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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Found Something New For You Guys

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Or at least I was introduced to something that I wanted to share with you. This past week I have been in correspondence with a wonderful woman from Hawaii, called Lamyka. And she has a wonderful Pagan podcast, with some Pagan Bedtime Stories.

But that's not the point of today's article. What is, is her first Pagan Bedtime Stories coloring book. I just got done reading it to my eight year old and her response? "Can we print it out?" So yes I think I can safely recommend this book. And in fact I liked it as well, the story of Maui slowing the Sun is one that I had not heard before and it was enough to get me to subscribe to her podcast.

While I can't share the artwork here, it is fitting to the target age group and the story. So head over to the links below and snag your own copy. And the cover accurately reflects the style of artwork within it. And smashwords.com has an option for you to preview a sample.

And oh yeah the podcast. While it appears to still be in its infancy, the few that I listened to were pleasant to listen to and well put together. I'm looking forward to the next edition to see what else she has to share.

Purchase the Coloring Book Here
Like Her on Facebook
And check out her Podcast Here

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mabon Recipes -- Meat

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
In some places the weather is poised to become cooler and as such, many of us will be looking to be making soups and stews. So I have decided to give at least one recipe for stew. The other recipe is just a tasty way to use the bounty of the harvest.

Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups water
  1. Dredge beef cubes in flour until evenly coated.
  2. Melt butter in saute pan and saute coated beef cubes until evenly brown.
  3. Transfer beef to slow cooker and add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, cloves, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Pour in water and stir.
  4. Cover and cook on Low 10 to 12 hours or on High 5 to 6 hours. Serve hot!!
All Things Harvested Pot Roast
  • 4-5lb pot roast
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2-10oz cans French onion soup
  • 4 large potatoes, quartered
  • 1-8oz package raw baby carrots
  • 1-16oz pkg. frozen broccoli/cauliflower mix
In dutch oven or oven safe pot w/lid brown both side of the roast, using half the butter. Set the roast aside. With remaining butter, saute' the onion, garlic, and celery until onions are tender and beginning to brown. Add the the thyme, parsley, bay leaf, and pepper. Mix well and then return the pot roast to the pan. Sprinkle salt over the roast and add the french onion soup. Cook at 325 degrees for 4 hours. Baste meat as needed. Add potatoes and carrots and salt to taste. Cook for another 45 minutes. Add broccoli/cauliflower mix and cook for 20 more minutes. Serve with hot bread.

Monday, August 29, 2011

What is Mabon?

Monday, August 29, 2011
So September is almost here and soon it will be Mabon. And I realized that I haven't talked about this Sabbat in any detail here at PaganDad.

This Sabbat is oftentimes called the Pagan Thanksgiving. Many cultures going back time immemorial celebrated the Fall Equinox as a time of Thanksgiving. Very likely because it was easy to mark the Equinox as the Sun appeared to move across the sky.

There are many stories about this Sabbat, but in my family, this is the time that the fruit or womb of the earth is harvested. Also the time that the Goddess, like many before Her, descends into the Underworld in search of her lost lover. And since we know that she will return at Samhain, with the unborn promise of the New Year, we do not mourn her loss. Rather we are grateful for her sacrifice.

This season is a time to wrap up the year's project. Especially as we move closer to the time between the years. The time between Samhain, where one year ends and Yule where the next begins. Much like the ancients before us. And much like them we should also remember to gather and give thanks for the year that has passed us by.

Hope you have a great few weeks as we move towards Mabon.

