Wayfaring Woman: Managing Multiple Deity Relationships

All relationships can be complicated, and human to divine relationships are no different. Deepening a spirituality and developing my practice requires that we think through the relationships that we cultivate. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Odin

Poet, wise man, grey-cloaked wanderer, one-eyed, wizard, warrior, king… when I decided to do Odin as my next “Divine Profiles” article, I was overwhelmed. For as much as the Lady is a complex, larger-than-life being, the Allfather has so very many names and stories attached to him that I was afraid that I couldn’t do him justice. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Paganism, Theism, and Belief

How do we determine if someone is Pagan? Do they join our events and participate in our communities? Do they support our rights to practice and believe as we think that Pagans should? Then I’ll say that they are Pagan. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Freyja

One of the things that often attracts people to Heathenry and related practices is our Gods. While the Ancestors and vaettir (land spirits) often hold important places in our hearths and hearts, the Gods draw our attention and admiration. How can they not? [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Honoring the Liminal Gods

Although Morgan does honor the Irish Gods, respecting and honoring the aos sí is the core of her spirituality. Worshiping the liminal Gods is a vital thing, and forms an essential part of her practice of witchcraft as a religion and a craft. [Read more…]

The Zen Pagan: The Only God to Whom Jupiter Must Bow

Boundaries in their role as both endings and beginnings are also on my mind because this will be my last column for Agora. The good news is that this is because The Zen Pagan will soon be its own full-fledged blog here at Patheos Pagan! But this change too is the crossing of a line, a passing of a boundary. The Romans had a god for that: Terminus, the god of boundaries. [Read more…]

Making Light: Hephaestos

Bury everything I’ve made and very little of my industry will survive a thousand years to be studied by archaeologists apart from a little bit of pottery. I’m a textiles person and a painter. But here we have a guy who works with metal and gears who gets it. While that’s not my art, I have a very deep appreciation for the minds of makers in all the arts. Athene is software; Hephaestos is hardware. When both function together, they are more than the sum of their parts. [Read more…]

Making Light: Hermes

I’m glad He has been with me, and every time I leave the house, I know that He will continue to protect me and mine beyond the threshold where the driveway and street mark the boundary of our modest suburban property. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

There has been a lot of discussion lately about choosing a patron god in heathenry and whether doing so is of spiritual importance. Personally, I think: to each their own. Spirituality, after all, is individualistic. If, however, the decision to choose a patron comes at the expense of excluding the other gods, then it becomes a practice that ignores the premise behind a polytheistic faith. [Read more…]