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[Monday] Assorted Links

Small flowers.

I have a lot of links to share with you today. Many thanks to Elliott, Sage, and Jenn for the work they’re doing. On Sage and Starshine, Sage writes about both Epiphany and Mallory. For Mallory, one of the Younger

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[Hawthorne & Heather] on Disembowelment

Later, he’ll rip my guts out, splattering them on a floor that doesn’t belong to either of us. I will try to catch my entrails, and I will wonder how all that love in his eyes, filling him like stars, turned hard. I’ll hold my intestines and wonder at the lesson in this.

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[Monday] Assorted Links

Small flowers.

Currently, we have a lot of warnings about spirit work being dangerous, with some articles implying that one shouldn’t even begin because of the danger. The type of rhetoric regarding such things as devotion and dedication depends somewhat on the communities it takes place in, but there is a consistency of vague warnings.

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[Monday] Theory and Reality

by Dahia (miss-dahia.tumblr.com)

I held myself back, and I held the Otherfaith back from what it could have blossomed into. I was too busy checking the theory of keeping a greenhouse to actually grow anything of substance.

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[Link] Dahlia and Corliss

Photograph taken in Seattle.

Over at Between Ocean and Hills, Jenn wrote a poem about Dahlia and Corliss. You can read it here, and please do! It is a beautiful poem that captures Dahlia’s spirit very well. I could picture her perfectly as I read it.

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[Review] Nornoriel Lokason’s Walking Between Worlds

I cannot recommend against this book highly enough. This book is useless, both in its purported goals and to other spirit workers. The writing is hateful, at many points. If you are interested in the narrative story of Lokason’s life, reading a few posts on his blog will catch you up. Do not waste your money on this book. It is, frankly, the worst book I’ve read.

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[Hawthorne & Heather] Vacation/Reality

I am not longer blogging at polytheist.com and have decided to move the posts I would make there to this blog. While these posts are relevant to the Otherfaith in that my life involves the Four Gods and their spirits, these posts will be more focused on my own life with the spirits. This is not intended an introduction to spirit work but an exploration of my own life with the spirits and adjusting to life afterward, as it were. If you read my post on polytheist.com, this is the same one. The next one will be posted on the fifteenth of this month.

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[Links] Fanfiction, Poetry, and Reflections

Ultimately, I want to write a longer reflection on Jenn’s piece and give it the response it deserves, and it has also prompted some peripheral thoughts that are worthy of exploring. So, many thanks to Jenn for writing this.

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[Links] Prayers & Work

Jenn, one of the Other People, has written about work & Work over on her blog, ‘Between Ocean and Hills’. She blogs about the Otherfaith and about her other religious and spiritual work and, as always, it is a wonderful

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Contemplation: The Work

Yet the word ‘work’ is met with distaste in many Pagan circles. It is heard among polytheists, godspouses, and some spirit workers; it’s hardly surprising that these groups have slunk further away from Pagans considering the outright hostility the ‘spiritual but not religious’ have to the idea that spirituality may be difficult, challenging, and involve work. Often, we’re chided that if we really cared for our deities, if we were truly ‘spiritual’, we would not consider it ‘work’. Work is ‘bad’ – because it’s hard. Because it’s not always fun.

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Trespass is Not Transformative

One of the daughters of the Dierne.

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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Contemplation: Urban Faith

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.

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[Monday] Pollution in the Faith

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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.

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Contemplation: July Apotheosis

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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.

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Contemplation: Among Lions

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.

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The Otherfaith is a modern polytheistic religion. We are urban-centric, technology-loving, and always keep our eyes to the future. We were born from the modern Pagan and polytheist movements, and from them we have grown and become new, modern, evolving - a new faith. In 2014, we go into this our fourth year and seek community, growth, and deeper religious discoveries.
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