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Tribal Paganism
June 2008
Tribal Paganism
Sun, Jun. 29th, 2008 04:11 pm

myrrhmadeand I are beginning work on the 2009 edition of The Occult Authors Market. A lot has changed in the world of publishing since we compited the 2006 edition and a lot of what I call micro-presses have popped up, thanks to the convenience of Print-On-Demand services. I thought it might be interesting to have a discussion about which pagan publishers you read, and why you like them.

For example, I just heard about Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which is a kind of collaborative non-profit publishing venture between the author and the publisher with the proceeds supporting various charities.

So who is your favorite publisher, and why?


Tribal Paganism
Thu, May. 22nd, 2008 11:24 pm

Do you like to debate religion? thinwhiteduke has started a LJ group called 0hyourgod. From the profile page:


This community is for religious debate. It is for those that want to question, discuss or defend religion. People of all faiths or no faith at all are welcome.

There are no rules regarding language, name calling or "insults". If you are thin skinned then you should either get over it or stay away. We do not encourage flame wars, but we will not put them out. If all someone can do is swear and hurl insults then they are an idiot and not worth anyone's time. If they swear and hurl insults while making valid points then it is up to you to decide whether or not you can deal with it, not the moderators.

Naturally, I joined as soon as I saw his post about it. :D

Current Mood: amused


Tribal Paganism
Thu, Apr. 3rd, 2008 08:31 pm

I sometimes have ambiguous feelings about magickal tools. On the one hand, I believe that I should be able to do work without the assistance of crystals or herbs or amulets or any other external gadgets. Sometimes I see all those things as just another expression of my modern materialism. On the other hand, I realize the power of "headology" and the fact that the tools I use help me immensely to do work that would otherwise require much more time and discipline than I have available. I am, after all, a modern working mother with a million and one responsibilities and don't have four or five hours a day to just meditate and be holy, you know?

So, I want to take inventory of what tools I find most useful and hear from others about the tools that they find most useful. I'm talking about physical things, not the internal tools that are really the most necessary. What makes a material tool "invaluable"? What makes a tool "useful"? How do the tools affect the magick that we do?

Here are my most useful tools:
Crystals and Stones - I use worry stones to release pent up energy which I tend to store in my body if I don't take the time to do something about it. Rubbing a hematite or small crystal ball in my hand does wonders for my sense of calm, and in turn for my general health. I also use a medium sized obsidian ball for meditational focus and scrying purposes. Whether it's the actual properties of the stone, or the shape or the color, I don't know for sure, but this is the one tool that taught me how to scry after years of attempting. I can hold it in my hands for just a few seconds and my eyes just blur out and I start seeing things.

Wands, Staves and Knives - I don't have one right now, actually, which is a little sad, but I love working with a wand. It's very useful for directing energy. I can tell the difference in the energy when I, say, draw a circle using just my fingers or using a wand or staff.

I've never had a wand or staff that was bought. Instead I had one wand that I made myself and another that was given to me. I also had a staff that was given to me by a forest. The wands remained behind me in the US and the staff remained in the UK long ago. The fact that each of these came through non-store bought pathways made them feel more "real" to me, too.

However, I had a store-bought knife that I used similarly to an athame that was just awesome. I say similarly, but not precisely. I used the knife as a knife for all sorts of practical purposes, from cutting roses for rose petal lemonade to cutting meat for dinner, and I used it as a magickal tool as well. It gave me the sense that it was an extension of me in the same way as my ice skates are an extension of me -- they extend my capabilities beyond what my flesh and blood give me, but they function as if they were part of my own body.

Tarot or Playing Cards - My tool of choice for divination is cards. I have a family tradition that goes back many generations of reading playing cards. I also taught myself how to read tarot about 8 years ago. Both tools work for me like reading a book. I can't really explain "how" they work, though I have my pat answers that seem to satisfy skeptics so that we can get past that block and get down to the actual reading part. Thing is, they just work in a very predictable way. Someone has a question, I read the cards, and we have an answer. Occasionally I mess up a reading entirely, but that is odd and I usually figure out why a little later.

Amulets (home made) - VERY useful for helping friends and family members. These are part headology, part portable energy holder. It's like charging a battery so that you can move electric energy from your wall socket and put it into a toy car. Amulets are charged batteries that serve a specific purpose. I can pour my intentions into something that can be worn, held, or placed in a special location and those intentions sort of have a place to congregate, as it were.

