Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Just when I thought I was out

Well it has been a really long time since I wrote anything on here. Like a long time. I had vowed that I was done with this blog, that I was no longer the Mad Angry Pagan. I told myself I had left all the rage and ranting I felt behind for inner peace and calm waters.  Well boy was I wrong I find there is rage and rants left in me and I am fixing to start putting them down on the blog again, and I have a great title for the first one, so please stand by...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An Open Letter from the God and Goddess

This is my first blog post in a very long time I wanted to make it a wish for myself and all my friends. What follows is a letter that I did not write. To be honest I can’t remember where I even got it from anymore. I did not write this and if anyone knows the true source of this please let me know so that I may credit it. What follows purports to be an open letter from the God and Goddess. It seems to be written from many different religious points of view. After reading it again recently I feel it is full of a lot of good advice and that most people could stand to learn a thing or two from what is written within it. I hope you enjoy it and get something from it, I know that I did.

Open Letter from God/dess

From: God/dess
To: Our Children of Earth
Re: Idiotic Religious Rivalries

Dear Children (and believe us, that's all of you),

We consider ourselves pretty patient folks. For instance, look at the Grand Canyon. It took millions of years to get it right. And about evolution? Boy, nothing is slower than designing that whole Darwinian thing to take place, cell by cell, and gene by gene. We've been patient through your fashions, civilizations, wars and schemes, and the countless ways you take Us for granted until you get yourselves into big trouble again and again. We want to let you know about some of the things that are starting to tick Us off.

First of all, your religious rivalries are driving Us up a wall. Enough already! Let's get one thing straight. These are YOUR religions, not Ours. We're the whole enchilada; We're beyond them all. Every one of your religions claims there is only one of Us (which by the way, is absolutely true). But in the very next breath, each religion claims it's Our favorite one. And each claims its scriptures were written personally by Us, and that all the other scriptures are man-made. How do We even begin to put a stop to such complicated nonsense?

Okay, listen up now. We're your Father AND Mother, and We don't play favorites among Our children. Also, We hate to break it to you, but We don't write. Our longhand is awful and We've always been more of "doers" anyway. So ALL of your books, including those Bibles, were written by men and women. They were inspired, remarkable people, but they also made mistakes here and there. We made sure of that so that you would never trust a written word more than your own living heart.

You see, one human being, even a bum on the street, is worth more than all the Holy books in the world. That's just the kind of folks We are. Our spirit is not a historical thing. It's alive right here, right now, as fresh as your next breath. Holy books and religious rites are sacred and powerful, but not more so than the least of you. They were only meant to steer you in the right direction, not to keep you arguing with each other, and certainly not to keep you from trusting your own personal connection with Us. Which brings Us to Our next point about your nonsense. You act like We need you and your religions to stick up for Us or "win souls" for Our sake. Please, don't do Us any favors. We can stand quite well on Our own, thank you. We don't need you to defend Us, and We don't need constant credit. We just want you to be good to each other.

And another thing, We don't get all worked up over money or politics, so stop dragging Our names into your dramas. For example, We swear to Us (smiles), that We never threatened Oral Roberts. We never rode in any of Rajneesh's Rolls Royce’s. We never told Pat Robertson to run for president, and We never, EVER had a conversation with Jim Baker, Jerry Falwell, or Jimmy Swaggart! Of course, come Judgment Day, We certainly meant to.

The thing of it is, We want you to stop thinking of religion as some sort of loyalty pledge to Us. The true purpose of your religions is so that YOU can become more aware of Us, not the other way around. Believe Us, We know you already. We know what's in each of your hearts, and We love you with no strings attached. Lighten up and enjoy Us. That's what religion is best for. What you seem to forget is how mysterious We are. You look at the petty differences in your Scriptures and say, "Well, if THIS is the truth, then THAT can't be!" But instead of trying to figure out Our Paradoxes and Unfathomable Nature, which by the way, you NEVER will, why not open your hearts to the simple common threads in all religions.

