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Hello everyone.

Since this group was started a few years ago, over time both the owner and the other admins have slowly disappeared. I believe that I'm the last active admin left, and real life keeps me fairly busy so I'm not able to check over here at DeviantArt as often as I'm sure you'd like me to respond to submissions.

But I'm still planning to stick around and keep up, (I'm personally always looking for new devotional images for both my self, and friends, and this is one of the ways I keep an eye out for that sort of content) but I ask that everyone has patience with me. To help streamline submissions, doing the following will GREATLY help me out, and thus help your submissions get processed faster. PLEASE read the below.

:bulletred: DOES YOUR SUBMISSION MEET THE CRITERIA OF THE GROUP?:bulletred:

As a refresher here's the definition of paganism: "a religion that has many gods or goddesses, considers the earth holy". All posts related to the monotheistic Abrahamic traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) will be rejected.

Art is subjective, lots of people submit pictures of a pretty forest, but what does that pretty forest mean to you? This also applies to crafts, how is it an expression of PAGANISM versus your love of dressing up in fantasy clothes, or participating in the Society of Creative Anachronism? When I review submissions I want to know that the artist isn't just trying to get as many eyeballs on their work as possible, but that they thoughtfully considered how their piece fits our community. How does it represent your PAGAN religious practices? If I can't tell, odds are it will be rejected.

GOTHIC does NOT EQUAL PAGAN. Similarly, STEAMPUNK does not equal pagan. You depicted the Goddess Hel in a Gothic way? You wanted to make a steampunk style necklace of the Wiccan symbol? That's awesome. But sending me artwork that's just Gothic, or Steampunk in general, and not pagan specific will be rejected.

Pop cultural representations of deities, mythological creatures, etc. will be rejected, as there's so many other groups out there for that content. Please submit your Thor and Loki artwork, but leave Marvel's Thor and Loki out. Disney's Tinkerbell doesn't belong in our Faerie Realm. This also applies to fantasy books, games, etc. that's not to say that if you have an anime/manga drawing style that your original depiction of content would not be welcome. But this isn't a club for fanart. This distinction was made because we want to keep a clear delineation that paganism is a RELIGIOUS PRACTICE and LIFESTYLE, not just fans of a consumerable entertainment media (tv, film, books, comics, games, etc.) having fun.

ALSO, as we have a range of ages following the group we will not accept any submission that features nudity UNLESS it has the mature content tag on the artwork. Failure to do so is an automatic rejection.


:bulletred: WHEN SUBMITTING CLEARLY IDENTIFY IT'S PAGAN THEMES:bulletred:

Paganism is a very broad, wide, umbrella. Don't make me google your submissions so I can figure out HOW it fits in at our group. Be clear in either the title of your work or description: such as Norse God Odin, Slavic Mythological Creature Alkonost. Divination Ogham Cards, Ostara Altar, Leather Pouch with Norse God Thor's hammer Mjollnir, etc. Just saying the 'name' of said entity or content isn't always helpful, especially for less well known traditions. Not to mention, because there is such a varying knowledge base I can guarantee someone is learning about new deities and new traditions all the time in this group. I personally think it's neat when someone submits art for a God I've near heard of before! I love to learn, and many others in the group would value that too.  ^_^


:bulletred: SUBMIT TO THE PROPER FOLDER:bulletred:

Please keep in mind that when you are submitting: the traditional media, digital media, photography, and photomanipulation should be your last resort. See if the subject matter of your submission is a better fit elsewhere first. Do you have a traditional media charcoal sketch of the Goddess Athena? Great, submit it to the Goddesses folder instead.  I know this is almost counter to how many other groups have their folders organized here on DeviantArt.

GODS FOLDER & GODDESSES FOLDER: if your submission features more than one deity and you have both male AND female deities represented, then please submit to the GODS folder. If you have a craft depicting a GODDESSES (maybe you made a statue of the Goddess Morrigan) we'd recommend that you submit that to the GODDESSES folder, before the CRAFTS folder.

The FEATURED FOLDER is dead. It takes votes from 3 different admins to approve anything in there, and since I'm the only active admin it's impossible at this juncture for items submitted there to be approved.

Remember, the front page of the group does have very clear descriptions of EACH folder, take the time to read them.


:bulletred: TEXTUAL SUBMISSIONS:bulletred:

I'm sad to say that with my limited availability approving textual submissions takes far more time than I have. For that reason I can no longer approve submissions in the POETRY AND PROSE folder. Entries to that folder will be an automatic rejection.

For the SPELLS AND INVOCATIONS folder, as well as any textual submissions to the RITUALS folder I will try as my time and availability permits to review those submissions.

