A Month of Devotional Thought — Demeter, Day 22

Today’s topic is music that reminds me of Demeter. I will be posting links to two videos from YouTube that were originally part of Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Even though the videos do not include any image of Demeter, the music is from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. Pastoral Symphony, Part 1 Pastoral Symphony, Part 2 These pieces of…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Demeter, Day 20

In contrast to yesterday’s post, today’s is about the trait of Demeter that I find the most problematic. They are actually tied together. Just as Demeter is very caring to those she loves, she can be incredibly vindictive. Unfortunately, when she is vindictive, it tends to splash over onto the innocent as it did while…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Demeter, Day 19

What is the quality that I like the most about Demeter? It would have to be how she cares for those who she considers as either one of her children or foster-children. Even when she was mourning Persephone, she was caring for a mortal child who she was nurturing in a way that would have…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Demeter, Day 18

The topic for today is one that I personally have never really had given much in the way of thought to until today. It is how Demeter stands in terms of sexuality and gender, both historically and in modern UPG. As she is a goddess associated with fertility in plants and animals, it is my…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Demeter, Day 17

Today’s topic in this month is how Demeter relates to other Gods and other Pantheons. I partially discussed this in yesterday’s post about how Demeter displays the values of the native culture of her pantheon. As a rule, Demeter has good relations with almost all of the other Gods in the Hellenic pantheon. Also, on…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Demeter, Day 16

Today’s topic is how Demeter relates to the pantheon she’s a part of and how she reflects the values of her native culture. Although these are part of the same topic, I’m going to look at them separately. First, Demeter is one of the more influential members of the overall pantheon. She is one of…

A Month of Devotional Thought — Demeter, Day 14

Today’s topic is how Demeter’s worship has changed in the modern era since the Classical one. One of the major differences is that there are no large festivals or Mysteries any more. This is something that is a grievous loss to us. Unfortunately, because we don’t have the classic festivals, we are mainly celebrating the…