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West Virginia Pagans

This group is for pagans in WV, so that they can actually find each other. Since West Viriginia is not very freindly towards pagans.

Members: 125
Latest Activity: on Monday

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Huntington Area

Started by Robert Cox. Last reply by mysticmama on Monday. 4 Replies

North Central WV

Started by PurpleAnkh. Last reply by Marc Roney Mar 25. 12 Replies

Morgantown, WV

Started by Stephen McCue. Last reply by Marc Roney Mar 24. 10 Replies

The Pittsburgh Witches Ball / Circo Dei Morti

Started by Je'Amour. Last reply by Marc Roney Oct 27, 2013. 2 Replies

Princeton, WV

Started by Matt Kelly Sep 2, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Amethyst Samia on March 29, 2014 at 6:17am
Ok. I just discovered my autocorrect is West Virginian. My comment regarding fluffy bunnies should've read (bluck) rather than (black). You know the state is very racist...so I'm thinking my autocorrect software was designed by a West Virginia native. Ha! No offense intended on my part tho! *cackles*
Comment by Amethyst Samia on March 29, 2014 at 6:14am
WOW! What the fuck happened here?

Michel I can't help but feel something very negative happened to incite your comments. I hope you will remain or return. Your presence is enjoyed.

As far as pagans trying to organize anything...there's a discussion on the main board that talks a lot about this...entitled Why Aunt Judy Isn't Pagan or something like that. Posted by Jason Durham.

Pagans in general are just so far widespread in their paths...you've gut the fluffy bunnies (black), the hippies, the "high" magic ceremonialists, and the Appalachian witche's like myself. So many other paths out there as well.

My own personal opinion is that organizing pagans is similar to herding cats because we are just so damn happy with our freedom from the xtian church that we fight and kick and scream at any attempt to organize anything. Many of us were raised in the xtian faith...I was. My family certainly wasn't religious, or fanatical...we sometimes went to church on Sunday morn, Xmas was Jesus' birthday...that sort of thing. That's all I knew. And it never made sense to me. All that aside...I worship my freedom to believe and practice ANYTHING! It is very difficult to take a collection of varying faiths/paths and do anything collectively. People are afraid of losing their newfound identity in a group. Sad really but that's how and why it is, IMO.

As far as clans and cliques...people, this is West Virginia. This state was formed around clans and cliques. We were geographically isolated. We HAD to be clannish. Our ancestors...English-Irish-Scottish (some) and Germans were clannish folk themselves. Take that type of culture, deposit it on a mountain side surrounded by streams and rivers and mountains...and you e got instant isolation.

Even though this is the 21st century, and we have roads, cars, radio, tv, and INTERNET...our culture is still clannish. Isolated. Distrustful. Oh shit are we distrustful of outsiders. I am somewhat distrustful of others...but nothing compared to others in older generations.

My huge diatribe aside...we must learn to work together as pagans. Here in WV there are so few of us...and we are so widespread. The nearest pagan to me is in charleston...an hour away. Not difficult if you have transportation. Oops. There's that isolation thing. Actually my isolation is due to a teenage son who has absconded my vehicle. Ha! Anyway...we need to not be fighting amongst ourselves. We are few and we need each other.

I hope my early morning yammering session has made some sense and I hope the group can get back to trying to get together. An organized gathering sounds wonderful. Any ideas? Or does someone want to just throw out a date and time and and location and say here it is? I think that might be the best way. My opinion is start small. Simple meetup. I can throw something out there if you like.

Just a suggestion...
Comment by Marc Roney on March 29, 2014 at 2:07am

Michael if you are referring to my comments in the forum, it was about how difficult it is to get people involved around here. As far as I know there isn't enough organization for elitist cliques around here. In fact it seems that in general people around here are opposed to any organizing body at all, even when it is an informal sort of organization.

Comment by andy kavanagh on March 28, 2014 at 12:51pm

Michel, I don't know what your experience has been. In fact, I can't access your space. Have you shut others out? "The pagans are ingrown...."  Oh dear, no. Could you possibly mean insular, isolated, circumscribed, cut-off, detached, narrow, inward-looking, provincial or sequestered, instead? Just bustin' on ya, guy. I hope at least you feel better for having vented. Seriously, though, if someone is actually stalking you, contact the site folks.  Andy in Fairmont 

Comment by Michel Montvert on March 27, 2014 at 4:13pm

Well, I should have known... it's like the hippy-controlled towns out West, you have to work your way through the layers of onion to get at the real action, lol. Elitist cliquey twits.

I'm naive to think I'd come here and find different. The pagans are ingrown, just as cliqueish, full of the same pseudo-New Age mumbo-jumbo, all just an elitist trip, oh look I've got lots of friends, too bad about you...

