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It is indeed a small world full of infinite possibilities and intricate connections.

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cannibalcoalition:

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shelbywildswitch:

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cannibalcoalition:

shelbywildswitch:

I didn’t realize the author of Pop Culture Magick had a tumblr!

Thank you thank you! :D

-small, yet subtly flamboyant bow-

May I link to…

Credit me as Lee Bradford, I suppose, and if you find it acceptable to have all three that is fine. The God Theory one is the one I’m most proud of, since its more than just /my/ opinion.

And yeah, I don’t really advertize that blog so much. I just post stuff there to keep the serious stuff separate from my casual flailing, so its no big deal if my name is attached to it as well.

Do you mean the book Pop Culture Magick by Taylor Ellwood? This is his blog: http://teriel.tumblr.com/

That’s the one we were talking about. I mentioned them in a comment on a different post and then only later realized that they were the author of the book. xD

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I’m informative hooraaaay!

Now back to torturing fictional characters and allowing them to live with the painful memories of it because I am an unjust god.

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Pop-Culture Paganism and God Theory

travelingwitch:

About a week ago we struck up an open conversation about Pop-Culture Paganism (or really any believe that utilizes deities) and how Gods are created. While it was posted to the PC Paganism tag, people of other beliefs were welcome to bring their input, so long as the discussion was kept civil. It was kept clear that these were opinions and should not be taken as doctrine or fact.

There are a few reigning theories on how Pop Culture and Modern Culture (and any of the other variations that folks have taken up as their descriptor) belong in the Pagan Community. They vary from simple to incredibly complex. Usernames will be kept anonymous for the sake of avoiding personal attacks, and if I cite someone in this article and they would like to be credited, please send me a message and I will credit you. 

There are two main camps, so far that can be seen. One is that we create our own gods and one is that we perceive our own gods. The two are often combined, and the theories within the camps can be combined or be a mixed-bag depending on what your personal beliefs are. The following is an incomplete list.

We Create Our Own Gods

The Power of Thought
In a secular sense, there are the concept of thoughtform and godform, egregore, construct, and many other variations working off of the belief that enough energy put into a thing will cause that thing to act of its own accord, whether with restrictions or without.  So if a person creates a character, and enough effort is put into making that character, zhe will develop zher own consciousness.

This can go in different ways. Writers and artists of all stripes will talk of their creations as living entities in one way or another: ‘the painting wanted to look a way I didn’t intend it to,’ ‘the character didn’t want to follow the plan I had for zhim.’ Whether intentional or accidental, life has been created.

But it is also thought that where perhaps a character created by another person is not considered ‘alive’ by zher creator, it is the job of someone else to give them a consciousness. This is much like fanfiction: where a person who shares a connection with a character wants more of them, wants them developed more, theorizes, and speculates with other fans on a character’s backstory. So, not to demean this method, the creation is second-hand. In this sense, a person can connect themselves with a pantheon of a television show or a book series that they had no hand in the original creation of.

Tumblr User Quotes:

  • "However, witches have always known that thoughts are very powerful; they can and often do manifest. In talking about this, I’m reminded of the Tulpa from Season 1 of Supernatural. Tulpas were, in the show, Tibetan spirits that only existed if people believed they did. Furthermore, they became whatever people thought they were. The Tulpa kept changing throughout the episode because thousands of people kept rapidly changing their idea of what the Tulpa was."
  • "I think it’s entirely possible to have gods created by humans, but I think it a) would have to be from something with a HUGE following (I’m thinking Star Wars/Trek, LOtR type thing, where thousands of people have, are, and will be thinking of them at any given time) and b) would take a pretty long time for them to be formed. So, for example, The Hunger Games characters couldn’t be gods, since THG hasn’t been around long enough for the gods to have actually formed. But something like LOtR or Star Wars/Trek has more potential, since it’s had such a large following for decades."


