Temple of Astral Devotion Project

The Temple of Astral Devotion (TOAD, a delightful acronym) project is one that I’ve been working on for a little bit. The idea behind it is to have a devotional calendar based on the rhythms of traditional astrology; honoring the planets/deities associated with the planets/deities associated with the qualities of the planets, timed to match…

Kybele Prayer

Other than using the Orphic hymns I have been ad-libbing my prayers to the Mother. I wrote this out so that I had a standard daily prayer for her that I’d written myself and reflected more things. The prayer is a bit syncretic, but that reflects my own exploration of these syncretisms based on learning…

Stars and Gods Part 2

So I saw this image being shared on Twitter and realized that I had more to say on this subject. I’ve already explained how in a way, my earliest polytheism was inspired by the Solar System and the planets. Our Earth is deity/deities/has many deities/however you want to unpack that; of course other planets are…

Stars and Gods

My personal journey has taken me to some strange places lately. See, I used to write a lot about religion, and that was great when I knew what I was doing with religion. When I belonged to A Tradition of some sort, it was easy to write about that. When I was going to conferences…

Dancing for Kybele

(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…

The Matronae, The Snake, The Tree

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…

Re-Member Dionysos

“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,…

Imbolc, Culture, and Context

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 of the Year. We didn’t know much about these festivals…

How To: Be Gay, Do Crime, Worship Hermes

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 background history of it, and also teach you a few things. For more concise suggestions, check this out. Hermes is…

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