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Stimulating the Forum - Neo vs. Eclectic vs. DRW Wicca

Ok.. You can be a member of a Family Trad, sure... but there are no "born" witches.  I am not going to pretend that you haven't heard this arguement a thousand times...   But for others, claiming to…

Tagged: neo-wiccan, eclectic, drw, definitions

Replied 2 hours ago

Stimulating the Forum - Neo vs. Eclectic vs. DRW Wicca

I have issue with a couple of the statements you make here..   First, I have no problem explaining what my path or any titles associated with it mean.  Why would any one take issue with this?  Theref…

Tagged: neo-wiccan, eclectic, drw, definitions

Replied 2 hours ago

Troubling Times

While I ADORE this idea... unfortunately, this particular group looks for opposition, especially violent opposition, as "proof" that they are doing God's work.  They choose such hatespeak as a way to…

Tagged: Pagan, Christian, News

Replied Jan 14

Troubling Times

I agree, but I still think that these are things we should do regardless, not necessarily as "pagans."  I think the part of the problem is that we make a distinction.  It shouldn't be the right thing…

Tagged: Pagan, Christian, News

Replied Jan 13


Welcome to the Wasteland!

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Hey Pretty Pagan Peoples,

I'd like to use this space to introduce myself as one of your administratos! The admins/moderators are here to help maintain decorum in the community and to assist with pointing seekers in the right direction on site.

Decorum is dependent on community members adhering to the site rules, which means part of my job is to enforce these rules. The site rules can be found, easily, on the main page. If you have an issue on site where you feel that the rules have not been followed, please report it to myself or one of the other mods. Our goal is to have issues resolved as quickly as possible. That being said, civil debate is NOT in violation of the rules. You have the right to your opinion; you do NOT have the right for that opinion to go unchallenged.

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Ok.. You can be a member of a Family Trad, sure... but there are no "born" witches.  I am not going to pretend that you haven't heard this arguement a thousand times...   But for others, claiming to be "born a witch" or a "natural born witch" is lik…
2 hours ago
I have issue with a couple of the statements you make here..   First, I have no problem explaining what my path or any titles associated with it mean.  Why would any one take issue with this?  Therefore, I see no problem in having to explain what "n…
2 hours ago
ren left a comment for Strata
4 hours ago
Strata left a comment for ren
6 hours ago
Strata and Cynthia are now friends
on Tuesday
Incantis, to the rules?  Yes.  That's how moderated sites work.   
on Monday
Actually, Incantis, Wicca is orthopraxic.  Do you know what that means?  It is NOT orthodoxic.  It is NOT a belief or a faith.  It is simply and plainly a practice.  Wicca is NOT a faith.  And YES it IS a practice.    Wicca, as the link says, is an…
on Monday
Also, Whind Ryder, learning means that others have the responsibility to point out were members are wrong, so that those seeking information don't get false information.  We have a responsibility to keep the information on this site legitimate. 
on Monday
Incantis, freedom of belief does apply... you may believe whatever you want... the problem is that you are selling your own personal beliefs as something they are not.. Wiccan.   You use terms incorrectly.  I am assuming you read the definitions use…
on Monday
Incantis, I suggest that you read this post, as it is part of the site rules ::   That aside, there is so *much* about this post that is *not* wiccan, I wonder why you would think to us…
on Monday
Strata and Jarred Chadwick Teasley are now friends
January 27
January 27
Sutra left a comment for Strata
January 27
Jas.. just curious.. is the misspell in the group name on purpose?  I thought it was a typo and was going to correct it... but I wanted to make sure... :)
January 26
I'm all for some veggie recipes :)  Question... are we excluding dairy and eggs?? or no?
January 24
This is a group for Vegetarians to come and share interesting recipes. No we do not evangelize vegetarianism, and I do not encourage it. This is a Vegetarian recipe exchange.
January 24

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Tuatha de Danann influenced Pantheist/Druid
About Me
"I walk in stride with people
much taller than me
and partly it's the boots but
mostly it's my chi
and I'm becoming transfixed
with nature and my part in it
which I believe just signifies
I'm finally waking up "
Evolve by Ani Difranco

Blessings Everyone!! I'm Strata Pyr and live in a VERY small town just north of Knoxville, TN. I have an amazing four-year-old son, who is my world, and the most incredible fiance in the world, Shawn!! He is my love, my best friend, my guardian, my motivator, my comforter, and my partner in all things. He is truly mo anam cara. He is perfect for my soul. And I get to MARRY him in May of the coming year. I am happy.