Blessed Be!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Myths of Dionysus

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Dionysus the ancient God of Thrace was a complex diety. While he was the God of wine and ecstasy, representing the chaos and disorder in the world around us. He was also the God of fertility, crops and harvest which are all symbols of order and civilization.
One of the stories of his birth has him being born of Zeus after being conceived in Semele, a mortal. According to the story, Hera jealous of the affair convinced Semele to ask Zeus to reveal his true glory to her. This of course caused her to be burnt to ashes but before the infant could be destroyed Zeus retrieved him and sewed him into his leg. Later the child was cut out from Zeus and was subsequently driven insane by Hera.
Yet strangely in his insanity he traveled the world bringing wine and civilization with him. His insanity stayed until he met his grandmother, Cybele an Earth Goddess, who cures him of his madness and taught him the mysteries of life and resurrection

Because crops die in winter and return in spring, Dionysus was seen as a symbol of death and resurrection. In another story about his birth, Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Demeter, the goddess of crops and vegetation. Hera was jealous of the child and convinced the Titans to destroy him. Although Dionysus was disguised as a baby goat, the Titans found him, caught him, and tore him to pieces. They ate all of his body except his heart, which was rescued by Athena *. She gave the heart to Zeus, who gave it to Semele to eat. Semele later gave birth to Dionysus again. The story represents the earth (Demeter) and sky (Zeus) giving birth to the crops (Dionysus), which die each winter and are reborn again in the spring.
So as you can see Dionysus was a complex and interesting God that is a perfect for this harvest season.
Blessed Be!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mabon Crafts - Foliage Mask

Thursday, August 25, 2011
I found this over on craftypagans.com. And thought that I would share.

Items needed:

Felt in various fall colors
Silk or real leaves (optional)
A plastic or fabric half-mask
Yarn or Thread (to keep it on)

Using felt of various fall foliage colors, cut out a variety of leaf shapes. Oak, Maple, and Laurel are three distinct choices. You don't need to worry about the leaves looking perfect, as they will be layered for the overall effect. You can trace a pattern onto the felt lightly with marker as it will not bleed through to the other side. (It will, however, rub off on your hands!)

Before gluing, arrange the leaves on your mask to determine placement. The leaves can and should hang slightly off of the mask base. Felt is generally sturdy enough for this. For the eyes, hold the leaf you want in that area where it will be placed, turn the mask over, and lightly trace the eye opening from the back of the mask. You can then cut the opening out of the felt piece.

When you are ready, glue the pieces onto the mask, starting with the bottom-most layer. Allow the glue to dry, and then use the yarn to wear your mask.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mabon Crafts - Decorating a Cornucopia

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Decorating a cornucopia can be a fun activity that everyone in the household can enjoy. There area few things that you will need to make your own.
  • Cornucopia Basket
  • Straw
  • Different fruits, berries, gourds and vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Fallen Leafs
First you need to fill the back of the cornucopia with straw so that you don't have to fill the whole horn.
The next step involves laying the leafs as a base and then arranging the different fruit, gourds and vegetables in an eye-pleasing manner.
To decorate the inside, there are many different items that are appropriate to this Sabbat that you can use.
  • Miniature Pumpkins
  • Gourds
  • Small Apples
  • Pomegranates
  • Indian Corn
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
You can use either real or fake items. Just be sure that you don't let the real stuff spoil.
Blessed Be!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Recipes for Mabon - Veggies

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Mabon is the harvest of the vine, so I wanted to focus on that theme in this and the next two installments of Recipes for Mabon. One of my kids favorite recipes is my version of Ratatouille.

For this recipe all you need is:

Two large cans crushed tomatoes
One medium zucchini squash
Two medium butternut squash
Around 3 cups of rice
Italian Seasoning and Kosher salt (any salt will do but I prefer kosher)

In a Dutch Oven or glass stew pot, mix the tomatoes and rice. If the tomatoes don't look like a sauce then you can mash them a little before you add the rice.
Cook this in the oven for around an hour at 350 degrees.
Now you can cut the squash up into large chunks. Aim for larger chunks, larger then you think you will eat. The reason being that is they will shrink when they are cooked.
Then add them to pot and stir them in. Remember this will be very hot.
You can also season the pot at this time with the italian seasoning and a pinch of salt.
Cook this for around 45 minutes or until the squash is tender. It is up to you how tender that is, some people like a little bite to their squash.
When done sample and season to taste.

