New Moon Rising

Over this last month plus I've been working with a group that was battling the New Apostolic Reformation's DC-40 self proclaimed prayer siege on our nation. Each day a group of us added blog posts and shared positive thoughts in a Facebook Group called "What Makes Your State Great?".

Today we're approaching two significant occurrences. One the coming of the New Moon and two Mercury will go into retrograde.

The new moon is a time for rejuvenation and a time for newness. I received an email from the organizer of the Hail Columbia site with information on a rite being requested by Caroline Kenner, organizer of the Celebration of the Divine Feminine in Washington DC.

The email contained a suggestion for all who can to send back this energy sent to us and to our nation using the New Moons energy to return it to its origin exactly as it had be sent out. I'd like to include the text of that email here:

Dear Ones, as promised, here is suggested language for returning to sender all the prayers and curses sent out by the New Apostolic Reformation during the past 51 days. If this spell is used as written, there should be no blowback. In general, "return to sender" spells are seen as ethically neutral by most Pagans. This is not a curse, it's more like faster Karma. Please be careful of your spelling in the spell, it is important: this is a contract with the Gods. If you decide to follow your own guidance, my advice would be to avoid putting yourself in the spell and simply ask our deities for help.

By the Power of (Insert favorite matron/patron deity here) all negative prayers and curses issued by the New Apostolic Reformation, including all so called prayer intercessors who took part in the DC40/51 Days of Reformation Intercession campaign between October 3rd, 2011 and November 22nd, 2011 shall be returned to their source and origin intact exactly as they were sent. By the Power of (insert favorite deity here) and the Powers of The Queen of Heaven, Columbia, Lady Liberty and Nemesis, so mote it be.

You can write this with a Sharpie marker on a plain white glass-enclosed novena-type candle easily purchased at many grocery stores, botanicas, metaphysical shops, etc. Set the candle to burn and leave it to go out, which may take a couple of days. I set mine in a bowl of water or in the bathtub. Or you can write it on a piece of parchment or paper, pray the spell aloud and burn it outside. The best window of time in which to perform this spell is from tonight at 12:01am on Wednesday, November 23rd until the New Moon begins on Thursday, November 24th. The New Moon begins 1:11:08am Eastern Standard time on Friday morning, but in the far west, the New Moon begins at 10:11:08pm Thursday night.

If you're able to spare some energy and take part in this cyber circle, it will certainly all go for a good cause. So starting tonight in the West take a moment to start a special circle for this action or add this energy back to your current new moon ritual.

Namaste & Blessed Be


To me, Thanksgiving around the United States has come to mean two things. One, shopping and two overeating.

Each year the "Black Friday" sales start earlier and earlier. These stores that are open for your shopping pleasure have to be managed and staffed by someone right? Who is that? Those are usually lower income workers who now have to work instead of spending this time with their families. A complete symbol of gluttony, this day is spent running from store to store buying buying buying and in some instances even "fight" over goods.

A simple search on youtube will give you tons of hits on Black Friday Fights

This year the holiday literally was here in no time. Usually I see boxes in grocery stores and collections areas to collect food for needy families around Thanksgiving. This year, I missed them all. I didn't see any boxes for collections. Perhaps I just missed them, but the only place that I found collecting food this year was at Truely Unique in Wilson, N.C.

This year more than ever there are so many in need. This economy has been hard for us all. Locate your local food bank. Donate some non perishable foods to this group responsible for feeding the hungry through out the entire year, not just around the holidays. Buying a few extra items while they're on sale and collecting them in a box and then donating them will not add a great deal to your bill and may be the only meal a family receives. I come from a family who received the surplus cheese and butter so I know first hand what it is like to not have enough food to eat. Giving back to your community is a great way to send out positive energy and provide for others in need.

I also encourage others to educate themselves on the true history of Thanksgiving. There are so many stories out there most centering around Native Americans sharing a harvest with the Pilgrims. Yes, there was shared food, however it was the Native tribe that did most of the sharing, see the colony that lived here was on the brink of death and would have died had it not been for Squanto. About 10 years before the Pilgrims landed in the "New World" Squanto was captured in what is now Massachusetts and sold to a Spanish monk who taught him Christianity and English. Eventually he made his way to England where he worked as a stable hand until he was able to get passage back to America.

