AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) You'll be angry if those you live with aren't pulling their weight. You can come into money; however, perhaps not under the best circumstances. You can make changes to your living quarters, but not everyone will be pleased with your efforts.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) Social activities that involve the whole family will be enjoyable. Don't let your emotions interfere with moneymaking deals. Your talent will be recognized.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Be careful while traveling. Have a heart-to-heart talk with family and find out what the problems are. If possible, rely on coworkers to back your objectives, and talk to superiors in order to get approval.
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Chances are you could get stuck with a colleague's job unexpectedly. The personal problems you may be having are interfering with your productivity. Put all your energy into moneymaking ventures.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) You can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be able to support your objectives. You will enjoy getting together with friends. You will have to be careful not to fall into traps set by jealous colleagues.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) You will be able to borrow money in order to invest. You would be best to work late in order to avoid such disharmony. You will want to take off and have some recreation.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) You may feel that someone at work is holding you back. You can make a serious attempt at quitting those bad habits that you've picked up over the years. Promotions will be yours if you have acted professionally in times of crisis.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) If you can't trust someone, question the connection. Your ability to communicate with ease will win the hearts of those you are in touch with today. You can offer your help to others but back off if they appear to be offended by your persistence.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) You should sign up for creative courses. Concentrate on your work. Jealous coworkers may try to sabotage your attempts to get ahead. Take care of the needs or responsibilities of elders.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) You will gain new friends if you get involved in environmental issues. Do something special for them. Do not jump to conclusions concerning your romantic partner.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Business trips will be more productive than trying to fight the red tape facing you. Things are looking good for you, so open your eyes and get to it. Changes in your residence may be financially favorable.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Abrupt changes in your home may send you for a loop. Include friends and family members in your redecorating plans. Losses are likely if you aren't careful where you leave your valuables.
Perhaps I should play the devils advocate, while I hate the view of witchcraft/paganism through Hollywood, there is a glimmer of good. While the vast majority would join for the wrong reasons, a small few would use a movie as a starting point and research further to see for themselves if what they witnessed was pure fiction and this could lead to them joining a pagan path with the right reasons in mind. Personally I don't like how pagans are viewed and portrayed in pop culture, but for every Charmed that gets it all wrong there's at least one Practical Magic that at least tries to show we are normal people [but even that can't escape some fictionalization.]
Re: Pop Culture Paganism By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Apr 21, 2014
Post # 7
The Pop Cultures I mean are the "cults". For instance, there are now so many different varieties of Wicca that if he was alive today Gardner wouldn't recognise the religion he founded!.And then there are all the Christian cults. Satanic cults. Hundreds of them! And, for the most part, utter rubbish!
My understanding of pop culture practice/Paganism/Witchcraft is that it incorporates fictional archetypes into a serious esoteric path. Pop culture practitioners often have some form of thought form incorporated into their practice if they decide to worship a fictional archetype.
I personally think it can be a valid practice, though a highly eclectic one, if people understand the basics of how things work (even then, this is debated amongst seasoned practitioners of already existing paths). We often teach people on SoM that you don't need tools or fancy rituals for a spiritual working, or that practitioners don't need to use already existing chants or verses, and ultimately that adaption is a practitioners friend. This would give reason to some people using such fictional archetypes in their practice.
Now in regards to Brysing mentioning the various paths of Wicca that Gardner wouldn't recognize, there is truth in that statement. However, I personally think something like that would be categorized under Neopaganism (though Wicca technically is Neopaganism depending on who you ask, so a popular term I've seen this bunch refered to as is Neowiccan).
While I am fine with pop culture practice so long as people understand the basics of how things work, I also like to make sure people understand and separate a pop culture or Neopagan practice from a traditional practice. There are some folk who want to learn serious traditions and paths and their only exposure is sometimes though Neopaganism, New Age, and pop culture, so they can sometimes mix things up if they don't do serious research into a tradition. One example of this is the use of Karma outside of its Eastern religious contexts and few people understand those original contexts, which can lead to butchering the traditions it comes from. This, to me, is not okay.
Captian America made my whole family jump up and yell at the TV for saying there is only one god! LOL Thor should have slugged him.
I can say that I definitely agree that it has misled but brought more people into the pagan community. I feel that in the world of technology people connect with ideas more when they can see them. Pagans don't have the non-fiction children books, classes, and places of worship everywhere like Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists. Even pagan statuary is rarely respected for what it is. We have nothing other than our gatherings and teachings at home. Public celebration is few and far between. I would have to travel halfway through my state just to attend one. There is nothing big beautiful and awe inspiring besides nature itself, which is constantly downplayed by modern society.
So I think Pagan pop culture allows people to get a taste of the beliefs and realize we aren't devil worshippers or evil.
I'm sure some Christians think they are Bruce Almighty. We all have our pop culture crazies. Not everyone is like that. I think that pagans that got their start through pop culture are less likely to admit it than the crazies, which is why we view it as encouraging fallacy.