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May 9th, 2008

02:25 am - Some scribbles.

I figured I'd post some notes I have jotted down in my notebook. Please feel free to encourage, critique, what have you. :) I love input.

Nothing really profound or eloquentCollapse )

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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May 8th, 2008

12:09 am - Creating my own path?!
So I said to hell with it, and have been working on "building" my own path that I call Modern Collyridianism (see my previous entry).

As I dug deeper into it, and talked with Pagans and Catholics, I discovered that Collyridianism is exactly what I feel and believe in. The tricky part: resurrecting a VERY dead practice.

*troubled face*


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May 4th, 2008

07:45 pm - Goddess Aphrodite
Hello all! I just joined this community and wanted to come and intoduce myself. I'm devoted to Goddess worship, I've had several wonderful experiences with the Goddess Aphrodite. I've prayed to Her and asked Her for signs if She is my patron Goddess, and She has never failed to give me answers. I never believed She could be my patron, She and I have the very least in common. I'm beginning to believe now that She is the source of All Life, Mother of All. I pray to Her mostly through creativity, poetry and written prayers.
My name is April, I'm 19 years old, I've been studying wicca and then paganism since I was around 16. I am wiccan right now, but mainly concentrate on my worship of The Goddess. I hope to find friends and support in this community. :) I love the study of Goddess worship.
Thank you for listening and reading my post, everyone.
Blessed be!
Current Mood: contentcontent

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02:17 am - Hello everyone!

Just joined, thought I'd drop in and say hello. :) My name's Sarah. I work primarily with the Goddess in a variety of forms, though they tend to be Greek: Persephone, Hekate, Demeter, and Gaia. Hermes is butting his way in now though, so I've been making room for him. I'm also quite fond of Ganesha.

I found out about an hour ago that Cora Anderson passed away on the first of May. Just in case anyone doesn't know who she is, she and her husband Victor founded the Feri Tradition around the mid 1900's. Her funeral will be on May 5th. I lit a candle for her tonight and I could feel her presence while I meditated, even though I've never met her; it's the first time I've ever done anything in regards to someone passing, and I think I'm going to make it into a tradition.

I wish the best for her family, and all of those who knew and loved her.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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April 25th, 2008

06:48 pm
I found this at Lenoir-Rhyne College (www.lrc.edu), and found it to be very interesting. It's not exactly what I believe, but found it interesting to say the least ...

Collyridianism (Mary Worship)

Many anti-Catholics accuse Catholics of worshipping Mary. Of course, there is no basis for this because the Church explicity forbids the worship of anyone other than God. However, back in the early Church, there was group who did in fact worship Mary; they were known as "Collyridians". Their excessive Marian devotion developed into a full blown worship of the Holy Virgin. The heresy lasted about 100 years, existing between 350 and 450 A.D.

The great opponent of the Collyridian sect was Epiphanius, bishop of Salamis and a close colleague of St. Jerome. One of his most outstanding contributions in defeating the Collyridians was his apologetic Panarion (Medicine Box). In his refutation, he addressed both extremes of Marian heresies: Collyridianism (the super-exhaltation of Mary) and Antidicomarianitism (an Arabian movement which demoted and debased Mary's importance).

The Collyridian sect was comprised of mostly women who combined Catholic and Pagan rituals and beliefs and fused them into a new religion - not unlike, it should be observed, many pseudo Catholic nuns who do the same today. Epiphanius considered this blasphemous, writing "certain women there in Arabia have introduced this absurd teaching from Thracia: how they offer up a sacrifice of bread rolls in the Name of the ever-Virgin Mary, and all partake of this bread."

Heresy floats outside of the boundaries of the true faith. One extreme exaggerates a truth; the other extreme denies it. In the case of Collyridianism, we see a perfect example of the former: where there should be a veneration and devotion to Mary, there is an adoration of her instead.

Another term I have come across is "philomarianite," which means Lover of Mary. Collyridianism and philomariante are basically the same thing.

I am, however, unable to find anyone else who feels the same as I do: combinging "Catholic and Pagan rituals and beliefs and [fusing] them into a new religion."

Maybe what I feel and believe truely is heresy, against both Catholicism and Paganism/Goddess Worship ...


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February 17th, 2008

04:03 am
I come asking for suggestions.
I somewhat recently devoted myself to Lilith. Because her original persona has been so stigmatized throughout history, it is fairly difficult to obtain information pertaining to her worship.
Any ideas on the things attributed to her, i.e. flowers, foods, stones, and images, are all very welcome.

(I know she's been associated with lotus, lily, occasionally lilac, jezabel root, owls, and lions... any other ideas are great.)

Thank you in advance.

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March 13th, 2008

12:03 pm - Intros et. al.
I was raised in a Catholic family. From 5-8 found both Wiccan and Santerian influences. Was actually a very religious Catholic. At about 14 I broke away from the church, and looked into Wicca at 16. Became a very spiritual Pagan. Then a while after that I found myself looking into Celtic Paganism. From there I found my way into other systems (shamanism, witchcraft, magic, hermeticism, occultism, chaoism; celtic, norse, greco-roman, sumerian, babylonian mythologies) , and incorporated them into a system of non-wiccan Eclectic Paganism.

Was very drawn to certain Celtic goddesses, but discovered a long-running and inherent underlying connection to the Babylonian Tiamat, who I have called my matron for some time. I work considerably less with those Celtic goddesses, but still do some of the time. Have become interested for some unknown reason in certain other goddesses (Baba Jaga - probably through my matrilineal ancestry- slavic)
Current Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: 69 Eyes - From Dusk till Dawn

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April 5th, 2008

10:24 pm
Quiet ... which is fine.

I'm looking for some beautiful Goddess websites; something with prayers, words, images ... Anyone?

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January 4th, 2008

04:15 pm - A question asked out of curiosity:
 What sort of rituals or "work" etc. do you do on the New Moon?
Current Mood: curiouscurious

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December 11th, 2007

09:56 pm
Hello, everyone. Just joined. :)

For the past five years I've been searching for a matron deity. I've tried meditation, going through lists, all sorts of research...yet I still feel no particular affinity towards any Goddess in particular. I was wondering if maybe I should be worried or something. Maybe I'm just trying too hard?

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