In 1618, ten years later Squanto learned his tribe had been killed by small pox. While living with the Wampanoag he met the Pilgrims. Squanto taught them to fish and farm. Even after being enslaved and having is people destroyed he continued to give to others.

As we sit down to enjoy our Thanksgiving meals I hope that each one of us can reflect on the gift that Squanto gave the settlers. Think of how even after his treatment he continued to give out positives to the new arrivals. Think of the changes in the world today from Squanto's world. Think about what we as a people to give back to our world if we all sent out a bit of positive energy from ourselves to the world around us.

Sending light, love and peace to a battered nation and to hopefully a forgiving people.

Namaste & Blessed Be

Hail USA!

Well, we did it. We wrote, blogged, talked and sung about these great United States in order of statehood. We've covered from Hawaii to Delaware. I've made new friends and even lost one or two through this journey.

We started this in response to a challenge thrown down by the DC-40 Initiative. Beginning with a threat to lay siege to our land to a threat of flaming arrows aimed directly at the Pagans challenging them.

We answered that call by setting up actions, circles and setting up Facebook Groups to support our secular nation. I have had a wonderful time. I wanted to add a few notes here on those documents that have given us our freedom.

First I'd like to start with the Treaty of Triopli - This document has specific quotes that confirm that our nation was founded as a secular nation and NOT based on Christianity.

Next, I want to highlight the first amendment to the US Constitution. Here the first amendments says the following:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Our country is based on the premise that I can live my life, worship my Goddess and raise my family in the manner that I choose without fear of the government coming in and putting me in jail or taking away my family. The government cannot force a religion unto any person. This is one of the great things about the US. This is one of the very basic freedoms that one is born with and cannot be taken away. All my energies and thoughts will be directed at keeping this land exactly the way it was intended.

Namaste & Blessed Be

Hail Delaware!

Finally we're closing out the 50 states with the very first to become a state, Delaware. We've traveled all over this great country and posted a lot of facts, trivia and some sadness related to each. I for one have learned a great deal on this journey. I'd like to thank you for all the comments and discussion points brought up during this process and I look forward to more to come.

If you'd like to see the entire set of posts for this movement head over to our Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great?". As always my facts come from

Hail Delaware!

Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. It did so on December 7, 1787.

Delaware is the only state without any National Park System units such as national parks, seashores, historic sites, battlefields, memorials, and monuments.

The log cabin originated in Finland. Finnish settlers arrived in Delaware in the mid-1600s and brought with them plans for the log cabin, one of the enduring symbols of the American pioneer. One of the cabins has been preserved and is on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.

Thomas Garret lost his entire fortune in his battle against slavery. He was sued by a Maryland slave owner and fined for aiding a black family in flight. Over his lifetime, Garrett reportedly helped more than 2,000 fugitive slaves move through Delaware, an important stop on the Underground Railroad.

Horseshoe crabs may be viewed in large numbers up and down the Delaware shore in May. The crabs endure extremes of temperature and salinity. They can also go for a year without eating and have remained basically the same since the days of the dinosaur.

The original inhabitants of Delaware are:

The Lenni Lenape tribe (the Delawares)
The Nanticoke tribe

I found this older video of the Naticoke Tribe in Delaware.

Sending love and protection to the great state of Delaware!

Hail Pennsylvania!

Today we're going to be focusing on the great state of Pennsylvania! If you'd like to take part in the wonderful discussion around this state or posts some great stuff about your own head over to our Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great?". As always my facts come from

Hail Pennsylvania!

Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.

Philadelphia saw the first Zoological garden in July 1874.

The Liberty Tunnel in Pittsburgh opened in 1924. At that time the 5,700 foot facility was the longest artificially ventilated automobile tunnel in the world.

