All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
lately I have had the (mis) fortune of to much time to meditate and ponder upon things and once more I have come to things that I find myself pondering more than the usual extent. For one, why do people have to argue for the sake of argument? I've run into this a lot, and mostly it is from people to stupid (and possibly ignorant) to even allow a difference in any part or portion of their idea. but that is not what is really bothering me. It's the defeatists in some of the pagan groups I have dealt with that really bother me along with this ever growing trend to pull things from other practices. Im not saying that eclectics or use of other practices is bad or wrong, far from it in fact, but the trend that exists is so to speak, "to take the tools and methods but not the reasoning or practice". this came up recently over a debate and conversation with a group i shall not name here, over the creation of runes for divination. they are a strong tool when used correctly, and they function best when made correctly with the proper materials, time, care and ritual behind it. Sure, i know that there are those out there that probably mass produce them and do just fine, but I feel that the best i have ever done, and there are those that i know that feel the same, that if you go through the old rites and ways, then they just work better and more accurately. Some of the higher ups in the group I was speaking with, felt that it was all over done and that a simple ritual neo druid blessing was more than enough for them.
Mayhaps it is my anachronistic views and practices, perhaps it is the Norse and the 9 virtues, but I feel that if you take the culture and reasoning out of the practice, then it is hollow and weak. I would not wield a Katana in battle without understanding its form and function, nor its cultural reasoning and the method of use, because it would break and fail me if used wrongly. It is just like how I appreciate Voodoo rituals for all that they are, but i would not dare to practice one for a god outside of the loa, or without knowing what reasoning is behind everything, because something as small and insignificant as a single kernel of corn may make or break the ritual (i really don't know if corn is even used).
I may be a Vitringr of Vinland, with our eclectic methods and ideas, but I do understand reason and ritual and their places in the whole of the work.
on a personal note, from my experience with some of these, as well as research, I am starting to take less stock in some groups.