Happy Monday. Sorry for not getting last Wednesday’s post on initiatory orders up. That was for a variety of reasons. One – work means I didn’t have much time to write it! And second, I was brainstorming and discussing with others how the initiatory orders should work on this side of the fence. I’ve come to some conclusions at the moment, always subject to change with this growing little religion.
- The initiatory orders (IO) will be for those pursuing very specific devotional relationships with the gods and spirits. We can only develop these as people are initiated by the spirits and eventually initiate others. One could only initiate into one god’s initiatory order.
- We will also have devotional orders (DO). These will have various levels. People could explore each DO, as they would also serve the purpose of teaching people how to behave in devotional life with the Four/Four Gods.
- Both IOs and DOs would have different levels of commitments. IOs base level would necessarily be a bit more serious, whereas DOs base level of commitment would be learning about the basic devotion to the gods. (It would, obviously, move up from there, from just ‘encouraged participation’ to ‘actual commitments and obligations’.)
- DOs could be seen, simplistically, as a ‘less strict’ commitment than the IOs. DOs would focus more on group activities, outreach, teaching, and god-specific issues or hobbies. (For example, martial arts of some kind for the Ophelene’s.)
I want to encourage others to share their thoughts on this. This is how I conceive of these groups, but not how they have to be and likely not how they will remain.
The blogging schedule on this blog will be switched up somewhat going forward in 2015. This updated schedule will be posted on the blog schedule page.
- Monday: Link Posts or Idea of the Week
- Wednesdays: Rotating Schedule
- First Wednesday: Holy Days
- Second Wednesday: Basic Theology
- Third Wednesday: Spiritual Theology
- Fourth Wednesday: Actual Practices/Living (This is the revamped Hawthorne & Heather.)
- Fridays: Sage
- Sundays: Pagan Experience, except the last Sunday of the month
And now for our usual rush of links!
Caelesti has a posted up about fanfic and religion, a topic I of course unabashedly love.
Nicholas Haney posted on being, or not being, god-centric. Honestly, I would love to see some actual ideas of what this god-centric life would look like and what the term means. I hear it tossed around, along with some others, but don’t really see any useful definition. This is tied into some thoughts I had earlier this week, like what ‘complete devotion’ means, what it looks like, what it looks like in the context of having a job, how much of your budget is supposed to go to devotion, etc. He also wrote a follow up post to a response he received.
Jason Thomas Pitzl wrote a manifesto on Witchcraft that you should go read. It’s excellent and potent.
I recently read a piece on why ‘The Secret’ and its positive thinking is something you should probably avoid. I was recently looking for some books to help better understand personality and mood and help with life skills; I was lucky enough to pick up one that is actually based on psychology and effective methods rather than positive thinking. If you’re interested in why self-help and the positive thinking movement might not be that great, give that article a read.
On xoJane, K. Tempest Bradford wrote about foregoing books by white, straight, cismale authors for a year. On their own blog, Foz Meadows posted a breakdown of a reaction to Bradford’s piece. It’s a bit exhausting to read because of what Meadows is breaking down, but check it out if you’re interested.
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus wrote for the birth of Panprosdexia, another piece worth checking out.
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