In June 1778, a 700 wagon caravan escorted the Liberty Bell on its return to Philadelphia from Allentown along Towamencin's Allentown Road. Nine months earlier, when British troops threatened to capture the city, the bell had been whisked into hiding via the same route.

George G. Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing of Bradford in late 1932. He started with a simple idea: create a product that answers a real need, design it to work, and guarantee it to last.

Punxsutawney citizens are proud to be over shadowed by their town's most famous resident the world-renowned weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney is billed as the weather capital of the world. On a personal note, I can't help but feel a little sad when they pull that poor little groundhog from his warm cozy hole and hold him up in the air. I know it doesn't hurt him but still poor little guy.

The original inhabitants of Pennsylvania are:

The Erie tribe
The Iroquois tribes (especially the Seneca and Oneida)
The Lenape tribe
The Munsee tribe
The Shawnee tribe
The Susquehannock tribe

This is a video I found on the Iroquois Confederacy and the Oral Tradition. The Iroquois lived across the north east including New York and Pennsylvania.

Namaste & Blessed Be!

Weekly Check In - Get Off Your Broom Challenge

I have been SOOOOOOO Bad at this. I have not checked in for two week. Work has been so busy that I have only worked out two days out of the past two weeks. UGH If you'd like to learn more about the challege head over to the Domestic Pagan and have a look see.

Well here are the numbers:

This Week
Chest 37
Waist 34
Hips 40.5
Thighs 21
Arms 12

Last Check in

Chest 37 in
Waist 34 in
Hips 41 in
Thighs 21 in
Arm 12.5 in

Looks to be pretty consistent. I haven't stepped back on the scale. I hope to get to that again soon.

Namaste & Blessed Be

Hail New Jersey!

This morning we're in the home stretch! The last states are coming up and the finish line is in sight. I've had no real hits on my DC40/Dominionism News Feed so whatever they're doing, it's not making the news. Let's keep the protection strong and keep this nation a secular nation as our forefathers intended.

If you'd like to join our discussion on each of the states head over to our Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great?". As always my facts come from

And away we go....

Hail New Jersey!

New Jersey has the highest percent urban population in the U.S. with about 90% of the people living in an urban area. New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas. North Jersey is the car theft capital of the world, with more cars stolen in Newark then any other city. Even the 2 largest cities, NYC and LA put together.

In order to meet the increasing demand for his wire rope John Roebling opened a factory in New Jersey in 1848. John Roebling, along with his two sons, Washington and Ferdinand, built a suspension bridge across the gorge of the Niagara River. They then built the Brooklyn Bridge plus many other suspension bridges in the United States.

The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, now called Edison, laboratory.

This is the earliest motion picture created. It is sometimes called "Fred Otts Sneeze"

Fort Dix is named for Major General John Adams Dix, a veteran of the War of 1812 and the Civil War. During his distinguished public career, he was a United States Senator, Secretary of the Treasury, Minister to France and Governor of New York.

New Jersey has it's own legendary creature called "The Jersey Devil". Sightings around the southern part of the state describe a flying biped with hooves. The devil is rumored to be the demon 13th child of a large family in Leeds, New Jersey.

The original inhabitants of New Jersey are:

The Unami (Lenape) tribe
The Minisink (Munsee) tribe
The Unalachtigo tribe

The series on the Lenape on youtube is really good. This next video is on the Vision Quest.

Sending love and protection to the great state of New Jersey.

Namaste & Blessed Be!

Hail Georgia!

We're in the home stretch now! Just a few more states to go. I'm very proud of everyone hanging in there on our trek around the US. We've done a great job sending out positive energy and supporting our secular nation! If you'd like to join the discussion head over to our Facebook Group, "What Makes Your State Great".

As always my facts come from, head over there and check out the awesomeness.

Let's get going....

Hail Georgia!

Okefenokee Swamp encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals; moss draped cypress trees, and lily pad prairies providing sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife including several endangered species.

The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and it now has a total of 3,000 acres.

