Musings: Words

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Before we begin – I've had three Pagan Tea Times so far, and they were all great. The first was one put on by John Beckett and Jason Mankey, a group chat that was super fun to be part of. I also met with Christine Kraemer, our editor here at Patheos Pagan, and had a great chat about all sorts of topic, including gender in Paganism. I also met with David Dashifen Kees, which was awesome because he's a techie (I love tech, but I am not knowledgeable enough to do it like David does). He was oodles o … [Read more...]

Musings: Love

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Every Friday, in the ‘Musings’ series, we’ll be exploring in-depth or complex topics related to the Otherfaith and our gods. These will be wandering, wondering posts, and not presented in any expected order – they are entirely based on events or occurrences that happened during the week.This Saturday, we’re focusing on the concept of love in the Otherfaith.*We've got our musing post a day late, but it is thankfully for a good reason.Since January 1st, the end of Reunion, the gods … [Read more...]

About Reunion

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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 itself - the Clarene and Ophelia. And, as in … [Read more...]

Humans Vs. Gods

This space is for the not-human, and you are so very human. This post is going to be an interpretation of this myth over on the Otherfaith blog. I'm hoping this will help some of the new devotees understand what an interpretation can look like, and also to give my own ideas of what the story means. You can meander over to the story to read it, but I'll be providing a brief summary of the piece here all the same.'The Red Room' is one of the few myths currently published that focuses on the … [Read more...]

on Mythic Writing

This is my required diet for when I'm writing myths - which is basically all the time.

I finished a myth the other day that I wasn’t quite sure I’d ever be able to get down on paper. I had all the important pieces, but I didn’t know what sort of atmosphere I wanted to build, how to string the pieces together, how to make the story make sense. That’s usually the biggest problem – figuring out how to turn a bunch of impressions, images, and ideas into coherent stories.Writing the story down, and considering my process, reminded me that I wanted to write a post about how I ‘create … [Read more...]

Apotheosis [Contemplation]

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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 first post will focus on contemplation, the next of action … [Read more...]

Four Gods: the Laetha

Whenever I go out for food, I lay aside a portion of my meal for the Laetha. He seems to prefer Italian and Greek food.

Before we begin covering how to worship the Four Gods, I want to go in-depth into each of these ‘new deities’ (you want to know who you’re talking to, after all!). Each of the Four will receive their own post, and as before, questions are very welcome. These posts will cover their role in the Westernlands and our world, their relationships with the other gods, and links to other relevant posts.the Laethathe Laetha, also commonly called the Firebird, was the first god of the Four that I en … [Read more...]

Four Gods: the Clarene

My friends are surprised by how much chocolate I buy - all for the Clarene.

Before we begin covering how to worship the Four Gods, I want to go in-depth into each of these ‘new deities’ (you want to know who you’re talking to, after all!). Each of the Four will receive their own post, and as before, questions are very welcome. These posts will cover their role in the Westernlands and our world, their relationships with the other gods, and links to other relevant posts.the Clarenethe Clarene is the ‘highest and foremost of the gods dwelling in the West’. What that … [Read more...]

briefly: Cleansing

Tomorrow is a day for more extravagant offerings - like cheesecake.

Sundays are cleaning and cleansing days in my house. I clear off all the offerings and incense and wipe down the shrines. I go through my sacred items and decide which will be in storage or left out. Vacuuming and sweeping is done, and if I've had an especially tough week I'll dab water on the doorways and burn stronger incense. Sundays are days for reviewing my space and myself.This is especially relevant to the work I've been doing lately. I do a great deal of journey work in order to … [Read more...]

modern heroes

My brother and I are both partial to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

I happened across this post on Agora about hero worship that focuses around superheroes, and it made me want to do a little dance. While tumblr has me regularly immersed in what we call 'pop culture paganism', I haven't encountered it that often elsewhere. (And one of my posts on it received a comment that people are free to believe what they want, just as others are free to laugh at them. I think it should be obvious that laughing at someone just because they're different is a tad, just a … [Read more...]


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