Hope you all enjoy this. If you have any recipes like this don't hesitate to comment below.

Blessed Be!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mabon is Coming

Monday, August 22, 2011
Haven't had a chance to sit down and the write the post that was supposed to go out yesterday, so I am going to blend the two into one.

A month to Mabon, the Pagan thanksgiving as it is sometimes called. Marking the first day of Fall, Mabon is the second of the three harvests. This one being of the fruit and berry. In my family this is the time that the Goddess like Isis descends into the Underworld to find her lost husband. Returning on Samhain pregnant with the new sun and the promise of life.

So in that vein I am going to start the season off with my children's story for Mabon. Hope you enjoy!

Grandfather, is the next story of the Gods, the one for Mabon, is it sad?" asked the little girl as she looked up with tears in her eyes. "I don't know if we can take another sad story"

The Grandfather paused for a moment and looked down at her upturned face and said, "The next two stories are sadder then the last. But they only make you sad because you have forgotten how it all ends and begins at Yule."

"You mean the rebirth of the Sun King and the Goddess becoming young again?"

"Yes children that is exactly what I mean. For you see there must be sadness if there is to be happiness or we wouldn't appreciate it. There must be winter for every summer so that everything can have a chance to rest.

"And that is what this Sabbat is about. It is the finishing of the work to prepare for the winter. The harvest of the fruit and vine and the storing of supplies and repairing of tools and such.

"But it is also the time that the Goddess leaves us on her annual journey to the Underworld in search of her lost love, the Sun King. For with his death, the magick that they had laid in the Spring had began to fade and Winter was coming fast. And this was a fitting time for her to leave because the fruit that is harvested is like her. They are the womb that holds the seed with a promise of new life. And she is the same.

"So She went to the shore and lit a bonfire of the sacred woods and began to chant and to dance. Longer and faster did She dance. Around and around she spun and finally Her spirit lifted from Her body and began its long journey down into the Underworld.

"I will not speak of all the scary things that she faced. From Giants and Ogres to Dragons and other Wyrms all seeked to block her way. But none were strong enough to block her path. For she came in love everlasting and of course, having been this way before, she knew the ways to avoid most dangers.
"But finally She came to a pool glowing with Golden Light and the scent of roses filled the air around Her. She had finally found her lost love. But he slept with the sleep of Death on the edge of the pool.
"With Her voice raised in song, she began to wash the body of the fallen Sun King. She sang of power and love. Of racing across the green grass in spring and the warmth of the Sun in late summer. The smell of all the flowers in bloom and the feel of swimming in cool water on a hot summer day. All the things that the Sun King could bring back to the Earth if he only lived.

"Finally after what seemed an eternity the Sun King awoke and looked at Her and smiled. 'My Goddess,' he said, 'I have not the strength to return in this body. I will not survive the journey back into the land of the living. But I will dissolve my body and go into you as a spark of life that you can foster and grow until the time is right and ordained.'

And with a last breath He did just that. With a burst of light his body turned into energy and infused the Goddess, further aging her but giving her the strength to make the new Sun within her.

"And so with this She began her journey back to the land of living. Now see children there is always hope even in the darkest of times. The Sun has begun his journey back to join us in the land of the living. And the Goddess while apart from us is soon to return."

With this the children smiled, for the story wasn't as sad as they had expected it to be. And it let them know that all was going to be OK.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Reign of the Queen

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The transition from Mother to Crone never sat really well with me. I always felt like
there was a step missing in there and that a transitional stage was needed.

One day when I was in the local bookstore, I was led by fate to pick up an edition of
Sage Woman that featured my matron goddess, Hera, on the cover. Flipping through the
pages, I found exactly what I had been searching for – the Queen.

The Queen reigns over the women in their late forties and into their early sixties. If she
has children, they are either in their later teens or have already left the nest to begin living
their own lives.

Though the Queen may still work full time, she has gotten the itch to begin fulfilling her
personal dreams and taking some risks. If she has always wanted to learn how to paint,
she will pick up a paintbrush or sign herself up for a class. Those who have wanted to
ride a motorcycle might just go out and do that.

