Goddess Manifesta

The politics of a vegan, Wiccan, Polish-American *Jersey Girl* definately NOT from the Suburbs!

Location: New Jersey, United States

Why I will always hate George W. Bush: "I don’t think witchcraft is a religion and I wish the military would take another look at this and decide against it."

Saturday, July 30, 2005

60% Militant Feminist

Well, I guess it doesn't take much to be considered MILITANT if I'm 60%!!! LMAO!!

I'm getting there. I don't suck, but I've got a ways to go.

Reactionist Spirituality

I'm Wiccan because I believe in a fluidly dualistic concept of Deity-- a Feminine and a Masculine concept, I revere the majesty of this gift of Earth and Life and celebrate the Wheel of the Year. While these are the concepts that help me understand the Divine, I know they are more, so I both do and do not take it literally.

I'm not Wiccan in retaliation to Catholicism, or Patriarchy or whatever...

It really saddens me when some Wiccans are so gun-shy of any kind of institution or infrastructure building and say "but that would remind me too much of Church!" Doing these sorts of things in a Wiccan way would ensure that it would not be demeaning, but it would be a step to solidifying a future in this world.

I guess as with any abuse, it takes time to get out of that mindset. Love Wicca and Paganism for what they are, not for what they are not! Concentrating on what it is not, and how it is "soo much better" than what it is not only sells the Path short. I'm not saying that people don't know, I just wonder if we forget a little too often.

I think I've decided on going to New College for my Master's in Women's Spirituality. And if I'm brave enough after that, to Cherry Hill Seminary for their Public Ministry program.

I'd love to see Pagan Community Centers (instead of "church buildings") with library and open ritual space. How about a temporary monastic opportunity like Buddhism has? What if we had cultural exchange opportunities sponsored by the PCCs-- not missionary programs in which we went to places and taught them our beliefs, but opportunities to travel, volunteer, and learn about indigenous spiritualities where they still exist?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

A brief introduction...

Sun in Aquarius

As the eleventh sign of the zodiac, Aquarius represents the eleventh stage in the evolution of man and his place in the universe. In Aquarius, the individuality of man so carefully nurtured in Leo, now becomes part of the greater spectrum of society as a whole. Capricorn sets up the structure and rules of society, and Aquarius takes on the role of making the organizations of society function as the people-oriented institutions they were intended to be. Aquarians are the original organizers of the zodiac. Their societal orientation, loyalty, fairness, and objective nature are reasons why they tend to attract many friends and acquaintances in life. Though they are not above wanting to live well, many Aquarians are more interested in people than they are in amassing great wealth or taking on the responsibilities that invariably accompany such a life style. When they cannot afford some luxury, they rationalize why they didn't need it in the first place.

Aquarians are stubborn and resist changing their opinions or accepting new ideas that they do not like or with which they do not agree. Big changes in life are accepted as a challenge, but small changes that throw off their plans are not tolerated very well. The astrological symbol for Aquarius is the figure of a man pouring water. The water is seen as mankind's collective consciousness. It depicts Aquarians as disseminators of the spirit of humanity. Many Aquarians, in tune with their celestial heritage, are idealists who champion the highest principles to which humanity can aspire. However they are also extremely independent thinkers. When confronted with authoritarian demands or dogmatic principles to which they do not subscribe, they rebel. They may hesitate to take the initiative at times, but once they decide a situation or idea is worthwhile, they become involved and aggressive in pushing it forward. They don't mind being asked to do something but they resent being told to do it. Those who want to gain their favor will help share the work load without being asked.

Your Aquarius Ascendant

Your Aquarius Ascendant indicates that you are an individual with a strong physique (particularly the legs) and a great deal of physical stamina. With an Aquarius Ascendant, you are apt to have a great deal of stubbornness and find it difficult to break undesirable habits and behavior patterns. Independence is a hallmark of your personality and you tend to be highly opinionated. It is almost impossible for others to convince you to change your ideas unless you become convinced on your own that such a change is necessary.

Aquarius indicates intellectual orientation, and most Aquarius Ascendant individuals are likely to possess remarkable mental poise. With an Aquarius Ascendant, you are rarely frightened or affronted by sudden shocks, surprises, or the abnormal and bizarre. Your particular mental orientation gives you an air of detached interest, and as a rule, you remain unaffected and uninfluenced by such social trappings as status, power, and wealth. You are interested in people for their own sake, not their wealth or status. With a minimum of effort you are able to attract many friends and acquaintances.

You can get restless if there isn't enough in your immediate environment to stimulate you physically or mentally. You are keenly interested in the future and have a great interest in the past, but you can also somehow lose track of what's going on in the present, and as a result, you can appear out of step with the rest of society. This is when you step into the eccentric zone.

Thank you for humoring me....