the world of your choice


I got to do this Bro, I am sure we cannot be the only ones – oh yeah let me in the group will ya – pwetty pwease – I loves you xx

Summer Thunder

We have Sun! We have blue skies! The back door is open, incense is burning and it’s starting to feel like very early Summer. In two days it will be the anniversary of the reception of The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley (111 years ago). I feel almost like I’m back in my twenties.

The little group I set up on facebook for the overlap of Satanism and Paganism is indeed very small right now, but it has already been fun and interesting. I’ve been revisiting Demonolatry with tentative, mixed but palpable results, and everything is largely up in the air, which is pretty much where it should be when you are enquiring.

The living, devotional, spontaneous, expressive, jubilant core of things is the same though – just no certain context to tie it into anything other than life.

I am reminded of when I was very young…

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TransPagan


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When I reflect upon the Divine it is impossible for me to exclude gender. In the modern goddess movement within Neo-Paganism women have reclaimed their place and the feminine aspect of divinity. For me it is time to take that a step further and reclaim the non-binary of genders within the Divine.

Gender and gender identity is diverse and not binary. The gender binary system is ultimately flawed with so many individuals being born intersex and transgender. Therefore in my mind it is also impossible to believe that the Divine has no aspects that are transgender and do not fit the gender binary.

In fact I do not have to look far to validate my awareness here. Here is Loki, a Nordic god but also he is transgender. As I write my bro Mo has shared the following link

http://getrealcambridge.com/2015/03/07/an-examination-of-gender-in-viking-age-scandinavia/

so I will not expand any further on Loki as it has been done here.

As a Pagan transman living in the Pagan LGBT community has not been a pleasant experience and I no longer really take part in either. By following my own spiritual and gender specific path I have reclaimed my own space within the Divine. For me that has been a relatively easy thing to do but I am aware for others it will be anything but easy. Is it not about time the Pagan LGBT took a look at itself and the level of discrimination going on in its midst?

 

© JG Farmer 2015

To Dare, To Will, To Know, To Keep Silent


To Dare, To Will, To Know, To Keep Silent

The title is a renowned truth of magic but what is magic. I am not talking about the illusions and sleight of hand acts we see on TV and in theatres but a natural human ability which we all have within us to connect with the energies of nature.

Natural energies are in everything, within ourselves and the world around us and everything is connected by these energies. Magic is the control, manipulation and consequence of these natural energies to achieve our desire, or something close to it.

In the Order of the Golden Dawn, SL MacGregor Mathers states “Magic is the science of the control of the secret forces of nature.”

In all the books I read, again and again, the word ‘control’ appears. So is magic about controlling what is going on around us? No, it is not but it is controlling the natural energies within self. These natural energies flow through thoughts and emotions and it is when we take those in hand we allow ourselves to see what it is we really need and want and also we open our minds to the possible ways around us that can help us achieve what we want.

Magic is not about miracles or making something appear out of nowhere. It is about understanding self and the world around us.

Love and Light

Jez

auf wiedersehen


I bid this blog a fond farewell, as I am no longer identifying as Pagan, at least not religiously, and I no longer look for representation under the “Pagan” umbrella to be truthful. Whatever my beliefs and experiences, I personally feel my (and other people’s) interests are best served by secularism, and not religion.

Jeremy is the sole admin of the group at present, so please do support him, and if you are Pagan and LGBTI, please do consider submitting your work to the blog if you would like to see it grow and take part.

With best wishes.

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Celtic Astrology – Phases of the Moon


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The Fire Festivals

The Fire festivals of Imbolg (Brigantia), Beltane, Lughnasadh (Lammas) and Samhain carry the ritualistic symbol of fire or spiritual light. This spiritual light is often identified with the mysterious light of the Moon. Therefore in astrology the four Fire festivals symbolize the four lunar phases and represent the quarter days even though using the lunar calendar they do not fall exactly on the mid-points between the Solstices and Equinoxes.

Quarter days mark a dissolution of boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds and that of the natural and supernatural. The Fire festivals are essentially Earth festivals relating to the regeneration of the Earth’s forces with the mysterious aspect of the transformation of and transition between the seasons. As an aspect related to the feminine it is symbolically equated with the feminine Moon as opposed to the masculine aspect of the Sun.

Therefore the four seasons symbolically equate to the four phases of the Earth and the Moon. The four Fire festivals fall in the fixed astrological signs of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio. As astrological markers within the Celtic lunar chart these festivals are representative of the stability and focus of the inner being which never changes and relates to the subconscious self.

 

Eclipses

The celestial phenomenon known as eclipses involves the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. The Sun, the Moon and the Earth are integral and symbolic to any Celtic tradition and as symbols cannot be fully understood without reference to all three. The Celts believed the dryad tree-spirits of each lunar month were conceived during lunar eclipses. Dryads are the spiritual ethos of creation left behind by the various gods who came to Earth with the first rays of the Sun at the first Winter Solstice. The evolution of humanity and its myriad of lives is believed to have emanated at the same time. The return of the Sun from the mystical realm of Annwn on 24 December marks the beginning of the Celtic solar year and eclipses of the Sun are seen as representative of resurrection and rebirth.

Eclipses can be seen as primeval replays of the spiritual regeneration of the universe. However, as the Moon’s cycle does not equate to exactly 28 days and the inclusions of intercalary days the Lunar calendar only corresponds to the Moon’s cycle once every nineteen years and is known as a Great Lunar Year. The last Great Lunar Year was 24 December 2011 – 23 December 2012.

The Celtic tree signs each represent a lunar month. Each reflecting a duality of character associated with waxing and waning of the Moon. A person born in the first fortnight of a sign is associated with the New Moon and the waxing phase. Likewise a person born in the second fortnight of a sign is associated with the Full Moon and the waning phase. Psychologically this can be seen as the subtle division in dimensions of character. It is these dimensions that are often overlooked by the Graeco-Roman astrologers who only interpret the solar divisions of the zodiac signs.

 

Triple Aspects of the Moon

In Celtic tradition the Moon’s cyclic phases are associated and identified with the Triple Moon-goddess, symbolic of the most enchanting, the most awesome and the prophetic aspects of the Moon. Named Arianrhod, Lady of the Silver Wheel by Welsh bards her name declares hr hand in the destiny of humanity. The Irish Celts the triple aspects are represented by Brigantia, the radiance of the New Moon, Dana, the fertility of the Full Moon and The Morrigan, the waning of the Dark Moon.

 

 

 

© JG Farmer 2014