Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Taking a stand. No more!

One of the biggest hurdles for me in committing to the Norse path has been the overt racism that exists in a loud group of Heathens.  I finally decided, after finding a group of people online who feel the way I do about it, that I won't let the bigots keep me away from the gods I love.  I also won't be silent about it.  They can justify it all they want but it's all bigotry and I won't have it!

Unfortunately I'm seeing racism creep into other branches of Paganism as well, not just the Norse and Anglo Saxon paths.  On a Hellenic board I've seen some fascism pop up with all the white superiority that goes along with it.  Celtic groups have seen their share of it as well.  I think it's mostly a response to the brazen racists who think it's okay to come out of the closet they've been hiding in for the past 50 years.  Well, not hiding so much as just not being as overt as they are now.

It's good that people are finally speaking out now and letting the racists know they're not going to be the only spokespeople for the path we're all on.  But that means I have to be one of those who speaks out as well.  I'm not good at confrontation and I'm not good at debate but I'm not going to let anyone else define for me the gods I believe in and love.

And let's not be "tolerant" of others when that tolerance masks an ugliness no matter how pretty they've tried to dress it up.  Don't like it?  Don't read my blog then. 

No racism, no white supremacy, no white pride, no folk groups.  It's all code for racism and it's not welcome here or in my religion.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Still here

I don't know if anyone is reading this blog anymore.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with it and having had a lot of health issues to deal with lately, just haven't had the impetus to do much of it.  I hope to pop in here regularly but if not, I'll be here from time to time.

It's odd how, when I decided not to focus on a direction, one was made apparent to me.  I seem to have no doubts now, and haven't had any for a while.  Signs and portents are lining up, making this direction a surety to me.

Still, I know so little and have so much to learn.  But the gods are patient and kind and give me all the space I need to discover them.

 One of my biggest obstacles has been the racism and white pride that exists with people who are on this path as well but I'm hanging out with the guys who hate it as much as I do so I feel a lot more secure.  Plus, they are getting more vocal in their rejection of the bigoted, which helps.  Still I don't like to wear my hammer out in public these days much.

Zach is also on this path with me so it's nice to have company on the journey.  Hopefully we'll get our shit together and get more organized so we can have rituals outside now that the weather is cooperating.  I really want to use my fire pit.

Blessings on this Sunne's day.