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The Kemetic Negative Confessions   Leave a comment

The excellent blog “My Heart in Ancient Egypt: Discussion of Ancient Egyptian culture, language and religion” is maintained by local author and artist Titania. As a practitioner of the Kemetic faith, she has posted several articles on the Negative Confessions, also known as The 42 Laws of Ma’at or The Laws of a Balanced Heart. She describes them as the Kemetic moral and ethical codes and gave me permission to link to them here as an additional reference for the discussion on different codes of conduct.

The First Five Confessions
Confessions 6 – 10
Confessions 11 – 15
Confessions 16 – 20
Confessions 21 – 25
Confessions 26 – 30
Confessions 31 – 35
The Last 7 Confessions 36-42

All of her posts discussion the Negative Confessions.


Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru   Leave a comment

Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru


1) Courage
2) Truth
3) Honour
4) Fidelity
5) Discipline
6) Hospitality
7) Industriousness
8) Self Reliance
9) Perseverance
These virtues were kept to enhance these aspects of being & qualities of the soul:

Posted April 25, 2012 by otterblossom in Web Sites

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The Wiccan Rede   Leave a comment

The Wiccan Rede
Doreen Valiente (1922-1999)

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.
For tread the circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the old ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the north wind’s mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the wind blows from the east, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the south, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the west, all hearts will find peace and rest.
Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the major sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.
As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lammas night power is brought to magick rite.
Four times the minor sabbats fall use the sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.
In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the sun has reached it’s height time for oak and holly to fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all when the autumn equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is now wear the star upon your brow.
Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.
These Eight words the Rede fulfill:
An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will!

Copyright John Belham-Payne
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Posted April 24, 2012 by otterblossom in Web Sites

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Local CUUPs group featured in Your North Hills   Leave a comment

Nature creates spiritual path for small group of pagans

by Dona Dreeland Staff Writer
March 29, 2012

Pagans have soul.

In fact, that’s the connection by which some pagans would define themselves.

Dictionaries offer a variety of meanings for the word “pagan”: someone who believes that everything has a soul; one who doesn’t ascribe to monotheism, such as Christianity, Judaism or Islam; or a believer in an earth-centered reverence for all of life.

The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, or CUUPS, has been meeting once a month since September at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills in Franklin Park.

Kristilee Williams, of Bellevue, and Chris Vaughn, of West View, facilitate the group.
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Posted March 29, 2012 by otterblossom in Groups

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Pagan Bookworms: The Steel Phoenix Book Discussion Group   1 comment

The first meeting was very productive! We made a reading list for the rest of the year. We gave non fiction books two months, alternating with one month for fiction (except for Mist of Avalon, because it’s huge). We are hoping to have some local authors come in and discuss their books with us as well. Although the readings are recommended, they are certainly not required. Folks are welcome to come listen about the books and join in any discussions sparked by the books. We also understand that different books will have different folks interested in them, and that the make up of the group will vary greatly. All are welcome, at any time.
Monroeville Barnes & Noble, 7 PM every second Thursday

2012 Pagan Bookworms Reading List
March 8 – Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries by Ruth Barrett, Chapters 1 – 7
April 12 – Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries by Ruth Barrett, Chapters 8 – 13
May 10 – Vermin by Scott A Johnson
June 14 – Science of the Craft by William H. Keith, Jr., Chapters 1 – 9
July 12 – Science of the Craft by William H. Keith, Jr., Chapters 10 – 19
August 9 – Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
September 13 – Pagan Polyamory by Raven Kaldera, Parts 1 – 3
October 11 – Pagan Polyamory by Raven Kaldera, Parts 4 – App.
November 8 – Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pages 1 – 408
December 13 – Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pages 409 – 912

Book Discussion Group   Leave a comment

A new discussion group is forming! An offshoot of the Steel Phoenix Writers Group, this will be a book discussion group.

The first meeting will be Thursday, February 9th, at 7PM at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Monroeville Mall. No books are “due” this first meeting, rather a discussion on what books we want to read, how we want to read them (a book a month, a chapter a month, …), possible names for the group, and related activities will take place. Other events planned for future meetings include meet the author nights, readings, and book signings.

The first book up for discussion will be Ruth Barrett’s Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation. I know at least one copy is available at Eye of Nuit (for those wanting hard copy, the book is also available for the kindle). Snowy, the wonderful owner at Eye of Nuit, has offered to order books for the group, once we’re organized.

Please contact Blossom for more information.

So come join us every second Thursday!

Posted January 29, 2012 by otterblossom in Groups

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Guest Post: Evergreen: A Topic Discussion Group   Leave a comment

by ReNauMoon, Guest Blogger
ReNauMoon considers herself a free spirit Pagan. She has been active in the Pittsburgh Pagan scene for well over a decade, from hosting the Evergreen meetings, helping organize the Unity Ritual series, a member of the Pittsburgh Pagan House Foundation, a contributor to the Steel Phoenix Writers Group, and many other activities.

Evergreen in Winter
photo by ReNauMoon

Contact ReNauMoon

Visit Evergreen YahooGroup

Currently meeting at Barnes & Noble in Monroeville the first Thursday of every month. Meeting time is from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Evergreen is one of the longest running Pagan/Metaphysical and open/public discussion groups (NOT a coven or grove) in the Pittsburgh Area. It has always been open to all pagan and pagan-friendly folks to attend.

Evergreen was started by Moonshadow in collaboration with Three Rivers CUUPS/Isis in January of 1999 (if not actually earlier then that as the archives I have access to only go back to Jan 1999) with it’s first meetings taking place at the UU Church in Shadyside. In May of 1999 Moonshadow began Evergreen East at Borders in Monroeville, while still maintaining Evergreen at the UU church. For a short period of time there were two monthly Evergreen meetings.

In August of 1999 The Evergreen Shadyside UU Church meetings became The CUPPS Discussion Group ( Community Uniting Pgh Pagans – which subsequently and unfortunately disbanded in Dec. 1999) and the Evergreen meetings continued at Borders in Monroeville. It was also at that time (Aug or perhaps Sept of 1999) that Moonshadow passed the torch (chair) to ReNauMoon.

Somewhere in the Summer of 2001, Shari became the chair of Evergreen and for several years it switched back and forth between Shari and Eloria. Sometime in early to mid 2005 ReNauMoon became the chair again and is the current chair.

The meetings are always free unless you want to get yourself something to eat and/or drink in the cafe. The turn out for attendees can range anywhere from 4 (during VERY bad weather in the winter) to somewhere between 25-30, with the average ranging between 10-15. The topics are varied and we try not to revisit a topic for about a 2 year period to keep things interesting and informative. Over the years we have had key speakers who have given demonstrations and passed out information packets to the group. We also now have an annual energy exchange that takes the place of a topic, although if someone asks questions about Reiki, crystal healing or any other form of energy healing, folks are more then happy to answer as best they can. Many folks go over to TGIFridays after the meeting for further socializing and food.

This is the list of topics for 2012 for anyone reading this article that might be interested in attending any or all of the meetings:
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Posted January 9, 2012 by otterblossom in Groups

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