Rather than having a cohesive canon for us to build off of, we’re all blending together our ideas, throwing them at the wall until we say, “That fits!” Or until we shake our heads and say, “No, that doesn’t work.” It’s interesting that we are reverse-engineering this way: starting with fan stories and figuring out the canon from them. But we know the gods through us, so I suppose that’s how it has to happen.
Perhaps Ava, in her ranting, is right: she’s a god, worthy of selfless worship and adoration to the point her devotee’s kill themselves at her call – or maybe she’s reflecting my own worries and anxiety.
This month, and the killing of Alynah and the arrival of the Eighth, are all tied up in the Ophelene.
Even with my own experience, I knew consent had to be important to the Otherfaith. The choice of devoting ourselves to these gods, and the gods’ choice to reach out to us in turn, had to be present.
The question I’ve seen, in various forms and assumptions depending on who is asking it, is whether devotion without love (or, more widely, positive emotion) is appropriate or useful. Or, as it is phrased at times, does a duty like devotion require positive emotion (like love)?
These gods purification and cleansing associations can be understood as the Ophelia being tied to darkness, the Laethelia to light, and the Ophelene to blood (or blood-letting).
Othani’s marriage is the end of June, a good ending to joyful, hot month. His marriage to one of the Aletheia spirits, known for their violence and despair, marks the integration of the calmer, more grounded Othani (and the wider West) with the wild fires of the Laethic spirits. This is a time of transmutation.
My own practice has been swinging back and forth from the personal to the mythic, the two bleeding into each other constantly. This is simply the way I interact with these grand spirits.
Some of my spirits are really insistent about their offerings, for example. And if someone came up to me and said that they wanted an offering they’d expressed disdain for before, I’d be doubtful. And I’d be defensive of my own practice. And I’d have to get past that if I ever wanted to function in a communal setting.
Both here and on it’s own separate page, I’m posting up a basic overview post for the Clarene. The Four Gods page will also be updated, to reflect our growing family of gods and the information we have about them.…
The issue of publishing within Paganism is a huge one. One that other writers more involved with it can probably cover better than me. I can only address it as an outsider, a consumer, a reader of these books. I can only comment on what I see.
There are some holy days that I think should be monthly and that I have written of before.
April 1st starts of with April Fool’s Day, a day full of enjoyable and obnoxious pranks, as well as a deal of hoaxes. The Otherfaith spirits the Flower Maidens are tied to this time, becoming especially active.
While I get adjusted to my new work schedule, posts will not be put up (from me). Hope to be writing again soon!
Confidence is not something inherent. Confident people are not always confident. Confidence involves both skill, repetition, and performance. Acting confident *can* help us become confident.
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