I saw a question on Reddit over the weekend that I think merits further comment — what do you do if a God isn’t calling you? how can you still worship the Gods or know what to do when you don’t know whom you should worship? — and started thinking a bit more about it … Continue reading Just Do It (and other thoughts on worship)
In my Twitter feed a few days ago, I saw Shivam Bhatt's advice about what to do (in a Hindu context) for religious activity in 10 minutes a day. I really liked that tweet, and I like that he quote-tweeted himself to share his suggestions with others — I think that it is very important … Continue reading What You Can Do in 10-15 Minutes
This went onto my TBR list a decade ago, and I finally read it in its entirety. Here is my after-reading-excitement decompression post.
Tell Yasmah-Addu: thus (speaks) Samsî-Addu, your father. The works concerning the gods that you have undertaken […]. You have had six gods made. The six gods you have had made, goodness, that amounts to ten! Your servants out of fear don't talk to you, in heaven's name, about your works. I want you to … Continue reading The value of a minimalist approach to shrines
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
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
Recently, I looked up something related to cultus in Google and discovered that (yet another) term that actually has a real meaning has been gifted to a car. As a librarian, I often teach Google searching. The most important thing about looking anything up in Google is that it's sometimes not the right place. As an example, … Continue reading Helpful Search Strings to Avoid Seeing Cars and Other Things That Are Probably Not Gods
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good when it comes to giving cultus.
I've made a new tag called "you are new!" that will collect a series of posts that are of special interest to new polytheists. The first thing I would like to highlight is the book God Against the Gods (Jonathan Kirsch, 2004). Most of this post is drawn from a review I put on Old KALLISTI … Continue reading God Against the Gods: Still a Great Intro Read