Polytheism By Any Other Name

Does the polytheist movement need a different name? Perhaps, but it will have to arise organically. I’m less concerned with what we call ourselves than with what we do: honor the Gods and ancestors, and help build a world that reflects Their values and virtues. [Read more…]

Purity: Its Necessity and Its Abuses

Most Pagans and many polytheists cast circles, do house cleansings, and put up wards. We understand the necessity for purity, even if we don’t always take it as far as we should. But there are times when the concept of purity can be abused. [Read more…]

Beginning a Devotional Practice

There is no substitute for a consistent, reverent, devotional practice. Start small: pick one or two things; do them well and consistently before adding something else. But start. [Read more…]

Fish Is Not Just Fish

We don’t have clear, widely understood language to differentiate between very similar but critically different approaches to polytheism. For the sake of those who are seeking, we desperately need to find ways to recognize and appreciate the differences in how different people understand and interact with the many Gods. [Read more…]

Honoring Fearsome Gods

When we honor fearsome Gods, we begin to accept reality. We begin to understand our place in the grand order of the Universe… and we begin to realize it’s not at the head of the table. [Read more…]

Non-Conformance and Diplomacy – The Realities of Being Pagan

As people committed to social justice, it’s our job to build a society where differences aren’t a liability. But until then, this is the world we live in, and these are the harsh realities we face. [Read more…]

Three Books For Polytheists

Here are three books for polytheists: a guide to devotional polytheism, an academic look at how the belief in many Gods may be humanity’s default setting, and a collection of devotions to the Morrigan. [Read more…]

Yes, Belief Matters!

Paganism has always emphasized orthopraxy over orthodoxy, so it is not surprising that recent theological discussions have generated a backlash against belief. While we should hold our beliefs lightly, the idea that experience makes belief unnecessary simply doesn’t work for most people, including most Pagans. [Read more…]