On January 19, 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy. The figures of Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee make up the world's largest sculpture. It is located on the face of Stone Mountain. Additionally Robert E. Lee's horse, Traveler, is also carved at the same place.

Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville

The locomotive engine popularly known as The General is housed in the Big Shanty Museum in Kennesaw. It was stolen in the Andrews Railroad Raid in 1862 and later depicted in The Great Locomotive Chase, a popular movie.

One of my favorite movies takes place in Savannah, Georgia. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is amazing! This is a clip from the film on the Lady Chablis.

The original inhabitants of Georgia are:

The Apalachee Indians
The Cherokee Indians
The Hitchiti, Oconee and Miccosukee Indians
The Muskogee Creek Indians
The Timucua Indians
The Yamasee and Guale Indians

This is a great video on the Ocmulgee Mounds.

Sending love and protection to the great state of Georgia!

Namaste & Blessed Be!

Hail Connecticut!

Heading into the home stretch we're sending love and protection to the great state of Connecticut today! If you'd like to share your stories about Connecticut or any other of our great states head over to our Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great" and help us celebrate this great secular nation! As always my facts come from Now let's get rolling...

Hail Connecticut!

The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. The New Haven District Telephone Company published it in New Haven in February 1878. On January 28, 1878, 21 venturous citizens of New Haven became the world's first subscribers to telephone exchange service.

Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).

Connecticut is home to the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published: The Hartford Courant, established in 1764.

Bristol, CT is considered the "Mum City" of the USA because of the many Chrysanthemums grown and sold to various states and Canada.

The original inhabitants of Connecticut are:

The Mahican tribes (including the Pocomtuc)
The Minisink (Munsee) tribe
The Mohegan tribes (including the Niantic)
The Pequot tribe
The Nipmuc tribe
The Quiripi tribes (Mattabesic, Paugusett, and Schaghticoke)

I found this video on Vimeo, it's the story of Van Thomas Green, a native who submitted a lawsuit for the loss of his tribal lands in Connecticut.

Last of the Wangunks from Eliot Gray Fisher on Vimeo.

Sending light love and protection to the great state of Connecticut and to it's people.

Namaste & Blessed Be

Hail Massachusetts!

Leading the charge into the great state of Massachusetts our little group of positive energy well wishers start out our day sending love and protection to this great state! DC-40 and the Dominionist have no power here, be gone!

If you'd like to talk about your state, my state or heck any state at all head over to our Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great". We'd love to add your contributions on each state and celebrate our secular nation. As always my facts come from

Hail Massachusetts!

552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.

This is part one, I recommend the entire series.

Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.

Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.

The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America's first planned industrial city.

The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.

As a kid I loved Schoolhouse Rock. This is the video about the Tea Party.

Milford is known the world over for its unique pink granite, discovered in the 1870's and quarried for many years to grace the exteriors of museums, government buildings, monuments and railroad stations.

The original inhabitants of Massachusetts are:

The Wampanoag tribes (including the Massachusett, Nauset,
Nantucket, Pennacook, Pokanoket, and Pocasset)
The Mohegan tribe (including the Nipmuc and Pequot)
The Mohican tribe (including the Pocumtuc)

This is a great video about the Wampanoag tribe.

Sending love and protection to the great state of Massachusetts!

Namaste & Blessed Be!

Hail Maryland!

Keeping this protective train rolling along our next stop is going to be in the great state of Maryland. If you'd like to join the discussion around Maryland or any of our other states, head over to the Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great?"

 As always my facts come from

And we're off....

Hail Maryland!

The United States Naval Academy was founded on October 10, 1845 at Annapolis.

The Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is considered a masterpiece and one of the finest 19th century buildings in the world. The basilica is the first cathedral in the United States. Baltimore represents the first Roman Catholic diocese.

America's national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer. It is believed Key wrote the anthem on September 14, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.

The town of Garrett Park declared the first nuclear free zone in the United States in 1982, thus affirming a tradition of peacefulness that began back in 1898 when it became illegal to harm any tree or songbird within the town limits.

