My Craft name is Ben Gruagach. I'm an eclectic Wiccan author and have been active in the Pagan community for a few decades now.

I'll be posting thoughts, musings, and links to things that catch my eye. Please feel free to ask questions or post comments!

 

payasaart:

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Cool food ideas!

http://christowitch.com/post/94365808655/sugarteal-you-can-get-mad-at-people-for-saying

christowitch:

sugarteal:

You can get mad at people for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” when it was originally a holiday celebrating the winter solstice that the catholic church stole from pagans

Except that by spreading this misinformation you are helping erase the pagan holiday worse than we ever did. Christmas is on the 25th. Yule is on the 21st. So by saying Christmas was originally Yule, you put forth the idea that Yule is on the 25th and does not exist anymore. How about instead of trying to stick it to the Christians..you stop erasing pagan holidays and celebrate them separately as it should have always been done. Thanks.

Yule isn’t a single-day celebration historically — the winter solstice was just one part of the much larger Yule celebrations and Yule season.  Yule was sometimes considered to be as much as a two-month-long thing!

The fact of the matter is that Christians decided to piggyback on Yule celebrations in order to ease Pagans into converting to Christianity.  Christ’s birth had nothing to do with the month of December.  In fact, Christians didn’t even identify Christ’s birth with December until three or four hundred years after Christ’s death.  If it was actually important to Christianity, it would have been part of the religion right from the start.

Christian Holidays Originating in Pagan Celebrations

I’ve seen some modern Pagans stating that Christianity didn’t take from pre-existing Pagan celebrations in their newer Christian holidays.  The argument is that they just happen to have things in common since the holidays are coincidentally at the same times, celebrating similar themes.

I’m sure there is some truth to that but it is also true (and in the written historical record for anyone who wants to look it up) that Christians explicitly and purposefully adopted Pagan holidays and even Pagan holy sites and temples as a way to try and ease the local Pagan citizens over into Christian conversion.  So yes, Christianity did take Pagan holidays and claimed them as their own.

Budding historians who want to learn more should look up Pope Gregory and his 601 CE letter to Mellitus, the Epistola ad Mellitum.  Pope Gregory instructed his representatives in the British Isles to take over existing Pagan temples and convert them to Christianity (after destroying the religious idols inside first, of course) and to co-opt the local Pagan holiday celebrations into Christian ones in order to increase the conversion rate.

There’s more that Christianity adopted from previous Pagan religions too, including quite a few of the widely accepted details about Jesus (like the virgin birth, miracles attributed to him, symbolism associated with him, etc.)   There’s info on that at sites like http://www.pocm.info 

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Lammas article by Mike Nichols

eustaciavye77:

jathis:

theartoftransliness:

genderfuckedover:

thewomanfromitaly:

i-am-river:

So, i read this awful article using bathroom “scare tactics,” which was claiming that trans women are potential rapists. “Men” who dress as women to gain access to women only spaces and force them self on women. This really upset me and i had a bit of a Twitter rant. They were read by others and i was urged to post them in other media also, so i am posting them here. (Edited together in easy reading format from top to bottom.)

This is the link in the first tweet about how there are no cases of a trans woman attacking a cis woman in public restrooms: Link 1.

This is the link in the second tweet about the cases where trans people are assaulted in the bathroom by cis people: Link 2.

if you’re cis and you follow me i’m gonna need you to reblog this

don’t care if you’re cis or trans, this is important.

This is important information for everyone to know.

Tell Radfems to stop fucking lying about Trans Women

For fucks sake just let people pee in peace. 

Fight the hate and ignorance! Trans people are not predators - they are people just like everyone else and deserve basic respect too.