Yeah, religion — the “juice,” not the social organizations — can be sexy. Hindu gurus are notorious for sexual scandals, as are some Zen teachers, Protestant ministers, Catholic priests . . . you could go on.
Morality ought to be filed under Philosophy, not Religion.
An issue that affects both new religions (like various new Paganisms) and scholars of religion is the enormous, often unrecognized, cultural meme that “religion” equals not just a type of monotheism with a Holy Book, but Protestant Christianity in particular.
Yes, you should read the whole thing INCLUDING THE COMMENTS.
And then you might want to think about rereading my bit on Groups. For extra credit, think about my leadership tag.
I’ve decided to devote some time to analyzing the crusader mode. I’ve a bunch of pagans trying to tell me what is and is not moral while dismissing what I have to say.
As a working assumption, crusaders are immoral, intolerant, and intrusive.
And yes, religion and faith are amoral. Every example I’ve seen of religious morality is to control other people. And this absolutely justifies my decision to split my blogging into pagan and political all those years ago.
Too many people are in religion for the politics.
I think the crusaders get their way because most people just don’t want to argue with them. A few of these people are worried, fewer still scared.
So I think my next bit will be figuring out how to defang the crusaders. I’m tired of dealing with them and I’m even more tired of watching them “win.”
One of my preferred magickal tools is an old skeleton key I inherited. Well, technically, I didn’t inherit it. After my grandfather passed, my grandmother gave my mother a desk that my grandfather had build. Buried in the back of the paper drawer was this key. The moment I saw it, I knew it was mine even though I had never seen it before. “Here you go” said my grandmother as she dropped it in my hand.
The bow or loop of the key can be used for an interesting knack. In England and parts of the American South, you could find folks who use pocket sized shew stones with a hole worn naturally through them. These days, rare metal objects can be used, with some conditionals.
Part of the knack is learning to focus through the ring and only through the ring. That’s pretty useful right there. Sometimes you do need to see things up close and disconnected from it’s surroundings. But with a little practice, you can “disassociate” your expectations and glimpse how the thing connects to the wyrd. It seldom lasts for more than a few seconds, it’s a “field instrument” after all.
Of course it has other uses in spellwork. I’ve modified mine with some wire wrapping and some skull beads. I usually wear it as a amulet when I know I’ll probably need to do something. Think of it as another multitool and you’re not far off.