Maryland has forty-seven operational State parks, including 7 parks with waterfront areas, covering 90,239 acres; 15 State-owned lakes and ponds open to public fishing; 9 State forests and portions of 15 State parks open to public hunting; 36 wildlife management areas, covering 88,348 acres, open to public hunting; 6 natural environment areas containing 7,676 acres.

The original inhabitants of Maryland are:

The Lenape tribe
The Nanticoke tribe (including the Piscataway and Conoy)
The Powhatan tribe (including the Accohannock)
The Ohio Valley Tribes (including Shawnee)
The Susquehannock tribe
The Tutelo and Saponi tribes

I found an interesting series of videos on Youtube on the Lenape tribe of Maryland. I've added the one on medicine but I encourage you to have a look at all the videos in the series.

Sending light love and protection to the great state of Maryland!

Namaste & Blessed Be!

Hail South Carolina!

I look forward to the messages posted here and in the Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great?" every day. This journey has been amazing. I've learned so many things about this great land of ours. I've seen sorrows and joys. I've learned of proud moments and some very sad moments in this great land. We are not perfect. We make mistakes; however the ability to recognize these mistakes and learn from them is what makes us who we are.

 As always my facts come from

Headed back down south we're going to kick of today with love and protection to the great state of South Carolina!

Hail South Carolina!!

South Carolina entered the Union on May 23, 1788 and became the 8th state. The first battle of the Civil War took place at Fort Sumter.
South Carolina's smallest county is McCormick at 360 square miles while the largest county is Horry at 1,134 square miles
The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel was started in 1856 by a railroad company and is bored for more than a mile into the granite heart of fabled Stumphouse Mountain. The coming of the Civil War in 1859 ended the work on the project. Some years ago, Clemson University made Blue Mold Cheese in the tunnel successfully for the first time in the South.
A noble Catawba Indian who befriended early Camden settlers, King Haiglar is often called "The Patron Saint of Camden." Today, he reigns over Camden in the form of a life-sized weather vane which graces the tower of what once was the circa-1886 Opera House.

Check out for great info on South Carolina and all of our wonderful states!

The original inhabitants of South Carolina are:

The Catawba tribe
The Cherokee tribe
The Creek tribe
The Yuchi tribe
The Cusabo and Edisto tribes
Various Carolina Siouan bands including the
Chicora, PeeDee, Waccamaw, and Santee

This video gives a brief description of the tribes of South Carolina and explains some of the clothes worn.

Sending light, love and protection to the great state of South Carolina.

Namaste & Blessed Be!

Hail New Hampshire!

So we know what's going on with all the "States" posts. I'd like to give a brief recap. Earlier this year a group called the New Apostolic Reformation setup a website to serve as a landing page for their DC40 Prayer Initiative. On the 28th of July, The Wild Hunt, did a post on their plans for this movement.

Basically Dominionism, is a group whose desire is to change the current systems in the US from what we have today into something more based on the Christian Bible. A group of us on Facebook decided to join forces and we created the "Hail Columbia" movement. This was an idea to send our positive energies to the Goddess Columbia who the NAR have dubbed a demonic idol. When it was out that we had picked up the challenge of the DC-40 Prayer Initiative, a message was sent to Pagans. The Wild Hunt covered presented this. With in this group a subset decided that we should direct the negative energy that NAR is sending out with a mirrored trip around the US sending positive energy to each state a day before their rallies. That is what you're seeing today. The post today is directed at the next victim of the NAR. If you'd like to join the discussion, head over to our Facebook group "What Makes Your State Great" and as always I get my facts from

HAIL New Hamphire!

Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.New Hampshire's present constitution was adopted in 1784; it is the second oldest in the country.

Daniel Webster was a politician and statesman, born at Franklin in 1782.

He was known in his day as a mighty orator, a reputation preserved in the Stephen Vincent Benet story The Devil and Daniel Webster, in which he beats the original lawyer, Lucifer, in a contract case over a man's soul.

America's Stonehenge is a 4000 year old megalithic (stone constructed) site located on Mystery Hill in Salem and presently serves as a leisurely, educational tour for the whole family.

