2006-06-28 [Linn Scarlett]: *chuckles* yeah, first the romans (roman empire), then the saxons (drove romans a little back), then the french (early middle ages), then the norse (viking age) then the french again (late middle ages), then the brittish (late middle ages), then the french (napoleon), then the german (drove napoleon away) then the french ones more (napoleon back) then the spanish (80year war), then the germans again (first world war), then the itallians AND the german (second world war), then the brittish and americans (they saved us -_-) and now the middle east...
2006-06-28 [Linn Scarlett]: And I am sure i still forgot to mention some -_-
2006-06-28 [Azuri]: lol yea everyone has a bit of everything in them .I just tried tracking but it costs more money than i have :( so i give up unless someone has helpful sites for tracking?
2006-06-28 [sequeena_rae]: Stick some Welsh people in there! XD
2006-06-29 [Fireblade K'Chona]: I'm French and English and German and Norwiegan and Irish and just a bit Native American. Whee?
2006-06-29 [Linn Scarlett]: *nod nod*
2006-06-30 [Pyra]: *raises hand* Let's just say this. My grandfather is very darkskinned, my grandmother slips into speaking German alot, and my cousins are Korean. Haha. They call America "The melting pot" for a reason.
2006-06-30 [Azuri]: *nods* that they do
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: Long ago (14 years, now...), I went from being privately pagan to being actually involved with other practising pagans. At the time, it was a Wiccan group (which I left after about a year and a half, a year and a day of which was spent in a coven). In that context, and at that time, I encountered the concept of the "craft name". I'd been involved with other groups before, which involved the taking of another name (historical recreation, RPGs, whatever), so it wasn't a foreign concept to me. I gave the matter considerable thought, and found the three things which most strongly represented my inner nature, then assembled them into a name. I've used this name ever since, and been published
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: under it, and it is as much a facet of myself as is "Mommy", the name my daughter has called me since she first learned to speak. I use that name because I have reasons for living in the broomcloset (aging fundamentalist inlaws, whom I love and don't want to kill with heart attacks, or cost my husband his family), but I don't view it any differently than I do my legal name (which I also chose for myself, initially in the context of one of those aforementioned groups, before I changed it legally). It is a "true naming" of my self. I could have translated it into another language, or used a name book to find common names which derive from those words, & it would sound perfectly ordinary (as
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: ordinary as "Sally", or "Daisy", each of which is a direct translation of one of my use-names over the years). But I chose to leave it in the comprehensible vernacular of the culture of which I am a part, just as Hebraic people naming their daughters "Sarah" might know that it means "princess". I wanted the meaning to be clear and understandable
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: is anything inherently wrong with this practise. But a lot of it comes down to the same thing as most other "are you a Playgan" questions -- seriousness, intent, thought, commitment, those things that divide the practising believer from the follower of trends. As it happens, my pagan usename is also a term which friends (and even bare acquaintances) have used to describe me for years. I don't see this practise as being much different from the acquisition of a nickname, like "Kat" or "Bunny", or "Bubbles". I've had friends with each of those nicknames, and it didn't detract from their commitment to their pagan faith. One of them is a respected published author who was then middle-aged.
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: In sum, as was so beautifully said by Obelix of "Asterix and Obelix", "The robe doesn't make the druid". Nor does the use (or absence) of a secondary name define a person's credibility as a pagan. On the other hand, I have to admit that certain thoughtlines indicate exactly the same problems Playgans decries, as so aptly represented by the pagan wu-name generator programs. My husband once got so sick of them that he's used both "Stygian Budgie" and "Pink Fluffy Clouds" as handles in pagan forums, to point out these issues. ;) But I doubt that those who needed the message got it. He remains "BarleySinger"
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: Oh, one last point -- I know for a fact that I am the only one on the WWW using the name by which I am known in pagan circles. I was even contacted, once, by someone who was considering taking a PART of my name for her own; to the best of my knowledge, if she did so, she dropped it after a short time. I've become known by that name -- and by the same token, that name has become known as ME, in two hemispheres, and across multiple continents. I know that there are at least 3 people in my husband's home town who bear his real name, and many more if you broaden your search to just the three towns in that state inhabited by his family. But there's only one of me. That's good enough for me.
2006-07-22 [Delladreing]: Here here to that.
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: I still liked "Stygian Budgie" and "Pink Fluffy Clouds"... LOL ...it's just a shame that the satire went over the heads of the audience in question. He also considered "Something Dark, Something Astral", which *might* have been obvious enough for that crowd, but you never know. *chuckle*
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: Have you considered linking this page to a "Pagan Wu-Name Generator", with the injunction that "if you can generate your name with this program, it's time to give it further thought"? I can easily hunt one up for you, if you'd like... ...it seems like an apt comment. :)
2006-07-22 [Delladreing]: I think that would be a wonderful idea :D
2006-07-22 [Rondel]: Here we go, this one looks perfect for your purposes: http://www.fjo
2006-07-22 [Delladreing]: Hehe yes that is indeed the point, thank you dear :D
2006-07-24 [moonscale]: They can't be serious, please tell me that people aren't that idiotic. Thats just...*faints in horror*