Gods I have known, Part 1: Microcosm

I have come to know many other gods. They were always present with me, but I discovered their names and their words of invocation in the myths of antiquity, in the literature of today, and in my dreams. I invoke these gods and goddesses at my altar. I pour libations to them in their seasons. I honor them and hold each sacred in their time and place. [Read more…]

What the heck is Jungian polytheism?

Why call these archetypal forces gods? The reason I call them “gods” is because I can’t think of any other word that adequately describes the overwhelming influence that these powers have over our lives. In a very real sense, they are living us. [Read more…]

Hearing voices or talking to ourselves?

All revelations are personal. That’s why all revelations are suspect. — Neil Gaiman, American Gods In my last post, I reviewed some of the recent controversy over the issue of so-called pop culture Paganism, and tried to make sense of the varying perspectives of those participating in the debate. I concluded that post by observing [Read More…]

“Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.” — Friedrich Schiller

Controversy has broken loose on the Pagan blogosphere again.  This time over the suggestion that pop culture icons, like comic book superheroes, are equivalent to polytheistic deities.  It began on May 13th with a post by Sunweaver at Patheos titled “Making Light: Hero Worship” in which she compares contemporary superheroes to ancient Hellenic heroes and [Read More…]

Religion vs. Therapy

Over at Patheos, in a post entitled, “another false divide”, deity-centric hard polytheist Aine makes a case that worship of the gods should benefit the worshiper as much as the worshipee.  Believe it or not, this is something of a radical statement to make in the polytheistic community.  Aine’s post is in response to the [Read More…]

My Defining Moment

“God is dead. […] And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? […] What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?” — Nietzsche, The Gay Science Over at Patheos, bloggers are being asked to write [Read More…]