Systems science is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand the world as a complex network of systems. As polytheists, we must often translate practices from ancient cultures to the present day, and this allows us the flexibility to maintain core traditions while engaging proactively with modernity. American cultural attitudes towards antiquity, polytheism, and mythology feed into negative attitudes towards (primarily Hellenic) ritual practices for purification and prayer. Addressing things like feminism and patriarchy head-on can help improve this situation, and that's what I'm going to do.
I've been looking through some old poetry in my files in preparation for consolidating things that are publishable, and I found this. It's from September 8, 2013, when I was going through a rough period in my life as far as motivation and religious activity were concerned. Context What I wrote deals with human willpower … Continue reading Some Verses from 2013 on Motivation
If you're a Hellenist (or if you are a polytheist who incorporates the worship of some Hellenic gods), I'm putting together a meetup in New Haven, CT, because I want to find some local people. It will be on June 24, 2018, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. I've tried to pick a time before local … Continue reading Meetup in coastal CT in late June
Household worship is the cornerstone of traditional Hellenic practice. While we can cultivate wonderful devotional relationships with individual gods or groups of gods, the core that unites us is the cycle of practical rituals and ritual methods. You don't need to be a devotee to do any of the things I describe below. Before I … Continue reading Household Worship, Brass-Tacks Style
The first religious ring I wore for a Hellenic god was a ring for Apollon. I purchased it from a store in Ithaca, NY. It is a snake. When I was younger, I was struck by the imagery of the snakes kissing Cassandra's ears, especially since she goes on in life to not be believed. … Continue reading My Religious Rings
The strongest agalma is the amalgam of the mind contemplating divine images with the senses. Here we mix the prayers, thoughts, and offerings. A god is the lock; the mind-in-pattern its key. The images the mind makes welcome in the Twins drawing back their bows or the keen-sited Guide. A god flows into any space … Continue reading What Images We Make
On the night of March 12, I had a dream about my middle sister. We were both trying to catch the train to Northampton, MA, and didn't have much time. There was a parking garage, and we needed to park the car, but there weren't spaces. I was praying to Hermes. Then, my sister started … Continue reading Why I’ve Been (Somewhat) Quiet