These women are in the prime of their lives. They’ve been around the block and come
back wiser. They have life figured out (for the most part) and are ready to do the things
that they want to do. They are also still open, ready to grow and try something new.

While I do have several Queens in my own life, one who has really been an inspiration
to me of late is Effy Wild of Wild Precious Studio (WPS). Through WPS, Effy started
a community for what she calls “Spiritual Creatives.” Her little project has grown into
a full-fledged business for her where she encourages women on a day to day basis to
overcome abuse and connect to the Divine through art. This lady needs a diadem made
of glitter and a scepter that flings paint.

I am definitely looking forward to the reign of the Queen in my own life!

Today's post brought to you by;
Angelique Mroczka is a digital artist, writer, and web designer from Houston, Texas. She
founded the Pagan Writers Community in 2009, which nurtures and promotes alternative-
faith authors in all stages of their careers, and blogs on occasion at The Balanced Witch.
She and her husband are expecting their son, Connor, in December.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Random Thoughts

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
There will be a small delay in tonight's normally scheduled post. It should run for Friday viewing. In the meantime I wanted to take some time and talk about this series as a whole.

Archetypes are simply overviews of the energetic patterns that we embody. But none of us just fit into one of these Archetypes. Instead we will fluctuate between being more of one at one moment and another the next. As a Father I am also a Priest to my family and a Healer as well.

But enough from me I would love to get some feedback on this series. Both on the guest posting process  and on the topic of the articles.

Blessed Be!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Am The Mother

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mother. When I was a young girl, I was almost as excited about that as I was a fairytale wedding or having a home of my own. Even with a family that pushed me to be an independent young woman that could be anything she wanted to be, I still knew that having children was important to me.

After a failed marriage and a time of self-discovery in my life, my new husband and I decided it was time to start trying to have our own family. We tried several different things, but my body just wouldn't cooperate with us. After a while, I became discouraged and decided that maybe the path of the mother was not for me. I wondered if the Universe was telling me that I had other “more important” things to worry about and buried myself in my work and my writing.

It was when I stopped longing to be something that I wasn't that I realized that I was already in the Mother phase of my life and that I needed to embrace it.

I see the Mother Archetype as a nurturer and protector of herself, her spouse (if she has one), her children (of her own body, adopted, or furry), and her friends. She loves her family with a passion that is unmeasurable and will defend them from harm like a fierce lioness. When someone falls down, she is there to help them back up, dust them off, and offer a kind word on their way. She is someone who you can talk to, share your dreams with, and will inspire you to reach for the stars.

Not long after making this discovery, I found out that my husband and I are expecting our first child around Yule. We are both very excited and have been involved in preparing to bring this tiny life into the world. Whenever I start to worry about making decisions that will affect him or what kind of parent I am going to be, I look to the Mother for strength and guidance. She responds with endless love and patience, reminds me to be who I am, and gives me hope for the future.

Tonight's post brought to you by;
Angelique Mroczka is a digital artist, writer, and web designer from Houston, Texas. She founded the Pagan Writers Community in 2009, which nurtures and promotes alternative-faith authors in all stages of their careers, and blogs on occasion at The Balanced Witch. She and her husband are expecting their son, Connor, in December.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Feminine Archetypes - Crone

Monday, August 15, 2011

   In the aspect of the Triple Goddess, crone, together with mother and maiden, represents the circle of life. The crone is the most frightening and misunderstood of the three. She represents our destruction, decay and death. In her positive aspect she is often depicted as a grandmother, a wise woman or a midwife.

   At the time of menopause, the pause of the flow of the menses, the Sacred Blood of Wisdom is finally retained inside the body and the woman herself can partake of its wisdom. In the middle ages the Crone Goddess became the wicked witch and the hag or our fairy tales. Her knowledge and wisdom was persecuted by the church's fear. 

