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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: 136
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Northern Panhandle WV

Started by Andrea Mar 15. 0 Replies

Occult Meetups in Morgantown WV

Started by llleeeooo. Last reply by Amethyst Samia Feb 18. 3 Replies

WV Heathen/Asatru?

Started by Marc Roney. Last reply by Amethyst Samia Feb 4. 1 Reply

Ebooks and online resources

Started by Marc Roney. Last reply by Amethyst Samia Sep 20, 2014. 4 Replies

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Comment by Amethyst Samia on February 4, 2015 at 8:41am
*waves to the crickets*
Hello 'ello 'ello 'ello...anyone home?
Comment by Amethyst Samia on December 21, 2014 at 4:50am
Yay Culnn! I don't own a spice rack or any edition of D&D. And I don't have a pentacle necklace the size of a hubcap either. As a matter of fact I don't have any pentacle jewelry. Ha!

Thanks for looking out for us and helping to build our community. You are appreciated!
Comment by Culann on December 15, 2014 at 7:59pm

In the circle tonight and I took another Oath. Mundanes/New Ageys Dweebs/Hairy Palm Fans/anyone that thinks all it takes is a spice rack and set of D+D books (whatever edition they're up to now) to be on top of things need not apply for any such discussion with me! An Oath that is an extension of the one I took over a year ago at Samhain to be in service to the Community. The Oath to defend!

Comment by Amethyst Samia on December 12, 2014 at 2:02pm
Never mind Culann. I found it. The wee blonde brain is a bit mushy today...
Comment by Amethyst Samia on December 12, 2014 at 1:47pm
Ok stoopid question. I've been to the page but can't find event pages. Any suggestions for me? On the event page...not something else... Hahaha! Yeah i'm a long time smart ass.

You can also add an event to the home page here on PS in case there's any stray west Virginians lurking about. Glad things seem to be going well for this. Damn I hope I can get there!
Comment by Culann on December 12, 2014 at 8:14am

@Amethyst - Yes Yule is still on here. Chelsea put up an event page on FB and potentially we could have over a dozen showing as of this time, which is kick ass for a first time out. The biggest bother at this time is my trying to convert the surplus cargo parachute I have into a tent so we have a plan B if the weather is marginal and the circle doesn't seem to work out (and of course there's inside the house too). Aside from that everything seems to be falling into place.

Comment by Amethyst Samia on December 10, 2014 at 1:23pm
I'm here! Lots going on here. Crazy mundane things. Ugh.

Guest editorials have always been easy. I would just call the editorial department of whatever paper and ask if we could submit one. Never been a problem. Something to keep in mind.

How are Yule plans shaping up? Are we still a go? I've not been on FB much so pardon nec to im behind. Again. Ha!

How is everyone?
Comment by Culann on November 24, 2014 at 9:38pm

Thanks for the input! Calling it a "press release" is more a working title than anything else. I'm just thinking forward to the time when some reporter might want to interview folks if something becomes cohesive enough to be noticeable to the larger community.

I like the idea of "guest editorials" and might use it in the future if things become a bit more established. With Yule being the first attempt at that I think we can be a bit patient for a bit longer.

So noted concerning native Americans. I've not run into that personally but I can see with some it could be a point of contention similar to some Asatru preferring "heathen" to separate themselves from "pagans". My definition for "pagan" runs parallel to yours, btw.

If you can make Yule it'll be great but certainly I can understand how logistics can prevent things from happening. We'll see what the Fates bring and take it from there......

Comment by Amethyst Samia on November 19, 2014 at 4:40pm
Hi all. Been MIA for a bit. Got some issues...hell I've got a subscription!

Culann, My kid will definitely help your wife if we get to attend. Things are a little dicey here right now so not sure what I'll be able to commit to.

Your press release...got some observations & suggestions if you're interested. If not, just ignore them. ;-p

It doesn't seem like it should be a press release the press releases I've prepared announce something. An event or something. You could announce the Yule celebration for all the wayward pagans who might want to attend.

This seems like it would make a good editorial piece for both the Huntington & charleston newspapers. They typically will allow "guest" editorials.

Suggestion...be careful about lumping native Americans in with pagans. Some of them get highly offended about it. I don't understand that myself...as I consider "pagan" to just mean non-abrahemic. nA's see it much differently and do not like to be called pagan. I don't understand it, but the. I don't need to. It's their path and they can define it as they like.

Satanists...this is a tricky one IMO. There are theistic satanists, and non-theistic satanists. I've seen several discussions here on PS concerning this issue. Some get highly kissed at being called pagan. Some don't care. Again, I don't see the problem but again, I don't need to.

Otherwise it's a good start to a good idea IMO. Something like that is needed. However, I'd be surprised if the xtian focused media in this area would care to see it. Love being in the bible belt.
Comment by Culann on November 13, 2014 at 12:46pm

Last eve I finally got the "press release" I've been meaning to write roughed out. Sooner or later there's a likelihood of media coverage of pagans and it seemed wise to have something prepared. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Press release, Paganism

   First off let's set the record straight yet again on the accusation pagans are Satanists. We're not. Never have been and never will be. We do not acknowledge the god of monotheism as one of ours, be it God, Yahweh, or Allah. So certainly we're not interested in one of that god's errant angels. What we are rather are the followers of the older religions that predate monotheism. There is no one path that can be pointed to and say that's pagan. It's an unbrella term that applies to all the old religions that are not part of the modern three branches of monotheism. That also excludes Satanism from being pagan because you can't acknowledge Satan without also acknowledging the Christian god, and as already said we don't acknowledge monoetheism's god as one of ours. Some of the pathes that fall under the term "pagan" are below:

   Wicca or witchcraft tends to be the first one thought of. The term "witch" comes from the old English word "wicce" which simply meant "wise person". These people were the herbalists, midwives, etc. that served their communities in the same way doctors do today. A practice that continues to this day. If some aunt/uncle or grandparent ever suggested some home remedy or taught you something about the trees, plants, and animals that's wicca-craft too. The way of the wise.

   There are druids too. Usually these folk are following the ancient Celtic ways but that's not always the case. It's a path that has a respect and reverence for the earth and the natural world. That respect for the earth and it's practice can be as simple as picking up a piece of litter.

   Native American beliefs fall in this catagory too. They too have a respect for the earth. But since the beliefs varied from tribe to tribe, originally over 500 nations, it's impossible to cover them all here. The best plan is to talk to them direct and learn.

   Another group is the Asatru. They follow the Norse pantheon but are more involved in the culture and traditions of those people. Like their cousins the Celts honorable actions and being truthful is very important to them.

   In the end it comes down to pagans are just regular folks like everyone else. The same type you pass on the street everyday. That's because you do.

 

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