Goddess” by Doreen Valiente.)

spiralheartreclaiming:

SPAKE IN RHYME:

Steward’s Beltane 2014 poem. (Passages in quotations are from “The Charge of the Goddess” by Doreen Valiente.)

Tagged: paganwitchcraftbeltanepoetryspiral heart

Celebrating Beltane as an Asexual Pagan

arbordaydreams:

Important note: if you don’t know much about asexuality and the asexual umbrella, please give this and this a read YES, both of them :)! ALSO, I AM NOT  TRYING TO AND CANNOT SPEAK FOR THE ENTIRE ACE COMMUNITY. THIS IS FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE AND OPINIONS. I am also not shaming anyone or their practices.

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EDIT: This is based what I’ve experienced and been exposed to, which is clearly limited and nowhere near the broad scope of things. These are more personal musings than anything.

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to read a post about Beltane without mention of sex and/or fertility. After all, that’s what the holiday is about, right? This is the holiday most likely to contain orgies and, one hopes, as many orgasms as possible. 

But what happens when you’re a Pagan who doesn’t desire sex, or is even repulsed by it? Such a person may or may not fall under the asexual umbrella, but the fact is, we exist. While there are asexual people who have sex, who masturbate, who have libidos enjoy orgasms as much as the next person, this is for those who don’t.

I consider myself a panromantic repulsed asexual. That means (to me) that I do not experience sexual attraction, am repulsed by the idea/act of involving myself in sexual activity, and feel romantic attraction to people of any gender.

This is not sad, and you should not feel “sorry” for me and what I’m “missing out on.” I love who I am, and since coming out as ace, have only become happier and more comfortable with myself! I am not against sex on the whole (though some people are), just for myself; actually, I consider myself sex-positive and often engage in advocacy surrounding the topic!

So, when the Beltane posts started popping up on Tumblr, I began to feel troubled. How, as a repulsed ace, was I to celebrate one of the biggest holidays of my year? How were other ace Pagans dealing with it? Cake? Oh sure, we’ll always have cake!*

But cake wasn’t enough to quell my thoughts. That’s when I came up with this:

Sex as Personal Connections and Pleasure

Sex means a lot of different things to different people, but one of the things many seem to agree on is that it’s a deeply personal way of connecting and sharing pleasure with another being. We can also agree, I think, that there are more ways of connecting and experiencing pleasure than being physically intimate!

Instead of, or in addition to having sex, check up on all of the people you love and care about today. I’m not just talking about significant others, either. There’s this idea in mainstream Western culture that romantic love trumps all, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The relationships we have forged with our friends, mentors, and family are just as beautiful and fulfilling as having a romantic significant other. Pay tribute to your connections with others and work to make them stronger! Get together with your loved ones, whether online or in the flesh, and let them know how much you care and appreciate them.

As for pleasure, well, that’s a pretty easy one. Indulge in one of your favorite foods, engage in an activity that makes you happy, listen to your favorite music or buy a new album! If you’re (like me) a very busy and often stressed person, take a minute or an entire afternoon, regardless of your schedule, to pamper yourself. You deserve to feel good!

Obviously non-(repulsed) asexual people can do these things, as well, so don’t leave yourself out!

Fertility as Creativity

Ah, fertility! The wondrous potential to create new life! Without it, we wouldn’t even be here, now would we? Now, my issue with personally celebrating fertility comes less from being ace and more from other identities/feelings of mine, but I think it’s still relevant to the topic at hand, considering the connection almost always made between fertility and sex. 

This one’s pretty easy, too: fertility needs not refer only to sexual fertility and the ability to make babies, but to fertility of the mind and creative spirit. Even if you don’t have an artistic “talent,” make some artwork today! It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, just something born of yourself, of the feelings and life and energy swirling around in your being. Find some fun activities online, in a book, or just go for it on a whim! I advocate the latter especially, as the act of letting yourself go and throwing your entirety into the act of creating art is just as wild and wonderful as creating through sex.

Creativity doesn’t even have to be artistic. You could meet a new person and create a bond of friendship with them. You could create a new atmosphere for yourself by moving the furniture around in your home, or buying new decorations for it. Head over to Kickstarter and help fund someone’s project, therefore lending a hand in someone else’s creative process!

Many articles on celebrating Beltane also suggest admiring the fertility of nature at this time of year. Taking a walk to look at flowers, planting them or putting some in a vase on your table, or even engaging in some full-out gardening are certainly a celebration of fertility! 

The possibilities are pretty endless, if that wasn’t clear. We are, on the whole, very creative beings—even destruction is a form of creation, after all.

In conclusion, Beltane is about more than a literal interpretation of “sex and fertility.” It’s about living a full, creative life and appreciating the various bonds we’ve formed with other beings, and looking at it in this way can be beneficial not only to asexual Pagans, but everyone else, as well!

No matter how you’re celebrating it, happy Beltane, northern hemisphere!

*the cake thing is an ace joke, don’t worry if you don’t get it

P.S. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the whole sex and sexual fertility celebration of Beltane! Go have those wonderful orgasms, my good friends! My intention is not to shame these practices but to offer an alternative or expansion to those who might choose otherwise :)

Tagged: aceasexualbeltanepagansabbat

Source: arbordaydreams

Real Witches at Work: Photos of English Pagans in the 1960s | LIFE | TIME.com →

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morgandria:

ginandjack:

For the record, fertility focused traditions don’t HAVE TO BE ABOUT PRODUCING OFFSPRING. That’s not the only definition of fertile. Case in point:

bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific: fertile soil; abundantly productive: pertaining to an ability for creation; a fertile imagination

And, ecstatic traditions don’t just have to be about drugs and orgasms. Those aren’t the only means to ecstasy:

rapturous delight. an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling. the frenzy of poetic inspiration.

