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This episode is about the magickal land of Arcadia in ancient Greece, its theme as a metaphor for a homosexual utopia among 19th century homosexual men, and it being the name for a new gathering for gay and bi Pagan men on the East Coast.

The rustic, wooded land of Arcadia was home to Greek gods such as Zeus, Hermes, and Pan, as well as satyrs, centaurs, nymphs, and other magickal creatures.  The “gay god” segment of this episode will focus on the Greek god Pan.

The Arcadia gathering is scheduled to take place October 9-12, 2019 in Cumberland, Virginia.

Web links:

Arcadia Gathering, Virginia -- http://www.olympuscampgroundresort.com/index.php/events/arcadia

Between the Worlds Gathering, Ohio -- http://betweentheworlds.org/

Stone and Stang Gathering, California -- http://stoneandstang.com/

This is a continuation of the “conspiracy” episode.  Part one came out in January.  In this episode, I’ll be talking more about the Web Bot and possible biases in the algorithm.  I’ll be exploring why conspiracy theorists are so obsessed with pedophilia.  And I’ll be explaining my own system for evaluating conspiracy theories.

Music: Somebody’s Watching Me (Rockwell), I’ve Got a Theory (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Web links:

Brotherhood by the Bog Pagan Men's Retreat

Arcadia Gathering for Gay and Bi Pagan Men

Clif High's Web Bot Website

Why Your AI might be racist

Yes Artificial Intelligence is Racist

Artificial Intelligence is Racist, sexist

Crying Pedophilia is the Oldest Propaganda Trick

Atrocity Propaganda

Today's episode is all about conspiracy theories -- why we love them, some of the more popular theories, and how right-wing conservatives are a hotbed of conspiracy theories during the Trump presidency.  We'll also explore my friend David's wild "conspiracy" theories about North Dakota.

Part 2 will be coming out soon!

Music:  X-files theme

Web links:

Brotherhood by the Bog Pagan Men's Retreat

Arcadia Gathering for Gay and Bi Pagan Men

Between the Worlds Gathering for Gay and Bi Pagan Men

Clif High's Web Bot Website

This episode includes segments on Pagan and magickal superhero archetypes, LGBT superheroes including characters and actors, "research" into naughty superhero sites, and why do villains so often have gay voices and mannerisms.

Songs and soundclips include: Holding Out for a Hero, the Smallville theme, and clips from Spiderman, Batman, and others.

Review of my visit to the Between the Worlds Gathering for Queer Pagan Men the week of September 11-15, 2017.

Sound clips from Buffy and Bewitched.

Drumming music from the Betweenthe Worlds last night drum circle.

Retreats and Gatherings including the Hero's Adventure, Querent, and Between the Worlds - The Gay Guy's Guide to Werewolves book - LGBTQ Werewolf Workshop at Marscon - Mel's Photography - Alternatives HR website -- Activism - Groups including the New Order of Chaeronea and the Order of the Stone Circle - Mel's big project - Personal updates

Music Clips include: 9-to-5 - Do the Werebear - Green Acres

Links related to this show:

Brotherhood by the Bog Pagan Men's Retreat -- http://www.orderofthestonecircle.org/index.php/events/annual-men-s-retreat

Querent - https://www.querent.org/

Between the Worlds Gathering -- http://www.betweentheworlds.org/

Mel's Bookstore - http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/melmystery

Marscon - http://www.marscon.net/wp/

Mel's Photography site - http://www.matrixwerx.com/

Alternatives HR - http://www.alternativeshr.com/

New Order of Chaeronea - http://www.melmystery.com/index.php/new-order-of-chaeronea

Order of the Stone Circle - http://www.orderofthestonecircle.org/

 

In 50 Shades of Gay Part 2, I share personal news including updates on my new book "The Gay Guy's Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts," a local Pagan men's retreat I helped put together, the new Querent Queer Spirituality Conference put together by the folks who brought you Coph Nia, and my personal memories of home.

The main segment focuses on alternatives to traditional heteronormative relationships including simply living together, civil unions, serial monogamy, casual monogamy, open relationships, Bromances, Boston marriages, BDSM lifestyles, intergenerational relationships, long distance and Living Apart Together relationships, hiring escorts, and being happily single.

The Fairy Facts segment talks about a 19th century secret society for homosexuals called the Order of Chaeronea who believed that love in all its forms is sacred.

In this episode, I give an update of what's been happening in the news and what I've been up to since the last episode - this includes the progress I've made on my LGBT werewolf book that will be available for sale soon.

I give my review of the 50 Shades of Grey movie that some, even in the LGBT community, have considered controversial.

I talk about the traditional marriage and whether LGBT folks should be supporting such a narrow definition of marriage.  I talk about Biblical marriage - it's not what many people think.  I also talk about the history of marriage and the history of formalized same-sex commitments in various ancient cultures.

In part 2 of this episode, coming out soon, I will be talking about other types of relationship structures LGBT folks might take part in including: BDSM relationships, polyamory, intergenerational relationships, and more. 

In this episode I talk about the power of names including the names we use as individuals, the names we take on as groups (specifically our sexual identities and spiritual paths), and the names we call others.

Individual names include our personal names, family names, nicknames, craft and magickal names, and our true names.

Group names include the names we call ourselves based on our sexual identities and our spiritual paths.  Do we call ourselves gay, LGBT, Androphile, Queer, or some other term? As Pagans do we call ourselves the generic Pagan, Druid, Odinist, Wiccan, Witch, or even (gasp) Warlock.

Do we call other people names that build the up or tear them down?  What about the term "creepy"?

There's also a news update and some cool music and sound clips throughout the episode.

Enjoy!

Episode 11 - Part 2 is a continuation of my review of Coph Nia from the standpoint of my personal journey with rites of passage and the hero's journey as a background. It includes an "Earth My Body Chant" by Coph Nia attendees; information on the Coph Nia Calendar which is now available for purchase; a song dedication from me to other Coph Nia 2014 attendees; and a few outtakes from the event.

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