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5 years ago
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International Pagan Coming Out Day, May 2, 2011

As we prepare to celebrate the festival of Beltane, a newer celebration is coming hard on its heels. This year, May 2nd has been designated International Pagan Coming Out Day

5 years ago

In honor of the day, a lot of people are sharing stories about their own coming out, but that’s hard for me to do. I’ve never been in the closet, and to be honest, I don’t really get the “in the closet” thing at all. Call me naive, clueless, or bold, but being in the closet about anything never really made sense to me. (Maybe it’s having Mercury in Sagittarius; my normal communication mode is to blurt stuff out.) -



5 years ago

I know it's not the time of season but i like this quite a bit:




And certainly agree Katii, no one should be in the closet about their beliefs.

5 years ago

That was just so lovely, Bryan.  
It made me think of one of my most beloved reads, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, about Authurian legend as told by Arthur's sister, Morgaine from the perspective of the female characters - Morgaine, her Mother Igraine and her sister, Viviane the Priestess of Avalon (Morgaine's and Arthur's aunt) ... it was made into a movie for TV, which I also loved...




"Merlin...  do you think I've wasted my life?" -Viviane, to Merlin on his death bed


"No, we gave everything to Avalon .. because we had no choice ... we did what we thought was right every single moment.  Sometimes we were head-strong, but we lived our lives with passion and committment - we should be grateful for that.


"Viviane, find some happiness, just a small moment of happiness that belongs only to you .... I think the Goddess lives in our humanity and not anywhere else" -Merlin's dying words 

5 years ago

Thanks Katii  


I've always heard that Mists of Avalon was a fantastic book. I didn't know that it was made into a movie and i'll have to rent it when i get netflix again.


5 years ago

Bryan, there are a couple of people who've uploaded Mists (in parts) to youtube - not the same TV screen experience but it's there, and it's free


I think as soon as Laura gets home today we should sit down and watch it again ... thinking about Uthur Pendragon I'm anxious to see it again


My only nit with the movie was I thought Gwenevere could have been cast, and acted, better (she is pretty tho!) - but her role was limited so it wasn't that big of deal.


5 years ago

Thanks Katii and Bryan, the Mists of Avalon is one of my all time favorite books, thanks for reminding me of it, not sure I want to see the movie though, I usually prefer the book, and that is one I can easily get lost in.

5 years ago

I know what you mean, Carmen - I'd must prefer to see the book-movie before reading the book (no 'book-bias' = less chance of being disappointed in the movie), but I wasn't disappointed in the movie at all.  They didn't try to cram it all into 90 minutes (dvd run time: three hours).  I thought it was beautifully done and casted well.





from wiki
5 years ago

The Mists of Avalon is a 2001 miniseries based on the novel of the same name byMarion Zimmer Bradley. It was produced by American cable channel TNT and directed byUli Edel. The miniseries "was watched by more than 30 million unduplicated viewers" during its premiere; the first episode "was the highest-rated original movie of the summer on basic cable."[1]


The reception to the miniseries was positive overall. USA Today gave the miniseries three stars. [2] . It received positive notices from Entertianment Weekly [3] and the San Francisco Chronicle [4]. The Mists of Avalon was nominated for an Emmy for Best Miniseries and Joan Allen and Anjelica Huston were nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a miniseries or movie. Margulies was nominated for a Golden Globe and Huston for a SAG award. [5]

5 years ago

My sister had a pagan wedding back in 1993. It was interesting since I hadn't known much about paganism. My great Aunt was there and took it in magnificent stride. She seemed relieved though when she asked me if I would do the same and said no, lol.

Anyhow, that kind of union was not recognized by the state, so it wasn't legal. I have no idea if it would be now.


The Mists of Avalon movie sounds interesting. I'll have to see if I can get it on my Netflix.

5 years ago

After you view the movie I highly recommend the book - Marion Zimmer Bradley is a marvelous writer.  I just didn't want to put it down once I picked it up.  I'd 'miss it' when I'd have to put it down

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