As we get closer and closer to Yule, I have found my thoughts drifting to those who are serving in the Military. Programs for sponsering a Servicemember abound…but there are few that are specifically geared towards those of the Pagan Persuasion.
I did come accross a few while looking for information to post to the Political Pagans Board at Sacred Mists that are certainly worth a mention here as well.
The first is Operation Circle Care, a program through Circle Sanctuary that sends care packages containing Pagan books/magazines/CDs/etc to active duty Pagan & Wiccan Soldiers who are stationed in war zones.
The beauty of this program? It is not restricted to the Yule Season, it is carried out year round. 🙂
(For more information, click the Operation Circle Care Link above.)
Another option is brought to you by the folks at PagansUnited.org
Pagans United Member, SPC Keith Roberts, has volunteered to distribute care packages to Pagan soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Care Packages can be sent to the following address for distribution:
SPC Keith Roberts
HHOC STB G2 OPS
APO AE 09342
So, what should you send??? Below are some suggestions for items needed for both Spiritual and Everyday use.
- Alter Cloths
- Pagan/Wiccan Books
- Pagan CDs
- Candles (tea lights & small spell candles)
- Crystals (ones with properties for protection & healing would be appropriate)
- Witch’s Calendars/Datebooks
- Protective Herbs
- Small God/Goddess figures
- AT&T Phone Cards
- Foot Powder
- Newly Released DVDs & CDs
- Razers & Shaving Cream
- Baby Wipes (they use them when without water)
- Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa
- AA Batteries
- Snacks (Cookies, not-so-melty candy, granola bars, chips, nuts, etc.)
- Blank Note Cards, Stationary, Pens
- Avon Skin So Soft
- Chewing Gum
- Powdered Sports Drinks (like Gatorade)
Do NOT Send:
- Obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc).
- Firearms (apparently some have tried *slaps forehead*)
- Any matter depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or non authorized political materials.
- Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith. (Items listed above, for the personal use, are permissible.)
- Pork or pork by-products.
- Liquor of any kind
I also stumbled upon is Operation Yule Log for Our Pagan Troops. This program, organized by Rev. Kay J. Ahl & Peter Barrington, is looking for people to hand craft small Yule Logs to be used by active duty Pagans in Iraq. Instuctions for how to craft a Yule log and where to send it can be found in the Press Release (click link above to read full details).
I realize it may be getting cutting it pretty close, but even if you cannot do it this year, it’s a marvelous idea to keep in mind for future Yuletide Giving.
If you do not have the time or money to put together a care package, please consider sending cards and letters to Brighten the Spirits of our Pagan Brethren who are putting their lives on the line to Serve & Protect our freedoms, as well as those of the citizens of the countries in which they are stationed.
For a list of Wiccans & Pagans serving in the Military check out this Witchvox page: Witches, Pagans & Heathans in the Military.
Whether you choose to send a package, or write letters, it’s good to know when you should send them by. The US Postal Service has released a chart with recommended ship by dates for this year, as well as other useful information. Find this info here: Sending Military Mail in Time for the Holidays.
Wishing you and all those who Serve a very Blessed Yule.
Tonight is The Political Pagan’s Monthy Chat at Sacred Mists.
I have been fortunate to be one of the Facilitators on the Political Pagans Board at Sacred Mist, and have been for a couple years now. Once a month we host a chat surrounding a specific topic. Chats were quite lively during the last US Presidential Election! lol
In light of recent events, I’ve decided that this month’s chat will highlight what has happened and is still happening in Iran. I’ll also be sharing a few small ways we can all help & support those struggling for Equality & Democracy.
I’ll be sure to return to the Mist-ery Tour to share those ways with anyone who may wish to reference them.
Well, I’m off for now…I’ve got a presentation to prepare!
Today the world has lost two of it’s Pop Icons.
- Farrah Fawcett, who fought the valiant fight, succumbed to Anal Cancer at the age of 62.
- Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop”, passed suddenly of a cardiac arrest at the young age of 50.
The loss of these talented souls will touch the lives of many. Already, fans of Michael’s are flocked outside the hospital he was taken to. A special expose can be found on almost every network about one or the other. I do not think this is necessarily a bad thing, it is good for us to celebrate the lives and point out the special things that made these poeple so important to so many.
What does bother me, however, is that these two deaths have been allowed (by the mainstream media) to blot out the deaths of at least 19 (according to the AP) people struggling for Equal Rights Democracy in Iran. We cannot forget these people and the countless others that have been injured…and those that are still struggling.
This is a very important time in the World. It is a time of Change, a time of Awakening, a time of Struggle & Unrest.
As much as the deaths of these larger-than-life personalities may stir our emotions, I urge you to listen to the cries of those in Iran. Those who cry for Neda, and the others who have perished, need you to See. They need your support, they need to not be forgotten.
This Saturday Night June 27th (7pm Pacific Time/10pm Eastern Time). The Sacred Mists Merry Mists Inn (chatroom) will be welcoming me, as Facilitator of the Sacred Mists Political Pagans Board. I plan on speaking about the situation in Iran, and hope to inspire those in attendance to do what they can to help Change the World. If you are a member of Sacred Mists…I hope to see you there.