Delphic Maxims: Follow God (Επου θεω)

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The first Delphic Maxim is a doozy. It’s got a very monotheistic sound to it. One rough translation of it is “follow/honor that which is godly” which isn’t much better. It sounds like a line out of an Evangelical exhortation from the pulpit. Yet when over the centuries the lists of the Maxims, the wisdom [Read More...]

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Considering Michael York’s “Catastrophe”

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I awoke this morning intending to begin a series of meditations upon the Delphic Maxims. Not an easy task, but not nearly as difficult as what I’m about to write. As I began my morning routine of e-mail, rss feeds and social media I read Micheal York’s guest post on The Wild Hunt. It’s already [Read More...]

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Relying On Faith

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I need to start this post with this note before getting on with the topic at hand. When I wrote about realizing that traditional Witchcraft was a Mystery Tradition and not a religion, I received a lot of positive feedback from trad folk. It was an odd thing, because they seemed to not understand I [Read More...]

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The Merry Month of Maia

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My mind is full of car-shopping panic and to ease it I made something for my new car (she says with grim optimism). It’s an ornament to hang from the rear view mirror, and on the back is inscribed the names of Hera Hyperkheiria and Hermes Pompaios. One of Hera’s cult titles in Sparta was [Read More...]

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Reconsidering the Importance of Myth

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Following up on my last post hasn’t been easy. Both a lack of time and deciding what to write has been difficult. Maybe my week off spoiled me and I’m just finding it hard to get back in the groove. My last post got some surprisingly positive feedback from surprising quarters. I’ve received a lot [Read More...]

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What I’m Doing, And Why I’m Doing It

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This is proving difficult to write, despite the fact that I’ve had a few days to think about it, even now that I’ve stared at this blank screen for several minutes. So first let’s get the disclaimers out of the way. This is my truth, not universal truth. Your mileage may vary. Also, what I [Read More...]

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Ch-Ch-Changes

A week ago I took a blogging sabbatical. Since then I’ve received a lot of feedback, mostly supportive. Even so, by Saturday I had decided to permanently archive this blog, and quit blogging altogether. Then I received some advice, and had significant conversations that gave me new insight. This insight not only changed the way [Read More...]

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Polytheists, Neo-Pagans, and Other Religious Critters

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The least offensive thing on television as I sit down to write, my belly full of my roommates cat-head biscuits and sausage gravy, is The Song of Bernadette. So of course I’m listening to Jennifer Warnes singing Song for Bernadette. Maybe the song and film will bring me some kindness as I write today’s post, [Read More...]

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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 [Read More...]

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Hekate’s Deipnon: Time To Mop Up

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In Hellenic religion, today is the Deipnon. Part of a 3 day religious observance at the time of the dark and new moon. It’s a time to close up unfinished business before the new moon appears. People pay any remaining bills, respond to all correspondence, donate to a food shelter, make offerings to Hekate, and [Read More...]

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