The original inhabitants of New Hampshire are:

The Abenaki tribe
The Pennacook tribe

Until we learn from our past we are destined to repeat it. Take a moment to stop and appreciate life around you. The differences that we have make us very much alike. Over this trip I've found several bits of music that really move me. I want to share one with you now.

Sending love and protection to the great state of New Hampshire!

Namaste & Blessed Be

LGBT & Religion

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people have been around for as long as religion. The Greeks and Romans are widely thought to be the first accepting culture of homosexuality; however there is evidence that ancient pagan practices presented homosexuality as part of their God/dess worship. The rise of monotheism and the belief of a “jealous” God let to the eventual outlaw of homosexual sex within the Roman culture for example. In the sixth century AD the Roman Empire outlawed homosexuality.

Abrahamic religions are monotheistic faiths tracing their common origin to Abraham. The three major Abrahamic religions are Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Judaism considers itself the descendants of Jacob, a grandson of Abraham. It has a central book, the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament does specifically address male homosexuality. In Leviticus, specifically Leviticus 18 deals with a number of sexual activities that are considered unclean. The principal concern of this chapter is primarily incest; there are references to bestiality and lying with a man as with a woman. In his paper “Does the Bible Prohibit Homosexuality", Rabbi Jacob Milgrom states that this verse should not be taken out of the context of the entire chapter. These verses were directed first, a males and secondly at those of the Jewish faith, living in Israel. The question here seems to be how can one be Jewish and also gay? This is a question that The World Congress of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Jews have offered to answer as they set up a place for LGBT Jewish people to meet and to learn acceptance.

Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teaching of Jesus. It is outlined in the “New Testament”. The basic belief is that Jesus is the son of God in human form, sent to earth by his father by birth through a virgin. Most Christians consider Jesus to be the Messiah of the “Old Testament”. Many believe that the coming of the Messiah made the Law of Moses, the Old Testament, obsolete and life should be lived according to the New Testament. Reviewing the scriptures, there are no direct references to homosexuality by Jesus. Some like to use Matthew 19:4 which says:

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’

Today many Christian churches are accepting of the LGBT Community. United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, and the Metropolitan Community Church are some churches that reach specifically out to the LGBT Community. In Raleigh, NC the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church is submitting to a vote before its congregation this month on withholding all civil marriage ceremonies in light of the new anti LGBT amendment being presented to the voters next year. The church has a long standing history of political activism including opposing segregation and the Vietnam War. Pullen Baptist Church has blessed gay marriages for the past 20 years. Pastor Nancy Petty, herself a Lesbian, stated in an article to the News & Observer, she didn’t want to marry anyone until she could legally wed everyone.

Islam is a monotheistic religion based on the teaching of the Qur’an. Like both Christianity and Judaism, Islam considers its book to be the direct word of God. Religious concepts include following Islamic law, which touches ever aspects of the follower’s life. In the Qur’an like the Old Testament, references are made to male homosexuality. The two are:

"We also sent Lut : He said to his people : "Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds." Qur'an 7:80-81

"What! Of all creatures do ye come unto the males, and leave the wives your Lord created for you? Nay, but ye are forward folk." Qur'an 26:165

Today, the punishment for being gay in most Muslim countries is whipping, jail and sometimes death. It is possible to come out as Gay while living as a Muslim. Daayiee Abdullah, for example is a Gay Muslim runs a chat room to help support others in his position. His goal is to help other LGBTQ Muslims to know that the Qur’an’s promise is for all human kind.

Paganism is generally used to define religions that are polytheistic, much like Wicca and to some extent, Native American Religions. Both being religions where a spirit force is respected and in some cases worshipped. Spirits of the Earth and Air are honored and Gods like Pan or Baphomet or Goddess like Diana or Hecate are worshipped in Wicca. In Native cultures Gods like Kokopelli or Aholi are worshiped. Sometimes the word “Heathen” is used when referencing Paganism as well. Heathen is from the Old English for “Not Christian or Jewish”.