I can get treated like crap by W-Coast counterculture hippycrites but the main difference between them and pagans is the pagans are younger... but it's the same crap.

I do what I do. I contribute in various spheres. But as far as trying to get in with any of the people farting around here with whichever version of cliquey fake hipness... no, I will not play  my music in your presence, no, you will not get the advantage of my wisdom, experience and interesting life, no, I will no longer attempt to make any contacts with you to accomplish anything because it's all FAKE.

Just look at how little has gotten done. As for my stalker in here, lol... that's all I can do is laugh.

I'm gone. Good riddance. I have things to do and this lowlife degenerate spiralling inward to nothing version of putrid U$A Yank culture has again nauseated me.

You'd think I'd learn... it's a decrepit culture with nothing and nobody to offer. Everyone should examine how useless all this is and wonder... what is the game really? A costume party? A power trip? I get near it and feel like retching.

Good riddance.

Comment by EutheMiah BlackMists. on March 23, 2014 at 6:13am

When I first moved to WV, 2 years ago, someone gave me the FoxFire book (I guess there are three of them, I only have the first one)

ANYWAY, I recommend it to anyone living in the Appalachian, Smokies, Rockies, Ozarks....ANYONE really --- Lot's of mountain magic in there and some other helpful tidbit's

Comment by EutheMiah BlackMists. on March 23, 2014 at 6:08am

I live on the edge of the Kanawa State Forest...

The frogs are singing.....

SPRING IS HERE!

WooooHooooooooooooooooooo

Comment by Marc Roney on February 24, 2014 at 5:33pm

Info about Morgantown Pagan Pride Day Sept 13, 2014 can be found on our website http://wvpaganpride.webs.com/

It will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park; there is camping, RV spots and cabins for people who want to stay overnight. For more info about the park or overnight check out their website http://chestnutridgepark.com/index.html

Comment by Michel Montvert on February 8, 2014 at 12:00pm

Ça va païens! (Hi, pagans!)

Wow... love the weather here. I wake up with a slideshow of California playing in my mind. But... they're having a severe drought.

I have long been an organic farmer, moving from place to place, doing various growing experiments, encouraging others... and as a "believer" have thought of moving back closer to the old ways, when the Huntress was of vital importance to the community's survival, when the deities of earth and rain and sun and vegetative growth were intimately involved with the people.

Now, we often have to struggle just to get back onto the land. We can get the herbs we need by ordering online, and those are mostly great people and businesses, not dissing them, but my dream is increasingly to reconnect with people and earth in an immediate way. 

In WV we are in the middle of one the world's great natural pharmacopeia assemblages, not to mention endless woods full of wild food. Plus, while we don't have the flat fertile land of the San Joaquín Valley we do have good land, if you can avoid too much of the shade from the ubiquitous hills, and the people here once were self-sufficient for food.

On one level it's about food & herbs for the "general" (Christian, etc.) population, which I'm engaged in already, as the first step, but to me a more important level is to establish connections among pagans. This means, perhaps, that we find and share sacred spaces we discover, that we share information and begin to gather and process things from the woods (to use, to sell..). And it means perhaps that we coordinate our energies toward getting us back to a sane life on the land, on the earth.

That to me is the bottom line of the evil I perceive in the way world culture/society has gone for the past 5000 years, the progressive disconnecting of people from their pagan ancestral heritage and from the earth. We need to circumvent the feudal lords, the imperialists, the corporations who think they "own" the earth and only by their suffrance are we allowed to walk upon it.

So let me throw out an idea, and please any reactions/responses are welcome: let's organize something for Spring, when it's not too cold, a Beltane event for a few of us... let's meet, do some rituals around all this, and again I'm attracted to the town of Cairo.

Do y'all have bicycles? We could cruise down the Rail Trail a bit until we find a suitable wooded spot, and believe me much of the woods around there is quite magickal. I think this would be a good thing... doesn't have to be on Beltane if y'all have other things planned... but I'm feeling strongly I need to accelerate my networking with the pagan base (I'm starting to talk like it's election time...).

If you build it they will come... if you think it, it will manifest, eh? We should do this before planting time, so we can also share information and perhaps plan for assistance for everyone in getting things planted. I've lately been exploring the information availble among the "permaculture" community and finding some good ideas about low-labor food production.

If there's any interest, we could start kicking around ideas, I'll see if I can reconnect with the pagans I'd met in Cairo back around 2007.

And here's my wild food comment for the day: Have y'all eaten Juneberries, also called serviceberries? Can be very common in the appalachian woods, and maybe a good place to start, to experiment with drying them, mixing with other fruit, canning, etc. A red berry which turns darker.. it's in the rose family, on a medium-sized spreading shrub.

Comment by Amethyst Samia on December 28, 2013 at 12:25pm
Definitely thinking Michel!
 

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