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Military Pagans – A Call To Action

In my previous posts, I have explained that I was in the US Army and served in the Iraq War. I have also explained that this was the biggest spiritual metamorphosis I have ever incurred in this lifetime.
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What made this time period bearable, and why it had aided so much to my spiritual well-being, is that I had met other people like me. In an organization that is predominantly Christian; I found other Pagans to speak to! This was truly a blessing found in the only Hell {Iraq} I believe in.

My platoon had also accepted me and my faith as well! I know that there are a lot of Pagans out there that have had the opposite experience, but mine was a positive one! They may not have held my same beliefs in religion, but they held the same beliefs on freedom of religion that the US Constitution and Bill of Rights offered to each American Citizen!

I had recently spoke with a few friends about my experiences, and I have heard some pretty disturbing news. That my experience was and is both rare and almost nonexistent in the US Military today.

That groups, who once had permission to practice together, are quickly being disbanded by the very same leadership that allowed them to in the first place!

That these brave people’s military careers and lives are being negatively effected by coming out of the broom closet!

This has to stop.

I want to see a time that the Pagans who are fighting to our rights here at home, can place Wiccan, Asatru, Druid, Shaman, or whatever else they wish to, on their dog tags without fear of reprisal!

I also know that there are stories like mine out there.

So, my current call to act is simple. Everyone who was, is, or knows someone who was in n the military, just simply place a quick comment below with your experience. Positive or Negative.

Let us see the whole picture and then figure out what to do from that point. The microcosm of my life, and that of my friends, is certainly not going to reveal the true nature of how Pagans are treated in the military.
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(If you wish to remain anonymous, please simply email your comment to MorrighansTrove@yahoo.com so I can comment for you under my name.)

Please Share this post with everyone you think may benefit from, or that has a story to tell. I don’t want to sit by and watch as we are forced into the shadows any longer than I already have.
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The Lord and Lady – The Ultimate Parents

Trying to explain the Lord and Lady to my kids seems to be a bit more difficult than I had assumed it would be.

You see, I do not feel that the Lord and Lady are to be worshipped, grovelled over, and placed on some ethereal pedestal that I am completely unworthy of ever gazing upon.

I feel that the God and Goddess are like my parents. To be respected. To come to when I need advice. To ask permission to move forward with certain aspects of my life. That they are more equal to me than one normally views a deity in any faith in this world.

The reason I feel this way took some honest self reflection, and meditation with the Goddess and God, and time to figure out. I have found out that I have always felt this way, even before I had been awakened to the Old Ways.

You see, I have always had a really hard time picturing a God or Goddess as a petty, jealous dictator that cannot forgive even the slightest infraction of rules set by the human leaders of Their respective religions. This must be the Leo in me, but I cannot fathom ever being subservient to anything or anyone, even a God, which is why I feel that the Lord and Lady are Matriarchal and Patriarchal figures in my life.

Also, like my relationship with my human parents, the advice I receive from the Lord and Lady can be heeded or ignored. That if I heed the advice, or deny it, there are consequences to either of those actions. Much like sneaking out of the house after being told not to; or conversely, like going to bed early when told to due to the early morning. Good or Bad.

Don’t get me wrong. I have explained to my son, who is the oldest, that the Lord and Lady are to be treated with respect and admiration. They are the ultimate parents. That the advice and guidance received from Them should be honored and revered.

What do you think? Am I a bit confused? Wrong? Right? Let me k ow your thoughts in the comments below!

Only a Few Days To Go!

With only a few days until.the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival, I will be pretty busy getting ready for the event!

I will be there during the set up, the actual festival, and the tear down to ensure complete coverage of the festival.

This will hopefully give everyone who reads my future postings an inside look at not just the two days of the festival; but also at the amount of energy it took to put on this community-building event!

So, if you are reading this post, and plan on attending the festival, you will no doubt see me walking around asking questions and handing out my business cards. You will also see me working as Security as I have also volunteered my experience to help the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival as a thank you for allowing me this great opportunity!

I will also ask any of the people.attending to offer their opinions here in the comments of the future posts. This way, anyone planning to attend next year’s festival will have one more place to look for reviews and a written record of what they could expect from the Sacramento Pagan Pride Group!

I look.forward to meeting everyone this weekend! I look even more forward to seeing the performers and vendors having a great time with the massive crowds!

Blessed Be Everyone!

What The Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival Means To Me

Time keeps on ticking towards the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival, and boy am I excited! Busy, but excited!

I have never been a part of something like this before due to the fact I had felt so alone as a Pagan in Sacramento because I didn’t take the time to open my eyes. Which got me thinking about perception. I perceived like I was one of a few, but in reality, I wasn’t.

How many Pagans out there feel the way I had felt? Even if there is one person who feels this way, it is already too many.

