False Equivalency, or why semantics are important

Today I got into a discussion on one of the FaceBook groups that I am a part of and had a comment made about semantics becoming divisive. And yes, semantics are by their nature divisive. They cut through the layers of false equivalence. I have written before about how Pagan does not necessarily equal Celtic…

Tis the season for mindfulness

In another four days it will be November. This begins the second part of the “holiday” season in the American mindset. I say that it is the season when we should be mindful of what is going on for others in our communities. In the United States, it is autumn — or early winter —…

Some of my theory on offerings

The other day when I posted about an “unusual” offering to Asclepios and Apollo, I failed to clarify my feelings on what is and is not an acceptable offering. As Hellenic Polytheists we are called upon by our faith to be part of our civic/secular communities as well. It was pointed out by another person…

Interesting offering to Asclepios……..

Great Esculapius [Asklepios], skill’d to heal mankind,  all-ruling Pæan, and physician kind; Whose arts medic’nal, can alone assuage  diseases dire, and stop their dreadful rage: Strong lenient God, regard my suppliant pray’r,  bring gentle Health, adorn’d with lovely hair; Convey the means of mitigating pain,  and raging, deadly pestilence restrain. O pow’r all-flourishing, abundant, bright, …

All quiet on the (religious) Festival front

As you can probably tell by the title of the post — all is quiet on the festival front for the next couple of months. In point of fact, the next major festival (on the ancient Athenian calendar) that we know about is not until almost three months from now. This gives us time to…