[T]here are many aspects of Prometheus: on the intellective, the supra-mundane, and the intra-mundane level, each transmitting the divine gifts to the world accordingly. We must also add, he says, that the distinctive character of this deity is to reveal the good that is hidden within the Gods; therefore he is said to have stolen … Continue reading Becoming Fire: Symbolizing Polytheism with Fire to Represent Our Commonality — Household Cultus
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: A Review
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (Jack Kornfield) was published in 2000, the year I turned 13. I ordered the book in January 2021 on Alibris from ThriftBooks, fully intending to read it at some point when I wasn't reading Platonic commentaries. That never happened — until now. Here is the description on Goodreads (note: I'm … Continue reading After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: A Review
Platonizing Alan Watts’ “Spectrum of Love”: A Listen-Through
Spotify introduced me to Hælos' Full Circle last year — first, via a song called "Alone," and then a transitional piece called "Intro/Spectrum." Perhaps I had heard the piece before and had just skipped it. I know that it started appearing on playlists in November 2021, when I noticed it for its poignant words — spoken, set to music, from some kind of lecture. This post analyzes that lecture through a mildly Platonizing framework.
Praying to a God, Religious Identity, and Boundaries
Today, I finished reading Olympiodorus’ Gorgias commentary. One of the most striking things about the footnotes and the conversation in general is his attempt to sanitize Hellenic theology and Platonism in a way that is palatable to students on whom he relies for his livelihood in a culture that was now hostile to pagan teachers. While … Continue reading Praying to a God, Religious Identity, and Boundaries
Yes, Let’s Do Post-Recon.
Recently, I read a post on Of Axe and Plough about what happens after reconstructionism (in the "post-recon" environment). The concepts of renovātiō (renewal), resitutiō (restitution), and reparātiō (restoration), which the author applied to considering modern revived polytheism, are a good start and an excellent seed for discussion. From the post: We must then collectively … Continue reading Yes, Let’s Do Post-Recon.
Hellenistic Syncretic Polytheism (HeSP)
(Addendum: I don't use this term anymore — I just call myself a polytheist.) The only definition for this exists in my About Me or that long post I made after a summertime Twitter situation a while ago. This post will serve as a definition reference link so I can link to it whenever I … Continue reading Hellenistic Syncretic Polytheism (HeSP)
A Few Thoughts on Raising Kids in Polytheism
A bit over a month ago, my midsis told me that she wanted to get back into Neopaganism, and she's interested in Ásatrú/Heathenry. In thinking about our blustery twenties, a lot of the tension we had was religious — I didn't understand why neither of my sisters had persisted in Neopaganism despite all of us … Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Raising Kids in Polytheism
PIE in the Sky: Interpretatio and Divine Uncertainty
In which I talk about polytheism, interpretatio, the number of gods, and uncertainty. Also, I make too many PIE jokes.
Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology [Review-ish]
So far this year, I have read and/or finished three books that have something to do with the core topic of this blog: Hermes by Arlene Allan, the new Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology edited by Michael Hardy, and The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Since it was produced by people in the polytheistic community, though, I'm … Continue reading Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology [Review-ish]