How does one begin to build up a devotional practice with limited sources & options? That’s the million dollar question, really.
I’m not going to say I’m any kind of expert, because that would be a lie. But, I guess from a certain perspective I’ve got some real insight into it (which is weird, but kind of flattering for me). So we’ll dive into what I’ve been doing.
Continue reading “Slavic Devotion (Part III)”
What are the logistics that go into devotional practice and work? (Continuing from Part I here) Obviously that’s going to change depending on which person you’re asking. For me, it’s a matter of delving in and really thinking about my own practice.
These are Jack of Wand’s questions to me:
- How often do I pray?
- What do my prayers look like?
- How often do I make offerings?
- Do I work with some gods more than others?
- Do I have a shrine? What does it look like?
So, let’s dive in! Continue reading “Logistics of Devotion (Part II)”
Just what are the logistics behind devotion? I haven’t really talked a lot, specifically about my devotional beliefs…not really. I talk a lot of generics, a lot of technicalities. But not much about my own personal devotional work–those things I do when I’m worshiping and practicing alone.
I got this inspiration from Jack of Wands–since he asked a few good questions and made me realize I hadn’t actually done much talking about this before. Or at least, not about me specifically, and just what all this is for my practice and beliefs. So I’m going to delve in a bit deeper and talk a bit about my specific devotional work and practice. It should be a fun endeavor, and I think perhaps a nice change of pace.
Basics of Devotional Work
Just some ground-setting to start
Continue reading “Devotion on the Blog (Part I)”
Which is always a rather fun debate and discussion among polytheists and pagans. I generally try to stay out of these types of debates, because while I much love a good debate, there are things like this where there’s just no “right” answer–and people get very…well, stubborn is perhaps a kind word to use, in their defense of position. Which I totally understand; as I am totally guilty of the same thing in my own turn. And while I love a good debate, there are just some things I have always decided are better not to jump into the melee for. And then there is also just, sometimes the lack of definitive “right” in a debate can be problematic just for the people involved.
This is one of those topics, because it really is a minefield sometimes. Not that I mean minefield in the sense of totally contentious, though it can be, but also just that it’s so fraught with so many perceptions, thoughts, beliefs and ideas that it can be difficult to even begin to reach an understanding on what is being discussed. And without a basic foundation assumption, real discussion and debate are fraught. That’s really all it boils down to.
But this is also a topic I like thinking about, so there’s that too.
Continue reading “Hard vs. Soft”