Archive for April, 2014

Regional Cultus in Contemporary Polytheism

So it looks like I’ll be drinking talking at this thing in New York this July:

In the ancient world, the idea of religion and religious structures and traditions were a lot different than the common conceptions most contemporary American Paganisms and Polytheisms have been supplying people with. Geographical diversities in religious practice, ritual technology and even foundational pantheon relations were great and varied in the ancient world, where religious structures were drawn from a close and intimate relationship with place, with specific lineages, with the spirits and of course with the gods and goddesses Themselves. Yet despite these emphatic variations, with complex customs and cross-overs and syncretisms woven between them — and indeed likely because of them — there were likewise emphatic structures to how all of these things unfolded. There was no “Pan-Hellenic” or “Pan-Celtic” big umbrella patterning of religion in the ancient world; rather, there existed specific regional, tribal, ethnic, and initiatory lineages and structures of theistic and ritual engagement. For contemporary expressions of Polytheisms to survive their current infancy in Western revival, an emphasis must be encouraged upon the acknowledgement of these variations, and the development of the structures that will contain them. By exploring, building and navigating such understandings, we as practitioners, dedicants, devotees and clergy can do more than merely claim title or social identity through them. Through disciplined individual and interrelated regional cult structures, we can indeed endeavor to see these things come enlivened in our worlds, newly cast from ancient mold and method in ways that fit into our post-post-modern frameworks.

Also, stay tuned for blog updates, now that I have an internet connection again!

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Sacred Offerings

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Signal boost:

Sacred Offerings of Michael, an esotericist and student of Dionysian ecstatic practices. Operating out of the Pacific Northwest of the US, he offers a range of services including some talisman crafting (as informed by the GMP). I’ve known him for years and he is one of my go-to sources for sounding board discourse on various occult and religious matters.

His services and talismanic offerings available are listed, described, and readily available for your viewing pleasure.