You know what We're talking about. Love and respect everyone. Be kind, even when life is scary or confusing. Take courage and be of good cheer, for We are always with you. Learn how to be quiet so you can hear Our still, small voice. (We don't like to shout). Leave the world a better place by living your life with dignity and gracefulness, for you are Our Children. Hold back nothing from life, for the parts of you that can die surely will, and the parts that can't, won't. So don't worry, be happy. (We stole that last line from Bobby McFerrin.) Simple stuff. Why do you keep making it so complicated?

It's like you're always looking for an excuse to be upset. And We're very tired of being your main excuse. Do you think We care whether you call Us Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Diana, Wakantonka, Brahma, Cerridwen, Father, Mother, God, Goddess or even the Void of Nirvana? Do you think We care which of Our special children you feel closest to, Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Krishna, Gerald, Mohammed, or any of the others? You can call Us and Our Special Ones any name you choose, if only you would go about Our business of loving one another as We love you. How can you keep neglecting something so simple?

We're not telling you to abandon your religions. Enjoy your religions, honor them, learn from them, just as you should enjoy, honor, and learn from your parents. But do you walk around telling everyone that your parents are better than theirs? Your religion, like your parents, may always have the most special place in your hearts. We don't mind that at all. And We don't want you to combine all the Great Traditions in One Big Mess. Each religion is unique for a reason. Each has a unique style so that people can find the best path for themselves.

Know that Our Special Children, the ones that your religions revolve around, all live in the same place, (Our Heart), and they get along perfectly, We assure you. The clergy must stop creating a myth of sibling rivalry where there is none. Our blessed children of Earth, the world has grown too small for your persuasive religious bigotry and confusion. The whole planet is connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases, and mutual needs and concerns. Get with the program!

If you really want to help, then commit yourselves to figuring out how to feed your hungry, clothe your naked, protect your abused and shelter your poor. And just as importantly, make your own everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. We've given you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each other and begin living, loving and laughing together. We're not really ticked off. We just wanted to grab your attention because We hate to see you suffer. But We have given you free will to choose your own paths, and We just want you to be happy.

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oklahoma State House Satan Statue Update

I saw this story this morning and thought I would share it with everyone as a undated. It would seem that the Satanic Temple even has some Christians supporting them in there efforts to get this done.

Surprise! Even some Christians support Satanist display at Oklahoma Capitol (via Raw Story )

The leader of a Satanic temple said he has been touched by the support his group has received for its proposal to place a monument next to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma State Capitol. “It’s really encouraging. It’s really moving. We do…

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quick Review of The Magical Life of Scott Cunningham

When many people in the Pagan Community think of their first book introduction to Paganism they often think of Scott Cunningham. Many people often think of Donald Michael Kraig as their first introduction to the world of Thelema and High Magick. The fact that these two men spent 6 years together as room mates is incredible. Don shows us a side of Scott that so many never got to experience because he passed so young. And while much of what was in this book was published in Don's blogs and other places I am glad it got published in this very brief book as well.

Do yourself a favor and if you have ever enjoyed one of Scotts books give this a read. Don himself right now is very sick with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and I hope everyone keeps him in there thoughts and prayers.

You can pick up a copy of The Magical Life of Scott Cunningham for your Kindle here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Writers Block

Have you ever had a good old fashioned case of writers block? That seems to be me the last couple of days. It would be different if I had no ideas rattling around in that melon I call a brain but I do. A good friend suggested I try the web site oneword.com I am going to see how it goes.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Perfect Day

Since we are recording a new episode of A bit of Geek and Nerdery today I am feeling a little Nerdy and love the commercial for the PS4 so please everyone enjoy.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Warcraft Movie Rumor

For all of you that make it here to my blog via the geek and nerdery podcast of which I am the co-host, and this is unconfirmed, but the Warcraft movie may have started shooting today. Oh happy WoW dance if this is so...