Polytheist Hospitality Suite at PantheaCon

Sorry for the lack of writing this year, everybody. I’m in a fallow year, and I’ve been cutting back on various spiritual community responsibilities and focusing on personal spiritual ones, instead.

In any event, I do have one community event that I’m extremely excited about. I’ve been wanting to host a public shrine hospitality suite at PantheaCon for years, and this year it’ll finally be happening! (Because of this, and of it being my fallow year, though, I won’t be presenting anything on the main schedule at PCon this year.) Our Suite’s main focus is creating public shrine space for several different pantheons for con-goers to attend. It’s very loosely based on what the Coru Cathubodua have been doing with their Temple of the Morrigan suite. We’ll also be running a few rituals and classes as well.

Because renting and running a Suite is expensive, however, we’ve started an Indiegogo  fundraiser campaign. We have a ton of perks, from hand-crafted goods to ways to be involved in the suite even if you can’t attend.

Here are some of our perks:

1. Opening Ceremony: Have your name be included in our opening ritual; be listed in the suite as a donor; and receive a SRWB badge ribbon. (Minus the badge, granted, but it’s cool to have.) ($10 donation)

2. Opening Ceremony with Video: Same as #1, but you’ll also receive a video file of the entire Opening Ceremony. ($25 donation)

3. Libation Offering: This is my favorite perk, and really in the spirit of polytheist practice. It’s also a great way to do priest/ess work remotely and actively be a part of the work we’re doing at PCon. For this perk, you will get to choose a bottle of alcohol to be placed on the altar of your deity or pantheon IN YOUR NAME, so that visitors can offer to YOUR gods in your name. You’ll also get the video, mention,and badge ribbon. You’ll get to specify vodka, rum, whiskey, mead, or red wine. The alcohol will be a popular mid-level brand. You can even specify which brand, if you want.) ($50 donation)

There are also hand-carved antler runes, handmade leather crowns, and felted skulls. Please check our our page and donate if you can!

Strong Roots and Wide Branches Polytheist Hospitality Suite at PantheaCon 2017

The only time She ever hurt me was when She left

Though it may not seem like it, I don’t like to complain much on the blog. I’ll whine, yes; and go “WTF have They done to me now??” for a bit, but I think for the most part I’m very supportive: “Yay Gods! They are great! Believe in Them! Trust Them!” Many times I feel like I’m a polytheist cheerleader.

But the truth is, there are a lot of negatives to being a tiny human working so closely with really big entities. And what my goddess gives, She can also take away.

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Who is Queen here, anyway?

Also known as, everything looks better the day after.

Ever have that experience where the Gods put you in situations just to get a reaction out of you? (Granted, the reaction they are going for may be “growth”, but still. Poke the bear until they finally do what you want them to.)

Since posting about the “irreconcilable differences” between Freya, Loki, myself, and my guy, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback. It’s been great to hear other peoples’ stories of having gone through something similar with their gods, or who have seen similar issues between Freya and Loki in the past. It was kind of unusual, actually, that I posted about the drama on the blog. Normally I would have bitched about it to a few close friends and left it at that. But I gut checked before I posted, and got a green light, so… I posted. And like I said, I got quite a bit out of support and knowledge in doing so. (The Gods work in a multiplicity of ways; I can’t say for certain, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this reaction was one of their side goals from this incident.)

In any event, I can now say with some certainly that I know what Freya’s goal was for me out of all of this. I had to accept my role as Queen.

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The amber-colored cloud has fallen.

So, it appears that I have been in a bit of an amber-colored cloud. A two-year-long amber-colored cloud. It began right before I started my initiation work with Freya, and lasted until….well, this evening, when she decided that my boyfriend was “not good enough for me,” and proceeded to tell him all of the reasons why. *headdesk*

Now, I have  loved Freya pretty much since I found out She existed, yes, but the really heavy NRE did not hit in until my initiation. I have been happily riding high on it for a while now. I didn’t notice it so much earlier because how could anyone not love Freya? Everyone loves Freya! She is wonderful! And for the most part, everyone does love Freya–Gods and humans and jotuns alike. She’s just so lovable–goddess of beauty, love, sex, gold, etc., and all. I’ve come across a very few people who were scared (or at least, very wary) of Her, but never anyone that didn’t actually like Her. And I’ve also rarely gotten an ill response from her towards most people. But my boyfriend? She is not a fan. Ironic, because everyone else seems to like him, and She’s the one who threw us together and has been cheerleading at us from the sidelines.

