What is “Natural” ?

So over at the Pagan Values group on Facebook, Meical Abwen has posted a link to his great post The Refinery from the No Unsacred Place blog.

Some interesting discussion and ideas are bubbling up in the comments streams at both locations.  Is something man-made unnatural?  Are we not creatures of nature as any other?  How is  a human city different, or less natural, than an ant hill, or a bee hive?  Is  an oil refinery a natural environment?  What about a city? What do you think?

Link your thoughts and posts on the topic to the Blogject site comment stream or go over to the Facebook group and join the discussion!

I know episodes 15 and 29 of the Elemental Castings podcast, have some interesting conversations around this topic…

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Crossing the Finish Line

And, here we are at the end of June!  I’ve got three articles to share with you today and I’ll be posting a follow-up to our event this month rounding up the whole event within the next few days.  Pax has a few other ideas regarding how we might be able to expand this beyond a once-a-year event, too, to focus on specific events or topics throughout the year.  More on those later.

But, without further ado, I present the last three articles for the Pagan Values Event 2013:

First, we have an exploration relating to the discovery of one’s personal gods, living in right relationship with them, and how that might be related to or supersede personal values or ethics.  This comes to use from the Rebalancing Acts blog.

Secondly, a post from A Journey within Feri describing Embodiment as a virtue and how that leads the author to treat their physical body.

And, finally, a post not so much on a specific value but rather a call to action and a discussion of our responsibilities toward those organizations within the Pagan community who are there to help inform, education, and defend it.  The editorial is entitled Rights and Responsibilities and it comes to use from the Everglades Moon Local Council representing the Covenant of the Goddess in Florida.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

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Beauty, Strength, Peace, and Equality

Three posts today!

Rounding out the exploration of value-pairs from the Charge of the Goddess, clear skies returns to us with a discussion of Beauty and Strength.

From the Upholding Ma’at blog, a discussion of what the Kemetic concept of upholding Ma’at is and how this connects to the author’s goals for a peaceful life.

Finally, Teo Bishop shares with us his thoughts on the recent Supreme Court of the United States rulings related to the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.  In it, he discusses equality as a Pagan value.

Four more days left!  Get your posts in before it’s too late!

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Power and Compassion

Gah!  I had one tough week at work and I missed a two posts that came into us earlier this week.  Luckily, the persistence of the Internet makes it easy enough to catch up.

Continuing his exploration of the pairings found in the Charge of the Goddess, we get a post from clear skies relating to Power and Compassion.  Then, from the Flame and Forge blog comes an exploration of personal and Pagan ethics and morals.

That’s it for today!  We’re coming up on the last day in June so if you know of people out there who want to participate in the project and haven’t yet, give them a digital kick in the butt for me!

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Havamal Thoughts and Respect

We’ve had a few posts relating to the Wiccan Rede but I came across a post at the New World Paganism blog relating to the Havamal and values-focused interpretations of some passages.  My knowledge of the Havamal is limited and in the spirit of ecumenicism, I thought I’d share it.

We also receive a submission from the Pagan Corner blog relating to respect.  Specifically the respect for the spiritual and religious decisions of others and how that relates to other ethical decisions.

That’s it for today.  See you next time!

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Rede-ing the Charge

See what I did there?

We have two posts for today.  Firstly, more from clear skies, this time focusing on the pairing of Honor and Humility in the Charge of the Goddess.  Secondly, a Francophilic analysis of the Wiccan Rede and where it’s possible roots in the French revolution and literature from the Vine & Ivy blog.

Enjoy!

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Authenticity, Mirth, and Reverence

Today we have two posts to share with you.

The first is from Reconstructing the Labyrinth and focuses on authenticity; authenticity as a virtue and authenticity to the self as a bases for other moral and ethical decisions.  The second is from clear skies looking at a portion of the Charge of the Goddess.  Specifically, the interplay between mirth and reverence.

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