Not once upon a time

Briefly when I was younger, I was a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism. In the American West, there's a lot of cross-over between the SCA, the science fiction fan community, and some Pagan groups. At the time I wasn't interested in the Paganism, but I was interested in the ladies. And the costumes. And access to the ladies through the costumes.

Anyway, the SCA would plop it's events right smack in the modern world. A fun way to spend some time, but we still go back to the "real world" afterwards.

Well, I've run across some descriptions of gods lately. The authors have taken great effort to make the clothes "period." What people forget is that when we describe the classical Deities wearing togas, it's because that's what was worn in Greece and Rome during the height of their worship.

Often today it seems that when people talk about gods, their home is timeless but dated. Something quaint, but a refuge from our modern time.

And yes, this is the hermit guy saying this.

I blame Christianity, at least to an extent. All those paintings and statues of a blue-eyed Jesus.

But what I am seeing is that people don't want their gods to manifest in the modern world.

I've talked about my gods and how they are extensions of the modern world, if in a more rustic setting. Some things can't be helped, I'm a country boy at heart. I think the city is nice to visit.

But there are gods and spirits and wonders in the cities too. The godmasks are linked to human experience, that;s where we place the limits. The Reality on the other side of the godmasks, well, that is what we reach for. The masks don't control the gods, they never did. The godmasks control our perceptions, the Reality is beyond our understanding and our limits.

But it can manifest in our lives. If we dare to look beyond the mask. If we make our own masks.

This is the world, there is no other. That's the limiter. Everything moves because of dynamic balances, magick is the essence of change and evolution.

Our Dieties aren't suspended in "once upon a time," they transcend us. They inspire us. They tantalize us.

They're already there, waiting for us to discover them.
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Posted: Thu - April 16, 2009 at 01:31 PM
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