Monday Tarot: 0 the Fool

0 the Fool (Stephanie Pui-Mun Law)

Every Monday I will do a quick one-card draw from one of my Tarot (or oracle) decks and interpret the card. This isn’t going to be ‘introduction to the Tarot’ or ‘intro to divination’ or anything like that, and my interpretations should not at all be seen as the only or correct way to read the cards. In fact, my interpretations will more focus on how the card is at play in my own life, how it is connected to the Otherfaith and our symbolism, or my impressions from the card.The way I read Taro … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Polytheism

from the shrine for the Ophelia

Rhyd Wildermuth posted up a great roundup/linkage of the many discussions going on about polytheism right now. I won't be linking to all the posts he links, so if you're interested in reading, head over there. (And just head over there and spend some time reading his blog, as it is quality. And don't forget to check out his writings on Sense of Place.)I went over to read A Polytheist Manifesto by Julian Betkowski, which was a great read and very interesting, but I want to highlight some … [Read more...]

Apotheosis [Action]

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The apotheosis of the Dierne is a few days away, and I want to cover the three basic parts of the celebration that laity or those interested in the Otherfaith should focus on when July 31st rolls around. As with the basics of the entire Otherfaith, we’ll be focusing on contemplation – the symbols and meanings surrounding the holy day –daily action – how to approach the day and what to avoid in terms of concrete actions – and prayer. This post will focus on action, and the next will look at prayer … [Read more...]

Basics: Prayer (I)

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For this series, we will be focusing on the path of laity and what it means to be a lay-person in the Otherfaith. This is the most accessible path and the one we should all start from when beginning to interact with the gods and spirits of this faith.The three most important parts of the Otherfaith are establishing right relationship, prayer, and maintaining a shrine. When we begin our work, we start with the first two (right relationship and prayer) and only bring in shrines and material of … [Read more...]

51 Adorations

Chocolate is always, always, always a great offering.

I'll be moving into discussing prayer and its importance in the Otherfaith. It is one of the three main points of practice that we establish as we begin devotional relationship with the Four Gods and their related spirits. We do have structure to our prayer, involving what prayers are said and at what time. There is flexibility, but having the structure brings us together in solidarity even if we are separated by distance.In the Otherfaith, we say adorations to bring us closer to the god … [Read more...]

Basics: Contemplation

I use letters as offerings during my contemplative practice, though I haven't tried edible letters yet...

For this series, we will be focusing on the path of laity and what it means to be a lay-person in the Otherfaith. This is the most accessible path and the one we should all start from when beginning to interact with the gods and spirits of this faith.The three most important parts of the Otherfaith are establishing right relationship, prayer, and maintaining a shrine. When we begin our work, we start with the first two (right relationship and prayer) and only bring in shrines and material o … [Read more...]

Basics: Daily Action

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In the Otherfaith, there are three ‘paths’ that one can walk: laity, clergy, or mystic. Mystics are myth-makers or myth-walkers, who live out the mythos of the West and create new ones, and journeying is a large component of that work. Clergy know when to make the proper offerings at the proper time and are charged with keeping track of the holy calendar and leading group rituals. Laity give devotion to the Four Gods and, ideally, keep a home shrine to the gods and spirits.For this series, we … [Read more...]

the Clarene + choice

A fitting (in a way) offering for the Clarene.

I finished the second page of a devotional scrapbook I’m working on. I know nothing about scrapbooking; this is merely my first attempt at grasping a craft I can use for the spirits. An immanent faith does not shame pretty keepsakes, right?The scrapbook is for one of the Four Gods that have opened themselves to me: the Clarene. In the book she is called the ‘highest and foremost of the gods dwelling Westward’ (which here refers to the otherworld land that overlays with our own, the Weste … [Read more...]

net practices: Sharing & Assumptions

Cupcakes to help with the rant.

[Friendly reminder that if you're going to link to me you should use the proper pronouns. I know you've seen the comment, please fix your entry. Adding in that you put quotations around one of my names before, this seems to be more a case of your discomfort with my gender than a typo.As for people who link to me and do use the proper pronouns - thanks. It does actually mean a lot.]I've been considering what to write the past few days. I'm working on a few posts about my shrines, another … [Read more...]

Fear is Not the Goal

Rattle Snake by Kelsey Beckett

I get down on my knees a lot for my gods and spirits. (And you should read that in all the ways you can, just so you know.)When I began working with the Ophelia, it was all fear and all stress all the time. I remember asking what she wanted from me, that she was putting me through so much. What did she want, that she was dragging me so low.  Why was she carving holes into my body and soul - I knelt and begged and pleaded.And then she came to me like the ocean, like the River, and I … [Read more...]


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