Top of the week to you!
This week is starting off with a whole bunch of Internet happenings.
First, it seems that my RSS Email subscribers haven’t been receiving my blog posts since mid-December. Sorry everyone.
Here’s what you missed:
- After pulling a group omen for Solitary Druid Fellowship and engaging in some crowd-sourced divination, we tried to unpack how divination works.
- It was the first day of 2013, and I came clean about needing to give some love to my musical side.
Star says goodbye to “Pagan”
Star Foster is no longer identifying as Pagan.
For some, this news may hold little relevance. People identify as they choose, right? But Star has held a rather prominent position in the Pagan media, and she’s done a lot to champion the voices of many Pagan writers (including myself). She’s done much to initiate conversation (sometimes heated) within the Pagan community, and she’s continuing that tradition with this announcement.
I posted a link to Star’s coming out on Facebook, and now there is a HUGE discussion going on around the post. I encourage you to pop over and read through the comments and respond there. I would summarize them here, but as of writing this post there are nearly 100 comments. It’s tremendous.
The timing of Star’s announcement, and the subsequent dialogue popping up on my FB post, is rather interesting. Heather Greene has posted the first in a two-part series on The Wild Hunt about “Pagan solidarity,” asking whether or not Pagans can support one another as a community, and if it is important to be a united body. In her second post she’ll be unpacking whether or not this kind of unity leads to religious institutionalism.
I wonder if the idea of “Pagan solidarity” is even approachable if the identity of “Pagan” is becoming less tenable. I may blog about this in the coming days on The Wild Hunt, but first I’d like to see how this conversation continues to evolve.
The Solitary Druid Fellowship, and Devotionals
Lastly, the work at the Solitary Druid Fellowship is going splendidly. The first High Day ritual was a great success, with about 450 people receiving the first SDF liturgy, and many joining in a dialogue about their experiences.
You can read about people’s experiences with the liturgy, and see the group interpretations of the SDF omen in our crowd-sourced Google doc.
There is also a new service provided by SDF — daily devotionals. The first morning devotional was published over the weekend, and more are coming soon. One solitary participant in SDF has already used the devotional and written about it on her blog.
I’m happy to see that people are using this shared liturgical practice to enrich their personal religious lives!
That’s all for today. Happy reading, everyone!