And, yes, the two can coexist in a single practice.

People seem to have a huge hard on against fertility cults/rites/sympathies/trads because the most glaring examples we have focus on procreational sexuality. It’s okay to like or dislike either, but please acknowledge that there are more nuances involved then just fertility=human babies.

This has been a blathering from a young, queer man who’s personal faith is both fertile and ecstatic, and doesn’t suffer for it a bit.

Thank you, have a nice day.

Tagged: fertilityecstasypagantraditions

Source: ginandjack

My Personal List of Color Meanings

seashellies:

*DISCLAIMER: I have taken meanings from many sources. It is to be used as a guide or a reference ONLY. My list is one of many. No list is more right or wrong than any other. Whatever color guide you choose to use is your personal preference. I happen to like how detailed this one is and I feel agreement with what it states. Remember to always take into account what your own personal feelings for something are. I might like green for money. You might like gold for that. Always listen to your own self first.

I have arranged these colors in order of the color wheel. Metallics and neutrals on top then through the color wheel starting with red and ending with pink.

Gold: Fosters understanding and attracts the powers of cosmic influences; beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast luck or money, or in rituals needing solar energy.  A god color; safety and power of the male. Masculinity.

Silver or Light Grey: Lunar energy, understanding, female power, clarity, self-worth, can symbolize your goddess. Also, intuition, dreams, and astral energies.

Copper: Passion, money goals, professional growth, fertility in business, career maneuvers

Brown: To dispel sorrow, grounding, for growing plants and gardens.  concentration, balance, eliminates indecisiveness, hearth and home, animal magic, and hex-breaking. Said to help find lost items. Can also represent the element of Earth.

Black: Burning black with any other color dissolves negative energies.  Protection, hex-breaking, reversing, banishing, destroying evil or negativity, binding and repelling. Also used for healing very powerful illnesses.

White:  A Goddess color. Peace, higher self. Can be used in place of any other color, but can be used specifically for purification, healing, peace, harmony, or enlightenment. When in doubt, use white.

Grey: Neutral color; useful when pondering complex issues during meditation

Ivory or Beige (Tan):  Neutrality, balance and harmlessness

Red:  Energy, vitality, strength, health, passion, sex, love, protection, fire, fertility, fast action, potency, lust, blood, Physical love and passion, courage, warmth, energy, attraction, magnetism, desire, action, physical strength, power, victory, anger, the military, childbirth, and willpower. Works for the element of fire.

Peach: Restoration and rejuvenation

Orange: Cleanses negative attitudes, situations and places, business deals, attracting good things, success, career, goals, stimulation, attraction, power,  sudden changes, warmth, energy building, enthusiasm, attracts success and prosperity, emotional healing, attracts friends, courage and ambition. Creativity, ability to speak one’s mind, ambition, career matters and the Law, self-confidence. Orange candles are high energy, be prepared for your spell to have a quick conclusion.

Yellow: Happiness, cheerfulness, sunny disposition, alertness, intellect, wisdom and honor, action, inspiration and creativity, studying and intelligence, concentration, memory, logic, learning, attraction, confidence, mental powers, inspiration, retention of memory, energy, changes, endurance, stability and security. Yellow strengthens the imagination and concentration in a ritual. Is used in rituals in which the trust of a person is gained or in which one wants to convince someone. Great for dealing with solar energy or spells. Symbolizes the element of Air.

Green: Abundance, growth, money, success, wealth, physical healing, health, marriage, employment, balance, Stimulates growth, healing, financial success, good luck, new job, good harvest, nature appreciation, tree and plant magic. Can represents the element of Earth.

Emerald Green: deals with social delights, attracts love, and helps with fertility. 

Dark Green: Color of ambition, greed, and jealousy; counteracts these influences in a ritual

Blue: Communication, truth, peace, calm, losing weight, wisdom, understanding, protection, harmony, inspiration, health and happiness, communication, peaceful, cooling, contentment, idealism, devotion, used when working with deep emotions. Represents the element of water.

Dark Blue(midnight or navy): is good for concentration, meditation and patience

Royal Blue: Promotes laughter and joviality

Light Blue: Good for peaceful homes, empathy, loyalty, relaxation, and tranquility

Indigo (Such a dark purple-blue that it’s almost black):  Color of inertia; stops situations or people; use in rituals that require a deep meditational state; or in rituals that demand Saturn energy.

Violet: Strength, Success, Idealism, psychic revelation; Ideal for rituals which are designed to secure ambition, independence and financial success or to establish contact with the other, spiritual world;

Purple: Spirituality, power, psychic works, the need for focus, independence or tolerance.  Ancient wisdom, the third eye, psychic powers, meditation, success, confidence, hidden knowledge, protection, divination. Use with white candle to neutralize effects of karma and ego.

Lavender: Nostalgia, active dreaming and intuition, selflessness, spirituality, compassion, understanding, inspiration, make contact with Higher-Self, attract spiritual assistance. A very calming color. Great for relaxation.

Magenta: Combination of red and violet that oscillates on a high frequency; energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required. It makes things happen fast when burned alone. Color might be difficult to find.

Maroon: Can be used for respect, wealth, and power

Pink: Devotion, love, tenderness and faith, friendship, romance, honor, spiritual healing, caring, affection, forming partnerships, peace, emotional healing, Universal love, purest form of love, love that is unconditional, spiritual love without sex connotation, raises vibrations, sensitivity, healing.
Designed to attract attention and achieve a purpose in rituals. The color of femininity, Honor, Pleasantness – enhances joyful and lively conversation.

Tagged: witchcraftcolor correspondencesmagicritualpagan

Source: seashellies