I praise Hestia, ever-embering,whose hair hangs oil-heavy;Storeroom Zeus, Standing Zeus,swallower of all swollen with life;Agathodaimon, thoughtful guardianabundantly giving good wisdom;Celestial Gods celebrating the cosmosin endless feasting, in delightful flow;Gods of skies, of seas, of seasons;Gods of rivers, of rocky heights;Gods of deep murky dominions;Gods of meadows, of murmuring brooks;Gods of cities, of scent, of sapience;Gods … Continue reading Prayer to All of the Gods II
The past two posts — the one about how Strawberry Shortcake got me thinking about depictions of Hêlios and Zeus I encountered as a child and the other about motivations and actions — both included some discussion of (and reaction to) Orphic Tradition and the Birth of the Gods, which I am reading through right now. Since … Continue reading Some Quotations from a Thing I’m Reading On Orphic Things
My girlfriend and I watched a clip from Strawberry Shortcake last weekend. While it came out before I was born, Strawberry Shortcake reruns aired on television in the late 1980s and early 1990s when I was a baby/toddler. I had a VHS recording that I watched and rewatched frequently. What struck me the most about watching … Continue reading Strawberry Shortcake got me thinking about Gods
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.
In which I discuss lifestyle minimalism, Zeus Ktesios, and sacred decluttering.