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Monday, August 15, 2011

Wow, I'm Getting Lazy! (Plus the Green Man Post)

I seem to be having trouble keeping up with my lovely blog. Just when I start getting followers too! That being said, I have a few disclaimers to fill out before I dive in to the topic of the Green Man.

Classes are starting soon as my uni and that means I will have even less time than usual to update my blog. This does not mean tht I won't be updating. It just means that my usual 3-4 times a week will probably go down to once or twice a week. We'll just have to place it by ear. Now on to the Green Man!

The Green Man
Image Courtesy of Northern Sun
The Green Man is one of the most well-known images in NeoPagan circles. He is the spirit of the Woods, of Masculinity, the God for every Goddess, and the Virile Father of All. But where did the name "Green Man" come from? And who exactly is this face suppose to represent? In all hoensty I can only answer one of those questions.

Lady Raglan, a British noblewoman in the early 20th century, was drawn to the image of the Green Man through a discussion with a Rev. J Griffith. The Reverend was fascinated by the leafy faces in his church because they were unlike all the other carvings, namely in their relative realisticness in comparison to the monsters and angels otherwise carved. Lady Raglan soon dubbed the face "The Green Man" because of the foliage around the face and sometimes coming out of the mouth.

Lady Raglan speculated that the image was related to numerous "Green Man Inns" across the country, though there is no proof to support this claim and even a little to refute it. Because we lack an "original name" for the image we do not know who it was intended to represent. The Reverend Griffith at one time suggested that the face was meant to represent the architect of the church, though he later decided against that idea because the face appears in churches all over the country and most were built by different men.

The true identity of the Green Man is still a mystery to scholars. Some suggest he is Pan, the mischevious spirit of the woods. Others see him as Cerrunos, God of the Hunt, though the Green Man does not always appear with horns.

For me the Green Man represents a general male deity in much the same way the goddess with arms circled above her head is a general female deity. I believe that names and attributes given to certain deities were created so that humans could better understand something much greater than our species. In this way, the Green Man is a truly diverse figure. He is the father, he is the trickster of youth, and he is the wise one who sees the winter coming and holds his head high while he can.

My next post will be on entirely secular matters. The economy isn't getting better as quickly as we had all hoped and there are tough times ahead. I will be sharing my tips for a less stressul belt-tightening as well as some books I think every budget-watching adult should own.

Until next time, Blessed Be.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Resume Transmissions in 3...2...1...

And we're back folks! A bout of cluster headaches had me offline for a while but I am back and ready for more!

As promised in my last post, this little gem is dedicated to the often-overlooked projects in my home: the ones in progress. I spend so much time planning the projects to come and looking over the ones that I've finished but rarely do I take time to look at what I'm doing right this moment. This is akin to the problem of not living in the moment, which many people share. As part of my self-reflection I am trying to end my struggle with this issue one little step at a time. Like obsessing over projects that are currently in progress!

Goddess Dolls
Somehow these two beauties ended up vastly different sizes but they both turned out well. Two down, five to go!

Converse Baby Booties


I'm almost done with these little beauties and just in time for my friend's baby shower. I can't wait to see the look on her face when she gets them! =)

Elf Booties
I must confess that this picture is a wee bit old. I've finished the body of the first booty and will be finishing the cuff as soon as I find the yarn for it. They knit up so quickly, I might just make a set for the whole family!

Personalized Bags
These two beauties are the test bags from my wedding craft days. The one on the left will be glamour-rock chic with the addition of some glitter, a strand of pearls, and the initials of my niece. Bag #2 will be receiving a more "sweet" look with lots of pinks, rhinestones, and ribbon.

It doesn't seem like much but these little beauties have been taking up a lot of my time. Hopefully I'll have a "recently completed" post for you all soon, which means I'll be on to the next round of gifts with only 4 months left until Yule. Wish me luck!

For my next post I will be discussing the Pagan deity the Green Man and sharing a craft you can do to connect with this great European god.

Until then, Blessed Be.

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