The Power of Need
Gods develop because we’ve needed them. In the past, we needed them to explain phenomena such as the change of seasons, so Persephone became the Queen of the Underworld. When that was explained with axial tilt, Her story didn’t die: it became something else. It became something that someone needed. For every devotee, there are different UPG, but She has become a symbol of strength, of overcoming mental illness, of taking charge of your life.

If a deity’s natural explanatory purpose can form a deeper, more personal meaning from someone who needs it, then it should stand to reason that a person who needs a God would be able to fill that need.

This coincides with UPG (Unverified Personal Gnosis)  for historical deities: if a person’s perception of a deity is not exactly like they are portrayed in text, that does not make it wrong. As such, just because a god does not exist historically does not make them any less valid.


Tumblr user quotes:
(Drawing upon a series: The Green Series by Jay Lake, which comes with many trigger warnings for those interested on the extended theory)

  • "So for me, cultural icons are something of a further step along that path. Urges are relevant to everything, Titanics are relevant to the universal human experience, Individuals are relevant to a culture, and therefore PC/MC figures are relevant to the individual. Someone who revers Fluttershy from MLP has, to a certain degree, brought their own god into the world (because their Fluttershy will likely have some qualities that are their because they serve a purpose for the individual reverent), but Fluttershy’s nature could also link her back to Persephone as The Maiden, which could link back to the Titanic who represents Kindness, and so on."



Everything Exists

If you believe in the Astral, you may have come across the theory that the world we live in now is just another plane. In that sense: if you can think it, it exists. Perhaps not here, but on another plane. This ties in closely with Multiverse Theory and the Law of Finite Senses. A Multiverse opens the possibilities for absolutely everything. Related, is the Law of Personal Universes: that every person’s perception is its own reality.

Now, to consider that your senses are finite means to be unable to prove something with evidence. Again, similar to controversies of UPG: just because you cannot see it, touch it, hear it, does not mean that it is not real. So to prove to someone that your pantheon exists is going to be difficult since they are not experiencing the instance in the same manner that you are (and again with the personal universes.)

Tumblr User Quotes:

  • "My personal opinion is that none of the Gods and Goddesses were actual physical forms. A lot of people will interpret this to mean that I think they weren’t real, which is far from the truth. The best thing I can do is quote Dumbledore when he says “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean it is not real?"
  • "If someone believes something is a deity then it is. It may not be a deity for everyone else, but for that one person it is. In most cases, what goes on inside our heads is more real to most of us than what’s happening outside. Or maybe I just see things that way because I’m a writer and I’m used to creating universes and characters that are very real to me."
  • "What I tend to think is that they exist as beings, somewhere and outside of us, and as they gain a devotee or worshiper they “evolve". The energies that are given to them through offerings and other things go to them and make them more powerful, kind of. I’m really bad at explaining this but it’s sort of like a ladder, the more energy a being gets, the higher they are on the ladder and the higher they are the more power and influence they have."



We Perceive Our Own Gods

Gods Wear A Mask
One school of belief is that the gods that we recognize as pop culture icons are really ancient deities using the guise of a more modern icon to reach out to a generation very different from followers in the past. This ties to the belief that deities, while ancient of themselves, are not fixed beings but change with the social climate.

Tumblr User Quotes

  • "I believe that there are entities that exist as sentient, self aware, beings because we/someone believes in them.  I also believe that there are entities that exist as  sentient, self aware, beings but aren’t gods, and they only become gods when worshiped by humans.  Being worshiped by humans can shape how the entity presents themselves, either they shift their presentation intentionally to match what their followers see them as, or they are changed by the force of worship and belief.





Divinely Inspired

This is something that has been said about the Christian Bible: that though it was written by man, it was inspired by God. Being that an author or a writer channels gods (or spirits or whatever entity) and writes them as characters. Whether the author is aware of it or not, they are writing a holy book of sorts.

