HAPPY HELIOGENNA! The winter solstice is at 5:23 PM EST. This means it is technically still tomorrow, as the 14th day of the lunar month begins at sundown.
Systems science is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the world as a complex network of systems. As polytheists, we must often translate practices from ancient cultures to the present day, and this allows us the flexibility to maintain core traditions while engaging proactively with modernity. American cultural attitudes towards antiquity, polytheism, and mythology feed into negative attitudes towards (primarily Hellenic) ritual practices for purification and prayer. Addressing things like feminism and patriarchy head-on can help improve this situation, and that's what I'm going to do.
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
If you're a Hellenist (or if you are a polytheist who incorporates the worship of some Hellenic gods), I'm putting together a meetup in New Haven, CT, because I want to find some local people. It will be on June 24, 2018, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. I've tried to pick a time before local … Continue reading Meetup in coastal CT in late June
Household worship is the cornerstone of traditional Hellenic practice. While we can cultivate wonderful devotional relationships with individual gods or groups of gods, the core that unites us is the cycle of practical rituals and ritual methods. You don't need to be a devotee to do any of the things I describe below. Before I … Continue reading Household Worship, Brass-Tacks Style
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
Tonight, the Eumenideia begins, a holiday for the Eumenides. While I wait for my rice cakes to steam for their offerings, I'm writing up a quick roundup of things about the Eumenideia, the Erinyes, and all things related. First, on Neokoroi, this is the Eumenideia ritual that I wrote what feels like an eternity ago. … Continue reading Happy Eumenideia 699.1!