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 on: March 16, 2016, 05:46:12 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Draconis Rex
Bear in mind though Drac that the priesthood in most pagan paths is not intercessory.  There is no laity. This sort of priesthood represents a bond and a service to the god(s).  Assuming you work with deity.  But being solitary or part of a group is irrelevant here.

Of course, point well made and well taken Ashe, I hadn't included that aspect in my consideration.

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 72 
 on: March 15, 2016, 08:06:25 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Bear in mind though Drac that the priesthood in most pagan paths is not intercessory.  There is no laity. This sort of priesthood represents a bond and a service to the god(s).  Assuming you work with deity.  But being solitary or part of a group is irrelevant here.

Hey, welcome back, btw.

 73 
 on: March 15, 2016, 07:45:10 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Draconis Rex
I don't consider myself to be a priest of any sort, but I have taught and guided. I simply consider myself a seeker; probably moreso since I am agnostic (this does NOT preclude the existence of deity in my book). I'm not saying that the term "priest/ess is not acceptable, but I think to those who follow a solitary path, it's not such a comfortable fit. For coveners or those who work together as a group, then that could very well be an apt title, and one that they would no doubt be proud to wear.

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 on: March 04, 2016, 05:42:56 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by oldghost
I am a seeker searching for truth in a land of mist where I can not see what is around me .


I am Truth in a land of mist seeking a seeker of my truth

In a clearing Thuth and  Seeker  meet .
I am Truth , seeker
Not my truth replies Seeker
You are not my seeker replies Truth .

On their way they go ,  one seeking what one wishes truth to be ; and the other seeking one that believes truth's truth,,...,


 75 
 on: March 04, 2016, 02:03:38 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Alchymist
Bit of thread necromancy here .........

Why do I need a Priest or Priestess?  ...any more than I need a Christian clergyman? They're associated with religions, and If I don't follow a religion, why do I need them?  What possible use are they to me?  What can they do that I cannot? 

Many eclectics really follow no real "religion", but rather a spiritual path, which is quite a different thing.  I think many, if not most, look within themselves for enlightenment, which is, I have to believe, the only true source. 

Many, if not most, also have their own rules and ethical standards.

.... if one combines different aspect of various path and is the only one following that path then does that not make them both student and teacher , disciple and priest/ess at the same time . Some where it the long ago times it started with one and spread . Each new way must have a beginning .

I'm completely in agreement with both og and Fs here. I'm fairly certain that I'm the only one following my own Path, which I have at times called The Path of the Wise Serpent, and other times OMSI, "Ordo Meum Sanguinarium Individualis" or "My Own B----y Order", depending on whether I'm feeling deadly serious or outright irreverent or merely whimsical; but, as the Charge of the Goddess says, ".... let there be .... mirth and reverence within you."

 I say "fairly" certain because I have "initiated", sort of, quite a few fellow seekers into OMSI, but I'm not sure whether any of them are really serious about it. Despite its irreverent-sounding name, it requires thought and dedication and not a little study. In this it's a bit like Discordianism was at its beginning - a jokey religion concealing a serious purpose (what Discordianism became in some of its later incarnations, we won't get into). Despite all of this, I don't, and never will, consider myself any kind of Priest. A Fellow Seeker along the Way, with a bit more experience than many (but a lot less than some), is all I claim, and all I will ever claim.

The Central Tenets of OMSI are these:

Believe nothing; question everything; think for yourself.

The corollary to this is, of course, that the Second Tenet allows the Seeker to question the First Tenet, along with everything else; and the Third Tenet allows the Seeker to ignore the First and/or Second Tenets, as and if he or she thinks fit. This might sound entirely whimsical, but the underlying purpose is deadly serious. If you work with the Tenets for long enough, it becomes inescapable that thinking for yourself is hard work, and not for the faint-hearted. But then, of course, let's not forget the "mirth" component of "mirth and reverence."

 Or, as the Halexandria Foundation website expresses it:

Ye Shall Know the Truth,

And the Truth Shall Set Ye Free; 

But when Ye First Learn the Truth,  Ye will likely be Really Ticked Off!

Get Ye over it.

And then, laugh about it!

http://www.halexandria.org/  )

Blessed Be everyone, in mirth and reverence, foolishness and seriousness,

Alchymist, OMSI 33o, but Not A Priest.
 

 76 
 on: February 27, 2016, 11:33:04 PM 
Started by WhiteRaven - Last post by marisol
Good to see ya sis. Missed ya! ;D



 77 
 on: February 27, 2016, 11:30:42 AM 
Started by WhiteRaven - Last post by oldghost
Good to see you back with us . Take care little one ,  here for you whenever you need me.

 78 
 on: February 27, 2016, 11:19:04 AM 
Started by WhiteRaven - Last post by WhiteRaven
I was close to needing a blood transfusion but it wasn't necessary and with eating and iron pills managed to get my levels back up thank god. Thanks I need the get wells.

We've also had a lot of bad luck lately. Since our new car got totaled in the wreck we had we've been using two used vehicles. And we've almost fixed everything on them at this rate cause we've had too. Today the lug nuts on the truck were found to have been loosened by someone apparently... We are not amused.

 79 
 on: February 26, 2016, 08:22:00 PM 
Started by WhiteRaven - Last post by Ashe Isadora
For lack of a better word - Ick!  I've been anemic and it's no fun.  Are you getting iron through an IV?

There are a LOT of medical issues going on with members right now, you're in good company.  Get well.

 80 
 on: February 26, 2016, 08:16:41 PM 
Started by WhiteRaven - Last post by WhiteRaven
Thanks guys I appreciate the welcomes.  ;D

Reasons I was gone.
1. Anemia issues which have been fixed mostly now.
2. Vitamin deficiencies which have also been fixed now. My lack of sunlight exposure was causing some issues.
3. A car wreck back in December that traumatized my family and caused some problems.
4. Had a really bad nose bleed while I was anemic... Covered a hand towel in blood. No nose bleeds to date.
5. Overall life being a pain in my butt.

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