What Is A Pagan?

Pagan Religions
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Paganism

What Is A Pagan

According to the 2016 census results, more than 15,000 Australians identified themselves as pagan. Which means with Paganism being practised on a daily basis, a religion you may have thought to be dead is a vibrant part of Australian culture.

Add to this the other 6,616 people who identified themselves as Wiccan with 829 being Druids, the old religions appear to be making a comeback. The Druid religion is a nature-based belief one with its root in ancient Celtic times.

In 2016,  Tasmania had the highest number of practising Pagans, NSW the lowest.

What Is A Pagan?

Ritual or Superstition?

These religions are largely ritual based. People put shoes in the attic or roofspace of their homes to ensure their children can always find their way home.

Shoes also feature in warding off evil spirits by being placed in front of the hearth at night.

To a Pagan, Halloween is not Halloween. It is the Feast Of Beltane, which is the feast of fertility, sex and love.

Perhaps the resurgence of Pagan religions is partly due to the disillusionment there is with the “accepted” religions as many of you view them as nothing more than corporate business behind the curtain of robes.

What Makes A Pagan?

The dictionary describes a Pagan as “a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions”.

So this leads me to wonder if breakaway the exact teachings of a recognised religion forming a splinter religion of their own could be classed as Pagans?

Historically, the old religions such as Wicca and Druids were the mainstream religions. pagans were still around at the time of the Roman Empire. It was the mad blue men that stopped the Romans from taking control of Scotland. The mad blue men were in fact the Celts that painted themselves blue for battle.

But, back to what makes you a Pagan.

If you follow or practice a non-mainstream  religion which involves rituals and incantations, then I beleive that is what a Pagan is. And the beauty of Australia is that you can practice any religion as long as no-one is harmed by it.

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New Moon Race

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Space Race
Chris Stefanis

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The Space Race Is Now The Moon Race

The Space Race was during the Cold War between mainly the USA and the USSR. Each “side” tried to continually outdo the other in its achievements with space travel. Russia was first to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (the R-7) and put the worlds first satellite in orbit.

The Americans are said to have won the space race as they were the first to succeed in landing on the Moon. The space race lasted from 1955 to 1975. We now have a new race being referred to as the  Moon Race. Although East and West are both capable of landing on the Moon, the new objective is to

set up a base on the Moon.

The Moon Race will see a permanent base on the Moon with people living there and conducting experiments. They may set up an observatory but, ultimately, the intention will be to construct spacecraft on the site.

These spacecraft will likely be made on Earth in sections which will be shuttled to the Moon for assembly. This will give them the ability to launch spacecraft from the surface of the moon much easier than possible from Earth due to the escape velocity required being much lower as the Moon’s gravitational pull is only 1/6th of that on Earth.

Man will no longer need to rely on the photographs from probes or vision from rovers on Mars. We will be able to put a Human on Mars and get first-hand information from the planet’s surface.

Space exploration has long been the subject of science fiction movies. It will soon be a reality.

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The Glory Of Bullfighting???

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The Glory Of Bullfighting

Bullfighting has been a popular sport in Spain for a very long time. It’s origins in Spain date back as far as the year 711 according to “Frommer’s Travel Guide.”*

I have never been to a bullfight. I have, however, due to a sudden storm, been stuck in a pub while on holiday on the island of Majorca, where there was a televised bullfight from the Spanish mainland.

I have never seen so disgusting a spectacle before or since. It made me sick to the stomach. The poor bull is tormented relentlessly then stuck with spears several times. It is not until the suffering animal is literally covered in blood that the Matador uses a sword to fatally wound the poor animal. Even though the wound may be fatal, I am sure it rarely dies quickly.

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Lets hope that the Matador in the next pic was injured seriously.

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And let’s hope that bullfighting gets banned forever.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Destroyed

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Chris Stefanis

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Notre Dame Cathedral Destroyed

Notre Dame Cathedral has been an icon a French life and resilience for over 700 years.

The Cathedral at Notre Dame was first begun in 1163. It took a further 182 years to complete with completion occurring in the year 1345.

Notre dame cathedral

Often mistaken for Gargoyles, the Grotesques that adorn the Cathedral are meant to depict people in a humorous way. They were often based upon patrons of that particular Cathedral. Grotesques are easily distinguished from Gargoyles as they do not have a water spout wheras Gargoyles do.

The fire that ripped through Notre Dame Cathedral did what hundreds of years of revolutions and invasions plus two World Wars could not do. Fortunately,

Notre dame cathedral

the authorities have stated that the facade(s) have survived destruction. However, there must have been countless artworks and ceiling frescoes that have been lost.

The husband of Salma Hayek, Gucci billionaire François-Henri Pinault has stated that he will be giving $100 million Euros to aid the restoration of the iconic Cathedral. So, the beauty and wonder of the Cathedral have been lost to visitors and pilgrims of the current generation. We can look forward to it being available for future generations thanks to Monsieur Pinault’s generosity.

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Death Of A Planet

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Chris Stefanis

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Death Of A Planet

The picture here of a fracking operation may look innocent enough, but it is a contributor to the death of a planet.

This one.

Fracking involves drilling through the water table, or aquifer, to deposits of gas underneath. This can lead to contamination of the aquifer making the water undrinkable.

mining

This is a paddle mining machine. It rips holes in the landscape with no consideration for the microcosms of life it destroys without remorse.

open cut mining

The open cut mines are even worse. They go hundreds of feet down into the Earth, scarring the landscape and creating huge amounts of dust.

coal mining

Here we have a coal mine. It could easily be a gold mine, a nickel mine or a diamond mine. There are countless miles of tunnels crisscrossing the ground, some under our feet. Of course, there is a lot of shoring up done during the lives of these mines to ensure the safety of the workers.

What happens when the pillars rot or rust away? Only one thing can happen. The workings collapse causing instability in the rest of the mine leading to more collapses. Who is to say that this will not lead to the weakening of the structure of the Earths mantle?

If this happens then perhaps the tectonic plates that our continental land masses sit upon could begin to move faster, leading to more earthquakes and tsunamis.

The future is bleak. The death of the planet is assured, not in our lifetimes but eventually, it will happen, unless we ourselves make the changes required.

Stop the rape of the planet, protect our ecology both on land and in water bodioes. World peace is a must, followed by shared resourses and deletion of the need for wealth and money.

Euphoria? Yes. Only we can achive it by lobbying our politicialns to strive for unity across the globe.

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