Re-Interpreting “Worship” in Witchcraft

An interesting conversation came out of my post on belief yesterday and I'd like to briefly touch on it.It's nothing new that many Witches adamantly deny that the Gods are to be worshipped but rather they are equals, allies, friends or even tools. I don't agree with this but I do get a bit peeved when it's suggested "real" Witches don't worship the Gods or that it's a "Wiccan thing," with the implication that anything "Wiccan" is somehow less.Here's what bothers me about this: the lore of … [Read more...]

Looking Towards Ephesus

Patheos' blogger Mark D. Roberts is looking at Ephesus through the lens of the New Testament. I'm finding this fascinating, because Ephesus is an ancient city that Christians and Pagans look at very differently. Today it's in ruins, a historical curiosity in present-day Turkey. When we think of Ephesus today, unlike Rome or Alexandria which have evolved and remained multi-faceted over the years, we think of religion.Christians think of Ephesus in terms of the Ephesian church, whom Paul … [Read more...]

Breaking Up (With Gods) Is Hard To Do

"Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." -- Pete Seeger Proof is in the pudding. By your deeds are you known. There are a lot of old sayings relating to the value of experience, which is a harsh value: a value born of last ditch necessity. I'm afraid that I tend to learn by experience. Whatever brains I possess either aren't enough to keep me from doing something stupid, or they get a … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs: The Havamal ~ Offerings to the Gods, Goddesses, Ancestors and Vaettir

For most followers of the Northern Tradition upon learning about this path they read the myths about the Gods, and many tend to also study the Havamal. The Havamal is one of many sagas found in the Poetic Edda, and many of the stanzas are known as being a depository of advice as it applies to wanderers and guests when they travel abroad; it talks about what is proper behavior beyond one’s own homestead, and cautions the traveler to be wary so that he might eventually return to home having s … [Read more...]

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