Over the course of the past week or so, I have been using "Prayer to All of the Gods I" as my main shrine prayer, albeit with some modifications to incorporate a few other deities beyond the scope of the original prayer. It's a lot of libations, a lovely smattering of incense, and ... you … Continue reading My Personalized Version of the Prayer to All of the Gods I
A reflection on praying for specific other people (and groups of people) after reading an Orphic hymn.
I got to thinking about veiling, binding one’s hair, and modesty, and then about a cluster of other issues that arboresced from there. This post is a product of that.
I use tea lights on a regular basis because I use a flame-warmed oil burner for some offerings, and I also use tea light candleholders in shrine areas for the Eumenides, for Dionysos, for household Zeus, and for ancestors. This is one of my brief logistical posts. Demographically speaking, I am guessing that 90% of … Continue reading Tea Lights
I've been looking through some old poetry in my files in preparation for consolidating things that are publishable, and I found this. It's from September 8, 2013, when I was going through a rough period in my life as far as motivation and religious activity were concerned. Context What I wrote deals with human willpower … Continue reading Some Verses from 2013 on Motivation
The first religious ring I wore for a Hellenic god was a ring for Apollon. I purchased it from a store in Ithaca, NY. It is a snake. When I was younger, I was struck by the imagery of the snakes kissing Cassandra's ears, especially since she goes on in life to not be believed. … Continue reading My Religious Rings
My apartment is currently a mess of packing boxes. I found a new place and will be moving in mid-February. It's a busy time of the academic year, but I carved out a few days and will marathon-move so I'm all set to dive back into work when I'm done unpacking. One of the things … Continue reading Moving Preparations and Purification
I was on Tumblr this morning and found an interesting thread about casual religionists. The original post seemed to be using casual as a synonym for atheistic or noncommittal polytheism in its first paragraph, but it's possible that I misunderstood the person writing it. The term I use for atheists engaging in religious practice is culturally … Continue reading Casual Devotion and Inexact Terminology
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good when it comes to giving cultus.