Not a leader yet

I won’t be presenting a workshop at the Polytheist Leadership Conference.  While it thrilled me to no end when I asked asked to do so over coffee, I wasn’t able to pull it together by yesterday’s deadline.  (I’m also behind on assignments for a money class I’m taking, and generally exercising imperfect time-management skills regardingContinue reading “Not a leader yet”

What blocks to devotion have you had to overcome?

This all comes down to lack. I sometimes lack a desire to perform devotions. I have lacked faith in the gods I claimed to worship. Likewise, in a secular world, I sometimes feel like the belief that this is all worthwhile is mostly beaten out of me. I get depressed.  (Let’s be clear what thisContinue reading “What blocks to devotion have you had to overcome?”

Have you encountered any obstacles as a result of your religion?

Obstacles?  Not hardly, not so that I noticed.  But for that response to make sense, it needs context. I’ve had people look at me like I had two heads when I acknowledged worshiping the ancient Greek gods.  You know, the same look people get when they proclaim that they believe Jesus is their personal andContinue reading “Have you encountered any obstacles as a result of your religion?”

How does your tradition handle wrathful, savage and destructive divinities?

The theoi — gods of the Hellenes, or “ancient Greeks” — are a study in opposites.  Poseidon rules earth as well as sea.  Zeus is progenitor of many offspring by many mothers, but is also god of marriage.  Hermes is swift as thought,yet his oldest representation is as a standing stone.  Demeter brings forth crops,Continue reading “How does your tradition handle wrathful, savage and destructive divinities?”

What methods of inducing altered states of conscious[ness] does your tradition have?

As with anything in a localized, reconstructed tradition, the answers can come from “there and then” or “here and now.” There and then altered states were most famously (and perhaps apocryphally) induced by gases leaking up from a volcanic vent.  Alcohol was pretty popular in some corners of the world, too. Here and now I’mContinue reading “What methods of inducing altered states of conscious[ness] does your tradition have?”