X-post: Two more in the fold…

Draco (Carrie, my youngest daughter, for the non-pagans that know us) informed me tonight that there are two new guests in our house. Twin girls, between 5-7 years old, probably from the late 1800s, from the description of their clothing; long dresses, one blue, one pink, and ruffled sleep-caps.

What interested me is that Draco said the dogs moved out of the way when one of the twins opened the door to let the other one in. The one that came in jumped up on the step to the living room, went around the table, and disappeared just before she reached the kitchen. This gives me pause – the dogs moved, and the little girl went around the table. That suggests an intelligent haunt, yet they made no notice of Draco.

Read more here: Morri’s Moon

Time for the hammer..

Please take a moment to go to the Asatru Military Family Support Program’s web site to sign our petition asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to authorize Thor’s Hammer on headstones for veterans of the Asatru Faith.

It’s easy! Go to http://hammerproject.org …then click on “Sign Petition” on the navigation bar…then at the bottom of the page that comes up, hit “Sign Petition!”

Feel free to leave comments, especially if you are a veteran!

Please pass this on to everyone you know – regardless of religion, politics, pro- or anti-war! – who might sign it.

Oh – enjoy the rest of the site while you’re there, too!

Thank you!

Stephen A. McNallen
Asatru Folk Assembly
Veteran, United States Army

New Materials

I’ve just posted a handful of reviews, all of which have been hanging in the “submitted, but never acknowledged” pile. Some of them for well into five years, others just a year or so. I’d expected better from those publications, but…whatever. Bless them, I wish them well.

Over the next while, I hope to get the rest of the reviews on the harddrive and disks onto the site, as well as the healing articles, the recipes, the crafts and definitely more links. I’ve found a few other sites with some wonderful kids and teens materials and it’s definitely time for a refresher in that area. As for the re-design of the site, I am still working on an ST-specific theme for the blog. I have to admit, it’s been hard to ‘see’ something suitably pagan in my mind before I start out. I had something, but realized it would work better elsewhere.

See, over the past two years I’ve felt extremely disillusioned with the pagan community in general. It used to be I was only irked by the locals, but now I see far too much of that behaviour in the entire community. I know we at Glas Celli can be damned insular, but we have done our best to support various projects and causes with absolutely no return to our projects and causes. So – we’ve become even more insular. We love sharing our spaces with others, but have few to share it with.

As of May 2007, I personally pulled my support from the Gaia Gathering conferences and the members of Glas Celli voted unanimously to skip 2008; as of September 2007, Glas Celli and I are no longer affiliated with Pagan Pride Day events. We hope that given some time and space, we may wish to step forward again. Individual members will have individual plans for attending outside gatherings and circles.

This has given me some time to reflect on paganism in general, and I will no doubt be adding some thoughts to the SoapBox area.

It is a new year, and with it, new thoughts and new beginnings.