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The Protogenoi (Πρωτογενοι)

By Elani Temperance

The Protogenoi (Πρωτογενοι) are the First Born Deities of the Greek Kosmos. They are the building blocks of the universe, primordial Deities. I have written before about Them, in a post about genealogy of the Gods.

The Protogenoi we know of are: Aether (Αἰθήρ, ‘Light’), Ananke (Ἀνάγκη, ‘Fate’ or ‘Compulsion’), Khronos (Χρόνος, . . . → Read More: The Protogenoi (Πρωτογενοι)

Death of Kings, by Bernard Cornwell

Reviewed by Star Foster

I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell, and was thrilled to finally sit down and read his latest: Death of Kings. Part of his Saxon Tales saga, it is a ripping good historical novel set as Alfred the Great is dying. I could wax rhapsodic about how accurate and well-researched . . . → Read More: Death of Kings, by Bernard Cornwell

From “Inner Secret” to Minor Diversion

By Donald Michael Kraig

When Aleister Crowley was initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he was initially impressed with the intensity and seriousness of the vows he took never to reveal any of the secrets of the Order. He quickly became disappointed, though, when those “secrets” were revealed to be relatively mundane—or . . . → Read More: From “Inner Secret” to Minor Diversion

Seasons of Death and Life

By Morpheus Ravenna

As Samhain-tide is here, I have been thinking about the two great festivals of the Celtic year, and how different our modern Neopagan interpretation of them is from their origins. This subject came up for me at Beltaine this year, and has been simmering in the back of my mind ever since. . . . → Read More: Seasons of Death and Life

Ilu, The Reigning God of the Canaanite Pantheon

By Tess Dawson

The name Ilu literally translates as “God,” implying “the preeminent god” or the “embodiment of divinity.” Scholars speculate that the original Israelite deity may have been El, who Israelites later assimilated with Yahweh. Ilu is the Creator or Creatures, the baniyu banuwati. As the Father of Years, abu shanima, he maintains the . . . → Read More: Ilu, The Reigning God of the Canaanite Pantheon

A Pagan Epistemology

By John Beckett

[Snip] Epistemology is a philosophical and theological term that basically means “how do we know what we know?” It’s a very complex subject and I don’t intend to explore epistemology so much as engage in it. How do we know about our gods and goddesses?

We know about gods and goddesses from . . . → Read More: A Pagan Epistemology

Possession (A Rant)

By Elizabeth

What I’m about to say is probably going to piss some people off. “Who do you think you are? You can’t tell me what to do!” No, I can’t. But I sure as hell don’t have to sit back, watch people act like assholes, and not say anything. That’s not what Lokeans do, . . . → Read More: Possession (A Rant)

Eve of the Festival: Making Myth in Odyssey

Reviewed by John Henderson

This successfully revised Harvard dissertation, already mined for several papers, delivers an engagingly (if less than perfectly) presented reading of the image-packed negotiations between Odysseus and Penelope on the eve before crunch time. These elaborated up-close exchanges challenge every succeeding dialogue in narrative ever produced; book-length study needs no apology. Levaniouk . . . → Read More: Eve of the Festival: Making Myth in Odyssey

Media Visibility and Minority Religion

Struggle for Acceptance

By Stephanie Whiteside

When it comes to religious diversity in the United States, the most common gathering includes a few Christian perspectives, a Jewish viewpoint and an Islamic voice. Yet the religious landscape of America includes many other voices, which often remain invisible to the general public. For adherents of minority . . . → Read More: Media Visibility and Minority Religion

Dealing with Clients

By Galina Krasskova

I recently shared a case study with my seminary students and one of them asked two very, very good questions:

1. How did I personally (and do I in general) keep from being pulled into the client’s “drama”? 2. How did I keep myself grounded and “safe”?

Both of these are . . . → Read More: Dealing with Clients