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”
Next in my (long overdue) aesthetics series is a bit of a more…”problematic” goddess, one could say. Because there’s a lot of interesting things at play here. So next up: Devana. Continue reading “Devana Aesthetics”
So for the next in my series (sorry, terribly belated I know), I’m going to talk about Perun.
Continue reading “Perun Aesthetics”
For the first in my series, I’m admittedly starting with the god I most connect with, and whom I have the most interest in. It’s easiest to start with that deity that I am most connected to, and the one that I always would approach first.
So I’m going to start with Veles. Continue reading “Veles Aesthetics”
I think one of the first things I want to do, after my trip, is to start writing up how I picture, imagine or think of the gods. It would be a good thing for personal records. But also, I think it would be good for me to write it out. There are ideas bopping around in my head, and I rarely get the chance to write much about them, at least on this front.
So if I take some time to write them out, I think that would be a good way to figure out my personal “aesthetics” as it were, in relation to my understanding and working with the gods.
Plus, I just kind of want to put out what I see/imagine. So many other people do…and since I can’t draw worth a damn, the only way I can put it out there is by writing.
That means, I’ll probably start a series on that, starting with the gods/spirits I picture most clearly, and then I’ll move onto those I’ve less clear pictures of. It should be a fun little gathering of ideas for myself.∗
Sometimes I remember that I’ve got an unusual pantheon that I follow. And it tells me that I don’t have that many people to discuss my religious practice with. After all…there are hundreds of pagans/polytheists that follow Greek, Celtic or Norse deities. Just to name 3 major pantheons off the top of my head. Then there’s the generic “Lord” and “Lady” that people will name off. There are soft polytheists that say all are manifestations of a single god and goddess.
None of those really speak to me.
Finding myself drawn to Slavic mythology, I do find that it has benefits. After all, I don’t have to see the fluffy artwork and nonsense that a lot of others have to see. And there aren’t rampant cartoons being bandied about the internet of my deities.
On the other hand–there is comparatively no one to talk to about what I believe. And the issue in finding resources is an ongoing one. I’ve found that speaking German helps me find some more resources than I could find, if I just spoke English. But, speaking at least one Slavic-language would benefit me (that’s on my list of things to learn). Still, with so few people that believe in my pantheon…there are very few people that I can chat with about how things work. What connections there are, etc.
It does foster independence for myself, which cannot necessarily be a bad thing. At times though, I do miss being able to just pop into a group online and being able to go, “Yo, all other ____-believers, what do you think about X?” and getting answers. Others are able to do that. They can bounce myth, UPG and folklore off of each other. That is something that is harder to do in a small community that isn’t as well developed.
There are a lot of things that are strange for me to remember at times. But this one is a dual-edged sword. It’s good and also somewhat sad. I enjoy the independence. But I also sometimes wish I had more people to discuss what I’m doing…just to see how others are handing their beliefs.∗