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10 February 2007 @ 10:16 am
FlowerPetal of the House of Happyshinyness  
You know something about the Pagan Community that annoys the ever-living hell out of me? The names people choose for themselves.

One of the common elements of many pagan faiths is that there is a balance in all things. If that is so, then not everyone gets to have words like "Silver," "Eagle," and "Wolf" in their names. For every "Starshine McBastfaerie," there should be one "Muddy Compostworm" or "Leaden Itchyhedge." Do we actually find people who are truly in touch with the nature of things who take on those names? Damned if I have. No, it's all "Raven Glitterhappy" or "Nefertiti Cleohelenoftroy" or equally ridiculous and pompous monikers.

I suggest there be a Pagan Naming Convention Office instituted for the good of the Community, who would keep a record of currently-used names in a fashion similar to that of the vanity plates desk at the DMV. Wouldn't tell who has a particular name, but simply that said name is already in use in your area. "I'm sorry, we cannot authorize the use of 'Cerridwen Goldenleaf' in your area, nor your alternate name, 'Rhiannon NewYorkGoddess' as both names are already over capacity for the population. Five thousand more pagans would have to register in your area before another Cerridwen slot opens, and there's a waiting list for Rhiannon of about seven years right now. We can do 'Hatshepsut Thunderthighs' by Wednesday. If not that, there's a reward offered for taking one of the outstanding slots of 'Bitchy MacSeptictank.' Please fill out form 4-D with your new selections and move to the back of the line. Next!"
 
 
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Caitlin Hooper: pagan - pervy pagan insidetis_caitlin on February 10th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Bwahaha!

Agreed.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 10th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Tsankoo.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 10th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you get that in other communities, too.

Big Medievalist Dude: "I am Iron Wolf."
Foole: How come these guys never call themselves "Aluminum Puppy?"
- Ancient Kung Foole Proverb
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 10th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
"I am Iron Wolf."
"You are not, Iron Wolf the 41st is over there drinking with the Tuchuks, trying to become Iron Wolf the 1st they didn't kill. At best, you are Tin Mongrel, now sit down, Herbert."
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 10th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I don't name people. I can however spot a silly ass name when one is presented to me.
Not Quite A Robotazalynn on February 10th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
ROFL. This is already a classic.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 10th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a classic. I have joined the ranks of Hemmingway, Bill Hicks, and Dave Barry. Joyous day! ;)
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 10th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
See, you'll occasionally get names like that, though. "Abraxxas, Decaying Lord of Corruption." "Dugon of the Thousand Japanese Schoolgirl Raping Tentacles," stuff like that. I swear, Evil gets all the best names and titles.
Naomiomimouse on February 10th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, I remain the only Pagan that I know of to associate myself with Mouse. Then again, as far as I'm concerned, Naomi fits me so well that I don't feel the need to go looking for something sparkly and shiny to compensate for being yet another Ashley, Michelle, Heather, or Beverly. Also oddly enough, I have yet to meet Pagans that associate themselves with Wolverine. Y'know, the nasty, smelly, foul-tempered beastie, not the X-Man? (Not that I'm like that at all, except maybe before I've had caffeine in the morning. -shiftyeyes.-)

Warin's eldest, however, is going through a rather annoying phase. It's 'Raven' this one day, and 'Shadow Night-something-or-other' the next. Always something she sees as dark or mysterious, but still glamorous. Oy vey. It really doesn't help that none of these fit her at all. 'Tis enough to make me want to just start calling her 'Unicorn's Backside' until she gets the hint.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
I know another pagan who has a name of "Mouse," but it doesn't quite count as your's does. Her full moniker is "DangerMouse," after all. ;)

Ah, the things one can learn from a unicorn's backside. Even the most gleaming, mystical luminaries of Faerie need to poop.

