Believing In Our Myths, Without Believing Them

We need to find a way to live mythically, without taking our myths literally — to believe our myths, without believing in them. We need our myths to live by, but we also need to be conscious that we have a choice of which myths to live by. Not all myths are equal. And we really could use some good myths nowadays. [Read more…]

Don’t Tell Me I Haven’t Met Any Gods

If you’re a polytheist who believes in multiple pantheons, then you have to acknowledge the possibility that there are some atheists who have met gods. [Read more…]

“The Disenchantment of Hard Polytheism”

“… Human beings have consistently demonstrated a collective unwillingness to place the needs of our other-than-human neighbors before our own.  The only way to truly protect the river is for humans to identify with the river and to see its needs as their own.  Rather than finding the source of the river’s value in it [Read More…]

If It Doesn’t Help Me Save This World, I Don’t Want Your Polytheist Revolution

It has become more clear to me than ever why I am opposed to the growth of a certain kind of Polytheism — other-worldly Polytheism — within the Pagan Umbrella. To me, it sounds disturbingly like the Christianity I left behind 15 years ago — with its relegation of the concerns of this world to a place of secondary importance. [Read more…]

“Pantheism, Archetype, and Deities in Ritual” by Shauna Aura Knight

Check out this great 3-part series by Shauna Aura Knight discussing deities and archetypes and how she facilitates ritual in a way that can work for polytheists and pantheists alike. Part 1: “When I lead a ritual, I’m far less concerned with teaching and enforcing any given theology than I am with getting ritual participants [Read More…]

EGO-Paganism and the Tyranny of Structurelessness

Ego-Paganism is not focused on connection or relationship, but on individual freedom and self-expression. Ego-centered Pagans may be tangentially concerned with ecology or polytheism or occultism, but in practice, they are concerned only with expression of their unique individuality and defending their freedom to do so against all authoritarian threats, real or imagined. [Read more…]