February 12, 2013

We have a tendency to toss out the random ideas – curses drawn from movies or television, correspondences made around cartoon characters, superheroes elevated to god-status (well, that’s hardly new) – and see where those ideas spin and weave. From Pandora and iPod music divination to blog ‘bibliomancy’, we’ve got whole new areas to explore for devotion (and magic). Read more

February 9, 2013

My religion doesn’t make me better or more spiritual. It just makes me more myself. That’s all I can ask from it. Read more

February 7, 2013

A small list of songs that remind this blogger of the faeries and the various places Over There. Speaking sometimes of longing, but more often of the danger of the places where no humans live. Read more

February 5, 2013

Let’s face it: Pagan and polytheist movements aren’t perfect, and we need to stop pretending they are. We need to stop pretending that it’s only ‘extremists’ who do crappy things. Read more

February 1, 2013

Prayer can look very different from religion to religion and person to person. We have habits we develop associated with our practice as well as smaller personal details (touching a body part, incense blends, lighting, activities we can pray and perform). This final post on prayer is not to say what you personally cannot do but to clear up confusion and misconceptions that often get thrown about or promoted in our communities. Read more

January 30, 2013

It seems a lot in discussions of where ‘woo’ belongs in the community and in our practices that a dichotomy is presented: either a) we believe in spirits and gods literally and entirely or b) we don’t believe in them at all. Binaries can be frustrating and erasing and leave most people stranded somewhere in the middle, though, so I’m going to attempt to post a more varied approach to woo, spirits, and such. Read more

January 28, 2013

Ultimately, I find that I place my gods first and foremost in this issue. Where they lead, I go. When I feel that my duties or obligations to my gods are being stepped on or tossed away because they’re difficult to deal with or make people uncomfortable, I make scarce. Read more

January 24, 2013

Prayer can benefit the gods by keeping them in touch with us, establishing communication and connection, creating a conversation. I believe the gods can care about us (but not all gods do so by default), and that by inviting them into our lives by praying to them we are benefiting them. Read more

January 22, 2013

As part of my work with the Four Gods, I write new stories (myths) for Them and the various spirits associated and connected to Them. Sometimes these stories come to me in dreams; other times, I simply have the seed of an idea and spiral it forth. Read more

January 21, 2013

Praying aloud is an important part of polytheistic practice, or at least one that places the gods outside of ourselves. Since our gods are not omniscient or omnipotent we can’t expect them to read our minds when we wish to talk to them. We, ourselves, need to reach out with our voices. Read more

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