Nurturing Polytheism

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The response to the Portrait of Danu was overwhelmingly positive, even if the volume wasn’t what it is when I write on controversial topics. Friends and other commenters thought the painting was beautiful – I obviously agree.But in a private comment, a very knowledgeable Pagan friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) said: Thanks for the post on Danu today. it's nice to see advocacy of devotion to a Mother Goddess from a polytheist perspective. Sometimes it seems like the nurturing Goddesses … [Read more...]

Interview With Morpheus Ravenna

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Morpheus Ravenna is a priest, spirit worker, artist, and initiate of the Anderson Feri tradition of Witchcraft. Her primary spiritual practice is her dedication to the Morrígan, a devotional practice of about twenty years. Her interests include folk magical traditions, devotional art, and Celtic heroic spirituality.  She writes the Shieldmaiden Blog and she is known in her community for her service as a priest of the Morrígan, in addition to spearheading the Coru Cathubodua Priesthood. She can be … [Read more...]

Not Her Priest

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I wear many religious hats and fill many religious roles.  One of them is priest.  I occasionally talk about being a priest of Cernunnos and a priest of Danu, and I’m ordained as a priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship.If you’ve read Under the Ancient Oaks for a while, you might get the idea I’m also a priest of Morrigan.  I’ve probably written more about Morrigan than any other deity.  I’ve made offerings to Her, made requests of Her and received Her blessings.  I’ve delivered messages … [Read more...]

Temple of the Morrigan

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Some of the Pantheacon hospitality suites included small altars or shrines, similar to the installations many Pagans have in our homes.  But one stood out – the Temple of the Morrigan, built and maintained by the Coru Cathubodua.  It was the site of the most powerful experience of my time at the convention, and I hope it will inspire others to create temples at Pagan events around the world.Structure of the TempleSome sacred things should be photographed and some shouldn’t.  I didn’t even … [Read more...]

Pantheacon Recap

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Last year I wrote about my Pantheacon envy and said “maybe 2014 will be my year.”  This year I decided I needed to go, period.  I did and I had a great time.  It wasn’t a transformative religious experience, but it was a great experience of community and I’m very glad I went.This is what I did while I was there.  I’ll have at least two and maybe more posts exploring some of the workshops and rituals, but I’m going to start with a high level recap.One of the reasons I had always said no to … [Read more...]

Why I Am a Devotional Polytheist

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I have mixed feelings about the current arguments around the definition of “polytheist.”As a Big Tent Pagan – and as a Unitarian Universalist – I don’t much care what the person standing next to me in the circle believes about the Gods.  I care that they honor the Gods, but whether they honor  Them as distinct individual beings or as aspects of the Divine or as representations of natural forces or as metaphors and archetypes isn’t really my concern.  Make your offerings and embody Their virtu … [Read more...]

Hearing the Call

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In a comment to the last post on my experience of the Goddess Danu, Lilia asked: how does one know when a God/dess is calling them? Certainly, I have a couple who interest me, but I don't really know what to listen for from them. My first thought was “if you have to ask, she probably isn’t.”  There is some truth to that – when deities call they tend to be blatant or persistent or both.  Still, that gut-level response isn’t entirely accurate, nor is it a helpful way to answer an honest question. … [Read more...]

Of Goddesses and Warriors

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One of the great things about stories in general and myths in particular is their ability to convey different messages to different readers.  Even with historical accounts where there is only one set of facts, there are many interpretations of what those facts mean.  Some interpretations are more helpful than others, some are more reasonable than others, and some are more loyal to their origins than others, but none are true or false in an objective sense.At Beltane, Denton CUUPS presented a … [Read more...]


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