Yup, that’s right. I’ve got some cool stuff to share with you so let’s dive in.
First off, Il Buon Dottore (also known as P. Sufenas Virius Lupus) is in a desperate financial situation and so has slashed the price of his classes:
If you sign up for a course now until midnight on the 31st of this month, you can take an Academia Antinoi course for $175, instead of the usual $200.
You can find a detailed list of the classes at the above link.
Anne of Random Card Rolodex has a great piece on being pagan and poor and how that isn’t necessarily a bad thing:
It’s taught me to make my own tools and vestments instead of purchasing them.These items as I’ve said before, feel more ‘real’ than a mass-marketed item, and the clothing fits me both physically and my personality, and the locally grown and found additions to these tools and more really give me roots here.
Ryan, of Pagan Reveries, reminds us to honor our precursors:
It may not be a single continuous tradition, but these heroes were out there, long before our time, defending the gods, honoring the gods, writing hymns to the gods, and even performing rituals to the gods, in times and places when it was extremely dangerous to be an avowed pagan.
Speaking of precursors, I just love this quote from Henry David Thoreau:
In my Pantheon, Pan still reigns in his pristine glory, with his ruddy face, his flowing beard, and his shaggy body, his pipe and his crook, his nymph Echo, and his chosen daughter Iambe; for the great god Pan is not dead, as was rumored. No god ever dies. Perhaps of all the gods of New England and of ancient Greece, I am most constant at his shrine. (A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers)
Here’s a Tumblr devoted to Ugly Renaissance Babies.
Pete Helms has some important thoughts on priesthood in paganism:
Lemme ask you a personal question. Are you a polytheist? Most people reading this will answer in the affirmative. Now let me ask you this: have you looked at a liturgical (religious) calendar lately? Just jumping over to Hellenion’s calendar, you will see there are four festivals this month (five if you count the Areia). Do you celebrate all the festivals? Would you know what to do if you did? Do you know what is appropriate and inappropriate to offer a god at any given time (because this can change from place to place and time to time). Do you worship every single god known to you? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then congratulations, you’re like the rest of us. That’s why, in society, we have these people called priests to make sure these events do occur, and that this knowledge is saved and passed down to others.
While Dver waxes theological:
We tend to speak and think of plant/animal/etc. deities as singular, rather archetypal concepts, and primarily in relation to their significance to humans. In other words, we might conceive of a deer god (separate from any deer aspects of other deities), a god that appears as a deer, watches over deer, and has what we think of as deer-like qualities. But humans do not just have one deity who appears in our form, one deity for every location in which we live, or even one deity who governs over a particular human concern (such as agriculture, communication, etc.). Since other entities in this world are just as real and just as capable of a spiritual existence (in fact, they likely do not even have such a self-imposed dichotomy between material and spiritual realities as we do), why should we not then assume that their gods are myriad?
Behold the War Garden Girls.
Recently Erik brought my attention to this piece on sacred play he wrote back in 2007, which I think you’ll enjoy too:
Sacred play is not just about laughter for its own sake, although that is also a good thing. It’s play with a purpose – to heal the soul, to expand our spiritual horizons, to break through the walls of conscious awareness that are built around us as we learn to be civilized, productive members of society, and that we continue to build and strengthen our whole lives. It’s about laughing with life, not just at it, and understanding that if the universe doesn’t have sense of humor, then we’re all screwed. There is a Jewish teaching that at the end of our lives, we will be required to account for all the good things God gave us that we did not enjoy; as I see it, an attitude of sacred play is the best way to ensure that we do.
Also from P. Sufenas Virius Lupus comes this fascinating exploration of the use of the Ephesia Grammata as a divinatory system:
They were said to have been written on the base of Artemis of Ephesus’ statue (hence their name), and that reciting them expelled demons, and carrying them on one’s person was a kind of protective amulet. An interpretation of their meanings comes from the writings of Clement of Alexandria, who quotes from the first-century BCE Pythagorean writer Androcydes’ writings to interpret them
Divine Twin Diversions shares a fascinating conversation with the Dioskouroi (and others):
Here’s the thing, the Dioskouroi are fairly quiet. I don’t hear Them very often, and usually it’s single words or small thoughts of some sort. To hear, I mean HEAR, this riotous laughter suddenly happen when this realization came was a shock.
Have you been reading Galina’s Loki Month posts? You should. They’ve been quite good and eye-opening. In the same vein you should totally also be reading Elizabeth Vongvisith’s posts – just some super awesome stuff all around. Hail Loki!
Aidan Kelly has been going over his early attempts at unraveling the true history of Wicca – fascinating and important work it was, too. Here’s part two:
Second, the major published sources from which the rituals had been constructed included: (a) Mathers’ edition of The Greater Key of Solomon; (b) Aleister Crowley’sMagick in Theory and Practice; (c) Leland’s Aradia; (d) some Masonic rituals akin to those described by Duncan and those of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (aside from those transmitted by Crowley); and (e) Margaret Murray’s The Witch Cult in Western Europe. There were also bits and pieces from other works by Leland, Jane E. Harrison, Gilbert Murray, James Frazer, and the other great classicists and mythologists of the 19th century. That accounted for everything in the rituals! There was nothing left that differed in any important way from what you can find in those sources–but that is NOT at all what Gardner had claimed.
And that’s it for now!