2014 (Happier)

The first day of the New Year – in the Otherfaith, today is the day when the gods split from their shared residence and get to work again. And so it is for me. The week of Reunion was as much of a religious break as I could give myself. Now, we start again. 2013 was an intense year for me. I started blogging here at Patheos. I met a lot of people who have helped shape me and influenced… Read more

Reunion Eve

Happy Christmas Eve to those who celebrate, and happy Reunion Eve to those in the Otherfaith. Tonight, I’ll be posting a variety of quotes from myths with links, all which connect to Reunion in some way. from the Founding of the West, which is rather plain in its meaning: The troop moved onward, pressing until all that lay before them was the steel and building of man and all that lay behind was the forest and field of Faery. Clarice… Read more

Thinky Thoughts

I’m not sure if I’ll get another post up before Reunion/Christmas, but I did want to post some thoughts that have been turning around in my brain lately. Most of these will be about posts I hope to write in 2014, since a few of them I don’t feel are appropriate to write/post during Reunion. Originally I was thinking of writing a series of Tumblr posts regarding offending the Four Gods and making amends, but I’ve decided to make them… Read more

Linkage

This will be another post that is mostly links and quotes, because – as I said before – I’m pretty exhausted and running on fumes, but also trying to post more regularly. To start, this song by Sara Bareilles, Cassiopeia, reminds me of the relation between the Laetha and Dierne so much it is almost painful. Over on A Sense of Place, Rhyd Wildermuth has a great post about land spirits. His post helped clarify an issue I was having… Read more

Some Thoughts on Polytheism

I struggle often with understanding an experience with a spirit or god on its own terms. I have grown from where I used to be – wherein every experience was metaphorical and implied some other meaning – and can now interact with spirits as they are, but I still find myself slipping into the tendency to interpret. Read more

Songs for Reunion

In preparation for Reunion, I thought I would post a variety of songs I have been listening to as I go about my work. And as I get ready for the general holiday cheer that we’re supposed to maintain during this month. Lorde – Everybody Wants to Rule the World (cover) Dirt Poor Robins – Love Again Beyonce – Love on Top  Pentatonix – O Holy Night Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You Ellie Goulding -… Read more

About Reunion

Reunion – the holy week of December 25th to January 1st The holy days of Reunion are connected to the story of June & December, when the Dierne and Laetha are reunited after a trying period of separation. In the myth, Reunion is described as, “[not having] to choose between life and love anymore.” But they are about more than just the Dierne and Laetha, our Boy-Gods of love. They are connected to our Kings of love, our gods who formed the West… Read more

Why New Spirits

I wanted to work with the spirit-reality around me that I found, and new spirits were a part of that. That is why new spirits. Read more

Happy December

December is my favorite month. The smell of cold air, the heavy clouds that settle into the city, hot soups and baked goods – winter is my favorite season, and December has always been my favorite month of all. This December will be especially busy. Job hunting will crowd my schedule, along with interviews, and volunteering is coming onto my plate in a big way again. I have tons of essays to write concerning the Otherfaith, mostly in preparation for… Read more

Thanksgiving Quotes

John Beckett posted about gratitude, and a part of his post spoke very true to my experience of Thanksgiving and its role in the Otherfaith (since it is part of our holy calendar): Gratitude in isolation can focus too much of our attention on ourselves and we can forget that not everyone has it so good. Our thankfulness that we have enough is no substitute for making sure everyone has enough. We accomplish this through giving and teaching, but also… Read more