My point is, this festival is not just a place to have a good time. That will already occur, but this is a time to enjoy each other’s company while feeling the blessings bestowed upon us by the Lord and Lady! To reach out and feel the warmth of love in each and every strange face we have the privilege of meeting. Knowing that we don’t have to hide who we are, if only for a few hours a day.

This Pagan Pride Festival means so much more to me than words can describe! As I said before, this is a chance for me to feel a part of something. This is a chance for me to introduce my 11 year old stepson to my belief structure. This is a chance for me to feel the acceptance I have been missing since the Forest Moon Grove in Iraq.

Take a look inward, what does the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival mean to you? I would love to hear it!

Sacramento Pagan Pride Schedule of Events

Hello everyone! I now have the schedule for the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival in my hands! This is looking like it is going to be an amazing weekend for sure! There is a lot scheduled both for entertainment and information! This is going to be a great fun filled weekend that will bring us all closer to The Lord and Lady!

Below is the schedule of events and their locations during the festival! I have included photos of the performers to give you an idea of who they are. If you want to know more about the performers and speakers, click here to go and see their bios on the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival website!

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

0945 : Opening Ritual – Belisama and Charlie ~ Ritual Area

1000 : Roberta Cruz – Colon Health and Colonics ~ Tent

1000 : Oberta Zell ~ Stage

1100 : Jason Mankey – History of Drawing Down The Moon ~ Hall

1100 : Entertainment To Be Announced ~ Stage

1200 : Katrina Rasbold – The Making and Magick of Food ~ Tent

1200 : Ritual by The Cauldron of Grace and Knowledge ~ Ritual Area

1300 : Julie Maahs – Taxes and The Pagan Business ~ Hall

1300 : The Method ~ Stage

1400 : Willow Polson – Spirit Guides ~ Tent

1400 : Lunar Shadows ~ Stage

1500 : Stan Morey – The Two Tools ~ Hall

1500 : Harvest Ritual – Katrina and Eric Rasbold ~ Ritual Area

1600 : Sean The Druid – An Outline of ADF Ritual and Sacrifice ~ Tent

1600 : Entertainment To Be Announced ~ Stage

1700 : Willow Polson- Writing 201 ~ Hall

1700 : Ritual by Jason Mankey – Ritual Area

1800 : Belisama – Past Life Regression ~ Tent

1800 : Pagan Humor With Angus McMahan ~ Stage

1900 : Debbie Como – Dreamcatchers ~ Hall

1900 : Earth Mother Ritual Sierra Madrone Grove ~ Ritual Area

2000 : Drumming Circle ~ Stage

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

1000 : Stan Morey – Candle Magick ~ Tent

1000 : Entertainment To Be Announced

1100 : Erica Wachs – Reiki and Self Healing Techniques ~ Hall

1100 : Abbreviated BDO Ritual – Deb Scott ~ Ritual Area

1200 : Oberon Zell ~ Tent

1200 : Lunar Shadows ~ Stage

1300 : Arthur Paletta – Scrying ~ Hall

1300 : Mabon Releasing Ritual – Belisama and Charlie ~Ritual Area

1400 : Workshop ~ Tent

1400 : Entertainment To Be Announced ~ Stage

1500 : Anne Angelheart – The Twelve Universal Laws and Majok ~ Hall

1500 : Quantum Wicca Ritual – Stan Morey ~ Ritual Area

1600 : Katrina Rasbold – Energy Magick ~ Tent

1600 : Entertainment To Be Announced ~ Stage

1700 : Closing Ritual – The Circle of Coyote ~ Ritual Area

New Logo

Hello Folks! I just wanted to post something that will give you an idea of what to expect at the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival this 21st and 22nd! This will be a compilation of all of the vendors that have said that they will be there as of today! You can find a more up to date listing here if you happen to find this post closer to the date of the Festival!

I will do my best to keep this list updated! For more information on any of the vendors, please click the above links to check them out! This is a great group of Vendors folks! This is going to be a wonderful weekend!! I hope to see every Pagan in the Sacramento Area, and beyond, at this Festival!

Here is a copy of the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival Flyer! Please Share this to as many people as you can! SPP Flyer

If you want more up to date information on a much faster pace, Follow Morrighan’s Trove on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook!

The Question of Hell

My wife and I spoke about this today on the way to my school, Did We Create Hell?

The premise of this question that we had discussed is based on a simple premise.

If thoughts are energy, and energy is magick, have we inadvertently created places and beings like Hell and its demons?

We had a conversation earlier in the week about the power of thoughts and how every thought is a magickal action. We both delved deeper into the subject today and the conclusion we came this kind of scary!

