Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doors Best Left Closed

In America a war is being waged. Christians are working their hardest to be allowed to push their religious dogma in our nation’s schools. While the idea of "Separation of Church and State" is only an interpretation concept of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, it is something that we Americans have upheld for a very long time. The US Constitution’s First Amendment actually says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” (US Government).  So in essence no official religion of the State can be formed but neither can the State prevent anyone from practicing their religion, something that Christians seem to overlook.

This oversight is coming back to bit them in the backside. The Satanic Temple has gone up against Christian groups in Orange County school district who are allowed to hand out bibles. The agreement made by Lucien Greaves in this court case was:

“All of the children in these Florida schools are already aware of the Christion religion and it’s Bible, and this might be the first exposure these children have to the actual practice of Satanims. We think many students will be very curious to see what we offer.

If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students – as is the case in Orange County Florida – we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth” (JR)

So in August a Florida judge ruled that the Satanic Temple has a right to exercise religious liberty and distribute their religious information as well. This of course opens the door for ALL religions to be able to distribute their information to those in this school district. And it very well may have opened the door for it to occur elsewhere in the US. This conservative Christian agenda, like many others, has backfired! The door is open… all religious will have a field day with this! And I cannot help but laugh thinking that now they cannot shelter their children from other religions that could allow them to break free of their parental brainwashing

Works Cited
JR, Stephen D Forster. "Florida Schools Have To Welcome Satanic Temple After Allowing Bible Thumpers To Expose Kids To Christian Materials." 15 9 2014. Addicting Info. HTML - http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/09/15/florida-schools-have-to-welcome-satanic-temple-after-allowing-bible-thumpers-to-expose-kids-to-christian-materials/. 16 9 2014.

US Government. "U.S. Constitution." Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. US Goverment, 25 9 1789. HTML - http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hydroponic Gardening


          Part of my going green plan is to begin to grow as much food for our home as possible. This includes growing year round. The easiest and best way to start learning to do this is through hydroponic gardens.

Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel. (Wikipedia)

I figure to help myself with my learning curve and to help those that are interested in do this, I will journal my work on building, growing, and harvesting good. The following video was the inspiration for the systems I will start with. After much research I had decided with simple hydroponic grow boxes before jumping into creating areoponics and aquaponics. Our systems will be for herbs and salad greens. Then I will build some single plant buckets for things like tomatoes, squash, and even zucchini.


Works Cited
Wikipedia. "Hydropoincs." 2014. Wikipedia. HTML - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroponics. 15 9 2014.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Is it insipid to want to be remembered?

          Sometime ago I posted something on Facebook that asked my friends and family how they would remember when I pass into the  next stage of life. It was something that seemed to strike a few people the wrong way. I was told that it was extremely insipid, lacking taste, for me to ask such a thing, But is wanting to know you will be remembered such a horrid thing? Is not the majority of the creations of man efforts to be remembered long after our time? Is not having children and grandchildren an effort for us to be remembered? 

          Eons of structures built by humans have been created in an effort to immortalize individuals, groups, beliefs, or even entire civilizations. People work hard to leave behind something that will allow them to be remembered. Nancy Greenfield, Chaplain for the Catholic Community Standford University wrote a great essay specifically about this. Several of her headers alone express this idea perfectly:

"Those whom we love live on in our memory."
"Those whom we love live on as inspiration for our lives."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Earthship Seminar 2009 with Michael Reynolds

The following videos are the seminars from 2009 which Michael Reynolds did about Earthships. If you are interested in this kind of housing, watch! If you want to learn about them watch! If you are sick to death of living to work, watch!

Earthship Seminar Part 1

Earthship Seminar Part 2

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

From its beginnings, ADF has defined itself in relation to Indo-European pagan traditions. What relevance do you think historical and reconstructed IE traditions from the past have in constructing or reconstructing a Pagan spirituality for the present and future?

                There are many opinions on the relevance or validity of historical reconstruction of IE cultures and their influences on modern Paganism. They are as varied as there are those who study these paths. In some traditions of Paganism actual historical evidence is of little importance compared to the personal experiences of those involved. While in other traditions the historical evidence and reconstruction of the ‘old ways’ far outweighs any of the personal side. ADF’s goal is to create a tradition that is inclusive of all the Indo-European cultures by creating a common set of practices that were  shared by most, if not all, of these cultures. To a degree there has to be a modern reconstruction of the past to even begin to make this possible.

Much of what we know about IE Cultures points to the importance of ancestry and tradition. These traditions come from years and generations of practice that are handed down over time. To create a modern tradition that resembles these IE cultures we have to look at the past. We have to ask ourselves “What did our ancestors do? What did they believe? Why did they do these things?” Without these basic questions being answered we cannot hope to start creating a modern practice based on the past. Even to understand the body of mythologies we have from the ancient cultures, we have to look at the past to understand the context in which they were created. When modern people just take the mythologies for what they see, much of the original meanings can be lost.

When I first began my study of Druidry, specifically ADF, I believed that the attempt to use historical evidence to reconstruct traditional practices was impossible and not nearly as important as what I might experience on a personal level. Through my studies in the Clergy program I began to realize what Indo-European cultures were, how they were all linked, and that through study we could create a foundation based on the past that could work. It has allowed me to develop a much more meaningful and powerful personal religious practice that is based upon ancient Hellenic traditions.

Even today we can see hints of ancient IE culture, though perhaps perverted from their original form. When we look at Hindu culture, there is still very much a separation of class. They are still very polytheistic in the majority of their spiritual paths. In most of Europe and America you can see hints of the class separations. There are the ruling classes, the warriors, and then the ‘commoners’. Even in the dominate religion Christianity; you can see the tripartition of the divine. And if you look at the languages of these nations you will see there are still a great many similarities in structure and words. The example I gave is from Mark Damen in Question 1 of this series is: One of the primary examples Mark Damen from Utah State University uses is the term “three”. In his example he says:

"Threes," again, demonstrate the point well. Besides Latin (tres), Greek (treis) and Sanskrit (trayas), there are Spanish (tres), Danish, Italian and Swedish (tre), French (trois), German (drei), Dutch (drie), Russian (tri), English (three) and several other permutations all based on Indo-European *trejes. That these words are cognate is self-evident, especially when they're compared to "three" in non-Indo-European languages, such as Turkish (uc), Hebrew (shelosh), Malay (tiga) and Chinese (san).” (Damen, 2013)

He goes on further to talk about how the  words for mother and father show a similar root.

And though this comparison is from past language, not much has changed in the modern structure of the cultures and nations.

Works Cited

Damen, M. (2013, December 2). Section 7 The Indo-Europeans and Historical Linguistics. Retrieved 6 27, 2014, from Utah State University: http://www.usu.edu/markdamen/1320hist&Civ/chapters/07IE.htm