Sunday, April 22, 2012

Paganism To Be Taught in Schools

Taken from the Mail Online website: Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group. Faiths: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft Required learning: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. The syllabus adds that areas of study should include ‘the importance of pre-Christian sites for modern pagans’. More... Call for return of compulsory language GCSEs for every child to help the economy And an accompanying guide says that pupils should ‘understand the basic beliefs’ of paganism and suggests children could discuss the difficulties a practising pagan pupil might face in school. But the council’s initiative has dismayed some Christian campaigners, who are alarmed that a religion once regarded as a fringe eccentricity is increasingly gaining official recognition. Critics point out that according to the council’s own estimates there are only between 600 and 750 pagans in Cornwall out of a total population of 537,400. Mike Judge, Christian Institute spokesman, said: ‘Religious education is squeezed already – there’s barely enough time to cover Christianity and the other major religions. 'Introducing paganism is just faddish and has more to do with the political correctness of teachers than the educational needs of children.’ Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia However, Neil Burden, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said that the move would give children ‘access to the broad spectrum of religious beliefs’. The council said the teaching of Christianity still accounted for nearly two-thirds of religious education in its schools. Paganism encompasses numerous strands, from druids, who believe themselves to be practitioners of the ancient faith of pre-Christian Britain, to wiccans – modern witches who gather in covens – and shamans, who engage with the spirit of the land. Cornish pagans include witches Cassandra and Laetitia Latham-Jones, who dress in robes, own broomsticks and a black cat and cast spells. Their website says they offer baby blessings, psychic house cleansings and spells to suit particular situations. Cornwall Council’s initiative follows the 2010 decision by the Charity Commission to recognise druidism as a religion. Jailed druids and pagans are also now allowed to take twigs or ‘magic wands’ into their cells, although they are barred from wearing a hooded robe. According to the 2001 national census, there are about 40,000 pagans in England and Wales, though some estimate that the true figure is now far higher. Read more:

Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Labrys and Aryan Culture

Followers of my four blogs will be aware of the great importance that I attach to the Aryan symbol of the axe which is very clearly a forerunner of the hammer of Thunor.
Rune workers will already be aware of the axe or at least the single headed axe being represented in the Rune Thurisaz/Thorn/Thurs.
Ideographically and conceptually this Rune is linked to Thunor and is the destroyer of the etins[giants]. Its resemblance to the thorn also emphasises that it is a weapon of defence as well as attack and this particular name-Thorn is represented in both the Anglo-Saxon/Northumbrian and the Armanen futhorcs. It also signifies regeneration[following destruction-see Futhark by Edred Thorsson]. The lightning of Thunor fertilises and regenerates the earth, breaking down barriers to resistance.
Today our earth is in need of regeneration following the ever increasing devastation which has been wrought upon it by man which has intensified since the era of the industrial revolution. Likewise our race needs to be regenerated but perhaps more than this it needs to be reborn, to transform into something new and higher as the Fifth Root Race begins to die and to make way for the Coming Race, the Sixth Root Race which will have its foundations in the purer aspects of the Aryan race.
Who knows whether this Coming Race will arise naturally or through the intervention of man and his current and future scientific knowledge and technical ability and adaptation.
This hammer or axe when in motion forms the appearance of a moving swirling Swastika to the human eye and thus there is a link between the axe-hammer of Thunor and the Swastika, another of the most sacred symbols of our race. Let us not forget that Thunor is a sky God and it is natural to link Him with symbols of the sun just as we link Woden with the Sunwheel. The Aesir are sky and sun deities. They represent vigour and the martial aspect of both our Gods and the Aryan race which is a race of Sun Initiates.
Whilst Thurisaz/Thorn/Thurs represents a single bladed or headed axe with a male polarity the Labrys represents a double bladed or headed axe and is to be found on munuments, on pottery and other artifacts all over the ancient Aryan world or wherever the Aryan was once dominant. Indeed it is even to be found on one of the sarcens at Stonehenge.
Elizabeth Goldsmith in her Ancient Pagan Symbols states: The Sacred Double Axe as a religious symbol of the sun is pre-eminently associated with the island of Crete.
We know from excavations on Crete and in particular at Knossos that this island was a centre of early Aryan civilisation. King Minor built the labrynth which housed the infamous Minotaur, a half man-half bull hybrid that was offered human virgins as a form of sacrifice. The labrynth translates as the "house of the labrys".
I believe that certain scholars are wrong when they identify the labrys with a Goddess culture. What it does signify is a balance of polarities between male and female and this idea is graphically portrayed in the Rune stave Dagaz/Dag which portrays a balnce between day and night and thus between the sky and earth. We can extend this idea further and relate it to the relationship between male and female, the Gods and the Godesses which must maintain a balance for harmony to exist.
There is an assumption among many scholars that the Minoans were not Indo-Europeans but there is no positive evidence for this assertion. The mythological evidence would suggest that they were Indo-Europeans and the genetic evidence is beginning to suggest the Minoans DNA may be linked to Anatolia from where it has been speculated that the Indo-European languages originated and spread to Europe.[See Colin Renfrew`s Archaeology and Language: the Puzzle of Indo-European Origins.]