(Personal practice and theology) I try to dance every morning for Kybele. I put on music that energizes me, put my hair up, and pretend I’m in a goth club/rave for 20 minutes or so. I’m grateful to be alive and grateful for my body and as a devotional activity dancing reflects that. I experience … Continue reading Dancing for Kybele
The Matronae are a collective of Powers that were worshipped through the Roman Empire. We don't have any writings on them, but we do have a great collection of shrines, artifacts, offerings, and images, suggesting a powerful and complex cultus that was oral in nature. I learned about the Matronae through the work of River … Continue reading The Matronae, The Snake, The Tree
"Life. Death. Life. Truth. Zagreus. Dionysos." A powerful line from an Orphic funerary tablet, a transformative chant, a call to the cycle of death and rebirth, of life and death and Apotheosis, of remembering, of re-membering after being dismembered. Chant it fourty nine times, seven by seven, while contemplating these themes. Dionysos is a liberator, … Continue reading Re-Member Dionysos
(Statue of Brigid from Her well, photo by Star Wolf) When I was first studying Paganism in the 90's we were told that "not much" was known about Imbolc. I'm not surprised; we were told that "not much" was known about the other festivals that have come to be known in Paganism as the Wheel … Continue reading Imbolc, Culture, and Context
(Lookit that face, saying, "I hear you, mortal, how can I help?" Don't you just love a God who listens?) Actually this is more about the Worship Hermes part but I probably got your attention. This text, written by the originators of the phrase "Be Gay Do Crimes", might give you a bit of the … Continue reading How To: Be Gay, Do Crime, Worship Hermes
Here is a link to a meditation that is an excerpt from my upcoming book on Sacred Gender! It's on my Patreon, and is a public post (you don't have to be ones of my patrons to read it). Click to read more!
"Divine are your honors, oh Mother of the Gods and Nurturer of all, Yoke your swift chariot drawn by bull slaying lions and join our prayers, O mighty Goddess.You bring things to pass, oh many-named and revered one.You are Queen of the sky,In the cosmos, yours is the throne,The throne in the middle,Because all the … Continue reading To the Mother of the Gods on My Day of Blood
In the beginning there was an egg, but it was surrounded by darkness (and a serpent, cause it's serpents all the way down). It cracked open, and Phanes, whose name means "Bright", came out. No, that's not quite right, in the beginning there was nothing, and God said "let there be light". No that's not … Continue reading New Beginnings