The enabling or acceptance of abuse, claiming that the gods should be able to tolerate a human victimizing another because the abuser needs the gods, is nothing short of disgusting. There is nothing sacred in supporting abusers. There is nothing holy or spiritual.
Our gods don’t want the worship of a predator.
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Posted in Contemplations
It is walking across cracked concrete and noticing the dark, twisting roads and not resenting or decrying progress. Connection is a phone or a coffee or a flickering street lamp – it is finding your gods in such places. It is joy in presentation and the game of socialization. It is the rush and flood of college students and the sudden silence of summer in a university town.
Spiritual pollution in the Otherfaith is largely tied to shame. Shame hinders our devotions, drawing our minds into mazes that we can’t escape. Shame also appears often in the stories of our spirits, causing hesitation during key moments or outright driving them to suicide in worsening situations.
The spirits call July ‘Hell Month’, in recognition of the difficult period the gods go through. But knowing that, walking into Hell Month knowing that I would go through hell, doesn’t make the change easier. My responses were no more reasonable having expected serious religious upheaval. I was lost, as the gods were, stumbling in the dark of a spiritual night.
There is a new website coming about for polytheist thought and discussion – polytheist.com Of course, I’m very excited about this new site being put together by some amazing polytheist voices, and to see where it heads into the future.…
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Posted in the Four Gods
Being accepted as a part of the Other People is to be led through the gates or have them opened for you, at which point – even should you chose to leave for other orchards – you will always be welcome.
Over on Gangleri’s Grove, Galina Krasskova has posted an interview she did with me on the Otherfaith and what it is like to build a new religious tradition. Please check it out. This blog has been silent lately. Part of…
What the faith emphasizes is recognizing that horror and working to not engage in it again. We do not have a place for people who will blame their horrors on others and continue victimizing people. That is not recovery, it is not healing, and it is against all that is sacred to us.
Yesterday, I learned that one of the People and writers for this blog was not who I thought them to be. Fey Lopez came to me as a very hurt individual, someone who was struggling. From the beginning, I knew…
It felt good to say the words that I had rather than grappling for words that scattered at my search. And if I am any judge, it seems the Four Gods were pleased with what I did, simple as it was.
If we break our devotional goals into chunks and honestly assess our ability, we will be able to live a devotional life easier. One in which we feel fulfilled, committed, and good about our devotions. One where we give devotions as is expected but don’t fall under the weight of the work, and one where we can experience joy in our prayers.
When the impossible becomes possible, a miracle has occurred. My life is miraculous, and day by day, the Gods are teaching me to own that miracle.
Communal (“shared”) prayer is a vital part of the Other People’s life. By sharing in prayer, we come closer to our gods and to each other. This is why we have structured prayer and why an Other Person makes time for prayer.
I wanted to link to some amazing devotional poetry for our gods that has been written.
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Posted in Update
In the Otherfaith, each of the four gods exists in opposition to each other. As lovers and competitors, they hold the world together for the Otherfaith – and in the tension between the gods Clarene and Dierne we are able to see the paradoxical nature inherent in the faith.