August, 2017

The Power of Fixed Prayers

If you are new to the concept, it can seem daunting. A long, fixed prayer that you say daily? What even is the point? Isn’t prayer supposed to be a reflection of your up-to-the-moment feelings about things? An outpouring from your heart? Where do we even find fixed prayers for a tradition? If we write them, will anyone bother using them? Though it can take a lot of work to get started, these pieces of liturgy, which have been adopted by many religions around the world, are powerful and, I believe, an important tool to consider when building a devotional […]

Understanding Ares

Ares is a controversial figure, and a favorite villain in cartoons, comics, and movies. For some people, making the most basic statement that he’s a deity, an Olympian, and worthy of respect is so unthinkable that they assume that I must be out of my mind to say it. But, I’d go further. Ares is the first deity I call when I am on the verge of losing my temper. He’s the first god I call when my fear is about to make me do something stupid. No, this is not a Neo-Pagan thing. It’s a Homeric thing. Please enjoy […]