Friday, September 11, 2009

There are some advantages to being pagan

Pagans have gods for all kinds of things. It's great, you know who to ask for what, and it's their specialty, so it's all good. For instance, a friend of mine is about 15 months pregnant right now (no, not really, but at the end of your term you might as well be) and keeps having contractions. So you ask the goddess who handles labor to keep an eye on her (Artemis, in this instance. Though she is a virgin goddess she handles labor because it is a fight, and a transition for a woman). Say I'm going to see a customer at work, and I need to be quite quick witted and silver tongued? Ah, ask Loki for some help (not Odin, because he gets pissed when you lie.) And so on.
Christians believe that one god handles all this stuff, and that has got to be a lot of work. OK, their guy is omnipotent and whatnot, but still. Personally I feel a bit more comfortable knowing who to ask with a problem, rather than ask one really busy guy who handles everything.
But then, I have the pagan idea of what a god is, not the Christian one. Occasionally that is really obvious.
So right now I'll be asking my goddess to watch out for my friend. And I'll trust that if she gets a chance, the goddess will.


  1. The weirdest thing is, I was raised Catholic, but the more atheist I get, the more paganism makes sense. If you understood that at all.

    And good luck to your friend!

  2. Paganism tries really hard to be accessable, and to not to get all pretentious. As a rule it's closer to a basic way to live your life, like Buddhism. Though there are parts of it that are difficult to understand (hell, whole religions that are lumped into paganism are hard to understand), and there are the whole ceremonial parts, as a rule we try to keep it simple. People have enough to worry about. Though, I keep having to remind people I'm talking from a Druid/Norse viewpoint, not all religions are like mine.

  3. I agree I would rather consult a specialist rather than a general practitioner even a very good one. I guess what with omnipotence and all the Christian god could be a very good GP but still it is kind of creepy getting a prostate exam from the same guy who fixes your transmission. Unless of course you are into that sort of thing.

  4. Mph! Good, good point on the paganism.

    I also wish good luck to your friend - I once worked with a lady who was coming in to work every day pregnant, overdue, and partially dialated, and it's an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone. *shudder*

    Oh, it is a problem with the path I've chosen, though. Catch-22; invisible friends don't manifest within your mind until you have decided to name them and attribute qualities to them. I refuse to acknowledge specific invisible friends until they have come to me with names and given said names to me to use.

    Which means when I think about invisible things, I think a lot about the earth (which produces gravity) and the sun (which produces light). And if in a moment of weakness I give in to the urge to address remarks to the alleged listening audience, said remarks tend to take the form of "to whom it may concern."

    All these years and I am still the bat in the war between mice and birds. XP

  5. Fiat, thank god for gravity and light too, or else we'd not be having this conversation. Science is something that people who are "religious" don't always take seriously enough.


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