Cultural Paganism and a Primordial Pantheon: 0 to Many

John William Waterhouse Circe-1911

I don’t do cultural Paganism. I worship the Gods I’ve come to know. My commitments and priesthood is not bounded by cultures, but by contact. But some of that contact is with Deities that lie beyond culture. [Read more...]

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Genus before species: What are the Gods?

Georges Jules Victor Clairin - The Goddess Neith (La déesse Neith) circa 1843-1919

Polytheism is a consequence of knowing more than one Deity. Who and what are these beings we esteem and worship? Are They the Gods? [Read more...]

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Monist? How are you using the word?

The Fall of the Titans

I’ve been noting over that past year the use of the term monist to designate a bad kind of paganism, at least from the point of the writer, particularly when they are of the so-called “hard” polytheist variety. Frankly, I’m never really sure what they mean other than monism is somehow bad. Its use also (apparently) contradicts the technical meaning of the term. Perhaps you help me understand how they mean to use it… [Read more...]

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Pagan Ministry: Serving the Pagan People/s

Golden Gate Bridge being built

Ministry is fundamentally about serving the ‘congregation,’ in contrast to being primarily about serving the Gods, as in Priesthood. The metaphorically upward movement of priesthood differs from the downward movement of ministry. [Read more...]

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Pagan Priesthood: Setting the Table, Restoring the Way of the Gods

Temple of Aesculapius, Waterhouse

Priesthood in the ancient world was a call to service and a coveted honor. The Priestfolk were responsible for maintaining the rhythm of society through worship and festival, nurturing the culture’s connection with the Gods. Pagan Priesthood is far from there, but we can rebuild… [Read more...]

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Restoring Idolatry to Iconolatry

The ancient icons of the Gods were destroyed in order to break worshippers’ contact with their deities. Animating icons will make the Gods’ power and blessings more accessible again. [Read more...]

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Pagan Restoration in New Format

Sam Webster

As of June 2013, Pagan Restoration will appear in this space on the third Wednesday of the month. Don’t forget to update your RSS links and e-mail subscriptions! [Read more...]

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