Beliefs (Willow)

Recently I have been experiencing the call of the wild as Mother Nature has been calling me to return to nature (the Garden). I as an Interfaith ChristoPagan Nun have chosen to go back to my pre-Christian religious roots. For the sake of clarity, this does not mean that I have abandoned Christianity. The images below share those roots with you. You can click on the picture to enlarge it.

On this page I will be sharing with you the beliefs of myself and my ancestors.

Celtic

The Celts were polytheistic

Celtic beliefs involved a variety of supernatural beings

The Celts believed in Life after Death

Celtic Religion placed great importance on animals

The Celts believed that the world was alive

Belgae

Belenos’ was the god most venerated in this culture.

Belanos Sun God

Saxon

My last name at birth was Coe.

The origins of the Coe surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a jackdaw. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word coo. This was in turn derived from the Old Norse word ka, which was their word for jackdaw. Thus the original bearer of this name must have reminded his contemporaries of a jackdaw and was referred to as “Coe” as a nickname. – https://www.houseofnames.com/coe-family-crest

The jackdaw is noted for its sleek black color, raucous voice, and thievish nature, and any of these attributes could readily have given rise to the nickname. – https://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=coe

The Nine Anglo-Saxon Values

  • Courage and selflessness.
  • Truth.
  • Honor.
  • Fidelity.
  • Discipline and Duty.
  • Hospitality.
  • Industriousness.
  • Self-reliance.

Seax-Wica is the tradition in which I have found a great introduction to the two main deities of the Anglo-Saxons. I feel that Buckland’s Book of Saxon Witchcraft to be a great place to start for those interested in this subject.

“The Saxons were practicing pagans during at least their first five generations in England. They worshipped four principal deities: Woden, Thunor, Tiw, and Frig or Freya. Since their temples, like their houses, were built of wood they have not survived, though their locations and those of their open-air meeting-places—groves, etc.—have. Throughout Britain today may be found innumerable place-names indicative of the deities worshipped and/or the locations of former shrines to these deities.” – Raymond Buckland

Danish Vikings

Danes are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Denmark and a modern nation identified with the country of Denmark. – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danes

Norse mythology centered on gods such as Odin, Thor, Loki and Frey.

Franks

The majority of pagan Frankish beliefs may share similarities with that of other Germanic peoples.

The Franks likely shared many of its characteristics with the other varieties of Germanic paganism, such as placing altars in forest glens, on hilltops, or beside lakes and rivers, and consecration of woods.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankish_mythology

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankish_mythology

Indigenous American

Soon to come …

Senegambian & Guinean

Soon to come …

Neanderthal

Willow’s Beliefs

This page is a work in progress!

Please remain patient as I work to put this together. Thank You!

As an Ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church in Modesto California I believe in the following.

  • Our Belief: To do that which is right
  • Our Goal: A fuller life for everyone
  • Our Objective: Eternal Progression
  • Our Slogan: To live and help live

Who is Jesus?

This is a question which I would have been quick to answer in my day as a fundamentalist Christian pastor. I had Jesus safely in the God box of my particular denomination. If however we consider the fact that their are over 5000 mainstream Christian denominations all believing a little differently about Jesus we would see that the question is not one to be answered quickly. So if asked this question today I would ask: “Which Jesus?” Are we discussing the fundamentalist Jesus, liberal Jesus, Seventh Day Adventist Jesus, evangelical Jesus, etc?

The above is also making the assumption that Jesus was actually a historical person. Many of us have no knowledge of the fact that there are other scholarly ways with which to view Jesus.

Jesus Mythicism according to Wikipedia proposes that “the story of Jesus of Nazareth is entirely a myth. He never existed as a historical person, or if he did, he had virtually nothing to do with the founding of Christianity and the accounts in the gospels.”

If the above is true I then can comfortably venture to view Jesus through a different pair of glasses.

As I was exiting evangelical fundamentalist Christianity I was introduced to an entirely different Jesus.

The Jesus Seminar introduced me to what they termed to be the Jesus of history versus the Christ of faith.

Below are some other lenses with which to view Jesus assuming his historicity.

Astrotheology

The Bible

I personally love, read and meditate on Biblical text daily. These texts have challenged me to be a better versions of myself and inspired me to do good works. That being said I do not read it as a science textbook or a constitution but rather see it as the thoughts, ideas and actions of various faith communities as they wrestled with their own ideas about faith and God. This means that I do not see the Bible as infallible or inerrant. It means that I can look at the text and say wow here this faith community was spot on but over here they did the best they could with the knowledge they had but missed it completely. This I must say works for me as now I do not feel obligated to go against my own conscience and think my hateful actions are in some way the will of God.

ChristoPaganism

ChristoPaganism: An Inclusive Path

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