Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pagan faithbooking (scrapbooking)

I've been working on scrapbooking a lot lately. Not the witchy, book of shadows type, but just general scrapbooking about my spiritual path, thoughts, ideas, etc. In religions of the book this is sometimes called faithbooking, which is probably a bit of an odd term for a pagan, but for lack of a better expression...


On some levels I think of it as an extension of my This Week I Am project but maybe with a twist because this particular page documents my Qabalistic path-working. For those of you who have been following my adventures for a while now (thank you and a shout out of gratitude to new and old readers... so happy to have you visiting my humble abode), I've mentioned the Qabalah before as something I'm reading up on. Recently my Qabalistic studies have taken a much more serious turn and I've been thinking a lot about the Sephiras of the Qabalah and this page is a reaction to a realization that I made in relation to Malkuth and the enigmatic expression: "As Above, So Below" which I sort of understood before but feel more comfortable with now.



Anyways...

Suffice to say, I have a lot of thoughts not only about the Qabalah but also about this idea of spiritual scrapbooking from a pagan perspective.

Some of those thoughts include:

  • Supplies. The industry is fairly secular for the most part in terms of products that make up the majority of the market but let's be honest, Christianity is the largest domain within the more specialized market. And that's fine. I'm not here to begrudge that. Companies design for consumers and are there really enough pagan scrapbooking consumers out there who are interested in explicitly faithbooking?
  • What supplies would we want if we wanted them?
    • stamps
    • papers
    • stickers
  • What topics would a pagan spiritual scrapbook cover?
    • sabbats
    • esbats
    • studies/path-working
  • Are we better to draw on more "neutral" papers and "paganize" them ourselves?
  • Are there any resources or groups out there for pagan scrapbookers? Cause if there are, I don't know about them (at least not active groups) and I'd love to hear about them!


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2 comments:

  1. Sometimes I think we must be on the same wavelength. :)

    My issue is with Yule ornaments. I have decided to create Yule tree ornaments for my nieces and nephews this year. However, while I was wandering through the craft shop today, it seems as though everything is Christian-oriented. I'm probably going to end up using universal symbols for this time of year (candles, doves, evergreen trees) or do something in each child's favorite color.

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  2. @the Misfit Pagan: I don't know that I exactly have an issue, per se. I actually think that the growing secularism in our society makes it fairly easy to find neutral ways to get around overtly Christian images. I think I ponder more what I would use if I had an option of more pagan based supplies. Are they necessary? Is there a market for them? How do I adapt things if, in fact, I want to adapt them?

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