I believe that the world is interconnected and intersectional – if you will. This type of belief stems from feminism. Feminism is a political movement aimed at treating women as human beings with thoughts, feelings, emotions, and agency. The term “intersectionality” refers to how discrimination can intersect gender, race, class, age, etc.Read More
Here are my principles of my faith:
- Xenia refers to hospitality and offering your home to a guest. To me, in terms of my religion, I want my oikos, my house, to accommodate the Gods. This is practicing xenia.
- Kharis refers to underserved kindness, grace, and life. In my religion, it is the kindness I show the Gods. Kharis is the bond between me and the Gods. Kharis is the act of giving to the Gods to show my appreciation and thankfulness. When I petition the Gods, I often give them an offering.
- Arete refers to doing your best — you’re absolute best. I try to bring that into my worship. When I am sick, I don’t usually worship the Gods because I am not at my best.
- Eusebia refers to living piously. It is vital in my worship to praise the Gods every day unless I feel sick that day for whatever reason. I tend to give food, essential oils, and I pour water libations (into the garden after ritual). Giving gives me great joy.
- Eudaimonia refers to happiness. I feel happy when I do all of these things in my worship. This word also means “human flourishing.” It is a process. For me, when I give to the Gods, I feel happy. When I am thankful for what I have and give back to them – meager offerings I might add – I don’t expect anything in return. I am thanking them for what they have done for me whether I know it or not. Because I feel that the Gods know best, I don’t usually petition them for help unless I feel I absolutely need it. Not asking for anything tends to give me the greatest happiness. (This is just from my experience. I am not saying that everyone should feel the same way).
You are free to use this ritual for your own practice, but if you are going to publish it on the Inter-webs please have a link directing people to this blog!Read More
Here I am going to talk about my altar and shrine!Read More
Sometimes the topic of religion comes up in conversation and if I feel that the person would respect me enough, I tell them about my religion. I have yet to feel uncomfortable in a situation, but haven’t talked to many people about it either.Read More
On Discord Server, we talked about feeling uncomfortable in Christian spaces, but I think, for me, I feel more uncomfortable in Pagan spaces.
Let me explain.Read More
This is the first reflection here on DD
I’ve studied modern paganism since I was 12 years old, but now, everything seems different and alive, and I am happy.
Let me explain.Read More
This is my personal ritual for Maple Syrup Sunday.Read More
I was going to write a simple diary post about this, but I think there is so much ground to cover that I should at least make it into an essay.Read More
The moment I became a vegetarian was the moment I realized how gross meat was. I was in the middle of eating a chicken drum when I realized what I was eating. I quickly swore off chicken, beef, pork and any other meats in that moment.Read More
This is the first essay here on DD. Words and labels are important to me. A lot of pagans I know and love hate labels and do anything to avoid talking about what words mean and what they don’t mean. Me, on the other hand, love labels.Read More