Posts Tagged ‘Memes’

Nettle has kindly given me my entry for today by tagging me to tell my readers six random things about myself.

1) Along with Nettle, I am reading The Tree of Enchantment by Orion Foxwood.  I’m also reading Diana L. Paxson’s Trance-Portation in tandem with it.

2) I never had a bird as a pet until I was in my twenties.  My connection with birds dates from 1992, the year my husband and I married; we wanted a pet, but I was allergic to cats, as is my stepdaughter, and we felt our schedules were too erratic for a dog.  We came across some charming finches in a mall pet shop (the worst place to buy a pet, I know now), talked it over for about a month, and then returned to buy a pair.  Our lives haven’t been the same since.

3) I dislike Lutheranism, but I love Lutherans.  Thanks to my husband’s job, I have known quite a few, and they are truly the salt of the earth, in the Gospel sense.

4) I love Anglicanism, but I’m not sure how I feel about Anglicans any more.  (Actually, I’m pretty sure I don’t like them, but I’m trying to deny it.  Anglicans now don’t act like Anglicans… but Druids do.)

5) I am a diehard sci fi tv fan–a first-generation Trekkie who loves the Original Series, Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine, and also a fan of Babylon 5.  The first tv shows I remember liking and deliberately watching, at a very young age, were Lost in Space and Batman (yes, the campy Adam West version).  I had a Lost in Space robot and followed the Great Rule of Children’s TV Viewing: You must hold the toy while you watch the show.  This probably explains why we gave my stepdaughter a Next Generation Enterprise for Christmas one year.  It lit up! and made cool noises, like phases and warp speed!

6) I have never broken a bone.  I have thrown out my back, cut my instep on a piece of broken mirror and bled profusely, fallen and gotten severely bruised, but I’m forty-two years old and have never broken a bone.

Um, I don’t know who all to tag, so feel free to grab this meme and run with it!

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B is for Bear. The bear is the guardian of the North, the sleepy cave-dweller whose image in the sky dances round the Pole Star.  There is some archaeological evidence that the earliest religion of humankind may have been the worship of the bear by Neanderthals living near the Arctic Circle, which evidence no doubt inspired the popular book The Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequels.  Yet this beast worshipped by primitive cave-dwellers points to the primal Hermetic axiom: “As above, so below.”  Arktos the bear walks both on earth and in the skies.

B is for Bobcat. Bobcat is the druid name of Emma Restall-Orr, author of Druid Priestess and Living Druidry. Orr is British and co-founder of the British Druid Order, and her take on druidry is decidedly animistic and shamanistic rather than ceremonial or fraternal.  Her books are highly regarded, and her latest title is Living with Honor, on pagan ethics.

B is for Belenos. Belenos, whose name means “bright”, is the name or one of the names of a Celtic, British god whom the Romans compared to Apollo: a god of light, healing, and prophecy.  The bearded face with flowing hair, wings at the temples, and snakes for a torc on the pediment of the Temple of Aquae Sulis may be his image, although many people still identify it as a “Gorgon’s head”.  (I never heard that Gorgons had beards.)  The name mutated to Beli or Belin in Welsh, where it stands at the head of many legendary genealogies in the Mabinogi and other sources.  The Greeks said that Apollo went to Hyperborea every year, the land beyond the north wind; perhaps he used Belenos as a by-name on his travels.

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That’s National Blog Posting Month, friends, and your friendly neighborhood Urban Druid has signed up to participate.  The rules are simple: Email the site and tell them to add your name to the blogroll for the month.  Be mindful of the current theme.  Post every day of the month.  At the end of the month, if you’ve posted every day, you’ll be eligible to win fabulous prizes!  Okay, not fabulous prizes, but neat prizes donated by sponsors and other participants.

