Neutrality IS choosing a side

  I am amazed that so many pagans/polytheists choose to regard bigoted, racist, anti-GLBTQ and sexist behavior indulgently, either because they are not themselves the target, or because the perpetrators are regarded as too good-natured, witty, scholarly, mystic, or profound to confront. Too many of our communities permit sexist posts, racist comments, and bigoted behavior…

The wordpress experiment: evaluation after 5 weeks

On July 22, based on the news that Verizon was about to buy Yahoo (meaning that Tumblr was about to be assimilated yet again) I opened a mirror account at wordpress. Here are my thoughts: – wordpress is cumbersome to use: posting is fairly straightforward, but you need to use a secondary page (yourblogname.wordpress.com/wp-admin) for…

31/30 Days of deity devotion

Day 31: Bonus post As I searched for photos to illustrate this meme, pictures kept cropping up of a particular kind of critter that seems to be abundant at the site of the Asclepion at Pergamon. Since August has 31 days, I decided to make one extra 30 Days of Divinity Devotion post to share…

Red Lotus

Found this in one of my coloring books yesterday (Mystical Mandala Coloring Book by Alberta Hutchinson, Dover, 2007). Dedicated the time spent coloring it and the finished work to Antinous. This probably counts as cultural appropriation as well as pop culture pagan but, since I’ve already been damned just for being a Tumblr user, I really…

29/30 Days of deity devotion

Day Twenty-nine: Any interesting or unusual UPG to share? Asclepius wears a red or brown chiton when working – maybe to hide stains? You can color his chiton the way you like by printing out this coloring page:  http://www.fansshare.com/community/uploads116/669/asclepius_greek_god_of_medecine_coloring_page_pg_source/ 30 days of deity devotion meme

28/30 Days of deity devotion

Day Twenty-eight: Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently I’d really like to know more about Telesphorus, the son of Asclepius, god of recuperation. He was also called Euamerion and Akesis. He’s always depicted with diminutive stature, which makes some scholars believe he’s meant to be a child or a dwarf….

27/30 Days of deity devotion

Day Twenty-seven: Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered I suppose the worst misconception is that Asclepius only works through miracles. Asclepius works through ALL forms of healing: medicine, physical therapy, psychological counselling and psychotherapy, physical therapy…Any form of healthcare you can name, Asclepius uses to help people be well. Image: Asclepius Roman statue…

26/30 Days of deity devotion

Day Twenty-six: How has your relationship with this deity changed over time? I began to study Asclepius when I was working at a hospital, and my job changed from performing diagnostic testing to assisting in surgery. This happened to coincide with a global effort to improve patient safety by preventing wrong-site, wrong-side, and wrong-patient errors. It…

25/30 Days of deity devotion

Asclepius has always been benevolent in hearing my prayers. I must add that I’ve never asked him to do anything outside his sphere of power, and I’ve never asked him to do anything “miraculous”. My prayers tend to be along the lines of, “Please help me get through this. Please bless my doctor and the…

Brigantia: Goddess of the North by Sheena McGrath

Originally posted on Signposts in the Mist:
Brigantia: Goddess of the North is a short e-book (81 pages long) by Sheena McGrath. As far as I am aware it is the first book to focus on Brigantia as an individual northern British goddess; there are many books about Brigit which cover her relationship with Brigantia…

24/30 Days of deity devotion

Day Twenty-four: A time when this deity has helped you A few years ago, I hurt myself weightlifting. On the last rep of the last deadlift, my right hip shifted out of socket. If you’ve ever dislocated your shoulder, you have an idea of the level of pain I experienced. For those who haven’t dislocated…