(cross posted to jewitchery)


Tribal Paganism
Sat, Mar. 29th, 2008 10:36 am

Yesterday the Federal Endangered Species Act protection of the wolves was lifted in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, giving those states management of the estimated 1,500 gray wolves in the region. So the State of Idaho's Dept of Fish and Game is planning to allow the hunting of 100 - 300 wolves to take place starting this fall according to this story from the Associated Press.

Contact the Idaho Dept of Fish and Game and let them know what you think about their plans:

Telephone: (208) 334-3700
Fax: (208) 334-2148 / (208) 334-2114
Email: idfginfo@idfg.idaho.gov

Ron Gilett, owner of the Triangle C ranch a guide and outfitter business for hunters, is the leading proponent in favor of wolf hunts. In a recent article, Gilett is quoted as saying that wolves are the "most cruel, vicious predators in North America.", not to mention the fact that they're cutting into his business of running hunting outings for Elk.

You can contact Ron and the Triangle Ce ranch and let him know what you think about his position on wolves here:

Ron Gillett
P. O. Box 69-MU
Stanley, ID 83278
1-800-303-6258; 208/774-2266

An organization called EarthJustice is planning to sue the Federal government in April to resume the protection of wolves under FESA.

The following organizations are acting to help stop the legalization of wolf hunting: Please contact them and ask what you can do to help.


Suzanne Asha Stone, Defenders of Wildlife, (208) 861-4655
Louisa Willcox, Natural Resources Defense Council, (406) 222-9561
Doug Honnold, Earthjustice, (406) 586-9699
Franz Camenzind, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, (307) 733-9417
Melanie Stein, Sierra Club, (307) 733-4557
Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity, (575) 313-7017

In today's Washington Post, Jim Doherty makes the point that wolves are the cure for what ails us:
"This is what I see going on in my neck of the woods, in the southwestern part of the state. Hungry deer are swarming over our evergreens and fruit trees like hooved locusts. Native plants are disappearing, and most of the wild-growing cherry, oak and maple saplings have long since been chewed up. Just as alarming, scientists have discovered a link between overcrowding and the spread of chronic wasting disease, a deadly brain infection that affects deer. And deer aren't the only problem. A number of national parks and forests in the West are contending with the severe environmental consequences of exploding elk populations. One solution some planners are considering involves, wouldn't you know, reintroducing wolves. So here we are. We understand that wolves are a cure for what ails us, and yet we're getting ready to start slaughtering them all over again. The only thing that can prevent this is an aroused public, which has yet to show any signs of materializing."

Please read Doherty's article in full, educate yourself about the issue, and then take action to protect our wolf populations today.


Tribal Paganism
Sun, Dec. 23rd, 2007 08:41 pm

Because of seanymike's recent (excellent) post about the Lakota Nation, I thought I'd post a link to (in my journal) the goings on for Turtle Island. Good Stuff! Happy Holidays everyone!


Tribal Paganism
Sat, Dec. 22nd, 2007 12:03 am

But, I would like to find out.

Lakota Secede

can anyone corroborate this story?



Tribal Paganism
Sun, Dec. 9th, 2007 10:19 am

Author of Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life.


Does he have a good rep with you?

Or would you personally categorize him as "fluffy?"

Does he know what he's talking about?

Is this book more basic baby steps, or is it suitable as a Yule gift for an experienced practitioner who'd like to add to their repertoire of spiritual disciplines and healing techniques?

Are there any good exercises, info, or tips in the book that makes it worth getting even if it also has negative qualities?


Tribal Paganism
Thu, Dec. 6th, 2007 03:25 pm

Source: http://www.wildhunt.org/2007/12/danger-of-wannabes.html

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Anyone here have any experience with these sorts of hucksters?

Current Mood: contemplative


Tribal Paganism
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:16 pm

1. We don't mean it. Look at the Pilgrims. They said, "Hey Indians. Thanks for the survival tips and the food. Now give us your land or we'll shoot your ass."

2. Don't thank God. God isn't interested in you. Thank the person who's there for you on a daily basis.

3. Being grateful once a year means nothing. If you're not grateful every day for something, being grateful on Thanksgiving isn't going to fix that.

4. Gorging yourself on Thanksgiving dinner and then passing out from a food coma isn't showing your thanks. Giving something to someone else is how you show thanks.

5. Who's "brilliant" idea was it to celebrate Thanksgiving on a Thursday anyway? Why not a Friday or a Monday so at least we get a 3 day weekend?


Tribal Paganism
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 05:35 pm

I finally got around to doing it. I assembled my Native Drum Kit.

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Current Mood: accomplished