It looks like we might have a super-groovy big turnout this month - 14 yesses and 6 maybes. I think that's a record. :)
Since many of my closer acquaintances are part of the NAPM too, I'm going to try to organize a cake or some kind of festive treat as it will be a day after Spark's birthday. So, hey, there's free cake too! Cards, gifts and funny hats are not required or expected, but, for you few that are closer to us, I'm sure Spark wouldn't turn down a sympathy card. This is the third anniversary of her 39th year, after all. :)
North Austin Pagan Meetup is a community of local practitioners of Pagan and Heathen paths. Our monthly meetings serve as a time to grow friendships, engage in important discussion, and learn from each other. This is an alternate site to those that don't brave the rush hour traffic to come to the Austin Pagan Meetup which is held south of the river. For all those who have wanted to participate but can't, I understand. Here's your chance to have a Meetup north of the river.
As a general "umbrella" facilitator for networking among our members, we do not particularly carry an agenda to sway someone towards on practice or another. However, defining a few basic concepts and principles, we try to get every one focused from the viewpoint of all reading from the same first page, whether or not we ultimately read from the same book. So, our general guidelines are set as follows:
A few generic terms:
1. Pagan: a nature-worshipping polytheist. 2. Heathen: a Pagan with focus on ancestry and heritage. 3. Magic: Strengthening or exerting personal Will to affect a definite outcome.
non-dogmatic tenets to follow:
(commonly known as the Nine Noble Virtues)
Truth Honor Courage Self-Reliance Discipline Industriousness Fidelity Hospitality Perseverance
How to carry yourself among others:
(on the qualities of the Norseman, as quoted in Kropotkin's “Mutual Aid”)
"To do what lay before him openly and like a man, without fear of either foes, fiends, or fate; To be free and daring in all his deeds; To be gentle and generous to his friends and kinsmen; To be stern and grim to his foes, but even towards them to fulfil all bounden duties. To be no truce-breaker, nor tale-bearer, nor back-biter. To utter nothing against any man that he would not dare tell him to his face. To turn no man from his door who sought food or shelter, even though he were a foe."
Expectations of you within the community:
Carry yourself confidently. Maintain pride well shy of arrogance. Meet everyone eye to eye and face to face. Expect nothing, yet be open to the selfless welcome of others. Expect to learn, yet ultimately be called upon to teach. Speak your mind, yet let your words and actions be nothing but the truth.