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New Orleans Lamplight Circle Pages

Welcome to Lamplight Circle, your local community of Pagans!

We are New Orleans Lamplight Circle... a Pagan social, discussion, and activism forum operating within the New Orleans Metro Area. Our group consists of over 100 active New Orleanians who believe that uniting with common goals gives strength to our community, especially post-Katrina. Our events are Pagan-centered, and include workshops, subject presentations, open discussion topics, social nights out, holiday celebrations, festivals, fundraisers, volunteer activities within the city, and out-of-town fieldtrips. Our main objective is to provide free/inexpensive resources for the neophyte or experienced Pagan equally. Witches, Wiccans, Asatrus, Druids, Thelemites, Earth-lovers, Masons, Jews, Buddhists, Christians, etc., are all welcome in the pluralistic and common space that we create.

Our Mission Statement is simple:

For our love of planet, for our sense of community, for our longing to educate ourselves and others,
we strive to:

Rebuild the Pagan community of New Orleans and surrounding areas by networking with other
Pagan groups and individuals.

Provide Pagan social activities for our membership and the community-at-large when respite is needed.

Promote tolerance by educating others on what it means to be Pagan and doing volunteer
works in our communities.

Clean up our local environment through volunteering with local environmental organizations
and sponsoring events that inspire others to care for their environment.

For more about Pagans in Lamplight Circle, read on...

"Yet to know oneself, at the deepest level, is simultaneously to
know God; this is the secret of gnosis"
- Elaine Pagel, The Gnostic Gospels

"{W}e do not believe in the Goddess - we connect with Her, through
the moon, the stars, the ocean, the earth, through trees, animals, through other human
beings, through ourselves. She is here. She is within us all. She is the full circle... emotions
... change." - Starhawk, The Spiral Dance

"One of the greatest mysteries of magic is that there are no mysteries. Instead,
they are being constantly revealed around us. The study of a simple rose blossom, blade of grass,
veined leaf or the whistle of the wind through leafy trees will reveal... the true nature of magic"

- Scott Cunningham, Earth Power

"In our increasingly mechanized age, many people are finding themselves isolated
from the planet that sustains and supports our very lives. Forgotten is the very real dependency
we have on the Earth. Many are severing their ...natural...connections with the Earth. As a result,
a time of great turmoil exists today on an individual and global level."
- Scott Cunningham,
Earth Power

In all cultures, Pagans throughout history have been those people who looked to the Earth and the environment to show them how to live. They were the races of men and women who could look at the cycles of rivers, plants, trees, and animals, and not only saw their place in the system of life, but could extrapolate the pattern of nature and apply it to their daily lives. Today, we Neo-Pagans carry on the traditions of our forefathers and mothers, with added vigor.

Our technology, science, and global information-sharing have exposed us to the feelings, beliefs, and social/religious practices of people halfway around the world, and these new perspectives have given us a broader view of the world and life within it (a pluralism lost on our ancestors, because of geography). We have incorporated this into modern-day Paganism, and such forward-thinking spiritualism and respect/tolerance for everyone has allowed us to thrive.

Beyond even these external characterics of Neo-Paganism, our spirituality is extremely internal, and is defined by a personal relationship with and experience of Gods/Goddesses. No matter how you describe deity or how you view the workings of the divine, we are in constant awe of the beauty of nature, the perfect balance within life, and our part in it all.

The Hermit (from the major arcana of The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot) is the symbol/representation of our group, and chosen for the meaning it conveys. The Hermit is a solitary archetype, a man who has chosen to retreat from the world in order to gain insight into his life and the world through introspection. The lantern he carries represents the light he is shining on his mental/emotional/spiritual path. It also represents the internal light of the divine that shines from within him.

Almost all the people in Lamplight Circle have been spiritual philosophers and seekers for many years. They have yearned for a connection with the Gods/Goddesses, and have sought out groups and books on relevant topics for years. While such queries are healthy, like all mysteries relating to the spirit and divine, such connections are established through the simple acts of opening oneself up and acknowledging a deep reverence for the Earth and the connection we've had with it all along. This is one of the greatest mysteries to face. All things in nature seek an equilibrium, and the Earth (God to some, Goddess to others) is the one who restores balance. By whatever name you give his/her energy, we all seek her out.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Karma-Mantra September 19, 2009 7:36 PM anonymous
Lamplight Circle's Borrowing Library March 11, 2009 6:30 PM anonymous
FAQ: A Game of 21 Questions June 9, 2012 10:48 AM anonymous
PAGAN VIDEOS AND BOOK EXERPTS... May 16, 2011 9:05 AM anonymous
Pagan links... May 20, 2009 2:05 AM anonymous
About New Orleans Lamplight Circle May 23, 2011 12:23 PM anonymous

New Orleans, LA

Founded Oct 11, 2007

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