Spear of Athena: Reconstructionism as Methodology, Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of reconstructionism as a methodology are many and varied, and are things that could be hotly debate by individuals for a while, the views presented are my own as arrived at by introspection and contemplation as well as by interaction with various Hellenists and reconstructionists of other polytheistic faiths. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Polytheism and Polyamory are a Natural Combination

A poly perspective on religion and life leads to greater compassion and the sacredness of relationships. [Read more…]

Personal Gnosis: A Conversation

Personal Gnosis. Polytheism. Paganism. The writers at Patheos Pagan get together to discuss personal gnosis and campfire consensus. [Read more…]

Spear of Athena: Books for the Curious and New

Shifting to a polytheistic theology takes more than just reading a couple of books; it helps to learn about models which have persisted into the modern world, too. So here is Conor’s slightly different list “starter” books: two for historical background and two for just starting to foment a new perspective. [Read more…]

Spear of Athena: Relationships are Relationships, or I Need a Break

All of the polytheists that I know, though by no means does this mean all polytheists ever, affirm that the gods have individual agency. In this article, Conor shares some of the implications of this. [Read more…]

Spear of Athena: Whose Sun is it Anyway?

My eyes dart over the message board, and I’m met with a question: we are aware of many cultures and many gods, so how do we reconcile that with only having one sun? [Read more…]

Spear of Athena: Technology, Athena, and Doing it Right

It always bothers me a little bit when I see Pagans take highly anti-tech stances sometimes even to the point of proudly proclaiming themselves Luddites and accusing all (or most) the evils of society on technology. That just isn’t something I can let slide by. [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: Aphrodite

It seems fitting to turn my thoughts toward Aphrodite during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is on the minds of those who wish to express their love and those who would rather not speak of that day, as my eldest daughter puts it. Truthfully, I don’t have a very close relationship with Aphrodite, but She has always helped me toward excellence in sometimes very intimate ways. [Read more…]

Making Light: Ares

War is an unfortunate fact of what it means to be human and when we find ourselves in armed conflict, we need Ares’ guidance so that our soldiers will be safe, skilled, and honorable. Without Ares, we are savages. [Read more…]


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