When embarking on an undertaking of getting to know Platonism and its commentary tradition, and especially when one is determined to deeply engage in it as one’s primary spiritual path, it can seem like a lot. “Writing is a sea / its reeds are a shore,” as Thoth says in the Conversations in the House of Life scribal initiation text. It takes courage, conviction, and good sense to penetrate into those waters and learn how to swim in them.
To the Heliacal Gods
An example (from my actual practice) of a daily prayer to the Sun and the Gods who vibe heliacal.
Nine Evenings of Praying to Nantosuelta
Last Friday, I started a novena for the first time. I had heard of them being done in contemporary polytheistic practice as a way of bracketing periods of increased devotion for specific Gods, and I had seen this mostly done by polytheists who were formerly Catholic. I have no connection to that frame of mind. … Continue reading Nine Evenings of Praying to Nantosuelta
Worship and the Punishment Mindset
Recently, while checking to make sure that my scheduled posts were working properly on the account that spews out (slightly modified for length in some cases) passages from The Soul's Inner Statues with a few sleek quotations from (mostly) Platonists, I saw a TweetDeck notification that someone had quote-tweeted one of the tweets, which comes … Continue reading Worship and the Punishment Mindset
To Ray-Formed Belesama
Belesama, ray-formed, laughing sunlight,Child of Light and Water, holy Aletheia,compassionate and regal, still and flowing,your crown is the gleaming solar corona,your garments the unmoving light of truth,your adornments the quickening fire of wisdom.You surge forth with the solar wind,you break upon the mountain waters,you take the path through stream and river,you weather away all that … Continue reading To Ray-Formed Belesama
June 2022 Update: Less Online, Icons, Book Darting, and Getting Excited About Texts
June is always a bit of a whirlwind for me, especially as my mom traditionally visits for my birthday slightly after mid-month, so it's a time for hosting family. It's also the time of year when I struggle to sleep, as I awaken with light (and when I don't, my cat does, and she screams … Continue reading June 2022 Update: Less Online, Icons, Book Darting, and Getting Excited About Texts
☀️ For Belesama 🌬
Luminous Belesama, solar-formed, bearing bright nourishment, I pray to you, O Goddess of light and water. Your crown is the gleaming solar corona, …
Gods, Theurgy, Philosophical Schools, and Community
There is a lot of weirdness in contemplation. After I pray to Apollon in the mornings, I simply breathe. If everything inside can be calmed (not halted, but calmed), it is possible to rest in an inner place, where light seems to stream and where I know there is something true waiting to be coaxed … Continue reading Gods, Theurgy, Philosophical Schools, and Community
Rituals, Recipes, and Morning Ritual Self-Help Books
It can sometimes seem despairing when we are online and see so much misinformation about the Gods, but look on the bright side: private personal rituals are becoming popular, and this make it so much easier to incorporate Gods into one's day.