"Written by Dolores Stewart Riccio, used with permission
I originally shared this on Tumblr in March 2012. Sharing it again in honor of Earth Day yesterday. I usually devote Earth Day to Gaia. Not Gaia as in general Mother Earth type mythos, but Gaia from Greek mythos where she IS the earth, and not only is she the earth, but she is the mother of the Titans and most other original beings on earth, making her the grandmother of the Theoi. This would also make her something like the great-grandmother of the first humans. When I call upon the Great Mother, it's here I'm calling on because to me she is the mother of all. So this prayer was share at http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/pagankidsbedtimeprayers/qt/PsalmToGaia.htm and now I'm sharing it with you.
"Written by Dolores Stewart Riccio, used with permission
Hellenic Problems #79:
I was actually thinking of submitting something along the lines of this!
Hellenic Problems #66:
What if Jesus wasn’t the “son of God” so much as a “Son of God” because he was a nephilim? “Sons of God” was a names for angels in the book of Genesis. What if when Gabriel was supposedly telling Mary she would have God’s son he was giving her one of his own?
Just something that ran through my head as I was looking at some of my angels and nephilim notes.
Asks: "I'm wondering, regarding interaction with deities, well, didn't all of that have to originate somewhere?"
Your latest post, that's sort of what was on my mind to ask about as well previously. I'm wondering, regarding interaction with deities, well, didn't all of that have to originate somewhere? Who actually has a say on whether something is right or wrong? One can't put deity in a box, right? :\ I guess one can do research, but isn't experience also important? Everything had to start somewhere, and beliefs evolve over time, don't they? Maybe I'm totally wrong, sorry. ^^;; *is a little out of it*
Yes, it did all have to start somewhere. Even studying ancient myths, you can often find older versions of the myths and look how they changed over the course of history. Even fairy tales changed over time. Look at Christianity: Even in Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox things are not exactly as they were in the beginning. Religion can’t be put in a box as it’s ever evolving, neither can deities, and I don’t think anyone can say what is right or wrong except the gods themselves. Research will always be important, but to me, experience is priceless.
You’re right on the ball. :)
Honestly people, I'm not here to debate the historical basis of any of my beliefs.
I don't particularly feel the need to always have a historical basis for my beliefs. Sometimes real life experience just trumps that.
And I honestly don't give a damn if any of you honestly believe me or my beliefs. Because they're mine for a reason.
And I don't do scholarly research concerning each individual belief I have. But I do for many of them. But right now, Monday thru Friday, I DO NOT have any access to my research. And even on the weekend, I only have access to most of it, not all, as 90% of my belongings are packed away.
ugh. sorry to everyone that's just being awesome. But I have several people blowing up my ask box. Some just trying to make me feel dumb, ignorant or bad for my personal beliefs.
The Goddess Carman is said to have come from Athens in Greece to Wexford in Ireland with her three sons. A seasonal festival was held in her honor at Carman in Leinster once every three years at Lughnasa. Those who visited the fair were considered to be blessed and would enjoy prosperity, plenty, corn, milk, and fruit. Women played an important part in the festival and held special councils to discuss women's affairs
-- Anna Franklin in her book Lammas: Celebrating the Fruits of the First Harvest.
I like what you mentioned, your belief of there being Something higher up than the gods, a Source where all the gods came from. Me, I've been feeling frustrated because I don't really feel a pull to any stable deity (I've felt pulled towards deities that are chaotic, but that's the last thing I need right now, so my mind's crazy *hits it*), I don't seem to really click with any. Is it okay to just focus on the Source instead of specific deities? I guess I'm just frustrated of searching. ^_^;;
It would really all depend on how you feel about it. To me, monotheistic religions already attempt to do that. So it’s not completely foreign. It’s all about how you approach it. If it fits you, feels right, and works for you, go for it. Who am I to say what’s right and wrong, or okay?
The way I generally think of it is that any honor given to the gods travels up the ranks to the source, powering the source, which in turn powers the gods, they keep our world in order and do their thing, we honor them, and so on in a cycle forever.
And I really do know a few people that have made their practice about honoring the source, though they simply call it “Spirit”.
Go out and try it for awhile and see what happens. Who knows, a more stable deity may even show up for you. :)
INCARNATED ANGELS tend to - have sweet, heart shaped faces; have overeating and weight issues; be a fixed astrological sign (Leo, Taurus, Sagitarrius, Scorpio be professional helpers (teachers, healers, customer service); lighten or highlight their hair; have difficulty saying no; love angel objects; have extra guardian angels; seem to glow; fall in love with someone’s potential and tend to coax their greatness; have co-dependent relationships with addicts; have voluptuous bodies; have mellow personalities; stay in relationships much longer than they should; and obey rules.
Well, according to Doreen Virtue, I’m an incarnated angel.
