Pagan and the Pit(bulls)

The political musings of a Pagan and her dogs.


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Blue Wave! Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of the Democrats who won the election! You guys are amazing!

Thank you to all the volunteers who made those wins possible, thank you to the bakers of casseroles, the tech people, the canvassers, the callers, the post card writers, the organizers. You are the drops of water that make the Blue Wave possible!

To the Democrats with races too close to call, or go to run offs. Keep fighting! We stand with you! When you go to the mat again, we’ll be there right behind you.

To the Democrat women who demonstrated remarkable courage and dedication,  but lost. I see you. Senator Heitkamp your decision to stand with Dr. Blasey Ford was a moment of great political courage, and I (and others) appreciate it.

In particular from my state I want to congratulate new House Representatives Haaland and Small. Haaland is one of the first native women to be elected to Congress and I couldn’t be more proud that my district chose her to be our voice. I also want to congratulate Governor Elect Lujan Grisham. You were an excellent representative and you will be an amazing governor. Make us proud ladies!

 


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Justice and the Demokratia

I’ll own the fact that I’m not the most conventional Hellenic pagan. Before I left a local group, there was an argument that culminated in another member screaming “YOU ARE A HERETIC”. I forget now what the argument was about, but I feel like how I rearranged the Hellenic calendar had something to do with it. For example, I don’t celebrate the Demokratia in September. I celebrate it in November when the American elections are.

I’ve started drawing a tarot card a day, and at the time I’m writing this the card I drew was Justice. I really like the Herbal deck that I use, this card really illustrates why. Unlike the popular Thoth deck, Justice isn’t blind. She stares clearly at the querent. And unlike the Rider Waite deck, this Justice has set aside her sword in favor of a crystal. Perhaps this is the Justice America needs. Too long we’ve had a justice system blind to biases and power differentials (Serial has an excellent season about a year inside the courthouse). Too long we’ve had “justice” that looks to punish, without thinking about reparations or restitution. Justice should be fair, and look to correct wrongs. Not make them worse.

On the Euphorion of Chalcis is a fragment that reads, “In the marketplace let him set Themis, requite of good deeds: and beside her, Dike, who leaps up like a tiger in anger at the deeds of men upon whom she looks-even them who provoke the gods and turn the divine laws aside and such as treat their feeble parents with arrogance, scorning the counsel of the living and the dead, or sin against the hospitable feast and the Table of Zeus.”

I can think of a lot of people who sin against the table of Zeus and the hospitable feast.

I can think of a lot of people who scorn the counsel of the living and the history of the dead.

I can think of a lot of people who treat(ed) their feeble parents with arrogance.

I can think of a lot of people who turn the divine laws aside. Remember, for this administration, malice is the agenda.

I can also think of the American people who provoked the gods, and how that has consequences.

Mythology is full of warning stories about people who disrespect the gods gifts. Aphrodite and Hippomenes. Athene and the Daughters of Kekrops. The Trojan War was set in motion by Menelaus refusing to give the promised 100 head of cattle to Aphrodite after he married Helen. Democracy was a gift to humanity from Themis and Athene. And in America, we’ve neglected the gift. So few people voted, and of the people who did vote some threw away their votes on protests. Our election system is so easily hackable, as Russia demonstrated. Authoritarian Trump is the reward we deserve, and he is just the beginning. The damage Trump has done is long lasting, and toxic. But maybe, just maybe, if we take action now we can mitigate it.

So vote. Rock the Vote. Let the Vote Save America. And don’t just vote, take your neighbor, your friends, your family to vote. This isn’t something you can phone in. Otherwise we deserve everything that Athene and Themis give us.


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How does the Pagan vote?

Currently, I’m working overseas (puts to follow in 2 weeks and I’m dying of anticipation) and I’m writing posts for now on my phone because my laptop is being frizty. That said, I’ve been harping on social media and on here about how to vote.

So, how does a Pagan living an ocean away from the United States vote? By absentee ballot.

Before I left, I made a plan to vote by absentee ballot. And when I got it, I filled it out at my cramped messy desk, before putting it right back in the mail.

This election is too important to not vote. There are concerns raised by Melissa McEwan, and Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendezior about the elections safety. They’re right, and I believe them. That said, just because it doesn’t look safe or secure doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

With the recent attempts to erase non-cis people, as well as conflating desperate refugees with an “army”, we need to remember that we’re SUPPOSED to stand for the tired, hungry masses yearning to breathe free. And standing for them means voting blue.


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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

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There is a record number of Indigenous political candidates this year. Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by researching the candidates, and then voting for Indigenous women in the midterms!

Personally, the Pagan and the Pitbulls plan to vote for Deb Haaland. But if you don’t live in Deb’s district, please also check out Peggy Flanagan, Paulette Jordan, and Sharice Davids.