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
Henry Ward Beecher

SO....A LOT in my life has changed in the last year... A LOT.. but I am happy now... more so than ever...and I only see things getting much much better in the future...

I've been a science major for about eight years now. ;-) I have a very well rounded science education! lol but can't decide what field to go into.. I'm really into biochemisty . And science strongly influences my spiritual beliefs!

I'm really a extremely outgoing person. I'm opinionated and have a very finely tuned BS meter! ;-)

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Note to my son regarding his sexuality...

***I copied this from my FB where I originally posted it there in response to LGBT teen suicides and hatespeak towards the LGBT community.  After reading Jennifer's forum post "Troubling Times,"  I felt it was appropriate to move here.  These are my  own sentiments towards my son, who is currently four.



Mommy loves you.  I love you…


Posted on January 13, 2011 at 6:09pm — 27 Comments


So you want a fresh start....

Over the last few months, I have heard a lot of people both online and off making statements like, "I just want to move on. Can't you just forget about it?" OR "I want a fresh start.  Why are you judging me on things from that past?"  And honestly, I am confused by the logic behind such statements. 


First, let me say that I am not a big believer in the idea that people really change, period.  Not major changes anyways, not often.  Usually when such changes take place they are…


Posted on December 27, 2010 at 5:30pm — 19 Comments


What myths are....

Paganism is impregnated with myth, from greek to norse to egyptian. Almost every pagan you meet is at least familiar with one or two. However, I've noticed that a lot do not seem to know what to do with them. What is the point of mythology? Too often I see people taking mythology literally. Someone who believed that "orbs" were the souls of people who did not have the money to pay Charon for passage comes to mind.

One of my favorite quotes:

"Myths are…


Posted on November 28, 2010 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments


God with a BIG G and Residual Guilt....

I decided to write this blog after having a very good conversation today with a person very new to paganism. We started talking about the circumstances that lead us to our paths. Having both come from fundamentalist Christian backgrounds we began to also talk about our lives before paganism. We talked about how we had grown up thinking we just *were Christian.* We didn't even stop, for a long time, to think about the fact that we had a choice. From the time we were born, we had just *been…


Posted on November 20, 2010 at 10:30am — 26 Comments

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At 9:01pm on February 3, 2011, ren said…
Thank you for the welcome! It's nice to see you all doing good work.
At 10:14am on January 27, 2011, Sutra said…
Hope all is well, thinking about you.
At 10:32pm on January 18, 2011, Chris said…
Thank you for your help!!! You and your mate look so happy together!!!
At 10:23pm on January 18, 2011, Chris said…
Hi Strata, maybe you can help me, I have recently been introduced to the ancient runes, and am curious hot to activate them during the full moon, do you know anything about it at all. BTW, I hope you had a great day!!!
At 8:32pm on January 15, 2011, Shawn said…
Hello my darling girl :) I just wanted to rush by really quick to tell you how much I love you, and how much I appreciate you and everything you do for me :) :) :) You really are mo anam cara, and you show it constantly :D
At 8:23pm on January 15, 2011, Elise said…
Thank you for the birthday wish! :D
At 7:58pm on January 13, 2011, lightshield said…
Thanks for the warm welcome, Strata.  I am involved in Wicca and Traditional witchcraft with roots based in the English Cotswolds.
At 3:32pm on January 13, 2011, Tawny said…
Thanks Strata ((hugs))
At 5:24pm on January 12, 2011, Hagatha said…
Bright blessings and thank you for the welcome. And yes I am Daniels wife. (But please don't hold that against me.) lol.
At 9:23pm on January 11, 2011, Oakthorne said…
Thank you so much, darlin'. I appreciate the Work. Keep it Rollin'. :D

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