The theme for October 2008 was VOTE, but November is a free-for-all, with no set theme.  Just write.  This sounded to me like the perfect opportunity to commit to this blog and to say all the things I suddenly seem to have to say.  It also is a perfect opportunity to experiment with blogging as a form of meditation.  When words fail me, I will turn to The Druidry Handbook by John Michael Greer and to the Druid Animal Oracle and the new Druid Plant Oracle by Philip Carr-Gomm for inspiring themes.

My own personal rule is that my post must include original writing by me; posting a link or a favorite poem or the like is not enough.  And that’s all there is to it.  The beauty of NaBloPoMo is that I don’t have to commit to December if I don’t like the theme–but on the other hand, I could commit to December, or not, and then to January, or not, and to infinity and beyond.

Welcome to the Urban Druid’s thoughts for November.

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Politics is *not* my topic here chez Urban Druid, but I feel compelled to pass on this meme from Diana L. Paxson.  It’s both pagan and non-partisan, and seasonally appropriate all round.

As you call on the ancestors this Samhain, pay some extra attention to our American heroes and heroines, who fought for liberty and justice in their various ways, and surely have an interest in preserving them.

At the Spiral Samhain celebration next week (Tuesday Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship hall on Cedar & Bonita– Spiral observes the quarter and cross-quarter festivals at its “Gateway” series, on the first Tuesday of each month), Charline Palmtag and I are going to be calling on the Founding Fathers and a selection of other American notables from Abraham Lincoln through Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King. Just because they’re dead doesn’t mean they can stop working. Unfortunately today’s conflicts are actually evidence of continuity in American culture. The moment the British left, the factions that are still fighting sprang into being. Washington’s genius was his ability to balance them. So as the American ship of state wallows through the currently troubled waters, hang on.

The immediate problem, of course, is the election–not so much who is going to get the most votes, but whether all those votes will be correctly counted. I’m willing to bow to the will of the People, but I want to make sure that the published results in fact express it.

My plan for the next week or so is to spend some time every evening visualizing Lady Liberty shining her torch across the land. As that light penetrates every dark corner, it banishes fear, confusion, and deception. I ask her not only to inspire people to vote for the laws and candidates that will be best for the country, but to illuminate the vote-counting process so that the true will of the people is known.

If you like this idea, spread the word. The more of us who hold that image, the more powerful it will be.

God(s) bless America.

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Over a month ago, Nettle tagged me with this meme:

  • Post eight random facts about yourself.
  • Tag eight other bloggers (hopefully those who haven’t been tagged before).
  • Post these rules.

I’m not going to tag anyone else, since I assume anyone who really wanted to do this meme has done it in the time since I was originally tagged, but here I offer these random facts as my re-entry into blogging.

  1. Despite spending most of my life involved with the Episcopal Church, I was actually baptized as a Methodist. My mother had, shall we say, issues with the Methodists which were not a factor with the Episcopalians; she sang in an Episcopal church choir for eleven years but never converted, and she had no qualms about letting me be instructed and confirmed an Episcopalian.
  2. Despite my intense love for my companion birds, and for birds generally, I never kept birds until fifteen years ago. My husband and I acquired a pair of finches in July of 1992, and since then we have become thoroughly pwned.
  3. My first email handle was the scientific genus name of those finches.
  4. Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra is currently my favorite flavor of ice cream. (Now *that’s* random.)
  5. Hill Street Blues was the first television show which I liked for adult reasons–its large cast of diverse characters and their complex interrelationships, its humor, its gritty realism. I still like it for all those reasons; despite being about 25 years old, it looks remarkably contemporary because it pioneered so many techniques of storytelling which are standard fare in television drama today.
  6. I rarely read any fiction that isn’t science fiction or fantasy. This has been true since I was a child, and I don’t anticipate my tastes are going to change.
  7. I’ve spent more than two-thirds of my life vacillating between Christian and Pagan paths. I finally found a Pagan path that appealed to me as much as Anglican spirituality.
  8. A friend in college once told me that my eyes were the same color as my hair: auburn. Since she was a painter and was peering closely into my face at the time, I believed her and still do.

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