   Her colour is black and she is associated with the waning or new moon, Autumn and Winter.
Invoke the Crone Goddess in time of menopause, change or to help face your own mortality.
  Cerridwen (Ker-RID-Win) symbolizes the transfomative power of magic, wisdom, rebirth and creative inspiration. She is associated with the moon, fertility, science, prophecy and poetry. She is married to Tegid Voeland and was mother to three children: Creirwy, Morfan, and Taliesen. There is no mention of her own origins in surviving myths.

Cerridwen's myth:

   The Goddess used her knowledge of magic and herbs to create a potion to transform her ugly son Morfan into a wise boy. The potion needed to be boiled in her cauldron for a year and a day. She leaves her servant Gwion in charge of the mixture until one day when he accidentally spilled three drops on his hand and licked it off empowering him with the brew's knowledge and power.

   Frightened of the Goddess's reaction he turned himself into a rabbit. Cerridwen gave chase in the form of a greyhound. He then became a fish and jumped into the river and she became an otter. He turned into a bird and she followed as a hawk. Eventually Gwion transformed into a grain of corn and is eaten by the Goddess who becomes a hen.

   The grain took seed in her womb and nine moons later she gave birth to Taliesin. She is unable to kill the child, instead she wraps him up in a leather bag and sets him out to sea. He survives and becomes the famous Welsh Poet Taliesen.

We are going slightly out of order here but I hope that you enjoy. Today's post is brought to you by Angel Heaven Murkeson (Scarlet Falconess). 

And I forgot to mention yesterday's post was another guest by my lovely wife.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Feminine Archetypes - Amazon

Sunday, August 14, 2011

To me the Amazon and the Warrior are nearly one in the same.  In Ireland women fought alongside their husbands when they owned land.  They were fierce in their love for their home and their families.  The Amazons were willing to fight for what they wanted.  They strove to become the ultimate warriors and believed they didn’t need a man at their sides to be successful in battle.

The modern day Warrior is sometimes seen as a Bitch for being strong-willed and going after what she truly believes is the right thing to do.  My own daughter has been called a Bitch by people for having this strong-willed attitude.  She knows what she wants and is determined to get it, but at the same time shows respect for her beliefs and is comfortable in whom she is.

Today not many women feel the need to physically battle someone but that doesn’t make a modern day woman less of a warrior.  We have our own battles to fight on a daily basis.  Whether it’s dealing with a chauvinist or someone thinks we lack brains or stamina.  We teach our daughters that they should strive to be whatever they want to be in this modern time.  So when it comes to showing our daughters they can be strong-willed and wise this is the one thing a warrior truly is.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Feminine Archetypes - Priestess The Second One

Friday, August 12, 2011

If you practice solitary, then you are your own priestess. In a larger, more public setting there may be many priestesses. Sometimes there may be one for each element or directional. In the event of more than one priestess, there would be a high priestess as well. In many religions being a priestess is a full time position. In other cases it may be a part time role. The position can be appointed any human election or inherited through familial lines.

By definition a priestess is a woman who officiates sacred rites. The word "priest" is from Greek, via latin, presbyter, the term means "elder." The feminine english noun priestess was coined in the 17th century, refering to female priests of pre-christian religions of Classical antiquity.

Priestesses throughout history:

In historical polytheism, a priest or priestess administers the sacrifice to a deity, often in a highly elaborate ritual.
In ancient Egyptian religion, the royal daughter presided as the high priestess in the temple, as the royal line was carried by the women. She and the pharaoh fulfilled duties and rituals.

Priestess taboo:

   Along the Tigris and Euphrates river there were many shrines and temples or "houses of heaven" dedicated to various deities. These temples housed priestesses of the goddess. There is no evidence what so ever that any kind of sexual services were performed by them or any other women included in any other cult. Sacred prostitution was common practice until emperor Constantine, 4th century ad, destroyed the goddess temples and replaced them with Christianity.