A wonderful example would be The Prophet Chuck from Supernatural. For those unfamiliar, there is an episode where the Winchesters encounter a man who can see their future and writes them down as fiction novels… which don’t sell particularly well.  Similar concept, though more channeling divine or otherbeings.

Tumblr User Quotes:

  • "Because if enough people start to see that fictional character as a deity then thousands of years from now people in the future will think that they had always been Pagan Gods or Goddesses, and that there were shows and movies and books written about them, not the other way around.
  • At the end of the day, how much do we really know about the very start of the lives of these deities? For all we know, ancient Gods and Goddesses started the same way PC deities are starting right now. We could very well be creating the future of polytheism.”



Each method of thought has its pros and cons, and more beliefs are still open for civil debate. If you would like to see more of the discussion, follow this link: http://cannibalcoalition.tumblr.com/post/55634505185/how-are-gods-created

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shelbywildswitch:

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shelbywildswitch:

I didn’t realize the author of Pop Culture Magick had a tumblr!

Thank you thank you! :D

-small, yet subtly flamboyant bow-

May I link to…

Credit me as Lee Bradford, I suppose, and if you find it acceptable to have all three that is fine. The God Theory one is the one I’m most proud of, since its more than just /my/ opinion.

And yeah, I don’t really advertize that blog so much. I just post stuff there to keep the serious stuff separate from my casual flailing, so its no big deal if my name is attached to it as well.

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Re: TIME

hannahcarbons:

Reconsider sounds much too passive, to be honest.  I really, honestly want to know why they didn’t include Laverne Cox, and sadly but predictably they are probably going to backpedal over themselves and then blame those who voted for not understanding.  Because wow, Seth Meyers took up a a job and Amy Adams won a Best Actress, those are really things that are particularly influential to the cultural sphere at large and the betterment of humanity as a whole.

Or Time and other big media groups like to suddenly jump up and support Ms. Cox when it is best for their image, but when time comes to legitimately recognize individuals for their achievements they will hmm and haw and pretend “oh, that’s just the way the results played out.” I don’t like to be cynical, but the writing feels pretty concrete on the wall.

I mean, I never really had much respect for you in general, TIME magazine, but way to show your true colors when your glamour inevitably falls.

Sometimes I wonder if they might actually blame social media for encouraging folks to vote one way. But social media was the only way I even knew that this was happening. Yes, I voted for Laverne Cox because a post on Tumblr encouraged me to. But she deserves any and all positive recognition she can. Tumblr didn’t persuade me to do anything that I wasn’t going to do already.

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shelbywildswitch:

cannibalcoalition:

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cannibalcoalition:

shelbywildswitch:

I didn’t realize the author of Pop Culture Magick had a tumblr!

Thank you thank you!  :D

-small, yet subtly flamboyant bow-

May I link to your post as well?

You mean the one I did on God Theory? Yes, that’s perfectly fine. I would be honored.

I meant “Pop Culture Paganism, Lee’s Explanation” but if you have a link to your God Theory one, I would love to include it!

Unless we are talking about the same one. lol

I posted it on my faith/witchy tumblr so that I have a neat way to categorize my woo, but some months ago I asked people in the pc paganism tag their theories on why/how pc paganism works. To phrase it differently, ‘how gods are made.’ You might have seen it and not known it was mine.

http://travelingwitch.tumblr.com/post/56076112677/pop-culture-paganism-and-god-theory

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@CannibalCoalition

shelbywildswitch:

cannibalcoalition:

shelbywildswitch:

I didn’t realize the author of Pop Culture Magick had a tumblr!

Thank you thank you!  :D

-small, yet subtly flamboyant bow-

May I link to your post as well?

You mean the one I did on God Theory? Yes, that’s perfectly fine. I would be honored.

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@CannibalCoalition

shelbywildswitch:

I didn’t realize the author of Pop Culture Magick had a tumblr!

Thank you thank you!  :D

-small, yet subtly flamboyant bow-

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