Happy New Year and, for the Other People, happy end of Reunion! The end of Reunion can mean a few different things. The main change is that our taboo against argument and fighting is released.
For myself, the end of Reunion was when I had to cover the box I use as a small temple space. I’m not sure how long it will remain covered, so I will be performing quick one card draws each day to try to divine when the gods wish for it to be opened again. I also began wearing a veil in my spirit-spouse’s color. I will begin learning about his family for a week, and from there discern how my spirit-marriage effects my life. Though, truly, it is already effecting me.
I wish I could say that Reunion was joyful and easy, but I know it wasn’t. It wasn’t for individual members of the Other People and those who worship our gods. Nor was it an easy or joyful time in general. The death of Leelah Alcorn is just one example of how horrible and depressing and painful our world is right now. Leelah is a Sancta in the Ekklesia Antinoou – on one hand, may she be remembered. On the other, I can’t help but be hopelessly, rather ineffectually angry that such a young woman has died (or, as some have said, been killed).
Leelah’s death has made me consider adding some level of veneration for the dead to the Otherfaith, especially queer and gender variant dead. However, that is something that still needs to be discussed and figured out, and I don’t want to just jump into it. I also feel divination and discernment toward the dead being honored is important, and letting those who would rest actually rest is something I wish to respect if the People do begin such work.
As we go into this new year, the fifth for the Otherfaith, I want to create more actual practices – more prayers, actual rituals, shrine structures. Of course, deepening our understanding of the spirits and creating more stories for them is important, but the lack of practices for the Other People is a large hole that needs to be filled. I look forward to working on this.
We will be having a brainstorm session for what an introductory book for the People should look like on Skype. If you’re interested in participating, my Skype username is ainemaponos. You don’t have to be one of the People or worship our gods to contribute, so don’t be shy about joining!
To end this post, I’d like to share a variety of links of work that was produced during Reunion.
Between Ocean & Hills
Adventures of Opalfish
The Hermit-Maker: Paths of Integrity & Introspection (Intro)
the Darren and Justice (Intro)
the Darrenesque (Intro)
the Darren and Energy (Intro)
Reunion [Dec. 25, 2014]
Balance in Flux
Reunion [Dec. 26, 2014]
Reunion 2014/2015 Simple Prayer Cycle
The spirits walk among us
Blood like rubies
Doubt* & Drowning
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