:bulletred: TIMED OUT SUBMISSIONS:bulletred:

Sometimes it can be several days, or even a couple of weeks before I have a chance to get online and check all of the group's pending submissions. If an item times out, but I can clearly tell it's Pagan connection I'll send a message to the artist requesting approval to add it to our group. Please don't keep resubmitting artworks. It just bogs down the process.


:bulletred: WEEKLY TOP FOUR NOMINATION INFORMATION:bulletred:
On the front page of the group, there's information about the weekly top four nomination information, and membership spotlights. This is one of the aspects of the group that is officially dead.

:bulletred: IN CONCLUSION:bulletred:

Sorry that was so long winded, but I was trying to be as clear as possible, so that we can collectively help streamline the process a bit so I can get through the review of submissions faster, and everyone else understands what things slow it down, or may not be a perfect fit here. As the old saying goes, the devil is in the details.
Glad Yule to you all!

I thought it'd be a great opportunity to re-share some information packed blogs from the past. Written with special attention paid to the Northern Tradition (i.e. those pagan traditions that originate from ancient Germania, Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England that shared a common worship to the God Odin).

:bulletred: The Yuletide:bulletred:

If you’ve ever heard the Christmas Carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” modern heathens opt to celebrate this as the Twelve Days of Yule, with the last day culminating on 12th Night. Since ancient calendars followed a different method of time, the solstice celebrations as well as later ‘Christmasy’ style observances can vary from place to place as to when they occur. Today, most pagans and heathens celebrate the yuletide as running from approximately December 20 – December 31 (but there are variations).

We do know that the celebration of Yule wasn’t always twelve days long. In the Norse text Heimskringla: The Saga of Hakon the Good talks about it once lasting for three days, or as long as the ale lasted. The night it began was known as the slaughter night, where animals would be ritually slain. Their meat later used to feed the community, as well as the Gods.  It was King Hakon of Norway, who as a Christian passed a law that the Christian Christmas Day (which was already a weird bastardization of the Christian story of the Nativity and Saturnalia/Mithraic customs) AND the pagan yuletide celebrations were to henceforth be celebrated at the same time. While this only specifically impacted Norway (and its territories), it illustrates an intentional combining of the holy-days into one celebration.

Today, the high holy tide is celebrated for twelve days. Whether this was because in some areas it was celebrated for that long originally, or was perhaps some odd creation that came from blending old pagan time-keeping methods and calendars with the modern ones together the end result is the same.

It is customary that NO work is done during the yuletide. From Germanic sources we see stories of the Goddess Berchta punishing those who had left work undone. In the Icelandic Svarfdæla saga, we see a warrior who postpones a fight until after the Yuletide. The Saga of Hakon the Good also speaks that the Yule was to be kept holy. For this reason some Heathen groups opt to conduct no business matters during the time of yule. Some practitioners of the Northern Tradition will even opt to completely withdraw and go incommunicado from online mailing lists, bulletin boards, and social media outlets like facebook so they can stay focused on spending the yuletide with friends and family. While it’s not always an option for everyone, there are those who choose to use vacation time from work so they can have the entire yuletide off as well.

:bulletred: Mother’s Night:bulletred:

The modern yuletide usually begins for most Heathens with Mother’s Night. In Bede’s De Temporum Ratione he describes what he knows about an old Anglo-Saxon celebration that he states was called Módraniht, which marked the beginning of a new year and was celebrated at the time of Christmas. Apparently Mother’s Night was observed the entire evening through.  While little information exists to describe what Mother’s Night was, by looking at the Northern Tradition umbrella we see what appear to be similar rituals. While Yule marks the start of the year for the Anglo-Saxons, we see in Scandinavia that this distinction was at least for some geo-specific locations given to Winter Nights, which had a separate observed ritual to the Disir as part of their celebration. The disir can be understood to be the ancestral mothers, and other female spirits that oversee the family, clan, or tribe. When we reach back to ancient Germania, we also see a thriving cultus dedicated to the “matrons” or the Idis. Female deities are also sometimes included with the disir.

I personally theorize that Saint Lucia’s Day (celebrated primarily in Scandinavian countries, especially Sweden) occurs on December 13th and features a female ‘light-bringer’ may be a Christianized remnant of an ancient disir-related ritual. The Christianized Saint Lucia Day, may have pagan origins related to the figure of Lussi. The practice of Lussevaka – to stay awake through Lussinatt to guard oneself and the household against evil, not only fits symbolically well with a solstice celebration of longest night, but also brings to mind the description of Mother’s Night being observed for the entire night as well.