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Happily Heathen: My Journey to Devotional Polytheism

My newest post at Patheos’ Agora Column is up!

My Journey to Devotional Polytheism–The path I took from Christianity to Devotional Polytheism was guided by a need for direct interaction with deity and a desire to connect more with my ancestry. Heathenry gave me both. #WhyIAmHappilyHeathen

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2015/08/happily-heathen-my-journey-to-devotional-polytheism/

Gods-matchmaking, July 2015

Busy, busy, busy.

My apologies to all for not posting much recently. I blame this on 1) starting a new relationship (NRE, yay!); 2) my trip back to CA; and 3) starting a Patheos bi-weekly column (pretty much at the last minute). These are all good things–I can’t complain–but together they have commandeered all of the resources I have available. So, my #90DaysofOdin has slacked off quite a bit (though I still find myself talking about Him and defending Him pretty regularly, so I will count those days). And my other minor plans for world domination have also slacked off because, well, love. Love, people. Got to have your priorities straight.

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“Strong Roots/Wide Branches” online class for Polytheists: Spiritual hygiene, spiritual protection, and setting space

My friend River’s next Polytheist Basics class is this coming Sunday. All are welcome to join. The class is held simultaneously online and in person and lasts for three hours with one short break. River asks for a minimum $10 donation to help pay for costs (though for the first class you may be able to work out a reduced rate or a trade; you will need to contact her directly).The next class’s description is below:

Our next class is a continuation of our intro to “woo” from a polytheist perspective, and specifically where woo fits into polytheism, where it doesn’t, how it’s distinct, and an intro to some basic skills and concepts that may be useful in polytheist practice. In this class, we’ll begin to cover subjects such as spiritual hygiene, spiritual protection, and setting space ritually for devotional work.

“Woo” is a silly but useful term that vaguely, nonspecifically, and broadly includes diverse skills, practices and experiences that may include magical techniques, direct contact with gods or spirits, divination, psychic phenomena, mediumship, trance possession, ecstatic practices, mystical experiences, etc. We will not necessarily cover all of this in depth, but will at least begin the conversation. Do keep in mind, while there is some crossover between polytheism, magic (with and without the extra K), witchcraft, and other disciplines, polytheism is not in and of itself a “magical practice”, it is a religious one. Also, it is really important to stress here that one does not need to engage in “woo” practices, be skilled in any of them, or even be interested in participation in such things in order to be a devout, solid, and serious polytheist. Part of why we will be doing a deep dive into this is partly because many of us engage in these practices in some connection with our polytheism, and we should know how to engage safely. And part of why we’ll be exploring this is precisely because it is important that we differentiate what is what – so we know where religion ends and magic begins (and where the overlap may live).

The logistics and details are behind the cut. I’ve known River for almost ten years, and have worked with her in ritual and class and trance sessions many times. I trust and respect her as a leader and educator within the polytheist movement and the Heathen community, as well as being a good friend. Her classes are a great safe place to start learning and discussing any topic on polytheism. It is also a great place to hear what other polytheists in a wide variety of traditions are doing in their day to-day practices. I will be at this class virtually this time, though I hope to be able to make it in person to one of her classes, hosted in the South Bay.

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Freya and Fertility, my experiences with

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Let’s talk about fertility, shall we?

Freya has a bunch of facets. One of the ones that has always been hardest for me to grasp, spiritually, has been the fertility aspect. I know it’s there–one of her symbols is the sow, which apparently in the day symbolized fertility for humans and animals (not plants–that’s Freyr). But whenever this was pointed out, I hemmed and hawed, because that just does not fit into my view of Her. I mean, She’s not a goddess of marriage or domesticity or children, for crying out loud. She’s just not the Mother Goddess type. There’s nothing in the myths or the sagas about her interacting with children, or being motherly in any way. In theory, depending on the sources, you can argue that she two daughters, but both of their names (Hnoss and Gersemi) are kennings for “treasure”, so in my mind, that’s still suspect. She is called on in a few bits of folklore here and there to help with ease in childbirth, but then again, what major goddess in any pantheon isn’t?

She’s a goddess of sex and power and money and essentially doing whatever the Hel She wants to, whenever She wants to do it. (Okay, so the sex thing can sometimes lead to fertility–true. But I’m pretty sure that’s not why Freya does it.)

This is all mainly to say that I just wasn’t buying the fertility connection. I’ve had this opinion for years–pretty much since I became a Heathen and started paying attention to things like Who was the Goddess of What in Norse mythology. And not much could change my mind on it.

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