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Ár nDraíocht Féin
Three Cranes
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September 8th, 2004

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10:11 am - Eliade and Jung will destroy your mind!
I realized recently that we scholarly people like to do something strange.

Fluff-Bunny Newbie: What's a good book on Paganism? How do I learn about my religion?

Scholarly Pagan with Ego: Read Eliade's Myth of Eternal Return. You'll understand things better. Or Joeseph Campbell's Hero with 1,000 Faces. Or get yourself some Jung. And don't call him Jung, call him Young.

FBN: This will make me a better Pagan?

SPE: Of course! You'll know about the collective unconscious! You'll understand how myth is an expression of primordial time. You'll see how there are no original myths.

FBN: Oh. Is that what Paganism is about?

SPE: Well, no. It's about personal experience.

FBN: But why am I reading this then?

SPE: Because they're important. It gives you tools to talk about your religion.

FBN: But I don't know what my religion is about! How will I talk about things I don't have an experience of? It'd be like having a hammer and no nails!

SPE: I use my hammer all the time. In fact, I'm using it now to make my point to you.

FBN: Oh, I see. I'm going to go back to being Christian. Thanks anyway.

SPE: [muttering under breath] Obviously, FBN wasn't cut out to be Pagan anyway.

Why do we do this? Shouldn't our first recommendation be: Go out into the woods, sit there, and wait for something to happen. If nothing happens, pretend it did, because that's just as valid as anything else out there. ?

I think we're messed up, and we need to re-think things.

Besides, pointing people to Jung and Eliade is just going to mess them up.
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Current Music: "Burn That Bridge", -JB

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Date:September 8th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)

you know

I think I find that i'm having a problem calling people fluffy bunny pagans.

mainly because i'm begining to seriously wonder if i fall into such a category.

not that i'm a fan of conway or cunningham, but if people find something in their works that's good for them, why not you know?

anyhow, when does your adf have it's meets?
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Date:September 8th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)

Re: you know

I found one of Conways books to be very useful. It's really bad when it comes to accuracy, but it's perfectly valid.

Three Cranes next rite is Sept. 19 (move-in day).
Date:September 8th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)


give me a addy and i'll show up.
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Date:September 8th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)

Re: sweet


It's all there :)

Highbanks Metroparks, in the evening. Should be a good time.
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Date:September 9th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)

Re: you know

Move-in day? (who's moving where?)
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Date:September 9th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)

Re: you know

About 30,000 students, to campus.

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