Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

Heather O'Brien

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...]

Making Light: Artemis

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy. Public domain image.

This is one of the most important stories in the Mythos. For the most part, this is Leto’s story, but I also think of it as Artemis’ story because it’s how She came to be. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Why I Am a Polytheist


It baffles me to see people come to Paganism, willfully decide to embrace all the pain and hardships that being a member of a minority faith entails, and yet stop short before they are able to really, truly, reap the benefits. Our work is not over just because we converted to Paganism. In fact, I reckon that it has only just begun. [Read more...]

Making Light: Dionysos


The Theoi are complex, and Dionysos is much more than the “party god” he has a reputation of being. He is certainly present during revelry, but his presence extends much farther than simple drunken enjoyment. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pointless Arguments (Part 1) – The Polytheism Debate


We could all argue about theology until we’re blue in the face, but in the end we’re only debating a matter of faith, as none of us has any objective evidence with which to support our case. This is a dilemma I like to call “Schrodinger’s God.” Read on for awesome stick figure illustrations. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Your Mileage May Vary – Embracing Contradictory Truths in the Craft


The beauty of Wicca is that many contradictory truths can be true at the same time. Sable Aradia examines some of those contradictory truths and suggests how it is that they can all work together. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: We Need to be Challenged, or Why I am Thankful

Julian Betkowski

There are moments when Pagan dialogue becomes so concerned with acceptance and diversity that we lose track of the subject of our discussions and stop saying anything at all. Sometimes, I think we could do with a little less nicety. Sometimes, I think, we need to say no. So, that is why I am thankful for Galina Krasskova. [Read more...]