When I was a young man, I looked up into the sky one night while walking my dog, and swore an oath to the moon. I cannot say exactly what I swore, because I don’t recall. For many years — decades, actually — I didn’t even remember that I had taken such a step atContinue reading “Message from Selene”
As it happens, the Vigil for the Bulls ends just prior to my birthday. I arose this morning after my first night of sleep unbroken by devotion, and awaits me on the family altar were gifts! Okay, not entirely a surprise; that’s how we roll. The card my wife gave me had a wishing-well theme,Continue reading “He approves”
Reflections on festivals, and how the gods make their views known to the more thick-headed mortals.
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?”
Hellenismos has a lot of information about the offerings that were made to the various gods in antiquity, and that in itself is a good enough reason to continue making some of the same ones. Frankincense is an old favorite, and I toss a bit of barley to one god or another every day. GivingContinue reading “What offerings do you make in your tradition and why?”