When You’re Back To Where You Started

Five years ago, when I first began padding down the soft dirt of the pagan path, I remember that I made a different internet identity. It was, in many ways, my first official step into discovery. Separated from my name, I could write, discuss, and learn freely; I became shaped by the wonderful people whom I met, especially when I stumbled upon devotional polytheist (and y’all know where I ended up on that one). Eventually I felt comfortable enough to bring my two identities together and, using my real name, writing as an out-pagan. I thought that would be the […]

A Tiny Gem

The Gods always surprise you when you’re not looking; I sometimes liken this to being struck with a cattle prod when you least expect it. With Queen Maeve, that seems to perpetually be the case. I remember I was sitting down, crocheting — and I recalled a memory, where I had asked Cernunnos if I had been a good polytheist, and He had replied, with the strangest smile, that indeed I had been good to Him. Cernunnos loves to riddle and confound with musky clarity; but Maeve loves to provoke, sharply, so as to slice into one’s heart and bring […]

Thinking Theologically: Sacred Texts and Sacred Text

  Oh, you came out from the woods where you were waiting, said you were making time… Monical Heldal, “Boy from the North” In the pagan and polytheist communities, generally and across the board, I’ve observed a strange love/hate relationship with the concepts of sacred texts. Many in our communities express disgust, hatred, or apathy towards the idea of having a sacred text, mostly out of (mis)understanding a strong affiliation of sacred text and scripture often to the point of conflating the both of them. Many pagans express a pride of being liberated from rules, statutes, and stories from sacred […]

Thinking Theologically: Christian Particularism, Devotional Polytheist Particularism, and The Dynamics of Relationships

  Y’all wanted more theology – this is as theological as I can get! This is a paper that I wrote for my university course in Systematic Theology last semester. I was rereading it and thought it would be a useful contribution to the Thinking Theologically series, considering that this paper was a mix of systematic theology and comparative theology. In summary, I was comparing David Kelsey’s ideas on how humans and God interact with and understand each other (in what he calls a Christian particularism) with my own thoughts about how a devotional polytheist and the Power(s) understand and […]

The Flowers In My Garden: A Lesson from Frigg

About a year ago, in the beginning of the great tumult that was 2016, Frigg stepped into my life. It was something that shocked me and that shamed me; after all, the messiness of my room and of my life was no worthy place for the All-Mother. And yet She took me in Her stride, feather-touched but firm, with a compassion that to this day makes me weak in the knees from its power. It was a compassion that carried me through the darkest hours and moments of my life in 2016 – a compassion that swept me in gently into […]

Thinking Theologically: The Concept of Non-Negotiables

One of my favorite things to do – and one of the things that I believe is important to a stable faith life and a stable religious community – is theology. Thinking theologically is a profound thing; simple questions such as “what characterizes a human being?” or “what characterizes a God/Goddess/Spirit/Entity in my beliefs?” are often found to have thousands of years of answers, and ruminations of which continue to this day. I particularly find that theology is very much needed in the pagan communities. One of the ends of thinking theologically is in understanding one’s religious and/or spiritual cosmology. […]