My interest in the discussion and sharing of the Values and Virtues and Ethics held dear by my friends and fellow traveler’s within the Pagan Movement has been a part of my spiritual journey as long as I can remember. I have always learned so much about my own beliefs and ideas by discussing them and by comparing notes with others about their beliefs and ideas and ethics and values.
This tendency came to a head in May of 2009 when I issued a call for June to be International Pagan Values Blogging Month. For a long time, it had bothered me to see other faith/political groups either claiming that THEY were the only ones with ethics/virtue/values and that anyone they disagreed with, or those of a different faith or political persuasion, was either lacking in vitrues/values/and ethics or was outright evil. Then too, concept of gathering together and being empowered by shared values was in my mind a lot this year as I have been attending (when the vagaries of work schedules will allow) my local Unitarian Universalist Church. U.U.’s are not a Creedal faith, but rather gather together around a list of shared principles.
In the moment, issuing the Call was a spur-of-the-moment inspiration sort of thing. In retrospect my desire for a deeper and more open discussion of Pagan Values, is part of my ongoing desire to see a deeper and more wide ranging discussions within and of the Pagan Movement in general…
This page was originally simply a place to commemorate the IPVBM 2009 posts.
You can learn more about the current years event by going to the Pagan Values Blog…
It all began so simply, one day on May 11th 2009.
I have decided that I am tired at how some factions within other spiritual and faith traditions talk and act as if they have a monopoly on values and virtue and ethics.
Therefore I am issuing a call and a challenge to my fellow Pagan netizens…
In June the sun is at it’s height in the Northern Hemisphere and nearly hidden from view in the Southern Hemisphere. Midsummer and Yule, festivals of fire and of light.
Let us then use our hearts and minds and words, invoking the fires of inspiration; let us write of the virtues and ethics and morals and values we have found in our Pagan paths, let us share how we carry these precious things forward in our own lives and out into the world.
Join me, in the month of June 2009 in writing about Pagan values.
Interested parties are asked to link to this post, and to list their blog in the comments section of this post.
I posted it here, and kind of just let it go for a little while… but then folks started taking interest! People started linking and posting and it grew into a big ol’ blog carnival with 100+ posts, and counting as I find more. Some folks were moved to post but didn’t make it in June… if they had mentioned wanting to post during June, or if it was early enough in July, I included it… I of all people am familiar with how our everyday lives throw challenges at us and sometimes this plays havoc with our intentions or timing!
I am linking this page to as many of the Values posts as I can find in the hopes of providing an online snap shot of, and resource for the study of, contemporary Pagan values.
~~International Pagan Values Blogging Month 2009~~
May 4th ( Synchronicity and Honorable Mention!!)
This link is included here, even though it was posted before the call went out. I didn’t encounter this podcast or article until sometime in the middle of June, I take it as a sign that the IPVBM event was the right idea at the right time.
(Note: Witchmoot is a fabulous collaborative blog, TwoSnakes is the author…)
Changing Seal Woman ~ Pagan Values Blogging Month #3: Personal Responsibility
“Pagan Values Blogging Month In honor of “Pagan Values Blogging Month,” here’s my brief essay on the Pagan value of personal responsibility:
While not all pagans ascribe to the same moral doctrines, such as the Wiccan Rede’s “An it harm none do what ye will,” all Pagan paths share a world view where the individual’s unique experience is respected, and the individual is ultimately responsible for their own actions. While this may sound self-centered and selfish, the practice of “knowing oneself” ultimately leads to well-balanced individuals, stronger communities and a healthier planet. Pagans believe that there is no authority that stands in the way of their communicating directly to the gods. This gives Pagans the power to change their own lives, and fosters an intense introspection. When there is no one telling you what to do, you have a responsibility to understand all parts of yourself. There are no excuses for acting badly without consciousness or consequence. Trusting in your own experience and following your own truth also creates an acceptance and tolerance for other people, and their unique truths. Being responsible for one’s spiritual self often fosters self-reliance in the practical world. Many traditional skills from the past that pagans frequently practice are doorways that lead to spiritual insights that we otherwise would not understand. Practicing brewing and distilling spirits and medicines will reveal mysteries of Alchemy. Planting a garden and tending it through every season of the year gives one a personal connection to the traditional agrarian pagan holidays. Cooking and practicing the art of Hospitality puts you in touch with the spirit of our ancestors who treated guests like visiting gods. Artists of all kinds use their skills to channel the divine to the benefit of their audience. Paganism offers a lot of freedom, but the nature of that freedom requires a lot of work in the spiritual, personal, and practical realms. Skills and talents honed by people who are driven to be their own masters, have the added benefit of being healing, earth-friendly, social, and a lot of fun.”
Undated (but recorded within the right time-frame)
~start stretching your typing fingers now kid’s!~ The official call goes out May 2010!~