Which is creepy because, you know, I see angels. And they’ve kinda just always been there. Like Luc (aka, Lucifer, NOT samael/satan), and Michael, and Azazel, and that angel that sits on the rafter in church and makes fun of my pastor.
And the dream about me proclaiming to be the Angel of Vengeance.
And that psychic who told me I have very large wings. She wasn’t even the psychic I was talking to. She was working with someone else. Then she just randomly walked over to me said “I just wanted to say that your wings are beautiful. So large and just lovely”.
So um, I’m going to go to bed and have nightmares about angels. Good night to you too.
(I AM NOT CRAZY! Yeah, I heard you whispering back there! LMAO)
In meditation tonight I had a long discussion with my spirit guide, Cal, on why my path is stressing me out when it hadn't for years. Not since I'd decided that as a hard polytheist I didn't have to choose a pantheon. The Greeks were my main deities, my "close family" if you will, and the others were the distant cousins that showed up every once in awhile when they had need of me. Sekhmet, and because of her Bastet, Ma'at, and Nefertum, were the distant cousins that lived nearby so i got to develop a good bond with them. They would be those random cousins you develop a bond so close with that they're considered your best friends and siblings. Yes, I look at my gods as family. That's not really a weird concept in most religions, right?
So I think the root of the problem is honestly that the reconstructionists, (i.e. Hellenismos) make me feel guilty somehow. Like I'm not good enough. Not all of them are judgmental, but I really think it was that one person on the forum the other day, the one that said anything not straight from the ancients was "made up crap". I think, even though I think their full statement was ridiculous, and even though it pissed me off, it really actually got to me.
I take my practice from what the gods ask of me. I have since I first learned how to listen to them. So why am I even doubting myself? akfadkhf;dsihfdih
The only reason I was on that forum was because the Hellenist Problems Meme (which I LOVE) was making me feel like I should incorporate some more reconstructionist stuff into my practice.
I'm not looking to be an all out reconstructionist. It doesn't fit my beliefs. I've yet to find a tradition or religion beyond "Eclectic Paganism" that actually fits my beliefs. Does much of my practice agree with Hellenismos? Yeah. Do I follow essentially the same ethics? yup. Except here's the kicker: I refuse to see the ancient practices "correct practice" more important than what the gods tell me they want me to do; I refuse to believe that magick is hubris, some is but not all.
My ethics are composed of the Negative Confessions (sometimes called the Ideals of Ma'at) and the Delphic Maxims. My entire life is for the gods. I don't get to give daily offerings, and I do call my petitions to the gods spells, as I call any lengthy and detailed form of prayer. To me saying the rosary is a spell.
And I love saying prayers that are just to the Goddess and God. I firmly believe that there is a power even higher than the gods. It's the power that created them and gives them their powers. This entity is essentially the power behind everything on earth and I somewhat believe that this power is what Christians, and Muslims, and Jews call God. But to me it's two people: Father God "Yaweh" (for lack of a better name) and Mother Goddess "Sophia". To me, this is the Wiccan God and Goddess in their true form before they get humanized into Moon Goddess and Horned God. I do occasionally pray to the Great Mother and Great Father and that's who I pray to when I do. They are "deities" so high up that the only worship that they would ask for would be of the gods themselves. If the gods did indeed worship something, it would be them. It's their universal presence that allows me to hear a gospel to Christ and remember it in the name of Sekhmet or Demeter, their presence that allows a prayer to God and a prayer to Ma'at feel the same. But for the record, I do not think that "Yaweh" is the Yaweh of the Jews, or God of the Christians, or Allah of the Muslims. He's different. Higher. Their God would be just another of the many children. Their god's Yaweh Jr. That be said, I also think the hateful God of the Old Testament and the loving God of the New are completely different. (Okay, so I believe Yaweh Jr is the Jewish God, and then Osiris, or possibly Amen-Ra, and is the new testament God because of the Mary is an incarnation of Aset and Jesus is Heru thing).
I honestly can't believe a phrase by some random stranger is messing me up so badly!
I'm still going through and doing the research I said I would do, and because Demeter asked for that document on my personal practice I'm going to do in and have it be an devotion/offering/sacrifice to her.
Also, I had a random thought earlier: Hellenismos practitioners offer sacrifices to the gods by burning them (usually food), and I'm fairly certain Egyptians did something similar. In my current living situation, and in any living situation I might have in the near future, I don't really have a huge stone altar or anything to burn offerings for them, and I would like to start doing so. So I was thinking, what if I get a big cauldron, not huge, but of decent size, and burned it in that? The cauldron was revered in Celtic culture as a magickal symbol of their gods, and Dagda himself had a special cauldron that was never empty, Several other Celtic deities has magickal cauldrons as well. To me, doing that would effectively be combining Greco-Egyptian with Irish paganism. To me, that's a major win. =)
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.