I got a sweet email from someone who found this blog recently, and it made me realize that I haven't posted in a while! To everyone who follows my rambling thoughts, I'm sorry 🙂 It's been a very busy time for me. While my fiction anthology didn't get enough submissions to get off the ground, … Continue reading I’m not gone!!
Funny thing about this post - I've been sitting on it, half-written, for a while, and the subject of 'hard' polytheism came up in chat. So, I thought that would be a great time to finish it. Then I didn't. Basically, this post has been picked over and worked on so much that I've just … Continue reading Polytheism’s Hard and Soft Side
This entire blog is an open letter to baby heathens, but I want my ... Contemporaries? Peers? Old grouchy pagans? Whatever, I want you to read this: I think sometimes we scare newbies off with insistence upon academic rigor and very strict reconstructionist methodology. Whew, that was a few five-dollar words. Let me try that … Continue reading How to Learn?
I didn't receive as many submissions as I'd have liked, but I'm still determined to do this and would like to extend the deadline and the scope of the project. So, if you were interested in participating, but you were under too much of a time crunch, or you didn't think that your work would … Continue reading The Many: Polytheist Speculative Fiction (pt. 2!)
This is an open letter to a younger me, but it is also to anybody who needs to hear what I'm going to try to say (may the Gods give me the words); to "baby heathens" and new seekers in the pagan community in general; to those who have been reading and asking questions, but … Continue reading To Tora
I'm posting this to kick my butt into gear on this project, which is really important to me and hopefully the start of something awesome. I'm aiming to curate (and probably contribute to) an anthology of speculative fiction, written by polytheists. To get this off the ground, I'm going to need a few things: Stories! … Continue reading The Many: Polytheist Speculative Fiction
At least, not one that has to matter to us in this endeavor. The word "Pantheon" comes to us from the Greek language, imported into Rome and used to name a beautiful temple that is standing to this day (albeit Christianized), the "Temple of All the Gods". It became part of the English language and … Continue reading There is No Pantheon
Offering to gods and spirits was an integral part of beliefs before Christianity (and after it, too, depending on where you're looking). I've mentioned offerings in my previous posts, but I feel like I may have glossed over some things in the interest of keeping it short that new heathens might have questions about. With … Continue reading Offerings
The core idea and practice of heathenry - and some other closely related polytheist identities - is attempting to revive the 'religious' practices of an era before Christianity in Europe. This can take the form of people who study the beliefs and practices of a particular group, time, and place - the Norse people in … Continue reading The Beings We Recognize
I'm going to assume that you're here because you've discovered polytheism, or paganism, and you're trying to decide if this is the right direction for you. I see a lot of people online looking for first steps: what they should read first, what they should do first, asking if certain things are okay or not. … Continue reading Building the Hearth – The First Step