"No, it wasn't a 'interfaith' gathering. A non-believer walked into a house of worship. You realize part of their faith encourages them to try and convert you in order to "save your soul."If you wanted a real interfaith…"
"But thanksgiving, and adoration are practiced by many pagans. It could be said that all worship is adoration of some divine being (or energy/what have you). In this respect wouldn't all rituals and festivals be forms of prayer?"
"I don't know about your jurisdiction. But under my grand lodge "orgies" and "butt sex" (really?) are not considered during examination for entry into the fraternity. In fact any religion is allowed, it is the character of…"
"I have three BOS's: My handwritten personal one, A binder of handwritten notes and printouts, and a "Coven" one.Your BOS could also have been a password protected zip file (I have software for such a "Disk of Shadows," LOL).…"
"No, they were a trade based guild. Most medieval guilds had heavy christian mythology (I.E. Carpenters dedicated their guilds to Joesph). The Freemason however chose King Solomon and based their rituals on the building of the Temple in…"
"So mote it might have become popular in the 1930's, however it has been used by Freemasons as far back as the 14th century.Of which we are taught means the same thing as Amen, affirmation of what was said.
"how it is so get use…"
"I have heard prayer referred to as divine magick before. The idea that your not using you own energy but that of the god to do the work. In either systems it is the faith/belief/intention that matters, so I rarely make a distinction. P.S.Sorry…"
"I have had less interaction of that nature. In the one case where their actions affected me, and I wasn't hiding in the broom closet, I fought tooth and nail. I ended up having to appeal to the state governing Org of the club, and won. After…"
"I agree with you assessment about these people and their actions. As I have said their actions bother me far more than what symbols they use.You know, most people I meet are able to accept the pentacle and swastika when I explain what they…"
My questioning may seem mean-spirited, but I really like to get people thinking outside the box that others have painted for them, and define their own way. In this way, they will become closer to the gods and such because they are following the path that speaks to them, not that others defined for them.
BTW, if you are into the Norse pantheon, they are called Kindreds, not covens, and you can find a listing of several on the Asatru Alliance website. You can also join the AFA (for not much money), and they have a discussion board for members, where you can talk about Asatru, and see if there are any Kindreds in your area, or others outside of a kindred you can get to know, and if you are compatible with each other, form a Kindred. You'll also find that Asatru has a few rules,but mostly it's an individual path, with "each his own priest".