Alright, so the title is a weird one. I admittedly wasn’t quite sure how to title this. But, it’s also pretty accurate. At least in my personal practice.
I’ve mentioned before how I am not really connected to the “female” aspect of deities out there. I mean, it’s not intentional, but it just kind of has evolved into a long-standing practice of mine. I generally don’t “connect” well with goddesses. Never have. Not back when I was trying to do the whole “Celtic” thing, not during the brief period I was thinking I should follow Norse or Greek gods. I’ve just never connected with goddesses.
So, go figure that the one goddess mentioned in Vladimir’s pantheon (The Primary Chronicle as source)–and I have literally no connection to her.
Continue reading “No Love for Mokosh”
In the past, I’ve had run ins with other Slavic pagans or Rodnovers. Most of it on Facebook or Tumblr. That’s pretty much par for the course. And I’ve done some extensive chronicling on it, so there’s lots related to read up on. I won’t rehash it all. Besides, that would make boring reading, when I’ve got a new topic to cover.
But! One of my few friends in real life (i.e. offline) who knows that I’m a Slavic polytheist is also aware of one particular “Rodnover” that I’ve had some run-ins with on Facebook before. So, when he–my friend–saw something interesting, he shot me a message as a heads up.
I have no intention of naming the subject of this “interesting” message. Free publicity is not something I’m offering up. Besides, anyone even tangentially familiar with the online Slavic pagan community should recognize who it is, most likely. But I’m not giving them any free clicks or points towards their pages. That’s just not something I’m going to do.
Continue reading “Old “Friends” Now Blogging”
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”
I’ve stated several times before that I identify strictly as a Slavic Polytheist. Not as a Rodnover, not as a follower of “native faith”…not even a Slavic pagan. There’s a reason for that, which I’ve been grappling with for a while.
See, Rodnovery (and any of the linguistic names) is extremely problematic for me. I have seen too many people online on various blogging platforms who identify as Rodnovers and who are terribly racist or bigoted. People who spew hate for those of other races, or those who are not heterosexual and heteronormative. And while I logically know judging a whole title by a few people is not my most shining moment, I cannot in good conscience call myself a Rodnover when I know very well what a very vocal subset post and profligate. Also, the news stories of Rodnovers and what they have done (mostly from Russia is the articles I read), those were not pleasant and did not endear me to the term. Not to mention, as a few of these less than savory Rodnovers were my actual introduction into all things Slavic mythology/pagan/witchcraft – I am indelibly soured on this term.
I grew up in an open household with family of all sorts. I was raised to not accept bigotry, racism, sexism or ableism in any form. So I cannot identify with a group that originally soured me, due to how the most vocal among them speak and degrade those who do not fit their world view. And anyone who claims to hold superiority over others purely based on race, Slavic blood, or gender–they are not something I want to identify with. Continue reading “On the label for Slavic Polytheism”
Sometimes I feel like a terrible Slavic polytheist.
See there’s these long lists of “Slavic” deities that are constantly cited (Wikipedia gives a good cross section, here).
Most of these are actually not real. Continue reading “On the Slavic Pantheon – Real and Imagined”
(Bonus note: this is post 200 on my blog! I’m glad that you guys are still around, reading this)
I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in a, well basically agnostic household. Which does lead to a pretty amusing story into how I got religion at all. But that does not mean that Christianity was not a part of my childhood. I always was a curious child.
My mother is a lapsed Catholic, my father was a member of a Lutheran/Protestant church as a kid…but I sure never heard that from him, instead learning that from my grandma. My parents let me figure out religion and spirituality for myself. So I got to go to a cousin’s Hindu wedding ceremony, a Catholic wedding…as well as a slew of other Christian denomination weddings in the family.
As for actual religious services – I’ve been to a Catholic mass, a Protestant service, a few Evangelical services, and even to a Mormon youth group meeting. I got to read the Book of Mormon, massive parts of the Bible, I’ve read rabbinical texts outside the Torah, as well as parts of the Qu’ran; beyond the “Big 3” I’ve read Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist and Hindu scholars’ works. I’ve read works about Shinto, Jainism, Sikhim as well. (not to say that I could speak with any authority on those topics, because most of them I can only give a basic overview of belief) But, suffice it to say that I was given a lot of freedom to learn as I wanted growing up.
Which explains how my parents, when I was 11, agreed to let me go to an Evangelical Summer Camp with my neighbor. It was all split up into age groups, so I went with one of the neighbor girls, while my sister went on a different week with the other neighbor. Continue reading “On Christianity and Being a Pagan”
I see my path in paganism/polytheism as a journey. It’s not a destination, never has been. Sometimes I like signposts along the way (who doesn’t?), they help me figure out where I am. But for the most part, I enjoy having a long way to go. It gives me a long time to go down and research. Without all the things on my private “to research” list–I feel like I’m missing out on a lot.
But journeys are boring for me too. I’m one of those people who hates traveling. I love to travel and see new things. But the actual act of travel and journeying just drives me nuts.
Kind of ironic for me. I suppose. But really, it’s also somewhat expected. It’s part of my mental makeup in a matter, how I cannot stand the long times journeys take. So I don’t really pause too long to think on how I have so little patience for taking a journey.
The long journey of research is something a bit easier–but its still difficult for me to deal with. And recently, the journey has been rather difficult for me. I’m not handling things well lately, so the journey is hard for me to handle lately.
I’ll get back to writing longer posts for the Pagan Blog Project hopefully next week, sorry folks.∗