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but seriously though i’m sick and tired of those masterposts that are like “here! A reference site on Greek mythology for all your needs! Look it has all fifteen Greek gods on it!” And I’m like. tHERE WERE LIKE HUNDREDS OF FIGURES IN MYTHOLOGY YOUR CRAPPY HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL BIBLIOGRAPHY SITE MEANS NOTHING TO ME
if you want a basic outline of Greek mythology okay sure fine??? but like. if you want an extensive fucking reference site you are looking in the wrong goddamn places
as a self-declared greek mythology snob my reference site is fucking always this fucker right here. almost every single figure ever mentioned in a Greek text is on it, it has the most obscure gods, spirits, nymphs— it’s GREAT. You really wanna extend your mythological knowledge past the basic 12 and like four others? USE THEOI. plus plus PLUS everything is cited so you can actually read the source material written about whoever it is you’re looking at.
fucking signal boost this. i’m so sick and tired of writer’s helpers blogs referring people to sites with as much information you would get from opening a third grade mythology book jesus chriiiiiist
I've been trying to figure out what path I want to follow for ten years and I still feel just as lost as when I started. I don't even know where to look anymore.
I feel you. It’s rough. *hugs*
How the heck is the best way to figure out what deity likes what incense the best? I'm trying to do research on traditional ones, but besides storax and frankincense (both of which I react in an allergic manner to) it's really difficult to figure out. I'm trying to figure out for Persephone, Dionysus, and Hera, btw.
Have you checked the Orphic Hymns? They’re originally geared towards Orphism, thus the name, which is sort of…a denomination of Hellenic Polytheism. So there’s a lot of difference between it and “mainstream” HP. But the incense recommendations are often borrowed by “normal” practitioners anyway to great success. According to the Orphics, Hera should be given aromatics — that’s pleasant-smelling plant-based or wood-based incenses, like flowers, sandlewood, chamomile, etc. Persephone has no incense recommendation in the Orphics. And there are a LOT of different versions of Dionysus included — he’s very important in an Orphic belief system, as the god who died and was reborn — and they include Manna (powdered frankincense) and storax, so that doesn’t help.
I’d go with aromatics for Hera, of course. I’ve had a lot of luck with florals; personally I use honeysuckle. But any of that sort of “pretty” plant scent would work. For Dionysus you might have luck with woodsy scents, a lot of his worship was done in the forests. For Persephone, I asked around, and the suggestions were flowers, myrrh, or opopanax (sweet myrrh). The latter two are specifically Chthonic, so they’d be particularly appropriate. I don’t know if it’d be a problem for your allergies, but opium could work too. Opium comes from poppies, and poppies are a symbol of death.
You might also consider an oil or wax warmer, if you think it’d be the smoke in particular that’s a problem for you. They come both in varieties where the oil/wax is warmed by a tea candle and in varieties where it’s electric (saving the cost of the candles).
Let’s play a game.
Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.
you, also, what, when, why, how, look, because, never
oh my god. this is the best game.
Note: MOST of the comments made on the thread where this was originally posted said things like “if they don’t like it they can get out [leave the USA]!” and “quit taking God out of school!” “Why is it okay for these whiners[atheists] to get their way??”
Just love how ONE religion gets to win over all others just because they are the loudest.
The atheists are not just standing up for non-believers. They are standing up for all the other religions that are apart of this great country we call home.
The Christians on this thread are talking about “what about our rights?” You have more rights than all the others because Christianity is the “default” religion. All people are considered Christian until they say otherwise. I have news for you! Other people have rights as well. The point of taking out “under God” is not to infringe on YOUR rights but to allow room for all the other peoples rights!
I’m sure every single one of you would be completely pissed off if someone was insisting that the phrase be changed to “under Zeus” or “under Allah”. The idea of REMOVING it altogether is an attempt to be inclusive of all peoples. I wouldn’t want my child being coerced to say something they were uncomfortable with (because peer pressure is real) and I am sure you feel the same about your own child.
"We NEED to spell magick with a K, because everyone will confuse it with stage magic!" Witchcraft. If you’re talking to someone who is this dumb, call it witchcraft.
No they are not interchangeable terms a good 70% of the time once you get into fixed traditions.
We need to spell magick with a K because Google.