Priestess in literature:     
    In the Epic of Gilgamesh:  Enkindu was a wild-man raised by animals and ignorant of human society.  He is bedded by the priestess Shamhat,  for six days and seven nights. After a series of interactions with humans and human ways, he becomes closer to civilization. 

Where have all the priestesses gone?

Excluding women from ritual leadership or religious authority has been the focus to undermind the female power, for instance, the Gnostic scriptures naming Marry Magdeline as the foremost Christian disciple. Male authorities carefully selected and edited scriptures to erase traditional female leadership. Priestesses were banned from religious authority either explicitly or through stories demonizing their power. 

Who was the first priestess?
   En-hendu-ana, Akkadian 2285 bc - 2250 bc was the first known holder of the title "En Priestess."   

Today's guest post was originally scheduled for Wednesday but due to my lack of organizational skills it wound up being pushed to today. Hope you all enjoy. And oh yeah, today's post was written by Angel Heaven Murkeson (Scarlet Falconess). 

Blessed Be!            

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feminine Archetypes - The Maiden

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I always picture Snow White as the typical Maiden – Skin a creamy white, bright eyes and a sweet heart, a blush to her cheeks; coming into the bloom of womanhood. She is the first thing I think of when I hear the word Maiden; the image of her singing with the bird perched on her finger.  This is but one aspect of the Maiden, as I call it (not surprisingly) the Snow White aspect.  Young, virginal, and most of the time, still innocent.

Another aspect of the Maiden cries out for more attention, she sadly tends to be ignored.  She is the transitional Maiden.  This aspect of the Maiden is virginal, yes - but in the definition that she is claimed by no spouse.  She is a few years older than the Snow White Maiden.  She is free to chose a lover, yet she does not commit to a handfast.  She is still discovering her life, her freedom, her future self.  The decisions she makes now will impact the rest of her life, but she doesn’t always realize it.  She is also on the brink of womanhood, but intellectually now rather than physically.  She is coming into her own as a woman; feeling more confident in herself and her role in the world at large.  She doesn’t yet have the quiet, indulgent smile of the Mother; confident, protective of her babies, yet acknowledging the independence of her children as tiny people learning to be adults.  She doesn’t yet have the wisdom or patience of the Crone, watching over the younger generations with a twinkle in her eye.  

The Maiden is the blush in the cheeks of a woman at a compliment from her lover; the confidence a woman feels knowing that she is the master of her own life, whether she is married or not.  We all feel the Maiden when we accept our moontimes as something to be proud of, instead of shunned; a sign of our womanhood and our progression through the wheel of life.  We see the Maiden each spring, as our Mother Earth shakes off her mantle of winter to once more show us the life beneath.  

The Maiden is such that she can be something different for each of us, simply because she is each of us.

Tonight's guest post is brought to us by Stacy over at Inspired by Life, be sure to check her out and on Facebook as well.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Feminine Archetypes - The Priestess

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Pagan or Wiccan priestess is a wonderful thing to behold.  She is a spiritual leader, invoker of deity and is there for her family and her community.  To me she is the typical aspect of the mother/crone archetype.  She is willing to do for those around her like a caring mother and like the crone sheds wisdom on those in need.

She takes care in training others on their spiritual path.  A journey that essentially never ends.  She is the caregiver of the deity that she invokes.  Looking inward and taking time to look outward at the same time. She is just like any other mother or grandmother looking toward the future of those she loves whether met or unmet.

The priestess starts out like any other initiate. She studies long and hard to become wise.  This doesn’t mean she is perfect.  It just means the call of the god/dess is very strong and she knows where others needs might be met.  She doesn’t always have a flock to call her own.  Sometimes she is alone in her calling and strives just to be closer to deity.  Which makes her no less of a priestess.  She may just be a priestess with her and her priest.  But she is the leader of her own domain.  Just looking into the eyes of another that calls the power of deity to become one half of a whole.

She not only invokes but evokes what is needed.  Sometimes just praying to the god/dess is all that is needed and called for and a priestess knows the proper time to do the proper procedures.  So just know that a proper priestess also would never betray a sacred trust, and is always looking out for what’s best for the flock.

