When I posted "On approaching polytheism as a system," I promised that I would start with a post on menstruation. This is that post, and its structure is as follows: Some term definitions and history Source materials and process Comparative praxis A look at the source materials Positional statement Definitions and History Menstruation impacts more … Continue reading Menstruation is not miasmic.
Today, I went to see "Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual," and since it is Anthesteria, I was delighted that so many things in it told visual stories of jubilance and of honoring the dead. The exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery presents a narrative about sensory religious experiences that incorporates ritual objects from … Continue reading Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual
As 2018 comes to a close, I just want to say four things … This semester was very intense at work. I was the chair of an internal conference that happened on November 30th, and while I learned a lot and was very pumped the day of, I'm really looking forward to the campus's winter … Continue reading Some Updates and 2018’s Most Popular Posts
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
The strongest agalma is the amalgam of the mind contemplating divine images with the senses. Here we mix the prayers, thoughts, and offerings. A god is the lock; the mind-in-pattern its key. The images the mind makes welcome in the Twins drawing back their bows or the keen-sited Guide. A god flows into any space … Continue reading What Images We Make
On the night of March 12, I had a dream about my middle sister. We were both trying to catch the train to Northampton, MA, and didn't have much time. There was a parking garage, and we needed to park the car, but there weren't spaces. I was praying to Hermes. Then, my sister started … Continue reading Why I’ve Been (Somewhat) Quiet
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