Lamp & Labyrinth: What is a lamp? A Labyrinth?

Since the show Westworld stole my main analogy for mysticism, I thought I’d share the analogy that came to me while in devotional practice.  It is important to distinguish between a maze and a labyrinth when comparing my analogy to the TV show:  a maze has dead ends while a labyrinth does not. In the [Read More…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Who’s Responsible for Speaking Out Against the AFA

Paganism is a Eurocentric thing. Non-european indigenous religions seem to prefer not to be called Pagan, a pejorative word that has been used against them for centuries. If you were to draw a diagram of pagan traditions, organizations, people and movements on which you placed these, prioritizing them by research and scholarship so that groups who value these things fall toward the center; you’d see that those who are getting closest to the moments before Christianity rolled in are the reconstructionists. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Reciprocity, Tit for Tat, and Vending Machine Religion

In my paganism and my personal practice, reciprocity is of utmost importance in thought and consideration when dealing with all beings, spirits, and gods. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Receiving The Blessings

Blessings can take many forms and come from many places. Make sure to claim your share of the blessings by actively participating in this exchange between us and the Heathen powers that be. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Path of Wisdom from Personal Gnosis to Myth

When you have important wisdom to share with your spiritual community, careful consideration about how to best present it to your audience is key. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Many Gods West Preview – Gnostic Polytheism and Animism

What is wisdom, gnosis, divine knowledge? What are the new stories of the gods and great spirits? Who are they sharing their thoughts through and how do we listen interpret and discern truth through these mediums? [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Food for Thought – Heathen Polytheist Theology

Heathen theology is still relatively young. What are the questions it should address? What would you want to know about the nature of deity and how to act in a way that honors one’s self, one’s ancestors, and the Gods? [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Why We All Need Indigenous European Paganism

The Rev. Melissa Hill tackles issues of white privilege and the fear that modern European polytheism is a breeding ground for right wing ideologies. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Heathen Polytheism – A Deity Dedication Contract

Deities are large, complex beings with agendas, motivations, personalities, needs, and wants. If you are thinking of dedicating yourself to one, ask yourself a few questions first. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Religious Virtues and Gods

The Gods that I honor most are the ones whose actions I most admire. So while I don’t believe in codifying them for other people, as my Pagan practice has evolved and changed over time, I’ve learned to look to my Gods for inspiration in ways to behave. [Read more…]