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Henge Happenings
Issue #84
Samhain 2009

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From the President
From the Vice-President

The Bard’s Path
Ancestors, Heroism & Weapons
by Karl Schlotterbeck
Eidolon by Jenne Micale
Celtic Necromancy: Consulting the
Ancestors
by Shawn Frix

The Seer’s Path
Sweetgum: The Sticker-ball Tree
by Jenne Micale
Comfrey by Nione
A Reminder for Veterans

The Druid’s Path
Interview with Tony Taylor
by Christopher Blackwell
On being Keltrian by NiBhrigid
From the Internet

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The Druidry Handbook
Drawing Down the Spirits

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From the President

Photo of Tony TaylorA recent article in Parade Magazine, “How Spiritual Are We?” was very thought provoking. While reading it, I considered my responses to the questions. I also reflected on how most of the members of the Henge would address this subject as a group.

The first question in the poll was particularly challenging to contemplate. Do I consider myself religious or do I consider myself “not religious but spiritual.” The article explained that the phrase meant different things to different people. Some folks wanted to signal they weren’t dogmatic or rigid in their belief and practice. Others indicated that “spiritual” applied to people who combined diverse beliefs into a personal faith that fits no standard definition. Wow – Those were different ends of the spectrum. My conclusion is that I, along with many in the Henge, probably fit both.

Follow-up questions regarding Religious verses Spiritual not addressed by the poll are interesting as well. I might ask, “Why do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?” Why do you believe you are more spiritual than religious? Certainly the pollsters try to get at some of those issues with questions such as, “How often do you attend religious services?” and “How often do you pray?”; however, they really don’t ask anything about Spirituality. I would ask more about how do people relate with various spirits, be it Nature Spirits, Ancestors, or Gods.

I now ask all our members, “Are you religious? If so, how do your define it?” Do others consider you as such? Are you spiritual? If so, how do you define it? What spirits do you have relations with and how does it manifest?

I’ll set up a survey/poll on the Keltria List (if you are not a member of the list just send an e-mail to Keltria-L-subscribe@yahoogroups.com). If you don’t have internet access, please drop your responses to the five questions to me via US mail at the Henge Office.

Walk with wisdom,
/|\ Tony Taylor

(Note: The original Parade article and survey are available at http://www.parade.com/news/2009/10/04-how-spiritual-are-we.html. Some of the questions and responses are very interesting, for example, 4% of the respondents believe there are many different gods and only 5% don’t believe in God – 17% of the respondents have had contact with someone who is deceased. -ed.)


The truly religious man does not embrace a religion: and he who embraces one has no religion.

- Kahlil Gibran

 

 

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