Since Paganism covers such a wide group of religions its impossible to make a blanket term like “Pagans accept gays” and it be considered true. Generally speaking, in my experience Pagans, do not have issues with the LGBT community. Most are accepting of all people. I can personally address Wicca. Wicca, is typically a duotheistic religion worshipping a goddess and a god. Adherence to the Wiccan Rede, also known as “the eight words” is the general moral code for the Wiccan.

An it harm none do what ye will.

There are many articles, blog posts and discussion topics around Pagans and Homosexuality, one of the most notable sources for information on Paganism and Wicca is Patti Wigington at Her article “How Do Pagans Feel About Homosexuality?” comes right out and states that we are very accepting of homosexuality.

Again, painting with a broad brush here I’ll reference the Native American Religions very generally. There are numerous tribes and each have their own believe structure. A direct translation of the Ojibwe term “Niizh manidoowag” is “Two Spirits”. This was a word used to recognize bodies that housed both a masculine spirit and a feminine spirit. There are many other indigenous terms for these individuals including Lakota “Winkte” and Navajo “nadleehe”. Held as important members of the tribe some two spirit people were healers, bards and artists; each having something meaningful to give to the tribe.

Today’s LGBT community has the potential to follow the path of their choice. The decision of which path can lead to a bumpy road or to a smooth road. Selecting a religion or choosing not to select a religion is not an easy task.

Around the world there are laws for and against Homosexuality. Marriage, for example, is legal for the LGBT community in many countries and in some states with in the United States. Groups like Equality NC, are leading the charge with news and information for the voter on upcoming elections regarding a proposed amendment to the state constitution which would not only outlaw marriage for gays and lesbians but also put limitations on those marriages from other states being recognized. Facebook group “Vote NO on Amendment ONE” has almost 6,000 likes and is focused on getting the word out to stop the proposed amendment.

Knowing what road to select and how to live by the decision made can be daunting. For me, Wicca gave me the room I needed for growth and allowed me to understand that I am worthy of not only existence but also worthy of the love of myself and others.

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill, An it harm none do what ye will.
So Mote It Be

Namaste & Blessed Be

Hail Virginia!

This morning we're leading the charge started by the NAR with their DC40 Prayer Initiative. It looks to me like all their energy has slowly diminished.

I did however get a new follower on Twitter. @apostolicnews is following me :) Here's a link to their website.

Email Screenshot - Renee Olson

There is nothing in the news about their events. I see no comments on the walls or anything else that relates to DC40 other than our counter protests. But we're not going to give up. We'll see this thing through to the end. We've only got 10 more states to go and we're nothing if not dedicated.

If you'd like to share your stories or photos around a particular state, head over to the Facebook group "What Makes Your State Great?". We'd love to hear from you.

Giving props to an awesome site, as always my facts come from

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Hail Virginia!

Jamestown, the first of the original 13 Colonies was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation. Silk to be traded with the Court of King James. After blight fungus destroyed the mulberry trees (silkworm food), sericulturist planted tobacco as a cash crop.

Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, General-in-Chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House.

The present state capital in Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy. Virginia has had 3 capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond. Seven Presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy. There is lots of information on the history of the US Presidency. You can find a list of presidents and their background at the official website of the The White House. The History Channel produced a video series called "The Presidents". It's really a great video set. I found a set of videos on Youtube.

On March 9, 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac) met in one of the most famous naval engagements in US history. Their battle, the first of its kind between metal armored vessels, changed for all time the nature of naval warfare.

The original inhabitants of Virginia are:

The Catawba tribe
The Cherokee tribe
The Croatoan tribe
The tribes of the Powhatan Confederacy
The Tuscarora tribe
The Tutelo and Saponi tribes
The Yuchi tribe

I found this video regarding the native people of Virginia.

There are very few federally recognized tribes in the United States. The web site First People of American and Canada: Turtle Island, has lots of great information. Look for more info on "Turtle Island", you'll be amazed at what you find.

Sending Light, Love and Protection to the great state of Virginia.

Namaste & Blessed Be