:bulletred:Twelfth Night & Wassail:bulletred:

Yuletide festivities conclude on Twelfth Night. Many modern Heathens will sync this with New Year’s Eve. It’s the last big party to celebrate a new year, celebrate the passing of the darkest (and in theory coldest of times) and to look forward to the lengthening days and warming temperatures. Of all the nights of Yule, this night seems to be the one most closely associated with the custom of wassailing, which embodies in part the customs around caroling as well.

Wassail, Hail, Heilsa, are all different versions of the same root word across a few different languages (Old German, Old Norse, Old English), which essentially relates to health, prosperity and luck, and was used prominently as a type of salutation. Just as some Pagans and Wiccans may greet others with the phrase Blessed Be, many Heathens choose to use Hail as a greeting to their fellow believers. While this term may seem to be antiquated, or specialized to a religion in it’s use, it’s also used in other ways. For instance, the President of the United States has a 'theme song' that is played as he makes his 'entrance' into many of his public appearances, the song is titled "Hail to the Chief" which colloquially means 'greetings and good health to the chief/president'. It's actually really common in many schools (college or high school) fight songs as well, like Purdue University. Of course the most infamous example of its usage comes to us from Nazi Germany’s “Heil Hitler.”

Not only does the term mean health, but it became intimately linked at sometime in the distant pass with a special type of drink that was imbibed for one’s health. Today, we know this as the wassail beverage (as it survives to us among the English customs, though I imagine the German Gluhwein is similar in nature as well). This drink would vary by household (in much the way that there are a variety of different recipes for sangria) but it was meant to be an alcoholic beverage with some fruit juices in it and other herbs and seasonings to help fortify the health of all who imbibed it for the year ahead.

If you’ve ever heard the Christmas carol “Here we come a wassailing among the eaves of green” that’s where the tradition comes from– the wishing of good health and the drinking of wassail during the yuletide celebrations. In some specific areas, those from lower socio-economic tiers would go singing to those of greater wealth, and the higher socio-economic households were supposed to give wassail to the carolers. We also see a number of folk-traditions that show not only songs sung in ancient yuletide celebrations, but also that people sometimes went into the orchards or fields and sang, no doubt asking for the land’s fertility and that the plants would reawaken from winter slumber in the time ahead to feed and sustain us once more.

:bulletred: To read more about the 12 Days of Yule, check out the link paganarts.deviantart.com/journ… :bulletred:

:bulletred: Read about the pagan origins to the Santa Claus Mythos, as well as it's connection to the Wild Hunt paganarts.deviantart.com/journ… :bulletred:
Greeings, #PaganArts members and visitors!  

I am conducting research for a marketing project and was hoping to get your help.

When I started this project, I thought I knew what was doing, and (ha) quickly realized that I'd got myself into a right quagmire:  I could not begin to answer any of my own questions about the habits of the subjects of my study!  

As you know, "pagan" is a term that has become a catch-phrase for "everything-not-mainstream-religion".  People referring to themselves as "pagan" have a rich and diverse world view, and each person has no difficulty stating his or her preferences, from politics (which, thankfully, will not be covered) to the brand of essential oils they use.  Personally, I have never met two "pagans" who thought exactly the same way about anything, and this extends to their "outside the circle cast" activities as well.  

There are only a few questions to this questionnaire, and you do not have to answer them all.  ANYTHING would be preferable to the NOTHING I currently have!  If you prefer your answers to be private, please message me.  Also, PLEASE NOTE:  user names and profiles will NOT be accessed or cited !

1.  Question Numero Uno:  what “pagan”, “new age”, or other pertinent periodicals, blogs, and non-retail websites do you visit?  You don’t have to provide the URL or publishers' names.

2.  Moving On:  In the “I’ll take anachronistic forms of communication for $200, Alex” category, are there any pertinent TV or radio shows you view/listen to?  (Stop laughing, this was a question that was provided to me by the instructor).

3.  Fast Forward to Today:  Are there any podcasts you favor?

4.  What pertinent social media groups/chatrooms, etc. do you visit most often?

5.  Bottom line nitty gritty question #1:  when you want to purchase supplies (oils, herbs, books, statues, card decks)  in a physical shop, where do you go?  You don’t need to worry about addresses or phone numbers.

6.  Bottom line nitty gritty question #2:  When you want to purchase these things online, what internet sites do you visit most often?  You don’t need to worry about URL’s.

I thank the admins of this group for the opportunity to post this questionnaire, and I thank you all for any help you can provide!
Hello everyone!

My name is Hili and I'm a Kemetic pagan. I'm a MA student in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and I do a research about Pagan leisure. I do think Pagans have a unique leisure patterns and that art has a big role in it :aww:

Answering this will help me a lot and of course its totally anonymous! I will also be glad if you can spread it to other pagan you know :)

Here is the link to the questionnaire: docs.google.com/forms/d/1btF-w…

Thank you for your time,

Hili

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