I’m not really in the practice of staying on top of all of the goings’ on and news worthy events in the ‘Pagan Community’ at large. I tend to get my updates from friends and the occasional post from The Wild Hunt. Today I saw one of the Practical Pagan authors mention Star Foster. Clearly, I’m late to the party but it looks like more of the usual, Star’s found herself in the center of another
flame war debate.
I’ve read the post in question, and while I’d like to share my thoughts on the matter, I don’t feel the need to give her anymore page views. If you haven’t already seen the story, I suggest stopping in at Blacklight Metaphysics, the story has been mentioned in the post here.
What’s my problem with the post/rant in question? It seems like this dippy broad is painting the picture that for one to have a ‘normal life’ or even a ‘boring life’ that you must worship square gods. Now I’ve never been a fan of math, much less geometry, so to have the gods refered to as shapes throws me off. LMAO, ok I’m actually not THAT dense, I know that she meant it as the square slang term…outdated as it is… Btw, who the fuck talks like that anymore?
Yep… The Queen of Attention whoring in the community now wants everyone to believe that she wants a normal, boring, even mundane existance. Of course, the headscratcher is landing in the middle of the attention bubble to get it right? Yeah… we’re onto you Star, we know it’s all about the page views and it makes you feel more relevant.
The thing is. I have to admit that I could agree with the sentiment… If it had been presented in another way. A way that could make sense, and a way that brings to light the fact that if one would like to be normal, one should perhaps, do their best to act normal? But no, this bitch skips all the shit that might actually make sense and go straight to the extreme end of logic and say, if you want to be normal, then you should be working with normal gods.
Seriously? For fucks sake woman! What is normal? What makes a god normal? I’m sorry, but this twisted stab at nailing down and fixing the issue is flawed… as fuck, much like dear Star’s sanity. It’s obvious, she’s fucking lost her damned mind.
Let me spell it out for everyone, especially those of you in the cheap seats like Star. If you think that switching up the deity that you work with is going to make your existance that much more normal, chances are… You’re doing it wrong. No, I said it. You are doing it WRONG. CHANCE/COMMUNITY CHEST you just drew the card that says Go back to Christianity, do not pass go and do not collect $200.
It’s not that we need to change the gods that we choose to work with, or those that choose to work with us, its that we need to find some balance while worshipping those gods. Don’t want to stand out as the special snowflake? Don’t act like one. Don’t want the added attention of worshipping a ‘fringe’ deity? Do us all a favor and don’t talk about it.
This is the part where we look at your choices, specifically the choices that you all make about how you present yourself to the world at large. Do you run around wearing a hub capped sized pentacle? Do you wail and cry and throw a tantrum because a Christian Holiday is being worshipped? Are you spasming like a fish out of water when you pass a random stranger and they dare utter the words “God Bless You”? News flash, you’re the one that is making a spectacle of yourself. Are you a fan of non traditional hair colors, piercings and tat’s? Are you a fan of BDSM and fur suits? When you boil it all down, to get to the super concentrated tasty reduction of it all, none of these things have jack shit to do with the deity that you are working with.
See, people don’t generally know which god you’re working with unless you go out of your way to let them know. While some gods will drastically alter your lives, others will give you the balance that you need. What has been presented in crayon on Star’s blog are some gross generalizations and a preschoolers understanding for the gods that she’s chosen (poorly) to use as examples. Sure, Loki, Eris, The Morrigan and Lillith might be on the fringe, they might be tricksters, bringers of chaos, lovers of entrails, whatever… Doesn’t matter. Those may be small attributes that a character is known for that’s been blown way out of proportion by pop culture and society. I’m sure many can point out examples of a god that is known as chaotic has actually been rather helpful for those who have an abundance of chaos in their lives.
I could also point out that it’s all about perception, and again. Ms Foster’s is cloudy and obviously skewed. What is normal? One could jump to the conclusion that since America is predominantly Christian, then that would be the nrom. I wonder if she’d like to take her own advice and just go join the church?
My thoughts on normal and boring…. Everyone has their own normal setting. They’ll vary from customer to customer. My norm is a CIS White woman with 3 children. My life is VERY Boring. This is not due to the gods that I worship and work with, but due to the choices I make.
So no…. square gods… that’s not going to cut it. My suggestion, want to be normal? Then don’t try to be a square peg in a round hole.