Today's guest post is by my lovely wife. Hope you all enjoy it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Masculine Archetypes - Sage or Grandfather

Monday, August 8, 2011
Last week I talked about the Father Archetype and today I wanted to take that one step further into the Sage or Grandfather. The symbol of the old man at the end of his days, his work is done and now the work of helping to pass down the stories and legends of the past to the children of the next up and coming generation.

While the Father is worried about discipline and shaping young minds, the Grandfather is worried about polishing the rough edges into the smoothness of a learned mind. It is this reason that I have chosen this Archetype to be the Storyteller in my children's stories.

In Paganism this Archetype is often classified as the Lord of the Underworld or of Death. He is Hephaestus, Hades, Ares and many other Gods. His is the realm of the Darkness and Shadow but to me these generalizations gloss over the fine nuances of this Archetype. And I think also, in part, reflects on our fear of the Darkness and the Shadow.

But there is naught to fear here. While the Grandfather reminds us that death is close and eventually will come for all of us, he also reminds of us of how best to spend one's life. Either as an example of what to do or what not to do.

Blessed Be!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Masculine Archetypes - The Warrior

Sunday, August 7, 2011
There was a comment, on my post about the Priest, last week about how I characterized the Warrior aspect. And I waited to fully address it until I came to today's post on that specific archetype. But first the comment itself;

"The Warrior may fight for a noble cause, but when the Gods abandon him, his path will eventually lead to failure." 

So does this quote from your article mean you believe that god is on the side of say successful tyranists who wage war? I realise the quote also says their path will "eventually" lead to failure. Doesn't such a broad blanket statement. render itself meaningless? 

The most horrific events in history have been committed by leaders who believed the Gods were on their side. 

Your post was interesting and thought provoking. But every warrior thinks God is on his side. Do we abandon the struggle for peace on Earth because who will triumph depends on who the Gods support-- and which Gods? 

Certainly there are times when conflict is neccesary, but I think we must not cloak ourselves with the perceived approval of the Gods.

The Warrior is not necessarily only one who fights Wars. A soldier is not necessarily a Warrior. Instead a Warrior is one who is there to protect the weak. Certainly he can devolve into his baser Shadow aspects; the Warlord and the Pillager. Both fighting for glory and for power. But the true Warrior seeks for peace above all things, because the safety of the people are in his charge. To do otherwise would be to abandon who he is.

And the belief that a God or Gods are on your side is only that, a belief, it does not make it true. This is a mark of the Warlord or the Pillager.

I have always studied other religions believing that since they are all paths to the same end that they should all have something to offer. And in doing so I come across the concept of jihad. Now I know that this has gotten a bad rap from those who have abandoned the true meaning of the faith, hearken back to my comment on the belief that a God is on your side.

But at its core jihad is about this Warrior archetype. It is about struggling to become the best that one can be at all that they do. In the case of Islam it is about earning the right to Paradise and all its rewards but maybe we should examine this concept in more depth and spend some time in personal reflection. Have we embraced the Warrior aspect and its honor and chivalry? And if so are using that energy to become the best that we can become in all the things that we are doing?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Masculine Archetypes - The Healer

Friday, August 5, 2011
Apollo, Grannus, Asclepius. What do these have in common? They are all Gods of Healing. Gods that were worshipped in many places in the Ancient world. Heavenly symbols of the Healer archetype.

When putting together the list of the archetypes that I wanted to cover in this series, the Healer is one that I debated on. But doing some quick research I soon came to the decision that it belongs in this list. So I sat down to figure out how to showcase it, so to speak.

The Healer energy spans across so much of the different archetypes that I have spoken about that it can be difficult to isolate out that energy. But one can be a Healer without being a Father or a Priest. Although both are often required to take on this role on occasion.

