What If We’re Just Making It All Up?

Stella Marrs

Can I tell you a secret? Something I rarely say out loud, something I often wonder might be the elephant in the room?Sometimes, when things have been quiet or hard, sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with all the doing, I wonder, "What if we're just making it all up?"What do I mean by "all"? I mean, the gods, the spirits, the striving, the masks and nuances, the performances of normality and culture: all of it.Fake It Til You Make ItHow many of us go through our lives feeling … [Read more...]

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What We’re Reading

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Occasionally (usually when I'm sick, out of ideas, or pressed for time - like this week!) I like to post what we're reading in my house.Niki's booksI am embarrassed to admit it, but I'm STILL reading This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. I started this book back in September. The introduction and opening chapters were so intense, so bleak, that I began to have anxiety attacks at night after reading it. What sort of world were my children born into?? I had to put the book away for a … [Read more...]

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One True Thing

Bee hive huts near Slea Head, Ireland. Warren Buckley, via Wikimedia Commons

The gods are real.Remember that one time that one god walked through my living room? I didn't make that up. Or the dream I had just last week about the work that other devotees are doing, things I shouldn't know? Or that consistent, still, small voice that whispers to me when I am still and quiet. The gods are real.The land speaks.Some of it speaks more loudly than others. Sometimes I can hear it more easily than at other times or in other places.Sometimes these voices are … [Read more...]

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Pantheacon Rituals are a Blessing

Black Madonna of Czestochowa

I don't get a lot of ecstatic ritual in my life. Most of the ritual in my life has to do with the kids' night time routine. If I get ritual it's usually solitary, staying up past my bedtime, carefully preparing before and cleaning up after. Getting to sink into a ritual is a rare treat for me. Good ritual fills my "cup" - a cup that is often dry for much of the year. This is one of the reasons that going to Pantheacon (and other gatherings) are so important and enjoyable for me.This didn't … [Read more...]

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Why Polytheist Spaces Are Important

Kali Calcutta Art Studio 1885

I love the religions of the world. If you read this blog, you know that I write a lot about Christianity. I've got a big ol' soft spot in my heart for wisdom where ever I find it. The optimist in me wants a world where our differences give us accent, but don't overwhelm us to the point where we can't talk together. I like the Big Umbrella aspect of Pantheacon, where various Pagan communities come together and mingle, work, explore, and share.But spaces for each type of group are equally … [Read more...]

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Ave Maria

Madonna of the Lillies, William-Adolph Bouguereau, 1899

Imbolc is a holiday for the Brigids and Brídes. But this turn of the Wheel is also for Candlemass and the Virgin Mary. A friend reminded me that I might want to honor Mary during this time, if I don't have a relationship with Brigid, and I don't. Honoring Mary at this time makes sense, especially given my long history with her; she was always good to me.The Ave Maria is a poem, a prayer, and frequently a song. I am partial to it. Taken from lines from the Gospel of Luke, the Ave Maria has … [Read more...]

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My First Gods

Theotokos of Balaam

I have a special place in my heart for the gods I consider my "first." They aren't the gods I work with regularly now. They aren't the ones I turn to regularly for inspiration, guidance, or companionship these days. But they are two that have had a profound impact on my life. Because of that I hold them in high regard, have a place for them on my altars and shrines, and give them greetings regularly.The first is the Theotokos, otherwise known as the Virgin Mary. I blame her for my … [Read more...]

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