If someone IS dark in nature, then taking the name Raven makes sense. Of course, it's still a scavenging carrion bird, so anyone who wants to take on the nature of Raven had better damn get used to associating with maggots and death. Raven is not for the squeamish, no more than the Morrigan is a matronly mother figure.
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Reana Bladereana on February 10th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
**Gigglefits*****

That, my friends, is why my Pagan name is actually simpler than my legal one. Hard to argue with, at the very least. I never did see the need to embellish it with bells and whistles; it fits me without all the extra drama, thankyouverymuch.

Although if Ricky Retardo wants to rename himself Itchy McScratchnsniff, or Barbie McBrainless wants to be Glittersall McPlasticwoman, who am I to argue? It makes the idiots easier to spot.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
I don't think I know your pagan name, unless it's Reana Blade just like you've referred to yourself here on LJ. Even if that's the case, I wouldn't know it to be so.

My pagan name is descriptive, or should be. "Farlander" because I'm not from around here, and for years, "Traveler" because I was awandering, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Then again, I didn't much care for driving a wedge between parts of my life, which is how my pagan name became my regular use name.

Good point about spotting the idiots. Still, I'd rather be able to think that a name is actually suiting of a person rather than immediately think that "Songflower Moonglitter" is just another flag frantically semaphoring "Hi, I'm a fluffy bunny white-lighter who couldn't conceive of a God or Goddess representing anything ickydark! Tee hee!"
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KLS: evil laughguruwench on February 10th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Bwahaha! Love it. And maybe I'm the only one, but I never have chosen a "Pagan" name... my legal name fits me very well, and I don't feel the need for another.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Thank you.

Nah, I've known plenty of people who didn't bother with keeping two names going. The theory of course is that you take a name that not only resonates with your image as a magickal being but that is used only in circle to trigger your mind into ritual mode. As a tool of mindset, it can be powerful. Then again, if you believe that life is magickal at all times, you're countering your own belief by having things that are only used in certain circumstances. (shrug) Whatever works.
Jon Reidcrossfire on February 10th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Pagans choose names for themselves?
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
Honestly? Sometimes. Some choose names for themselves, others say that their names have been "revealed" to them via non-mundane means, and others are given names by other coveners. Sometimes, a given name is a gift, sometimes a recognition of what is positive in you, and even at times recognizing something you want to surpass or grow beyond, a goad or challenge. Which depends apparently on the traditions being used, the lineage, the high priestess in question, the weather and the time of day. (shrug) Whatever works.
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Ace Lightning: Priestessacelightning on February 10th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
i'm surprised you didn't start off with this:
Lady Pixie MoonDrip's Guide To Craft Names




Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
I didn't, but I've seen things just like it over the years.
silver splits the blue: Angel of Death 2ashbet on February 10th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
I don't use a "Pagan name" (although "Ashbet" has personal significance to me, it's somewhat of a derivation of Astarte > Ashtoreth > Ashbet), and I use "Andi" 90% of the time -- I just started ANSWERING to Ashbet when enough people started calling me by it, heh.

But, yeah. I'm all about "Twinkletoes McTiggywinkle" . . . why are there so few Pagans with a hedgehog totem??

-- A ;D
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
Indeed. Hedgehogs, mice, rats, badgers, wolverines (as Naomi mentioned about a couple of those), why don't any of them get their share of time? They're parts of the cycle and balance, but apparently not ones that any of our fellow travellers want to associate with themselves.

I rather like raccoons, but when's the last time someone claimed one as a power animal? Crocodiles, for that matter, or alligators? Hells, even chameleons get a little play, but are generally reviled when a human being is compared with them.
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Kythrainkythrain on February 10th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I never really took a pagan name for myself before. Kythrain is a character from a short story I wrote a long time ago, not me. So, with that in mind...

Bitchy MacSeptictank at your service. What do I get for a reward? ;)

And yes, I'm alive. Hello all.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Soon as the naming office gets set up, we'll see what kind of reward you can claim. ;)

Missed you.
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Steve McKnellydenali1 on February 11th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
To steal from the WoW forums:

I am posting in a LEGENDARY thread!
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on February 11th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
lol. Gamer weirdo. ;)
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