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 Spirits in the Otherfaith, Sage writes a striking poem. She has written a prayer for Epiphany as well, the spirit who is essentially the head of the Book Keeper spirits. One of my favorite parts of the prayer is this:
You are the knowledge which changes us, irrevocably, forever.
On Adventures of Opalfish, Elliott has written three poems for Otherfaith gods.
For the Dierne, he writes:
Your pointed teeth are like crystals, shining like tumblers filled high with vodka.
Jenn, on Between Ocean and Hills, contemplates the myth of Dahlia and Corliss. She includes wonderful songs that she connects to the story.
People die. People change. People make mistakes and can’t fix them. People fall out of love. People make decisions that take their lives away from their love–but that’s okay, because maybe it will take them to a new love.
Over on the Otherfaith Wiki, we have a page with some information on spirits. The wiki will continuously be worked on, of course, and people are free to add information as they feel necessary. You are also welcome to comment on pages with questions or ideas.
There have also been a variety of different discussions popping about online, not Otherfaith specific.
One of these discussions was prompted by Morpheus Ravenna’s ‘Theurgic binding‘. Many discussions on the reality of the gods and the implications of that reality have risen up; I do hope people read the posts and the many posts linking to or from it. I disagree deeply with some parts of the post, but I am still forming my own proper post concerning the many topics brewed from the post.
There have also been discussions about animal sacrifice recently. Animal sacrifice is not part of the Otherfaith – currently. I do not know if it will ever be, and that is not a decision that would be up to me or even, because of how the gods have asked our tradition work, the gods themselves. That, however, is an approach specific to our tradition and should not be applied elsewhere. In my own specific practice, the Four Gods, and the Clarene specifically, have taught me a lot about life living off life and the sacredness, and danger, in taking life. I will say, and this is something I feel strongly, that if a tradition includes elements you find irreconcilable, you should leave the tradition rather than force it to twist to your own expectations. Even with the Otherfaith, which is arguably entirely self-made, I had to adapt in many places rather than forcing it to my expectations.
ETA: Fjothr blogs about restoration work, and the emotional impacts of it, on Rebalancing Acts. Please read.
…all I could think is that all these efforts people are undertaking to slow down the damage, all the restoration work, all of it, are like grabbing what you can hold in your arms from a house on fire, because there is nothing else to do. It’s not that the fire department won’t get there in time, it’s that there IS no fire department. Save what you can, but you’re losing the house no matter what.
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