Polytheism, Politics, Discomfort, and Growth

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Recently Rhyd Wildermuth, my co-conspirator behind the recent Many Gods West event, a conference for polytheists, posted about his experience of the conference. (I also have done so.) His piece provoked strong feelings - as most of his pieces do. In the comments of the piece and on his Facebook page, it is clear to me that people take issue with several things. Firstly, people take issue with Rhyd’s admission that some people thought Many Gods West (MGW) was an anti-capitalist gathering. S … [Read more...]

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Relational Polytheism

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One of the key pieces of my evolving personal theology is relationship. This idea seems to be taking root and flowering in the work of other Polytheist thinkers, too. People who identify with other practices, traditions, and labels will also understand the concept of relationship, as no one tradition holds the copyright to such a concept. In this piece I'd like to outline my ideas on this topic.THEORYMy thoughts around sacred relationality began by studying Christian theology, … [Read more...]

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Many Gods, Many Peoples, Many Experiences

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Many Gods West, which occurred last weekend in Olympia, WA, was a tremendous success. Yes, I’ll blow my own horn. How do I judge it a success? Because it exceeded my own hopes and expectations for the weekend.Polytheists are a diverse group of people. There is no one Voice. We come from a diversity of backgrounds, we honor a variety of gods and spirits, we face different obstacles in our practices - yet, when we come together to share our experiences we grow stronger as intersectional a … [Read more...]

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The First Harvest of 2015

Raphael's Olympians, 1516-17

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, falls this coming weekend. This cross quarter holiday celebrates the first of the harvest coming in. It is the height of summer and the heat is reaching its peak (and my pique). As much as I prefer the grey, overcast weather that is supposed to be typical to the Pacific Northwest, I acknowledge that honor must be paid to the Sun that radiates its light and heat upon us. My garden is exploding in a wealth of zucchini, broccoli, and kale. The garlic is drying. The … [Read more...]

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The Book of Life

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Last week I took my kids to a summer showing of last year's The Book of Life, an animated movie all about el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). I knew nothing about the film going in, other than it was animated and I'd heard good things about it. My kids really liked it and I did, too - mostly.Written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Torro, the film is by, for, and about people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. In a whitewashed industry, this is … [Read more...]

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What the Land Taught Me

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At the end of last month I went to Alaska, my homeland and lifelong Love. (You can read the previous entries to learn a little bit about this Place and my heart struggle with it.) My kids and husband and I went to spend two weeks with my parents, sister and her kids. It was a great trip, though like all my trips home, it was emotionally and spiritually complicated. It has taken me the better part of two weeks to recover. Thanks for being patient with me.I left my home in Olympia in the … [Read more...]

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Land as Lover

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[Written originally in 2012. I've modified this, since some of my thoughts have changed a little.]David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous, talks about geography as a container. More than just mountains that enclose or fields that spread out, land shapes our views of the world, our experiences with future places, how we perceive time and seasons, how communities function, and how we relate the non-human world. I see this so clearly from my own upbringing in Juneau, Alaska. It has so … [Read more...]

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