I can’t tell you how many times the “k” is what gets you places
Also I would never call what I do witchcraft. There are some pretty distinct differences at play between witchcraft and magick. I’d rather someone call me almost anything else besides a witch. I am not a witch. I am not a practitioner of Wicca. I am not a pagan. I am not a neo-pagan. I am not a shaman of any kind. I am a ceremonial magician. If you’re not going to call me that, call me an Occultist, but please, for the love of Hermes, do not, do not, do not call me a witch. It’s not that I have anything against witches. I have everything against being identified as something I am not.
We all know I am about as wishy washy as they come here in the pagan blogosphere, My major problem is I hate making decisions because I’m afraid of making the wrong ones. My second problem is that while I have learned a lot about pagan belief systems via the internet and mainly from paganwiccan.about.com (the forum was awesome for teaching the nonfluffy ways back when it was more active) I tend to forget the information I have learned or the very least where I found it so that I can find it again.
I frustrate myself. I’m so damn lazy about tagging and I’m inconsistent. I used to bookmark things, but then I got lazy about that too. I’m good with books. Books I know. I need more books. Real books. I don’t even read the ones on my kindle app.
This brings me back to my decision making skills. Nearly every pagan-y book I own I won in some sort of giveaway. The only book I paid money for was Bucklands big blue (and it’s a bad copy missing diagrams grrr) and that was 70% mistake because I can’t agree with most of his writing and who the hell cites their own books as reliable sources????
It’s been a toss up for me my entire adult life. A decade of indecision. I know Greek myth but is it for me? Do I love the Gods or do I love the stories? I think I know Egyptian myth, I’ve been interested in Thoth (I am only use Greek names because the spelling is more familiar) and Hathor, I read about Sumerian
but they terrify me, thanks Lovecraft and I for a long while was interested in Norse myth because I know the stories about as well as I know the Greek. Maybe I tripped and fell into the Loki fandom for a bit and wasn’t truly seeking a path with the Trickster though I thought I was at the time- maybe it was a great game Loki played with me. I don’t really know.
I know one thing for sure. I want to learn and practice witchcraft regardless of where this other path leads me. So I should just work on that. I know one doesn’t need to call on gods to do magick. I don’t know why I hassle myself over it.
I will continue to share info on all the things discussed above regardless if I find my place or not, because I feel sharing good information is one of the most important things I can do while I stumble down this crooked path I’m on.
Hi, is there such a thing as a Hellenic Polytheist Christian?
No. The Christian God mandates being placed above — above, not equal to — all other Gods. The Greek Gods mandate not being placed below other Gods. And treating the Theoi with proper piety is the primary rule of the religion.
Christianity and Hellenic Polytheism are DIRECTLY incompatible.
TheTwistedRope is one of the most elitist bloggers I have seen within the Tumblr communities. They act like Kemeticism is higher than other forms of paganism and look down on people of other practices. They get mad because sometimes things are unorganized when they couldn't even run a 101 blog without it falling to the wayside because of the lack of communication and organization. I see no reason for them to think they're higher than anyone else for something as small as beliefs.
Honestly, she has never come across as anything close to what you’re saying, imo. I’m just not seeing it. She’s one of the most helpful people around the pagan and Kemetic tags and does what she can. Also how can she “act like Kemeticism is higher than other forms of paganism” when she is also a part of Shinto? Like what?
Devo is….what? >:/
She’s always been more than helpful, and friendly.
"they act like kemeticism is higher than other forms of paganism"
When, where, how??
The Fandom probably has more fun than other forms of paganism. That may be it.
I actually fucking love hanging out with the Kemetics. Because my experience has been that they’re overwhelmingly down-to-earth, friendly, non-elitist, and have a good sense of humor. And discussions of the sort I’d love to have with the Heathen community. And they don’t mind having a Heathen scoot in to sit at their table and talk with them regardless of how little I actually know about Kemetic stuff.
"Why did 101 fail?" is actually a whole separate rant about group dynamics and expectations. You cannot expect one person to provide 100% of the drive and organization for a blog that’s supposed to be a staffed group effort - I say this from experience of being put in that position a couple of times and failing, or managing for a short while before burning out and failing.
I’m gonna print this out and hang it up on my wall.
btw anon, P101 was not my group. If you want to talk about why it failed, you should actually talk to the person who owned the thing. I quit trying to bother with it when I realized it was cutting into my Kemetic stuff and that it really wasn’t worth the spoons it was eating up.
But that’s okay. I have had that discussion far too many times here on Tumblr with a certain group of people, and they never got it. So. It is what it is.
I love Devo, nicest person EVAR. So you know, screw you Anon.
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