Like the Warrior I am going to speak on next week, the Healer can misleading in its simple title. When people think of Healer they oftentimes think of a medical doctor but it oftentimes goes far beyond this. A Healer is not just focused on the body but instead seeks to heal the whole of ones existence. From the spirit to the body to the emotional state.

For those of you who practice Reiki, you will be familiar with this concept. Reiki not only heals the body but heals all parts of ones makeup. I have been there for the crying that often accompanies the release of stress and which leads to whole and complete healing.

In the past I have been described as a Healer as well, through my efforts here at PaganDad. I help (or at least try to help) families on the road to raising the next generation in faith. From series like The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Parents to my side newsletter a few years ago on 21 Days to a Stronger and More Spiritual Family. To my efforts like the Pagan Village started to give a place for Pagan parents to network and offer support to each other.

So to close I want to throw out a question there. Where in your life do you bring the energy of the Healer?

Blessed Be!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Masculine Archetypes - The Father

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Sorry about the missed post but onto the next, The Father.

I think it is obvious that this is one archetype that I feel the most connected to. While the Priest is responsible for the community at large, the Father has a smaller community of his own to guide; his family.

Not only is he (with the help of the Mother as well) responsible for raising up the next generation, turning them from children into productive adults of society. He shares responsibility in teaching them about Faith and all its lessons. And I think that any parents out there, would not disagree that this can be one of the toughest tasks we are ever faced with.

But the Father faces a difficult balancing act. One that I am still working on mastering. It is easy to give up so much for your family that you cease to be what makes you a good Father. To little sleep, makes you snappy. Too much stress, thins your patience. And this is what separates the dads from the Fathers. The strength to overcome these tendencies. To find that balance and hold it.

In the book I mentioned yesterday (King, Warrior, Magician, Lover) they devote a good portion of each chapter to the shadow aspects of each of the archetypes that they focus on. So for the Father I guess the shadow aspects would be the Dad and the OverBearer. OK, maybe not the best choice of words, but let me explain. The Dad is one who is unable to face his responsibilities and either runs or is ineffectual at his job in raising up the next generation. The OverBearer is in the other direction. This aspect is so focused on their responsibilities that they can quickly become a despot. They are the abusers, and the Father-figures that repress their families.

I hope you are enjoying this series so far. And remember I need a guest poster for the Amazon aspect if anyone is interested out there.

Blessed Be!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Masculine Archetypes - Priest

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I just recently finished reading King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette and it got me thinking about Jungian style archetypes as they relate to the Pagan faith. And although I am not completely sure on how this all will fall out, I hope you will stay tuned over the next few weeks as we explore a myriad of archetypes.

Shaman, Guru, Magician, Priest. Different words but all coming down to the same thing. A person who intercedes on our behalf with the spirit world. Or in the case of Paganism it is the role that we all take on when we need to commune with the Gods.

OK so that is the definition, but what is the Priest? He is the most powerful of the masculine archetypes. Don't agree? Well the Father may raise the next generation, but it is Faith and religion which sustains us. The Warrior may fight for a noble cause, but when the Gods abandon him, his path will eventually lead to failure.

But how does the Priest fit into today's society? The Earth Based religions have in large part abandoned the Priest as a separate person concept. Choosing instead to invoke that archetype in all of ourselves. But I like the concept found in the Ancient Norse. While each household had their Priest, usually the head of the same, there was also a separate Priest that helped the community as a whole.

It is the role of the Priest that we are going to have to look at as a Faith as we go forward from today. Thoughts?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Just a Brief Stop By

Monday, August 1, 2011
Here we are at the start of August. The heat is starting to set in and already I am looking forward to Winter. As I am sure many of you are as well. My celebrations got delayed until tomorrow, life just gets in the way sometimes.

Not much to say today, since I am hard at work on the next major series here on PaganDad. I am going to be delving in and exploring the masculine archetypes as they relate to Paganism. Followed by a series on Feminine Archetypes but by guest posters. Still have a slot open for Amazon, if you are interested use the contact form and send me an email.

Hope you all had a blessed Lughnasadh!