Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

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There are few people in the world that I admire more than P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. He is intelligent, kind, patient, a clear and thoughtful writer, and has been a source of unflagging support in my darkest hours. I am not in the habit of placing Pagans on pedestals, but if Sufenas weren't so tall already I might be tempted.It has taken me a long time to get around to reading his Devotio Antinoo. At over 500 pages it is a tome, so I set aside hours to devote to nothing else this week, and I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ on Unnatural Sex

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P. Sufenas Virius Lupus writes the Queer I Stand column here on Patheos Pagan. If you like this please check out his column, as well as all of our other fine columnists and bloggers.For good or ill (and despite the best efforts of queer theory’s proponents), the word “queer” is something that people associate with sexual orientation. At the end of the day, “sexual orientation” is not so much about who one loves (as there are many kinds and definitions of love, and most queer people can love a … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout Playlist and More Good Stuff

So I put all of the Pagan Hangout videos into a playlist, so if you want to catch up you can just hit play and watch while you're folding laundry. They are a lot of fun, so if you haven't watched you are missing out!P. Sufenas Virius Lupus discusses how Pride has become commercialized.The Wild Hunt notes a Wiccan has been denied clergy status by the state of Virginia (the same state the Jefferson was proud of including religious freedom in its consitution).Aidan Kelly has … [Read more...]

The Gods We Know… and Those We Don’t…

I have a vague inspiration this morning. I will try to craft a post from it, but it may well fall flat. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus has an excellent column this morning on grappling with the concept of new Gods, and Apuleius Platonicus has, whether you agree with his views or not, a rather passionate post that speaks to both the importance of direct divine experience and the tendency to label our mythos in black and white terms.I suggest you read them both and then come back. Here's some music … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Endings and Beginnings

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[In my pre-coffee haze yesterday morning I thought Lupus was being a bit redundant. Probably because I reprinted his last column instead of the New Year's post I was supposed to post. Thinking before caffeine doesn't work well for me. So while I refill my coffee, enjoy this NEW post from the always fantastic P. Sufenas Virius Lupus! - Star]As the calendar year 2011 comes to a close, I’m reminded of the cliché that every ending is a beginning, and every beginning an ending. Granted, many of u … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The “Persecution Complex”

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[I'm having a lazy day. Enjoy this post by the always fantastic P. Sufenas Virius Lupus! - Star]I’ve recently read, and commented on, a piece written by my Patheos.com Pagan Portal colleague K. C. Hulsman called “Christ is NOT the Reason for the Season.” While I would dispute a few of her details, on the whole it’s a good article, and apart from those details, it’s entirely factual to state that late December (the old date of Winter Solstice, in fact) being chosen as an arbitrary date for the … [Read more...]

UPDATED-Link Round-Up: Is the Pagan Label/Community Useful?

*EVEN MORE new links added below*Polytheists are making the argument that their communities thrive better without the Pagan label and community, and it's generated a boatload of discussion. Here's a lists of posts discussing this issue, beginning with the post that set the ball, or some might say golden apple, rolling.*An interview with Drew Jacob, an article by T. Thorn Coyle and column by Eric Scott are forthcoming and will be linked here along with any other relevant responses to this … [Read more...]

PantheaCon: Concerning Three Rituals

There were quite a few rituals at PantheaCon and unfortunately I couldn't make them all. I was determined that the rituals I did attend wouldn't be Wiccan so I could experience the rites of other Pagan religions. Here are my thoughts on the three rituals I was able to participate in over this hectic weekend.A Ritual for Our Neopagan Ancestors facilitated by the ADFAs so many of our elders have recently passed I really wanted to participate in in this ritual. The opening of the gates and call … [Read more...]

Do The Gods Really Talk To Us?

Patheos' What Do I Really Believe series wants to know if we hear messages from all that is Divine? What do you think? P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and K.C. Hulsman are among the Pagan responses on the main page but several other Pagans responded to the question."Highway to Hel" columnist Galina Krasskova writes:Ah, of course the Gods talk to us. I think a better question would be “Do we ever really listen.”?  The Gods never stopped talking to Their people. It was we who turned away from Them, w … [Read more...]


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