Things I learned from the aftermath of Fox News’ commentary on Wicca

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8 thoughts on “Things I learned from the aftermath of Fox News’ commentary on Wicca

  1. RE: lunar calendars being fiendishly complicated, I sort of agree. Having been raised Jewish, which also uses a lunar calendar, it isn’t hard to look up the date of the High Holidays, but it is fiendishly complicated that they move around relative to our more fixed solar calendar. Or, consider the date of Easter. To fix it to the solar calendar, we have to find the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring. On the one hand, once someone prints it on a calendar it’s not a hard thing to handle, but it does mean that my wife almost missed Ash Wednesday this year because she didn’t see it coming!

    I also think we do need a stronger voice in interfaith (and intrafaith), but I see shades of victim-blaming in your final bullet point above and that seems problematic.

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    • It’s not “fiendishly complicated” if you can adjust your perspective –like, the dates on solar calendars jump around when you transpose them to the lunar calendar. And when several people –including Hellenion, myself, Jewish calendar publushers, and others– are doing the work of producing lunar calendars so that ypu don’t necessarily have to, what reason is there to complain? Seversl are free, too.

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      • I guess it’s not the that lunar calendar itself is internally complicated any more so than a solar calendar is. But, when you’re trying to use both at the same time, things can get more difficult especially since a lot of the digital calendaring systems only show solar information out-of-the box and need to be configured to show anything lunar. Heck, some of them don’t even show holidays! I know that I’m regularly surprised by the full moon’s timing simply because my digital calendars only show solar information, for example. Granted, a widget and a smart phone have pretty much solved that dilemma, I suppose.

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        • I’m pretty sure that Hellenion offers a version of their calendar that can be synced into Google Calendars (might be a members only thing). And really, if someone simply can’t be bothered to download a PDF or install a widget / app onto their computer or smartphone, or (you’d think) go outside, look up, and do some basic maths, then one really should just admit that it’s not the system that’s “fiendishly complicated”, it’s their own inertia

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  2. RE: lunar calendars being fiendishly complicated, I sort of agree. Having been raised Jewish, which also uses a lunar calendar, it isn’t hard to look up the date of the High Holidays, but it is fiendishly complicated that they move around relative to our more fixed solar calendar. Or, consider the date of Easter. To fix it to the solar calendar, we have to find the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring. On the one hand, once someone prints it on a calendar it’s not a hard thing to handle, but it does mean that my wife almost missed Ash Wednesday this year because she didn’t see it coming!

    I also think we do need a stronger voice in interfaith (and intrafaith), but I see shades of victim-blaming in your final bullet point above and that seems problematic.

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    • It’s not “fiendishly complicated” if you can adjust your perspective –like, the dates on solar calendars jump around when you transpose them to the lunar calendar. And when several people –including Hellenion, myself, Jewish calendar publushers, and others– are doing the work of producing lunar calendars so that ypu don’t necessarily have to, what reason is there to complain? Seversl are free, too.

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      • I guess it’s not the that lunar calendar itself is internally complicated any more so than a solar calendar is. But, when you’re trying to use both at the same time, things can get more difficult especially since a lot of the digital calendaring systems only show solar information out-of-the box and need to be configured to show anything lunar. Heck, some of them don’t even show holidays! I know that I’m regularly surprised by the full moon’s timing simply because my digital calendars only show solar information, for example. Granted, a widget and a smart phone have pretty much solved that dilemma, I suppose.

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        • I’m pretty sure that Hellenion offers a version of their calendar that can be synced into Google Calendars (might be a members only thing). And really, if someone simply can’t be bothered to download a PDF or install a widget / app onto their computer or smartphone, or (you’d think) go outside, look up, and do some basic maths, then one really should just admit that it’s not the system that’s “fiendishly complicated”, it’s their own inertia

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