My wife and I are Pagans. We actually have just redound The Lord and Lady very recently and need a lot of relearning to get back to our former states. We discuss everything that comes to our mind. Which is how the Hell Question came up.

As Pagans, my wife and I do not believe in the concept of Hell. We don’t believe that any God or Goddess out there can be so upset with a human who is inherently flawed, that They would cast them into an eternal land of suffering. That is more of a human trait.

Then we started on the “Thoughts are Magick” paradigm. (Many of our conversations take this random leap and often leave a lot of people lost, please bear with us.) We both agree that before anything comes into being, it has to be thought of first. Even the most minor of thoughts can be detrimental or beneficial to the parties involved. It is all a matter of intention.

Then we started talking about the thoughts of other, Non-Pagans out there. Do their thoughts impact the world as much as our own? Are people inadvertently changing thing for the worse? For the better? Have we, as a human race created things that are both malevolent or benevolent?

Have the religions that believe so heavily in a “Hell,” have created such a place?

With so many Christians, Jews, and Muslims out there(These are the only modern religion that I am aware of that believe in a Hell.”

Dream Interpretation

Last Night I had asked the Lord and Lady back into my life and up guide me in my life’s works.

They answered…

…I think.

I had a strange dream that I was working as a bartender at the local VFW, which I do often, and all my old bosses were there.

There was this female post member there who had asked for a DVD that I did not have. I searched high and low looking for this DVD, but just couldn’t find it. All she said was, “When you get it, I’ll be back.”

Then I had gone home from the bar, which was a country home much like my grandmother’s, and a older guy was there.

He took me and my wife on a walk. Down the pasture, and onto this stop of land with a fence on either side.

I wish I remembered our conversations, but I cannot.

Then a mountain lion appeared and started in after us. We ran into the house just in time to shut the sliding glass door in his face. With that the mountain lion said, “I’ll get you separated, one day, you won’t have each other.”

And, that is when I woke up.

The Meaning I have taken from this is that I am missing something that the Goddess has deemed necessary for me to connect with Her. That I need to find a piece of myself and accept it before I can completely connect.

The God is taking more of a guiding role. And, one day I will remember our conversations together. For now, I am being shown symbols and having to interpret them myself.

What do you think about my interpretation? Dreams are always best interpreted by the dreamer, but having other opinions could not hurt

Morrighan’s Trove: Our Most Exciting Project

We here at Morrighan’s Trove, will be working pretty heavily on getting set up to write the largest group of posts in our short history!

As previously stated, I have been given permission from the Sacramento Pagan Pride to report on the upcoming Festival on the 21st and 22nd of September.

I already have at least four articles I would like to write about the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival! This will help break up what could potentially become a very long article that will be hard to read. It will also help me and the Sacramento Pagan Pride Organization keep the marketing of their organization going!

I am really excited about this! I have been meditation and asking my Lord and Lady for guidance in this, my largest project I have ever taken on!

I just ask that you, my loyal reader, send some positive and creative energy my way to help me on this! Even if it is just a quick thought wishing me well! Thoughts are magick, thoughts are energy!

-Don Davidson

Being Open to Tolerance

Pagans throughout time have been persecuted, and still are to this very day! We all know this to be true. Does this effect our ability to be tolerant or, our ability to see the good within people?

I pose this question because I have been seeing some great things in my life, some wonderful examples of tolerance! But, I still am very cautious and a little bit scared to talk about my faith in front of my own parents! That even though I have never experienced, and keep being shown the opposite, any negative prejudices from others about my religion.

In my experience I have come out of the Broom Closet to a platoon of mostly devout Catholics. This had an inherent danger of bigotry that had never surfaced! They were all very curious and they had lots of questions! (Minus a couple of jabs that guys throw around every now and again in an attempt to be funny.)

Then just recently, I have been given permission to write an article on the Pagan Pride Festival for the Sacramento Area! Which is great! I am still very excited to do this! Then I learned that the location of the Pagan Pride Festival is a VFW Post! 

Now I am a Life Member of another VFW Post a few miles away, and that is a place where I keep my religious beliefs to myself. I am sure they would end up being ok with it, but I bartend there, and it could effect my job.

So, I asked the person running the Festival, how on earth did he get this venue?! That even the oath you take blatantly involves the Christian God!

The answer i received was simple and logical. That Post has had a long time member that follows a Pagan Path and they will let anyone rent their facility as long as they follow the rules and pay the fees. It makes a lot of sense and it helps out another Non-Profit organization! That, my friends, is tolerance.

I know that the world will be filled with racism, bigotry, and prejudice for a long time to come. Let’s just let the good examples of tolerance fill our lives! And, fight the intolerance whenever it raises its ugly head!

Most of all, let us be the EXAMPLE! Let us show the way to a world filled with love and respect!