In the last article in this series, we visited the reasons why we have clergy. Clergy is needed, useful, and nature makes people who are good at the role. But having clergy comes with its own problems, problems which express themselves in problem priests. Problem priests do harm and cause danger to the real benefit that devotional polytheism offers. I think it is important to visit the issues. I asked everyone on social media what was the worst thing they observed pagan… Read more

Everyone who practices the old ways does so in a modern context. Not all contexts are the same. While I have easy access to farm animals and cows which are a big part of my religion, others may only relate to cows through their appearance in myth. There is also solitary only versus the group/personal practice spectrum as different contexts. So between all the contexts, they land on an x,y graph between group and personal on one axis, and rural… Read more

Short Answer: No Long Answer: Yes The Gods are immortal. This much is clear from the lore. Not only do they have things like pigs that are alive the day after being eaten, and apples which provide youthfulness forever, but they also reappear in the myths after death. You just can’t get rid of them. The Gods are beings like us, and therefore are on a scale of sentience and skill with all other beings. We’re all patterns in the… Read more

Don’t be a romantic thinker, be an enchanted big thinker. There is a big difference. One shows up. One isn’t swayed by whims. One doesn’t let themselves get in the way of attaining their romance. Read more

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.” ― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی This quote is the first thing I recognized from the outside world as being anything close to my experiences with shadow work and the mystical experiences it brings. I could have just looked inward at anytime, but everytime I did, every time I lugged the lamp of my consciousness over… Read more

Indo-European mythology is full of gatekeepers, psychopomps, and sacrificers. There is one in every pantheon. Read more

First Gods Which gods to call and in what order to call them is often a question we face when reconstructing our rites. The best way to reconstruct the structure of rites around invoking the highest gods, is to use the Tripartition Hypothesis. If we don’t have the knowledge of how the gods were invoked and in what order, we look to survivals in cultures in the same language family as ours. For us this information is contained within Vedism,… Read more

Who are the Gods? Starting from the beginning, and building off of previous works. The IE tribes stemmed from the Yamnaya culture. In our anthropological reconstructions, reaching back to just seconds before the big bang of the IE language explosion, we can barely see practice in the vocabulary of the PIE reconstructions. TLDR: Linguistics and archeology tells us what the original Paganism was like. Paul Theme says “”The oldest religious rites of Indo-European peoples do not presuppose temples or idols. Nor… Read more

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Some people ascribe this saying to Yule time. I can still remember Andy Williams crooning this tune over and over again on the radio and now across the airwaves and decades. While I won’t argue that the song was written with December in mind, for me it is all about Imbolc. And what comes next. Saint Blaise I remember going to church in early February as a child. It was an odd experience for me:… Read more

Each of these are written by me using the principles I’ve learned from years of looking at spells in remaining Indo-European folk magic traditions and sources. 1. Please your House Spirits. Straighten up, sweep up, and clean up. Start by the suffumigation of the area with Juniper sprigs. Pour a wine offering in the wildest part on your property. Walk 3 sunwise circles about your home and enter. Place buttered bread on the window sill outside chanting the charm three times…. Read more

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